Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ten Things About Me

For what it’s worth, here’s a look into what it’s like to be me.

1. Coffee: blond roast, moderately strong, black, and plentiful. Dark chocolate along with it is a very good thing.

2. Spring is the best season: it’s getting warm, and the windows stay open at night. Everything is waking up from winter and turning green.

3. I like cats. I like talking to the cats when no one else is around. The cats like it if I fill up the food bowl as I talk.

4. M/M romance is the fave. I have Josh Lanyon to thank for that. If you’ve never read any of his stuff, go try it. He was the first author I read in the genre, and he’s a master.

5. I like cheap reading glasses, and like to have them everywhere. At a buck a pair, it works for me.

6. A beach vacation is on the agenda for next year, and I hope it stays there.

7. Camping—no. No, no, no. Nice hotel—yes. Room service—yes.

8. Writing is a daily habit, even if it’s just a few notes jotted down on a scrap of paper. Sometimes work gets too intense to get any big blocks of writing time, but I still think about the characters and what they’re up to.

9. I hate talking on the phone (unless it’s unavoidable). You can’t beat face-to-face conversation. All the little nuances of body language, tone of voice…so valuable.

10. Silence is golden, especially when writing. Music tends to distract me. I’m working on figuring out a play list that inspires the WIP to see if I can change that.
Tell me something about yourself!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


A couple of years ago, a kernel of an idea came to me during the throes of the 2010 election season. How far would one man go to win? Would he lie? Cheat?
And the idea for High Concept was born.
Villain Isaac Olivetti wants to be governor of Colorado, and he's willing to sacrifice for the honor.
Around this same time, I'd been in the process of researching PTSD for a different book. Reading about PTSD in law enforcement officers was strangely fascinating, and the syndrome seemed like it would work well with my villain. Homicide detective Beck Stryker sprang forth: a guy who had seen his co-investigator killed and himself shot in the course of an investigation.
Last (sorry, Zach!) the romantic foil for my PTSD cop developed--a guy who himself had a rather uncomfortable past. Zach Littman is a forensic psychiatrist who has become an FBI profiler, running from demons of his own.
Take idea, add characters, and bake for a few months--Voila! High Concept was born.
It was a blast to write, and the crew at Loose Id made me look better than I am.
A huge thanks to publisher Treva Harte, editor extraordinaire Venessa Giunta, and cover artist Mina Carter for polishing High Concept to a shine. Hope you'll give it a try.
Here's the blurb:

Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.

After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.

The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.
BUY: Loose Id