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A Gold Satin Murder

Posted on: September 3, 2022

The launch date for Casey Holland #7, A Gold Satin Murder (a novella) by Debra Purdy Kong is on Thursday, September 8th. I love this series and am pleased to have fellow Canadian author, Debra Purdy Kong, here as a guest to tell us more about her latest book. Check out the other books in the series here

With six published full-length mysteries in the Casey Holland series, why write a novella?

Members of my writer’s group asked me this question when I brought the first few pages for feedback. The answer is that I wanted to stretch my creativity with this series. Although the earlier Casey Holland mysteries do have lighter moments, they are serious stories. I decided to switch the focus to a fun, light story with serious moments. To do this, I needed to create an uncomplicated plot and fewer characters. Since this is still a whodunit, readers can follow Casey along in trying to figure out the killer’s identity.

While working on an early draft of A Gold Satin Murder I’d been writing other novellas (generally 17,500-40,000 words) for a small press. I discovered a love for this length, not only as a writer but as a reader. When life is frantic, it takes me nearly a month to read a 300+ page book. I often forget the roles and relationships of the characters as well as the subplots. So, it seemed logical to write a book that could be read in one or two sittings. From a writer’s standpoint, revision is a quicker process. Where it might take me from two to six months to edit the second draft of a full-length novel, a novella can be edited in a few days.

The idea for this book popped up over six years ago, however, other projects kept me from working on this novella consistently. Given the many challenges facing people these days, it seems timely to release a light, fun story. If I can bring a smile to a reader’s face, then I’ve achieved my goal.

Launch day is September 8, but you can pre-order now:

Amazon: https://mybook.to/AGoldSatinMurder

Kobo Canada: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-gold-satin-murder

Kobo U.S. https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-gold-satin-murder

Apple books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6443255297

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-gold-satin-murder-debra-purdy-kong/1141951058?ean=2940166433930

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Debra_Purdy_Kong_A_Gold_Satin_Murder?id=FxF_EAAAQBAJ

Blurb for A Gold Satin Murder:

Transit cop Casey Holland has never met a bus passenger like the charming artist and exotic dancer, Eduardo. The bus driver Lily has certainly befriended him. But when Eduardo’s charged with murder, Lily’s caught in the middle of his legal trouble. Afraid of losing her job and custody of her son, she begs Casey for help in proving Eduardo’s innocence.

Casey’s search for answers takes her and her best friend Kendal to a troupe of strippers known as Man Cave. While the men are busy peeling off their clothes, Casey’s peeling back layers of secrets and betrayal. Nuttier than her usual adventures, the risk is just as deadly in this seventh installment of the Casey Holland transit mysteries.

Debra’s Bio:

Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provided the background for her Casey Holland transit security novels.

Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She is a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation and a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Connect with Debra at:

Blog: https://debrapurdykong.wordpress.com/

Newsletter: https://sendfox.com/debrapurdykong

Website: www.debrapurdykong.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraPurdyKong

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebraPurdyKongAuthor

Email: dpurdykong@gmail.com

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.ca/Debra-Purdy-Kong/e/B000APLEFU/

I was a beta reader for this story and just loved it. Here is a sneak peek at the first chapter.

A Gold Satin Murder by Debra Purdy Kong

After a decade of security work for Mainland Public Transport, Casey Holland had learned that troublesome passengers were usually rude, loud, and poorly dressed. But the gorgeous, broad-shouldered man in the charcoal suit, white shirt, and bright red tie strutting down the aisle was a new, intriguing challenge.

The moment the man spotted Casey, he gave her a broad, toothy smile. Cool. Her silky, low-cut tank top and dangling crystal earrings were doing their job. Undercover assignments rarely involved dressing up, but passenger complaints about a hot guy who’d been badgering women to model for his paintings required a different fashion choice. Besides, the bus was way too warm this late-July evening. The less she had to wear the better.

Casey winked at the man, then tilted her head toward the empty seat next to her. He slowed his pace and nodded to the gaping middle-aged woman he passed by. Judging from a quick survey, the man had caught the attention of most passengers. The men didn’t look as impressed as the women, though.

“Hola, señorita.” Gold-flecked brown eyes glanced at her hands as he sat down. “I am Eduardo from Ecuador.”

“Casey. From Vancouver,” she replied. “How are ya?” To reveal she was a señora who’d been happily married for just over a year might put him off, so the wedding rings stayed home.

“Excelente.” He beamed. “I am here only three months, but I am in love with Vancouver. It has many interesting people.”

“That it does.” His cedarwood and vanilla cologne sent a jolt of nostalgia through Casey. When Dad was alive, she occasionally gave him a bottle of something similarly scented for Father’s Day. She sat up straighter and zeroed in on Eduardo. Not the time for reflection.

“I apologize if my English is not so good,” Eduardo said.

“It sounds fine to me.” She smiled. “Do you live in this part of the city?”

“Si. Only one block away. I love to walk and ride the buses and talk to people.”

He’d have many opportunities to do exactly that in Vancouver’s densely populated West End. Thanks to nearby Stanley Park, the popular English Bay beach, and many eateries, the area attracted tons of tourists as well as visitors from other areas of the Lower Mainland.

“Your eyes!” Eduardo slapped his hand over his heart. “La violeta. Extraordinario! I have not seen such a shade before. I am professional artista. May I paint you? It would be great honor! You are so be-eau-tiful.”

“Thank you.” Great honor and beautiful were the exact words two of the complainants had used in their written statements. “So, how many women have you approached about painting their portraits, especially while riding this bus?”

“Qué? Eduardo’s smile faded. “Why do you ask me this?”

“I’m with Mainland Public Transport security.” She showed him her ID card. “We’ve had harassment complaints about you. One woman threatened to involve the police if it happened again.”

His eyes widened. “This cannot be.”

“The complaints said you wouldn’t take no for an answer until they either changed seats or left the bus.”

Eduardo sat back in his seat. “I am stupefied!”

Casey didn’t buy the naïve act. “Harassment of any type on MPT buses is against company policy.”

He fidgeted, not quite meeting her gaze. “I am just a single man who loves ladies and to create art.”

Eduardo produced a business card depicting an elegantly designed maple tree with crimson and tangerine leaves. But anyone could create a card and pass himself off as an artist.

“Is difficult to find models in new city. Art schools are filled up.” He frowned. “And many ladies choose to sit next to me and ask what I do to earn money.”

She believed him. Given the lusty stares a couple of women were tossing his way, Eduardo had probably found more than a few willing models and dates.

“Is it wrong to talk about art, or to ask a be-eau-tiful lady on a date? I might break bus rules, but I am not breaking real laws, no?”

Casey sighed. “Are you and I going to have a problem?”

He raised his hands, palms facing her. “I do not want trouble, but I must pursue my art.”

“Eduardo, the rules are there for a reason. They also give me the authority to kick you off any MPT bus if you’re breaking them.” Casey paused. “If you’re going to discuss portrait painting, then be clear about what you want. If you’re turned down, then I strongly advise you to leave the passenger alone. I assume you expect to be paid for your portraits?”

Eduardo nodded. “I do this not only for money but to find true soulmate.” He lowered his head. “I am not so lucky in love. Is heartbreaking road filled with big potholes.”

“Uh-huh.” She studied him. “Do you think you’ll find love on a bus?”

“I search everywhere.”’

Eduardo’s expression and demeanor seemed sincere, but she had her doubts about this guy.

“You must have tried dating apps,” she said.

“Si.” He grimaced. “They were not good. Is better to meet ladies in person.” He gave her a whimsical look. “Everywhere.”

Meaning he intended to keep chatting up women on MPT buses. Eduardo might be better looking and more polite than other rule breakers, but his resistant attitude was all too familiar. She’d be seeing him again, no doubt, and their second encounter wouldn’t be as cordial.

“Just be careful about what you say,” she cautioned. “Misunderstandings happen easily.”

The corners of Eduardo’s full, sensuous mouth turned down. “What shall I talk about? The boring weather? Is what others do.”

“Eduardo, buddy, unless someone speaks to you first, it might be best if you didn’t talk at all.”

Order your copy of Gold Satin Murder to learn more about the charming Eduardo.

You don’t have to have read the other books to enjoy this one!

53 Responses to "A Gold Satin Murder"

Thank you so much for hosting me, Darlene! It’s always a pleasure to appear on your wonderful blog.

Happy to have you here!

Reblogged this on Mystery Deb and commented:
I’m delighted to be starting my blog tour on Darlene Foster’s wonderful blog. Please check it out!

Congrats on the new release, Debra. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the introduction, Darlene.

You’re very welcome, and I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Glad you enjoyed that excerpt, Denise. Always great to meet another writer.

Sounds like a cozy-ish mystery novella. Good excerpt!

Congratulations to Debra! Thank you for sharing, Darlene. Now I’m off to check this one out!

I love the characters in this book. The scene in the male strip club is LOL fun.

Hi Darlene, Writing a book to make readers smile sounds like a good idea to me. Debra’s belief that readers like shorter books is well founded. I think this too.

Thank you, Robbie. Yes, as a reader I like to read a variety of lengths and genres. So, changing things up a bit for readers seems like a good idea, I hope 🙂

I agree with both of you, sometimes I just want a quick read, something to entertain me

Me too. I’ve just finished two heavy books with lots of deaths. I’ve got a fantasy lined up next.

Yes, I do think that this Eduardo character bears watching, in more ways than one.

Best wishes on the new release, Debra – really enjoyed the excerpt!

This is a fun read as you can tell from the first chapter.

Thank you, Teri. I’m very happy that you enjoyed it 🙂

Really interesting post, Darlene and Debra. I’ve been considering a novella to develop some of the characters who needed more time in my trilogies but didn’t get it. Your thoughts were helpful.

I am also thinking of a novella, although my stories are quite short anyway. I like the idea.

Someone suggested–Sandra I think?–to do a novella about secondary characters. In my case, the canises. That might be a good idea for yours, too–Amanda’s parents maybe?

Thanks, Jacqui. I think you could write a number of spinoffs with your series that might focus on specific characters or situations that you weren’t able to fully cover in the novels. They are a great way to give new readers a sample of your storytelling style.

A great idea, or Leah or Caleb.

Debra looks pleased with herself in the smiling photo, and she has a right to be with such literary output. Darlene, thanks for introducing me to this author and her fine series.

Happy Launch Day, Debra! 😀

She has written a good number of books. Glad to introduce you to a new-to-you writer.

Thank you, Marian. My hubby took the photo and got me smiling with his ‘See, I can be a professional photographer’ mode. I’m thinking ‘we’ll see’, but he did a great job:)

Thanks for the introduction to Debra and her latest book, Darlene. It sounds like an entertaining series. It seems that novellas are becoming more popular these days. They’re shorter reads but the series also allows for more character development and a longer story overall. 😀

Thank you for your comments, and yes, I agree, there seems to be a growing trend for novellas. When I looked up the short-reads section on Amazon, I was surprised to see a number of well-known authors from different genres who have published shorter books.

Something to think about for sure!

I think there is certainly a place for novellas in our libraries. We don’t always have the time or patience for War and Peace!

Oh, I agree. Anything over 350 pages makes me think twice these days.

Thanks for putting this novella on my radar. Sometimes it’s nice to have a short book to read over a rainy weekend. That’s a lovely way to look at things in terms of aiming to bring a smile to a reader’s face.

It is. The scenes from Vancouver are great too. Enjoy.

Thank you for your comments. I think many of us could use more smiles these days, so I’m hoping to do my part. 🙂

What a fun read, Darlene. Thanks for sharing.

Glad you enjoyed it, Norah. I really appreciate Darlene who’s always been so supportive.

We all need support like Darlene gives. 🙂

I enjoyed the excerpt, Debra. Thanks for hosting, Darlene.

Thanks, Audrey. It’s a fun read.

Glad you enjoyed it, Audrey!

Congratulations to Debra – what a great excerpt. Toni x

Thank you, Toni. I’m very happy you enjoyed it 🙂

Sounds intriguing! Congratulations to Debra and thanks you for sharing Darlene.

Thank you, Sue. I’m thrilled that launch day is here today!

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