What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* I’ve always looked beyond the obvious and firmly believe that there are no such things as coincidences. Since my early years, I’ve yearned for knowledge no matter how obscure and carefully tucked it away knowing that someday I’d find a use for it.
* I love writing as much as I love reading and I often have three or four books, both for writing and reading, in process at any moment. (Thank you Jeff Bezos for inventing the Kindle).
* I reside in coastal New England and love spending time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where the night skies are painted with brilliant starlight and the heavens seem to be within reach.
* I am a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the New England chapter of the Romance Writers of America (NECRWA), and the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal (FF&P) chapter.
What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
* I’ve just had my first novel released. Trove, is the first of The Katie Walsh Mysteries. While these stories are a series, they are more serial in nature. What I mean by that is that the same main characters will feature in each volume. While I envision each book to be a stand-alone story, reading them in order will provide a richer reading experience.
How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* I’m addicted to ancient legends and truly believe that the history we’re taught is not the real truth. I love the Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel.
* My heroine, Katie, like me, believes that the truth lies hidden in the past. We just need to open our minds to the possibilities of what the real history may be.
Describe the hero in five words.
* Focused, loyal, impulsive, determined, skeptical
Describe the heroine in five words.
* Feisty, determined, focused, loyal, cautious
Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* While I love Katie and Alec, I’d have to say that my favorite character is Alec’s half-brother and Katie’s close friend, Robert Baines. He is a kind and gentle soul and especially in the coming sequels, will act as an anchor, keeping the characters from spinning out of control.
What's your favorite line in the story?
* It happens early on, in chapter one. Katie, an expert in Anglo-Saxon runes, holds archaeologists in disdain, even referring to them as “diggers.” When Alec informs her that she didn’t get the promotion she was hoping for and that he in fact got it instead, she responds with this: “Seems like someone mistook your experience in ruins for runes.”
A look into the story
* Anonymous lovers five years before, they’re re-united as their worlds collide when they are thrown together to decipher the murdered man’s notes and identify his killer. As the quest unfolds, they are forced to deal with their simmering attraction and hidden secrets.
* Can they uncover the secret hidden in the murdered man’s notes before the killer finds them? And can they open their hearts to each other before it’s too late?
* Follow Katie and Alec as they search for clues in their race to uncover secrets from the long past and their past while staying out of the killer’s cross-hairs.
* He noted that she was not a staid academic as most PhDs he’d dealt with seemed to be. She was not one to hide behind the academic uniform of dark man-tailored suits. She was wearing a red dress that accented her figure, hugging and folding against her body suggestively, while the other females were dressed in variations of their unspoken dress code. Most researchers were rather bookish or totally obnoxious and angry at the world, though he had to concede that the research profession was very cutthroat. Competent people were forced to fight each other to grab their piece of a finite amount of financing. But she… she seemed alive. Robert was right, though. She didn’t look like a pushover. She was definitely in charge of the huge man with her, or was it more that he was protective of her, indulging her, but protecting her?
* He watched her as she headed toward the bar and him. As she neared, he started towards them and then froze. No, it can’t be her. It couldn’t be KitKat, the woman with whom he spent the night five years ago.
* His anonymous lover had a name and her name was Dr. Katie Walsh. Damn, this makes everything more complicated.
* He exhaled, steadied himself, and stepped in front of her, effectively and totally blocking her path as she neared the bar with the red-headed male in her wake.
* “Excuse me, but aren’t you Dr. Katie Walsh of the Nordstrom Institute?”
* She halted, forced to stop abruptly. She teetered in her high heels, grabbing the red-haired man’s arm to avoid ending up in a heap on the floor. She raised her head and scowled. He watched her closely as she scanned his face for recognition. He mused that it may have been difficult since her glasses had slid down from the bridge of her little nose and were now resting on the tip of it, clearly in danger of continuing their downward path.
* “Yes, I am. I’m sorry, but do I know you? You look somewhat familiar, but I can’t seem to recall your name.”
* “We have a mutual acquaintance, Robert Baines.”
* “Really?” she said, tilting her head slightly, releasing her scowl at the mention of Robert. “How do you know Robert?”
* “Actually, he’s my half-brother.” He added, “My older half-brother by three years. I’m Dr. Alec MacGowan, archaeologist.” He reached over, and with his forefinger, he gently pushed her glasses up to the bridge of her nose then nodded his head slightly. “At your service.”
* * * *
* Stepping back, Katie studied his face. What incredible grey eyes, she thought before she continued the perusal. Smoky grey eyes, almost black, silky straight hair touched with grey at the temples, high cheekbones, and a body that exuded masculinity… My God, she wanted to scream, it can’t be him. She swallowed, trying to maintain her control as visions of his long body draped over hers flashed before her. Concentrate, Katie, concentrate. He was dressed in a navy suit and a pale blue oxford shirt, his tie loose at the neck. He looked every bit the sexy “love ‘em and leave ‘em type,” straight out of a Hollywood film. Yet that’s exactly what she did five years ago. She’d picked him up, loved him and left him in the pre-dawn light after that wickedly delicious night. Oh my God, it is him, she moaned inwardly as she forced herself to listen to what he was saying while her heart raced and her breath tried to keep time.
* She reached up and tucked her hair behind her right ear as she subconsciously licked her lips. “I can see a physical resemblance around the mouth and I think you have the same nose.”
* But Robert didn’t have a brother, did he? He’d never mentioned it in the almost seven years they’d been friends. Surely he would’ve mentioned a brother, even if it was only a half-brother. “So, Dr. MacGowan, how is Bobby?”
* “He’s fine. He asked me to remind you that he still owes you a dinner. Oh, and by the way, Dr. Walsh, you know as well as I do that no one, and I mean no one, calls him Bobby. If you want to call him and verify my identity be my guest. Actually…” He reached into his jacket and pulled out his cell phone, giving Katie a glimpse of the muscled chest straining against the confining material, the chest she had explored, caressed, kissed for one night of unbridled, decadent passion. Her fingers itched to wind themselves in the dark hair she knew was hidden under the shirt, to revel in its silkiness. “Allow me.”
* The heat spread across her face like wildfire. Was it because he was calling her out for testing him, or was it because she was remembering how his body felt pressed intimately against hers? Hopefully, in the subdued lighting he wouldn’t notice. She reached for his cell phone, the call already connecting. “Hello, Robert?”
* “Katie. So he’s found you.”
* Her free hand rested on her hip. “Yes. I’m standing here with this guy, and he claims to be your brother. Dark hair, grey eyes, about six-three I’m guessing.”
* “Half-brother,” Alec corrected, his elbow propped casually against the high, free-standing cocktail table.
* “Excuse me, your half-brother. Who is he?”
* “He’s my half-brother Alec MacGowan. He’s an archaeologist.”
* “Mm, a digger,” she murmured. “So he’s safe to be around? You know how I feel about diggers. I mean, he’s not a modern day Jack the Ripper-type is he?” Why, oh why, did he have to be a digger?
* Robert’s laugh was clearly audible as her eyes swept from Eric to Alec. Eric looked uncomfortable, shifting his weight from his left to his right foot. Alec wore a smug grin.
* “No, Katie, he’s safe to be around. You have my word on that.”
* She wished she could believe him. She wanted to ask him why he neglected to tell her, his very close friend, that he had a brother. But this wasn’t the time or place. She sighed. “Thanks. I’ll see you when I get back to Boston.” She ended the call and thrust the phone at him, letting her other hand drop from her hip. “Seems like you’re legit.”
* He winked. “Yep, got all my papers in order and I’m housebroken too.”
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