Why Writers Do What They Do

I’m publishing my second book in about six weeks.  Maybe I can begin to consider myself a writer.   Truthfully, I’ve been writing for a long time, been blogging for quite a while, and that’s writing, too, I suppose.

When I first wrote Luke & Bella, I didn’t have any notion of publishing it.  I wrote it and posted it serially, first on Tumblr and then on WordPress.  There were a handful of people who seemed to enjoy reading it and I met a few published authors who made it seem possible for me to stretch out of my comfort zone and enter the world of Indie publishing.  But in all honesty, I wrote that book for me.  I loved the story and I adored the characters.  It was a book I really wanted to read.

When I saw the end drawing near, I felt a sense of panic.  I knew I’d miss my characters terribly and I wondered what I’d do with my time.  So while I finished the end of Luke & Bella, I began to work on Rannigan’s Redemption.  Once again, it’s a story I want to read.   A very long story.  It’s going to be three books.  I’ve fallen for new characters and writing the end was very emotional for a number of reasons.

I’m in the editing and revising stages for Part 2 and Part 3 which I plan to release in the winter and the spring.  But I’ve already started on the next project.  Because I need to write the books I want to read.

Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk–Cover Reveal

Cover for Rannigan's Redemption Part 1 Resisting risk FINAL

I am beyond thrilled to present the cover for my new spicy contemporary romance, Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  It’s the first book of a trilogy about the complicated relationship between Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn, a young lawyer fresh out of law school.

Most of the action takes place in New York City.  There is crisp dialogue, exciting courtroom drama, and, of course, sexy romance.

I’m hoping that Michael and Maggie become favorite characters you’ll want to return to again and again.  Here’s a sneak peek at the book description.

     Brilliant Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan has his life arranged exactly the way he likes it. As a founding partner at the law firm of Murphy, Rannigan, & Metheny, he can let his underlings do the legwork on the high profile defense cases his exclusive 50th floor division handles. He prefers to simply breeze in and do what he does best: dazzle juries and charm the press.
His private life is well-ordered, too. Michael doesn’t have the time or the patience for relationships. Instead, he has a contact list of hot blondes who meet his needs at any given moment, whether it’s a date to a gallery opening or awards show. Or he just wants to get laid.
Some people would call him shallow. But they’re just envious.
Maggie Flynn has her life mapped out as well. After she graduates from law school she plans to take a job with the Prosecutor’s Office where she interned. But when she attends a job fair and meets Michael Rannigan, her plans change. She’s studied his cases, even heard him speak once. He’s smart and sexy and she can’t resist interviewing with him.
Michael hires Maggie and has her assigned to his elite 50th floor team. He knows smart when he sees it. He also sees the spark in her eyes. She wants him. And having her nearby strokes his ego. It’s not like anything will come of it, she’s so far from his type. But there’s something unsettling about Mary Margaret Flynn, like she can see through his bullshit in a way no one else ever bothered to do.
Maggie realizes that her crush on Michael is all but hopeless. He’s a self-absorbed womanizer. But beneath that cool exterior, she’s seen the man he can be and she’s sure that love can bring that out. In the meantime, she’s content to work with him.
What would happen if they ever crossed that line?

The release date is December 8, 2015.  Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk is now available for pre-order at these fine retailers.





1 More Day…

rannigan bedUntil the October 14 cover reveal cover of Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  That’s right, it’s my birthday and I’ll reveal if I want to.

You’ll see it right here first, before I put it out other places like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  I’ll also tell you the release date and where it’s available for pre-orders.

Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn.  They work well together.  They laugh a lot and they have a great deal in common.

She’s always been in love with him.  She’s just contented herself with their relationship the way it is.

She means more to him than he cares to consider.  So far, Michael has managed to resist the risk of falling for Maggie.  It’s a delicate balance.

But if they cross that line, all bets are off.

2 Days…

Until October 14, when I celebrate my birthday with the cover reveal of her new spicy romance Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  You’ll see it first right here on my author blog, Luke & Bella.

It’s complicated between Michael and Maggie.  Probably more so for her than for him, she realizes.  They’re friends, good friends, that’s undeniable.

But she’s in love with him, has been since they met.  Before that, if she’s honest with herself.  And every once in a while they share a moment.  She’s almost positive he feels it, too.

Obviously she can’t spend her nights pining away for something that will never be.  She dates every now and then.  But when she’s with a man, in her mind it’s always Michael.

3 Days…

loversUntil October 14, when I celebrate my birthday with the cover reveal of her new spicy romance Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  You’ll see it first right here on my author blog, Luke & Bella.

Michael mentally kicked himself.  What had he been thinking, kissing Maggie like that?

He knew what he’d been thinking.  She was irresistible, really.  To be fair, they’d both had a lot to drink.  But the combination of the desire that sparkled in her bright green eyes, her utterly guileless magnetism, not to mention her cleavage in that dress, had drawn him like a moth to the flame.

Now to deal with the fallout…

4 Days…

rannigan dancing4 days until October 14, the day of the cover reveal for my new spicy romance, Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.

He’d been glad when Maggie accepted his invitation to the charity gala.  Obviously they didn’t come together.  He had his date and she’d come with a tall nice-looking guy.  Yet somehow Michael and Maggie had ended up together on the dance floor.  She intrigued him, and at the same time left him vaguely uncomfortable.  He’d need to be careful not to give her the wrong idea.

6 Days…

rannigan michael's officeUntil October 14, the day of the cover reveal for new spicy romance, Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.

Michael Rannigan is a high-powered Manhattan attorney and his clients are the wealthy and privileged who can afford him.  He’s gifted at the art of defense and even better at burning bridges.  He manages to keep everyone at arms-length as he arranges his world exactly the way he likes it.

What will happen when Maggie Flynn comes into his life?