Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Death brings would-be country singer Tessa Owens home from Nashville to her native Ozarks. But she’s not planning to stay. She turned her back on the old ways of life in the modern world long ago. But she didn’t expect to meet her first love, Lucas Rowlands, at the visitation. Seven years wasn’t long enough to forget him and sparks ignite when they meet again. Even worse, Tessa learns Lucas isn’t the simple country farmer she left behind but the sin eater, an ancient position handed down to him from his grandfather. She still plans to make tracks back to Music City USA but when Lucas falls ill, Tessa can’t bear to leave. As she struggles to understand Lucas’ life and role as a sin eater, Tessa admits she loves him and there’s no doubt what he feels for her. But even if she’ll give up her country music dreams, there’s no way Tessa can become the sin eater’s wife, especially not when Lucas knows he won’t make old bones. The devil wants Lucas’ sin-heavy soul and if they don’t come up with something, Lucas is hell bound on an express ticket. If there’s any chance at a future, it’s up to Tessa.

Available April 17th!


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About Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy is a freelance writer and romance author. A native of the old historic city of St. Joseph, Missouri she lives and writes in the beautiful Missouri Ozark region. She is a member of RWA, the Missouri Writers Guild, and the Ozark Writers League. Her romance novels include Urban Renewal, Guy’s Angel, Devlin’s Grace, Heart of the Ozarks, Dustbowl Dreams, and many more. Lee Ann’s work also appears in more than twenty anthologies as well as multiple websites and print publications. She is a member of the 2013 Rebel Elite team at Rebel Ink Press and was also ranked as Best of Rebel in both 2012 and 2011. She lives with her husband, three children, and one spoiled Jack Russell Terrier in what passes for the suburbs in a small town. When not writing, Lee Ann enjoys tracing her family history, cooking, reading, and traveling. She also pens a weekly column for the local newspaper.


Also by Lee Ann

Wolfe’s Lady, eBook, December 2010, Evernight Publishing

Love Tattoo, eBook, March 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

Love Never Fails, eBook and paperback, May 2011, April 2011, Rebel Ink Press

Love Scars, eBook, June 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

The Marriage Cure, eBook, July 2011, Astraea Press

Kinfolk, eBook and paperback, July 2011, Champagne Books

Love Knots, eBook, August 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant series)

Witness Protection Program, eBook, October 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Time To Love, eBook and paperback, October 2011, Champagne Books

Sing We Now of Christmas eBook, December 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Patient Heart, eBook, February 3, 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Love Shadows, eBook, February 2012, Evernight Publishing

In Love’s Own Time, eBook, February 17, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

Miss Good Samaritan, eBook, April 2012, Rebel Ink Press

In The Shadow of War, eBook, May 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Long Live The King, eBook, May 2012, Champagne Books

What Fills The Heart, eBook, May 2012, Astraea Press

Guy’s Angel, eBook, June 2012, Rebel Ink Press, paperback, July 2012

Red In The Hood, July 2012, Evernight Publishing

Heart of the Ozarks, eBook, August 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Dust Bowl Dreams, eBook, September 17, Rebel Ink Press

Kosovo Tales: Two Hearts, One Love, October 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Three Encounters of A Close Kind, November 3, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

Devlin’s Grace, November 17, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

The Home Fires of Christmas, December 3, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

An Emerald Heart, October 2012, Evernight Publishing

Movie Star Magic, November 20, 2012 Evernight Publishing


Ronan’s Woman, January 17, 2013, Rebel Ink Press

Three of Hearts, February 17, 2013 Rebel Ink Press

Urban Renewal, March 3 2013, Champagne Books

Ronan’s Life, March 17, 2013 Rebel Ink Press

Small Town Love Story, April 3, 2013, Re el Ink Press

The Sin Eater’s Redemption, April 17, 2013,Rebel Ink Press

Pink Neon, May 3, 2013, Rebel Ink Press

The Widow’s End, March 15, 2013 Astraea Press

Hear The Wind Blow, Love, TBA 2013, Rebel Ink Press


An Interview with Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Lee Ann, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is The Sin Eater’s Redemption and is quite an unusual tale. What can you tell us about this special story and where you got the idea for it?

LA: The sin eater is an ancient custom in the British Isles, especially in Wales. I have some Welsh ancestry and the idea of someone who consumes food to represent sin at a funeral always fascinated me. It's not very commonly known, though, and I came up with the idea of a sin eater in modern times. And since I write romance, I thought why not make it a major stumbling block between a couple and their happily ever after!

HH: What do you like best about Tessa and why will readers be cheering for her?

LA: She's plucky and very strong, probably more than she realizes. When it comes to Lucas, she's loyal and refuses to give up.

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

LA: Lucas is your average country guy except for the fact he's the sin eater. So he's torn and tortured. I think readers will want him to find a way out as much as Tessa does.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

LA: It's set in the Ozarks where I live and I love describing the area to readers who aren't familiar with it. It's a beautiful place with a lot of history and old fashioned ways yet it's also moving into the 21st century. The blending of past and present is awesome.

HH: What makes this different from other books you’ve written?

LA: It has a little bit more of a supernatural element, not ghosts or things that go bump in the night or vampires (like in some of my other works) but an age old struggle between good and evil. The Devil is very real to Lucas and a force to be reckoned with.

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

LA: I have my first interracial romance coming out July 3 from Rebel Ink Press, PINK NEON. My heroine is a sassy African American gal from Chicago who comes to Branson to start a new life after a divorce. When her ex is murdered, she falls under suspicion but the FBI agent sent to investiage her, Daniel Padilla, is attracted to her from the first meeting.

HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?

LA: I love creating stories and sharing them with readers. Connecting with readers is a wonderful thing and I love to hear from readers my words have touched.

HH: How has your writing career changed since you started out?

LA: When I began, I wrote short fiction and a lot of non-fiction. My dream was always to write longer fiction and novels. Now that I've made the leap, it's something I love.

HH: What do you think has been the most positive change?

LA: Learning that I can write novels readers enjoy reading and learning. Every set of edits teaches me new ways to tighten and hone my writing skills.

HH: Where can readers find you online?


Twitter: leeannwriter

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Author In The House blog: http://authorinthehouse.blogspot.com

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HH: Thank you!


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