Emma Carlyle

One by one members of the Montgomery family have died in tragic accidents. Photographer Sarah Montgomery is the last surviving member of the aeronautics dynasty. After the death of her beloved grandfather, she accepts the fact that her husband never loved her and initiates divorce proceeding. On the way home from the lawyer’s office, Sarah is hit by a cab. Days later she awakens in the hospital and has no idea who she is.

Industrialist Trent Caldwell harbors guilt over his wife’s death. A passenger in the cab that struck Sarah, he now feels responsible for her injuries. When no one steps forth to identify the woman in the hospital, he arranges for his housekeeper to care for her in his home. Seeing in Sarah someone who just might draw Trent out of the darkness he’s succumbed to since his wife’s death, she sets about playing matchmaker.


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But the Montgomery family deaths weren’t accidents. Someone harbors a deadly secret and using skills perfected as a youthful IRA operative, has systematically eliminated the family out of a need for revenge. Realizing Sarah’s true identity, the assassin now has one more kill to make in order to fulfill a promise made long ago.

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Reviews for Lost in Manhattan

5.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing September 21, 2012
By LIla
Amazon
Well written and interesting novel, moving constantly. Action and romance in balance.
Simple drama well develop in time and space. Awesome suspense ending.
Not a melodramatic story, but very well set facts.
loved the story! I have already read it twice.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Traditional romance with great suspense April 8, 2013
By Larissa Reinhart
Amazon
Lost in Manhattan reminded me of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance combined with the intrigue of a good romantic suspense. The heroine, Sarah Montgomery, is trapped in a loveless marriage to a man intent on taking over her family's business. When New York tycoon, Trent Caldwell's taxi hits Sarah and she loses her memory, Trent takes charge of her care while everyone else thinks she is dead. This fairy tale romance has all the tropes you love in a good romance from the amnesia to the rich man needing love after the death of his wife to an orphan. LOST pulls on your heartstrings and you root for the hero and heroine through the whole story. The villains are truly villainous and the author does a wonderful job of creating plot twists and subplots that all connect to the central story.

VERY ROMANTIC! A great bubble bath read!

4.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, kept moving February 6, 2013
By Bozclan
Amazon
I have read other books by this author, written under another name. While waiting for the latest Craft mystery novel, came accross this one and decided to give it a try. The style is totally different but still sweet, good. I liked the way the story moved and the developement of the characters.

 

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About Emma Carlyle

Emma Carlyle is the pen name of award-winning author Lois Winston. As Emma, she writes romance, romantic suspense, and chick lit. As Lois, she writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, which Kirkus Reviews dubbed, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum,” as well as women’s fiction, romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction. Visit Lois at www.loiswinston.com, visit Emma at www.emmacarlyle.com, and visit Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth and Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/anasleuth

 

Writing as Lois Winston

Talk Gertie to Me

Elementary, My Dear Gertie

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun

Death by Killer Mop Doll

Crewel Intentions

Revenge of the Crafty Corpse

Mosaic Mayhem

Decoupage Can Be Deadly

Once Upon a Romance

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

Romance Super Bundle
a boxed set of ten romances by ten authors

Writing as Emma Carlyle

Hooking Mr. Right

Finding Hope

Four Uncles and a Wedding

Lost in Manhattan

Someone to Watch Over Me

 

An Interview with Emma Carlyle
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Emma, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Lost in Manhattan. What can you tell us about this stylish romantic suspense?

EC:Thank you for inviting me here today.

In Lost in Manhattan, one by one members of the Montgomery family have died in tragic accidents. Photographer Sarah Montgomery is the last surviving member of the aeronautics dynasty. After the death of her beloved grandfather, she accepts the fact that her husband never loved her and initiates divorce proceeding. On the way home from the lawyer’s office, Sarah is hit by a cab. Days later she awakens in the hospital and has no idea who she is.

Industrialist Trent Caldwell harbors guilt over his wife’s death. A passenger in the cab that struck Sarah, he now feels responsible for her injuries. When no one steps forth to identify the woman in the hospital, he arranges for his housekeeper to care for her in his home. Seeing in Sarah someone who just might draw Trent out of the darkness he’s succumbed to since his wife’s death, she sets about playing matchmaker.

But the Montgomery family deaths weren’t accidents. Someone harbors a deadly secret and using skills perfected as a youthful IRA operative, has systematically eliminated the family out of a need for revenge. Realizing Sarah’s true identity, the assassin now has one more kill to make in order to fulfill a promise made long ago.

HH: What do you like best about Sarah and why will readers identify with her?

EC: Sarah is a very independent woman. The one mistake she made was allowing someone to take advantage of her vulnerability during an emotionally bleak period in her life. She may have lost her memory, but she hasn’t lost her feistiness. She’s doggedly determined to find out who she is. Giving up is never an option, no matter how many obstacles she confronts. However, she’s also a very caring individual, continually putting the needs of others before her own, no matter how much she’s hurting inside. In some ways I think of Sarah as the woman many of us strive to be.

HH: What do you like best about Trent and why will readers love him?

EC: Trent is the quintessential emotionally scarred hero. On the outside he appears to have everything; inside, he’s a shell of a man who, burdened by guilt, has cut himself off from everything in life other than his business. Behind his gruff exterior lurks a thoughtful, giving man. He just doesn’t let many people see that side of him.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and how is it different from your other works?

EC: This book has several villains, one more evil than the next. Villains are so much fun to write! I loved getting into their heads. I’ve only written two other romantic suspense novels, Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception and Someone to Watch Over Me. Mostly I write humorous books - romantic comedies, humorous women’s fiction (formerly known as chick lit,) and humorous mysteries. There are parts of Lost in Manhattan which might evoke a chuckle here and there, but for the most part, it’s a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Or at least, I hope it will.

HH: What do you think will most appeal to readers about this story this holiday season?

EC: Part of Lost in Manhattan takes place at a women’s shelter during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s in these scenes that the reader first comes to see a softer side of Trent and understand what has caused him to shut down emotionally. However, keep in mind, this is a romantic suspense. There are some very nasty characters in the book, as well as a few murders. But there’s also redemption and a Christmas miracle or two. Think of it as one part Annie, one part It’s a Wonderful Life, one part Scandal.

HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?

EC: Personal experience plays a large part in many of my novels. I always place my stories in settings where I’ve lived or traveled. I want the locations for my stories to come across as very real to my readers and don’t want to be dependent on either Google maps or trying to keep an imaginary town straight in my head.

I often also take news stories and play “what if?” to derive many of my plots. However, in the case of Lost in Manhattan, I played “what if?” with a personal experience from my own childhood. When I was ten years old, I lost a week of my life to amnesia. I’ve always been haunted by that lost week. At one point I even considered seeing a memory retrieval specialist, but upon further research and learning of all the false memories that are often planted in people’s minds, I decided against it. Being a writer, I chose to channel my feelings into a novel that poses the question: how can you plan for your future when you don’t know your past?

Interestingly enough, Lost in Manhattan was once rejected by a well-known editor because she didn’t believe amnesia was a real condition. She considered it no more than a plot device conceived by lazy authors. My agent and I just shook our heads on that one.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

EC: Love, Valentine Style will be released on January 1st. It’s an anthology of six novellas by six authors. The story I’ve contributed is Finding Mr. Right, a sequel to my romantic comedy Hooking Mr. Right. It will be published under my real name, Lois Winston, even though Hooking Mr. Right was published under my Emma Carlyle pen name. I’m also currently working on the fifth book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, which I write as Lois Winston.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

EC: The Book Thief.

HH: What do you like best about this time of year?

EC: I’m a sucker for Christmas. I love the magic of the season and celebrating with friends and family to the point that after the holidays I tend to get depressed when it’s time to take down the tree and pack away the decorations. The house seems so bare afterwards with most of a bleak New Jersey winter ahead of us still.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

EC: As Emma Carlyle, my website is http://www.emmacarlyle.com, but you can also find the Emma Carlyle books and much more at http://www.loiswinston.com. Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com, is the character blog for my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. I can also be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Anasleuth and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/anasleuth.

HH: Thank you!

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