Monday, July 31, 2017

ARC Readers Feedback Form Murder @ the Black Mesa Café Book 1

ARC Readers Feedback Form
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Thank You for reading my novel Murder @ the Black Mesa Café. A few thoughts on sincere feedback to Murder @ Black the Mesa Café. Jot down a few responses to your overall feelings about the story.  Don't worry about typos, but if you catch one let me know. I’d actually like to receive a truthful blunt comment, what you felt when you read the novel. Be honest! I’d rather you tell me the truth than getting a 1-star review on Amazon! I can fix boring, goofy, confusion, typos, etc. before it’s published. Adapted from 
15 questions for your beta readersPosted on June 16, 2014, by Joe Moore by Jodie Renner, editor & author; @JodieRennerEd

Definition: A Mystery Genre Novel needs a body, a sleuth, a puzzle, red herrings (false suspects), a murderer and justice for the victim.

This list is to jog your memory, use them all or a few:

1. Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?
2. Did you get oriented quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?
3. Could you relate to the main character? Victim? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?
4. Did the setting interest you, and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?
5. Was there a point at which you felt the story started to lag or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?
6. Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?
7. Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?
8. Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable?
9. Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names or characters too similar?
10. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?
11. Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?
12. Was there enough conflict, excitement, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest? Or too much?
13. Was the ending satisfying? Believable?
14. Theme: Are people worth more than stuff? Agree or Disagree? Why?
15. Do you think the writing style suits the genre? 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

FAQ 3: What is the ATF? (Bureau of Alchohol Firearms and Explosives) Black Mesa AZ

FAQ  3

ATF: Bureau of Alcohol Firearms 
Tobacco and Explosives

In my novel Murder@Black Mesa Cafe, Michael Sean Doyle is a retired ATF agent. 

During the Great Depression and the era of Prohibition, and thru WW 2 my grandfather was a revenue agent in the true sense. He worked with Elliot Ness. Not as dramatic as the movie or  TV series. Yet, he was injured when the beer factory he was inspecting in Terre Haute Indiana blew up.

I can remember as a kid in Milwaukee WI watching the TV series starring Robert Flack. Grandpa Tom's favorite saying "That's not the way we did it." but he kept watching. 

My grandfather was a classically trained intelligent graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, WW1 vet, an author, artist, who spoke French, Latin and Greek. He read all the classics. I sat in his vast library and read the adventures of the Three Musketeers, Natty Bumpo, Count of Monte Christo, Sherlock Holmes, and other classics (before required in high school) for fun.

FAQ 2 , Food: Red or Green ?

FAQ 2 Food: RED or GREEN

Welcome to the World of
Black Mesa AZ

It's all in my imagination. A combination of the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Northern Arizona. For Helena my niece.

In my novel Murder@ the Black Mesa Cafe, Rose Wilde, the quirky waitress and owner of the Black Mesa Cafe, has a daily special of Chimichangas with red or green sauce. She also offers her customers the Crazy Burro which has both, for those who can't decide. 

The town of Black Mesa exists only the pages of my novel and my imagination.
If you want to experience the real Arizona, I will be featuring small towns and other tidbits about Arizona in my novels: Murder@ the Black Mesa Cafe, Murder@ the Black Mesa Salon, Murder@ the Black Mesa Dance, and Murder@ the Black Mesa Mailbox. 

You're in for a wild ride. My sleuths, cyber forensics expert Minerva Doyle and her husband, retired ATF agent, Michael Doyle are on the look-out for the best eats in Arizona. Foodie detectives Minerva and Michael Doyle love to uncover villains and hunt down their favorite Mom & Pop cafes. Stick around for more classic Arizona dishes.

Good morning readers. Some questions have arisen about words that are peculiar to Arizona. So in my posts, I will answer questions as they arise.

Food: RED or GREEN

The great red or green debate. When you eat a Chimichanga, the wait staff of any restaurant asks you "red or green." It's a sauce made of chiles. I prefer red on chimis and green on tamales or enchiladas. To each their own. Both are yummy. Hatch green chiles smell so intoxicating when they are roasting. Although New Mexico has the red or green question as a claim to fame. Arizona holds it's own. Try both.

Chimichanga History and Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes


6 (12- to 14-inch) flour tortillas
 1 pound ground beef (hamburger) 1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup red chile sauce or enchilada sauce Salt and black pepper to taste
Vegetable oil
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 cups chopped green onions Chopped tomatoes (optional) Guacamole (optional)
Sliced black olives (optional)

Yield: Makes 6

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Wrap stacked tortillas in aluminum foil, and heat in oven 15 minutes or until hot. To microwave, wrap a stack of tortillas lightly in paper towels and warm on high for 6 or 7 seconds per tortilla.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef; drain, leaving beef in the pan. Add onion, chile or enchilada sauce, salt, and pepper; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are transparent.

In the center of each warm tortilla, spoon 1/6 of meat filling. Fold tortilla, tucking in the ends to make a secure fat tube, and fasten with wooden toothpicks. NOTE: Assemble only 2 or 3 at a time, as the tortilla will absorb liquid from the sauce.

In a large pot or deep fryer over medium heat, add at least 4 inches of vegetable oil. Heat oil to 375 to 400 degrees F.

Fry the chimichangas (1 or 2 at a time), approximately 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil, drain, and place on serving plates.

Top with Cheddar cheese, lettuce, green onions, and any optional ingredients that you prefer. Makes 6 Chimichangas.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Acknowledgements Murder @ the Black Mesa Café Marty Knox © 2018


A Minerva Doyle Mystery (Book 1)

Marty Knox

“Truth is stranger than Fiction, but is because Fiction is obliged to stick to the possibilities; Truth isn’t.” Mark Twain.
This is a work of my imagination and it is fiction. The characters, incidents, and dialogue are products of my imagination and are not real. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead is entirely due to coincidence. The novel’s Black Mesa is a fictitious town, as are the immediate surrounding features.
Copyright  © 2018 by Martha Knox All rights reserved. This book may not be reproduced in any media without the permission of the author except for reviewer quotes.

ΑΘΕΝΑ           γλάûκες
Athena (Minerva) and glaukes (owl)
Tetradrachm coin circa 410 AC,  Museum of Fine Arts Lyon

Marty Knox
White Barn Books Inc.
PO Box 323
Golden City MO 64748.

Cover Design: M. L. Dean
Photographer: Summer  Silvers
Editor: Marsha Wookie
Developmental Editor: Marie Silvers
Proofreader: Tara Carter
Typesetter: Georgia 14 point: Marie Maroney

ISBN 13-978-1721807383
ISBN: 10-1721807381

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