Review for Alternate Currents by Arleen Alleman

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My Rating: 4 /5

Author:  Arleen Alleman
Title: Alternate Currents

Genre:  Mystery

Background:

Amazon Description:

“Author Darcy Farthing is living in Washington, DC, with her fiancé, Mick Clayton. They are enjoying a much needed respite from trauma and crime fighting while preparing for a wedding and a romantic cruise. Everything changes when an alarming phone call halts their plans. A good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared–the apparent victim of an abduction.

Against Mick’s wishes, on an impulse and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don, and their daughter, Penelope, cope with the loss. She is worried about Mick’s negative attitude about the couple and worries that he is prejudiced toward her friends. As a result, she finds herself reevaluating the direction of her personal and professional life.

Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she becomes immersed in the unfamiliar world of domestic partnerships, birth surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. Don and Charlie, who became unlikely heroes in the first novel in this series, Currents Deep and Deadly, have their lives turned upside down by elusive kidnappers with no apparent motive. At the same time, their well-intentioned decision to pay a surrogate to bear their daughter for them turns into a nightmare, when the biological mother returns after eight years, claiming that Don and Charlie are not Penelope’s fathers as they believed, and she wants her child back. This revelation sets in motion a series of tragic events that threatens to destroy a parent-child bond, and worse.

Before the police and FBI are able to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, an even more devastating case materializes when Penelope also vanishes. The FBI and Seattle police detectives frantically look for clues. In the process, they implicate a local antigay organization and its leader, two local business owners who are being harassed by antigay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and the birth mother herself. There is no hard evidence against any of the suspects, and the leads are curtailed when two of them are murdered. The authorities are no closer to finding Penelope and now worry that she has been abducted by a vicious killer.

In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant. Mick rushes to her side and soon overcomes his reluctance to get involved with Don and Charlie’s plight. Together they try to gather information to help solve the case. Before the hostility ends, Don also becomes a victim and then a hero, and Mick must fight an unbalanced killer intent on revenge.”

Narration: Multiple Third Person/First Person – Darcy

Opinions: First off, I think Amazon summarizes this book very well without giving away much of the mystery. I have not read any other books to this series, but it doesn’t matter that much while reading. The story briefly mentions a crime that took place while on a cruise. However, this isn’t part of the focus for this story. This story addresses several things. First, it focuses on gay rights and society. Being a hot topic in today’s society and the passing of gay marriages, this book shows the different views and/or stereotypes associated with it. Second, it addresses complexities of surrogate and other types of conception/adoptions among couples. Third, it deals with crimes, because after all, this is a mystery novel. I think all three were well written in the book. I like the fact that you had the two radical sides represented in the story but also the everyday people in it – for both the gay rights and surrogacy. I have not read that many books with these topics, so it is interesting to read a mystery about them.

Two things that slightly bothered me in the book: Mick’s initial reaction and change in that reaction seems to happen very suddenly. Perhaps, I have missed something from one of the other books with this personality? Also, I don’t want to reveal any spoilers in this review so I’ll state say it like this: two parts of the mystery are solved a little too neatly. It is like a happy coincidence than figuring things out a harder way – which I know can happen in life but I usually expect differently with books.

Overall it is a nice mystery book.

 

Standalone or Part of a Series: Part of a series but can be read as a standalone

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Book Promotion: Alternate Currents by Arleen Alleman

Today’s book promotion comes from Arleen Alleman and her book called Alternate Currents. If you like mystery and suspense novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Alternate Currents
Author: Arleen Alleman
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Publisher: Xlibris.com
Publish Date: July 5, 2013
Format:
Hardback, paperback, Epub, Kindle, and Nook
Amazon link: Here
Barnes and Noble link: Here

Summary:
Author Darcy Farthing is living in Washington, DC with her fiancé, Mick Clayton. They are enjoying a much needed respite from trauma and crime fighting, while preparing for a wedding and a romantic cruise. Everything changes when an alarming phone call halts their plans. A good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared—the apparent victim of an abduction.

Against Mick’s wishes, on an impulse, and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don and their daughter, Penelope, cope with the loss. She is worried about Mick’s negative attitude about the couple and worries that he is prejudiced towards her friends. As a result, she finds herself reevaluating the direction of her personal and professional life.

Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she becomes immersed in the unfamiliar world of domestic partnerships, birth surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. Don and Charlie, who became unlikely heroes in the first novel in this series, Currents Deep and Deadly, have their lives turned upside down by elusive kidnappers with no apparent motive. At the same time, their well-intentioned decision to pay a surrogate to bear their daughter for them turns into a nightmare, when the biological mother returns after eight years, claiming that Don and Charlie are not Penelope’s fathers as they believed, and she wants her child back. This revelation sets in motion a series of tragic events that threatens to destroy a parent-child bond, and worse.

Before the police and FBI are able to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, an even more devastating case materializes when Penelope also vanishes. The FBI, and Seattle police detectives, frantically look for clues. In the process, they implicate a local anti-gay organization and its leader, two local business owners who are being harassed by anti-gay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and the birth mother herself. There is no hard evidence against any of the suspects and the leads are curtailed when two of them are murdered. The authorities are no closer to finding Penelope, and now worry that she has been abducted by a vicious killer.

In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant. Mick rushes to her side and soon overcomes his reluctance to get involved with Don and Charlie’s plight. Together they try to gather information to help solve the case. Before the hostility ends, Don also becomes a victim and then a hero, and Mick must fight an unbalanced killer intent on revenge.

About the Author:

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Arleen’s website : Here
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Arleen’s Facebook: Here

Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species.  She has a science education, and worked as a fashion model, teacher, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop.  Her interests include reading, health and fitness, world religions, and cruising. She cherishes a life filled with writing, travel, book signings, and speaking engagements. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she lives in Colorado with her husband Tim and their cat Xena. Alternate Currents is her fourth Darcy Farthing adventure novel.

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The best thing about writing this book is really the opportunity to further evolve my characters’ lives and activities. This is the fourth Darcy Farthing adventure and I get a lot of pleasure from seeing how her life and the lives of those close to her change and grow. In addition, I would like to think that some readers might be enlightened or least encouraged to think about the topic of gay rights in a different way.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
The books in my series include a lot of adventure on cruise ships, but Alternate Currents takes place completely on land in Seattle, Washington. It stars a gay couple who were featured in the first book of the series, Currents Deep and Deadly. They became great friends to Darcy and I thought they were interesting. When the topic of same-sex partnerships and marriage was becoming very topical in the real world, I decided to weave the story around that subject.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
I talk to many aspiring writers and writers who are prolific but unpublished. Writing a novel was a life-long dream for me and I didn’t even attempt it until I was over 60. I would say it is never too late, but why wait? Self publishing has made it much easier to publish, and I understand it is difficult to attract the attention of a traditional publisher. Perhaps the most important advice for new authors is to write (and publish) because you want to, not because you think you will make a lot of money. You might, but it is difficult and the business is highly competitive.

What is your favorite book?
I love all types of fiction and many authors. It is hard to pick a favorite, but I would say Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series would be at the top of my list. It has mystery, history, romance, adventure, and even time travel. Everything a fiction lover could want.

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
I’ll take good rich black coffee anytime. It tastes and smells decadent with no calories.

I want to thank Arleen Alleman for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Alternate Currents (and her other books)!