Mike's Mum, Marjorie Owen, passed away at the grand old age of 93. Mum, Mike and I are British. However, Mike & I have lived in the United States for close to twenty five years, Bahamas for two years and are currently residents of Panama, Central America. Mum loved to visit America up to her mid eighties, in particular California, Hollywood being one of her favorite places.
As the years went on, Mum found the long journey from England to USA too much.Mum wrote for her own pleasure, told no one and never sort to be published as far as we know. When we found all her hand written books and stories three years ago, my mission began. I love to read. And it was a challenge reading, or should I say translating Mum's hand wiritng.
With Mike's help I 'broke the code' and began typing all of Mum's works. This lead to Mike asking me what I was going to do with all of them. So I said, “get them published.” Simple to say, but not so simple to do especially when you are not an author and have no clue as to how to do it or where to start. But here we are ready for Mum's first book to come out in print and two of her short stories already in print.
The first book we are having printed is "Ladies of Class", a murder mystery. Here is a description of the book and a couple of pages. "Ladies of Class" is to be printed by Vintage Romance in March 2008. Their link is http://www.vrpublishing.com
In the book Ladies of Class, Richard Hayward’s promotion and move from the big city life to the sleepy town of Burshill, England, has been shattered. Sir John Bury needs a murder solved. Clues take him from Burshill to California, Paris and London and back in time. As the story progresses the plot thickens. Richard Hayward's reputation as the youngest officer to be promoted to Detective Chief Inspector precedes him. Richard hoped his recent transfer and move to Burshill would allow him a quiet convalescence from a broken leg. But his peace was soon to be shattered by a phone call from Sir John Bury, the Chief Constable.A murder had been committed that night and Richard's ability to solve crimes, in spite of his unconventional methods, were needed before his duties officially began.The results of his investigations and travels, in search of clues and answers to the apparently senseless murders are surprising. Several ladies of a particular ‘class’ become part of the inquiry. As the facts begin to unfold, they not only amaze Richard, himself and the community of Burshill, but extends all the way to the top brass of Scotland Yard. In the face of adversity, Richard manages to outwit the criminal and emerges triumphant.
Chapter One - http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2007/10/ladies-of-class.html