I mentioned this last week, but since I was making website changes, and had some downtime, I thought I’d mention it again in case you missed it or forgot.
I’m offering Ripped Away, my most recent release (which came out in April of this year) for free this Wednesday, August 14th, and Thursday, August 15th, 2013.
In Ripped Away, Laurel Bailey is a great police detective. She has a solid relationship with her partner, and enjoys her work. Her personal life, on the other hand, is messy and complicated. She has a new boyfriend, Alex Parrish, who’s been hinting he’d like more of a commitment, but after a messy divorce that still doesn’t seem to be over, she’s just not sure she wants that. She knows she doesn’t want a relationship with her ex-husband, Maddix, but he simply won’t go away.
When a distraught father comes into the station, claiming his infant daughter has been kidnapped, Laurel is eager to investigate. A child abduction is something that will take up all of her waking hours, giving her the perfect excuse to avoid dealing with both Alex and Maddix, and by extension, avoid making a decision.
But as more kids go missing, Laurel finds the only thing that connects them all, the family law lawyer who handled their parents’ divorces, adoptions, or other custody-related issues: Alex Parrish. As she begins to doubt not only him, but her relationship with him and her own judgement, Alex is arrested.
His arrest snaps her out of her confusion, and she becomes determined to prove his innocence. She risks it all, their relationship, her career and even her freedom, to find the proof she needs. But the more she digs into his life and his past, the more she finds that could more easily prove his guilt than his innocence.
Her doubt returns full force. Did she risk everything for a man who didn’t deserve it? Did she allow a criminal into her bed and her heart? Or is Alex just a pawn in someone else’s game? Can she and Alex find the proof they need to clear his name before it’s too late?
I wrote Ripped Away last November, for NaNoWriMo. I wrote the bulk of the book in 30 days, and then spent months doing rewrites and other edits and pulling everything together. Writing it was a lot of fun, and writing without editing for an entire month was incredibly freeing and helped me make so much more progress than I would have if I’d let my internal editor have her way and had rethought every word as I wrote it.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you pick up Ripped Away during its free days later this week (or any other time!), I would love it if you left a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or anywhere else that you leave book reviews.
While you’re off reading my book or one of the many others that so many traditionally and independently published authors have written, I’ll be busy working on my next book, writing a review for a book series I just finished reading, and reading my latest pleasure read, Cowboy With a Cause by Carla Cassidy. Next up, I’ve decided to read Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Every now and then, I get the urge to dip into the classics. What can I say?