Saturday, October 31, 2015

Meet Kyle Madden, Leading Man in THE BETRAYAL

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One of the things I enjoy doing as an author is crossing characters from one novel into another. After all, they're just sitting there, doing nothing, so I may as well put them to work, right? One of these crossover characters is Kyle Madden, who we first meet in The Reunion. Kyle is the police detective who warns Gillian, the leading lady, about her ex-husband, Jason.

As I began formulating the plot line for The Betrayal, I decided to include a good cop/bad cop story, with my leading man being the good cop. The story would be set in Phoenix, and, rather than create a leading man from scratch, I thought why not use Kyle? He'd only played a minor role in The Reunion, as a generic police detective, so he had plenty of potential. In The Betrayal, Kyle becomes a thirty-something divorced dad whose wife left him, and their young son, a few years before. Kyle wants very much to be a good father, but his demanding career takes up too much of his time, and has left him feeling burned out.

Kyle first meets Emily, the leading lady, at an art gallery opening, but they're destined to meet again. This time, however, it's official police business, and Kyle soon realizes that Emily is being framed for a crime she didn't commit. As he fights to prove her innocence, he'll discover that one of his fellow officers is behind the nefarious plot, and he'll risk his life to keep her safe.

Kyle is a hero inspired by real-life heroes; all of the dedicated real life police officers out there who put their lives on the line for the rest of us each and everyday.

MM

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Betrayal Book Cover

Once again, Wes Lowe, has outdone himself and created yet another outstanding illustration for my book cover. This time for The Betrayal

I've been working with Wes for over ten years. I first discovered him back when I was writing a series of children's books, (under a different name.) Then when I changed genres I tried a different approach to my covers, and we'll just say it didn't work, so I contacted Wes.

Wes just doesn't meet my needs, he exceeds them. Every time. I can't imagine ever publishing another book without one of Wes' illustrations on the cover. 

MM