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Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.
Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.
When Grace’s big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain’s hands by placing her under his protection.
A Charming Crime (Magical Cures Book 1) (affiliate link)
June Heal has always believed in the power of homeopathic remedies to heal the body and mind. So when she decides to relocate her shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her hometown to the quaint and cozy town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky, she’s excited to share her natural cures with a new community.
But June’s fairy god cat, who’s always been her lucky charm, may not be enough to keep her out of trouble when a member of the community is found murdered and June becomes the number one suspect. With the help of her new friends and her belief in the power of healing, June sets out to clear her name and uncover the truth about the mysterious murder.
TWO RHODE TRIPS: A Two-Volume Omnibus (affiliate link)
Crowne Rules: Close Proximity Standalone (affiliate link)
Years ago we spent seven minutes in a closet. Now Dante Crowne and I are hidden away in his remote cottage. And he wants much more than seven minutes. He wants everything.
With the paparazzi hot on her heels, Mandy Bettencourt is desperate for a place to hide, and her best friend has just the place.
It’s perfect. No Internet. No phone. A deep bathtub she’s soaking in when HE shows up.
Her best friend’s brother, Dante Crowne. Rich as a cardinal sin and handsome enough to piss off the devil. A man with a reputation for unforgettable bedroom games. From those seven minutes in a closet, Mandy can tell you, the rumors are all true.
Dante knows he’s got a reputation for a lot of things, but there’s a beautiful socialite in his bathtub, and the memory of those seven minutes isn’t inspiring him to kick her out. So he offers her a deal.
If she wants to stay, she has to work.
If she makes a mistake, she’s corrected with pink hand marks on her backside.That’s the deal. Beg for it or leave it.
Happy, Inc. (Sci-Fi Sizzlers) (affiliate link)
In a world where the scourge of emotion has been defeated, Happy Inc’s services subtly influence every citizen throughout the day.
The elimination of jealousy and anger has sent crime rates plummeting. But on the other side of the coin, the elimination of ambition and dissatisfaction has rendered creativity a thing of the past.
Gillian Reid, a promising Happy Inc employee, excels without excitement and succeeds without pride.
Like everyone else, she has always been comfortable but never truly happy. Like everyone else’s, her Emotional Volatility has always been limited to stay within the bounds of a mediocre middle.
Little Lamb Lost (affiliate link)
Pregnancy Planner: Essential Advice for Moms-to-Be (affiliate link)
Beach Rose Secrets (Beach Rose Harbor Book 1) (affiliate link)
At 50, Abby finally feels like she has her life back on track. It’s been ten years since her husband, now ex, got into trouble and went on the run. With her life turned upside down, she moved to the small town of Beach Rose Harbor for a fresh start.
Now, with her cottage rental business, her friends, and her beloved children, she feels like her past has been washed out to sea…that is, until she gets a letter from her ex.
Will, a retired cop, comes to town and rents one of Abby’s cottages. He hasn’t been looking for a relationship since his divorce, but he’s drawn to Abby, who’s flattered to have caught the eye of such a kind and handsome man, but also hesitant to trust again.
As Abby finds the courage to explore a second chance at love, she’s also worried that her ex, and his past, will creep back into her life. But, Will has a secret of his own that presents an even bigger threat to their relationship.
Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
A small-town girl finally has her chance at becoming an actress on Broadway—but can she really give up everything she’s ever known?
Bailey Flanigan is finally leaving her small-town home of Bloomington, Indiana, for the adventure of a lifetime: she has gotten a part in a Broadway musical in New York City. She’s determined to take advantage of this unbelievable opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the big city? And what about Cody, her former boyfriend? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive.
Cody has been struggling with his own problems. In order to be closer to his mother, who’s in prison for a drug charge, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey.
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery (affiliate link)
Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.
Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.
Chasing Justice: A Matt Royal Mystery (affiliate link)
After a multi-year absence, Matt Royal returns to the courtroom. Reluctantly.
Matt Royal is going back to the courtroom. He has agreed to defend his good friend and wife of Longboat Key’s Police Chief. Abby Lester has been charged with the murder of Nate Bannister, an unlikeable, shady character. He was found shot to death in his downtown Sarasota condo and the evidence points to Abby as the killer.
Matt cannot refuse Abby’s pleas for help, despite having retired from the practice of law several years earlier. Now, he must face a hotshot prosecuting attorney with a record of twenty-two wins and zero losses in murder trials.
As he begins to investigate, Matt finds that nothing is what it seems. Police, politicians, academics, real estate moguls and other powerful forces are tied together in a cauldron of issues that Matt must untangle to get at the truth. Can he rekindle his legal skills and outwit the prosecution pitted against him? Matt knows he must, as the life of his friend hangs in the balance.
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