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Tonya F. McKinley was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on June 11, 1970.  She aspired to be an author for several years. Struggling to write a topic she was passionate about, she was motivated by a story of a young black female college student who went missing in Miami. The lack of media coverage surrounding her disappearance ignited the author’s creative desire to write her first novel, Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade.

Working in Management for a Fortune 500 Telecommunications company, she realized that if she was able to inspire one employee to contribute to the success of the company through effective communication, her goal was achieved.  The writer used this type of inspiration and attention to detail to become the voice of so many young girls who went missing and their stories are silenced and unheard.   

She is a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization.  She resides in Central Jersey. Currently, Tonya is working on the second installment of Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade, expected to be released spring 2011.
 

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Hidden Tears at Lake Cascade
Samantha Collins is a young homicide detective in South Carolina; she relocated from New Jersey after spending a weekend there during college. Missing her younger sister Vanessa, she persuades her to relocate from New Jersey to attend graduate school. Almost immediately after Vanessa moves in with her, their life becomes a rollercoaster ride as Vanessa meets a young man named Bryan. An aspiring medical student and star quarterback, Bryan, who is white and comes from a wealthy family, is smitten by Vanessaís beauty from the moment he stared into her eyes. Samantha, who is blindsided by her partnerís addiction to alcohol, is disappointed sheís unable to spend as much time with Vanessa after being assigned one of Timís (her partnerís) unsolved cases. This unsolved murder mystery leads her on the path to dangerous territory. Because of this, Vanessa, who falls for Bryan, also begins to spend more time with him and ignores controlling warning signs. As time passes, Samantha is unnerved; the homicide sheís investigating is more intertwined with her sisterís life than she could ever imagine.




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