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Trained to Kill… a new Keller County Cops book

TrainedToKillCoverArt72dpi__33274.1367097035.1280.1280The sixth book in my Keller County Cops series, Trained to Kill, is out… and I’m so excited. I just finished writing the seventh and final book, Code of Vengeance, so I have one more to go in this series. COV will come out this fall.

Trained to Kill is available at Desert Breeze Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and many other online outlets.

Blurb for Trained to Kill:

Keller County precision marksman Cadence Holly, a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, believes she doesn’t have anything to prove to her new unit because her she’s good at what she does. Detective Brody Remington, a former military sniper, along with the rest of their unit, disagrees. Brody spends most of his time berating Cadence, until she proves him wrong by taking a shot he can’t make.

Brody regrets the way he’s treated Cadence. As he struggles to get back into her good graces, Eugene Dunham, a man seeking revenge for his brother’s arrest and subsequent murder, targets Brody. Once Dunham realizes Brody and Cadence have formed a bond, he sets his sights on Cadence, setting up a frightening game of cat and mouse that can end only one way. Will Brody get to her in time?

Excerpt:

“Well, turn me over and paint me blue. I know we’re short on qualified shooters, but the sheriff’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel if he sent you to sniper school.”

“Excuse me? What did you just say?” Cadence spun to glower at Brody Remington, a veteran of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team — better known as SERT — who’d made detective less than a month before. He was right about the department. Budget cuts had prevented the sheriff from sending more than two or three applicants to the state training academy for specialized training, but who was he to pass judgment on her just because she was new? Seven days immersed in shooting and tactics might not seem like much, but she’d finished at the top of her class, and she had shot competitively for years before that.

He shrugged. “You heard me.”

“Maybe I did.” She crossed her arms. “Except I’d hoped I was imagining things.”

“‘Fraid not.” His expression darkened. “A girl on the Emergency Response Team? Give me a break. We need somebody who can do the job, not some chick we have to babysit.”

“Wipe that thought right out of your brain, you jerk. I might not have any on-the-job experience yet, but I can shoot. Just watch me.”

“That one-week class Blaylock sent you to is worthless. I have military experience.”

“Big freaking deal. I’m just as qualified as you are to be in this unit.” Wishing she could slice him in two, she narrowed her eyes. “You might be the youngest cop in Keller County to ever make detective, and you might have a military background — hell, you might even be able to walk on water — but that doesn’t make you special.”

“Last time I looked, you were still riding a beat.”

“So what? I do my job.” She fired him a heated glower and clenched her fists. “And with SERT, rank doesn’t matter. Detectives, patrol — we’re all the same. You know that. We just have to be able to perform at a moment’s notice, in addition to our regular duties. So far, so good.”

“Yeah? You’ve been a member of our team for what? Two weeks?” Disdain radiated from his ice blue eyes. “We’ve had one callout — a hostage situation the bomb squad solved without our help.”

“True, but trust me… I can do whatever the captain needs me to do. Maybe better than you.” Sick of defending herself, she backed down. Explanations never worked with Neanderthals like him. She’d run into enough of them in her short career to know that, so why’d she even bother to try? She shot him a disgusted look. “Guess you’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you?”

“Probably won’t have to wait too long to see you screw up.”

“Get out of my face, Brody Remington.” Barely resisting the urge to slap him, she turned on her heel and stalked away. Her whole body vibrated with anger. Why had he judged her before giving her a chance to prove herself? Was that fair? Hell, no.

Cadence turned the corner and ran smack into Captain Pellerin. Their shoulders collided, and only a swift sidestep kept her from cracking her forehead against his square chin.

She emitted a surprised gasp.

“Whoa.” He caught her arm. “Where’s the fire, Holley?”

“Nowhere, Captain.” She did her best to shuck the cloak of fury that had enveloped her while she’d talked to Brody. Wouldn’t do to come off as belligerent in front of her new SERT unit leader. “Just eager to get in some practice before I go home. I’m heading to the range.”

“You’re working too hard, young lady.” He dropped his hand and frowned. “No need to prove yourself to me. I know you can do your job.”

“Well, apparently you’re the only one.” She forced a smile she didn’t feel. “Don’t worry, sir. I won’t be long. I feel an order of Chinese food calling my name.”

Pellerin chuckled. “Sounds like a good meal for a Friday night. Take it easy, Deputy.”

“Will do, sir.” She gave him a little salute, and then turned and hurried down the hallway to the locker room next to the department’s indoor firing range. She kept her equipment there but used the bathroom across the hall whenever she needed to change. That didn’t happen often, but she still resented the sex discrimination that ran rampant in Keller County.

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A New Release to Start the New Year!

Happy 2012! Woohoo! We have a new year, a fresh start. A blank slate, if you will.

I’m so excited to start this shiny new year with a new book out at Desert Breeze Publishing! QUEST FOR JUSTICE, the third book in my Keller County Cops series, is an intense, wild ride. I really came to love the hero and heroine in this story, C.J.Bowman  and Abby Ryals, two passionate LEOs caught up in a deadly undercover game with a vicious drug lord.

Blurb:

Abby Ryals goes behind the sheriff’s back to accept an undercover assignment with another agency to avenge fellow detective C.J. Bowman’s death, and is stunned to learn he’s very much alive when he leaves witness protection and follows her undercover to help keep her safe. Together, they must race the clock to defeat a notorious drug lord before he can discover their true identities.

Hope you’ll check it out. It’s available here and at Amazon, and will soon be up at other online outlets.

And next month, look for the first book in my New Orleans detective series, CHERISHED WITNESS, out in print… along with my latest single title romantic suspense from Whiskey Creek Press, BLOOD RITE.

Yep… 2012 is going to be a banner year!!


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New cover!

Book two in my Keller County Cops series, SHIELD OF VALOR, comes out on September first. This week, I got the cover… and I love it! The badge tattoo makes the picture, IMHO… and is so apropos to the story. Kudos to Jenifer Ranieri for doing another fabulous job!

Blurb: Detective Mitch Ransom is in control of his life until he agrees to testify before the grand jury against a brutal serial killer. Then he’s kidnapped, threatening his appearance in court, and finds himself trapped with a woman he doesn’t like and believes he has to protect. Tiffany Golden, a police dispatcher, is trying to break the mold set for her by her stripper mother. She wants to become a cop and is on the road to reaching that goal when she’s kidnapped along with Mitch and is forced to help him find freedom.

You can read an excerpt and later buy the book here.

My next release after SHIELD OF VALOR will be in October 2011, when VOODOO BONES comes out at Desert Breeze. Stay tuned for more info!

Other upcoming releases:

KCC BOOK 3: QUEST FOR JUSTICE — DBP — January 2012
BLOOD RITE — Whiskey Creek Press — January 2012
KCCS BOOK 4: DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL — DBP — June 2012

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Another new book out!

MARKED FOR MURDER is the first ebook in my new Keller County Cops!

Blurb: Detective Jonah McKee is forced to juggle caring for his rowdy three year-old son and protecting a beautiful amnesia victim who was targeted by a vicious serial murderer… or was she? Brooke Wilson finally remembers her own name — and the name of the man trying to kill her — and the terrifying memory sends her on the run again. Jonah is forced to hide his son and go with her in order to protect her, and along the way they fall in love.

To read and excerpt and/or buy this book, go here to the Desert Breeze Publishing website.

Book Two, SHIELD OF VALOR, is coming in September.

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New Cover!

After an unusual delay, I finally got my cover for my April book, Marked for Murder. This is the first book in my new Keller County Cops series. Woohoo! I love the cover. Jenifer Ranieri outdid herself again!

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New series coming in April…

The first book in my new Keller County Cops series, Marked for Murder, comes out in April at Desert Breeze Publishing. I’m really excited… and in honor of this new release, I’ve asked my son, an artist, to paint a scene from the book. So here it is. One of the first scenes, when a body is found.

Frank usually paints blues singers and abstracts, but he can paint most anything. You can check out his blog here and his Etsy site here.

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