For the first thirty-one years of my life, September meant back to school—first as a student, then as a teacher. September always meant a new teacher or a new class of students. It was a time to begin again. A starting over, as it were. Learning from the past, trying something new.
We need opportunities to begin again. In my writing career, I took a chance to begin again when I self-published my out-of-print book, Switched. Definitely a challenge. My learning curve was a lot steeper that first time. After five books, the curve has flattened a little, although each time I feel like I’m starting from scratch.
A new beginning is the theme of The Chameleon, the second book in my Outer Rim series. It is a stand-alone book, as are (will be) all the books in the series, connected by location and recurring characters. In The Chameleon, the heroine is fed up with playing the role of a ditz in order to help her father. She desperately wants to run the family business. She’ll do anything to prove to him that she’s capable. The hero has his own dream and is steadily working toward the day when he can leave behind his current job to start his own business.
Two dreams, two new beginnings.
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari
Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.
Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.
In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?