I'm so excited to reveal the new cover for Eagle Cove, designed by Ann McMan She is an award-winning author and cover designer and I am so lucky she graciously agreed to design the cover for Eagle Cove. She will be designing the covers for all the books in the series. So stay tuned for more cover reveals in the future.
Eagle Cove will be available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com beginning May 15, 2016. It will go on sale worldwide in both paperback and kindle on June 11, 2016. It will also be available to read for free with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited.
Here's an excerpt to read while you wait for the release.
Thalia sits down at her desk and logs into her computer. Her first task for the morning is to call her friend, Dr. Lauren Masters, in Lexington and talk to her about seeing Sammy.
"Dr. Masters' office, how may I help you?"
"Hi, Shirley. It's Thalia Chase. Is Lauren available?"
"Oh hello, Thalia. Yes, she's available. I'll put you through."
"Hey there. It's been a while. What's up?"
"Am I speaking to Dr. Lauren Masters, the famous radio psychologist of Lexington, Kentucky?"
"Oh, stop it. You're just jealous."
"You've got that right. Being famous has to be good for your love life."
"You know I'm happily married."
"Yes, I do. And that's precisely why all that fame is wasted on you. I'd put it to much better use."
"I'm sure you would. But you didn't call to tease about my radio show."
"True. I couldn't resist. I have a friend in need of a therapist, and I think you'd be a good fit for her. Do you have room in your schedule to take on a new client?"
"Yes, I can fit her in. Can you give me an idea what's going on with her?"
"Well, without betraying her confidence, she had an experience when she was younger that's having an impact on her life in the present."
"I should be able to take her on as a new client. Give her my number and we'll get started as soon as possible."
"Thanks, Lauren. I owe you. If you ever need someone to sub for you on that radio show, I'd be happy to help."
"I'm sure you would. I'll keep that in mind. Take care."
"You too, bye."
Relieved that Lauren has an opening for Sammy, she sends her an email with Lauren's information.
With Sammy squared away, her thoughts turn to the woman she saw at the raft-up.
Long, straight, chestnut hair flows down her back nearly to her waist. Olive skin, begging to be caressed. And those eyes. My God, those brown eyes with little gold flecks sparkling just for me. She looks right into my soul. I have to talk to Janice about her. Geez, snap out of it, Thalia! She's not the first or last beautiful woman you'll see.
Thalia is startled out of her musings by the sound of a new chat message. Amara Liakos has arrived.
Thalia opens the door to her office. As soon as her eyes focus on her new client, she loses her balance and nearly falls to the floor. She grabs at the door handle to catch herself from falling, and accidentally slams the door shut, making a terrible noise and an embarrassing spectacle of herself.
What the hell?
René, startled by the loud noise, rushes into Thalia's office, with Amara following close behind, to make sure she's okay.
"Is everything all right? What happened?"
"I don't know. I lost my balance, and when I grabbed the door for support, I stumbled backward taking the door with me. I'm sorry I made such a racket."
"Are you sure you're all right? Did you have breakfast this morning? Maybe your sugar is low? Let me get you some orange juice out of the refrigerator."
"No, no, I'm fine really. Stop fussing over me. I ate breakfast. My sugar is fine. I'm just clumsy."
Thalia and René turn to find Amara standing in the doorway, a concerned look on her face.
"Amara, I'm so sorry. I promise I'm not usually such a klutz. Please come in and have a seat. Can I get you anything to drink?"
René walks out of the office closing the door behind her. Thalia hears her snicker on the way out.
"No, I'm fine. Thank you."
Thalia motions for Amara to sit and she takes a seat in her usual spot, shaking off the embarrassment.
"As I understand it, you're here on behalf of a friend who is having difficulty with erectile dysfunction. I must tell you I don't see how counseling you in therapy is going to have any effect on your friend's condition. Perhaps you can enlighten me."
Amara crosses her legs and folds her hands over her knees.
"Are you not going to mention seeing me at the raft-up?"
Thalia squirms and wiggles in her chair trying to find a more comfortable position. The discomfort is not coming from the chair.
"The raft-up. You were on the Achilles Heal with your friends. One of them was in the hot tub making 'friends'," Amara says with air quotes, "with one of my employees."
Thalia is at a loss for words. What a freakin' mess. Not only did I make a fool out of myself here in the office, she remembers me making a fool out of myself on the houseboat as well. And the icing on the cake, Janice seduced one of her employees.
"I'm sorry. You've taken me a bit off kilter here. You said my friend, Janice by the way, was making friends with one of your employees? What do you do?"
"My family has a horse farm just south of Lexington. It's been in the family for several generations. My grandfather ran the business until about three years ago when he retired and turned it over to me. My father wasn't interested in horses. He's a podiatrist."
"Ahh, that explains the clever houseboat name. It caught my eye." But I'm not going to admit here in my office that you caught my eye as well.
"Yes, he gets a lot of compliments on the name."
"So if you run a horse farm in Lexington, why come all the way to Somerset to see a therapist?"
"First, I'm not in need of a therapist, at least not directly. My friend, actually my brother-in-law, needs the help. And second, during the season I live on the Achilles Heal. So seeing a therapist in Somerset this time of year is more convenient."
"You said you don't directly need therapy. Can you explain how you indirectly need therapy?"
"My brother, Angelos, and his husband Nikolas want to have a baby. I agreed to have the baby with Nikolas and Angelos will adopt him or her. Unfortunately, Nikolas doesn't want his child created 'in a test tube', as he puts it. He wants to get me pregnant the traditional way."
Thalia clears her throat. "I can see how this presents a challenge. And your brother is okay with the logistics?"
"My brother prefers the 'test tube' method. Not so much because he takes issue with his husband having sex with his sister, but because he, rightly so apparently, thinks it has a better chance of success. But he loves Nikolas, and he wants to make him happy, and he wants to have a child with him, so he's on board."
"And how do you feel about the logistics? Do you have a spouse or partner to consult?"
"Is that you're way of asking if I'm single?"
Thalia feels the flames shooting out of the top of her head. God, could I get any less professional with her? "Umm, no, sorry. I'm just trying to make sure I understand all of the players and all of the obstacles."
"There are several, yes. But no, I don't have either a wife or a girlfriend at the moment. We're just trying to make a baby by putting a gay man and lesbian into bed and hope the hell all the equipment works, and we can figure out how to get the deed accomplished with the least amount of suffering and humiliation. Great plan, huh?"
Thalia laughs. "You took the words right out of my mouth. Do you think you can get Nikolas in here with you? Surely he knows no actual test tube is involved. It's just the more traditional turkey baster or the clinical insemination. Perhaps if I explain the mechanics, he may be open to a plan with a greater chance of success?"
"I've tried to get through to him without success. I run a horse farm for heaven's sake. Breeding is a big part of the job!"
Thalia roars with laughter. "I wasn't expecting that angle."
"Yes, I know it is. But did the argument work on Nikolas?"
"Too bad. I think it's rather compelling." Thalia can't help but smirk in amusement at Amara's demeanor and self-confidence. "Do you think you can get Nikolas in here with you? If not, I don't think I can help you."
"Yes, I think I can. Having this baby is important to Angelos and Nikolas. Can I make an appointment for the same time next week and I'll call and cancel or reschedule if I can't get him to come or we need a different time?"
"Yes." Thalia tries not to sound too eager at the prospect of seeing Amara again. "Set it up with René on your way out and I'll see you next week."