COUNT TO TEN marks the launch of one of Headline's next new brand authors, the incomparable Karen Rose. A young boy and his brother are abandoned by their mother and end up in the foster-care system. Let down by everyone who should have looked out for them, the boys fall prey to the abusers they meet. Is it any wonder one of them loses his mind and develops a taste for matches and revenge? Years later, Reed Solliday, of Chicago's Fire Department, is determined to find an arsonist whose actions have just escalated to murder. With the police now involved, Reed is paired with Detective Mia Mitchell, on her first assignment since her father's death and her partner's shooting. Solliday and Mitchell know the violence is escalating and the death toll is rising. With no apparent connection between the deaths, they are at a loss until their attention focuses on a young offenders institution and the misfits within...Take a breath. Count to ten. And watch their world explode.
A former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years and their children. When she's not writing, Karen enjoys traveling, karate and, although not a popular Florida pastime, skiing.