New Release! “Redemption” By Gwen Plano @gmplano #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #whattoread #newrelease

I’m excited to have fellow Story Empire author and friend Gwen Plano, here today to talk about her latest book, “Redemption.” I’m reading this amazing book right now and loving it. The review will be posted very soon!

Thank you, Denise, for inviting me to your site today. It would be fun to join you for a cup of coffee in your magical Sierra foothills home. Since that’s not possible just yet, I’ll sip alone and share a bit about my latest book.

The story takes place in the Southeast corner of New York state, in the towns of New Rochelle and Cortlandt. The characters drive to Old Lyme, Connecticut, on occasion, but for the most part, the drama is in New York. Having spent about twenty years in and around that area, it was exciting to visit as a writer.

The book tackles themes of forgiveness and redemption through the mechanism of a family thriller. What does it mean to forgive when we’ve been deeply hurt? Is it possible for the culprit to be redeemed? What does that even mean? How do we create our future if we have an unresolved past?

Sometimes complicated situations help us see our own challenges in a different light. That is my hope for this book. Most of us won’t experience threats like those of my characters, but pain is pain, just as joy is joy. One may be more obvious than the other—but not less impactful.

In the excerpt below, the protagonist, Lisa Holmes, acknowledges that she sometimes knows things that others do not. At times her dreams/nightmares become a reality. This special gift plays an important part in the story.


“Sometimes, I sense things. I can’t explain it. Since I was a kid, I knew things—about people, about places. Sometimes I had dreams.”

“Did you have a dream about this murder?”

“Yes and no. I dreamed of someone murdering Dad. I had the same dream several times, and that’s why I agreed to drive down for a visit. The nightmare didn’t tell me where or when, but I decided to tell my parents of my concerns. I never got to do that. The doorbell rang. I was too late.”

“Did you recognize the man?”

“No. A hoody covered his hair and face. I was in another room and could only make out his nose and hands. Nothing that would help identify him.”

“Your mom?”

“She can’t speak. Can’t move. I don’t know what she saw or if she can remember that day.” Lisa shifts in her seat, uncomfortable, and avoids eye contact.

“I’m deeply sorry, Lisa. This isn’t something you can forget, forgive, or even ignore easily. It will live in you until the mystery gets solved and there’s justice. Because of what you’ve seen and experienced, we might be able to help with that process. Are you ready to begin the work?”

Lisa purses her lips and stares at the psychologist. She doesn’t want to proceed, but given the circumstances, she agrees.

Dr. Schultz picks up his pen and moves forward in his seat. “When you think about your dreams, do you drift into that space?”

“Sort of. I just focus on it as though it were real and don’t pay attention to anything else.”


Family secrets can be deadly. When Lisa Holmes visits her parents one fateful Saturday morning, she hugs her father and walks to her childhood bedroom. The doorbell rings. Her father opens the door, and one minute later, he lies dead on the floor—three bullets to the chest.

The Holmes family lives on a quiet street, but no one really knows Eric Holmes. He travels for business and comes home a few days each month. Unbeknown to all, Eric has multiple lives.

In this fast-paced psychological thriller, Lisa and her brother, Trace, embark on a quest to solve the mystery involving the murder of their father. The journey takes them into a secret world where nothing is as it seems. As the puzzle pieces begin to coalesce, they discover the meaning of Redemption.


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77 thoughts on “New Release! “Redemption” By Gwen Plano @gmplano #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #whattoread #newrelease”

    1. I’m so happy to be spreading the word about Gwen’s book. I just finished last night, it’s a good one, Jill 🙂

  1. Forgiveness and redemption … two powerful themes, Gwen. Wishing you all the best with your tour for this wonderful new book!

    Denise, thanks for hosting Gwen today. I look forward to seeing your review for Redemption.

    Hugs 💕🙂

    1. They are powerful themes, Harmony, in a story. I hope to have the review up today if all goes well. It was a good read.

  2. This is another compelling excerpt, Gwen! I know I am going to enjoy this book and will be reading it very soon. Congratulations on the release! Thank you, Denise for hosting!

    1. Thrilled to spread the word on Gwen’s latest, Jan 🙂 It’s a good one that kept me up past my bedtime.

  3. Congratulations to Gwen. I’m definitely picking this one up. Redemption and forgiveness are such powerful themes.

    1. They are very powerful themes, Pete. This one kept me up way past my bedtime. I couldn’t put it down.

  4. It’s great to see Gwen starting her tour. I loved her description of the theme of the book. I have this in my Kindle and will start it tomorrow. I can’t wait. A lovely post, Gwen. Congrats! And thanks for hosting, Denise.

  5. Sorry I’m late to the party. I just finished this fantastic book last night. It’s a great story with wonderful characters. I’m wishing Gwen all the best with her release.

    Thanks for hosting, Denise.

  6. Great post, Denise & Gwen! Please forgive me for skipping the excerpt, but I just (finally!) downloaded my copy and want to read in contest with the rest of the story. I’m very much looking forward to this one, Gwen, as it sounds wonderful. Now to find more time for both my reading and my own writing. (Always a challenge, isn’t it?)

    Congratulations on what sounds like a real winner, Gwen, and best wishes for a kazillion sales! 😁💖🤗

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