Got some exciting things going on, and a bunch of new books coming in the next few months.
First off: in August, the first book in a light romantic suspense/mystery type series will be released from Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy imprint. They’re shortish books – 60,000-70,000 words (compare to 90,000 for my DIY and Cutthroat Business mysteries) – and available in digital format only; at least until I sell a certain number of copies.
It doesn’t have a title yet, but the series will be following the agents of the FBI’s Art Crime Team – ACT – as they go about their business of solving crimes and finding love. It’s a pretty light and funny series, a bit like my mysteries, but with a couple of different points of view – his and hers – and s.e.x. There’ll be hot FBI agents, exotic locations, missing and stolen art, and fun romps.
Secondly, on September 4th, the 6th DIY mystery will be available in digital format as well as mass market paperback. The title is Wall to Wall Dead, and in this installment of the series, Derek and Avery are renovating a condo in Josh Rasmussen’s building, while at the same time getting ready for a very momentuous occasion in their own lives. But when the neighbors start dropping like flies, Avery must leap into action to save the day, as usual. I wanted the title of this book to be Secrets in Small Spaces, which should tell you a little bit about the story as well as the renovation tips. Secrets and small spaces. Everyone has a secret, some of them more shocking than others, and it’s up to Avery to figure out which secrets are worth killing for.
I did a major overhaul of this book a couple of months ago, and it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. The last book, Flipped Out, made it onto the New York Times extended list, so let’s see if we can do it again!
In October – or maybe July, depending on how quickly we can have it ready – the first book in a paranormal romance series for Entangled’s Covet imprint will be released, also in digital format.
(If you don’t have an eReader and you like my writing, now might be a good time to invest in one.)
This book doesn’t have a title yet either, but the series is about a matchmaking agency in Astoria, Queens, called Made in Heaven, and the boss of same is Eros, Greek god of love. It’s light and funny and sexy, and I really hope you’ll like it!
November 13th, the first book in my futuristic romance/suspense series will be released in digital format and trade paperback: Fortune’s Hero, first in the Soldiers of Fortune series. I’m sure most of you are already familiar with the blurb and the gorgeous cover – thanks, Heather Howland! – but if not, here you go:
That all changed when he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the beleaguered planet Marica, currently under siege by Rhenian forces. Now he’s stuck in a prison camp on the moon Marica-3, subjected to weekly sessions with the camp’s “medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.
When the opportunity presents itself, Quinn takes a Rhenian med tech hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon. There, he has to keep himself and Doctor Elsa Brandeis safe from the deadly flora and fauna, as well as hidden from the prison guards searching for them, all while formulating a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit.
But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?
I’m really proud of this book. My editor says it reads like a cross between Indiana Jones and Star Trek, so if that’s your thing, make sure you don’t miss it. It’s not as light and funny as the rest of my stuff, though. That is, it has its own brand of humor, but it’s more gallows variety, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I think it’s a pretty good book, and I can’t wait to see it on new release tables everywhere!
And finally: I’m also working on a contemporary romance for Entangled’s Indulgence imprint, digital only – at least until I sell a certain number of copies – called Friends With Benefits.
It’s a heavily trope-based romance, 50,000-55,000 words or thereabouts – it isn finished yet – about a marriage of convenience between two people from opposite sides of the tracks who end up falling in love and staying together. It’s a romance, so I’m sure I’m not giving away too much by saying that. As of right now, I have no release date, but it could conceivably be October, if the paranormal romance makes it out in July, or December or early 2013, if the paranormal goes into the October slot. Stay tuned for updates.
So there you have it. Looks like we’re all in for a busy, happy autumn this year!