Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dawn Kunda and her debut novel Court of Lies

Dawn Kunda

As a former private investigator with a BS in political science and attendance at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dawn Kunda has reopened her legal books to create suspense in her writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association. When she’s not writing, Dawn also enjoys tending her acre plus walking garden of perennials and a self-made waterfall and pond, along with biking, running, and cross-country skiing in the lengthy northern winters. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three dogs, of which two are adopted. Dawn would love her readers to contact her with questions or comments at dawnkunda@dawnkunda.com.

Court of Lies

Brooke's attempt to start a new life is shot to pieces as her ex-husband lurks around every corner of change. Advancement in her career begins with a contract offered by the charismatic Scott Marshall who also wants to contract her heart.

Her plans are shattered as a bullet rips through her shoulder.

Falsified evidence and twisted statements infiltrate the courtroom as the case of attempted murder multiplies its victims. Brooke's psychic friend furtively supplies clues to the detectives as they work against the corrupt local police force.

Brooke's conscious filters the evidence as she attempts to clarify her relationship with Scott Marshall and the possible manipulations of her ex-husband.

Both men have motive and opportunity and are suspects in her attempted murder.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Bird Sisters: A novel, by Rebecca Rasmussen

Rebecca Rasmussen's debut novel doesn't come out until 2011, but I'm already waiting in eager anticipation. Rebecca is a Wisconsin native now living in MO. See The Bird Sisters website and blog for more information. Preorder the book on Amazon.

About the Book:
When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds’ heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can’t, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who’ve brought them. The two sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn’t change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn’t exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly’s eye. And most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

The Bird Sisters is forthcoming in hardcover from Random House, Spring 2011.

To read Rebecca's great story of how her book came about and the family member who spurred the story, and to read an excerpt, please visit her The Bird Sisters website.