New Murder-mystery Novel Features Romance for Mature Adults

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Barbara Valanis announces publication of ‘Second Chances’

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Reeling from her husband’s death, Susan Brooks travels to Hawaii to check on her condo where she finds evidence of foul play which leads to searching for a killer while forging a new relationship and establishing a new identity as a single person in Barbara Valanis’ new murder-mystery, romance novel, “Second Chances” (published by Archway Publishing). The book is available for purchase at:

Susan and Walter Conway are rebuilding their lives after their spouses die, struggling with life alone, and establishing new identities as singles when they meet in Hawaii and forge a relationship based on their common experiences with grief. The mysterious disappearance of Carole Selwyn, Susan’s former tenant, and the discovery of a blood-soaked carpet pad in her condo draws Susan and Walter into an investigation of a possible murder, with Bart, Carole’s husband, as the major suspect. Attempts to extract retribution from Walter for deeds in his shadowy past threaten Susan’s newfound love and her life.

“The age 55 and older population is an increasing proportion of society in most western nations,” Valanis says. “Like Susan and Walter, they are faced with major life adjustments caused by retirement, health issues, and often loss of a spouse. This segment of the population often feels alienated from modern life, because of changes in societal values and ways of living and interacting with other people. They also face challenges in dealing with technological change. These issues are all touched upon in the book.”

“Second Chances”
By Barbara Valanis
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 266 pages | ISBN 9781480875890
E-Book | 266 pages | ISBN 9781480875883
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Barbara Valanis is a retired professor, epidemiologist and health services researcher. She has previously published epidemiology textbooks, “Epidemiology in Nursing and Health” and “Epidemiology in Health Care” as well as numerous articles in professional journals. She and her husband currently reside in Melbourne, Florida. In the recent past, they spent winters at their condominium in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the setting for “Second Chances.”

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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