We live on a beautiful in-land lake and I promise the view from our lake patio is every bit as beautiful as anything the Riviera might offer. Blue skies, blue waters, a cooling breeze and a freezer full of margaritas, that's a perfect Michigan day.
I've even gotten so I love the winters, which means the lake's frozen and snow is piled up everywhere, with a cold wind blowing and inside, I'm making a big pot of soup or stew, home made bread and home made cookies or apple pie or maybe both. In the summer we have lots of visitors, in the winter, only family and close friends make the trek out here, so there are long, lazy days of writing without interruptions and reading a book straight through and spending hours perched on an uncomfortable stool while I work out the knotty problem of light and shadow and color in a current painting.
Although in my alternate life, in which I sold 20 historical and contemporary novels, my settings were in Florida or Texas or the West or Scotland, which I researched thoroughly in person, I wrote only one other book set in Michigan.
Now I have a book which came out from Ellora's Cave just this week, called DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS and is set in Detroit. My husband and I lived in Detroit suburbs for ten years and I came to love that troubled city, especially some of its older burbs where you could get ethnic food from little shops and the freshest fish from tiny little fish shops and warehouse craft suppliers and really, really good restaurants. The latest plays came around and we trekked off to see them. Where else could I set my detective story?
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is about a scam artist, Billy Stone, and Dare Stephanos, one of Detroit's finest who find themselves fleeing some pretty nasty characters who want to kill Billy. I used a jazz bar down along the river, the Radisson and Cobo Hall as part of my settings. Billie just speaks to my heart as a character. She's tough and vulnerable at the same time and Dare is incredibly sexy.
Billy thinks about leaving Detroit, but she can't. She loves the city. She grew up there as did Dare. There's no place else for them to run to, so they have to figure out things so they can back to living and breathing and making made passionate love in Detroit. It just occurred to me, no one ever wrote a song about Detroit the way they did about Chicago and New York. Maybe that will be my next writing project.
We left Michigan once, my husband and I, but we came back. I don't think we'll ever leave again. I have a sister who lives in California and believes it's the most avant garde place in the world with the most knowledgeable people. I just smile when she's bragging. Nothing is better than living in God's country.
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Billie learns quickly that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get a girl killed, unless she has handsome Greek Detective Dare Stephanos on her side. From the moment they lay eyes on one another their libidos explode and they become lost in their mutual desire. But the bliss is short lived when trouble arrives at the doorstep with one thought in mind—to kill Billie. As they escape, Dare wonders what he’s doing, until he looks at Billie and realizes he’ll risk anything to get her in his bed again.
Forced to run for her life, Billie is a woman used to taking care of herself and although she’s deeply attracted to Dare, she knows she has to find her own way out of the danger that surrounds her. But time and again, she finds Dare at her side, protecting her and giving her the most satisfying, mouth watering sex she’s ever had. How can a girl say no to that?
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Born to a life of piracy, Nellie Bouchard knows no other life, but she longs to find a world beyond the ruthless violence and danger. Her wish is fulfilled when she captures Lord Trey Carlyle. Mesmerized by his masculinity and raw sexuality, she insists he teach her the secrets between a man and woman. Long tropical nights and sun-drenched days aboard her ship allow him to show her every aspect of sexual encounters while she teaches him about love. But he’s her captive and she’s a pirate with a price on her head. Their future might mean separation…or death.
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