Thank you for having me here today, Marlena, and sharing the release of This Last Chance 😊
Behind This Last Chance
This Last Chance is set in a place I live near and have taken many vacations or day trips, Lake Tahoe. The town is fictional, along with where Amber worked, but the rest isn’t. The house Amber lives in is modeled on a place my husband and I used to rent for vacations, years ago. Recently we were driving around the lake and found the house again. It hadn’t changed a bit!
I pictured the house when I was writing, down to the loft bedroom upstairs, the deck, and layout. It brought back some nice memories, as I wrote. It was also the first place I watched it snow, and I’ve been smitten with snow since. We always had pleasant vacations there, no evildwels lurking.
When I talk about scattering ashes on the lake, I’ve done that. That was a sad moment when a drunk driver killed our family-friend’s daughter as she walked to, what was supposed to be, her first day of high school. So, I was thinking of her as I wrote about that. The book is in her memory.
Lake Tahoe has conflicting memories for me, and that makes it the ideal place for Amber and Nester’s story to take place.
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Six months after Amber’s sister is brutally murdered, she’s still looking for answers, and now someone is stalking her and no one believes her. Home alone with a powerful snowstorm approaching, Amber is determined to take control of the investigation by hiring a private detective, but her plans are disrupted when she finds herself snowed in with people she may not be able to trust. Meanwhile, Nester the evildwel, whose entire existence has been feeding on fear and pain, is seeking help from the angel who’s protecting Amber. Nester and Amber need answers. Can Amber figure out what’s going on with some subtle help from an angel? Will Nester find what he needs from his enemies? The worlds of good and evil clash, and the outcome will determine not only Amber’s and Nester’s fate but life as they know it.
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FUN FINN FACTS:
- I’ve always been fascinated by the moon.
- I am equally comfortable at a play in San Francisco or hiking by a river.
- I have taken several aura pictures over the years, with a remarkably accurate reading after.
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Excerpt from This Last Chance.
The gloomy gray afternoon was framed in the small office window like a dismal black and white photograph. Amber’s world reflected this monochromatic existence as her fingers furiously tapped away on the keyboard. Even the rare shimmer of a positive political piece couldn’t instill illumination into the murkiness labeled as grief. But how could she feel otherwise after what had happened? The fulfillment her job used to offer wasn’t important in her new reality, including this piece about the new presidential candidate, Myles Stroud. The man her sister, Iris, used to work for… before.
Amber choked back the sadness that still threatened to consume her whenever she thought about her twin sister. If she let those tears escape the heavy barrier she’d built up over the last six months, she knew her coworkers would be at her side. They cared, and she couldn’t fault them for trying, but their advice was meant for someone who had closure.
“You need to move on, Amber.”
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D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.
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