Welcome back! We’re into the second half of 2014 and my favorite time of the year. I adore fall. The cooler weather, trees turning colors, the start of football season, (GO BUCKEYES, GO BROWNS!). My birthday is in November. Thanksgiving is a big family occasion for us and of course I love to shop for the upcoming Christmas holidays.
We, (me and the team of beta readers, editor and cover designer), have been working hard on the next book. Switching gears a bit, I’ve finished the third book in the Westen, small town series, CLOSE TO THE FIRE. Isn’t that a fantastic cover? My cover artist, Lyndsey Lewellen of LLewellen Designs put in special details like shiny sparks in the background fire and the burn scars hero Deke Reynolds sustained ten years ago. (She has mad skills!)
I need to clarify something for anyone who is new to the site or hasn’t read the Westen series. It is not a WESTERN. No cowboys. The town is set in the rural country of Ohio, northeast of Columbus. It is a FICTIONAL town. There is a real WestOn, Ohio, but it is located in the NW part of the state and is not in anyway depicted in my town of WestEn.
This is book #3 of the series and in it we find two characters from the first two books. When I wrote those books I had no clue Deke Reynolds and Libby Wilson had a history. Boy was I wrong! Here’s the blurb:
They once were lovers:
After ten years of keeping his distance to the one woman he’s always loved, Fire Chief Deke Reynolds is finally ready to set aside his grief and confess his guilt to Elizabeth “Libby” Wilson about his part in her brother’s death. Libby’s own guilty secret has kept her from sharing her life with the man who stole her heart as a teen and awakened her body as a young woman.
Danger has forced them together again:
A fire and their odd connection to a new teenager at the local half-way house have this couple finally sharing their secrets with each other. With an arsonist on the loose, threatening the town of Westen and its citizens, have Libby and Deke waited too long to find their love again?
The release date will be in early October. Watch my FB page HERE for the actual date!
The other fun thing on board is a Christmas novella for the Westen series, titled, (what else?) CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS. I’ll have more information on that book a little later in the fall.
As always, thanks to everyone who has bought any of my books, left me reviews on the books sites, liked my FB page, followed me on Twitter, pinned stuff about the books on Pinterest, told your friends about the books, handed out cards or just chatted with me. Your support and enthusiasm means the world to me!!!