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    January 14, 2017

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    Last week 1,887 of you took THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM survey. We asked you to pick the two answers that best matched you. Here are the results arranged in order:
    1076 (57%) — The cover got my attention, but the title has me intrigued.
    577 (30.6%) — Does this photo match the description of the character? Because it really bugs me when it doesn’t
    569 (30.2%) — The cover alone grabs my attention and makes me want to know more.
    482 (25.5%) — The cover makes me want to read the book.
    262 (13.9%) — The title is scary, too. Who thought of that? (Answer: me, the author)

    Thank you for voting — I’m so glad the title intrigues you! — and for the comments you made on social media and in email. Your comments showed that some of you didn’t like the cover at all, some wanted the heroine to show fear, some praised her look of calm intensity, and a few kindly said all you need to buy the book is my name on the cover. Bless you all for taking time from your lives to give us your input. Now here’s the…

    Christina Dodd 2017 Publishing Schedule!

    Coming Sept. 5
    THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM: A Virtue Falls Full-Length Thriller in hardcover and eBook

    Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all…except she has no voice.

    For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding…

    On his death, Merida vanishes … and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man’s obsession.

    But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them … to death.

    Danger closes in. Merida’s fears build. There’s no one to turn to…no one she dares to trust. And she has to wonder — who is the killer stalking? Is he trying to silence forever THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM?

    ✳ You can pre-order THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM hardcover on sale from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million
    Prices are changing fast (going up, darn it) so please order now!
    eBook links coming soon.

    Coming June 27
    BECAUSE I’M WATCHING: A Virtue Falls Full-Length Thriller
    In paperback (Now available in hardcover and eBook!—125 reviews/4.8 stars)

          One of the furniture movers, Leo if the stitching on his overalls was to be believed, located Jacob. “Would you sign here please?”
          Jacob took the iPad and signed on the line.
          Leo took the iPad, read the form and recited, “This is for you, a gift from Mr. Wodzicki of Wodzicki Insurance.”
          Jacob’s eyes narrowed on the small brass plaque attached to the back of the chair.
          Leo pulled his phone out of his pocket. “Mr. Denisov, if you’d sit in the recliner, Mr. Wodzicki would like a picture for his collection.” He held up his phone as if expecting Jacob to obey like a well-trained dog.
          Instead, Jacob got on one knee and read the inscription: “A gift from insurance agent Dennis Wodzicki to our local military hero, Jacob Denisov. We will never forget.”
          In a determinedly level voice, Jacob asked, “Has Mr. Wodzicki taken a photo of the plaque?”
          “Yes, sir,” Leo said. “He’s going to frame it and the photo of you in the chair and put it on his wall.”
          Jacob stood and smiled. “I’m afraid that won’t be possible.”
          Leo wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box; he couldn’t figure out why all the construction men took a step back. “Why not?”
          Jacob sucked in a deep breath. Grabbing the chair by the back and one arm, he swung it up over his head. Walking to the edge of the makeshift porch, he roared like a berserker and flung it as hard as he could into the middle of the yard.
          Leo’s cohort stood there, wide-eyed, while Leo sputtered, “But … You… He… The chair… Publicity…”
          Jacob turned toward him, clenched his fists, and roared again.
          Leo’s cohort broke and ran.
          Leo shook his head and said, “I’m going to be in trouble.”
          The construction superintendent said, “Kid, if you don’t get out of here, you’re going to be dead.”
          Leo looked out at the chair, catawampus in the lawn. He looked at Jacob. He fled, jumping off the porch and toward the truck.
          Jacob stopped, breathing hard.
          As if nothing untoward had happened, Web wandered over. “You signed for that, right? So it’s yours, right? Here’s what I’m thinkin’. The women’s shelter could use something like that, a nice chair for nursing mothers and abused old ladies. What say I take it down there and donate it in your name?”
          Jacob didn’t even have to think about it. “And the footstool.”
          “And the footstool. On the way back, I’ll stop by my mother-in-law’s and grab the old recliner off her front porch. It’s my dad-in-law’s. The family got him a new recliner for Christmas. He put the new one in the living room and the old one out where he could sit in the summer, look through the window, see the TV and watch baseball. He’s the softest-hearted guy in the world. If I tell him the chair is for a veteran, he’ll offer it gladly. And if you take it, you’ll make my mother-in-law happy because that broken recliner sits there lop-sided on her porch, and makes them look like white trash.” Web’s mouth twitched. “Her words, not mine.”
          Seemed like an honest proposition, one that screwed that pompous windbag Dennis Wodzicki, gave homeless women someplace to rest their weary bones, did a favor for Web’s mother-in-law and at the same time got him—Jacob—someplace to sit. “Yes.”

    ✳ You can pre-order the BECAUSE I’M WATCHING paperback from
    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million (It’s on sale at BAM!)
    On June 27, the eBook prices will be discounted: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, GooglePlay

    The first book in the series, VIRTUE FALLS, is on sale at Amazon in paperback for $5.98. 240 reviews/4/5 stars

    Printable Book List by genre/series/in order

    If you want a list of all my books in order by genre/series and in order, Printable Book List is here, and the Printable Book List button is on almost every website page.

    And finally, my publishing anniversary is coming up, and you know what that means. PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! Watch for the next letter and we’ll have some fun!

    Christina Dodd
    New York Times bestselling author with a fun new article:
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