Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman's life, but Shelby Coleman's was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He's a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she's on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past--both hers and Shelby's. Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn't have to faint at his feet--she's capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?
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Tess is one of my favorite characters I've written so far. I wanted her to be street smart, sassy, and fearless. Tess says what I'm not brave enough to say and does things I am not brave enough to do.
The idea for this book came from a news report I was watching during the coverage of Hurricane Ike that made landfall near Galveston, Texas. Local authorities had requested that anyone wanting to ride the storm out should write their social security number on their arm in permanent marker. And I thought to myself, "What if someone used that as an opportunity to switch identities and start a new life?" And the premise for this book was born.
Denise wrote her first story when she was in high school--seventeen hand-written pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she read. She earned a degree in accounting, giving her some nice skills to earn a little money, but her passion has always been writing. She has written numerous short stories and more than a few full-length novels. Her favorite pastimes when she's not writing are spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and scrapbooking. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and two children.
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