Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New YA Romantic Suspense on the way--- The Darkest Lie-- Excerpt

I really love young adult romantic suspense-- in fact, I wrote one! My Deep South-set murder mystery FOUR BULLETS is on submission to editors right now, and I have an idea for a new one percolating in my overly full crazy-busy brain.

If you're also a romantic suspense fan, make sure you stick around for a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post. It's all to celebrate an upcoming release by my very talented friend Pintip Dunn!

Her book's called THE DARKEST LIE. Isn't that a great title? I can tell you Pintip is an awesome writer-- we were RWA Golden Heart finalists together in 2014, and it wasn't her first year to final. And now we're both published authors.

Here's a little about this suspenseful read...

But maybe I never knew her after all.”


Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.


As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

THE DARKEST LIE: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble




It’s time to view the body. Family first.

Well, technically, me first. There was always only three of us in the nuclear unit, and Dad’s been locked in the den for the past seventy-two hours. I’ve only seen him once, when he shuffled upstairs like a pajama-clad zombie and asked me if I’d eaten.

That was it: Did you eat?

Not: I prefer the cherry wood casket. Or: Let me make your grandma’s travel arrangements. Or even: I know this was Mom’s favorite dress, but isn’t the neckline a little...low?

Did I eat?

Yes, Dad. I had soup from the can and microwaved pizza rolls and a bowl of cereal. The food sloshes in my stomach now as I walk down the runner to the casket I picked out because of its mauve tint.

Calla lilies pile in urns around the viewing room, and the air-conditioning wars with the sweat along my hairline. My mom smiles at me from a portrait erected behind the casket. Her eyes are hesitant and a little wary, as if she knew, somehow, some way, she would wind up here. Lifeless. Pumped full of formaldehyde. About to be gawked at by a town full of gossips.

This was only going to end one of two ways—with Tabitha Brooks dead or in jail. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d give anything to see my mother behind bars.

I wade through the dense, chilly air and stop a few feet from the body. Behind me, my grandmother and aunt sit, a box of tissues between them, blowing their noses like it’s a sport.

“Look at our Cecilia,” Gram sniffs. “So brave. Not a single tear shed.”

If she only knew. I’m not brave. Fifteen minutes ago, I was retching into the toilet bowl. Five minutes from now, when the doors open for the visitation, I’ll be long gone, leaving Gram to shake people’s hands and deal with the bit lips, the knowing eyebrows, that inevitable speaking-in-a-funeral-parlor whisper. I can hear the titters: “Is it true? Tabitha’s heart stopped while she was boffing the high school quarterback? Why, she must’ve been twenty years his senior!”

Twenty-three years, to be exact, and a high school English teacher to boot. But she didn’t actually die during sex. Instead, a few days after Tommy Farrow came forward with their affair, my mother took her own life.

What could be a clearer admission of guilt? She might as well have been caught in the act. The investigation was shut down before it even began.

I take a shuddering breath. Two more minutes. A hundred and twenty seconds and then I can leave. I steel my shoulders and walk the final steps to my mother’s body.

Oh god. It’s even worse than I thought.

The room whirls around me, and nausea sprints up my throat. My hands shoot out to grab the casket, stopping short of actually touching the corpse.

This . . . this thing . . . can’t be my mother. She never smiled like that, all serene and peaceful-like. She never wore this much makeup; her red hair was never chopped so closely to her head. My mother was chaos and passion, devastation and joy. Dad used to say you could reach deep into her eyes and pull out a song.

Well, her eyes are closed now, and I’m not sure there’ll be any music in my life, ever again.






Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


 Now for the GIVEAWAY... actually, there are TWO!!

First, click this Rafflecopter link to enter
and you could win an awesome Prize pack including the following 5 books!
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
Find Me by Romily Bernard
From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
 And here's the link to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for your very own copy of THE DARKEST LIE:

Good luck to all who enter, and Congratulations Pintip!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016



I'm excited to reveal the cover of Race the Darkness, a dark, gritty, emotional and sexy romantic suspense novel by debut author (and my friend) Abbie Roads! I was lucky enough to get to read an early version of this story, and I can tell you Abbie is an incredible writer. Check out this eerily beautiful cover!

First in a gripping paranormal romantic suspense duo by a Golden Heart finalist debut author whose clinical work gives her chilling insights...

Cursed with a terrible gift
Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

That threatens to engulf them...
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

And now meet Abbie...

About Abbie Roads:
Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. By night she writes dark, emotional novels, always giving her characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. Her novels have finaled in RWA contests including the Golden Heart. Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series of dark, gritty romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

Race the Darkness will be available on October 4th

A special note from Abbie Roads:
Dear Readers,
I wrote Race the Darkness from start to finish three different times, with three different story lines, and with three different titles! The only thing that ever remained the same between the versions was Xander and Isleen. I believed in them and the story they wanted to tell. I hope you love reading about their tragedies and triumphs as much as I enjoyed writing them… All three times! And isn’t the cover amazing, beautiful, gorgeous? I cried the first time I saw it! It made all the hard work to get this book to you worth it!
Abbie Roads

An excerpt from Race the Darkness
No way was he going to die running. He stopped, turned and faced the truck barreling toward them. The tires ate up the ground at an indecent rate. He clutched Isleen tighter to his chest. For her sake, he wanted it to be a quick death. No more lingering. No more pain.
That thought infuriated him. None of this was right. They shouldn’t be on the verge of death. Again.
The truck kept coming—twenty-five feet.
Everything slowed, happened as if through the quicksand of time. A white dandelion floaty meandered on the breeze directly between them and the truck. His heart no longer ran a staccato rhythm. Duh…duhm. Pause. Duh…duhm. Pause.
His life didn’t flash before his eyes. The future did. Isleen’s future. In an ethereal dream beyond time, her skin was gilded by firelight, her eyes void of sadness and fear, her body whole and healthy. She smiled, an expression so full of warmth and tenderness and undiluted joy that it plunked itself down inside his heart and wouldn’t leave.
He ached to create that kind of smile on her face, but their lives were over and it all could’ve gone so differently if he’d only listened to her, believed in her, found her years before now.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

HIDDEN DARKNESS, Book 4 of the Hidden Saga, is LIVE!!

Today's the day!! HIDDEN DARKNESS is available at all the e-retailers. Print copies will be available soon.

Are you ready to Give in to the Glamour and find out what's next in the Hidden world?? Here are the buy links:


Thank you as always for reading and reviewing my books. Enjoy!!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Hidden Saga continues!!

Get ready everyone. The Darkness is coming...


HIDDEN DARKNESS, Book 4 of the Hidden Saga, is on its way February 22, 2016, and is now available for pre-order!

Here's a little about the story:

Ryann and Lad are together and in love but not yet bonded. Wedding plans are underway, but they cannot marry until the mourning period for his father, the murdered king, ends. Waiting is sweet torture and gets harder all the time. 

Nox and Vancia are touring the world with his band The Hidden and enjoying their honeymoon. They’re also working to convince the holdout tribes in Europe, Asia, and Australia to disband their fan pods and sign the new peace treaty between the Dark and Light Courts. It’s the only way to ensure the safety of humans worldwide. 

But unbeknownst to any of them, dark forces are still at work. There are some who don’t support the treaty—or their new king. And they’ll do anything necessary to restore Elven reign over humanity. 

When an ambassador from the Dark Court arrives in Altum, Lad expects relations between the formerly antagonistic clans to improve. What he didn’t expect is her unique glamour—or her traveling companion. 

And Ryann’s own glamour gift is warning her… if they can’t uncover the hidden truth in time, the much-anticipated royal wedding may never happen. 

As the Hidden Saga continues, friendships will be formed and broken, the bonds of love tested, and beautiful and dangerous new glamours revealed.

So are you ready to find out what's next in the Hidden world??
Here's where to pre-order your copy:

Barnes and Noble— available Feb. 22nd

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some fun news!

Just thought I'd share this...

It's fun to see HIDDEN DEEP riding high at the top of iBooks Young Adult page this week. They're letting readers know about the chance to start the series FREE until October 5th. Have you gotten your free copy and Given in to the Glamour? Get one for yourself and tell anyone you know who might enjoy this fantasy/paranormal romance series!

Talk to you soon!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

HIDDEN HOPE is here!

The Hidden Trilogy is complete today with the release of HIDDEN HOPE, Book 3 of the trilogy!

There's one novella (THE SWAY) and there may be more, but this book concludes the trilogy. I have to say it was the hardest book I've ever written, and admittedly, I went back and forth on this book. My heart was truly torn. But I hope you enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here's where you can find it:

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If you haven't had a chance to read the first book in the series, HIDDEN DEEP, yet, it's available to download free for ONE week. Be sure to check it out and tell anyone you know who might enjoy it. :)
Here's where to find HIDDEN DEEP free:
Thank you for reading the Hidden books! And Enjoy HIDDEN HOPE!!


Friday, June 12, 2015


In celebration of the release of book 2, HIDDEN HEART, the first book in the trilogy, HIDDEN DEEP is available to download at a special price for a limited time-- only 99 cents!

This is the perfect opportunity to check out the beginning of Ryann, Lad, and Nox's story. Here's where to get your copy at this special price:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

And book 3, HIDDEN HOPE, is coming soon! Shooting for an early Fall release. Until then, enjoy the bargain read and Give in to the Glamour!