She Can Scream
I can’t believe another release day is here already. I’m very excited for everyone to read SHE CAN SCREAM. Here’s the blurb and some early reviews below. My thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered the book. I have the best readers! If you haven’t ordered it yet, there’s a buy link below the blurb.
In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.
Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her.
Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.
Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke.
Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.
From Publishers Weekly
Leigh hammers home the danger of daily routines posted on social media in this well-crafted romantic thriller. A sadistic serial killer stalks Madison Thorpe, whose social media updates tell him just where she’ll be when. As he’s throttling her, she screams. High school math teacher and women’s self-defense instructor Brooke Davenport hears the cry and dashes in to save Madison.
The attacker gets away and begins to make plans for both Madison and Brooke. Internet security specialist Luke Holloway, who had a crush on Brooke in high school, has spent three months recovering from being injured in a terrorist blast that killed his assistant. He vows to protect Brooke from danger, and their romance evolves quickly while the killer increases his threats. Leigh (She Can Tell) skillfully leads the reader down several red-herring paths, and the tension ratchets up as the pages turn. This is one to read with the light on. (Sept.)
The Romance Reviews, 5 Stars “Top Pick
“She Can Scream had me hooked from the moment I started reading…”
Deluged With Books Cafe
“She Can Scream, is an impressive romantic suspense thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.”
Ripe for Reader
“Fantastic writing by Melinda Leigh… A master in building tension, both menacing and romantic.”
COMING UP NEXT:
The official release date is set for March 25, 2014, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
From the moment Officer Ethan Hale Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned in a well for a week.
The botched police investigation nearly killed her. Abby had moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a fresh start, but when it becomes clear that this car crash wasn’t an accident, she knows the violence from her past has caught up with her.
But Abby’s former assailant was convicted and imprisoned, so who else wants her dead?
Ethan uncovers a fresh string of murders tied to Abby’s past. Someone is trying to kill her, and this time the stalker seems determined to finish the task. As the killer grows bolder, Abby begins to trust Ethan enough to share the truth, her heart, and her life. But to stop the murders, Ethan must make a decision that could jeopardize it all.
OTHER GOOD NEWS
SHE CAN TELL is a romantic suspense finalist in the NJ Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest. The winner will be announced at the Put Your Heart in a Book conference October 18-19, 2013 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ.
I’ll be appearing on a panel and three book signings at Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention in Albany, NY from Sept. 19-22. You can also find me at the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book conference and book signing October 18-19 in Iselin, NJ.
That’s all for now. I’ll send another newsletter as soon as I have more news.