Please welcome Randy Overbeck to Discover... We can all use an escape, and Randy can help!
now—ten long months into this pandemic, still not able to do much—could you use
a getaway? The vaccine is coming to you and yours soon, but in the meantime
could you use a getaway? Couldn’t you just picture yourself on an sun-drenched
beach, toes in the warm sand and a frosty drink in your hand? Or maybe sailing
across blue green waters, waves lapping peacefully at the sides of your
sailboat with the shoreline around you exploding with color?
I’m right there with you.
That’s why, when I decided to write
my new series, the Haunted Shores
Mysteries, I decided to set each story in a great getaway location. But not
just any getaway. I mean, everyone knows about places like Hilton Head or
Malibu or Daytona Beach. For my stories, I was searching for unique, even
unforgettable locations that I could introduce readers to, places that would
leave a lasting impression.
For me, my first choice was obvious
since it’s been a favorite destination of ours for years. The setting for BLOOD
ON THE CHESAPEAKE
is, well, the Chesapeake Bay. Or to be more precise, the
Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, which I believe is one of the undiscovered
gems in the country. Thousands
of miles of undulating shoreline, some of the best seafood you’ll ever eat, and
sunsets over the water that would melt your sheltered, hardened heart. Not to
mention the scene of variegated foliage covering she shores that can match even
peak autumn in New Hampshire. If you close your eyes, you might be able to picture
yourself in the middle of the Bay aboard a two-masted sailboat, rocking gently
on the waters. Or you could just let my novel take you there.
Here’s a brief excerpt from BLOOD.
A few stray
clouds chased each other across an azure sky which turned the water to an
aquamarine. A light breeze filled the two white and gold sails and stirred the
water, creating only small waves which rocked the sloop gently. Across the
horizon, a few white sails punctured the beautiful blue that wrapped around
them. Gusts of wind filled the two triangle sails and flapped the four-square
Maryland flag at the rear. Along the rock-strewn shoreline, charming Cap Cods
with Adirondack chairs in front competed with two-story Colonials wearing their
white clapboard siding and green sloped roofs like their Sunday best.
Don’t you wish you were standing on the deck of that
sailboat right now? Well, you can almost.
For the second entry in my series,
I went for something quite different, but just as intriguing in its own way.
CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY
is set in a quintessential resort town, with expansive
white sand beaches for the sun-worshipper, a famous getaway for more than 150
years. With over a hundred unique Victorian houses and mansions—think “the
painted ladies”—lining the shore and filling the streets of this quant town and
you have a setting and a sight unmatched anywhere in the U.S.
And, the fact that
the town is the most haunted seaport on the Eastern Seacoast made it a
no-brainer for the setting for my second narrative. A few pages into this novel
and I promise you’ll forget the present doldrums of Covid-19 and find yourself
in another place and time, one you’ll enjoy. Here’s just a sample.
They crossed at
the light, and Darrell took in the sight ahead of them—a near perfect,
expansive sandy beach edged by crystal blue water that seemed to stretch on
forever, merging with a perfect azure sky. Smudges of white dotted the heavenly
canvas, and small curls of white-topped breakers were sprinkled along the
waters farther out. Quiet waves gurgled up upon the sand before leaking back
into the watery expanse. Throw in the meticulous architecture of all those
Victorian mansions and B & B’s and you have resort few places could match.
Of course, my novels are far more
than mere escape reads. Both include a cold-case murder mystery, a haunting
ghost story and a bit of romance, all with some unforgettable characters.
Perhaps, one of the Amazon
reviewers put it best:
“Was your vacation canceled this year? I know
ours was put on the back burner, but I can recommend a great get-away that
won't cost much. Read the book Blood on the Chesapeake: A Cold Case Murder
Mystery. It's a vacation to a beautiful seashore with characters you'll
love and some you'll hate. Of course, everyone wants a vacation with a happy
ending, and I won't spoil the book for you, but you'll smile about the ending
after you put it down.”—Tami A, an Amazon reviewer
haven’t had the chance to discover either, click any of the links below to grab
your copy and escape the present.
Here are just a few things reviewers and readers are
saying about these ★★★★★ and
award winning novels.
· “So engrossing it had me hooked from the very first
“Overbeck’s pace is spot on
and makes for a thoroughly engaging and quick read… A Gold Award Winner!” ★★★★★—Literary Titan
“An absolutely chilling
ghost story wrapped around an even scarier piece of history - or perhaps it’s
the other way around. Recommended. BEST BOOK!” ★★★★★—Chanticleer Reviews and Media
“This book was riveting and full of mystery, romance, and
suspense. I could not put this book down once I was past the first chapter. I
would find myself reading late into the night telling myself "just one
more chapter"- just one more chapter would turn into 50 or 60 pages.
Excellent book with a hint of history lessons to enrich our lives.”—An Amazon
“Thrilling! Haunting! Convincing! Loved it as much, if not
more, than “Blood on the Chesapeake!” Began reading the book on Monday and
finished it at midnight on Tuesday!”—an Amazon reviewer
FB: Author Randy Overbeck
Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, writer and
speaker who has earned recognition in the Midwest and beyond. As a
member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of
the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a
mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as
Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not
writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation
“Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible
family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful