Thirty years ago when I first started writing, my goal was to become a
successful author. I wanted to be able to quit my real estate job and write
full time. Fortunately, with my husband still working, I was able to make that
happen fairly quickly.
Still, when I finally I sold my first book after months of trying and numerous
rejections, I earned the whopping sum of four thousand dollars--not much money
for a year and a half of working ten hours a day! But I never lost faith. I
thought, ďI can do this. I know I can.Ē
I think one of the toughest things about being a writer is continuing to believe
in yourself. Insecurities swamp you. Is this book any good? Is this book as
good as the last one? Will my readers like it? Will the publisher renew my
After thirty years, those questions remain. Itís only sheer force of will that
keeps a writer pounding the keyboard, sheer determination that keeps an author
So when I hit the New York Times printed top twenty books (as opposed
to the extended list top thirty five, which I had been on a number of times, but
isnít in the paper), it was the kind of validation that keeps a writer going.
Someone must like these books, I thought. Oh my God, itís really
selling! It was a thrill to get that phone call--a notification that
usually comes late on a Wednesday night. I got the call early Thursday morning
when my agent phoned and said, ďAGAINST THE
FIRE made the bestseller list! Youíre on the New York Times!Ē
Itís a real moment for an author, the thrill of a lifetime. My heart is in
these books, the newest Against books, The Brodies of Alaska, AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY (out Jan 27, 2015), AGAINST
THE TIDE (out May 27, 2015). Not only do I love the brothers, Dylan, Nick,
and Rafe, but I loved the ladies who snare these hunky men.
In my new release, AGAINST THE SKY, Nick Brodie, a former Anchorage
PD homicide detective, has a serious case of burnout. He's tired of murder and
mayhem. He wants a new life, something that doesn't include blood and death.
Unfortunately for Nick, he isn't going to get it. When twelve-year-old Jimmy
Evans comes to him beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick
has no choice but to help him.
To make matters worse, he has a lady friend visiting from Las Vegas. Samantha
Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn't cut out for the
harsh living in Alaska. Unwillingly swept into Jimmy's problems, she finds
herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them both into passion and terrible
Iím hoping readers who've been enjoying the Brodies of Alaska will be wanting
more of the hunky brothers and their sexy ladies. If you havenít read AGAINST THE
WILD, I hope youíll look for it. And donít forget to watch for Nick and
Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY, and Rafe Brodie in AGAINST THE
Happy reading and all best wishes,
About AGAINST THE SKY
In America's last wilderness, there are no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of
Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors
he's seen, he's definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she'd meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place
like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the
charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be
anything more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing
the depths she'll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and
danger about to engulf them both. . .
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