Many authors mention in their bios that they always wanted to be a writer. Not me. I wanted to be an astronaut. Didn’t happen due to a right brain that quakes at the sight of anything requiring math skills, not to mention a body prone to motion sickness. Oh well…some dreams just aren’t meant to be.

I got the urge to write well into my adulthood. While on a business trip, I was attacked by a rabid dream. That dream eventually became LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION, a romantic suspense that officially releases tomorrow from Dorchester Love Spell.

LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION is a story about secrets and revenge and the steps some people will go to in order to protect the former and achieve the latter. I’ve always been fascinated by both secrets and revenge. Who among us doesn’t have secrets? Who among us hasn’t harbored revenge fantasies? Is it possible to get through junior high school without a hefty dose of both? I doubt it.

Years ago I knew a woman who went to great lengths to project the ideal marriage. She constantly bragged about how much her husband loved her and what a perfect marriage they had. Then I learned the secrets behind the lies. She was carrying on an affair that he discovered by tapping his own phone. Mr. and Mrs. Perfect were anything but. Although LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION isn’t about that marriage, it got me thinking about public persona versus private reality.

I’m also fascinated by the way the “common” folk act around celebrities. In SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION the playwright John Guare called it “star f*cking,” that annoying, name-dropping habit of those who need to brag about their connection to someone famous, no matter how tenuous the link: They once shared a plane with George Clooney, or they went to the same high school as Brad Pitt, or they played tennis with Pierce Brosnan’s third cousin’s wife’s uncle’s accountant. Of course, they fail to mention that George was sitting in First Class while they were stuck in Coach or Brad graduated a decade after they attended the school. And let’s just forget about Pierce and the accountant. That’s really taking six degrees of separation a bit far, don’t you agree? However, for many people being able to show some relationship between themselves and a celebrity makes them more important, if only in their own eyes.

In LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION Logan Crawford is initially attracted to Emma Wadsworth because she doesn’t give a damn who he is. At first he’s not even sure she recognizes him, and he can’t imagine how that could be possible. After all, he was recently named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Everyone recognizes Logan Crawford, whether he wants them to or not. He’s used to a fawning public, but Emma doesn’t fawn. And that makes her both intriguing and irresistible in Logan’s eyes.

However, Emma’s the one with all the secrets. And she’s also the target of someone’s revenge. Make that two someones. In the blink of an eye she goes from being Philadelphia’s most beloved citizen to the city’s most notorious criminal. Think scandal. Think long buried secrets. Think murder. And it all starts with a spilled latte.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION and fall in love with Emma and Logan the way I did. I had a blast bringing their story to life. You can read an excerpt at my website, www.loiswinston.com . And if you hurry, you can still enter the contest I’m running to celebrate the release of LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION. Today is the last day to enter. I’ll be drawing a winner tomorrow, the official release date of the book. All you have to do is read the excerpt and answer the question on the CONTEST page < http://www.loiswinston.com/indexcontests.html > One lucky person will win a coffee themed basket, including a LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION coffee mug, gourmet coffees, chocolate, and other assorted goodies.

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Happy reading!