An award-winning mystery/thriller police detective series set
in Phoenix. The latest release, DEATH BLOW, book #3 in the Veranda Cruz series, hit the shelves in
Retired police captain turned award-winning author seeks
readers who are adrenaline junkies looking for a high-octane thrill ride. DEATH BLOW
features a strong—but flawed—female lead who must fight her inner demons as she’s pulled
into a deadly trap. It’s the story of three families: Veranda Cruz’s large, loving, sometimes
interfering ethnic family; her somewhat dysfunctional police family; and a notorious crime
family that threatens everything she holds dear.
What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match:
Enjoys police detective
shows like “Law & Order”
Has a thing for
Is intrigued by an author
with marksmanship medals and training in high-speed pursuit, defensive tactics, and
The sound of a siren gets
your pulse racing—in a good way
Secretly wants to be a
Has a twisted sense of
Is fine with a book that
contains NO vampires, werewolves, witches, or cats
Prefer your villains keep-
Isn’t squeamish about
crime scene investigation
Insists on multi-
dimensional, complex characters (including the bad guys)
Enjoys delving into a rich
back story to discover hidden motivations and secrets
plots with twists, turns, and surprises
Idea of a perfect date
involves Mexican food
What to expect if we’re compatible:
spikes followed by massive Mexican food cravings
Exclusive giveaways via
A long-term relationship
(I’m adding a second series to my list soon)
Tell us if you think she’s a match for you or not (sad face)
but either way you’ll be entered to win a prize pack of goodies from Isabella along with a
signed copy of DEATH
Homicide detective Veranda Cruz takes on the most ruthless member
of the Villalobos cartel.
Phoenix homicide detective Veranda Cruz is on a mission.
Villalobos tried to destroy her family, Veranda vowed to take down his
powerful crime syndicate.
Beautiful, shrewd, and lethal, Daria Villalobos is on a
mission of her
own. Determined to be the first woman to take the reins of her father's
notorious cartel, she hatches a plot to eliminate Veranda.
When the investigation
blows up in Veranda's face, the hunt is on to
stop a bomber. Veranda battles her department and her personal
demons as she takes on Daria. To survive her most cunning adversary
yet, will she make a pact with a killer?
Isabella Maldonado is a published author, a retired police captain, and a regular
contributor on television News Channel 12 (Phoenix NBC affiliate) as a law enforcement
expert. Her last police position was Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics.
During her long career, she served as a hostage negotiator, department spokesperson,
and precinct commander among many assignments. She was recognized with a Meritorious
Service Award and a Lifesaving Award, and was selected to attend executive management
training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Maldonado is a past president of the
Phoenix Metro chapter of Sisters In Crime, and currently sits on the board.
in Mesa, Arizona, where she is currently writing the third book in the Veranda Cruz series,
which features a Latina Phoenix police detective.
Sounds like a book I would like to read. (Jane Squires 3:56pm April 8, 2019)
This series sounds like a perfect match for me. One of the things I love about Fresh Fiction is that I get to learn about new authors and series. I read a lot but no one can keep up with every book without sites like this one. I'll be trying this author's books. (Mary Songer 3:57pm April 8, 2019)
Sounds like a book I must get my hands on! (Jesse Mendez 6:50pm April 8, 2019)
Love cop shows. And your description of yourself sounds as intriguing as your books. We're definitely a match - and I'm going to have to seek out all your books - because I have to find out what the books are like. (Nancy Reynolds 9:22am April 9, 2019)
I do believe we would be a good match. I grew up reading mysteries and suspense. I still enjoy a good, tense suspense to keep me up at night and keep me wondering how it will turn out. Good character development is important to me for both major and minor characters. It makes the story a richer experience. (Patricia Barraclough 6:13pm April 9, 2019)
I enjoy a good mystery book. Thanks for the contest. (Anna Speed 1:46am April 10, 2019)
Not such a good match. But do like when the story is based on actual way police do business. (Jaye Smith 4:49pm April 10, 2019)
I may be a match? I love thrillers with lots of twists and elaborate plots. I know this is a very hard job because it's not just about inspiration, but a lot of research too. I took literature and creative writing classes at college and remember feeling very intimidated but also had a lot of fun! I didn't become a writer myself but my job involves reading cases for a living. My all-time favorite detective / thriller / action TV shows and movies are CSI, Law and Order, and Mission Impossible. Thanks for the chance and best wishes on your next releases!! (Nelly Grilla 2:48am April 11, 2019)
Thrillers are one of my favorite genres. I love finding new authors and falling in love with their books. I am a binge reader. (Margaret Yelton 3:38am April 11, 2019)
Oh yes, PLEASE, I want books that do NOT have vampires and the likes in it. LOL. Bring on the crime shows! (Susan P 1:31pm April 11, 2019)
Sounds like we are a match to me! Thanks for the chance! (Jaime Minter 7:33pm April 11, 2019)