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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.
Seduction Game is set for June 2016 release
I started on Holly and Nick's book in January 2014. I had no idea that my writing would soon be interrupted by a nine-month-long battle against breast cancer. I completed treatment on Dec. 9, but wasn't strong enough to start writing again until January.
When I reopened the story files, I barely recognized the words on the page. On Jan. 20, I started over. Perhaps the story had gestated in my mind, or maybe months of not writing had given me some kind of pent-up store of creativity. The words gushed out of me, enabling me to finish the book by May 4.
The book tells the story of Holly Bradshaw, an entertainment writer for the Denver Independent, and Nick Andris, a CIA officer assigned to neutralize the art dealer (in truth an arms dealer) that Holly is dating. Yes, Nick kills Holly's date, and she wakes up with a dead man. But that's just the beginning of their relationship.
The book is currently scheduled for a June 2016 release. I'm so excited to share it with you! Look forward to cover reveals, and read the excerpts on my blog.
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.