Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

 Discovering long lost relatives can be a real nightmare.
Do you know who or what you’re related to?
Jaden Lisette never imagined she might not live to see her sixteenth birthday, or that befriending reclusive triplets and a mentally challenged man could be her only chance of survival. Days after coming to Louisiana, Jaden falls for eighteen-year-old Briz Nolan. Then she falls into a living nightmare when she discovers aside of her family that she never knew existed. Once she uncovers her family's deadly secret, Jaden is forced into a world she could only imagine in horror movies.
There's nowhere to run. 

Author Interview

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate would not exist if my partner Steven Smeltzer hadn’t created the strange looking sculptures that eventually became the Mal Rous in my novel. The day I was photographing the sculptures the story came to life in my head, and I couldn’t make it go away; finally surrendering to their voices I began the journey of writing my first novel.

I found the entire process of writing the book to be a fabulous learning process—well worth the highs and lows, the frustrating times, and of course the joy of completing book one. 
People have asked me about the book’s cover. The flower is an Angle Trumpet, a.k.a.Datura, and the insect is a damselfly. If you have read the book it will make sense toyou—in case you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to give anything away, but there is a character in the story called Datura, and another character that identifies with the damselfly. 

I’d say the triplets are my favorite characters in the book. Their backstory is alive andwell in my mind, and I plan on one day writing a novella about the three women, so everyone else that is intrigued by them will know their story. But first on my list is finishing up the sequel to Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate.


What Jaden knew for certain:

1. Buried family secrets can be deadly when uncovered.

The hairs on Jaden's arms rose as she saw the jug's strange contents slowly unfold. Tiny limbs stretched, bony fingers moved the ceramic shards off a distorted face, and citrine- colored eyes sprang open. Jaden's body went rigid. She sucked in a ragged breath as wiry tendrils lashed out from the malformed thing and plunged their sharp tips into Jaden's ankle.

2. She wanted Briz.

The innocent girl Jaden had been earlier today, trembling from her first kiss, was nowhere to be found. Now she wasn't feeling the least bit pure or virtuous. Taking hold of Briz's shoulders, Jaden drew him closer, letting her lips fondle his. This time he didn't stop her.

 3. The American poet E.E. Cummings was right.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.


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