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Spotlight & $15 GC Giveaway: Homecoming Chaos by D.W. Brooks

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Description of Homecoming Chaos


A dead body in the parking lot of her family’s business, a killer on the loose, and a handsome detective asking a lot of questions…


Jamie Scott’s life fell apart four years ago when she broke off her engagement, turned down a dream job, and went overseas to run away from her life. Now she’s back, but the reunion is not without problems. She arrives home just in time to attend the soiree her mother planned, but she’s not prepared for what she finds—a dead employee in the parking lot.


Detective Nick Marshall is assigned to the murder case at the forensics lab owned by Jamie’s family. He meets the headstrong Jamie, but he has a job to do. And his attraction to her… well, he’s a professional.


Jamie knows the stakes are high. She has to face the past and save her parents’ business while dealing with her family drama and an uncertain future. She also has to deal with Nick, who wants her out of the way of his investigation. But fate keeps throwing them in one another’s paths… and into chaos that they both want to avoid, but neither can seem to escape.

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Homecoming Chaos“Wait, wait. Hold on. Do you have a warrant? Do we need an attorney?” Jamison stood up, too. She was almost as tall as the detective and incredibly pretty up close, which caught him off guard. “Aren’t there proprietary issues at the lab?”


Nick paused and deferred to Ronald. Ronald chimed in. “We’re just trying to get information about this woman’s death. You can call a lawyer if you wish but retaining one may slow things down.”


“Hmmm.” Jamie stared at both detectives. She couldn’t read either of them, but the situation gave her pause. She recognized the importance of finding out what had happened to their employee. However, the family business needed to be shielded as much as possible. Jamie hadn’t been back long, and her brain was still cloudy and jet-lagged, but she recognized the potential perils in just letting the police roam free in the lab. “Dad, Mother, someone should call Richard,” she said, scrutinizing both parents.


Margaret said, “Good idea. I’ll call while I change. He can meet us there.” She gave the detective and the other officers a superior glance. “Richard Bradshaw, he’s a partner at Bradshaw, Taylor, and Kline, and he is our son-in-law.” She turned to walk into the master suite, with Gregory following.


Nick shook his head, and Ronald was less subtle with a steady scowl. Both had heard about Richard’s firm and peripherally knew Richard. This situation just got a lot more difficult. Nick didn’t suspect the family, but involving a lawyer usually complicated their police work. He turned back to Jamie, who was studying his reaction. He adjusted his face so she couldn’t sense his annoyance.


Jamie noted the subtle change and smiled to herself. She could tell she had annoyed him. Even annoyed, he’s pretty cute. “I need to get my coat. If you will excuse me,” she said, heading back to her bedroom.


Upstairs, Jamie changed clothes, retrieving a pair of skinny black jeans from her bag. As she slid into her jeans, her mind wandered to the detective. She typically dated guys that were taller than her—with her ex-fiancé being the lone exception—Eddie had been the same height. A strong jaw, wavy-ish hair, nice lips, and a commanding presence—which Jamie suspected the detective had in spades—didn’t hurt either. Just the type of guy she would typically go for if the circumstances were different. Rifling through the dresser, she found a white Henley shirt she’d left on a previous visit. She had gained almost fifteen pounds since then, and the shirt fit snugly. She now had boobs! Placing the hat back on her head, she was glad she had an appointment at the hair salon later in the day.


Yikes, she thought after catching herself primping in the mirror. Am I trying to impress the detective who’s investigating us? Girl, it has been a long time. Although he is hot. She shook her head exasperatedly.


 Author Guest Post: What is your method for plotting your suspense/mystery stories?


My first career choice as a child was to be a writer. My cousins and I created our own universe of characters—creating character profiles, maps of neighborhoods, the whole works. We had big plans about our mystery series, but we had no real plans. The stories usually started strong, but after two or three brief chapters, we—mostly me—could not write our way out of whatever hole we had written ourselves into. We had a bunch of half-finished stories about these characters which my parents placed in their attic. Sadly, those handmade books disappeared into the ether, and there is no evidence outside of our memories.

But I learned a few things from that experience.

I fall somewhere between a plotter and a pantser. Plotters create outlines ahead of time, and pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. I do not plot out everything that I write before I sit down and start. I first develop an overall arc that I want the mystery to take; this includes basic research to determine the basis of my plot points and if what I think I want to happen can actually happen.

Then I dig down and develop specific plot points within the overall arc. These are the events that build the mystery—the crime, finding an obvious clue or two, or identifying suspects. I then consider the side plots—in Homecoming Chaos, this included the family issues (daughter vs. mother) and the burgeoning romance between the lead characters. A large part of the side plots in Homecoming Chaos were the back stories of the female lead and that of the victim and one worker from the lab (the family’s business).

After I set up those basic points, I write. I have a rough outline of what I want to happen and a general idea of when it should happen. There are some things that I don’t have planned, but the actions of the characters lead to that event.

Because of this, I edit a lot. I feel things need to get on the page to see how it flows. My developmental editor and I can look at what’s there and figure out if it flows, if it’s too much, too little, or if it makes no sense.

I do acknowledge that writing Homecoming Chaos was a totally different experience than any other book I have written or might write in the future. I was under no time constraints as I was on dialysis or about to start dialysis. I had no goals for what I wanted the end product to be or what I was going to do with the manuscript once I finished it. I wrote most days because I had nothing else to do.

So, my writing style for future novels will probably undergo some refinement. I do need to make my writing style more conducive to writing faster and more consistently. More organized is probably the correct term. I am trying to see what works better now that I have actual writing goals I would like to meet. If you ask me this question again later this year, I expect the answer would be very different as I hope to have refined my prep style during this year. I plan to crank out a new book every year in the Model MD Series based on Jamie, the lead character in Homecoming Chaos, with a novella or two in between.



About Author D.W. Brooks


Homecoming Chaos authorThe author is a doctor and editor who lives in Texas with her husband and children. She enjoys trying to stay in shape, sporadically cooking, reading (still), writing, and working on her blog. She is eternally grateful to the woman who donated a kidney to her over 5 years ago and continues to advocate for organ donation as much as she can.

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