The Cause Lives by Marie W. Watts is out now. Alice Arden can’t wait to retire in eighteen months, but her boss at the federal discrimination and harassment agency she works at has other ideas. She assigns Alice to head a newly created task force responsible for catching more lawbreakers, and Alice can’t refuse.
Already burned out and suffering from a worsening disability that might put her in a wheelchair, Alice finds more than she bargained for in her new team with racism, a sociophobe, and hidden agendas at play. Threats on their lives because of a case they’re working on drive Alice to the bottle until she discovers an unnerving secret. Forget retirement. Alice is about to embark on delivering justice in the sexual harassment case of her career, and if she goes down, it’ll be with guns blazing.
Meanwhile, Only A Pawn, Watt’s second book in the trilogy, will be published in late spring. Alice’s struggles to meld her dysfunctional team into a crack federal investigative unit bringing workplace discriminators to justice have paid off. She doesn’t regret the corners she cut to mete out justice. But one egregious offender continues to elude her. As she fights to nail the affluent, arrogant sex harasser, obstacles appear.
To make matters worse, a new employee, Royce, sends the office into chaos. All the while, the staff’s personal problems distract from their essential work. The stress and anxiety send Alice into rehab. Meanwhile, her team attempts to fend off the federal auditor bent on ending Alice’s career over her shoddy recordkeeping and failure to adhere to the rules. Barely surviving a brutal grilling from a House subcommittee, Alice senses the harasser will go free. Will a white knight arrive in time to rescue Alice from checkmate?
These contemporary women’s crime fiction novels with a strong female lead character and a diverse group of secondary characters is a great read for book clubs. Marie would be delighted to Skype into your group discussions too. You can contact her through her website.
Author Marie W. Watts is a former discrimination investigator and human resource consultant. In pursuit of justice in the workplace, Marie has been from jails to corporate boardrooms seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly of humans at work. She now brings her experiences to life in the Warriors for Equal Rights Trilogy. Marie is also the co-author of Human Relations, 4th ed. Additionally, her work has been published in the Texas Bar Journal and the Houston Business Journal, as well as featured on Issues Today. Marie and her husband live on a ranch in central Texas. In her spare time, she supports a historic house and hangs out with her grandsons.