New Release Feature: Nancy Wood’s THE STORK!

Hi, readers! We have a real treat in store for you today, a new release by Nancy Wood, a talented author! 
Congratulations on your latest book!

And welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age, Nancy!

Thanks and happy to be here! Today I'm revealing my new book.

It's called The Stork and this is the second book in the Shelby McDougall mystery series. It was released as a second edition on September 1, 2019 by Paper Angel Press. It's 343 pages, and the ebook sells for $3.99 and the paperback is $16.99. 
Great! Let's check out more details, shall we?

Here is the book blurb for The Stork.

Shelby McDougall’s past is behind her. Almost.

It’s been five and a half years since Shelby put her infant twins up for adoption, and she’s finally on track. Back in Santa Cruz, California, she’s sharing an apartment with her brother, Dexter, and in her second year of criminal justice studies. She’s landed her dream job as an intern to local P.I. Kathleen Bennett. And her stone-cold love life is heating up.

Then a late-night phone call puts Shelby’s perfectly ordered life into a tailspin.

One of the twins has been kidnapped, snatched from home in the middle of the night. There are no witnesses — no clues, no trails to follow. After meeting the family, Shelby knows something is off. The adoptive parents tell her the children don’t sleep, they eat constantly, and their IQs are off the charts. Against her better judgment, Shelby agrees to help.

By the time she realizes she’s up against something powerful, something evil, it’s almost too late. As Shelby fights for her life, and that of the kidnapped child, she discovers shocking truths about herself and the children.

Release Date:  September 1, 2019


Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Sounds like quite a read here!

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Here is an an excerpt...

The call came at two in the morning, the shrill ring startling me from a deep sleep. I bolted upright, grabbed the cell off the bedside table, and flipped it open.

A woman’s voice, high-pitched, insistent, and on the edge of hysteria blasted from the speaker, cutting off my greeting mid-sentence.

“Hello? Hello? Is this the P.I. agency? I need to leave a message for Shelby. For Shelby McDougall.”

I replied cautiously, “This is Shelby.”

The woman drew a long, shaky breath and started to cry. “You answered,” she said. “You’re there.” Another breath. “You have to help me. You’re the only one who can. Please, help me.” Her voice cracked in anguished, ragged sobs, and she breathed heavily, as if trying to get a grip. As if steeling herself so she could continue.

She started and stopped, started and stopped again. Then, in a low almost inaudible moan, she said, “My baby. He’s gone. Someone took him. He’s been kidnapped.”

Blood roared in my ears. Sweat dotted my forehead and fear, as bright and sharp as the honed edge of a razor, parked itself low in my belly.

“Who is this?” I asked as I swung my legs to the floor and fumbled for the light, trying to catch my breath, trying to remember how to breathe.

The woman’s moans ratcheted to a shrill, inhuman wail.

“Who is this?” I repeated; my voice now loud, sharp, demanding.

“L … L … L …,” the woman managed, before dissolving into frantic weeping.

“Please,” I said, trying to soften my tone. “Talk to me. Who are you? Where are you?”

But her sobs grew distant, as if she’d put down the phone, and a cascade of notes signaled the end of the call. I listened to empty air, imagining a woman in a darkened room, curled in a fetal position, weeping for her lost child. I’d received calls like this before, but it had been years. Calls from grief-stricken women teetering on the edge of sanity, hoping I could help. Thinking that because I’d tricked fate, because I’d been able to save my babies, I’d magically be able to do the same for theirs. 

I never could.



Wonder what happens next, hmm? 


So, what are readers saying about The Stork?


"Reminiscent of Sue Grafton. The Stork starts off like a horse out of the starting gate with a call in the middle of the night about a child being kidnapped. The action never lets up from there—and that’s a good thing." - kybookworm, Amazon


"Overall, The Stork is a well-crafted book that starts strong, sprinkles a few discoveries in the middle to keep you hooked, then ends with a bang. And while tense in places, it’s cozy feel makes for a comfortable, summer-afternoon read." - BM Perrin, Amazon


"Twists and turns! I definitely recommend! The character development is superb and as a reader I was soon pulled completely in and flipping pages with vigor! The author keeps you guessing...but all is not as it seems! Ms. Wood pulls out all the stops as she cranks up the tension and takes the reader on a great ride! Pick this one up soon. You won’t regret it." - David W. Thompson, Amazon

Awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy!



Get your copy of this mystery/thriller novel today, readers! And also grab the first book in the series!

A late-night phone call puts Shelby’s perfectly ordered life into a tailspin...

About the Author:

Nancy grew up in various locations on the east coast and now calls central California home. She's recently retired, having spent 35 years as a technical writer converting engineer-speak into words and sentences. She likens it to translating ancient Greek, when you’re not too familiar with the Greek part!

Since retiring in 2016, Nancy and her husband and have been traveling the world. So far, they've visited France, Spain, England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, and India, spending  anywhere from three weeks to three months in each country. They are not anywhere close to done and have an upcoming trip planned to Vietnam. After that, it’s wide open.

The first book in the Shelby McDougall trilogy, Due Date, was originally published in 2012, with the second edition released by Paper Angel Press in March, 2019. The Stork, the second book in the series, was released in early September, 2019. Nancy is working on the third and final chapter of Shelby’s story, tentatively titled The Found Child. Expect it in 2020.

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