Mary Ellis

Greetings Readers…..

Summertime and the living is easy…at least that’s what the song says. Seems like yards and gardens were invented just to keep people out of mischief, or maybe the refrigerator. At least we’ll have pretty flowers and tasty things to eat for our hard work.

August 1st brings the release of the first of a new romantic suspense series, Secrets of the South. What’s romantic suspense, you ask? Think of it as a mystery with a good dose of romance thrown in. Midnight on the Mississippi was a labor of love after almost two dozen trips to area, both to visit family and research one of my favorite cities in the country, New Orleans. Although I was born and raised in the North, how many other Ohioans cook crawfish etouffee or a mean pot of gumbo with a roux or have been a fan of the Saints football team for years? Here’s a little bit about the story:

What lies beneath the black water of the bayou? Hunter Galen, a New Orleans securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, of embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life. Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs her the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter—the police’s only suspect—her true reason for disliking Ashley? As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day. I hope you’ll look for Midnight on the Mississippi arriving in stores by August 1st. It will be available in both print and electronic versions from Harvest House Publishers.

These days, I’m also putting the finishing touches on book two in the Secrets of the South mysteries, set in Memphis, Tennessee. I hope you’ll watch for What Happened on Beale Street coming in February 2016. Murder, mystery and mayhem in the land of the delta blues. Sometimes your faith and your friends are all you have left. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for my newsletter which is sent out twice a year. To celebrate my newest book, I’m giving away 10 free copies of Midnight on the Mississippi on August 15th to newsletter subscribers. Sign up in the right-hand sidebar of my website: www.maryellis.net.

I wish all my cherished readers a sunny, fun-filled summer and a crisp, play-in-the-leaves kind of autumn. Stay cool…take time to relax in the shade with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. Curl up in your favorite chaise or hammock…hopefully with a good book!

Fond regards, Mary

 

Mary Ellis ...because life runs on faith

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Midnight

Midnight on the Mississippi

What Lies Beneath the Black Water of the Bayou?

Hunter Galen, a New Orleans securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, of embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.

Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs her the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter—the police’s only suspect—her true reason for disliking Ashley?

As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day.

  • Retail Price: 14.99
  • Release Date: August 1, 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • ISBN-10: 0736961690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-6169-1

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