Monday, July 08, 2013


 Her Sister
by Karen Rose Smith

Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago.  Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead.  Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.

A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.


Where is Lynnie?  Where did she go?

In her mind, five-year-old Clare Thaddeus called to her little sister—Come back, Lynnie.  Please come back.

The huge policeman crouched down in front of Clare's mother at the sofa and said in a deep, slow voice, "Mrs. Thaddeus, I know you're terribly upset.  But I need details.  We've got an hour before daylight.  If your daughter wandered outside—"

Clare's father, who'd been talking to another man in blue, glanced at her, and Clare huddled down deeper into the big green armchair.  Her dad didn't come to her but rather went to her mom, sank down beside her and wrapped his arm around her.  Then he spoke to the officer.  "Our daughter, Lynnie, is three.  She would never go outside into the dark on her own."

"Tell us again where you were last night," the policeman demanded in a not-so-nice voice.

"I worked late, preparing a brief."

"Until five a.m.?"

"Yes, until five a.m.  As I told you, I always check the girls' rooms before turning in.  Lynnie wasn't in her bed.  I woke my wife.  We looked through the whole house and then we called you."

Clare had been sleeping in her brand new room.  They'd moved in here—she studied her hand and counted her fingers—five days ago.  Boxes were still stacked down here and upstairs.  The house was okay.  There were more rooms for her and Lynnie to play hide and seek.  But she didn't like being alone in her own room at night.  She'd liked it better when she and Lynnie had slept in the same room.  She was supposed to watch her sister.  She was always supposed to look out for Lynnie.  That's what big sisters did.

Karen Rose Smith, Author

Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.  She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.

Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.

Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!


 Thanks for stopping by!


KRS said...

Caroline--Thanks so much for hosting me on A Writer's Life. It's a pleasure to be here. I hope to chat with readers today about HER SISTER and anything else that they are interested in! I'd like to start out with a question for your blog readers. What time of the year do you read most? Is it a pastime for vacations or for when you are at home?


Unknown said...

I think I read the most in the summer since I have time off to devote to a good book but there is also something to be said about curling up on a cold winter night with a good book

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Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great story, I can't wait to read it.


Caroline Clemmons said...

HER SISTER sounds like a fascinating book and I am eager to read it. Thanks for visiting today.

As for reading, I read all the time, but more between writing my own books. Sometimes I take a few days break and read one book after another to get my reading fix, then get back to work.

KRS said...

I listen to lots of audiobooks. I have fibromyalgia which affects my eyes and I find in audiobooks a way to rest them yet still do research or just relax. Especially when I have insomnia! :)

KRS said...

Caroline--I use reading or listening to a book as a reward for writing! That helps me finish my page quota for the day.

Ingeborg or Kit--I hope you enjoy it.

Shannon--I probably read the most in January--after the holiday when winter is setting in.

Andra Lyn said...

What an extremely traumatic thing to lose your sister! I hope it turns out to have a HEA!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Unknown said...

What a wrenching excerpt. Poor Clare and her parents. I'm intrigued to find out what happened to Lynnie.

I'm a librarian and I read all year round. I read a lot of non-fiction, but in the summer, I do add on a lot more fiction--often light, fluffy, "beach read" stuff.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

KRS said...

Andra--I can't gve away the ending! On the other hand, I try to satisfy my readers. :)

KRS said...

Another great subject brought up by Catherine. Do your reading tastes change from season to season? Do you like to read a Christmas story at Christmas or will you pick one up anytime of the year?

Unknown said...

Thank you, this sounds like a really good read and something I would buy.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read -- suspense, mystery, romance. And, I can read Christmas books any time of the year.

KRS said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped in today.

Ruby said...

This sounds like a heart wrenching story. What sparked the idea for this story? Do you have sisters? Just curious where authors get their ideas. As for reading, I read everyday but I'd say I read less in spring because I spend some time outside in the garden.

Karen H said...

Thanks for the excerpt. This sounds like a really good story...and a tearjerker.

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