top of page
tahoe water copy.jpg

When a radical right-wing militia group executes a police officer and ambushes Maya and her team of first responders on a Pacific Northwest city street, paramedic Maya Murphy’s world is turned on end.

After this traumatic event, she seeks emotional safety in the quiet mountain town of South Lake Tahoe. But while mountain biking on a beautiful trail, Maya and her two dogs discover a dead mountain biker, and she finds herself caught up in the aftermath of a much more personal campaign of revenge.

Set in the adventurous world of mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and paddleboarding, this atmospheric mystery will have you holding your breath every time Maya ventures into the great outdoors. It’s a book about learning to live in the moment, a reminder that merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be enough to set off a cascade of tragic events.

Indiebound button.png

Subscribe to Download Aftermath Excerpt

Click here to download

In The Press

We don’t have any products to show here right now.


An extremely intriguing story of female paramedic Maya Murphy’s discovery and investigation into the mysterious death of an elderly woman in the small mountain town of South Lake Tahoe. The author’s personal experience as a Paramedic, her expertise in mountain biking and familiarity with the Sierra Nevada setting infused attention to details that kept the story alive and my imagination actively engaged. 


All the elements are here: drama, revenge and unexpected plot twists.  I fell in love with the main character, Maya, right from the start. Her vulnerability, sharp mind and tenacity make her a heroine we could all relate to and adore. The plot twists and story line kept the pages turning for me.

 “She thought about everything that she could remember. One thing that lingered in the back of her mind was that just before she started CPR on the woman, she saw a fleeting movement on the roadside of the creek. Just a sideways movement that barely registered in her mind because she was so focused on the woman.”

This is Lisa Parson’s first novel, but she has complete control of her story and her style. You’re going to love this read. 

Elise Forrer,


South Lake Tahoe California

Lisa Parsons, as a first- time writer, has spun an exciting fictional adventure story about life that you don’t just read, you live it with her. She takes you on adventures doing things you’ve maybe thought about doing yourself. She explores magnificent vistas on her mountain bike rides that are not for the faint of heart, paddleboards and swims in the beautiful water of Lake Tahoe and hikes the basin’s rugged trails.


Through her eyes, you experience the dangerous life on the streets as a paramedic while under gunfire. You cower in fear as you become part of this life.


She puts you right in the middle of a murder mystery. You become so caught up and spellbound you can’t wait to turn the page to see what is next.  Her story will keep you in suspense until the last word is read. The memories will stay with you for days and weeks afterward. I can’t wait to see where her next book will take us.

Gloria Mills Olsen

World Traveler

Tacoma Washington

Exceptional realism and detail were given in writing the scenes that involved anything related to how a real-life first responder and paramedic would view situations. It is obvious in the descriptions that Lisa was a real-life paramedic. She writes from the deep dark recesses that many first responders hide from the public and their loved ones. There are so many different levels that someone enduring that many years as a paramedic would experience. From finding the dead body to the interactions with the local fire department. She nails it. She is the real deal. She has experienced and survived both physically and mentally events that the majority of citizens could not fathom. It shows in her writing. 


I was skeptical about reading this story due to living a very similar life in addition to reading stories from the male perspective about the fire and EMS service. Very generic and not to the core of the soul. Finally a story from the female's point of view. 

Due to experiences in the field, Lisa has the ability to draw the reader in, no matter what walk of life or career they come from. She paints a perfect picture of what she is seeing and feeling for all to understand. Several times I thought I had the plot figured out but Lisa's writing is clever and turned it in a different direction.

Georgia Daniels

Retired Graham Firefighter

Tacoma Washington

Have you read my book?


Lisa Peru Bio Photo.jpg

I'm an adventurer, woman, writer, photographer, paramedic, conservationist, world traveler, and dog companion. I craft stories with depth and creativity that are solidly based on real-world experiences.

My writing and photographs have been published in books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs in the Pacific Northwest and across the globe.

When Lisa, her husband, and two adventure dogs aren't traveling in their van around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, they live in California, in the Sierra foothills, near the South Fork of the American River, and in South Lake Tahoe.

Find out More...


Author mt. biking in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

No events at the moment
News & Events
bottom of page