Changing the Rules The Sterling Woods Series Book 2 by Charlene Johnson Genre: Romantic Suspense
Party girl, socialite, town slut, whore. Stephanie Xavier heard it all and in the past, she chose to ignore it. She was an Xavier and played by a different set of rules. But those rules were changed by a tragedy she could never forget. Leaving her past behind, she attempts to live a better life.
Craig Bagwell, the sexy owner of the local pub, is part of Stephanie’s past and her present. Craig was determined to control their relationship on his terms and vowed to never let her know how he really felt about her. Rich girls like her didn’t make ideal girlfriends or wives. He knew that firsthand.
Changing her life proves harder to do than Stephanie hoped. Someone in Sterling Wood has other plans. Plans that have deadly consequences.
Lily Sommers reluctantly returns to Sterling Wood to attend her Uncle Jimmy's funeral - a town she left years ago.
Sterling Wood holds painful memories she’s tried to forget. One, in particular, is still raw and every time she returns pulls the scab off a wound that will not heal - Luc Pearson, the handsome high school sweetheart who betrayed her.
Seeing Luc again isn't the only problem she has to face in Sterling Wood. Someone is trying to kill her, and she doesn't know why.
She soon learns shocking revelations that could change the course of her life as a ruthless killer stalks her. Will the people closest to her be able to save her?
Things like that aren’t supposed to happen in Sterling Wood.
Charlene writes Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense/Thrillers. She lives in Sacramento, California.
She received a 2020 Book Excellence Finalist Award for Homecoming, Sterling Wood Series, Book 1, in the Romance category. To view her award listing, visit: https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/2020-Finalists/c/47498729/offset=63&sort=normal
She also won a 2020 Silver Award for Blown Away from Literary Titan.
She is currently writing two paranormal romance series, Circle of the Red Scorpion and Circle of the Red Scorpion World and a romantic suspense/thriller series, Sterling Wood. She also wrote a book for a multi-author romantic suspense/ crime thriller and four short stories for anthologies.
Books have always been Charlene's passion. She started reading at an early age and progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and continues to do so today. Being an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer, and an incurable romantic with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her characters and storylines because she realized she had her own stories to tell. She's traveled the world, crossed galaxies, traveled through time, and explored history on the pages of books.
Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, great movies, and Elvis.