Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In the News. . .

Often authors grab their stories from the headlines and twist them around to create something new and fresh. But sometimes, things happen the other way around. A story is written and then we see something similar in the news. That happened to me last week.

Two unrelated news stories come together in one novel that I wrote four years ago!

If you keep up with the news you’re aware of the government spying via the NSA and data mining techniques, etc. You might have also caught the snippet of a story about someone who purchased a decommissioned missile silo from the cold war and is refurbishing it into his home.

In Disarming Andi, my hero Vance is working on a classified government project—data mining software to predict or find potential terrorists. Isn't that what the government claims to be doing now?

It just so happens that Vance is also finishing out a project to retrofit an old missile silo. This is one of my earlier books and it was great fun to write. I enjoyed learning about the missile silos, their uses--past and present--and how one would go about refurbishing them.

Also, I learned much about North Dakota’s big role in the cold war. Want to find out more?

Here is the whole blurb for Disarming Andi:

Vance inherits a missile launch site—a relic from the cold war buried beneath the plains of North Dakota. But he doesn’t consider staying in the underground dwelling until he meets Andi, the woman responsible for remodeling it into a lavish home.

Upon meeting Vance, Andi may have just gotten her second chance to discover what her grandfather hid inside the old missile base decades before when he served as a missileer. Is she prepared to detonate her growing feelings for the new owner in order to find the hidden treasure?

You can order all three of my Heartsongs sprinkled with suspense—Disarming Andi, Exposing Amber, and Praying for Rayne—packaged in North Dakota Weddings. This collection releases July 1st and you can pre-order it today for your eReader or in print. 

North Dakota Weddings:

True life threatens true love in three contemporary romances from North Dakota. Andi is remodeling a decommissioned missile site and searching for a treasure hidden within. Can she detonate her feelings for the owner when romance gets in the way? Amber is excited to be a new summer intern for the Harrington museum and Dr. Brandon Selman. It’s the opportunity she needs to determine her future, but will past secrets be her undoing? Rayne’s job designing magnificent fountains for FountainTech is a dream come true until charges of corporate espionage swirl. Is it the end of her dream. . .and love?

And as usual, I am giving away a copy! Please leave a comment about what you think is the most unusual aspect of this story along with your email address!



  1. How funny that truth is mirroring fiction this time! I think it would be truly unusual to retrofit something like a silo or a missile site and turn it into a home. Very creative plot and obviously relevant to society's issues today!
    Brittany McEuen

  2. Thanks for the comment, Brittany!

  3. I think the most unusual aspect of this story is the story itself! I had no idea any of this happened! I love history (I wanted to major in it in college but didn't!) so I love reading anything and everything on the subject! Can't wait to read your book and find out about this little known truth that I didn't know! Thanks for brining it to us!

    Valri Western

  4. I've always heard the truth is stranger than fiction. Love hearing about things that the news media usually doesn't report on...things the everyday person imagines and accomplishes. I have a letter my great,great grandmother wrote about her family and how they crossed the ocean to come to America in 1893. Fascinating. This sounds like a great book. Would love to read it.

  5. I have seen on tv where someone refurbished one of those silo's, huge and looked good. I enjoy reading books that have some truthful facts in them. will be looking for Disarming Andi...
    Paula O(

  6. I think the most unusual aspect if the software to predict terrorism, also living in the silo missile.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!