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Kaylin McFarren Books That You Shouldn’t Miss

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About the Author

Kaylin McFarren is a multi-genre author and winner of over 60 national awards, including a prestigious RWA Golden Heart nomination for her debut novel, Flaherty’s Crossing, a book that she co-wrote with her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author, Kristina McMorris. Before dedicating herself to writing and creating the popular Threads series, her passion and creativity were poured into a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon where she worked as a director, and also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission.

1. Annihilation (Published on February 4, 2022)

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Annihilation is an occult horror fantasy and the second book to the Gehenna series. It received high praises and won Bronze Medal in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards (Erotica and Horror categories), Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Award (Horror category), Silver Medal in the Incipere Awards (Romance category,) and also won the Global Library Award.

Kaylin’s inspiration behind Annihilation came from Harold Camping’s prophecy. The American radio host and self-proclaimed prophet predicted that the apocalypse was supposed to happen on October 21, 2011 based from a series of calculations that he claimed were based on Jewish feast days and the lunar calendar. Prior to the said date of apocalypse, he also predicted that on May 21, 2011, the chosen people of God would be assumed into heaven, in an event called the Rapture, and that those who weren’t raptured would remain on Earth and wait for their doom after five months. Media reports showed that some of Camping’s followers went to extreme lengths to support his predictions. Both rapture and apocalypse never occurred and Camping said that nobody could tell when exactly the apocalypse would come.

In this second book to the Gehenna series, Queen Lucinda takes over Hell upon her father’s death. While Lucifer is considered the most wicked and abominable creature that ever existed, Lucinda turns out to be far worse than her father. She orders soldiers to prepare for doomsday war with Heaven. As a result of her great desire for eternal power, she devours the souls of gifted demons along with their abilities, so she can use them against her perceived political opponents. Meanwhile, the Black Crows, together with the Knights of Darkness concoct a plan against Lucinda in order to maintain balance and order. Lucifer resurrects through someone else’s body and punishes Lucinda for her act of treason. However, his obsession with Samara, Crighton’s beautiful daughter, prevents him from controlling his stolen body. He forces Samara into submission and makes her the Queen of Hell, but she gets kidnapped by rebel forces who believe that Samara is the Phoenix, destined to destroy Lucifer and save the planet.

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2. Soul Seeker (Published on October 27, 2020)

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Soul Seeker is an urban paranormal, romance, and occult fiction, and the first book to the Gehenna series. This book received high praises and the following awards: Best Thriller Book Award, The IAN Book of the Year for Outstanding Fiction, Indie Reader Discovery Award, Indie Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, Reader's Favorite Five Stars, NYC Big Book Award, CIBA Paranormal Supernatural Fiction Grand Prize Winner, and Literary Titan Book Award.

This book is different from the novels she has written before. She has incorporated a touch of fantasy by creating a surreal theoretical world where relationships between angels and demons exist. As an avid reader herself, her inspiration in writing this story came from books about forbidden love, where the bad guy sees light and ends his evil ways after meeting the love of his life.

The story begins with Benjamin Foe, a devoted husband, father, and fighter who falls prey to Crighton’s manipulation. He is tricked into committing murder, and Crighton is rewarded with a soul he was sent to retrieve. After Benjamin’s execution, Crighton continues his evil duties until members of The Sovereign Sector abduct him. They are a group of scientists who experiment on supernatural creatures. Held captive, he is forced into a soulmate relationship with the angel that he was sent to capture for Lucifer. Soon, he becomes the target of Lucifer’s revenge, and his journey to redemption and freedom, or eternal enslavement begins.

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3. High Flying (Published on May 18, 2019)

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High Flying is a time travel sci-fi suspense thriller. It’s a book with multiple other genres: drama, psychological, adventure, action, comedy, and a touch of romance. It received high praises from many review platforms and gained the following awards in 2019: 1st Place from the Independent Press Award in the suspense category, 1st Place from the Global eBook Awards in the suspense category, 1st Place from the New Apple Summer eBook Awards in the cross-genre category, and 1st Place from the Chanticleer International Book Awards in the paranormal/supernatural category. It was also a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards in the thriller category.

The inspiration behind High Flying came from collision accidents in the past that helped pave the way for modern-day air traffic control. With Kaylin’s memory of sitting on her father’s shoulders, watching a plane take off, and later riding on board, handing Chicklet to all the passengers, she didn’t know that time that air travel would develop to the unimaginable scale that people can enjoy today. She has been privileged throughout her life and given great opportunities to visit countries in Europe, Central America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and throughout the United States. She knew that someday, she would be using these travel experiences to write about flying to a remarkable place. It was her husband’s idea to write about time travel as well, and that’s how this book came about.

The story revolves around Skylar Haines who struggles from a personality disorder. Coping with people and bad situations is never easy, and as a teenager, her grandfather prevents her from leaving home. With no parents to turn to, she only has two friends, but when she loses them to two different tragic accidents, she’s left with a grandfather who doesn’t show interest in what she loves to do – flying. She leaves her grandfather and grows up to be a female stunt pilot, but after a bold performance in the sky for the Ace Flying Circus, a mysterious storm magically sends her back to 1997, eight months before she was born, and a week before her father was murdered. Before her window of opportunity closes, she must make a choice that will determine the future of her family.

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4. Twisted Threads (Published on November 19, 2017)

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Twisted Threads is a crime mystery thriller and the fourth book to the Threads series. It received high praises and won the following: 2018 C/M/T/H OnlineBookClub Book of the Year Award, 1st Place in the 2018 Global Ebook Awards (Thriller Fiction Category), 2018 Chanticleer Grand Prize Winner (Reviews CLUE Thriller & Suspense Category), 1st Place in the 2018 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award (Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror Category), 1st Place in the 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards (Romance Category), and 1st Place in the 2017 NYC Big Book Award Winner (Thriller Category).

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The story begins when a beautiful Japanese geisha named Akira Hamada fails to kill Kaito Mitsui. Kaito is the yakuza gang leader who destroyed Akira’s lover and forced her to become an assassin. As a punishment, she receives the final mission of going to the Caribbean on a cruise ship to identify and assassinate her target. The mission will determine her freedom, or death.

The inspiration behind the story came from Kaylin’s many travel experiences. She has been privileged to travel the world through many modes of transportation like private planes, helicopters, cruise ships, kayaks, submarines, and hot air balloons. Having such great opportunities allowed her to meet many fascinating people. Twisted Threads is a product of some interesting tales shared by friends as well as her own personal experiences and extensive research. Writing this fiction was merely to entertain people and it is not her intention to discredit or damage the reputation of travel agencies or cruise line.

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5. Banished Threads (Published on March 20, 2016)

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Banished Threads is an action suspense thriller and the third book to the Threads series. This book received high praises and won the following awards: 1st Place in the 2018 New York City Big Book Awards (Romantic Suspense), Silver Medal in the 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award (Murder/Mystery Category), 1st Place in the 2016 Hook, Line & Sinker Contest, 1st Place in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards (Adventure/Suspense Category & for Best Overall Book), 1st Place in the 2016 Maxy Award (Suspense Thriller Category), Silver Medal in the 2016 Global Ebook Awards (Suspense Thriller & Bronze Medal for Book Cover), Silver Medal in the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.

The story revolves around Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen, partners of a successful treasure-hunting business. The duo takes a vacation at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England and attends a prestigious dinner party hosted by Paul Lyons, Rachel’s uncle, along with his aristocratic wife, Sara. However, before the night ends, someone steals a priceless collection of Morris Graves’ paintings and at the same time, Sara’s granddaughter Sloan goes missing. With suspicions pointed towards Sloan, Rachel and Chase turn from a treasure-hunting duo to detectives who are determined to clear Sloan’s name.

The inspiration behind Banished Threads came from Kaylin’s background. She has always been fascinated by the arts’ visual, literary, and performance. She wrote her first poem at the age of eight, and won her first award in a short-story writing contest sponsored by the Seattle Rotary. As she grew up, she continued to write in journals throughout her high school and college years. In 1999, she achieved her dream of opening and operating an art gallery which has been added to the list of 27 companies under her husband’s Yoshida Group umbrella. Kaylin’s experiences in both fields of literary and visual arts allowed her to create a remarkable action-packed story.

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6. Buried Threads (Published on November 19, 2015)

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Buried Threads is an international crime and mystery novel and the second book to the Threads series. It received high praises and won the following awards: 1st Place in the 2014 Chanticleer (Steamy Action Category), Gold Medal in the 2014 Reader’s Favorite (Adventure Category), Gold Medal in the 2014 Global Ebook Awards (Adult Fiction Category), Bronze Medal in the 2014 Global Ebook Awards (Best Book Trailer Category), Gold Medal in the 2014 eLit Awards (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Category), Silver Medal in the 2014 eLit Awards (Best Book Trailer), 1st Place in the 2014 CLUE Awards (Steamy/Action/Thriller Category), 1st place in the 2014 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards (Romance Category), 1st Place in the 2014 Pacific Book Awards (Adventure Category), 1st Place in the 2014 Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media Winter, Great Beginnings Contest (Paranormal Category).

The story revolves around Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen as treasure-hunting partners of a successful company. They are hired to retrieve a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan. The simple hunting mission takes a startling and dangerous turn, and a monk’s dark prophecy implies a natural disaster that will soon kill millions of the population in Japan. Together, Rachel and Chase must embark on a danger mission to uncover three cursed samurai swords that can stop the catastrophe.

The inspiration behind this story came from Kaylin’s interest in scuba diving and Asian antiques, as well as the people she’s had the privilege of getting acquainted with in Japan: (1) a wonderful mama-san who oversees the operations of her 8th generation teahouse and the daily activities of geishas and maikos within her family, (2) a Buddhist monk who looked like a businessman and has the ability to read the future and a person’s past life, and (3) a high-ranking member of the yakuza (a prominent member of the Japanese mafia) who turned out to be her husband’s uncle.

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7. Severed Threads (Published on December 10, 2013)

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Severed Threads is a romantic suspense novel and the first book to the Threads series. It received high praises and won the following awards:

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The story begins when Chase Cohen witnesses Rachel Lyon’s father die underwater with no clue of what caused it. Sam and Rachel are the only people he loves and he knows that Rachel will be devastated over her father’s death. While Chase feels guilty for not saving Sam, Rachel thinks she’s the reason why her father died. With both lovers grieving, and burdened with guilt over Sam’s sudden death, they decide to part ways. When a museum director requires Rachel’s assistance in recovering a priceless relic, she is once again reunited with Chase to be partners in the mission.

The inspiration behind this story came from Kaylin’s experience in collecting and selling Asian antiques, as well as her fascination with the undersea world. She spent four months doing research about scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and natural disasters.

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8. Flaherty’s Crossing (Published on February 1, 2010)

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Flaherty’s Crossing is a contemporary romance and family drama. This book received high praises and the following awards:

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The story revolves around Kate Flaherty, a successful yet emotionally stifled artist who gets a call from the hospice about her dying father right after receiving a shocking voicemail from her husband. With the two unfortunate situations occupying her mind, she gets into a car accident that leads her to a soul-searching discussion with an employee at a diner. The discussion triggers her to confront the true reasons that her marriage hangs in the balance.

The inspiration to this story came from Kaylin’s father who passed away in 1991. He had a relentless battle with terminal cancer and that gave her an idea to write a novel that delves into the complex emotions of having a dying father and having unresolved issues. The story was further developed and edited with the assistance of Kristina McMorris, Kaylin’s eldest daughter.

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