Here’s an excerpt for my December 23, 2017 romantic suspense release:
He wanted to help, and he probably could—if she
could trust him…
Olivia picked her chair up and sat. Sipping her
coffee, she watched him a few seconds. “Okay then.
Talk,” she finally said.
“I was military intelligence for a number of years, so
if it’s something where you need help in that direction,
I’m your man. If you need someone with weapons skills,
I’m your guy there, too.”
“Why would you think I need that type of help?”
“Since you got so offended when I made the
comment about your mother’s illness, my training tells
me there’s something else going on here than a mere fear
by a daughter of being held back by her mother’s issues.
Why don’t you tell me what is going on and let me see if
there’s any way for me to assist you.”
“Answer one question first.”
“Why? Why are you so gung-ho to help me? We’ve
never really hit it off and, all of a sudden, you’re being
kind and want to act like the Boy Scout who helps the old
lady across the street.”
The phone started ringing again. They let it play out.
Rocky picked up where they left off. “I want to help you
because I’m a nice guy, no matter what you might think,
and I see you need it. There’s a mob outside your door
who would eat you alive if given half a chance. You
could call Sharon to assist you but I’m quite sure my
skill-set is a bit better at handling those people out there
“You’re probably right, but can you blame me for
doubting your motives?”
He shook his head. This was getting ridiculous.
“You’re right. I’m done. Have a nice life.” Rocky rose
from his seat, shoved the chair under the table, and turned
toward the back door.
In the moment his hand touched the knob, she said,
“Okay. Okay. Sorry. I do need help. Please come and sit.
I’ll tell you everything.”
This anthology has all southern-set stories. Mine is a 20 year high school reunion and is set in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. The other stories are by some pretty amazing authors. I hope you’ll check them out, too. BUY LINK
A new Regency story from Jillian. This one has spies and adventure as well as romance.
Banished to the dower house by her stepson who believes she is after his fortune, the Dowager Duchess of Whittington lives a lonely existence during her year of mourning. Missing her husband and forbidden by the new duke to travel to London and stay in the ducal residence, twenty-two year old Hannah Otto despairs of ever getting out of the countryside.
Bored and somewhat annoyed at the restrictions placed on her, Hannah makes plans to visit a friend in London shortly before her mourning period is over.
Before Hannah has a chance to finalize those plans, her butler notifies her of a man in her courtyard. A bleeding, unconscious man slumped over the back of a fine steed. Feeling sorry for him yet glad for some excitement, Hannah has him brought inside.
But when he appears to be a French spy, she realizes the enormity of what she’s done.
This story is set in my hometown, Pensacola, and features many local landmarks as well as restaurants I love to visit- all local owned and operated, some by more than one generation! It’s a tour of my town as well as a bit of a thriller with some romance woven in. Buy link
I have a new book coming out July 8, 2016. It’s called Rex, the Ex and the Hex from CHBB Publishing and it is such a fun story, I can’t wait for it to be available. There’s voodoo, witch doctors, a tarot card reader and even a haruspex. There’s a murder trial and even a laundromat. When did you last read a book with a scene in a muggy, steamy laundromat?
The story takes place in parts of south Alabama, Pensacola and even New Orleans. Here’s the awesome cover made by Rue Volley.
It’s release day for my book, Kat’s Song. BUY LINK
Kat McKay’s heart is locked tight against further entanglements. Determined not to give it again, she’s abandoned all hope of love and holds herself apart from men. The last one did a number on her and she’s never going there again.
Paul Baker, world-renowned musician, keeps his deepest secret close to his heart. He’s as determined as Kat McKay not to let his heart get stomped on. The difference is, his isn’t personal. It’s public.
Out of necessity, the two of them join together. One with a motive to protect and the other reluctant to be protected. Their competing desires threaten to derail them both. Resolution can only be made at great risk.
Here it is!! I saw the draft a few weeks ago and wanted to share but wasn’t allowed to until now. I love it and it’s very evocative of the story. Thanks to Gwen Phifer for being such a great cover artist to work with! She captured my vision in a marvelous way. The book comes out in April, 2016.
Here’s a teaser of The Eisenger Element (release date is Oct 24, 2015) and some more New Orleans pictures.
Wasn’t it bad enough his brother had been wrongly convicted? Now they were trying to hang a rap on him…
“You and your brother are very clever. He’s been convicted of murder himself—”
“Oh, so, in your esteemed opinion, the inclination to murder is something that’s in the genes?” Linc took a step in Emilia’s direction. “First of all, my brother was wrongfully convicted—wrongfully—and secondly, that’s one of the most inane things I think I’ve ever heard in my life.” Linc took another step toward her.
Emilia resisted the urge to back up, as she didn’t want Eisenger to know he’d gotten to her and that she was a bit frightened by the anger in his voice. She threw a grateful glance at Howard as he took hold of Lincoln’s upper arm.
“Hang on, man. No need to threaten the lady,” Howard said.
“She’s no lady and I didn’t threaten her.” Lincoln spread his arms and grinned but to Emilia it appeared to be more of a grimace than an actual smile. “I’m an innocent man standing in his own driveway being needled by an officer of the law. Maybe I need to make a call of my own to the police commissioner. Tell him all about the harassment I’m enduring based on the mere fact that I have a brother in Angola and I have a dead law partner who I couldn’t possibly have had a chance to kill. What do you think?” Linc glared at Emilia. “How do you think that phone call could affect that gold shield that I bet you have had for about five minutes?”
“You don’t have that kind of clout, mister. If you did, your brother wouldn’t be in prison now, would he?”
At that comment, Lincoln did lunge at Emilia. She whipped her gun up and aimed it directly at his chest.
Here is the official blurb for The Eisenger Element. I’ll share a pic or two of New Orleans as well.
She thought she was ready for the hard cases, but that was before she met him…
Emilia Hammond recently earned her gold shield as a detective with the New Orleans police department and is working on her first assignment, eager to prove herself capable of handling her promotion. After a series of attacks on prostitutes in the French Quarter, she finds herself going undercover to investigate. In the process, she’s called to the scene of a murder at an attorney’s office. She has a good lead, a solid case, until her prime suspect turns the tables on her.
He’s trying to clear his innocent brother, and now he’s a murder suspect himself…
Attorney Lincoln Eisenger is from a prominent New Orleans Garden District family. His brother Myles is in Angola Prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Linc is determined to clear his brother’s name and bring him home. But when his law partner is killed, Linc becomes the prime suspect. Now he has to clear himself as well as his brother, all the while trying to ignore the sparks igniting between him and the spunky female detective he thought was a prostitute.
This one was hard to imagine an appropriate cover. Even the cover artist was at a loss since there is so much going on in this story. I knew I had no idea how to capture the essence of it and I’ve been thinking about it since I finished writing it a long time ago (this was my NaNoWriMo story in 2013)- I knew a New Orleans Police Department badge was something I wanted somewhere since the heroine is a cop. The scales of Justice was also an idea since the hero is a lawyer. Jack, the cover artist, came up with the New Orleans musician in the corner to give the flavor of the city.
The first scene is the remainder of the cover. In that scene, the heroine is working undercover and the hero is leaning on a lamp post hoping to see her as he wants to assist her to get off the streets because he thinks she’s an underage prostitute. (The inspiration for this story was the Herman’s Hermits song, Leaning on a lamp post– LOL) Check it out here.