Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lena Diaz isn't Negotiating

The Marshland Justice series follows the quirky lawless town of Mystic Glades. Hidden deep in the Everglades in Central Florida, the town is home to more gators and snakes than people. The only way to get to Mystic Glades is through the swamp, or by using a secret entrance off a stretch of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley. Four scrumptious law-enforcement heroes will struggle through the series to finally bring the law to this town. They’ll discover that their big city ways don’t amount to much in a place where people keep pythons and panthers as pets, and where everything electronic goes on the fritz at exactly the wrong time.

I had a blast writing this series, which consists of four books. Nothing is what you expect and I took full advantage of the setting to do all kinds of odd things I’ve never done in other stories. It was truly a joy. The first two books were extremely well-received by readers and are available now online. MISSING IN THE GLADES won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. And ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS is a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award. The next two books come out this year, in July and August. I can’t wait to see how they do and hope that readers who’ve enjoyed the first two books really love how I wrap up the series.

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DEEP COVER DETECTIVE
Marshland Justice, book 3

A detective needed a mysterious woman's help—even if she had secrets to spare… 

In the heart of everglade country, Detective Colton Graham lays his plans to catch a robbery kingpin. What he fails to plan for is Silver Westbrook. Proprietress of a local B and B, Silver is as sharp-witted as she is easy on the eyes. But Colton senses Silver is hiding something. 

Suspicious that she might be harboring the very criminals he's tracking, Colton keeps a watchful eye on her. It doesn't take long to learn her true motives and her involvement in the case. But unfortunately for both of them, attraction can be the deadliest distraction.

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HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION
Marshland Justice, book 4

Many women went missing outside Mystic Glades. She escaped. 

When he took the job, Zack Scott heard about the horrors waiting in the swamp. So when Kaylee Brighton dashed into the road like the devil was on her tail, the new police chief gave her a safe place to recover. Imprisoned for months, Kaylee could lead Zack to her captor. 

Though Zack swore to protect her, only Kaylee knew the darkness that awaited them if she returned. She couldn't begin to understand what drove Zack, but she knew the importance of having him by her side. Because it wasn't enough for Kaylee to have escaped. Now it was time to take back her life.

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MISSING IN THE GLADES
Marshland Justice, book 1

He was looking for a missing person. What he found was a beautiful stranger. 

Looking for a fresh start, detective Jake Young headed south on a case that could help launch his PI business. He knew no amount of work would make him forget his tortured past, but maybe Faye Star could help. Caught up in Jake's missing persons case, the distracting Faye was hiding a secret he was begging to find out. Expertly guiding him through the swamps, Jake's job grew more complicated when someone started taking shots at the free-spirited beauty. As much as she protested she could take care of herself, Jake stepped in, refusing to admit how desperately he needed someone to save. Especially since he'd never be able to save himself…

ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS
Marshland Justice, book 2

A mysterious beauty had nursed him back to health—and attracted the attention of some very bad men… 

Somewhere over the Everglades, the airplane's engine failed and Dex Lassiter plummeted into the swamp's murky depths. Amber Callahan didn't expect to find any survivors in the wreckage, but Dex was about as tough as they came. And too smart not to dig into why a woman like her had run away to settle in remote Mystic Glades. Or why a killer circled their every move. As floodwaters rose, deputizing Dex was just what this lawless small town needed. Because escape wasn't possible. And the only thing Dex did better than starting things was defending them.


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18 comments:

  1. I'm actually re-reading a series set in Ancient Egypt. Love to read more about this time & people.

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    1. That sounds really cool. A long time ago I read a paranormal reincarnation story in Egypt and loved it.

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  2. This series hits on one of my favorite place themes. I love it when the setting is remote and the H/h have to rely on each other and their wits without technology and a ton of back-up. I believe it takes the character development and reader relationship desperate the author has to concentrate on on the characters instead of the little details of gadgets and cities.

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    1. That's supposed to be deeper, not desperate... LOL@ me

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  3. I don't know that I have a favorite one. I love to armchair travel to different places in books. I've always loved Australia/New Zealand books.

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  4. A setting matters somewhat, but what matters most is the chemistry between the characters.

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    1. Like tropical or something else? I'm never clear what exotic means. It may depend on the person and where they live.

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    2. Tropical or Africa or South American

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  6. Glad to have you back !
    I've got my copies...counting the days until vacation so I can read.

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  7. I love small town but I like almost everywhere as long as it's unique and interesting.

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