A Deadly Deed Grows
by Kathryn Long
Date Published: March 2015
Mira Stanley has come to Cape San Blas, Florida for one reason: to save Claire Peterson, her boss' aunt, from being swindled and losing her home. She realizes it will be a challenge to defeat Bradley Lane, the unscrupulous land developer, even with her accomplished skills as a lawyer. However, another element adds itself to the equation when Mira meets the attractive Sean Thorndale. The chemistry between them leaves Mira confused and frightened.
Sean Thorndale has always been confident and driven with one personal agenda, and it promises to be dangerous. Even if he must deceive others by following Bradley Lane’s orders, he’ll do it to get the justice someone close to him deserves. At least that’s how he feels until he meets Mira Stanley. As their attraction to each other builds, Sean will decide if the dangerous journey to achieve what both he and Mira want is worth the risk.
Sean nodded. "I'm afraid it does. But that still doesn't explain what he was doing."
As he made the comment, Sean and Mira heard an explosion, loud enough to shake the table and chairs where they sat. Both of them stared at each other, stunned. In the next second their server rushed onto the deck, ice cream sundaes in hand. He set them down and turned to hurry back inside. He threw out a hurried explanation as he went.
"Man, you should see it. Some dude's car is toast. Right out there in the parking lot, just blew up and—Wait!" The server stopped and turned to face Sean and Mira once more. "Awe, dude, I'm sorry. That must be your car."
Sean and Mira looked at each other once again. They scrambled out of their chairs to run across the restaurant to stare out at the parking lot. Sure enough, Sean's car sat totally engulfed in a pyre of flames. The sight of it left Mira ready to faint. Her knees buckled, and Sean caught her before she collapsed on the floor.
"Well, I guess we know what he was doing." Sean continued to look at the burning heap of metal while holding Mira close.
Mira glanced up to see his expression. She shivered. Though uncertain whether it was caused by the sight of the smoking ruins in the parking lot and their close call with death, the look on Sean's face frightened her. The look which suggested he could kill someone. One thing she was certain of, though. She wouldn't want to be that guy.
About the author:
Kathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. However, she’s worn many hats over the years – bookseller, teacher, mom, wife, and author. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!
Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.
Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-pubbed cozy Lilly M Mysteries, and her traditionally published work: paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream, and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Growsat online retailers and in bookstores.
Always striving for better and greater achievements, Kathryn has recently signed with literary agency, Golden Wheat Literary and agent Jessica Schmeidler who is working diligently to sell Long’s latest mystery, Grave Maker Blues.
When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to – you got it – talk about mystery. Kathryn lives in a small burg located in northeast Ohio with her husband and little pooch, Max.