Sunday, February 4, 2024

Epic Book Launch: A Storm of Doubts by JPC Allen

About the Book

Book Title: A Storm of Doubts

Author Name: JPC Allen

Genre: YA Cozy Mystery

Release Date: March 1, 2024

Her dad said nothing could hurt their relationship. But what if he isn’t her dad?

Summer gets off to a rocky start for twenty-year-old Rae Riley when the ex-wife of family friend Jason Carlisle claims their youngest child isn’t his and Rae’s con man uncle Troy returns to Marlin County, Ohio. Rae is already at odds with her father, Sheriff Walter “Mal” Malinowski, over her desire to help people in trouble. When she extends that help to Troy and Jason’s ex-wife, Ashley, she and Mal clash even more.

Then Ashley disappears, and Jason and his brother Rick are the main suspects. As Rae and her aunt Carrie, a private investigator hired to protect Jason’s kids, work to discover what really happened to Ashley, Rae wrestles with Troy’s insinuations that she may be calling the wrong Malinowski “Dad.”

Book Excerpt

"How about a race to shore?"

As an answer, I dove off the platform.

Christ beat me, of course, and waited for me when I stood in the shallows.

"You can't hound us because we're in public." That was Rick Carlisle.

Chris and I turned to his voice.

Rick faced a man and woman near the concession stand, pure fury pulling his narrow, bearded face thinner.

"We're not hounding you." The man was tall with finely sculpted pecs and abs—so fine they looked inflated, as if he worked out for a hobby rather than worked hard for a living. His hair was cut so short it appeared painted on his skull. "Ashley wanted to see her kids. Public areas are the only places we can do that."

"Rick," Jason called, holding Sylvie as Alli and Richard towels into a canvas bag. "Let's just go." His voice sounded strained, like he was fighting a deep pain in his gut.

"We can't run every time they show up" Rick glared at the couple.

The woman—Ashley—stood huddled in a bright teal jacket as if the breeze blowing over the beach chilled her. She lifted her hand and waved, but I wasn't sure at whom.

"Looks like trouble," Chris whispered, and then he strode over to Jason.

About the Author

JPC Allen started her writing career in second grade with an homage to Scooby Doo. She’s been tracking down mysteries ever since. Her Christmas mystery “A Rose from the Ashes” was the first Rae Riley mystery and a Selah-finalist at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in 2020. Her first Rae Riley novel, A Shadow on the Snow, released in 2021. Online, she offer tips and prompts to ignite the creative spark in every kind of writer. She also leads workshops for tweens, teens and adults, encouraging them to discover the adventure of writing. Coming from a long line of Mountaineers, she’s a life-long Buckeye.

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