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Friday, May 10, 2019

Excerpt: Maiden’s Peak by Kristy E. Carter + giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Maiden's Peak blog tour! If you are looking for a good mystery with a hint of the paranormal, you will want to read on! I have an excerpt for you, and a chance to win a copy of the book!

Maiden’s Peak
by Kristy E. Carter
May 7, 2019
179 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Murder Mystery
Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing
Victor Shelton ran from his family’s legacy of prophetic dreams at seventeen but finds at twenty-eight that he is unable to run from the nightmares that plague him. Haunted by images of his own death each night he follows the fleeting memory of the town limit’s sign in his nightmare to a quaint Colorado town.

Beckoned to a forbidding mountain peak with a past riddled by ghost stories and legends, Victor must figure out who is friend or foe. Can he unravel the secrets of the enigmatic citizens of Carver’s Corner and solve his own murder before it happens?

Perhaps the answers are in the siren song of whatever is calling him to the caves under Maiden’s Peak. The song in the darkness urges him on, but whether it is to his death or to his salvation, Victor can’t say. All he knows is that once before he had not heeded the call of his dreams and someone had died. He can’t let that happen again.

When we got to the pass, it was a low, narrow passage between Maiden's Peak and another mountain peak I didn’t know the name of. We stepped hesitantly on the snow. Thorn said, "There're old mine shafts and sinkholes somewhere in this area. No one goes here because of it."

"Good thing we came here," I said sarcastically while we progressed through the seemingly flat pass. The sides of the two peaks loomed, and the shadows were complete blackness where the flashlights weren’t illuminating the snow. The snow crackled and groaned but held as I took another step. Thorn also froze as we listened to the snow under our feet. That was when we saw it.

There was light under the snow. Thorn backed up. I backed up. The glow moved along, as if someone were walking under us with a light of some kind. It passed right under our feet. We looked at each other, quickly turning to follow the light. It was all we could do to keep up with it.

I was in front, scrambling as quietly as I could along the icy snow. The light flickered and winked out at the edge of the pass. "What the hell was that?" I asked in a low voice as soon as I dared.

Thorn looked contemplative. "Tunnels, maybe? Old mining tunnels?" He paced over to where I was. "Maybe someone’s up here mining."

"In the dark?" I asked, as if he was insane.

He shrugged. "Why do you ask me things?"

About the Author:
Kristy has been making up her own stories for entertainment for most of her life. Eleven years back she decided that perhaps others would want to walk through the worlds she has created. With over 10+ books in both urban fantasy and cozy mystery, Kristy has allowed readers to venture into realms where magic lives and murder mingles with humor. She currently lives with her family in the Southeastern United States where she helps other authors when she is not writing her own novels as a freelance writer and editor with eleven years of experience. With many projects in the works, there are sure to be more worlds for courageous adventurers to delve into.

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