The Meaghan Factor | A Novel

By Gary Horsman

Draft 1 Posted Date: 9/12/2013

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Genre:

Comedic fiction

Word Count:

17,039

About the Book:

Liv Marsden was once an up-and-coming image consultant for a major PR firm in Manhattan, destined to make it big till the day she is fired from the Andrew Hamilton Agency. Despite her good looks and sharp intellect, Liv’s from-the-hip style always seems to do her in before she can get ahead. With her reputation ruined, the only job she can find in her wheelhouse is with Len Cohen, the disgraced former White House Communications Director, now recruited by Kim Angelis, the current wife of the Australian media mogul, Brent Forrester. Accused of having murdered his first wife, but cleared for lack of evidence, Forrester needs to restore his public image. Liv and Len, along with Len’s loyal but loopy assistant Richard Lemay, team up to help Forrester carve out his philanthropic legacy. As the trio struggles to deal with the cantankerous Forrester, Liv’s suspicions that he had something to do with Meaghan’s death grow stronger with every passing day. She makes a dangerous gamble as she delves deeper into the facts surrounding the case and eventually discovers that the truth of what really happened isn’t what she or anyone else would have expected. The Meaghan Factor is a bombastic journey through the spheres of love, corporate politics, death and really good Chinese take-out in Manhattan.

About the Author:

Gary Horsman is a graphic print and web designer from Montreal, Canada. He also likes to draw, play piano as looks forward to seeing how far his hobby publishing imprint, Sara Candace Press, will go.

Author's Note:

The Meaghan Factor was a side project to my main writing project. But it was my first fully realized novel due to its shorter length. I'm not one to embrace the notion of genre in fiction or otherwise. I think a good book crosses several overlapping genres. In this case, The Meaghan Factor is more of a light murder mystery with a twist in that the main character doing the investigating is a public relations expert rather a police or private detective. And the whole tone of the book is meant to be comedic without (hopefully) compromising the intrigue and suspense of the main story arc. There are bits of forbidden romance and a spattering of action and suspense that I hope readers will find an entertaining read. I'm offering up the first eight (8) chapters of the book for people here to review.

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