Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I think the greatest compliment a writer can receive is the, “Your book so inspired me, that I had to write my book Atonement.” That is exactly what happened when I read Dean Koonz’s book, Intensity. This page-turning suspense kept me in a gripping spell until I read the last word! Not many books have engrossed me that much. When I finished, I told myself, “I have to write a book as gripping – as intense – as this book.

Atonement starting taking shape. ~ Murder and revenge collide as a vicious serial killer stalks and escalates in the preparation of one sinner at a time for atonement. His routine takes an unexpected turn when he falls in love with the last woman on his list.

When a string of women turn up dead, all incriminating evidence points to Carter Thompson, a pathologist with a reputation for solving crimes, that is until his wife is brutally murdered. For years his life revolves around making sense of the serial killer’s deranged plan. Carter is determined to uncover who and why he has become linked to this killer’s gruesome handiwork. He teams up with the one woman he hurt and still loves. Through it all he manages to uncover a convoluted plot of jealousy and delusion.

I’m excited to say Atonement will be released this month by Books We Love in ebook and print.

Native American Studies Professor, Angelene Jensen’s orderly life is shattered when her sister is brutally murdered. Determined to make the killer pay, she makes decisions that propel her closer to the man who left her standing at the altar, and a chilling killer. Are they the same person? Had her sister uncovered evidence revealing this killer? Did it get her killed?

Publication Date: October 31, 2000

Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive—until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess’s next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl…as moment by moment, the terrifying threat of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

So, what are you reading, and what inspires you?


Heather Haven said...

I love Dean Koontz. He writes a page-turning suspense novel that's slick and satisfying. If Atonement is anything like his work, it's a sure winner. Can't wait to read it.

Rita Karnopp said...

Thank you, Heather.... I will share with everyone when it releases. You'll have to let me know if the 'intensity' keeps you up all night! smile... Rita

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