The Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade Flow When Love and Murder Collide

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Author’s newly published book follows a forbidden love affair meshed with a murder mystery and a prelude to a missing person of epic proportions.

Inspired by the news stories she heard on unsolved cases of missing persons and the lack of media coverage and attention given to these murder victims, author Tonya F. McKinley becomes their voice as she releases this romance-cum-whodunit. In Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade, she weaves intriguing and surprising twists and turns from beginning to end to keep readers anticipating for more drama while the story unfolds. This engaging blend of interracial love story, missing person account, and murder mystery is sure to stir and evoke various, deep emotions from readers.

Samantha Collins is a young homicide detective in South Carolina; she relocated from New Jersey after spending a weekend there during college. Missing her younger sister Vanessa, she persuades her to relocate from New Jersey to attend graduate school. Almost immediately after Vanessa moves in with her, their life becomes a rollercoaster ride as Vanessa meets a young man named Bryan. An aspiring medical student and star quarterback, Bryan, who is white and comes from a wealthy family, is smitten by Vanessa’s beauty from the moment he stared into her eyes.

Samantha, who is blindsided by her partner’s addiction to alcohol, is disappointed she’s unable to spend as much time with Vanessa after being assigned one of Tim’s (her partner’s) unsolved cases. This unsolved murder mystery leads her on the path to dangerous territory. Because of this, Vanessa, who falls for Bryan, also begins to spend more time with him and ignores controlling warning signs. As time passes, Samantha is unnerved; the homicide she’s investigating is more intertwined with her sister’s life than she could ever imagine.

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About the Author
Tonya F. McKinley was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on June 11, 1970. She aspired to be an author for several years. Struggling to write a topic she was passionate about, she was motivated by a story of a young black female college student reported missing in Miami. The lack of media coverage surrounding her disappearance ignited the author’s creative desire to write her first novel, Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade.

Working in Management for a Fortune 500 Telecommunications company for five years, she realized that if she was able to inspire one employee to contribute to the success of the company through effective communication, her goal was achieved. The writer used this type of inspiration and attention to detail to become the voice of so many young girls who are reported missing and their stories are silenced and unheard.    

She is a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. She resides in Central Jersey.

Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade * by Tonya F. McKinley
Publication Date: September 13, 2010
Trade Paperback; $17.99; 224 pages; 978-1-4535-5639-9
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 224 pages; 978-1-4535-5640-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-5641-2

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