David Baldacci Won My Reading Heart

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It’s official. David Baldacci has edged into First Place as my favorite author. The last two books of his that I’ve read have launched me onto a journey of discovering WHY his books are so un-put-down-able. I’m sure there’s more to it than these “simple” elements, but these are what resonated with me, both as an author myself and as a reader. CHARACTERS – Baldacci’s expertise in this area is nearly criminal. I’ve tried NOT reading one of his, but then I think…oh, I’ll sample a chapter…and WHOOSH. 100 pages later and I can’t stop reading. It’s like a crack addiction to his memorable but oh-so-flawed and/or broken characters. He’s master at making me care. In my own writing, I start with characters. …

New Suspense Contract!!

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After doing the cover reveal for EMBERS, I’ve been asked a lot lately if I’ll be shifting my focus entirely to speculative novels. Hopefully with my website redesign you can tell that’s not the case. In fact, I can finally share some great news with you! In January, I signed a 3-book, 1-novella contract with Bethany House Publishers. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Dave Long, who championed this series through all the boards and believed in me and this series. It’s an honor to become a BHP author (total geek-out moment here). WOW! THE TOX FILES This new series, THE TOX FILES, is a paramilitary adventure with  lead hero, Cole “Tox” Russell. It’s sort of Indiana Jones meets Jason Bourne …

Did you Zulu? Meet My inspiration…

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Did you Zulu? Those who read the digital serial novel, Operation Zulu: Redemption might remember one of the Zulu team members, Nuala King. My own beautiful (inside & out) cousin, Nuala, was my inspiration for the fictional character. Here’s a photo my cousin posted today. Isn’t she stunning? That’s what happens when you mix Irish blood with Filipino blood.

TRINITY hits CBA Bestseller List!

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Give a WOOF! for TRINITY! She has definitely made her mark. We just got word that TRINITY: Military War Dog hit the CBA Bestseller List for November!! HOOAH! Way to go, Trinity!   On a different, but related, note, one of the elements of being a writer is connecting with readers. My mission, I’ve always felt, is to create awareness, to open dialogue about things related to the miltiary. For the Discarded Heroes, for readers to learn and be introduced to combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. For A Breed Apart, I want readers to get to know the furry, four-legged heroes who have long been overlooked. So, it’s a coup d’état when a reader posts a review that says all of …

WOLFSBANE WINS!!

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  WOLFSBANE WINS A CHRISTY!!   So, I decided to attend the Christy Award Banquet in Orlando. Not because I hoped to win, but because I wanted them to place that medal around my neck! I think that’s one of the kewlest aspects of The Christy Awards! Anyway…surprise of all surprises when the amazing Tyson Wynn started reading the first lines of the Contemporary Romance category winner: Blood dripped into his eye. No, not blood. Sweat. Hands fisted tight against his sides, Captain Canyon Metcalfe blinked away the sting. Another salty drop slid down his temple. Another FINALIST! Monday morning at ICRS, the American Christian Fiction Writers announced the finalists in the 2012 Carol Awards. WOLFSBANE FINALED!! Winners will be …