Friday, November 6, 2015

New Contract

On my way out the door for drinks, but I wanted to post that I received a contract today for Collateral Risk, the sequel to Collateral Damage.And I get to work with my wonderful editor Ally Robertson again. Here's a blurb that will give you an idea of what it's about -  

After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases drowns under suspicious circumstances. Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?     


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My grandmother's recipe

Every year, Wild Rose Press publishes a holiday cookbook so if you're looking for new recipes, be sure to look for it when it comes out later this year. I just sent in my grandmother's recipe for "Whoopee Pies," which is a family favorite.

Whoopee Pies

Mix:     2 cups flour       1/4  tsp salt       1/3 cup cocoa
           1 cup sugar       1 tsp vanilla       3/4 cup milk
           1 tsp soda         1 egg                1/3 cup oil

Beat until well blended.  Drop from a spoon onto a cookie sheet lightly greased and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Beat filling in mixer:

           1 stick margerine softened 
           1 cup conf sugar
           1 tsp vanilla
           5 tbsp marshmallow

Some family members double or triple the recipe to make super-sized whoopee pies. Either way, it's a good idea to double the filling. My mother warms the marshmallow for easier blending. 


Now it's back reading about serial killers...more research.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Day Off

Lately I've been at sort of at an in-between point when it comes to writing, with several projects in the "research" stage. So I've been indulging my reading addiction, scarfing down just about anything I can get my hands on. I finally got around to reading Girl on the Train and my first Kathy Reich's novel. Not to mention suspense novels by Tami Hoag, Laura Griffin, Chevy Chase, Kimberly Belle, Karen Rose, Maggie Shayne, Lisa Jackson, Karen White, Kay Hooper, Allison Brennan and Iris Johansen. I've also been getting into magical realism and women's fiction, I guess you'd call it - I've belatedly discovered Sarah Addison Allen and Susan Wiggs (I'd read her historicals but not the contemporaries). Last but not least, I just indulged my mermaid obsession the other day by picking up a copy of Susan Donovan's Moondance Beach, which is set on an island in my home state. Oh, and then there are all the used Amazon books I've got on order, as well as fellow TWRP author Marilyn Baron's Sixth Sense.  Guess I should do some cleaning too....   

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Release Party for Amazon Encore Authors

Please join me on Facebook today for a release party featuring new Amazon Encore authors. Lots of giveaways and prizes. Here's the link: Hosted by Linda Joyce

Monday, September 21, 2015

Excerpt from Collateral Damage

I'm jumping the gun a bit, but here's an excerpt from Collateral Damage. I sent in what I hope are the last two final galley changes over the weekend and am pretty excited about the book. Hope you enjoy it.


She lay on the bed with her eyes wide open. Music and laughter filtered up the stairs, echoing across the room. Her dolls Hannah and Christie lay on either side of her, as sleepless as she was. She wished the guests would leave so Santa could land his reindeer on the roof and bring her the Barbie Dream House she asked him for. The milk and cookies she left out on the kitchen table for him would be stale by the time the party ended. If he didn’t like them would he change his mind about the Barbie Dream House?

No. Santa wasn’t like that. If you were good all year long he didn’t care if you messed up and left stale cookies for him. It was the thought that counted. She felt a little better until another idea popped into her brain. Maybe there wouldn’t be any cookies left at all by the time everybody finally got around to leaving. Maybe he would eat them. The year before she’d snuck down into the kitchen and seen him sitting there at the table, his tie loosened and his shirt untucked as he popped the Oreos into his mouth one by one. When they were all gone he dumped the milk down the drain and finished off with a swig of golden liquid instead.

When she saw him the next day he winked at her, as if he’d known all along she was watching him from the shadows. “My little spy,” he said. “Always turning up where you least expect her.”

She tried not to make a face. He didn’t like it when she wasn’t nice. But there were some things people shouldn’t get away with. “You ate Santa’s cookies.”

“So I did. But I don’t think he’d mind.”

“I think he would.”

“Remember,” he said, leaning down and taking her chin between his fingers, “curiosity killed the cat.”

“What cat?”

“Obviously, you haven’t been listening.”

“You’re hurting me.”

“Am I?” He released his grip. “I’m sorry, baby. You know I’d never hurt you.”

The memory made her shiver, even though she knew that didn’t make sense. After all, she’d known him her whole life. She heard a noise outside her door, like ice in a glass. Her heart started beating faster, thudding in her chest. She clutched at her dolls with both hands and held her breath.

The door opened a crack. Behind closed eyelids, she could feel the light shining into the room.

When the door closed a few seconds later she let out her breath all at once and took a great gulp of air. After a few minutes her heart stopped beating so fast. Downstairs somebody was playing the piano and a woman was singing along. The woman’s words sounded funny, like she couldn’t say her s’s right. She sounded like Kayla Kilhart at school who always left Reading to meet with Mr. Wilson.

At the end of the hallway, a door opened and shut.

There was only one room at the end of the hallway and nobody was supposed to go inside. It was the room that belonged to her mother. Her father didn’t let anybody in there.

Not even her.

She sat up and listened. It was quiet, except for the sounds of the party and the woman downstairs singing “Joy to the World.” Tucking Hannah under her arm, she climbed out of bed and crept over to the door. It was open but only a crack. Not enough for her to see anything.

She pulled it open a few more inches and looked at the door that never opened. It was shut, just like it always was.

She took a step into the hallway. She knew she shouldn’t but something was making her. Something inside her she couldn’t stop.

She wanted to see the inside of that room. She wanted to know what her mother left behind. Maybe she bought her a present, a Christmas present. Or wrote her a letter telling her when she was coming back for her. There might be important instructions in it about where she should meet her.

As softly as she could, she walked to the end of the hallway. On the other side of the door, all was silent. Her throat started to hurt.

When she wrapped her hand around the doorknob she saw that her arm was shaking. She twisted the knob and pushed the door open a few inches.

She pushed a little more and slipped into the room. It was totally black, too scary to stay another second. She stepped backward and hit her elbow on the door, dropping Hannah onto the rug. She clamped her hand over her mouth as she cried out but it was too late.

The lamp next to the bed snapped on. The light hurt her eyes. Or maybe she didn’t want to see what was on the bed.

“You forgot about the cat.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Release Party

Last night's release party for 15 new Amazon Encore titles was a great success - and lots of fun. Though the party's over, feel free to check out the page for info. about my fellow authors' republished titles. Here's the link: Release Party!

In other news, I received final galleys for Collateral Damage yesterday. As soon as I get a release date, I'll post an excerpt from the Prologue.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Burb & Cover Reveal

Received my COLLATERAL DAMAGE cover yesterday from TWRP. Cover artist Kim Mendoza did a fabulous job on it. I've also pasted the blurb below and will post an excerpt soon.  

For three years, Laura Drake has watched Senator Pete Worthington promote a series of gorgeous women while she sits in a forgotten corner answering constituent letters on an outdated computer. The exciting life she envisioned in the nation’s capital has been anything but glamorous. When Worthington asks her to find an elusive file one Friday night, he sets off a series of events that brands her as a killer and puts her life in jeopardy. The path she sets out on forces her to confront not only the nature of evil, but the ghosts from her past that have never been set to rest.

FBI Agent Dalton Ross transferred from Chicago to Washington to escape his own ghosts. After discovering the affair between his wife and his best friend, he’s vowed never to trust another woman. When his investigation leads him to Laura, he is torn between his desire to keep her safe and his need to protect his own heart. As the mystery that surrounds them deepens, Laura and Dalton race to save themselves and the nation from someone willing to sacrifice anything to protect a secret.    

Monday, August 31, 2015

Launch Party for new Encore Titles

VERTIGO will be part of a couple of upcoming release parties on Facebook in September. There will be lots of giveaways and prizes, plus information about many great novels launching on Amazon Encore. More information to come!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Long Overdue Update

Good things have been happening in recent months. First, AmazonEncore republished my romantic suspense novel VERTIGO under its imprint on August 11. The book is now available for 3.99 on Amazon. 

I'm also in the final editing stages for my second romantic suspense novel COLLATERAL DAMAGE and should have a release date soon. I can't wait to see my cover and final galleys. As the release date approaches, I'll be posting a cover reveal and an excerpt. 

Last week I completed the second novel in the series, COLLATERAL RISK - all 94,000 words of it - and sent it off to Ally Robertson, my wonderful editor at TWRP (fingers crossed). I'm currently taking a quick break (well, if research counts as a break) before beginning work on the third novel in the series, COLLATERAL LOSS. 

I also have another project in the works that involves my shifter series, written under my pen name Julia Banks. But that is another update...

I will post again when I come up for air with writing. 



Friday, March 27, 2015

Upcoming Sale

The e-book version of VERTIGO will be on sale at all venues for 99 cents from May 1-14. Later this year, the price will also drop permanently to 2.99.  If you haven't picked up a copy, be sure to get one in early May.

Submitted my cover info sheet and chose a cover artist for COLLATERAL DAMAGE this week. Really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.

Happy Friday!

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