This week the very first Emilia Cruz story, “The Beast,” was published by Huffington Post, in the website’s Huff/Post 50 showcase of female fiction writers. Acapulco beat cop Emilia Cruz wants to become a detective. But will they break her before she gets to the squadroom? “The Beast” is all about how the series started and takes place about 2 years before the action in CLIFF DIVER and HAT DANCE.
I’m pinching myself as I type today because I’m an avid reader of HuffPost, and being published on the website has been on my bucket list for awhile. I was surfing through the website at a coffee shop when I read about the writer showcase and sent the story off, expecting deafening silence. But instead I got a charming email from Alexander Eichler at the Huffington Post saying: “We’d be pleased to publish “The Beast” on HuffPost — all of us here who read it were quite enamored of it.”
“The Beast” is part of a collection of Emilia Cruz stories that will be published later this year in an expanded edition of MADE IN ACAPULCO. Its debut on Huffington Post is a milestone for me.
So without further ado, here is “The Beast” on Huffington Post. The blood-red picture of Acapulco looks perfect with it!
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Many thanks to Alex E. and the team there for the opportunity.
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“The Beast” offers an insightful look at the barriers facing Emilia Cruz as she moves into her new detective role. I loved the intensity of the different moods in the story and could easily picture Emilia’s reactions in every scene. Well done, Carmen!
Sandra, thank you for reading and taking the time to let me know what you thought. I really appreciate getting feedback from a fellow mystery scribe!
Emila comes across as a dedicated person but mostly strong mentally and physically.
She is pit against the males in the police department yet she is set to do her part to make her country
a better place. The descriptions are so clear you can almost feel her emotions. As I read the story
I find myself “talking” to the characters as if my opinions and feelings can change anything in the story.
Jean! It is wonderful to hear from you and thanks so much for reading the story and “talking” to Emilia. She needs her girlfriends.