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playlist-barrygruff-1My frustrated DJ is emerging and as I’ve done with my last few books, I’ve created a playlist for my heroine Olivia Shaw from DECEPTIVE PRACTICES.  Olivia’s playlist is pretty dark as she’s a woman under the gun, not surprising considering her clear and present danger. This mix tape is the kind of thing Roy at Infidelity Limited would send her just to unsettle her that little bit more.

If you’ve read the book, these songs will make a lot of sense and if you haven’t, it should give you an inkling as to what to expect.

So here’s what’s on her playlist:

1.       Dangerous woman” –  Ariana Grande

2.       Grounds for divorce” – Elbow

3.       How we operate” – Gomez

4.       Cheating” –   John Newman

5.       Pound Of Flesh Regina Spektor.

6.       Band of goldFreda Payne

7.       GamblerKenny Rogers

8.       Baby did a bad bad thingChris Issak

9.       ShakedownELO

10.   Fire– The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

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Wood-DeceptivePractices-21703-CV-FT-C3r5I am happy to announce that my new thriller DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is here to deceive you because it is launch day!!!!  The back jacket blurb goes a little like this:

“Do you have a cheating spouse?  Has counseling failed?  Want to get even with them?  Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson…

“Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate practice and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight.

“Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in,  she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.”

DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is the fourth and final book in the BAY AREA QUARTET. It’s a series based on location and DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is the East Bay installment.


It’s available in paperback, as an eBook, on CD and as an audio download.  I hope you like it and please, please, please, spread the word by sharing this post and annoying family, friends and strangers.  Word of mouth is everything. World domination can’t happen without you!!  So please join in and do you bit.  🙂

Thanks for listening.


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DECEPTIVE PRACTICES comes out November 15. Not only is it a new book but it’s also the fourth and final installment of the Bay Area Quartet. The series wasn’t linked by character but by location. I wanted to explore my environment so I broke the Bay Area into four sections and put a book there. DECEPTIVE PRACTICES explores the East Bay (my neck of the woods). The other books in the series being PAYING THE PIPER (San Francisco), WE ALL FALL DOWN (Marin County) and TERMINATED (Alameda).

I hope you’ll check out DECEPTIVE PRACTICES and the other books in the series.

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I crossed a very special milestone last week.  I’ve sold 1,000,000 books since 2011!!  Nothing quiet feels like selling your first million copies.

Actually I crossed this milestone about a year ago, but that number included a sales promotion.  I wanted this milestone to be indisputable.  To ensure that I’ve crossed the million mark, I haven’t included the promotional sales and sales where I don’t have the royalty statements or the royalty statements were a bit fuzzy.  Excluding sales from all these books is quite a tidy figure so I can categorically say without a shadow of a doubt I have sold one million books.

I am proud and a humbled by this achievement.  It seems crazy to be able to say this.  So if you are partly responsible for this having bought a book of mine, I am forever in your debt.  Thank you.

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Labor Day denotes a very special anniversary as I became a full time writer on Labor Day.  This was more by circumstance than design, but it’s a cool slice of happenstance.  So as of today, I have been a full time writer for nine years, which makes this the second longest full time job I’ve ever held.  I suppose it’s okay to put that on my resume.Writer_banner-630x630

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Wood-DeceptivePractices-21703-CV-FT-C3r5It’s cover reveal time!!! 

I can now tell all about my next book DECEPTIVE PRACTICES.  Here’s the storyline…

“Do you have a cheating spouse? Has counseling failed? Want to get even? Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson.”

I hope that’s a suitable tease.  The book will be released on November 15th and will be available in paperback, as an ebook and on audio.  Learn more and read an excerpt here!

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birthdayToday, I’ve come of age…kinda…I moved to the US 18years ago today. Time has flown. It truly seems like only a couple of years.

I came here knowing only one person so thanks to everyone who made me very welcome over the years.

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WasSieNichtToetetWas Sie Nicht Tötet (aka WHAT DIDN’T KILL HER) the German edition of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is released today, continuing translation train for this book.  This is my fourth German book so I’m interested in seeing their reception to this book.  So if you’re German or a German speaker or know someone German, I hope you’ll give this book a shot.  😀

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