Today, I want to welcome D.A. Amberson to my Five on Friday Blog. She and I met several years ago via a writing website. Since she’s a Texas girl, we became fast friends! Please be sure and check out her book, Ronan Island. Here’s my review of the story. I give it 5 BIG Texas stars!!
Ronan Island is an excellent thriller with well-defined characters, which I got invested in from the get-go, especially Boston Jones. Got me a little book crush on him! In addition to a good mystery, D. A. Amberson has added an element of fantasy that doesn’t include vampires or werewolves (thank goodness). This is an engaging, suspenseful story well worth your time. ~~Ann Everett
Award winning author, D.A. Amberson started writing when she was 13. At 18 she promised herself she would be published by the time she was 20. But life happened and her first novel didn’t get published until she was 61. She likes to think it’s never too late to keep a promise to yourself.
She is an avid reader of British murder mysteries as well as being a fan of John Sandford, from whom she learned a lot about pacing and character development. The best advice she could give a new writer is to write the novel you want to read.
At present, she works in the healthcare field and lives near her children in West Texas. She is currently writing two follow-up novels to Ronan Island using the same characters. She also writes short stories and bad poems and has won awards for both.
I might also mention, D.A. designed her own book cover, which I think is fabulous! Once you read the story, you’ll understand why it is so perfect!
When a Federal employee takes bribes not to do his job and ends up dead, the killer might not be human.
FBI Special Agent Boston Jones has mixed feelings about his transfer from Lubbock, Texas to San Francisco. A promotion, for sure. But he’s leaving behind the comfort of a familiar job and colleagues – not to mention the rich sunshine and endless blue skies of West Texas.
Before he can get acclimated to his new location, Boston is sent to a fishing village in northern California where a Fish and Wildlife Commissioner has been found murdered and Boston’s supervisor decides a murder investigation is beyond the abilities of the small-town sheriff. When Boston arrives, he finds the sheriff is more than capable of helping him but has a good reason not to.
Fighting a viral illness, Boston struggles to make sense of the multiple suspects, including the victim’s widow, members of a seal saving group and the sheriff’s seductive wife. Boston must unearth who is who in this isolated coastal town without losing his moral compass – and his life – in the process.