Monday, November 11, 2013



Back in September I’d subbed a project to Carina Press by the title of SECRETS SO DEEP.  This small town contemporary romance novel is the next installment in the Bitterthorn, Texas series, with Chandler Thorne taking center stage as the hero.  When he showed up in UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST, he was so real I knew he was going to insist on having a happily-ever-after, so I had no choice but to write it. Here’s the unofficial blurb:

When Thorne Mansion burned down, Chandler was forced to watch his family’s proud history go up in smoke.  It's taken over a year, but he now has everything in place to rectify that tragedy, from funds and permits, to finding a world-renown conservation architect who will rebuild the Mansion to its former glory.  But when he lays eyes on Parker Radclyffe, he realizes he’s getting much more than he paid for.

As a military brat, Parker has lived all over the world.  Now that she’s an adult her gypsy lifestyle continues, thanks to her work as a specialist in historical architecture.  From dachas in Russia, to half-forgotten plantations in Jamaica, she roams the globe breathing life into buildings that would have otherwise been lost to the ages.  She’s intrigued by the Italianate castle that had been built in an unassuming Texas town a century and a half ago.  It’s an improbable building created in what was the Wild West by an unknown master, and that’s a combination she can’t resist.  Yet no matter how breathtaking Thorne Mansion once was, its perfection pales in comparison to its owner, Chandler.

To get to the heart of the Mansion’s stunning mystery, Parker uncovers secrets buried so deeply that not even Chandler is aware of their existence… or of his true bloodline.  The only secret he’s concerned with is how to get a woman who’s the living equivalent of a tumbleweed to hold still long enough to put down roots.  He does have one thing going for him—he’s a Thorne in every sense.  He won’t stop until he gets what he wants.  And what he wants is Parker. 

Like I said, I sent this to my editor, Andrea Kerr, back in September with fingers crossed.  This weekend I heard back from her:

So, good news: the team accepted my reco to acquire Secrets So Deep! Just heard this week so no other details such as release date etc., but I'll keep you posted of course, and get back to you re: developmental edits in good time.


Relief!  You have no idea.  It’s like I’ve been holding my breath for weeks and was finally allowed to let it out.  You now know as much as I do about what’s going on, so stay tuned for more info. :)

ALSO… A week from today, I’ll be launching a blog tour to promote the second Bitterthorn, Texas novella, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, which releases November 21st, along with the holiday duology, GIFTS OF HONORYay!  I can’t wait to share Sully and Lucy with everyone; I've got my fingers crossed that it'll put everyone in the Christmas spirit. And, if you're a blogger interested in reviewing STARTING FROM SCRATCH, you can still find it on NetGalley, or you can contact me for a PDF ARC.  I'll be happy to oblige!

Want a closer look at SECRETS SO DEEP?  Please feel free to check out my Pinterest storyboard for it and all my projects. :)

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