Genre: Contemporary Romance
A small town murder. A second chance at love.
Somebody killed Joey Gaccione’s brother. After a ten-year absence, the big city detective returns home to Colorado for the funeral knowing he will be pressured to find Sheriff Sam’s killer. Joey’s instincts say whoever murdered his brother is part of something more sinister than the Elkridge deputies can handle.
Mara Dijocomo’s dreams died the night a drunk driver killed her parents and sister, and left her permanently wounded. After months of therapy, she’s finally adjusting to her new reality while working to save her mother’s floral business. When the first boy she ever loved walks back into her life, she wonders if she and Joey are getting a second chance to find love.
As Joey and Mara’s love blooms, the evidence becomes clear the local deputies are either illequipped to comprehend what’s happening, or someone’s covering up a crime. Joey and Mara fight to balance between their careers, family, and their renewed love until the FBI contacts Joey ultimately tipping the scales.
If you like a steamy romance, deep emotional topics, a thread of mystery, and a cozy happy ending then BLINDED is for you. The first book in the ELKRIDGE SERIES debuts a quirky cast of characters and begins introducing evidence to solve Sheriff Sam murder.
Meet the Author
Award-winning, contemporary romance author Lyz Kelley lives in a small community in Colorado with her husband and several four-legged
family members. Lyz writes about brave women who have faced extraordinary challenges, and the honorable men who have an enormous capacity to love, even if they may not know it.
A healing love is at the heart of her book series. Creating wounded yet amazing characters—discovering what drives them, frightens them, heals them, makes them laugh—is what gives her joy. Lyz is pleased to share that joy through her masterfully written stories.
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puzzle. In book 1, BLINDED, Sheriff Sam is murdered. It will take 6-books to solve the crime. Word of caution: There are some red herrings throughout the series. Solving the crime will not be easy, and you don’t have to wait long. All books will be launched in 2017. If you like sensual romances, with deep emotional topics, threads of suspense, and a happy-ever-after then BLINDED, a
stand-alone love story in the Elkridge Series, is for you. Let the mystery begin. ~Lyz Kelley~
microenvironment for the setting of my series. Since childhood, I heard many fun stories about
small-town life. I lived in a fairly small town growing up, so I figured why not create a town in
Colorado? Elkridge was pulled from many different elements of nearby mountain towns to create a
unique place. Don’t go looking for Elkridge, it doesn’t exist, but have fun visiting through my new
lived in Philadelphia. Years later, when I started plotting the Elkridge series, he helped with the
technical aspects of the plot. He loved my story idea, and said it was one of the most realistic plots
he’d heard. I was very excited. To get some of the local details correct, I also interviewed one of my
high school friends, who worked in the local sheriff’s department. I love research, so it was a lot of
going head first into life. Always wanting to be the hero, he often didn’t listen to other people’s
advice. Don’t get me wrong—we were best friends, and I loved him dearly. When he died just before
I graduated high school, I was devastated. I can relate to how both Mara and Joey feel about people
they love being snatched from their lives. Those feelings are real, and even after all this time, I still
can feel the chasm my brother’s absence has left on my heart.
his brother’s killer. Why?
murder, in another jurisdiction, would not be feasible. Sure, romance books are based on fantasy,
and there is nothing better than an alpha male charging in to save the day. However, I wanted to
write a more emotional book. When my brother died, we were very close. While writing the book,
I started asking myself , what if Joey wasn’t close with his brother? What if he had regrets?
What if he could investigate the most horrific crimes, but couldn’t stomach investigating his
New York Times best-selling author, was giving a lecture on the use of senses in writing. Most
authors use sight as the primary go-to sense, and we were exploring the use of other senses to add
flavor to our writing. I really struggled with the exercise. Like anything, I knew that conquering a
problem takes practice. So, I wrote a novella. Then a friend talked me into writing a full-length
book—thus BLINDED was created.