"Staff Sgt. Jace Merrick has two short-term goals: Join the Army Counter-Intelligence Unit, and kill his wife.
When his bleeding-heart wife, Abby Merrick, volunteers at Hope House, a group that supplies stash sites in the Arizona desert for illegals border crossers, Jace hatches a scheme to make her murder look like a coyote smuggling operation gone wrong.
But before he can carry out his plans, Abby is shot—and he's the prime suspect.
Rumor Vargas is determined to find her friend's killer, but Deputy Sheriff Cooper "Coop" Jones warns her to keep her amateur nose out of his investigation. She's a sexy, persistent diversion, and she dredges up memories he'd rather forget, of his own murdered wife.
Rumor appreciates the Sheriff's inquiring mind, and she's curious about his battle-weary eyes. But when his inquiry turns to her kid brother as a possible suspect, Rumor has reasons beyond attraction to keep Coop close.
The Sheriff suspects Alberto Vargas has Cartel ties, and this looks like the Sinaloan gang's work.
Rumor severed ties with her brother several years ago when he began to work for the Cartel. But could he also be a killer?
To complicate matters, Jace's lover, Kendra has her own motives for murder.
The further Coop digs into the case, the less the facts add up on any of the suspects.
Someone else has a grudge against Jace Merrick. A life and death grudge. And it's time for pay back."
If you read my first novel, Song of the Ancients, you may recognize Rumor Vargas. She was Samantha's friend and business partner. This time, Rumor gets the top billing. You'll learn about her childhood in Mexico, as well as what she's been up to since she left Samantha in Sedona. Here's a photo of Rumor as I picture her in my writer's head:
Then, I'm traveling to the United Kingdom to visit London, Scotland and Wales. I'll be conducting first-hand research of the power sites for the second book of my Ancient Magic series, when we re-join Samantha and Nicholas at the Council of Elders meeting in London next year.
Thank you so much for your support and patience. I appreciate you even more for sticking with me throughout my health challenges in 2016. My recovery is complete, and I am so stinkin' happy to be back to writing again!