Synopses & Reviews
There's a Fine Line Between Sin and Salvation . . .
Ellie Watt is a woman on the run. Raised by a pair of thieves who taught her the art of the grift-and pursued by a mobster who fell for her con-she hopes to find refuge at her uncle's farm in quiet Palm Valley, California. Ellie swears she's through with her life of crime. But before she knows it, she's right back in the game when she meets an easy mark who's too good-and too hot-to be true.
His name is Camden McQueen. A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud, Camden is nothing like the awkward kid who crushed on Ellie back in high school. Now, as owner of the wildly successful Sins and Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn. Ellie can't believe the transformation-and can't resist pulling off one last con. But when Camden catches Ellie red-handed, the tables are turned. The mark becomes the master. And when the ultimate player gets played, you never know who's going to end up on top . . .
Approx. 100,000 words.
"The first installment in Halle's Artists Trilogy of romantic suspense novels is a thrilling mix of tattoo art and con artists. Ellie Watt is a talented scammer. She leaves Cincinnati after almost getting caught cheating men out of their money in an online dating scheme, and returns to Palm Valley, Calif., where she lived as a teenager. She knows her Uncle Jim won't be happy to see her, but Camden McQueen sure is. Ellie is shocked that Camden, a fellow outcast in high school, has gone from skinny goth to gorgeous tattoo artist. The attraction is instant and mutual, but Ellie is reluctant to give up her scams and settle down, and when the tables are turned on her, she can't tell whether Camden is friend or foe. Multi-layered characters change and are explored at depth, and the story keeps readers guessing up until the very end. Sexy, romantic, and intensely suspenseful, Halle's series-starter is an excellent debut from a fresh new voice. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand.
Karina is hard at work on her next novel.