I judge a book by its cover. I can’t help it. Maybe that’s why I’m a nervous wreck while waiting to see how a cover artist will visualize my story. What if the cover doesn’t capture the mood? What if I don’t like it? What if? What if? What if?

Thankfully, the nail-biting was for naught. Today, I am proud to present the cover for Beached, the second Mer Cavallo Mystery. And I love it.

To celebrate, I’m starting One-Line Wednesdays. Each week until January 10, 2018, I’ll dive into the pages of Beached and share a line (or two) from individual chapters. What’s the significance of January 10th? Not only is it the one-year anniversary of Adrift, the first Mer Cavallo Mystery, but it’s also the date you can read your very own copy of Beached!

So join me, Mer, and the rest of the crew, and let’s have some fun!


The ship is legendary.

Marine biologist Meredith Cavallo’s life unravels after she finds a plastic-wrapped bundle floating on the waves off Key Largo. Curious, she pulls it onboard and finds herself sucked into a maelstrom involving an obscure legend, an 18th century shipwreck and a modern pirate who’ll resort to murder to claim the booty first.

 The danger is real.

Thrust into the hunt for a ship with no historical record, Mer plunges into the world of nautical archaeology. But for a woman accustomed to dealing with facts, deciphering secrets proves difficult—and everyone she encounters harbors their own skeletons. A sinister betrayal sends her reeling, and even with the help of a crusty former marine salvager, a fiery professor, and her friends on the island, Mer realizes she’s in over her head. Determined to outwit the man who wants her dead, she’s certain of only one thing—

Treasure is trouble.    




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