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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CARLA NEGGERS
COMES A RIVETING TALE OF BURNING EMBERS ON SNOWY VISTAS
Following her instant bestseller Cider Brook, Carla Neggers, the bestselling author of more than sixty books, returns with ECHO LAKE (MIRA Books, February 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the fourth novel in her Swift River Valley contemporary romance series, which tackles the ups and downs of friendship, family and love set against the quaint backdrop of a small New England town.
Coming from a close-knit family with five loving but extremely protective older brothers, Heather Sloan is used to having people watching over her shoulder. But finally she’s been given a position of responsibility in Sloan & Sons—the family’s home-restoration business. She’s been put in charge of overseeing renovations to the home of retired diplomat Vic Scarlatti. The classic 1912 country house overlooks the shores of Echo Lake, and Heather knows this is her opportunity to prove she can manage just fine on her own.
Heather soon wonders, however, if that confidence is warranted when she finds herself almost freezing to death after rescuing a missing puppy from the frigid winter weather. She’s just making her way back when she crosses paths with someone offering aid—a man Heather thought she’d never see again when he left town fifteen years ago with her five angry brothers hot on his heels.
Brody Hancock was still a troubled teen when he fled Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, leaving a lot of bad blood in his wake—especially with the Sloan boys, who had once been his friends. Now, as a federal agent with the Diplomatic Security Service, Brody has years of experience in preventing trouble rather being its source. He’s returned to Knights Bridge strictly as a favor to Vic—discreetly investigating a series of strange occurrences around the estate. In his opinion, the sooner he’s finished his business and out of town the better it will be for all concerned. The last thing he expects is to discover that the Sloan sister who had a crush on him all those years ago is now grown-up and giving him good reason to hang around.
Despite her brothers’ advice to keep away from Brody and whatever business has brought him back to town, Heather is cut from Sloan cloth—and that means she’s just as stubborn as they are. She’s determined to find out exactly what caused the rift between Brody and her brothers fifteen years ago, a feud no side wants to explain to her. She also wants to know exactly why Brody has returned to a town he once vowed never to set foot in again. She may not be a tough federal agent, or rugged like her brothers, but when it comes to getting to the bottom of things, Heather’s ready to prove she’s as kick-ass as they come.
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About Carla Neggers
New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Declan’s Cross is the third novel in her acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series that launched with Saint’s Gate and Heron’s Cove and has been praised as “a breathtaking reading experience” (Providence Journal), “gripping and suspenseful” (Nashua Telegraph), and “outstanding” (USA TODAY). Her popular Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews.
Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.
“My first job was cleaning rooms at a local motel,” says the author. “As I’d pull back a shower curtain, I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body in the tub?’ As kids, we fanned out into the fields to pick wild blueberries. I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body under a pine tree?’
Fast-forward to a boat tour of a Dutch canal a few years ago. I was thinking, ‘What if a dead body floated by?’ Are we seeing a pattern here?”
At the core of every novel Carla writes is what Publishers Weekly has called her “flair for creating likeable, believable characters and her keen recognition of the obstacles that can muddle relationships.” She sold her first book not long after graduating magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in journalism. An accomplished musician, she studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and freelanced as an arts-and-entertainment reporter—always with a novel in the works.
Carla attributes her enduring success to the dedication of her readers. An active member of the writing community, she teaches workshops across the country. She is a founding member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served on the boards of International Thriller Writers and Novelists, Inc. She has given numerous media interviews, from a popular talk-radio show in small-town Louisiana to television appearances in such cities as Boston, Denver, Phoenix, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, Columbus, Memphis and Vancouver, British Columbia.
When she isn’t writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with her large family. Get-togethers at her family’s tree farm on the western edge of the Quabbin Reservoir are a favorite. She and her husband, Joe, a native of middle Tennessee, have two grown children. They are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.
For more information please visit her at CarlaNeggers.com.