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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Deadly Treasure Giveaway!


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?


21 comments:

Stephanie Humphreys said...

This sounds like a great book. I love a good mystery. How fun that you had the family connection to the story.

Anonymous said...

My name is Reta Holdaway. I am Rachel Perry's mother. She has been telling me to get this book. I guess I need to, whether I win it or buy it. I will pass the message along about you giving it away. I am excited to read it. If I win, just give it to Rachel (since she lives by you). Thanks!

Cheri Chesley said...

Ooh, sounds like great fun! Put me in the running to win a copy, please!

Taffy said...

Sounds like a good story! The Rhoades gold always intrigued me.

Cathy said...

I'm sure that book will be awesome!

Shauna said...

I would love to be entered to win a copy!!

Scarlet said...

I met you at the barnes and noble event on tuesday and I would love to win a copy of your book. It sounds like a fun read and you were way nice, it was great to meet you.

Ashley said...

Me me pick me Jillayne! I Looove readin and I looove mysteries and I looove park city and I loooove your family, what more could you want in a contest winner right?

Dre said...

I'm excited to read this book, I've been looking for a new good read. Definitely pick me to send one too!!! :-)
Andrea Berry

Moriah Jovan said...

That is the most gorgeous cover of any book I've seen in a very, very long time.

Jolynn said...

This sounds exciting and interesting. I hope I win!
Jolynn_Reads @yahoo dot com

Jonesing for my kiddo's said...

I've wanted to grab a copy of this since Candice (my sister, your sister-in-law) told me about it. I'm just a slacker and haven't gotten around to it yet :) Pick me!! :)

Jillayne Clements said...

Thanks everyone,

I'll be taking entries to win my book until August 26th, then I'll make the winning announcement on my post Thursday, August 27th. Thanks!

Kami said...

Wow that sounds like such an intriguing book! I would LOVE to win it!

Impkatt said...

How wonderful that your research opened unexpected doors! This sounds definitely intriguing...

Julie said...

This does sound like it will be a "thrilling tale of adventure." It would be fun to win a copy!

Emily said...

I think I have pretty good rights on being one of your biggest fans! I read about your book and am very intrigued! How exciting! I love reading and would enjoy reading something by you Jillayne! Well, I have to go tell everyone about this sweet book! YEAH!

Wanda said...

I love the cover of this book. It makes the story intriguing!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Chantele said...

Love the cover! This looks like an amazing read. I would love to win a copy.

alwayssomething2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Danyelle Ferguson said...

This book sounds so intriguing. Please enter me!

Rachelle said...

Wow! I love hearing the story behind the story and how neat that you're related. I'd love to win a copy.