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First, the back copy:

Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards.

At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing.

After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and comes face-to-face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as “The Serpent.” Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she’s come to love.

Here’s the gorgeous author: **waves** Hi Kim!

The good stuff: the author knows her Mexico stuff. The setting is portrayed in clear detail. I had no trouble picturing anything and had complete trust that the author was telling me like it is.

The main characters were interesting and well developed.

The mystery is cool–there’s a nice twist I didn’t see coming.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I will complain that the beginning is pretty slow, and sometimes, all that lovely Mexican description kills the pace. I have to admit, the cover and title had me expecting a different type of book. This is definitely a romantic suspense novel, heavy on the romance.

Click here to buy: Venom

And click here to visit the author’s website: K.C. Grant

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I’m drowning in writing busyness but no “real” writing is getting done.

I’m working on several book reviews, including one national-market book in which I must interview the author. Eeek! I’m scared! There’s a heavy amount of reading to be done.

I also prepare for and teach a writing class for teens. I love it! Please don’t say I should give it up.

I have to admit, I really like seeing my name in the newspaper. But in the meantime, I barely get five pages written each week. FIVE PAGES FOR A WHOLE WEEK.

Pathetic.

If they were polished pages, that would be perhaps different. But they are more like draft-level. This is even a bit less than a nano-writer has to produce EVERY SINGLE DAY.

This is to say nothing of regular busyness, like family stuff, church stuff, teaching piano, being the midnight bookkeeper for the family business. EVERYONE is busy, right? Others find that balance. So must I.

Productivity is not happening over here.

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My latest book review: Cinder and Ella, Deseret News

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