Release Date: September 1, 2020
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR YOUR SISTER?
From the day she was born, Krista Jensen loved and protected her younger sister, Rosie. Until the day that she didn’t.
Now Rosie has disappeared. Krista’s only clue is that her sister was seen in New Orleans, and like too many runaways, may be resorting to prostitution to survive.
Desperate to find her and beg forgiveness, Krista goes undercover as a prostitute and enters an unfamiliar world. With her own life in danger, she finds a protector in Jess Cantrell, a journalist, who wants to do more than pen the sad stories of runaways. No one is more surprised than he when Krista’s quest becomes his, as well.
Even more surprising? Love can bloom in the midst of heartache.
So can hope.
I began my writing career before the term “women’s fiction” became popular. The best opportunity to be published was in the thriving romance genre, so, of course, that’s where I began.
But wait… Were my books that different back then? Yes, love was definitely at the heart of romance novels, but publishers, and particularly my wonderful editor Leslie Wainger, saw the need for many different kinds of stories woven around relationships. Leslie was willing to listen to my most offbeat ideas, and then to publish them.
Take the Homecoming series, for instance. One day we were discussing happy endings. Leslie was interested in loosening the requirement a bit. At the same time, I was recovering from the flu, and in a feverish daydream, I had imagined a story about teenager runaways and what they had to do to survive.
I told Leslie my idea, fully expecting her to say, “are you crazy?” but she didn’t. She went on to publish Runaway, and later the sequel, The Way Back Home. And, of course, since another important character, Tate, had emerged in those two books, I went on to write a third book, Fugitive.
After carefully reading each one, I decided that all three books should stand the way they are, without all the technology that we now take for granted. But the lack of our new gadgets didn’t affect the stories, which I’m still proud to have written.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
The Way Back Home debuts on October 1st and Fugitive follows on November 1st. I hope you enjoy them all.