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Liz Roberts Mysteries

Daddy’s Girl, Pretty Little Girl, The Baby Thief, Entangled

By Don Canaan


Daddy’s Girl (prequel)

Studies confirm that molested children often become molesters themselves. "Daddy's Girl," a horror novella based on a true "ripped from the headlines" story, serves as a prequel to "Pretty Little Girl," a psychological thriller in which a female detective searches for a molested daughter who, in a concerted attempt to regain her identity, abandons her now-Alzheimer’s demented father.

"Daddy's Girl" offers a framework for the reader to understand incest and its disastrous effect on sexuality, intimacy and relationships. In the fictional case described above, we learn that the daughter's father in "Pretty Little Girl" inherited his sexual proclivity from his father, who impregnated his mother during a demonic liaison.

The prequel tells of two previously-friendly deities; one worshiped, the other banished in a coup d'état. In an attempt to regain the defeated god’s throne, a situation is created that brings forth a future pedophile.

This may frighten readers, but it will also enlighten you as to what goes on behind closed doors in thousands of households; occurrences in this horrific story rarely talked about or acknowledged.

Laura, the pretty little girl, does not see herself as a victim or as a survivor, just as reimbursement for ransom that her father paid when she was kidnapped at age 13. But after 20 years Laura yearns for a life of her own.

Pretty Little Girl (Book One)

Everything changed when Laura turned 13. She became the perfect daughter.  Just ask anyone who has ever known her. Laura devoted her life to taking care of her father, even when it meant the loss of her hopes and dreams.  But now Laura has decided it's time for her to reclaim her life.  She sets off on a journey to gather the shattered pieces of her past in the hope of forging a new future.

Detective Liz Roberts is assigned to a case when a confused man is found wandering around the Big Fresno Fair, unable to tell anyone who he is or where he lives.  The only clue to his identity is a piece of paper in his pocket that says, "My name is Larry."  As Liz uncovers his identity, she also begins to uncover long-kept secrets.   Meanwhile, an upcoming family event may force the detective to face her own painful past.

The Baby Thief (Book Two)

"Janie cried out in fear and pain as the needle pierced her skin. She tried to scream but found that she couldn’t breathe. Her vision blurred and the doctor’s face faded. As her heart stopped, Janie’s one last coherent thought was Rachel."

Detective Liz Roberts, in an awesome sequel to "Pretty Little Girl," reveals truths that turn her life upside-down. You'll learn why her extraordinary inquiry into the desertion of Armen Bedrosian by a daughter that he sexually abused for 20 years leads to Ellen Goodman; an OB/GYN, who many considered a saint. Detective Roberts exposes her as an intriguing monster who sells teenaged girls' babies.

"The Baby Thief" is not a typical female sleuth procedural; it’s also a series of intertwining leaves involving a legally-sinful love that results in murder and an unexpected climax. The characters' depths and flaws frame this story in such a way that entices you to finish the novel in a single sitting. One reviewer said, "The story is so gripping that I couldn't even stop reading to eat or sleep."

"Pretty Little Girl" isn't a prerequisite to "The Baby Thief." Each stands on its own unique spine, but once you read one, you'll want to learn more. And don't forget to download "The Ballad of a Pretty Little Girl" at https://youtu.be/hVQh5Hm9Lsg

Entangled (Book Three)

Entangled,” a stand-alone novella, concludes the series of “Daddy’s Girl,” “Pretty Little Girl” and “The Baby Thief.” “Entangled,” the final battle between good and evil, will reveal answers to questions raised in the earlier books.

“Daddy’s Girl” tells how and why Armen Bedrosian, a pedophile, originates the story. For 20 years he sexually abused his teenaged daughter in this prequel of good vs. evil.

Armen’s 13-year-old daughter is kidnapped, and she repays her ransom debt to daddy with daily sexual submissions. She later abandons the now Alzheimer’s disease-afflicted father at a county fair. Detective Liz Roberts investigates the daughter, and by doing so discovers long-lost secrets of her own past.

AudioFile Magazine calls the book “A realistic account…that never misses a beat as the tragic picture continually changes. (Readers) will feel as if they’re on an emotional roller coaster as the story unravels layer by layer to a most unexpected conclusion.”


How Self-Publishing Made This Author A Best-Seller

(NewsUSA) – When Jess Michaels isn’t obsessively checking her steps on FitBit or watching daytime Court TV, she’s a best-selling author who writes historical romances with heroines who speak their mind.

Her first foray into publishing began, as many picture the life of an author, with a traditional publishing deal. But after releasing a few books, Michaels decided to turn down an additional deal and try self-publishing.

“I’d begun developing an audience for my books and wanted to try something different. Authors I respected had success and greater control over their work with self-publishing, so I was eager to try it for myself,” says Michaels.

She mastered it quickly and decided to go “strictly indie” in 2015, using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) service to publish in both eBook and print. Since her decision to self-publish, she has been on the USA bestseller list ten times. Her husband quit his job at a large technology company and now works with Michaels to run their publishing company.

“I wanted more control over not just the creative writing, but also the marketing strategy, cover art, and other business aspects of publishing. I grew frustrated being unable to make these decisions going the traditional publishing route,” she says. “I’m both a writer and entrepreneur, and I’m enjoying more creative and financial rewards than I ever have.”

For Michaels, who says the initial idea of going indie was “taking a leap off a cliff and hoping you can fly before you crash,” the resulting benefits have exceeded her expectations.

For those authors wrestling with the idea of self-publishing, consider this:

– Creative control. Self-publishing a book allows authors to build characters and stories exactly the way they want and, ultimately, retain full rights to their original material. A book that has been nursed from inception to novel remains yours.

– Get to market fast. Once a book is ready, self-publishing services, such as KDP, guide authors through setting up their books and getting them in the hands of readers in just a matter of days.

– Make more money. Authors who opt to self-publish can set their own prices and take home a higher percentage of royalties.

While a self-published author serves as his or her own marketing department, indie publishers make marketing simple and effective. Self-publishing companies, such as Amazon, also offer authors additional promotional opportunities to make their work available to more readers.
Many authors find support through writers’ groups online, such as Facebook groups, or in-person by attending workshops and writers’ conferences. Most cities have local writing groups that meet regularly. These meetings can provide constructive criticism of your work and other resources.

“I fell into self-publishing by accident, and found that connecting with other authors and joining a local writers’ organization helped me improve my technique and career tremendously,” says self-published science fiction and fantasy author T.S. Paul. “When sales of my novels began to take off, I began working with freelancers and a virtual assistant, also, to grow the community around me.”

Regardless of whether a writer is interested in romance, mystery, fantasy, or biographies, self-publishing with services such as KDP can empower them to pursue their dreams, especially if they’re willing to study the business side of publishing as well as Jess Michaels did.

Who knows? Maybe the best seller list is closer than you think.
For more information, visit https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/.


How To Speed Read A Novel

By Howard S Berg 

People often ask me about how to use speed reading while reading a novel. They understand how reading faster can be useful for studying important materials for work or for school, but can not comprehend how you could rapidly read a novel and still enjoy it. In this article, I will show you how to use a powerful strategy for reading quickly that you can use while reading novels. It is a strategy that you are going to really like.

How many times has this happened to you? You are reading a novel, and then it gets incredibly boring. So boring that you decide not to finish the book. I have a terrific story about an experience I had. I was reading, "The Mists Of Avalon." This is a really good book about the Knights of The Round Table. However, the author wrote an incredibly detailed description of the furniture in King Arthur's throne room. For each of the 12 knights she described the motifs on each fork, spoon, knife, plates, and much, much more. It was incredibly boring to me. So I used the strategy I am about to teach you to get around this section of the text while still maximizing my enjoyment of the book.

When you are using a speed reading technique to read in a novel, simply speed up the boring parts. Go three or even four times faster than you would normally read. Basically, you are skimming through the section that would put you to sleep. At this speed, you can still see what is taking place, but you won't feel anything. Which is a lot better than getting so bored you would not finish the book. Once the material again appears interesting, slow down you reading speed to a pace that optimizes your enjoyment. Since you will be flying through a large amount of boring material in most novels, you will finish it faster. However, because you slow down in the interesting sections to a speed that maximizes your pleasure, you will still get more enjoyment from the text as well. It is the perfect compromise between speed and pleasure.

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