Catherine will tell you she's one of those writers who cannot not write—she's always working on something. Writing as C. E. McLean, her contemporary romance, science-fiction, and paranormal short stories have sold to both hardcopy and online magazines and anthologies. She loves romances entwined with an adventure or a mystery, especially if they include a dollop of mayhem or havoc and futuristic-fantasy.
She creates her stories in a rambling, century-old farmhouse in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. There, she and her husband cater to two opinionated cats, inherited from their daughter when she went to culinary school, and one Rough-Coat Jack Russell Terrier, who thinks he's a cat.
Catherine's speaking and workshop schedule is posted at her website: www.WritersCheatSheets.com and her blog publishes "The Sampler," which carries a monthly fiction-writing topic (go to http://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com).
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When a medical robot insists he's having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic maintenance technician, has every reason to panic. There's a bomb inside him. Since Marlee can't risk the bomber discovering she's found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it.
Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently, captures Marlee instead. Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he's smitten. Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins. But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.
Tienan is a warlock and a lawman determined to solve a series of diabolical murders. An incident in his youth gave him a terror of death and made him fear his birthright soul, an energy symbiote called a veed which gives Tienan extraordinary skills. Hosting that veed has also contributed to Tienan's failed relationships with women and convinced him true love doesn't exist.
Janay is an ex-militia woman down on her luck who is haunted by personal demons, and real ones. When she rescues Tienan's brother, Tienan considers her a gutsy but semi-deranged commando. She's audacious and unconventional, but with all she's been through in her life, it rankles that she still believes in true love.
So can Tienan accept and trust in his love for Janay, embrace the power needed to wield an Executioner's Katana, and defeat a triad of murderous witches intent on immortality?