Detective Diaries

Amani Marshall has been accused of killing her father and friends, but also framed as a serial killer called Bone Breaker. Even though all evidence points to her, she has been given a year to uncover the mystery with her gift or face a life sentence.
A crime book
An aspiring writer looking for ways to publicly spread my work with dedicated readers. Author of "Detective Diaries" and "Scarlet"
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Amani

Crime is the harbinger of our world’s ruin. It is an influence commanded by the most uncouth men in society. The majority of civilization may say they are totally against such acts as theft, murder, and comparable bitter events, but we condone its existence because only we, as humans, can stop ourselves from submitting to atrocious behaviors. However, the law of the world allows such depravity, for we are born to be sinners and each other’s greatest enemies.

Humanity will kill.

Humanity will steal.

Humanity will lie.

Humanity will frame others.

Humanity will betray loved ones.

There is no saint among us. There will never be some pure of heart. I ’ve seen it with my own eyes. There are those you trust with all your heart that will betray you in the most unlikely way, and you are to blame for it. Your weakness is what leads to your own destruction. It’s just like what my father once told me about way before he was murdered and thrown into the sea.

There is no inherited good passed down the bloodlines of men, but only strife and deceit that accommodates this survival for the fittest world.



“Passport, ma’am.”

“Oh, yes!" I rumbled through my leather satchel bag that hung from my shoulder, and like always with important objects, I couldn’t find my passport. "I apologize, but I’m having trouble finding it.”

The old gentleman standing behind the registration booth frowned unpleasantly at me, but soon gazed down the long line of people waiting to enter the warmth of the train station. I stifled a broken chuckle and scratched my head as I looked at his pale wrinkled face, “I-It has to be on me somewhere...”

He crossed his arms over his navy blue uniformed chest and his identical colored brixton hat tipped as he sighed with his head hung, which allowed a puffy fog to slip out of his mouth to amplify the sheer presence of winter. I stabbed my cold hands into my camel double-breasted trench coat’s pockets and found nothing, well, aside from the formal letter I got from the Detective Agency.

“I’m gonna have to ask you to step aside. We have other people that needs to get in, ma’am,” the man’s emerald eyes peered at me. "If you can’t find your passport, I’ll ask one of the conductors to help ya’ look for it while the train is still ’ere."

I was about to protest, but suddenly I remembered the spot I had hidden my passport. It rested lightly on my chest; snuggled finely on the side of my bosom. I unfastened a few of the buttons on the upper portion of my coat and retrieved the passport from my inside pocket. He was hardly surprised; more so irritated, but I offered it to him with a polite smile and he took it without further disruptions.

He announced, “Amani Marshall, yeah?”

“The one and only, sir,” I nodded with a faint smile. “I’m here on business. I’ll be staying here for quite a while.”

“Is that right…?” he scanned over my passport, almost speculating. “You’re a Wallenstein girl, huh? Why’d you come to Rochester? Business is booming up there last...

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About Detective Diaries


What made you write this?

It’s quite a long story, but originally, Detective Diaries is the second book I’ve ever written in my life. The first was more so amateur work haha, but when the second came along...my skills as a writer became much broader. However, for my inspiration concerning this book, I simply wanted to make a story involving criminal organizations and detectives with special or hidden talents/gifts. So, in order to go about this route, I needed a city that was once peaceful become twisted by the darkness within--meaning the inhabitants of Rochester. I tend to throw in my own philosophy in the loop by saying that humanity makes the world what it is today. The same goes for the citizens of Rochester because they allowed those controlling the city bend it in whatever way they saw fit, for they rely too strongly on the authorities when they are just as accountable. But back on track, I made this story to mix reality and the unknown.

What should readers know about you?

I believe the readers who come here should know that I’m always striving to learn and grow a better writer. No one is perfect--even the pros. Give me feedback whenever, and I’ll respond as soon as possible. However, do understand I stay professional with my writing and write to the best of my current ability.

Where can readers contact you?

I have Twitter and Facebook open at the moment for casual communication between the readers and I, but if it’s more private, I’d recommend you PM here or in those forms of social media.

What is the background on your main characters?

I figured I should do this because I had made a recent Detective Sunday covering the main people in the story, and thought why let it bury under text, and decided to keep it here so everyone can see~

Amani Marshall: Daughter of Maxwell Marshall--The Owl, which is a nickname he gained from his clients such as the Detective Agency or Police Department when they wanted information on the latest underground developments in the city of Rochester. Amani is a talented 26-years-old woman, who became an unranked officer at the age of 20. She moved up in the ranks over the years from stopping lethal criminals before they even acted because of her gift to read the faintest strands of thoughts when interrogating criminals. The year she was accused of being the Bone Breaker, an infamous serial killer, she was a Chief Inspector--almost along the lines of being a Deputy Director over a deeper portion of officers than she already had. Now, Amani pursues the Bone Breaker in hopes of bringing him to justice for murdering her subordinates and father after being imprisoned for three years on his behalf. She has a year to clear her name thanks to the Detective Agency, and if she does not, she will face a death sentence and be imprisoned until the day she dies.


Carbine: Carbine is a 27-year-old detective who has been a detective for 6 years. In the past, Carbine was found as an orphan at the age of 15 and taken care of by his future partner, Flora Lamont at the age of 20. She became a mother figure to him and his education source for knowledge, for Carbine suffered from amnesia and needed proper training of basic things. At the time that Flora was 20, the Detective Agency had just been created and she was one of the first generation of detectives to lead against criminal activity. Carbine was inspired by her influence and the speeches she spoke in front of people in one of the many squares about the violence in Rochester. She became a symbol of justice, and a martyr at her death. Carbine now carries on her will for peace and stability.


Lisa Elohim: Lisa is a 25-year-old woman who comes from a long line of nobles that had strong ties with Udon Heathcliff--king of Rochester 30 years back when it was a republic system, but now it is a democracy, and her family governs the system of trade in and out of the city. At a young age, Lisa was haunted by nightmares of death, but in reality, they were visions of those to die in the future. Even though she knew of the assassinations and unexpected illnesses against her family members, she couldn’t stop the inevitable. She spent her years in frantic slumbers or comas that lasted for weeks and even months as she witnessed deaths of those close to her. When of age, the only members of her family left was her younger brother and uncle. However, her uncle’s death came and her brother’s kidnapping shortly after by the hands of the Masked Monopoly--a group of aristocrats that specializes in assassinations against rival companies or bodies housing money. At that time, she vowed to find her brother and bring them to justice for murdering countless nobles. She was employed by the Detective Agency at the age of 20 and has been searching since then. From the story perspective, she has stumbled upon a recent disappearance of Lucy Wright, a young noble girl who suddenly went missing a few days ago. She believes Masked Monopoly is behind it.


Jerry Walker: Jerry is a 27-year-old man who originally lived on the country-side. His parents was promised a life-long dream job to cover the expensive housing in Rochester, and by agreeing to the contract given to them by suited men, they were pulled into the Medallion--a mafia group that works to maintain the drug market and the power balance in the city. Jerry’s family needed the money in order to pay for medicine for their sick members, and in order to move to a more safer and reserved location. Jerry and his father, Jonah Walker, worked day in and day out by smuggling drugs in and out the city and doing roundabout aggressive "visits" to non-paying customers. Jerry’s family merely wanted enough money to cover everything, so when they had enough when he was 15, they decided to escape the city and leave behind Medallion for good. However, they couldn’t escape their contract, and their plan was found out immediately. The charge for trying to leave Medallion while under a contract was death, and ultimately, his father, mother, and plagued little sister were murdered gruesomely as he watched. They decided to murder him last in order to witness the terror in his eyes, but he was saved by Fidel Brix and Zoe--two first generation detectives that have been following Medallion’s activity. He managed to survive that night and swore to find a way to gain revenge against his foes, but Fidel and Zoe locked him away from the world in order to have him reflect on the evil he committed while being with them. As a result, years past and he promised to become a detective like Fidel and Zoe to bring justice to those who wronged him and his family, but also help those whom fell into the same trap.


Discuss Detective Diaries with the Author.
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  Hey, everyone!

  It’s been a crazy couple of days at my college, and the heat is relentless as always in my state at this time of year. There was so much I didn’t take into account when I moved into my dorm house and got my classes settled. I never properly prepared for the amount of time I would be away from my home daily, and usually, I’ll be gone from the morning to the evening, and even then, I will most likely go out for a bit to get some free food somewhere, attend an event, or workout. As much as I love writing and such, I believe going through with my current campaigns with the load that’s starting to settle in, I’ll get crushed by the responsibility. I hope you all who have ordered and thought about doing it in the future can understand my position, ’cause my current attention span is solely on my studies and finding a suitable job. Still, that doesn’t mean Detective Diaries will just die. Just going back to the draft phase, but hiatus mode, and probably every now and then I’ll do the video update thing I would do on Wednesdays to speak about the long path of the project. It isn’t easy getting published, which I’m sure you all know from being here, and it’s definitely not easy getting orders--marketing yourself comes into play and when I originally stumbled upon Inkshares, I believed many naive things swarming inside my head that it wouldn’t be a hard road, but in truth, it is hard. So, I’ll step away from this campaign stuff and focus on my important priorities rather than fighting an uphill battle at the moment with these orders. I don’t know when I’ll be able to continue this again, for it may take a semester, or my whole freshman year before I feel comfortable again. Scarlet will get the same treatment as Detective Diaries, so on both sides, there will be nothing new. However, don’t believe I won’t be writing still on the side and such, it’s just that I don’t have the confidence to juggle everything because I don’t want to fail. While the project is in a hiatus state, I will be having writing classes and there’s a possibility that I can work for the radio station on campus--they need writers, and that’s just another way for me to learn new things from actual professionals. Thanks for reading like always. :)

  Until next time,

  -A.J.III.

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  Hello, detectives.

  I wasn’t sure where the usual "Update Readers" button was when I got on some minutes ago haha! However, now that I’m here, I want to discuss the upcoming days and potential update changes. This will apply to Detective Diaries and my other book, Scarlet if you follow that book as well. Now, people should know by now that summer is pretty much over and school is coming back pretty fast. I will be moving into my dorm room at the college I’m enrolling into early Saturday morning, so I’ll need all tomorrow and even the weekend to get used to my new "home". After all, I’m only a freshman--a young guy managing all this. I was looking forward to releasing the Prologue chapter I’ve been working hard on, but I couldn’t focus on it because I had to go in for work, visit family members for gifts, and pack my stuff up. I apologize for not delivering. There may updates from now until the next week, but I wouldn’t expect it. I’m focusing on just moving in and not having too much on my plate. I will probably do some tweaks to the page before the night is up. Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend. :)

  Until next time, A.J.III.
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  Hello, detectives!

  Today is a great day for improvement! This update is our "Progress Update", and it’s basically to keep hope alive for the project and to make a comeback with a new air. As I stated, these updates would come with a video, and I actually just got done tweaking the video on Youtube. I’m still an amatuer at this type of stuff, and I didn’t have a script ready for you guys, but it will be alright! You can check it out here--it’s short and casual. Also, subscribe or follow me on Twitter to know when they go live exactly, that is if you’re interested.                    

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQzrmFMZLU

  If you’ve already seen the short video, you will know now that I’m releasing yet another chapter, but this will be coming from the final draft. It will be in 3rd-person rather than being swapped around between all the characters, a more direct message towards crime, a bit more realistic, a better presentation of Acel and the powers of the detectives, and just all around better! From the position I am in now, I’m hoping to get the chapter out tomorrow morning or late afternoon. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day.

  Sincerely, A.J.III. 

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  Mornin’, detectives.

  Welcome to our 14th Detective Sunday! I’ve been on Inkshares for more than 14 weeks, and I’ve learned a lot in my time here. I’m making strides to be more professional, I’m working on my writing craft by reading other amazing authors on here, and I’m learning about the hardships you can face when running a pre-ordering campaign. It all seem to boil down to whether your book will be marketable or not, and that’s a heavy statement coming from me. For those who followed Detective Diaries recently, I thank you for doing so--I hope not to fail you. Over the next few weeks, there will be changes in this campaign. These said changes is me re-organizing my chapters, updating the page of Detective Diaries, changing the video I have on the page, and just simply put--being more active. If I stay active and work hard, we can reach Quill overtime, and potentially even 750 orders if the momentum flows our way. I’ve done plenty of drafts behind the scenes for this book and I can never seem to find that right formula in the intro that screams "read me!". I believe this time, with a formula of chapters between all my drafts, I can do something amazing. I’m getting that final draft feeling from these revised chapters. I will explain in a update early in the week about what chapter is coming out and the direction of the storytelling, but for now, continue to share, recommend, leave reviews, and whatever else to expose Detective Diaries--I’d appreciate it!

  Until next time, A.J.III.
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  Hello, detectives.

  It’s been a very long day of reaching out and informing people about Scarlet, and hopefully, all goes well with it. Despite the leaps certain projects may take before me, I want to wash away all that preemptive support they have, and work extra hard for those who enjoy what I write. However, this isn’t just about Scarlet--Detective Diaries is another treasure I hold close to my heart, and while the campaign of it is slow, there’s still hope and a chance to turn the tables. I know nothing else but "work harder" nowadays, and I promise to do so by making chapters better, changing up ideas, and discovering new ways of pulling people in.
  
  Besides that, you, the reader--are here today for Progress Update, yeah? Well, sorry to say there won’t be a video this update, for I didn’t anticipate children to come over and be everywhere in sight. Nowhere is safe and suitable for me to be comfortable, and I realize that the only times I could do a proper video would be early in the morning or way late into the night. So, before the day of the Wednesday update, I will do the video, and have it ready for the update beforehand next time. I apologize.

  Still, that doesn’t mean we aren’t gonna talk about some things! I know the beginning of the update seemed heavy, but this last part is all about good news! So, I had got a call from a family member of mine and she told me of a woman who hosts an honorary show-and-tell or sorts in our city and wanted me to come out and speak about my books. Not just one, but both of them! Teenagers, young adults, and elderly will be present from within the city to attend the event, and I’m grabbing my books and running out the door to let people know. I got business cards at the ready, and my speech (somewhat) remembered to entertain them. 

  Lastly, before I leave for work, I’m thinking about doing a audiobook for Detective Diaries and Scarlet. Just keep that in your minds for now.

  Until next time, A.J.III. 


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  Hey, guys.

  This is one of those unexpected updates, but I wanted to let this side of my followers to know that I will be working both ways with Scarlet and Detective Diaries as far as updates go--so bear with me if I spam you through the pipeline or I’m late to update. Also, the schedule for Detective Diaries will be changing. We’ll keep the Detective Sunday, but like the old days when I had Wednesday as an update day is now back and alive. You could call it a..."Progress Update". I have no idea if other writers have done it, but it will basically be a video of myself talking about my progress through updates, workspace, etc, and I might even have guests to speak with me that have supported me from the beginning. These videos will most likely be taken on my camera that I use for photography, or in vlog form from my cellphone. Either way, it’s happening! So, tomorrow we starting this off, so please check it out!

  Until next time, A.J.III.

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Hey, guys!

My next project, Scarlet, is up and ready to take on the Geek & Sundry Fantasy Contest! Please, go follow the book and check out the description of it! Let’s make it in the top 3!      https://www.inkshares.com/books/scarlet

Yours truly, A.J.III.

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Hey, readers.

This is another late update, please bear with me. Still, welcome to our 13th Detective Monday..haha? On a serious note, I was swamped all yesterday and wasn’t even home. I just now had the time this afternoon to make this update, so I’m kinda tired; however, that won’t stop me from letting you guys know how Detective Diaries is going. There are two important things I want to discuss concerning the campaign, so please read carefully.

To start off the update, I want to speak about the deadline extension Detective Diaries will be getting. The deadline will be extended to November 10th because of personal problems happening lately that really needs my attention for a while, and the fact that I’m currently managing Detective Diaries with a contest book called Lost Garden with another writer. Now, Lost Garden is for the 2016 Manuscript Competition, so I will only need 50 pages for that and we’re about 1/3 done, but it doesn’t stop there. I have a book I’ve already completed but has been collecting dust over the years, and I’m deciding to enter it into the newest contest called the Geek & Sundry Fantasy Contest. Now, this seems like plenty of stuff to juggle judging by the fact that I need a deadline extension, but the load for the contest books isn’t gonna hurt my time. I’d appreciate support on the Fantasy contest book if you guys are interested in that.  

Lastly, I will not go dark on you guys for the progress on Detective Diaries, so I’ve decided that I will need to improvise and let you guys see into my workplace. So, the updates to come will feature pictures of development and potentially vlogs for the project

That’s all for now.

Until next time!

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Yo, readers!

As I said earlier, there would be a late update today. So, officially, I welcome you to our 12th Detective Sunday by yours truly. Technology can be a hassle to deal with when you got plans set out for you, so I apologize for the hold up. Now, I hope everyone’s doing alright these days, and I also hope you’re enjoying your summer because it’s slowly coming to an end. I’ve been staying in the most of my summer, and that’s mostly because I’m writing or chatting up with friends I’ve known for years but are way too distant for me to spend time with them. Anyways, I’m shying away from the purpose of this update. Let’s jump into it.

First, I want to mention that there will be a spike in orders this upcoming week. The majority of these orders are coming from family members or friends, and the desired goal I have is somewhere around 30-40 orders. It’s a nice jump from where we are now, and it can be very well possible if you guys assist me as well. Help make the load easier by contributing, and those of you who are writers are open to PM about anything as far as trades go.

Next up, the 2016 LaunchPad Manuscript Competition. Now, this all really just came out of the blue and I was rather intrigued by it because it’s different from the other competitions. I couldn’t join the others because I either wasn’t here at the time or my books didn’t fit the category. This competition doesn’t seem to have specific genres, and I’m a competitive guy, so I see no problem with going through with it. I was debating on using an old project of mine called Rewind, or possibly the new idea I’ve been dreaming about called Changing Seasons. Rewind is about a highschool boy in his senior year that has the power to wind back time for a split-second in order to correct specific errors. The power was bestowed upon him when he lost his parents in a wreck, and ever since, he’s been using his power to save lives; however, when he transfers to a new school, he couldn’t save a particular girl from death and struggles with keeping her alive after saving her because a much darker force is after her. It turns into a much bigger story when he learns of how he got the power and the effects of abusing time. Changing Seasons is a collection of short stories that spans over seasons. I’m debating about how many stories, but a few heart-to-heart sequences that I came up with involves an immortal living in a village alone, but watching over the deceased, or a sacrifice going on a pilgrimage and coming to the end which results in death in order to keep the world stable. Either way, I will have the opportunity to work on my writing and challenge myself against fellow writers who are very skilled.

  Sooo that’s about it for this update. Once again, sorry for the late update, and have a good rest if it’s night for you as well, or good morning when you read it the next day!

Until next time, A.J.III.

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Hey, readers.

The official Sunday update will be tonight hopefully, or tomorrow morning. I’ve run into some problems with my computer and can’t update properly, so I’m doing all of this from my phone. Please, look forward to it because there is much to discuss.

Until then, A.J.III.

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