Down here in the American South, we don't hide our crazy people. We showcase them. I've always thought it was because eccentric people make for the best stories, and we Southerners love our stories. Faulkner, McCullers, O'Connor, Porter—these are our chroniclers, writers steeped in the slow, steady pulse of the South's pride, suffering, honor, madness, venality and redemption. I grew up in Alabama, the heart of the South, and live here still. The need to tell stories has been a driving force in my life from a very young age.
As a child, my favorite books were Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and Harlequin Romances. When I realized there were books that featured both romance and mystery, I knew I'd found my calling. Now I write for Harlequin Intrigue, where I get to play both matchmaker and murderer and get paid for it.
In addition, I work a full-time day job at a Birmingham ad agency, where I'm a copywriter and graphic designer, a background that comes in handy when it's time to redesign my website and create promotional materials for my books. I'm also known among certain circles as the Cat Whisperer, but that's a whole other story.
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Grand Theft Lotto
When her winning Lotto ticket disappears, Stella Hannigan's mom turns to her daughter's partner, Lee Brody, to help her find it. But when their suspect ends up dead, Brody and Hannigan realize they're chasing an elusive killer with murky motives. With a growing suspect list, the detectives have almost as much trouble getting their hands on the killer as they do keeping their hands off each other.
Murder on Lovers' Lane
Homicide detectives Lee Brody and Stella Hannigan pit their skills against a serial killer murdering young couples in the city's most popular make-out spots. The investigation sends the partners deep into the mind of a sexual obsessive—and deeper into their own sexually tense relationship than either of them dreamed they would go....
Playing Dead in Dixie
Whistleblower Carly Sandano is in hot water. The FBI wants her to testify against her crooked boss. Her boss just wants her dead. So she fakes her death and heads south to Bangor, Georgia, to fulfill a man's dying wish: deliver his casino winnings to his family. But as she gets sucked into small town life—and starts falling for sexy policeman Wes Hollingsworth—deadly danger comes to call...
Code Name: Willow
To protect a patient from dirty cops, former First Daughter Maggie Stone seeks out former Secret Service agent Jack Bennett, the best in the business. But Jack remembers her as code name WILLOW, a flighty heiress who made his life a living hell. The crazy story she tells of inspires no confidence. But when bullets fly, old instincts kick in. Once a bullet catcher, always a bullet catcher....
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