Author Persia Walker is giving away the ebook of her new release, which is set against the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
Darkness and the Devil Behind Me is, according to the author’s site, a story about a disappearance, an unsolved crime, and things that some folks would prefer to keep secret:
The devil claimed Esther Todd. Or so they say. In December 1923, she was a lovely young pianist, a rising star. By January of ‘24, she was on the most wanted list. She’d vanished along the snowy streets of a storm-swept night in Harlem and thieves had hit the home of her society patron, pulling off a million-dollar heist. Were the disappearance and robbery coincidence or conspiracy? Somebody knew, but nobody was talking. Three years later, the puzzles remained unsolved.
I asked the author if the book was a romance, or romantic suspense, and this is her response:
The reporter, Lanie Price, is a widow who still grieves after her husband, three years after his death. He was the love of her life. Soon after his death, her mother died too. The two events, coming so close together, left her drained. She changed her job—moving from being a crime reporter to a society one. In her new/current job, she’s caught the attention of her boss, editor Sam Delaney. Lanie is reluctant to give in to the burgeoning attraction between the two. But Sam is patient and begins to draw her out.
A relationship with Lanie is not so easy, however. When her investigation begins to ruffle some powerful feathers, Sam is faced with two choices: protect her or protect the newspaper. He opts for a third: find a way to protect them both.
If you’re looking for an utterly different setting for a novel, one that looks to be romantic suspense, free is a hard price to beat. Well played, Ms. Walker.