Message From The Author

M.J. Rose

Book Title: THE HALO EFFECT
Genre: Thriller, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Author's Message

Sexual Healing

M.J. ROSE BRINGS A NEW KIND
OF HEROINE TO THE HALO EFFECT

A serial ritual killer who targets prostitutes is on the loose. A high-class call girl who has written a tell-all about her prominent clients goes missing. A police detective and our heroine team up to find the killer—and the call girl, who may be the killer's next target. All pretty familiar so far—but leave it to M.J. Rose to blaze a new trail in The Halo Effect (Mira, July). Her heroine is not a cop, a P.I., a kick-butt Marine commando,
or even the prostitute's sister. She's the call girl's
therapist. Her sex therapist.

"I think it's different, because we haven't had a sex therapist as a heroine before in suspense literature," says the author, who seems comfortable on the vanguard. (She was the first novelist to use the Internet to publish her book, Lip Service, successfully online.) "I read a lot of suspense novels and often find it hard to relate to many of the female protagonists—the FBI agents, detectives and investigators."

Rose studied to become a sex therapist in the early '90s before turning to writing. "What I thought was a desire to get a degree and help people turned out to be a desire to learn about a subject I wanted to write about in fiction," she says. Rose put her training to work when she began The Halo Effect, keeping a journal for Dr. Morgan Snow, the therapist, with notes on her patients.

"By the time I had done my research and was ready to start writing, I realized that I'd given Morgan too many patients to include in just one book," Rose says. So the Butterfield Institute series, named after the clinic where Morgan works, was born. The first three books in the series will feature Morgan as the main character, but other therapists at the institute will step into the lead roles in future books.

"One of the things I've experienced myself and discovered about others is how embarrassed many people are to go to a sex therapist, as opposed to other types of therapy," Rose says. "It seems it is easier to admit that you are a drug addict than that you have problems with your lover."


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