The Police Beat
One of my first jobs as a newspaper reporter was working in the cop shop, the press room in the San Diego Police Department. It was the night shift and the place was fairly empty. Kind of creepy. I’d call the watch commander from my desk at the same time every night to get an update.
“Anything going on?” I’d ask.
“Nope. All quiet.”
I was pretty new at the job so I went along with whatever the watch commander said. But after several nights of him saying that the city was quiet as a titmouse my bull meter went off. I called him back.
“You mean to tell me there’s no crime in the second largest city in California? That there hasn’t been for days? Not even a burglary or car theft? If not, then your department is grossly overstaffed. Maybe I should write a story about that.”
He laughed. “I was wondering when you’d finally catch on, come down and introduce yourself.”
Of course my perv alarm went off but he actually turned out to be a nice guy. The next night I brought donuts (ok, it’s kind of cliché but who doesn’t like donuts?). And we started a nice tradition: I brought him food and he gave me stories.
For much of my career as a reporter I covered the crime beat and became pretty familiar with police culture. That’s why creating Sloane McBride, the heroine in my new book, Borrowing Trouble (number six in the Nugget Romance series), came so easy to me. She’s a former LAPD detective in one of the most prestigious units on the force. But when she blows the whistle on a group of corrupt cops, life in the department becomes untenable. And she starts second guessing herself and her career choice.
She’s hoping to win back her confidence working as an officer in the small town of Nugget, California. But her first assignment requires guarding a bear. Not exactly her idea of “To Protect and Serve.”
I like the way she grows throughout the story, how her ideas on policing are molded by the needs of the community, and how appreciated she comes to feel by the residents. And I especially like that I got to use my background in police reporting to write a romance story.
In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging…
Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn’t bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn’t going to make it easy to keep to herself…
Brady Benson’s wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over.
Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they’ll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together…
Praise For Stacy Finz
“Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance.”–Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor Series
“Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart.”–Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author of Summer in Napa
Stacy Finz’s Bio
Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love.