Ultimate Concealer, Toni Diamond Mysteries, Book 2: A touch of romance. A large dose of mystery. An even larger dose of fashion sense. And at least one character that you just want to hit on the head in hopes it would knock some sense into him. I've enjoyed both of these books and look forward to more. Jutzie, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
From the Author
I confess to having two loves when it comes to books. Mystery and romance. I decided to combine the two and see what would happen.
But wait, I have to go back... to a romance writers' conference I attended in Dallas a few years ago. As you can imagine, romance conferences tend to attract a lot of women and very few men. As luck would have it, also booked into this same hotel was a huge make-up organization. And, yep, you guessed it, 99% of them were women also. You could have cut the estrogen in that hotel with a pen, or an eyebrow brush, depending on which conference you were with. As you can imagine, there were hilarious stories of mistaken identity. Makeup ladies trying to give us writers makeovers, writers trying to talk about romance with women who had eye shadow on their minds. I don't know when I thought how much fun I could have turning this conference into a fictional murder mystery, but the idea took and I finally sat down and wrote Frosted Shadow.
Oddly, back in another career, also in Texas, I met a couple of homicide detectives and, knowing I was a writer, they invited me to go with them to a murder scene. It was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. The body was gone, but everything else was intact.
People often ask writers where we get our ideas. Any self-respecting scribe will tell you that we create worlds and stories in our heads, but there is often an event, a comment overheard, an incident in real life, that begins the wheels of creativity turning. In my case, I suspect those two unrelated experiences -- the conference and the murder scene -- combined to bring about the idea for this book. Which is, of course, entirely fictional. I hope you enjoy it!
In Ultimate Concealer, Toni goes to Vegas, like Vegas needed more glitter! And in Midnight Shimmer, Toni wins a cruise and takes her mom and daughter along for a week of fun in the Caribbean. Naturally, there is nothing relaxing about this cruise.