Reef Runner

This is the cover image I received for Reef Runner, the third book in the Patty O'Donnell Mysteries series. There's a possibility it may end up looking a little different from this in its final form, but probably not much.

I've just finished going through the galley looking for those niggly bits that managed to escape author, editor, and proofreader on previous run-throughs. So far it looks pretty good, but there's always the chance something glaringly wrong will show up only after it's in print and nothing can be done about it.

It looks like the publication date will be in April, which means it will be available in ebook first, and then paperback about a month or so later, either in May or June, depending on when in April it comes out.

And here's the blurb from the back of the book:

Patty O’Donnell has everything she could want in life—a loving husband, a job she enjoys, and a year-old daughter she adores. An enemy from the past needs to make a lot of money quickly and believes he can use Patty’s skills and talents. Forced to choose between life as his slave and her daughter’s safety, Patty sacrifices her own future to save her child.

Every step takes Patty deeper into a world of theft and deception. A scam on the Great Barrier Reef nets two very different results—financial gain, and the unexpected attention of a dangerous crime boss, who offers them both a choice. Serve him, or die.

You can find reviews and the first chapter here.


purplume said...

Aww Patti has a daughter. I'm so into Patty right now in your first book. Beautiful cover, I like your use of Patty's face.
I have my fingers crossed for you and the CAPA award. XD

Pepper Smith said...

Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it!

My publisher's art department was responsible for the cover art. Once the artist decided on that face and that font, they kept them as a sort of unifying cover theme for the series. I think they did a really nice job on the Reef Runner cover.