Murderous Envy



Murderous Envy

by C.J. Carson

Paranormal Mystery

Allie Callahan had her whole life mapped out - run her family's marketing firm, make her first million, and get that next big contract. Destiny had another plan. After a catastrophic event forces her to rethink her life's path, Allie discovers that the heritage she's tried so hard to deny is about to lead her in an entirely new direction.

Unable to ignore her grandfather's Native American heritage, Allie embarks on a journey that will test her fortitude, strength, and courage, but it will also bring her the one thing she never dreamed possible - Love.


AFTER DROPPING CLAUDIA OFF AT HER HOUSE, I went directly home as it had been a long, but great day. I had taken the first step to relinquish some of my work to Tara, had a great meeting with Healthtech Pharmaceuticals, and, thanks to Claudia, I now had a date with Josh. Well, kind of.

As I pulled into my driveway, I noticed a long Hummer limo parked in front of a neighbor’s house a few doors down. The windows had a dark tint and, although I could not see through them, it was clear there were running lights lit on the top interior in the back of the car. Now that’s not something you see in this neighborhood, ever, I thought. I shook it off, used the remote to open the garage door, drove in the garage, and hit the remote to close the garage door.

Entering the house, I shut the light off in the garage as the sensor light lit the hallway. Dropping my keys in the dish on the desk, I noticed there were messages on the answering machine. Grabbing a glass of wine from the kitchen, I hit the play button to see who had called.

You have seven messages.

The first call was from, of course, my mother. “Hi, honey, just checking in. How are you? How was your first official day back to work? Call me. Love you!”

The next one was from Mark. “Allie, just got back from my business trip to New York and I just saw your email. You’re promoting Tara? Wow, what prompted that? I mean, I think it’s great, but you’re giving her the Healthtech account? Let’s talk in the morning.”

Message three was from Claudia. “Hey, girl, I had a great time tonight and, well, I hope you’re not too mad at me for inviting Josh over. I have to tell you; I am kind of excited. Can’t wait to see who he brings me for a non-date. See ya!”

The next few messages took me completely off guard and sent chills through my entire body. Message four. “Well, I hope you had a great day today back at work.”

The next message. “Oh yes, and don’t get too used to it.”

Message six. “I almost forgot and couldn’t resist asking, did you get my gift at your back door?”

The next one was, “Oh yes, how are you?”

By the time I got to the last message, I was in a full panic. “Sorry, last message. I will be in touch again soon, both literally and figuratively.”

About The Author

From a very early age CJ Carson has been inspired by a great story, but what has brought her to this juncture in her life and inspired her to put pen to paper are the many rich experiences and opportunities her life has put in her path.

Her love of learning and new adventures has afforded her opportunities to reinvent herself many times over.

While working in the medical field she became a licensed massage therapist, attending a number of classes to learn energy work. She then went on to become a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Therapist.

As an artist, she has explored many modalities that have taken her on many a journey.

Her acting has brought her into the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Painting introduced her to a group of artists that shared her passion of bringing a scene to canvas.

Her love of singing afforded her the opportunity to travel twice to Europe as a soloist with conductor Sonja Dahlgren Prior and a chorus out of Boston. Sonja, affectionately known as Sunny, inspired her to do something, she never dreamed possible.

But something CJ Carson has always wanted to do is write. As a young student in high school, she had a teacher who implored her to pursue a writing career, but life had other plans for her first.

Now she is finally introducing to the world her first published work, "Murderous Envy" from her trilogy, Veils of Parallel Times.

Q & A with the Author

Are you a Plotter (one who plans or plots out every detail of the writing process) or Pantser (one who writes by the seat of his/her pants)?

I am a little of both. I don't plan or outline my entire book, but instead, begin with an idea that has a beginning middle, and ending. I begin to write and then just let the creative process happen. It works for me because it allows me to let the ideas flow, without any preconceived ideas that might tend to lock me in.

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Marketing is so critical; I have learned that you must give it as much energy as you do your writing. Today we are fortunate to have the internet and all the media at our fingertips. I started with my family and friends and then went on from there. Today there are so many ways to spread the word. I believe you can be the best writer in the world, but if you can't put your work into someone's hands they will never have an opportunity to enjoy it.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

I love creating and developing the characters. My characters are developed in many ways. Sometimes they are like someone I know and other times they are totally made up. But the key for me is also tied to their relationships with each other. I love writing about the tension and attraction between Allie and Josh.

What is your favorite part of this story?

I love the scene at the dojo when Claudia notices and teases Allie about how captivated she is, Josh, while Allie is desperately trying to convince herself that she is not attracted to him.

Which character was the most fun to write about? Why?

I loved writing about Claudia. She is a woman that knows her mind, fun, and is honest to a fault.

Which character was the hardest to write about? Why?

I think this would be Makya. In the first book, "Murderous Envy", I am trying to keep the reader guessing exactly who he is for as long as I can. When the reader finally learns who he is, I am tried not to give too much about him away. I have saved that for the second and third books.


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  1. Is the dream-catcher on the cover of great significance to the story?

    1. It is. She has a wooden box that has been passed down from generation to generation that contains that and other artifacts that are introduced in the first book. Those things become more and more significant as the trilogy goes on. Thank you for asking.

  2. I would love to thank Literary Gold for hosting me during my first virtual tour today. This is such a great opportunity.
    Thank you again, CJ Carson

  3. I want to thank Goddess Fish for the opportunity to go on this amazing virtual tour. CJ Carson

  4. I am looking forward to meeting Allie and reading how she discovers and uses her heritage

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my first ever virtual tour. I look forward to releasing the next two books in the trilogy. ("Murderous Interruptions" - August 2021 and "Murderous Karma" - December 2021)

  5. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your author Q&A and book details

    1. Thank you Bea for your kind words. I have really enjoyed working on this Trilogy. CJ Carson

  6. I love paranormal reads and I like that it is about her Native American heritage. Life doesn't always go as planned. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Lynn, I am so glad to hear that you liked my interview. CJ Carson

    2. I want to thank In the Literary Gold for hosting me today for my first ever Virtual Book Tour and also all those who stopped by to learn about my new book. I also want to extend my thanks to Goddess Fish for this amazing opportunity.
      CJ Carson

  7. This sounds like a very good book.

  8. I love the cover. It sets the tone for the book.


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