Happy Spring! And you know what that means? Contest season for screenwriters – yahoo! Page, Nicholl, Austin, Scriptapalooza, and the list goes on!

This year I’m entering my romantic comedy Love on the Ropes in major contests, plus my female-Rambo-Fugitive script, Hunted.  My psychological thriller, Watch Me, is nearly ready for submission, but I have to put a few finishing touches on the script about a single mom who fears she’s a serial killer. What? Yep, she starts waking up in strange places with blood on her hands and can’t remember how she got there. 

In the meantime, alter ego Hope White is finishing up the sixth book in the search-and-rescue romantic suspense series, due out next January, and her next book, Witness Pursuit will hit the shelves this fall.

Don’t forget, you can pick up the light-hearted comedy, The Perfect Match, for free in digital formats. Don’t wait to download this fun story today about a former ballerina who becomes Triple DDD—Dynamic Dancing Delila—in the ring, and the macho wrestler she tames with her charm.

Sunbreak! Gotta run. Can't keep Fiona waiting...  

New Release and Free Books!

I love this time of year because it feels like we all get a do-over, yes?  Have you made your resolutions for 2016?  I’m going to engage in forest bathing (look it up!), will see more movies in the theatre, and read more fiction.  Of course, I will also write more books and screenplays! 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my contemporary romance boxed set, Ringside Romance, in digital format on all platforms.  This set includes four romances (a novella and 3 full length books) for only $7.99!  If you’re trying to decide if the set is right for you, The Perfect Match novella is free on most digital platforms.  Why not pick up a copy and give it a try? 

Readers are loving ThePerfect Match!  Here’s a snippet from a recent review on Amazon:  "I read through with a giant smile on my face and laughed quite a few times at the antics."

The second book in the series, Got a Hold on You, was a Top Pick from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, and book three, Ring Around My Heart, was named Best Contemporary Romance of the year by RT Magazine!

Okay, I’m off to write the next story in the series and revise the screenplay for book four, Love on the Ropes.



New Covers, Free Book, Screenplay Achievements

Book News

Fall 2015 — I’m excited to share new cover designs for my Ringside Romance series, starting with The Perfect Match.  And guess what?  You can pick up a digital copy of this novella for FREE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo! 

The Perfect Match features an injured ballerina so desperate for money she signs with a pro-wrestling promotion.  The main event is Marco the Magnificent, who was her childhood tutor and…was secretly in love with her all those years ago.  Marco wants to protect Julianna from the dark side of pro-wrestling, but Julianna has been managed all her life and needs this job to prove her independence! The Perfect Match starts off the series, followed by Got a Hold on You, Ring Around My Heart, and Love on the Ropes.

I’m busy at work on my next young adult thriller in my “Mind” series.  The first is Out of My Mind, and the next book will be titled Lost in Her Mind. I hope to release that book early next year.

In October, my alter ego Hope White releases Christmas Undercover, a romantic suspense featuring search and rescue volunteers.  This book received a four star review from RTBookclub Magazine and is will get a big promo push from the publisher.  You can check out all the books in this series at hopewhiteauthor.com.

Script News

Hunted (my female Rambo movie) made the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), and the second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition!  This is a first for me in both these competitions, and I’m thrilled because the competition was fierce.  Austin had over 8,627 entries, and the note on my notification letter read:  “Our readers loved the pacing of the script and how fluid it was.”  YAY!

I’m still tweaking the script version of my book, Love on the Ropes, for a producer, and am working on my thriller, Watch Me, about a single mom who fears she’s a serial killer because of black-outs, and friends from her past start showing up dead. 

My last bit of news… I’ll be adding “teacher” to my resume this fall.  I’m teaching a continuing education class at Bellevue College, Washington, called “From Concept to Publication.”  I’m going to try and cram 15 years of novel writing experience into an 8-hour class.  Wish me luck!

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It’s been an exciting summer so far!  Here’s the scoop on what’s happening with my feature screenplays and books.

Page Screenwriting Competition
My thriller, HUNTED, made the quarter-finals of the Page International Screenwriting Competition. This means out of 6,267 scripts entered, mine made the top 10%!  I call HUNTED my “female Rambo movie.”  Here’s the logline:

Dishonorably discharged Lt. Danielle West flees into the mountains after her fiancé is brutally murdered and cops name her their number one suspect.

Producer Request
A producer recently requested to read my psychological thriller, WATCH ME, about a suburban housewife who thinks she might be a serial killer. Whoa, what?  Yep, you read that right. After her husband’s untimely death, she starts having nightmares, and wakes up with blood on her hands. Then people from her sordid past start showing up dead and she fears the worst. Could she be a killer? 

Seattle 48 Hour Film Project
In other film news, I participated in the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project and went to my first movie premiere! 

Some of our team members hanging out after the screening.
How does this work?  Our production team literally had 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and score our short film, then two days later we got to watch it in a movie theatre!  All teams are given the same three elements they had to work into the film: Professor Michael or Michelle Anthony, a sponge and line of dialogue: “Quiet, I need to think.” You’re not given that information until Friday night and you must turn in your finished movie Sunday night.  I was on a team of four writers and we chose to go the comedy route.  Our movie was titled “Mother’s Day Escape” and the audience laughed at all the right spots. (Whew!) What a rush!  There were 84 teams total in Seattle.

Book News
The Passion & Danger boxed set I participated in made the #1 spot on the Thriller/Suspense/Anthology list on Amazon during our big promo push in May.  We’re getting fabulous reviews and it’s still priced at only .99¢ so head over to Amazon and get your copy now! 

The Next YA Suspense
I’m hard at work on the second book in my “Mind” series.  This story features Catherine working with the police to find a missing teen, and struggling with both her traumatic brain injury, and her boyfriend’s determination to keep her safe by staying away.  Out of My Mind” (first book in the series) is getting more favorable reviews from readers.  For instance:

"This story is unique, fresh, and new.  I was sucked in from the start."

Hope you're having a great summer!  Thanks for stopping by.