Hello, CTR Readers! Today Iâ€™m sharing an excerpt with you from my upcoming March release Illusions of Death, which is available now through pre-order exclusively at Amazon.
Best-selling author Karlyn Campbell is ready for a new start after her recent divorce from a temperamental artist. When she receives word that her father had a stroke, she heads for Walton Springs with mixed feelings. Broderick Campbell wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning literary novels and denounced his daughterâ€™s work as pedestrian and commercial, causing a rift that finally heals on his deathbed. Karlyn chooses to stay in the small Georgia town to write her popular Matt Collins series and decides to try her hand at true crime when Atlantaâ€™s Rainbow Killer, Roy G. Biv, captures her interest.
Detective Logan Warnerâ€™s marriage didnâ€™t survive after he lost his twins to a crazed killer who was never caught. He returns to his hometownâ€™s police force and runs for police chief, happy heâ€™s escaped big city crime and corruption. Emotionally dead, his interest in life is renewed when he falls in love with Karlyn and begins to build a new life with her.
But the Rainbow Killer moves beyond Atlanta, leaving a trail of dead bodies painted in bright hues in several towns north of the city. Leaving no trace evidence or DNA and choosing random victims with no apparent rhyme or reason, Roy proves unstoppable. Then he arrives in Walton Springs, threatening the peaceful town with his murder spree. With a serial killer in their back yard, Logan and Karlyn unite with the FBI to find the killerâ€”before he finds them.
Logan pulled up and saw Karlyn waiting for him on the porch swing. She came down the steps, her hair pulled back in a low ponytail. Tight jeans molded to her hips and butt left little to his imagination.
She reached for the helmet he offered and swung it onto her head.
â€œI am starving, Warner, so this hamburger joint better be good.â€
Karlyn snapped the strap in place and threw her leg over the bike. She snaked her arms around his waist and locked her fingers together. Her floral perfume wafted around him, revving up his own engine.
The evening had turned cool. Logan knew he took a big risk, but this woman had gotten under his skin.
The worst she could do was say no.
The best would be a huge yes.
He tooled down the highway a few minutes and then pulled into a small parking lot. He cut the engine and waited a beat.
â€œThe Cavalier Motel.â€ Her voice was low. Her arms still locked around him. He could sense the tension scrolling through her.
Logan got off the bike. Lifted her off. Pulled her to him. Heard the hitch in her breath.
â€œI havenâ€™t slept with anyone since my wife. Iâ€™ve never pulled into a no-tell motel on a first date.â€ He drew her close. â€œBut my blood races every time Iâ€™m around you, Karlyn Campbell. Youâ€™re all I think about. I want to taste you. Touch every inch of you. But the ballâ€™s in your court.â€
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Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addictsâ€”as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.