The cozy mystery I’d just finished reading reminded me of characters in “Moonlighting,” a TV series in the 1980s about an out-of-work model who brings in a partner to a detective agency she owns. My newbie private investigators, unlucky-in-love and mutually-vowed ‘friends-only’ Eddie Emerson and Kelly Gillespie, would set up shop in a north Chicago suburb to help clients avoid heartbreak. I envisioned a book series of deep dives into lovers’ and potential marital mates’ backgrounds with a touch of humor, surprising plot twists, and sometimes happily-ever-after results.

Their first client would be a senior partner at a high-profile law firm, stung by a messy divorce, but ready to love again. Before he proposes marriage to the teacher and first chair Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist who helped the talented teen-aged son he adores cope with his parents’ bitter separation, he hires the PIs to discreetly dig into his lover’s past.

The case that seems like a sweet slam dunk quickly deteriorated into a dangerous scenario that produced a pair of villains who quite frankly took my breath away. My cozy mystery morphed into romantic suspense of international intrigue proportions populated by law enforcement from Chicago PD to Interpol.

As the story continues to evolve toward an out of the blue ending, I can honestly say my lack of planned plot and carefully crafted outline has been fun. I get excited with each new twist that wiggles, scrambles and springs out of the creative process I don’t ever want to control.

Where do I get my ideas? I haven’t a clue. But Eddie and Kelly will tell me where their story should go. I’ll write it and revise it, get critiques from beta readers and polish from editors before I upload “The UnMatchables” on Amazon later this fall.

Save the Date Happenings
Clinton Book Festival

Saturday, August 26 from 10 AM-4 PM
Clinton Community College
1000 Lincoln Blvd. in Clinton, IA
Stop by, say hello, and buy a book authored and signed by me!
Author Support Q&A – 2:30 PM
FYI: I’ll be on this panel with author Craig Hart and publisher/authors Kim Sigafus and John LaBella
Authors draw on their own experiences to answer questions regarding writing and publishing and that
happens behind the scenes for authors.

Workshop for Writers & Readers
with author Teresa LaBella

“How to Hook Your Reader”
Saturday, October 21 from 2-4 PM
Midwest Writing Center
Located in the Rock Island Public Library
401 19th St., Rock Island, IL
Crime novelist extraordinaire Mickey Spillane said it best – The first page sells the book. The last page sells the next book. Join a sample by example discussion of strong to eh-not-so-much introductions to the plot and characters that grab and hold readers to The End and beyond!

Buy my New Life in Love Trilogy at these independent book stores!

Next Page Books
1105 Third Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa

The Book Rack
4764 Elmore Ave.
Davenport, Iowa

Looking for that sweet-to-sizzling mid-summer read? Top up your beverage of choice, settle into your favorite chair and cushions, in the sun, on the porch or indoor reading nook, and get ready for romance!

“Rachel, you are the most beautiful and desirable woman I have ever known. Waking up next to you, making love to you, spending every waking minute I can with you is more important to me than anything else.” Drew let go of her and the heels of her boots hit the floor. “But if you don’t want me to go with you, if there is no place for me in your life, if you can tell me you don’t love me and make me believe it, then I’ll turn around and walk away.”

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Drew McKenzie isn’t sure what he dreads more.

Stay in Edinburgh and face the wrath of his business partner brother Charlie after Drew’s temper nearly costs their firm a lucrative deal?  Or agree to an equally unpleasant task as a favor to his brother Alistair?

Drew opts for time away and a trip to the Scottish Highlands with Rachel McKenna, the sullen and moody sister of Alistair’s wife, Marisa.

Rachel arrives from home in the U.S. for a weeklong visit, carrying a load of emotional baggage. She mourns her father and envies her sister who escaped to Scotland, leaving Rachel to cope with their mother’s erratic behavior caused by the overwhelming grief of sudden loss. Rachel retreats behind the protective barrier she’s built around herself and vows never to fall in love.

Both Drew and Rachel struggle against their obvious interest in and intimate attraction for each other.  But their time together is running out. Will either reveal what they feel before Rachel boards a flight back to Houston?

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