Rebecca Forster


Rebecca Forster will try anything once but when she was dared to write a book she found her passion. Now a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with over 40 books to her name, Rebecca is known for her keen ear for dialogue, an eye for detail, twisted plots and unexpected endings. From court watching to weapons training, landing by tail hook on an aircraft carrier to ride-alongs, Rebecca believes in hands on research. Her legal thrillers and police procedurals are inspired by real-life crime and are enriched by her talent for characterization, insightful dialogue and twist endings. "There is a poignancy to crime stories," Rebecca says when asked why she writes thrillers. "Those who investigate or prosecute crimes are personally challenged to be heroic and the victims are forever changed. There is no greater drama." Rebecca is married to a superior court judge and is the mother of two grown sons. She lives in Southern California but loves to connect with readers around the world. To contact her, visit her website. Don't forget to sign up for her spam-free mailing list so you never miss a new release.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was a voracious reader, but I always thought a writer was 'someone else'. So when I went to college and then graduate school I envisioned a long and happy business career. Then one of my clients requested my marketing team meet at his home. That's where I met his wife - Danielle Steel. I didn't know who she was and when I found out she was an author I flippantly said "I could do that!" That was it. A colleague dared me to write a book and I took that dare. I was in my thirties. Talk about the floodgates opening! I sold my first book and writing became my passion. I wrote for major New York publishers for 25 years. Three years ago I went indie. I can barely remember a time when I didn't write and will be forever grateful for the dare.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The decision to become an indie author was the result of a perfect publishing storm. Bookstores were disappearing in my area, digital devices were being embraced by the readers, and I had written a book, BEFORE HER EYES, that my publisher thought pushed too much of a creative boundary and decided not to publish it. Just as I was wondering what to do, I read an article about Smashwords and the rest is history. I published BEFORE HER EYES and it was voted B&P's Readers Choice Best Mystery. Over 8,000 readers voted. I never looked back.
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Where to buy in print


Finn O'Brien Crime
Finn O'Brien investigates in the micro-communities of Los Angeles where crime can slip between the cracks and get lost in the shadows.

The Witness Series, Josie Bates Thrillers
A sixteen-year-old girl is accused; a flawed attorney is adrift. Together they will stand strong...or die.


The Witness Series
Josie Bates, once a hot shot criminal defense attorney, now practices law in a small town of Hermosa Beach. When her past comes calling, Josie not only defends a sixteen-year-old girl, Hannah Sheraton, for murder, she takes her into her home. Together with her lover, Archer, this hobbled together family faces danger from home and afar as Josie continues to hold honor and the pursuit of justice dear above all else.
Finn O'Brien Thriller Series
Disgraced Detective Finn O'Brien teams up with his old partner, Cori Anderson, to investigate crimes in the patchwork that is L.A. From the tony enclaves of the hills to Hollywood dive bars and the mysterious enclaves laid claim to by people who prefer to live in the shadows, no one is above Finn O'Brien's code of justice.
The Bailey Devlin Series
Bailey Devlin is positive she was born under the wrong star and equally positive that good intentions and walking the straight and narrow will bring her happiness, success and most of all love. But Fate is fickle and serves up just what Bailey needs in the strangest of ways. If only Bailey would give herself over, she would find that her stars are aligned and shining bright. A sweet trilogy for readers who love to laugh and cry.


Distant Relations
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,570. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Detective Finn O'Brien goes rogue when he's shut out of an investigation into the bombing of a private plane that killed his uncle and his childhood sweetheart.
Intimate Relations
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Screenplays » Thriller
A brutal murder draws Finn O'Brien into the dark core of Los Angeles where art and tech collide, and the most dangerous relationships are the most intimate.
Lost Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,850. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In the hold of a cargo ship of the Port of L.A. an important man is dead and the woman who killed him is mortally wounded. On shore a man staggers from the surf, a man once thought dead, a man whose plea for help Josie Bates cannot refuse even if it means hers might be the the next life lost.
The Bailey Devlin Trilogy, Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 145,740. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Bailey Devlin believes in fate. . .and luck. . .and fortune telling. When her horoscope says the man of her dreams is coming to her door, she's thrilled. But when she opens the door, he isn't even close to what she wants. Still, in this trilogy of ups and downs, misunderstandings and crazy making moments, Bailey is about to find out this is the man she needs.
Finn O'Brien Crime Thillers, Boxed Set
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 296,520. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Shunned detective Finn O'Brien works the hellish streets of the city of Angeles, fighting for justice in Los Angeles where the privilege of Hollywood and the desperation of the immigrant enclaves clash.
Secret Relations, A Finn O'Brien Crime Thriller
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,820. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
They're illegal. They're undocumented. They're disappearing. Finn O'Brien risks his life to make sure they aren't forgotten.
The Witness Series, Books 1-4
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 409,690. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A brilliant, bold and flawed attorney, Josie Bates, tackles the toughest cases of her career in the first four books of the Witness Series.
The Witness Series: Books 5-8
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 396,250. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Attorney Josie Bates and her ward, Hannah Sheraton, search for justice and strain their fierce bond in these three novels. Each book is filled with legal suspense, political intrigue and personal challenges and triumphs.
Foreign Relations, A Finn O'Brien Crime Thriller
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,840. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
A foreign woman is dead; two countries want her forgotten. Finn O'Brien wants justice.
Severed Relations, A Finn O'Brien Crime Thriller
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,850. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
In Los Angeles two children and their nanny are slaughtered in the home of a rich attorney and his beautiful wife. While the City of Angels mourns, shunned detective Finn O'Brien vows nothing in heaven or hell will keep him from finding the ruthless killer.
The Day Bailey Devlin Picked Up a Penny
Series: The Bailey Devlin Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,730. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bailey Devlin's counting her lucky stars when it comes to love until she picks up a penny and her world turns topsy-turvy. Is it possible that bad luck can be the best luck of all?
The Day Bailey Devlin's Horoscope Came True
Series: The Bailey Devlin Series. Price: Free! Words: 56,820. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bailey Devlin's stars have aligned; the man of her dreams is headed her way. But when Bailey gets one look at him she's sure the heavens are out of whack. She knows this guy isn't the man she dreamed of, but the stars know he is the man she needs.
The Day Bailey Devlin's Ship Came In
Series: The Bailey Devlin Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,660. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bailey Devlin is on a quest to figure out if her ship of happiness sailed with Ethan or if it is already docked in Jeffery's safe harbor. Just when she thinks she's got the perfect plan to figure it out, the seas get rough and threaten to sink both ships before she ever gets to port.
The Witness Series Bundle: 8 Josie Bates Thrillers
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 795,230. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Josie Bates and her blended family face the dark side of the law, redefine true love, fight the intrusion of politics and stand strong in the face of evil that comes at them from all corners of the world in this suspense-filled, seven-book series.
Dark Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,050. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Hannah Sheraton and Billy Zuni are on the run, seeking the darkest corner of the earth they can find until the blood feud that targeted Billy can be resolved. Instead of finding a safe haven, the teenagers realize they have taken refuge in hell. Josie Bates is the avenging angel who must find them before it is too late.
Serial Thrillers: 4 Complete Novels
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 436,330. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
A psychopath terrorizes his own attorney; sister is pitted against sister and murder isn't the only thing between them; a young lawyer gets a shot at Beverly Hills glitz only to find the hills are filled with fool's gold; and relationships are shattered by a militia bombing and ambitions that stretch the boundaries of the law. Serial Thrillers is a bundle of 4 complete novels.
Forgotten Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,120. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A mysterious, unstable man disrupts a Senate hearing long enough to whisper five words to Josie Bates that will send her from the icy winter of Washington D.C. to the tropical warmth of Hawaii in search of Hannah. What she finds instead is a long buried truth. . .a truth that will change her life forever if she stays alive long enough to live it.
Series: The Witness Series, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,550. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Blame is in the eye of the beholder when Josie faces her toughest challenge yet – one that comes from halfway around the world and forces her to question her faith in justice while threatening the people she loves most.
Expert Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,780. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Hermosa Beach attorney Josie Bates is missing, and the cops say there's nothing they can do. They believe she can take care of herself, but the release of an old client and mysterious list found in her car say different. Racing against time, Josie's sixteen-year-old ward, Hannah Sheraton, and Josie's lover, Archer, must work together despite their differences to find her before it's too late.
Beyond Malice
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,860. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
When Nora Royce, a sexy associate in a prestigious law firm, is accused of killing a partner's wife the legal community throws her to the wolves. Amanada Cross, a third-rate attorney and Nora's sister has no leads, no criminal experience, and a history with her sister that makes it hard to defend Nora - especially when it turns out that even though Justice is blind she wields a deadly sword.
Keeping Counsel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,010. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
New Mexico attorney Tara Linley believes in the fairness of the law until she takes on her best friend’s lover as a client. When Tara learns of Bill Hamilton's shocking crime - and bound by the attorney/client privilege - she must find a way to protect her professional reputation, her friend and even her own life as circumstances spiral out of control at the hands of a madman.
Before Her Eyes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,040. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
In a remote mountain community, the execution of a grocer and the abduction of a world-renowned model leave the local sheriff searching for a connection, two killers and a woman who is running for her life.
Character Witness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,580. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When Kathleen Cotter leaves her strip-mall practice to join her uncle's Beverly Hills law firm she finds his practice is on the skids. But before she hightails it out of the wrong side of 90210, Kathleen promises to see one case through. Instead of a slam-dunk, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and corruption in a town where character is a four-letter word
Privileged Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,370. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Grace McCreary says she tried to stop her wealthy, disturbed sister-in-law from jumping to her death, but the police accuse her of murder. Grace, sister of Senate hopeful Matthew McCreary, turns to Josie Bates for help. When Josie, Matthew's first love, steps back into the world of privilege and power she risks everything she holds dear - including her own life.
Silent Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,740. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Josie Bates is pulled back into the world of high-stakes law when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disable stepson - a son Josie never knew he had. Racing against time, she must prove Archer has been framed. Her faith is shaken as she battles to save Archer, almost despairing until she uncovers the most dangerous evidence of all - the testimony of the silent witness.
Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 122,740. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
(4.50 from 28 reviews)
A prominent judge is dead; a sixteen year-old girl is accused. Attorney Josie Bates can't turn her back.

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