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Photo Inspiration

My newest Intrigue, SHELTERED, takes place in Oregon. Here are a few inspiration photos I looked at while writing the books. The area is so pretty. So, naturally, I decided it was the perfect place for very bad people to do very bad things. My apologies to Oregon. Here’s a little snippet to give you an idea…

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The camp operated as a retreat. Cabins lined up in a serene wooded area. Communal gardens and shared meals in a dining hall. Staff had the option of living in less private bunkhouses a few hundred feet from the main area, behind the yoga studio.

It all seemed peaceful, the perfect place for people who were tired of being plugged in and those sick of government regulations or city life. But on the inside something festered. Groups of men would leave for hours at a time. The gun range had a steady stream of customers. So did the makeshift village built on the back of the property. The one where people practiced drills storming houses and learning how to fight off attacks.

sheltered2But none of that worried Holt like the sheer amount of firepower he’d seen brought onto the property. He recognized the crates and couldn’t come up with a single reason a retreat that featured yoga would also have grenade launchers.

Marriage Equality Wins!

Nicely done, SCOTUS.

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Book Purchase!

I just bought this book called DAY FOUR. Reading this will pretty much guarantee that I never step foot on a cruise. Read the cover blurb and you’ll see why:

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Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.

When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world’s press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.

See??? Yeah, check back later today on my Facebook Page for a giveaway. I need to recover from the blurb first.

Literacy Tea

Does anyone live near Richardson, Texas? I’ll be one of the authors at the The 10th annual Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy. The event is on Sunday October 4th. You can buy tickets to sit at a table with a specific author. All of the authors will have goody bags for the people at their tables, but you clearly want my goody bag, right? You’ll also hear keynote speaker Tessa Dare. She’s awesome. For more information, go HERE. And have I mentioned how much I love tea? I TOTALLY do.

Some TV Viewing…

After a near non-stop writing binge for the last, oh, 25 months, I’ve been trying to work on a more reasonable schedule for a few weeks. This means I’m cleaning out the DVR by doing some serious television watching each morning. The timing is perfect because some new shows started and a few came back for a new season. My most recent views:

KILLJOYS: The is a new series on the Syfy network. Killjoys are futuristic bounty hunters (reclamation agents). The top agent and leader of the team is a kickass woman. The two guys on the team are estranged brothers, one of whom is played by that guy who was on WAREHOUSE 13 near the end of the series and you liked him but you weren’t quite sure what he added to the show., Yeah, him. I really liked Killjoys. It has the potential to be clever and witty, and I am totally “in” for this lead woman saving the day over and over again thing.

DARK MATTER: This is another new Syfy show. The crew of a ship (i.e., spaceship) wakes up and no one knows who they are or why they’re there. There was a bit of nonsense in-fighting at the beginning of the first episode but the hook at the end of that episode sucked me in. I’ve watched two episodes now and am “in” thanks to the BIG SECRET I want revealed.

THE LAST SHIP: This is a returning show. 80% of the world is infected with a killer virus. The crew of a Navy ship is healthy and protecting the doctor (the former female leader in Strike Back) who developed the cure. By the end of this season’s opening episode I had a moment of “so, everything is fine now…right?” But of course it’s not, which is good because I find THE LAST SHIP to be ridiculous fun. I’m thrilled it’s back.

I also taped the second season opener of TRUE DETECTIVE. Since I’m one of the few people who didn’t love the first season, I’m ignoring it for now. I thought THE BRINK looked good but the reviews are terrible, so I think I’ll finally watch HAPPY VALLEY, the Emmy-winning British drama about a female police detective whose daughter was murdered. That one is on Netflix so I can marathon it.

Happy Father’s Day!

This mug seemed to fit today – Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other dads out there!!

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A New Intrigue!

Today is release day for the print version of SHELTERED, one of my Corcoran Team: Bulletproof Bachelors books. Wahoo!!!!!

CORNERED, SHELTERED and August’s TAMED are the last three books in the Corcoran Team series. I am really sad to see the series end because I loved writing these guys. Each story stands alone, but they are connected by characters. The men are all part of the same team and alpha and tough but melt a bit inside when they meet the right women.

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She’d always preferred handling things on her own. Until a sexy undercover agent stepped in to protect her.

Strong and silent Holt Kingston has one mission: to infiltrate a dangerous cult with more firepower than faith. But when the compound’s ruthless leader has a gorgeous former member in his sights, single-minded Holt won’t rest until the mesmerizing Lindsey Pike is safe.

After living undercover for years helping others flee, Lindsey isn’t used to someone else calling the shots. Not even someone as capable and captivating as Holt. But now someone knows she’s back—and wants her captured. Maybe even killed. As the cult slowly closes in on them, Lindsey can no longer hide how much Holt’s protection soothes her peace of mind. And heals her wounded heart.

You can buy a print copy of SHELTERED at most Targets and Walmarts, some grocery stores, and bookstores like Amazon and B&N. Here are just two sites for you to check out Amazon and Barnes & Noble! For those who prefer ebooks, SHELTERED will be out in digital on July 1st. You can go ahead and pre-order now!

An Excerpt!

I thought today might be a good day for a little snippet from FALLING HARD:

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It would help their communication if West didn’t take her so literally sometimes. “What was with the covert craziness getting here? I told you no one knows about this place.”

His eyebrow lifted. “You’re alive, aren’t you?”

Talk about dramatic. “Was there a possibility I wouldn’t be?”

With a hand on her elbow, he dragged her off the hard-to-see path and closer to the side of the house. “Why the hell did you bring us here?”

“I just told you.” She was not a fan of the manhandling. Or the way he talked to her. “And do not swear at me.”

“You’ve got to be kidding.” His eyes bugged out. “I’ve heard you swear.”

The list of things he did that annoyed her grew with each passing second. She shrugged out of his hold and faced him. “Not at you. And for the record, you’re warning when I first picked you as my bodyguard wasn’t strong enough. You’re more than difficult.”

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Release Day!!

Today the second book in my Bad Boys Undercover series – FALLING HARD – comes out. Wahoo!! I’m so excited because I love this book. The hero is one of my favorites. He’s the quiet type. A retired marine now working undercover, he’s the guy the Alliance sends in because he always gets the job done. In this case, the job is retrieving intel from a doctor working at a clinic near the base of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. But when West gets there he finds the doctor’s daughter, Lexi Palmer. She’s hot, chatty and determined. Poor West doesn’t stand a chance…

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After a grueling assignment with the black ops force known as the Alliance, Weston Brown is craving downtime. Instead, he’s pulled into his deadliest operation, in the one place he never wanted to see again. No-nonsense and so damn hot, Lexi Turner lied to get him to her mountain clinic in Pakistan. But the threat is terrifyingly real.

Lexi has been asking too many questions, drawing the wrong kind of attention. As soon as she lays eyes on West, she can tell he’s quiet—yet tough—and has a rescue complex which will come in handy for going up against the world’s most ruthless gunrunners.

Cut off from the rest of the Alliance, Lexi and West navigate the brutal terrain and a primal sexual attraction. Sticking around has never been West’s way, but now he’ll use every resource to keep Lexi by his side, safe from a killer who leaves no loose ends behind.

Some “buy” links in case you want to grab, you know, 20 or 30 copies…

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Memorial Day

Thank you to those who serve and to the families who support them.

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