When a mass grave is unearthed in the desert, a small-town detective must find an invisible killer before the people he loves are targeted.
In the heat of summer, a previously undetected serial killer, dubbed The Botanist by the press, re-emerges in the rural, southern Utah town of Mt. Dessicate. Detective Cody Oliver becomes the lead detective in the case as Mt. Dessicate is plunged into chaos. Alexandra Thompson, a beautiful woman from the past, may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer and lived to tell the tale. There’s just one problem:
the killer remembers her, too, and is determined not to let her get away this time.
A baffling case, a media circus, an unsupportive father, and too many leads for Mt. Dessicate’s tiny PD to handle alone leave Cody fighting just to catch his breath. Meanwhile, hands come out of the darkness to snatch at Alex every time Cody’s back is turned, and his desire to protect her soon becomes more than just professional.
If Cody can’t piece together the mysterious past of the land of the mass grave, decipher how Alex is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice—or at least to civilization—he may lose the people in his life he’s come to value most. He must confront the Botanist on feral ground or risk being the only one left standing in a desolate, desert graveyard.
Available: April 28, 2015 | ISBN 9781631630101 | paperback | 384 pages | 6 in. x 9 in. | World (translation, audiobook, media rights)
Guest Post:The Most Difficult Part of Being a Writer
Ah writing. There are so many reasons to be a writer and even more reasons not to be. But for those of us who have the true calling, the good outweigh the bad, and even if they didn’t, it wouldn’t matter. We’d still have to write.
For me, the most difficult part is finding balance. There are so many things to do in a day for a serious writer: reading, writing, editing, blogging, social networking, review requests, keeping up on the newest sites and innovations in the industry, etc. Add to that the fact that very few people can simply decide to write, quit their day job and go for it. It takes time to build your audience and your body of work. Years, usually. So all of this must be done on top of the day job, the relationships, the family, the social life, and all of life’s other requirements.
Balance is elusive for a writer, especially when they first start out.
But over time you figure what works, what your writing process is, what’s worth your time to do and what’s not. You get a few books and a few promotions under your belt, and like anything else, you pull yourself up the learning curve with both hands, and the help of the online community.
Writing is extremely rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work. There are jobs out there that people only do for the money. They don’t like the job at all. It’s just all about the paycheck.
Yeah, writing ISN’T one of them. Especially at first, the payoff isn’t enough for the work you put in. That’s why only those who truly see writing as a calling will stick with it and follow through. They’re the ones that are in it for the long haul and reap the rewards.
They’re the ones for whom the most difficult part is all kinds of worth it, and the hard part pales in comparison to the rewards.
Happy reading and writing, Everyone! Here’s to those who can’t get enough!
• L.K. Hill’s second book from Jolly Fish Press.
• “Hill’s writing is descriptive and thought out . . . She has built a world that is intriguing and complex with characters to match.” —Page
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About the Author
L.K. HILL has a degree from Weber State University, and has won numerous writing awards, including garnering first place in the 2011 League of Utah Writer Writing Contest. When she’s not writing, Hill relaxes with her fam- ily in Ogden, Utah, while maintaining constant communication with her many followers.
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