Golden Legacy: a Kayla and Steven Young Mystery

Golden Legacy: a Kayla and Steven Young Mystery

by Diane Rapp

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Overview

"Golden Legacy" blends historical adventure with modern-day mystery in an exciting novel that follows two time lines. Embarking on a harrowing treasure hunt, two daring heroines tackle the hazards of gold country more than a century apart. Although a stand-alone novel, readers who have already met Kayla and Steven in the High Seas Mystery series, may enjoy their continued love story in the Rockies. See real places around Ouray, Colorado through actual photos within the narrative. Ginny is a "modern" English gentlewoman traveling alone in the year 1888. At the age of twenty-five, she deems herself a spinster, admitting the condition results from her own decisions. After Ginny gains control of her own money, she sets out to travel the world, hoping to publish a series of travel journals. Upon landing in San Francisco, Ginny's aristocratic life drastically changes course when she learns that miscreants shot her twin brother, Johnny. Ginny journeys by train from San Francisco to Ouray, Colorado, faithfully recording events in her journal. After tending to Johnny in hospital, the gutsy woman strikes out to locate his hidden gold mine, armed with courage, a fountain pen, and two sharp hatpins. It is her duty to deliver supplies and information to Nick, her brother's business partner and dear family friend. In modern day action, Kayla and Steven deal with aftermath from the aborted murder attempt on Kayla after their wedding. Plagued by turbulent dreams of drowning, Kayla develops a paralyzing fear of open water. She's summoned to a dying aunt's bedside and jumps at the chance to trade life at sea for the comforts of home in Colorado. To inherit the family legacy, Kayla must solve clues and locate the family gold mine. After reading Ginny's journal and searching for clues scattered throughout a charming Victorian house, Kayla and her friends endeavor to find the mine. They cross hazardous terrain through wild country and face tricky problems inside the derelict mine. Old generators lie dormant, and they need to activate a trompe to open the "safe" inside the mine. Clues purloined from the house might guide disgruntled heirs to steal the treasure for themselves. Kayla struggles to decipher the mystery before snow falls, testing her courage, ingenuity, and honesty to qualify for the golden legacy. Can she overcome fear to reveal what is most important to her future?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781518842542
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Diane Rapp became an entrepreneur when she started her own dog grooming salon in Santa Barbara, California. She spent the next thirty years as a small business owner; she sold real estate, started an office supply/copy center, and performed free-lance advertising design. During all those years Diane wrote stories as a cure for insomnia.

After writing a tour guide book to the Caribbean together, Diane's daughter gave her the idea of writing a mystery set on cruise ships in the Caribbean. "Murder Caribbean-Style" and "Murder on a Ghost Ship" are the first two novels of a High Seas Mystery series. Readers meet the main characters of the series and learn about life aboard a ship while solving murders. There is danger and romance mixed in with the action. The third book in the series, "Murder for Glacier Blue" was released in August of 2013. The novel takes the reader on a cruise to Alaska with an art heist, murder, and a wedding planned for Glacier Bay.

Diane also writes a science-fantasy series featuring telepathic wolves, dragons, and space explorers trying to carve out a life on a planet that rejected technology. There are knights, kings, queens, and villains ready to kill people who they don't understand.

For fun Diane wrote a fractured fairy tale "Dragon Knight". When an unreasonable witch turns Dragon into a knight, he sets out on a quest to aid a sorceress-in-training defeat an evil demon. They must save two realms before he can regain his true form and live in a sulfurous cavern once more. This book also contains two futuristic short stories, suitable for kids and adults.

Diane can be found on Twitter @DianeRapp and on Facebook/quicksilvernovels. Her website is www.quicksilvernovels.com where she posts a weekly blog about authors and books she is writing.

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