Using that law degree

Many of you probably know that I practiced law for ten years before quitting in June of 2010 to spend more time writing. I worked in private practice for five years, and then went in house to work for a utility company. Basically, I did the corporate law/publicly traded company/management thing for a decade, and during that time, I had to fight like hell to strike some sort of balance and create a life that wasn’t just about work.

Throughout all those years, my husband was my anchor and my sanity. Whenever I would start to get overwhelmed, he’d bring me back to earth. When I took myself too seriously, he made me laugh. When I worked long days, he picked up the slack. At every turn, he inspired me with his utter dedication to our kids. Really, he saved me from becoming a workaholic, and I often wondered: what would I have become if I hadn’t met him? What if I didn’t have a husband and kids to ground me and give me a reason to come home?

Answer: I would have been a very lonely person. A lonely person in desperate need of a happy ending.

And thus, a story is born.

In 2009, I started writing my what if. I took one smart, ambitious lawyer who was much more confident about her ability to write a brief than land a man, and buried her in her job. Then I went about finding her a mate. Someone to save her from herself.

His name, I’m happy to say, was Brit. And he was rich, gorgeous, and more than up to the job.

(In case you’re wondering, my husband is also handsome and brilliant…but perhaps not quite as rich as Brit. LOL.)

In late 2011, I sold that story, which I called Rules of Negotiation, to Entangled Publishing.

Oh yeah, this is the SQUEE part!!! I’ve got a new book coming out!! 🙂 🙂 SQUEE!!!

I’ve been keeping this (sort of) under cover for months, but it’s time to come clean. In February (um, that’s like a month away) I’ll be one of the authors launching Entangled’s new Indulgence line. Indulgence, overseen by Editorial Director Lori Wilde, is a line of short, sexy romances with modern heroines, alpha heros, and lots of happily ever after (my favorite!). You can read more about Indulgence here.

This is a sit-down-and-read-in-one-gulp kind of book, a romantic fantasy about a woman who finds true love despite all her best efforts to hide from it. I couldn’t have been happier than to sell it to Entangled, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! (Actually, just those of you over 18–this is an adult book, after all. 😉 )

Now, a new book deal deserves a giveaway, so in honor of Rules of Negotiation, I’d like to give away a copy of my October 2011 Entangled title, Radiant Desire. It’s a hard copy, too. Yum.

Be sure to leave me a comment, and please check back to see if you’ve won!



  1. Yay!!! I hope I win.

  2. Congrats on the new book. I think it is cool that you are part of the launch.

  3. Congrats!! Can’t wait 🙂

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  4. JenniferK says:

    Congratulations!!! That is such exciting news. I can’t wait to read it when it comes out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. How awesome! Congratulations! I’m in the over 18 category so I’ll definitely check out Rules of Negotiation 🙂

  6. Stephanie Parent says:

    Congrats on the new book! I’d love to win Radiant Desire–I’ve been wanting to read it for a while.


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  7. Congrats! Great pic of you & “the husband”! 🙂

  8. Kelli Spear says:

    That is amazing! Congrats to you!!

  9. Becky Lees says:

    What a great story, Inara. I met you in Seattle at your book signing for Radiant Desire. This success couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

  10. Congrats!!

  11. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you Inara!

  12. Megan Maitland says:

    Yippppeee! You will need to make another bookclub appearance…and I will be your “Oprah”! Can’t wait to read your new book!!!!

  13. I know THE MARKED hasn’t come out yet for release, but since I got the chance to read it I am SO DYING to read Book #3! #Jack
    And CONGRATS on the new book deal!

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  14. Congrats on the book deal!! Rules of Negotiation sounds like a lovely story! 🙂
    Don’t enter me in the contest, as I already own a pretty signed copy of Radiant Desire 🙂 (thanks again by the way!)

  15. Awsome!

  16. Lilian Cheng says:

    Please enter me for your giveaway! *crosses fingers*

    I admire you for leaving the law firm in exchange for pursuing writing.

  17. Mundie Moms says:


  18. Congrats! I love the story behind story. 🙂

  19. Thanks everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to happen so soon. What a happy thing. 🙂

    Jenny~~you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find a decent picture of the two of us. Clearly, I don’t take enough pictures. Must try harder. Can you tell he’s 6’4”? 🙂

    Becky, thank you so much! Hope to see you again sometime!

    Meg, you crack me up. You are such an Oprah!

    Hey there Ms. Spades! I’m so glad you enjoyed The Marked! Can’t believe that one is finally going to hit the shelves. It’s been a loooooooog wait.

    Thanks Daisy! Hope you enjoyed RD!

    Hey Lilian~I do miss the law, but don’t regret leaving the firm. The long hours and high pressure are not the life for me.

    Aubrie–so sweet of you to stop by. I also love hearing where stories come from, so of course I had to share my own.

  20. Oh what a great story – it just makes me happy to see other people so happy together! Congrats, I can’t wait to check it out!

  21. Gosh this is such a great story and it really hit home because I have a law degree too. Yikes!

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