Grounds for Murder

Book News!

I’m excited to tell you that my debut mystery novel series has been acquired by Crooked Lane Books! A huge thank you to my agent, Amanda Leuck, who believed in me.

GROUNDS FOR MURDER is the first book in the Coffee Shop Mystery Series. It’s about a laid off Florida journalist who returns home to Devil’s Beach, a quirky Florida island, to run her family’s cafe. Murders, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and an irresistible police chief all add to the excitement.

I’m writing under the name Tara Lush to separate the murder mysteries from the kissing books. There is a romance in my mystery series, but it’s a *very* slow burn.

As far as my romance, I’m putting everything I’ve written on Wattpad. I also have an exclusive duet on Radish and a handful of Audible audiobooks — and the Paradise Beach books are on Amazon. I’ll never say never, but I won’t be indie publishing romance in the immediate future.  I’ll probably write more romance on Wattpad and Radish for fun because I adore the genre. I think those sites are the best fit for my work. But most of my time going forward will be spent on mystery novels.

I started writing romance almost six years ago. It was a different time, and I was a different person. Increasingly, the happy-ever-after I want to read and write involves justice, not love.

There’s a long tradition of Florida journalists who write crime fiction, and I’m humbled to join the ranks. I can’t wait to introduce you to my cozy mystery world! Stay tuned for more…