Book Five Out in February!

Hi everyone! Unwilling Accomplice, Book Five of my New Orleans Detective series from Desert Breeze Publishing, will be released on February 1st. I’m excited, because this is my first “new” book — one that hasn’t been released before — in quite some time. Please check it out. The other four books in the series, Cherished Witness, Prime Suspect, Chosen Target, and Beloved Captive have received great reviews. Please check them out!

Blurb for Unwilling Accomplice:

Marcy Moretti believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she witnesses a murder at the hands of her ex-husband and is forced to go on the run with her young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he’s going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart — and along the way find his own redemption.


Joe strapped on his ankle holster containing the backup piece he hadn’t used since he’d turned his duty weapon over to Cole, and on impulse loaded his old backup revolver, a snub-nosed .38, and stuck it in his pocket. Then he ushered Marcy and Ryan outside to his black SUV, where he handed Ryan his backpack and climbed wearily into the driver’s seat.

Marcy clenched her hands around the bag of clothing and toiletries in her lap as he backed from the driveway.

“How far do we have to go?” she asked.

Joe met her worried gaze in the mirror. “Just across town. Shouldn’t take long.”


Traffic was light, and Joe took his time making his way to the interstate so as not to draw attention to their vehicle. The rain hadn’t returned, but a thick, white haze hung in the air like a cloud that had lost its way. As he neared the elevated highway, he noticed a dark car, maybe a Lincoln, lingering four cars back. It stopped when he stopped, sped through yellow lights to keep up, and never got too close. His nerves went on red alert. He kept his eyes on it as they left Metairie and entered the city of New Orleans. If that was Frank…

He tightened his hold on the wheel. He didn’t want to scare Marcy, so he decided not to say anything unless the car made a move. It could be anybody.

The exits clicked by, and he soon spotted Louisiana Avenue.

“I really appreciate your doing this,” Marcy said, finally gracing him with a look as they rolled down the exit.

Joe met her wary eyes. “No problem. You’re family.”

She stared at him a long moment but didn’t say anything else. So he returned his gaze to the road. Being so close to her ratcheted up his libido, which he’d thought had died along with Emily. Discovering it was alive shocked him.

He headed south on Louisiana and tried not to think about it. Having a fling with Marcy was out of the question. For one thing, she despised him. And for another, he had more important things to worry about, like getting her and Ryan to the safe house in one piece. His eyes drifted back to the mirror just in time to see the dark car fly down the exit behind them.

He cursed inwardly. “Marcy–”

“What is it?” She turned her head.

He flicked another glance at the rearview mirror. The vehicle turned onto Louisiana and raced toward them at high speed. Had to be Frank.

He clenched his jaw. “We’ve got trouble.”

“What do you mean?” She twisted in her seat and peered behind them. Her face went white. “Oh, my God. It’s him!”

You can learn how to buy this book (beginning February 1) here and read more about all my books on my website. Book 6 in the series, Perfect Partner, will be out in June.

FLASH BANG, a new single title suspense, will be released from Whiskey Creek Press in March…

And be on the lookout for my new Keller County Cops series, beginning in April:

SHIELD OF VALOR — September 2011
QUEST FOR JUSTICE — January 2012



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6 responses to “Book Five Out in February!

  1. Looking good, Melanie, I love your Louisiana Detective series!

  2. Awesome excerpt, Melanie. I will definitely download this one. And OMG! When did you find time to write all those books?? I feel like such a whiner because I have to write one every nine months!!

  3. I am so glad I got an e-reader for Christmas! Guess I need to learn how to use it soon. like in time to start reading Melanie’s books!

  4. Thanks, y’all! Liz, I wrote a lot of those books a few years ago… but I still have to write two of the books in the new series. I sold them on titles only and now I have to actually make them real books. lol I’ve got the characters and plot for one now, and have to turn it in by September 1. That’s definitely doable. The other one is due early next year.

  5. Melanie, looking forward to the new release! I enjoy the series very much.

  6. Melanie- Can’t wait! 🙂

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