Times change, and I could see the writing on the wall–ur, the computer screen--a year ago. E-books are outselling paperbacks. And I wanted to get into that market. I decided on two strategies. One was to find a good digital-first publisher. Because I’ve been a Harlequin author since the early 90's, I picked Carina and submitted a novella, DARK MAGIC, a medieval romantic suspense set in a fantasy world. I’m currently writing the sequel. Yikes, I’d better tell Carina the title, since they didn’t like the one I submitted. Maybe SHATTERED MAGIC?
My other approach was to work on a new romantic suspense series which I could publish myself. I started writing it last February, and I’ve finally gotten the books up. I’m launching with three stories, DARK MOON (a novel), CHAINED (a novella), and AMBUSHED (a short story).
Decorah is a detective/security/spy agency run by a tough old Navy Seal named Frank Decorah. Many of the agents he hires have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases. I’ve aimed for a combination of a powerful love story and heart-pounding suspense. Agents star in their own stories, then come back for secondary roles so readers can follow their lives. And Frank Decorah is a constant throughout the series.
DARKMOON, by Rebecca York (Light Street Press, December 2011).
Undercover on a slave ship of dark eroticism.
DARK MOON is a new book in Rebecca York’s Moon series and also the first novel in the Decorah Security series. Agents Emma Richards and werewolf Cole Marshall take on a dangerous undercover assignment, to rescue a young woman from sexual slavery on a cruise ship converted into a dark and dangerous pleasure palace. When they masquerade as lovers, the sexual attraction between Emma and Cole reaches flash point. But what will happen when Emma discovers her lover is a shape-shifter?
CHAINED, by Rebecca York (Light Street Press, December 2011).
When death is stalking, only a phantom can save her--and love her.
Fleeing to her father's abandoned Arizona ranch to hide from political assassins, Isabella Flores is attacked by a ghost haunting the property. He's Decorah Security agent Matthew Houseman, killed in the line of duty. Still, passion blooms between Isabella and Matthew, and as their relationship turns more physical, Matthew becomes more real to himself and to her. After the ranch is attacked and Matthew helps save Isabella's life, she learns a startling secret. There may be hope of bringing her ghost lover back--if she dares to risk everything.
AMBUSHED, by Rebecca York (Light Street Press, December 2011).
A Short Story
She's a target. He's her shield.
Sworn to protect federal witness Elizabeth Bannerman, Decorah Security Agent Jordan Stone fights the emotions building between them. When they're ambushed by terrorists, Jordan realizes he actually does have something left to lose--Elizabeth.
How did I come up with the name Decorah Security and the gold coin emblem?
This spring and summer, I joined the gawkers glued to a webcam trained on an eagle’s nest in Decorah, Iowa. Mom and Dad took turns sitting on their three eggs. Three baby eagles hatched and quickly grew to be juvenile eagles. It was a thrill watching the babies thrive and grow and also thrilling to watch the devotion of their parents as they cared for their young. The eagles were so inspiring that I thought Decorah would make a great name for my security agency. And the gold eagle coin honors the eagles I watched all summer.
I’d love to hear from readers. I’ll be giving away one of my Harlequin Intrigues, SOLID AS STEELE, to one of the people who leaves a comment on the blog. If you have any questions about my Decorah Security series, please ask me.
And visit my Web site at www.rebeccayork.com . If all goes as planned, I will have a brand-new one by the time this blog is published.