All Your New Book Questions Answered!

I have three confessions:

  1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
  2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
  3. My name is Kellen Adams … and that’s half a lie.

That’s the start of my upcoming thriller, DEAD GIRL RUNNING. So many of you, after you read that, asked questions, including, “Is this part of the Virtue Falls series? Because I love these books!” You know how to warm this author’s heart. Here are the answers that will make you happy!

You: Is DEAD GIRL RUNNING part of the Virtue Falls series?
DEAD GIRL RUNNING is the first in the Virtue Falls spin-off series, Cape Charade.


You: Why are you quitting Virtue Falls?
I didn’t say I was quitting Virtue Falls! Do you remember in VIRTUE FALLS, the first book in the series, after the earthquake, when Margaret Smith (owner of Virtue Falls Resort) spoke to Annie Di Luca (Yearning Sands Resort)? (Christina waits while you run to re-read VIRTUE FALLS.) DEAD GIRL RUNNING is set at Yearning Sands Resort. Yes, even that far back, I was planning this book. I’m going to own all books set on the Washington state coast!

You: You said Annie Di Luca. Aren’t the Di Lucas the family from your Bella Terra series?
That’s very astute of you. The Bella Terra series is set in the California wine country, and features the Di Luca family. The Di Luca family owns three resorts; one is their Washington resort of Yearning Sands. Again…author planning!

You: My head is spinning. Why are you mixing and matching series like this?
We all know authors who write book after book after book in a successful series, and the stories get tired because it’s clear that the authors are bored, but they can’t break away? I’m taking the series that I love, expanding the worlds, and assuring that I continue to write thrilling stories with characters and settings that you love.

You: What happens to my favorite character, Kateri Kwinault?
She’s the county sheriff. There are crimes occurring at Yearning Sands. She might make a cameo appearance.

You: Do I have to read all of Bella Terra and Virtue Falls before I can read DEAD GIRL RUNNING?
Yipe! No! Characters carry over from one book to another, and that might enhance your enjoyment, but all these books read as stand-alones. Really! Read the reviews!

You: You said DEAD GIRL RUNNING is coming April 24, 2018. What takes you so long to publish a book?
Hey! That’s only eight months since THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM came out in hardcover (and on March 25, it will be out in paperback.) My new publisher, HQN, has created an accelerated publishing schedule for me, and I’m thrilled! DEAD GIRL RUNNING links are up, and you can pre-order it in hardcover, trade paperback, audio and eBook.

You: In trade paperback, eBook and hardcover???
Yes, it’s true. For those of you who collected all the Virtue Falls books, DEAD GIRL RUNNING is in hardcover. Book club readers will be thrilled to see it come out in trade paperback (the larger format.) And eBook readers will enjoy the convenience of reading the newest Christina Dodd suspense on phone, computer or eReader. Win for everybody!
DEAD GIRL RUNNING (out April 24, 2018)
Trade Paperback: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Books-a-Million
eBook: Kindle, Nook, Apple Books, Kobo, GooglePlay
Hardcover: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Books-a-Million
Audiobook: Audible (Apple Books audio link to come)

You: What can I do to prepare for DEAD GIRL RUNNING?
— Put it on your Goodreads to-read list.
— Mutter darkly when you read the excerpt on the website and you want to read DEAD GIRL RUNNING right now.
— Listen to a chapter of the audio book.
Join my mailing list and wait for me to announce a contest for the Christina Dodd Reviewers’ Club and/or advanced reading copies. When you win, you can post photos on your social media and taunt your friends about reading DEAD GIRL RUNNING early.
— Re-read Virtue Falls and Bella Terra (links below.)
— Communicate with your friends about the books you enjoy, because reading is a wonderful adventure to be shared.

The Bella Terra Series

The Virtue Falls Series
#1 THE LISTENER: A short story
#2 VIRTUE FALLS: Full-Length Thriller
#3 OBSESSION FALLS: Full-Length Thriller
#4 LOVE NEVER DIES: A short story
#5 BECAUSE I’M WATCHING: Full-Length Thriller with two bonus chapters from:
#6 THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM: Full-Length Thriller, today!

A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: A compilation of three short stories: THE LISTENER, THE WATCHER, and LOVE NEVER DIES, as well as extras from the Virtue Falls series.

And heck, read Darkness Chosen which also uses Western Washington as a home base, and is another one of my most loved series.