May Release: A Perfect Murder by A.M. Alley

My May story is out! I didn’t actually publish it on the last day of the month – it’s been out for a whopping three days – but I didn’t have time to write a blog post until now. Since I started working I can’t seem to get anything done, I can’t find a few minutes to write a teeny tiny blogpost. But never mind that now, A Perfect Murder (Murder Games #4) is available through KU.

In this story Vanessa finds herself in a bit of a jam, her game pieces aren’t acting according to plan, and their murders lack the artistic feel she is looking for. There is nothing left for her to do other than showing the guys how a perfect murder is supposed to be staged and executed.

Just like with the previous three tales in this short story series I had a laugh writing it, really, few thing amuse me as much as writing deranged characters. Next month I’m planning on continuing the series with another murder.

If you want to start the series from the beginning (I recommend you do) you’ll find info about Picture-Perfect Murder (Murder Games #1) here.

What to do when your game pieces aren’t performing as you’d planned?

Vanessa Hope deserves the world, people not realising that drives her mad. When she put together a group of players to act out the murders she wanted to see she thought they’d at least appreciate her brilliance. Turns out they’re bunch of useless men who don’t have a clue how to whip up a perfect murder.

It is like they say, if you want something done well, you have to do it yourself. She’ll show them how a real murder is supposed to be executed, and she’ll do it without littering the ground with stray corpses or getting caught.

April Release: Murder in the Morning by A.M. Alley

This month I was faster to publish my monthly story than I’d planned. I was going to time it with Picture-Perfect Murder going on its free days tomorrow but I was a little too quick to press the publish button so Murder in the Morning (Murder Games #3) is already live on Amazon.

In this third story we get to meet Derek who is a little too fond of his whisky and cares a little too little about what’s happening around him. He’s not stupid, though. He knows murdering for points is wrong and that he should get out. He only gets more convinced of leaving the group is for the best when this month’s challenge arrives.

All the players are to perform their murders at the same location and Derek does not like the thought of that. Murder in peace and quiet in a desolate place is one thing, murder in a group of people where it’s crawling of potential eyewitnesses? Nah, that’s not the way Derek rolls. It wouldn’t be called a challenge if it wasn’t a challenge, though.

I have so much fun writing these little stories I’m not really sure what I’ll do when I’m done with them. How many deranged killers can I make up? I guess we’ll see…

Book Cover Murder in the Morning by A.M. AlleyHow much Jack Daniels do you have to drink to get through game night?

Derek Lynch knows he should find another hobby—murdering for points really is something more fitting for younger men. But, he doesn’t have a whole lot going on, and it’s nice to get out now and then.

When this month’s challenge arrives in the letterbox, he realises more than ever that he needs to quit the game. It’s getting too dangerous. Not only are all the players supposed to perform their murders at the same location, but people he knows shows up too.

Note: This is a 20-minute read.

March Release: Frozen Mermaids by A.M. Alley

It’s still March! I’m not as late as it may seem, I actually did publish my story of the month on the 27th but I haven’t had time write anything about it – work’s been crazy. But here we are on the last day of the month and Frozen Mermaids (Murder Games #2) is available on Amazon.

Frozen Mermaids is the second story about the online group of murderers who each month take part in a challenge to perform a murder according to the instructions they get. They get points for how well they’re performing, and Neil Preston is a little behind. He did not like that Jigsaw won last month’s challenge, didn’t like it at all, but he is determined to win this one. Turning a woman into a mermaid shouldn’t be too hard.

How to turn a dead woman into a mermaid?

Neil Preston is part of an online group where the members compete in performing perfect murders each month. This month’s challenge is to, as fast as possible, create a scene with a mermaid.

Neil believed he’d found the perfect victim, he believed he finally would beat all the other members, but then a black cat ran across the road and jinxed everything! Can he win the challenge despite cats, uncooperative mermaids, and old men snooping around?

Note: This is a 15-minute read

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February Release: Picture-Perfect Murder by A.M. Alley

It’s still February, I didn’t blow my ‘publish one story a month’ plan on the second month of the year – though I’ll gladly admit that if Amazon had taken the 72 hours they say they may take, we would’ve been in March before this story would be out. But, February’s release is a short story called Picture-Perfect Murder.

Picture-Perfect Murder (Murder Games #1) is the first in what I plan to become a six-story series about a group of people who each month commits a murder and gets scored on their performance. They have a game leader, a Facebook group where they chat, and they live for the challenge of producing the perfect murder. Though, some are more thrilled by the challenge than others.

Joshua Ingram likes a challenge, he looks forward the each month’s performance even though he is a bit worried about what his mother would say should she look down on him from heaven above.

Picture-Perfect Murder is live on Amazon and in KU.

Joshua Ingram has been a little lost since Mother died. Luckily, he found a group of like-minded online—men and women who, just like him, like games and puzzles.
Every month, they receive a challenge in an envelope, a murder to replicate, and Joshua has found the perfect mannequin for this month’s challenge. The question is if he can execute his murder with enough skill to give him the highest points, and he really hopes the kid in the convenience store didn’t see the specks of blood on him. What would happen if he got caught? Mother wouldn’t approve.

January Release: Death a.m. – a weird short story by A.M. Alley

It looks ridiculous with two A.M.s in the title but it is what it is. Death a.m. is my January story – I have this notion of trying to publish one short story a month this year – and today is the first of five days when it’ll be free on Amazon.

Death a.m. started out as a flash that I was going to submit to flash fiction online but it didn’t feel like a fit so I extended it a little and it became this short ten-minute read. I don’t really know how to categorise it other than to say it’s weird fiction.

If you’re looking for something a little sad but not extremely dark, though not happy either I guess, check it out.

Everything in life has a price—even death. Jeffrey is okay with that, but he wishes he had more money. His body is aching, his swollen joints protesting at every motion, and his Elise is fading away. Little by little she is disappearing from him. Pain is eating away at her, it fetters her to the bed, and refuses to set her free. But Jeffrey knows someone who can. He only wished he had a little more money.

Note: This is a weird ten-minute read.