Incidental Daughter

Incidental Daughter

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by Val Stasik
     
 
Readers who would enjoy a family drama interwoven with romance, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal will find it hard to put down Val Stasik's break-out novel, Incidental Daughter. When successful publisher Liz Michaels' marriage to blue blood, Addison Tiffin Payne, fails after the loss of their baby and his growing alcoholism, she pours all her creative energy

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Readers who would enjoy a family drama interwoven with romance, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal will find it hard to put down Val Stasik's break-out novel, Incidental Daughter. When successful publisher Liz Michaels' marriage to blue blood, Addison Tiffin Payne, fails after the loss of their baby and his growing alcoholism, she pours all her creative energy and passion into her work and finds comfort in her friendships and the appearances of the spirits of her Polish mother and grandmother, who never speak except in dreams she cannot remember. Only her feelings from those dreams linger.
When her ex-husband plans to stage her suicide by pushing her off the balcony of her high-rise home, he topples to his death instead. When the police arrive, the potential victim becomes the prime murder suspect. She meets Pittsburgh Police Detective Jim Shannon, who may threaten her freedom or possibly gain her love. Her swirling feelings are complicated by the simultaneous appearance of a talented, familiar-looking intern at her workplace. Internal conflict is soon compounded by external threats created by her ex-husband and his mother as well as someone seeking revenge on Shannon and his partner. Wll Liz be destroyed by this vortex, or will she use the crisis to open the door to a second chance at love and family?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988584709
Publisher:
Armery & Hallquist Publishing
Publication date:
01/12/2013
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
716,962
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Val Stasik shares a home in eternally sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her aging mixed terrier, Sugar, who allows her to sleep in his queen-size bed as well as sharpen her culinary skills for his benefit. Stasik spent many years as a writing teacher, helping other writers find their voice and tell their stories, and is a consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project. INCIDENTAL DAUGHTER is Stasik's debut novel.

Visit Stasik at www.valeriestasik.com

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Incidental Daughter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This story is a real page turner. Once you start, you will keep going until you have all the answers. Liz Michael's grew up not knowing her real Dad. She had a step-father, but he just tolerated her. Her Mother told her about her Dad, when she was nineteen, and the next day her Mother committed suicide. Now that she has the information, she looks for her Dad, but only meets him once. You will wonder if either of them has given the other a chance. When Liz's Ex-Husband is found dead, she goes under investigation. One of the Detectives handling the case is Jim Shannon, and we find out what a small world we live in. We ride a boat load of emotions throughout the book, there is more than one murder, and a plot of another. There are family members that are not comfortable with maybe a new sister. If Jim can get Liz to look at him, can they have a relationship, or is there just to much baggage? You will delight in some of the situations here, and want to cry in others. All in all a really good read, and a fast one at that. I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Val pens "Incidental Daughter" in a well developed, smoothly paced plot that is filled with action, romance and a touch of the paranormal. There are many twists and turns within the plot that kept me guessing throughout the whole thing. I found her characters are believable, well developed and realistic which always makes for a great read. Highly recommended for all mystery, romance and paranormal fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Val Stasik in her new book, “Incidental Daughter” published by Armery & Hallquist Publishing brings us into the life of Liz Michaels. From the back cover: When successful publisher Liz Michaels’ marriage to blue blood, Addison Tiffin Payne, fails after the loss of their baby and his growing alcoholism, she pours all her creative energy and passion into her work and finds comfort in her friendships and the appearances of the spirits of her Polish mother and grandmother, who never speak except in dreams she cannot remember. Only her feelings from those dreams linger. When her ex-husband plans to stage her suicide by pushing her off the balcony of her high-rise home, he topples to his death instead. When the police arrive, the potential victim becomes the prime murder suspect. She meets Pittsburgh Police Detective Jim Shannon, who may threaten her freedom or possibly gain her love. Her swirling feelings are complicated by the simultaneous appearance of a talented, familiar-looking intern at her workplace. Internal conflict is soon compounded by external threats created by her ex-husband and his mother as well as someone seeking revenge on Shannon and his partner. Will Liz be destroyed by this vortex, or will she use the crisis to open the door to a second chance at love and family? The Dictionary defines, “Incidental” as, “being likely to ensue as a chance or minor consequence”. What makes Liz Michaels incidental? The fact that she is an orphan with no family of origin. Liz became the woman she is today simply by hard work and determination. Now someone is trying to kill her. The police consider her the prime suspect in her husband’s death even though he was trying to kill her at the time. As the investigation continues Liz has a chance at redemption, healing from her past and a future filled with destiny. Val Stasik is a very good writer. “Incidental Daughter” is one very exciting book. Ms. Stasik has given us mystery, action, adventure and redemption. “Incidental Daughter” is a roaring good story that will keep you highly interested in what is going to happen next. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”