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Written by Vicki Hinze

On May 2, 2021

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Sometimes We All Need a Second Chance

 

We all make mistakes.  Some cost us our destiny…right?

It may seem that way, but to some, life offers merciful second chances.  What makes them special?  Why them and not everyone?  And what kind of second chances—so they have better odds of success?

Those questions intrigued me and set me off on a journey to explore possible answers. What I landed on was a common theme of Reunions.  There are three novels (no cliffhangers) and the second-chance reunion is the unifying element in this series so the books can be read in any order.

Her Perfect Life, Vicki Hinze, Reunion NovelSHE SURVIVED BEING HELD CAPTIVE.  WILL SHE SURVIVE COMING HOME?

After six long years, ex-POW Katie Slater is finally rescued from the terrorists holding her captive. But coming home isn’t the sweet reunion she’d dreamed it would be. Everything that had made her life perfect is gone. Her husband’s remarried, her kids are strangers who call another woman mom, and her former co-pilot and best friend, C.D. Quade—the sexy best friend who’d deserted her in the desert—is all she has left. How is she supposed to cobble together any kind of life?

 

CAN SHE FACE THE PAST AND CLAIM HER FUTURE?

Katie struggles to determine what is real and what are tricks of the mind, to build a new life and rebuild relationships, and she makes an astounding discovery. Her perfect life hadn’t been so perfect. But when she sees C.D.’s memorial to her—that she forever walks in his soul—Katie realizes this new life holds promise and could be perfect—if she has the courage to face the horrors of her past and claim her future. If she has the courage to dare to love…

Her Perfect Life Awards:

RITA® Award Finalist, Best Novel with a Romantic Element
RT Career Achievement Award Nomination for Series Romantic Adventure
Reviewers’ Choice Award
Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, Best Book of the Year
Holt Medallion Award Finalist, Best Mainstream Novel of the Year 

“Her Perfect Life is the perfect read.  From the very first sentence, I was hooked by this engaging and heartfelt story of a woman’s journey through danger, adventure and romance.” –Susan Wiggs

 

Mind Reader, Vicki Hinze, Reunion NovelSHE KNOWS A CHILD’S LIFE IS IN DANGER BUT NO ONE BELIEVES HER

Caron Chalmers is an empath. A mind reader cursed with imaging only victims. She sees what they see, feels what they feel, endures what they endure, and has since she was seven. But even with all the sensory perception and insights, sometimes she fails to save victims. Sometimes she wrongly interprets the signs—and a year ago, she did exactly that. She messed up and a victim died. Caron nearly died with her. Her “gift” shut down.

Now it’s back. There’s another victim—this time, a child—and because of the mistake made last year and the shut-down, her police contact, though aware of her many successes, isn’t willing to stake his career on her. Yet he can’t dismiss her, so he calls in help from private investigator, Parker Simms.

 

HE KNOWS SHE IS A FRAUD AND IS OUT TO PROVE IT

Parker Simms is a man with a past as bleak as Caron’s and a specific agenda of his own: proving Caron Chalmers is the fraud he believes her to be.  What better way to do that than to work with her?

THEY DISCOVER THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE…OR KILL YOU

In a hostile alliance, Caron and Parker seek the truth…and discover a labyrinth of lies and deceptions that require skills and experience they have and trust they don’t have but must somehow find before this child becomes another victim lost. Yet trust never comes without costs, and some prices are too steep to pay.

The situation grows desperate. Time for the child’s survival grows short…and for Caron and Parker, who must live with the consequences of missteps and wrong moves, this is exactly the wrong time to be on the brink of falling in love. The dire situation grows worse, the unthinkable happens, and stakes that couldn’t get any higher soar.

* Two Time Maggie Award of Excellence Finalist *

  • Five Star Gold, Heartland Critiques
  • Finalist, The Maggie Award of Excellence (Published)
  • Finalist, The Maggie Award of Excellence (Unpublished)
  • Southwest Writers Award Finalist

 

 

Duplicity, Vicki Hinze, Reunion NovelSHE IS ORDERED TO WRECK HER CAREER DEFENDING A MAN SHE KNOWS IS GUILTY

On the cusp of realizing her dream as a career military attorney, Captain Tracy Keener is ordered to defend Captain Adam Burke, a Special Operations officer who caused the deaths of his entire team. Everyone knows Burke is guilty and defending him will cost Tracy her career, but under orders she has no choice.

 

HE IS ORDERED TO SACRIFICE HIMSELF TO PROTECT A DEADLY CONSPIRACY

Captain Burke swears he was framed. He’d acted under orders. Swears things that can’t possibly be true: breaches of protocol and corruption at the highest levels. He swears the honchos deliberately sacrificed his entire military team. Now they’re sacrificing him. Impossible!

 

SEEKING THE TRUTH PROVES EVEN MORE DANGEROUS

Tracy and Adam dig for facts. For their trouble, Tracy is issued cease-and-desist orders and instructed to drop the case—to let Burke go down. Under restrictions and daring threats, Tracy and Adam rebel, push back against power and position, seeking truth…and threats spiral. They’re targeted for assassination.

THINGS CAN’T GET WORSE…AND THEN THEY DO

To their horror, Tracy and Adam discover others too are marked for death—millions of Americans they had sworn an oath to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Even at the cost of their own lives, they cannot fail.

Yet to really succeed, Tracy and Adam must risk more that their lives.  They must also risk their hearts. That proves far harder for both of them, being trapped in an intricate web of Duplicity.

“[A] page-turner that fuses thriller and romance.  Hinze has a knack for combining compelling realistic characterizations with suspense and a romantic plot line.”– Publisher’s Weekly

 

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