I am married to my high school sweetheart who let’s face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far, we haven’t screwed it up; I’ll let you know for sure later.
I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.
So, what have you written?
I am the author of the Souls of Chicago series and recently, I published FOUND, which is the first book in my new Hamilton’s Heroes series.
How many books in your series? (if it is a series)
There are 7 books in the Souls of Chicago series.
What do you love most about the writing process?
My favorite thing about the writing process is when my characters speak so loudly and clearly that it feels like I’m just a vessel being used to tell their story. I love taking myself out of the process and letting them take over.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?
In each of my books, the greatest message has been to love one another and treat others the way you’d want to be treated. Love, whether it’s between a parent and child, siblings, best friends or lovers, should never come with conditions.
One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
I’d be just fine never eating Vegemite again. A friend from Australia sent some to me to try and it was, hands down, the worst thing I’ve ever eaten.
What is your very favorite holiday destination?
The beach. Put me on any beach and I’ll be happy.
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
Last year, I attended RT and GRL. I went as a reader to each and had a wonderful time. I made many friends and learned so much from speaking with other authors. I would really love to attend shiMMer in the future also. I’ll be attending GRL again in 2018 and this time I will be attending as a Supporting Author. I am very excited for my first book signing.
Have you ever written a scene where it has reduced you to tears?
Yes, several. Sometimes, I know going into it that it’s going to be a very emotional scene, but sometimes it’s the smallest gesture or words that will leave me completely gutted and crying so hard that I have to step away from it for a few minutes.
As a former U.S.A.F. Pararescueman, Jeremy O’Brien is used to following orders, no questions asked. So, when Micah, his boss at Hamilton Security, asks him to take on a special case, he readily accepts. Micah’s instructions are simple, find the man in the picture and bring him back to Chicago.
Seven years ago, Zane Wilkinson left the hospital against doctor’s orders, only to suffer a final, devastating blow that left him with no choice but to leave the only place he’d called home. Feeling heartbroken and empty, Zane moved from town to town just trying to survive, while never letting anyone get too close.
In a chance encounter, Jeremy finds himself crossing paths with a man who fits Zane’s description. His instincts tell him that he’s on to something, but Micah warns him that he needs to be absolutely sure. Jeremy sets a plan in motion that will allow him to get closer to the man he believes to be Zane. However, the closer he gets, the more he likes the man and begins to question why he was sent to find him.
Will Jeremy be able to follow through with his orders without becoming too attached? Or will he realize that in his search for Zane, he’s found so much more than he bargained for?
The ache in my chest was something new. I’d never felt so much pain for someone else, but seeing him hurting actually caused my heart to hurt. Without thinking, I reached over and took his hand. He stiffened at first and I kept my hand loose, giving him the option if he wanted to pull away, but after a few seconds I felt him tighten his grip, just a fraction. We stayed that way, with his hand in mine, the rest of the drive. I stared out my window, trying to figure out what was happening to me.
I was no stranger to developing bonds with other people. After all, I’d been very close with my mom, and I’d even had the occasional boyfriend before. The men I’d served with in the Air Force and the guys I worked with at Hamilton security were like brothers to me. I trusted each of them with my life and they trusted me with theirs. Yet, sitting in that truck, holding his hand was the most connected I’d ever felt to another human being.
What had started out as a simple attraction was quickly becoming more, at least for me. How much more, I couldn’t say. Logically, I knew that getting involved with him was reckless, but I was also helpless to stop it. I still didn’t know why Micah wanted him brought to Chicago, or if he was in fact Zane. For all I knew, he could be wanted by the police, possibly as a hacker or a drug dealer, although my instincts told me that he wasn’t a criminal.
Regardless of all the unknowns, two things were perfectly clear: the man sitting beside me affected me more than anyone I’d ever met in my life and, reckless or not, I wanted to get to know him better.
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