Date Published: 10-3-18
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
For twenty-four-year-old Skye Winters, criminal profiling is the perfect career: helping solve cases without all the emotional baggage. When her cousin, Kortney, becomes the latest in a string of young women to vanish, Skye’s professional and personal lives collide. Cue the nuclear mushroom cloud.
Amid the fallout, Skye meets Wes Carson, the mysterious and smart-mouthed new biker in her father’s motorcycle club. She tries to ignore their chemistry, even after accepting Wes’ aid in the search for Kort. Then one spontaneous afternoon takes them over the edge, forcing Skye to consider she might be in love. Too bad it’s with a liar.
Unraveling Wes' lies leaves Skye ensnared in an FBI investigation, making her question her profiling skills and her heart. With Wes in danger, her affection overrules her caution with disastrous results. Will Skye survive to solve the case, save Kort, and still salvage a relationship with Wes?
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Finding the time to write. As a wife and mom with a full-time 9-5 job, I’m left with only about 2 hours each night to dedicate to marketing, research, writing, and editing. I have a notebook full of story ideas and never enough time to write.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Lots of pop hits from the 90s plus just about every album from Creed and Breaking Benjamin.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes. A good friend from college invited me to join a writing group, which meets via conference call. We socialize, read, and offer constructive criticism on each other’s works.
What book are you reading now?
At the moment, reading has taken a backseat to working on the sequel to Leather and Lies. However, the book sitting on the top of my TBR pile is Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich. I can’t get enough Stephanie Plum antics.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing fiction as a hobby since elementary school. It’s cathartic for me. I was about half way through penning Leather and Lies when I realized it might be good enough to pursue publication. I got a ton of fabulous advice from a romance author friend that led me to enter Leather and Lies into some romantic suspense contests. I was fortunate enough to become a finalist in some of those contests, which helped bolster my query letters. The rest, as they say, is history.
My next release will likely be the as-yet-unnamed sequel to Leather and Lies. It will once again follow criminal profiler Skye Winters, this time as she begins her career in Washington D.C. It begins with the murder of a Senator, and the political intrigue deepens from there. I’m also working on a stand-alone second chance romance masquerading as a murder mystery as well as a paranormal romantic suspense novella.
About the Author
Celeste Straub is a hopeless romantic who enjoys plotting the slightly sadistic journeys her characters go on before they finally reach their happily-ever-after. She enjoys a quiet country life in northeastern Pennsylvania, residing on a piece of the old family farm with her husband, son, and two cats. Writing as a hobby since childhood, Celeste spends her days as the grant writer and operations director for a local non-pro3t agency focusing on public health issues. When she’s not penning steamy romance scenes in her spare time, her interests include traveling, visiting amusement parks, collecting baseballs, hiking, and reading.