Today is release day for SHE CAN TELL. This a a very special book to me for a number of reasons. My daughter was very ill while I was in the middle of this book. I didn’t write at all for 3 months. I picked the half-finished manuscript up in January of 2012 with a March deadline and by some miracle finished it early. The book came out in one draft. It needed no revisions other than a line edit. Clearly, karma decided to give me a break. (Note: that never happened again. Every manuscript before and after has been the usual hair-pulling struggle.)
SHE CAN TELL is also the first book I sold on proposal. My first 2 books had been finished when they were submitted. It also represented my first multi-book deal. SO, in a way, SHE CAN TELL is the book that made me feel like a professional author instead of a fluke.
With a healthy family and 4 more books under contract, I’m feeling very thankful and blessed (as well as busy!) this holiday season.
What are you thankful for this year?
SHE CAN TELL
A horse trainer’s homecoming turns deadly when a vicious stalker, a cold murder case, and a hot police chief threaten to expose family secrets that a killer wants to keep buried.
After a terrible accident ends her riding career, horse trainer Rachel Parker returns to her hometown to a hostile welcome. Her efforts to rebuild the family farm are hampered by her sister’s domestic crisis and a violent vandal who threatens Rachel’s new business and her life. She is also blindsided by the undeniable and unwanted attraction she feels for hot police chief handling her case. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her…
As his investigation uncovers the turbulent past Rachel keeps carefully hidden, Police Chief Mike O’Connell finds himself with too many suspects and too many feelings for his fiercely independent victim. His desire for Rachel is a conflict of interest that jeopardizes everything he stands for. Long buried family secrets, a skeleton, and a corrupt local official with a grudge against Mike complicate the case, but the escalating violence against Rachel convinces him he doesn’t have much time. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches twenty-five years into the past—before her stalker strikes again.
“Relentless tension builds to a riveting crescendo in Leigh’s romantic thriller… Leigh (She Can Run) easily juggles multiple story lines, romance, and suspense.” ~Publisher’s Weekly
“The highly suspenseful plot spans decades, pulling secrets from the past and melding them with the present, and is paired with a steamy romance that explores vulnerability, passion and trust.” ~ RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)
“Leigh has created a nail-bitingly suspenseful romance novel that’s sure to put your manicure in danger.” ~ Booklist