Friday, September 19, 2008

Pg. 69: T. Lynn Ocean's "Southern Poison"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: T. Lynn Ocean's Southern Poison.

About the book, from the publisher:
The last time Jersey Barnes tried to quit her career as a security specialist and leave home without a weapon, she ended up in the middle of a high-stakes cover-up and a scheme to steal millions from hardworking Americans. This time her early retirement is for real. Friends threw her a party to prove it. There was a cake and everything.

But out of the blue, her former handler shows up with other ideas. When Jersey tells him she doesn’t want an assignment---even if does come with an upfront hazard-pay bonus---he reminds her of a clause in the contract she signed back when she was first recruited to work for the government: a pesky paragraph that says she can be recalled into service at any time.

With boating and golfing plans on hold yet again, Jersey straps on her weapon of choice and goes undercover to help root out a terrorist threat---only to learn that another more sinister plot is in the works. And things aren’t any more relaxing at home, either. Just as she starts to explore a steamy relationship with her hunky pub manager, Ox, his ex-wife flies in from California to reclaim him.

Southern Poison moves at breakneck speed as Jersey must save herself from an assassin, stop an evil chemist, keep her troublemaking father and his poker buddies out of jail, untangle a steamy romance, and maybe---just maybe---retire.

On the heels of the lauded Southern Fatality, readers will welcome another hilarious, suspenseful, and sun-soaked adventure from the unforgettable Jersey Barnes.
Among the praise for Southern Poison:
“Jersey Barnes and her quirky family and friends make for a page-turning mix of suspense and fun. Read Southern Poison and you’ll rocket between breath-holding adventure and belly laughs.”
--Cathy Pickens, author of Hush My Mouth and the Southern Fried mysteries

“...a thriller in every sense of the word. Fast-paced, wickedly funny, vicious, violent, and packed with believable characters caught up in a series of escalating adventures that leave you breathless.”
--Jonathan Mayberry, ITW

“Ocean's Southern-styled answer to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum...”
--Publishers Weekly

“T. Lynn Ocean makes the South sizzle!”
--Mary Alice Monroe, NYT bestselling author of Time Is A River

“Smart and sassy...”
Read an excerpt from Southern Poison, and learn more about the author and her work at T. Lynn Ocean's website.

A freelance writer for more than ten years, T. Lynn Ocean has published in magazines nationwide. She is the author of the novels Fool Me Once, Sweet Home Carolina, and Southern Fatality.

The Page 69 Test: Southern Fatality.

The Page 69 Test: Southern Poison.

--Marshal Zeringue