Judy Fitzwater hates cold weather, loves chocolate, and enjoys nothing better than a good book. She's never more content than snuggled under a soft throw near a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a mystery, a thriller, or any sort of story that will take her on an adventure she's never experienced before.
Reared an Air Force brat, she discovered early that home is where your family is, and that family comes in many forms, both through blood and by choice. Her one calling in life, other than keeping her two children well, has been to write. Her first foray into the field was as a freelance columnist/feature writer for a small town newspaper. Soon she was asked to cover Superior Court proceedings where she learned a lot about human nature and the justice system.
As her family grew so did the manuscript of a mystery novel that, written in bits and pieces, she finally finished. But it wasn't until her husband was transferred to the Washington, D.C., area and she landed in what she describes as "a nest of writers" that she really learned what she needed to know about writing popular fiction and getting it published.
Her first book, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from the slush pile at Ballantine Books. She has since published 8 books in her JENNIFER MARSH MYSTERY SERIES, as well as two suspense novels, DROWNING IN AIR and NO SAFE PLACE, a ghostly romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD, and a book on writing, THE ROCKY ROAD TO PUBLISHING: ADVICE ON WRITING. She hopes you'll enjoy her books as much as she's enjoyed writing them.
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
"A sprightly novel, Dying to Get Published will entertain all writers...[It] offers a word to the wise: Never thwart a mystery writer, published or unpublished."
-- Carolyn G. Hart
“Jen’s a warm, intelligent character, and Fitzwater provides an entertaining (and for aspiring writers, frustratingly familiar) look at the world of writing and publishing.”
-- Publishers Weekly
The recluse billionaire of New York
Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.
So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money.
We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding.
I’m impatient and inexperienced.
The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets.
And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.
Praise for Charlotte Byrd's Black Edge
“Decadent, delicious, & dangerously addictive!” - Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Titillation so masterfully woven, no reader can resist its pull. A MUST-BUY!” - Bobbi Koe, Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Captivating!” - Crystal Jones, Amazon Review ★★★★★
"Exciting, intense, sensual” - Rock, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Sexy, secretive, pulsating chemistry…” - Mrs. K, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Charlotte Byrd is a brilliant writer. I've read loads and I've laughed and cried. She writes a balanced book with brilliant characters. Well done!” -Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Fast-paced, dark, addictive, and compelling” - Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Hot, steamy, and a great storyline.” - Christine Reese ★★★★★
“My oh my....Charlotte has made me a fan for life.” - JJ, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
"The tension and chemistry is at five alarm level.” - Sharon, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
“Hot, sexy, intriguing journey of Elli and Mr. Aiden Black. - Robin Langelier ★★★★★
“Wow. Just wow. Charlotte Byrd leaves me speechless and humble… It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down.” - Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Sexy, steamy and captivating!” - Charmaine, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“ Intrigue, lust, and great characters...what more could you ask for?!” - Dragonfly Lady ★★★★★
“An awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down.” - Kim F, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!” - Wendy Ballard ★★★★★
“It had the perfect amount of twists and turns. I instantaneously bonded with the heroine and of course Mr. Black. YUM. It's sexy, it's sassy, it's steamy. It's everything.” - Khardine Gray, Bestselling Romance Author ★★★★★
Dying to Get Published, an Agatha Award nominee, introduces Jennifer, a writer so desperate to get published she finds herself in a twisted tale of how deadly the publishing business can be. Her second adventure lands her as the key witness for the prosecution in the case of a dear friend accused of murdering her husband. The third involves an adopted college student seeking her true identity, only to find people willing to kill to keep it secret.
On hand to help are Jennifer's wacky writer friends, a rich and possibly demented old lady who prefers solving crimes to her weekly bridge games, and investigative newspaper reporter Sam Culpepper who's as attracted to Jennifer as much as he is to the crimes she's embroiled in. And, of course, there's Muffy, Jennifer's faithful greyhound offering love and support. Come join the fun and enjoy an intriguing mystery.