On a Personal Note

So we're on the way to having the hottest summer in New York City.  Looks like global warming is alive and kicking.  We've spent the last month getting settled.  And now actually have, not only flowers, but TA DA... a tiny tomato growing on the plant now happily ensconced on our terrace.  Fingers crossed it makes it to adulthood.  A few more blossoms, but so far no more fruit (tomato is a fruit--right?)  Anyway, it's been fun having plants again.  Petunias and Geraniums finish out our metropolitan garden.

Been feverishly planning for RWA and writing, so life has had to take a bit of a back seat, but it's been wonderful having my daughter home for the summer.  Although she's out and about more than not.  Just managed to hook the Wii into our new television and so can now officially stream movies from Netflix.  The concept is brilliant.  Perfect for when my mood doesn't match the movies in the little red envelope! 

Still want to see Lend Me a Tenor, but haven't had the chance and the window is closing as it closes second week of August.  But I'm still holding out hope.   My husband turned fifty (I married a slightly younger man) this month.  And last month he celebrated by rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with two of his brothers.  Old dudes party on!  From the pictures it looks like a fabulous trip!  Although I'll admit I'm really glad I didn't have to make the nine mile hike down.  

Found a fabulous BYOB restaurant the other night in the new neighborhood.  Italian food, which I confess is my favorite and probably the reason why my hips aren't smaller.   Also an interesting French place that serves a rack of sausages and bowl of vegetables with pate for the table.   It's a tad overwhelming until you get used to the idea (takes up practically the entire table) but is actually quite delicious and once you're in the know, a lot of fun.

Writing News

I can't believe it's already time to announce the third book in my A-Tac series!   Madeline and Drake are barely back from the jungle, and Tyler is launched into a new and somewhat frightening A-Tac operation.  Desperate Deeds (in bookstores now) is out.  And A-Tac is back, searching for the mole and trying to stop the detonation of a nuclear bomb. 

As the demolitions expert for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Tyler Hanson has two great loves: literature and explosives. She lives by the motto “duty first” and doesn’t have time for personal attachments . . . until a steamy one-night stand turns into a professional partnership.


When Tyler meets Owen Wakefield, a handsome British operative, she seduces him with no intention of ever seeing him again. But then the sexy Brit is brought into A-Tac, and despite Tyler’s efforts to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for him. Trusting him.

Owen seems too good to be true—and he is. He’s hiding his true motives and identity, and no matter how he feels about Tyler, he can’t keep her secrets. One of A-Tac’s members has turned traitor and helped terrorists to hijack a shipment of nuclear weapons. As witnesses start dying and evidence starts disappearing, Owen and Tyler must race to find the mole—and prevent a final, cataclysmic act of destruction.

And don't forget books 1 and 2, Dark Deceptions and Dangerous Desires.


Check out my website for blurbs, excerpts, reviews and more.

I'm hard at work on the fourth A-Tac book.  So watch for it next year!  With two more coming in 2012.

I'll be speaking at the New Jersey Conference in October, so watch for more news about that.  And will be teaching Romance Writing again at NYU this fall.  Check my website for details.

What I'm Watching/Reading

Between the move, promoting the new series, and writing deadlines I'm afraid I haven't been reading much.  But on my bedside table you'll find:  Julia London's One Season of Sunshine.  Ten Things I love About You, by Julia Quinn and Jayne Slayer by Sherri Browning Erwin.  Have started the last, and it's marvelous!   Also been watching new shows Rookie Blue and Covert Affairs.  Kudos to ABC and USA for good new summer programming!

Contact Me

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