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Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after forty frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill decides she’ll never know what happened to Sophia, but at least her child is safe.

Except she isn’t.

Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb and infiltrating the professional and personal lives of Jill and her husband, David. Someone is about to make the Lassiters face every parent’s worst nightmare again, but this person doesn’t just want Sophia, she wants to destroy Jill’s entire family…

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I was born in New York City and moved to Indiana, Ohio, back to Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I was the always the new kid, attending nine schools in 12 years including four different high schools.

Wherever we moved, one thing was a constant—we always lived near a library and a bookstore. Books were the friends that never said goodbye and great companions on long, dusty U-Haul trips from one place to the next. Each new apartment or house became home once the books were unpacked.

I was a petty thief as a child, a skilled liar, a card cheat and a Girl Scout. I was also a bookworm (some things never change) and always wrote “reading” first on any list that asked what I did for pleasure.

I love books so much that I worked as a library aide for three years in high school and narrowly escaped being fired because I spent so much time reading the books I was supposed to be shelving!

I started writing in my early teens and knew at 15 that I wanted to be a novelist, though it took me years to realize that dream.

After high school, I attended two small colleges before graduating from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. I married and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but the wanderlust has remained. I’ve traveled to countries I read about as a child–the Cook Islands, Egypt, China, and Turkey among others. I’ve also had the good fortune to live for a time in Qatar, a country I came to regard as a second home.

Like many authors, I’ve had an assortment of jobs that paid the rent: Reporter, technical writer, freelance copywriter, and editor among others. In addition to parenting two delightful children, my resume has recently included becoming an adjunct instructor for Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.

As a teenager, staying up late devouring the latest Stephen King novel, I used to wonder what it was like to be married to him—did his wife sleep uneasily, one hand poised to dial 911? It occurred to me recently that this is what my husband and many authors’ spouses might be doing.

I’ve always been intrigued by the dark side, by the potential for evil that lurks in all of us, by what triggers seemingly average people to commit brutal and heinous acts against other human beings. However, I’m equally fascinated by the capacity for goodness and kindness that also dwells within us, amazed and inspired by the stories of ordinary people who confront cruelty with courage or choose compassion over vengeance.

For me, it always comes back to the matter of choice. In all my writing I’m interested in exploring those turning points in our lives that make us the people we are and sometimes, for better or worse, the people we never thought we’d be.

Events

March 16-20, 2016

VA Festival of the Book 

Charlottesville, Virginia

March 31, 2016 at 7 p.m.

LAUNCH PARTY for Only Ever You!

Mystery Lovers Bookshop

514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, PA 15139

April 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Penguin Bookshop

417 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

April 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Norwin Public Library

100 Caruthers Ln, Irwin, PA 15642

May 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Scottdale Public Library

106 Spring St, Scottdale, PA 15683

May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Murrysville Community Library

4130 Sardis Rd, Murrysville, PA 15668

June 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

237 S Pennsylvania Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601

June 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Penn Area Library

2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15636

July 7-9, 2016

Thrillerfest

New York, NY

September 15-18, 2016

Bouchercon

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

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