A hidden treasure under the sea reunites ex-lovers desperate to save the ones they value most in Kaylin McFarren's award-winning romantic suspense novel, Severed Threads.
Believing herself responsible for her father's fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist Trident Ventures with the recovery of a priceless relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating - especially after discovering her former love interest is involved.
But Rachel soon realizes she has no choice when a drug-dealing gangster kidnaps her brother and demands two million dollars for his safe return. In order to rescue him and gain control over her life, she must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also steal the Heart of the Dragon out from under Chase Cohen - the same cursed relic that is holding the museum director's life in peril.
With three lives now on the line, including her own, Rachel must relive the circumstances that lead to her father's death. Will she gain Chase's trust and recover the Mai Le treasure in time or will they both die trying?
Awards: 2018 Reader's Favorite Silver Medal Winner - Adventure; 2014 IPPY Awards, Bronze Medalist - Best Mystery/Thriller Ebook; 2013 Wise Bear Book Silver Awards - Women's Fiction, Romance Suspense, Romance Contemporary; 2013 Book Boost's First Annual Shooting Star Contest - 2nd Place; 2012 Ignite the Flame contest - 2nd Place; 2012 Sharp Writ Book Award - 2nd Place, Mystery/Suspense; 2012 Books & Authors Romance Book of the Year Award; 2012 Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing Contest - 2nd place; 2012 AKRWA's best Break-up contest - 1st Place; 2012 Central Ohio Fiction Writers' Ignite the Flame Contest - 2nd Place; 2009 Great Beginnings Contest - 1st Place; 2009 Melody of Love Contest - 1st Place; 2014 Shelf Unbound Notable Book in the category of page-turners
About the Author
Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird, indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within
visiting range. Although she has virtually been around
the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. Besides playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives: taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now, she enjoys spending free time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more. Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in business and personal writing projects for many years. As director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists through promotional opportunities in national publications. Eager to spread her creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA(R) Golden Heart contest. Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. Receiving her AA in literature at Highline Community College originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Inspiration behind the story: Kaylin has been involved in the business of collecting and selling Asian antiques for more than a decade. Because of her interest in this field and her fascination with the undersea world, she was inspired to write a story about the recovery of a Chinese concubine's cursed treasure from a sunken ship, which aids in healing a woman's damaged soul. Kaylin spent four months researching scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and natural disasters that befell Spanish galleons from the 15th to 17th centuries. It is her hope that this action-adventure romance will entertain readers and honor the dedicated salvaging and exploration companies that have contributed remarkable discoveries and cross-sections of history to museums and institutions around the world.