Woman's Identity Crisis Leads to Suspenseful Rollercoaster Plot in Debut Novel

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Fantasy, Intrigue, and Terror--all result from Marta's quest to find herself. What was intended as a quiet relaxing vacation at a beach house becomes an adventure in self-discovery filled with suspense, flirtation, and nostalgia in an amazing debut novel.

Life takes many turns and most people at some point feel they've gone down the wrong path. Marta Mason realizes she has lost her identity, but in trying to regain it, she learns life is a case of having to "Swim at Your Own Risk" (ISBN 9781933651156, P3 Brown Book Publishers, 2007), the author's debut work.

After years of self-sacrifice to her growing family, Marta Mason recognizes she has lost her personal identity. She decides to take a private vacation to relax, create a new persona, and enjoy the ocean at her parents' beach house in Naples, Florida. But she keeps this vacation a secret, telling her husband she is going on a business trip. Will she discover she has motives beyond just relaxing?

Marta plans to live life again as a single woman during her vacation, but does her imaginary game include ignoring the ties that bind her to her family? When Marta meets Adam Cutler, she is enchanted by his easy-going charm. She begins to consider a carefree spontaneous life with Adam. Marta also finds a body covered in the sand, hidden from where most people would spot it. Not wanting to give up her secret of vacationing alone, she needs to decide if she will go to the police.

Will Marta start a new life with Adam? Will she reveal the dead body, risking her husband finding out that she lied to him about a business trip? When Marta finds herself in a life-threatening situation, will she be able to keep her head above water? Will it be too late for her to return home, wiser for her experiences?

Homan writes with nostalgia about Naples, Florida, capturing the town's unique history and beauty. Her love for the sea is evident in her word choice. The reader smells the ocean, views the clouds, admires beach house architecture, and enjoys the touch of wet beach sand against bare feet. Such delicate poetic touches seduce the reader to participate in Marta's vacation. "Swim at Your Own Risk" is both relaxing and gripping--a rare combination for a first novel.

About the Author
Mary Lee Homan lives in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, with her husband and three children. She is an Illinois native who vacationed with her family at their Naples, Florida condo. She wrote "Swim at Your Own Risk" to memorialize Naples and to bring its mystic to a wider audience. Homan is currently at work on her second novel.

"Swim at Your Own Risk" (ISBN 9781933651156, P3 Brown Book Publishers, 2007) can be purchased through http://www.amazon.com and other online bookstores. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.


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