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Twenty years ago, a young cop named Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels arrested one of the most sadistic killers she’d ever encountered. She has since retired from the Chicago Police Department in order to raise her toddler daughter.
But old grudges never die. They fester until the right opportunity comes along.
While on vacation in the Wisconsin north woods, Jack learns–too late–that her old adversary is out of prison. He has revenge on his mind. And he’s bringing an army with him.
Outnumbered, outgunned, and cut off from the outside world, Jack Daniels is about to learn the meaning of last stand.
Balloon: Altitude (The Balloon Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Great things never come from comfort zones. In an era of exploration like never before, they must rise to the challenge. And dare to fall.
Fable Sky, the world’s largest zero-pressure helium balloon, embarks on its inaugural flight into the stratosphere.
The space tourism project has taken many years, the assembly of a highly trained crew and a small fortune to get off the ground. If everything goes well, it will be a flight of discovery and transformation, a triumph of the human imagination. Furthermore, the commercial possibilities will ensure a prosperous future, targeting people yearning for a taste of space.
When the mission is turned upside down at 138,000 feet, things quickly spin out of control, putting the crew’s lives in danger. It will need the project leader and captain, Will, to draw on all his experience and pull them together for what will be an event that could change the course of human history – and possibly end it.
Missing Charlie (affiliate link)
Folk singer Nona May Taylor had it all until a jealous witch cursed her into old age after a kiss she barely remembers. Now she’s traded her fame and fortune for a secluded cabin in the Montana wilderness.
When she finds an injured hiker in her woods, she knows cute and charming Charlie is her last chance to find true love, the only thing that will break the curse.
But Charlie has secrets, something is lurking in the woods around the cabin, and as Nona grows younger, the witch grows suspicious. Before winter’s end, Nona will have to decide how hard she is willing to fight to win her life back, and how much she is willing to risk for true love.
Fault Lines (affiliate link)
When the unthinkable happens…
When her best friend disappears from a party at a haunted house attraction, Laurie Arbo fears the worst. Ashley would not just up and leave. As days turn into weeks, it becomes clear that she is not coming back. But without a body, proving that a crime has been committed—let alone unmasking the culprit—is a tall order.
The truth should come first.
All eyes are on Ashley’s boyfriend, who is being cagey. But Laurie’s own partner, Nate, is keeping secrets too. On that fateful night, his clothes were covered in blood, which he swears wasn’t Ashley’s. Refusing to accept the man she loves might be a murderer, Laurie decides to believe him. Yet, unable to put the past behind them, they drift apart.
The Moon Pool & The Metal Monster: Science Fantasy Novels (affiliate link)
“The Metal Monster” – Dr. Goodwin is on a botanical expedition in the Himalayas. There he meets Dick Drake, the son of one of his old science acquaintances. They are witnesses of a strange aurora-like effect, but seemingly a deliberate one. As they go out to investigate, they meet Goodwin’s old friends Martin and Ruth Ventnor, brother and sister scientists. The group is saved from death in the mountains by a magnificent woman they get to know as Norhala. They are led to a hidden valley occupied by what they name “The Metal Monster”, a strange metal city occupied by the metal animate Things Norhala commands.
New Dawn (Felidian Warriors Book 1) (affiliate link)
Brooke awakens to find the world as she knew it is gone. Leading a small band of humans, she’s determined to reclaim what the aliens have taken from her. What she doesn’t count on is the huge man, who looks human, but not quite.
Dante Balliol is a prince and heir from the planet Felidia. Caught unaware, him and his brother are captured by their enemies, the Terrapians. They manage to escape, but not before Dante’s ship is destroyed. Now, stranded on a primitive planet, he joins the humans in their quest to bring down the invaders and rescue the other captives.
Can they work together? Time is running out. Not only for their loved ones, but the entire planet as well. Pick up the first book in this series as Brooke and Dante battle the Terrapians and fight to save the world.
Not My Daughter (affiliate link)
My darling girl, you lie so still, lashes fanning your cheeks, golden hair spread across your pillow. You’re so beautiful my heart aches. Your breath is so soft I can barely hear it, but at least I can see the steady rise and fall of your chest, every breath a promise. You’re still here. I’ve still got you. For now.
Milly has always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted, she longs for a powerful connection with a child of her own. So, when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, she’s heartbroken.
Milly can barely believe it when her best friend and Matt’s brother offer to be donors. With everyone accepting and open, Milly believes nothing could go wrong.
But none of the four are prepared for their feelings when Milly gives birth to beautiful baby Alice.
Bad Alibi (Redemption Book 1) (affiliate link)
Having grown up trapped in a gilded cage, the events of one tragic night changed everything.
Farah Highland was raised with more money than most people could ever dream of, but with that wealth and privilege came cold indifference and cruelty. Determined to start living for herself, Farah cut ties with everything and everyone she’d ever known for the chance at starting over in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Notorious town playboy, Cannon Banks grew up living the good life. He had it all, loving parents, good friends, and a face and body that drove women wild. Love and commitment were the last things on his mind . . . until he locked eyes with a woman across a crowded bar, and everything changed in a heartbeat.
Midnight Blue (affiliate link)
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Guess what? I didn’t listen.I signed the contract. World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow.
He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.
Mackenzie’s Mountain (Mackenzie Family Saga Book 1) (affiliate link)
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (affiliate link)
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth have grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages — not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
Too Much Trouble (affiliate link)
Everyone’s out to kill him. . . Easier said than done.
Some call him a loser on a motorcycle. Others call him a criminal. But when a robbery gone wrong lands him in the middle of a cartel war, Trouble finds that everyone agrees on what he is: wanted dead or alive.
Working an under-the-table job as a courier for a dispensary in Denver, Colorado, Trouble makes deliveries to strange locations. The banks won’t take the money, so an underground banking operation has sprung up to keep the booming marijuana business rolling in the dough. But this operation is easy pickings for the cartels warring for control of Denver’s underground drug market.
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