Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Guest post from Stephanie Parker McKean – author of newly published 'Bridge to Nowhere'!

Bridge to Nowhere
by Stephanie Parker McKean

Today I am happy to introduce Stephanie Parker McKean, author of our newly released Christian romance mystery-suspense novel, to the blog for a post to introduce her new novel.

About Bridge to Nowhere

Get ready to join Miz Mike on a mysterious and romantic adventure in the Wild West town of Three Prongs!

Stephanie Parker McKean enjoying a sunny day on a walk with her collie Angel Joy :)
Bestselling author Mike spends her days shut up in her office, churning out detective stories for her publisher. When a beautiful stranger appears, masquerading as Lynette Clarissa Greene, begging her to help investigate the murder of her sister, Mike is soon embroiled in a mystery which includes the entire town. From the simple-minded Clint, who sheds light on Lynette’s true identity, to the talented Nat, and the orphaned Jared, Mike soon finds herself immersed in the illicit subculture of Texas Hill. From dog fights to kidnappings, her life is thrown into chaos by her incessant need to track down culprits and bring them to justice.

            In amongst the drama she finds herself wrapped up in is Mike’s relationship with retired film star and rodeo champion Marty. Used to saving her from the troubles she finds herself unwittingly caught up in, Marty is her hero. As the story progresses, Marty comes around to Mike’s qualities and they grow closer both professionally and personally. Will they finally settle on a date and keep it? Or will the drama continue to obliterate any progress they are making in their relationship? 

Introducing Bridge to Nowhere
And the Readers’ Bill of Rights

          Let me confess my sin of arrogance. I wrote Bridge to Nowhere, for me. Actually, I wrote Bridge to Nowhere for readers like me, because I thought it was about time we had our own bill of rights—so here goes.

1.     We love romance. We’re not too old to enjoy the thrill and ardor of love, falling in love, being loved. But we deplore novels that cheapen God’s gift of love by reveling in unfettered bed play that never causes realistic consequences and where everything turns out right in the end—no matter how many pages and beds it takes to get there.

2.     We love mystery. We love engaging our intellect to solve crimes and right wrongs. We believe that mystery writers like Agatha Christie have made the world a more lively, interesting place. And, yet, we believe we deserve more. A spark of romance that makes us catch our breath when adversity threatens to pluck and crush the budding love interests of the characters who have surreptitiously entered our lives and embraced us with friendship so that we are suddenly living their story, not just reading it.

3.     We love adventure. We want our reading to transport us to interesting places, entertain us with interesting events—leave us biting our fingernails at times when it looks as if the hero or heroine is going to be not only swamped by adversity and danger—but drowned as well.

4.     And we are sick and tired and sick and tired of the world’s perception that medicating oneself with alcohol and drugs to the point of falling down drunk or passing out drunk and stoned is the way to solve problems and move a plot forward. We want heroes and heroines who have the strength, grace, and guts to meet adversity head-on with prayer and faith in God, and like Jesus, emerge victorious.

The Christian mystery-romance-adventure Bridge to Nowhere opens in Three Prongs, Texas, a small town where misfits fit. Michal Allison Rice, better known as Miz Mike to her friends, writes a detective series featuring a crime-solving pastor. Besides writing—she likes to mind her own business and dream about a future with irresistible cowboy hero and former movie star Marty Richard. Marty and Mike—M&Ms in the mind of chocolate-loving Mike.
Mike’s determination to mind her own business, however, evaporates when a lovely young girl begs her to find the truth about her sister’s murder. Mike sets out to solve the mystery whose solution has evaded local law enforcement. During the course of her investigation, she rescues a drug addict from a street gang in San Antonio; rescues a troubled boy who is thrown out of a children’s home and may or may not have committed a murder himself; and brings home Clint Flavors, a local laborer who some criticize as having an elevator that sticks between floors.

The problems that hit Mike—even though she always minds her own business—would knock the legs out from under a bronc at the rodeo. Mike knows who killed Julia and why, but no one will believe her. Even Marty turns against her, and Mike’s faith in God is tested nearly to the breaking point when her young grandson is kidnapped.
True to God’s Word that He uses the weak of this world to confound the strong and the foolish of this world to confound the wise, Clint Flavors—the Three Prongs misfit who some folks like to say isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer—helps Mike solve the mystery of the Bridge to Nowhere and find her grandson.

With her grandson safely restored to his parents and mysteries solved for the moment, Mike can go back to minding her own business and dreaming about an M&Ms future with Marty. In fact, Marty seems very close to popping the question that Mike is only too eager to answer! But this is Three Prongs, Texas, where the expected—like Friday’s favorite seafood buffet at the local restaurant—can change to the unexpected.

Find out more about Bridge to Nowhere and the author

Follow Stephanie Paker McKean's Twitter page here to find out more about her writing.

Explore our Pinterest board dedicated to Bridge to Nowhere with photos of everything from favourite writing places to a bridge in Scotland with the same name as the book!

The author of inspirational romance Bridge to Nowhere, Stephanie Parker McKean writes in her favourite place!

Where to purchase Bridge to Nowhere

~Amazon UK~ Amazon US~ The Book Depository~ Sunpenny website 

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