A Stranger Like Me is on pre-order and will release June 1st! Order here!
The idea for this story has been around for a couple of decades… My mom and I were both attending college back in 1998, and she kept seeing a girl that looked just like me. She’d see me, but when she got closer, she’d realize it wasn’t me.
Since then, I’ve been told by other people that they saw my lookalike in Ireland or Scotland, or they met were sure I had to be related to so-and-so.
And that’s what triggered the idea of what would happen if you ran into your twin sister one day? It’s always sounded like a fun story, and this novel developed into so much more. Angie is dark and complex, and spends her time with a quirky, giant dog named Galaxy–who is her own fun part of the story. Vivi is perky and enjoying her summer as she runs a women’s boutique with her mother.
Oh, you may have noticed a new author name — Kristen Chaney is for my mystery novels, so I also rebranded A Stranger in my Bed under this name.
Here’s more about the book:
A Stranger Like Me
It wasn’t who Angie expected to see leaning out from behind a bookshelf.
It was…someone who looked exactly like her.
A pair of questioning blue eyes stared back at her, out of the same heart-shaped face that Angie saw in the mirror every day. No makeup like her. Same light brown, wavy hair, except a little longer and parted in the middle instead of the side. Same height. Same everything.
They blinked at each other for what felt like a full minute before the other woman finally spoke.
“Is Natasha in trouble?”
The words surprised Angie. She’d actually forgotten why she was there—while staring at a copy of herself—but the question jolted her back into work mode. She needed something else to focus on, something to do to get around this crazy thing.
“No…” She took a small step toward her. “But her family is worried about her. Can I have a minute of your time?”
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Private investigator Angie Duval lives in her RV with her over-sized, furry best friend and partner, Galaxy. She found Galaxy abandoned as a puppy out in the Eastern Oregon desert. She’s in Eugene now to locate a missing teen when she runs into herself–or, a mirror image of herself.
Her newly discovered twin sister is named Vivi Leavitt, a school counselor who co-owns a women’s boutique and bookstore with her mother.
Vivi is a perky bookworm, so basically Angie’s identical twin and complete opposite. Or so she thinks at first.
For most twins separated at birth, it’s awesome to find the other one. But these two both know they weren’t adopted. It doesn’t make sense, except that they were lied to. Angie’s mom passed away a year ago, leaving only questions.
Angie has a teen to find, who is apparently hanging with a man who calls himself Demon, so she can’t drop everything and dig into her birth situation. In fact, she’s worked hard to forget her childhood and wants to walk away from this too…except she can’t. So suddenly she has two cases, and one’s a little too personal.
Angie and Vivi don’t like what they find when they start investigating their parents, and the case with Candice gets complicated too.
The twins want to know why they were separated and lied to…but at the same time, they don’t. However, it’s starting to look like whatever happened is bigger than just them.
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