Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 10: The Cake

Mmmm, I love cake! Of course, I want it to be chocolate with buttercream frosting, but I digress. Here are the choices for Sam & Nick's wedding cake! There is one choice from each of the flower collections you viewed earlier.

Wedding Cake 1: Orchid

Wedding Cake 2: Calla Lilly

Wedding Cake 3: Tulip

And the winner was....

NUMBER 1! Y'all went all orchid all the way!

Comment on the cake to be entered to win a $25 gift card to Godiva Chocolates!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 9: Sam's Ring

When Nick proposed to Sam in Fatal Justice he gives her a diamond engagement ring. Of course, Sam being Sam, she is immediately concerned about whether he will understand if she doesn't wear it to work. So when considering Sam's wedding band, we gave you a few choices that we thought would suit Sam's busy life. Nick being Nick, he will want to see that diamond on her finger once in a while, of course! Here were the choices for Sam's ring:

Sam's Ring 1

Sam's Ring 2

Sam's Ring 3

And the winner is....


Sam really appreciates that you took her job into consideration in helping Nick to make this decision for her. Comment today to be entered for a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! Don't forget that all comments are entered for the grand prize drawings: either a Kindle or a Nook (or $100 to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) OR advance copies of Fatal books for the life of the series. Be the first to read about Sam & Nick's latest adventure. We'll be drawing the grand prize winners on Sept. 5, the day Fatal Destiny becomes available--for free!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 8: Nick's Ring

Isn't there something so sexy about a wedding ring on a man's finger? It tells the world he has committed his life and his heart to one special woman. Nick Cappuano can't wait for his Samantha to put a ring on his finger. Sam really appreciated your help in deciding what ring would best suit Nick. The choices were:

Nick's Ring 1:

Nick's Ring 2:

Nick's Ring 3:

And the winner was:


I love the scene where Shelby helps Sam pick the perfect ring for Nick, and I hope you will enjoy it, too! Today I'm giving away another $25 gift card to Amazon so make sure you comment here on the blog (only) to be entered into the drawing for today's prize. Reminder that every comment will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle or a Nook (or a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) OR advance copies of Fatal Books for the life of the series. Be the first to read about Sam & Nick's latest adventure!

Good news: Fatal Destiny will be out in ONE WEEK! And it's free!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 7: Sam's Hair

What to do with all that hair was the question Sam asked you to help her with! Here were the choices:

Sam's Hairstyle 1

Sam's Hairstyle 2

Sam's Hairstyle 3

And the winner is....


Smooth and up with an orchid tucked in. Sam was very happy with the style you chose for her. After the wedding, it will be Nick's job to pluck that orchid from his new wife's hair...

By the way, since we talked about it the other day, I think I might've thought of a way to keep Shelby in the cast....

Comment on Sam's hair style to be entered into a drawing for a print copy of FATAL AFFAIR, the book that started the Fatal Series!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Up Next On Book Club: Fade to Black by Leslie Parrish

Dean Taggert, a former street cop turned FBI agent, has accepted a transfer into a new CAT for one reason: he needs to remove the violence from his life in order to get his ex to give him more time with his son. Not easy to do when he's been thrust into the darkest, most violent investigation of his career. A psychopath calling himself the Reaper is auctioning off murder at a deviant cyber club called Satan's Playground, and Dean and his team are forced to helplessly witness the killer's brutal crimes online.

Stacey Rhodes is happy in her quiet, sleepy little town of Hope Valley, Virginia, where she has taken over as Sheriff because of her father's ill health. Nothing much seems to happen here, except for the mysterious disappearance of the town bad girl a year ago. So she is shocked when a sexy, brooding FBI agent intrudes on her world, bringing evidence that the missing local girl was the victim of a serial killer. Even more shocking, that serial killer might be someone she knows.

Maybe even someone she loves....

Join us Thursday, September 1 for a discussion about this suspenseful read!

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 6: Sam's Shoes

Sam Holland loves her shoes. Just ask her sister, Angela, who keeps stealing Sam's favorite shoes, and just ask Nick, who still can't believe what a "girl" his fearless cop becomes when shoes are mentioned. Thankfully, Sam's groom is 6' 4" tall, so she can bust out some heels for her big day. This was the choice Sam most looked forward to as she planned her big day, and she appreciates your help in deciding which one best suits her. The choices were:

Sam's Shoes 1

Sam's Shoes 2

Sam's Shoes 3

And the winner was....

NUMBER 2! Everyone loved that jazzy buckle.

Comment today to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Zappos so you can buy yourself a jazzy pair of shoes to rival Sam's. Eight more days until Fatal Destiny!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 5: Sam's Dress

Sam really appreciates your help in making this decision for her....

Sam's Dress 1

Sam's Dress 2

Sam's Dress 3

And the winner is....


Yippee! The big decision has been made, now Sam has to put up with Tinker Bell and all the damned fittings (and she is none too happy about that, let me tell you!) Can't wait until you can read the conversation Sam and Nick have about her dress. :-) Less than two weeks now until Fatal Destiny!

Today, I'm offering another $25 gift card to Amazon for those who comment--on the blog (sorry Facebook comments don't count) by midnight EDT tonight. Everyone who comments during these two weeks will be entered to win one of two grand prizes: a Kindle or a Nook (or a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) OR advance copies of Fatal books for the life of the series.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Club: Just The Way You Are by Christina Dodd

by Brooke Hren


When Hope Prescott’s parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope’s service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and flattered because of his money, Zack is charmed by Hope’s candor, not to mention her sexy voice, and keeps up the charade. As their friendship turns into passion, Zack is determined to have her, even if that means the unthinkable – marriage. But when Hope discovers his deception, Zack knows he must solve the mystery that haunts Hope’s past in order to convince her that their futures lie together….


Hope Prescott is a minister's daughter and Zach Givens is a corporate raider to the core. She's friendly, charming, and goes out of her way to help people; he is an egomaniac, uncaring, and rude to the point of being mean. The virgin and the bad boy.

The book begins with the moment that shapes young Hope and her siblings lives- she and her siblings are being separated and sent to foster homes/orphanages around the county because their parents were killed in a car accident. Her parents were also accused of embezzling church funds and were on the run when they had their accident.

Seven years later Hope is employed at a answering service and studying for a degree that she thinks will enable her to find a job that pays enough for her to search for her siblings.

"Money's the most important thing in the world. You have some, so you don't realize that without money, you're dirt on the streets. Without money, you depend on compassion, and there's not much in this world."

It's through the answering service that she first "meets" Zach who's company had contracted their services- except Hope thinks that Zach is really his butler Griswald. Zach does nothing to correct Hope because his fondest wish is for someone to like him for himself and not his last name or portfolio. And Hope does treat him like a normal person. Some of the comments that she makes about Zach are not very flattering and not something that I would say about a client to his employee. Imagine his surprise to be on the receiving end of those comments!

At the beginning of the book Hope comes across as a very bright, hard working girl who has been down on her luck for too long and is afraid to have good things happen to her. She spends all of her time working and studying. Zach throws himself into his work and only has relationships that fit his needs at the moment. Even his friend thinks he can't go a day without making someone cry.

There's an interesting tension in their relationship: romance vs. affair.

Hope says, "An affair involves body parts. A romance is of the mind and heart." I felt like Hope was having a romance and Zach was initially only after an affair.

The romance they develop does showcase the intense chemistry they have together though. Hope is consumed with all the new feelings she's experiencing, while Zach seems incredibly demanding in regards to those feelings.The steady stream of thoughts about how to bed Hope made Zach appear cold and calculating. He is so sure that once he has Hope that she will forgive him for deceiving her and it never really occurs to him that she wouldn't. It took me a long time to warm up to him. Their first time together and Hope's first time ever feels a little fast after the circumstances that bring her to his mansion but at the same time happen in a very Zach-like way; he sees an opportunity and takes it. He does wait until she has recovered and is no longer in shock though. You wonder when the big reveal of Zach's identity is going to happen and whether her will have a chance to tell her himself or someone else will.

As the story continues Hope is broadsided by an embezzlement scam that leads to her arrest and abduction by the bad guy who was scammed. It was nice to see all of Hope's clients rally to save her, with Zach's help.

Their reunion was sweet and orchestrated by the wonderful secondary characters of the Givens family. Zach pulled out a wonderful surprise for Hope that showed how far he had come. I adore Zach's fathers advice:

"Crawl, boy." "Women like to see a man crawl."

Ultimately Just the Way You Are was a good read and a intriguing beginning to the Prescott family mystery. It makes me want to read the rest of the series to find out what happened to the parents and see all the siblings reunited. It is a good read for readers who enjoy romance with a little mystery and happy endings.


Zach promises to make Hope dinner if she returns to his house to let him tutor her in physics. Of course he orders out but his secretary recommended lasagna which is a great first dinner date meal. My favorite recipe is by the Pioneer Woman:


1-1/2 pound Ground Beef

1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage

2 cloves Garlic, Minced

2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes

2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste

2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley

2 Tablespoons Dried Basil

1 teaspoon Salt

3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese

2 whole Beaten Eggs

1/2 cup Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese

2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley

1 teaspoon Salt

1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese

1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles

(add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)

Preparation Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).

To assemble:

Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.

Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 4: Nick's Suit

In February, I wrote: I think about Nick in a tuxedo, and I just say, "Mmmmm." Whooo... Just took a little mental trip to heaven there for a minute. What can I say? Nick is tall and buff and HOT. Now, do your best to imagine him in one of these fine suits, and then tell me which one you prefer for him.

Nick's Suit 1

Nick's Suit 2

Nick's Suit 3

What did I tell you? H-O-T, right? Mmmmm.... I leave Nick's wedding hotness in your capable hands.

And you chose: NUMBER 2

Whoo hoo! Now, I'm going to have me a little dream about Nick in a tux. In the meantime, because Nick is Mr. Style, I'm offering a $25 gift card to Abercrombie & Fitch today. Just tell me how you think Nick is going to look in the suit we chose for him. Thanks to everyone who has shown up to play so far. Planning a wedding is so much fun, and it's made even more fun by all of you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fatal Wedding Reveal, Day 3: Flowers

Ronlyn and Aly came up with some amazing choices for the flowers. They are so beautiful, I wanted to go back and redo my own wedding! Here were the three different collections you had to choose from:

Collection 1

Groom & Groomsmen




Reception Centerpieces

Collection 2





Reception Centerpieces

Collection 3





Reception Centerpieces

And the winner was.... NUMBER 2! I'll give away a $25 gift certificate to 1-800-FLOWERS today, so make sure you comment by midnight (EDT) tonight. Those who comment today will also be entered into the drawing for two grand prizes: a Nook or Kindle (or a $100 gift card to either B&N or Amazon if you already have a device) for one winner AND advance copies of Fatal Books for the life of the series for a second winner. Everyone who comments during the two weeks of reveals will be entered for the grand prize drawing on Sept. 5, the day FATAL DESTINY is released.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fatal Wedding Reveal, Day 2: Bridesmaid Dresses

Sam's sisters, Tracy and Angela, will share the duties as her matrons of honor. Her nieces, Brooke and Abby, will be her bridesmaids for the AFTERNOON wedding. The choices for their dresses were:

Bridesmaid No. 1:

Bridesmaid 2:

Bridesmaid 3:

And the winner was: NUMBER 2!

Make sure you come by every day leading up to Sept. 5 and comment to be entered into the drawing for TWO grand prizes: your choice of a Kindle or a Nook for one winner (or a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) and advance copies of Fatal Books for the life of the series for a second winner. You'll be entered into the grand prize drawing every time you comment, so come every day and comment often! To be entered for the drawing, please include your first and last names as well as your email address WITH your comment. Today's prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! Comment by midnight to be entered to win. Include your name and email address with your comment!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fatal Wedding Reveal, Day 1: Invitations

The two-week countdown to Fatal Destiny is ON. Beginning today, we'll unveil YOUR choices for Sam and Nick's big day, which will be featured in the free novella that is out September 5. Every day we'll reveal another choice so that by the time Sept. 5 rolls around, you'll have a full picture of the wedding in your mind.

I had a great time writing Sam and Nick's wedding, but I never could've done it without the help of my wedding planners Aly Hackett and Ronlyn Howe. They provided all the wonderful choices and (apparently with some significant bickering) narrowed down each item to three options for us to choose from. I have to say that you, my lovely readers, usually chose the one I would've picked in just about every instance.

Over the next two weeks, make sure you come by every day and comment to be entered into the drawing for TWO grand prizes: your choice of a Kindle or a Nook for one winner (or a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) and advance copies of Fatal Books for the life of the series for a second winner. You'll be entered into the grand prize drawing every time you comment, so come every day and comment often! To be entered for the drawing, please include your first and last names as well as your email address WITH your comment.

Now, for our first reveal, let's find out which invitation you chose for Sam & Nick:

Invitation 1

Invitation 2

Invitation 3

And the winner is.... NUMBER 3!

To celebrate the invitations going in the mail, I'll be giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon to one lucky commenter today. Comment by midnight tonight and tell me what you think of the invitations (and by the way, this was the hardest element to work into the wedding story, but I think you'll like how I got it in there...)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Up Next On Book Club: Just The Way You Are by Christina Dodd

When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope's service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and flattered, Zack is charmed by Hope. As their friendship turns to passion, Zack is determined to have her, even if that means the unthinkable — marriage. But when Hope discovers his deception, Zack knows he must solve the mystery that haunts Hope's past before he can convince her that their futures lie together....

Join us Thursday, August 25, for a chat about this great book.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Club: Untraceable by Laura Griffin

By: Kris Gilson

I really need to start off by saying I LOVE Laura Griffin’s books! They instantly hook you in and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. In Untraceable, we meet PI Alex Lovell who helps people drop off the face of the earth. She uses her extensive computer savvy and other PI skills to assist those who need a safe haven. When one of her clients disappears for real, she sets out to uncover what really happened. Alex ends up working with Austin homicide detective Nathan Devereaux and the sparks instantly fly between the two. This story has lots of action and suspense and keeps the reader engaged on every page. There are enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through the story. The chemistry between Alex and sexy Nate is the icing on the cake!

Alex is a strong, smart, and independent female lead, and I liked the fact that she knew she needed help and wasn’t afraid to get it. I also liked that Nathan was torn between his guilt that makes him really want to help Alex and his loyalty to a fellow police officer. But, I also liked it that he wasn’t blinded by that loyalty as the truth starts to unfold. As the danger escalates, so does Nathan’s love for Alex. He is such a strong character, pursuing the case and the woman who captured his heart with equal voracity. Not only did I find myself loving the lead characters and cheering for their happy ending, I couldn’t wait for good to triumph over evil!!

I read this book some time ago, and since Alison Peterson read it just this past weekend, I asked her to chip in with a few fresh thoughts about the story and some of the things she liked. Thank you Alison!

I think Alex Lovell comes across as very tough, but she’s really a softie inside. She really cares about Melanie and even though she’s freaked out by baby Grace she’s hesitant to give her to CPS and later goes to visit Grace. Alex definitely gets into a lot of trouble…she’s nearly blown up when she goes to the cabin Melanie was staying at, she’s attacked in the mall when she tries to find out who’s following her, she’s nearly shot in New Orleans and she’s kidnapped by Craig at the end. I loved it when she finally went after Nathan and later offered him half her company....Awww!

Did you wonder about Sophie Barrett at the beginning? It seemed like she was after Alex for putting her old boss in jail, but since she never did anything I let her off the hook.

The Delphi Center is very cool. I want to meet more of the people who work there. I hope Mia gets a story. I’m very curious about the cute, young scientist. I didn’t realize how great Alex was with computers until she went into test at Delphi.

Nathan’s a homicide cop who met Alex several months ago on a previous case. He was attracted to her then, but didn’t do anything about it. Now, Alex wants his help investigating Craig Coghan, a friend and fellow cop. I can’t give Nathan any points for “smarts” for continuing to hook up with his ex-wife, Nicole, after their divorce. Why did she still have a key? She’s allowed to stop by anytime? Which she does, at the worst possible time….the morning after Nathan finally gets Alex in his bed. He redeems himself when he admits Alex means more to him than the case and when he holds Alex all night and lets her cry it out the night Melanie is shot. It was also pretty hot when he showed her they have more than just sex in New Orleans. Gotta love the house he leases for them!

Nathan doesn’t start believing Alex about Craig until bodies killed with baling wire start turning up. Apparently it takes a pretty strong person to kill with baling wire. I love tha he picks a fight and kicks Craig's ass in front of the courthouse to get Craig’s DNA! Craig needed his ass kicked! Especially since by then we know Craig is the sicko who is burning the prostitutes and his wife’s neck with cigarettes during sex.

I really liked Troy Stockton. It definitely doesn’t hurt that he looks like Brad Pitt, but he’s a good friend to Alex. He puts her in touch with the Delphi Center to analyze the blood on the ear bud she found. I loved when he kissed her in front of Nathan to just to get a rise out him. LOL! He’s the one who goes to New Orleans and calls her out on being a coward for letting Nathan leave. He freaked me out a little when he wouldn’t leave the motel and offered Alex $10k for her laptop. I for a second thought he might have lost it or was somehow involved…since at that point I didn’t know who all the bad guys were. I’m terrible at guessing who the bad guy is, so now I’m always looking at the person I would least expect!

John Holt’s an interesting character; I wonder if he’ll be in any of the other books in the series. He seems to be pretty good friends with Mia at the Delphi Center. I don’t know how he managed it, but he was always there when the serious action went down…Alex’s attack in the mall, when Melanie was shot at the All Saint’s Motel, and when Nathan and Hodges went after Coghan when he had Alex.

Laura will be with us today and offering a signed copy of her new release SNAPPED along with a $15 Starbucks gift card. We look forward to welcoming her to book club!

Here’s the hard part. Those of you who know me understand that if my husband didn’t cook, we’d likely starve at my house (or eat every meal out!). I figured I’d pick something that is Texas-ish, so I have not a clue if this is even remotely good, but it was highly rated!

True Texas Chili

  • 2 ounces dried, whole New Mexico (California), guajillo, or pasilla chiles, or a combination (6 to 8 chiles)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons lard, vegetable oil, or rendered beef suet
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, well trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (to yield 2 pounds after trimming)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef stock , or canned low-sodium beef broth, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons corn tortilla flour
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, plus more as needed
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges

Place the chiles in a straight-sided large skillet over medium-low heat and gently toast the chiles until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don't let them burn or they'll turn bitter. Place the chiles in a bowl and cover them with very hot water and soak until soft, 15 to 45 minutes, turning once or twice.

Drain the chiles; split them and remove stems and seeds (a brief rinse helps remove seeds, but don't wash away the flesh). Place the chiles in the bowl of a blender and add the cumin, black pepper, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/4 cup water. Purée the mixture, adding more water as needed (and occasionally scraping down the sides of the blender jar), until a smooth, slightly fluid paste forms (you want to eliminate all but the tiniest bits of skin.) Set the chile paste aside.

Return skillet to medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons of the lard. When it begins to smoke, swirl skillet to coat and add half of the beef. Lightly brown on at least two sides, about 3 minutes per side, reducing the heat if the meat threatens to burn. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with 2 more tablespoons of lard and the remaining beef. Reserve.

Let the skillet cool slightly, and place it over medium-low heat. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of lard in the skillet; add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, the remaining 2 cups water and gradually whisk in the masa harina to avoid lumps. Stir in the reserved chile paste, scraping the bottom of the skillet with a spatula to loosen any browned bits. Add the reserved beef (and any juices in the bowl) and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain the barest possible simmer (just a few bubbles breaking the surface) and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender but still somewhat firm and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of thickened but still liquid sauce surrounds the cubes of meat, about 2 hours.

Stir in the brown sugar and vinegar thoroughly and add more salt to taste; gently simmer 10 minutes more. At this point, it may look like there is excess sauce. Turn off the heat and let the chili stand for at least 30 minutes, during which time the meat will absorb about half of the remaining sauce in the skillet, leaving the meat bathed in a thick, somewhat fluid sauce. Stir in additional broth or water if the mixture seems too dry. If the mixture seems a bit loose and wet, allow it to simmer a bit more (sometimes we like to partially crush the cubes of beef with the back of a spoon to let them absorb more sauce). Adjust the balance of flavors with a bit of additional salt, sugar, or vinegar, if you like.

Reheat gently and serve in individual bowls with a dollop of sour cream on top and a lime wedge on the side.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Up Next on Book Club: Untraceable by Laura Griffin


Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on -- including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective -- Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex's hunch about Melanie's murder is wrong, his instincts -- and their visceral attraction -- won't let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear....

Join us Thursday, August 18, for a chat about this great book. My friend Laura will be here to join in the fun. Looking forward to it!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Club: Fatal Consequences & The Fatal Series

Politics can be murder...

Lieutenant Sam Holland has no sooner accepted Senator Nick Cappuano's proposal than she's back on the job. A woman has been found brutally murdered and evidence points to Henry Lightfeather, a senator and close friend of Nick's. While Sam investigates, Nick stands by his friend—complicating his own bid for reelection, and causing tension between the couple.

As Sam's investigation reveals a scandal that rocks the capital, Nick and Sam discover that the biggest threat to their future might be someone from her past...

I'm so excited to chat about book 3 in the Fatal Series. This book was a lot of fun to write as I was able to tap into some "ripped from the headlines" stories about politicians gone wrong. Remember when Jay Leno so famously asked Hugh Grant, "What were you thinking?" after he was caught with a hooker? You gotta wonder what these guys are thinking the first time they hire a hooker or "sext" inappropriate pictures of themselves to women or minors. So many careers have been toppled by moments that come down to that question: WHAT were they thinking?

With this in mind, I tapped into the arrogant, entitled world of the powerful men who run the government to fuel the mystery in Fatal Consequences. One of my favorite moments in this book is when Sam disdains the "little wives" who stand by their disgraced men in their moment of free fall. She makes it clear that if her future husband ever finds himself in that position, she won't be standing there playing the part of the political wife. I also love Nick's reaction to her tirade: as if. We all know Nick would never be so stupid, because, well, he's NICK!

In this book we gain some more insight into Freddie's relationship with Elin and something from Gonzo's past threatens his burgeoning relationship with Cristina, Nick's chief of staff. We're also along for the ride as Sam and Nick attempt to plan a wedding after she loses an "interesting" bet and he sets a wedding date that's just six short weeks away.

We're now down to less than a month until Fatal Destiny, the wedding novella, will be released. I can't wait until you all can read about the wedding you helped to plan last February. Speaking of that, mark your calendars for Aug. 22 when we will start unveiling your choices for Sam and Nick's wedding, leading up the Sept. 5 release of the novella. We'll have all new prizes and daily giveaways, so make sure you check in every day from August 22–September 4.

Join the conversation today to be privy to a sneak peek at Fatal Destiny as well as the chance to win random prizes offered throughout the day. Let's talk about the political scandal that most resonated with you: was it Clinton or Spitzer or Weiner? Or was it something closer to your home? And, I'll take any questions you might have about what's next for Sam, Nick and the gang. Look forward to chatting about Fatal Consequences and the series today!

You can't visit the DC area without sampling some authentic Maryland crab cakes, so here's a recipe to try:

Yields: 6 Maryland Crab Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound backfin Blue crab meat or other lump crab meat
  • 8 saltine crackers
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Carefully check the crab meat for any cartilage. Put meat in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Crush the saltine crackers very fine and mix with all the other ingredients. Gently fold in the crab. Only mix enough to combine ingredients. You don't want to break up the crab into fine shreds. Shape into 6 crab cakes, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Heat about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan. Sauté until golden brown on each side. This will only take about 3-5 minutes per side.

Garnish with tartar sauce, remoulade, or simply with a squeeze of lemon.