My thriller novel, Ashes to Ashes, was the first book I ever completed. At first, it was written to spec as a soppy romance, Mills & Boon style. When the rights reverted back to me, I rewrote it as a psychological thriller.
I may be focussing on fantasy from now on, but, since this was my first completed novel, I’d like to showcase it today. To celebrate my new blog, I’m giving readers a chance to download this book from Smashwords for free – but only for the next three days.
Coupon Code: KR32Q
Expires: April 16, 2014
When Mathieu Cousteau dies, twenty-seven-year-old Michelle van Wyk is relieved that the man intimidating her can no longer make good on his threats. Her relief is short-lived, however – Mathieu’s soul lives on, and is hell bent on avenging his murder. Michelle’s situation grows direr when Mathieu’s handsome brother, Pierre Dumaine, becomes obsessed with her, and drags her into his world of warped love, murder and treachery, where things aren’t always what they seem.
Michelle soon finds herself on France’s Grand Serre Che ski slopes, where her will – and ability – to survive are put to the test. If Pierre’s love doesn’t kill her, his dubious ‘colleague’, Frédéric, or one of his crime bosses’ other lackeys, just might.
Pitted against harsh weather and Frédéric’s hatred, with merciless gunmen and an angry poltergeist hot on their trail, Michelle fights the ultimate battle for survival. Can they perform the ritual to destroy Mathieu’s soul before he kills them? Will Frédéric give in to his desire to kill her, or will Pierre’s love be the death of her? Only time will tell – something Michelle isn’t sure she has enough of.
“The story grabs you from the first chapter, and takes you on a non-stop ride to the stunning conclusion.” – Merry Muhsman, author of Peddler’s Trials.
“It was only in case you needed more time to fall in love with me.” Pierre’s face turned a light shade of pink. “But you don’t, so I didn’t need it, but I forgot about it, and I’m really sorry; I didn’t mean to let you drink it! Come on, don’t be mad at me. Life is too short, sweetheart.”
Michelle felt too weak to move, let alone run, but she eyed the front door anyway. Her gaze fell upon two suitcases standing side by side at the door. The new, faded red suitcase was hers, and the battered black one must be Pierre’s. She frowned. Pierre followed her gaze.
“I told Adrien you saved my life tonight, so he’s willing to trust you. That means he won’t try to kill you – for now – but he wants you to prove yourself by coming with me to perform the ritual. After that, you’ll be safe from him.” Pierre smiled, clearly happy.
“I didn’t save your life.”
“Adrien doesn’t know that.” Pierre smirked.
Michelle felt numb. “The newspapers said Mathieu died on the Grand Serre Che ski slopes. That’s a… t-two-night… t-trip, there and b-back.”
“Think of it as our first holiday together.” Pierre smiled and perched on the couch near her feet.
Michelle sat up and drew her legs under her. The thought of being even this close to him repulsed her, she was happy to note. At least she wasn’t fawning over the psycho anymore. Her head spun as she asked, “When is this supposed to happen?”
Pierre lowered his eyes. “Adrien wants us to leave tonight. He’s already had someone book us onto the night train from Paris to Briançon.”
Michelle looked at her watch incredulously. “But it’s already after nine!”
Pierre shrugged. “It’s important to Adrien that Mathieu can’t cause any more trouble. It’s important to all of us. Drink your tea, then freshen up. We have to board the train by ten-thirty.”
“Drugging me again?” Michelle sneered.
Pierre looked upset. “No. Why would I do that?”
Reviewers have said:
“This fast-paced story takes many gripping twists and turns, but I defy anyone to predict the ending!”
“The characters are compelling and the action non-stop. Mrs. Finaughty created a romance novel unlike any before it, one worthy of sharing a bookshelf with any Stephen King classic.”