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The Long Shadow on the Stage by Nichole Heydenburg - Book Tour


The Long Shadow on the Stage by Nichole Heydenburg @TheWriteWords16 
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Jackson Birkman has the perfect life: the lead role on the popular detective show “Dispatching David,” millions of adoring fans, celebrity status, and a beautiful girlfriend. After five seasons, “Dispatching David” has just been cancelled. With the final episode quickly approaching, Jackson is worried about more than just his future acting career. His once massive fortune is dwindling and his girlfriend Clara is pressuring him to propose. 

When Jackson unexpectedly dies on the set of the TV show during filming, everyone speculates whether it was suicide or murder. Why would Jackson commit suicide? If it was a setup, who would want Jackson to die? And most importantly, what was the motive of the murderer? As the investigation continues, Officer Wilson inches closer to the truth, uncovering Jackson’s secrets. She begins to think no one really knew Jackson at all, but is determined to solve the case, no matter the cost.


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Excerpt
First day back on the set, Jackson thought. I wonder how they’ve been doing without me. He steeled himself and finally entered the building. It felt harder than usual to force his body up the stairs and through the imposing double doors. Part of it was because he was still recovering from his injuries. Both Clara and Edgar had tried to convince him to go to the hospital or at least see a doctor to make sure none of his bones were broken, but he had steadfastly refused until he realized he could still barely walk after several days.
As he entered the spacious room which contained the set of “Dispatching David,” everyone in attendance swiveled to stare at him. Jackson tried not to limp, but everyone already knew what had happened, so it didn’t matter. He stepped past the staged apartment room which contained an ugly, worn red couch, a dinged-up coffee table, and several mismatched armchairs of varying colors, shapes, and sizes. Gus ran over to him and surprised him by wrapping an arm around him for a split second. It was one of those so-quick-you-wonder-if-it-even-happened kind of hugs, but still so unlike Gus’s perpetual angry, asshole personality.
“We’re happy to have you back, princess!” Gus said, stepping away. “It’s about time you got your ass back here. We’re extremely behind now, so thanks a lot for almost getting yourself killed!” He exclaimed, his face turning redder and redder with each word.
Well, the kindness had lasted a second at least.
“I’m glad to be back, Gus,” Jackson said, forcing himself to smile. But the truth was he didn’t feel particularly enthusiastic about finishing the show. He was still exhausted and sore, not to mention extremely drugged with painkillers. “Where did we leave off?”
“We’ve been practicing your scenes with Edgar as your stand-in. But we waited to film until you were back. So, are you all set to go?”
“To start filming? Right now?” Jackson said in a panic. He had thought Gus would let him ease back into things, that maybe next week they could start filming again.
“When did you think I meant, princess?! You’re back today, so you’re going to work! You’ve had plenty of time to practice your lines, so I expect nothing short of perfection today. You’ve been given much more time than the other actors who have been working the past few days!”
“Oh. Okay.” Jackson walked onto the set and stood in a random place. He didn’t even know which scene they were doing today.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing? You don’t start the scene in the apartment! You walk in as the lights go up!” Gus exploded.

Author Bio
Nichole Heydenburg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in theatre from Adrian College in 2014. Her one act play “The Hidden Story” won a playwriting contest and was performed at her alma mater in 2015. She also had several poems published in “The Oxcart” literary magazine. Nichole has been working full-time as the Content Manager for a start-up company for 3 years. When she isn’t writing, Nichole enjoys going on adventures with her husband, reading, playing board games, and the occasional mimosa. “The Long Shadow on the Stage” is her first novel. She currently resides near Asheville, NC with her husband, Zed.
To stay up to date on news about her second novel, as well as read writing and self-publishing tips, subscribe to her monthly newsletter on her website https://www.nicholeheydenburg.com/


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