Harvest of the Heart by Michael Selmer
(The Elsa Chronicles)

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Synopsis

Little Elsa Danforth has a very special and unusual connection with her mother. When she is four years old, as a result of this unique empathy, she is traumatized when her mother is the first victim of a serial killer later known as the Harvester. Although the horrific memory is suppressed, it has a dramatic impact on the rest of her life.
She and her father learn to move on and find happiness, but each fall the Harvester strikes again, reviving the pain. Despite this and other heart-wrenching tragedies that befall her, Elsa develops into a strong, loving, and determined young woman, though one with a darkness lurking inside her mind.
Bored FBI Cadet Paul Demerov answers a call that changes his life and triggers a meteoric rise that links his career with the murderous reign of an infamous serial killer. As years pass and the Harvester kills again and again, the nightmares start; a mysterious red-head haunts his sleep. Can he save her from the monster that wants to harvest her heart?
Twenty years after her mother was ripped from her life, the Harvester continues to claim victims and elude the FBI. Elsa takes the law into her own hands, adopts an alias, and devotes her life to killing the Harvester, drawing him out by making herself a potential victim. Training, discipline, and tapping into that darkness within her, have made her a dangerous weapon; a weapon that finds more than one target.
 

About Michael Selmer

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Michael Selmer was born and raised in Maryland. He and his wife of thirty-five years, Kathleen, moved to Wyoming in 2010. In his leisure time, he runs and reads, both to excess. He has run numerous marathons, including Boston and, in August of 2010, completed the one hundred mile Race Across the Sky in Leadville, Colorado. The Author’s working life has been a smorgasbord of careers and occupations: UPS driver, mall cop, maintenance man, cabinetmaker, woodturner, master electrician, business owner, and more. All his life, he dreamed of being a writer. Writing was something he dabbled with in the little spare time he had while he and his wife raised their four children. With the children grown and bringing along families of their own, the urge grew to take that leap of faith into a writing career. In January 2011, the stars aligned and circumstances finally allowed Michael to pursue his passion. The result was like the bursting of a dam- the 125,000 word rough draft for Harvest of the Heart poured onto the page in just seven weeks. With the help of Bill Thompson, who has worked with such authors as Stephen King, Peter Straub and John Grisham, Michael honed his craft and his manuscript. He is excited that 2011 will yield the first fruit of his new writing career. And the tree is full of blossoms.
 
Published December 13, 2011 by Snowy Range Press. 237 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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