Ann McGinnis – Scarlet Revenge

This week I’m pleased to host author, Ann McGinnis.

Ann McGinnis writes about characters that let their egos and sense of justice rule their lives, while they protect the public from serial killers and unthinkable crimes. Of course, Ann’s characters always find a way to blow off steam — romantically!

As a writer, Ann comes from the world of action/thrillers and screenwriting. She has two scripts currently in development. A third script, about a spunky FBI analyst, is the basis of “Scarlet Revenge” and main character Caycee Scarlet.

“Scarlet Revenge” is about a rookie female FBI analyst who struggles to contain a serial killer. Her only hope is to join forces with a devilish bombing suspect if she’s to have any chance of outwitting the killer and saving her team — including her sexy boss.

Here is a short excerpt from Scarlet Revenge:

Before I knew it, we were on the expressway headed southwest. Numb and feeling like I’d been sucker punched, I was not good trip company. The drive went by in a blur. Gil focused on the road and my mind replayed the argument with Wilkes until I could take it no longer. “Pull over!”

The tone of my voice must have startled him, because Gil guided the car to the shoulder of the two-way rural road. We’d left the expressway a few miles back. The rest of the way would snake through the mountains until we reached the secluded valley where the interrogation facility was hidden in plain sight. At least, that’s what I remembered from the little Gil said.

The traffic was light. We’d be okay on the shoulder. As soon as the car stopped moving, I hopped out. The setting sun spilled soft rays my way, but its golden light was little comfort to my tortured soul.

I took several steps away from the car and screamed at the tree line. Tall, majestic pines. They took it like pros, however, a black crow flew away in protest.

The wind caressed dry, brittle leaves across the red dirt ground. And clouds hung in the sky like cotton balls. I listened and watched, but none of it helped. Unleashing my anger at Wilkes had broken something inside.

Gil came up behind me, gently grabbed both of my shoulders and pulled me to him. We stood there for several moments, my back against his chest. His breath, a calming presence against my hair.

“I wondered when you’d break,” he whispered. “You can let it out here.”

In a rush, I turned to him and clung to his lapels. What we must have looked like, two suits sharing a nervous breakdown at the side of the road.

“Granted,” Gil whispered, “your first day at the FBI was worst than most, but you saved a life.”

“Shut up.”


“I can’t talk about it.” I looked up at him, ready to make one more mistake on this horrendous day of mistakes.

“What do you want to do?”

I couldn’t say it, so I let my hands slide up his chest, around to the back of his neck, rose to my tiptoes and melted into his lips. He responded by picking me off my feet and pulling me as close as possible.

If I’d hoped he’d reject my advances, to save me from myself, that thought was fleeting. Nothing could stop us now.

Scarlet Revenge is available on Amazon:

My Review of Scarlet Revenge

Ann McGinnis is a skillful author. From the very first sentence, she makes you feel like you’re experiencing everything the protagonist, Caycee Scarlet, is at the exact moment that it’s happening to her. It’s evident a lot of preparation and research went into writing this story, resulting in one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. The suspense will keep you nibbling your nails while reading well into the night, and the romantic aspect was cleverly weaved into the story, giving it a personal touch. I loved the way the Epilogue leads the reader into the next novel in this series. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading Scarlet Revenge as much as I did.   

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About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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5 Responses to Ann McGinnis – Scarlet Revenge

  1. Nancy Wolfe says:

    I really like the excerpt of your book and I love the character Wilkes. Living in Wilkes County, North Carolina makes me more than curious as to how this character will develop. Thank you for the contest.

  2. Shraron says:

    I love Ann’s writing. It’s smart, sharp !and exciting. This should be a great series

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