Book Shower – Beta: a Mallory Petersen Mystery by Stephen L. Brayton

30 Jan

Echelon Press

The Book Stork Has Arrived for Stephen L. Brayton!

Private Investigator Mallory Petersen, a fourth degree black belt with her own taekwondo school in Des Moines, Iowa, splits her time between teaching martial arts and her often inane cases. It’s not that she wants bad things to happen to people, but it makes life more interesting when they do.

When Mallory accepts a case to find Cheryl McGee’s kidnapped eight year old daughter, she is pulled into the dark underworld of child pornography. The trail soon leads to the Quad Cities, where Mallory partners with an officer from the Special Case Squad.

As the investigation deepens, Mallory discovers there’s more to the girl’s disappearance than her client let on.


This book is available at the following on-line retailers: OmniLit, Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Congratulations to author Stephen L. Braydon on his book, Beta – A Mallory Petersen Mystery, which was launched in October, 2011.

Stephen, have a glass of virtual champagne and tell us about your new arrival!

Beta is about Mallory Petersen, fourth degree black belt and private investigator. She’s on the trail of a kidnapped eight year old girl.

What did you feed your muse during the book’s development?

Potato chips, pizza, beer, a few joints…uh, wait a minute, strike that.

Actually, I fed the muse hours of classical music. Plus hours attending critique groups.

Did you experience any complications during the growth of this book?

The stint in prison for bank robbery did put a damper on things for awhile. When I get a hold of the snitch who ratted me out…uh, let’s not discuss that, shall we?

Actually, no prison and no robbery occurred. (Sheesh, you think I want the FBI checking me out?)

While researching Beta, I drove the route Mallory took when in the Quad Cities. Even with time allowed for conversations and tours, I ended up at noon. But I needed her to be out most of the day. So I had to add material. I also had to add more femininity to Mallory’s character as suggested by critique group members.

What is your favorite feature of this book (ie. character, setting, plot, etc) and why?

My fantasies on who would play Mallory in the movie version.

Actually, I enjoyed writing the humorous and the fight scenes. It gave me a chance to challenge my creativity and to choreograph the martial arts techniques used.

Describe the perfect reader for this book.

Do you read books? Then you’re the perfect reader.

If you like mysteries, female sleuths, action, or martial arts, then this is the book for you.

Are you expecting any more books (wink, wink)?

But of course! I have a previous publication, Night Shadows, and am waiting to hear the due date for Mallory’s next mystery.

Thanks Stephen! We wish you much joy (and lots of sales!)

About the Author:

Stephen L. Brayton owns and operates Brayton’s Black Belt Academy in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a Fifth Degree Black Belt and certified instructor in The American Taekwondo Association.

He began writing as a child; his first short story concerned a true incident about his reactions to discipline. During high school, he wrote for the school newspaper and was a photographer for the yearbook. For a Mass Media class, he wrote and edited a video project.

In college, he began a personal journal for a writing class; said journal is ongoing. He was also a reporter for the college newspaper.

During his early twenties, while working for a Kewanee, Illinois radio station, he wrote a fantasy based story and a trilogy for a comic book.

He has written numerous short stories both horror and mystery. He has also written a paranormal mystery, entitled Night Shadows, sequels to Nights Shadows and Beta are in rewrite/revision stages.

Visit Stephen’s website, blog#1, blog #2, connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter!

7 Responses to “Book Shower – Beta: a Mallory Petersen Mystery by Stephen L. Brayton”

  1. Patricia Gligor January 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Congratulations, Stephen! I wish you the best of luck with “Beta” and many, many sales!

  2. Marja McGraw January 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I truly enjoy your sense of humor, Stephen, and your book sounds exciting. I, too, wish you many, many sales and the birth of numerous stories.

  3. J. R. Lindermuth January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Seconding Patricia’s wishes for many sales and good reviews for ‘Beta.’

  4. sunnyfrazier January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Ya just can’t keep a straight face, can you?

    I never know what wit you are going to throw at us before you seriously answer questions. Sometimes, I wish the silly responses were true.

    Let’s see about getting Alpha published.

  5. sirsteve January 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Thanks everyone. Never had a book shower before.

  6. Sally Carpenter February 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Am I too late for the shower? Did I miss the games? Any food left? I’m finally catching up on emails today. Best of luck with your new book, Stephen. We black belts should get together someday and spar!
    Sally Carpenter
    “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper”
    Eureka! Award nominee

    • nancyelizabethlauzon February 2, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Sorry, Sally, I ate all the leftovers. Virtual food is about all I can eat these days.

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