When Suzanne Cash is shot, thrown into a pool, and left to die, her survival is heralded a miracle. Or is it? Did she survive one nightmare to be plagued by another- visions of young women being tortured? Doctors claim the hallucinations are due to her concussion, but when Detective Sam Metzger shows up at the hospital to investigate her case, he draws a different conclusion. The words he hears her mumble in her sleep are details to a murder case. Details only he and his men are privy to.
Looking for the perfect gift for the adult reader on your list? The Grace Simms trilogy appeals to men, women, romance, suspense, and thriller readers alike!
A story about Grace Simms, a young psychotherapist who learns the true meaning of love through fear, keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from the time her college crush returns to Sacramento in "The Red Chair", to her fight to stay alive in "The Grey Door", with a thrill-ride ending in "The Black Dress". All three are available on amazon in paperback and electronic version!
Here's what people are saying about these novels:
Ellen Osborn reviewed The Red Chair: Literary Edition with Book Group Discussion Questions (Grace Simms Trilogy)...
An exciting new book October 30, 2014
Right from the first page I was pulled into this quirky suspense novel. The rich detail and engaging characters, some of them villainous, made this a hard book to put down. This is not a formula romance, although there are plenty of romantic scenes, and it can be downright scary as well. It is so well written it is hard to believe Danna is a new author. Your reading friends will be talking about this book. I can't wait for the second book in this trilogy to be released.
Melanie Edman-Osmer reviewed The Grey Door (Grace Simms Trilogy) (Volume 2)
Open "The Grey Door" for a suspense-filled joyride! July 23, 2015
Strong and independent, psychotherapist Grace Simms is not one to be easily shaken, but when her world is torn apart by a series of events, she begins to doubt her own instincts. She begins to wonder if there is such a thing as true love and if there is, why is fate so cruel? And what of Jess, her college crush: always loyal, always near? Perhaps too near. Just how well do you know someone? Grace is about to have that question answered and she will have to learn to trust herself to learn to love again and quite literally to survive!
This is the second in the Grace Simms Trilogy from Danna Wilberg. Grab your sunscreen, a towel and an umbrella. This one should be in your beach bag this summer! Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the third book!
KPScent reviewed The Black Dress (Grace Simms Trilogy) (Volume 3)
I could not put this book down! November 17, 2015
I loved this book! What a finale!! The author has created villains that are so creepy and twisted that I could not put this book down!
Poor Grace, she just can't seem to have a normal life when her old flame rears his twisted head around; and this time he's got more tricks up his sleeves. I don't want to give anything away, you'll just have to read it for yourself, but I will say that I finished this book so quickly that my head spun.
Well done! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next!
I am so pleased to announce the release of the third book in the Grace Simms trilogy, "The Black Dress". "The Red Chair" and "The Grey Door" were released in 2014, 2015. Now that the final book is in print, the real work begins! Getting the books in the hands of readers! My publisher, Pretty Road Press, utilizes current marketing strategies, but in today's competitive market, it takes a village to become successful. Personally, I would rather be writing than selling books... I am NOT a social media guru. Yes, I tweet occasionally, and keep up with Facebook, but Instagram? Pinterest? Whew! My head is spinning!
I want to thank my readers, to date, who support my efforts with not only book sales, but glowing reviews on Amazon. Did you know reviews keep writers on top of the pile! Now with that said, I would like to share the plot for the trilogy I am currently working on, a paranormal suspense story titled "Borrowed Time".
Suzanne Cash is shot, thrown into a hotel swimming pool, and left for dead. Her survival baffles police. In her unconscious state, Suzanne recalls her long deceased fiance, Jack, teaching her how to float, and then swim. But detective Sam Metzger is more than intrigued when he visits Suzanne in the hospital and hears her mumbling details to an investigation only a handful of his colleagues are privy to...evidence withheld from the media... evidence connected to the brutal murders of several young women.
Suzanne is tormented by visions Jack insists she see. And Metzger is the only person who can piece together the puzzling details she provides to catch a serial killer.
In August, I attended the fabulous Writers Police Academy conference in Appleton Wisconsin. (Hosted by former police detective and author, Lee Lofland) Each morning we were bused to the Fox Valley Police Academy to learn/experience what it takes to investigate a crime scene. In the real world, the work is tedious, and requires hours of accurate documentation. As a result, the team is able to paint a picture of what happened to the victim and how to pursue the person(s) responsible for the crime.
Appleton's Coroner talked about her role as an elected public official. Often bodies are not recovered immediately, and decomposition requires her to become a biological sleuth. Her favorite clue? Maggots! Maggots inform the investigation team when and where the crime occurred. Fascinating, but not a topic you want to engage in around lunchtime!
The attendees were privy to high profile cases, the psychology behind the crime, and the killers capture. Mock murder scenes were set up to photograph and document. We had the opportunity to glove up and take blood swabs, learn about blood spatters and lividity. Some of the attendees were able to sign up for 'ride-alongs' and go on board an airplane to learn about terrorist attacks and what to do about belligerent passengers. We met the canine team for the Appleton Police department, and witnessed a mock bank robbery.
All in all, the conference was fascinating, and I feel better prepared to launch into my next series, "Borrowed Time". Meeting real undercover detectives, and FBI agents, give a writer great ideas! My crime scenes will reflect what I learned at WPA. I am excited to present complicated characters and gruesome details.
So, you meet someone who seems attracted to you. What are the signals? He/She looks in your eyes when they speak. He/She treats you nice. He/She goes out of their way to please you. He/She makes you feel like you are the most important person on the planet. You discover this person shares your interests, your fondest dreams and desires. Suddenly, you feel yourself being swept away. In "The Red Chair", Grace meets Jess at the tender age of eighteen. Jess says and does all the right things...however, he is unattainable. Grace grapples with her situation. Did she misread his signals? Was he merely being kind? Or was he out to steal her heart? And if he was committed to another, why pay her so much attention? Perhaps to gain control?
What do you do when you find yourself being swept away? Tricky, yes? How do prevent thinking about this person more and more each day. How do you get to know more about this person and the feelings you can't seem to suppress before investing your heart? Before asking yourself, is "it" love? Ask yourself, "it" real?
So many times we jump into what seems to be an ideal relationship, later to find out "it" was all a hoax! The person you thought you were giving your heart to has changed, become someone you no longer recognize. What do most people do? They go back to the beginning, when things were good, and "loving" and try to rekindle those feelings. Sometimes, resetting boundaries and expectations can be beneficial. But don't fool yourself, sometimes you need to move on. Easier said then done?
Grace Simms moved on. So she thought. Jess had imprinted her heart with his words and expertise. He was "perfect", and she was never able to find another man to measure up. Does this sound familiar? Maturity was Grace's salvation. Once Jess was back in her life at age thirty-one, she was able to distinguish between love and fear.
"It's" part of our nature to be hunters, gatherers, or someone who mates for life. There are people who love the challenge of the "catch". Catch and release. Catch and release. There are those who crave the attention of many mates. However, there are those who are devoted to one person. Be clear as to which type of person you want in your life. Be clear as to which type you are as well. Be aware that the guy/gal at the bar who stares you down, says all the right things, and seems like your soul mate, may be your worst nightmare. Sound pessimistic? Ask Grace Simm's.
Okay, we all have it. That little niggling voice that infiltrates our conscious mind whether we like it or not. "It's" called intuition. Internal knowing. But do we listen? Heed the warnings, the good advice? Do we pay attention to our dreams? The images that coax us into re-evaluating our circumstances, our position, relationships with those nearest and dearest to our hearts?
In "The Grey Door", psychotherapist Grace Simms realizes she is out of sorts...out of her mind, so to speak. Her situation demands she pay close attention. She has survived a horrendous ordeal, but her gut tells her she is not in the clear. Wanting to put ugliness to rest, she tunes out the warnings and redirects the signals to another part of her brain, the part that rewrites the message into a something more manageable. Denial. However intuition reacts at the cellular level, and soon it manifests itself into physical anomalies. Headaches, tension, indigestion, poor sleep. Intuition will not be ignored.
Stories are written for entertainment. Characters manifest in the subconscious. And sometimes the story that needs to be told teaches us something about ourselves.
Recently, I traveled from Vienna to Dublin on a stringent budget, venturing through Salzburg, Munich, Cologne, and Amsterdam! Exploring castles, Raut Hauses, and grand palaces are inexpensive, and can fill your head with wonder. As a writer, I was able to step back in time, imagine days of old, and develop plot lines for my new series, "Borrowed Time".
Checking out flight specials with Ryan Air is a must for any traveler. Fares start as little as "$19 Euros from say, Dublin to Barcelona. Look for specials, as they vary from day to day. The only drawback is that Ryan Air has a luggage restriction, but we were able to manage quite well with a small carry-on and a large personal bag. Ladies, a small purse fits nicely in a large bag!
The U-Bahn and S-Bahn are quite easy to navigate, with stations all over the city for a reasonable fee. A 24-72 hour pass can be purchased in the station, and allows access to buses, trams and some trains for as little as 9- 20 Euros. Long distance train travel is also reasonable, look for 2 for 1 offers.
The food...oh, the food! Most meals are made to share. Rich, and filling, two people can dine fabulously for less than 40 Euros, including beverages and dessert!
Hotels vary in price, but we found searching Expedia was the way to go. Our highest hotel fee was $136 per night, and we stayed in the five-star Clontarf Castle. Cheaper than San Francisco, and an unbelievable experience!
Air B&B's are great too, but be careful, read fine print, not all are private. Also, when booking hotels, look for how many beds are in the room, and what size. Some hotels offer 1 twin or 1 double. We lucked out in every city we visited, with the exception of Munich. Lovely room, quaint hotel, but located across from a bar with outdoor seating that stayed open until 2am.
I am eager to get back to my writing, and share my travels through my characters. I hope you will join me!
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, too! As an author, I write about sociopaths, but truth be told, most of us have run into a sociopath or two during our dating experience, right? We may be related to one of these characters, or the sociopath in our life could be our boss! How many of us are aware this flaw is oh-so common? One in twenty-five people are born sociopaths, and many of these people are in our lives as we speak.
What is a sociopath? A person with no conscience. Zip, not-ta! These are people who can lie, cheat, steal, destroy the people around them and sleep like a baby at night. They do, say, and think without consideration for others. Their main purpose in life is to get what they want, when and however they please, and poor you if you get in their way. A sociopath is someone who doesn't cringe when a dog gets hit by a car, and doesn't 'get' why you do. They cover up their incapacity to care by focusing on your discomfort. Sound familiar?
Not every sociopath displays signs of this anomaly outwardly. Some prefer to be sneaky, calculating, throw people around them off guard. They pull you in, gain your confidence, then whittle away at your self esteem. Life is one big game, with only one winner, and it isn't you! Sure, there are notorious sociopaths--turn on American Greed! Prime examples of conscious-free specimens destroying lives around them , but what about your neighbor? Your girl/boyfriend? How do you recognize sociopath characteristics in those closest to you? Dr. Martha Stout, author of "The Sociopath Next Door", refers to conscience as a "seventh" sense, that has developed over time. Those who lack this seventh sense feel they are better off in many ways. Sociopaths don't struggle with 'right' or 'wrong', they know the difference, but they only do what serves them.
Sociopaths do not feel guilty. Ever. They don't know how, although they may "display" emotion to hide their lack, or up their game. They watch how others respond, and imitate what they see to fit in. Fitting in is part of the game. They will manipulate, tell the 'down and out' story to draw you in, all the while, deviously collecting data to use as a weapon when the time is right. Sociopaths come off as charismatic, dynamic, your best friend, the one guy/girl on the planet who is a perfect match, one who understands you completely, loves you unconditionally. Truth? Beneath this veneer of 'too good to be true' lies a twisted mind that feeds on your soul and won't stop until your consumed. The only way to save yourself is to walk away, and don't look back.
This blog post is for discussion purposes only. Always seek professional help for a diagnoses.
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At "Left Coast Crime", everyone talks about murder. Murder is our forté-- as authors, that is! Experts converse about the best weapons to use, how to get away with a crime, how blood spatters speak for the dead, or how to spot a psychopath, much like one would discuss what to feed your baby or the best way to shampoo a dog.
The topic of murder is not for the squeamish, nor is the conversation reserved for sinners and evil doers! It seems everyone from Aunt Louise, to Uncle Charlie, (and his mother) love a good murder mystery! And what does a good story entail? A dead body on the first page? A villain who thinks he can outsmart the protagonist? And what do we love about our hero/heroine? He/she must be one heck of a detective, with flaws of course, the more the better.
I was privileged to moderate a paranormal panel, hosting authors who incur a problem or two with characters who are immortal-- or ghosts! How do you kill someone who is a mere three-hundred years old? Or already dead? What about the hedge witch who must come up with one heck of a spell to solve a murder? Challenging to say the least.
And why are we so enamored by death? Perhaps reading murder mysteries allow us to imagine both sides of the coin-- victim, and perpetrator. Could it be we "work-out" our own mortality through fiction? Or does immersing ourselves in murderous prose neutralize lurking thoughts we have about our boss, or the nasty neighbor next door? One can only guess.
I met talented authors, dedicated to their craft, and learned new tricks for my arsenal, but the most memorable thing I learned in Portland about murder is-- too many "Voo-doo" doughnuts will kill you! But what a way to die!
CALLING ALL READERS!! ARE YOU A MYSTERY LOVER?
Meet Author Dǟnna Wilberg at Left Coast Crime 2015 - Crimelandia - Portland, Oregan. This event will be held at
Double Tree by Hilton Portland, Gather Bar
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232
Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)