Monday, 11 November 2019

Sneak Peek: 'Pointed Attacks'



This excerpt is close to the beginning of the book. I will be reading a couple more sections during the launch of 'Pointed Attacks' at Blue Heron Books blueheronbooks.com on Sunday November 17 between 1 and 3pm.

The landline phone rings as I reach for the kettle. Neal Carvey, the racehorse trainer for Rose and Speed, is on the other end.
“You won’t believe this,” he says.
“Are Rose and Speed okay?”
“Great. I should have said that first. This is something different. But it’s a bit of god-awful déjà vu.” His voice is sombre and raspy.
“What is it Neal?”
“There’s this trainer, he’s a friend of mine. I should say “was”, because he’s dead and I’ve just heard that it’s being treated as a suicide.”
“Oh no.” I gasp. “I’m so sorry Neal.” There’s more to this.
“He didn’t kill himself. I know he didn’t.”
“You’re saying someone killed him?” A weight lands on my shoulders as my stomach knots. I’ve barely had time to recover from my investigations into who killed my husband, Frank, and who killed the jockey, Juan. Neither death was considered to be suspicious at first, and it was assumed that Frank had committed suicide. Talk about déjà vu.
“He wouldn’t have killed himself. I’m sure of it. Can you and William look into it? You got the guy who killed Juan. Sorry, my voice is cracking up.”
“I’m just about to leave for England.”
“Oh.” I can hear dejection in his lowered, quieter voice. “I don’t know anyone else who could help.”
“Right. Well, my flight isn’t until the day after tomorrow, so I could talk to a couple of people in the meantime, and then follow up when I get back. That’s the best I can do.”
“How long will you be away?”
“I haven’t booked my return flight because I don’t know. But I can’t leave Kelly and the horses for long. I haven’t even found someone to look after Kelly yet. It’s all happened rather quickly.”
“I’ll see you tomorrow then?”
“I’ll be at the track as early as possible.”



  Copyright 2019 Vicky Earle


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Cover Reveal for 'Pointed Attacks'


This is the cover of my latest book in the Meg Sheppard Mystery series.

You're invited to the launch which will be at Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge blueheronbooks.com on Sunday, November 17, 1-3pm. I will be reading excerpts and signing books.

A limited number of boxed sets (of all three books in the series) will be available.
The purchasers of each of the first four boxed sets will receive a free gift.
All three of the soft-covered books will be on offer for a special reduced price during the launch.

Watch for the release of 'Pointed Attacks' as an e-book. It will be available soon at all your favourite e-book retailers.

This is the description of the book:

Racehorse trainer, Grayson, is found dead in his office trailer and Meg’s trainer, Neal, asks her to investigate.
The members of a syndicate, who owned five horses trained by Grayson, are under suspicion. But the list of suspects grows as Meg learns more about the horses’ unexpected poor health and disappointing performances. Meg is under pressure to uncover the elusive truth, to put a stop to both people and animals being hurt.
And a secret is revealed that has a profound effect on Meg’s personal life.

Happy reading! 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

New Story and Link to First Author Newsletter

Here's the link to my first author newsletter:
Vicky Earle Newsletter

And here's a new story I wrote for the Uxbridge Writers' Circle Word Challenge - the words I had to use are shown in italics.




Seagull

The waves unfurled and crashed onto the pebbles as salty spray, whipped up by the wind, hit his face. The sharp, unforgiving edges of the cold granite rock dug into Mick’s behind as he watched the sea unleashing its fury. He could taste the salt and smell the tang.
            He didn’t have any desire to move. He wanted to stay right where he was, despite the discomfort. It was easier to forget when the roar of the sea rattled in your ears.

            It was a mistake his mother leaving Mick with her father, a drunkard, all those years ago. She’d said that she couldn’t take him to the city, that it would be better for him here, on this remote, bleak, desolate island surrounded by the unrelenting power of the sea.
            Mick was the opposite to the sea. He was quiet, calm – at least on the outside, and worst of all, he had no power. It was his sixteenth birthday and nothing had changed. The daily routine was the same: make breakfast for the two of them, fetch his grandfather’s paper, sweep out the cabin, get his books out and read the pages that had been assigned the night before.
            In the evening, he must recite one poem of his grandfather’s choosing from a list of twenty: the words of which were contained in an ancient leather-bound book

            A seagull played with the wind, bouncing in the off-shore currents, floating then flapping. He faced Mick, and the boy imagined the bird mocking him, teasing him, challenging him to fly.
            Mick shut his eyes. But the idea had already taken root inside him and swelled, nourished by the gull’s freedom, his apparent joy at being free. Mick knew that it was crucial for him to leave. It was not worth existing simply to learn from old, outdated, dusty books. He needed a plan to escape this torment.

            A month later, when the salty air had less of a bite to it and the thunder from the sea’s rollers crashing on the rocks had eased, Mick walked down to the dock. It was calm enough for the ferries to operate again. One of the boats was in the harbour, and a couple of men were unloading a cargo of cardboard boxes of various sizes and weights. They piled them up on the quay.  
            Mick had the milk money as well as the paper money in his pocket. His lips were dry and his legs wobbled. He reached the kiosk and asked for a ticket.
            “Just one way, then?” asked the grey-haired, wrinkled man.
            “Yes.”
            The ticket was in his cold, shaky hand as he found a seat and slumped down. He covered as much of his face as possible, with his collar up and his toque almost covering his eyes.
            “Hello, Moo. I thought it was you.”
            Mick’s stomach churned. His skin felt taut across his brow and around his mouth. He couldn’t breathe. It was the young man who worked in the dairy.
            “You don’t mind if I sit here, do you?” His large grin revealed stained, neglected teeth, but his eyes sparkled. He called Mick “Moo” because he bought so much milk. Mick’s grandfather insisted that he drink large quantities of the white stuff. Mick would be happy to never have to smell or taste it ever again.
            “I know what you’re doing.”
            Mick slumped down further.
            “It’s about time.”
            Mick moved his eyes sideways to look at the young man. He didn’t know his name.
            “Everyone knows about you and that bad-tempered, drunk of a grandfather you live with, but no-one knew what to do about it. Good on you to get out of there.”
            He touched Mick’s knee for a fleeting second.
            “I’m going to get a job on the mainland and find a flat. We could help each other out. How does that sound?”
            It sounded like a dream come true for Mick and not a moment too soon. He had planned to jump overboard once they were out at sea.

Vicky Earle Copyright 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019

Book Launch!


This is the invitation to my launch of 'Pointed Attacks', the third book in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series. 
You're invited! 
I'll be reading excerpts and signing books at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario on Sunday, November 17 between 1pm and 3pm. 
The first two books will also be for sale at the launch: 'What Happened to Frank?' and 'Over Frank's Dead Body'.  
A limited number of box sets will be available  - they make great holiday gifts. 
I will be offering a discount on all books and sets during launch day.

Here is the book description for 'Pointed Attacks":

Grayson, a racehorse trainer, is found dead in his office trailer and Meg’s trainer, Neal, asks her to investigate.
The members of a syndicate, who owned five horses trained by Grayson, are under suspicion. But the list of suspects grows as Meg learns more about the horses’ unexpected poor health and disappointing performances. Meg is under pressure to uncover the elusive truth, to put a stop to both people and animals being hurt.
And a secret is revealed that has a profound effect on Meg’s personal life.

See you on November 17! 
Let me know if you'd like to receive my newsletter - first issue coming out soon.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A Racehorse in the Making





















The first photo shows Chase at one day old, on May 16, 2018.
The second shows Chase being ridden in a round pen. We are pleased with his progress. He is a handsome guy, as well as being intelligent and relaxed. He has a good temperament and enjoys his food!
Chase will be coming home in a few weeks' time, once his schooling is complete, for a break until the spring. 
We have given him the racing name of "I'm Dashing", for those of you who'd like to follow him. We hope that he makes the races!

I plan to issue a newsletter soon to those of you who are on my e-mailing list. I will keep readers up-to-date on my writing, as well as on Chase's progress.
As readers know, my Meg Sheppard Mystery Series centre on horses, horse-racing and country-living.
I will be launching the third book in this cozy-mystery series, "Pointed Attacks", on November 17 at Blue Heron Books. More information to follow.

You might like to know that the horse that we own half of, Dani's Victory, won another race on September 13! Here's the link to the video of the race: Dani's Victory September 13

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Friday, 20 September 2019

Readers! Book Reviews Needed!

The third book in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series will be launched in November!
I'm hoping that many readers will enjoy it. 

Book reviews help to encourage people to read novels written by emerging writers.
I've received many great verbal reviews of my first two books in the series, and I've received just a few written ones which I'll share here:



"This book reminded me of why I like a good "whodunit". The tight writing and fast pace quickly drew me in and didn't let go of me until the last page. Move over Hercules Poirot and Inspector Banks - there is a new sleuth in town. "
William Bell

"A terrific read. I loved that every suspect had a secret, making the twists and turns very intriguing."
Danielle Crean

"A wonderful read. The twists and turns around that bend kept me reading! I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you. Keep writing Vicky! My friends and I will keep reading."
Carmel Brennan



"This is a great follow-up to "What Happened to Frank?" and another great mystery by writer Vicky Earle. Once again, Ms. Earle keeps things moving at a torrid pace, wasting no words while winding the main character, Meg Sheppard, into the centre of a complex web of crime, including of course, a murder. This book would adapt well to a thrilling stage play like Sleuth or The Mousetrap, with key events unfolding in surprising ways literally at Meg's doorstep.
"Over Frank's Dead Body" is much more than a mystery however, it's also a treatise on love. While I found myself trying to sift through the clues along with my new favourite, albeit somewhat reluctant sleuth Meg, to connect the dots and solve the crime, I also realized that I was witnessing the disturbingly wide scope of love's power. Ms. Earle skillfully reveals Meg Sheppard to us in ways that makes the reader share in the main character's emotional journey - sad, angry, and tortured at one moment, and then hopeful, grateful and even blissful the next. Love is perhaps life's greatest mystery and this book is a reminder as to why.
William Bell

Please leave a review at your favourite e-book retailer, or on Goodreads Vicky's books on Goodreads

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Word on the Street Toronto!

This promises to be so much fun!                                                                                                     

Toronto Sisters in Crime is participating in the 2019 Word on the Street Toronto thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/festival/

I'm fortunate to be a member of SinC TorontoSistersinCrime.ca
So, I'm going to the Word on the Street Toronto Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday September 22.
I will be signing my books at the SinC booth between 10am and 11am and will be a volunteer at the booth from 11.30am until 1.30pm.

If you're a writer, I encourage you to join SinC. There will be information, books and more at the booth.
If you're a reader, member authors will have fabulous books available - mysteries of all sorts!

Hope to see you there!