18 March 2020

One Little Lie | Excerpt + Giveaway


It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there's no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she's facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane's career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid's calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 3, 2020



Will’s smile could light up a football stadium. The boy wore a Saints cap backward, and he slung two camera bags onto his shoulders as he exited Reid’s SUV outside the police station. A tripod stuck up out his backpack.

A pelican fluttered down the strut on the grass by the road, and Will pointed it out. “Look at that!”

“No fish here in town.” Reid locked his vehicle. “You don’t look eager or anything. This will be hard work.”

Will bounced a little on his flip-flops.

“It’s going to be great, Dad. I know I can do it. Thanks for giving me a chance.”

The boy was obsessed with cameras and moviemaking. His phone was filled with movie shorts on various subjects, and he had an eye for composition and angle. “They’ll be long days. There won’t be time for goofing off.”

“I’ll stay focused.” Will led the way toward the building.

Reid followed slowly. He wasn’t sure about this. Being around Jane could be dangerous.

Jane was exiting the door as they approached. She held it open for Parker to exit behind her. “I saw your arrival through the window and thought I’d save you checking in.” She shot a glance at Will. “You brought your son.”

“He’s my acting cameraman. Spring break started, and he’s a good videographer.” Not that he had to explain anything to her.

Will stooped and petted the animal. “Does the dog get to go with us?”

“I take him everywhere with me. He’s a K-9 officer and a great asset. You mind driving? My vehicle is in for maintenance, which should have been okay, but I’ve been called to a meeting with the mayor.”

“I don’t mind,” Reid said as they walked to his SUV. Her hazel eyes were shadowed this morning, and he suspected she didn’t get much sleep after he left last night.

She stopped when she saw the pelican. “There’s Pete.”

“You know this bird?”

She nodded. “He’s kind of a pet around here. I usually go out to the dock with minnows for him, but he must have gotten tired of my neglect.” She squatted in front of the bird. “Sorry, Pete, no fish today. You’ll have to catch your own.”

The pelican eyed her with a beady stare, then flapped his wings and flew off toward the water.

Reid grinned and shook his head. “He acted like he knew what you were saying. So what’s up with the meeting with Lisa?”

She made a face. “She sounded upset and wanted me to come to her house, maybe to lessen the chances of being overheard. She’ll be pleased to see I haven’t managed to ditch you. She lives just out of town.”

“You worried she’s heard about your dad?”

“I’m sure that’s what this is about. News travels fast.”

“Then what?”

“Then we’ll see.”

An evasive answer. What was she up to?


Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.


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