I'm giving away a copy of my new novel, Deadly Treasure. If you would like to enter to win, just post a comment below. But first, read a little about it. :)
A TREASURE MAP. A LOCKET. MURDER. DECEIT.
None of these things are on Lexis mind when she returns home to Park City, Utah, for her grandfather's funeral. That is, until she stumbles across an old diary while cleaning out his attic. Soon Lexi's head is filled with tales of hidden treasure buried deep in the mines of the Uintah Mountains.
When the diary is stolen and Lexi realizes her life is in danger, she decides to find out if the stories are true. She heads to the Uintahs in search of the secret mine, with her handsome friend Brad by her side. What they don't know is that someone is following them, someone who will stop at nothing to get the treasure. Soon Lexi and Brad are in a fight for their lives, just as they are starting to realize that there may be more to their relationship than they originally thought.
With surprising twists around every corner, expect the unexpected in this thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and mystery.
The Story Behind the Story
Wealthy pioneer, Thomas Rhoades, mined considerable amounts of gold from the Uintah Mountains. Some of this gold was shown to him by the Native Americans at the time, the rest he was led to by Spanish maps. But when he died, he took the secret locations of the wealth to his grave. To this day, these mines are lost, guarded, and sought after. Not surprisingly, few have found the gold, and those that do, die or disappear before they can take any.
I had no idea that these mysterious gold mines would be part of my book when I first started typing the characters' dialogue that popped into my head one day. That is, until I went to the library to look up some info about Park City and plot ideas and found all these books on the Rhoades mines sitting right there on the shelf. I couldn't move. I couldn't speak either, and it wasn't just because I was in the library and was supposed to be quiet. "Whoa, this is it! This is it!" I thought with my arm hairs sticking straight up. "This is it, not just because the whole idea is intriguing, but because Thomas Rhoades is my husband's ancestor!"
Once I started researching, I didn't expect to uncover the real life murder mystery of young Enoch Rhoades, whose mysterious death in the mountains over 100 years ago haunts me to this day. Nor did I expect to gain a profound love and respect for Thomas Rhoades and his family.
You can do your own research on this topic, but please be cautious if you decide to venture into those mountains. You may end up just like everyone else, and then who would be around to read my c0-authored cookbook coming out next summer?