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All five that I've put up were originally traditionally published and got good reviews. Learning to Fly and Buried Diamonds originally came out from St. Martins. The other three came out from Harper Collins. I'm pricing them all at just $2.99.
Learning to Fly: A Novel has been optioned for film twice, translated into three languages (I actually made a lot of money in France), and went into four printings. It was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the PNBA award, and got got two starred reviews. It's about a pregnant 19-year-old girl named Free who hates her life - and then she walks away from a multi-car accident with a dead woman's ID and a bag of cash that originally belonged to a drug dealer.
Circles of Confusionwas my first published book (the fourth I wrote, though). Claire Montrose inherits what might be a long-lost Vermeer painting. A Booksense pick, and a finalist for both the Agatha and the Anthony awards. I went to a lot of banquets the year after it came out, and let me tell you, it's impossible to eat while you wait for them to announce the awards. (While I did not win, I did sit next to winners and heard the little sound they make when their name is announced.)
Square in the Face was the second in Claire's adventures. Claire helps her friend track down the child she gave up to a secret adoption agency. Finding the girl is the only chance for a bone marrow match for a younger sibling. This was inspired by an experience that happened to my brother's friend.
In Heart-Shaped Box, Claire goes to her 20th high school reunion. At the beginning, a cheerleader is found strangled to death. In her hands is a hand carved wooden box with her photo in it. Claire and a number of other women at the reunion have also received boxes. Next to Circles of Confusion, this is probably the most popular book in the series.
Buried Diamonds explores a 50-year-old mystery - and reveals the hidden past of Claire's roommate. This was a darker book - and a worthy end to the series.
Here's a link to all my books on the Kindle.
All these books should be available on any e-reader platform (I went through Amazon for the Kindle and Smashwords for everything else). Don't have any e-reader? There's a free Kindle app available for both Macs and PCs.