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"A psychological thriller that's full of surprises and confronts the dangers of artificial happiness." 

- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

"As the action builds to a jaw-dropping reveal of the truth behind Blue Haven, King makes buy-in to her premise easy by dint of carefully thought-out characterizations and solid prose. This author’s creative imagination yields a story that’s both suspenseful and moving." 

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Blue Haven is an ambitious and painstakingly written psychological thought-adventure about the pursuit of pleasure and escape from pain." 

- Booklife Reviews 

"An outstanding sci-fi mystery that lovers of both genres won't be able to put down ... A masterful work I can't recommend highly enough."

- Readers' Favorite, Five Star Review

Welcome to Blue Haven, the world’s most lucrative condo corporation—so exclusive that only five lucky residents live in this lush, tropical paradise, housed in a top-secret location. Among them is twenty-five-year-old Aloe Malone, an introvert and former waitress who traded bussing tables for lengthy sleep-ins, ocean dips, Michelin-star restaurants, spectacular sunsets, and unlikely new friends—all thanks to a spurious lottery win.

Life’s good.

Damn good.

That is, until Aloe discovers a journal. Seemingly left by a past resident named Eloise whose entries are both sad and evoking, Aloe quickly suspects there’s more to Blue Haven than meets the eye. Her suspicions are confirmed when visions arise, gruesome hallucinations she can’t understand, followed by a strange yet familiar man lurking in places he shouldn’t. Something’s wrong. Or maybe it’s all in her head. Regardless, she vows to uncover the truth.

Except someone wants to keep her quiet, and it’s the last person she ever suspected.

Blue Haven is a science-fiction thriller that explores what innovation can achieve—and destroy—despite the best intentions. King’s imaginative world building and use of moral ambiguity make this page-turning novel a thought-provoking thrill that’s impossible to put down.

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Join a grumbly old man and a spirited young girl as they quest for a place called The Horizon during the end of days.  

"Vanishing Hour dances across genre, taking you from absolute darkness into hope and joy!"

- Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author. 

"I loved this poignant and engrossing novel, it made smile and it made me think."

Goodreads Reviewer

"You will finish it in record time - just can't wait to turn the page."

Amazon Reviewer 

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Lisa King is a writer, researcher, nap enthusiast, and cat lover who believes writing third-person bios should be prohibited (but alas, she’ll persist for the sake of professionalism). 

She grew up on a small-town farm in the company of her parents, two younger sisters, and an undetermined (though large) number of cats. For as long as she can remember, she’s always been inspired by words, and they’ve always been floating around in her head. At some point during her teenage years, she developed a pervasive case of Damnit, The Future, which took several years to reach remission. During her university days, she switched majors a comical number of times, entertaining degrees in health sciences, philosophy, English, and beer pong (informally). 

Unsurprisingly, she’s not super great with decisions.

Lisa ultimately studied neuroscience, where she attempted to understand how the brain processes abstract concepts like understand and process. Though her work led to a career in research, writing fiction is her side passion.

Lisa is continually inspired by underdog protagonists, unlikely friendships, and creative ways to (fictionally) end humanity. When she’s not writing or researching Veteran mental health, you’ll find her with the entourage: husband Dave, daughter Andi, and wonky-eyed cat Tina. She enjoys California reds, board games, and drinking all the coffee. 


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