Frequently Asked Questions

Please don’t say the Mercy Kilpatrick series is over!

It’s not. I was shocked by the number of readers who begged me not to end the series. So the third book in the Columbia River series will star Mercy and Truman. It’s called IN THE PINES and is available on Amazon for preorder. Release date is August 2022. I’m sorry about the late release date. 2020 was a difficult year for my family in many ways, and it affected my time to write.

What happened to the Mercy Kilpatrick TV deal?

The option was not renewed after two years. We hope someone else will fall in love with the concept.

Does Zander Wells have a book? Will you write more Bone Secrets…and more Callahan??

I got a lot of email about Zander from the Callahan & McLane series. Everyone wanted him to have his happily ever after and I agreed. His book is called THE LAST SISTER and came out in January 2020. This is the first book in The Columbia River series.

GOOD NEWS! Ava and Mason have a new book, THE SILENCE, which came out in 2020 and wrapped up some loose ends. This is the second book in The Columbia River series and unofficially the fifth book in the Callahan & McLane series. (I know–it’s confusing) I won’t be writing another Bones Secret book, but you can expect to see the characters pop up in upcoming books.  Be sure to sign up for new release notifications so you’ll receive an email when the new books are available.

How are you and Melinda Leigh related?

We’re not related. Some people have believed we are one person writing under two names…others believe we’re sisters. Neither are true. We met through our publisher in 2011 and quickly became BFFs. We lived on opposite coasts of the US but spoke every day. After our editor said she’d love to work on a joint project with us, we decided to write the Rogue River novellas. We frequently vacation and travel together and have a lot in common. Our kids are close to the same age, our homes were similar, and our tastes are similar. Sometimes we ask what the other person is wearing because our wardrobes have a lot of the same pieces.

Do the Bone Secret Series books need to be read in order?

Yes and no. Each book is a stand alone novel with different main characters. The plots are not related and there are no cliffhangers. Secondary characters reappear in the books and some of them become main characters in following books. My readers tell me they like the history of the secondary characters and that reading the books in order is the best way to get the full experience.

Do the Callahan & McLane books need to be read in order?

Yes. Mason Callahan is a secondary character from several of the Bone Secrets Novels, and the series follows the growth of his relationship with FBI Special Agent Ava McLane. The two of them were so interesting I dedicated a whole series to them. There are no cliffhangers in these books. THE SILENCE is the unofficial fifth book in this series.

Do the Mercy Kilpatrick books need to be read in order?

Yes. All the plots stand alone and there are no cliffhangers, but the history of the characters makes more sense if read in order. A seventh Mercy book called IN THE PINES is available on Amazon for preorder. It will release in August 2022.

Do all the Rogue novellas and Widow’s Island novellas need to be read in order?

Yes. While each Rogue novella contains a complete suspense plot, there is a secondary small mystery arc that is investigated over all four books in the Rogue River series. Novellas one and three are written from the point-of-view of Stevie Taylor and novellas two and four are written from her sister Carly’s point-of-view. They also need to be read in order to follow their relationships with the men in their lives. Each novella is about a hundred pages.

The two Rogue Winter novellas start a few months after Rogue River with the same characters. Rogue Vows and Rogue Justice are the same. Again, each novella is written from a sister’s point-of-view, and the two novellas each contain a complete mystery with a secondary small mystery that is solved over the two stories.

Widow’s Island is a new novella series set in the San Juan Islands area with a new cast but expect to see a few Rogue characters pop up.

Books-n-Kisses did an interview with Melinda Leigh and me for the release of our ROGUE RIVER series. You can check out the full interview here.

Why aren’t your books available in digital format for Nook, Kobo, or in the Apple bookstore?

I am under contract to write exclusive digital content for Amazon’s Kindle platform. My print books and audiobooks are available everywhere. If you do not have a Kindle, the free app is available for most phones and tablets.

Will you read something I wrote and give me feedback?

No. I’m sorry, but I’m weird about reading other writers’ works-in-progress. This is a personal preference. It’s also a legal protection one. I can’t have someone coming forward in five years and claim I stole a plotline from something of theirs I read. Here’s a link to a blog I wrote about how to find outside input on your manuscript:

Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 6 Part A: I have finished my book. Now what?

Do your books have sex and profanity?

Yes, but the Columbia River Series and the Mercy Kilpatrick Series do not have sex. In the other series, each book has one sex scene. Sometimes it is as short as a page and a half. Skip it if you don’t care for that sort of thing. The Rogue River Novellas and the Widow’s Island novellas also do not have sex. My characters swear in my books. I don’t think there is a lot, but I understand some readers are very sensitive to this. I consider my amount of profanity to be low to moderate compared to other books.

Do you have any writing tips?

Here’s an article I wrote for Writer’s Digest on how to improve your romantic thriller, but I feel it applies to almost every genre.