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Life as a writer began journaling in notebooks. Bonanza was my favorite show and I wrote what is now called Fanfiction type of stories. In my youth, my imagination was vivid, leading to embellishing everyday stories. It was when my sixth-grade teacher handed me a notebook and said, ‘saying untruths out loud is called lying, but writing them on paper is called fiction,’ which was advice I took to heart.
The characters in the Honey Saga exhibit a great work ethic, which was consistently modeled by my mother and ex-husband. Outside influences such as domestic violence, religious practices, and a sixth sense/intuition also find their way into my stories. My personal preference are books that follow a central set of characters which allows the reader to develop a deeper and ongoing relationship with the stories.
My personal life philosophy is to do the right thing all the time even when no one is looking. This puts the character Tony Jefferies, aka Adam Carmichael, in direct opposition of my core value because of his ongoing mission.
I am a freelance writer, poet, trade publication contributor and now published author. Currently, I belong to the Military Romance, Circle of Writers, Writer's Group, and Suspense Writers club, Mystery/Suspense writers, Thrill Writers, and Writers Unite, writers and critique groups. "A purposeful writer, but an accidental author," best describes my venture into publishing.
I was born in Vincennes, Indiana, but after traveling the USA with a military husband, I now reside in Central Illinois with my teenage children, two cats, and three dogs.
Book 3 of the Honey Saga
They were supposed to be safe!
Three years ago, Adam and Joni Carmichael were declared legally dead. With the help of the Witness Protection Program, the couple relocated to a secluded ranch in Montana, where they have crafted a quiet existence for themselves.
But the disappearance of a guest from their bed and breakfast, a wounded FBI agent, and his wife’s kidnapping, dashes any plans for a normal life. Retired CIA agent, Tony Jefferies, aka Adam Carmichael, doesn’t believe in coincidences. These events confirm someone from their past has entered their present.
A terrified and desperate, Agent Jefferies will need to follow a convoluted trail of evidence, buried secrets, and hidden agendas to bring his wife home and the kidnappers to justice.
What follows in this suspenseful romantic story is a series of events that can only be endured by the powerful bond of love. Extracting Honey is an enthralling and thoroughly satisfying read.
"Everyone should get this book. I just kept reading it. Now I'm sad it's ended."
"A tense story which I had to finish in one sitting."
"What a terrific read. The ending was a complete surprise!"
"One of the best books I have read. I stayed up most of the night to read it."
"I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. It's been a long time since a book has captivated me so much to do that. It is full of twists and turns."
Lies and deception are Tony Jefferies’ livelihood. An agent in the Special Operations division of the CIA, Tony has infiltrated the Gambini crime family. His mission is to stop the sale of weapons to a known terrorist supplier, Prince Al-Saud and bring down the mob family selling him the weapons at the same time. A major complication - Tony Jefferies has fallen in love with a woman he is investigating. But she has fallen for Adam Carmichael, his legend.
Joni Crawford is a widow of seven years. She has dreamed about a man coming into her life and having another chance at a happily ever after. The man invading her dreams is Adam Carmichael. After wrestling with her feelings, Joni gives her heart away. Months later, Joni learns Adam’s true identity and about the federal investigation that initiated their relationship. She must make a choice about their future.
During a spontaneous trip, the couple runs into the Prince at their hotel. Prince Daniel seeks out Joni for a private meeting. Agent Jefferies must now find a way to keep her safe from the mob, the CIA, and a budding interest from the terrorist, Prince Al-Saud, without blowing his cover as Adam Carmichael.
Can the couple survive the duplicity of their beginning, make a break from the ongoing federal investigation, and start a new life as the Jefferies?
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The Composition of Honey
Spies, the NSA, a car crash, and a widow all have a place in this story, After losing her husband and son in a car crash, the widow innocently googles the name Adam Carmichael after seeing his picture in the newspaper. Why would she be dreaming of this jet-setting man? With the exception of that man, she has a reference points for her dreams.
Little did she know that inquiry would be captured by the NSA and lead to an investigation by the CIA. Agent Tony Jefferies is working undercover and has infiltrated a major mafia family with ties to terrorism. If she remembers him, his cover might be blown. His new mission is to investigate why she is searching for him after all this time.
It doesn’t take long for Agent Jefferies to realize she has no recollection of him at the scene of the fatal accident or for him to fall in love. Tony Jefferies, aka Adam Carmichael, mafia hitman, has fallen deeply in love. He must maintain his cover to complete the investigation, but he also wants a chance at a normal life with this woman. His fear...will the woman he calls honey forgive him when she learns of the investigation and deception that brought them together?
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