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.