Deep Sea Treasure Hunt Novel Wins First Place for Romance

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Kaylin McFarren’s “Buried Threads,” the sequel to “Severed Threads,” has won first place for Romance in the Reader Views 2013 Literary Awards. This high stakes deep sea adventure reveals that the real treasure to be found lies in the heart.

combines the action and adventure found in a Clive Cussler novel, the plotting and romance of Danielle Steel’s books, and the erotic energy and supernatural elements of a work by Shayla Black.

Winner of First Place in the 2013 Reader Views Literary Awards Romance category, Kaylin McFarren’s newest novel has everything from two romantically involved business partners to a desperate race to save Japan from a monk’s terrifying prophecy and three ancient Samurai swords buried in the ocean’s depths. Before it’s over, more than treasure will be unburied in “Buried Threads” (ISBN 9781492120469, Creative Edge Publishing LLC 2013).

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen, successful partners in a treasure-hunting business, are trying to sort out their feelings for one another when adventure calls. Their quest begins when Shinzo, a clairvoyant Buddhist monk, experiences a frightening vision of Japan being completely destroyed by an enormous earthquake. To prevent the earthquake from happening, he hires Rachel and Chase to recover three stolen samurai swords belonging to a cursed prince before the next blue moon when the prophecy comes true.

Complications ensue when Chase withholds information from Rachel and when it becomes clear he is completely in love with her. But Rachel’s insecurities and fear of abandonment create a wall between them. As the lovers journey through shark-infested waters, creepy caves, and haunted hidden tombs, and as they are threatened by Yukuza gang members, they find their love tested like never before. Their erotic feelings for one another and the high risk suspense combine to make “Buried Threads” a reading treat worthy of first place for Romance in the Reader Views Literary Awards.

Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year by self-published and small press authors. Its Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, many of whom write outside the formulaic constraints of their genres. Kaylin McFarren epitomizes that originality and fresh perspective needed by the romance genre.

Readers and reviewers alike agree with the Reader Views awards judges. Kirkus Reviews proclaims that the Threads series has “plenty at stake, erotic chemistry, dastardly villains, a lost relic, an unusual setting and a touch of the supernatural.... The full package of thrills and romance.” Suzanne Gattis of the Pacific Book Review admits, “I couldn’t put the book down because I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. Many of the ups and downs were not obvious, and I enjoyed the surprise as each revelation was made.” Lee Gooden of ForeWord Clarion reviews puts McFarren in good company with other famous adventure and romance authors, declaring, “combines the action and adventure found in a Clive Cussler novel, the plotting and romance of Danielle Steel’s books, and the erotic energy and supernatural elements of a work by Shayla Black.” For samurai sword cutting-edge romance, “Buried Threads” is obviously the best choice.

About the Author
Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren, was born in California, has lived in Washington, and now resides with her husband in Oregon. Her novels include “Flaherty’s Cross,” and the Threads series: “Severed Threads,” “Buried Threads,” and the upcoming “Banished Threads.” Besides winning First Place for Romance for “Buried Threads” in the Reader Views Literary Awards, she has won a dozen other awards, including being a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest. She is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She also enjoys giving back to the community through charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

“Buried Threads” (ISBN 9781492120469, Creative Edge Publishing LLC 2013) can be purchased through For more information, visit Review copies available upon request.

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