Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and twenty-fifth, is of Marilyn Levinson.
Her latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, is out with Oak Tree Press. Untreed Reads has brought out a new e-edition of her first Twin Lakes mystery, A Murderer Among Us–a Suspense Magazine Best Indie–and will bring out a new e-edition of the sequel, Murder in the Air, in April.Her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations, are out with Uncial Press.
All of her mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives. Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children’s Choice; Getting Back to Normal, and And Don’t Bring Jeremy.
Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her granddaughter, Olivia, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Her website is: www.marilynlevinson.com.
And now from the author herself:
A Mystery Writer Publishes Her First Romantic Suspense
I love writing mysteries, and decided to try my hand at writing a romantic suspense novel. Mystery and romantic suspense novels share certain common elements: danger, suspense, and suspects. However, there are differences. A romantic suspense does not necessarily include a murder mystery. The heroine may be running from someone out to kill her. Presiding over the novel is our hero and heroine’s great love story. They are drawn to one another, and wrenched apart because of very serious issues. Together, they solve the mystery or vanquish the bad guys. True love triumphs — which is why we have no romantic suspense series.
My romantic suspense, DANGEROUS RELATIONS, published by Uncial Press, makes its ebook debut next week. It’s a full-blown mystery, and a love story, as well. Ardin Wesley has returned to her New Jersey hometown, to settle her mother in an assisted living facility. She can’t wait to return to Manhattan, where she’s an attorney in a large firm. Thornedale holds too many painful memories, especially those of her brief but abusive marriage to Corey MacAllister. Then her promiscuous cousin, Suziette, is murdered, and Ardin finds herself embroiled in a complicated and dangerous situation.
Brett Waterstone, her cousin’s widower, asks Ardin to help with the adoption procedures that will allow him to adopt Suziette’s little girl, whom he’s come to love. The adoption has dragged on because Suziette has never revealed the name of the child’s natural father. Brett is furious when Ardin tells him Suziette has named her mother as the little girl’s guardian, and then Ardin, if her mother cannot care for the child.
Ardin’s unhappy marriage has left her believing she is not cut out for marriage and motherhood. She finds herself falling for Brett as she makes plans to adopt the little girl she adores. At the same time, she and Brett try to discover who has murdered Suziette and why. Suziette’s confidant is murdered, and Ardin is almost killed, when the murderer burns down her aunt’s house with her inside.
DANGEROUS RELATIONS will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
Come visit me at: www.marilynlevinson.com.
Please do. Thank you, Marilyn.
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