The Blackmail Flour Trail (Slice of Paradise Cozy Mysteries Book 3)
How exciting! Faith, Laura & Grandma Bessie have made it to the final round of the Cupcake-Baking Contest! They’ve met, and beaten, some interesting folks along the way and now they’re so close to winning the $50,000 prize they can taste it!
But things are about to take a nasty turn.
When their competitor for the final round is found murdered, not only does it look like the contest will have to be cancelled, but the police immediately suspect Faith & her team of being involved. After all, there is a lot of money at stake. Plus, there’s the topic of evidence…evidence that seems to point right at Faith.
Can Faith help clear her own name of murder? Can she help find the real murderer? And will all the hard work she’s put into winning the contest be for nothing?
Alas, She Drowned (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries Book 1)
Murder. Betrayal. Tea and Scones.
When ex-novice nun, turned steamy romance writer, Maggie O’Flynn moves to the charming village of Stratford Upon Avondale to open a tea room she expects plenty of murders, betrayal, and duplicity. On the stages of the town’s renowned Shakespeare Festival. But when a theater critic is found murdered on the town’s riverbank and the prime suspect turns out to be the sexy bookshop owner Maggie has had her eye on, she takes matters into her own hands. Will she be able to dig through the layers of betrayal and duplicity to find the true murderer before that handsome bookseller, Nate Larimer, finds himself behind bars? With the help of her loud, brash, spitfire of a friend, Gina Mattucci, Maggie plans to do just that.
When fate give Tess Graham a second chance at finding happiness after an abusive relationship, will it come unknowingly at the expense of the handsome cowboy she’s hired to do a few repairs on the farmhouse she’s renting? Gabe Russell knows the perky city girl isn’t going to last long living the country life, but he doesn’t expect that while he’s helping make her dreams a reality, that he’ll finding himself wanting more than getting his house back.
The Necklace III: London, July 1967
When Susan’s son confesses that her husband is having an affair with his new paralegal, Susan is in disbelief. After all, she and Donald have been married for almost 45 years; it just doesn’t seem possible!
Devastated at the thought of Donald having an affair with a woman five years older than herself and a bit on the frumpy side, Susan begins toying with her necklace again allowing unbidden thoughts of James, a member of the most famous band of all time, to invade her mind and heart.
Does the necklace hold some kind of magical power? Dare she return to the past to be with James once again and, if so, will he hate her for what she did?
Last Woman Hanged
In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa’s husbands had died suddenly and the Crown, convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic, put her on trial an extraordinary four times in order to get a conviction, to the horror of many in the legal community. Louisa protested her innocence until the end.
Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial. Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter, May, who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand. Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law — except when it came to the gallows. They could not vote or stand for parliament — or sit on juries. Against this background, a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life, arguing that a legal system comprised only of men — male judges, all-male jury, male prosecutor, governor and Premier — could not with any integrity hang a woman.
The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain
The Glitter Dome
It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets. On payday the groupies mingle there with off-duty LAPD cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn and Al Mackey, who get assigned the case of a murdered Hollywood studio boss who may have been involved in some very strange and dangerous filmmaking. Hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others, this book was likened by theNew York Daily News to a “one-two combination that leaves the reader reeling.”
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Historical Fiction > African
At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti–to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.
Temp Girl: part 2 of 6 (Kindle Single)
In TEMP GIRL, an entitled diva is forced to take a job at a temp agency to get by, and takes a tumble into reality. A laugh-out-loud romantic mystery!
This TEMP GIRL, Part 2 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments: AUGUST.
The Part 1 novella is JULY, Part 2 is AUGUST, Part 3 is SEPTEMBER, Part 4 is OCTOBER, Part 5 is NOVEMBER, part 6 is DECEMBER.
Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the land of Ionandar, the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone – indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.
Sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf.
Finding Emma (Finding Emma Series Book 1)
A mother’s near-obsessive devotion to her missing daughter threatens to destroy more than one family.
Megan is the harried but happy stay-at-home mother of three little girls living in a small town. Her life implodes when her youngest daughter, Emma, disappears on her third birthday.
Two years later, Megan is preparing to commemorate Emma’s birthday and the anniversary of her kidnapping, compelled to keep her name alive in the minds of her community and her family. Her commitment to Emma, however, borderlines on obsession as she follows the families of little girls who look like the daughter she lost.
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
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