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Behind the Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries






Young, widowed obstetrician Eric Darcy is stunned when the mother of triplets claims to have borne a fourth baby, a quad, that was stolen from her years ago. When someone murders his patient, Eric believes the police are dismissing a vital clue, and teams up with his PI sister-in-law to investigate, never imagining his own life might be in danger.

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The story behind the

Safe Harbor Medicalģ Mysteries

There ought to be a warrantee for authors. After a certain number of years in the book biz and/or a minimum number of novels published, you get a free pass. Write a book you love and shazam! editors and readers snap it up.

I wish it worked that way, but  it doesnít. Yet I refuse to admit defeat. After more than thirty years and one hundred published books, Iím taking a big risk to (clichť alert!) follow my dream.

Letís start with the back story. In the early 1980s, after honing my fiction skills while working at two newspapers and the Associated Press, I sold four Regency romances to a hardcover publisher. Despite strong reviews, my editor rejected the fifth with a scathing letter that, to me, came out of the blue.

The book, A Ladyís Point of View, later sold to a different publisher with minor revisions and has proved popular. In the meantime, the need to pay my bills sent me in a different direction, to contemporary romance.

At Harlequin and Berkley, my reinvented self established a reputation for romantic comedies. Although I enjoyed writing them, I hadnít lost my taste for the puzzle plotting and excitement of mysteries.

When The Eyes of a Stranger sold to St. Martinís Press, I figured I was on my way, but no such luck. My next mystery, Danger Music, suffered several rejections before landing at Five Star. A haunted-house mystery, Touch Me in the Dark, also struggled before finding a publisher, Triskelion, which promptly went bankrupt. Not exactly encouraging!

With two kids to raise, I settled in to writing for Harlequin. There was much to be grateful for, including a steady if modest income, some excellent editors and, of course, my readers.

Not only am I the daughter of a doctor, I owe my life to medical interventions on more than one occasion. As a result, I keep up with medical news, and many of my romances have had medical themes.

In 2010 I invented a fictional California hospital, Safe Harbor Medical Center, as the setting for three linked novels, each featuring a different hero and heroine. As more ideas came, the series expanded to six, then nine, twelve, and ultimately seventeen books. (For more about the romance series, click HERE).

Despite this success, I hadnít stopped yearning to write mysteries. It was time, I decided, to take the leap to self-publishing. No more crossing my fingers and hoping some editor would decide my work fit into his or her current line. No worries about having to pad the length or squeeze into an arbitrary page limit. 

However, Iíd learned a lesson along the way. While freedom is great, you canít leave your fans behind. Iíd established what publicists call a brand: fast-paced, emotionally satisfying stories that unexpectedly make readers laugh. And letís not forget the medical themes! 

As my hero, I created a young obstetrician, Eric Darcy, whose best friend is a homicide detective. His inner circle also includes his late wifeís sister, a prickly private investigator. For the setting, I chose my fictional town of Safe Harbor, which has developed into a multi-layered place with a police department and detective agency as well as the hospital.  

Thatís how I came to write The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet, Book 1 of the Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries. For my hundred-and-first book, Iím starting over. But after more than thirty years in the book biz, thatís only to be expected.

This blog, entitled "Reinventing Myself (Again)," was first posted on Kevin Tipple's blog site.

Looking for another exciting mystery?

Danger Music


Writer Kenny Rubin sets out to solve an old murder case that's the subject of a TV movie. Soon she's knee-deep in suspects, bodies and tantalizing men, one of whom might be the killer--and may be planning to shut her up before she uncovers the truth.

"A wonderful Hollywood mystery." -- Harriet Klausner, Allreaders.com

To read Chapter One, click here

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Cover: Illustration by Nimalan Tharmalingam  background image by Billy Alexander.


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