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Strangers (I am Legion) (affiliate link)
You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home.
The doors are locked, the windows are barred. THERE’S NO WAY OUT.
A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences.
So what do you do? Do you run?
Do you hide?
OR DO YOU DIE?
Rachel Rowan yearns for a new start. So, ready for change and up for a challenge, she has decided to relocate to the beautiful coastal town of Swaddle, California to pursue her lifelong dream of opening her very own bakery! And, as a self-professed “Queen of Cakes”, she can’t wait to show the world what she can do!
Sadly, not everyone shares her enthusiasm.
While the majority of the locals are thrilled with her new Comfort Cakes Bake Shop, Rachel soon learns that the owner of a local café is determined to ruin her. Of course, business is business, and a bit of competition may even make things interesting! But when Rachel finds a dead body in her kitchen just before the Grand Opening and she is accused of the murder, she quickly realizes that this is more than a little friendly rivalry!
Welcome Home to Murder: Book One (affiliate link)
New Arcadia: Stage One (affiliate link)
In a not-so-distant future, a deadly pandemic has forced the world into social isolation. Confined to their homes, millions now survive off drone-delivered food packages and online-only interactions.
It’s an especially lonely life for John Chambers, a drone shipment coordinator for the monolithic Chum Corporation. Trapped in his dead-end job and having just turned 40, John’s started spending more time grinding in virtual reality MMORPGs than he does grinding for his real-world job – and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Human Resources!
But when a corporate executive notices the hundreds of hours John’s logged online, he’s offered one last chance to save his job (and his life!) Instead of getting fired, John reluctantly agrees to become Prime Beta Tester for Chum’s top-secret new VR game, New Arcadia – a digital playground inspired by iconic 90s arcade games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage.
Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer Box Set (Books 1-3) (affiliate link)
The battle to save the empire and the world begins here! Welcome to the remarkable world of Istros, a place both alien and familiar. A struggle between gods is about to unfold in a world where magic is a rarity and a dark power is growing.
A nobleman from an infamous family, a fighter, an imperial legionary officer, a hero, and a born leader… Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion in the North to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell.
What awaits Stiger is an incredible journey he could never even hope to imagine. Along the way he must rebuild his new company, gain the respect of the men he leads, survive an assassination attempt, and fight bandits, rebels, and an agent of an evil god. His companions on this journey of discovery and adventure are one of the few remaining elven rangers and a paladin on a quest for the High Father.
The Bookshop Murder (A Flora Steele Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
Sussex, 1955: When Flora Steele opens up her bookshop one morning she’s in for the surprise of her life! Because there, amongst her bookcases, is the body of a young man, with a shock of white-blond hair. But who was he? And how did he come to be there?
Determined to save her beloved bookshop’s reputation and solve the baffling mystery, Flora enlists the help of handsome and brooding Jack Carrington: crime writer, recluse and her most reliable customer.
The unlikely duo set about investigating the extraordinary case, following a lead across the sleepy village of Abbeymead to The Priory Hotel. When the hotel’s gardener dies suddenly, and they find out their victim was staying there, Flora’s suspicions are raised.
Are the two deaths connected? Is someone at the hotel responsible – the nervous cook, the money-obsessed receptionist, or the formidable manageress?
Beneath Her Skin (Port Gamble Chronicles Book 1) (affiliate link)
The girl was slumped over the edge of the old clawfoot tub, her eyes tiny shards of broken glass, her expression void of anything. Her long, wet hair dripped onto the floor. She was dead.
The night Katelyn Berkley died, everything changed…
For as long as they can remember, twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan have been able to hear the dead. With a true crime writer and psychiatric nurse for parents, the twins were taught to use their gift to give a voice to the innocent.
When the body of troubled teen Katelyn Berkley is found in her bathtub, the small town of Port Gamble is shaken to its core. The Berkley family had many problems and on the surface Katelyn’s death appears to be a cry for help gone wrong.
But soon the twins begin to receive messages from Katelyn. Something darker was behind her death. As the halls of Kingston High are rocked by the scandal, everyone from the most popular cheerleader to the class outcast could have reason to want her dead.
LIES WE NEVER SEE (“Hanna and Alex” Book 1) (affiliate link)
Charleston attorney and widowed mother, Hanna Walsh, finds herself in the cross-hairs of a dangerous crime syndicate when her husband’s murder leads to accusations she’s hiding millions in stolen money from a failed land development and they’ll do anything to get it back.
When Hanna takes refuge in the family’s ancestral beach house on Pawleys Island, the discovery of her distant great grandmother’s journal reveals she suffered similar betrayal and danger and sets off a dual tale of deception and peril in this emotional and twisting saga of love, betrayal, murder and hard fought deliverance.
If you love mystery and suspense with twisting plots, compelling characters and settings that will sweep you away, find out why readers are “binging” the Amazon #1 bestselling “Hanna and Alex”series.
Snowblind: A Thriller (The Dark Iceland Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from Ragnar Jonasson, an extraordinary new talent.
Where: An isolated fishing village in the fjords of northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors.
Who: Ari Thór is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavík.
What: A young woman is found lying half naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
House Next Door (affiliate link)
An unparalleled picture of that vibrant but dark intersection where the Old and the New South collide.
Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they’d believed would always remain undeveloped. Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can’t be haunted, yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.
Whisper of the Moon Moth (affiliate link)
For nineteen-year-old Estelle Thompson, going to the cinema is more than a way to pass the time…it’s a way out. In 1931 in Calcutta, Anglo-Indian girls like Estelle are considered half-breeds, shunned by both English and Indian society. Her only escape is through the silver screen, where she can forget the world around her.
When Estelle catches the eye of a dashing American heir with connections to a major motion-picture studio, he also captures her heart. Soon, Estelle has a one-way ticket to London and a recommendation for a screen test.
To get to the top, she must keep her Indian heritage concealed—and so begins her new identity as movie goddess Merle Oberon. But just as her dreams are poised to come true, she discovers that her own family is keeping a much more shocking secret from her—one that changes everything she’s believed about her past.
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