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Ugly Creek Isn’t


Those of you who read The Ugly Truth know about Ugly Creek. For those who don’t know, Ugly Creek is a tiny Tennessee town that exists somewhere between Knoxville and my imagination.

TheUglyTruth_7522_100After I wrote that book, I realized there were a lot more stories waiting to be told about the town and its inhabitants. In fact, Madison was yelling at me that she wanted her own story. So I gave it to her. The release date has come, and the second Ugly Creek story is now available exclusively for Kindle.

Here’s some info for anyone who is interested:

Ugly Creek’s residents tend to be a little, um, quirky. And then there are the unexplainable things. The unanswered questions. The creatures that may or may not exist.

In The Ugly Truth, Stephie discovers some amazing things about the odd little town and its unconventional  inhabitants. Now, in book 2, Madison tries to keep the Secrets of Ugly Creek hidden from the rest of the world.

SecretsofUglyCreek_w8314_300 (2)Here’s the short version of Secrets of Ugly Creek:

Madison Clark is a successful journalist who volunteers for an assignment in her hometown in order to protect the quirky little place from the likes of Gibson McFain. He’s a hard-line journalist and documentary maker who has made his reputation exposing secrets. Ugly Creek has more than its share of secrets, and she knows revealing them would threaten the town’s way of life.

Gibson “Mac” McFain just wants to film a documentary in the little town, but Madison wants to make sure he doesn’t find out too much. Soon problems escalate when attacks begin against Mac and his crew. Madison seems to be as shocked as he is, but he can’t take any chances she might ruin what’s left of his career.

In spite of all this, their physical attraction pulls them together—and eventually they fall in love.

Neither trusts the other, but that doesn’t change the attraction they feel. It’s only a matter of time before they act on the desire, but will that mean sleeping with the enemy?

Secrets of Ugly Creek is now available for Kindle, and will release worldwide on June 25.



Home Is Where The Story Is

TheUglyTruth_7522_300It’s no secret that I grew up in a tiny little town just south of Dayton, Tennessee. Well, for a while I did sort of keep that knowledge under my hat. I was a little embarrassed—okay more than a little. I guess I thought small Southern town made me seem a little less…something. Then I wrote a book set in a small town, I called the town Ugly Creek, and I guess I worked out some issues through Stephie. All right, I’ll admit it was more than worked out issues. I realized how much fun it was to set books in little Southern towns. After all, I knew the territory well.

I actually set my first novel, Shadows of Evil, in an area much like where I grew up. Shadows, though, mostly takes place on the mountain above the little town of Mountain Shadows. Not to mention, that town is rather spookier than where I spent my childhood. Still, it was an area I was familiar with. Lone Mountain, where Kia lives, is much like the mountain near my childhood home. That mountain is spooky, but then Shadows of Evil is a dark paranormal.

My latest novel, The Ugly Truth, is set in Ugly Creek, Tennessee. I took a lot of liberties with my hometown and other nearby towns and made up a fictional place that is the center of some very strange activity. Just how strange? Did you really expect me to reveal everything in a blog post?

The good news is that The Ugly Truth is free for Kindle until Saturday. If you think you might like reading a light paranormal about a quirky small town with quirky characters, now is the time to give it a shot.

Go forth and download. And tell me what you think!


The Ugly Truth available only in ebook from Amazon until August 16 when it will be available in electronic and paperback formats from all major book outlets.

If she can’t believe what she sees, can she believe what she feels? When photojournalist Stephie Stephanova visits Ugly Creek, Tennessee to help her best friend, Madison, she expects a boring visit. Then she snaps a photo of something she shouldn’t have seen–and falls for a man she definitely shouldn’t have.