Today is a release day for my latest book, STACKING THE DECK, and I'm nervous. It's my seventh published book, so you'd think this would be old hat by now, but it’s a lot like my very first release day because it’s the start of a brand new series (Redemption Club).
Something Old, Something New
I feel as nervous and excited as a new bride, committing to this new series. Writing these books was certainly a labor of love. It's a new start, a new commitment to bring the romance and the suspense into my readers' lives. I'm remaining true to my romantic suspense audience and bringing the creepy thrills and psychological twists I’ve promised them, but in a new way. My previous series (The Mindhunters) was centered on an agency that hunted serial killers. In this series, I wanted to get away from that premise and bring something new to the table. So I created a secret, underground club that barters in dark deeds and evil thrills.
In this club, bad guys can borrow favors (illegal ones) and must repay in kind at a later date, for someone else who would like an alibi and a despicable favor. There is an old, obscure TV show from the eighties called Stingray, and it involved a man (who called himself Ray) who claimed favors from people he'd helped in the past, in order to help other people. It was the first instance I can remember where I came across the "pay it forward" concept. I loved the idea, except I put an evil twist on it.
Okay, I got nothing here. But did you see the cover? It’s kind of blue-purple. *grin*
How do you feel about new beginnings? Nervous? Excited? Got any tips for dealing with the fear?
STACKING THE DECK
(Redemption Club, Book 1)
In a city built for sin, the Redemption Club is a secret society that exists to fulfill a person’s darkest desires—including murder games—for a price.
Raised off the grid by an anti-government group, Skye Hamilton puts her resourcefulness and survival training to good use taking the dangerous tasks nobody else wants. When a job searching for a runaway teen brings Redemption Club members gunning for her, putting those she cares about in danger, she’ll risk everything to fight the enemy. Including her heart.
Jared Bennigan, Las Vegas bodyguard to the elite, accepted his latest job hoping it would lead to his missing sister. All evidence points to his client as the last person to have seen her, but he’s not the only one looking for a woman who disappeared. Skye’s enticing blue eyes contradict her tough, distrusting exterior, revealing an intriguing combination of vulnerability and intelligence. But those eyes are watching his client—through her rifle’s scope.
To find both missing women, Jared will need to convince Skye—who plays a wicked game of hard-to-get—to be his partner. And with the Redemption Club intent on making Skye the prey in a human hunting expedition, her skills, and her trust in Jared, will be put to the test. It’s the ultimate game of survival of the fittest. But who will win?
ABOUT ANNE MARIE:
Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling. Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.
She writes to reclaim her sanity.
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