I write stories about relationships that almost always include action and suspense.
The Buck & Mindy Series
Bang for the Buck (A Buck & Mindy Novel Book 1)
Grady “Buck” McCormick blows shit up for a living as the explosives and demolitions expert on his SEAL team. He grew up on a thoroughbred farm in Kentucky, but he joined the Navy to escape the pain of watching his mom die a long, slow death of cancer. Since then he’s lived with the guilt and dedicated his life to protecting others, carefully guarding his heart along the way.
Melinda Emerson loves chemistry but isn't so crazy about people. A pharmaceutical chemist with social anxiety, she’ll happily climb through a jungle canopy in search of medicinal plants, but put her in the middle of a party and she passes out. As the only child of older parents, she struggled watching her father fall victim to Alzheimer’s, and is determined to find a cure. Instead, she discovers a cognitive enhancer that has everyone from the CIA to the Russian mafia after her and her new invention.
When Melinda's social anxiety spikes at a friend’s barbecue, she lands in Buck’s arms. After their one-night stand, Melinda makes a desperate call to Buck for help when her lab is attacked by Russian terrorists intent on kidnapping her and stealing her drug research. He blasts in guns-a-blazing, but under his watch, the relentless Russians manage to kidnap both of them, holding them hostage onboard a container ship steaming toward the motherland. Now Buck must protect Melinda, her research, and his heart as he embarks on the mission of his life.
Buck the System (A Buck & Mindy Novel Book 2)
Dr. Melinda Emerson is still reeling after her escape from Russian mafia terrorists. If she never sees or hears anything Russian again, it’ll be too soon. She’s ready to go back to researching a cure for Alzheimer’s and to begin building a life with her new man, Grady “Buck” McCormick. But the Russians aren’t done with her just yet.
Grady “Buck” McCormick likes to be in charge. But he loves Melinda more. Turns out it’s not so easy for a single alpha male to learn how to be a partner rather than a leader, but he’s determined to do it. That resolve is put to the test when his team gets orders for a new mission where the tables are turned and he must relinquish control, depending on Melinda to protect him.
The Russian mafia is back like a bad penny. They’ve been experimenting on the cognitive enhancing drug Melinda invented. Their version makes users obey orders without question, but it’s also fatal. Melinda is sent along as a civilian consultant with two SEAL teams to infiltrate a secret Siberian lab, secure the head scientist, and retrieve all the research on the drug. But the mission goes sideways when Buck and several of the SEALs are injected, and Melinda is forced to find a cure, or lose the man she loves.
Jungle Buck (A Buck & Mindy Novel Book 3)
Two months after her second run-in with the Russian mafia, Dr. Melinda Emerson finally admits she’s struggling with PTSD. Her relationships are suffering—especially with her boyfriend Grady “Buck” McCormick, who’s recently moved into her house. She’s just decided to get help when she gets a lead on a village in the Amazon where nobody’s ever had dementia. Ever. After the disastrous experiment that led to the catastrophe in Siberia, Melinda’s determined to refocus her work on a cure for Alzheimer’s, and puts together an expedition to the jungle.
Grady “Buck” McCormick is on leave after almost dying in Siberia. Melinda believes it was her fault, but he’s done everything he can to support her. After all, he’s seen enough vets with PTSD to know what it does to a person. So when she plans a trip to the Amazon, he insists on going along as security detail, not that anything will happen that requires security. He just wants a chance for them to talk and begin healing.
Buck’s hope for relationship-building is snuffed out when Melinda brings along her lab assistants April and Cody. On top of that, when a logging company clearing land for farming threatens to destroy the village, Buck agrees to talk to them only to find an old SEAL buddy in charge. The village elders refuse to leave their homes, Melinda refuses to move her research, and his buddy refuses to back down, leaving Buck stuck in the middle. Things go sideways when his buddy kidnaps Melinda to force Buck to his point of view. Bad idea. Nobody threatens Melinda without paying for it.
An Honest Buck (A Buck & Mindy Novel Book 4)
Dr. Melinda Emerson has had her fill of international intrigue. She’s eager to get back to work on a cure for Alzheimer’s, and a normal life with her boyfriend, Buck. But when her flight home from a conference in Houston is delayed, she rents a car and offers a ride to another stranded traveler, landing herself right back into the thick of danger.
Grady “Buck” McCormick is ready to propose to his girlfriend Mindy. He’s been carrying a velvet ring box in his pocket for weeks waiting for the perfect moment to do it. When his teammates give him crap for waiting, he decides he’ll pop the question as soon as she’s back from Houston. When she disappears on the way home, he’ll risk anything—even his SEAL career—to go after her.
Melinda is dragged to middle-of-nowhere Mexico by yet another Russian mobster where she tries to escape, but when he discovers his boss wants to get his hands on her for killing his brother, he’s more than happy to sell her for a profit. Meanwhile, Buck and his friends scour the Mexican desert in a frantic search to find her. They catch up in a public plaza in Mazatlán where Buck has to choose: Risk his honor and everything he’s worked for to save the woman he loves, or protect American interests and allow Mindy to be sold off to Russia where he can never follow.
A Very Buck & Mindy Christmas (A Buck & Mindy Novella)
Grady “Buck” McCormick is excited to introduce his new fiancée, Dr. Melinda Emerson to his father Landon and all five of his sisters, so he plans a surprise Christmas visit at the family horse farm in Kentucky as the best way for everyone to meet. But Melinda’s mom, Colleen Buchanan Emerson, Professor of Medieval Studies at Stanford University, has nowhere else to go for the holidays, so they invite her along, too.
Buck’s family is ecstatic to meet Melinda, and they welcome her and Colleen for a cozy family Christmas. It’s the perfect family holiday with cookies, games, twinkling lights, specials gifts, fabulous food, and great company—there’s even some spicy scandal as everyone finds Colleen wearing Landon’s robe while the two share coffee in the kitchen early on Christmas morning!
The Caine Brothers Series
HUNTER (The Caine Brothers Book 1)
He had a billion reasons to be happy...until he met her. Then only one reason mattered.
When Hunter Caine takes over the CEO position at his father's multi-billion dollar real estate development company, he also inherits his father's sexy blonde personal assistant, Allison McDowell.
Allison doesn’t appreciate being passed around like property, but when she meets Hunter, sparks fly. Sure, he’s gorgeous, but if Hunter’s anything like his cocky, misogynistic father, Allison’s ready to resign.
Hunter's considering the purchase of a resort in Costa Rica. It's currently a couples-only resort, so he asks Allison to go undercover with him, posing as newlyweds. Allison's skeptical, but it's a free trip to Costa Rica, and Hunter's easy on the eyes, so why not?
Those sparks turn into raging hot flames as Hunter and Allison explore the resort--and each other--and discover that what happens in Costa Rica may or may not actually stay in Costa Rica.
XANDER (The Caine Brothers Book 2)
Falling for the daughter of his sworn enemy means making a choice between passion and peace.
When Xander Caine administers a little biker justice to a wife-beating scumbag from the rival Ravagers, he and his fellow Huntsmen walk a fine line between keeping the peace and breaking a long-standing truce.
Gracie Buckner is the daughter of the Ravagers’ president, but she left the biker life a long time ago for college and a career as a photographer. When her sister’s husband beats her yet again, Gracie hires the Huntsmen for due process—the biker way.
Showing up at the Huntsmen’s tavern to confirm the job’s been done turns into an episode of hot—anonymous—sex when Gracie runs into the irresistible and Xander. Horrified, Gracie bolts, only to run into him again—leading to more anonymous sex—at a local bike rally. The bigger problem is the instant—and deeper—connection that haunts them both. Once they finally reveal their identities, their fates are sealed.
The Huntsmen-Ravagers feud is the stuff of legends, and finally reaches a tipping point when the rivals learn of Xander and Gracie’s relationship, leading to an epic battle in the middle of the rally. When the dust settles the landscape of both clubs looks vastly different, but Xander and Gracie are determined to stand together in peace and celebrate their star-crossed passion.
DAMIAN (The Caine Brothers Book 3)
While on leave from his SEAL team, Damian Caine attends a swanky Fourth of July party thrown by a senator friend of his father. His rock star brother Jaxon will be performing, and Damian wants to see the show. But things heat up fast when he runs into a gorgeous brunette who turns out to be the grown up senator’s daughter he knew as a kid.
Elena Mitchell—senator’s daughter and undercover CIA agent—is stunned when her secret teenage crush shows up at her father’s fundraising party. She gets over the surprise fast, though, and takes advantage of the situation—and him—as a chance to scratch that long-standing itch.
When Elena is kidnapped from the party by a Colombian drug lord set on revenge against her father, Damian and his SEAL team are assigned rescue duty. He’s determined to save her, despite her exasperating need to save herself. But the mission goes bad and Damian and Elena are forced to hide in the jungles of Colombia to await rescue.
Just when they think they’ll get out alive, all hell breaks loose and both their lives hang in the balance. When Elena’s recaptured and tortured, she realizes for the first time ever she may not be able to save herself. She faces her mortality believing Damian is dead and wishes they could have made a future together. But it takes more than a couple of bullets to kill a cocky SEAL like Damian, and he's hell bent on saving the woman who stole his heart.
JAXON (The Caine Brothers Book 4)
Cocky rock star Jaxon Caine's celebrity life is out of control. His new album hangs in the balance when his muse abandons him, so he decides to step back from the rock star life to get his shit together, starting by swearing off women. When his manager suggests a retreat at a country estate outside Houston, it sounds like just the remedy Jaxon needs.
Activist Lily Dixon spends her life feeding the hungry and helping those in need. She doesn’t have time for love, so she’s always settled for safe and boring men. When her best friend suggests she have a fling with the first hot man she sees, Lily brushes her off. Until she sees Jaxon.
Jaxon's peaceful retreat is short-lived when Lily, the estate manager, challenges his resolve. Rather than fangirling over him, she treats him like a real person, and they make a deal--she’ll teach him about the world outside the celebrity bubble, and he’ll show her how to loosen up and enjoy life. But when Jaxon’s muse shows up again out of the blue, he has to make a choice: return to the life of a rock star, or make a new home with the woman he loves.
BISHOP (The Caine Brothers Book 5)
When ornithology grad student Vanessa Dunn takes to the Pineywoods of East Texas she’s determined to find the elusive Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and document its existence. Instead, she finds herself trapped between two bears, and discovers a shadowy shifter world she never imagined.
Bishop Caine is a bear shifter. A loner in a world of clans, feuds, and territories, he lives in a cabin in the Pineywoods and keeps to himself. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he grew up with a father who hated what he was. His only real clan is his five brothers.
When a beautiful woman wanders into his territory and is threatened by another bear shifter, Bishop steps in to save her, triggering a confrontation with a neighboring clan. His intention is to protect her, but she awakens something in his lonely heart. For Vanessa, the shifter world echoes the stories her shaman grandmother has told her, and that Vanessa always rejected as myth. Those myths become far too real when she finds herself trapped by shifter law and forced to choose between two bears. She picks Bishop, but having won one battle, the stakes increase when Bishop and Vanessa are sent on a mission as part of their judgment. If they refuse, Bishop faces imprisonment—or worse—execution, and Vanessa will be handed over to the hillbilly bear eager to get his hands on her.
COLTON (The Caine Brothers Book 6)
Colton Caine is a rising star in the Houston MMA scene. He’s also had a crush on his stepsister Cassie since her mom married his dad a few years ago. Now that all his brothers are married and settled, they’ve decided it’s time for Colton act on his attraction, and at the annual summer party to celebrate Cassie’s and her mother’s birthday, Colton finally summons the nerve to confess his feelings.
Kindergarten teacher Cassie Blackwell has only ever had eyes for Colton. When her mother Gwen married into the Caine family, Colton and all his brothers became her family—and off limits. All the men she’s dated since have paled by comparison. When Colton confesses his longstanding feelings at her annual birthday party, she’s both stunned and thrilled.
Cassie’s most recent ex—a fight promoter—shows up at the party and threatens Colton in a very public way, then turns up dead hours later in the family’s house. Days after that, Colton’s manager is murdered, and suddenly Colton’s the main suspect in both murders. As they explore their budding romance, they’re forced to navigate a cranky homicide detective, threats from the dead ex’s business partner, and surviving the final week of the school year, all while trying to solve the murders before becoming the next victims.
Brothers in Arms Series
Broken SEAL (Brothers in Arms Book 1)
A reckless motorcycle accident costs Wiley "Coyote" Strickland his SEAL career, but he finds new purpose and new love helping hacker Aggie Dean take down a cell of Russian cyber terrorists.
Wiley “Coyote” Strickland is an ex-SEAL, but not by choice. A reckless motorcycle accident put an end to his career. Back home in Montana, he’s completed rehab, but he’s full of self-loathing and has no direction. That’s when his VA therapist tells him about Everett Drummond and Brothers in Arms. Wiley’s skeptical, but Everett has a job for him right away, so he figures it’s worth a shot.
Agnes “Aggie” Dean is a hacker and cybersecurity expert. She’s hired to destroy a Russian cyber-terror cell, tracking it to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Aggie’s a beast in cyberspace, but when her colleagues are kidnapped she discovers she’s out of her element in the real world. When she decides she needs help, the billionaire who hired her turns to Brothers in Arms.
Wiley and Aggie hit it off in a big—and inconvenient—way, but Aggie’s eager to rescue her colleagues, and Wiley wants to prove to himself he still has value. The terrorists make an attempt on Aggie’s life, but Wiley saves her and takes her to his place to ride out an impending blizzard. Things heat up fast, despite the frigid weather outside. Once the storm blows itself out, the two have united into a formidable team determined to chase the terrorists from the industrial district into the mountains, and bring them down for good.
Quick Fixx (Brothers in Arms Book 2)
Dashiel “Dash” Fixx is eager to find work that feels meaningful again. He left the SEALs after an extended deployment overseas that ended with his team lead going rogue and killing civilians, while rest of the team fell apart and turned on each other. Dash isn’t sure he’ll ever trust leadership again, but he’s willing to give Brothers in Arms a try. He’s nervous his first assignment is high profile—protecting pop princess Rylee Quick from a disturbing stalker—but he’s confident he's ready.
Rylee Quick, pop princess and world-famous celebrity, already lives in a restrictive bubble. But when a stalker breaks into her house while she’s on tour and sprinkles rose petals on her bed, her father hires a bodyguard to shrink the bubble even more. She’s defensive and ready to give the muscle-bound hulk a hard time, but then Dash Fixx shows up. He’s more Captain America than Hulk and suddenly having a bodyguard doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Dash hits the ground running for a crash course in the music industry and celebrity life, at the same time stuffing his inconvenient attraction to Rylee in a box to deal with later. Then the stalker shows up again on the cruise ship where Rylee’s doing a special performance and kidnaps her, forcing Dash to stalk the stalker on the high seas in the middle of a hurricane and face losing his one possible chance at true love.
Tropes: protection, bodyguard, forced proximity, rock star romance, SEAL military romance, kidnap and rescue, action & adventure.
December Chill (Brothers in Arms Book 4)
Dante “Chill” Winters is the medic on his SEAL team and has a reputation for staying cool under pressure. But when his brother dies and leaves his only daughter in Dante’s care, requiring him to leave the job he loves to move back to Chicago, it puts his chill to the test.
December McKay is a cake decorator by day, and roller derby girl by night. She lives with her sister and her dog and loves her career and sport. Would it be nice to have love in her life? Sure. But she doesn’t need a man to be complete. That is, until a sexy paramedic responds when her van is t-boned as she’s delivering a wedding cake.
Dante tries to settle into life as a paramedic and family man, supporting his grandmother and niece, but chafes at leaving his SEAL career behind. Then he meets a quirky cake decorator at the scene of an accident and suddenly civilian life looks a lot better. But when his brother’s crazy ex starts threatening him, his family, and his new girlfriend before the court can rule on permanent custody, Dante calls on his SEAL brothers for support, and Wiley “Coyote” Strickland, one of the new owners of Brothers in Arms protection service, comes to his aid.
Now, along with a little help from his friends, Dante uses his military skill to protect those he loves and neutralize the threat once and for all before ultimately joining Brothers in Arms himself and becoming a protector for others in need.
Tropes: protection, bodyguard, forced proximity, rock star romance, SEAL military romance, kidnap and rescue, action & adventure.
Nevada Bounty Series
Gambling on the Outlaw (Nevada Bounty Book 1)
Nevada is no easy place for a woman, especially for Beth Caldwell, a gambler's widow with an independent streak. When she refuses to marry the local cattle baron—who wants to add her land to his empire—Beth ends up with a powerful enemy. But it's not until she finds a handsome outlaw hiding in her barn that her trouble really begins.
Isaac Collins survived the Civil War only to find himself the scapegoat for stagecoach robbery and murder. With nothing left to lose, he gambles everything on revenge—and barely escapes with his life. He stumbles back to Beth's place, and as she nurses him back to health something tender and heated grows between them.
But in Nevada, sometimes everything can ride on one high-stakes game of chance, and Beth's rejected suitor will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
Depending on the Doctor (Nevada Bounty Book 2)
Lydia Templeton teaches other people’s children, but dreams of having a home and family of her own. Plain and mousy, she protects her heart and relies on herself, accepting that she may never find a place where she really belongs.
Emmett Wilder served as a Civil War battlefield surgeon. After the war he dosed himself with plenty of alcohol to forget the blood and violence. Unfortunately, drunk doctors make mistakes, and Emmett's no exception, so now he travels the country selling homemade medicinal tonics and trying to outrun his demons. Keeping to himself he can’t hurt anyone else and he likes it that way.
But Emmett owes a favor to Lydia’s brother, Randall, who decides it’s time to collect. After their mother dies, Randall sends Emmett to Nevada to find Lydia and bring her home to Nebraska. Along the way Lydia and Emmett tangle with train robbers, natives, and an accidental marriage only to find that Randall is the worst enemy of all.
As Lydia journeys across the country with Emmett, she’s forced to face her worst fears and deepest desires, discovering along the way that her real strength comes from Depending on the Doctor.
Becoming Mine (A Nevada Bounty Novella)
After her father and older brother die, Ruby Jackson is left to support herself and her remaining family. But the employment available to women isn’t good enough. So Ruby cuts her hair, changes her name to Ray, and dresses as a man to get a better job. What she finds when she takes a position at a Virginia City silver mine is a handsome man who complicates her plans and steals her heart.
Miles Collins manages a silver mine in Virginia City. He’s one of the most eligible men in town but has a reputation for being gruff and distant. He’s a sworn bachelor until he bumps into Ruby Jackson on the sidewalk, and suddenly marriage doesn’t look so bad.
As Miles courts Ruby, she faces a dilemma; tell Miles about Ray and risk losing him, or make Ray disappear and hope Miles never finds out. Before she can decide, they’re called to the Montana Territory to help an old friend survey a new mine property, and along the way Miles discovers Ruby’s secret. Miles is betrayed by Ruby’s lies, and Ruby is hurt by Miles’ thoughtless rejection. Can they reconcile their differences and find the love they both desire more than anything?
Komodo Securities Series
Playing With Fire (Komodo Securities Book 1)
Angela Reeves is the dud in a family of witches, but as an investigative reporter for a New Orleans newspaper, she’s found another way to feel fulfilled—by finding and reporting the truth. She doesn’t have time for romance or relationships, not when she’s busy avoiding her brother’s meddling, or while investigating the suspicious disappearances of local women and the band she's sure is to blame.
When Vlad Golakov is sent to New Orleans on a protection detail, he plans to get the job done quickly, then enjoy the Big Easy. He doesn’t expect to fall for a woman-turned-wolf or teach the pack’s alpha that when you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned.
Tales from Beyond the End Series
Hero For Hire
One day her prince would come...disguised as a zombie-killer.
After being disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn Snow is convinced she can develop a cure for a super virus that has turned the infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for two years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.
Rafe Charming loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything's come up roses for him. Having moved into a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, adopted a slew of homeless boys and one cantankerous but useful Doc, life is great. Rafe has even started a business. His job? Helping people survive the apocalypse. And if he gets to kill a few zombies along the way, well that’s just a bonus.
Gwyn needs Rafe to help retrieve her research from the Paragon Pharmaceuticals lab, aka Zombie Central. Believing she can yet save the world, Gwyn makes Rafe question what's right and what's worth the fight.
** An earlier version of this book was published under the same title by Lyrical Press. It has since been substantially revised and expanded.
Stand Alone Stories
Making It Right
Adrenaline junkie Nina Osborne never misses a hockey game or an MMA fight on TV. After the storage facility she owns is burglarized, one of her favorite MMA fighters, Drew “Juggernaut” Warner, shows up furious and blames her for his stuff being stolen. When Drew returns to apologize and clean up his storage unit, Nina parlays it into a first date and burgeoning relationship, which comes with an introduction to the exhilarating world of live MMA.
Drew has no idea when he brings smart, sassy, and super-sexy Nina into his life that she’ll rock the foundations of his carefully planned-out career. But when she decides that law enforcement isn't doing enough to solve the burglary and takes the investigation into her own hands, protecting her jeopardizes his career. The smart thing to do would be to leave her be. Problem is, while he wasn’t looking Nina took a firm grip on his heart.
Nina’s determined to make things right; however, her investigating leads her into to big trouble, forcing Drew to fight both inside the cage and out if he and Nina are to have any hope of a future together.