© 2016 by Lynda McDaniel, author & book coach


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The books in my internationally acclaimed Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series have
been compared by reviewers to To Kill a Mockingbird and my storytelling style to that of Fannie Flagg. If you like page-turning dramas without over-the-top violence—but packed
with suspense and character-driven stories—I think you’ll love this series. 


And be sure to get your free novelette—the prequel I wrote about Abit Bradshaw's and
Della Kincaid's lives before they met in Laurel Falls in 1984. I’ve pulled back the curtain so
you can discover how Abit lost hope of ever having a meaningful life and why Della had to leave Washington, D.C.​ Just click on

A Life for a Life - Book One

A burned-out reporter. A mysterious death. A case that could cost her everything …


Laurel Falls, N.C., 1985. Della Kincaid thought she was escaping to a quiet life in the Appalachians. After decades writing about gruesome murders and shady politicians, she's ready to settle into a relaxed life. But she discovers a corpse while hiking and is  thrust back into a world of deception and death.


Abit Bradshaw yearns for acceptance. Bullied and mocked for struggling in class, the teenager's problems just get worse after his father yanks him out of school. Then Della moves next door.


These two unlikely partners team up to prove the death is no suicide. Butting heads with the local sheriff, they pursue the case and expose a dark cover-up. Can Della and Abit unmask the killer before they become the next victims?

This autobiographical mystery novel shares funny, moving, and surprising stories from my early years living in Appalachia. And you'll meet Abit, a young man who has stolen the hearts of readers around the world since his debut in 2016.  As one reader wrote, “Abit is a gentle soul. I found it difficult to put the book down. It flowed so easily. … Read this one. I think you’ll fall for Abit.”  READ EXCERPT HERE

"GREAT !! BOOK Lynda McDaniel can write. This is one fine read. A Life for a Life is outstanding. A good mystery that reads like a literary piece. READ THIS ONE." 
—Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer






The Roads to Damascus - Book Two     

Big con. Missing money. Abit accused. Searching for the truth takes everything he’s got …


Laurel Falls, N.C., 1989. Abit Bradshaw finally made it back to school—only to be thrown out when a trio of con artists fleeced his school and cast suspicion on him.


Abit’s neighbor Della Kincaid can help. A former crime reporter, she knows how to chase down leads, but she can’t chase the crooks. Only one person can do that.

Follow Abit as he travels the twists and turns of the Virginia mountains seeking payback from the desperate trio. His dangerous, life-changing journey brings him face-to-face with menacing characters who conspire to stop him and fellow victims who yearn for justice too. Can Abit succeed on his quest? Or will the criminals get away? READ EXCERPT HERE 

"I just finished The Road to Damascus, having previously read A Life For A Life. Like delicious hors d'oeuvres, they left me panting for the next installment!" —J. Porter






Welcome the Little Children - Book Three


Neglected children. Family secrets. A missing mother. Della and Abit face their greatest challenge yet …

Laurel Falls, N.C., 1994.  Meet Astrid, a sprite of a girl whose mother goes missing from her isolated log cabin. Abit Bradshaw and Della Kincaid get entangled in the investigation, searching for answers from the mountains of N.C. to the streets of Washington, D.C. Along the way, they come face-to-face with the lies and secrets plaguing their own families. Meanwhile, Abit struggles with a decision that could cost everything he holds dear. Can Della and Abit put a scattered family back together—or should they? READ EXCERPT HERE

"Incredible book with great tempo and keeps me reading more. This is book three of the series, and I'm always finding that each one keeps me at the edge of my seat. The characters, Abit and Della are especially good and I love how they work together in the scenes." —R. Buyer



Want a great deal on all three books? Check out my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Box Set.






Words at Work won the National Best Books Award for Writing.

It's packed with information and inspiration that help you start

writing attention-grabbing articles, newsletters, proposals,
e-books, blogs—whatever you write at work. As a book coach

and writing coach, I’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs,
executives, and support staff 
learn how to overcome their fear
of writing and how to write with confidence. 






How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write includes 52 writing techniques to kick-start your writing, improve your communication skills, and deliver the results you want. This Amazon Bestseller is a great reference book for the 21st century that answers writing questions and soothes writers’ concerns through hundreds of examples, rules, tips, and techniques. You’ll discover how to write well, how to edit and proof, and some of the most common grammar goofs and gaffes—and come away feeling confident about how to start writing any project.  


How to Write Stories that Sell is filled with techniques and strategies designed to help you fill your books, blogs, and articles with great stories. Why tell stories? Stories get results! Our brains are wired for stories, and nothing engages readers more than anecdotes, examples, and case studies. By any name, stories are writers’ best friend. 

Whether you’re writing about growing a business, managing a department, improving customer service, raising a child, building a birdhouse, or pursuing better health and fitness, stories engage your readers and get your message across more effectively. And stories are more memorable, so your readers will remember your message—and you.



Wake Up to Toaster Cakes: Have your keto and eat cake too! You won't find these recipes anywhere else. I've revived and updated toaster cakes of the ‘60s to gluten-free, low carb, refined-sugar free—but kept them just as tasty. The cookbook includes 34 new gluten-free, low-carb, no-refined-sugar recipes, such as Lemon Blueberry, Orange Cranberry, Almost Buckwheat Pancakes, and Wild Oats Toaster Cakes. Savory flavors include Rosemary Onion, Boston Brown Bread, and Irish Soda Toaster Cakes. And you’ll have breakfast in hand with Ham & Cheese Toaster Cakes. Plus a dozen tasty spreads! I tested all recipes to make sure they weren't just good for you—but also tasted good. Life's too short to eat gruel in the name of healthy. One of my must-have ingredients is joie de vie.

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do!  I look forward to reading your reviews and comments.   



"The most satisfying mystery I've read in ages." 
— Joan Nienhuis, book blogger