Portrait Of A Kiss
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impressive read. Quality literature, recommended for
anyone who enjoys the genre(s))
David Schaeffer has just inherited
an old home from his favorite aunt. After going to
Mississippi to turn the place into a bed and breakfast,
David is surprised to find himself attracted to the man
in a painting. Brian Terhune was the last of the
original owners. Accused of a horrible crime during the
50’s, Brian could not live with the harassment from the
town folks or the guilt over some deaths that occurred,
decided instead to take his own life. Now Brian roams
the house he once lived in, chasing away all who try to
life there. Things are different with David right away
however. First off, David, a former cop, does not
believe Brian committed the murders and second, David
can hear and see Brian. Something no one else has ever
been able to do. The two men fall in love almost
immediately and begin looking into the murder. Although
it could mean Brian will be able to finally rest in
peace David is compelled to solve this very old crime.
In a small town that remembers the crimes as if they
happened yesterday it isn’t easy to do. Eventually the
men begin making headway but will the past be laid to
rest or will the men regret stirring things up?
I thoroughly enjoyed Portrait of a Kiss by TD McKinney
and Terry Wylis. The main characters are drawn to each
other from the very beginning and have a definite
chemistry. With the aid of some excellent secondary
characters, the writers were able to weave humor in a
story that deals with a very gruesome crime. I loved the
scenes between David and Brian when they forgot about
the other people around them and the fact that they
could not see or hear Brian. You will need to keep a box
of tissue next to you however as this does have some
intense ‘tear jerker’ moments. You will not regret
picking up this book.
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from Reviewer Frost's
5 Stars (Awesome)
A heart wrenching,
heartwarming, gay paranormal romance brings a long-dead
spirit to vibrant existence through the love of a
retired police detective.
David, a retired detective from Raleigh, returns to a
tiny Alabama river town to convert the estate he's
inherited into an appealing bed-and-breakfast
establishment. Immediately he falls in love with the
portrait of an owner dead these fifty years, a gay
gentleman accused of a brutal double slaying and
suicide. In a startling series of paranormal
developments, David's love brings Brian's spirit into
vibrant existence and the two fall deeply in love while
David investigates the decades-old crimes to exonerate
the man he knows is innocent.
Reader caution ~ read this novel
with a box of Kleenex. I cried tears of love, tears of
grief, tears of joy, copiously. This is a wonderful
story which will tug your heartstrings and transport you
through the toils of grief into the beauty of hope and
faith in the eternal transforming power of love.
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October 13, 2008
When my dear friend, T. D. McKinney, offered me the chance to read her upcoming Amber Quill Press release,
a Kiss, I naturally jumped at the chance. This book, the first penned with new co-author Terry Wylis, is a gay male romantic suspense set in rural South Alabama.
And it is deliciously wicked. It’s always hard for me to publicly preview a book as I never want to give away
plot points, yet at the same time I want to share my enjoyment with the reading public. This one is
definitely goes on the keeper shelf for multiple re-readings.
So to begin, the blurb:
painting’s compelling blue eyes drew him in. No matter
how he tried, he couldn’t escape the portrait’s
fascination. Or those beautiful eyes. They couldn’t
possibly belong to a killer. But according to all in
this small Alabama town, that’s exactly what the
gorgeous man on canvas was.
police detective David Schaeffer never expected his
inherited mansion to come with its very own own ghost.
And certainly not handsome, mischievous Brian Terhune,
chained to his family home, accused of a horrific double
murder he didn’t commit. The fascinating man in the
his ghost proves to be not just a pretty face on canvas
but a wonderful, sensitive man, that fascination turns
to passionate love. Deeply enamored, David vows to
clear his adored Brian’s name, wading through a
fifty-years-cold web of hate and suspicion.
clearing Brian comes at a price. Acknowledged as
innocent, Brian will be freed, able to pass over to the
peaceful rest he deserves. Breaking Brian’s shackles
could very well break David’s heart.
being a resident of one of those small South Alabama
towns, I had to smile at just how vividly the authors
described the town of Bay Mignon. Heavily layered and
richly detailed, yet not so overwhelming as to
completely overshadow the characters themselves, the
town becomes a character itself. There were times as I
read this novel where I felt I could literally drive but
a few miles down the road and pull into the diner, wave
at the sheriff and smirk at David Schaeffer.
David, a retired detective from Raleigh, come home to
claim his inheritance. At first spooked by his
unexpected house guest, he soon becomes enamoured of
him. So enamoured that he’s willing to risk his own
happiness in order to clear the spirits names. Now,
most books of this time will fall into that convenient deux ex machina
plot device of insta-human when the plots against the
spirit are exposed allowing him to move on to his just
reward in the afterlife. Instead, these two compelling
authors left me in complete tears, wondering if a happy
ending of any kind was possible for Brian and David. By
the end, I was a wreck, emotionally exhausted, yet
totally fulfilled… and impatiently waiting on their next
you typing yet?
OH MY GOD! I just finished reading Portrait of a
Kiss, OH MY GOD! I LOVED IT! I did have to stop reading
for a few minutes... I cried so hard I scared my
husband. You,are my Shero. To be able to pull the reader
into the story, to be a part of the story, THAT is true
talent. The one thing I have always loved about reading
was I never had to leave the house to have an adventure,
and you truly make the adventure one to remember. I look
forward to any and all future adventures with you, I
know I'll enjoy every second.
November 4, 2008
would just like to say that your
book co-written with Terry, is one
of the best I have read in a very
long time. I enjoyed it from start to finish (I
read an average of two books a day)
and I would love to see another book
with our two main heroes and the
very believable locals. I know
with an epilogue the chances of that
happening are very slim.. but the
characters just drew me in from the
Thank you both for an enjoyable
couple of hours.
November 4, 2008
I wanted to take a minute to
write you about the great book you wrote with Terry
Wylis. I started the book and just couldn't put it down.
One of the nicest things I liked about the book, is even
though it was about a gay man falling in love, not only
was the main characters well drawn and described, but
there was a large cast of secondary characters that were
well plotted out as well.
Thank you very much for
sharing your gift with us.