Double Jeopardy — INTRODUCING THE VILLAIN ( + Giveaway)

Welcome to the fourth of nine days of fun and excitement leading up to the book launch on January 7th. Over the next days, you’ll learn more about the book, the characters, and, hopefully, me, too. If you missed the posts introducing the book and the hero, check back. There’s a great recipe for biscuits and some fun insights into Zeke and Becky. Plus you can still leave a comment each day to get in an extra entry on the drawing.

If you make the biscuits, leave a comment and let us know how they turned out.

Now, on to the villain of the story, who shall remain unnamed at this point, to avoid a spoiler.

Suffice it to say, it is a man. Which makes sense, since it seems men had the most fun in the Wild West Days. Seriously, in many states, a woman couldn’t own land. She couldn’t vote. She couldn’t have a bank account in her own name. Women’s rights were a thing of the future in 1880.

This man is one of the longest-term residents of Silver Valley, a man of impeccable reputation. On the outside, he looks wealthy. Wears nice clothes. Speaks well. Sounds well-traveled and educated.

But on the inside, he’s dark, greedy, and lazy. Well, lazy only in the sense he wants to get rich quick. He actually spends a lot of energy trying to cheat and steal his way into wealth. If only he’d use his superpowers for good.

This man could charm the bark off a tree. But there is something about him that neither Becky nor Zeke really trusts. And rightly so. Because he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Yes, the villain is also the killer, and he’s the one behind the accidents and near-deaths at the mine.

A question for us might be what drives such people to think they can overstep the bounds of society? Why do they think it’s okay to kill, steal, and maim others to get what they want? And while we might think this kind of behavior ended with the Wild West, we should think again. Road rage. Social media rage. Examples of modern-day villains operating under the same pretense of “I want what I want.”

Thankfully, justice is restored at the end of my story, and all is left well in Becky and Zeke’s world.


I will randomly draw from all who leave a comment over the next nine days to win a print (US only) copy of Double Jeopardy. Which means, if you stop by every day and leave a comment, you’ll have nine entries.

Available at, and fine booksellers in your area.

Don’t forget to join us on Launch Day, January 7th, at our Facebook event to win more prizes: FB event

About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!



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Posted on January 2, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Sounds like such an intriguing book!

  2. conniepsaunders

    Hi Donna, as I began reading the description of your villian, I thought “Yep, I’ve known this type” before you said that these people aren’t limited to the Wild West era. And yes, I’ve also been leery of people who seem to be too jovial, too affluent, and even, too good looking. I am getting excited for Double Jeopardy!

  3. Donna Schlachter

    Thank you, Betsy! I hope you will enjoy it!

  4. Donna Schlachter

    Thank you, Connie! I appreciate you commenting. And many blessings to you as well.

  5. Loved the book.

  6. I’m really wanting to read this book!!

  7. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Barbara Kay! Thank you!!

  8. Donna Schlachter

    Thanks for stopping by, Trudy! Good luck in the drawing!

  9. Natalya Lakhno

    All those are very good questions that are relevant today!

  10. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Natalya – Thanks for posting!

  11. Hey Donna, Sounds like a dastardly villain!

  12. intriguing question

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