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The Caregiver

(The Caregiver, #1)

Scarlett Lang always dreamt of becoming an Interpol agent. When her hard work pays off and she's given the chance to work as an undercover agent with London's biggest drug lord, Armand Sayer, she can't help being ecstatic about it. She's employed by Armand's sister (to aid in his recovery from a gun attack) as both caregiver and bodyguard.

Her resourcefulness in both areas helps her win much more than Armand's trust, to the dismay of both his right-hand man and her ex-boyfriend / colleague.

As she makes her way into the business she swore to help tear down, she's faced with the dilemma of choosing between being loyal to her profession or her heart. And we all know it can't be both.


Publication date: May, 2012




The Caregiver Vignettes


Four vignettes that take place before Book 1 of The Caregiver Series and one that takes place during. Companion to the first book and a teaser for the second one. Features introductions to four characters from Book 2: Bradley, Ollie, Cat, and Roberto.

Before Book 1:
On how Scarlett learnt about her mission
On how Scarlett got the job
On how Scarlett got into this mess in the first place
On how Scarlett thought the ‘becoming an agent thing’ over

During Book 1:
On how Scarlett met some of Armand’s most trusted men


Publication date: November 2012





(The Caregiver, #2)

When she pulled the trigger on her supervisor, Scarlett thought she was saving the life of the man she loves while at the same time freeing herself from her duties with the Interpol. She couldn't have been more wrong.

Now a new boss has stepped in, assigning her to a mission that will reveal the truth of her recruitment with the agency and forcing her to fly to Puerto Rico to meet with her grandfather, world famous hit man, Adrian Lang.

For Armand, it's the perfect wedding destination and an opportunity to help her mend her relationship with her grandfather. For her, it's an open invitation for both friends and foes from the past to drag her back into the hell she fought so hard to leave behind.

Yet one question troubles her the most: Will her relationship with Armand remain unchanged after her past is exposed?


Publication date: May 31st 2013

The Beast

(The Caregiver, #3)

The trip to Puerto Rico proves to be even worse than the nightmare Scarlett thought it would. Adrian's assassination starts what becomes a series of revelations that will bring her face to face with demons from her past.

Stakes get higher as she learns this is more than a government conspiracy but a personal vendetta led by a man scarred by the same two people who made Scarlett's early years a living hell.

Everyone she loves is in danger and she's vowed to protect them no matter what. And they've vowed to fight by her side in return. What she isn't counting on is that in love and war, sacrifices must be made.


Publication date: January 7, 2014




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Stories About Love
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At the Corner of Mars and Neptune (Stories About Love)

Lena is a female drug dealer. Noah is a police detective trying to solve a murder case to which Lena is the only witness. Thing is, she can't remember a thing, and her life is too much of a mess for her to care. He cares, though. A bit too much. Enough to think that he can save himself by saving her. But the streets always claim what's theirs.

Publication date: May 2013


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About Me

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I still live, work, play, and dream of travelling the world. I write the kind of stories I like to read, filled with action, a healthy dose of romance (all we need is love, right?), and murder. Ever since my first short story anthology Four Short Stories by Artistikem I've been publishing my own books via self-publishing -a topic I'm very passionate about, to the point of making it my Masters' thesis subject. I also do graphic and film work.




News & Events

January 21, 2014- Interview featured over at Indie Author Land. Read it here.

January 7, 2014- The Beast (Book 3 of The Caregiver Series) is released.

May 21, 2013- Featured in El Nuevo Día's article Yo Lo Escribo, Yo Lo Publico by Ana Teresa Toro on the subject of self-publishing. Print and Online version.



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