Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Kindle #Countdown: KILLING SECRETS, Thorne’s Thorns Book 1 #Romantic #Suspense by K.L. Docter


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Thorne’s Thorns Book 1


Some secrets are better left dead.

Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her little girl — the child is his key to controlling the James fortune. Frightened, Rachel flees to Denver with the child who hasn’t uttered a word since her daddy went to prison.

Contractor Patrick Thorne wants nothing to do with another of his parents’ charity cases. He failed his own wife so abysmally she took her own life as well as his unborn son’s. After two years, it’s time to concentrate on the bid he’s won and the saboteur trying to destroy his construction firm.

There is no room for trust in either of their hearts. But trust is all that will untangle the secrets that dominate their lives, free a little girl of her silent prison, and save them all from a serial killer who stands too close.

~ Praise for Killing Secrets ~

“The first sentence, in the villain’s point of view, sent chills up my spine, and I was hooked. This romantic suspense is full of wonderful secrets, twists, turns and has an evil serial killing villain. The kind of killer we see on the TV show CRIMINAL MINDS.” – Bernadette Cychner, Reader, RT Book Reviews

“Whoa—hold on to your seats for Karen Docter’s fantastic, page-turning romantic suspense! The pace of KILLING SECRETS is practically a character in itself as Docter’s plot hurls you through unpredictable twists & turns that veer in intriguing directions as a web of lies & secrets become revealed.” ~~ Mountain Life, Reviewer

“The thing I loved about K.L. Docter’s writing style is that she writes in a way that allows her to showcase the strength and beauty of both family and love within the book. I absolutely adored both main characters, Rachel and Patrick with my heart melting for Rachel’s daughter Amanda.” ~~ Lj Ryan, Reviewer


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Thorne’s Thorns Book 1


Denver, Colorado. 

At the first crack of gunfire, Rachel dove headfirst into the garden she was weeding. Listening for the second report she expected to follow, she prayed Amanda stayed at Patrick Thorne’s house where she’d gone an hour ago to play with her new friend, Suze. 

Gasping for air, she inhaled the rich, spicy scent of freshly turned soil and crushed nasturtiums instead. Dirt and grit bit into her cheek and the bare flesh exposed by her cutoffs and T-shirt. The mid-afternoon sun beat hot against her shoulders and legs, and all she could do was lie there and watch a fat bumblebee dip into a russet blossom three inches from her nose. 

Had she run almost nine hundred miles only to die like this, grubbing alone in the dirt like a spineless worm?  

A surge of anger gave her impetus to lift her head. She peeked over the flimsy wall of twelve-inch annuals between her and the street. A second gunshot rang out, belched in a cloud of black smoke from an ancient Volkswagen bus that disappeared around the corner. 


She groaned, more relieved than embarrassed by her overreaction. Her chin dropped. Taking several deep draughts of the thin Colorado air, she worked to calm the pound of her heart against her ribcage. Her efforts made her head swim. A minute later she was able to push herself out of the three-foot section of garden she’d mown down. 

Her nerves had been on edge since she fled Dallas on Friday, five days ago. If she weren’t so overwrought it would have occurred to her Greg would never stand at a distance and take potshots at her. No. Greg liked to look into her eyes when he meted out his punishments. 

An icy shiver skimmed her skin. Each day that passed without his appearance should have reassured her she’d made the right decision to accept Katy’s arrangements with the Thornes. As long as Greg didn’t track her and Amanda to Denver, they were safe.  

Problem is she hadn’t felt safe since Amanda was born and she discovered what kind of man she’d married. Now she couldn’t pluck enough weeds from Evelyn Thorne’s gardens by day to tear the anxiety from her heart at night. Her growing sense of trepidation kept her awake long after the morning stars dimmed above the mile-high city’s cloudless skies. 

How could the justice system simply hand Greg a “get out of jail free” card?  She’d always known the man had connections in high places, but how had he arranged for the evidence in his case—evidence she’d risked everything to provide—to disappear before he even went to trial?  If he’d accomplished that feat while behind bars, how in the world was she and Amanda going to stay out of his clutches? 

She felt like there were giant bull’s-eyes painted on their backs, that it was only a matter of time before Greg tracked them down. During their marriage the man would spend weeks, even months, laying meticulous groundwork for one of his cons. He’d had six months to plan dozens of new punishments for his betrayer. 

“‘Til death us do part, darlin’.” 

His words echoed over the expanse of time and distance, ringing a fresh peal of dread in Rachel’s breast. With one hand, she brushed clumps of soil off her tangerine T-shirt and whispered a small prayer. Please don’t let him find us! 

About Author K.L. Docter…

Bestselling Author Karen/K.L. Docter writes romance novels in two genres.

Karen’s romantic comedies and contemporaries are spicy sweet, hometown hero romances. Her True Love in Uniform series is about the men and women that work at the police department in the fictional suburb of Riverton, Colorado, and how their lives change when they meet their love.

K.L.’s romantic suspense novels are also filled with romance, although the dangers the hero and heroine face are intense, usually because a serial killer is bent on ending one or both of their lives. Her Thorne’s Thorns series tells the individual stories of six foster brothers with protective streaks a mile wide for their families and the women who enter their lives.

Wearing both personas, she’s an award-winning author, a four-time finalist of the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart®, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. She has a Technical Journalism degree and taught plotting for over 20 years to members of Romance Writers of America chapters.

When she’s not saving her characters from death and destruction or helping them to fall in love, she loves camping and fishing with her family, reading, gardening & cooking. If she can do most of those things over a campfire, all the better!

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16 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Kindle #Countdown: KILLING SECRETS, Thorne’s Thorns Book 1 #Romantic #Suspense by K.L. Docter”

  1. This excerpt does a great job of setting up the story and the suspense, Karen! Thanks for sharing one of your books with us!

    1. Thanks, Glenda.I’m sure you’ve probably read this one, but I wanted those who haven’t had a chance to know it’s available because my next release will be a Thorne’s Thorns series release.

    1. Thanks, Kay. I’m fairly sure you’ve read this one. It’s the first in the series. I wanted to let everyone who hasn’t had a chance to read it know that it’s available because my next release will be another Thorne’s Thorns book. Cross your fingers it will release soon.

    1. I knew that many of you already have it. I just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read it since my next release will be another Thorne’s Thorns book. Soon. Hang in there!

  2. Happy Birthday Karen. Your book sounds and looks very intriguing ! Thank you so much for sharing about it, it sure makes me want to read it. Have a great day.

  3. This sounds like a marvelously crafted novel! Best of luck with it and congratulations on a marvelous promotional start!

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