Some of my favorite pieces of writing never make it into a book, so I’ve collected them here. Some are full-length stories; others are snippets and scenes. Some are mysteries, and others are simply slices of Tai and Trey’s life. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them
PS: Most of these are FREE for your reading pleasure either through the links here or on Wattpad. The two novellas are only available on Amazon Kindle and are 99 cents each.
“Zero to Sixty”
In this, the epilogue to Reckoning and Ruin, Tai finally gets her hands on Trey’s Ferrari. And it’s just as zoom-zoom as you might imagine. (Note: this scene is now available for FREE for a limited time).
“The Seventh Rule of Swimming”
I am lucky enough to have two protagonists in my crime fiction series—my narrator, Tai Randolph, and her partner in both romance and crime solving, former SWAT cop Trey Seaver. Because I write in the first person point of view, I spend a lot of time in Tai’s head’s, but “The Seventh Rule of Swimming” is the first time I’ve tried to write in Trey’s POV. I hope you enjoy this side trip into Trey’s world, which takes place after Blood Ash and Bone. (Note: this story is also available for Amazon Kindle).
Blood, Ash and Bone ends with Tai driving her and Trey back to Atlanta in her beloved Camaro. I’d originally included an epilogue, but my editors convinced me the ending was strong enough to stand on its own. Nonetheless, I do love this little snippet of story, set at Thanksgiving three weeks after the end of the novel, because it reveals one of the two things that Trey really really sucks at.
Of all my secondary characters, Gabriella – Trey’s former lover and current bodywork therapist – is the most challenging and fascinating for me to write. Like Tai, I couldn’t quite get a handle on her and Trey’s former relationship, so I asked Gabriella to take me on a little tour of their past. The result was this short story, which takes place during The Dangerous Edge of Things.
“In Vodka Veritas”
After the summertime mayhem of Darker Than Any Shadow, Trey had a birthday, which despite his best efforts, turned into a party. Of sorts. And while the following story has absolutely zero dead bodies and not one iota of criminal activity, it does have some sex, some secrets, and an unexpectedly epic poker game.
“U-Turns and Other Tricky Maneuvers”
The Dangerous Edge of Things ends with Tai making a fateful U-turn, taking her back to Trey’s apartment. This is what happened ten minutes later. (Note: this is the only beginning-to-end sex scene I’ve ever written for my characters – there is no “cut to fluttering” curtains effect here, so . . . you’ve been warned.)
“Small Favors” (available ONLY on Amazon Kindle)
It was a simple off-the-books assignment, a favor really—discover who is threatening erotic novelist Midnight LaRue, preferably before her keynote speech at the Romance Writers of the USA convention. It should have been an open and shut case for corporate security agent Trey Seaver…but then the pirate with the parrot tattoo showed up. Luckily for Trey, he has Tai Randolph, his partner in both romance and crime solving, to share the investigation. It’s a tangled tale of secrets and swindles, deception and seduction, double Windsor knots and bright red handcuffs. Because unless Tai and Trey can sleuth out a determined stalker, it could be “The End” for both of them. This story takes place between Deeper Than the Grave and Reckoning and Ruin.
“Not Even Past” (available ONLY on Amazon Kindle)
A lush Victorian B&B, chilled champagne for two, and a top-of-the-line metal detector—Tai Randolph is ready for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, Trey Seaver—her sexy if somewhat challenging boyfriend—is not cooperating. He rightly suspects that Tai’s got more than romance on her mind, and he’s determined to uncover her agenda before setting one foot in the bedroom. Tai has one night to convince him that hearts and flowers and sleuthing really do mix, even in a mysterious inn filled with history and stories and maybe even lost Confederate gold. This story takes place after Deeper Than the Grave and before Reckoning and Ruin.