The Absolution of Jonah Bane

The Banes of Lake's Crossing Book 2

by R.L. Merrill

Celie Bay Publications LLC

Paranormal Romance

June 30, 2022

Available in: Paperback, e-Book

The Absolution of Jonah Bane
by R.L. Merrill

In 1860, four brothers on a mission from God tunneled beneath the surface in Nevada territory, looking to find the next Comstock Lode. Legend has it they went down into the Earth as honorable Christian men but returned as something more sinister, their good intentions abandoned. There they became possessed and altered by an evil force, and their hold on the residents of what was known then as Lake's Crossing allowed them to gain unfathomable wealth and power.

Youngest brother Jonah ran from that evil and has been in exile under an alias for nearly 70 years. He spends his existence as Jimmy Manwaring, playing piano nightly to the rough-and-tumble saloon crowd in Fort Bragg, California, with the final words of his beloved deceased wife constantly on his mind.

"When hope comes, you must protect them."

An act of violence thrusts barmaid Hope Johnson, her unborn twins, and her lover, Bonnie, into his world, and he swears to protect them, but not even one with the power of Sight could predict the series of events that threaten their safety. Will Jonah receive the absolution he seeks, or will his new family suffer for the sins of the Bane brothers?

**The Absolution of Jonah Bane is the second book in The Banes of Lake's Crossing series. You may enjoy your reading experience more if you read Origins first, but it is not necessary. This book contains material for mature audiences.

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R.L. Merrill's Bio

"With a strong plot, an expertly crafted cast of supporting characters, and deep empathy, Merrill's novel will keep readers hooked." ---Publishers Weekly review of Typhoon Toby. Whether she's writing contemporary romance featuring quirky and relatable characters or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, R.L. Merrill loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. Winner of the Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese, and a Foreword INDIES finalist for Summer of Hush, Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. She writes diverse and inclusive romance, contributes paranormal hilarity to Robyn Peterman's Magic and Mayhem Universe, and pens horror-inspired music reviews for You can find her connecting with readers on social media, advocating for America's youth, raising two brilliant kids, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more...