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Congratulations Claretta McDaniel


Claretta McDaniel is the lucky winner of a Fire Kindle HD 6.

The winner is a fan of the “Jackie Trumpleton novels.”

Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper is the sequel to Author Gwen Pegram’s debut novel, The Missing Five. Both novels can be purchased at

Thanks to all my fans who asked for a sequel to my debut novel.




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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Books


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IT’S HERE: “Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper” is available on Amazon

KindleDubbed The Masked Kidnapper, a mystery novel and sequel to The Missing Five, is available online at

Fans, Family, and Friends,

The author’s goal is to sell as many books as possible on release day, Friday, December 5.

In order to reach that goal, every purchaser’s name will be entered in a contest to win a Kindle 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB.

Contest Rules

  • Contestants MUST purchase paperback version of Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper, “online” on the day of release (Friday, December 5, 2014) in order to be entered into the contest.
  • Email online receipt to You will receive an email confirmation that receipt was received.
  • Purchaser’s name is entered into the contest for every book purchased. (Example: If you purchase five books on one receipt, your name is entered into the contest five times.)
  • The drawing will take place on December 12, 2014 and the winner will be notified by Noon ET that day.
  • Purchaser agrees in order to qualify to win the Kindle 6 HD, he/she cannot return for refund or exchange the novel for another item.
  • The author, Gwen Pegram, will have the Kindle shipped directly to the winner from Amazon “as a gift,” using standard shipping service (3-5 business days).
  • The winner must provide her/his address once notified she/he is the winner.
  • Your email with receipt is also your acceptance of the rules of the contest.
  • For contest purposes, only the paperback can be purchased. An e-book does not qualify.
  • The novel can be purchased from any reputable online bookstore (examples: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
  • The contest is only for Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper.

The author hopes you help her reach this goal.

Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper will make a great holiday gift and is wonderful for stocking stuffers. Buy one for all your friends, co-workers, and family. (REMEMBER: the more books purchased, the higher your chance is to win a Kindle HD 6).

The winner should receive the Kindle 6 HD the week of December 15, in time for the holidays.

Thank you and good luck to everyone.

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Books


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Preview of “Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper.” Release Date: Friday, December 5, 2014




If Jackie Trumpleton was anything, wearing the mask of a victim, pun intended, was not in her exhaustive repertoire. She had forgotten that minor detail momentarily as the cab bored down Interstate 95 South from the Arlington Detention Facility to her residence in Old Town Occoquan, where she anticipated reveling in some quiet time. She had obviously overlooked another detail, which wasn’t so inconsequential, as the taxi turned left on Mill Street from Gordon Boulevard and then right onto Poplar Lane.

At eight o’clock in the morning, a crowd lined the streets. Men, women, children, and even babies in strollers and carriers looked as if they were expecting the Macy’s Day Parade or maybe even the funeral of a celebrity. It took Jackie several minutes to realize the gathering was reserved in her honor, or dishonor. The gawkers were out in full force, stationed since five in the morning to stake their spot, to see what had caused the pandemonium on the 128-square-foot acres of their quaint town.

As the cab drove by Ebenezer Baptist Church on the right, Jackie could have sworn as they passed the big white house on the left with a wraparound porch, an elderly black man sitting in a rocking chair with the largest dog she had ever seen in her life laying at his feet, mouthed the words “we forgive you,” which contradicted the glares from the majority of white onlookers.

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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Books


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Gwen Pegram’s New Novel, “Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper,” will be released December 5, 2014

The suspense continues with another work of fiction by Author Gwen Pegram.

Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper is a sequel to The Missing Five.

In this novel, protagonist Jackie Trumpleton finds herself in the crosshairs of local police departments, the FBI, and Maurice Johnston, an irate Arlington police chief who wants her prosecuted for the ungodly crimes she committed across Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

Finally, when a multijurisdictional grand jury returns a true bill of indictment, Jackie is forced to confront her accuser in a court of law, who is not the alleged victims, but her brother who snitched on her to the FBI.

Jackie could not have imagined the damage her transgressions would cause to all the people in her life, or the long-held secrets that would be uncovered because of her alleged crimes.

She hires high-powered, brilliant trial attorney David Arnold Stone to represent her on the thirty counts she is charged with. Prosecutor Eric Calhoun has no idea who and what he is up against.

Therein, the drama continues.

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Books


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Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 17th, 10am – 6pm

I invite all book lovers to come out early to the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17th, 10am–6pm held in Old Towne Gaithersburg at the City Hall Grounds. There’s something for everyone.

The Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country. And it’s FREE!

Join the camaraderie and be a part of the hottest literary event in the region for a celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence. Please spread the word!

Join Paul Stankus, GBF Committee Member, and poet, short story writer, and author of three books, as he leads off the festival by introducing three local rising stars who are mystery and suspense authors: E.A. Aymar, Steve Piacente, and Gwen Pegram.

Gwen Pegram is a featured author and invites you to a reading of excerpts from her debut novel, The Missing Fiveat the F. Scott Fitzgerald Pavilion at 10:35am and the signing of her book thereafter.

We hope to see you at this wonderful literary event.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival offers free parking and shuttle service.

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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Books


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Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 17, 2014

“A celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence”

Come out and meet local Author Gwen Pegram and other authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17 from 10am – 6pm in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

Gwen is a Featured Presenter this year. She will read from her debut novel, The Missing Five, an adult mystery fiction set in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The tale chronicles the lives and disappearance of five middle-age, African-American men, and narrates the storytelling episodes of protagonist Jackie Trumpleton and four women she has known for twenty plus years. The women share an unusual relationship. They only interact during annual vacations where they drink champagne nonstop, share secrets, tell soul-wrenching stories, and explore sexual adventures.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is in its fifth year. The festival has established itself as one of the DC metropolitan area’s premier literary events, featuring prominent authors, poets, and songwriters.

The festival is free to attend and offers free parking and shuttle service.

I hope to see you there.

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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Books


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Book Discussion with Page Turners DMV Book Club

Missing Five Book DiscussionPage Turners DMV Book Club member, Laura Farrio, invited local Author Gwen Pegram to discuss her debut novel, The Missing Five. The Book Club met at Bonefish Grill in Woodbridge, VA, on February 22.

Denise opened up the discussion with a statement, followed by a question. “I’m an avid reader and I have never read a book with a plot line like this. How did you come up with the plot?”

Response: “I’m from a small town and when I moved to DC in the 70s, everything was new, different, weird. All my senses were on high alert and I was affected by everything I saw, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted. (Sorry, I won’t provide spoilers). I knew one day I wanted to capture that experience in a fictional tale–an embellished accounting from my point of view.

“Will there be a sequel?” Sylvia asked.

Response: “Yes. I am writing the sequel as we speak with a publication date of October 2014. Also, I’ve decided to present a third book of the ‘Jackie Trumpleton Novel’ completing the trilogy by mid-to-late 2015.”

“I love the cover,” Dawn said.

Response: “Thank you. I created the cover myself. Years ago while visiting New Orleans, I purchased a beautiful mask by Tom Finn, which I wanted to use on the cover. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the artist to acquire permission. Then, I met with a photographer, showed her the mask, and described what I wanted but she could not capture the essence of what I was looking for. So, I searched and found the photo that I felt captured the soul of the book. I taught myself the software in order to create the cover. 

“How did you come up with the title, The Missing Five?

Response: It wasn’t easy. At first, I was going to name the novel, Jacqueline Ophelia Antoinette Trumpleton, the protagonist’s name. After creating the cover, and seeing the title on the spine, I thought, no one’s going to buy my book. It doesn’t give an inkling of what the book is about. I played with several names and out of nowhere, The Jackson Five popped into my head. That’s how The Missing Five was born.

Question to club members from Author: “Did you think there was too much sex?”

“No,” Denise exclaimed. The members agreed the sex scenes were tastefully done.

This was the author’s first book discussion. “It was wonderful getting together with a group of women on a Saturday afternoon to discuss my book. I enjoyed the camaraderie and look forward to doing it again.”

Participants who joined the book discussion (from left to right: Dawn, Sylvia, Pearl, Olivia, Laura, Gwen, Miriam, and Denise).

If you are interested in having Author Gwen Pegram do a book reading, book signing, or book discussion, please send an email to

The next Book Reading is at Serengeti Gallery and Cultural Institute, 7919 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD, on Saturday, March 22, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm (adults only). Hope to see you there.

The Missing Five is available in paperback at and can be downloaded to any eReader at

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Books


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