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Deadly Shadow (The Assassin Chronicles) Two Recent Murders. Two Serial Killers *Coming Soon* #paranormal #thriller


Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

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To celebrate the upcoming release of RESURRECT, the 3rd book in the action-packed Whitney Series, I’m offering REFLECTION (Book One) for FREE via Instafreebie for a limited time (March 19-21)! It’s a great way to meet investigative reporter Whitney Steel and friends!
 

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Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel) by Kim Cresswell is here!

It’s release day! I couldn’t be more excited to share the new cover for my debut romantic suspense
REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel)!

REFLECTION“Reflection is a deeply emotional romantic suspense that starts bold and holds you captive to the very end.”
New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love

“Action packed from page one…an impressively laid out passionate thrill ride!” – InD’Tale Magazine (www.indtale.com)

“I anticipated a Booth and Bones relationship (from the Bones TV Series) and I wasn’t wrong…this book is definitely worth reading.” – Quality Reads UK Book Club

Back Cover
Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.
She found it. Now it may kill her.
After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…
Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

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About the Author

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.
Her debut romantic suspense REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel) has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).
LETHAL JOURNEY was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003) and more recently a finalist in RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller).
Her action-packed suspense thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, “Buckle up, Hang on tight!”
Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was self-published in January 2014. She is also a regular contributor to “Serial Killer Quarterly”, a quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

Publishing Purgatory – One Door Closes…Another Door Opens

1904072_818802294802142_1770238198_nI’ve been asked many times about my journey to publication. So here is my story…

I began my publishing adventure with my romantic suspense, REFLECTION, back in 2008 when I landed my first agent. Signing the agent contract was so exciting. A big-time-thrill-ride especially after I had queried hundreds of reputable agents. Finally it had happened!

Well not quite…

Three months later, the agent decided to close her agency due to personal reasons. At first I was devastated, all my hard work down the drain, then I remembered, “one door closes…another one opens.”

I’m not the type to give up. This was my dream. And I was going to make it happen. So after a short break, I began my agent query process again in early 2009.

Two months passed, and I received a representation offer from Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. I was literally jumping up and down. I knew Marsal Lyon was one of the best in the business and Jill loved and wanted my book! I think I cried and happy-danced for days.
It had really happened!

But…

The economy crashed in 2010 and publishers were hit hard. Some disappeared, some restructured, others decided it was time to jump on the e-publishing bandwagon. Things were changing.

In my opinion, getting published by one of the “Big Publishers” is part luck—part timing. Timing was not on my side.
I kept my rejections from back then and all the rejection letters had wonderful things to say about REFLECTION but 95% mentioned the word, “economy”. Urgh!

What was my best rejection?

“Thank you so much for sending REFLECTION by Kim Cresswell, for my review. I can definitely see why you are working with Kim. She crafts a very intriguing story with great sexual tension, and lots of action. Unfortunately, however, after many reads and much discussion, the overall consensus was that the story is lacking a big hook to make it stand out on our list.” (Warner Books)

After exhausting all major traditional publishing avenues, we began sending REFLECTION to e-publishers.

Then I received a fantastic letter of praise from a “biggie” e-publisher suggesting I rewrite REFLECTION to fit their line as a category romantic suspense and re-submit. I can say there were many sleepless nights trying to decide if I should rewrite REFLECTION. I wanted to be published so badly.

In the end, I choose not to rewrite my book. The story was a mainstream romantic suspense and it was going to stay that way.

As authors, sometimes we need to bend, need to make tough decisions about our writing career.

For me, it was ‘passing’ with the “biggie” e-publisher and going with a small press publisher. Did I make the right decision? At the time, I believe I did.

With the release of LETHAL JOURNEY last November, I went a different route with this story and self-published. As an author, I want to experience everything and it’s been an interesting adventure.

This past week I received my rights back for my debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION. The book will be re-launching on May 23rd under my KC Publishing Imprint! I can’t wait.

If I could change any part of my publishing journey, would I? Not a chance. What I have learned over the years about the industry, my writing and about myself—is invaluable.

Available now! “Partners in Pain” Issue #2 ✦Serial Killer Quarterly #serialkillers #truecrime #magazines

“Partners in Pain” Issue #2 of Serial Killer Quarterly NOW AVAILABLE!

I hope you check out this fantastic issue which also includes my story about Doug Clark and Carol Bundy!

serial killer78 Pages of Murder and Mayhem!

Triple feature! Issue #2 of Serial Killer Quarterly, “Partners in Pain,” recounts the gruesome tales of 15 serial murderers operating in 7 different teams from 19th century Scotland to 21st century Santa Monica. Bestselling author Cathy Scott guides the reader through the fog choked alleyways of Edinburgh, to peep behind the door of an infamous rooming house where Irishmen William Burke and William Hare fatally suffocated up to 25 people in 1828.

Our second feature by Dr. Katherine Ramsland focuses on Houston’s wicked “Candy Man” Dean Corll – one of the most sadistic murderers in 20th century criminal history – who after hours of torture shot or strangled 27+ boys to death with the aid of teenage accomplices Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks. The perverse folie a deux of Doug Clark and Carol Bundy, as relayed by author Kim Cresswell, begins in 1980 on LA’s sunset strip, and climaxes with Bundy regaling authorities with tales of Clark having sex with a victim’s severed head.

As if this issue could not be horrific enough, Robert Hoshowsky and Curtis Yateman write of confinement, rape and torture in their pieces on Leonard Lake and Charles Ng and “Ken and Barbie Killers” Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Feature number three takes us back to the United Kingdom as Carol Anne Davis. explores whether both John Duffy and David Mulcahy were truly the “Railway Killers,” or whether Duffy stitched his friend up for crimes he didn’t commit. Aaron Elliott closes by looking at a rare female-female serial killer duo in the form of LA’s Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, who drugged and ran over two indigent men with their car in order to collect on their life insurance policies.

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A Quickie (interview) with Author Kim Cresswell #IAN1 #suspense #thriller #truecrime

kimblueaprilWhat are you working on right now?
I’m working on two books: The much-anticipated sequel to my award-winning romantic thriller, REFLECTION (working title – Retribution). I can’t wait to share more of Blake and Whitney’s story with the world. I’m also writing Deadly Shadow, the first book in a four book supernatural thriller series. This series is going to be exciting!

Can you tell us what genre you write?
I write a variety of different genres; mainly suspense and thrillers. I also write true crime short stories. Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie (Book One) released was in January 2014. You can also find more of my true crimes stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

What is your all-time favorite book?
My favorite book would have to be Waiting Wives: The Story of Schilling Manor, Home Front to the Vietnam War by Donna Moreau. “In 1964, as the first B-52s took flight in what would become America’s longest combat mission, an old Air Force base on the plains of Kansas became Schilling Manor — the only base ever to be set aside for the wives and children of soldiers assigned to Vietnam.” It’s an incredible story about determination, strength and love!

Is there anything you want to make sure potential readers know?
If you enjoy edge-of-the-seat suspense, loads of action, and hot romance, you will enjoy my cinematic writing style. I write as if I’m watching a movie and I hope readers enjoy the show. (I highly recommend having some popcorn on hand.) 🙂

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
I think there is a message in my books: No matter what life hands you, you are strong and can and will overcome!

Why do you think what you do matters?
Being an author does matter. I’m a huge supporter of freedom of speech. I also try to use some type of controversial topic in all my books. Human cloning (REFLECTION) is one of them and has caused lots of debate over the years. It gets people talking.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?
Quite a lot—especially in Lauren Taylor, the heroine from LETHAL JOURNEY. She has my drive and strength incorporated into her character and a few more character traits.

Who influenced your writing once you began?
I wonderful woman I meet online. Her name was Christina Harris. She was a friend, my writing mentor, and a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist. She taught me a lot and really helped me write LETHAL JOURNEY. I couldn’t have done it without her. Unfortunately, she died before I finished writing my debut romantic thriller, REFLECTION.

 What is your favorite quote?
“In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of chaos, make one definitive act. Just write.” ―Natalie Goldberg