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Saturday, June 9, 2018

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Susan Coryell and A Murder of Principle

Good Morning from Delaware!

Our East Coast vacation is going really well. I'll be sharing photos and memories later but today please welcome Susan Coryell back to our blog. Over the last couple of months she's shared thoughts and treasures with us but today we're getting a sneak peek into her latest novel, A Murder of Principle.

A new principal takes Harding High by storm, wreaking havoc with every executive order and every decision, tearing apart the stellar school tenet by tenet.

Teachers, other administrators, students, parents and the community at large increasingly react to the tremors shaking Harding High as Principal Wendy Storme churns a destructive path through their traditions, values and protocol. Everyone associated with Harding has a valid motive for murder.

Determined to save her school and friends, English department chair, Rose Lane, and her rookie sidekick, intern Penny Bright, vow to move the hurricane-force Storme out of Harding High for good…except somebody beats them to it with the decisiveness of murder.


With a blast of nerves, Rose pushed open the door and moved inside the large, windowless room. Settling her eyes on the principal’s desk, she noticed that the woman’s position was oddly out of the ordinary; her limbs stretched unnaturally and her neck twisted away to the side. The desk itself was covered in a flurry of papers and every drawer had been pulled and left open. A mug of spilled coffee puddled down one side of the desk. Written on the mug was the word Boss.

Rose fought panic as she moved in and surveyed the surreal scene before her. Principal Wendy Storme had not moved. The face on the twisted neck was frozen in an ugly grimace of terror—with mouth and eyes wider than normal. Her swollen jaws and neck had darkened to a macabre blue. A thin stream of drool crept down Wendy’s chin and her eyes stared unseeing at the wall beyond. Without notice, Wendy’s body flopped to the floor with a flaccid thud, virtually at Rose’s feet.

Principal Wendy Storme was dead.

A Murder of Principle can be found at Amazon for Kindle and in Print.

A career educator, Susan Coryell has taught students from 7th grade through college-level. She earned a BA degree in English from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. She is listed in several different volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching.  Coryell belongs to Author’s Guild, Virginia Writers, and Lake Writers. She loves to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops. Her young adult anti-bully novel EAGLEBAIT is in its third edition for print and e-book, updated with cyber-bullying. EAGLEBAIT won the NY Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age," and the International Reading Association's "Young Adult Choice."

A RED, RED ROSE, first in a cozy mystery/Southern Gothic series, was nominated for a literary award with the Library of Virginia. BENEATH THE STONES, the sequel, was released in April of 2015. NOBODY KNOWS, the final novel in the Overhome Trilogy was published October, 2016. All three volumes of the Trilogy were published by The Wild Rose Press (NY).

The author has long been interested in concerns about culture and society in the South, where hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas.  The ghosts slipped in, to her surprise. Also published by TWRP, A MURDER OF PRINCIPLE released March 12, 2018.

All novels are available at Amazon, B&N and all on-line bookstores.

When not writing, Ms. Coryell enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. She and her husband, Ned, love to travel, especially when any of their seven grandchildren are involved.

Find out more by visiting Susan's Website and Blog, Facebook Page, Amazon Page and connecting with her on Twitter @SCoryellAuthor.

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll check back each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Marsha M said...

Sounds like a real page Turner, cant wait to read it!

Jacqueline Seewald said...


I have read this mystery novel and strongly recommend it to other readers.
Not only is it well-written but the characters are realistic and the plot engrossing.

Kat Henry Doran said...

Oh, Susan,
I have loved the premise of this story ever since I read the tagline and blurb!!
What a great plot arc. Much luck with this story.
Best wishes
as always, dear Pam, this is a lovely blog. Hope you enjoy your stay in my part of the coast!!
Kat Henry Doran

Patricia Kiyono said...

This sounds like a must-read! Thanks so much for sharing!

Susan Coryell said...

First, my thanks to PAM for inviting me to interact on her lovely blog. MARSHA, I do believe AMOP is a page-turner--or so I've been told! JACQUIE, thanks for plugging my murder mystery and KAT--the premise evolved from my 30-year teaching career. PATRICIA, I hope my book really is a MUST read! Thanks all for your comments.

Marissa Garner said...

Great excerpt! Best of luck with your new release!

Susan Coryell said...

I appreciate your reading and commenting. The murder in excerpt occurs on page 3 at end of school year. The rest is a flashback beginning at the fall opening of school.

Diane Burton said...

I, too, have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done, Susan.

Susan Coryell said...

Diane: I LOVE my readers, especially those who enjoy my writing. Gracias!

Alicia Dean said...

So sorry I'm late. Great post. I love this book, such a great cozy who-done-it. Congrats, Susan!!

Susan Coryell said...

My dear editor, Alicia: Thanks so much for your kind words! This one was both cathartic and fun to write. So many memories to fictionalize and enhance!