Ransom in Rio ~ Spotlight

Historical Heartbeats welcomes Author Theresa Lynn Hall introducing her new release, Ransom in Rio. Leave a comment to be entered in a giveaway for an ebook copy of Ransom in Rio.  Theresa uses Amazon gift codes for Kindle copies.


Private Investigator, Braden McCoy wants nothing more than to finish out the week doing a little fishing from his boat.  The ex-special ops vet enjoys his peaceful life and loves his new career.  He’s learned to put his past behind him and enjoy his blessings.  Until a mourning redhead walks into his office and changes his plans.

Lexi Ramos always knew her family was dysfunctional.  Until the sudden death of her brother, she never knew exactly how much.  Consumed with questions surrounding his accident, she seeks the help of a private investigator.  What starts out as a murder investigation in Cozumel, quickly crosses borders and escalates into a race against time to save them both from Brazilian kidnappers, who somehow know more about her family secrets than she does.  Lexi soon realizes that life comes with a price.


Jace had been the perfect big brother, Lexi’s best friend. From an early age, they learned that sticking together in a dysfunctional family was their only hope. One thing Lexi knew for certain was that Jace wouldn’t leave her here alone. He would not have put himself in danger for a stupid fishing trip. His chance to break free of their crazy family was finally around the corner. He’d just bought his girlfriend an engagement ring. They had plans to move to New York as soon as the wedding was over. Now he was gone. None of it made any sense. Why was she the only person who could see that something was wrong with ruling the cause of death as accidental?

Lexi brushed at her red hair with a careless hand and caught a glimpse of her

swollen, blue eyes in the rear view mirror. She hardly resembled her brother at all—a fact that had always bothered her, but she’d never questioned it the way Jace had. He had always asked where he’d gotten his blonde hair.

“Lexi, why don’t you stay with me tonight?”

The sound of Kristy’s voice startled her. “I’m sorry. I’m really out of it.” She smiled and wiped a stray tear from her cheek. “Thank you for everything. You’ve done more than enough for me over the past few days.”

“You know I’m always here.” 
“I know.” She swallowed hard. “Kristy…”

“What’s wrong?” 
“I can’t stop thinking…I just don’t think this was an accident. It couldn’t be. Jace didn’t even like to fish. He wouldn’t charter a boat to go fishing in Cozumel. He liked nice restaurants, museums, theaters. Not fishing. And then there’s the fact that he didn’t take Selena with him. He always had Selena with him. Why doesn’t anyone else seem to think this is odd?”

“I don’t know. Now that you bring it up, Jace wasn’t much of a risk-taker.”

“Exactly. The strangest thing is that Selena said he told her he would be back in an hour. He only left for one hour. Who charters a fishing boat for only an hour?”

“Did Selena tell you why he didn’t take her?”
“She didn’t say, and I didn’t want to ask her a lot of questions. Not yet.”
Kristy nodded. “I saw her today. She’s really not handling this well.”
“No one is.” She pulled into Kristy’s driveway. It was a relief to be off the snowy

No matter how she looked at this, her brother’s death could not have been an accident. Somehow, she would prove that he didn’t drown on a fishing trip. She would prove Jace was murdered.



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Author Theresa Lynn Hall


Author Biography

I grew up in Texas in a small town with one caution light. I love going back there to where things slow down and seem quieter and simple. I live near Houston now and work as full-time elementary teacher. I currently teach first grade—which is not quiet! But I enjoy teaching kids to read and instilling a love for books that hopefully will last a lifetime. I have loved reading and writing since I was a small kid. I remember my mom taking me to the library to get books when I was young, which set me on a path later to become a writer.

I stayed home from teaching for about nine years to raise my sons and that’s when I decided to start my first novel. Ultimately, it was rejected, but I didn’t give up. I put in many years of research and dedication to learning the craft of writing. I sold my first short story, Southern Comfort, in 2010 to Pelican Book Group.  In 2017, I also sold Ransom in Rio to them. In 2015, before publishing Ransom in Rio it won first place the Four Seasons Contest and and after publication in 2017 it won first place in the International Digital Awards (IDA) contest. My ambitions are to continue to write Christan fiction that touches people in a way that mainstream fiction can’t. As a Christian, I love reading about characters who have faith but struggle in their everyday lives to do what’s right, do what God wants them to do.

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