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My new book TRACE ELEMENTS is being released today – yay!!! I loved working on this story so much it should be illegal. It's romantic suspense, but of the lighter variety, with a lot of verbal sparring. Sparks definitely fly, but there's danger too (oh who am I kidding, I'm not going to let anyone I care about get killed, right? Roughed up a little, sure, but there's not a lot of actual violence.) Anyway, here’s the scoop:

Nikki Gower is an actress who plays a sexy FBI agent on a hit TV series called Trace Elements, where she is paired with a grouchy, reclusive scientist named Cole. Lucky for all of us he’s good-looking, right?

When the real FBI asks for her help on a real case, she’s intrigued. Apparently, the only eye witness is a four year old girl who loves the TV series, and won’t talk to the agent assigned to the case. She wants Special Agent Annika Trace and no one else will do.

The real agent assigned – Josh Saxon – is not pleased to be working with an actress. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking and he needs to get the eyewitness account, so he grudgingly accepts his new partner.

Throughout the story, we hear all about the TV show, and can’t help seeing the parallels, not just between Nikki and Annika – both of whom are wisecrackers; but also between Josh and Cole – grouchy hunks who try their best to resist Nikki/Annika but slip often enough to make the stories sizzle.

We also hear all about the individual episodes – the "Pilot," where Annika and Cole first met; the episode where Annika gets bitten by a snake and Cole has to discover the antidote; the first season Finale, where viewers expected Annika and Cole to get together, but instead, Cole seems to be headed to bed with an old flame.  Nikki and the four-year-old witness watch these episodes together, over and over, as Nikki attempts to charm clues from the little girl.  The bad guys are still out there, and the more involved she gets with the case, the more she becomes embroiled in danger – life and death, and also of the romantic variety.

To make a long story short, we decided to include the Pilot Episode of Trace Elements in the back of the book, and also to make it available as a free read on the publisher’s site. If you want to see how Annika first met Cole, here’s a link! If it doesn’t work, you can try going directly to Beyond the Page Publishing and click on the book cover.


And speaking of the cover, there's a thumbnail image in the header. It doesn’t actually have a lot to do with the story, but it’s so eye-catching, we decided to run with it anyway. I hope you agree!


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Jul. 25th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
That sounds utterly charming. Yay!
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so glad to hear that. I really liked these characters and I hope to spend more time with them! Josh is uncompromising but hot, and Nikki is super smart and hilarious. Made for each other, right?
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