Wired Justice, Paradise Crime #6, is live today!
No matter how many times I do this, Launch Day is special and exciting. YAY! Another story is out in the world, and readers get to join me on the journey I’ve been on alone in my writing cave.
And what a wild ride it’s been!
Sophie is on a journey to heal herself and discover who is in the wake of a disastrous first marriage. The raw, rugged, primordial and stunning landscape of the Big Island of Hawaii is a metaphor and companion for Sophie’s quest. I love the Big Island and all it’s amazing topography and contrasts. Many of the hikes and activities she undertakes in the book, including the hike to see the lava flow into the sea that’s the opening scene, are ones I’ve done personally.
Sophie is drawn into the mystery of this story by Ginger, her yellow Labrador, who is the perfect sidekick in many ways: Ginger is friendly, impetuous, curious and instinct-driven, the opposite of Sophie’s cautious, thoughtful deliberation and physical bravery.
The story is fast-paced and shared between Sophie and Jake Dunn’s point of views. Jake is one of three contenders for Sophie’s heart, and he grows tremendously in this book. Readers get to see the heart behind the muscles of a character that’s plagued Sophie with a combination of irritation and attraction since the day he knocked loudly on her door and met her a full-body check-out and the opening line, “They didn’t tell me you were hot.”
The romance angle of the Paradise Crime Series is a major subplot. Sophie needs to figure out what kind of future she wants before she can choose a partner from the interesting choices she has. In this story, we really get to know Jake Dunn, why he is the way he is, and why he’s fallen so hard for Sophie.
Each man who loves Sophie (and there are three, yes, THREE) represents a different future path for her. Sophie is trying, through the events of the books, to discover which path is really right for her.
Aren’t we all trying to create a future we really want? Shouldn’t we all all spend some time really considering our hopes and dreams, and the current path we are on?
Many of us let our early lives dictate our life path. We react to the things that happen early on and set us on a course, and never pause to consider if that course is really congruent with our deepest longings.
If you are reading these books, and the Lei Crime Series too, you are getting a mini-course in the process of healing from a rough past and charting a positive future, through the vehicle of an entertaining read. Yep, I am a mental health therapist interested in growth and change, and that permeates my writing!
Ask yourself today: What do I really want?
You are never too old to change your life and reinvent yourself. This is a theme I explore over and over in my books, and it’s been true in my own life.
I wanted to be a writer making a living from my stories from the time I first learned to read at age four. But I spent a lot of years reacting to my early childhood, wanting a “normal” life, and in doing so, I set aside the passion and dream to write and built a life that seemed safer and met my need for conventional security.
At forty, with my children graduating from high school and having achieved all the milestones I thought would satisfy, I finally took a look at that flame of passion to tell my stories that had somehow survived all the years of college, childraising and full-time work.
I began writing and dreaming again, and holy smokes! It was like I’d tapped into the pent-up lava of the Big Island! Since 2006, I’ve written 35 books, and the 31st one is here today.
And as much as I love writing full time, I’ve discovered I miss my counseling practice. You see, there’s no wasted time in life! Everything I learned has had a purpose. Because of that, I’ve decided to do some author coaching. If you’re a writer in need of help getting your book out and/or marketing it, check out my WriterShrink website HERE.
If you have a dream, spend some time with it. See your dream. Imagine it. Feel it, as if it’s already come true. Know it inside and out. And then, be amazed at how things come your way to make it happen. And when they do, stand up and walk through the door.
You’ll never be sorry for anything but the chances you didn’t take.
And in the meantime, check out the chances Sophie takes in WIRED JUSTICE.
Paradise hides too many bodies.
Sophie Ang’s lovable dog Ginger has a nose for murder, and leads her tech sleuth mistress through perilous lava fields on the Big Island to a terrible discovery. Sophie is plunged into a new investigation with dynamic partner Jake Dunn, searching for a missing young woman who is just one of many. Sparks fly between the two as they dig into layers of deception and darkness, rousing the attention of true evil.
*** LAUNCH BONUS ***
Included with your preorder/first week of launch purchase is a download link to a free copy of SNAKE SKIN, from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons, the first in her award-winning Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller series!
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It’s never too late for a new beginning. Not for you, and not for Sophie, or Lei, or any of the other characters it's been my privilege to bring to life.
Tune in to my Toby Neal Books facebook page today from 4:00-4:30 PST, and I’ll be doing a LIVE talk and giving away some fun swag!
Can’t make that time? No worries! The talk will be a pinned post and the giveaways will be open to enter for 24 hours after, until 2/29/18.
Thanks for joining me!