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Homecoming Homicides: Miss Congeniality Meets Psycho

By Marilyn Baron

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What happens when a professional crisis manager faces her own crisis? Find out in Homecoming Homicides, Book II of my Psychic Crystal Mystery Series, a dark romantic suspense with a humorous twist. Homecoming Homicides was released exclusively on Amazon by The Wild Rose Press last week at  The worldwide release, including the paperback version, will be May 9, 2014.

Here’s the blurb.

Miss Congeniality meets Psycho — Why is a serial killer targeting college homecoming queen contestants?

Professional crisis manager Philippa “Flippy” Tannenbaum is spokesperson for the law enforcement task force charged with solving a high-profile case. She never dreams her position as Homecoming Pageant Director and her second-place finish in the previous year’s competition has placed her on a serial killer’s hit list. Always a runner-up in life, she wants to finally come in first at finding the killer targeting the current crop of beauties.

Her friend Luke Slaughter, a Graysville city cop, shows up at Philippa’s office, assigned to partner with her in solving the case and to protect her 24/7 for the duration. Unfortunately, he’s also the man she hooked up with for a one-night stand when she broke up with her fiancé. Working with her is going to be less than easy, for a number of reasons…

How can a book about serial killers be dark and funny at the same time?

Here are the first two lines of the book:

Rodney Willis inhaled the aroma of fresh blood. In his opinion, nothing else even came close to

the scent of suffering.

In contrast, here’s a brief, more humorous excerpt, an exchange between the hero and heroine:

“All right, you immature rat bastard, listen up. I am going to pick up the phone and have you reassigned. It’s obvious we can’t work together if you can’t get over yourself. Okay, we had sex. Let’s just get that out on the table.”

“Great sex,” Luke corrected, “on the table, under the table.”

Okay, great sex, Flippy had to admit, hazy as that night had been, trying hard not to picture Luke’s first class ass naked on her kitchen table, her fingernails digging into his flesh. Had it only been one week ago that Luke had rocked her world?

The inspiration for this book came when I was attending the Homecoming Pageant in which my daughter was a contestant at The University of Florida. After the pageant, I noticed a strange looking guy with a camera around his neck, getting each of the girls to sign his homecoming pageant program. And that set the wheels in motion. Homecoming Homicides is set in a fictional town called Graysville, which is very much like the town where I went to college—Gainesville, Florida.

Book II involves a romance between two new characters—Flippy and Luke, but Jack Hale, the by-the-book Atlanta police detective and “Crystal Ball Kate,” the reluctant psychic from Sixth Sense are back in the story, fresh from their honeymoon, when they’re called in to help solve a series of serial killer crimes in the sleepy North Florida college town. Someone is going on a murder spree and killing Homecoming pageant contestants, one by one, and dumping their bodies at landmarks across the campus.

Sixth Sense, a psychic suspense, the first book in the Psychic Crystal Mystery series, published by The Wild Rose Press, is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats at:

The crow, which appears on the cover of Homecoming Homicides, is and will be a recurring graphic element in the series. I’m currently working on book III of the series, Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.

Since this is a psychic suspense series, one commenter will win a signed Sixth Sense postcard, a PDF copy of Homecoming Homicides  and their choice of: A box of Natural Gemstones, Pure Energy Crystals, Healing Stones or Chakra Stones.



Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. Marilyn writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers, historicals, romantic suspense and paranormal short stories. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. Visit her Web site at to find out more about her other books and stories.

Carol Burnside - February 4, 2014 - 1:17 am

Gah! You make me want to stop editing and cuddle up with my ereader. (sigh)

Congrats on the new release, Marilyn. You’re so prolific! How many books does this make now?

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 7:58 am

Carol, thanks for the congratulations. This is my fifth book with The Wild Rose Press. Before that TWB Press published four of my humorous paranormal short stories. In addition, my sister and I collaborated on a women’s fiction, a shopping suspense tale and a musical. Don’t stop editing! But I do hope you get a chance to read Homecoming Homicides.

Pam Asberry - February 4, 2014 - 9:25 am

“Sixth Sense” is still in my TBR pile. Guess I’d better get cracking now that the next book is available! Good job, Marilyn!

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 9:50 am

Can’t wait to find out what you think about Sixth Sense. You should see my TBR pile. We should start a pile that says, TBW
To Be Written.

Maxine - February 4, 2014 - 10:24 am

Marilyn, So proud of you. I really am going to Amazon to write how much I enjoyed Sixth Sense. My new computer spent some time at the shop before they gave me another new one – and it’s not acting right with email. Enough whining. Can’t wait for the 2nd.

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 11:06 am


Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy Homecoming Homicides as well.

Connie Gillam - February 4, 2014 - 11:53 am

I guess we’re writers when you can look at someone, a scene, or a leaf blowing in the wind and come up with a story. LOL.

Congratulations on your new release.

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Thank you. Yes, writers can come up with an infinite variety of scenes and scenarios, inspired by the smallest thing–a name, a conversation, a place.

Alicia Dean - February 4, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Oh wow, this sounds great! I also still have Sixth Sense in my TBR pile. Need to get caught up and read this one asap. LOVE the cover!

Beverley Bateman - February 4, 2014 - 1:12 pm

I love dark romantic suspense and I love the premise of your series. I’m going to add this book to my TBR list because of the emphasis on crystals and psychic crystals in the book. Good luck with book two of your series.

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Thanks for commenting. I love the cover too. Both covers for Sixth Sense and Homecoming Homicides were created by Debbie Taylor for The Wild Rose Press.

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Thank you very much for visiting the blog and for your comments. Sixth Sense, the first book, probably has more of an emphasis on crystals, which is where I got the title for the series, in addition to the fact that the Sixth Sense heroine was named Katherine Crystal. Hope you enjoy the book.

Sandra Elzie - February 4, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Great cover! This sounds very intriguing…and a bit scary when I think about the inspiration for it….a guy w/ a camera going around to all the girls & getting them to sign his program? Boy, that would get most parents to thinking twice. Brrrrrr

Good luck with this book and the next.

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 5:30 pm


I’m glad you like the cover. It is scary. Although this is dark romantic suspense it is still humorous, which helps you get through the scary parts. Thank goodness it’s only fiction.

Darcy Lundeen - February 4, 2014 - 6:16 pm

I totally agree with everyone who’s said the cover is scary, but also completely riveting. And the story sounds just as good, so it definitely goes into my TBR pile, as does Sixth Sense. Congratulations, Marilyn!

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Thank you Darcy for commenting and I hope you enjoy the books.

R.T. Wolfe - February 5, 2014 - 11:17 am

Great post, Marilyn. Best wishes!
-R.T. Wolfe

Marilyn Baron - February 5, 2014 - 11:33 am

Thanks for visiting the blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

Tamara LeBlanc - February 5, 2014 - 12:58 pm

This sounds AMAZING, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cover!!!!
Must read!!!!

Have a great evening,

Marilyn Baron - February 5, 2014 - 5:24 pm


Thank you for commenting. Coming from such a great artist, your compliment about the cover means a lot. I hope you enjoy the inside just as much.

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