New Release – Winter’s Fall

The long overdue follow-on story to Winter’s Heat

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Most fairy tales start with a wicked stepmother…

Nicole’s life in Key West was paradise until her father died. Then her stepmother stole his dive company, fired her, and kicked her out of her apartment. To add insult to injury, Nicole’s boyfriend dumped her for her stepsister. Now she’s alone, practically broke, working in a job she hates, and living in a squalid apartment with two roommates she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemy. Well, maybe on her stepsister.

Then she runs into bad boy billionaire Andrew Winter. Literally runs into him, because the lunatic decided to drive his Mercedes through the worst traffic snarl on the island. When she loses her bartending job—thanks to her ex and her stepbrother—Andrew steps in to save the day. He’ll pay her to be his tour guide while he’s vacationing in the Keys. Why not? The money is good and the company is better, but it’s the kisses that keep her coming back. There’s just one problem—what’s she going to do when he leaves?

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Winter Billionaires: Andrew

The story finally came together for me last month and I was able to plot the whole thing out in detail, so I went ahead and had the covers done. The first installment will be out later in March.  I think it will work better as six installments rather than eight.

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No, I haven’t forgotten about or given up on Dark Bargains. But I’m still struggling with fixing it after I messed it up and I need to get something written in the meantime. I’m hoping that shifting gears will clear my head and give me a fresh perspective on it.

So what’s next for 2017?

So as the year wraps up, I find myself pondering the long list of mistakes I made this year and planning how to do better next year.

First of all, Dark Bargains has been kind of a disaster. I deviated from my original outline and lost all of my momentum. The story is still there, but it has changed so much that it’s just not coming together. I’m still slogging away at it, but it’s really not working well in the serial format with the changes and I’m strongly considering scrapping that and just releasing it as a novel. Either way, it *will* be finished in 2017. I apologize for the delay, but sometimes this just doesn’t work like paint-by-numbers the way I’d like it to.

I really should have started on the Andrew story from The Winter Billionaires series already.  Honestly, I never expected the Winter’s Heat story to take off the way it did, so you guys caught me off guard without a follow-up ready. Billionaires haven’t really been my thing as a reader or a writer, so I’m still figuring that out as I go. It’s taken six months, but I’ve finally got some good ideas coming together and you can look forward to that in 2017. I’m thinking it’s probably going to be a bit shorter (Winter’s Heat was 120,000 words, about 500 pages in print which is *long*), and I’m still on the fence about whether I want to write and release it in the same serial format or whether to just publish it as a novel when the story is done. Given the number of one-star reviews I’ve gotten on Winter’s Heat for being a serial with cliffhangers, I’m strongly leaning towards doing the novel, though.

With One Word has been a quiet success. It’s not a huge seller, but the people who do read it seem to like it. That makes me happy, because it’s the kind of story that I really wanted to tell and why I started this pen name in the first place. I want to do more books like that. Innocence Whispers, Willow’s story, is 1/3 of the way done and as my Christmas present to me I’m dropping everything else for the rest of the year in a push to get it finished and published in January. The cover is ready, so I just need to finish the book. If I’m happy with it (and if my readers like it) I’ve got stories lined up for Willow’s friends Tegan and Lauren as well.

I’ve also got ideas for a couple of other series (novel-length series, not serial installments) sitting on the back burner. One is a set of military romances based around a team of former special forces hotties who provide international security in the nastier parts of the world as well as doing hostage rescues and anti-terrorism ops.  Another is a set of contemporaries about three brothers living in a small town in Texas who each desperately needs the right woman to come along and heal his mangled heart. I’d like to get to those sooner rather than later, but we’ll see how things turn out.

So while 2016 was kind of a mess, overall it was positive. In 2017 I’ll work to stay on point instead of being scattershot about publishing in different genres,  and I’ll be publishing more. I published over 300,000 words in 2016, and I fully expect to publish twice that much in 2017 as I’ve got close to 100k words of it already written. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it, anyway.

Dark Bargains 2 is now available

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I killed her.

Lucas told me that he killed his wife, but he refuses to say any more than that about what happened. Is it true? Does it even matter? I’m starting to fall for him anyway, just like Stephanie has. But Marcus is never going to let me go, and he torments me with what can never be.

Do you really think a man like Lucas, who is as proud as Lucifer and can have any woman he wants, is going to settle for his brother’s cast-off whore?

I don’t believe in ghosts, but I have two of them haunting me right now. One of them was my wife. She’s dead. The other is the woman my brother brought home. He’s killing her. I have to find a way to save her, but I’m not sure I can even save myself. And I’m beginning to wonder if she’s even the woman I thought she was.

If she’d sleep with Marcus, would she do other things for him? Like prank calling his brother pretending to be his dead wife?

Dark Bargains is a six part contemporary Gothic/romantic suspense serial with cliffhanger endings. If you don’t like serials or cliffhangers, I will be releasing the entire series in a single, novelized volume when it is complete.

Dark Bargains is now available

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Everyone has secrets.

After coming home from a trip to Macau to settle some business for his casino magnate father, Lucas St. Cyr’s life is suddenly full of mysteries. How did a sweet, small-town girl like Diane Blanchard end up as his psycho half-brother’s fiancee? Why does she remain with a man she obviously can’t stand? What secrets is she hiding behind those haunted eyes?

Why has Marcus suddenly decided to marry a woman so completely unlike anyone he’s ever shown any interest in before – a woman who doesn’t love him, but who quietly endures his humiliation and abuse? What hold does he have on Diane to bind her so completely to his will? Why drag her unannounced to the family home in Las Vegas?

Of course Lucas has his own secrets, his own demons. But how long can he continue to keep them locked away when his defenses are being unraveled by those ghostly blue eyes? His past and present are blurring until he’s not sure what’s real any longer. What is it about Diane that reminds him so much of…

But that’s a secret, too.

Dark Bargains is a six part serial with cliffhanger endings. If you don’t like serials and you don’t like cliffhanger endings, I will be releasing a bundle of all six installments when the series is finished.

20,000 words / approximately 80 pages

Sneak Peek: Dark Bargains

Dark Bargains : a romantic suspense

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Everyone has secrets.

After coming home from a trip to Macau to settle some business for his casino magnate father, Lucas St. Cyr’s life is suddenly full of mysteries. How did a sweet, small-town girl like Diane Blanchard end up as his psycho half-brother’s fiancee? Why does she remain with a man she obviously can’t stand? What secrets is she hiding behind those haunted eyes?

Why has Marcus suddenly decided to marry a woman so completely unlike anyone he’s ever shown any interest in before – a woman who doesn’t love him, but who quietly endures his humiliation and abuse? What hold does he have on Diane to bind her so completely to his will? Why drag her unannounced to the family home in Las Vegas?

Of course Lucas has his own secrets, his own demons. But how long can he continue to keep them locked away when his defenses are being unraveled by those ghostly blue eyes? His past and present are blurring until he’s not sure what’s real any longer. What is it about Diane that reminds him so much of…

But that’s a secret, too.

Dark Bargains is a six part romantic suspense serial with cliffhanger endings. Coming very soon.