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What readers are saying:

“Isa is quirky, fallible and determined to fulfill her purpose against all odds and oddities she encounters on her wild ride into the underworld….a well crafted story, and a very enjoyable read… looking forward to the next wild ride with Isa!” – R. Schumacher

An exciting read and page turner!” – Anne

The author did a great job weaving a plot of corruption, drugs, faith, and romance. It was difficult to tell who were corrupt and who were playing both sides. The villain was also well crafted as a person who had ‘some’ humanity, though misguided. I had serious belly laughs when Isa tried to determine ‘what level of crazy’ Awena landed on. Overall very entertaining. Read this in one day and pretty much ignored everything else. Great work!” – Patricia

I have not sat and read a book cover to cover in two days in 25 years. From the opening paragraph you get engaged in the character development and an immediate twist. Just when you begin to figure it out the author shifts from one twist in the plot to another. Good writing style, humor, a bit of sarcasm scattered with God’s truth all in one. Will be waiting anxiously for a possible sequel.” — Augustus

Fans of Rachel Dekker are in for a treat with Calculated Risk. L.G. Westlake’s heart-pounding debut is a suspense ride you won’t soon forget!” – Lori Bates Wright, Author

L.G.’s unique gift of creating fearless, compelling characters and weaving a suspenseful story escorts the reader on this thrill ride.” – C. B.

Calculated Risk is a fun and fast novel. The characters will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book.” – Jill West

L.G. Westlake is a top-notch writer. Her writing and  storytelling abilities will keep readers satisfied for years to come.” – Larry J. Leech, II, Author, Coach

Suspenseful and fun page-turner! You will fall in love with the characters. Warning though: you will lose sleep staying up too late following those characters! Truly hoping for a sequel.” – Pam

So many twists and turns! I could not read at night; too exciting! I loved the main characters and hope to see them again very soon! Movie worthy. Well done:)!” Knitgirl

calculated risk

Top Forensic Accountant with the Houston Police Department, Isabella (Isa) Phillips is unhinged. Her newlywed husband was found murdered in Albuquerque. But he was supposed to be on an undercover narcotics assignment in Houston. Isa’s composed world unravels when investigators fail to provide answers to her mounting questions. Ignoring undercover rules and protocols, she quits her desk job and heads to Albuquerque’s seedy drug underworld in search of answers. But when she finds herself joined to a by-the-book FBI agent on assignment, she discovers her life is really an illusion. Thrust into a world of deceit ruled by a power-hungry cartel leader, each of Isa’s defense mechanisms are threatened and more—she’s put her own life at risk.

Meet Isa.

She’s headstrong, determined, and on top of her game as the lead accountant at HPD. But the past keeps showing up and disrupting what she’s worked hard to build — an orderly life that is very different from the chaos she grew up in.

She’s an accountant because math is perfect. She’s a baker because baking is precise. She’s a grieving widow because her husband — a man she really didn’t know — was murdered.

Get to know Isa when Calculated Risks is released in May, 2021.


Calculated Risks — Why this book?

I believe there is a superhero inside each of us. My God-given passion is to help people unearth their inner superpower and make a difference in the world. In this book, Isa Phillips is a woman looking to control her circumstances with processes and spreadsheets. But when her world unravels . . . well, you will have to read the book to find out what happens. But know this — all though Isa’s story involves deceit, lies, and murder, you won’t find her journey so very different from your own. From ordinary to extraordinary — there’s a superhero in you.

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