First Look at ‘Bound in Blood’

Hey friends!

As it turns out, February is a month for thrilling announcements.

A few days ago, I found out who will be narrating the audiobook version of The Fringe, and today I’m unveiling a first look at the book I’ll be publishing later this month.

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 9.25.00 AMAs many of you know, I took a brief hiatus from The Fringe after publishing Lockdown. If writing a book is like a marathon, then writing five books as part of a series is like completing an Ironman. It takes a lot of energy to stay focused for a project spanning nearly two years, and after Lockdown, I was feeling creatively depleted.

I didn’t want to write the finale until I was over-the-moon excited about it, so I decided to complete a new (unrelated) project before writing Fringe five. The book I originally intended to be a novella has grown into a short novel about 3/4 the length of Recon, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever written before.

The best way I can describe it is a futuristic crime drama, but it’s more like a dark Gilmore Girls meets Bones meets Veronica Mars (if Veronica Mars were targeted at an older crowd). It’s the prequel to a novel I’ll be publishing after Fringe five, which will feel like a return to my new adult roots. I hope you’ll stick with me and try out something a little bit different.

For the cover, I ran a contest on 99designs and polled my Facebook following to see which design they liked. This was the winner, and it’s also my personal favorite. (For real-time updates like these, make sure you go “like” my page.”) Isn’t the cover cool?

The book will be out February 23, but my newsletter subscribers will get to read the book before anybody else.

Here’s a little bit about Bound in Blood:

When Juliette Hayashi is found brutally murdered in her own restaurant, Detective Wesley Wright knows her homicide won’t be resolved by artificial intelligence alone.

According to her employees, the beautiful single mother was beloved by all. Her bright fourteen-year-old daughter was there at the scene of the crime, but Wesley’s only witness has vanished without a trace.

With the help of the department’s crime-solving software, Sherlokk, Wesley will uncover a tangled web of lust, money problems, and bad blood. Everyone from Juliette’s roguish boyfriend to the vengeful dance mom down the street is a suspect, but the more evidence Sherlokk uncovers, the more nebulous the killer’s true motive becomes.

In this futuristic crime drama, Wesley will relearn a chilling truth: Everyone has enemies.

Sound like something you might enjoy? You can read the first chapter here. And if you’re on my list, don’t forget to check your inbox the weekend before the official release for a special surprise.


8 thoughts on “First Look at ‘Bound in Blood’

  1. Just finished ARC of Bound in Blood! Thank you so much for allowing me to read this awesome book! By the time I finished reading, I felt fully invested in the characters Ari, Ivo and Wesley. It left me with a lot of questions (mainly what happens next) that I’m dying to know the answers for! Please hurry with next book! Great start of a new story and held my attention from the beginning till the very last page!

  2. I read this yesterday!! I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to getting to know Arianna more! Thanks for the early read – I’m off to review 🙂

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