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FogTitle: The Fog (A Berry Springs Novel)

Author: Amanda McKinney

Publication Date: December 4th 2018

Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance


Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.

Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

Purchase Links: Amazon|GoodReads

About Amanda

AmandaAward-winning author of sexy murder mysteries, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Her books include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with many more to come. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning whodunits peppered with steamy romance. Amanda is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and lives in Arkansas with her handsome husband, two beautiful boys, and three obnoxious dogs. Visit her website at

A Lovely Chat with Ms. Amanda McKinney

What brought you to this genre in particular?

I’m a sucker for romantic suspense. I love the delicate mix of romance, intrigue, edge-of-your-seat suspense, mystery, and of course the grand finale of it all, the happily ever after ending! And let’s be honest, a swoon-worthy hero doesn’t hurt either. As a reader and a writer, pacing is very important to me. One of my favorite things about the genre is that the stories are fast-paced. Nothing pulls me out of a book more than slow pacing or that ever-dreaded lagging middle section. When I write a book, I focus on creating a page-turning experience and making the reader feel a mix of emotions—fear, anticipation, shock, lust, you name it. If he, or she, goes to bed thinking about my book, or stays up all night just to finish it, I’ve done my job. A few of my favorite romantic suspense authors that do this very well are Nora Roberts, Laura Griffin, Toni Anderson, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Karen Rose.

Have you always loved thrillers, mystery’s?

Yes! I’m a book nerd at heart. Reading has always been such a beautiful gift in my life, a time to leave everything behind and get totally, completely lost in an exciting fantasyland. Books fed my overactive imagination as a kid. I had a little pink bookshelf in my bedroom packed with Nancy Drew books. I have no doubt I got my love for mystery from her!

Why “The Fog”?

The Fog is a fast-paced, sexy, small-town murder mystery about two very different strangers—Wesley is a former black ops Marine turned cocky cowboy, and Gwen is a smart, independent forensic entomologist—who come together to solve a string of murders, not realizing they are about to engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer. I chose the title because fog is a recurring element throughout the story.

Any inspiration behind your books?

I was born in a small, southern town that has more cows than people. Big trucks, American flags, cowboy hats, sweet tea—all the fantastic clichés. From a very early age, I loved two things: reading and the outdoors. For me, inspiration sparks when I’m in nature. There’s something about being out in nature, in the mountains, that can be magical and enchanting, but also dark, creepy, and extremely lonely—which makes one hell of a backdrop for a murder mystery series. Each book in the Berry Springs series is shaped around the outdoors—The Woods, The Lake, The Storm, The Fog. Throw in a few dead bodies, a sexy alpha male, and strong, independent female and the series was born!

Connect with Amanda: Facebook|GoodReads|Blog

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) $50 Amazon gift card + signed copies of the Berry Springs Series $100 Amazon gift card chance to win if you sign up to the author’s newsletter:

Thank you Amanda for your time and for answering my questions! I’ve enjoyed our time together.

To my readers: good luck in the giveaway and be sure to check out this new release!

Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for letting me continue to be on your tour program, I have had a lot of fun!

Happy reading everyone and may you have a lovely week ahead!



3 thoughts on “(Blog Tour with Author Interview) “The Fog: A Berry Springs Novel” by Amanda McKinney

  1. Anna Bergman says:

    Thanks for the chance!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Winning Against Endo with Books says:

      You’re welcome 😉


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