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Under the Light of the Italian Moon (affiliate link)
Fonzaso, Italy, between two wars
Nina Argenta doesn’t want the traditional life of a rural Italian woman. The daughter of a strong-willed midwife, she is determined to define her own destiny. But when her brother emigrates to America, she promises her mother to never leave. When childhood friend Pietro Pante briefly returns to their mountain town, passion between them ignites while Mussolini forces political tensions to rise. Just as their romance deepens, Pietro must leave again for work in the coal mines of America. Nina is torn between joining him and her commitment to Italy and her mother. As Mussolini’s fascists throw the country into chaos and Hitler’s Nazis terrorise their town, each day becomes a struggle to survive greater atrocities. A future with Pietro seems impossible when they lose contact and Nina’s dreams of a life together are threatened by Nazi occupation and an enemy she must face alone…
If I Run (Ruby Hunter Book 1) (affiliate link)
FBI Special Agent Ruby Hunter wants nothing more than to put the 13 killer, and her days in the FBI, behind her, and to try to pick up the pieces of her life. But he refuses to rot quietly.
Ruby realizes she must do the thing she dreads the most: visit him in prison. But he is diabolical and cunning, an expert at toying with his victims—and with her.
Separating fact from fiction, his delusion from real-life clues, will be key for Ruby. With a new victim’s life on the line, and time running out—and Ruby herself in danger—the stakes could not be higher.
But is Ruby walking right into his trap?
A Regrettable Proposal (Memorable Proposals Book 1) (affiliate link)
Eleanor Daventry has come into money, but she cannot access her inheritance without a husband. Steadfast and independent, she would rather become a schoolmistress than take a husband she does not love.
Stratford Tunstall has just discovered his predecessor willed the estate’s unentailed land to Miss Daventry. Although cynical regarding love, the man recognizes a practical solution when he sees one. He and Miss Daventry must marry, and Stratford wastes no time in pressing his suit — with disastrous results.
Stranger Than Fan Fiction: (Unlucky in Love Book 1) (affiliate link)
Rule number one of former child stardom – never Google yourself in the midst of a pity party because you’ll inevitably do something stupid. Case in point, me falling for a writer on a different continent who has no idea that I’m the star of her fictional fantasies.
I can’t stop thinking about Kate Dubois even as we talk every day. I should have told her the truth of who I was before things got this far. In my defense, celebrity comes with a lot of baggage and it is nice to be seen (figuratively) for who I really am.
Now, I have a chance to actually meet her in person and there’s no way I can pass that up.
Just one harmless look at the woman who has changed my life and I can go back to hiding in English countryside obscurity.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Curiosity Killed The Witch (English Enchantment Book 1) (affiliate link)
Welcome to Black Bridge, an English town where murder and magic collide…
Elizabeth Sutton has moved back to her sleepy hometown in the English countryside and worries that her exciting days are behind her. She couldn’t be more wrong.
Her work as a reporter for the town’s newspaper rarely involves covering a big story, so when she is sent to take notes at a local meeting about proposed building work she thinks it will be just like any other. All she has to do is keep her head down and avoid eye-contact with her ex – the town police sergeant.
A wild group of protesters outside the town hall are shouting so loudly that Liz can barely hear what anyone is saying, some are angrier than others, and when they burst through the doors everyone scatters. Embarrassingly, her parents are among the mob.
In the days that follow, everything Liz thinks she knows about her town proves false. Black Bridge isn’t quite so sleepy after all.
Saddled with Murder (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Kate Turner has her hands full trying to juggle two boyfriends, a thriving practice, and a criminal investigation
It’s the Christmas season and veterinarian Kate Turner is not feeling very jolly. She’s overworked, unappreciated, and dealing with two dissatisfied clients. Throw in a very complicated personal life and Kate’s definitely got a case of the holiday blues.
To make matters worse, Kate’s ex-boyfriend, Jeremy, is mugged and robbed after they have a heated argument in the hospital parking lot. Then, two of her dissatisfied clients turn up dead (which really gets Kate’s tinsel in a tangle). All of these events seem like coincidences, but they add up to something much more venomous.
Into the Black: Remastered Edition (Odyssey One Book 1) (affiliate link)
Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.
The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.
Star Runner (Star Runner Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Two centuries after humanity colonized the stars, new dangers emerge. The peaceful inhabitants of the Conclave are threatened by expanding alien powers. Invaders threaten the star cluster, attacking our fringe settlements.
Captain Bill Gorman has mysteriously disappeared. His clone, set aside for a dark day like this, awakens and begins to put together the pieces. What’s gone wrong out on the frontier? Why are our colonies being attacked by aliens while the Conclave worlds dream of better days? And what happened to the original Captain Gorman?
Red Right Return (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Buck Reilly’s no ordinary hero. A product of his times and ours, too, he’s laying low and trying to fly under the radar in the aftermath of economic catastrophe. Back in his bad old days on Wall Street, Buck ran e-Antiquity, plundering the world’s treasures, (and a few of his investors’ pockets) for some pretty handsome profit. He wasn’t a bad guy back then, he just didn’t know any better. But life turned ugly when the market crashed, the company cratered and the FBI investigated the bankruptcy. When his marriage ended and his parents were killed in a car crash, Buck found out for certain that business wasn’t just business anymore.
These days, Buck’s a lot like the rest of us—trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage, flying a 1946 amphibious Grumman Widgeon, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. But when he faces down the dark forces of Santero priests, the underbelly of the Havana underworld and a pissed-off FBI agent, Buck has nothing but ingenuity, guts and his ancient flying boat to save his skin, and the lives he put in peril.
Until I Met Her (Emma Fern Book 1) (affiliate link)
She should never have said ‘yes’…
When Beatrice said she wanted to publish her next novel under Emma’s name, Emma couldn’t believe it. Why on earth would Beatrice Johnson Greene, the famous crime writer, not want to publish her new book as herself?
This time, Beatrice explained, she wanted to write something different, and publish it as an unknown author. She was too famous—and she needed Emma’s help.
After everything Beatrice had done for her, Emma could hardly refuse. But what was meant to be a favour has turned into a betrayal, and now Emma has done something terrible, something shocking, and the consequences are terrifying…
The Lawyer: Books 1-3 (Michael Gresham Thrillers) (affiliate link)
Tough, no-nonsense, and smart as a whip, Michael Gresham doesn’t lose. Ever.
He’s made a career out of taking only the most difficult court cases, and he’s determined to win each of them, no matter what it takes.
Of course, he’ll need to dig deep to uncover the truth and secure justice for the poor souls who entrust him with their freedom, their futures, and their very lives.
Can he save them all?
Heart of Dracula (Immortal Soul Book 1) (affiliate link)
Death’s arrival in Boston was heralded by a crimson moon and screams in the night. The Vampire King will claim what he wants in the city, unless someone is brave enough to stop him…
Maxine Parker’s life is an agonizingly solitary one and not by choice. Her empathic ability renders it impossible for her to touch a living soul without killing them. But she cannot kill what is already dead.
Thrust into the middle of a war between the Vampire King and three stalwart hunters, she finds herself drawn to Dracula’s alluring seduction. Giving in to her attraction to him would mark the end of her life.
Will that be the sacrifice required to save the people of Boston from the plague of death closing in on them? Or is there another way forward?
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