You probably have already seen me talk about this on Twitter or Facebook (or maybe you even noticed it had gone up on my Coming Soon page), but just to make it official here: on Friday I signed my fourth contract with Samhain Publishing — this one for Hidden Heat, the next in the Hauberk series. Those of you who have read Deliberate Deceptions will be familiar with Troy McPherson — the head of Hauberk’s international group. The enigmatic Troy catches the eye of Sandy Hallquist, the woman who keeps the Hauberk men organized in the office. What the other men don’t suspect but Troy discovers is that Sandy’s hiding a world of sexual need and passion beneath her organized and innocent façade . But Troy’s hiding his own secrets.
I don’t have an official cover-copy yet, but here’s how I pitched it to my editor:
Appearances can be deceiving, even to those who think they know you. That’s a fact Troy McPherson counts on as he manages Hauberk’s international offices while occasionally being called upon in his other career: assassin. Having seen both sides of terrorism, his whole career has been about being invisible, even his name isn’t real. But one woman has seen the person he’s kept hidden behind his carefully-crafted mask. A woman who keeps her sensuality hidden from those she works with at Hauberk, Sandy Hallquist represents everything Troy’s dreamed of but never had — a home, stability. Love. Pity those are the last things she’s looking for.
I don’t have a release date for it yet, but from what I gather Samhain is now scheduling a year in advance, so you will probably have to wait until spring 2012. I will be putting up more details, and an excerpt, in the coming months.