Pinnacle Award for Best Fiction, 2016
Waking Up in Medellin
~ A Nikki Garcia Thriller ~
by Kathryn Lane
Handsome Colombian men and life-threatening danger
were not normally a part of Nikki's auditing
job, but this assignment was anything but normal. Despite her emotional wounds, she accepts the
challenge as a way to overcome the loss of her young son in a tragic event.
but is she up to the task?
In the midst of the male-dominated business world in Colombia, she investigates mismanagement
allegations and uncovers a sinister plot involving fraud . . . and possibly
murder. She also discovers an attractive man who seems to have feelings for her. As her
relationship with him grows deeper, so does the level of danger she finds herself in. When the
guns come out, Nikki realizes it will be up to her to find a way to survive . . .
Praise for Waking Up in Medellin:
Rarely have I read a book that made it hard to even take bathroom breaks. Each time I tell myself
to stop at the end of the chapter being read . . . impossible, the next chapter (and the next, and the next)
are a siren’s call. That this author pretty much tells us who the bad guy is from the very beginning
seems to make the build-up and plethora of surprises that much more titillating trying to guess how
something so obvious could insert such suspense. There is more suspense and romance in this story than
a normal helping, in fact, even the romance in this story is filled with suspense.
I would invite every reader of this genre to read the first chapter, but only when there’s time to read
the story in its entirety because there is no stopping once you start. It is guaranteed that in addition
to a very provocative story, every reader will know more about our first president, and his brother Larry,
than they knew previously. That nugget alone is worth the price of admission.
~ Robert Selby is a screenplay writer, book reviewer, and volunteer at Killer Nashville
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Killer Nashville, June 12th Book of the Day
Kathryn Lane's Waking Up in Medellin is a fun and riveting book, a compelling, page-turning
romantic thriller that takes readers on an adventure of international intrigue, where suspense and
tension are heightened in a world of greed, passion, betrayal, revenge, and love.
~ Lowell Mick White, Author of Professed, That Demon Life, and Long Time Ago Good
Waking Up in Medellin by Kathryn Lane is a captivating book with a complex, well-developed
plot. The author delves into her rich vocabulary to graphically set a variety of credible scenes.
She also captivatingly weaves her knowledge of business and financial practices into the fast-moving
story. This book provides a delightfully riveting read that simultaneously embraces intrigue,
romance, and suspense. An amazing first book!
~ Amazon customer
An engaging read on several levels. First, there is the unraveling of alleged corruption within a
multinational company. Second, there is enlightened exposure to a present day Medellin, Columbia.
Third, there is romance. Having spent a major portion of my life in Latin America and almost two
decades investigating the kinds of criminal issues Kathyrn Lane writes about, I can say that she
is spot on.
~ Pete Palmer
The story is compelling. The reader flips through the pages with enthusiasm, wanting to know what's
next for the heroine, Nikki. The novel combines drama, love and intrigue in a well crafted plot that
is enjoyable to this reader's taste. Great job Kathryn! Keep writing.
~ Amy Hinchman
Kathryn Lane's Waking Up In Medellin is a fun suspense-filled read. Her descriptions of being in a
South American city and countryside for the first time alone are spot on. The excitement and sense of
adventure mixed with professionalism conveyed by Lane's character, Nikki, was both humorous and
poignant. The suspense was constant and captivating. I never expected the ending! Well done first book.
~ Janet Palka
A fast-paced suspense and romance story filled with thought provoking circumstances. What might first
appear as a normal corporate travel assignment turns into much more. As the book progresses, one
gains insight into background of the characters as well as the corporate structure. It's difficult
to stop reading this page turner!
~ Amazon customer
Loved this book! A story of romance and suspense that keeps you captivated. The author does a wonderful
job describing Medellin, Columbia. You feel like you are right there with the main characters through
every twist and turn. I couldn't put this book down!!
~ Amazon customer
Loved it! Main character is an extremely charming and well-educated American Latina who is a combo
Sherlock Holmes and James Bond—quick, fast-paced read that takes you away to Medellin, Colombia.
Well written and fun read!
~ Amazon customer
Award winning author, Kathryn Lane, writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced
firsthand during her career as an international finance executive. Her debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin,
released by Pen-L Publishing in 2016, will be followed up with the Spanish version, Despertando en Medellín,
available in February 2017. The second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller series, titled Coyote Zone, will
be published in the Fall of 2017.
Alamo Bay Press will release Backyard Volcano, an anthology of Kathryn’s short stories, in March 2017. Her
short fiction contains the fusion between fantasy and reality, often layered with symbolism and punctuated
by hints of surrealism.
The Association of Writing & Writing Programs (AWP) featured Kathryn as a reader on the panel of Arriba
Baseball! in Seattle in February 2014.
For the past three years, Kathryn has served on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas,
for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest. Her own poetry has been published in numerous anthologies,
journals and two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks.
Kathryn’s novel, Waking Up in Medellin, was named a 2016 Pinnacle Award winner by the National Association of
Book Entrepreneurs (NABE). In 2016 the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance’s honored her with a Montie Award for
Pursuit of Excellence. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recognized her with a second Paul Harris award for her
service to the community. Kathryn also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. She resides in
The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hurt.
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