Hard Focus

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This is an intense page-turner, a gut-punch twist-filled story about a woman who has confidence in herself, believes she's a good judge of character, and has filled her life with people she can trust. She's right, but she's also very, very wrong. Readers will have a time of it trying to decide who to watch closest.

Hard Focus
Where do you place your trust when your own instincts betray you?

Connie Rowe is a receptionist at a respected legal firm. She’s a little bit sassy, a lotta bit happy, has good friends, and is adored by her neighbors.

Life is good.

She’s got a boyfriend she enjoys spending time with. He can be a little intense, but he’s got a lot going on in his own life, sorting out his young daughter and nightmare of an ex.

Life is grand.

“Trust your gut.” That’s what Connie’s police officer father told her often, training his daughter to believe in herself through the years.

But … what happens when you can’t? When your intuition lies?

What happens when things come into Hard Focus?

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Early reader feedback:

"Hard Focus was totally edge-of-the-seat, what shoe is about to drop next!"

"Made me really ponder how well you know someone, and how someone can screw up your gut instinct."

"[deMora] can write about anything and her characters come alive."

"This is really really good. I'm supposed to be <working> but they can wait."

"It is a great story. Definitely one I wanted to read straight through."

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About the author

Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says "I've always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading...if nothing else is available, I've been known to read the back of the cereal box."

 

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Publisher
MLK Publishing
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Published on
Jul 21, 2018
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781946738158
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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