​​SCRATCH LINE:  No one believes a crime ring has infiltrated the local animal shelter—Except Sarah, a wealthy young suburbanite volunteer, and Darryl, an ex-gang member working at the shelter. They separately set out to expose it...but soon find themselves in the crosshairs of something even more deadly. They'll have to trust each other to come out alive. 

Upcoming Novels: 

THE STORM SHALL PASS:  Megan, a veterinarian, secretly steals dogs from abusive owners, saving them from a fate she knows well. But the abusive owners start turning up dead, and she becomes the prime suspect. She wished her mother hadn't abandoned her, hadn't died long ago. Maybe her life would be different. Be careful what you wish for. 

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International Thriller Writers 

Mystery Writers of America,

Romance Writers of America

Sisters In Crime 

I write suspense.

 I advocate for animals.

These tend to overlap.

​​Ink & Insights Top 10 Master Winner

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Finalist - 

Unpublished Mystery/Thriller
Romance Writer's of America Finalist:  Orange Rose, Marlene, Catherine, Cleveland Rocks, Melody of Love,

and Golden Rose contests.