THE KIRTLAND BOYS, Deadly Pranks
Previously, D.C. Rush Books has written and published only illustrated children’s books. This is our first adult full-length crime mystery book.
Teenagers, Jake, Kenny, Pete and Tony are life-long friends growing up in idyllic Kirtland, Ohio. Like other teenagers, the boys enjoy playing football, baseball and camping out. However, the four boys also enjoy playing pranks around the neighborhood. The pranks start off innocently enough but soon escalate. Eventually their mischief crosses the line when a local farmer and family man suffers a fatal heart attack.
Vowing revenge, the daughters of the farmer discover the names and addresses of all four boys and wait to spring their trap. While on a camping trip, the boys are awakened and kidnapped at gunpoint. They are blindfolded and placed in dog cages to wait out their punishment.
The boys endure torture as well as sleep and food deprivation by their captors. The boys know they must get away and finally have a chance to execute their escape plan. Will all four boys survive? Will the girls be held accountable?
For ordering links, visit us at http://www.dcrushbooks.com/thekirtlandboys.html
A few months ago, I decided to try writing a mystery/crime thriller. The story is set in my home town of Kirtland, Ohio, a small rural Ohio city. Everyone knows everyone. Four boys, all friends with each other, begin doing stupid pranks until they finally cross the line. After a local farmer dies suddenly, his two surviving daughters hold the boys responsible and vow revenge. One day, after learning all their identities and home addresses, the girls stalk and eventually capture the boys. Now, all four boys are living in their own private hell, and they don’t even know what they did wrong.
After the boys are kidnapped, the daughters have a difference of opinion on how to deal with the future of the boys. The oldest girl wants to kill them and dispose of the bodies and the youngest girl, wants to release them. The town is swelling with Police and FBI agents, frantically searching for the boys. Both girls are at odds. A chain of events may decide which girl wins the battle.
I’m maybe 1/2 finished with the book. It’s coming along very slow. Of course, I’ll probably just self-publish it because it’s nearly impossible to find an agent or a publisher. I’ll continue to update as I get closer to finishing, if I ever do!! Here are a few actual pictures of Kirtland. It really is a wonderful city with outstanding people.
It’s been so long since my last Blog, I thought I should try again. Like most people in the children’s book business, I expected things to happen quickly. I also thought I wouldn’t need to market or invest yet somehow the books would magically fly off my shelf and the money would roll in. That’s a big NO. It doesn’t work that way.
Try doing a Google search using your keywords. I got to page twenty and still did not find our website. Being on Social Security doesn’t leave mush for advertising. We’ve published a total of six books. Each book required proof editing and illustrating. We sunk a lot of cash into these books. Looking back, I should have written one or maybe two books then used the illustration money from the other books to market and advertise with. I think that would have made more sense, but too late now.
The best thing I can do is start using social media to market with and make improvements where I can. That’s why we gave the website a facelift. If you get a chance, visit us at http://www.dcrushbooks.com and let me know what you think, (good, bad or indifferent.)
Previously a customer might find our home page then they would need to search for our books. Now, the customer will find our books on the home page. From there, they only need to click on the MORE link where they will find an enhanced description and links to purchase either the digital eBook from Amazon or the Paperback from us.
I plan to continue using social marketing including Facebook, Twitter , Goodreads, WordPress, Linkedin, Pinterest and YouTube.
Here are some of the pictures from the home page.
We hope people like the updated website and the ease of ordering. Some folks think a WordPress Website would work better but I’m just not sold yet. I know very little about WordPress and I’m concerned I might mess it up. I just don’t have the money to pay someone to build a WordPress site. I understand a little HTML, or at least just enough to be dangerous. No matter the outcome, I promise to keep the Blog current this time around.