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Severed Threads (Volume 1) by [McFarren, Kaylin]
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About the Author

Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird, indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within
visiting range. Although she has virtually been around 
the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. Besides playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives: taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now, she enjoys spending free time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more. Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in business and personal writing projects for many years. As director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists through promotional opportunities in national publications. Eager to spread her creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest. Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. Receiving her AA in literature at Highline Community College originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Inspiration behind the story: Kaylin has been involved in the business of collecting and selling Asian antiques for more than a decade. Because of her interest in this field and her fascination with the undersea world, she was inspired to write a story about the recovery of a Chinese concubine's cursed treasure from a sunken ship, which aids in healing a woman's damaged soul. Kaylin spent four months researching scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and natural disasters that befell Spanish galleons from the 15th to 17th centuries. It is her hope that this action-adventure romance will entertain readers and honor the dedicated salvaging and exploration companies that have contributed remarkable discoveries and cross-sections of history to museums and institutions around the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2785 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing LLC; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #896,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book had my head spinning at times. There were so many characters to keep a track of! This is not a book which you can read whilst also trying to do something else. This is a book which requires all the reader's attention in order to keep up.

That said, this is a good premise for a story, and I thought that the author's writing style did it justice. The pace of the narrative didn't lag or bog down at any point and the character building was solid and believable. When you add in the back story reveal which was woven throughout the tale, as well as the development of the initially tenuous relationship between Chase and Rachel, these all become wedded together to create a tense and involving story. And one which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Severed threads will have you gripped from page one. The book revolves around Rachel, Devon and Chase. Rachel and Chase are ex partners after Chase leaves Rachel without so much as a goodbye. Chase and his work colleague finally find the mysterious sunken treasure which will not only make them rich but it will put Chase's name on the map. The only problem is that they need Rachel's help. After all of these years and the heartache Rachel suffered will she be willing to help Chase? Severed threads has everything you want and need in a book romance, lies, suspense and murder. The book revolves around deep sea wreckage salvage on the boat that use to belong to Rachel's dad Sam. When you think you know where the story is taking you, it suddenly twists in another direction. It's very rare you find a book that makes you say out loud ' wow didn't see that coming'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A love story with a twist 20 May 2017
By Dream16 - Published on Amazon.com
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Severed Threads is a romantic suspense novel filled with mystery and thrills. An adventure story with lots of twists. It revolves around buried treasure with a curse on it. When a mob gets into the story things turn dangerous for the main character Rachel, who finds herself being the only one who can help her brother.
Rachel Lyons is left blaming herself for her father's accident, in which he doesn't survive. She starts working at a foundation office always keeping to herself, locked in her own depression. Rachel is then found helping a museum director recover a cursed relic from a Chinese sunken ship after receiving news that her brother has been kidnapped by gangsters.
The greatest part of the novel is Chase, an ex of Rachel's who suddenly comes back into her life and helps her throughout the story. They rekindle their romance after being in love for so long. I found Chase to be very likable, and bring life to the story. Rachel and Chase's love story is like no other's; they go through many hard times together, and it's wonderful to read through it.
Kailyn Mcfarren does an absolutely marvellous job at telling this exciting tale. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. She knows how to start a great beginning, and keep the readers intrigued. A fantastic story with lots of drama and thrills. A great novel for anyone who enjoys different genres.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and suspense 15 May 2017
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Severed Threads is a good book. I felt like I was imagining a popular movie when I read the story. I like the dynamic between Chase and Rachel. It felt believable. You find yourself rooting for them early on. The book captures your interest right away(well for me anyway. I like these types of stories.) It also made me wonder how much undiscovered stuff is actually in the oceans. As I continued to read the book, I really did not like when I had to put the book down. I don't always get the luxury of reading for long periods of time. However, I did end up finishing the book and was satisfied with the ending which is not always the case. One of my favorite parts about this book is that there are others in the series. Another favorite part about this book is how it contained intriguing suspense mixed with romance which makes for a more interesting read than some other romance novels without much plot. I really loved how intense it got towards the end. Chase and Rachel are suited for one another. It was frustrating to see them apart during the book. However, if a book has only good then it becomes quite boring. Real life has challenges. A good book also has various challenges. I also enjoyed the inspiration behind the story part.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete package of thrill 21 May 2017
By John Sheffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Severed Threads was an amazing read and kept me indulged with the story throughout the end. It was complete package of romance, horror and suspense with some thrill. I rarely read books in one go but this book was an interesting enough so I kept reading it the whole day. Apart from Rachel, Chase Cohen was also an attention grabbing character into the story. I liked the entire part the most where both start their journey to recover Mai Le treasure.
If someone makes a movie on this storyline, it will definitely become an Oscar winning movie. The author Kaylin McFarren has turned out to be a wonderful writer that always keeps those standards alive in each book she writes. I am glad that she wrote this book in series and I would love to grab my hands on the remaining parts too and hoping that those will also be such fascinating. This novel really deserves all this appreciation!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ‘Threads severed once will bind again. When true love’s found, death has no end.’ 6 Jan. 2016
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Oregon author Kaylin McFarren has seen and experienced the world in preparation for her successful writing career. Born in California, relocating with her family to Washington, and now nesting with her husband in Oregon, she has virtually been around the world. She has served as the director of a fine art gallery, providing not only curatorial kudos but also assisting in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists, and in writing she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest. Kaylin received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, and in her free time, she is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit she and her husband founded and continue to support. Having coped with tragedy this Romance/Adventure author believes ‘good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.’

Kaylin understands the marriage of thriller and romance combinations and the importance of leaving little clues along the way of her story that foretell secrets: she places a little ‘pirate’s ditty’ in the early pages of the book that has a special tone of suspense and an overwhelming taste of love to lead us into this spicy tale.

She offers a fine summary to seduce the reader: ‘A hidden treasure under the sea reunites ex-lovers desperate to save the ones they value most. Believing herself responsible for her father's fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist Trident Ventures with the recovery of a priceless relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating - especially after discovering her former love interest is involved. But Rachel soon realizes she has no choice when a drug-dealing gangster kidnaps her brother and demands two million dollars for his safe return. In order to rescue him and gain control over her life, she must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also steal the Heart of the Dragon out from under Chase Cohen - the same cursed relic that is holding the museum director's life in peril. With three lives now on the line, including her own, Rachel must relive the circumstances that lead to her father's death. Will she gain Chase's trust and recover the Mai Le treasure in time or will they both die trying?’ And form the opening chapter we meet diver Chase Cohen – ‘According to the coordinates on Sam’s map, somewhere between the bottomless pit and mountainous rise lay a barnacle-crusted anchor and chain. If his calculations were right, below them rested the wreck of the Wanli II— the Ming Dynasty emperor’s lost dragon ship.’ Then comes the embroidery of romance to zest up the plot and voila! – a splendid new work by Kaylin McFarren – and this is only Volume 1! Grady Harp, January 16
5.0 out of 5 stars Severed Threads 27 May 2015
By Lennette - Published on Amazon.com
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Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren is an exciting story that includes legends, lies, ghosts, mobsters, sunken treasures, murder, and love. Rachel and Chase have history but they put their differences aside to salvage the treasure of the Wanli II, a Ming Dynasty emperor’s lost ship. Legend has it that it has riches beyond the imagination and Sam, Rachel’s father is on a mission to find it when he dies in the process. He was a healthy, so how could he possibly die from heart failure? Now it is four years later and Rachel and Chase team up to finish her father’s dream. Rachel is at first hesitant to assist Chase but changes her mind all of a sudden. Is her change of heart genuine or does she have a hidden agenda? Follow the action as these two, along with Chase’s crew, fight murder and deception to claim what is rightfully theirs. Devon, Rachel’s brother, is in love with a woman who is someone other than she claims to be and it takes all the principal characters in this page-turner to keep everyone alive and well. The action in this story is fast paced and there are twists, turns, and revelations that kept me up late into the night reading. The suspense is contagious and when long time relationships come to light it just may blow your socks off. The ending is kind of predictable, but who can resist two people falling in love? I recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and love mixed with the supernatural. This is the first book in a series and I already have the second one because I must see what the future brings for Rachel and Chase!
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