“Carved Wooden Heart” is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. As a thank you to those of you who have read my books and choose to read this one I’m offering a free e-copy of “Riddle” if you will send me a screenshot of your pre-order receipt. This offer ends September 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time.
“Carved Wooden Heart” is my new release written with first time author Starla Hartless. Sharing a love of indigenous peoples art we put our heads together to bring you a sexy love story set against the contrasting backdrops of big city New York and small town Sweetwater, Tennessee. Growing up in New York City before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee I had a pretty good feel for the differences in the cultures of the two cities. However Starla had a deeper grasp of the powerful sense of community in a small town like Sweetwater. Between us we created Dani Stone, a sweet southern girl who broke rules and aimed high. Neither innocent nor slutty, she is like many young women today; her head focused more on having a career than finding Mr. Right. Watching her evolve and seeing her character mature throughout the story was exciting and sometimes surprising even for me. I hope this book will excite and surprise you as well.
Knoxville, Tennesee has a population of less than two hundred thousand. It’s the third largest city in Tennessee and is considered the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Home of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee Vol football team it is a small city with a big heart. In the Fall the streets of downtown Knoxville are filled with residents and tourists wearing orange shirts and caps supporting the home team.
Thirty-nine miles southwest of Knoxville lays the small city of Sweetwater, Tennessee. It takes about an hour to drive from one to the other depending on traffic. Spanning Monroe and McMinn Counties its claim to fame is The Lost Sea, the largest underground lake in the United States. Downtown Sweetwater has antique shops, a fine art gallery, several boutiques, and even a wine tasting room where you can sample some fine muscadine wine made from grapes grown at the near-by Tsali Notch Vineyard in Monroe County.
Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victims or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victims fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?
A sexy encounter with a talented native artist, a broken heart, and a knight in shining armor are just the beginning in this passionate erotic romance. Dani Stone never expected to fall in love with carver Jesse Wolf Carver. She certainly didn’t foresee the results of her intense one night stand with the sexy hunk. From the wealth of New York City to a small southern community, follow Dani as she journeys the winding path fate has laid out for her.
Elizabeth Horton-Newton Bio
Elizabeth Horton-Newton was born and raised in New York City. She began writing when she was a child, writing stories for friends and family. In the 4th grade at P.S. 151 in Manhattan she wrote an essay about her dream job; she wanted to be an author. She continued to write short stories over the following years as she raised a family. After attending Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY studying Communications/Media Arts and East Tennessee State University where she acquired a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, she worked in the social work field for thirteen years. She also holds a certification in Forensic Document Examination. She has worked with Domestic Violence Awareness groups in her hometown and is active in raising awareness of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse and the long term impact on families and communities.
She currently lives in East Tennessee with her husband, author Neil Douglas Newton, and a collection of rescued dogs and cats. Her first book, “View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale”, was published in October 2014. “Riddle” was her second novel released a year later.
She has also contributed short stories to several anthologies. She is currently working on her fourth novel, “Stolen”, a riveting tale of kidnapping and murder, the Witness Protection Program and Gypsy Crime. In addition she continues to write short stories.
Starla Hartless Bio
Starla Hartless was born in a small town in East Tennessee. Growing up in the Smoky Mountains gives her a unique insight into the sense of community and the culture of the area. She brings this to her first full length novel, “Carved Wooden Heart” co-authored with Elizabeth Horton-Newton. Starla’s interest in people and what makes them tick lead to her studies in criminology and behavior. Although she plans to write more books in the future she expects to continue her education with the goal of someday working for the FBI as a profiler. Meanwhile she lives in a small town in East Tennessee with her dog Lincoln where she writes, paints, and indulges in occasionally playing her dulcimer for local events.