CRYSTAL V. RHODES is an author and an award-winning playwright. Her romantic suspense Sin Series novels include: SIN, SWEET SACRIFICE, SECRETS, STRANGERS and SHADOWS OF LOVE
Rhodes is also the co-author of the Grandmothers, Incorporated cozy mystery series, written with fellow author L. Barnett Evans. Their novels include: GRANDMOTHERS, INCORPORATED, SAVING SIN CITY and THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MISS ZELDA and WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY?
Written Word Magazine named Rhodes one of the Ten Up and Coming Authors in the Midwest. She has written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was eight years old and I’ve always loved it as a method of expression. I’m an award winning playwright with countless plays to my credit, including one that was produced Off Broadway. I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, radio and cable television, but I didn’t start writing novels until my career as a writer was firmly established. I chose romance as the genre of choice because it’s so popular, and I love the element of mystery and suspense. It took years for me to develop my writing style in the romantic suspense genre, but eventually I got published. SIN was my first novel. It’s the story of Nedra Davis, a female minister renowned in her community for her anti-drug crusades. She falls in love with a mysterious man named Sinclair (Sin) Reasoner, who, unknown to her, is involved in the drug trade. The novel became the spring board for the Sin Series
I’ve written numerous romantic suspense novels as part of the Sin Series. Among the titles available on Smashwords are SIN, SWEET SACRIFICE, SECRETS and STRANGERS. In addition I co-write the hilarious Grandmothers, Incorporated cozy mystery series, with author L. Barnett Evans, also available on Smashwords
Why write a book series?
After SIN was released, I received a lot of emails from readers who wanted to know what happened to the do-good minister Nedra Davis and her bad boy lover, Sinclair Reasoner after the book ended. That spurred the series that not only follows Nedra and Sin, but their friends and relatives. The more I write about these extraordinary people the more readers wanted, so I was happy to oblige.
REVEREND NEDRA DAVIS is the dynamic leader of one of the most progressive churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Renowned for her innovative fight against drugs in her community, Nedra is the soul of propriety. She is reserved in dress, speech and manner, avoiding scandal at all cost. The reverend is a woman who is always in control—that is until Sin enters her life.
SINCLAIR REASONER looks as though he stepped off of a magazine cover. Smooth, cool and strikingly handsome, can Sin be the answer to a minister’s prayer? When he and Nedra first meet, they resist the attraction. He has no need for a minister, and she is certain that a man called Sin can't possibility be the one for her.
Despite their best efforts, the fire between them ignites. They have each found their soul mate, but a disturbing secret threatens their utopia. Unknown to Nedra, Sin is involved in the drug trade. Eventually the life they build together become intertwined with the many secrets of his past.
Follow the journey of these two improbable soul mates and that of their friends and family members in the Sin Series novels: Sin, Sweet Sacrifice, Secrets, Strangers and Shadows of Love.
NEDRA DAVIS REASONER and her sinfully, sexy husband, SINCLAIR REASONER, have it all, family, friends and their intense passion for each other. Nothing can tear their perfect world apart, until a shadowy figure appears in their lives in the form of a man who has had so many names that he's not sure who he is anymore. Yet he does know what he is—a killer, with a lot to lose.
MELANIE TAYLOR is a former welfare mother. SCOTT STILLWATERS is wealthy and the former CEO of his family’s charitable foundation. Is it even possible that he could ever want a relationship with someone like her? Not if a man from Melanie’s past has his way. He wants her DEAD!
When Reverend NEDRA DAVIS engaged in a torrid love affair with sexy bad boy, SINCLAIR REASONER, her congregation was shocked, but Nedra and Sin fought for their love and won. They are now happily married and the proud parents of three adopted children. Life is good, that is until the unexpected appearance of a menacing stranger and a deceptive woman threatens to destroy their lives!
WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY? is what Bea, Hattie and Connie want to know. Trapped in the woods with a group of feuding church ladies, and a dead body, they wonder who will be next? Can the amateur sleuths of Grandmothers, Incorporated discover WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY before the murderer claims another victim?
A reverend involved with sin, is a scenario that NEDRA DAVIS never thought she would have to face. Known in the community as the “Anti-Drug Queen”, Reverend Davis is the spiritual leader of a church renowned for its innovative fight against drugs. Nedra is beautiful, but she is also the soul of propriety—that is until sexy, smooth, and strikingly handsome, SINCLAIR REASONER enters her life.
Attorney, Dana Mansfield is wary of security specialist, James Starr, but she needs his help as she tries desperately to save the lives of two children. James is also suspicious of Dana, especially when he discovers her connection to Sinclair Reasoner--a man he has sworn to kill.
Yet, lurking in the shadows is a stranger whose presence is destined to lead to love, redemption and revenge.
After a devastating loss, Reverend Nedra Davis-Reasoner knows that she can depend on the love and support of her bad boy husband, Sinclair. He has been her rock since their controversial affair led to a love match years ago. Unfortunately, Sin falls short as he harbors a secret. For comfort Nedra turns to renowned spiritual guru, Adam Casey, a man with deep, dark secrets of his own.
SASH ADAMS is an unemployed recent law school graduate struggling to raise her young brother alone. Why would anyone target him as a kidnap victim? Even more baffling is why would the kidnappers demand the ransom for him from the arrogant media mogul, BRANDON PLAINE—a complete stranger? Reluctantly, Sash and Brandon form a dangerous alliance as they race against time to save her brother's life
Crime solving takes a holiday,when amateur sleuths Hattie Collier, Bea Bell and Connie Palmer win a trip to Las Vegas. However, when the devil's playground proves to much for Hattie, she launches an outlandish plan to save not only her friends, but Sin City from the gates of hell.
Take two fun loving grandmothers and one religious zealot, put them in Las Vegas and the result is pandemonium!
When a former high school classmate dies, three "sixty-something" widows are determined to prove that the cause was nothing less than foul play. Certain that they know the culprit, the ladies turn the lives of everyone around them upside down in their hilarious quest for justice.
In this cozy mystery authors L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes offers readers a belly full of laughs!