A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One
A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he’s hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.
Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.
History and the paranormal collide in A Hidden Fire, the first book in the bestselling Elemental Mysteries series and semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.
Still Kicking: A Lainie Lovett Mystery (The Lainie Lovett Mysteries Book 1)
Lainie Lovett has three passions: her two nearly-grown children, her fourth-grade students at the Hopwell School, and the Rockettes, her recreational soccer team. One evening after soccer practice, she’s startled to spot the husband of one of her teammates canoodling with another woman in a local eatery. She’s even more shocked when he turns up dead the next day. And more shocked yet when she winds up under suspicion as an accessory to murder. But Lainie is smart and she’s stubborn. She’ll figure out who killed her teammate’s husband—if she can stay out of jail, if she can stay alive, and if she can hang onto her sense of humor.
Beatdown in Bangkok (The Stetson Jeff Adventures Book 1)
When fate brings the family business an offer that sounds just a little too good to be true, Jeff Stetson heads to the wild and wonderous city of Bangkok to take a closer look at their potential business partners. There he discovers that the world outside of Texas is full of surprises, friends, enemies, and Pad Thai. Entered into a Muay Thai tournament after making an angry wager, Stetson Jeff will have to muster all his courage and fortitude if he wants to keep his pride and save face — literaly. Can one young Texan learn the ways of Muay Thai mastery in time to overcome the forces of injustice?
The Rain (A Post-Apocalyptic Story) (The Rain Trilogy Book 1)
There are a lot of stories about how the rain started.
The thing that always comes to mind first isn’t the how though, it’s the how much. Russell still does the math too: 15, 5,400, and 8,550. 15 inches a day, 5,400 a year, and 8,550 feet since the start.
We have no idea if it’s accurate. But it’s important to think about it, he says, because it reminds us to keep moving. I’m Tanner. Russell plucked me from the rain when I was two.
Fourteen years ago we left Philadelphia. As the water rose, we moved west, hoping the elevation would keep us warm and dry. Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls, Rapid City. Now we’re stranded on the islands in Wyoming. Russell thinks they used to be the Bighorn mountains. But we can’t go back now. There’s no warm and there’s no dry anymore.
Back in the Saddle (Jessica Brodie #1)
On the tail end of another heartache, Jessica decides she’s had enough. Enough parties, enough mistakes, and enough of this rut she’s thrown herself into. She leaves L.A. for a job in Texas to wipe the slate clean.
If only it were that easy.
Not one night in Texas and she meets the most ruggedly handsome cowboy she’s ever seen. William Davies has it all: wealth, prestige, and any woman he wants. He’s way out of her league.
But he’s never met a sassy girl like her before.
Sparks fly as opposites attract in this laugh out loud romance.
The Secret Affair (Jennifer Morgan # 1)
Economic downturn has business partners Jennifer and Amber struggling to keep their NYC-based advertising firm afloat. Desperate to survive the corporate, dog-eat-dog world, they sign a shady business deal with highly successful Blackwood Advertising.
A deadly love triangle ensues when Jennifer finds herself in the throes of CEO William Blackwood’s dark yet irresistible charms. But Amber had already fallen hard for him, and her friendship and partnership with Jennifer begins to crumble. How far must a determined Jennifer go to be with the man she loves while keeping her friendship and her company from being destroyed?
Fans of Catherine Coulter, Iris Johansen and Sandra Brown will enjoy this explosive story of power, scandals, and love. THE SECRET AFFAIR is the first suspense novel in the Jennifer Morgan series.
Project – 16
Miller is the last Englishman. It’s not a title he enjoys because it means that whenever the looters and the treasure hunters come across the Atlantic to the ruins of his country, it’s his job to hunt them down. That is, if the packs of wild dogs don’t kill them first. Or the collapsing buildings. Or the disease.
Miller soon finds himself helping a former US Ranger, Claudia Riley, hunt for her missing nephew who’s disappeared somewhere in England. The US want him found too – him and his Russian girlfriend who they suspect are planning to stage a terrorist attack from one of the many underground bunkers that now lie empty. All is not what it seems however as they soon find themselves under attack from a US jet that leaves Riley critically injured.
Bringing all his training and survival skills to bear, Miller has to keep the US Ranger alive despite the sudden onset of a harsh winter and the roaming packs of starving dogs.
In Bob Tarte’s home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it’s the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who’s trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives. But not until this modern-day Noah’s Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob’s world spins out of control—does he realize that this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual anchor. It is their alien presence, their sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior that both drive Bob crazy and paradoxically return him to sanity.
Always for You: Jack: A Sergeant Joe’s Boys Novel
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No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business. An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires.
Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier. Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction.
The Last Cavalier
Confederate cavalry captain Jason Tarkenton is fighting the battle of his life, desperate to save his fellow comrades-in-arms from their hated Yankee enemies. Suddenly, he hears a thunderous crack in the sky. The earth beneath his feet begins to shift as he is engulfed in darkness and mist.
Virginian Vickie Knox has spent most of her life listening to her grandfather’s tales about the Civil War. To humor his obsession, she agrees to don authentic garb for their farming town’s reenactment of a battle. But the stranger in rebel uniform who accosts her and takes her captive isn’t part of the festivities. He’s the real deal—a soldier in Robert E. Lee’s army who left unfinished business back in 1862.
Neither of them expects to fall in love. If Jason returns to the past, he could change the course of history—and risk losing Vickie forever. Unless she is willing to gamble her future on a love stronger than time itself . . .
Following the breakup of her marriage, Rachael retreats to the old beachhouse in Jenny’s Cove, where she once lived with her grandmother. It is the one place where she had always felt safe and loved. Devasted and lost, Rachael longs for the simplicity of her childhood.
But Jenny’s Cove has changed. From the moment of Rachael’s arrival, a man watches. He has already killed, and mercilessly will do so again. Soon Rachael becomes a target for a vicious predator whose own dark and twisted past forms a deadly bond between them.
And sets her on a collision course with a crazed killer.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The twenty-four linked tales in Alexie’s debut collection—an instant classic—paint an unforgettable portrait of life on and around the Spokane Indian Reservation, a place where “Survival = Anger x Imagination,” where HUD houses and generations of privation intertwine with history, passion, and myth.
We follow Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the longwinded storyteller no one really listens to; his half-hearted nemesis, Victor, the basketball star turned recovering alcoholic; and a wide cast of other vividly drawn characters on a haunting journey filled with humor and sorrow, resilience and resignation, dreams and reality. Alexie’s unadulterated honesty and boundless compassion come together in a poetic vision of a world in which the gaps between past and present are not really gaps after all.
Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
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In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. After just three days on the job, the privileged but sheltered young woman was presented to the President himself. Almost immediately, the two began an affair that would continue for the next eighteen months. Emotionally unprepared to counter the President’s charisma and power, Mimi was also ill-equipped to handle the feelings of isolation that would follow as she fell into the double life of a college student who was also the secret lover of the most powerful man in the world. After the President’s assassination in Dallas, she grieved alone, locked her secret away, and tried to start a new life, only to be blindsided by her past.
The Girl in the Empty Dress (Bennett Sisters Book 2)
Merle Bennett is turning fifty, and her four sisters are helping her celebrate by going to France on a walking tour of the Dordogne. But one sister invites along a law colleague whose annoying ways upset what Merle had hoped would be just ‘wine, women, and walking.’ When Gillian Sargent, the sixth wheel, finds an injured dog beside the road the idyllic summer vacation takes a dark and dangerous turn. Why is the dog special? Who is after her? And what will they do to get the dog back?
Truffles, wine, romance, and intrigue in the heart of France.
All five Bennett sisters are lawyers. One is writing a blog about their trip, baring family details. As the intrigue heats up, one of Merle’s boyfriends shows up from New York while her French boyfriend arrives unexpectedly. The delicate karma of sisterhood is rife with bickering, tears, and French law as the questions about Gillian Sargent pile up.
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