As a member of the CIA’s elite, Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss...


After helping to break up a Russian human trafficking ring as part of the CIA’s elite Black Opal team, Alexei Nikanova’s newest assignment is to rescue...

16 June, 2011

Thursday Teasers

Eventually I want to make Thursdays days that really fit the concept of "Teaser".  But until I have releasable information, we have to make due with publishing updates.

So this week I finished the proposal for the second Black Opal book.  All done, issues mitigated, out the door... and that was a surprisingly difficult task.  I plot heavily.  However, I still leave a lot of stuff up to the writing as I go along.  Which means that there's usually deviations from my chapter-by-chapter outline.  To date, I've never written a synopsis prior to the book being finished and polished.  Having to write one with only three or four working chapters under my belt, despite the detailed outline, was a bit difficult.  It's not easy to translate:  "Hero has a WOW moment" into a synopsis. 

Or:  "Uh-oh for heroine."

Or even:  "Mwahahaha go Villian!"


Meanwhile, STRIPPED is heading for copy-edits, I hear.  YAY!!  This means we are ever-closer to January and the release. 

I'm so anxious to see my cover.  And I'm doubly-anxious to share the cover blurb with everyone. 

More to come as I'm allowed.


15 June, 2011

Wicked Wednesday (4)

It's Wednesday!  Time to be a little wicked...
...and wet.


08 June, 2011

Wicked Wednesday (3)

White flag of surrender?

It's Wednesday -- everyone needs a little mid-week wicked.


02 June, 2011

Thursday Teasers

Well it's that time again -- an update on where things stand.

First, as I mentioned last update, I was working with my editor on the back cover copy.  I'm pleased to say that we've ironed all that out and I believe it's finalized.  I can't, however, post it, as I'm not sure if it's been officially given the stamp of approval.

I can say that the title is now Stripped.

Something that really stood out to me:  Here and there you hear horror stories about how a house didn't appear to care about the author's preferance.  I was simply astounded by the level of consideration given to me during both the title selection process and the back cover blurbs.  It was incredible.  And while I knew, all along, that in the end, what would work well from a marketing standpoint would be what flew, I really felt like my input was desired.  The end result -- which was far more a product of committee not my efforts -- made me giddy!

For another teaser -- I'm gearing up for the next book about the Black Opals.  The hero is someone I think you'll fall in love with as much as I have and you've seen him before.  But this bad boy has his ass in a frying pan, and if he's not careful, he's going to be handed his heart... on a platter. 

Until next time!