Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book Buzz: Surface Tension by Christine Kling: Water, Boating, Suspense and Free!

Surface Tension (Seychelle Sullivan)Kling is such a gifted writer that the reader imagines that she is perched at his elbow, telling the story to him alone. Readers should be warned that this book is impossible to put down. Sleep is less important than finding out what happens to Seychelle Sullivan. ~ Dick Levinson, Amazon Reviews

Hello Digital Book Today readers. Today our book buzz segment is featuring Christine Kling and her suspense novel Surface Tension which is rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. Surface Tension is the first of four books that features Christine’s female character Sychelle Sullivan who owns a salvage tug in south Florida. Christine Kling’s own experience of living on a boat, sailing for many years, and great writing skills are demonstrated in all four of these books. Surface Tension will not disappoint the reader who enjoys suspense genre based upon the great reviews readers have given all four titles. FREE: Surface Tension is free on Amazon 4/22 (Sunday) and 4/23 (Monday). Get your copy today and tell your friends.

Surface Tension is a character driven regional mystery in the same vein as the hard-boiled female protagonists of Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton or Sara Paretsky. It is obvious Ms. Kling knows about boats… The southern Florida locale very much plays a part in this work and is utilized quite effectively. Pacing is brisk and the plot carefully constructed… An impressive debut.~ Larry Gandle, Amazon Review

“A very fine first book. Kling knows a lot about south Florida and boats and it makes the book very real to me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ~ James L. Woolridge, Amazon Reviews
Book Description (Publishers Weekly): In this strong suspense debut, Seychelle Sullivan owns a salvage tug near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and makes a precarious living piloting luxury yachts and sportfishing boats in the Florida waters. When her radio picks up a distress call from the Top Ten, she hurries to the scene, hoping to net a windfall.

The luxurious yacht is skippered by her former lover, Neal, who seems to have abandoned ship and left a dead body behind. Who is the dead girl, where is Neal, why do the police suspect Seychelle, and how much can she hope to recover for salvaging the yacht? When she finds her modest cottage has been searched and her stash of emergency money is missing, she figures Neal must be alive, hiding from the police or from the girl’s killer. The Top Ten’s representative offers a paltry sum to settle the salvage claim, so Seychelle decides to find out who the real owner is and go to arbitration.
As the tension and suspense build, Seychelle’s existence becomes increasingly precarious. Kling vividly portrays a characteristic dichotomy of the Sunshine State-native Floridians trying to earn an honest living in an atmosphere where anything and anyone can be tainted by loan sharks, drug money or worse. As a female tugboat captain, Seychelle is one of the genre’s more unusual amateur sleuths, and Kling makes her one of its more endearing ones as well. … Read more on Amazon.

About the Author:
Christine has spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. She has written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen.

It was that sailing experience that led her to writer her first nautical suspense novels on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, there are four books in the series, SURFACE TENSION, CROSS CURRENT, BITTER END, and WRECKERS’ KEY. She is now retired from her day job as an English professor at Broward College, and is living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber sailboat Talespinner.

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“A smart, tough, believable female protagonist, a tugboat captain running a salvage business in Fort Lauderdale, that sounds like my kind character. The story wasted no time diving right into the action and I was immediately hooked. ~ C.E. Grundler, Amazon Review
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