Pleasant Lake P.D. 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?

25 responses to “Pleasant Lake P.D. Release!”

  1. I think every book will be like the first one, because the thrill of being “published” will never change.

    Congrats on the release. Pleasant Lake PD sounds like my kind of book.

  2. Laurie Kellogg says:

    I actually judged Pleasant Lake, P.D. in the 2009 GH, Kelly, and was so excited when it was nominated. So I, for one, am glad to see it finally published. Congrats!

    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Thank you Laurie for the support and the awsome GH score (unless you gave me the 7). It has been a long, hard road for this book and I think it took a publisher that could look outside the box and take a chance.

  3. Kelley Bowen says:


    Be not afraid, those reviews are fantastic. I love romantic comedy that’s actually funny and can’t wait to get a copy. The story sounds fab, the cover is adorable, I adore the red-headed heroine and the love meter-too funny!

    Congratulations! Many sales to you.

  4. Gwyn says:

    I love a good romp, and this one sounds like it has more twists and turns than a Gordian knot! I hope the thrill never ends for you, Kelly, and that PLPD takes off like a rocket!

    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Gwyn, I love a good romp too. I love to watch comedy and read comedy, and I guess I love to write comedy. Hopefully the next one won’t be such a long journey.

  5. LOL. I love it. I usually don’t go for cartoon cover but this one caught my eye and made me chuckle. Congrats on PLPD release. You know you have a sell in me. I cna’t wait to dive in.

    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      I asked for a cartoon cover. I love them and usually know it’s a comedy when I see one. I didn’t want anyone to make the mistake of thinking my book might make them cry or anything.

  6. Vivi Andrews says:

    I love this book and I’m so excited that it’s finally out! Woohoo! Congrats, Kelly!

    In terms of recapturing our writing virginity, I definitely think so. I’m looking to start a new series soon and I feel like Book One will be the first time all over again. Or at least I hope it will!

    Wishing you mad sales with Pleasant Lake. And to anyone who hasn’t read this book – GO NOW. So funny and charming. You won’t regret it.

    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      I think you might have been the first person to ever read the entire thing, Vivi. So far my mother bought it, but she said she had to finish the book she was reading first 🙁 Yes, I should send her a copy for free, but she likes to buy them.

  7. Congratulations, Kelly! I’ve read some of your work before and loved it – this one looks like a great read, too!

  8. What a great cover! Can’t wait to read it! Congrats, Kelly!

  9. Oh, how fun!!! This just sounds too cute, Ruby sis! So proud of you!

  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    Hurray! So glad this is out! You know I’m a big fan of Lily in Wonderland!

  11. Whoo-hoo, Kelly! Congratulations! Pleasant Lake PD sounds like such a fun story.

  12. Rita Henuber says:

    Late coming to the party as usual. A huge Congratulations on this. The reviews are fantastic and I love the cover. It looks great on my Kindle Fire looking forward to reding it.

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