Valentine Month Promotion #2

There’s 1 day left for the Valentine Month Promotion #2! Thank you to everyone who has downloaded a book so far! I’m glad you participated and I hope you enjoy the books. Promotion #3 will begin on Monday, so I’ll keep you posted!

For free book details, check out, and click on the Lola Vencent and Jo Fuentes buttons in blue!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ah, February 14th. Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year…unless you’re single, which I happen to be. Now, this could be a very depressing day, or it can be a happy one, depending on how you approach it. I decided to just be good to myself. So, I treated myself to lunch. At my day job at a tuxedo shop, a client sent the female employees flowers, so I received a bouquet of roses. This weekend, I’m going to buy myself some art supplies and work on a few projects, and  spend some time at my local book store.  I’m going to use this holiday to appreciate me. After all, who can treat me better, than me?

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks.

Rock N Role Model: a snippet

I unwrapped a cherry cordial Hershey’s kiss, and popped it into my mouth, and gave a sigh of satisfaction. I love these things. They’re the perfect combination of chocolate and cherry. They have a cherry-flavored filling in the center, instead of one of those gross artificial cherries. I looked around the room at my bandmates: my husband Rob, my friends Nick and Aidan. Rob was reading the latest issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Nick was busy scribbling lyrics in a notebook, while Aidan was scrolling through something on his phone. This is our moment of Zen, before the chaos begins.

Thank You!

Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who helped make Promotion #1 for Valentine Month a success! To everyone who downloaded a free copy of one of the books, I hope you enjoy reading them, and if you like, please post a review. Thank you again!

Promotion #2 starts on Monday! I’ll keep you posted!

Valentine Promotion #1

Valentine’s Day is coming, and what better way for me to celebrate, then by giving Valentines away? Literally, giving Valentine away? February 4-8, ebook versions of Valentine, Valentine 2: The Patron Saint and Allan and Mac will be available on Amazon for FREE! The Valentine series follows Val Entienne as she tries to protect the people she loves from the mobster-run organization known as The Syndicate. Allan and Mac is the first book in it’s sister series, Valentine Apart, which gives readers a more in-depth look at some of the characters apart from Val herself. Sample chapters are available on 

If you’ve never read the series or you’re not entirely familiar with the books, this is a great time to check them out. This is the first promotion for the month of February, and there will be more to come! 



Valentine 2:

Allan and Mac:


Sample of “Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep”

Here’s a sample of one of my upcoming books, Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep,coming later this year. 🙂



Jo stood to the side of the boxing ring, watching the two young women sparring. Only one of them was wearing a pair of gloves. The other was wearing focus pads on her hands, while coaching the other woman on how and where to hit. They moved about in a circle, in the center of the ring. The trainer kept encouraging the woman to hit the focus pads harder and harder. Finally, they stopped, and took deep breaths.

“You did much better today,” the trainer said. She was a  petite Black woman with short brown hair, dressed in a pair of tights and a cut-off t-shirt, with the Pittsburgh Steelers logo on it. “Okay girl, take a break. Get some water.” The other woman nodded, and climbed out of the ring.

Jo lifted her head. “Hey, Ruthless.”

The trainer looked over at her in wide-eyed surprise. She approached Jo’s side of the ring, and cocked her head to one side. “Fuentes?” she said. She removed the focus pads and let them drop onto the floor of the ring. “Jo Fuentes. Well, I’ll be damned. What are you doing here?”

“Ruthless Ruthie Henshaw,” Jo said. “I’m here to see you.”

Ruthie climbed down from the ring. When she stood in front of Jo, Jo was suddenly reminded of just how short she was, compared to herself. “Damn, you’re short.”

Ruthie smirked at her. “Everybody’s short next to you, you freak’n Amazon,” she said. “So, what are you doing here? I get the feeling this isn’t a social call.”

Jo shrugged. “You always had good instincts,” she said. “I came to check on you. Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m good,” Ruthie said. “I’ve been working at this gym for about two years now. The Corps let me go, and I needed to do something, so I came here.”

“Yeah, they let me go, too,” Jo said.

“So, what are you doing now?” Ruthie asked.

I guess you can say, I’m doing what they trained me to do,” Jo said.

Ruthie stared at her for a moment. “What do you mean?”

Jo looked around before she answered her. The other people in the gym seemed occupied with their own activities: jumping rope, sparring with one another, lifting weights, etc. Jo leaned forward slightly, and said, “You know. Our training?”

Ruthie shook her head curiously. “Our Marine training?”

Jo sighed softly and shook her head. “The other training.”

Ruthie’s shoulders seemed to stiffen. “I try not to think about that,” she said, in a low voice.

“But you do remember?” Jo whispered.

Ruthie looked around, then gestured for Jo o follow her. They walked off of the floor down a hallway, and into a cramped office on the right. Once inside, Ruthie closed the door. “I don’t think about any of that,” she said. “I don’t talk about it, either. I don’t want any trouble.”

“Ruthie, they did something to us,” Jo said. “They trained us to be assassins, then must have tried to erase our memories. But I remembered some of it. In fact, I used what I learned to kill eight men in under sixty seconds in Iraq.”

Ruthie took a step back. “After the training?”

“After they tried to erase my memory,” Jo said. “But they didn’t get rid of everything. I can still remember being in a classroom with you and other soldiers. I can remember being trained to do some pretty horrible things.”

“What brought you here, Jo?” Ruthie asked. 

“I need answers,” Jo said. “And someone doesn’t want me or anyone else from our class to remember anything.”

“I’ve been trying to keep things quiet,” Ruthie said. “But the truth is, I remember all of it. I woke up one morning, and came in here to work. While I was training this guy in the ring, I started having flashbacks. Hand to hand combat training. I had to stop, and step out of the ring, because I suddenly realized, I could have killed the guy I was training. I mean, I knew how to.I could have killed him with my bare hands, and that scared me.”

Jo sighed heavily. “You’ve got to watch your back,” she said. “If they’re keeping an eye on me, they’re gonna keep one on you, too.”

Celebrating the Valentine Series in February

With February only hours away, what better time to celebrate the Valentine Series than during the month that also celebrates Valentine’s Day? The series is made up of five books, and a secondary series, Valentine Apart, which currently contains four books (I’m working on the fifth book). February will be all about Valentine: the books, the characters, plus updates on the upcoming Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep, and the next Valentine series, Valentine R. And I may throw in a few discounts on books, too!