Little Miss Straight Lace is the first of three books in the series Unbreakable. It is a complete story of about 65K words (~200 paperback pages), but leaves many threads dangling to be resolved in Books Two and Three.
The Series: The Unbreakable Series consists of Book One: Little Miss Straight Lace, Book Two: Little Girl Lost, and Book Three: Daddy’s Little Girls.
Unbreakable is the story of Josie Natale, a dedicated researcher who lives and works in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. When Josie learns a bit too much about her client’s new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in these novels of mystery, romance, and suspense that take the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page.
Praise for The Unbreakable Series:
“Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read.”
—Molly Martin, for Midwest Book Review.
“There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read.”
—Readers Favorite, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer.
“…a great beach read…all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
—Author A.J. Braithwaite.
Read a snippet (from Book 3):
Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy. We just—”
“O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!”
Nic’s pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
“Y-you know—your girl.”
“Y-yeah. You know…petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda…” The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
Nic pursed his lips. “Okay. I know what she looks like.” He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about? ‘Your watch’. ‘Took care of her’. Where? When?”
“Come on, you know…” The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator—a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
“Well, uh, well…”
Nic took another step.
The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn’t know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”
Maria Elizabeth Romana has a background in research statistics, with experience in pyscho-social, pharmaceutical, and marketing research. She also spent six years as a volunteer and board member at the women’s center in Durham, NC. She has published articles on several websites, has an award-winning romantic mystery series to her credit, and is working on another. Her educational background includes degrees in mathematics and business. Maria lives in the Raleigh-Durham area with her husband, two children and a very large dog.