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Ten Times Have the Lilies Blown

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Set in a fictitious town on the plains, this novel has all the components of a simpler era – town fairs, a Main Street restaurant, even a local gossip. But Platte Valley has a dark secret: the murder of a waitress fifteen years earlier. Melora Wyatt leads an uneventful life until the release of Joe Isley, the convicted murderer, and the return of an old flame, Blake Johnson. Melora owns a “worthless” oil field, and she and others standing in his way become pawns in Blake’s plan to gain control of it. Because of a...

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Overview

Set in a fictitious town on the plains, this novel has all the components of a simpler era – town fairs, a Main Street restaurant, even a local gossip. But Platte Valley has a dark secret: the murder of a waitress fifteen years earlier. Melora Wyatt leads an uneventful life until the release of Joe Isley, the convicted murderer, and the return of an old flame, Blake Johnson. Melora owns a “worthless” oil field, and she and others standing in his way become pawns in Blake’s plan to gain control of it. Because of a new recovery method, the field could be worth millions. At thirty-five, Melora is an easy mark. Her biological clock is ticking and Blake is the answer to her dream – a dream that becomes a nightmare as the unscrupulous Blake moves ahead with his scheme to become the sole owner of the Wyatt oil lease.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591296218
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Suspenseful & Complicated

    Have you ever read a suspense novel that starts with the ending? It both heightens and frustrates the intensity of the entire reading experience. Such it was for me with Ten Times Have the Liles Blown by Mary Erickson. Ms. Erickson has quite a knack for creating intriguing, believable characters and putting them in intricate and dangerous situations. The story made no apologies upfront for giving away the ending, but it then went on to lead me down a winding, no-obvious-end-in-sight path. I became so involved in the characters, especially the ¿bad guy,¿ that I just couldn¿t believe he was the bad guy. The strength of this book is in the well plotted storyline and, as mentioned, the very developed characters. You personally know each of these people ¿ Lori, the small town teacher, a spinster by choice, to some degree, but mostly due to circumstance . . . the heavy responsibility of a sickly mother; Charlotte, the mother, a bitter old woman using her power over Lori as her only enjoyment in life; Larry, the local police official, sweet on Lori but too shy and proper to follow up; and Blake . . . well, you¿ll need to read the book to find out about Blake, Lori¿s Knight in Shining Armor, as well as her Hell On Earth. There are other characters, a town full, but these are the the stars of the show. The story revolves around a small town in Colorado, viable family oil leases, and greed and wanting ¿ traditional greed for wealth and societal standing, and wanting ¿ for acceptance, hope, and, ultimately for love. Blake wanted it all. Ms. Erickson has crafted a complex, introspective, and strongly researched tale, and she handled it in a unique way, very brave for a first novel. I look forward to many more stories from this talented author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Cunning and Astonishing

    Don't try to outguess this book. You won't. TEN TIMES HAVE THE LILES BLOWN by Mary Erickson will keep you constantly turning pages with the cunning development of plot and characters. Set in a small town of simple character, the reader will not suspect the sophisticated development which unwinds as a big city contriver returns to his native city. This cunning man of ploy seeks only to gain from the naive simplicity of the woman he sets out to entrap in a snare of romance and love. The talent of Mary Erickson in her ability to develop, hold at bay, and entwine the threads of plot are remarkable and impressive. This is one schematic of suspense that will keep you astonished to the very last page. Reviewed by author, Stephanie S. Sawyer, FACING ME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    Intriguing!!!!

    Take the proverbial small town, single, vulnerable librarian who takes care of her manipulative mother, put her into the midst of a scheme of the deceitful charmer who had captured her heart many years ago, and you will have a story you won¿t want to end. Mary Erickson has crafted a novel that does just that. Her descriptions take readers right into the small town atmosphere and into the lives of the characters in this story of suspense, romance and murder. Great job, Mary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Smooth¿.

    This is a story about a woman¿s routine life turned upside down by the appearance of an ex-con, and an old boyfriend. The reader is smoothly transported into her world, and gets comfortable with the characters like the satisfying pleasure of settling into your favorite easy chair. Smooth is the feeling you have, and it is very enjoyable. But don¿t get too comfortable. Treachery, greed, deceit, and murder are just a few of the things that await you. The book has very likeable and believable characters, and a fast moving storyline that makes this a delight to read. Don¿t let its poetic, feminine title fool you. This is a book with guts¿ and twists¿ and a punch that is excitingly executed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Small Town -- Big Secrets!

    An intricately crafted mystery that brings breath to full-bodied characters so real that one can feel the greed and innocence deep in the soul. A dream within a nightmare for our heroine ¿ cloaked in the guise of a long-lost love. Clear, crisp descriptions of small-town life intertwined with the depth of dark secrets, oil fields, and murder. Lilies has style and action in a world that could be right down the street . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    What to expect

    This is a novel that will keep your interest as well as easy to read. The author has done a remarkable job of including a back drop story as well as relating the trials of the main characters.

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