Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Friday Five: 5 Secrets the Dreamland Characters Know

When Trixie Blake drives into Dreamland late one night, she has no idea she’s landed in a hotbed of unsavory secrets. All she wants to do is find out about the building her grandfather left her in his will, get rid of it, and leave town with the money in her pocket. It doesn’t take long to find out someone else wants her out of Dreamland like yesterday. But the question is, who--and why?  

Then there’s Mitch Langley who wears an easily-repaired scar on his handsome face like the scarlet letter. What is he hiding behind his brooding silence? What's the barrier between Mitch and his father?
Candace King, self-appointed town historian, claims to know more about Dreamland than anyone else. But she isn’t telling everything she knows, and Trixie’s life may depend on her breaking her silence. And her daughter has reason to hate her ex-stepfather--who just happens to be Mitch's father!
Hetty Green taught generations of Dreamland’s children and knows more about some of them than they like to admit. What she knows about Trixie’s mother could answer a lot of questions, but she’s not telling.
And finally, there’s Al Capone. Oh, yeah, he’s been dead for over sixty years, but what was he doing in Dreamland in the first place? And what did he leave behind.

But, you say, the title said the blog was about 5 secrets. What are they?

They’re hidden in the pages of the relaunched romantic suspense series. You’ll enjoy ferreting out the answers for yourself!

Start with Book #1:  Lethal Legacy in Dreamland 
Available Monday, September 7 at Amazon!

What’s the ghost of Al Capone doing in Dreamland, Arkansas?
Trixie’s willing to live and let live, but he doesn’t seem to be so tolerant!

Trixie Blake barely remembers her small hometown or the grandfather who left her  the Quimby Building on the antiquated town square. Newly-widowed and at loose ends, she treks to Dreamland to look for a fresh start. It takes less than twenty-four hours to discover she’s in the path of a shadowy development company’s plans to take over all of Dreamland’s historic downtown. That is, if they can persuade the three hold-outs to sell and move on. When Trixie decides to become hold-out number four, her already precarious situation deteriorates rapidly.

She finds an odd assortment of allies: the Drummond sisters, two feisty senior citizens  who run the Sunshine Style Shoppe on the first floor of Trixie’s building;  Rudy James, a former high school classmate (now the proprietor of the Twilight Bar and Grill); Glen Ellard, the long-time mayor who owns the town’s only hardware store; Hetty Green, a retired teacher who keeps her fingers on the pulse of the town; Danny Jefferson, who doesn’t let his Down Syndrome define him; Mitch Langley, whose connection  to the development company is too close for comfort; and Candace King, self-appointed head of the Dreamland Historic Association, who knows the town’s dark secrets.

On top of everything else, Trixie’s great-grandfather’s buddy Al Capone seems to be still in residence on the Quimby Building’s second floor. Does he also get out and about to vandalize Trixie’s hotel room, slash her tires, and make threatening phone calls? And why does Police Chief Doug Everton want Trixie out of town sooner than later?

Has Al met his match in Trixie Blake? Or is he just a bystander in a seedier plot?

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