Venus Rising by Tammy D. Walker

About the Book

Almost as soon as recent divorcee Amy Morrison begins her dream job as librarian aboard the world’s most expensive luxury cruise liner, she nearly sinks it. She’s tasked with hosting the debut of a painting celebrated but hidden for nearly sixty years. But the artist claims the painting isn’t hers. And then, the artist goes missing. With the help of a retired academic couple lecturing aboard the ship, a dashing IT manager, and a housekeeping staff with a love of literature, Amy tries to solve the art fraud and kidnapping while rediscovering the adventurous side of herself.

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Guests swirled around her. For the first time in her career, and maybe in her life, Amy Morrison stood in the middle of the sort of event she'd dreamed about hosting since starting her library science degree over two decades earlier. She spotted Brent at the doorway.

Brent excused himself from the guests with whom he'd been speaking. "Ten minutes until the unveiling. We want Venus out the window for the official portrait. Memoir, Diane, Venus, and, well, Venus."

"Will the photographer be able to do that? Get Venus with everything else?"    

Brent shook his head. "We can edit it in. It's the experience we want to create for everyone here. It'll be the story everyone takes away and tells their friends, their social media connections, the world. Trust me."

"Oh, I do."

"Everyone will be talking about how impressive the painting is alongside the rebirth of Venus, so to speak." Brent checked his watch, a sleek digital band that barely rose above his wrist.

"I hesitate to ask,” Amy said in a low voice. “But isn’t Venus technically setting right now?”

“Details.” Brent waved his hand. “It doesn’t matter which way the planet is going. It’s the story that’s important.”

"But not the book?"

"The book." Brent seemed to stop himself from saying something. Which is what Neil did too often. Amy pushed her pale coral thumbnail into her bare ring finger and told herself to stop it. No thinking about the divorce tonight. No thinking about Neil. "The book is what it is."

"All part of the magic, right?" Which was Neil's favorite thing to say when things were going not as well as planned. She pushed her thumbnail into her ring finger again.


About the Author

Tammy D. Walker's latest book is the cozy mystery Venus Rising. She writes mysteries, poetry, and science fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, trying to find far-away stations on her shortwave radios, making poetry programs, or enjoying tea and scones with her family.

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  1. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

  2. Have you been on a cruise ? My husband went on a cruise about 20 years ago to Hawaii- We loved it. I highly recommend it .

  3. This looks like an interesting book.

  4. Nice cover. I like the colors.

  5. Great excerpt, and I love the cover.

  6. Great book cover. I love cruising!