March update, quiz question and a teaser of chapter 4 from Inside Straight

(I’m not putting out these chapters as teasers really, so much as a monthly nudge for me to be making bigger strides with writing)

The beta readers have read about the first third of Inside Straight, and I’m overdue taking them up to the half way point. There’s more written than that, but in isolated scenes that need a lot of joining up.

Other news

I’m still in limbo with the Among the Stars series. Amazon continue to refuse to allow the series name, despite allowing other series to break the ‘rule’ that they’ve quoted to me. While this is going on, I can’t really progress with marketing or even getting the second book into print, so the series isn’t moving well.

The Amazon marketing machine has now just started to market ‘A Threat Among the Stars’ to me. Lol.

Quiz question

Okay, not easy this one. Probably need someone who lives in Denver, or someone quite skilled with Google.

Take a look at the photo on this post. What is the name given to this restaurant in the Bite Back series?

Prize for the first to answer correctly? Your choice: Signed copy of any one of my print books… or name a character to appear in Inside Straight.

On with the teaser

Due to Amazon rules, the teasers have to be removed once the book is up.
Inside Straight is available on

About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at

17 responses to “March update, quiz question and a teaser of chapter 4 from Inside Straight”

  1. Mark Henwick says :

    I thought this would be a hard quiz, but I already have the correct answer on the FB page!

    I will make it *much* harder next time.

  2. azrm says :

    Why, why, why do I keep doing this? I swear to myself I will read no more “chapters”, teasers, or anything except the full book…then I do it again. I love
    these characters so much, I just can’t resist!!! Shame on you Mark!!!

  3. Justin says :

    Lol I won’t even try to guess then! Looking good so far, can’t wait for the final version

  4. Kane Barrett says :

    Hi Mark,

    Haha, Found it.

    Google Maps, image is from Sept 2011.,-104.9374251,3a,75y,249.54h,89.21t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sfI2j1-3ialjv0LlXSRk0ew!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    Thier web site.

    Deno’s 6 & 85 – Oldest Truck Stop in Colorado
    Deno’s 6 and 85 oldest Truck Stop in Colorado open since 1947.Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers. Lorenzo Garcia has over 25 years of experience in Restaurant Buisiness and is passionate about exceeding your expectations.. Deno’s 6 & 85

    Love your books, Bite Back and the Name Among the Stars series.


    Kane Barrett
    (Auckland, New Zealand)

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Kane!

      The famous Deno’s is now closed, I understand. 😦

      This was supposed to be a difficult question, partly because ‘6th & 85th’ is *not* where Deno’s in located. When I was looking for a trucker’s restaurant for the Matlal werewolves to meet in Wild Card, I went through my old notes from my visit to Denver in 2011 and picked out a memo I had scribbled down which was for Deno’s. That became the Oaxaca trucker’s cafe.

  5. Michael Orton says :


    You can’t stop there!!!

    Well you evidently can because you just did.

    But aren’t there rules prohibiting cruel and unusual torture?

  6. Elkwood says :

    I concur with Michael !! I laughed so hard at the end i was thinking i thought he said no cliff hangers !!! Man u have really primed the pump for this book with the snippets.

    Zamenik gather is Pia First name. Think that is the first time i really noticed u using it. I like the use of their formal names. I was like hmm who are thoses two then i was like wait only 2 others of Ambers house in the room.

    I think i see some of where u are going with Amber, Amber sister and the girl from Cali that Yelena brought back with her.

    Tks for the teaser !!!!!! I think 🙂 LOL

    • Michael Orton says :

      If you read the section in which the Diakon is appointed you will find Pia is given a title as well.
      Amber is using the same mode of speech we have seen before when Altu promoted new Houses: he started by telling those who will be the witnesses that something important is about to happen by using the ancient title “Yokos” rather than “House”.

      • Mark Henwick says :

        Yes. Her full name is Pia Shirazi, and her title is zamenik, from the Carpathian tradition – a Diakon-level lieutenant of the House who is responsible for mentoring Aspirants and monitoring new Athanate members.

  7. Elkwood says :

    Ahh shame on me for missing that !!! Here i thought i was keeping up with things like that !! Ill have to make up a white board !!! 🙂

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