Pleasant Lake P.D. Release!
Posted by Kelly Fitzpatrick Sep 28 2012, 12:01 am in golden heart, golden heart finalists, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Pleasant Lake P.D., Ruby Release
I think it was 2006 when I first entered the Golden Heart® contest with Pleasant Lake P.D. A much different and longer book was entered the following year, earning roughly the same nothing-to-be-ashamed-of scores. An even longer book was entered in the Romantic Elements category of the 2009 Golden Heart® and became a finalist.
After numerous rewrites, submissions and rejections by many fine agents and editors, Medallion Press made me an offer. Lots of paperwork, waiting and edits followed.
Check out the reviews that I was terrified to look at until they’d each sat in my “in” box for a week or more:
“What a fun and exciting story! This is the first book by Kelly Fitzpatrick that I have read, and it was a delight. I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” ~ Leah, Suspense Romance Writers (August 14, 2012)
“Fitzpatrick is extremely skilled when it comes to comedic banter. Her characters aren’t stand-ups; they’re just regular people forced into an irregular situation, trading jibes and taking names. Unless your funny bone has been surgically removed, you will laugh out loud on several occasions.”
~Open Book Society (August 29, 2012)
“Despite the Ivonovich style bounce to the prose, this author has an original sense of humor that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, laughing and worrying concurrently. The fun, the witty observations, over-the-top opinions and exaggerated fears ramp up as the action becomes more serious. This is a delightful and enjoyable read. The characters are clearly painted and individualized. There is no confusion, just fun, frolic and a relationship that contains psychologically correct analyses without slowing the pace”
~Maggie, Coffee Time Romance & More
“Pleasant Lake P. D. was a hilarious book, really enjoyable, and a lot of fun!”
~Words I Write Crazy
“With all of their faults, Alex, Miguel, and Roman are characters you cannot help but root for and keep turning pages to find out what unbelievable scenario they will find themselves in next.”
~Heather Lisa Maneiro, Minnesota State Univ. Lib.‚ Moorhead, Library Journal
And here is the blurb.
Pleasant Lake P.D.
By Kelly Fitzpatrick
Alexandria Moreno, parking enforcement officer for the serene town of Pleasant Lake, has signed on with the FBI to nail a gorgeous suspected criminal, Miguel Diaz, who’s passing himself off as a legitimate businessman. Alex’s assignment is to use her feminine wiles, of which she has few, to infiltrate Diaz’s world and find some evidence for a conviction.
To complicate matters, she’s teamed up with Detective Roman Plow, who is her ex-boyfriend, though the FBI doesn’t know it. As they focus on retaliating for past wrongs, real and imagined, their smoldering love/hate relationship brews. They’re not exactly an ideal team.
With her bumbling nature, a steamer trunk full of emotional baggage, and no investigating skills, Alex spends most of her time reminding herself that the tall, dark, and handsome Miguel Diaz is not her real boyfriend and struggling to keep from falling into his bed. As she tries to dig up dirt on her undercover lover, the steamy investigation leads to a fight for her life. But who is behind the attacks?
Even though Pleasant Lake P.D. is not my first published book, it was the first manuscript I wrote (except for the futuristic, mail-order-bride-in-space story that we don’t talk about, so forget I mentioned it), I feel like a publishing virgin again. What do you think? Can a writer recapture their virginity?