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Dead by Midnight: An I-Team Christmas
And now for something completely different.
I'm bringing 2015 to a close with a special treat for fans of the I-Team series. Launched in 2005, the I-Team turned 10 years old in August. Since then, thousands of readers around the world have enjoyed the steam, the bromance, and the suspense of the series that started out as a fictionalization of my experiences as an investigative reporter.
As a special thank-you to fans of the series, I've written a short Christmas novel. At almost 59,000 words, it's a novel, not a novella. It's also a little different, in that it's an ensemble story that brings all our favorite I-Team couples together for a single story. There's not a new couple, no fledgling romance. Instead we see the couples we love living their lives-and then fighting for their lives and one another.
When I realized I was going to have the FBI Hostage Rescue Team involved in the story, I wrote to New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross and asked her whether her Hostage Rescue Team series might want to hang with my I-Team heroes. She said yes. You'll find DeLuca, Tuck, Evers, Bauer, Vance, Schroder, Cruz, and Blackwell working side by side with Julian Darcangelo.
If you haven't read the rest of the I-Team series, I would hold off on reading this, because it's full of spoilers. But for fans of the series, this is a great chance to see them all in action.
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Barnes & Nobel (Nook)
Seduction Game is out
Seduction Game (I-Team #7) is available in ebook and audiobook. The paperback edition will be available in early March. Response from readers has been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying it's the sexiest and best book of the series. (Don't let Marc or Julian hear you say that.)
The story, which was so much fun to write, tells the story of entertainment writer Holly Bradshaw, who finds herself in a world of trouble after the billionaire she's dating turns out to be less "art dealer" and more "illegal arms smuggler."
Holly has always been special to me, and I've always known there was much more to her than meets the eye. This story is her chance to prove that to all of you. I've had more than one reader tell me they did a re-read of the series after this book just to look for the little hints I've left throughout the books.
Nick is the perfect match for Holly both in the bedroom and out. A former Delta Force operator, he was recruited into the CIA, where he works as a paramilitary operator.
I had so much fun researching the CIA elements of this story and was very grateful to be able to consult with a former CIA officer, who shared with me what she knew and laughed out loud over certain plot elements of the story.
The audiobook is narrated by Kaleo Griffith, who has lent his talent to all the I-Team audiobooks.
I hope you enjoy it. Click here to read more!
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Soul Deep available Dec. 29 in audiobook
Jack and Janet's story is coming to audiobook on Dec. 29. Released in print and ebook on June 30, Soul Deep (I-Team 6.5) is being narrated by the amazing Kaleo Griffith.
In Skin Deep (I-Team 5.5) we met Jack West, owner of the Cimarron, a ranch high in the Rocky Mountains. A widower, Jack knows what it's like to love a woman deeply and to lose her far too soon. What he doesn't know is that life has a surprise in store for him in the person of FBI Special Agent Janet Killeen, whom he threw off his land about nine months earlier.
Some of you will remember Janet from Striking Distance (I-Team #6). She spearheaded Laura Nilsson's security detail until she was shot and badly wounded. Now out of rehab and trying to rebuild her shattered life, the last person she wants to see is Jack West. But when her car goes off the road in the middle of a blizzard, she's not going to refuse his help or his hospitality.
Soul Deep takes us back to the Cimarron where we get to spend time with Chinook, Buckwheat, Baby Doe and the other horses and where Janet gets to sample Jack's amazing cooking. It also takes a look at how hard it can be to recover one's life after a tragedy like the one Janet endured.
This is my first time writing about an older couple. Jack is 63, and Janet is 45. I'm finding their maturity to be refreshing. Sex and love don't end at 29 or 39 or even 49. I'm 51, and I'd like to believe romance, love, and sexual fulfillment are as eternal as spring.
So many of you loved Jack in Skin Deep, and I hope you'll enjoy seeing him get his own happy ending.
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The I-Team series and MacKinnon's Rangers series come to the UK
So many of you have written to me over the past couple of years, asking when the I-Team series or the MacKinnon's Rangers series would be available in the United Kingdom and in Commonwealth countries. In March and April, Eternal Romance Books published the I-Team series in both print and ebook, giving the books a fresh new look with bright beautiful covers.
On May 14, 2015, the MacKinnon's Rangers series (Surrender, Untamed, Defiant), together with Ride the Fire (Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga, Book 3) will be released in print and ebook there as well, bringing UK readers up to date on all my books. The covers feature art by my good friend, author and photographer Jenn LeBlanc. The editors and designers chose her work, having no idea that she and I are close friends — a very happy coincidence.
I hope my UK readers will enjoy both series. The I-Team series continues with Seduction Game, Holly's story, while MacKinnon's Rangers fans still have Lord William Wentworth's story, as well as Captain Joseph's story ahead of them.
Thank you for your support!
On April 21, 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 1C breast cancer (e/p+, her2-) via a routine mammogram. A short time later, blood work led to the discovery of a benign parathyroid adenoma. I underwent a mastectomy, thyroid surgery, and a surgery to install a port for chemotherapy in a period of two months, and then underwent 12 weeks of chemo and 25 treatments of radiation.
It was a dark, terrifying, horrible and very pain-filled year. There's no way to sugar coat that. Cancer was not a blessing. It held no silver lining. It sucked.
The support I received from my family, friends, fellow authors, and readers made such a difference in my life with the Good Food Fund and donations to help with medical expenses. I came through the experience feeling so much gratitude for those of you who took time to reach out and show me kindness.
I am healing, getting stronger every day, and will start the reconstruction process in September. I may also have to undergo another thyroid procedure. But compared to what I've been through, that's nothing.
Thank you to all of you who supported me through letters, cards, posts on Facebook, tweets, prayers and good wishes. Kindness really does matter.
(And please remember to get every lump checked by a doctor and to get your mammograms!)
Perfume designed exclusively for Unlawful Contact!
I am so excited to announce that internationally known perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has created two new scents in honor of Unlawful Contact. Dawn designs scents for Hollywood stars, New York jet-setters and Parisian socialites. Using natural oils and essences, not chemicals, she makes her perfumes by hand, one drop at a time, just as perfumers did three hundred years ago.
I met Dawn this past summer and was so impressed by her work that I asked if she'd be interested in turning the characters in Unlawful Contact into scents. She read the manuscript, took lots of notes about Marc's and Sophie's personalities, and then began to turn those into scents.
I went in to sniff the final results last week, and I love them! I’ve been wearing "Sophie" ever since and dabbing "Marc" on all the men in my life."Marc" captures the scents of Colorado's mountains together with Marc Hunter's deep masculine sexuality, while "Sophie" captures Sophie's sexy, sleek sophistication with a touch of innocent "fairy sprite" sensuality. The two work well together, both featuring certain musk notes that make them a "couple."
Working with an artist like Dawn was so much fun. She and I are talking about doing it again, perhaps going backward with the I-Team series. "Julian" anyone?
The scents are now done and can be ordered from her Web site at www.dshperfumes.com. The perfumes are part of the Essence Studio collection. She has a variety of sizes available, including samples for under $4.