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Blind Justice is here!

Blind Justice is out now! Tara Fujimoto has patiently waited—along with you—while four other couples found love. Now, it’s her turn.

Blind Justice book cover: shirtless man in front of eerie forest

She and Jeff Patarava might be opposites in all the obvious ways—he’s outdoorsy and is happiest in the mountains, she likes the city bustle and looking her best—but they’re a perfect match in every way that counts.

Here’s what early readers are saying:

“A suspenseful dual thread story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.” ~Cindy, on Goodreads

“An emotional rollercoaster of a story.” ~Caroline, on Amazon

“Blind Justice is another five star Men of Steele book. There is a swoon-worthy hero trying to do what’s best for those he loves and a strong heroine who is equally prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done.” ~ Nan, on Goodreads/Amazon

Want to read an excerpt or learn more? Check out the Blind Justice page.

If you're ready to start reading, get your copy in ebook or paperback from your favorite retailer today.

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Thank you for your support!

P.S. To celebrate Blind Justice’s release, the ebook of Blind Ambition (Men of Steele #2) is on sale for $1.99 through the end of the month. And Blind Fury (Men of Steele #1) is always free. If you want to go back and catch up on the series, now’s your chance.

Cover reveal! Blind Justice available for preorder now.

Tara Fujimoto's story is almost here! She's played an integral role in every Men of Steele book since she first got into trouble in Blind Fury (Book 1), so I'm excited to have found her perfect match in Jeff Patarava, a former Air Force Combat Weatherman (yes, it's a real special operations role).

He craves the outdoors. She's a hardcore city girl. Sometimes opposites attract…a killer.

And then it gets hot. 🔥

Blind Justice cover art: shirtless man in front of eerie forest with Gwen Hernandez and Blind Justice written on it.

When Tara Fujimoto’s quest to avenge her sister’s death makes her a target, a sexy security specialist steps in to watch her back, but his quiet appeal threatens her carefully guarded heart. Can she resist their lightning-hot attraction, and stay alive long enough to expose her enemy?

Former military special operator Jeff Patarava has good reasons to keep his distance from his impossibly perfect coworker, but when her life is threatened, his resolve is shot to hell. Forced into close proximity, sparks fly as he learns she’s far more than her flawless appearance suggests. Now, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her alive.

Preorder Blind Justice today from your favorite retailer!

book cover on iPad with kissing couple in background. Text: Tara Fujimoto finally meets her match. March 25th. Preorder now.

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Blind Justice cover

Blind Justice

Men of Steele, Book 5

Blind Justice cover

A sexy bodyguard. A high-maintenance city girl. Sometimes opposites attract…a killer.

When Tara Fujimoto’s quest to avenge her sister’s death makes her a target, a sexy security specialist steps in to watch her back, but his quiet appeal threatens her carefully guarded heart. Can she resist their lightning-hot attraction, and stay alive long enough to expose her enemy?

Former military special operator Jeff Patarava has good reasons to keep his distance from his impossibly perfect coworker, but when her life is threatened, his resolve is shot to hell. Forced into close proximity, sparks fly as he learns she’s far more than her flawless appearance suggests. Now, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her alive.

In ebook and paperback at: Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play | Goodreads

Fun Facts:

  • Special Operations Weather Team Airmen like Jeff Patarava are a blend of air commando and meteorologist, trained to covertly enter hostile or denied territory to assess the terrain and weather in support of other special operations teams. Pretty cool, right?
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Combat weathermen participate in training exercises. (USAF Courtesy photo)
  • Jeff's motor home is similar to the one in this stock photo.
Motorhome passing through a lakeside road with mountain in background

Not fun, but important facts:

  • Child pornography is devastating to its victims. Want to help? The Innocent Justice Foundation, lists actions steps that one can take to stop child pornography. In addition, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers tons of information on child safety, and operates a Cyber Tipline for reporting information you may have about a child being exploited online.
  • If you think someone you know is considering suicide, encourage them to get help or call a lifeline. (And if it’s you, please talk to someone in person or on the phone who can help. The world needs you.) In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press “1” to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. The Mayo Clinic has more suggestions for how to help in their article entitled “Suicide: What to do when someone is suicidal.”



“Unbutton your top a little more,” Mars said, flipping his dark blond hair out of his eyes as he adjusted a setting on an enormous camera.

Tara Fujimoto hesitated. Aided by her underdeveloped stature and a heavy hand with some black eyeliner, she had convinced him she was a naive teenager, but her reluctance was all too real.

“Do you really want to be a model?” the photographer asked with a sigh.

She nodded and forced an earnest smile. “More than anything.”

“Then trust me to know what will make you a star.” He stalked across the light-filled DC loft, his face intent. “If you’re not comfortable with your body, you’ll never make it in this industry.” Grabbing her shirt, he jerked open the remaining buttons one by one.

She gasped when his fingers brushed the tops of her breasts as he spread the cloth wide to reveal her black bra.

“Hey.” She shoved his hands away. “I can do it.” For Emily.

If this were a real photo shoot, she would walk out now. Nobody should have to put up with this predator’s shit for even a minute. But this wasn’t about Tara. It was about her sister. About revenge on the man who’d driven Emily to take her own life. About protecting other girls from this vile man who preyed on their hopes and dreams.

Unlike when Emily had been at his mercy, all Tara had to do if she needed help was utter “I want to leave,” and one of Steele’s security specialists would ride to the rescue.

Mars narrowed his blue eyes and shook his head. “With that attitude, you’re not going to get very far.” He reached forward and unbuttoned the top of her jeans and dropped the zipper.

Tara jumped back, her heart pounding for escape. “Stop.”

“Don’t be a child. This is how the industry works. If it’s not me, it’ll be someone else.” Instead of retreating, Mars backed her into the wall and caged her with his hands. “I can make or break you in this world, Tara,” he said, his voice low and husky. “You’re a pretty girl, but I can make you beautiful. Who do you think catapulted Karina Hempstead and Ivy Tanaka to stardom?” His steely blue gaze met hers as he gave her an oily smile. “Me.” He ran the tip of his finger down her sternum.

Tara steeled herself against the nausea climbing her throat.

He leaned in. “Do you know how I get a girl to look her best on film?” he asked, his breath hot on her neck.

“No.” She cringed at how weak she sounded, even if it fit the role.

He flicked open the clasp at the front of her bra, sliding it and her shirt off her shoulders before she realized what was happening.

She flinched and pushed at his chest. “Stop.”

He grabbed her wrists and pressed them to the wall, holding her hostage for his lecherous perusal far too easily. “Every woman is more beautiful after a good fucking. It’s my secret to success.”

Twisting against his hold, she aimed a knee toward his groin.

Mars laughed and easily dodged. “Ah, now you’re getting feisty.” His face darkened. “I like it.”

“I’ve changed my mind. I want to leave.”

“Come on, Tara. I’ll be good to you.” He pressed his thigh between her legs, pinning her to the wall. “You’re going to look amazing. Just surrender to the process and I promise you’ll be an even bigger star than Ivy.”

Her chest tightened. Too much could happen before Jeff intervened. She needed to get free of Mars now.

Forcing herself to relax, she widened her eyes. “Bigger than Ivy?” she asked in a breathy voice.

Mars gave her a triumphant smile, as if he’d hooked her. Is that how it had happened with the other girls? Had they given in, thinking sex with this man was a necessary evil for the career they craved, or had they fought the whole time like Emily?

Adrenaline pummeled her veins. Her stomach churned. No matter how it went down, none of them should’ve had to suffer this asshole’s revolting touch.

“Much bigger.” He leaned back and gave her a quick once-over. “Your breasts are small, but you’re not built like a boy.” He released his hold and slid his hands down her arms, his gaze following his progress.

Tara swallowed against the bile rising in her throat. Don’t panic. Jeff’s on his way. Not bothering to suppress a shiver, she waited until Mars smoothed rough fingers over her collarbone and squeezed her breasts.

Then she punched him square in the throat.

“I told you to stop, asshole.”

As Mars staggered back, his eyes and mouth open in shock, the door flew open with a bang. 

A scowling Jeff rushed in, his hands fisted, face red. “Tara?” His eyes widened at the sight of her half naked before he averted his gaze.

She crossed her arms over her chest, her left hand throbbing from the punch. Her body started to shake and she had an overwhelming sensation of falling apart, turning to rubble.

“You okay?” Jeff asked, not looking directly at her.

“Fine.” Or, she would be once she was dressed and the bastard eyeballing Jeff with a healthy and advisable dose of fear was in police custody.

“What about your hand?”

“I’m fine.” She’d ice it later.

“Turn around and take a seat,” Jeff told Mars, straightening to his full height of six-four. He wasn’t as beefy as Dan or Kurt, but his size and obvious strength could still intimidate.

Manhandling and threats were off the table—they didn’t want to give Mars’s lawyers any ammunition—but the shorter, thinner photographer must have decided he didn’t stand a chance against Jeff, because he followed orders without protest.

Grabbing her bra and shirt from the floor, Tara quickly dressed, not bothering to tuck anything in. She snagged her pea coat from the coatrack and shrugged into the thick wool, glad for the additional barrier from the men to whom she’d already bared too much.

She rummaged through her purse with trembling hands, located her cell phone, and dialed. Keeping her gaze firmly on the floor while one arm encircled her waist, she said, “Yes, I’d like to report an assault.”

Published: March 25th 2019, ISBN 978-0991607341

Previous book in the series: Running Blind ~ Next book in the series: Blind Trust

Running Blind $1.99 at Kobo/Walmart through Valentine’s Day

Running Blind in ebook is only $1.99 through Valentine’s Day at Kobo Books/Walmart Ebooks* (along with a bunch of other books). Blind Justice releases in March, so now’s your chance to get caught up on the series. 😉

Don’t have Kobo? No problem! The app is free and has a nice interface.

Haven't started the series yet? Blind Fury in ebook is always free, everywhere.

Happy reading!

*US/Canada only. Promo ends 14 Feb 2019 at 11:59EST.

Book news and a new year

Happy new year! I know, it’s a little late—and I completely blew off posting on the blog in December—but I was working feverishly to finish my manuscript and celebrating the holidays with family. Did you have a good holiday? Is 2019 treating you well so far?

We took the kids on a short cruise to Catalina and Ensenada over Christmas. I don’t cruise well, but it was a fun trip, and I enjoyed having both kids home for more than a week. My oldest is all the way in Virginia, so having them here was a special treat.

side of a cruise ship with island and boats in background
Carnival Imagination moored off Catalina Island
reindeer towel animal
The reindeer came to the ship
clear shallow water with rocks and a large white building in the background
Catalina Island Casino
mountains and boats on an ocean harbor framed by a palm tree
Avalon from the Casino on Catalina Island
man wearing cowboy hat walking with guitar in front of building with playing card murals

(If you want to see more photos of my travels, my dog, my writing, and whatever other quirky thing catches my eye along the way, the best place to follow me is Instagram.)

My big news for the new year is that I finished the first draft of Men of Steele #5 yesterday! 🥳 It took me far too long, but it feels great to reach The End. I’ll have to work on revisions soon, but I hope to have the book out in late March. I’ve been wanting to tell Tara Fujimoto’s story for ages (she played a key role in Blind Fury and a minor role in each of the other books), so I’m excited to finally give her the HEA—happy ever after—she deserves.

Keep an eye out for previews and a cover reveal. And if you’re on my newsletter list, you’ll see it all first, along with some of the best books I read in 2018. 😉

Anything exciting in the works for you this year?

Have a fabulous 2019!