Black Jasmine is here!
My most dangerous and risky novel yet, Black Jasmine is set on my home island of Maui. Here's the blurb:
The island of Maui is turquoise ocean, stunning vistas, and whalesong—but organized crime has a hidden hold, and Detective Lei Texeira tracks evil that hides behind a beautiful face.
“Lei and Stevens find a haven on Maui—until their new life as a couple is interrupted by murder. When a nameless teenage girl dies in an apparent vehicular suicide, Lei can’t rest until she finds out what really happened. She blazes through all the wealth and poverty of island society in her quest for justice, rousing a deadly foe—even as she faces the personal demons of commitment and revenge that threaten the only real love she’s ever known.”
It rocks. I think it's my best book yet. Why did I say it's my “most dangerous and risky”? Because Lei experiences multiple attempts on her life, and I take some chances with my glimpse into the Bad Girl's head that I've never seen done (not that someone else hasn't, I just haven't read it.)
Buckle up for some rappelling to kick things off!
And, here's my response to all the people saying “Wow, that's so fast!”
True. And why not? I had all three books in the initial trilogy done in June, and my wonderful agent Richard Parks was shopping them as a series. Unfortunately we didn't get an offer we'd accept, so now I've been producing the books as fast as I can afford to, keeping them Top Quality. After all, they aren't earning their keep sitting around in my computer.
Now Broken Ferns, the fourth one, is kicking my ass. Wish me luck finishing that next one by spring! Yikes!
In the meantime, let Black Jasmine take you for a spin on my beloved home island of Maui.