Here is Deirdre O’Dare. I’m checking in a little late. No excuse–just a minor mixup or two. I hope everyone is having a super fun time!
I just got a great review for one of the new books I am featuring this party. A Cop and A Con had come out not long before Amber Quill closed so not too many folks had a chance at it. This is a very special book to me and so I was delighted when JMS Books agreed to bring it out again with a lovely new cover.
Living in the southwest, I have a soft spot for the struggles of law enforcement officers in the vast empty spaces of the high deserts and mountains of the southwestern border states. Drugs are a huge problem and economic issues in the past decade or so have created a lot of folks struggling on the fringes, some of whom turn to crime. And unfortunately, it does pay at times, despite the old saw to the contrary. Usually the criminals get caught sooner or later but it doesn’t always happen quickly or easily. This situation formed some of the background for this story.
In a workshop at a long ago RWA conference, the speaker talked about creating conflict. The example she used was to say,”If your hero is a fire fighter, make your heroine an arsonist.” Well, such a person would not be very admirable but maybe she was falsely accused. Anyway, this dichotomy stuck in my mind so I asked myself what would be the opposite of a cop? A convict came to mind and that became my title and the core of the plot. Of course I had to get a couple of dogs into the tale too, even though to call it “A Cop, A Con and Two Dogs” was a bit too long!
Anyway, I’ll be following this post with a couple to show you the cover, provide a snip of the review and a link to it, a buy link and an excerpt or two!