Part Two in The Birth of The Phoenix Agency
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

 

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It was 2007. I was attending my very first Romantic Times Convention, this one at the Hyatt in Houston. I was so green I made healthy pass look brown. I was barely published and looking for ways to establish myself. I was barely published at Ellora’s Cave but author Marilyn Campbell had just been hired by EC to create a line featuring psychic abilities and built around The Lotus Circle, an ancient organization of women with special powers, who co idl also enhance each other and interpret visions. Man, it it AMAZING what you can find on the Internet.

The first psychic ability that came to my mind was mental telepathy, maybe because its been so commercialized.

What is Mental Telepathy?

Imagine if you could send a message to anyone you wanted regardless of how far away they are and do it without a written letter or cell phone; no texting, no recorded messages, no penciled thought, no actual words whatever. If you could, you would be using mental telepathy—the process of transferring your thoughts from your mind to someone else’s. This form of communication has always been thought to be outside the mainstream of science. It has always been thought to be in the realm of science fiction or the paranormal. But, there is proof to the contrary. And there is reams of information a bout it on the Internet.

I was also inspired by a song written by the late great Townes Van Zandt called If You Needed Me.

If I needed you would you come to me
Would you come to me for to ease my pain
If you needed me I would come to you
I would swim the seas for to ease your pain.

There had also been a lot of media hustle a but politicians taking payoffs to leak information about Special Ops missions to enemies of ours. My sister ad I used to play the What If game and that’s what I did.  What if my hero (Mark) and heroine ( Faith) have known each other for years, flirted with a romance, even made one one time, the. night of her senior prom. What If he was so committed to his career as a Delta Force team leader that he
believed he had no room in his life for a relationship. What If as teenagers they had discovered they connect ted though mental telepathy. And What If a dirty politician took  money to leak a mission for Mark’s Delta Force Team  in Peru and they were all killed except for Mark (and one other member that no one knew about yet.)And what if Mark is taken prisoner, tortured, and the only way he can get a word out is through his mental connection with Faith? And what if she can’t get anyone to listen because there is a lid on everything but she learns of this very dark civilian secret ops agency that (at that time) didn’t even have an office, just a phone number. And What If she sees in them the ONLY chance to save Mark.

Then I was off to the races. The book practically wrote itself. And Josh Felker, my handgun instructor and former Army Ranger was a fountain of knowledge which he willingly shared with me.

I learned all about terrorists in Peru, dirty politics in Washington and the total dedication of the men in all branches of Special Ops. And that was how Jungle Fever (originally titled Always On My Mind) came to be born. It was so successful, EC asked me to build a series, using the four partners of Phoenix as heroes. And Mark Halloran, rescued in Jungle Fever, left the military and became the fifth partner.

And here is where it began…
Sunday, June 9th, 2019

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Time pass so quickly, I sometimes wonder where it goes. It hardly seems possible that 12 years have passed since I sat down to write that first book in The Phoenix Agency. I believe that was my first Special Ops book, also, inspired by my gun class instructor who had been an Army Ranger. He was wonderful about sharing information with me and answering tons of questions. And the book was a success, with great reviews:

“…one of those are books that lingers after her last page has turned.” Two Lips Reviews

“…a top notch read blending a backstory of romance with a realistic, and often violent, suspense tale. (The author) has written a we’ll-crafted heroine with special skills.”  RT Book Reviews

Would you believe it was written as a standalone, but the reception was so overwhelming my editor asked me to turn it into a series. So it was followed by Extrasensory, Scent of Danger, Freeze Frame, Feel the Heat, and Formula For Danger. It gave me the chance to do something I love research!  because each story features a special psychic ability, usually the heroine./  Although I wouldn’t recommend The Report to Congress on Remote Viewing unless you are having rouble sleeping at night. The most fun was researching Xena the dog for Scent of Danger. Xena is a Caucasian Ovcharka and it is believed they have psi abilities.

Because I try to make each book I write based on as much factual information as possibleI made a lot of new friends writing these books, and owe huge thanks to the many Special Ops guys who gave of their time to answer my questions. I also learned frightening things about the extensive reach of drug cartels, the kidnapping of tourists in Acapulco, types of psychic abilities, and the shocking lengths people will go to for power and money.

I was excited when Kindle worlds licensed the series as a Kindle World and I thank the m nay talented authors who wrote in it. Please do a search for The Phoenix Agency on Amazon and check out all the books still available. I still enjoy rereading them.

This year I will be writing my first Phoenix agency book in some time and I am looking forward to it. If you are new to Phoenix or have only read a few of the. books here is your chance to stock up. ALL 6 ORIGINAL BOOKS ARE ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS! That’s right. And two of them for only one week. You can find the links here:

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They served their country in every branch of the military – Army Delta Force, SEALs, Air Force, Marines. We are pilots, snipers, medics – whatever the job calls for. And now as private citizens they serve in other capacities, as private contractors training security for defense contractors, as black ops eradicating drug dealers, as trained operatives ferreting out traitors. With the women in their lives who each have a unique psychic ability, they are a force to be reckoned with. Risen from the ashes of war, they continue to fight the battle on all fronts.

They are Phoenix.

MASQUERADE, Corporate Heat and what started it all
Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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That’s where it all began!

 

It’s funny how a simple meeting can generate an idea that takes off. Several years ago when I was still, living in Texas, my late husband, ?David, and I were in the town of Fredericksburg in the Hill Country. The are had been settled originally by Comanches. Then the Germans arrived and…but that’s another story. Anyway, we decided to visit the museum that laid out the story of the /comanches and Fredericksburg.There was a man, maybe in his late thirties, also looking at the displays. We got to talking, I learned he was a decedent of the original Comanches and, being the inquisitive person I am, asked him if we could buy him a cup of coffee.

 

He was one of the most interesting people I’d ever met, and didn’t mind sharing information with me, although I could tell there are still centuries of resentment spilling over into today. I knew I had to put him n a book as the hero, and he had to be a certain ind of person and certain kind fo hero. At the time I was developing a new story for Ellora’s Cave, and my coffee date became the model for Noah Cantrell,  vice prescient for security at Arroyo, an international conglomerate, and the man Taylor Scott, my heroine, falls in love with.

 

When Ellora’s Cave coxed its doors the book mo ver easily to Totally Bound, and did well enough that they asked me to use it to launch a series. First I needed a name, and my super smart son, Steven, suggested Corporate Heat. Noah and Taylor played a mini role in Book #2, Double Deception, but they are back full tilt in Book #3, Masquerade.

 

Masqerade is a finalist for the One Award (Pause while I pinch myself) and I am super excited. But I keep thinking, what if I’d never met that man in Fredericksburg and had a cup of coffee with him? Might Masquerade never have been born? Funny how things in life turn out, right?

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MASQUERADE a finalist for prestigious RONE Award.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

More than a year and a half ago I sat down to write the third book in the Corporate Heat series, MASQUERADE. I wanted something raw, something edgy, something that wold carry forward that same feeling from WHERE DANGER HIDES, the book that introduced the series. It deals with the sex trade industry and how young girls are lured into it through businesses with a respectable front.

I had barely finished final edits on the book when I learned that Frida Farrell had made a move, Apartment 407, about her experience in exactly the same thing.

Quote: “Apartment 407” is not an easy film to watch. Directed by Rudolf Buitendach, the movie tells the story of Isobel, an average middle-class mother who is enticed into a photo shoot by a stranger in a coffee shop.

The book was difficult to write and I have to thank law enforcement officer Joseph P. Trainor for his help and expertise. Why am I tell you this? because I am excited to announce that MASQUERADE is a finalist for the very prestigious RONE Award. Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

I am so honored to be a finalist, and I hope you will give this book a try. A lot of work and research went into it.

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Hunting a murderer is hot work, in more ways than one.

Lindsey Califaro, second-in-command at Elite Marketing, is suspicious when her boss, Craig Wainwright, is killed in a car accident. She’s had a funny feeling about things around the agency for a while and now her spidey senses are going haywire. Something is wrong and she’s determined to find out what.

John Martino, highly sought-after forensic accountant, is sent by parent corporation Arroyo to dig into Elite’s books and see if there is an answer there. He expects problems, but what he doesn’t expect is to find a super-smart, hot female who pushes all his buttons and sends his sex drive into overload.

Investigating Elite’s finances and Craig’s private life, the two uncover a sordid trail of sex trafficking and drugs so extensive it shocks them. As they draw closer to the real head of the operation, the heat between them rises and their feelings for each other explode. John must do everything he can to protect Lindsey from a master criminal. But will his best be enough?

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U. S. Navy SEALS—Extraordinary heroesI
Thursday, May 16th, 2019

 

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I always worry when I provide background information that I somehow got wrong, despite my research.. I apologize for any errors in the following.

I have been writing my heroes as SEALs in so many of my books lately. I am slo honored to be part of the Silver SEALs suspense series with a group of unbelievably great authors. I am also influenced by the historicity and character of Navy SEAL Jack Carr, who served his country and now shared what he learned in a gripping thriller series. (Don’t miss it!)

I thought I would provide a little background on who and what a SEAL is and invite you to plunge into the waters of my SEAL stories, Jack Carr’s series, and the Silver SEALs.

Navy SEALs are an Elite and Special Forces team, which works on ground and water assault. They are members of a special operations force trained to engage in direct raids or assaults on enemy targets, conduct reconnaissance missions to report on enemy activity (especially prior to beach landings), and take part in action against terrorist groups.

Active-duty SEAL teams are components of either Naval Special Warfare Group One, based at Coronado on the West Coast, or Naval Special Warfare Group Two, based at Little Creek, near Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the East Coast.

They have become a component of the on-going war against terrorism on a world-wide basis, yet, until recently, they have remained predominately and uniquely obscure. As in past conflicts, they prefer obscurity; however, unlike past conflicts, they have become increasingly a focus of national interest; particularly since the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk ship Alabama, and the raid at Abbottabad, Pakistan, where they killed Osama bin Laden the world’s foremost terrorist.

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It is in their moments of truth when SEALs offer a glimpse into what makes them keep going through the kind of pain, fear, chaos and despair that would crush most of us. Their motivations often defy stereotypes. It’s not love of country, they say, that makes a man choose to shiver uncontrollably in the middle of the night or pursue a career that repeatedly puts his life at risk. It is the commitment that SEALs never quit.

And when they leave the service, they face big adjustments. Reconnecting with family. Building a new community without SEALs. Preparing to join the workforce. Dealing with the often shattering memories of missions.

In my own small way I choose to honor these men in the stories I write. I hope to show readers what extraordinary individuals they are and how fortunate we are to have them defending our country.

Check out my latest SEALs heroes!

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