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(4-1/2 Stars) With plenty at stake, erotic chemistry, dastardly villains, a lost relic, an unusual setting and a touch of the supernatural, this indie novel could stand on any romance publisher's shelf. The full package of thrills and romance. - KIRKUS REVIEW

Kaylin Mcfarren's latest novel is a fast-paced mixture of romance, mystery and adventure, with more than a dash of the paranormal tossed in for good measure. it's also provides the reader an exciting introduction into the worlds of deep sea diving, treasure hunting and far eastern vs. Western culture. readers will quickly be drawn in by multiple plot lines that intertwine and ultimately lead to a very satisfying conclusion. crisp writing and sparkling dialogue that will hold the interest of any reader who enjoys a good mystery story that's well told. - Mark Garber, President, PORTLAND TRIBUNE 

Severed Threads nicely combines an action adventure with a romantic story that will keep readers involved in the story from the beginning to the conclusion.  - SACRAMENTO/SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

It is easy to see through reading this book that McFarren familiarized herself with the information she was presenting in her book. The time and information she put into the history and the undersea world lent depth to the book and helped to present a very genuine story.  I enjoy nothing more than a well-researched, thought provoking read, and Severed Threads definitely found itself in that category for me." * Suzanne Gattis, PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW

Severed Threads takes the reader on a great adventure - one I would personally rather read about than experience in real life! I totally enjoyed being held captive on the edge of my seat while the characters' drama plays out. The additional touch of having an ancient legend and a ghost be involved in the story made it even more compelling to read. I highly recommend this story for people who enjoy romance and suspense. The author Kaylin McFarren will not let you down! I look forward to future stories in this series. * Paige Lovitt, READER VIEWS

From the Author

Ultimately, when the last words are typed, not only are the stories in my Threads series focused on historical facts, informative data and thrilling adventures, they are designed to reach into your heart and leave an indelible impression - an encouraging message - reminding readers that they can overcome any obstacle in their lives if they just have the courage to try.

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Product Details

  • Series: Threads
  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475186525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475186529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit she and her husband founded and continue to support.


She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.

She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.

A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.

She loves her husband of 40 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test.


Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY'S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy after losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation's colon cancer research department in her father's name. She's now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
Rachel Lyons blames herself for her father's fatal diving accident. She basically withdraws from the outside world as she works at a foundation office, until she was asked by a museum director for her help with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship. Rachel had no intentions of getting involved in anything, until she finds out that her brother was kidnapped. Who kidnapped her brother, and what risk must Rachel take to save him? Will Rachel put her life on the line with drug-dealing gangsters, and will she cooperate with them? What is Rachel's greatest fear, and will she overcome it? How will she handle reliving the nightmare of her father's tragic death? Award-Winning Author Kaylin McFarren delivers an intriguing romantic suspense in a tale of mystery, deception, murder, and much more. This sizzling romantic adventure is not only made for the Big Screen, but will have romantic lovers craving for more! This first book in a series is a gem in itself as the author creates a suspenseful love story that's packed with action, genuine characters, and is rich in history. Kaylin McFarren's expertise in traveling the world to exotic places, combined with her interest in treasure seekers, and her fascination with the under-sea world shines through in her unique writing style. "SEVERED THREADS" is as entertaining as THE BODYGUARD, as thrilling as PRESUMED INNOCENT, and as clever as BASIC INSTINCT. Highly Recommended to all romantic suspense lovers!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kim on July 9, 2012
If you haven't already heard me say it before, I love, love suspense books that keep me guessing - and in the new book "Severed Threads" by author Kaylin McFarren, you will find just that!

The first chapter of the book gives you a very good back-story so you learn more about what shaped the meat of the book. I always appreciate when an author does this because it helps get me more interested from the beginning.

The book revolves around Rachel Lyons who lost her father 4 years previous in a diving accident and the cause of his death was never confirmed. In some ways she feels responsible for his death and has sunken into a life where she has alienated everyone. In addition, she left her job as a marine biologist and has taken a desk job for a foundation office.

When the story begins, the director of a museum, Dr Ying, comes to speak with Rachel about a grant request. His grant request has to do with finding a Chinese merchant ship which is said to be cursed. This is the same ship her father was looking for when he died, so she wants nothing to do with it and tries explaining that to Dr Ying.

Enter Chase Cohen, the man that was with her dad the day he died - he also happens to be Rachels old boyfriend. It seems he would also like something from that ship - but does he have good or bad intentions?

In the process, Rachels brother is kidnapped by a mobster, and she is forced to try to steal an artifact from the ship in order to save him. Does she try to save her estranged brother, does she try to help her old boyfriend, or are any of them worth re-living what happened to her father 4 years ago?

I found this book to be chock full of suspense, twist and turns - with the reader never quite knowing who was the good guy, and who was the bad.

Highly recommend!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By beckvalleybooks on July 9, 2012
An adventure story with everything you could ask for. A story of buried treasure with a curse over it, gangsters who want their stolen money back, a salvage operator on the brink of bankruptcy and the beautiful heroine who wants to find the treasure to honor her dead father.

This book had me hooked from the first page, with the descriptive texts of each individual along with why they want to find the treasure for their own needs but how this is affected by outside factors and their reactions to this, really gets the reader involved. The writing is first class and very clever and along with the short chapters makes this book very enjoyable and easy to follow, although you may find it very difficult to put down so be warned.

The fast paced story line follows the characters facing their problems and how, in order to achieve their goals, have to learn to trust each other but with the past history of the two main characters that is more difficult that they can imagine.

The writing makes a refreshing change to read a story that isn't the normal run of the mill and it is obvious that the author has put a lot of imaginative thought into the work as you read your way through.

Anyone who likes adventure, mystery and intrigue will love this book and I will certainly be looking out for future work by this author.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tami A. on July 19, 2012
I couldn't put "Severed Threads" down. I read it at every available moment. Kaylin is a wonderful and talented writer.

The interaction and passion between Rachel and Chase are wonderful. As you read the adventures, the mystery, the anger,
the suspense and the intriguing love that is on the surface between the two of them, you start to see the real picture
of diving for treasures and the dangers that it beholds. Her fathers' death took a toll on her and she blames herself
for his death. She wonders where Chase has been all this time. Rachel has to return to diving to save her brother and
find the treasure of a lifetime!

You get so easily wrapped up in the book, the twists and turns, the magic of it all!

I would definitely recommend any of Kaylin's books. I am also looking forward to book two!!!
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