Well, hello there everyone! I’m excited to be here for the first time. I probably should have waited until my next book, TWO LETHAL LIES, is out. But that won’t be until October and frankly that was too long to wait. So here I am now, inspired by the fact that when it IS released it will be my eighth book.
Compared to some, eight may not seem a lot, but back when I was dreaming about becoming a published writer, even one book seemed impossible.
Persistence in the face of great odds is not an easy thing to maintain. At least, not for me. I had many years where I didn’t believe I could ever finish a book, let alone get it published.
One day I saw an ad in my local paper for a group called “Music City Romance Writers.” Bucking up my courage, I ventured forth. In those days, the group met at a local library, which should have given me a clue, but didn’t. I was so nervous going to my first meeting, I didn’t think about much of anything. Authors were like Olympian gods to me: larger than life and entirely unapproachable.
Imagine my surprise when I walked into the room and saw perfectly ordinary-looking people sitting there. No one wore a size 2 mini-skirt. No one looked like they’d stepped out Vogue. In fact, most looked as though they’d dashed home from work, threw some kind of dinner on the family table, left the dishes in the sink, and ran to the meeting.
Just like me.
That was the beginning of my seeing that writing and publishing a book was possible. If these women, these down-to-earth, smart, welcoming women could do it, maybe I could, too.
I met many of my closest friends at that meeting. Together we’ve journeyed through the ups and downs of our writing careers. Many us eventually realized our dream: seeing our book displayed in Borders or Barnes and Noble.
I still get a thrill when I see my books in the store. My seventh romantic suspense, One Deadly Sin, came out in 2008. It has a prickly tough-gal biker chick heroine with a secret heart of gold, and a sexy small-town cop whose world falls apart when her scheme for revenge goes wildly and horribly wrong. It’s still getting raves (here’s a recent review)-- so I hope you’ll check it out.
As mentioned at the start, my next romantic suspense, Two Lethal Lies comes out in October. It’s a tense story about a man carrying a secret so lethal, its discovery could put everyone he loves in the crosshairs of a maniacal killer. Can’t wait until the fall? It’s available for pre-order at Amazon.
If you want to know more about me or my books, stop by my website . You’ll find excerpts there from all of them.
And I hope you won’t give up on your dreams. You never know what’s waiting out there to help make them come true.
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