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Necessary Detour [Kindle Edition]

Kim Hornsby
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Book Description

After a stalker's attack, rock star Goldy Crossland flees L.A. for her secluded lake house in Northern Washington. Retired from the music business, she hopes to avoid both the press and her psychotic fan. But obscurity leaves her restless, and when a mysterious--and disturbingly handsome--new neighbor moves in, she can't resist spying.

Pete Bayer is undeniably attractive, but Goldy quickly realizes there's something strange going on in the log house across the bay. Is he a member of the paparazzi? Or a much more sinister threat? Despite her suspicions, Goldy can't deny her fascination with him.

When the press discovers her hideout, it's Pete who offers an escape route, but it comes with a price. Unwillingly drawn into his dangerous world, Goldy soon learns the reason behind Pete's secrecy--and her crush on her charming neighbor takes a deadly turn.

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Praise for Necessary Detour

"From the opening glitz-and-danger concert scene, this
story rocked my world! Nikki's insatiable curiosity and
prying antics had me laughing, while her deep need for
love and stability made her story richly human. Only a
man as daring and thick-skinned as sexy Pete could
handle such a tough woman let alone penetrate her
guarded heart. And while danger lurks around every
corner for this burned-out rock-star and this hunk in
wolf's clothing, their near-fatal attraction was what kept
me wide awake."
~Christine M. Fairchild, Editor Devil and author of An Eye For Danger

From the Author

Originally this novel was titled Goldy and the Bayers, marketted as a modern nursery story but agents and editors didn't think it would sell. When I renamed it and submitted it to two publishers, both came back with interest and read the full story. I waited to hear if anyone wanted it and when editor Ally Robertson at The Wild Rose Press expressed a huge interest in aquiring the book, I was thrilled. Many had turned it down because it didn't follow the romance pattern.
It was a pleasure to work with Ally, wonderful to be wanted by someone, and I have nothing but praise for The Wild Rose Press.
Here are some interesting facts about me and how they tie in to this story:

I used to be a rock singer
I even had a stalker
I can drive a ski boat
I have a second published book - The Dream Jumper's Promise
I once knew Jamie Foxx
I love the forest with a passion
My dogs' names are Lulu and Ruby - both rescues
I am not attracted to the bad boy in my conscious life :)


Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Crimson Rose 1st edition (December 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AU50M76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Kim Hornsby! January 4, 2013
By Eliza
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I had just finished The Dream Jumpers Promise, also by Kim Hornsby, and was unable to find a book like it that I could really lose myself in, and then Necessary Detour comes out! Of course I am exhausted from staying up late reading it. The main character, Goldy, is a charming juxtaposition of a slick, gorgeous rockstar and a quirky, funny Mom just looking for normalcy in her life despite her rocker life. There is the usual intrigue and twists in the plot that Kim does so well, and that keep you reading until the wee hours to find out what happens. The characters Goldy and Pete are both physically and emotionally very well developed, that you become so attached to them - which is what makes a great book for me. Also the setting on Louisa Lake is picturesque and Kim does a superb job with visualization of the lake and what it feels like to be there.
I am so impressed, this is an author to watch. I hope she has many more books coming out because I love reading them!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure February 1, 2013
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OK, so I probably shouldn't admit I like this sort of thing, but I read the Dream Jumper which I really liked and then picked this one up as well. What can I say, I'm hooked! Interesting, vivid characters and a break from the predictable romance plot. Can't wait for her next piece of magic.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Detour January 28, 2013
By Henz
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Kim Hornsby does it again! After reading Dream Jumper's Promise I couldn't wait to read Necessary Detour. I just finished it and had to tell you 'review readers' that this book has the makings of a great movie. Something I know a little bit about. Kim's character development is terrific. Her knack for suspense is unpredictable. She took me on a ride that made me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. The fear was real and the options that created Goldy's concerns became apparent with each character trait. The other players in this thriller were a terrific supporting cast. As an entertainer, myself, I felt her pain. Kim's own experiences lended a sense of reality to Goldy's situation. Keep up the great work, Ms Hornsby and write us another. I'll be waiting with my order form to buy the next adventure. I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading September 2, 2013
Right from the start, I was hooked. Goldy, Rock Star, gorgeous, about to retire as she finishes her tour... and an attempt is made on her life! I mean, who would want to electrocute a rock star with her own microphone? Immediately I was drawn to her and her determination to foil this latest attempt to kill her. She is a strong female figure. She knows whom she is where she is going and she is fighting for her right to lead a normal life after retirement.

The story is well woven with all the necessary ingredients that make this a thrilling suspense. Her house by a remote lake in Washington State is the perfect hiding place to begin her retirement. Strange acting neighbors, with a hunky sexy addition as the main attraction, definitely make the mind wander with all sorts of possibilities.

I particularly liked how the author uses this remote lake location, Goldy's fame, and the neighbors' secrets, to weave their lives together so they will be tangled to a point where they most all flee at a moments notice as a group.

The romantic aspects of this story are tastefully depicted... Goldy has now taken the reins of her life and has divorced her cheating husband of twenty years. The fact that she is a few months pregnant does not deter her from finding her own happiness by taking a chance on her own, rather than continue in an unfulfilled marriage.

I enjoyed how these characters' lives become intertwined and a solid friendship develops. Lives are placed at risk, efforts are made to help each other, and finally, a happy resolution is reached claiming love triumphs over all.

I have now read this book twice. Yes, it is that good. I fully envision reading it again some winter night, where I might be longing for a good story with plenty of thrills and a romantic undercurrent of a love that will not be denied.

Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Seat Suspense July 30, 2013
By Al775
Format:Kindle Edition
The first chapter started off with a murder attempt and although there were many pages in between this and the ending, the tension stayed high. Hornsby writes better than many of the best selling masters. Check this out if you like romantic thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing... May 11, 2013
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Good suspense novel. Just when you think you know what will happen next, you turn the page...hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted to read April 18, 2013
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Necessary Detour turned out to be exactly the escape I was hoping for: a lively story with suspense to keep me turning pages and humor to make me chuckle. At the time I grabbed it, I was going under for the third time in the stress pool, and it did a great job of hauling me out. This romantic suspense is all about relationships, which suited my mood. I was looking for enough suspense to amp up the heartbeat, but not a nail-biting, no-brakes terror-ride. For me, ND hit just the right balance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and setting...yes, please! April 8, 2013
By NanRN
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The settings in Necessary Detour and Kim Hornsby's other book, Dream Jumper, are so real you can smell the pines, taste the salty air, feel the cool water, hear the crunch of underbrush. Combine these skillful descriptions with great character development and skin-crawling suspense, and these novels are one-sitting reads (even if that means reading through the night!). My only complaint was that Nikki took so long to figure out what was up with her next door neighbors (LONG after I thought it was obvious without an explanation) that I wanted to jump in to the story to explain it to her. (Not that writing a story which a reader longs to be part of is necessarily a bad thing.) Looking forward to where this author takes us next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Detour review
I liked this book by author Kim Hornsby. There is mystery, intrigue, and romance. Her Dream Jumper series is good, too.
Published 2 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit!
LOVELOVELOVE this author! The story immediately drew me in as a world renown rock star gives her final performance amidst the threats from a delusional fan and the presence of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cheri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Loved it! I couldn't put it down for long. Would continually pick it up to read on! Guaranteed you will also enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling until the very last page
This book was a real page turner. I read it quickly. The mix of love and suspense was great. Can't wait for Kim's next book to come out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Catharina Lundin
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Detour
I love it the way it ends it's amazing I would read it over and over again that's how much I love it!(:
Published 7 months ago by Natalie marche
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved this book. Kim you are a terrific author -- now if you could only forget that "f" word, I'd probably buy all your books.
Published 9 months ago by Audrey P. Premetz
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not one for glitz and glam, but this book was quite satisfying...
This was a good mystery with intriguing characters and a storyline that flowed rather well. Even with the "flashback" sequences they added to the story and did not break the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gwynneth Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I really enjoyed reading this book. Great mix of suspense, romance and mystery! Hope there will be more books by this author soon :)
Published 10 months ago by Sophie
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious
I do give Kim Hornsby credit for writing a dual mystery plot in a story where the depth and amount of character development was huge. Sadly, it didn't deliver. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zee Mundane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading from Kim Hornsby!
Fun, fast novel with romance and suspense set in the Pacific Northwest. I recommend this book to women needing a bit of escape from everyday life.
Published 11 months ago by Julie WA
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More About the Author

Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author

Kim Hornsby is an award winning Seattle writer of fiction. Both her published novels are Amazon Bestsellers, having reached the #1 spot in Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance. She writes daily, blogs weekly, publishes bi-yearly for The Wild Rose Press, Cajun Flair Publishing and her own publishing house, Top Ten Press. Suspense, Romance and the Supernatural are themes threaded throughout most of her work.
A mother, a wife, a messy housekeeper, a dog lover, and a voracious reader, Kim was born in Belleville, Canada, then lived in Vancouver, Maui, Whistler, Taipei and now makes Seattle her home. Travel is extremely important to her and plane tickets are usually found on her writing desk.

She loves to hear from readers.

Facts about Kim pertaining to The Dream Jumper's Promise


1. used to teach scuba on Maui and twice has dove with dolphins
2. almost died on a cave dive when her light went out and she lost her way
3. took Steven Tyler snorkeling with his family
4. sang in the hotels at night with various bands
5. had a stalker who was bound to a wheelchair and wrote nasty letters
6. had a pit mix named Brindle who followed her everywhere
7. never walked around town in her bikini like Tina, but wore a wetsuit to the bank once

The next Dream Jumper novel in this series is set in Maui, Carnation and Afghanistan.

And some facts pertaining to Necessary Detour are:

1. As a singer, Kim opened for Jay Leno at the Maui Hyatt
2. She saw herself sing on a jumbotron and it was weird to have her face that big.
3. She hung out with Maya Angelou backstage before warming up her key note audience with her band
4. She can trailer and drive a ski boat and loves to water ski
5. Pete looks like Sawyer on LOST
6. Goldy looks like Fergie. (check out Pinterest boards to see ideas for both books)
7. This novel was originally titled Goldy and the Bayers, modeled after Goldilocks.

Enjoy the books! I had a blast writing them. I try to pick settings I like to go to so I can travel(in my head everyday I write. Writing books and getting your wonderful feedback is a dream come true. Thanks for reading!

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