Publishers Weekly reviewed my new release, About Face, in their June 16th edition. The review stated in part: “Powell (Exit Wounds) excels at depicting complex, emotionally vulnerable characters who connect in a believable fashion and enjoy some genuinely hot erotic moments.” To say I was surprised and excited would be a gross understatement because About Face was a slight deviation from my normal fare and I was unsure how it would be received.
I write predominately lesbian romantic intrigue and if I had to state my brand, it would be you can have it all—career, love, and happiness. My stories involve law enforcement officers fighting crime while trying to establish or maintain a relationship—no easy task. My second book, Suspect Passions, fell into the pure romance genre, so I decided book seven, About Face, would as well. While there are elements of suspense and/or mystery in both, they are heavy on romance, light on intrigue.
Why the change? I love writing intrigue. Developing characters with grit and drive, putting them into impossible situations, and forcing them to change for the sake of romance are my things, but every now and then a girl just needs to feel the love, plain and simple.
In About Face, reclusive forensic artist, Macy Sheridan, agrees to work one final case she hopes will solve the mystery that’s haunted her for years. The only things blocking her goal are a perfect facial reconstruction and Detective Leigh Monroe, a woman who reminds her of the past and challenges her future.
Leigh Monroe has lost her lover, her livelihood, and her home but she chooses to look on the bright side. What else could go wrong—then she meets rude, solitary Macy Sheridan. But Leigh discovers that Macy’s façade is a mask, yet as real and untouchable as the forensic reconstructions she so meticulously creates.
Macy’s last case brings the two women together in a tango of distrust and desire. When the truth finally comes out, it looks like their chance at love will be lost forever.
I hope you will like reading About Face, my romance-heavy, intrigue-lite offering, as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please let me know. Your feedback is an important part of my process.