Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Release! THE INHERITANCE by Jacqueline Seewald

My latest novel, THE INHERITANCE, is published today by 
Intrigue Publishing, December 1. 2016! It’s been a long time coming and I’m delighted. Getting a book published is a lot like giving birth to a child. 

This novel is a stand alone mystery that combines elements of the cozy with romance and suspense. It’s available inexpensively as an e-book for all formats as well as in a print edition:
Also available from:
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Here is a little about the novel:
Jennifer Stoddard, a thirty-five-year-old widow with an eight-year-old son, receives a surprising letter which will change her life. Jennifer’s grandmother has passed away and named Jen as sole heir to her estate. To claim her inheritance she must return to Bloomingvale, the town in the Midwest where she grew up. Jen is informed by her grandmother’s attorney that to inherit she must meet the condition of living in her grandmother’s house for two years. Since the estate is substantial, she agrees. However, there are those who will stop at nothing to make certain that Jennifer does not inherit.

Late that afternoon as Jen left the house and started to drive away, a strange sound whizzed across the open front car windows from the driver’s side through the passenger side. She was startled by the sound. Her heart began to pound. Jen glanced over at the thicket of overgrown shrubs and trees to the side of the grounds that led back into woodlands. Had the sound been a bullet? If so, it had nearly hit her. Her hands shook on the driver’s wheel as she took off at high speed.
One block away she heard the police siren and saw the flashing lights. She groaned. Not again! He signaled with his hand, pointing his index finger for her to pull over. It was all she could do not to burst into tears.
Grant Coleman approached the car like a gunfighter in a spaghetti western. “I thought you learned something the first time,” he said. “Guess I was wrong. License and registration.” He held out his hand with a bored, impatient gesture.
“I have a very good reason for speeding.”
The smile was more of a smirk. The man was infuriating! “I’ve heard them all, but you can try.”
“As I left my grandmother’s house, a bullet passed through my car. I had the windows rolled down. So they weren’t broken, but it just missed hitting me.”
He stared at her. “Maybe it was a kid with a Beebe gun. Are you certain it was a bullet breezing by you? How familiar are you with weapons?”
“Not familiar at all, but I know what I heard.” Jen swallowed hard. “I think someone might have intended to shoot me.”
He let out a loud laugh. “In Bloomingvale? I doubt that very much.”
“So you’re not taking this seriously?” She folded her arms over her chest.
“Admit it. You’re just looking for an excuse to keep me from writing you another ticket.” His intense gray eyes bore into her like the steel blade of a dagger.
Jen raised her chin and stiffened her spine. “You are so wrong. Why don’t you check the area near the house, just to see if you can find anything.”
“Waste of time.” He leaned toward her and she felt his breath on her cheek which caused her to shiver. “Tell you what I will do though. I won’t write you a ticket this time because that’s the most creative excuse I’ve ever heard.”
“So glad I managed to amuse you,” she said.
Jen watched him drive off. He was probably still laughing, the sexy jerk. Several people had come out of their houses and were staring at her. Jen managed to restart her car and drove off before others gathered. She certainly didn’t want to make a spectacle of herself. Letting out a shaky breath, Jen wasn’t certain now if she’d really heard what she thought she had. A professional law enforcement officer didn’t think anything of it. She supposed it might have been nothing at all. Maybe it was a child with a Beebe gun as he suggested. But try as hard as she might, Jen couldn’t convince herself.
This novel is a “clean read” suitable for young and old readers alike. An exciting cozy mystery with romantic elements, this book is perfect for personal reading enjoyment and/or holiday gift giving.

Your comments most welcome!


  1. It sounds like a keeper! I enjoyed your post.

  2. Thank you, Mary! I appreciate you commenting.

  3. I'm so far behind on promised reading, but this sounds like something I would enjoy - congratulations. A new publication is thrilling.

  4. Jacquie, the book arrived!!! Many thanks.

  5. "One block away she heard the police siren and saw the flashing lights. She groaned. Not again! He signaled with his hand, pointing his index finger for her to pull over. It was all she could do not to burst into tears." I didn't get it. Who was pointing his finger. Police car or police?

    1. Hi Martin,

      I don't think police cars have fingers. Could work in a sci-fi story though.

  6. Sorry I'm late to CONGRATULATE you!
    Wishing you the best of luck and God's blessings with your new release

    1. Pam,

      As a date who arrived an hour late when I was a teenager said: Better late than never! Thanks for the good wishes.

  7. I absolutely loved "The Inheritance." If there were more stars to give it on amazon, I would. Great book!

    1. Patricia,

      You've just given me the incentive to keep writing. Thank you!

  8. Looks like an interesting read. As soon as I can grab a minute I will download a copy. You compared writing a book to childbirth. There are pain medications for an expectant mother. I haven't found one yet for an author who is 'having a book.' Someone needs to work on this.

    Joe Prentis

    1. Hi Joe,

      Giving birth is painful, but once you hold the baby in your arms, the pain is virtually forgotten. I think that's true about getting a book published in that there is a lot of blood, sweat and often tears involved in the process. But when you hold that book in your hand, there's a sense of joy and accomplishment.

  9. Nice read.

    Happy release day. I wish you many sales.

  10. Congratulations on your newest release! I hope it's a great success.