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Justice Matters: Three Mystery Novels (affiliate link)
Congressional chief of staff Dave O’Brien is salivating at the prospects for advancement in the wake of a tragic plane crash that has opened the way for his boss, Congressman Noah Sebring, to take over the powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee. But Dave has a problem: he’s received a threatening e-mail accompanied by a photo of a young intern, bound and gagged.
The missing girl’s father, unhappy with Dave’s explanations about his daughter’s whereabouts, hires a reporter, Nick DaPrato, to go to Washington and “shake things up.” DaPrato has his own credibility issues, since his newspaper fired him for making up sources on an exposé of local corruption. As the battle for the chairmanship heats up, Dave tries to protect his job, while Nick struggles to keep the search for the intern on the front burner in this epic tale of duplicity and deceit in the nation’s capital.
Dropkick My Heart (Powerhouse M.A. Book 1) (affiliate link)
Life on the competition circuit was fast-paced and exciting, but now Kellan is ready to settle down and stay in his own bed for longer than a week. Kellan thought he had it all figured out, except he didn’t figure in the sassy barista next door.
Molly saved every penny she had to buy the quirky coffee shop on the corner. Now her quiet little piece of heaven is being threatened by the grunting and yelling from the karate studio next door. Surely one doesn’t need to scream so much, right?
With Molly throwing down the gauntlet to quiet down or shut down, Kellan does the only thing he can do. Take off the sparring gloves, and show the barista just what Powerhouse Martial Arts is all about.
Sweater Weather: 4 Romances to Keep You Warm (affiliate link)
The town bad boy is back to clear his name
Firefighter Sean Marcus left Jupiter Point thirteen years ago in disgrace, but now he’s coming home to set the record straight. As the leader of the new Jupiter Point Hotshots wildfire crew, he’s out to prove he’s no longer the troubled boy who fled after a night of shocking violence. He’s returned for one reason only–and it’s not to fall in love. But that plan goes up in smoke the minute he sets eyes on Evie McGraw, all grown up and gorgeous.
The town sweetheart has a secret
Evie has never spoken about the night that changed her life. But she can’t escape it, especially now that her brother’s wild friend Sean is back. Rugged, sexy and impossible to ignore, he’s the only one who knows what truly happened. Evie gave up everything to protect her family, but now, she has to make a choice. Keep silent…or put her heart on the line and let Sean help heal the past?
THE THIRD SISTER (affiliate link)
Jenny’s sister is missing. And so is her secret.
Jenny Payne lives in the shadow of her sisters.After years of caring for her chronically ill mother, having put her own life on hold, Jenny feels invisible.
Late one night after a long shift at work, angry after an altercation with their boss, Jenny and her younger sister are involved in a hit-and-run.When Jenny comes to, her sister has mysteriously disappeared, and she has a vague recollection of a whispered secret. From her hospital bed, she pieces together her sister’s secret life and wonders if the hit-and-run was an accident, or a deliberate act?Returning home to her overbearing mother, unsure whether her younger sister is still alive, Jenny succumbs to debilitating depression.
Dragons Are a Girl’s Best Friend (Fangs and Feathers Book 1) (affiliate link)
My name’s Lyra Ridley, and I run headlong into supernatural danger for a living.
Of course, that’s not how I sold the job to my adoptive vampire dad. Or what I put on my dating profile for that matter. And I do have a wet-your-pants-level terrifying dragon partner rushing headlong into danger with me. But she, like my unusual magic, is frequently more hazard than help.
Despite all that, I love my job protecting the streets of post-magic-revolution Las Vegas—where humans and supernaturals live side-by-side, or are at least having a stab at it. So when I get suspended and some jackass takes my city hostage? Yeah, there’s going to be hell to pay.
Even if it means I have to team up with a mysterious supernatural I know nothing about—except that he has pointy ears, a rod up his backside, questionable priorities, and could kill me with his eyes closed.
Target One (The Spy Game—Book #1) (affiliate link)
Jacob Snow—elite soldier-turned-CIA agent, haunted by his tortured past—is one of the CIA’s greatest assets, and is dispatched when the stakes are highest. When an ancient Egyptian relic goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Jacob knows this is no run-of-the-mill robbery: the relic holds a secret—one that could destroy everything.
Jacob seeks out a mysterious and beautiful archeologist, whose brilliance is needed on the case. Together, they must partner to decode the archeological riddles and stop the terrorists before it is too late.
Yet as they race to recover the stolen artifact, they soon find themselves in the midst of a conspiracy bigger than anything they could have imagined—and time is quickly running out.
The Big Free: A Novel (affiliate link)
New Orleans, 1982. Voodoo spells, prostitutes, prisoners, and veterans who are adamant about the size of their manhood—it’s all just another day at Charity Hospital, also known as The Big Free. It’s a medical free-for-all with the toughest trauma surgery in America, and Elizabeth—fresh from medical school in Charleston, wearing pearls and pink plaid socks—is one of the first women to work there.
Half of the doctors who start the surgery program never finish. Nothing in her proper Southern upbringing prepared Elizabeth for the gritty and gruesome world she now experiences on a daily basis. And even if she’s tougher than anyone first expected, the question remains . . . will she make the cut?
The Immortals (Olympus Bound Book 1) (affiliate link)
Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.
The city sleeps. In the predawn calm, Selene DiSilva finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns, along with the memory of a promise she made long ago — when her name was Artemis.
Jordanna Max Brodsky’s acclaimed debut sets Greek Gods against a modern Manhattan backdrop, creating an unputdownable blend of myth and mystery.
Unwritten: A Novel (affiliate link)
When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. Take a couple decent boats and a deep knowledge of fishing, and Sunday can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It’s a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties Sunday to the world of the living asks him for help.
Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn’s problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself: Sunday.
Razzmatazz: A Novel (affiliate link)
San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and the rest of the Cookie’s Coffee Irregulars—a ragtag bunch of working mugs last seen in Noir—are on the hustle: they’re trying to open a driving school; shanghai an abusive Swedish stevedore; get Mable, the local madam, and her girls to a Christmas party at the State Hospital without alerting the overzealous head of the S.F.P.D. vice squad; all while Sammy’s girlfriend, Stilton (a.k.a. the Cheese), and her “Wendy the Welder” gal pals are using their wartime shipbuilding skills on a secret project that might be attracting the attention of some government Men in Black. And, oh yeah, someone is murdering the city’s drag kings and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she’s next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer.
Meanwhile, Eddie “Moo Shoes” Shu has been summoned by his Uncle Ho to help save his opium den from Squid Kid Tang, a vicious gangster who is determined to retrieve a priceless relic: an ancient statue of the powerful Rain Dragon that Ho stole from one of the fighting tongs forty years earlier. And if Eddie blows it, he just might call down the wrath of that powerful magical creature on all of Fog City.
Dirty Headlines: A Grumpy Boss Romance (affiliate link)
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.
I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory–namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Brooklyn girl. Infamously quirky. Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it. So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle. Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.
Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia (affiliate link)
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