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Blog Diva - Friday, February 27, 2015
Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.
Holly has had many consequences throughout her life—job losses, financial collapse, relationship problems—but none has ever shaken her like her pregnancy. She cleans up her life as she carries her child, but she never tells the father. When he learns about Lily’s birth, he comes back into her life, but he brings a world of trouble with him. He’s a suspect in a murder case, and when Holly uses her private investigating skills to help police locate him, the tables turn and he takes her and the baby hostage. But is he really a killer or a victim? His link to her family’s arch-nemesis creates an even more tangled web. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 20, 2015
Against the Sky hits New York Times 3 weeks in a row!
Feb 15th list - AGAINST THE SKY #7
Feb 22nd list - AGAINST THE SKY #12
March 1st list - - AGAINST THE SKY #14
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Blog Diva - Friday, February 13, 2015
Setting the Scene for The Coin and The Book of Hours
Lately, many readers and bloggers have asked how I came up with the plot of my first novel, The Coin. A more interesting question popped out from one particular blogger who asked, why use the French Riviera for the setting of your thriller? The obvious subtext was, how such beautiful area lends itself for the inspiration of such darkness, and that got me thinking.
The ready answer is always the simplest—I found some coins in a clearing and started thinking about a possible suspense plot. Since I was already living in the area, might as well use it as my backdrop. But the more complex answer is that I needed to show that even in a beautiful environment, there is always a suggestion of the ugly, a reminder of how things were and could be once more. Past events shape and affect actions, both around the environment I lived in, as well as with its people, and humanity always has the capacity to turn vicious.
Basically, it was a decision designed to give my characters depth and to show the undercurrents, political and social, that would have affected them in that area at that time.
Let me explain. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 23, 2015
ALASKA. In America’s last wilderness there is no limits to what a man can do.
Book Summary …
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both … Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 02, 2015
Nothing like a heroine taking charge!
I love Charlene Smith’s journey from submissiveness to taking charge of her life. She figuratively slams her hands on the table and says, “No more.” She’ll no longer allow her ex-husband to control her like he had while they were married. She’ll no longer allow him to use their son as a pawn. Instead of slamming her hand down on a desk or gingerly saying, “No more,” read the excerpt below from Mystic Hearts, Book 2 of The Band of Friends, to find out how Charlene decides she can and will fight.
The venomous tone, at one time, would have had her withering. But not anymore. “Pig!”
Her ex-husband charged toward her, eyes wild, nostrils flaring.
She swung, faking high and going low. The bat connected with his stomach.
“Fuck,” he puffed and clutched his gut. “You’ll pay.” He straightened and snatched the butcher knife from the block on the kitchen counter. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, December 26, 2014
The power of Gratitude.
I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions because I learned many years ago to live in the now. Cancer at only 30 years old tends to give you a new perspective on life. Fast forward nearly thirty years, and I’ve learned something new and very powerful, gratitude.
Here’s how it began.
At first, I tried to keep a Gratitude Journal, but I only lasted a couple of weeks. Then one day, and I don’t recall why, I posted my gratitude on Facebook, and many people responded. Well, that wasn’t what I’d expected, but it pushed me to post again the next night, and the next.
So what? Why is that such a big deal? Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, December 19, 2014
Writing the Villain in Deadline by Scarlet Hawthorne
Devolution – The process by which an UNSUB begins to lose control, falling in a downward spiral, unable to control their urge to perform a particular offense brought about by the trauma of their offenses. The rapid movement from “Organized” to “Disorganized.” -- From the Criminal Minds glossary, criminalmindsfanwiki.com.
I primarily wrote Deadline in a panoramic point of view, as if the reader is watching a film, with no inner monologue of the hero or heroine. We learn their thoughts and feelings by what they say and how they behave – just as we do with people in our own lives. No one ever knows what anyone is thinking. I digress from this narrative technique with the villain in the story by allowing the reader into his head and “hear” the delusions of this mad man.
Clearly mentally ill, he may have developed schizophrenia in his twenties, which went unnoticed because of his ability to function “normally” and rationalize any paranoia to others. His delusions have been focused on religion, but now he believes God is speaking to him and has chosen him for a mission. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A sneak peek at Deceptive Beauty:
He smiled at my nervous question and looked down at the papers on his desk. “As you can tell Agent Quinn, we’re getting a lot of heat from upstairs about the outlaw activities from the motorcycle club, Sinister Sons Syndicate, over in Savannah. Someone, or the club itself is part of a huge sex trafficking ring of underage girls. They make them prostitutes and drug mules. If they don’t comply they kill them. I need you to try and infiltrate the leader by any means necessary.” Agent Marshall said the last part, “Any means necessary,” in air quotes. The look of shock was evident on my face.
“What the hell do you mean by any means necessary?! Obviously I’m a woman and there is no way I can get to the table. The only thing this leaves for me is…” After saying the last word, he smiled and shook his head in response. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, December 05, 2014
The cost of this coin might just be too high... When Gabriela finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking vital information she doesn't know she has. Richard, the intelligence officer assigned to protect her, has all he can do to keep her safe--and keep the stirrings of his heart from endangering them both.
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Blog Diva - Friday, November 28, 2014
When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.
As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristy finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself? Read More
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