Terry Odell

Biography

Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she'd be a good mom and watch it so they'd have common ground for discussions.

Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fanfiction, then through internet groups, and finally with groups with real, live partners. Her first publications were short stories, but she found more freedom in longer works and began what she thought was a mystery. Her daughters told her it was a romance so she began learning more about the genre and craft. She belongs to both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband in the mountains of Colorado.

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Books

Deadly Puzzles
By Terry Odell
Series: Mapleton Mysteries, Book 3. Pre-release—available April 21, 2014. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,740. Language: English. Category: Fiction
Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don’t fit? Following doctor's orders to relax or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote Bed and Breakfast. However, traveling incognito doesn’t mean he’s left his cop instincts behind, and it's not long before he's in the middle of a puzzle that turns personal.
Dangerous Connections
By Terry Odell
Series: Blackthorne, Inc., Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,800. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops team returns with another action-adventure romantic suspense from Terry Odell. It's Computer Nerd meets Cartel Lord. For Jinx, interacting with people is highly overrated. Computers are his life. On the job, he’s an intel gathering expert for Blackthorne, Inc. Off duty, he’s a shooter in computer role playing games. But what happens when he’s sent into the field?
Rooted in Danger
By Terry Odell
Series: Blackthorne, Inc., Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,650. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Behind the public façade of Blackthorne, Inc., a high-end private investigation company, lies a band of elite covert operatives, and they’re back doing what they do best. Rooted in Danger, the third in the Blackthorne, Inc. series, starts on a tropical island, and things heat up from there. Rooted in Danger will keep readers turning pages as the stakes—and romance–escalate.
Deadly Bones
By Terry Odell
Series: Mapleton Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,600. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A dog finding a bone is no big deal—until it turns out to be human. Police Chief Gordon Hepler never thought that helping two kids with their runaway dogs would lead to the discovery of long-buried human remains. Trying to convince Mapleton's penny-pinching mayor the victims’ bones are worth investigating puts Gordon's job at risk. Before long, it's not just his job, but his life that's in danger.
Nowhere to Hide
By Terry Odell
Series: Pine Hills Police, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,890. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
The trouble with running away is that you take yourself with you. After police officer Colleen McDonald is injured in a case gone south and her partner dies, she leaves her job and friends in small town Oregon for a fresh start as a civilian in Orlando. When a deputy comes to her door investigating a missing person, she’s determined to get him out of her life by beating him at his own game.
Where Danger Hides
By Terry Odell
Series: Blackthorne, Inc., Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,020. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
Who do you call when Uncle Sam can't help you? Blackthorne, Inc. Behind the public façade of a high-end private investigation firm lies a band of elite covert operatives. When Dalton nearly blows a simple undercover assignment at a fundraising gala, it convinces his boss to tether him to a dog-and-pony-show case at a halfway house. Instead, Dalton finds death, drugs, and danger.
Saving Scott
By Terry Odell
Series: Pine Hills Police, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,850. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Can a dead body in a chocolate shop revive a battle-fatigued cop? Or will it take the owner of the shop to save him? Scott has to choose where his loyalties lie—with his brotherhood in blue, or his attractive new neighbor, who needs someone on her side. Things heat up hotter than the ovens in Ashley's bakery when she's a suspect in a murder investigation.
Deadly Secrets
By Terry Odell
Series: Mapleton Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,460. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler would rather be on the streets than behind a desk dealing with budgets and the town council. When a fatal accident seems connected to two of Mapleton's most beloved citizens, he gets his wish. When he ties the accident to a grisly murder, he's afraid he's getting more than he bargained for. Can he solve the crime without revealing the secrets of his citizens?
Hidden Fire
By Terry Odell
Series: Pine Hills Police, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,870. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Returning from a stint as part of a task force on violent crime, Detective Randy Detweiler is eager to reunite with Sarah Tucker in Pine Hills, but she’s having second thoughts about their relationship. Can she deal with a cop who gets called away at a moment’s notice, especially one who won’t talk about his job? A sequel to Finding Sarah.
Finding Fire
By Terry Odell
Series: Pine Hills Police, a Pine Hills Companion. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,950. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
A collection of short stories featuring Detective Randy Detweiler and Sarah Tucker from Finding Sarah and Hidden Fire. Previously published individually, Finding Fire gathers them in one volume. Stories include A Winter's Day; Coping Mechanisms; A Summer's Eve; and The Other Side of the Page.
Finding Sarah
By Terry Odell
Series: Pine Hills Police, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,480. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Being robbed at gunpoint wasn’t part of Sarah Tucker’s business plan. Neither was falling in love with the detective who arrived to solve the case. For police detective Randy Detweiler, a routine robbery investigation turns into the biggest challenge of his career when he falls in love with the victim and ends up having to save more than her business.
Danger in Deer Ridge
By Terry Odell
Series: Blackthorne, Inc., Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,710. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
What do you do when your life turns upside down? Whatever it takes. Elizabeth Parker, with the help of Blackthorne, Inc., has a new identity and a new home, which she hopes her husband will never find. She will never let him lay a hand on her son again. Blackthorne's covert ops team is back, with orders from the boss himself. They're protecting their assignment, as well as one of their own.
What's in a Name?
By Terry Odell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,610. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Running for the wrong reason can still get you killed. Kelli Carpenter changed her life to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense. She thinks she has nothing to fear, until Blake Windsor shows up. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer is her philosophy. Blake and Kelli try to keep one step ahead of whoever is following them--while trying to figure out why.
When Danger Calls
By Terry Odell
Series: Blackthorne, Inc., Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,400. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.80 from 5 reviews)
If someone asks single mother Frankie Castor to clear a room, she'll smile and find a vacuum cleaner. Ryan Harper uses a gun. Can they work together when their lives depend on it? When Danger Calls was previously published in hard cover by Five Star Expressions.
Words
By Terry Odell
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
What does it take for a man to say, "I love you" out loud? Certainly the woman he loves can tell from his actions. And if she can tell, why must he initiate those words? Words explores new love first from his point of view, then hers. A sensual read, guaranteed to make you seek out that special someone in your life.

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  • Swept Away on March 13, 2011
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    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Engaging characters. I don't normally read historicals, but this one sings.