Love and Justice

I love a good standalone novel, but I adore a series. Whether it’s Radclyffe’s Honor Series, Melissa Brayden’s Soho Loft gals, or the gritty Micky Knight mysteries by J.M Redmann, I’m at my happiest when I can dive into a world with my favorite characters for volume upon volume of love and adventure.

Outside The Law 300 DPI

Four years ago, I celebrated the release of the first book in the Lone Star Law Series. It’s a world populated with federal agents and prosecutors seeking justice. And there’s romance, because love is its own kind of justice, balancing out the differences in all of us and bringing us together. This May, the final installment of the series, Outside the Law, hits bookstore shelves and I’m excited for everyone to read the conclusion of the story that has arched over several relationships and lots of plot twists. You’ll see old friends and meet new ones, and there’s plenty of justice and lots of love. I’m so excited to share this story with you, I’d like to offer autographed copies to two winners. Leave a comment sharing what you love about a series or if you have a favorite and I’ll draw two names on Sunday, April 8th.

Thanks for reading!



  1. Hi Carsten, three cheers for the Lone Star Series — BUT I am not sure that I really want to have the last book in it ::)))


  2. I love getting immersed in a series. The characters end up feeling like your own friends and family. But, because of that, I’m also sad when the series ends.

    Haven’t gotten to this series yet. It’s on my wish list, though!


  3. One of the best things about a series is knowing that you get to revisit characters and their universe in another book. Reaching the end of a great book and not wanting to let go of the characters, wanting to check in on them later on in the future is something a series allows the reader to do, at least until the end of the series itself 🙂
    Congrats on completing this series Carsen!


  4. I definitely love series! I really like when the series go off into branches. Jae and Bridget Essex do this very well. Ann McMann’s Jericho series is also a favorite, though I haven’t had a chance to listen to the third book yet. I think any time characters are well fleshed out you want to know more about them and their world. I haven’t read any of the series you refer to, but I’ll give them all a try at some point. 🙂


  5. Great another book to read! I love all your books that I purchased. Thanks for sharing your talents and characters with us. 🙂


  6. I have a couple of your books and they are GREAT!! Please throw my name in the hat and keep up the really good work.


  7. I’ll check out your Lone Star Law series. Sounds right up my alley and, with you having practiced law, I am apt to trust that your series will shine with a degree of authenticity not found in books that just skim the surface of what lawyers do/don’t do. Highly competent women who learn a thing or two about themselves and their capacities for love against the backdrop of intrigue and suspense… I’m a huge sucker for that!

    Which brings me to a few reasons why I love series: Immersion into different worlds/cities/circumstances; Tag along with characters who grow over time (or at least change a bit/see things differently); Cameos across series books that delight; Favorite characters experience different problems to overcome; Witness author’s writing growing stronger (hopefully, lol); Have new people to love/love-to-hate when new characters are introduced; Favorite characters become your book family; The relationships are ones you want to ship (hopefully, lol); Author respects her audience when she takes series in new directions/develops different subplots but with respect to what makes her characters great (hopefully); yeah, just about everything under the sun there is to love about a good series is reason enough for me, lol.

    A series that I grew to enjoy (meaning; I purchased the paperbacks, lol)–even though, initially, the series having (sometimes) much darker subject matter than I like in my lesfic reads, which usually prompts me to make a big ole U-turn–is the Elite Operatives series by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou. The authors really capture the tension inherent in situations where women are at odds with their feelings because of occupations that make having such feelings a huge liability; so angst and tension done well. I can suspend my disbelief with certain aspects of the ‘James Bondish spy stuff’ because at the heart of the books are good characterizations of the leads and great dialogue between the leads.


  8. Books in a series has always been my preference! The extended story inherent in a series allows readers to delve deeper into fuller character storylines and makes their world more dimensional and believable! Congrats’ and continued success to you.


  9. Hope I’m not too late for the drawing. I love series novels and those that branch off briefly revisiting characters from earlier books like Jae is so good at doing. Carsen, you have done this also with some of yours.

    I’ve enjoyed the Lone Star Law series and look forward to reading the next one.

    A few others I’ve really liked, and reread several times:
    Lynn Ames – Kate & Jay and Mission: Classified
    Baldwin & Alexiou – Elite Operatives
    Cate Culpepper – Tristaine series
    Fletcher Delancey – Chronicles of Alsea
    Lori L. lake – Gun series
    Chris Paynter – Baseball series
    Ali Vali – Cain Casey series
    Caren J. Werlinger – Dragonmage saga
    Catherine M. Wilson – When Women Were Warriors
    Barbara Ann Wright – Pyradiste series

    There are actually several others but this is a fairly good sample. Keep writing Carsen.


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