When a group of masked mercenaries infiltrate the Bank of Philadelphia, the objective is to steal five pink Argyle diamonds from a safety deposit box. Things run smoothly until one of the gunmen; 28-year-old Liam Matthews ends up locked inside of the vault with 23-year-old bank teller Remi Catalano. One of them will make a fateful decision that drastically alters the robbery's outcome. In its aftermath, their actions inadvertently have a profound effect on the other, which will ultimately define who they both truly are.

Monday, March 14, 2016


Starting Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 until Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, the Kindle version of Behind the Mask will be $.99 at Amazon.com.  

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Behind the Mask - Kindle Countdown Deal

Starting today, November 30th until Monday, December 7th, the Kindle version of Behind the Mask will be $.99 at Amazon.com.  

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Thursday, September 17, 2015


Starting Saturday, September 19th until Saturday, September 26th, the Kindle version of Behind the Mask will be $.99 at Amazon.com.  

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Paperback!

As I stated in my previous post, choosing a cover image has been a lengthy process. And though I liked the "eyes" on the cover, I felt a single pink diamond, sort of hints at what the story is about more so than the eyes.

From the get-go, though I loved using the 'eyes' on the cover, I was concerned that the 'eyes' were going to come off as a book about terrorism.  I mean, I know it involves masked gunmen, who obviously aren't innocent people, but hopefully the pink diamond gives off a whole different vibe.

Going with the white, also took some time in deciding.  But I wanted it to stand out.

The paperback is currently available at Amazon.com and other outlets such as Barnes & Nobles.com.  However, the cover at Barnes & Nobles is a mock version that I ended up scrapping, so I'm currently trying to get Createspace to fix that for me.  The purchased book will have the updated cover.

Prices may vary.

Friday, March 27, 2015


Deciding on a cover has been a frustrating process.  Every time I think I've made the decision on what to go with, I change my mind.  

I have so many proofs of the paperback that I could start my own library with it. It's crazy.  

And though I've always loved the 'eyes' aspect, I sometimes feel it comes off creepy and that's not the vibe I want someone to get when choosing on whether to read my book or not. A cover has to make a statement. It has to POP to catch the reader's eye.  

For instance, Fifty Shades of Grey has the gray tie on the cover.  Even if you have no desire to read the book or don't care about 50 shades, that tie on the cover is synonymous with it.  All you have to do is see the cover and know what the book is.  So I wanted to have something similar and simple like that.  

And though the eyes make a statement, not sure it makes the right one.  So now, I'm swaying towards using a pink diamond on the cover. Because the pink diamonds are the catalyst for everything that happens in the book.  

Originally, I was thinking to use five pink diamonds scattered all over the cover. But then I thought just a single diamond would be better.  So I changed the design and went with one instead of five. But I ended up not liking the diamond I picked.  So it was back to the drawing board.  

I really want to make the paperback available soon and get it out there.  So hopefully the most recent choice is the ONE!  I'm waiting for the 'proof' to arrive in the mail, and keeping the fingers crossed that when I open the box, it's exactly what I want.   

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SALE! Kindle Countdown Deal

Behind the Mask is going on SALE

Amazon.com is running a Kindle Countdown Deal for one week. 

It begins Monday, February 23rd, 2015 and will be available for only $.99 until Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions About Behind the Mask - Part 2

Are any of the characters based on real people?

Yes and no. I took certain traits and personalities from people I know but for the most part all the characters are just fictional creations.  Though Remi is sarcastic...some may say she sounds a teeny bit like me.  

Did the story go through changes, or has it been the same from the beginning?

The premise of the story and it's main characters, Remi and Liam have always been the same.  That said, I did start out writing the story in first-person or from Remi's standpoint.  However, I quickly found that was hard for me to do.  And decided to go the third-person route.

The very beginning part of the book has never changed.  I always knew the action would start with the bank robbery and work from there.  And my ending never changed either.  But there are things I took out, which I explain further down in a *spoiler section. 

Why did it take SO long to finish?

Because I had zero confidence in it and continuously second-guessed myself.  I always felt I had a story to tell, just wasn't sure I could actually tell it.  I was nervous that I used too much dialogue or wasn't descriptive enough. I'd constantly go back and rethink scenes and make sure it all made sense. Plus I did most of my writing in the winter months and slacked off once summer time came.  But that was mainly because I was still just writing it as an outlet.  To which I affectionately referred to it as my 'therapy' which probably sounds silly but I still think of it that way.

Once I was finished writing the whole book, it took me a long time to build up the nerve to allow anyone to read it.  And then it needed to be edited, like a million times. Trimming and correcting things, took an enormous amount of time.

*The following questions/answers contain spoilers from the book so if you haven't read it and plan to, don't scroll any further...  

Did I always plan on a sequel?

This is a definite YES!

I knew from the onset that Liam was going to leave at the end.  And that I had to stop the story at some point or I'd literally have a book the length of War and Peace on my hands.  But I had more story to tell and wasn't anywhere near ready to say goodbye to the characters.

And YES, I'm currently working on the sequel and it's coming along very nicely.  Believe me, I've stopped second-guessing and I'm just writing it through.

A lot of readers assumed Liam and Remi were going to end up together, why didn't I make that happen?

Because I like angst. And don't always want a neat and tidy, put on a bow on it, happy-ending.  I wanted the reader to begin reading the story and assume Liam and Remi were going to fall in love and all's right with the world.  But when that didn't come to fruition, I knew it was going to leave some readers disappointed, which is sort of the reaction I was searching for.

To be honest it was quite difficult not to get them together cause regardless of their lack of declaring undying love for one another, there was an obvious underlying attraction between them.  But it wasn't in Liam's character to give in so easily. Or even admit any sort of feelings. But I think his overprotectiveness spoke volumes.  Along with the music box and him giving her the keys to his apartment.  All subtle gestures that I felt were just enough to show he felt something.  I didn't want Liam to lose his dark edge and turn soft.

From Remi's standpoint, her admiration for him was more front and center.  Even after she regained her memory and wanted him to leave Philadelphia, she had gotten used to having him around.  And actually missed him.  To her, Liam represented security and the fact he went above and beyond to save her life, a couple times, he was by far her rock.

And other than him putting his arm around her or briefly holding her hand, the physical contact between them was purposely kept at a minimum because I wanted that moment near the end, where he finally embraced her to truly resonate with the reader.  Because that close physical interaction with Remi was huge for Liam. And at the same time, it gave her exactly what she needed in that moment.

What things did I change?

Here are some of things/scenes that were changed or deleted:

In the aftermath of the heist, while Remi was in the hospital.  I originally wrote a scene where Liam snuck into her room to check on her.  That scene is one of my favorite Liam moments (even though it didn't make the cut) because it was an early indicator of Remi becoming his weakness.  That said, I ultimately decided against it because it felt out of character for him and the plot worked better if he claimed he wouldn't seek her out or see how she was doing.

If you want to read it, here's a screenshot of the deleted scene (click the image to zoom):

The part while they were in the vault and she asked what she could call him, I originally had him come up with the name 'Pete' but I preferred leaving him nameless.

I also had plans for a mystery skeleton key that would be used later in the story or sequel. I needed a reason for Liam to go back to the vault after he and Tom left her there.  So I had Charles give Liam the order of retrieving something from another safety deposit box (which was the key).  But that key ended up being a thorn in my side as I couldn't think up a good reason for it.  So I went back through and removed all skeleton key references.

After Tom's shooting/death, I had Tony (Remi's dad) figure out that Liam was the one who saved her at the bank.  And had Tony be upset but okay with it being that Liam was technically a hero.  But after talking to my sister about it, she suggested that I take that out because Tony would probably  want to kill Liam and it was better to keep it a secret.  Considering that both Melanie and Scott knew the truth, one more person would not be good.  So my sister was right, it definitely worked better with Tony staying in the dark.

When Olivia offered Remi the job, I originally had her also give Remi a check for $25,000.00 as a reward.  And then for Remi to offer to split it with Liam.  But this time it was my husband who suggested I remove that part, because Olivia offering that great job was enough of a thanks.  And he was right, the extra money would have been overkill.

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