Author: Gerrie Ferris
Category and Length: Suspense/Contemporary - Novel
Photography/Artwork: Jenifer Ranieri
Release Date: October 2009
While Jack Rhodes is in London, Laura Kate O'Connell is tussling with a life-changing decision. Jack has asked her to marry him. Love him as she does, marriage and babies has never been in her life plan.
A law enforcement agent asks Laura Kate to find out who killed his niece, one of several students at Honored Daughters who have died mysteriously. Jack can't know she's involved, or he'd be on the next plane home. To complicate the situation, a former soldier-turned-militia-organizer, Pearse Macaula, falls for and stalks her. He's dangerous, but did he murder the Honored Daughters girls? She must trust him to find out, while brushing off his advances. This is a man who always gets his way. Will he try to kill her if he can't have her? It's a chance she has to take.
Brewster's deliberate steps ascended the stairs to alert her that Jack was indeed on the telephone. Hundreds of butterflies chose that time to invade her abdomen. So much going on, so much to decide, so much to tell. Oh no, no telling.
"What's up, my love," Jack asked. Her heart beat faster as she saw him in her mind: perfectly barbered black hair going silver, provocative dark eyes crinkling when he laughed, which he did often, his lips twisting pleasurably with every word out of his mouth.
She steadied herself. "Jack."
"Are you all right?" he asked.
"Oh yes, it's just… it's wonderful to hear your voice."
"It's wonderful to hear yours, too. I only wish I was hearing it while you're standing next to me."
Jack had begged her to go to England with him, but she demurred, looking forward to time away from him to collect her thoughts. Their love affair had been a torrid whirlwind for four months - from the moment they'd met. It was a delicious time, full of lovemaking and happiness. But along with the passion he gave, he wanted a promise.
"It won't be long, you'll be home. I can't wait."
"Me neither. How are things settling in now you're back from Wyoming?"
Sighing, she said, "Back to the same ol', same ol'."
"If you'd come with me, we could be spending the afternoon at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum."
"Or the Victoria and Albert Museum."
"And later having tea with the Queen."
"Are you serious?"
"As a crumpet."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I grew up in Missouri, attended the University of Missouri and came South to write for The Atlanta Constitution. My beat was The South. I traveled the Tobacco Roads and the narrow, historic streets of New Orleans. I wrote about Natchez, Mississippi's unique history and Florida's diverse population. I have won numerous journalism awards.
When I retired, I knew I would write crime fiction. I covered crime for the newspaper. Real crime is sordid, with no romance or redeeming features. Justice often doesn't will out. Real people go back to miserable lives. Writing fictional crime gives me the opportunity to remedy that.
In 2000, Writers Showcase published Look Away from Evil.
In 2008, I was a two-time finalist in the St. Martin's Writing Contests: The first Private Eye Novel and the Malice Domestic first traditional contest.
Books by Gerrie Ferris at Desert Breeze Publishing:
When Serpents Die - Book One in the Laura Kate Plantation Series - April 2009
Honored Daughters - Book Two in the Laura Kate Plantation Series - October 2009
Wagon Dogs - Book Three in the Laura Kate Plantation Series - September 2010