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Waking Up In Medellin by Kathryn Lane

Winner of the Silver Falchion and named Best Fiction Book of the Year, 2017, by Killer Nashville!

Handsome Colombian men and life-threatening danger were not normally a part of Nikki’s auditing job, but this assignment was anything but normal.

Despite her emotional wounds, she accepts the challenge as a way to overcome the loss of her young son in a tragic event. In the midst of the male-dominated business world in Colombia, she investigates mismanagement allegations and uncovers a sinister plot involving fraud . . . and possibly murder.

She also discovers an attractive man who seems to have feelings for her. As her relationship with him grows deeper, so does the level of danger she finds herself in.

When the guns come out, Nikki realizes it will be up to her to find a way to survive . . . but is she up to the task?

Nikki Garcia Series (Book One)
Global Library: Romantic Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Amateur Sleuths

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Coyote Zone by Kathryn Lane

Silver Falchion Award Finalist for Best Thriller in 2018 by

Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference

Nikki Garcia is an unlikely Sam Spade: a former international auditor turned private investigator who lands an assignment in Mexico to find a missing ten-year-old girl, Bibi Lombardi.

The child’s estranged parents have been fighting over custody of her and one of them could be responsible for her disappearance. It’s an easy child-snatching case—right? Nikki thinks so until a marijuana-smoking bag lady provides eye-witness information on the girl’s abduction.

Following the lead, Nikki pursues a group of dangerous criminals through designated UNESCO locations, archaeological sites, picturesque colonial towns, and barren deserts. But when Bibi’s mother Sofía receives a ransom request, Nikki is already undercover with a gang of “Coyotes.”

Nikki’s boss and fellow private eye, Floyd Webber, thinks she is on the wrong trail. Floyd is certain someone purposely gave her misleading information on the abduction to prevent her from recovering the child. Or is the kidnapper headed north to the U.S. border where Bibi’s fate could be much worse than her current situation?

Eduardo Duarte, who is enthralled with Nikki, fears the forces of evil will prevail if she continues in the search, so he starts a search of his own to find her. Will he locate her before it’s too late? And what will become of little Bibi?

Nikki Garcia Series (Book Two)
Global Library: Romantic Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Amateur Sleuths

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Revenge In Barcelona: A Nikki Garcia Thriller by Kathryn Lane

Nikki Garcia, former international fraud auditor turned private investigator, escapes to Spain with her fiancé after a death threat on her last assignment in Mexico. She puts the past behind her and turns the trip to Barcelona into her destination wedding.

A week later, Nikki and the love of her life, Eduardo, find themselves caught up in a terrorist attempt at one of the city’s major tourist attractions. As events unravel, Nikki discovers she is being stalked. Worse, she may have been the target of the deadly bombing.

The Spanish authorities investigating the terrorist attack ignore that Nikki, an American woman, may have been the intended target. The newlyweds must operate behind the legal and law enforcement systems to uncover the sinister person threatening Nikki.

To find who is plotting against her, they consider international connections to people she encountered during her past investigations in Latin America. Weaving their way through Barcelona in an attempt to get facts, Nikki and Eduardo further endanger themselves upon discovering individuals, from flamenco dancers to foreign nationals, who are following them.

As a visitor in a foreign country, can Nikki navigate the system and outsmart the person threatening her? To find out, start the adventure with Nikki today!

5 Star Review: I am positive that Author Kathryn Lane’s career as an International Finance Executive and her extensive knowledge with Latin American culture, brought Nikki Garcia (main character) to life in this exciting mystery crime thriller.

*****Kathryn educates her readers in the regular and famous places in Barcelona, Arabic words and phrases, Romani words, and Spanish/Catalan words and phrases. Her extensive list of characters (in the beginning of the novel) will help you relate early as the story unfolds.

*****Once you begin, you will not put this well written, fast paced mystery down. Chapter one begins at the airport baggage claim in Barcelona Spain. From the start, Nikki Garcia draws you into her situation and her romantic relationship with her fiancé, Eduardo Duarte, who is a Colombian citizen and medical doctor.

*****Let me bring you into Nikki’s secret investigation in Chapter 30. Nikki is at the Barcelona Majestic Hotel.

*****“Attired in a housekeeper’s uniform and long black wig, Nikki looked in the mirror to make certain she had not left telltale streaks in the makeup that darkened her face and arms. Slipping on a set of glasses with heavy dark frames and lightly shaded lenses Floyd had provided as part of her disguise, she found they sat heavy on the bridge of her nose. Yet they further transformed her appearance, so she kept them on. Her last step included tucking the special mobile phone Floyd had provided into her apron pocket.

*****Eduardo, in his maintenance coverall, had been watching Nikki. He called Floyd. “We’re ready.”

*****“All clear.” Nikki could just make out Floyd’s voice over the phone. “I’ll meet you at the service elevator.”

*****“Roger, roger,” Eduardo responded.

*****“Roger?” Nikki repeated, chuckling as they walked toward the service elevator in the hallway where the emergency stairwell was also located.

*****“Where did you learn that?”

*****“Floyd. He said pilots and short-wave radio operators use it.”

*****“Your accent makes it sound sexy,” Nikki said.

*****They stepped out of the elevator into the plain service hallway, Nikki pushing the housekeeping cart. Floyd opened the door to the richly carpeted hall that guests used and checked for people. When he saw no one, he motioned them through. He would serve as lookout in the hallway near the door to the emergency stairs.

*****Nikki used the passkey to open the door. With trepidation, she stepped into a dim foyer and pulled the cart in behind her. Without turning a light on, she continued into a living room. She stopped cold when she heard shrieking.

*****An angry cat?”

*****It is at this point that I will let you discover for yourself, what is making that awful sound and how much danger they might be in?

*****Author Kathryn Lane has also written ‘Waking Up in Medellin’ (Book One In The Nikki Garcia Thriller Series), ‘Coyote Zone’ (Book Two In The Nikki Garcia Thriller Series), ‘Revenge In Barcelona’ (Book Three In The Nikki Garcia Thriller Series) and a short story collection titled ‘Backyard Volcano: And Other Mysteries Of The Heart’.

Review by Theodocia Mclean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Nikki Garcia Series (Book Three)
Global Library: Romantic Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Amateur Sleuths

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Backyard Volcano: And Other Mysteries Of The Heart by Kathryn Lane

These stories help define the world of the Texas-Mexico Frontier—an explosive world where lives break, loves shatter, and healing happens.

Kathryn Lane, a native of Mexico, explores this world, leading readers on a journey through time and geography with the promise of magic and transformation.

Review by Christopher Carmona, author of The Road to Llorna Park and I Have Always Been Here. “Like an ancient volcano slowly belching up its past sins, this book takes you on a journey from the mountains of Mexico to the frontera of South Texas, each eruption a story leaving you scarred from past violences bleeding onto the current page. Pick up Kathryn Lane’s book–it will fill you with heartache and sadness but also with a sense of the realities of living border lives like volcanos in the backyard”.

Global Library: Short Stories

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About Kathryn Lane: Originally from Mexico, Kathryn was a painter in oils but quickly changed to accounting and international finance after she discovered the artistic path of painting leads to a starving artist existence.

To cement her ability to earn a living, she became a CPA and a CMA and worked for a multinational corporation where she traveled extensively for two decades.

After jetting to over 90 countries, her travels gave her the opportunity to fulfill another passion – to write fiction. Now she writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced firsthand during her career as an international finance executive.

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and is both a Certified Management Accountant (New Jersey) and a Certified Public Accountant (New Mexico – inactive status).

The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance’s honored Kathryn with a Montie Award for Pursuit of Excellence. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recognized her with a second Paul Harris award for her service to the community. She also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council and resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hurt.

Award winning author Kathryn Lane’s debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin (in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series from Pen-L Publishing) won:

  • Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Book of the Year 2017 by Killer Nashville.
  • Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Adult Suspense 2017 by Killer Nashville.
  • Pinnacle Fiction Achievement Award (Fall 2016) by National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
  • 2nd Runner Up for the RONE Award (Mystery category 2017) by Ind’tale Magazine.
  • Silver Medal for the Readers Favorite Book Awards (2017 Fiction Thriller).

The second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series, Coyote Zone, presents you with:

  • High stakes danger in a kidnapping and human trafficking story.
  • Other subplots woven into the plot, such as romance, making this an exciting read.
  • The International Thriller Writers (ITW) Magazine “Big Thrill” provides an advanced review.

Kathryn’s collection of short stories, Backyard Volcano, (from Alamo Bay Press) will give you:

  • A fusion between fantasy and reality.
  • Symbolism, punctuated by hints of surrealism.
  • Stories with unusual twists and turns – events in everyday life in Latin cultures.

Additionally, her short stories have been published by:

  • The Texas A&M New Border Voices: An Anthology.
  • Arriba Baseball! From VAO Publishing.
  • Swirl Literary Journal from Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus.
  • Alamo Bay Writers Anthology.
  • The Association of Writing & Writing Programs (AWP) featured Kathryn as a reader on the panel of Arriba Baseball! In Seattle in February 2014.

Kathryn’s activities in poetry include:

  • Serving on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas, for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest.
  • Being published in numerous anthologies, journals.
  • Two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks.

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