Gwen M. Plano Returns with Redemption! #NewRelease

I am honored to share my blog today with someone I admire and consider a dear friend! Welcome Gwen M. Plano.

Thank you, Beem, for inviting me to your site today. It’s a pleasure to visit your readers and share a bit about my new release.

Redemption, A Father’s Fatal Decision is a mystery thriller that takes place in the Southeast corner of New York state, in the towns of New Rochelle and Cortlandt. In the excerpt below, the characters travel to Ossining, midway between those two cities. Having spent about twenty years in and around that area, it was exciting to visit as a writer.

The book tackles themes of forgiveness and redemption through suspense. We accompany the son and daughter of the deceased as they try to uncover the reason for their father’s murder. What they discover prompts them to ask if they even knew him.

Sometimes complicated situations help us see our own challenges in a different light. That is my hope for this book. Most of us won’t experience threats like those of my characters, but pain is universal, as is joy. Seeing either in the extreme helps us recognize our own—and severe or elated, those emotions are impactful.

In this excerpt, Lisa and Trace Holmes, along with their friend Ryan, drive to a storage facility. They have retrieved boxes of documents and cash from a hidden cabin belonging to their father. Lisa talks with the clerk at the facility and is humbled by what he explains.


Tucked away from the main street, and enclosed by a tall steel security fence, George’s Storage units are barely visible from the road.

“Well, at least this is private,” Trace says. He nods at Lisa. “Come with me to sign the rental papers.”

They walk into the office and find an unshaven attendant seated behind the desk. The guy sets down his cell phone and looks at the siblings. “Monthly or yearly?”

“Monthly,” Trace says.

Lisa scans the room and spots boxes and packing tape. “We’ll have four boxes and this package of tape as well.”

“We have more in the back room, ma’am. I’ll show you.” The man maneuvers his wheelchair to a side door and turns on the light. “There might be something in here that would help you.”

Lisa notices his stumps and his dog tags. “Vietnam?”

“Yes, ma’am. U.S. Marine Corps. My last battle was the Tet Offensive in sixty-eight.”

“My uncle served on a sub. He came back a changed man. Thank you for your service, Marine. You’ve given more than most of us ever will.”

He studies her and sees her sincerity. “I’d do it again if I thought it would help our country. Some things are worth more than our lives.”

“Wise words, sir, and timely. Thank you.”


Family secrets can be deadly. When Lisa Holmes visits her parents one fateful Saturday morning, she hugs her father and walks to her childhood bedroom. The doorbell rings. Her father opens the door, and one minute later, he lies dead on the floor—three bullets to the chest.

The Holmes family lives on a quiet street, but no one really knows Eric Holmes. He travels for business and comes home a few days each month. Unbeknown to all, Eric has multiple lives.

In this fast-paced psychological thriller, Lisa and her brother, Trace, embark on a quest to solve the mystery involving the murder of their father. The journey takes them into a secret world where nothing is as it seems. As the puzzle pieces begin to coalesce, they discover the meaning of Redemption.




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48 thoughts on “Gwen M. Plano Returns with Redemption! #NewRelease

  1. Mae Clair

    That was such a powerful excerpt—and also a powerful graphic to accompany it. Redemption is a wonderful novel. I highly recommend it to all.

    Congratulations Gwen, and thank you, Beem, for hosting!

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  2. Marcia

    Thanks for having Gwen visit here today, Beem. Great post! I’m SO looking forward to reading this one, and Gwen, you know I’m wishing you HUGE success with it, as well! 🤗❤️🤗

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  3. Jan Sikes

    It’s great to see Gwen’s new book featured here. I recently finished reading it and loved the story. It was amazing how they followed the clues like the one that led them to the storage unit. Thanks for hosting, Beem!

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