New Release: Burden of Proof

I’m happy to announce my newest release, BURDEN OF PROOF.

After years of working in the criminal justice field, I thought it was time to show the world the strength that makes up paralegals and created this story with them in mind.

Over the years, I worked with some great attorneys, officers and other paralegals. They helped me to grow as an individual, and I wouldn’t be the author and person I am today without having experienced this criminal justice world.

Justice is blind, but she isn’t.

This paralegal will risk everything to find the truth to save a 13 year old client charged with murder, even if it means facing down the killer herself. BURDEN OF PROOF is a story you don’t want to miss.

Friday the 13th

Although for many the thought of Friday the 13th brings to mind that of a serial killer wielding a hockey mask (talk about branding there), for others this day, often considered unlucky, is the day when innocent animals are tortured due to their coloring, and sacrificed on homemade altars.

For me, well, this day is another one that I look forward to. It’s not a holiday, per se, but it is a day when we enjoy darker themes in fiction, movies, and multimedia. I’d even say that it is a day when we embrace the darkness (but those  who trade in stocks might just notice a lower yield, which is known as the Friday the 13th Effect).

But what about the history of this day? Why are we so superstitious?

I scoured the internet to find the origins, and found three interesting sites for you to check out.

  • According to Snopes: „The reasons why Friday came to be regarded as a day of bad luck have been obscured by the mists of time — some of the more common theories link it to a significant event in Christian tradition said to have taken place on Friday, such as the Crucifixion, Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the beginning of the Great Flood, or the confusion at the Tower of Babel.“
  • Continuing on that note, the National Geographer makes a point that it could lie with an ingrain fear of the number 13, called  triskaidekaphobia, And in reference to said number, „The taboo against the number 13 spread with Christianity and into non-Christian areas, noted Phillips Stevens, Jr., an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Buffalo in New York.“It became extremely widespread through the Euro-American world, embedded in culture, [and] extremely persistent,“ he said.
  • On the DeutscheWelle site, they have a great article that provides a little more reasoning behind this. The fear of the number 13 has spawned many things including the missing 13th floors in hotels, the 13 Club (where if 13 are together no one can die), the Norse Myth of Loki, to even changing language to depict the madness that the number 13 can bring with it (for example, the German expression, Jetzt schlägt’s dreizehn — which means now the 13th hour has come,“ refers to something surprising or maddening.)

I learn something new everyday! So, happy to share all of this. Well, for me, I choose to embrace the 13th (and I just might have to adopt the German expression).

If you’re looking for something to read, feel free to check out these new mysteries.

New Release: Sticks & Stones

If you’ve noticed the increase in stories coming out, well you are not mistaken. I am happy to announce the release of the first book in The Det. Damien Scott Case Files, called Sticks & Stones.

From my days as a paralegal, I always found certain cases interesting. Researching case law, and discovering the difference facts around crime has always been fascinating.

This is the first in my serial series, which is a  police procedural. I hope you will join me on this journey and together we’ll keep the stories coming!

Here is the blurb for Sticks & Stones:

For GRPD homicide detective Damien Scott, the burnt out car at the Chimborazo Park is more than just another case. The victim’s been located in the trunk, a silent scream still evident on his face. Now, Scott has to use all the tools at his disposal to catch a killer, even if the clues are taking him right to the home of a powerful politician. Time is ticking on solving this murder, for the longer it takes to connect the dots, then the more likelihood that the killer will escape justice. Scott will have to risk it all or face the fallout for failure.

Grab your copy now:

New Release: When the Devil Takes Hold

Welcome to 2017! I’m excited to see what this year has in store … and I can’t wait to share all that I’ve been working on. That being said, I am happy to share with you news of my latest release, When the Devil Takes Hold.

This story is the result of many readers asking for a zombie inspired mystery, and being that I wanted to twist things up, well, I set it for Christmas time. The December holiday season needs some zombies too, right?

Here’s the blurb:

‚Tis the season to … stay alive.

Suzy’s been hired to work the holiday party. Christmas lights twinkle, and being able to help her sister, Quinn, is a bonus. Their relationship has been rocky over the years. This could be the holiday to bring them back together.

But when the party turns into a real life horror experience, Suzy and her group of friends must find a way to escape the ravenous party’s zombie-like behaving guests. The house is on lockdown, no way in or out until the doors open again at sunrise. Things are not always as they seem, and the question isn’t how to escape, but how to survive.

This murder-mystery will keep you guessing until the end.

Within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be launching my Det. Damien Scott serial, and am looking forward to solving cases and revealing him to the world.

Until then, I hope you will give When the Devil Takes Hold a look!

Again, Happy NEW YEAR!

Tina