Here’s an excerpt from the Bleeder,  book #3 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries.” Lisa is covering an active shooter situation which is part of a domestic violence incident:

Another squawk from my radio. “Lisa, you ready?” David barks. “You’re on in 30.”

“Ready. Count me down.” To Jill, with a shocked expression on her blanched face, I say, “You just try to relax.”

Wise advice. I take a deep breath to attempt to calm my own pounding heart, and I look out the window as David’s voice comes back. “In five … four … three … two … one.”

I pause for one more beat, then begin.

“Yes, Dean, we’re in the 8-thousand block of Jacaranda Drive in the Ocotillo development of Southern Chandler, near the scene of what was originally called in to police as a hostage situation and a possible domestic violence case. However, within minutes of the initial call, a second advisory stated that shots had been fired, and police were warned to use extreme caution.

“I am in a nearby home, looking out an upstairs window, and can see the house in question. It’s surrounded by about nine Chandler police squad cars, and we have heard a couple of gunshots since we’ve been here. A neighbor says a husband and wife and their two young children live in the house, but that’s not been confirm—”

Suddenly a plate glass window shatters from inside Brittney and Jason’s house, and two more blasts from a large caliber gun ring out with a “boom, boom.” More yelling from police officers. My hand instinctively flies up in front of my face in a protective reflex.

“Oh, my!” I detect a hint of panic in my voice. A swallow helps me calm down. “Sorry, we just saw a large window break on the first floor of the home, and more shots were fired. As I said, there’s no confirmation of the names of the residents in question, but we have also heard children crying from inside the house.”

Exhale. Steady yourself. “This is truly an active shooter situation in the 82-hundred block of Jacaranda Drive in Ocotillo, and residents nearby should stay inside their homes, lock their doors and stay away from windows until Chandler police secure the scene. Again, this is an active shooter situation with possible hostages in Southern Chandler. I’ll give more information in a few minutes. This is Lisa Powers reporting live for KWLF News Radio.”

(To be continued!)


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Here’s another excerpt from the murder mystery podcast in “Dead Air,” book #2 in the continuing Behind the Mic Mysteries. It’s a take-off of the 1940s “film noir” days with a “gumshoe,” or private investigator and a “dame,” or woman, complete with a glossary at the end. Only in my story, the dame is the private eye, and a gentleman needs her help. This is Episode #2:

            The gent’s got sweat drippin’ down his forehead, nervous as a losing bookie at the track. He throws back the hooch and finally spills.

            “It’s…a woman.”

            “Ain’t it always about a woman? But I wouldn’t figure a good-lookin’ cat like you would have lady troubles.”

            “Actually, it’s my wife.”

            “Now we’re gettin’ somewhere. So, she’s stepping out? Fooling around?”

            “No, it’s about my wife.”

            “Oh, so you want me to find somethin’ on her so’s you can get a divorce?”

            “No, really it’s about me.”

            “You’re the one messin’ around? Spending time in a flophouse?”

            “No, no. I think someone’s trying to kill me.”

            The glass in my paw drops, shattering on the wood floor into a million pieces. 

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