Lethal Confessions Now Available!!


Most of my readers know that I write contemporary romance with my husband as VK Sykes.  We also love writing romantic suspense, and I’m thrilled to announce that our first book in this genre is now available.  And for you fans of our sports romance series, The Philadelphia Patriots, you might be interested to note that Lethal Confessions is set against the backdrop of pro baseball.

Here’s the blurb:

The brutal murder of her twin sister drove Amy Robitaille into a career as a homicide detective for Palm Beach County. When a serial killer targets the wives of local baseball players, Amy has more than just a professional interest at stake—her only surviving sister fits the profile of the other victims. Amy’s hell-bent on catching the killer, not only to protect her sister but to destroy the demons haunting her since the death of her twin.

Baseball star and former soldier Luke Beckett has just retired from the game and is looking to move on with his life. When he’s asked to consult on the serial killer case for the local police, he finds the challenge he needs—despite the objections of lead detective Amy Robitaille. But Luke has no intention of backing away from the job and every intention of getting to know the intriguing detective.

Amy has no time to babysit a celebrity consultant while trying to catch a serial killer. But Luke is not the man she assumed him to be and he threatens to become a powerful distraction. That’s the last thing she needs, especially when the killer starts closing in on her family. But without Luke’s help, Amy stands to lose everything.

The book is available in both print and digital on Amazon.

And to celebrate the release of Lethal Confessions, hubby and I are hosting a party on facebook, tomorrow from 7 – 9 pm.  We’ll be joined by a bunch of great authors who will be giving away copies of ARCs and books.  Here are the details:

When: Wed. the 11th, from 7 – 9 pm

Where:  Facebook!

RSVP:  You can register for the event here.

Visiting authors:  Pamela Clare, Margo Maguire, Mia Marlowe, Juliana Stone, Kris Kennedy, Bella Love, Norah Wilson, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Monica Burns, Lila DiPasqua, Jennifer Apodaca, and Cynthia Eden!

Giveaways:  An ARC of Pamela Clare’s upcoming I-Team novel, Striking Distance, an ARC of Mia Marlowe’s upcoming Christmas historical, Plaid Tidings, ARCS of Lila DiPasqua’s upcoming historical romance, The Duke’s Match Girl, and lots more!

Grand Prize Gift Basket: includes a $25 Amazon gift card; reader’s choice of a print or digital copy of Lethal Confessions; an ARC of my upcoming historical romance, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard; copies of my last two books, My Favorite Countess & His Mistletoe Bride; a beautiful box of Godiva chocolates.

Again, to RSVP visit my facebook page and sign up!

And I almost forgot!  I’m on a rolling excerpts blog tour all this week–each day, one blogger is posting an excerpt from Lethal Confessions and doing a giveaway of two of my books.  For the schedule and links, please visit LitConnect.  Today, I’m visiting with Stella Ex Libris.

See you around the blogosphere!


Guest Author: Genie Davis & Giveaway!


I have a really interesting guest blogger today – she’s Genie Davis, who writes romantic suspense and is also a screen and TV writer.  Genie’s books have won a number of awards, and her screen work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy.  Cool, eh?  You can check out her full bio here.

I’m going to turn the blog over to Genie so she can tell us what’s going on in her world.

The Theme I Never Knew I Had

I never set out to write something with a particular theme. The theme is just something organic, something intrinsic to the story that appears in the course of writing the narrative for me. Imagine my surprise, a few years back, when I was interviewing for a TV staff writing job – a position I unfortunately didn’t get – when the executive producer said “What would you call the theme of your writing? I see redemption.”

Well, come to think of it – that was true of the screenplays he was reading. And still is, with my books. In fact, now I have an as-yet-unpublished novel actually titled Redemption. That particular book is a supernatural thriller with a solid romance stuck in between the Stephen King-ish chills, with the redemption of faith over evil, life over death, and love over loss the big three themes in this story.

But redemption is my own creative “key word” as it were, and it crops up in almost everything I write. I’m aware of it now, although I still don’t plan it, but I have to thank that exec for pointing out to me what I do.

Of my published books, my current title, the romantic suspense Executive Impulse, features redemption as a theme in several ways – there is, of course, the redemption of love – detective Kate has given up on men and love in general, following a lousy marriage, and even though she initially rejects Andy, she knows the real thing when she sees it. Andy finds redemption for his own self-worth – through Kate, his journalism, and his ability to work at whatever piece of business he’s thrust into.

A mystery I have coming out soon, Marathon, includes the redemption of a mother-daughter relationship; of a rocky, on-again, off-again romance finding purpose; and the redemption of a psychic gift, once discounted.

Previous works, the romantic suspense titles The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow, both include the redemption of purpose and creativity as themes, along with that all important love-redeeming quality of the main protagonists’ relationships. My first novel, literary fiction with a strong noir spine, Dreamtown, is pure redemption – a man without purpose or direction finds a true calling, and love; while a woman, bereft of hope, finds salvation.

Yes, I’m a fanatic about redemption, and I hope you’ll find some redeeming fun and suspense in all my titles.

If you’d like a free digital copy of Executive Impulse, or a hard copy of Five O’Clock Shadow, like my Facebook fan page and post which book you’d like to own on my wall – I’ll pick three posters at random to win the book of choice. 🙂

Vanessa, here.  You heard the lady!  Hop on over to her facebook page for a chance to win one of her great books!

Facebook Contest!!

Are you on facebook?  Only a few days left to enter my latest contest on my facebook page, which is a giveaway of two classic romance novels:  Prince of Dreams, by Lisa Kleypas, and Shield’s Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz.  If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to facebook and enter!

Contests & Winners!

Okay, folks, I’m participating in a really exciting contest with fellow authors Jane Porter, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Julia London.  Zounds!  How cool is it be associated with that group?  The contest is currently running, and will wrap up on Sept. 19th with a grand prize giveaway of…drum roll, please…an iPad!

And in each week in the run up to the grand prize giveaway, we’ll also be giving away a prize packet of five of our books.  To get the details and to enter check out my facebook contest page, or the facebook pages of the other authors in the contest.

The winner of Thursday’s guest blog post with Terri Brisbin is Evelyn W.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the blog.  My featured guests next week will be paranormal romance author Karen Whiddon and historical romance author Diana Cosby.  Be sure to come visit!