The Road to 10-Code

Reblogged from Bad Luck Detective (my police blog)

10codeThese past few years have been difficult when it came to writing non-fiction police books and blog posts. I spent six of my eight years with the Small Town Police Department as lead detective in Sex Crime and Homicide cases. I can easily look back on those first two years in law enforcement and smile.

After the first two, the reasons to smile faded and many of my cases were heartbreaking and tragic. In the bigger picture, I had a fear that if victims knew I wrote non-fiction police stories about my adventures as an officer, they would stop trusting me.

A victim in one of my cases asked me about my writing one day. I managed to keep my author identity fairly quiet but somehow she heard. I gave her the Bad Luck Blog information so she could visit my blog and see the people and stories I wrote about.

Her wonderful response emphasized the need to keep my detective cases private.

Chief Scott Silverii approached me months ago and asked me to join the 10-Code project—ten fictions stories, written by cops, honoring fallen officers. All proceeds will go to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. I was extremely honored to take part in Scott’s incredible endeavor.

Today, 10-Code is available at major online retailers. Below you will find the buy links. If you’ve pre-ordered, I hope you are sinking your teeth into this awesome book. If you didn’t pre-order you need to download your copy now. Please, it’s only $2.99 and ALL proceeds go straight to NLEOMF!

My story, The Forever Team, is dedicated to my police academy friend Philip Rodriguez. I miss him and his smile so much. Writing each word brought him up front and center in my thoughts. I try not to be sad but his loss had a profound effect on so many. Once a year, I visit the Officer Down Memorial Page and read the newest comments on Philip’s page. I’ve left several of my own but this time I couldn’t. Philip’s dad had the top post and it needed to stay there.

Here is the poem to Philip from his father.

I only have a picture now,

A frozen piece of time,
To remind me of how it was,
When you were here, and mine.

I see your smiling eyes,
Each morning when I wake,
I talk to you, and place a kiss,
Upon your lovely face.

How much I miss you being here,
I really can not say,
The ache is deep inside my heart,
And never goes away.

I hear it mentioned often,
That time will heal the pain,
But if I’m being honest,
I hope it will remain.

I need to feel you constantly,
To get me through the day,
I loved you so very much,
Why did you go away?

The angels came and took you,
That really wasn’t fair,
They took my one and only Son,
My future life. My heir.

If only they had asked me,
If I would take your place,
I would have done so willingly,
Leaving you this world to grace.

You should have had so many years,
To watch your life unfold,
And in the mist of this,
Watch me, your Mum grow old!

I hope you’re watching from above,
At the daily tasks I do,
And let there be no doubt at all,
I really do love you.

DAD
May 5, 2014

Each story in 10-Code is dedicated to an officer who changed our lives and lost their own. Thank you Philip for making mine better.

Suzie/Holly/D’Elen

Buy your copy of 10-Code at the following retailers:

Amazon

iTunes

B&N

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Pre-Order “Slam”

slam 1 500Slam is now available on Amazon for pre-order. Reserve you copy here. It releases January 27th 2015. I’m including the blurb below. If you want a bigger teaser sign up for my newsletter :-) I’m excited to get this book out the door. It’s due to my editor on Jan. 1.

We have recently moved to a new city and settled in quite nicely. I don’t remember buying and selling a home being quite so stressful but we survived. I love my new office and it’s been great as I get back into the writing groove.

I wish all of you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest Holidays ever. I have lots of new projects planned for the New Year. You’ll hear more about them here and in my newsletter.

Kisses and hugs,

Holly/D’Elen with a little Suzie thrown in!

Slam Blurb:

tennis racquet 1Olivia Stradmore, daughter to Senator Jonathan Stradmore, has one goal in life—win her fifth grand slam tennis title in as many years.

Olivia doesn’t have time for problems with a stalker who disapproves of her less than modest life choices. She enjoys the occasional tennis pro in bed, short skirts, and the chance to allow her wild side out.

Her dreams take a turn when her stalker, known only as Ty, runs over her with a van and puts her in the hospital. Ty will stop at nothing to possess what he covets.

Enter bodyguard Brack Jacobs—hair too long, attitude too uptight, and body too damn hot.

Brack has a job to do and sleeping with a target is not in the target’s best interest. Doesn’t matter that Olivia is sexy as hell and bent on adding a notch to her bedpost with Brack’s name on it.

Life is not as straightforward as it seems and deadly consequences await them both.

Can Olivia change Brack’s mind and turn a spark of desire into a raging inferno? Will Brack survive the flames or would slam, bam, thank you ma’am be his safest bet?

– A Completion Sports Book. Expect erotic sex, an alpha male, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

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Out of the Closet into the Fire

naked man1Due to my career as a police officer (recently retired), I kept my erotic writing a secret. I live in a small conservative town and to top things off, my husband works for the school district. All were a combination for disaster.

When “Play” the first book in the Completion series hit the USA Today Best-Seller list, I wanted nothing more than to scream my success from my front living room window.

I didn’t.

But unable to hold back my excitement, I called family and friends and told them the great news. After the final phone call, my heartbeat continued its fast pace as I sat back in my comfy chair and prepared to announce the news to my friends on Facebook and Twitter.

I carefully keep my private life and real name hidden, spending most of my social media time as my alter egos Holly S. Roberts and D’Elen McClain. My daughters follow my pen names along with a few close friends but the small town citizens remain peacefully unaware.

Or, at least they did until my youngest daughter, unable to hold her pride for her mother in check, copied the USA Today link and posted it to her Facebook account with the words, “My mother made the USA Today Best-Seller list.” She attended high school here and her friends all know me.

My secret was out and for several minutes, I sat in stunned silence. After a few deep breaths a feeling of relief came over me and I began laughing. It was time to throw open that window. I posted my own link to my personal Facebook account and prepared for the fallout. Informing my husband of my success (he never answered his work phone so he was the last to know) and then giving him the news that I was no longer in the erotic closet, couldn’t have gone sweeter.

DH (huge grin on his face) – “You mean they could fire me tomorrow?”

We both laughed. The following day, a teacher came up to him and asked why he hadn’t quit his job with all the money I was raking in. His reply… “I’m waiting for someone to piss me off and then I will.”

Teacher (after laughing with delight) – “So she writes books like Fifty Shades of Grey?” she whispered.

DH – “No dirtier,” he whispered back.

Really he didn’t know that “Play” is not dirtier (he doesn’t read romance) though a few books I’ve written give FSOG a run for the smut. I truly love this man who supports me whether I say, “I know I’m forty-five years old but I want to go to the police academy and become a cop,” or “I really want to write erotic romance because I love reading it and it sells.” He gets me.

I guess the moral of my story is that my porn star legendary writing was short-lived here. I wasn’t as important as I thought and my husband, much to his disappointment, didn’t lose his job. I don’t notice side whispers when I go out in public and the women don’t shun me.

I love erotic romance, I will continue to read and write it, and I’d like to see more writers stand up and shout out their hidden names. But every closet is different, I just know from experience that the flame is not as hot as I feared.

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Exciting Fang News

DM-Fchron-Ivan-432x648I’m very excited to announce  Fang Chronicles: Ivan is now available for pre-order.

If you haven’t read a Fang book, no worries. I tested this installment on an unsuspecting reader and she loved it without having read the prior books.

October 10th is the release day for Ivan.

 

Update: Releasing on Sept. 30th, ten days early!

I’m still working on it, though now, I have a strict deadline for the polished product. My home will be a calmer place when I achieve my goal. I get testy when I’m at the end of the book writing process. My husband would use a different word but we’re not asking him.

Pre-order Buy Links (You are not charged until release day)

iBooks * Amazon * Smashwords * B&N * Kobo

Enjoy this wicked teaser!

Ivan meme 2

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USA Today Bestseller “PLAY”

USA today play screenYesterday may have been one of my most exciting days as an author. My book Play written under my Holly S. Roberts pseudonym made the USA Today Best Seller List!

This is something most authors only dream about and I’ve been dreaming about it for years. Someone please pinch me because I don’t plan on waking up.

“Play” was special to me from conception. It’s the first time I used my husband for research. I live with the Wikipedia of football. From playing to coaching to gluing himself in front of the TV, the man has football on the brain. I am the true definition of a football widow which made him invaluable in writing Play.

We sat for countless hours in our hot tub discussing football… what if a player intentionally made a late tackle on the quarterback and another player retaliated? Would someone be thrown out of the game? Would there be an imposed monetary penalty? What would happen in this situation or that one. My DH was so helpful. I would love to say he didn’t laugh at me a time or two but that would be lying. He moaned (and not in the way you think) at a few of the situations I described.

So what changes when you make the USA Today Bestselling List? Actually, I have no idea. I do know I get to place a nice tag line on all my books:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

I also get to dream bigger. New York Times here I come!

Buy Links:  iBooks * Amazon * B&N * Smashwords * ARE * Kobo * paperback

P.S. You will notice the new tag line on my blog header very soon too!

 

 

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Home Of All Things Wicked

Holly Roberts Small picA note from D’Elen aka Holly

I’ve combined my three blogs into this central blog, Wicked Story Telling. Hopefully it will make following the happenings in my writing chronicles a little easier. I will continue to put out a newsletter (sign up here) every month or so.

Having a central blog has been on my list of items to take care of for awhile. Unfortunately the list only grows longer but such is life.

My previous blogs will remain active but I will no longer post updates. They contain older stories from back when I wrote to myself because I didn’t think anyone was listening. I’ve come a long way in four years. The journey has been exciting, educational, and filled with new friends who actually read my work. No author could ask for more.

If you click on the CONTACT page you will find my social media links if you wish to stalk me across the web.

 

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