I'm the author of the Leonardo da Vinci mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime (THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, A BOLT FROM THE BLUE)and the upcoming BLACK CAT BOOKSHOP MYSTERY serie, written as Ali Brandon. I've also published historical romance written as Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard. I've contributed to several anthologies, writing mystery, fantasy, and western short stories. I'm a native Texan transplanted to S. Florida. Besides writing I enjoy reading, gardening, yoga, belly dancing, and paranormal investigation.