Ride a Dark Horse and Chance
Meeting, my second novel, are set in a world I've always
loved…the world of horses and professional show jumping. Growing
up in Massachusetts, I competed in horse shows and
later spent summers working at stables. Though I've had to take
a break from riding (due to lack of time to devote to a horse)
writing about the amazing bond between horses and the humans who
work with them, care for them and love them is immensely
to seahorses. One of my favorite heroes as a child was Jacques Cousteau.
For years I dreamed of being the female version of this incredible
scientist/naturalist/explorer. I took up scuba diving and when I wasn't
riding horses I was swimming and eventually became an avid open water
swimmer. One of my proudest accomplishments was competing in the
Chesapeake Bay Swim, a four-mile swim that follows the span of the
(See photo below)
never fulfilled my fantasy of becoming a female Jacques Cousteau, I
decided to write a romance in which I could pay my respects to the
wonders of the ocean. My heroine in
Night Swimming is Dr. Lily
Banyon, a scientist committed to preserving the beauty of the oceans'
reefs. After years of marine exploration, Lily finds herself assigned to
a reef study in Coral Beach,
Florida, her old
hometown. There she is forced to confront her childhood nemesis, Sean
McDermott, who just happens to be the town's mayor.
I adored writing
Night Swimming and the dual
challenge of describing the marine world Lily loves so much, and of
shaping Lily's character. She’s fascinating woman: strong, intelligent,
and completely committed to her work. She's definitely not looking to
fall in love--especially not with the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Sean
McDermott. Unfortunately, Lily finds her defenses crumbling when Sean
takes her in his arms. Read Night
Swimming and let me know what you think!
In Your Eyes tells the story of Alex Miller.
Readers may remember him from Ride
a Dark Horse. I found myself trying to imagine what kind of woman
would be able to melt the icy layer protecting Alex’s heart. It took me
a while, but I finally found someone special enough for him. I hope
you'll like Gen Monaghan as much as I do. A gifted artist, she’s a woman
who's happy to walk a different path. Jaded Alex Miller finds her
irresistible. Now he just has to convince Gen that he's the man for her.
As the only girl in my family I’ve
always been interested in sisters--how they fight, compete, and support
each other. That was the kernel of the idea for the
Rosewood Trilogy. The series is about three sisters, Jordan, Margot, and Jade Radcliffe, and how they
come together to save the horse breeding farm and magnificent Virginia estate that’s been in their family
story is the first book. It’s entitled
Margot is the middle sister, and when we meet her she’s an unhappy and
impetuous teen, flooded with hormones and the craziness of her first
serious crush. Unfortunately, the person she’s fallen for isn’t just
some callow youth but her father’s horse trainer: Travis Maher.
At a family party, Margot suffers in
short order devastating rejections from the two most important men in
her life: Travis and her father. Hurt and convinced there’s no place for
her at Rosewood, she runs away.
Eight years later Margot has forged a
successful career as a fashion model. But when she receives a call from
her older sister Jordan with the news that her father and stepmother
have been critically injured in a plane crash, she returns to Rosewood,
a place she never expected to see again. Once there, Margot discovers
that in order to save her family’s horse breeding farm she’ll need the
help of Travis Maher, the one man she’s never been able to forget.
Believe in Me,
is Jordan Radcliffe’s story.
The book begins with
struggling to save her marriage after discovering that her husband,
Richard, was unfaithful while she was pregnant with their third child.
her efforts are in vain and a devastated Jordan returns to her family home,
Rosewood, with her three young children, where she attempts to rebuild
her life. No easy task, as anyone who remotely connected with divorce
knows. Slowly, Jordan
creates a life for her children at Rosewood. She also creates a mask of
calm serenity for herself that effectively hides the heartache she still
to be productive,
revitalizes the career as an interior designer that she’d set aside when
she became pregnant with her first child. At the house of her first
potential client, she meets Owen Gage, an architect and designer, who
specializes in restoring historical homes.
Jordan, who loves architecture and old homes, has heard of Owen. And if
he were a stooped, seventy year-old fogey, she’d probably like him just
fine. But Owen Gage happens to be handsome, urbane, and charming…exactly
most dislikes in a man these days. Unfortunately she feels an
undeniable attraction for Owen. Given
the fragile state of her heart, she does her best to ignore it.
Yet when Owen, who himself is wary of
any romantic involvement, offers her an interior decorating job that she
badly wants, she accepts the commission even though it will entail
working alongside him every day. Very soon
is forced to recognize that Owen may be the one man who can heal her
broken heart—if she has the courage to open it to love again.
I’m now finishing Jade’s story, which
is entitled Trouble Me, and if
you go to the future releases page, you’ll get a description of her
story as well as a short excerpt.
Trouble Me will be released in January 2012.
I’ve had such
fun writing about Margot, Jordan,
and Jade; it will be hard to say good-bye to three such great heroines
and the men they love…I hope you’ll enjoy reading their stories. Do let
me know what you think!