Sinking Ships: An Abishag’s First Mystery is Now Available on Amazon

Sinking Ships Cover with Eric's pictureO frabjous day!  After a nail-biting wait, Sinking Ships: An Abishag’s First Mystery is now available for Kindle at Amazon.  I’d love to hear what you think and if you like it, please consider writing an Amazon review.  Indie works live and die by those 5 star reviews.

If you have friends and family with Kindles, this first Abishag mystery short novel will make a great stocking stuffer!  Not to mention a simple but heartfelt gift for your loved ones who live far away.

Here’s  praise  for Sinking Ships:

A highly regarded writer of mystery short stories, Knowlden expands into novella length with a fascinating, original concept in Sinking Ships. Hired to marry a rich, comatose man to provide comfort in the manner of King David’s wife Abishag, college student Leslie unexpectedly lands in a web of deadly secrets. Because of her sworn duties as an Abishag wife, she must protect her husband even at her own peril. I was hooked right from the start, intrigued by the heroine and caught up in the rapidly intensifying suspense. I strongly recommend what I hope will be the first in a series.  Jacqueline Diamond, author of Danger Music

Here’s the Book Description of Sinking Ships:

Nineteen-year-old Leslie Greene finds a way to solve her money woes. Having had four contract marriages, her friend Jen assures Leslie that nothing will go wrong.

After signing with the Abishag agency (a firm that supplies temporary wives to comfort dying men), Leslie marries a comatose 83-year-old executive.  Always the analyst, she calculates she’ll be a widow before Fall semester.  Three weeks of training and armed with the Handbook for Abishag Wives, Leslie arrives at Thomas Crowder’s Palos Verdes home…and finds a murdered hospice aide.

An old Portuguese shipwreck, an antique stack of hidden ledgers, her university housemates and a red-haired agency lawyer are all that stand between Leslie and a vengeful killer.

Sinking Ships is the first of four short novels in the Abishag mystery series by a Shamus Award-nominated author.

These acknowledgements were included in the novella.  It takes a community to finish a novella. My heartfelt gratitude to:

Mari Lou at Elders Editorial Services

My Beta Readers: Kris Klopfenstein, Linda Knowlden, Rebecca Lang, Jean Riddell, and Kristy Tate

Save the Cat! Novel Workshop: the beat sheet for this novella carried me to the end. Special thanks to workshop instructor Jessica Brody.

OC Fictionaires: for support over too many years to mention and especially for the encouragement and comments for this novella.

Formatter: Lyle at The Mad Formatter

Cover Artist: Bethany Barnette

Publishing: Debra Young

Photo Credit: to former classmate Eric Hillendahl who provided the cover photo of the Dominator wreck, part of our childhood landscape in the South Bay.

A very special thanks to: Gary Bale (retired homicide detective and terrific writer). I took your comments on the police procedures to heart, altering a whole scene to be more authentic. I changed one of the coffee flavors for you too.

I sure appreciate your support and hope you enjoy it. You can check it out at Amazon by clicking on Sinking Ships or my Author’s page at Amazon.

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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4 Responses to Sinking Ships: An Abishag’s First Mystery is Now Available on Amazon

  1. Jean Riddell says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations on a job well done.

    Please send me the URL (I think they’re called) links to put into my KP post.

    So excited for you. I

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Rebecca Lang says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy it’s finally out, so I can share it with other members of my family. It is a wonderful novella, filled with characters to root for, intriguing situations, and your signature descriptions of food. Michelle, you are always so gracious. There was no need to thank me. You’re book was close to perfect when I read it the first time. Looking forward to reading it again. Best of luck.

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