When accountant Leia Stone realizes her boss is in business with some of New York’s most brutal criminals, her conscience gets the best of her. Rather than walk away and forget what she has learned, she decides to go to the FBI. Before she knows it, she’s in over her head. Floundering in the dark waters of money laundering and human trafficking, she seeks help from a former client. Eric Robb is a man of many talents.
A professional fixer whose clients pay him handsomely to make their problems disappear. But a single phone call from the idealistic Leia has Eric using all his resources to protect the innocent beauty for free. When a ghost from Eric’s past joins the hunt, he realizes Leia is more than a job, and he will do anything to help her get justice.
On the run, their attraction growing, they arrive in the southern city of Savannah for a St. Patrick’s Day they will never forget.
Savannah Run is the action packed first book in the Metropolitan Collection series of standalone HEA romantic suspense novels. Expect tangled sheets, car chases, and perilous rescues. A protective hero and a bold heroine in cross country escape from a hired killer.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've loved the city of Savannah since my first vacation there as a kid. Its little wonder that Eric and Leia hid out in the beautiful and historic Georgia town. It would have been my first choice too! I've tried my hardest let my readers experience a taste of the city while getting swept up in the lives of my characters. I think books are an incredible way to experience the world without leaving your hometown.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Leia was modeled on a woman I knew while I was taking classes toward a master's in accounting. Eric was inspired by the hundreds of romance books I've read.
Excerpt from Savannah Run
“Hello, Mr. Robb. I hope you remember me; it’s Leia Stone. I worked on your taxes last year.”
“Yes, I recall. I missed your assistance this year.” He remembered the pretty brunette accountant.
employed at Gladwell & Smith.
“Last year you told me you’re the guy people call when their whole world is flipped upside down. And that you can put it right side up again. You’re some kind of facilitator for people with problems, right?”
“Yes, I’m a fixer,” he replied.
Facilitator was too kind of a word to describe what he did. Eric Robb was a fixer; short of killing people, he would fix just about any problem a client brought to him. Business partner stealing from you? No problem. He would get the money back. Assets need to disappear before a divorce—what assets? Need a scandal to be swept under the proverbial rug before it could ruin a fledgling political career? Done. He was good, quiet, and very expensive. The tools of his trade ranged from computer hacking to blackmail. He would play dirty so his clients could get what they wanted.
“My life is upside down.”
Eric could hear a PA system in the background. She was in an airport or train station.
“What’s happened?” he asked.
“I took information…evidence that I want to turn in to the FBI. It will send people to jail. I went to the New York FBI office, and they turned me away. I didn’t have an appointment. I didn’t get past the front door.” Her voice was a little shaky.
He hoped that she was overreacting; she was an accountant. Tax fraud wasn’t usually the FBI’s jurisdiction. He liked to deal in hard facts, not suppositions. He should be able to talk her off the ledge and give her some advice. Peace of mind was all she needed. Maybe revisit his offer to take her out for a drink.
Michelle introduced herself to romance novels by stealing them off her mother’s bookshelf. She got caught red-handed when she destroyed a new book by dropping it in the bathtub before her mom could read it. From stolen paperbacks to an overloaded iPad, Michelle’s passion for reading grew into her debut contemporary romance novel: Savannah Run.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and has written a popular food blog for years. You can find all her recipe creations at cookbetterthan.com.
She lives in South Florida with her real-life prince charming, two dogs, two horses, a cat, and Daisy the donkey. Most evenings, you will find her floating in the pool, enjoying a cocktail, and working out the plot of her next book with her husband.
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