"Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold in this fast-paced, thrilling story. Lila Carmichael is the Queen of Comedy, a wealthy TV actress with legions of adoring fans, who capitalizes on her less-than-gorgeous looks and snarky sense of humor. When she invites the former fellow members of her Evergreen State College theater group, the Thespians, to her private island off the coast of Seattle for a mini-reunion, initially they're all thrilled. They all need something from their old friend, whether it be connections or cold hard cash: Della Roman needs money and a Hollywood connection; Dick Ferrol needs a cash bailout to get him out of a shady business deal; his kind, overweight wife Millie needs some excitement; Jonathan Levin needs Lila's influence to save his directing career, and Davis Gregory needs a reminder that he was once a hot actor, not just a dull businessman. At first Lila's guests try to ignore her barbed, acerbic humor, and reminisce over beach volleyball and drinks. But Lila hasn't forgotten how cruel they were to her when she was a heavy, unhappy preacher's daughter too naive to know they were using her. And now she's got them trapped right where she wants them, and she turns them on each other, bringing to light their greed and the dark secrets they've been keeping all these years. Before the weekend is over, one of them will end up dead. This is a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through." --Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
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's Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron. The Map across Time, The Land of Darkness, and The Unraveling of Wentwater, with two more to follow.
In addition to her mysteries and fantasy series, she has written the first book in a young adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. 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, which stated her book was "a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through."
She recently completed Intended for Harm, an epic family sage that is a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God's Own Heart. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband Lee, a gigantic lab named Coaltrane, and three persnickety cats. You can connect with her on twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive. Or visit her author page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author.