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Archive for June 21st, 2010

On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—again. His best friend and chief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O’Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator’s killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.

It soon becomes clear that the senator’s past holds secrets that not only led to his death but now endanger Nick and Sam as well. Working together to find a killer and to rediscover the love they thought they lost long ago, they must put the past behind them and build a future that offers a world of new opportunities for both of them—including an offer from the Virginia Democrats for Nick to finish the last year of John’s term.

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I woke up today to a dream come true. You see I’d written this book, Fatal Affair, and it came together just the way I wanted it to. I’d created characters I’d fallen in love with and set up a potential series I wanted to write so badly. And then a funny thing happened on the way to my dream coming true. The book was well received by my agent and several of the editors we sent it to. However, the idea for the series was not. I wanted to write about a Washington, D.C. power couple. He becomes a United States senator. She’s a homicide detective. I figured Washington would provide me with an endless number of stories and situations to put them in. I was disappointed when the series idea turned out to be a stopper because romance editors want a new couple in the second book.

And then came Harlequin’s new digital arm, Carina Press, and they were determined to shake up all the established formulas. (more…)

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