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One Little Lie (The Pelican Harbor Series Book 1) by [Colleen Coble]
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From the Publisher

What are, to you, the most important elements of a good suspense story?

I read what I write, and for me to be fully engaged in a good suspense, there has to be much more than just someone in danger or a murder to solve. The real meat of the story to me is what else is going on with the characters. I love layers in a story. It’s not just about one thing—it’s about something else too, and those things often dovetail and make for a richer reading experience.

I also have to have a strong character to root for—one who has overcome hardships in her past. Though small in stature, Chief Jane Hardy is mighty in spirit and manages to overcome anything that comes her way.

The pacing also has to be right. There’s nothing worse than being in a tense situation and have the story pause for a romantic scene or some other kind of unnecessary slowing of the tension.

And for me, the setting is hugely important. Huge. I can’t even stress enough how big of a deal it is to me. I don’t want to read (or write) something that doesn’t set me firmly in a specific spot. I want the climate, culture, and history of a place to have some impact on the plot. In Two Reasons to Run the murder plot revolves around an oil platform. If you’ve ever been to Gulf Shores, you’ve seen all those platforms offshore. I always visit the setting and pull in important details. Like pelicans! JLots of pelicans, gulls, and dolphins.

What made you write this story? How is this series different from your other suspense novels?

Not since my Rock Harbor series have I had three books follow the same characters. But Chief Jane Hardy is so complex and had so many layers that it took three books to fully tell her story. My other series have centered around a common family, profession, or setting and have featured a new protagonists in every subsequent book. My Pelican Harbor series needed all three books to fully resolve the conflicts swirling in Jane’s life.

Also, most of my characters in the past have featured amateur sleuths. Jane is a police chief, steeped in law enforcement her entire life. Justice is important to her, and it’s the main driving force in her life.

Straying from my norm in this way has been a really fun challenge, and I hope it’s equally as enjoyable for you to get to know Jane, Reid, and Will in a much deeper way. By book three, they should be your best friends!

Editorial Reviews


'Colleen Coble once again proves she is at the pinnacle of Christian romantic suspense. Filled with characters you'll come to love, faith lost and found, and scenes that will have you holding your breath, Jane Hardy's story deftly follows the complex and tangled web that can be woven by one little lie.' --Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

'Coble explores themes of the legacy of sin, salvation through faith, and redemption. There are just enough threads left dangling at the end of this well-crafted romantic suspense to leave fans hungrily awaiting the next installment.' --Publishers Weekly -- Publishers Weekly ― Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File size : 2178 KB
  • Publication date : March 3, 2020
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 354 pages
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson (March 3, 2020)
  • ASIN : B07TD13L5F
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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