Monday, May 29, 2017

Coming Soon! Hidden Assets ♦ Leeann Betts ♦ Behind the scenes

Please welcome guest blogger author Leeann Betts as she shares her 'story behind the story' in the writing of Hidden Assets, in her By The Numbers series. 

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Hidden Assets – the Story behind the story   
By Leeann Betts                    

Stories are everywhere, if we simply look for them.

I spent some time last year with a friend who had just taken a train ride from Denver to San Francisco. She gave me a lot of insight into how the ride went, about the dining room, the movement of the train, the miles during the night where there isn’t much to see, and how she’d read three books in three days, which was a real treat for her.

I got to thinking how much more exciting the trip would have been if she’d stumbled across a body. Or saw someone being thrown from the train. Okay, I love The Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

When I sat down to start writing Hidden Assets, I just knew there had to be a train involved somehow.

Except, the bulk of the story takes place at a B&B in Wyoming.

But then I remembered Carly’s second book, There Was a Crooked Man, and how an unrelated mystery happened on their plane ride to New Mexico. So I decided to change it up a bit by making the mystery on the train part of the overall story.

I did some research on train travel, and I’ve been to Wyoming a number of times, so pulling together a mystery set in a small town in rural Wyoming wasn’t too difficult.

As I said, stories are everywhere. We simply need to look for them and ask the big What If? questions.

Book Title:  Hidden Assets
Author:  Leeann Betts
Publisher:  PLS Bookworks
Release Date:  June 30, 2017 Coming soon!
Genre:  cozy mystery
Stand-alone or series: Book 6 in By the Numbers series

Purchase Link:  for Leeann's other books. 

About the Book:
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?

About Leaan:

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at or follow Leeann at 

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  1. Hi Peggy: Thanks for the chance to blog with you. Gentle readers, I'd love to hear from you!

  2. My pleasure, Leeann. I enjoyed reading about your upcoming release. Best wishes on its success.