2014 sees the publication of Carla’s subversive, daring From the Horse’s Mouth Collection. Number 1 in the series, the self-titled From the Horse’s Mouth is the first of several short stories, set for release between September 2014 and New Year 2015. Each story boasts interconnecting themes and secrets. Those that do not deserve power have it, there is widespread corruption and deceit and the least expected outcomes happen, often at the hands of the least expected people. As with every short story in Carla’s new collection, a crime is committed – but these are no ordinary whodunits. There is no clear-cut answer. It’s up to the reader to solve the mystery of who they think the real perpetrator is….
From the Horse’s Mouth #1 Taster Blurb
Imagine another person controlling everything you do. Imagine wasting away in a job you hate with no chance of promotion. Imagine feeling like no one in the world respects you. Now imagine you could change all that in an instant, but it meant risk. Would you have the guts to do it?
Gottfried Baumauer, Ridley Obelmäker and Dimitri Pissec are three men in exactly that position – stuck in a dead-end job they secretly loathe, but need. When sexy new recruit, Caitlyn Brichacek, arrives their working world is tipped slowly upside-down. Bravery, lies and decency are the first threads that begin to unravel. After that, it’s anyone’s game.
“Witty, wild and relentlessly noir.”
“Elegant but brutal.”
“Almost every character is sickeningly hateful, cowardly and ultra-manipulative.”
Sleeping With the Sun (From the Horse’s Mouth #2)
Set against a backdrop of 1930’s rural Suffolk during the depression era, Sleeping with the Sun is a powerfully compelling snapshot of a young girl’s life. Separated from the rest of the community by her isolated, domineering father, Katie begins to feel more and more alone. Her only friend appears to be her gentle mother, Bea – a woman who’s also under husband Nader’s selfish control.
A change occurs within the family that no one predicts. The illusion of who is mad and who is sane and what lies between threatens to shape Katie’s new reality, until she realises that the concept of reality only works when everyone sees the world exactly the same. In a dark cloud of grief, urged on by an inner strength she has yet to fully understand, the young girl takes her mother’s pencils and draws a boy. When there’s no one else to talk to, she talks to him – and it’s then that Katie’s secret is born.
Author Carla H. Krueger hits another high note with this beautifully dark tale, inviting the reader to put themselves in unexpected shoes and to question more deeply the difference between wrong and right – a difference that might be far more subtle than many of us are willing to believe. Strong themes of emotional control, the power of lies, manipulation and surprising role reversals work together to give us an uneasy atmosphere, a sinister pseudo-reality that’s becoming a mainstay of this author’s fiction. Through each character, the author explores her own struggle to unmask the artist within, to fight external controls, and to embrace, as an adult, those precious roots of discovery, rebellion and risk.
The Social Worker (From the Horse’s Mouth #3)
His words made everything else mean nothing…. “She’s in there. My little girl.”
A house fire rages behind closed doors. A man lies beaten and semi-conscious in the subdued council estate street. Desperate for help, he calls out. His prayer is answered. New area social worker, Geoff Tallow, appears.
Vulnerable, homeless and at the mercy of a corrupt state system, down and out ex-addict, Fog, is tantalisingly close to ending an intense personal battle to get clean. He’s almost beaten the inner demons that have haunted and intoxicated him for decades when Geoff Tallow arrives, offering to support and protect his new client.
Jackie, a woman who’s as hard as the walls of the nearest prison, a club bouncer trying to protect and provide for her disabled child, starts to feel the balance of control within slipping again. Little time passes before Geoff Tallow arrives on her doorstep, ready to advise.
Three vulnerable people, each struggling to navigate the labyrinth of existence. Only their social worker, Geoff Tallow, understands the secret that links them to one another. And only Tallow has the authority and capacity to reignite their lost passion for life.
Find out more (captivating characters & killer quotes) by visiting the official From the Horse’s Mouth Collection website.