A Taste For Mystery (Two Novellas)
by K.D. Rose
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart are both hired to solve a murder, only to realize they are working the same case. To complicate things, Carolyn and Jack have an on again, off again relationship. Then there is Evan Jones, a handsome architect— but he's also a suspect.
Can Carolyn solve the case as more and more murders pile up? Will her relationship with Jack hinder their investigations? And what about Evan Jones? He seems like the perfect man, but could he actually be the murderer?
One thing is for sure: someone close to Carolyn and Jack has a taste for killing.
Jack made sure to get his parking pass from the secretary for tomorrow. He wasn't made of money, and today was gonna cost him twenty bucks. Cheryl followed him out, and they took the elevator down together. Jack thought this little get-together might be a good chance to interview her. What was she head of again? He couldn't remember. He'd have to ask her. His instincts told him to wait until the bar.
Jack made sure to put his briefcase in the trunk. Cheryl brought a satchel with her and sat up front. She directed him out. Apparently she lived not too far away from him, although in the city, even a block of traffic could turn a short drive into an hour. Stuck in rush hour, Cheryl made small-talk.
"So you dined with the big cheese today?" She opened.
"Word gets around fast."
"Yes, anytime someone from HQ comes, everyone knows it. Knows to be on their toes."
"What they can't figure out is whether to be on their toes around you."
Now he got it. She was on a scouting mission for the office. He wondered if they drew straws. "I'm just a nobody," he said.
"I doubt that," said Cheryl, "or the Deputy VP wouldn't have taken such an interest in you. So what are you here to do?"
She said it smiling and casual, but underneath he could feel the shark in her.
"I'm not allowed to discuss the details," he said.
"Oh my," said Cheryl and raised her hands as if she was being held up. "Never mind. I don't want to get you in trouble."
"Thanks," he said, then stayed quiet. She didn't try to pry anymore. He wondered if she would after a few drinks. Wait. That was his plan. Who was playing who here?
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An Alternate View on Amazon's New Kindle Lending Payment Policy
I know this won't be a popular opinion, but since when in my life has that stopped me...
This month Amazon changed how authors are paid for books in its Kindle Unlimited and lending library. Payment is based on pages read rather than getting the book itself. A flurry of debates ensued from all sides, summarized by general unhappiness at the change. However, in during the discourse an acknowledgement from many authors arose that they thought it unfair that shorter books received the same royalties in the past as longer novels. Specifically, it was brought to light, both by Amazon and by authorial discussion that some writers were "scamming" the system by releasing more and more short works into the pool, thereby gaining more royalties while authors who wrote slower and released 300 and 400 page novels lost out. So while authors were not necessarily happy with the solution, many of them did agree that they felt shortchanged. Eventually children's books were compared to 400 page tombs.
Amazon explained the new system as follows:
"Under the new payment method, the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read instead of their share of total qualified borrows.
So, I want to write about why this doesn't work for me. I can't speak up for children's books, another author would have to weigh in on the time it takes to produce one, and of course I do not condone mass production of shoddy shorts in order to scam the old system, but I am significantly troubled by the thinking behind this change and honestly, the same thinking in all the discussions I saw among authors regarding the situation. It goes thus: length is the conclusive factor that determines the quality and worth of a book and length is the undisputed element that represents the effort put forth by the author.
I beg to disagree.
Many lengthy books sit in my library, some with paper tags sticking up from passages that I want to be able to get back to in a glance. On the other hand, there is such a thing as formulaic work as well. Lengthier books can be mass-produced similar to the scamming shorties put out. Who is to say what is fair?
I revel in the succinct. Not just succinct but short and dense. And by dense I mean, packing mountains of information or wisdom into pithy, forceful passages that stand like mountains in slim volumes of work. Why is this? In my view it's a difference in thinking habits. Long and drawn out is the linear norm. A takes us to Z through a series of stops along the way that build upon one another to the conclusion. Slim volumes on the other hand—poetry is one key example— build vertically, with ever expanding circles and tangents, with some linear thrown in. Dense.
Steganography. Have you heard of it? Steganography’ is derived from the Greek words steganos and graphein, and means covered writing. Overlay and overlay and overlay of information. I liken dense works to steganography and other forms of covert communication, such as the ability to reduce a large amount of writing to a simple point like a period. Dense words are not covert by intent, they simply reveal layers and layers within seemingly short works. Rimbaud's entire life's work could probably be displayed in 50 pages. The Upanishads, a sacred Sanskrit instruction on the entirety of the universe is about 100 pages. The point is, sometimes the most efficacious way to communicate complexity and remain effable is to literally rest mountains on each individual word. Terse. Succinct. Vigorous. Forceful.
There is a very slim book called Flatland. It contains and explains dimensional concepts beyond its simplistic satire. It created a cult following. Check it out sometime. It's brilliant.
Such writing requires all the effort and time that a longer work might. We do an injustice to the art of writing itself when we equate length with quality or effort. I haven't even gone into Art, where a case could be made the same way. A picture is worth a thousand words. Rate that, Amazon. When we are brought out of ourselves into ever widening circles of understanding, touching upon even more, who can callously categorize the value of such an experience?
I've put forth a number of slim volumes. I disagree with readers who want to pay based on length. I disagree with Amazon, who wants to pay based on number of pages read. My first book is a condensation of 20 years of writing. The short stories and Socratic dialogues in there are so elevated in meaning that each word conveys its own context, as well as the sentence, paragraph, and story of which it is part. My most recent book, The Brevity of Twit is a collection of three years of Tweets. It is a thin volume. Yet the underlying point of the volume shows that communication, even deep understanding, can be conveyed within those 140 character bits.
Another example, from my first book, Heavy Bags of Soul:
Unexpectedly, a gun appears on the table between them. They eye one another.
"I dare say," says Mather's, "this blows plans for dinner."
"Nonsense!" voices 'One who was Crowley'. "I gave that up long ago. I have no use for repeaters of any kind."
"Well," concludes Mather, "I guess there is always the element of chaos."
"And whether chance provides the accoutrement of bullets," parries 'One who was Crowley'.
Mather's refrains from looking at the gun. Knights and pawns start to pick up the pace on the board.
Then men are rivals in general. Both men are dealing with the past, present, and future at the same time. Both men have awareness of some of their own and the other's past selves and are trying to figure out how each interacted and how those interactions affected their own situation and future. The situation is tense as any movement by either man creates a change in their course. A gun appears abruptly on their dinner table, an effect where neither yet knows the cause that precipitated it. Repeater's refers to a type of gun as well as the idea of reincarnation. Since they are rivals and there is such precise interaction, each movement made by either man is likened to a fencing move. At the same time a larger chess game is being played with enormous stakes.
Enough words on words. I'm done.
“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
― Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published "Heavy Bags of Soul", "Inside Sorrow", “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, "Anger's Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind", "A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas" and her new release, "The Brevity of Twit".
K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry. With fellow authors around the globe, KD was also a founding member of the e-magazine, INNOVATE.
K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms. K.D also has a chronic illness but doesn't let it get her down. K.D. considers herself a "Spoonie" on the lam.
LINKS TO KD ROSE BOOKS
New Release: The Brevity of Twit: http://www.threeworldsproductionsllc.com/books/brevity-of-twit/
A Taste For Mystery: Two Novellas
Angers Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind
I AM (Poetry in Motion)
Heavy Bags of Soul
KD Rose's Social Media Links:
KD Roses Blog: https://authorkdrose.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KDRose1
Networked Blogs http://www.networkedblogs.com/user/100002817280090
Book Video for A TASTE OF MYSTERY: https://youtu.be/AoAx2lajYdA