Breast Cancer Survivor Takes on the Back Streets of the Bible-Belt in her Debut Mystery Series

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Cindy Daniel spins clever page-turner about sibling rivalry, pick-up trucks, Texas music, old-fashion Christian guilt and the murder of a beauty queen

– In this debut novel, readers will get their first glimpse of a dream that belongs to author, Cindy Daniel. It is a dream she envisioned after scaling stumbling blocks that many would have found too high to climb. A single mother raising teenagers alone, Daniel heard those breath-robbing words no person on the planet ever wants to hear. “You have cancer.”

It was a terrifying blow. But she didn’t quit. She never even slowed down. She fought breast cancer and won, married the man of her dreams, and never looked back. She said she began writing in December of 2001 just to see if she could do it.

“I just wanted to prove something to myself,” Daniel said. “After I completed editing a medical textbook, I got it in my head that I could be a writer."

Daniel began researching the book – and how to be a writer – and quickly became involved with several organizations related to mystery writing. In fact, in just a short time she became the 2004 President of the Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, Dallas Meeting Coordinator for Mystery Writers of America-Southwest Chapter; with writing credits to include the monthly Ask-A-Pro feature for the Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter and Texas Coalition of Authors Newsletter.

Daniel completed the manuscript for Death Warmed Over--Coming Soon in May 2002 and began searching for a publisher.

It didn’t take long.

While she did receive a stack of rejections from various publishing houses, in November, 2002 Quiet Storm Publishing jumped at the chance to publish the story and immediately inked a three-book deal with Daniel.

“Cindy’s query to us was very funny and her book made our marketing director laugh out loud from the very first page,” said Clint Gaige, President of Quiet Storm Publishing. “Turning down the book was never an option – I would have had a mutiny on my hands. This book delivers solid entertainment and Cindy Daniel’s potential as a writer is limitless. Actually, one of her best assets is that she really has no idea how very good she is. We are very excited about this book’s release. Readers are going to love their trip to Destiny.”

Rand McNally would locate Destiny, Texas just about dead center of the East Texas Bible Belt and that is exactly where Death Warmed Over--Coming Soon, the first book in Cindy Daniel’s new murder mystery series, takes place. With quick-witted charm and a deft economy of words, Daniel paints a hilarious – and all too accurate – portrait of life in one of those towns where everyone knows absolutely everything about everyone. There is little doubt that readers who grew up in small towns will find at least one character in this raved-about novel that will make them gasp in disbelief and exclaim, “Oh my gosh! I KNOW her!”

Daniel’s protagonist, thirtyish Hannah Evans, still smarting from a three-year-old divorce, comes home to Destiny, six-year-old daughter in-tow; to what she hopes will be a new beginning. What she finds is a sister, of questionable reputation, mired knee-deep in small-town trouble with a capital M – murder, that is. Hold on to your hats, because the plot twists like the Judge Roy Scream ride at Six Flags.

The publisher isn’t the only one who is singing the praises of this new book. Mystery writing web sites are choked with rave reviews for Death Warmed Over, and many of them are from other mystery writers.

“In Death Warmed Over--Coming Soon, Cindy Daniel details life in Destiny, Texas so lovingly that I feel as if I could find it on a map,” said Toni L.P.Kelner, author of Wed and Buried. “Then she throws in a double-handful of believable characters and a tricky murder plot that has me eager to see what’s next for this debut author.”

“Cindy Daniel has a gift for bringing her characters to life and writing a story you don’t want to end,” said Linda Randall Wisdom, award-winning author of Roses After Midnight.

“What Janet Evanovich does for the Jersey burbs, Cindy Daniel takes to the back streets of the Bible Belt in this rollicking, Texas-sized mystery,” said Ann Cavan, Sisters in Crime.

Death Warmed Over--Coming Soon is available NOW through, and or call your local bookstore and ask for it.

"And remember," Cindy states, "it's available NOW, 'Coming Soon' is part of the title."

Visit Cindy’s website for an in-depth look at Destiny, Texas:

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