Lauren Linwood: Release Day for Illusions of Death


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Lauren Linwood here for today’s Embracing Romance post. I read historical romances. I write historical romances. I dream historical romances! I’m able to take my background as a former history teacher and combine it with my love of research. I marry the two, play God and create the people I see in my head, and then step back and let them tell their stories the way they want me to do so.

That being said, every now and then? Another story calls out to me, clamoring to be told.

I enjoy reading thrillers by authors such as Steve Berry and Lee Child. I adore going to action/adventure movies. I love a tough, smart, good-looking cop who goes after the bad guy—especially if the bad guy is a serial killer (Anyone other than Dexter, that is. I have a soft spot for that sweet man who is a serial killer that brings other serial killers to justice!). It’s even better when an intelligent, witty, feisty woman teams up with that cop/detective/FBI agent to bring the antagonist to justice.

So every now and then, I step out of my comfort zone of medieval knights and cocky gamblers or sheriffs in the American Old West and try something new. Today’s release of Illusions of Death marks one of those occasions.



Best-selling author Karlyn Campbell is ready for a new start after her recent divorce from a temperamental artist. When she receives word that her father had a stroke, she heads for Walton Springs with mixed feelings. Broderick Campbell wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning literary novels and denounced his daughter’s work as pedestrian and commercial, causing a rift that finally heals on his deathbed. Karlyn chooses to stay in the small Georgia town to write her popular Matt Collins series and decides to try her hand at true crime when Atlanta’s Rainbow Killer, Roy G. Biv, captures her interest.

Detective Logan Warner’s marriage didn’t survive after he lost his twins to a crazed killer who was never caught. He returns to his hometown’s police force and runs for police chief, happy he’s escaped big city crime and corruption. Emotionally dead, his interest in life is renewed when he falls in love with Karlyn and begins to build a new life with her.

But the Rainbow Killer moves beyond Atlanta, leaving a trail of dead bodies painted in bright hues in several towns north of the city. Leaving no trace evidence or DNA and choosing random victims with no apparent rhyme or reason, Roy proves unstoppable. Then he arrives in Walton Springs, threatening the peaceful town with his murder spree. With a serial killer in their back yard, Logan and Karlyn unite with the FBI to find the killer—before he finds them.


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8 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    Whew! Sounds like a nail-biter for sure. 🙂

    • laurenlinwood

      I agree! Change can be hard, but it’s been a fun, creative way to challenge myself. And I think the historical series I’m writing now benefits from me getting away and trying something different.

    • laurenlinwood

      I hope you enjoy it, Jessica! It’s fun to step away from historicals and let one of my characters use a cell phone every now & then instead of jumping on a horse and riding somewhere with the news.

  2. Sue-Ellen Welfonder

    Fantastic! I love romantic suspense and this sounds fabulous! I often read romantic suspense as my pleasure reads of choice before bed, so will look forward to this. Happy Release Day!

    • laurenlinwood

      Thanks, Sue-Ellen! I’m the same way – I write historicals but read a lot of romantic suspense and thrillers for pleasure. This one definitely pulled me from my comfort zone, but it was fun to write a different kind of bad guy–and still have the H&H triumph over him and fall in love.