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April 11, 2017

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Afternic's Amber West Upholds Our Industry's Creative Tradition with Release of Her 2nd Novel

Over the years I have often commented on the  extraordinarily large number of highly creative people whose path, for one reason or another, led them into the domain business. We have authors, actors, singers, musicians, movie producers, painters and artists of all kinds. In case you haven't already heard, I'm happy to tell you about another one today, Amber West, a domain industry veteran who I first met a dozen years ago when she originally joined domain aftermarket powerhouse Afternic (who is now owned by GoDaddy). 

Amber, who is based in Orlando, just published her second novel, The Cattle Conumdrum, on April 1st. The engrossing mystery details a new case undertaken by female detective Jameson Quinn, whom West first introduced in her highly rated 2012 debut novel - The Ruth Valley Missing that was a Rone Awards finalist.

Author Amber West

The covers of Amber West's two novels, both of which are available at Amazon (just $2.99 each for the Kindle version,  $10.99 and $13.49 respectively in paperback).

The Ruth Valley Missing has hundreds of positive reviews at Amazon where it has earned an outstanding 4.4 stars out of 5 rating from readers. One of the top reviews at Amazon notes, 'This plot was riveting and I stayed up way too late to find out what happened. The final twist left me expecting a sequel but it does stand alone. The writing was taut and the plot well developed. Highly recommended!"

The sequel that reviewer expected is now here in The Cattlemen Conundrum. One of Amber's biggest fans, DNC Holdings Business Development Director Mike Robertson, told me, "I'm a HUGE fan of her debut novel and am currently working my way through the second - it kept me up until almost midnight reading last night." (If Mike was late getting back to any of you this morning, now you know why)! 

Amber West and Mike Robertson at the 2008 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Orlando conference.
(Photo courtesy of Barbara Neu)

The Amazon synopses of Amber's books provide interesting outlines of the two novels that should pique your interest. The one for  The Ruth Valley Missing says, "Jameson Quinn is sick of trying to find herself in the big city. After a gallery opening ends in a trip to the ER and an argument with her self-involved boyfriend, she decides to take off for the peace and quiet of a small town — Ruth Valley. The small town has everything Brooklyn lacked: simple people, 

peaceful surroundings, and a feeling of safety. Jameson even finds the perfect house to rent from the town’s most eligible bachelor, Sheriff Jack. Life is finally headed in a promising direction. But something isn't right. A young man is mysteriously injured, then disappears — and Jameson finds he isn't the only person to suddenly vanish. The suspicious behavior of an abrasive nun and a creepy priest set her off on an investigation of what's really happening. Will she figure out the secrets of Ruth Valley before she's the next to go missing?"

The synopsis for The Cattlemen Conundrum notes, "Jameson Quinn is doing her best to move forward and put the horrors of Ruth Valley behind her. A peaceful tourist stop in upstate New York seems like just the spot to forget about 

the past and figure out what’s next for her. With a bit of prodding from Agent Demings, she attempts to make new friends, including Callum MacDonald, a gruff old farmer who takes a shine to Jameson. But when his cattle start acting strangely, and suspicious circumstances surround the death of one, she quickly finds herself once again in the midst of a mystery. Her investigative efforts are complicated by the arrival of Callum’s irksome son, Graeme, who appears determined to run her off. Is something really happening to Callum’s cattle, or is it all in James’ head? Who would hurt a herd of poor innocent cows? And is it just the cows she should be worried about?"

OK, that's enough for me - I'm off to get copies of those books. Congratulations to Amber and thanks for upholding the creative tradition the domain industry has become known for! 

(Posted April 11, 2017) 

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