Hard shell or soft shell? Corn or flour tortillas? Chicken or steak? It doesn’t matter to Daniel Clay, as long as it’s a taco. Daniel is the amusing, taco-obsessed bestie of Tory Taylor in I CAN HANDLE HIM, a new romantic suspense novel. Since Daniel is a hair stylist, he hears all of the juicy scoop happening in San Antonio. He’s known to repeat a rumor or two but there are two things Daniel knows for sure: every Thursday is two-for-one taco night at Mama Margie’s, and Tory’s old friend Nick Allen is dangerous. When Nick suddenly finds himself in trouble again and Tory rushes to his defense, Daniel finds himself in the middle of danger too, and on his own surprising journey of friendship and discovery.
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Law student Tory Taylor has a classic-trendy style, a sharp-witted tongue and a messy bed that is rarely made. She’s just arrived back in San Antonio for the summer, excited to spend time with her best friends Quinn and Daniel. Soon Tory finds her legal-mind-in-training spinning with questions as she helps her former co-worker Nick sort through some suspicious facts from his recent accident. But when she takes an internship with Nick’s competitor, their special friendship is tested. Then when Nick’s world comes suddenly crashing down, Tory rushes to his side, defending him with everything she’s got, even if it risks her being fired. She owes Nick and their history together comes into play as Tory begins to uncover more than the shocking truth.
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Quinn Corbin’s warm, caring hugs could melt even her bitchy mother’s heart. Quinn has just arrived back in San Antonio after finishing her master’s degree and landing an elementary school teaching job. The twenty-four-year-old’s first order of business: find her former co-worker Nick Allen, who has suffered a series of tragedies. She had a big crush on Nick back when they worked together at San Antonio’s famous Indigo Exchange coffee house. Now Nick runs a rival coffee house, and Quinn soon finds herself facing Nick’s enemies.
Drama has always made her nervous and choosing to be on Nick’s side may come at a cost. But every chance she gets to spend with Nick is worth any risk. Even if it means defying her parents, and risking her life.
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I CAN HANDLE HIM is coming April 7 and it's time to meet some of the characters! Let's start with our bad-boy Nick:
Some say Nick Allen is trouble. And bad luck does seem to follow the 24-year-old. His parents were killed in a car accident, and not long ago his girlfriend died in an explosion while driving his car. He’s trying to upright his upside-down world by pouring his energy into his business. As the owner of Faze, San Antonio’s hottest new coffee house, Nick is as popular with the ladies as are the famous cinnamon rolls he serves at Faze. But he has enemies, including one who wants revenge. Luckily for Nick, two old friends—Quinn and Tory—are back in town, both eager to reconnect with him and prove to everyone that Nick isn’t trouble. But when tragedy strikes again, Nick finds himself battling for more than his reputation. He must fight to protect and win his true love.
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When it comes to food in Cory City, Virginia, Chef Nolan’s brisket is legendary. Nolan Ford is the young chef at the Seven Spoons café, a local dive filled with a colorful group of morning regulars and delicious food that melts in your mouth. Nolan’s originally from New York City, but with a famous father who is a chef and Nolan’s grades not good enough for a fancy culinary school, he’s settled into a small town to hone his skills and create his own name. Quick with his wit and resourcefulness, his adorable dimples quickly catch new resident Kendra King’s eye. Nolan and Kendra’s friendship grows and soon Kendra finds herself by Nolan’s side as they set off to discover why one of the Seven Spoons customers has become suddenly ill.
Can they figure out the mystery? Or is Chef Nolan part of the problem?
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Lauren would be buried six feet under with a broken heart if it wasn’t for Frank.
Frank Allen is Lauren’s loyal head of security, and so much more. He is her companion – never far from her side. And after book one, Plebeian Revealed, Frank is never without his weapon.
In book two, Plebeian in Danger, Frank witnesses the unthinkable, which leads to the unimaginable. He guides Lauren through the most difficult day of her life and is right by her side during one of her greatest triumphs.
But it won’t be until the third book, Plebeian Reborn, that Frank himself is tested. This physically fit, retired FBI agent with a wife and young daughter will be faced with one of his biggest professional challenges. It’s a simple task of everyday life, yet he can’t even convince Lauren to do it. Suddenly, his job is on the line. Will this be the last straw for him? And for Lauren?
My favorite spoiler-free quote from Frank in Plebeian Reborn: “Yeah…I’ve seen his moves.”
He works on the beach in a fancy, high-end resort, and he’s got something not everyone has: Andy and Lauren’s trust.
Gregory is the manager of the fictional Sand Club Resort on Clearwater Beach (the Sand Club may be fake but Clearwater Beach is a real place!) We meet him fairly early in Plebeian Revealed when his clever actions to quickly hide Lauren’s car from chasing paparazzi earn him their trust.
The Sand Club becomes a special place for Andy and Lauren and we visit the resort more than once in Plebeian Revealed. In Plebeian in Danger, the Sand Club becomes the center of epic drama and Gregory finds himself right in the middle of the action.
My favorite spoiler-free quote from Gregory: “Discretion is everything to us, Mr. Hayden.”
He’s loyal, married and he sure gets hurt often.
Ryan is Frank’s security assistant and he’s very loyal to Lauren and Andy. He appears in Plebeian Revealed just in time for the Dallas concert (and just in time for tragedy.) When we meet up with him in Plebeian In Danger, Ryan has taken on a larger role by always accompanying Andy whenever Andy travels. Ryan and Andy become quite a team. And in Plebeian In Danger, Ryan and Andy become a quite a target.
My favorite spoiler-free quote from Ryan: “You guys are tough people to work for. And I’d never want to work for anyone else.”
His sandy-brown hair is fashionably spiked and a swoon-worthy smile often spread across his tanned face. Shane Mitchell, a record company executive at Platinum Plate Records, emerges by page four in Plebeian In Danger as one of the main characters. But if you read book one, Plebeian Revealed, you would have found him throughout that book too. That is, if you looked hard enough.
Shane has been involved with the fictional band Plebeian since the beginning and is involved in several scenes in Plebeian Revealed. By Plebeian In Danger though, Shane has a new role: President of Platinum Plate Records.
He’s close to the guys in the band, and to Lauren. She trusts Shane at a time when she doesn’t trust many people. In fact, Shane is by her side when she faces her most difficult challenge to date.
As the plot of Plebeian In Danger unfolds, Shane is in the middle of all the action. We learn more about his goals, his dreams and his feelings. And if you are like my beta readers who helped proof the book: many of you will start to fall for him.
But nothing is as good as it seems. Situations become dangerous. Lauren has tough choices to make. And Shane is once again in the middle of the action as the book comes to a dramatic conclusion.
I have to admit as a writer, I started falling for Shane too. He’s funny, irresistible, rich. And while I was developing his character and this story, I changed some plot points to make things, well, interesting.
My favorite spoiler-free quote from Shane: “I carry this everywhere.”
He’s quiet and humble. And he plays the loudest instrument in the band Plebeian.
Doug Maggio is Plebeian’s drummer, and he really doesn’t say much. But when he does speak, his words are important.
In Plebeian Revealed, Doug communicates mostly through a raised eyebrow to keyboardist Michael, and then Michael gladly translates for him. But by the end of Plebeian Revealed, Doug speaks for himself in a strong moment of clarity during a bad situation.
In Plebeian in Danger (book two- coming out next week), Doug begins a transition of his own. His journey is fun to watch (well, actually, to read!) In book two, the band members of Plebeian will turn heads and look at him as he once again brings a strong moment of clarity during a bad situation.
My favorite quote from Doug in Plebeian Revealed: “Sunglasses.”
Yeah – that’s all he said. And wasn’t he right when he said it!
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