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Kaylin McFarren

Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

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12/09/2013 Review

Received this awesome review for Buried Threads - the second book in the Threads series:

ForeWord Reviews/Clarion Review

THRILLER

Buried Threads

Kaylin McFarren
Amanda Tomo Yoshida, designer Creative Edge Publishing 978-1-4921-2046-9
Five Stars (out of Five)

Kaylin McFarren has raised the bar for the erotic thriller with an action- and character- driven story.

Buried Threads, an erotic thriller, combines the action and adventure found in a Clive Cussler novel, the plotting and romance of Danielle Steel’s books, and the erotic energy and supernatural elements of a work by Shayla Black. Equally plot and character driven, it has a superb balance of action, character reflection, and introspection.

While their romantic and working relationship appears to be strained, professional divers and treasure hunters Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are hired by a mysterious monk to travel to Japan and recover three ancient swords. Priceless, the swords are instrumental in stopping an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of Japan. To reach the swords, Rachel and Chase swim through hungry goblin sharks and flesh-eating eels to the underwater entrance of a secret temple. There, they face evil entities and Indiana Jones-like traps and obstacles, such as poison darts and deadly blades, poised to cut them to pieces. Thwarted at every turn, Rachel and Chase must stop apocalyptic forces from annihilating Japan.

Buried Threads, the follow-up novel to Kaylin McFarren’s Severed Threads, contains enough backstory about the main characters, Rachel and Chase, that it is not necessary to have read the previous novel. Expert writing allows moments where the reader is given access to each major character’s thoughts. These shifts in perspective and pace are done effortlessly, without the character going off in a direction extraneous to the gist of the story.

The novel is not formulaic. True, it has explicit sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous. The eroticism is enhanced by the variety of emotional relationships between the characters that engage in sexual congress throughout. Rachel’s and Chase’s loving connection is beautifully contrasted with the intense relationship of ritual and submission between Mariko, a geisha, and

 

Kenji, a wealthy Japanese businessman with yakuza ties. McFarren writes, “Kenji was her danna, her master. The man who had agreed to pay twenty thousand dollars for each of her seasonal kimonos, provide her housing, and address all of her needs...She had resigned herself to her fate. There would be no looking back, no shameful regrets...not unless she was willing to negate their agreement and destroy the reputation she valued more than life itself.”

Filled with vivid descriptions that jump off the page, Buried Threads makes Japan a character in the novel. With a Janus-like split personality, modern Japan is described as having elements of old Japan, like honor and tradition, wedded with the influences of Western society and high technology. McFarren writes, “It seemed the only product sold here was pleasure. In both directions were bars, hostess clubs, pachinko parlors, and Turkish-style baths. It was a postmodern red light district complete with air conditioning, piped-in music and automated doormen.” Ironically, Rachel and Chase, who are American, must save this new hybrid Japan from old, malevolent magic with good magic.

McFarren, also the author of the novel Flaherty’s Crossing, has raised the bar for the erotic thriller.

Lee Gooden 


12/09/2013 Review

Received this awesome review for Buried Threads - the second book in the Threads series:

ForeWord Reviews/Clarion Review

THRILLER

Buried Threads

Kaylin McFarren
Amanda Tomo Yoshida, designer Creative Edge Publishing 978-1-4921-2046-9
Five Stars (out of Five)

Kaylin McFarren has raised the bar for the erotic thriller with an action- and character- driven story.

Buried Threads, an erotic thriller, combines the action and adventure found in a Clive Cussler novel, the plotting and romance of Danielle Steel’s books, and the erotic energy and supernatural elements of a work by Shayla Black. Equally plot and character driven, it has a superb balance of action, character reflection, and introspection.

While their romantic and working relationship appears to be strained, professional divers and treasure hunters Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are hired by a mysterious monk to travel to Japan and recover three ancient swords. Priceless, the swords are instrumental in stopping an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of Japan. To reach the swords, Rachel and Chase swim through hungry goblin sharks and flesh-eating eels to the underwater entrance of a secret temple. There, they face evil entities and Indiana Jones-like traps and obstacles, such as poison darts and deadly blades, poised to cut them to pieces. Thwarted at every turn, Rachel and Chase must stop apocalyptic forces from annihilating Japan.

Buried Threads, the follow-up novel to Kaylin McFarren’s Severed Threads, contains enough backstory about the main characters, Rachel and Chase, that it is not necessary to have read the previous novel. Expert writing allows moments where the reader is given access to each major character’s thoughts. These shifts in perspective and pace are done effortlessly, without the character going off in a direction extraneous to the gist of the story.

The novel is not formulaic. True, it has explicit sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous. The eroticism is enhanced by the variety of emotional relationships between the characters that engage in sexual congress throughout. Rachel’s and Chase’s loving connection is beautifully contrasted with the intense relationship of ritual and submission between Mariko, a geisha, and

 

Kenji, a wealthy Japanese businessman with yakuza ties. McFarren writes, “Kenji was her danna, her master. The man who had agreed to pay twenty thousand dollars for each of her seasonal kimonos, provide her housing, and address all of her needs...She had resigned herself to her fate. There would be no looking back, no shameful regrets...not unless she was willing to negate their agreement and destroy the reputation she valued more than life itself.”

Filled with vivid descriptions that jump off the page, Buried Threads makes Japan a character in the novel. With a Janus-like split personality, modern Japan is described as having elements of old Japan, like honor and tradition, wedded with the influences of Western society and high technology. McFarren writes, “It seemed the only product sold here was pleasure. In both directions were bars, hostess clubs, pachinko parlors, and Turkish-style baths. It was a postmodern red light district complete with air conditioning, piped-in music and automated doormen.” Ironically, Rachel and Chase, who are American, must save this new hybrid Japan from old, malevolent magic with good magic.

McFarren, also the author of the novel Flaherty’s Crossing, has raised the bar for the erotic thriller.

Lee Gooden 


08/14/2012 General

 SEVERED THREADS wins two new writing awards and continues to recieve great reviews on Amazon.com!!

“This sizzling romantic adventure is not only made for the Big Screen, but will have romantic lovers craving for more! This First book in a series is a gem in itself as the author creates a suspenseful love story that's packed with action, genuine characters, and is rich in history. Kaylin McFarren's expertise in traveling the world to exotic places, combined with her interest in treasure seekers, and her fascination with the under-sea world shines through in her unique writing style. "SEVERED THREADS" is as entertaining as THE BODY GUARD, as thrilling as PRESUMED INNOCENT, and as clever as BASIC INSTINCT. Highly recommended to all romantic suspense lovers!” • GERI AHEARNS, Book Reviews

“This book had me hooked from the first page, with the descriptive texts of each individual along with why they want to find the treasure for their own needs but how this is affected by outside factors and their reactions to this, really gets the reader involved.  The writing is first class and very clever and along with the short chapters makes this book very enjoyable and easy to follow, although you may find it very difficult to put down so be warned.” – 5 Birds •  SHARON MARTIN BECK VALLEY BOOKS


08/14/2012 General

 SEVERED THREADS wins two new writing awards and continues to recieve great reviews on Amazon.com!!

“This sizzling romantic adventure is not only made for the Big Screen, but will have romantic lovers craving for more! This First book in a series is a gem in itself as the author creates a suspenseful love story that's packed with action, genuine characters, and is rich in history. Kaylin McFarren's expertise in traveling the world to exotic places, combined with her interest in treasure seekers, and her fascination with the under-sea world shines through in her unique writing style. "SEVERED THREADS" is as entertaining as THE BODY GUARD, as thrilling as PRESUMED INNOCENT, and as clever as BASIC INSTINCT. Highly recommended to all romantic suspense lovers!” • GERI AHEARNS, Book Reviews

“This book had me hooked from the first page, with the descriptive texts of each individual along with why they want to find the treasure for their own needs but how this is affected by outside factors and their reactions to this, really gets the reader involved.  The writing is first class and very clever and along with the short chapters makes this book very enjoyable and easy to follow, although you may find it very difficult to put down so be warned.” – 5 Birds •  SHARON MARTIN BECK VALLEY BOOKS


05/21/2010 Review
Exiting News!! Flaherty's Crossing received an amazing review in The Chicago Sun TImes and Southtown Star!!

Flaherty’s Crossing

Thursday, April 15, 2010

“Flaherty’s Crossing” begins as Kate Flaherty is rushing to her estranged father’s deathbed.  She makes it there before he passes, but he appears to be incoherently drifting in and out of the past.  Kate carries a tremendous amount of anger towards her father. After her mother tragically died at age thirty-six, she blamed him for her death.  Holding a grudge against him and his inability to express his feelings towards her, Kate saw her father as an enigma.

At the same time that Kate is losing her father, she is about to lose her husband. This loss would not be to death.  Just as Kate’s father withheld himself from her, Kate has been withholding herself from her husband, Drew. Their marriage is on the rocks and neither knows how to reach out to the other.  A car accident changes everything. When Kate runs her car off a road to avoid hitting a deer, a strange encounter with a mysterious man in an old diner begins to wake her up from her apathetic state. Realizing that he could have lost her forever, also forces Drew to know that he does not want this to happen.

Together they decide to try to salvage their marriage.  They start looking at what is truly important to each other.  Drew begins to see that being trapped in an unrewarding job so that he can afford their big expensive house and fancy BMW is not worth it.  The couple also has other serious issues to contend with.  As Kate deals with her father’s passing, she begins to learn more about his life. She discovers that the family secrets ran very deep.  Finding mementos that he had saved of her, shows her how much her father really loved her.  She begins to see that she has been making the same mistakes in her marriage that her father did in his.  She knows that she needs to make changes so that she does not end up like her parents did.

“Flaherty’s Crossing” by Kaylin McFarren is a beautiful story. The author does an incredible job of presenting the story in vivid detail.  We are taken into the minds and hearts of the characters. As you read, you will feel the same anguish that they each felt in dealing with their own issues.  In your heart, you will also feel their love and their hope for a better future.  Even though it is a fictional story, it made me reflect on my own life, and how I shouldn’t wait until it is too late to let people that I love know how I feel, or to apologize if I need to. This is a novel that is written with exceptional quality.  Readers will truly enjoy this story.

Flaherty’s Crossing
Kaylin McFarren
Champagne Books (2010)
ISBN 9781926681191
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt
 

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A Note From Kaylin McFarren

Kaylin would like to announce that 100% of the proceeds generated from all sales of Flaherty's Crossing will be donated to colon cancer research. Let's help her end this disease in our lifetime. Purchase copies today at Amazon.com
 
 
 
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2009 Pre-Awards Cocktail Party

2009 Pre-Awards Cocktail Party
2012 Book Signing Event, Portland, Oregon

2012 Book Signing Event, Portland, Oregon
2009 Golden Heart/Rita Awards Ceremony

2009 Golden Heart/Rita Awards Ceremony
2010 Rose City Romance Writers Luncheon

2010 Rose City Romance Writers Luncheon

Visit Kaylin McFarren's website: http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com

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Flaherty's Crossing Purchase Link - http://www.amazon.com/Flahertys-Crossing-ebook/dp/B003B78HCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1267983923&sr=8-1

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