Big News!

It seems one can anticipate big news coming for an author whenever they update their author photos, and it’s true. . .I’ve got new author photos and NEWS!

First off, a big thank you to my very talented friend, Peter, for the lovely snaps he did for me to update my own head shot. The one below was my favorite, but my session with Peter resulted in several other photos where I look rather author-ly, and I’ve included them below for fun.

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So, the news beyond the fact that my head shot now features me as a brunette?

Here it is:

I’ve signed with the indomitable Bloodhound Books!

They will publish my new novel, the thriller It Was Always You, in November 2019, with two subsequent books coming shortly thereafter. You can read the official press release here.

I am very excited for this next chapter of my writing career, and am grateful to have the opportunity to join ranks with so many other talented authors at Bloodhound Books.

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This is my “What do you mean, you didn’t proofread your APA citations?” face. My students may or may not know it well. 🙂

If you’re not familiar with Bloodhound Books, check out their site here. Looking for a thrilling read? All their current books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in digital and paperback, and most titles also offer audiobook options.

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Peter suggested this shot with the puzzle (my family always has one going at our house) as a metaphor for the twisty plots in my books. . .

If new author photos are a must when a new book deal comes through, so is an updated bio. I had a lot of fun writing mine up, and true to form, Bloodhound Books already has it up on their website. They are a crack team of publishing professionals, and collaborating with them so far has been a dream. I can’t wait to see what the next months have to offer, as we work through the final edits on It Was Always You.

And now, back to writing!

xo

 

Put a Spring in your Reading

As the winter doldrums give way to Spring showers (and–hopefully soon–flowers), I’ve been enjoying some thrilling reads that got my pulse racing and my eyes flying over the pages to see what happens.

I highly recommend any and all of the below for you to enjoy as the snow gives way to sunshine. . .

1. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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This pic is aptly framed, as this read was red-hot with intriguing twists and razor-sharp prose.

Back of the Book Summary: “Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.”

2. The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Excellent domestic suspense with an ending you won’t expect!

Back of the Book Summary: “Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in across the street—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets

After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames—the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying…”

3. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

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Exotic locales, exquisite prose, and the threat of a new danger with each turn of the page. . .

Back of the Book Summary: The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease. The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther from the safety of the ship. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.
 
The disintegration of the world the families knew—told from the perspectives of both the adults and the children—is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.
 
Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and an insightful look at privileged illusions of safety. Celebrated for her spare and moving fiction, Maile Meloy has written a gripping novel about how quickly what we count on can fall away, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.”

4. Sleep No More by P.D. James

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Despite all of Jasper’s evidence to the contrary, this collection of short stories from my beloved P.D. James is perfectly titled–read and remember once again why she’s called the “Queen of Crime Fiction.”

Back of the Book Summary: “No one gets inside the head of the murderer—or makes it a more thrilling read—than the late, great P. D. James. Fast on the heels of her latest best seller: a new, fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected stories, from the author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Private Patient.

It’s not always a question of “whodunit?” Sometimes there’s more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren’t brought down even though they’re found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.”