Synopsis

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.  With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line.  To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life.  Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success: with a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record.  And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her home town and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rainswept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves.  As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria's life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways.  Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they've begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, See Me reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

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    Inspiration for See Me

    I have to be honest with you: it is always a challenge for me to conceive a unique, compelling and original storyline; after eighteen novels, it’s even more difficult. When I wrote See Me, my singular goal was to surprise and delight readers.

    See Me in some ways, is similar to The Guardian and Safe Haven, in that the novel evolves from a simple love story to a story with thriller-like elements. However, unlike the previous novels, See Me has more twists and turns and part of the fun of the novel is in trying to figure out what’s happening, and who the antagonist actually is. Also, the characters of See Me are very different – perhaps even more flawed – than characters in my previous novels. 

    Wilmington, NC

    Wilmington, NC

    Situated on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, Wilmington is a charming port city near the Cape Fear Coast beach community. Rich in naval history, Wilmington is a modern city with so much to see and do; from a WWII battleship to a Hollywood movie production studio, cobblestone streets with horse-drawn carriages to music festivals, history museums to contemporary art galleries, elegant restaurants to welcoming nightspots, Wilmington has something for everyone. Wilmington’s thriving beach community makes it the perfect location for chance encounters between lovers – young and old.

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    Book FAQs

    • Readers were able to vote for the hardback cover of See Me, how much are you typically involved in your cover choices, and what did you think of the winning fan favorite?

      I’ve been involved with cover choices from the beginning, as has my agent. I think most authors are. Covers are incredibly important; ideally, they are recognizable to fans at a glance while enticing to new readers as well. And yes – I agreed with the fan choice for the cover of See Me. To me, it’s a fabulous cover.

    • Was there any real life inspiration for Colin and Maria?

      Characters in my novels – including Colin and Maria – are created and developed as the story itself unfolds, until they become their own unique people, with their own voice, back-story, thought processes and beliefs. Both Colin and Maria have bits of me in them; they also have bits and pieces of other people I’ve met over the years.

    • Why did you choose Wilmington for the setting of See Me? Why has North Carolina become the signature setting for your books?

      For See Me, I wanted a moderately sized coastal city, one with a thriving historic district, a university, varying neighborhoods, and a city with much to offer in the way of restaurants, gyms, and things to do.

      As for NC being a signature locale, every novel I’ve written has been unique in structure, voice, point-of-view, length, themes, and the ending of the novel – whether tragic, bittersweet or happy – is always in doubt until the final pages. There is no formula, in other words; with each and every novel, it’s as though I have to reinvent the wheel. For that reason, I’ve always elected to have a few unchanging elements to my novels – a North Carolina setting, interesting and unique characters, and a love story element – because I want readers to have at least the smallest idea of what to expect when they pick up my novels. I can say with certainty that my novels will always be set in North Carolina.

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