Broken Build

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Genre: Romantic Suspense Mystery
Broken Build

When a woman wrongs a man… can a man forgive and love?

Jen Jones wasn't a criminal. She just made a few bad choices and ruined a few lives, primarily that of her boss, CEO Dave Jewell. When her blackmailer is murdered, she becomes the next target.

Dave Jewell protects Jen because she holds the key to his company's code. What he doesn't expect is love, lies, and a link to his past. Jen must solve the mystery and thwart a ruthless killer while keeping her heart from being broken.


She headed down Trimble and turned left on Zanker. She needed to install a new fileserver. There was only one other car in the parking lot. She pulled next to it and hit the curb. Damn. She reversed it a bit and cut the engine.

A chilly gust blew dried leaves in a circle on the sidewalk. Jen locked her car and bent to examine the damage, a cracked spoiler. Her brand new Eclipse. She dropped her keys and spit on her finger to rub out the black scratch.

The car next to her stood higher and stretched over the sidewalk. That’s why she had misjudged. Her eyes widened. Dried brownish streaks flaked off the front of the grill. And there was no mud on the sidewalk. She picked off a flake and noticed a tuft of black hair pinched to the license plate holder.

Jen backed from the car and dropped her backpack. She must not scream. Drive away. Pretend she didn’t see it. Whose car was this?

She stooped to retrieve her keys. A pair of trousered legs met her on the way up. The scream erupted from her throat as strong hands clamped her wrists.

Steel grey eyes bore into hers. “Calm down. Stop fighting me. Are you here to install the NetApp?”

Jen’s breaths scattered from her throat. She tried to pull away, but the man, the CEO, the founder, Dave what’s his name, held her arms and brought her into the building.

“Let me go,” Jen cried. “I forgot something. I’m sorry. I can’t work today.”

“Look, it’s only a little front end damage. I know it’s a new car and everything. I’m sure insurance would take care of it.” He handed her the backpack.

He appeared calm, too calm to have blood on his car. Jen’s brain burst with silent screams. She forced herself to breathe evenly. Don’t be stupid. A CEO wouldn’t be driving a Camry.

What Readers Think:
Amazing chemistry, and Dave always worrying about Jen, so romantic!
- Roopa Prabhu, software engineer

Full of suspense, mystery, humor, and romance. Techy, but never boring!
- Flara J. Richards

A mind-teasing mystery and captivating romantic tale where forgiveness is the key.
- C.K. Raggio

When truth collides with hope -- another riveting tale sure to keep you guessing!
- Melisa Hamling, Bestselling Author of Twenty Weeks

Keeps you up way past bedtime, chasing bad guys and falling in love.
- Chantel Rhondeau, Author of Always and Forever

Blog Appearances:
Character Interview on Melinda Dozier's Blog - Dave Jewell raves about his hot female build engineer.

Interview with Cherie Reich - From princess to build engineer, archaeology to software, Rachelle Ayala makes the transition from historical fiction to contemporary romance.

Guest Post on Christina McKnight's Blog - News Flash: Broken Build Publishes Ahead of Schedule

Character Interview on Chantel Rhondeau's Blog - Jennifer Cruz Jones hides no more, talks about her sexy boss, Dave Jewell

Interview with Andrea Buginsky - Dave's vulnerability and Jen's empathy bring them together, but will the truth tear them apart?

The Coffee Addicted Writer Reviews Broken Build

Infinite Dreams Reviews Broken Build

Guest Post on Wenona Hulsey's "Is It In Your Blood?" Blog - Writing Past Pain

Guest Post on Amy Manemann's Blog - Write What You Know

Interview on Rayne Cullen's Blog - Jen and Dave, Silicon Valley's Power Couple


  1. Didn't you tell me to take "handsome" out of my book blurb? ;-) I think it would be stronger without it :) Same on "athletic and trim." Since Jen worked her way through 24 Hour Fitness, I think it's implied that she has those qualities. I'm excited to read this story when you post on CC!

  2. looking forward to reading when you start posting. sounds quite intriguing.

  3. Your writing amazes me! I don't know how you whip up a story so quick. I'm dying to read more of Broken Build! Hurry up and start posting more at CC!

  4. I finished my first revision today. The last 1/3 of the book has been changed.

  5. hi Rachelle, the Silicon Valley setting is a familiar one to me in RL. I've always wondered why there aren't more suspense and thriller novels set here :)

    1. Yes, true. All that money, venture capital, stress, long working hours, and of course the cool technology! Broken Build will be out Nov 2012.