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from Reviewer Critter Nymph
December, 2008

Rating: 4 Nymphs (An impressive read. Quality literature, recommended for anyone who enjoys the genre(s))

David Schaeffer has just inherited an old home from his favorite aunt. After going to Mississippi to turn the place into a bed and breakfast, David is surprised to find himself attracted to the man in a painting. Brian Terhune was the last of the original owners. Accused of a horrible crime during the 50’s, Brian could not live with the harassment from the town folks or the guilt over some deaths that occurred, decided instead to take his own life. Now Brian roams the house he once lived in, chasing away all who try to life there. Things are different with David right away however. First off, David, a former cop, does not believe Brian committed the murders and second, David can hear and see Brian. Something no one else has ever been able to do. The two men fall in love almost immediately and begin looking into the murder. Although it could mean Brian will be able to finally rest in peace David is compelled to solve this very old crime. In a small town that remembers the crimes as if they happened yesterday it isn’t easy to do. Eventually the men begin making headway but will the past be laid to rest or will the men regret stirring things up?

I thoroughly enjoyed Portrait of a Kiss by TD McKinney and Terry Wylis. The main characters are drawn to each other from the very beginning and have a definite chemistry. With the aid of some excellent secondary characters, the writers were able to weave humor in a story that deals with a very gruesome crime. I loved the scenes between David and Brian when they forgot about the other people around them and the fact that they could not see or hear Brian. You will need to keep a box of tissue next to you however as this does have some intense ‘tear jerker’ moments. You will not regret picking up this book.

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from Reviewer Frost's Fancy
November, 2008

Rating: 5 Stars (Awesome)

A heart wrenching, heartwarming, gay paranormal romance brings a long-dead spirit to vibrant existence through the love of a retired police detective.

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David, a retired detective from Raleigh, returns to a tiny Alabama river town to convert the estate he's inherited into an appealing bed-and-breakfast establishment. Immediately he falls in love with the portrait of an owner dead these fifty years, a gay gentleman accused of a brutal double slaying and suicide. In a startling series of paranormal developments, David's love brings Brian's spirit into vibrant existence and the two fall deeply in love while David investigates the decades-old crimes to exonerate the man he knows is innocent.

Reader caution ~ read this novel with a box of Kleenex. I cried tears of love, tears of grief, tears of joy, copiously. This is a wonderful story which will tug your heartstrings and transport you through the toils of grief into the beauty of hope and faith in the eternal transforming power of love.

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October 13, 2008

Rating: Keeper

When my dear friend, T. D. McKinney, offered me the chance to read her upcoming Amber Quill Press release, Portrait of a Kiss, I naturally jumped at the chance.  This book, the first penned with new co-author Terry Wylis, is a gay male romantic suspense set in rural South Alabama.  And it is deliciously wicked.  It’s always hard for me to publicly preview a book as I never want to give away plot points, yet at the same time I want to share my enjoyment with the reading public.  This one is definitely goes on the keeper shelf for multiple re-readings.

So to begin, the blurb:

The painting’s compelling blue eyes drew him in.  No matter how he tried, he couldn’t escape the portrait’s fascination.  Or those beautiful eyes.  They couldn’t possibly belong to a killer.  But according to all in this small Alabama town, that’s exactly what the gorgeous man on canvas was.

Former police detective David Schaeffer never expected his inherited mansion to come with its very own own ghost.  And certainly not handsome, mischievous Brian Terhune, chained to his family home, accused of a horrific double murder he didn’t commit.  The fascinating man in the portrait.

When his ghost proves to be not just a pretty face on canvas but a wonderful, sensitive man, that fascination turns to passionate love.  Deeply enamored, David vows to clear his adored Brian’s name, wading through a fifty-years-cold web of hate and suspicion.

But clearing Brian comes at a price.  Acknowledged as innocent, Brian will be freed, able to pass over to the peaceful rest he deserves.  Breaking Brian’s shackles could very well break David’s heart.

Now, being a resident of one of those small South Alabama towns, I had to smile at just how vividly the authors described the town of Bay Mignon.  Heavily layered and richly detailed, yet not so overwhelming as to completely overshadow the characters themselves, the town becomes a character itself.  There were times as I read this novel where I felt I could literally drive but a few miles down the road and pull into the diner, wave at the sheriff and smirk at David Schaeffer.

Ah, David, a retired detective from Raleigh, come home to claim his inheritance.  At first spooked by his unexpected house guest, he soon becomes enamoured of him.  So enamoured that he’s willing to risk his own happiness in order to clear the spirits names.  Now, most books of this time will fall into that convenient deux ex machina plot device of insta-human when the plots against the spirit are exposed allowing him to move on to his just reward in the afterlife.  Instead, these two compelling authors left me in complete tears, wondering if a happy ending of any kind was possible for Brian and David.  By the end, I was a wreck, emotionally exhausted, yet totally fulfilled… and impatiently waiting on their next book.

Ladies, you typing yet?

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~Paula, Reader
November 4, 2008

OH MY GOD! I just finished reading Portrait of a Kiss, OH MY GOD! I LOVED IT! I did have to stop reading for a few minutes... I cried so hard I scared my husband. You,are my Shero. To be able to pull the reader into the story, to be a part of the story, THAT is true talent. The one thing I have always loved about reading was I never had to leave the house to have an adventure, and you truly make the adventure one to remember. I look forward to any and all future adventures with you, I know I'll enjoy every second.

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~Michelle, Reader
November 4, 2008

I would just like to say that your book co-written with Terry, is one of the best I have read in a very long time. I enjoyed it from start to finish (I read an average of two books a day) and I would love to see another book with our two main heroes and the very believable locals.  I know with an epilogue the chances of that happening are very slim.. but the characters just drew me in from the beginning.

Thank you both for an enjoyable couple of hours.

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~Kevin, Reader
November 4, 2008

I wanted to take a minute to write you about the great book you wrote with Terry Wylis. I started the book and just couldn't put it down. One of the nicest things I liked about the book, is even though it was about a gay man falling in love, not only was the main characters well drawn and described, but there was a large cast of secondary characters that were well plotted out as well.

Thank you very much for sharing your gift with us.

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