Treasure Hunt Leads to Healing and Romance in New Novel

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Rachel has never forgiven Chase for deserting her after her father died during a deep sea dive with him. But Chase desperately needs Rachel’s help if he is to find an ancient Chinese treasure ship in Kaylin McFarren’s new novel “Severed Threads.”

Severed Threads
An intriguing tale of mystery, deception and murder. - Rebecca's Reads

Four hundred years ago, the Chinese ship, Wanli II, sunk with a treasure that included the Heart of the Dragon, a relic rumored to be protected by the ghost of a woman who lost her lover. Now troubled lovers Chase and Rachel search for both the treasure and a way to salvage their own relationship in Kaylin McFarren’s new novel “Severed Threads” (ISBN 9781475186529, Creative Edge Publishing, 2012).

After her father’s death in a fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons withdraws from the world, taking a safe position at a foundation office. So when the museum director wants Rachel to assist her former love interest, Chase Cohen, in recovering a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese ship, she is resistant to help. Rachel holds a grudge against Chase, who was with her father when he died, for disappearing soon after and breaking her heart.

Despite Rachel’s feelings, Chase needs her help and the foundation’s funds to find the sunken Chinese ship Wanli II. He is especially determined to recover the ancient ship’s treasure, including the Heart of the Dragon, a relic rumored to be protected by the four-hundred-year-old ghost of a woman who killed herself when she lost her lover, for whom the Heart was intended. Thrust together, Chase and Rachel find they still have feelings for one another, but they are also withholding secrets. Then Rachel’s brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster and she find she must set aside old grudges and relive the circumstances of her father’s death with Chase’s help if she is to save her brother.

Kaylin McFarren began writing novels after the death of her own father as a means of personal therapy. In a recent interview with Reader Views, McFarren stated, “By creating damaged fictional characters that are forced to resolve their problems, I’ve been able to work through my personal issues and now feel like I can cope with virtually anything.” The results have led to McFarren winning numerous awards for her first novel “Flaherty’s Crossing” and receiving many accolades for her new novel “Severed Threads.”

Readers are finding the characters and situations in “Severed Threads” both entertaining and poignant. Paige Lovitt of Reader Views states, “I totally enjoyed being held captive on the edge of my seat while the characters’ drama plays out....I highly recommend this story for people who enjoy romance and suspense. The author Kaylin McFarren will not let you down!” Rebecca’s Reads declares “Severed Threads” is “an intriguing tale of mystery, deception and murder.” And Mark Garber, President of the “Portland Tribune,” says “Severed Threads” is “a fast-paced mixture of romance, mystery and adventure, with more than a dash of the paranormal tossed in for good measure....Crisp writing and sparkling dialogue.” Readers will be thrilled to know a sequel “Buried Threads” is in the works.

About the Author
Kaylin McFarren was born in California and today lives in Oregon with her husband. She has raised three daughters and now spends time with her two young grandsons. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College. McFarren has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest. McFarren is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She is the author of “Flaherty’s Crossing” and the newly published “Severed Threads.”

“Severed Threads” (ISBN 9781475186529, Creative Edge Publishing, 2012) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.KaylinMcFarren.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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