Fool Me Once…

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I’m thrilled to announce that Fool Me Once is finally published! This book has been a labor of love and I’m so happy with the results. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

You can find all the details here, and an excerpt here. The theme song for this book is Taylor Swift’s “Style” since it’s about two people who keep coming back to each other. The back cover copy hints at all of it. Enjoy!

He broke her heart and made her an object of scorn and derision in the national media…and now, to save her son, she might have to let him do it all over again.

 

Jade Lin dreamed of curing cancer. While she pursued a doctorate in biology, America’s tabloid sweetheart, Kyle Galbraith, pursued her. When he broke through her defenses and she finally gave him her heart, he publicly humiliated her by getting engaged to the woman his fans had been rooting for all along.

To add to her misery, Jade was shamed and vilified in the press as the morally reprehensible sore loser in the alleged love triangle. She lost everything—her good name, her reputation, her scholarship, and her research. She had no choice but to disappear and change everything about herself—her name, her appearance, and her dreams.

Now, ten years later, she’s attorney Verity James, and she fiercely protects her secrets, including the son Kyle knows nothing about. Her goal is to become a partner in the largest law firm in Nevada—a powerful position from which she can better protect her son should the paparazzi ever find them. All she has to do is impress the firm’s newest client and get his company on retainer.

Kyle Galbraith, now Vice President of GEM, his family’s medical company, is sent to Las Vegas to work with the attorneys hired to defend a lawsuit against GEM’s miracle cancer-curing drug. He’s shocked to find Jade, the one woman he always regretted losing.

Old wounds, as well as their highly reactive chemistry, soon boil over and Verity struggles to keep her son a secret in the face of Kyle’s addictive advances. But when they find alarming evidence of the drug’s horrific side-effect—one that could fundamentally change the world—everything they thought they knew is called into question. Have they been the target of a ruthless manipulator all along?

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Plot Bunnies

IMG_3094 (1) I  know it doesn’t look like much, but I’ve sweated over this list for the last week. Literally. While editing Fool Me Once, I came to a point where things felt rushed, there needed to be more time for events to unfold naturally.  So I expanded the events of one day to a full week.  Of course, given more time, the characters had freedom to get into mischief. Things sort of exploded. Thus my headache!

This list represents the events of only three days of that extra week. The colors indicate the six different plot threads that have to be interwoven over that time. Each of those threads has to grow and evolve naturally. When you throw in the need to create settings and opportunities for all these things to collide in the most spectacular fashion possible,  I’m tired.

It’s been a long week, but I think the additional 10,000 words these scenes have added to the book were worth the effort.  If you want to read an excerpt of this book, take a look at the Fool Me Once page under the Books tab.