Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Cover of My New Thriller!
I’m so delighted to share the cover of my next psychological thriller, BETWEEN TWO STRANGERS, which comes out on May 16. I absolutely love this book and I hope you will, too. It’s about a struggling artist, Skyler Moore, who receives a bewilderingly large, life-changing inheritance from a man named Christopher Whaley, who she spent a single night with twelve years ago–and she has no idea why.
As Skyler digs for the truth, overwhelmed with a desire to understand Whaley’s motivation, it becomes clear that he might have taken other secrets to the grave, ones that could have terrifying consequences for her.
Wishing You a Fabulous New Year!
I’m at our home in Uruguay, where I love to come each winter with my husband, and thanks to the lovely weather and tranquil vibe, I’m getting a ton of writing done on my thriller for 2024. My daughter Hayley just left after a week’s visit, and it’s always so nice to share Uruguay with my kids.
I hope your year is starting off really well, and you’re not dealing with any serious weather issues.
What I’m Reading/Watching
A Flicker in the Dark
By Stacy Willingham
I was in desperate need of a new thriller over the holidays and after seeing this book referenced a couple of times, I downloaded it on my Kindle. I had fun tearing through it over the course of several nights. If you like your thrillers to be somewhat realistic (which mostly I do), this probably isn’t for you, but if you prefer when things defy the laws of probability yet make your pulse race, you’ll probably find it unputdownable.
Amazon Prime Rental
In my late 20’s, I had the divine pleasure of interviewing actor William Hurt for my job as a magazine editor. God, he was stunning looking. When my daughter Hayley was in Uruguay last week, the two of us did a Bill Hurt film festival just for the fun of it (and the joy of watching that face!) and I got to introduce her to a favorite of mine, “Body Heat” (1981). Yes, the content is a bit dated, but it’s also still intoxicating, and Kathleen Turner is great in it, too. After I’ve run through all the current thrillers being streamed, I find it nice to go back and watch a classic. You, too? Best line from the movie: “You’re not too smart; I like that in a man.”
What I’m Making
I love roast chicken, but I suck at carving, so sometimes I pick up bone-in chicken breasts to roast instead, like I did for New Year’s Eve. The only problem is they just aren’t very flavorful. But this time they were a triumph because Jakob White, my nephew who happens to be a fabulous chef told me that I needed to brine the chicken pieces first, and he sent me a link to an easy brine to whip up the day before.
Then I tried a trick I’ve seen used by my French friend Yvon, who grew up on a farm in Brittany. I coated the chicken breasts with olive oil (along with salt and pepper), added garlic cloves and slivers of yellow onion to the pan, and basted the heck out of those pieces every 15 minutes (I cooked it at about 375). The flavor was excellent and so was the intense au jus, which Yvon always serves with the dish. By the time I took a photo of the platter, it had already been mobbed, but you can see what I mean about the sauce!