Archive for November 14th, 2011

I’m in the strange position of having two incredible covers for a book. The good thing, they are both incredible. The bad thing, it’s like a cage match—only one can survive.


When Rocky Mountain Heat came out in 2009, April Martinez did an incredible job of putting together a cover that lived up to the feel and promise of the story. A contemporary cowboy series set in the rolling foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, April and I found the perfect cover model for the heroine, Jaxi and the hero (hmmm, six pack…) Blake. She made a lovely crest and together the whole package was eye catching and gorgeous, and I couldn’t have been happier.


Roll forward two years. Rocky Mountain Heat has been expanded by over 20K words to a full novel. The second story and third are waiting to roll off the presses with their new home at Samhain Publishing.


With a new cover.


I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have wonderful covers made for my stories at Samhain, most of them by the incredible Angela Waters. We talked about how much we all liked the old covers, but that this needed to be new in the same way that the story was new. And Angela hit it out of the ballpark.


I’m so pleased to be able to start this series brand-new and head into the future with these wonderful images to help capture the hero and heroine. There’s something to be said for starting fresh.




The Coleman family has ranched in the Rocky Mountain House area of Alberta for generations. These modern day contemporary cowboy romance stories follow the current family members as they find both their place in the community and happy-ever-afters.


Book 1: Rocky Mountain Heat: November 15.

Book 2: Rocky Mountain Haven: January 10, 2012

Book 3: Rocky Mountain Desire: March 13, 2012




Rocky Mountain Heat
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…

Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?



First Chapter: Excerpt

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An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It’s just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid’s former colleague and ex-lover. But that’s history—and it left scars.

Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive.



The Hardest Goodbyes


Deadly Sins was released on August 2.  It’s book six in The Mindhunters series and will likely be the last in the series, although I never say never.  And it still hasn’t quite hit me that my current project doesn’t have Adam Raiker whispering insistently in my ear.  Doesn’t have one of his compelling employees trying to get me to throw the man a curve ball.  I’ve been writing Mindhunter books for three years.  That’s longer than I’ve spent on any series I’ve ever created.  That’s longer than I stuck with yoga and it was supposed to be life changing.  (Perhaps it would have been if classes hadn’t met at 5:30 AM.)


Goodbyes are hard.  And forever (?) goodbyes are the hardest.  It doesn’t make it easier that the people I’m saying so long to are fictional story people who I created.  That should—if anything—make it harder.  They were borne solely from my imagination, developed in the corners of my mind.  There were days I had more conversations with these people–albeit silent ones– than I did with members of my family, especially during deadline times.  And I know them as well as I do family.  If you ask me which of them eats the most pizza, which is likeliest to show a little thigh to get her way or which male character exudes the most charm, and which is the most annoying….I can name them off just like I could with personal friends.  And the fun part is that readers probably can, too.  That’s what makes this so special.  To have created something that I can share with others.


Prior to The Mindhunters the longest series I had ever written was four books.  That particular experience taught me just how very short my attention span is J.  I learned after it that three connected books were all I could do before boredom set in.  So three books was what I’d planned for this series.  I hadn’t counted on the reader mail I received demanding to learn more about Adam Raiker, the head of The Mindhunters.  And I certainly hadn’t expected my editor to request the same.  I realize now it would have been a waste of one of my most compelling characters had Raiker not gotten his own story.  His backstory, his very personality demands it.


Prior to beginning Raiker Forensics (The Mindhunters) Adam Raiker was a legendary profiler for the FBI.  His last case for them ended spectacularly when he was captured, tortured and nearly killed by the child killer he was tracking.  That case not only ended his career with the bureau…it ended his relationship with FBI agent Jaid Marlowe, the only woman he had ever allowed close.


It’s eight years later and a DC killer is targeting high profile targets for execution.  Jaid and Adam are brought together on the same task force tracking the offender.  But the deeper they look the more this case seems all wrapped up in the one eight years earlier.  And when suspicion falls on Adam, Jaid has to decide whether to play it safe and risk everything for the one man she’s never forgotten…or stopped loving.


Do you like second-chance couples?  How about series?  Is there a series that you never ever want to end?  



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