Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa: Book Blitz

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Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa
Series: A Detours in Time Character Spin-off, book 3
Publication date: April 23rd 2020
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Young Adult


Duplicity is Mike’s first nature. If you want to know what he’s doing with his life, just ask, but don’t expect the truth. You may not even be getting his real name…

Such duplicity is the reason a so-called ‘acting job’ at a suspiciously sparse agency, LLJF, becomes the perfect solution to Mike’s college drop-out blues. During a time when he is just finding out who he really is, Mike adopts the new identity of ‘Malachi,’ and it fits like a glove. A broken nose, a lost tooth, stealing scientific secrets, and a run through the alleys of D.C. are all in a day’s work. Malachi is the best at uncovering the truths that others want to hide, and the taste of succeeding at what you are best at is intoxicating.

Malachi is willing to do anything to get his paycheck–until he must decide if the thrill of deception is worth the price he must pay.

Malachi, Ruse Master is a Detours in Time series character spinoff and intersects with events from Undercurrents in Time.  The third book in the series, Malachi, Ruse Master is also perfect as a stand alone read.

Book Excerpt

“And what’s that about me having a niece that is staying here?”  Henry looked pretty annoyed.

     Evidently, one of the neighbors had gotten to him with the story of today’s events. 

     “Sorry, Henry.  It was the fastest thing I could come up with.” 

     “Why didn’t you just try telling the truth?”  he asked.

     His question hit me hard; I’d been hearing similar things all my life.  I couldn’t answer it; the answer would be unacceptable to him and was starting to become unacceptable to me.  Though, I had to admit, my job did require some fast thinking and plenty of half-truths.  Still, my first answer would be that it would look less like an orchestrated event to flush out Don, but I wasn’t sure if Henry would accept that. I didn’t think I could explain my reasoning and the plan I had created. The second, deeper answer, was that it was in my nature to fabricate my answers and my reality.  It just came more naturally than telling the truth.  Heck, Henry didn’t even know my new name yet, nor did he even know the full extent of lies I’d told today for what I considered a good reason.  I realized I’d be in big trouble, maybe even jail time, if anyone knew what I’d pulled to get the fire department out here.

     “You have thirty days to find a new place to live.”  Henry dropped that on me and retreated to his bedroom. 

     After scrubbing the windows in the kitchen, I put up my feet on the basement couch, fatigued and sore.  I picked up the phone.

     “Yes,” Jack answered.

     “Do you have any leads on an apartment or a rental for me?”

      “Well,” he replied.  “I think you better get to work on your next assignment first.”

     “Yes.  Tomorrow.  I had a lot going on today.”

     “Umhm.  I heard.”

     For someone who was supposed to be good at subterfuge, word was sure getting around about my doings that day.  I didn’t like it. 

     “Well, alright.  I need to get out of here as soon as possible then, for my own safety and my anonymity.”

     “Yeah, we’ll talk about it tomorrow.”

     “One more thing.  Are you keeping tabs on me?” I asked.

     Jack was silent for a moment, then answered, “Malachi, I stand to lose if you mess up.”  As if I should have already known the answer.

     I left it at that.  I really had no one else to rely on to help me get a new place. 

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As a teacher of middle school English, Pamela loves to inspire the imagination of young readers and writers.  As a child, she herself wrote often to escape boredom or entertain herself on long trips or long distance moves.  When her family settled in the Southeast, writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, and after blogging for a few years, she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The “Made for Me” series was Pamela’s first published fiction series with a futuristic flavor. Pamela is now releasing a spinoff for Malachi, one of the characters in “Undercurrents in Time,” and her next project is another installment in the “Made for Me” series.

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