Come join the book club!

ChasingtheDollarThe Gemma Halliday Publishing book club is discussing the first book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, Chasing the Dollar. Come by and join in the discussion, learn about what’s next for the characters, and enter to win fun prizes! I’ll be there April 16-29.

And bonus! Use the book club’s discount code and get an ebook copy of Chasing the Dollar for only 99 cents through Smashwords!

Hope to see you there!

 

New release and a giveaway!

Good morning! To celebrate the release of Dropping the Dime, the Droppingthedimepurplesecond book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, I’ll be flitting around the internet, guest posting at various blogs. Here’s my tour itinerary. Come by and say hi, and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Click here for my Rafflecopter giveaway!

Today I’m at Fall Into Reading…Reviews with an excerpt of Dropping the Dime!

Don’t forget that Dropping the Dime is 99 cents for one week only!

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Dropping the Dime is out in the world!

Lovely readers, I have some wonderful news! Dropping the Dime is available today at all the finest online booksellers. This is the second book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series and I had such a great time writing it. Droppingthedimepurple

You can get your copy here:

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Here’s a peek at Chapter One! I hope you have as much fun reading about Miranda’s latest adventures as I did writing it!

Chapter One

My heart pounded, and my legs ached, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I struggled for breath and grimaced at the pain in my side. Gasping, I struggled onward through the empty city streets in the gray early light.

“I hate this. I hate this. I hate this.”

There was no one out on the street to hear my complaints, so I voiced them, chanting in time with my footsteps on the sidewalk.

“Hang in there, pretty lady. Your butt will look good.”

“Eeep!” I leapt sideways at the voice and saw the bearded man reclining in a doorway. He lifted a paper-covered bottle and winked a bleary eye at me.

I picked up my pace and crossed the street, my heart rate well into the aerobic range thanks to the new rush of adrenaline.

It’s pretty much impossible for me to explain how much I loathe running.

I hate feeling like a lumbering elephant as my feet pound away at the unforgiving sidewalk. I hate sweating. I hate sports bras.

But I kept moving at a pace that could be considered a jog. It was barely daylight, the only sane time to go out in public and humiliate myself. At least there were few people out and about to see me attempt the concept of exercise.

Why was I doing this if I hated it so much? I asked myself this question as I tried to focus on the music streaming in through my earbuds. It was healthy, though it made me feel like I was dying. It would let me fit into the cute dress I just bought that was a little snug.

And the next time I was chased by gun-toting psychopaths, I’d be ready to run.

I hoped there was never a next time. But after recent events, I wasn’t going to rule it out.

By the time I reached the entrance to the alley that led to my apartment I was a huffing, sweaty mess, and all I could think of was showering then stopping by my aunt’s bakery and grabbing a hot almond croissant right off the baking tray. My mouth watered at the thought of the pastry as I opened the gate to the backyard that led to my apartment over Aunt Marie’s garage. I’d been living in the apartment for a couple of years and though it was small and cramped and I could now afford to move out, I liked living near my only family member. And her yummy bakery.

Continue reading Dropping the Dime is out in the world!

International Cozy Mysteries collection is out today!

Love mysteries? Love travel to exotic locations? Then have I got a deal for you!

The International Cozy Mysteries bundle from Gemma Halliday Publishing is out today! You get four full-length, face-paced international mysteries and for one week, you get all that for just 99 cents!

Included in this box set are 4 full-length mystery novels, including:

International copyFashion, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries book #1) by Sibel Hodge

Counterfeit Conspiracies (Bodies of Art Mysteries book #1) by Ritter Ames

Chasing the Dollar (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries book #1) by Ellie Ashe

Death Under the Venice Moon (Lella York Mysteries book #2) by Maria Grazia Swan

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I’m so thrilled to be included in this collection along with three of my favorite authors! These are all great reads and I know you’ll enjoy escaping into these international adventures.

Come over to Laffeinated Ink today tomorrow (sorry, got too excited) to read the Q&A with the four authors and comment for a chance to win an ebook bundle of your own!

Good luck and bon voyage!

Dropping the Dime pre-order links

Dropping the Dime is now available for pre-order at these online booksellers, and will be available in print and ebook at Amazon.com on April 7!

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Dropping the Dime has a cover!

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Dropping the Dime, book 2 of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, will be released on April 7! And isn’t that cover gorgeous?

I’m very excited to share this book with you! It was so much fun to hang out with Miranda, Jake and the rest of the crew, along with some interesting new characters.

Preorder links will be available soon! Check back here for updates, or sign up for my newsletter and be the first to know!

And here’s a look at what Miranda’s up to next:

Miranda Vaughn was once accused of stealing millions, now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t her dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.

 

Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda’s timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation, protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.

It’s new-release season!

So, hey! I’ve got some news to share. Book news. Which is the best news.

My book, A Good Kind of Trouble, is just about ready to be released. I’ve gone through the publishing checklist:  Edited? Check! Copy edited? Check! Formatted for print and ebook? Check! Cover art? Uh…

Yes, I probably didn’t go about publishing this book in the correct order. Note to self: Next time, start on the cover art earlier. But I found a great cover designer and I’m so excited to work with her.

I had really wanted to get this book published in March, but I’m sorry to say I need to postpone that to May. I really hope this doesn’t disappoint anyone.

But it’s not all bad news here.

On March 19, Chasing the Dollar will be one of four full-length mysteries included in the International Cozy Mysteries bundle! I’m so excited to be part of this group, which includes some of my favorite authors! Here’s a peek at what’s included:

International copyFASHION, LIES, AND MURDER (Amber Fox Mysteries book #1) by Sibel Hodge

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES (Bodies of Art Mysteries book #1) by Ritter Ames

CHASING THE DOLLAR (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries book #1) by Ellie Ashe

DEATH UNDER THE VENICE MOON (Lella York Mysteries book #2) by Maria Grazia Swan

The collection is available for preorder at these online booksellers, and will be available at Amazon on March 16!

Nook  *  Kobo  *  iBooks  *  Smashwords

Get it quick at the sale price of 99 cents! Yes! Less than a buck!

But wait, there’s more! In April, Dropping the Dime, book two of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, will be released!

And in May, you’ll (finally) be able to read A Good Kind of Trouble! Here’s the back-cover copy:

Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.

Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the good-looking lawyer again.

Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

It’s a fun romp of a romantic mystery, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading Lindsey and Ben’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Chasing Tinsel — Only 99 cents!

Just in case you missed out on the Cozy Christmas Capers holiday anthology, Chasing Tinsel, a Miranda Vaughn Mystery holiday novella, is available as a standalone ebook for only 99 cents!

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Two years after she was accused of fraud, Miranda Vaughn is finally back to work. But instead of returning to her highly paid position as an investment banker, she’s selling discount make-up at Prospect Point Mall to make a little extra holiday cash. It’s not a great job, but Miranda wants to make this Christmas special for the people who stood by her during her trial and in the aftermath of her acquittal.
And keeping herself busy with work keeps her from thinking about her looming birthday. Or thinking about Jake Barnes, the hunky federal agent who saved her life and then disappeared without a trace.
But strange things are afoot at Prospect Point, from the shady elves with the neck tattoos to the shadowy figures she sees in the parking garage. Is trouble following Miranda—again? And is that really Jake she keeps seeing in the holiday crowd, or is it just her mind, and heart, playing tricks on her?

Chasing Tinsel is available now for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook, and Scribd!
I included a sneak peek at another upcoming release at the end of Chasing Tinsel. I’m also going to be sending that peak out to my newsletter subscribers very soon! So sign up now so you don’t miss out!

The End!

TheEndAbout two weeks ago, I typed the last two words of Dropping the Dime, book 2 of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series!

Well, that’s not entirely true, I suppose. The first draft was complete, but there was still a lot of work to do. Since then, it’s gotten a thorough once-over after feedback from my awesome critique partner, but it’s now about to be sent of to the publisher! For even more editing.

It was great to hang out with Miranda and her crew again, and get to know some interesting new players. Miranda’s back from her adventures in Chasing the Dollar and is trying to find her footing with a new job working for her former defense attorney.

Miranda Vaughn was once accused of stealing millions, now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. Being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t her dream job, but the scandal surrounding her high-profile trial guarantees that she can’t go back to investment banking, no matter that she was found not guilty nearly a year ago.
She’s eager to prove herself and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO who has turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Miranda quickly finds that beneath the neatly plotted rows of tidy tract homes lurks dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda’s timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own.
Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation, protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the FBI agent who she can’t seem to resist.

 

Dropping the Dime is set for an April release. For more updates and a sneak peak from Chapter One in the next few weeks, sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to spam you and you can unsubscribe at any time and my feelings won’t be hurt. But you might want to check it out, because I’ll be sharing my new cover, exclusive excerpts, and exciting news about a new project!