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The River Girls is the Thriller of the Day on Kindle Nation Daily! The first book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller Series, The River Girls, is available for a special price of $0.99 (or read free on Kindle Unlimited).
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Girls Who Lie, the fourth book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller Series is available for presales now!
Buy the eBook on Amazon and have it delivered to your device on November 26, 2019.
Girls Who Lie
A Mercy Harbor Thriller, Book Four
The addictive Mercy Harbor Thriller series continues as a brutal killer stalks the women of Willow Bay. When an ambitious young reporter uncovers disturbing clues to the killer’s identity, she becomes the unwilling subject of her own deadly story.
Detective Nessa Ainsley is determined to be the next chief of police in her small Florida town, but first she must track down the sadistic Willow Bay Stalker before he strikes again. And as she struggles to understand the motive behind the vicious crimes, another victim is found, revealing an ominous connection to the town’s inner circle.
As detectives escalate the search for the killer, Eden Winthrop opens the Mercy Harbor shelter to two of the stalker’s traumatized victims. But when she discovers an unsettling connection between the shelter and the recent murders, Eden begins to piece together the horrifying truth behind the killer’s shocking past.
And when an ambitious young reporter goes missing, Eden finds herself once again on the trail of a serial killer who will stop at nothing to take his deadly revenge.
The gripping fourth book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller Series will keep you up all night!
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As a life-long, avid reader of everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss to Stephen King, I always wondered how my favorite writers came up with ideas for their books. In my imagination, the writer always started with a blank page; the first exciting words would be written (through frantic scribbling or vigorous typing) as the ideas began to pour forth.
While I’m sure each writer has their own process, I realize now that few writers sit down, stare at a blank page, and begin to write a novel. In fact, all the books I’ve written took shape months before I put the first word to paper. My books started when an idea or a question lingered in my mind, returned again and again, and made me ask myself: What if so-and-so happened? What kind of person would do that? Has that ever happened before? What would they do next?
The seed of a story can come from almost anywhere: the evening news, an overheard conversation, or just a random observation of life. And when I find myself thinking through possible plot twists while waiting for the light to turn green or for the water to boil, I know the story had intrigued me enough to start outlining the idea to see if has legs, a body, and, most importantly, a heart to work with.
Then, when the idea has taken on a life of its own in my mind, I can sit down and begin to write.
As a writer of thrillers, I often flinch when I have to create a scene that depicts the type of character, and the level of violence, that we all fear meeting up with in real life. But without that twisted, damaged character that sends chills up my back and makes me look behind doors at night, I wouldn’t be able to write about the bravery and heroics of the character who, despite adversity (and usually some very bad luck) overcomes her own flaws to save the day.
How boring Stephen King’s book, It, would be without Pennywise the Clown. And would we have cared about Clarice Starling quite so much in Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs if she wasn’t going up against monsters like Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter? Both books were written decades ago, but the authors created such terrifying characters that they left an indelible impression on me and the millions of people who read, and probably had nightmares about, these books.
I’ve always been fascinated by the parallels and contrasts between people who are evil and do horrific things and those who struggle courageously to overcome evil and do amazing things. In my books, I try to weave that contrast of dark and light throughout the plot and the complex characters who, I hope, will stay with you once you’ve put the book down.
Melinda Woodhall is the author of the page-turning Mercy Harbor Thriller series. She also writes women's contemporary fiction as M.M. Arvin..