I've been promising my readers for a long time that I would get around to writing a book for Vance. At long last, it's time for his story to be told...
...only Vance deserved more than one story. Before he gets his novel, I'll be releasing a series of short stories to bridge the gap between Devil in Disguise and the next novel - and to piece together the years before and during Throwaway and Suddenly a Spy.
I've thoroughly enjoyed writing Vance's story. As each piece of it has unfolded, it's become clear to me why this particular character has so completely captured my imagination and that of my readers. I'm beyond thrilled to release the first of three short stories coming before Christmas. So, without further ado...
About the story:
Vance Davis is a haunted man. The ghosts of his past are never far away and rarely silent; no matter where he goes or what he does, he can still feel the icy grip of their condemnation. But hope is never truly lost.
As Vance reunites with his dear friend and co-worker, Jessie, he find himself once again pulled into the world of human trafficking, caught in a battle between his heart and his mind, with more than just himself at stake. As the memory of his lost love, Harmony, continues to torment him, he is consumed by a new mission: to rescue a foster child who’s gone missing. But doing so will require the help of some old friends he might not be ready to face.
Adventure and emotion collide in this story about overcoming the past to forge a better future.
Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. While I'm sure "they" are right, some things are too important to not even try.
Devil in Disguise was a book I'd been really excited to write for a lot of reasons - it was a chance to not only revisit many of my favorite characters, but to shine a spotlight on the fight against human trafficking and one of my favorite organizations, Project Liberty. But then life and inexperience got in the way of my best laid plans.
Right as the publication process kicked into high gear, my family's move to the country got fast-tracked. I was so busy keeping my head above water that I let a lot of things slip through the cracks. I was also newer to this writing gig, so I made a few decisions I would have made differently if I'd known then what I know now.
I realize nothing's perfect, and with every book, there will always be something I could have done better. Usually I chalk it up to live and learn and apply my takeaways from each book to the next. But I couldn't let it go with Devil; it never stopped bothering me, those little things I'd have done differently.
Here are just a few things to watch for in the upcoming months...
Reboots seem to be all the rage in Hollywood these days. I'm usually resistant to them but they win me over in the end. I felt bad for Tobey Maguire when they started over with the Spiderman series, but Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were an irresistible combination. I guess, sometimes, it's not all bad to start over.
After I released Waiting for You, I went into a bit of a hibernation as far as my writing was concerned. I had all kinds of plans in the works that were put on hold. Partly because my life was kinda overwhelming me and I needed to get my feet under me. Partly because I was just in a creative slump.
But now things are kinda-sorta starting to settle down and the voices in my head have been silenced for too long. They're bumping around, demanding I tell their stories once more. Maybe it's time for me to reboot. To that end, look for some changes around the website, a few revamped covers, and maybe even a few more changes to come down the pike.
And I did promise my readers I'd eventually tell Vance's story. I think it's time to make good on that promise.
First, I have a few orders of business to attend to, a few details to iron out before I make official announcements... but stay tuned, because there will be some news in the next week. Vance's story is going to be an event, because he deserves nothing less.
I'm always excited to release a new book. Launch day usually finds me glued to my computer screen, smiling like a fool over each new comment and eagerly checking to see if anything new is happening. My books are my babies and I love sending them out into the world. (Even if it is a little nerve-racking!)
But there's something about this one that has me especially bubbly today. I can't say enough how happy I am to be announcing the release of Waiting for You. Karise and Aidan's story has become one of my favorites. Like Charlie and Neena from Jailbird, thinking about these two just makes me smile. I hope they make you smile, too.
So please go out and snag your copy now - then tell everyone you know to do the same! I'll be forever grateful. Maybe, if we can manage to climb high enough on the charts, I'll even let one of my boys get some video of me happy-dancing so you have something to giggle about. But it would have to be pretty darn high on the charts...
Here's the link to buy the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & iTunes. Happy reading!
I've decided it's time to tell Vance Davis's story. To do that well, I'm re-reading all of the books with him in it. Well, I'm attempting to, anyway. Any time I try to sit down on my front porch to read, this happens:
I finally convinced this crew to leave me alone and then I got distracted by Snickers teaching her baby, Forest, how to pick a fight with our young buckling, Skittlez. (My oldest son insists on the "z" - he says it makes the name more manly. Or is it manlier?)
Even with all of this cuteness abounding, I'm determined to work on this book. I'll let you know how it goes!
There is something I love about each of my books. Each novel released reveals some facet of me, some emotion I've struggled with, a piece of my soul. I've enjoyed each of them or I wouldn't have shared them with you, my reader.
But every so often, one of the books strikes a deeper chord. I find myself busting at the seams with excitement over releasing it. Throwaway and Jailbird were those kind of books for me. My upcoming release, Waiting for You, also falls into that category.
The novel doesn't contain some of the suspense found in the others. It's a love story, pure and simple. One of my early readers summed it up best when she said, "I want to crawl inside this book and live there." Yep, me too, Becki. Me, too.
There were times I didn't think this book was ever going to be written. My creative team would agree to a set of dates and I'd blow right past them with no progress made because life has been so incredibly crazy of late. (Even for me.) But the amazing team of people I work with rolled with it and got the book ready in spite of me.
Here's the official synopsis:
For years, Karise McAlister has been running: from her family, from herself, and from her dreams. Now she’s made it, with a successful career and a promising engagement. But when she meets the compelling and creative Aidan Donnelly, his down-to-earth charm provides the wakeup call Karise badly needs. Moving across country to start over, Karise devotes herself to her work, convinced she needs to be independent. But with handsome Aidan just down the road and a mischievous group of friends determined to set her up, Karise must face her concerns about life and romance head-on.
Waiting for You will be available for pre-order next week and released May 7!
I tell readers all the time that you don't have to read my books in any certain order to enjoy them. Each novel is meant to stand alone. I try to have at least one person who is new to my work read my novels before they're released, just to be sure they make sense all by their lonesome.
That said, part of the fun of the books operating in a shared universe is getting to see how characters are doing after their story has been told. All of the books intertwine on some level, but every now and then, there's one that brings multiple others in. My next release just so happens to be one of those books.
So if you haven't read Ties That Bind, Ring of Fire or Roses in Ecuador, now might be a good time to do so. To make that easier, my wonderful publisher has combined those three novels into one collection: The Unbridled Hearts Collection.
If you've already read all three books, thank you! Now please go tell all of your friends to read them. At three books for $5.99, it's a great deal!
And stay tuned for tomorrow's cover reveal for my upcoming release, Waiting for You. I simply cannot wait to share this book with you; I'm about to bubble over with excitement!
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