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About Hollie Smurthwaite
Hollie Smurthwaite is the paranormal romantic suspense author of The Color of Trauma and The Color of Betrayal. The Color of Trauma was the 2020 winner of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project in adult fiction. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. In past lives, she's been a checkout clerk, massage therapist, office manager, recruiter, magazine staff writer, pepper spray hawker, and belly dancer.
She can often can be found on Goodreads @Hollie Smurthwaite and on Instagram: @h_smurthwaite. Interacting with readers is one of her favorite things, so please reach out to her.
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Jolene, a recovering alcoholic with the ability to experience people’s memories, helps a secret government agency take down drug syndicates.
No secret is safe . . .
In this standalone follow up to The Color of Trauma, Jolene uses her memory surgeon ability to slip into other people’s memories. She can see them, experience them, even steal them. To atone for her past, she’s been using her psychic gift to help the Agency, a secret government entity, taking out drug lords across the US. After a screw-up on an assignment, she’s back in Chicago, where her own worst memories live.
The last thing she needs while trying to make up for her mistake is a sexy distraction. Cass is a little sweet and a lot gorgeous. The only problem: she can’t have him and the job. But when he offers his friendship, she can’t resist.
While Jolene and Cass try to pretend there is nothing beneath their friendship, her mission spins out of control. Now, both their lives are on the line. Will her growing powers be enough to save her? Or will secrets send her right back to the darkest depths of her past?
The Color of Betrayal is a steamy paranormal romantic suspense novel with psychics, spies, twists, and dark themes. Great for fans of KF Breene, Jeaniene Frost, and Kim Harrison.
Praise for the Psychic Colors Series:
“An impressive slice of suspense fiction anchored by two fiery heroes with brio to spare.” --Kirkus Review
“. . . I was on the edge of my chair for the last thirty pages.” --Windy City Reviews
". . . a paranormal romantic thriller with a diabolical premise that grabs the reader from page one and refuses to let go." -- Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, and Stan Lee's The Devil's Quintet: The Armageddon Code.
A woman who can experience other people’s traumatic memories is coerced into helping a Chicago homicide detective catch a serial killer.
"An impressive slice of suspense fiction anchored by two fiery heroes with brio to spare." - Kirkus Reviews
". . . I was on the edge of my chair for the last thirty pages." - Windy City Reviews
Kiera is a memory surgeon. With her gift of removing and holding other’s traumatic memories, she’s helped dozens of women but hasn’t helped herself. Now Dean, a Chicago homicide detective, is asking for even more: for her to look into the memories of a coma victim to help him catch a serial killer.
Clues and romance unfurl, but as Dean and Kiera get closer to each other, the killer gets closer to Kiera.
The Color of Trauma is a thought-provoking paranormal romantic suspense novel. If you like unconventional heroines, dark themes, and psychological dramas, then you’ll love Hollie Smurthwaite’s suspenseful story.
Content warning: Explicit sex scenes, references and depictions of physical and sexual violence (NOT between the protagonists), PTSD reactions, minor drug use, profanity and not just a little.
The Color of Trauma was the winner of the 2020 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author contest, which was judged by librarians.