“KILLING TIME” by K. Dawn Byrd

When painting with words, expect the unexpected…

Book Blurb:  Mindy McLaurin, thinks it’s the end of the world when she’s incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Mark Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?

Bio:

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance. She holds a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University that she believes gives her better insight into the minds, feelings and emotions of individuals, which helps her to better understand her characters and develop them more fully. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released April 1 and Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense released August 1, both with Desert Breeze Publishing.

Mistaken Identity, K. Dawn’s first inspirational young adult romance will release on June 15, 2011. This Time for Keeps, an inspirational WWII romance will release on October 15, 2011. Both of these titles will be published in ebook form through Desert Breeze Publishing.

(Photos and Bio from here.)

My Review:

Mindy McLaurin is in jail on embezzlement charges.  Coming from her background, she is totally out of her element.  She claims her innocence as do most inmates, but the only one to believe her is Counselor Stone.  Her faith is what keeps her above the situation.

Prior to Mindy’s incarceration, Alexis died suspiciously while in jail.  Her mother, Gwen, is having her death investigated.  While in jail, Mindy’s  ‘cellie’ is murdered.  Mindy has her suspicions, but can’t prove anything.

The inmate antagonists, especially Red, Deputy Delacy and Major, make for a real-to-life prison setting.  Having read books on real jailhouse environments, K. Dawn Byrd, in Killing Time,  has set the stage for some very real, intriguing, and unsettling times for Mindy.  You are kept ‘on edge,’ rooting for her safety throughout her incarceration.

Once she is bailed out, you think everything will be settled in due time.  That’s when K. Dawn Byrd ups the ante on the suspense.  If Mindy thought life was hard in jail, it becomes a nightmare out of jail.  The plots and twists are even more eerie and threatening.

I loved the romance that built up from the first interaction between Mindy and Counselor Stone.  It was a sweet, yet believable, relationship that developed over time.  But would it last?  Mindy was having difficulties about whom she could trust?

To punctuate the story with delight, Zippy, Mindy’s Chinese Crested dog was introduced.  I think he added to the story as much as the characters!  What energy and spice!  Makes me want one!

The title of the book has a double connotation to it–Killing Time.  A very creative title for a very creative story!  Although this is my first book by K. Dawn Byrd, it won’t be my last!  A definite 4.5 out of 5.0!

This e-book was provided by K. Dawn Byrd in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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