It’s a delight to be able to share my news with you, Paty. I just released the third romantic thriller in The Edge of Texas series. BAD VIBES, picks up right where BAD KARMA ends and the heroine is the character my readers most wanted to be featured in her own book.
My inspiration for this series was actually the setting. I used to race catamarans, and South Padre Island was one of the favorite spots for regattas and also a great place to get away with my family for a weekend of fun sailing. South Padre Island is about 25 miles north of the Mexican border on the lower Texas Gulf coast. It’s a beautiful semi-tropical resort separated from the mainland and the small coastal village of Port Isabel by the two-and-a-half mile Queen Isabella Causeway spanning the Intracoastal Waterway. So my series is filled with exciting water chases, drug-running and other illegal activities all battled by my hero, Rafael Solis, the sheriff and his team of deputies.
BAD MEDICINE was the first of THE EDGE OF TEXAS romantic thrillers and it’s FREE today. I hope everyone has a chance to download it.
BAD VIBES Blurb:
When government agent Mike “The Iceman” Burke invades her South Padre Island turf, Deputy Darla Calhoun is assigned as liaison officer to his team. Her skills as a sniper come in handy when a gang of human traffickers strikes close to home, kidnapping local women including her best friend. Darla is recovering from her husband’s suicide and trying to be a good parent to her twin sons. The ICE assignment takes her out of her misery and plunges her into a dangerous mission and a steamy affair. Mike and Darla tear up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in search of the kidnappers and the captive women while Rafael and Javier conduct their own investigation. Will they rescue the captive women or will the kidnappers slaughter them as they have done in the past? Two teams race to find the answers before it's too late.
In this excerpt of BAD VIBES, Darla is on the agent’s boat, The Long Shot, and Mike, the team leader has questioned whether she can be relied upon if they discover that the criminals are someone she knows. Mike has been in the field too long and always manages to put his foot in his mouth with Darla.
Darla had withdrawn.
Mike knew he’d been hard on her, but she was the new guy. He had to be sure he could depend on her if the bullets started flying.
Damn! The whole problem with working with women is that they’re women. He figured that the next thing she’d do was turn on the tears.
Freddy was giving him a hard look.
“Okay, okay,” he murmured, getting to his feet.
She had gone to the front of the boat, settling on a built-in seat with storage below. She didn’t look up when he neared.
Mike lowered himself onto the cushion beside her. “I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings back there.”
She looked up at him. One side of her mouth lifted in a smirk. “Don’t flatter yourself.” She edged away from him. “You have the social skills of a water buffalo, but we’re not socializing.”
“I’m, uh, sorry,” he said.
The big brown eyes lifted, settled on him briefly and then looked away. “I don’t know what your problem is with me, but I’m here to do a job. I have knowledge that you don’t have. You can choose to ignore me or to utilize me.”
He considered the ways in which he’d like to utilize her. None of them had anything to do with the job.
Her voice was soft, spoken just above a whisper. “I could be an asset to your mission, but if you continue to discount me because I’m a woman, it’s your loss.”
Mike shook his head. “I’m not discounting you.”
“Save it. You’re not the first chauvinistic male I’ve had to work with, and I’m sure you won’t be the last.” She turned back to face him. “I’m not asking you to like me. Just respect me for my abilities and treat me as you would if I were male.”
Mike sighed. “Well, when you walk off in a snit to go pout, it’s a little hard to think of you as a man.”
She snorted. “You think I came up here to pout? I left because I was very close to kicking your ass.”
Mike gazed into Darla’s eyes, grinning. He knew that she couldn’t possibly kick his ass. It was the idea that she thought she could, he found intriguing.