Hard Silence

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FBI profiler Jeff Crandall returned to Fiddler, Idaho, to work on new Bureau protocols in peace…and because he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Abby Quinn. Kind, beautiful and quietly sexy, the petite rancher next door is loved by the entire town but keeps fiercely to herself. She’s a mystery that doesn’t want to be solved, though he’s desperate to try.

Whether that interest is professional or personal is a question he’ll sort out later.

Abby knows sharing her secrets would bring death and destruction to Fiddler. She survived her childhood, barely, but a long list of stepfathers weren’t nearly so lucky: their bodies are buried across the country, waiting to be discovered. The best protection is silence, anonymity and isolation, though the handsome agent next door seems hell-bent on destroying all three.

And he just keeps kissing her

When Jeff is called in to investigate an interstate serial killer case spanning two decades, Abby knows it’s only a matter of time before he connects the dots, sees her for who she really is and walks away. But it’s when he’s standing in the crosshairs of Abby’s past that Jeff faces his biggest challenge yet: how to give the woman he loves the life she doesn’t believe she deserves.

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A reclusive writer … Grace Donnelley’s successful sci-fi novel is about to become a movie. She wants a vacation with her mother before filming starts, but fears her name will cause a geek riot. So she creates Grace Ward, sometimes schoolteacher and doting daughter of Sunny.

A hounded actor … Bennett Oliver escapes London for a vacation with his mother. He wants to hide from the paparazzi and his brooding reputation. He takes the role of Ben Brady, successful businessman and overprotective son of Camille.

But they never counted on each other … An immediate attraction, aided by their matchmaking mothers, gives Ben and Grace a vacation they never expected — and one they don’t want to lose. Upon returning to their everyday lives, they work to maintain a relationship while trying to find a way to say “by the way, I’m famous.”

When the secrets and lies catch up with them, Ben and Grace struggle to open their lives and re-open their hearts to see if love can be their most treasured souvenir.

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One Night with a Cowboy

One Night with a Cowboy SamplerI’m honored to be included in One Night With a Cowboy: A Western Romance Sampler from HQN Books.  The other authors are Linda Lael Miller, Diana Palmer, Maisey Yates, Jodi Thomas, Trish Milburn, B.J. Daniels, Delores Fossen, Linda Warren, and Lindsay McKenna.  You can get a glimpse at ten different stories, including my next book in the Agents Undercover series – Hard Silence.

One Night With a Cowboy is FREE and will be available on March 1.

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Today’s the big day!

It’s my grandmother’s birthday!

grandma-1She is one of those grandmothers. She took me to work with her cleaning houses, and never minded that I disappeared into my imagination and never really helped. When I screamed outside, she came running – whether it was a bee or a huge hog that had trapped me and my younger cousin in the barnyard (because we didn’t run as fast as the boys). She never minded when I came over for Sunday afternoons and spent all my time reading. She even handed me books.

Grandma-2We competed over Wheel of Fortune and Scrabble. We were on the same team for Trivial Pursuit – bouncing in our chairs when we knew the answer to the other team’s question. She’s tried for years to teach me to quilt and to make gravy – neither of which I’ve mastered. And, for the last four years, she’s asked when she could read my book.

Today’s that day.

My release day, my debut release day, is my grandmother’s birthday. How cool is that?

1115_9781460394380_Soft_Target_WebI’m going to ride a roller-coaster all day, I’m sure – all while trying to do my day job and not obsess over reviews and Amazon rankings. I hope you have great day.

Remember to get your copy of Soft Target. And remember to leave an honest review once you’ve read it. Grandma wouldn’t want you to lie.

Soft Target

Soft Target by Mia Kay Cover ArkWounded FBI agent Gray Harper will honor his dead partner by returning to work—as soon as the Bureau shrink clears him for duty. In the meantime, a long vacation in his best friend’s hometown sounds like the perfect distraction. But Nate Mathis has another plan. His twin sister, Maggie, has a stalker, and Gray’s the only one Nate trusts to catch the bastard.

Admitting she’s scared would bring the cavalry, and Maggie Mathis has always taken care of herself. She certainly doesn’t need a bodyguard. As far as she knows, Gray’s in town to work as the Mathis family’s new business manager. That she’s always found her brother’s friend handsome is something she’ll keep to herself.

Gray’s real job would be a lot easier if he didn’t have to keep his intentions from Maggie. It would also be easier if he didn’t want to sleep with her. He certainly shouldn’t have kissed her good-night. There never should have been a second date.

All too soon, the line between responsibility and pleasure blurs. Gray hates to think of Maggie in danger. He hates that he thinks about Maggie too much, and of the day he won’t be there to protect her. Secrets aren’t easy to keep from those you love, but Gray needs to guard several with his life…before he risks losing Maggie forever.

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I can’t believe I haven’t told you!

This has been an eventful summer for a lot of different reasons, and I haven’t been updating you like I should.

1115_9781460394380_Soft_Target_WebThe biggest news is that in June I sold my romantic suspense manuscript to Carina Press. I’ve spent my summer working with the fabulous Kerri Buckley and the team at Carina on retitling the book (because I never name it until I have to), edits, and the cover.  (Isn’t it pretty?)

It’s been a terrific summer, full of all sorts of surprises for a first time author as we brought this book to life.  I’ve learned a great deal, and I’m thrilled to be involved with the team at Carina.

The release date is November 16, and it goes up for pre-order next week.  You can find out more about it here.

And I’m busy now writing the second book in the series.

So I’ve not told you because I’ve been too busy having something to tell you.

Who am I?

readingWelcome! I’m a new romance author, and I can’t wait to share my journey with you. As far as me … After a lifetime of reading and telling stories to my friends, I wrote one down (or typed it in, as the case may be). That was four years ago. Since then I’ve learned a few things.

1. Writing is hard.

2. The community is full of amazing, generous people.

3. I’m braver than I thought I was.

4. The learning never ends, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I like to tell stories about places I would love to visit, populated by people I’d like to meet. Well, maybe not the villains. Most of my plots start with “what if?”  As far as genre … expect anything. I write the story I’d want to read. Right now, it’s contemporary romance and romantic suspense – but I love it all. So, settle in. I’ll share what I learn, tell you about the books as they’re released, and share the things that make me laugh. I live in the southern United States. I have a husband who my friends have knighted as Mr. Perfect (MP for short), and I have a day job (which you won’t hear anything about).

~ Mia