Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Please Welcome C.S. Lakin and Her Latest Novel "A Thin Film Of Lies"

A Thin Film of Lies is a contemporary mystery/ suspense written for the Christian market set in suburban Los Angeles in the heat of summer. The story tells of a Christian homicide detective, Fran Anders, whose next case throws her into the lives of Mike and Alisa Jepson, a couple whose marriage is disintegrating fast. When leads coming into the precinct point at Mike Jepson as guilty of murder, Fran watches the damage wrought on this couple, yet is unable to ignore the incriminating evidence. When Mike ends up arrested and in jail, Alisa takes comfort in a friend—Dee Dee—who moves in with her but soon becomes her worst nightmare. Mike hires a PI who uncovers clues to who is setting Mike up, but Alisa is caught in a trap before Mike can protect her. Although Fran reaches out to Alisa during her crisis of faith, she is unable to stop events from barreling toward a crash. Yet, despite the tragedies to follow, Fran sees how God has used the Jepsons’ trials and pain to bring Alisa back into His arms, with hope that Mike might follow suit.

A Thin Film of Lies uses motifs of photography and applies them to crime and the uncovering of truth—something that often is just a trick of the eye and open to misinterpretation. It explores the landscape of trust and betrayal, and how the destruction of the former can lead to the latter in a moment’s notice.

The protagonist, Fran Anders, is a dedicated, no-frills cop who takes her job seriously but with a wry sense of humor. She suffers from the unbearable heat, from unrelenting allergies, but does not suffer fools. As much as she wants to please her superiors, she knows her true boss is—God—and she answers first and foremost to his leading, which sometimes takes her beyond the call of duty, often to the ire of those around her. A middle-aged, divorced, single parent with two teens, Fran hopes someday to find a great man and remarry, but she’s not holding her breath. Right now, she just wants to be a good cop and mother, and use her faith to help those she encounters in her line of work learn there’s someone “up there” who truly cares for them.
C. S. Lakin writes novels in numerous genres, focusing mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel, Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction), won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Lakin has seven fantasy novels in the Gates of Heaven series contracted with AMG-Living Ink Publishers. The first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron (July 2010), The Map across Time (March 2010), and the Land of Darkness (October 2011) have been released with the subsequent books in the series to be released in six-month intervals. The Wolf of Tebron was a 2011 Carol Award finalist.

Her contemporary mystery, Innocent Little Crimes, made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher’s Weekly review that noted her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

She currently works as a freelance copy editor and writing mentor, specializing in helping authors prepare their books for publication. She is a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), CEN (Christian Editor Network), San Francisco Editors Guild, CAN (Christian Authors Network—regular blogger), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and regional writers’ groups. She edits for individuals, small companies, and literary agents and teaches workshops on the writing craft at conferences and guest blogs on writing.

She recently completed Conundrum (her fourth psychological mystery) and the fourth book in her fantasy series: The Unraveling of Wentwater. She has also written the first book in a Young Adult sci-fi adventure series called Time Sniffers. She lives in Northern California with her husband of twenty-eight years and wants more than anything to glorify God through her writing.

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