LIes That Bind:
Secrets and Lies. It’s what’s behind the facade of the Perri family. Not even they know what the other is hiding. Or what they’re capable of.
A mother will do anything to protect the ones she loves.
For years, Isabella has been hiding behind a pretend smile while losing friends and alienating herself due to her husband, Sal’s tyrannical and overbearing behavior. Yet, she makes excuses for him and pretends that everything is okay. But people see what’s going on and they have a lot of questions like why is she still with him and what are they really hiding?
When a local girl goes missing and her body washes up on the shore of the Perri’s marina, the town is in an uproar. Then another girl goes missing, a friend of Isabella’s son. Whispers erupt in the town and accusations fly. It appears that everyone has secrets.
And no one is safe.
Isabella’s best friend Greta and her family disappear in the middle of the night with no explanation and no goodbye.
Soon an arrest is made regarding the missing girls, but it’s not what everyone expects.
As Isabella peels back the layers of her small town, secrets of her family begin to emerge. Secrets she didn’t know existed. Can she do the right thing, protect her children and save the next victim before it’s too late?
8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?:
Currently, I am awaiting the paperback launch of Lies That Bind which is the prequel and book 3 in my Ella Perri Mystery Series. From there I possibly might add another to the series. I am also planning another series as well. I hope to write at least one book each year for the next few years and then much more than that when I retire.
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LIES THAT BIND:
"This book is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat, whodunnit or whodinnitdoit?... I absolutely LOVED this book and understand that it is the last in a series. NOOOOO! Can be read as a standalone but I can’t wait to read the others both in this series and by this author in general. Her writing style makes for easy reading, her imagination makes it THRILLING. BRAVO!" ~Amazon Reviewer
"To say that I’ve been anxiously awaiting this prequel is an understatement. I’ve read both books in Baccaro’s Ella Perri Mysteries Series and enjoyed the strong female characters who search for their family’s truth. But this prequel goes deeper and reveals how the saga began. It’s a change of perspective that is illuminating and surprising." ~Amazon Reviewer
2022 Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards/Adult Books Category for Buried Secrets
"Baccaro's book will provide armchair sleuths with loads of fun and red herrings to puzzle along with. Buried Secrets: An Ella Perri Mystery, Book 1 is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorites
"World War II has provided a great backdrop for the story in this well-written and superbly researched book. This is a heartbreaking story with plenty of suspense and great characters. All families have secrets. But not like this." ~Amazon Reviewer
ONE LAST SECRET:
2021 International Review of Books Badge
"Truly an extraordinary tale of misfortune, evil, and overcoming obstacles in order to be reunited with those you have loved and lost. Can happiness be found again? Absolutely, as we learn here, as the women find renewed happiness after opening themselves up to the possibility. An enlightening and dynamic plot that weaves its way into our hearts and teaches us that all is not lost as long as we have faith in life and those we love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. A good story makes us empathize with the characters as well as fear those that wish to do harm to others. And this is exactly what I felt, straight through to the very last page of the book. I highly recommend it to all those who enjoy reading a saga that spans several generations, but also for those who just like a really touching and realistic story with characters who you can relate to." ~Tanja Slijepcevic, International Review of Books
"I like the mystery and intrigue of the story spanning from years and from the US to Italy. It's a great read following Ella as she discovers her family secrets. I've always loved a mystery. This one does not disappoint. The story goes back and forth between past and present but it's always clear where you are at and it leaves wonderful cliffhangers, making the reader want to read on. I highly recommend this second book, One Last Secret, in the series as well as the first one, Buried Secrets." ~Amazon Reviewer
Titles of All Books:
Ella Perri Mystery Series:
One Last Secret
Lies That Bind
Out of Darkness
In The Shadows
Once Upon a Story
The Rearview Mirror
1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?:
YES! I couldn't get enough of books and always had a book in my hand. I loved the smell of books, the feel of the pages, and just getting lost in a story.
2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?:
I probably became the most interested in books in elementary school where I was exposed to a lot of great classic titles. My best memories are of reading a book outside in my backyard under a tree. I could tune out everything around me. I remember talking about certain books with my friends, but mostly it was just me alone with a book.
3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?:
I remember loving Charlotte's Web at a young age. I loved the idea of talking characters helping each other out. Then I got into Nancy Drew and Judy Blume's books. I especially connected with Judy Blume's books because they were so relatable. Most specifically, I liked, Deenie which was about a girl with scoliosis. Reading that book was so helpful to me because I also had scoliosis and it wasn't talked about very much so to find this book about a character like me helped me not to feel so alone. Then of course, Nancy Drew whetted my appetite for mysteries.
4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?:
I first started thinking about writing books when I was a teenager. I wrote a lot of short stories that were about real people dealing with real issues. I think it was a way for me to explore my own feelings and thoughts at that age. As a young adult, I took a course at the Institute for Children's Literature on writing books for children and teens and received a positive response to my stories.
5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?:
A lack of time and opportunity was my greatest obstacle to writing. After many years had passed, I decided it was time to find that time and opportunity. So I planned to try and write something for 15 minutes each day for one week. It could be anything - a poem, a journal entry about something, or a childhood memory. At the end of that week, I had written over 5,000 words. That experience proved that I didn't have to take a huge amount of time to write, I just had to do it. And I proved that it could be done. From then on, I wrote almost every day.
6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?:
My advice to aspiring authors would be to find 15 minutes a day to devote to writing. More than likely, they'll be able to write for longer, but 15 minutes is achievable and not that big of a sacrifice. Find a place you enjoy writing, somewhere where you can feel inspired. It doesn't have to be at a writing desk. It can be anywhere. Start small and add more time or more words as you go. Don't be afraid to share your writing with others. When I started to do this my writing and confidence as a writer grew significantly. I started small - first with my family and friends and then gradually with others, Join a writing group - there are several online writing groups and there might be some in your own community. Other writers can offer advice and critiques that family and friends might not be able to. Critiquing someone else's writing also helps you to grow as a writer. Don't give up, ever.
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7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?:
So many authors have influenced my writing over the years, but probably the most significant are the authors I've read in the last five years. These authors include but are not limited to Lisa Jewel, Karin Slaughter, Kate Morton, Ruth Ware, Shari Lapina, Alice Feeney, Megan Miranda, Janelle Brown, and Harlan Coben. I take different things from different authors. Some have shown me the eloquence of descriptive word choice, the rush of adrenaline, character development, and of course, my favorite - twisted plots and surprise endings.
About the Author:
Krissy writes books that keep you up at night feverishly swiping pages until you get to the end. She writes atmospheric suspense with twists you won't see coming. Some of her favorite authors include Karin Slaughter, Kate Morton, Freida McFadden, Samantha Downing, Ruth Ware, Lisa Jewel, and Megan Miranda. These authors have influenced her significantly as a writer.
During the day, she teaches 5th grade, but by night, if she's not spending time with her family, she's up in her library, writing at her desk, surrounded by books, and coming up with the next idea for a mystery.
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