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Lawrenceville Author Leslie Tentler Debuts New Novel at Discover Mills

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When Lawrenceville author Leslie Tentler”s highly anticipated MIDNIGHT FEAR (MIRA mass market paperback) hits bookstores and e-books in August, readers will notice something strikingly different in the second offering of the Chasing Evil Trilogy series…new lead characters and new surroundings.

“This is breaking from the norm of the traditional series,”# said the Georgia-based author, who scored success with her debut suspense, MIDNIGHT CALLER. While that book was set in New Orleans, MIDNIGHT FEAR takes place in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.

“MIRA decided the trilogy would be only loosely tied together instead of using the same characters as many series do,”# said Tentler. “Instead, each book centers on a different agent working for the FBI”s Violent Crimes Unit.”#

In MIDNIGHT FEAR: The still of the night is once again shattered by Caitlyn Cahill”s recurring nightmare – her brother standing before her, gripping a butcher knife, his eyes black with hatred. Two years ago, the former Washington, D.C., socialite defied her powerful senator father and risked the ruin of her family by helping the FBI link her troubled brother to a string of horrific murders. “The Capital Killer” was sent to prison for life…and Caitlyn”s entire world fell apart.

Now, FBI agent Reid Novak is forced to rend the peace Caitlyn has found on a rural Virginia horse farm. A copycat killer is on the loose and slowly toying with Caitlyn – his ultimate target – in a terrorizing cat-and-mouse game. Almost destroyed two years ago by Caitlyn”s family, not to mention the Capital Killer”s haunting final murder, Reid vows to save the woman he”s never forgotten…or die trying.

“The new characters allow me to write in new personal lives and brand new situations. I like to add those layers where I can to bring depth to the characters and show their human sides.”# Writing character-driven stories instead of procedurals is one of many twists Tentler uses to captivate her readers. “I like my characters to have back stories. Although I write about criminal investigations, I try to go beyond the fieldwork to provide a look into the rest of the officers” lives, as well. To me, this enriches a story and lets readers connect with the characters beyond their roles in law enforcement.

Tentler will be reading and signing her new book, MIDNIGHT FEAR at the Books-A-Million in Discover Mills on August 13 at 2 p.m.

Born and raised in Kingsport, Tenn., Tentler now resides with her husband in Lawrenceville, where she has lived for more than 20 years.

For more information on Tentler or her new book, visit www.leslietentler.com.