The Weekly Recap – 5/14/21

The Weekly Recap – 5/14/21

Meet Chase, the hero of BROKEN FALCON (Evidence #11)

There are two lines of dialogue delivered by Chase in Tainted Evidence that I particularly love, because they sum him up quite well after what he’s gone through.

The first one comes after Chase has said some very insightful things to Josh after he allowed his niece to sabotage his relationship with Maddie.

Josh had made it his personal mission to help Chase in his recovery, but he never considered that the guy was way ahead of him in emotional intelligence. He sat on the edge of Chase’s bed, the wind knocked out of him. “There’s nothing wrong with your brain. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

“Aw, hell, man, I’ve got a bag of cats playing with knives in my head. It’s you I can see clearly.

The second one is after one of the villains is acting in a threatening manner toward Maddie, and Chase is her bodyguard.

Faster than lightning, Chase had the bigger man in a tight hold, Troy’s face pressed to the door panel and his arm wrenched behind his back.

“You can’t do this,” Troy said, his voice cracking with pain as Chase torqued his arm. “This is my house.”

“I can do whatever I want if I think Maddie is threatened. Did you miss the part where I’m her bodyguard?”

“I didn’t threaten her.”

“I didn’t like your tone. Or your words.” His voice went really low. “After what Maddie’s been through, the cops will believe me over you, especially given that there are photos of you with her abductor for all the world to see.”

“I didn’t have anything to do with that! Hell, for all we know, she made it up.”

Chase wrenched Troy’s arm higher. “Let me tell you something, Troy.” The name sounded ominous the way Chase said it. “I might look like a nice guy, but deep down, I’ve got a shit ton of rage, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to let it all out. So don’t fuck with me.”

These two lines, in which Chase admits in different ways the struggle he’s having in his mind after the torture and abuse he’s suffered, made me so eager to write his book. Chase was a young, sweet, funny, shy man before he first came on scene in Incriminating Evidence. You see a bit of who he was in Night Owl. But now he has a dark side and he’s trying to figure out who he really is.

I’m excited to share that Broken Falcon is now available for presale! The release date listed is in December, but it will be moved up–probably to late July–as soon as the first round of copyedits are complete. (Given the craziness of the last year, I didn’t want to risk having to push the release date back if something unexpected came up.)?


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Chase Johnston is leading a double life. After two years of psychological torment, the quiet, highly skilled Raptor operative now has a darker side, and he’s hellbent on bringing sex-traffickers to justice—using any means necessary. The only relief he finds for his troubled mind is a woman he’ll never meet in person.

Eden O’Keeffe is also leading a double life. By day she’s a grad student and barista, but at night she sits in front of a camera and provides companionship for those seeking entertainment, titillation, or simple conversation. She enjoys the freedom of being a siren online, but her secret career comes with risks that force her to hide her true identity at all costs.

When Chase walks into a coffee shop and comes face to face with the one person who makes him feel again, it seems his long nightmare may be coming to an end. But in entering Eden’s world, he’s bringing that nightmare—and the danger that comes with it—to her doorstep.?

Falcon Graphic?

Trying to remember which books include Chase? We first meet him in the prequel Night Owl which leads to the important role he plays in Incriminating Evidence. He’s next on scene in Silent Evidence and again plays an important role. He appears in both books that follow: Winter Hawk and Tainted Evidence. You do not need to read these books to enjoy Broken Falcon! Links are provided for those who prefer to read in order.  Night Owl is free in E and audiobook.

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They killed everyone she loved, and now they are coming for her…

“A new feisty, smart heroine and an exciting beginning of a new series!”

Giada Valentina Santella’s life has fallen apart.

Her efforts to drown the grief of losing her parents with self-destructive behavior come to a screeching halt when an unexpected letter reveals that her loved ones were murdered.

Now Gia changes her focus to revenge.

Vowing to find the one responsible, the grieving daughter must stay one step ahead of a ruthless plot to end her family line.

To avoid yet another family death, Gia has a bloody choice to make: kill or be killed.





The Weekly Recap – 7/10/2020

The Weekly Recap – 7/10/2020


To rescue museologist Maddie from a creep, security specialist Josh steps in to pose as her boyfriend. But the stakes get higher when Maddie uncovers long-buried secrets with deadly consequences — and Josh realizes his feelings are more than just an act…

“This book seemed so real, so current and so emotional…I couldn’t put it down.”


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In TAINTED EVIDENCE the attraction between Josh and Maddie develops quickly, but Josh has responsibilities that prevent him from starting a relationship. He fights the pull of attraction and often ends up losing, as in this early scene:

Maddie walked him to the front door and paused the alarm to step outside. Josh faced her, the intensity in his eyes sending a shot of heat straight to her center. “I wish we could start something.”

“Me too.” She didn’t think she’d ever said a truer thing.

He held her gaze. A car pulled up in front of her house, but he didn’t move. He stared at her for a long moment, then said, “Screw it,” and his hand was behind her neck, pulling her forward. He leaned down and gave her a hot, deep kiss. His tongue invaded her mouth, and she took him in and stroked him with her own.

The kiss was intense, amazing, and utterly unexpected.

A horn honked.

Josh raised his head. He gave her a slow, sexy smile. “G’night, Maddie.”

She smiled back, giddiness radiating outward until even her fingertips tingled. “Night, Josh.”

He crossed the front walk and climbed into the waiting vehicle. She was back inside and had just reset the alarm when her phone buzzed.

Josh: I shouldn’t have done that.

Maddie: I know.

Josh: I’m not sorry.

Maddie: I’m not either.


“Rachel Grant is one of my favourite writers and has been for a long time, but I can honestly say, this novel is her best yet.”

Rachel Recommends – A Jayne Ann Krentz Sale

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Quinton Zane is back.

Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside killers’ heads has garnered him a reputation in some circles—and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace.

But while Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family’s hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas’s foster sons, starting with Jack.

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TAINTED EVIDENCE (Evidence #10) is Available Now!

TAINTED EVIDENCE (Evidence #10) is Available Now!

TAINTED EVIDENCE is now available!!! ???????

Some family secrets are deadly…

Inventorying human remains can be difficult at the best of times without a creepy security guard hovering over Maddie Foster’s shoulder. Nervous about being stuck in the crypt with the strange man, Maddie asks a friend of a friend to drop by and pretend to be her boyfriend to force the guy to back off.

Raptor operative Josh Warner recently moved to Oregon to take over as guardian to his troubled niece and open a new private security branch in the Pacific Northwest. Josh doesn’t hesitate to help Maddie and is intrigued by the brainy museologist. His protective nature kicks into high gear as he discovers she may be in very real danger.

Tensions run hot in the summer heat as Josh’s work puts everyone he cares about at risk, and Maddie’s research into the museum collection raises questions better left buried. As their city teeters on the precipice of violence, Josh and Maddie find themselves embroiled in a deadly scheme that could reshape the nation.

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The Weekly Recap – 6/19/20

The Weekly Recap – 6/19/20

Get Ready for Josh Warner in TAINTED EVIDENCE!

Are you ready for TAINTED EVIDENCE? ???

The hero is Josh Warner and Chase Johnston plays a key role–you don’t need to read these to prep for Tainted at all, but this is the full Josh reading list with Chase on the side:

1) Withholding Evidence
2) Incriminating Evidence*
3) Silent Evidence*
4) Winter Hawk

*Josh’s role is tiny, read for Chase

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Cleveland lawyer Casey Cort lost more than her job when she crossed the wrong political family, she lost her idealism. Casey’s scraped together a career as a solo practitioner which has offered her more than one opportunity for redemption…but its also threatened her life. In this thrilling, gritty, realistic series by former criminal lawyer Aime Austin, readers will experience stories ripped from the headlines with the heart and soul of the best women’s fiction.

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The Weekly Recap – 6/5/20

The Weekly Recap – 6/5/20

Tainted Evidence Cover Reveal and More

Did you catch my recent Facebook Live video? I revealed the cover for TAINTED EVIDENCE! Be sure to follow me on Facebook for future Live videos – I really enjoy chatting in real time with you!

Tinderbox is now in German

I’m so excited to announce that Tinderbox (Flashpoint #1) is now available in German! If it sells well I hope to have more books translated.


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Nearly a million words from some of the best-known authors in the genre. Individual books that would cost more than $50 to buy separately! Most titles have never been free before! For the next month you can snap them up from all your favorite vendors. Tell your friends!



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Rachel Recommends – The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée

I loved this book!

I’m no Prince Charming, and the last thing I want is a Cinderella.

My instructions were simple: scour the city for a fake fiancée who’s not my type at all. Have her on my jet Monday morning, dressed for a yacht vacation.

I need a woman believable enough to convince a certain client that I’ve changed my playboy ways…yet too annoying to tempt me—no emotional entanglements, thank you very much. This is business only.

If she’s unfazed by my looks and wealth, all the better.

Should be easy. Right?

Apparently not, because my people go and hire Tabitha. My hairdresser.

What were they thinking? Yes, I said annoying, but I didn’t mean her, the most aggravating woman in the world.

Tabitha is sunshiny. She has a pet hamster. She loves Hello Kitty, and she gets under my skin like nobody else.

As if that’s not bad enough, the minute we step on deck, she thinks that certain people on the yacht are up to something shady—based completely on her soap opera knowledge.

She won’t listen when I tell her she’s being ridiculous.

But as the days go by, I find that we’re actually having fun. And our fake kisses are heating up. And suddenly her wild theories aren’t sounding so strange after all…

**The stand-alone romcoms in this series can be read in any order!**

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Another Recommendation and a Special Cover

I’m also recommending FIFTY FIRST DATES by Jolie Moore. My talented daughter created the cover for this memoir about a middle age romance writer starting over and searching for love!

A romance author joins Tinder to find true love. What could go wrong?

•Left an abusive marriage. Check.
•Did a heap of therapy. And meditation. And yoga. Check.
•Got on Bumble. Got on OKCupid. Got on Tinder. Check.

Dan Savage ruined my marriage. But he saved my life.

Wisdom of a single advice columnist changed everything.

When I moved out, I took only the clothes I could carry, my writing desk, my office chair, and the books on my keeper shelf. Walking out of a two-decade-long marriage was the easy part. Getting my self-esteem back was much harder. Once I healed enough to realize I was okay, I was ready to start dating again. #50firstdates was born. Fifty dates seemed like enough to meet Mr. Right or at least Mr. Right Now. Dating in middle-age was nothing like I thought it was going to be. Follow me on my real-life journey…as I search for my next big love.

This is my own Crazy. Beautiful. Love. Story.


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