Switching Genres?

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Yes, this is my bookcase. Plenty of fodder for my upcoming book.

As many of y'all have noticed, I will be releasing my fifth book this summer. But a cozy mystery? Up to this point I've written primarily YA paranormal, so what gives?

When I set out to write full-time, I always thought I would write mysteries. Not super suspenseful thrillers mind you, but fun mysteries with a touch of quirk and romance. However, when it came right down to it, I found it difficult. After almost a decade of working in the criminal justice field, I drew a big fat blank...so I wrote what came natrually. In this case, teens, magic, time travel, and paranormal forces.

After a few years a story emerged for my much anticipated mystery. I finally had the right character to showcase my experience in the field. And what experience do I have exactly? Well, I have two graduate degrees: forensic psychology and criminal justice. I spent most of my professional career working for both federal and local law enforcement agencies. Oh, and I also teach criminal justice part-time as an adjunct professor. Not that one needs a background in crime to pen a cozy mystery of course, but it sure doesn't hurt!

Perhaps I was still too close to all the cases I worked on over the years and needed a break, or maybe I just wasn't ready to write about murder and mayhem at the time. Whatever the reason, things just finally clicked. Now, it just feels right.

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Destined for Trouble will be out this August!

So while I have not abandoned my love for all things paranormal, horror, or sci-fi, and still feel very much like a young adult versus an almost-forty-something adult, be prepared to see more of my newest character, Jules Cannon. I hope y'all will enjoy this character as much as I've enjoyed spending time with her!

Here's the unofficial blurb: After being dumped by her boyfriend of two years, FBI crime analyst Jules Cannon decides to take a much needed vacation and heads to Trouble Island. All Jules wants to do is relax, forget about her failed relationship, and work on her tan. But when a local restaurant owner is found murdered and her best friend becomes the prime suspect, the only thing Jules is destined for is trouble.

And as a side note: I am well underway on book 4 of the Travelers Series!

#destinedfortrouble #cozymystery #newrelease

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