Nancy Brophy grew up reading and writing. Her imaginary friends have rich lives and less self-doubts with stories that have beginning, middles and happy ending all within four hundred pages. She lives in the beautiful, green and very wet Northwest with her husband, two naughty dogs, PB and J, and forty rowdy chickens.
They have spent fourteen nail-biting months living in an apartment while their house was rebuilt from a house-fire in 2010. In the process she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of kitchen cabinets, bathroom plumbing fixtures and leaking roofs. One day she will find all of this funny and will write a story about it. But it won't be this year.
Nicole Layton is a desperate woman.
Her husband, Senator Linus Layton, not only abuses her, but holds Nicole's brain-damaged niece hostage to keep Nicole in line. The teal-eyed beauty is no dumb blonde. Her plan to escape during their up-coming anniversary cruise in the Mediterranean and hide out in Spain goes array when the cruise ship wrecks off the coast of Italy.
With a leap of faith, she jumps early and rows for hours. Later, weary and exhausted, she drags her inflatable raft onto the Italian mainland having no ID nor a way to get home. She's come so far on her wits and planning, but she's out of ideas.
Austin Stevens knows when a woman is in trouble. Hired by the Senator's insurance company to prove foul play, Austin Stevens of Stevens Security hunts for the presumed dead woman. He’s on a race against time and pitted against a clever enemy.
To collect on the multi-million dollar Insurance policy, Layton must produce the dead body of his wife. He hires Black Adder, a private paramilitary operation to ensure that her body will be delivered.
Monumental forces are at work. With chaos at every turn will Austin rescue her before Black Adder finds her? Even if he does, will her husband ever stop hunting her?
This is not the first woman Austin Stephens has helped, but she is the only one who has him spinning in the wind.
Marshall and Lily are too old, too busy, and much too clever to fall in love. The oceanographer Marshall views women as a wonderful recreational pastime. Lily the successful caterer seeks a fantasy man for one steamy, passionate night.
This was the perfect arrangement. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s Christmas. Detective Grant Matthews’ three-year-old daughter fights a losing battle with leukemia. Work is imploding while he’s holding his life together with duct tape and chewing gum. All he wants is a healthy daughter and a normal life - or as normal as it gets for a cop. He never thought being an ex-SEAL would have been an easier time in his life.
The burglary ring he’s investigating has morphed into possible homicide with the potential of a cop on the take. The lynch pin of this scenario is Dori Connors, ex-wife to the dirty cop and caterer to the thief.
Grant wants to believe she’s innocent, but her name appears at all the wrong moments.
Dori can’t believe her ex-husband is back in her life and not in a useful way. All she wants is a Mexico vacation littered with golden skinned cabana boys and a serious amount of tequila. She’s earned it.
Instead, her last catered party ends with red and blue flashing lights and the host arrested. Her one sanctuary, her home is burglarized and the police are eying her with suspension. This is not good - not good at all.
The one thing she knows for sure is cops protect their own and she’s on the wrong side of the blue line.
What if everything you knew about your marriage and your husband was wrong? And what if that knowledge put your life in danger? And what if the man sent to rescue you was a hunky alpha male who only had one flaw? He thought he was the one in charge.
By the time Abigail Brooks discovered her husband was an international assassin, she was already up to her neck in trouble. Her tenant’s boss had been murdered and her duplex had been burglarized. Travis Stevens, the sexy, overbearing former SEAL turned security specialist rides to the rescue, expecting everyone to follow his lead. Instead Abby sees him as just one more man she can’t afford to trust - a bruise to his alpha male ego.
While Travis has been trained to see what others miss, his encounter with the mystery writer is as far from the script as one can get. He is intrigued. Forced to work as a dysfunctional team they first have to figure out who is truly the villain and which version of her husband is the truth.
Unlike her novels, Abby discovers that even the most self-assured heroine occasionally must accept a helping hand. And a plan of action never prevents fate from smacking a person on the head. Life is truly what happens when we’re making other plans.
The small Texas town of Riggers is a safe-haven where nothing happens. At least that’s the way Navy SEAL Zack Pritchard remembers it. He’s home on leave and determined to avoid his brother’s girlfriend, Chloe La Ruse. If he can just walk his sister down the aisle and quickly leave, everything will be great. Or so he thinks.
Except...his brother’s life is in the toilet. Gordy dropped out of college and picked up a gig promising quick money and is only a bit illegal. And everyone is a little vague about the status of Chloe in Gordy’s life - including the two of them.
Chloe is not at all the woman Zack remembers. The girl who figured prominently in his fantasies for the past couple of years is not a graduate student with a hermitic lifestyle majoring in sex education. He’s stunned to find a woman with an in-depth knowledge of sexual technique, and yet knows nothing about men. Or relationships. Or life beyond the classroom.
Many situations involving thwarted ambitions, fraternal competition, drugs and race cars work out well. Unfortunately this one has some problems.
Czigany “Cezi” Romney is perfectly happy. Yes, she’d have liked to have graduated high school, perhaps even attended college and become a CSI rather than working for her father and Uncle as an asthmatic sidekick. But leaving Armadillo Creek would be impossible. A gypsy without family would be like a ship without a rudder - directionless, unable to function.
Agent John Stillwater's scarred face reflects the life of man dedicated to protecting his country. Currently his team is dealing with a nationwide white slavery ring, but lack evidence to prove it. An unusual set of circumstances in a nowhere town in Texas leads John to investigate.
Cain McIntosh’s career is making him rich. In his chauffeur-driven limo, his tailored suits, his ten thousand dollar watch and his private jet, Cain visits different towns each week and finds the girl of his dreams. Or so he says as he convinces her to come home with him and meet his family. Unfortunately, the girl who agrees to go, knowing she will be the envy of her friends, is never heard from again.
Can a petite gypsy woman bring down a man the FBI can't find? Agent Stillwater isn't giving her a chance to find out. Like it or not, Stillwater plans to remain glued to her side. With her family watching his every move, it doesn't take tarot cards to read the heat between them.
Struggling to finish your book? Do you bog down in the middle only to start a new story? Getting vague rejections? Can’t remember details from one story in a series to another? Is your story missing something? THIS IS THE WORKBOOK FOR YOU! Easy to follow: Diagrams, Fill-in-the-blank, Suggestions, Ideas, Checklists, and Grids. Whether you are a plotter or pantser (one who writes by the seat of their pants), this workbook can help you organize your thoughts into a cohesive story. Topics include: Redeeming Your Antagonist, Why We Write, Making Your Hero Heroic, Today’s Heroine is not Cinderella, The Importance of Location, Dialogue, Adding Dimension to Your Characters, Action Verbs and the Rules of Fiction Writing to name a few.
Five Friends. Five Yearbook Predictions. Twelve years. Was it Destiny? Or the last act of girls ready to take on the world?
As thirty approaches so does their Thirty-Years-Old-and-Made-It Reunion Party. Who will have conquered New York? Become a CEO? Be married with a bunch of kids? Which girl will have nailed the lucky Charley Vargas? Is Prince William safe? Because someone is supposed to marry a prince.
It’s the midnight hour and the scramble is on. Not one of them wants to admit her life hasn't turned out the way she expected. Maybe reaching thirty and living up to friends’ predictions is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Hard driving caterer Dori Connors finds herself in trouble when she allows Detective Matthews and his partner to work undercover at a party. When the host is arrested for a series of thefts, Dori's ex-husband, now the Assistant Commissioner of Police is intent upon seeing Dori included in the arrests.
Justice is a slippery slope. Grant Matthews suspects Dori is being railroaded by her ex. He works to uncover the truth. While he is attracted to the woman, he can't spare the time away from his sick daughter.
Grant may be drool-worthy, but he's a cop. Dori's experiences with the long arm of the law have left her bruised and battered.
As usual, fate has the last laugh.