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Abit is Back + Free Books!

You asked for it Many of you who read A Life for a Life told me you looked forward to Abit’s return. Well, he's back! And he plays a central role in The Roads to Damascus, the second book in the Appalachian Mountain Mysteries trilogy.

Four years after that fateful summer in A Life for a Life, Abit faces the biggest challenge of his life when a family of con artists fleeces his school and casts suspicion on him. With the support of his friends Della Kincaid and Alex Covington, he sets out to find them and get payback. His journey starts in Washington, D.C., winds through the mountains of Virginia, and finally brings him home again to Laurel Falls, N.C. Along the way, he draws on every bit of courage and faith he can muster as he encounters a slew of characters—from sinners to saints—who help him come to terms with his rightful place in the world.

Read the first three chapters of The Roads to Damascus here.

Free books! If you haven’t read the first book—A Life for a Life—you’re in luck! Kindle copies are FREE February 13 through February 17 in the Kindle Store here. (Please tell your friends and colleagues, too. It's a great read—but don't take my word for it. Check out some reviews below.)

You’ll meet Abit Bradshaw and his best friend/neighbor, Della Kincaid, who owns the general store in Laurel Falls, N.C., where Abit whiles away the days, looking for purpose in his life. They join forces when a young woman is found dead in the North Carolina mountains. The lazy sheriff dismisses it as a suicide, but Della disagrees. A former Washington, D.C. reporter, she knows how to chase the real story, but without her usual sources, she turns to an unlikely cast of characters—friends, ex-husband, forger, and especially Abit. With their help, Della uncovers how unbridled greed has spawned an interwoven series of crimes and sorrows. Along the way, she discovers how much the Appalachian landscape and its people mean to her—and that life can offer second chances.

How about your writing? If you’ve always wanted to write, I urge you to stop berating your first drafts and get started. I know you’ll groan when I tell you I edited A Life for a Life and The Roads to Damascus 20+ times each—but that's what it takes to make this kind of writing sing. Is my book perfect now? No way, but it is my best. You can do it, too if you’re willing to let your writing rip—and then edit, edit, edit.

I hope you’ll sign up for my updates, writing tips, and blogs on any page at www.LyndaMcDanielBooks.com. When you do, you’ll get a free copy of my first short story mystery—which I thought I’d lost but found when I moved to Santa Rosa.

Don't forget! A Life for a Life is free through February 17! Get your copy here.

Praise for A Life for a Life

"GREAT !! BOOK This is one fine read. A good mystery that reads like a literary piece." —Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer.

"Five Stars! Lynda McDaniel has that wonderfully appealing way of weaving a story, much in the manner of Fannie Flagg. The tale immediately drew me in." —Deb, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer

"A Life for a Life is one of the most satisfying books I’ve read this year. Everything about the book delighted me.” —Ana Manwaring, writer, blogger, creative writing instructor

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

"What a delightful discovery! Pick up this novel; I dare you to put it down." — Dr. Irene Willis, poet and author of Reminder

"Marvelous read! The intricate plot the will have you guessing until the end." — Yvette Klobuchar, author of bestselling Brides Unveiled

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