Unfinished Business

At the end of each of my romance novels, my two main characters are at a happy place. They’ve professed their love, they’ve made commitments, they’re renting U-hauls. But not so much for the supporting cast. Many of these poor souls are used as foils, mere chess pieces on the board aka plot of the novel. The story ends and their lives are left in disarray because only the stars merit resolution.

So, what’s a writer to do when she gets attached to some of these bit players? A couple of these gals kept speaking to me long after I’d written The End to the stories of their friends. Aimee Howard from truelesbianlove.com and It Should be a Crime, is the quintessential best friend – always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Skye Keaton from It Should be a Crime, is a rough and tumble cop who broke ranks for the sake of friendship and honor, sacrificing everything in the process. Within weeks after writing The End to It Should be a Crime, I knew it wasn’t really the end. Aimee and Skye deserved what their friends had found – love, commitment, coupledom. I wrote a couple of novels in between, but the idea for The Best Defense started with the inspiration that the broken cop and the former debutante would be perfect for each other. Ultimately.

The Best Defense is available now. It’s a standalone novel – you needn’t have met Aimee or Skye before to be able to jump into their story. But if you have met them, I hope, like me, you’ll enjoy the triumph of their love that much more.

Business and pleasure don’t mix, especially when the business is crime.

When Aimee Howard, successful boutique real estate broker and socialite, is visited by a team of federal agents looking to arrest her wayward niece, she hires the best defense money can buy. But Aimee begins to question her confidence in the law firm when she learns they’ve hired a disgraced former police detective to take the lead.

Homicide detective Skye Keaton’s shortcuts in the name of justice have finally tipped the scales in the wrong direction. She’s lost her job, her pride, and the respect of her family and friends. When an old friend trusts her with a simple task—find a young woman in hiding—she’s happy to have the work even though the client is a bossy former debutante who wants to micromanage her every move.

Skye reluctantly decides to let Aimee close to the investigation so she can manage Aimee’s expectations, but their professional proximity quickly takes a turn toward passion. Despite their best defenses, as they work together to regain what they’ve lost, both women find the magnetic attraction that develops between them hard to resist.

9 Responses to “Unfinished Business”

  1. 1 solargrrl July 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Yes! I completely agree that sometimes the secondary characters deserve the spotlight, too. So glad you are giving them their time in the sun. I am especially intrigued by Skye and the journey she has put herself on. Can’t wait to see what magic you have created with “The Best Defense”.
    The cover is another hot one!


  2. 3 Cathy Pegau July 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    I love learning a little more (maybe even a lot more : ) about characters that play crucial roles in the protagonists’ stories. As a reader, I feel satisfied that everyone has their shot at a happye ending. As a writer, I like the way those characters surprise me with their own lives and desires I hadn’t been focusing on while the “stars” hashed it out : )


  3. 5 Robin Summers July 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Those secondary characters do take on a life of their own, don’t they? Awesome that you’ve given them their own shot at love. This book’s next on my “must read” list!


  4. 7 bookgeek July 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Thanks for following through with those secondary characters – I love when characters I have come to know get a “second chance” , great blog!


  5. 8 Annette P Clancy (irishlass) September 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Just Finished The Best Defence. I enjoyed it so much. I did not know about It Should be a Crime. Since the charcters were so appealing, I must now go backwards and read It Should Be A Crime. Nothing lost. Great reading what ever the direction Annette


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