A Romance Writers of America® 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist.
A year ago she lost everything. Now she wants revenge…
Accused of stealing artifacts from a five hundred year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She’s concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She's finally closing in on her goal, when she's distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge.
But Lee Scott is no intern. He's looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.
As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can’t hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica’s quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.
The looting of artifacts and destruction of archaeological sites has been a big problem in Iraq and is an important storyline in CONCRETE EVIDENCE . In the summer of 2007 the Department of Defense issued another deck of playing cards to the troops, this one designed to raise the awareness of our military service men and women to the issues of cultural heritage preservation and the international laws which protect antiquities.
For example, the seven of clubs, which shows a picture of Ctesiphon Arch in Iraq says: “This site has survived seventeen centuries. Will it and others survive you?”
The Department of Defense created the Legacy Program website to educate soldiers on their responsibilities when they are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Class of younger boys in uniform at the Albuquerque Indian School. (Photo courtesy National Archives and
Another storyline in CONCRETE EVIDENCE that is currently making headlines was the U.S. Government’s practice of forcing Native American children to attend boarding schools starting in the 1870s. The purpose of these schools was to “Kill the Indian...and save the man” (Col. Richard Pratt, 1892). Intent on assimilating Native Americans, children were forcibly removed from their homes (sometimes by armed police) and sent to live in these off-reservation boarding schools.
BODY OF EVIDENCE A Romance Writers of America® 2011 and 2012 Golden Heart® Finalist.
The second book in a romantic suspense trilogy that explores the intersection of archaeology, politics, and war.
A maul found during excavation.
GRAVE DANGER A Romance Writers of America® 2008 Golden Heart® Finalist.
During the biggest excavation of her career, archaeologist Libby Maitland is harassed by a stalker who sets up a trail of evidence to make her appear incompetent. Police Chief Mark Colby can’t decide if she’s being stalked or a mental case. When Libby finds the remains of a murder victim who had been buried in the site decades before, Mark must rely on Libby’s archaeological expertise to discover what happened and why, before the killer decides to end Libby’s investigation for good.