As you can see from the relief map of Iowa, Sioux City is nestled in the Loess Hills at the shores of the Missouri River. In winter we cross-country-skied those hills, but nothing is more beautiful than fall colors on the Mo. My storytelling family inspired me toward dark sagas, and I write contemporary gothic romantic suspense. A year before writing Deeds of Deceit, a novella recently published by Eternal Press, I researched today’s cults. Set in a beautiful mountain-lake region, something awful happens in this bucolic place as it did ten years earlier. This murder mystery will be followed by a sequel, Deeds of Malice, in my Welcome to the Lake series. Be warned, it’s strong stuff as are the love scenes.