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Death of an Idiot Boss: A Kadence MacBride Mystery (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 1) by [Croom, Janice]
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Introducing the Kadence MacBride Mystery Series
Best friends since college, Kadence and Terrence have supported each other through failed marriages and dead-end relationships. Despite their strong mutual attraction, they've been unwilling to risk their friendship for a chance at love, until now. They'd be well on their way to happily ever after if they could just stop stumbling over dead bodies. 


Death of an Idiot Boss Excerpt
     There are some days I'd love to bottle up and save: the day I graduated summa cum laude, the days I married and divorced my ex, and if everything worked out, today.
     My orange juice was perfect: fresh squeezed with a twist of lime. A basket of warm sweet-potato muffins from Momma Pearl's scented the air with home-made goodness. A bouquet of yellow roses lay on the seat beside me. Despite asking him not to, my boyfriend Terrence had thought of everything down to the new red silk power suit I sported.
     "Ante victoriam ne canan triumphum: don't sing triumphs before the victory," I'd said.
     Terrence didn't share my fondness for Latin. "Victory is yours," he'd countered, and so he'd sent all this stuff plus a limo to ferry me to work.
     "All set, Ms. MacBride?" the driver asked.
     "Carry on, Jeeves." His name tag said Jerome. That's no name for a limo driver. Course, some folks might say Kadence MacBride was no name for a thirty-something African-American woman.
     Stretch limos didn't grace my neighborhood that often, especially not on a Friday morning. More than a few curtains rustled as we passed. There'd be more than curtains rustling if I showed up to work in this thing.


Death of an Island Tart Excerpt
     There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to go get her man. My time was now. That's what put me on a jet, somewhere over the Caribbean, in this hootchie-momma outfit I'd let my friend Charlene talk me into. Everything I normally let hang out was trussed up like a turkey, and the things I always kept covered were out there swinging in the breeze.
     Clothes may make the man, but they change the woman. I'm a thirty-something African-American with junk in my trunk and a chest that women go under the knife for; I always dress to downplay that. I want folks judging me for my mind, not my body.
     In this stuff, every time I stood, my chest ended up in some man's face. And when I walked, my butt swished like a Whirlpool on agitate.

About the Author

Unlike some, I didn't start out to write a novel. I viewed learning fiction techniques as a means to improve my non-fiction writing. To that end, I took an eight-week class on how to write a novel. Our assignment was to write the first chapter of our book. I volunteered to read mine aloud. After I finished, the class applauded. “That’s really good,” my teacher said. “What happens next?” I reminded her that she’d asked us to write the first chapter, not what happened next, so I had no idea. She pushed me to continue the story, and by the end of the class, I wanted to know what happened next. That quest, to tell my character’s stories, to give them a voice, to learn what happens next, drives me as a writer. Since then, I've sold 15 short stories and written three novels. The first two books in the Kadence MacBride Mysteries: Death of an Idiot Boss and Death of an Island Tart, and Build a Mate, the first Holiday with Love Novella are available on Amazon. The One, the second Holiday with Love will be published later this year. As a work in progress, Death of an Idiot Boss placed second in the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence for Unpublished Romantic Mystery/Suspense. Death of an Island Tart was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, second place for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Unpublished Romantic Mystery/Suspense and won the Go On Girl Unpublished Writer Award. I’ve also been awarded residencies with the Great River Writers Retreat and Writers in the Heartland in addition to winning an Illinois Individual Artists Professional Development Grant for Literature. It is my sincere hope that you enjoy reading my books as much as I've enjoyed writing them.

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  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511866926
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UZIA87W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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