A ruthless band of smugglers will stop at nothing to strip Cambodia of its priceless ancient artifacts, even if it means using and killing female tourists. Journalist Claire Linton knows she’s on to the story of a lifetime. But for Claire, it’s personal too: long before her “Uncle Jack” came to the U.S., he was held captive in the nightmarish killing fields of Cambodia, and Claire senses there might be a connection between that long-ago bloody history and the dark crimes plaguing the country today.
Simon Trent is a burnt-out Interpol agent who disappeared after his last case turned fatal. But with the resurgence in smuggling and all signs pointing to the man who once escaped his grasp, he comes out of hiding to finish the job that’s haunted him for years. What he doesn’t see coming is Claire, the beautiful and headstrong reporter who may be a threat to his case—and to his heart.
As Claire and Simon reluctantly join forces to unravel a mystery that reaches deep into her family history and may be his only chance at redemption, they must fight to stay one step ahead of a brutal killer—and one step away from the dangerous feelings building between them.
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Reviews for Intent to Kill
“I honestly did not think that she could do it again, but this is romance suspense at it’s best.” pw reader
“Throw in a cast of secondary characters who are also likable and you have an enjoyable, fast-paced read.” LAS Reviewer
“This book really needs to be a movie. Started reading and finished in one night. A true page-turning book that will grab readers attention. A little romance, a lot of action with a hint of mystery. Kenny will be on my author’s to watch list.” Bunny’s Review
“If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, I can recommend this book — just be patient at the beginning because the payoff is well worth it.” It’s Raining Books
“A story that comprises of love, hate, family bonds and care, Ryshia Kennie has done a great job with this book. It is a must read for all those who are fans of detective stories which consists of crimes and murder.” Xunaira
He wanted to kill him as brutally as others had been killed.
He wanted to watch him bleed, hear him scream.
Simon Trent stilled his thoughts by sheer willpower. Revenge wouldn’t change any of it. No one lived because someone else died. He had to focus on what was real and on the danger they might face tonight.
He crouched near the fragile ruins where the land first began a long and leisurely sprawl toward the lake. He took a breath and then another. The hot Cambodian night closed around him. Ahead the vast expanse of Lake Tonle glistened as the moon slipped from behind a cloud and temporarily cleared the darkness. To his right, in the distance, he knew that the shadowed spires of Angkor Wat loomed and beckoned in the darkness as they had so many nights before. A cricket grated. Its rough-edged call was loud in the deceptive silence, where only the distant lapping of the lake reminded him of why they were here. And as much as he didn’t want to be here, as much as he was ready to hang it all up, he’d toughed out over a year in isolation for this moment. It was the most difficult assignment of his life, but he’d see it through and then it was over.
He wiped the back of his hand across his forehead. It came away damp. The air was slightly dank and reminded him of how close they were to the shoreline. There was nothing but sunbronzed soil and patches of ground-hugging brush between here and there. He could see the area clearly in his mind as he remembered the last time he’d been here, in daylight, over a year ago. It didn’t seem like much time had passed since he’d last stood on this flat, slightly sloped patch of land that fronted the lake. He could visualize the dock about seventy-five feet away. And he could see what he didn’t want to, the tragedy that had begun here.
About the author
The Canadian prairies are where Ryshia Kennie makes her home with her husband and one opinionated and slightly geriatric, Irish Terrier. The winner of her city’s Writing Award in 2011, her novels have taken her characters from the depression era prairies in her first book, the historic “From the Dust” to the ancient stones of Angkor Wat in her latest book, the suspense, “Intent to Kill”. There’s never a lack of places to set a story as the too long prairie winters occasionally find her with travel journal in hand seeking adventure on foreign shores. While facing off a Monitor Lizard before breakfast or running through the Kasbah chased by an enraged Water Carrier, aren’t normal travel experiences and might never find a place in one of her stories, they do make great travel stories. But it’s the memories of those exotic worlds, the smell of the spices, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, that often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live, in a place that neither may call home. For more, visit her website at http://www.ryshiakennie.com.
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Also by Ryshia Kennie
Fatal Intent – January 2013, Beyond the Page Publishing
Ring of Desire – October 2009, Black Lyon Publishing
From the Dust – December 2007, Black Lyon Publishing
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Ryshia, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Intent to Kill. What can you tell us about this amazing story?
RK: Intent to Kill is the story of journalist, Claire Linton who travels to Cambodia for the story of a lifetime and Simon Trent a burned out Interpol agent back for one last assignment. Smugglers are looting Cambodia’s treasures and they must be stopped.
But when Claire purchases a souvenir Buddha she innocently puts herself in the midst of it all. It’s a smuggling ring with a link to the murderous Khmer Rouge and a decades old plot for revenge that has drawn Claire directly into the face of danger. Simon soon finds himself shadowing Claire, keeping her safe while getting closer to the smuggling ring that must be stopped. And as things heat up and lives are threatened, Simon and Claire find themselves falling in love. Will they survive or will the threat of the Khmer Rouge never die?
HH: What do you like best about Claire and why will readers identify with her?
RK: I love Claire’s loyalty and tenacity. She’s completely out of her element but she charges forward anyway determined to succeed in her career, traveling alone to a country where she knows generations ago someone close to her had fled. There’s a gentle side to Claire, a sweet side that makes you think maybe she can’t do it and then she surprises you because she can.
HH: What do you like best about the Simon and why will readers love him?
RK: I love the soft side of Simon, the side that is broken over the death of a colleague and suffers over the pain he sees in others. He’s the one most likely to fix the bird with the broken wing. But he’s also gorgeous and a skilled lover. What more can you ask for in a man?
HH: What makes this story from any of your other works?
RK: Intent to Kill’s setting and the way it was inspired are all different from my other works. I’ll never forget standing on the edge of Cambodia’s killing fields. They’re all that’s left of the seventies government instigated genocide. It’s a haunting place where evil is enclosed in barbed wire. The field is pocked by mass graves labeled only by sex and sometimes age. Just beyond the barbed wire children stood in a river, giggling as they scrubbed a bony-hipped cow as if what sprawled before me never happened. And I thought, what if the evil of the past was still here and that’s when Intent to Kill was born. And despite what inspired it, yes there is lots of romance and because the evil, despite my story, is the past, I believe that love overshadows it all.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
RK: I hope there will be at least one more romantic suspense available to readers this year. It will definitely be set somewhere exotic as I love to take my characters on adventures that include not just danger but foreign lands.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?
RK: I plan to have another romantic suspense done by the end of the year.
And if I do more then I get to be pleasantly surprised!
HH: What appearances will you make this year – online or in person?
RK: This year I’m doing a number of local things. Regina has a Street Fair every year which happens outside in about eight blocked off streets in late May. So this year I plan to attend. I’m going to be doing a number of local craft sales as well and those and any online appearances will all be listed on my website www.ryshiakennie.com
HH: What do you do when you aren’t writing?
RK: I can be found reading, walking the dog, planning another trip somewhere new and hopefully exotic, visiting with friends or just sleuthing out another garage sale.
HH: What are you reading?
RK: Right now I’m reading The Shining. Even though I’ve read it, it’s a refresher as that was a long time ago and I now have the sequel, Dr. Sleep to look forward to.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
RK: I can be found at my website: www.ryshiakennie.com, on facebook at facebook/author.ryshiakennie, at goodreads www.goodreads.com/author/show/1400598.Ryshia_Kennieand on my blog at ryshia.blogspot.com