Face Off - Paperback

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By Margarite St. John

About the Story:

At 28, Lily Anderson, a pretty, self-assured career woman living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is facing problems in the law firm where she’s the manager. She’s also sick of living so far from her only sister.

She wants a better work environment, warmer weather, and marriage before she turns 30. During Christmas vacation at her sister’s house on Marco Island, Florida, she impulsively decides to change everything in her life. Moving to Florida and finding a better job turns out to be easier than choosing the right husband from among the three eligible men who want her.

First, there’s Jack Moon, her boyfriend since college and an accomplished guitarist. He didn’t propose marriage when his band, The Fly-Over Boys, got a gig opening for The Dixie Chicks. She wonders if he’s cheating on her when he’s on the road.

Fortunately, two new men abruptly appear in Lily’s life. One is Tom Lawton, an ambitious detective she meets on the Christmas flight to Fort Myers, Florida. Though he’s on the rebound from a recently broken engagement, he falls in love with Lily.

The other man is Dr. Bruce Blackburn, her brother-in-law’s best friend and partner both on the golf course and in the surgical suite. Recently widowed and a popular plastic surgeon with his pick of women, he too is taken with Lily.

Discovering the truth about one of the men, misled by gossip about another, and kept in the dark about the past of the third, Lily finally makes her choice. Not until she takes a fateful cruise on a cigarette boat named Face Off does she learn the truth about the men in her life -- and her own heart.

Face Off is a witty, suspenseful, action-packed murder mystery with a thriller ending. Tightly plotted, this murder-romance novel is full of memorable characters, colorful language, and unexpected twists and turns.

About the Author:

Author Margarite St. John is two authors and sisters Johnine Brown and Margaret Yoder. The pen name is a combination of the two first names with the added panache of the strong mass market sounding moniker.

For over three years, they have collaborated to write a steady stream of murder mystery novels, a how-to book for aspiring authors of popular genre novels and, in the last quarter of 2012, a holiday-themed book, Postcards from a Tuscan Christmas. Although the latest release doesn’t include a murder plot, it has its own charm and intrigue and includes a cast of characters from previous titles as they work on a mystery abroad in Italy. Born in Iowa, the sisters eventually landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana which is good fortune for local reading public. Even if you are not from Fort Wayne, you will notice the hometown feeling you get from the varied references to Fort Wayne and businesses that give you a feel for a medium-sized Midwestern city.

There is slightly more than a 15-year age difference between the two, but they write as one in their fast-paced, edgy thrillers. The older sibling, Brown, is a retired attorney with advanced law degrees. She also has another career path which is handy if you plan on writing novels, as she was an assistant professor in Chicago State University’s English Department with a masters in English lit and a doctorate in English language and lit. Combine that with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and you have your bases covered for all aspects of human nature plus the added benefit of being proficient in grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. Yoder is also well-educated and has degrees in education and a medical background. Between her work experience and her surgeon husband, she rounds out the team with medical expertise.

Although the recurring characters interspersed in the novels create a series feel, all of the books stand alone as individual titles, so you won’t feel let down if you happen to read any of their seven books out of sequence.

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