Banished from Chicago by her parents because of her scandalous behavior, Eliza now resides with an elderly aunt in the tiny town of Canaple. Eliza’s chief respite from the boredom of small-town life is the occasional tryst with whichever man catches her fancy.

Aníbal is a sophisticated young architect with a rising international reputation, who has been contracted by the Canaple town leaders to design their new library. Travel-loving Aníbal seizes the excuse to go west but soon finds himself overwhelmed by the scrutiny of curious townsfolk.

When Eliza and Aníbal meet by chance, the attraction is mutual and undeniable. Furtive meetings in Aníbal’s hotel room, in which Eliza awakens to the joy of sensual submission, lead to an unexpected emotional bond. But can this rare and fragile feeling withstand the disapproval of the town, and a jealous aspiring architect’s thirst for vengeance?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy historical romance contains elements of mystery, suspense, and power exchange.

Author Interview

Who are some of your favorite authors?

In the romance world, Farrah Rochon and Alyssa Cole fill me with awe.
Outside romance, it’s always tough to choose a favorite. Some authors whose books have cracked my brain open in various ways so far in 2019 include: Viet Than Nguyen (THE SYMPATHIZER), Sayaka Murata (CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN), Rivers Solomon (AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS), Nicola Griffith (HILD), and Sarah Gailey (RIVER OF TEETH and TASTE OF MARROW).

What genres do you write in?
The only genre I’m currently published in is erotic romance, and I hope to continue to improve in this genre and—I hope!—delight and intrigue legions of devoted readers. I also write what I guess you’d call “literary fiction.” Still working on getting that out into the world!

Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I outline. Extensively. Do I follow the outline? More or less! I like to have a roadmap handy if I stray too far from my original vision, or from what feels like it’s working, but I allow myself the freedom to pursue and explore interesting back roads/alleys/bizarre roadside attractions.

If you could travel to any time, what time period would you like to explore?

There are so many potential answers to this, but I’ll choose one. I’d go back to the late sixties/early seventies and befriend my parents back when they were charming, well-intentioned, mildly irresponsible hippies. We’d go hiking, drink lots of Rainiers, search for Sasquatch, and instigate wacky adventures in and around the greater Tacoma area. I grew up around here and as an adult came back for good—and I’d honestly love to really get to see what my hometown was like forty or fifty years ago. What’s changed most dramatically? What’s stayed the same? Was there really a live monkey knocking around Bob’s Java Jive? Important cultural questions like that.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Right before I started writing SMALL TOWN SCANDAL I had the privilege of traveling to Spain for a family wedding. It was my first trip abroad and really made an impression: absolutely everything about Seville, the Roman ruins at Mérida, Moorish castles on hillsides, el queso, el jamón, el gelado, etc. I hope we can go back, and if we do I’d like to see some of the northern regions of Spain. Spain stuck with me to the point where, when I started to write SMALL TOWN SCANDAL, I realized I had to incorporate it into the story somehow—but since I write American historical romance I figured, well, how about a sexy Spaniard for a hero?

How much research do you typically do on a novel?

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but: not a ton. My historical research is relatively cursory. I’ll fact-check the etymology if a given word or phrase sounds like it might be too modern (although I don’t always catch myself in time; the lovely editor of SMALL TOWN SCANDAL called me out on “oenophile” which, when I finally looked it up, wasn’t recorded until the 1930s. Oops!) I’ll skim Wikipedia for the basics if I need to get a feel for a timeline of specific historic events, and historic costuming sites are very helpful in understanding how clothing worked circa 1900. And, of course, I made up a whole US state for POACHER’S PREY because I was too worried about getting certain factual details wrong if I’d set the story in Washington. I always tell myself I’m going to do more “real” research next time…