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Hello everyone. Welcome to the fourth day of the Story Empire Author’s Something Wicked Tour. Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome my fellow author and friend Joan Hall. Get ready for Something Wicked >>>


Hello, everyone. I’m delighted to be with you on this stop of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Tour. Harmony, thank you for hosting me. Today, I’m going to talk about the danger of keeping deadly secrets.


Imagine you are a sixteen-year-old living with your over-bearing father who is supposed to be an upstanding member of the community.

Kyle Lawrence is a minor character in Unseen Motives the first of the Driscoll Lake Series. As a teenager, he witnesses something that leads him to believe his father might be a murderer. At the least, he knows something about a recent killing and the disappearance of another prominent community member.

But Kyle said nothing. He knew his father wasn’t perfect, but Curtis Lawrence was the only parent Kyle had, having been abandoned by his mother years earlier. He remained silent for twenty years. After all, keeping the secret won’t hurt anyone. Or would it?

  • For years, Stephanie Harris believed her father was a killer.
  • Rachel Jackson was left without a mother and blamed Robert Harris for the murder.
  • Christine Starnes, who later became Kyle’s wife, was estranged from her best friend.
  • Kyle’s obsession with the crime affected his marriage.
  • A burgeoning teenage romance was destroyed. Both parties later married. One marriage ended in divorce, the other with the untimely death of a spouse.
  • Kyle’s daughter later had trust issues and became rebellious after it was revealed he kept secrets.
  • A killer went unpunished for two decades.
  • And perhaps the worst, the secret lead to another death.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” ~ Sir Walter Scott

Kyle’s secret is an overlapping arch throughout the series. Although the truth is discovered in the Unseen Motives, you’ll see how it affected different characters in Unknown Reasons and Unclear Purposes.

 

Curious? Click here to learn more about each book.

Unseen Motives Purchase Link

Unknown Reasons Purchase Link

Unclear Purposes Purchase Link

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P. H. Solomon

And what a well-crafted web it is, Joan. Good job of summing up the series today.

Joan Hall

Thanks so much, P. H.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

I really enjoyed this book, Joan, and I liked Kyle’s character.

Joan Hall

Thanks, Robbie. Yeah, Kyle was a good person. Just had a domineering father. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

Jacquie Biggar

I can see where a 16 yr old wouldn’t want to possibly make false claims against his own father. This sounds good, Joan.

Joan Hall

Yes, I can understand that. If I’d been in that position, I would have probably done the same thing. Thanks for stopping by, Jacquie!

Jan Sikes

There is nothing better than a well-hidden secret to drive the story! It gives the characters motivation and justification for certain behavior and also gives a goal to head toward – the big reveal! Great post, Joan. Thank you for hosting, Harmony!

Joan Hall

Jan, when I began writing the first novel, I didn’t plan on a series. As it turned out that little secret had not only long-term but multiple consequences.

Mae Clair

I really like the way you pulled the whole series together and how Kyle’s secret ultimately effected so many of your characters. Your tour posts have been awesome–just like the series! 🙂

Joan Hall

Who would think a little secret could affect so many? Thanks for stopping by today!

CS Boyack

I think secrets, and shame, are two of the best motivators an author can use. Nice work, Joan.

Joan Hall

Thanks, Craig. Long kept secrets can lead to lots of heartache.

Joan Hall

Harmony, thank you so much for hosting me today. I’ve had fun with this tour and look forward to hosting you tomorrow!

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