Avon Impulse Ratchets Up the Suspense in SIMON SAYS DIE

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With a creepy killer on the loose and an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, Madison McKinley has little time to prove her innocence in rising romantic suspense star Lena Diaz's latest release from Avon Impulse.

When Avon Impulse author Lena Diaz sat down to write romance novels, dead bodies kept popping up in her stories, so she decided to combine murder mystery with her love of romance. After her debut novel HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT, received much reader and critical acclaim, she’s kept the suspense level at a fever pitch with SIMON SAYS DIE, on sale now from Avon Impulse (9780062136329; $3.99).

This heartfelt, but intense romantic suspense follows Madison McKinley from the terror of having a stalker to finally finding safe harbor in the arms of the man she loves.

Industry reviewers and readers alike have taken to SIMON SAYS DIE. Library Journal calls heroine Madison McKinley “a fun, strong-willed woman,” and says the novel is “a good sunny-day-in-the-lawn-chair read.”

Amy Valentini, a member of Avon’s team of dedicated readers known as the Avon Addicts, says SIMON SAYS DIE is a “gripping romance thriller that will have you hooked from the first words.”

“With shows like NCIS and CSI dominating the ratings, it’s no wonder readers are looking to their books for those same kind of thrills,” Esi Sogah, an associate editor at Avon Books, said. “Lena Diaz’s books are perfect because they blend all the heart-stopping action of those shows with romances…well, to die for.”

Madison McKinley knows that someone is stalking her, and is almost positive that the stalker is her dead husband, Damon. But no one believes her claims, not even the police, who are too busy chasing the “Simon Says” killer to investigate. Madison’s life is falling apart, and her terror grows day by day. Having her ex-boyfriend, FBI Agent Pierce Buchanan, back in the picture isn’t making matters any easier.

As the bodies begin to pile up, the police finally turn their attention to Madison—as the suspect. Madison has no idea how to prove her innocence. As everything spirals out of control, Madison struggles to clear her name, find the killer, and not freak out over the discovery that that her feelings for Pierce never went away.

Pierce still loves Madison, and his drive to protect her is stronger than ever. But after hearing countless lies from her, and with all evidence pointing to her guilt, he doesn’t know if he can ever truly trust her again. Madison tries to be honest, but some secrets are better left hidden. Was Pierce a fool to trust her again, or are they both caught in a complex game that neither will survive?

About the Author

Being an army brat and moving around so many times as Diaz was growing up never changed her thought of where home was, Kentucky. No matter where she lives, she definitely feels like a country girl at heart. Unlike her other siblings she didn’t go into the military, and went on a more creative path, writing. When she’s not writing she’s reading books, attempting to garden, or watching movies. She’s lived in Kentucky, Louisiana, California, and Florida, but now currently resides in Northern Florida with her husband and children.

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