New release!

I’m excited to announce that BLOOD RITE, my new single title romantic thriller, is now available at Whiskey Creek Press in both print and e-book formats. It will soon be up at Amazon and Fictionwise, as well. This book is my favorite of all the books I’ve written. Hope you’ll check it out!


Women in New Orleans are dying. Women New Orleans Police Detective Nick Marconi has dated. To make matters worse, they have all been found with vials of his murdered sister’s blood in their throats. Nick is walking a tightrope between depression and rage. His superiors are worried about his mental health, so they send him to see psychiatrist Gracie Simmons.

Gracie is walking a tightrope of her own. She became a psychiatrist because she wants to help people, and in  addition to private practice, she also treats police and parolees. The extra work gives her flashbacks about her father, however, a bad cop arrest when she was just fifteen. Then a former flame harasses her, and her best friend turns up dead. Desperate for a distraction, she makes Nick her special project. Only… he doesn’t want to be saved.


“Did you feel loved when you were growing up?”


“Did you get along with your family?”

“I guess you could say that.”

“What about your parents?”

“They were average. They yelled a lot, fought a lot. Dad liked to cuss.”

“Did they ever hit you?”

“I don’t want to talk about that.”

“Why not?”

“Stop trying to pick my brain!”

* * * *

The crime scene was awash in blood, its warm, coppery scent mixing with the fresh odor of rain that had fallen during the night.

New Orleans Police Department Detective Nick Marconi pulled on a pair of latex gloves and popped a square of mint gum into his mouth. Weary resignation set in as he sidestepped the overturned trash receptacle serving the far corner of the tiny park. Crime scene techs swarmed the scene, taking pictures and eyeing the rain-dimpled sand for any evidence, no matter how small, the murderer may have left behind.

Even with the icy tang of gum cleansing his palate, the stench of death made Nick’s stomach buck. He cursed himself for not getting the jar of menthol salve out of the sedan.

“Mornin’, Marconi. Got a grisly one for you.” Orleans Parish Medical Examiner, Pal Stewart, bobbed his thick gray head in greeting. “She’s cut from ear to ear and exsanguinated.”

“Well, hell. That explains all the blood.” Nick looked at Pal, who raised his eyebrows.

Then he steeled himself and looked down at the nude corpse. The woman lay on her side facing away from him, her pale hips cocked at an odd angle. Blood had crusted in her spiky blond hair, and a bright silver hoop earring stood out in stark contrast to her purplish right earlobe. The sand beneath her was stained a dull red, made pale by the rain.

“It’s a lot, but not enough.”

“What do you mean?” Nick frowned. “The ground’s saturated with it.”

Pal walked around the body. “He drained her blood here—” He turned and acknowledged a row of metal swing sets behind them. “And took it with him.”


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Coming in June from Desert Breeze Publishing:  KELLER COUNTY COPS BOOK 4: DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL



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3 responses to “New release!

  1. Huge congrats on the new release.

  2. Hi Melanie,
    Came to you from the author EMS site, I review books on my blog and various other sites and would like to review one of your books for you. Contact me by email at and check out my other book reviews at
    Thanks Adele

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