Meet Stephanie Ellis, Leading Lady in THE LETTER

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Stephanie, the leading lady in my latest romance novel, The Letter, has a lot of spunk, and she’s not afraid to call it as she sees it.


A legal secretary, Stephanie has been in a relationship Danny for some time. She wants to know where their relationship is heading, but whenever she brings it up, Danny quickly changes the subject. 


Their relationship soons takes an unexpected turn when Stephanie accidentally stumbles on a card another woman sent Danny. Her best friend thinks the sender is nothing more than a lonely ex, but Stephanie remains unconvinced. Is she really an ex? Or has Danny been seeing his old girlfriend on the side? The old girlfriend, however, will soon be the least of her worries. Her entire world soon spirals out of control. And while things aren’t necessarily as they appear, she’ll make a rash decision which changes her life forever.


Stephanie is a purely fictitious character. However, the opening chapter of The Letter is based on a real-life event that happened to a close friend many years ago. 


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Meet Rachel Bennett Leading Lady in The Stalker

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Rachel Bennett, the leading lady in my latest romance novel, The Stalker, has a serious problem. A man from her past is obsessed with her.


A graphic designer, Rachel has recently returned to her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. She’s come to attend her ten-year high school reunion, where she’s reintroduced to Shane MacLeod. Shane was a fellow classmate whom she briefly met while serving on the yearbook committee. Rachel may not remember Shane, but he certainly remembers her. As they’re busy getting reacquainted, another man from Rachel’s past suddenly reappears. Craig Walker, a former coworker, has been stalking and harassing her for the past few years. And no matter how hard she tries to seek justice, the system keeps failing her.


Fortunately for Rachel, it’s all about to change. With Shane’s help, things finally appear to be working in her favor. But unknown to both of them, Craig is about take his revenge, and Rachel’s life will never be the same.


Rachel was inspired by an acquaintance who was once hounded by a former colleague. She’s a courageous woman determined to regain control of her life, and she’s not afraid to back down from a fight.


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Meet Emily St. Claire Leading Lady in The Betrayal

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I wanted make Emily St. Claire, the female lead in my romance novel, The Betrayal, a loving, devoted wife. She’s happily married to Jesse, her college sweetheart. She also put her dream of becoming a concert pianist on hold, working as an office manager so Jesse could launch his own career. Now he’s become successful, and it’s her turn to pursue her dream.


Emily’s world is about to turn upside down. She’ll get the shock of her life when she discovers Jesse has been unfaithful. However, she’s nothing if not resilient. She returns home to her father, and her piano, determined to follow her dreams. However, her life will soon take another unexpected turn. An unforeseen tragedy will lead her to  Kyle, a man who’ll love her unconditionally. But first Kyle will have to save her from another enemy, determined to destroy her.


I wanted Emily to be the polar opposite of Maggie Andrews, the betrayed wife in The Deception. Both women have been deeply hurt by their husband’s infidelity. A bitter, unhappy woman, Maggie uses her husband’s affair as an excuse to destroy another person’s life. She believes doing so will somehow make her feel vindicated. Emily, on the other hand, tries her best to handle her husband’s infidelity with grace and dignity. Unfortunately for her, another man will take advantage of her vulnerability. She’ll make a decision she will later regret, and that others will use against her.


While Emily is a fictitious character, the inspiration for her story came from two different friends. One caught his ex-wife in the act. The other friend’s mother was unfaithful, and it tore the family apart. Adultery doesn’t just harm the injured spouse. It affects others as well, and both The Betrayal, and The Deception, are stories about the long term consequences of infidelity.


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Meet Cassie Palmer

Leading Lady in THE JOURNEY

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Cassie Palmer is a character best described as grace under pressure. Seemingly naive and shy, Cassie is an iron lady in disguise.


We first meet Cassie in The Reunion, when Gillian and Jeremy stop for breakfast at a truck stop diner in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The diner owner is none other than Gillian’s long-long best friend, Samantha Walsh. As they get reacquainted, Samantha unveils another surprise; her daughter, Cassie. While Gillian is surprised, Jeremy’s life will never be the same.


Cassie and Jeremy soon become friends, but I don’t want to spoil too much of the storyShe returns in The Journey, this time as the leading lady. As the story unfolds, her world will turn upside down. Yet through it all, she remains gracefully resilient.


Cassie is a purely fictitious character and not inspired by anyone I know in real life. She is, however, an inspiration for those times when we feel overwhelmed by all life’s obstacles.


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Meet Carrie Daniels, Leading Lady in The Deception

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I wanted Carrie Daniels, the lead character in my romance novel, The Deception, to have a girl-next-door quality. Judging by the comments I’m receiving from reviewers, I must have hit my mark.

A freelance photographer and former child model, Carrie’s entire world is about to come crumbling down. Three years earlier her mother suffered a debilitating stroke, and Carrie went from riches-to-rags once her mother’s insurance ran out. Her financial calamity, however, is only the beginning of her problems. Her significant other is about to dump her. Once that happens, she’ll be left homeless and vulnerable as her former mentor seizes the opportunity to exploit her for her own selfish gains.

Carrie experiences both sides of infidelity. First she’ll learn that significant other has been unfaithful to her. She’ll then meet Scott, a married man who presents himself to her as single and available. Carrie leaves the relationship once she realizes things aren’t adding up, but by then it will be too late as Scott’s wife seeks revenge. Yet despite her troubles, Carrie remains resilient as she tries to make the best of what she can. She’s the kind of character you can root for; sweet on the outside, but strong on the inside.

Carrie is a mostly fictitious character. While I didn’t model her after anyone in particular, although I’ve put a little of myself into her. Photography is one of my life’s passions, and, in my younger days, I dreamed of being a model.

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Meet Gillian Matthews

leading lady in THE REUNION

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Gillian Matthews, the female lead in my romance novel, The Reunion, has had a successful career as an artist and a little fame to go along with it. Her personal life, however, has been a disappointment. She has a knack for getting involved with the wrong men. That will change when travels to Denver for a gallery opening, and man from her past will suddenly reappears.

 Ian Palmer is the one man she never got over. They soon resume their relationship, but her world will shatter once again when something unexpected occurs behind the scenes. She’ll later become the object of affection from a new, and much younger man, while Ian attempts to win her back for a third time.

Gillian is based on a real person. Me. I was a graphic designer before I became a writer, and we’ll just say that my personal life given me some great fodder to work with.

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