PLAYED FOR A FOOL – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist
Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . . Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.
A couple of decades ago, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in history and secondary education, but I am the most pitiful history major on the planet: I’ve forgotten nearly everything I learned. No, that isn’t an exaggeration. Go on, ask me what the Teapot Dome Scandal was about. I don’t know. See?
I never did end up teaching high school (or I’d be better at remembering history). One month after I graduated, I gave birth to my first daughter and entered into full-time motherhood and part-time writing-hood. I’ve been married to my husband, Brian, for twenty-six years and we are the parents of three daughters and two sons. Recently, we added a son-in-law to the clan; he fits right in and doesn’t seem disconcerted by our quirkiness. We also added a cat a few years ago, but the son-in-law is easier to get along with, since he doesn’t scratch at the door at four a.m.
I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was a child, when my sisters and I would play long, strange Barbie games or write and direct plays for ourselves and younger siblings. I took a creative writing class in high school, but my stories stunk, since I hadn’t yet figured out that a story needs a plot. I finally got a fun idea, and an encouraging comment from the teacher got me rolling (thank you, Mrs. Owen!). I wanted to write a novel! After a few years of writing random scenes, I decided to try writing the novel start to finish, but that led to a failed, unfinished manuscript and the realization that there was a lot more to writing fiction than I’d ever understood. I began reading fiction technique books (my first was The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them by Jack Bickham. Love that book!) I started over with my novel project. After many years of reading technique books, writing, rewriting, more rewriting, submitting, and then—when I thought I was finished—major rewriting, my first novel, a futuristic thriller called The Believer, was published by Covenant Communications in January 2005.
I turned to writing contemporary suspense, and Fool Me Twice was released in 2008, followed by Methods of Madness (2009), Cold as Ice (2010), Rearview Mirror (2011), and Shadowed (2012). In 2013, a long-awaited dream came true for me with the publication of The Witnesses, the sequel to my first book, The Believer. In 2014, Traci Hunter Abramson, Gregg Luke, and I each contributed a novella to the suspense compilation Twisted Fate. My most recent book, Played for a Fool, was released in September 2015.
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