Monday, January 31, 2022

Brushed by Betrayal by L.A. Sartor



Book 2 in the Kahuna Group Series
By L.A. Sartor

You all have probably heard the author’s tale of manuscripts sitting in a drawer, never seeing the light of day? Well it’s true. Sometimes a book we pour our heart, tears and sweat into just don’t work…for whatever reason.

Brushed By Betrayal was originally titled Betrayal of the Trust, and was one of those books. It had won many awards, even snagged the attention of some agents. But nothing came of those queries, awards and interviews. It sat in my filing cabinet for a long, long time.

But it nagged at me. “Rewrite me.”

So eventually I did, but it was a chore, moments of complete chaos, despair and then
pure joy when my story idea, the filmstrip in my head came together.

I had new technology to work with for my characters (ditched the fax machine and other
stuff), as did my art forger. While the essence of Jade and Malcolm remained, much of
their journey to find the killer changed…for the better.

I hope you enjoy Brushed By Betrayal, and the fun part is, as with all my series,
characters from prior books make their appearance.


“You’re next and the circle will be complete.”

Jade Laurent, art expert and owner of the prestigious Laurent Art Brokers in Boulder,
Colorado, is mourning the one-year anniversary of her father’s death when a close
associate is killed and that chilling message for Jade is found by his body.

Private Investigator Malcolm Talbot is coming off his latest grueling case when he
receives a request that he cannot refuse. To discover who’s put Jade’s life in jeopardy.
The problem is that Jade refuses to stand by idly and let him do his job.

The last thing Malcolm needs is an amateur getting in the way and maybe getting dead.
The last thing Jade needs is a professional who can’t find an ounce of compassion for
her need to be involved.

While matching wits with a killer who is always one step ahead, dark secrets are
revealed, putting everything Jade has believed in at risk.

If you like nail biting suspense, complicated mysteries, and characters who find their
soul mates, then you’ll love L.A. Sartor’s newest story, Brushed By Betrayal.

Buy it today to find new characters to love and revisit old friends from Dare to Believe. 



About the Author:
I started writing as a child, really. A few things happened on the way to becoming a published author …specifically, a junior high school teacher who told me I couldn’t write because I didn’t want to study … urk …grammar.

That English teacher stopped my writing for years. But the muse couldn’t be denied, and eventually I wrote, a lot, some of it award winning. However, I wasn’t really making a career from any of this.

My husband told me repeatedly that independent publishing was becoming a valid way to publish a novel. I didn’t believe him even after he showed me several Wall Street Journal articles. I thought indie meant vanity press.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I started pursuing this direction seriously, hit the keyboard, learned a litany of new things and published my first novel. My second book became a bestseller, and I’m absolutely on the right course in my life. Email me at I’d love to hear from you. My website is My books are there as well as a signup for my mailing list. You can also find me on social media at the following places: twitter | facebook | facebook author | blog | bookbub | goodreads | pinterest | instagram |youtube


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