Monday, February 11, 2019

R.P. Dahlke – A DEAD RED Gamble is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

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The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES R.P. Dahlke's New Book: A DEAD RED GAMBLE.

Mystery Author R.P. Dahlke is the author of The Dead Red Mystery Series. 


She will be presenting A DEAD RED GAMBLE at the Tucson Festival of Books 2019, University of Arizona Campus – March 2 – 3, 2019 – 9:30am to 5:30pm







A DEAD RED GAMBLE

The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 6

Author: R.P. Dahlke


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Newly minted P.I. duo Lalla and Pearlie Bains, are thrilled at the prospect of signing a well-connected judge as a client.

But then a stranger persuades Lalla's dad’s two foster boys to release a cage of chickens in the county courthouse and the distraction is used to cover the judge's murder.

Now Lalla and Pearlie are in a race to catch a killer before the killer decides two boys will have to be silenced…permanently.

Excerpt from A DEAD RED GAMBLE

Chapter One:

Dreaming of a better fit for our P.I. business, I hoisted a box of process serves onto my hip and backed into the office we leased on a lie.

I dropped the box onto cousin Pearlie's desk and flopped into the nearest desk chair.

Annoyed at the interruption, Pearlie looked up and snarled, "What's with you?"

Figuring she was PMSing again, I ignored the snarky tone. "Do you know if we've had any dealings with Judge Borrega?"

Pearlie blinked and her dour mood instantly brightened. "Gavin Atticus Borrega? The youngest Cochise County judge in like?forever? He's forty and single. Old Arizona family. Harvard educated. Think Kennedy without the Brahman Massachusetts accent."

"You know him?”

"Only from a distance but I wouldn't mind getting better acquainted."

With long blond hair, curvy and dimpled, Pearlie is Wishbone's favorite man bait, and since her most recent breakup, I wouldn't be surprised if she had her sights set on a handsome judge.

I hated to ask, but my next question would, could make or break a deal with this prestigious potential client, "Is there any possible connection between the judge and Ron Barbour?"

She did a quick shudder. "God, I hope not."

Though our former partner and mentor, Ron Barbour, had been our entrée into the world of private investigating, his untimely demise revealed a dirty secret that Pearlie and I have yet to excise from the lips of local gossips. Of course, Ron never once considered two blondes willing to fork over the asking price for his PI business would ever make it as far as we did, much less be the ones who would eventually solve his murder. I hope he was enjoying the fact that hell had actually frozen over, 'cause here we are.

"What do you want Judge Borrega for anyways?"

"His secretary called, asked if I'd drop by his office this afternoon? that is if I could spare the time."

Pearlie shot me a voracious grin. "If you're busy, I'll go."

I ignored the salacious tone of her offer.,"I can't think why he would want to talk to me, but before I go, could you take a look and see if there's any association between the judge and our dearly departed partner?"

"Judge Gavin Borrega is new to the bench, but lemme look anyways," she said, bending over her computer again.

While she looked, I glanced at our skeleton and mascot, Clyde, looking lonely and out of place on his stand in the corner. Pearlie had wreathed his neck bones with a colorful, plastic lei and the appropriate, Here Today, Gone to Maui. It was meant as inspiration for that vacation we could someday afford, but so far, we were barely keeping our noses above water.

Her head came up from the laptop, "It's your lucky day. There's nothing with Judge Borrega's name connected to Ron Barbour."

Worried that something might creep out of the ashes to ruin my interview, I said, "And Ron's secret files?"

Pearlie's mouth puckered with distaste. "A file on him would've gone up in smoke along with Ron. Anyways. who wants to open that can of worms? The judge’s father was Arizona's State Attorney… and… oh, dear…," she looked up from her computer, her eyes swimming with tears. "The father was shot dead in a drive-by, leaving a young widow and their baby boy."

Though Pearlie had been orphaned when her parent died in a car crash, lately any mention of orphans, car wrecks, or babies brought her to tears.

"Did the mother remarry?" I asked.

"Hold your horses." Pearlie squinted at the screen. "Yeah. Five years ago, to Senator Stephen Douglas and rumor has it Judge Borrega is being fast-tracked for a move up into state politics."

"That is fast. Is Senator Douglas behind this move up?"

"Or maybe his pedigree and good looks." Pearlie turned around her laptop and presented me with the image of a young Gavin Atticus Borrega, a darkly handsome young man with soulful Latin good looks and wavy dark brown hair.

At my reaction, she snickered." I told you he was a looker, didn't I?"

"Looks, brains, and a judgeship. What's he aiming for?the White House?"

"I got process files to serve, so good luck with the judge," she said, snapping shut the lid on her computer.

I know I shouldn't go into a meeting with a judge hoping this would be the job that gave our fledgling business a shot in the arm, but process serves and the few insurance companies we had managed to keep when Ron died paid the bills but not a salary. Pearlie was living off the fumes of her savings account, and I was reluctantly allowing my husband's salary as Wishbone's police chief to hold up my end of expenses.

I popped a Tums against my nervous stomach and set out to collect my dad's two foster kids from the local elementary school. I would park them under a shady tree near the courthouse while I squeezed in a quick introduction with the judge and be on the road home.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around why my father thought he should foster two half Apache brothers. But the mantra that kept us all on track was that the deal was temporary, only until their mother got out of rehab. A month. That's all it was supposed to take. But when the chief source of recreation is a blurry world soaked in alcohol sobriety can look like a long, slow walk to hell.

Our pipe dream evaporated two days after her release when she dumped the boys back onto my dad's doorstep, a note wadded in little Jimmy's grubby fist saying she wasn't cut out to be anyone's mother and please don't try to find her.

Rocky and Jimmy took her sudden departure with the equanimity of veterans. After all, they knew Noah Bains would feed them three square meals a day, he had a working TV and a dog to play with.

So, when my dad needed a day off with his friend, Gabby Hayes, naturally I volunteered to pick up the boys after school, feed them dinner at our house.

Too bad I couldn't think of someplace where I could safely unload them while I met with the judge. How much trouble could they get into? I laughed, remembering how they'd set fire to the barn of their last foster parents. No, better to buckle them in the Jeep and threaten them with extra chores if they didn't stay put. Ten minutes, I'm sure that would be all it would take to meet with the judge, find out what he needed and get on the road home.

Pleased to think I could cross one more item off my to-do list, I called Judge Borrega's office to confirm my appointment.

His secretary, Wanda Jean, answered the phone. "If you don't mind waiting a few minutes, he's running a bit late."

"Thanks, Wanda," I said. "See you soon."

I rolled into the lineup of cars at the elementary school in time to watch a stampede of backpacks exploding out of the doors, looking for the boys, that is if Jimmy and Rocky weren't already in detention. Knowing these two, it could go either way.

Rocky, first to my Jeep, grabbed the locked door handle and yanked.

"Hey, Lalla, open up!"

Built like a fireplug, Rocky passed the legal weight limit in Arizona for the front seat, which annoyed his younger, smaller brother to no end. Seeing a lesson to be learned, I rolled down the passenger side window. "You weren't very helpful to your little brother last time."

Feigning ignorance, Rocky smiled and said, "Whadya mean? I'm helpful." "You refused to hold the seat so your little brother could climb in the back."

Rocky's dark eyes narrowed and he stubbornly hung onto the door handle.

"I have ice-cream for dessert," I said.

Rocky lived for dessert. Behave, and he got ice cream and TV. Misbehave, and he got to sort and fold laundry until my dad picked him up.

It was a stand-off; he could hold onto the door and sulk or… I got as far as the count of three before he caved.

"I was just messin' with ya," he said with a grin. "I'll be nice."

I unlocked the door, and he pushed the seat forward for his younger brother to crawl into the back seat, and smirking, Rocky took his God-given right to sit in the front.



Author: R.P. Dahlke

Author Genre: Mystery, Romance, Humor

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Author Description: My protagonist for the Dead Red Mystery series is a tall, blond ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, has "been married so many times they oughta revoke my license."

Lalla is no Danielle Steele character & she's not afraid of chipping her manicure. Scratch that, the girl doesn't have time for a manicure what with herding recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father's flagging business alive.

And beginning with A Dead Red Alibi, Lalla and family move to South East Arizona where she and cousin, Pearlie Bains, will continue to their hard earned license as Wishbone, Arizona's tenaciously annoying blonde P.I.s.

A Dead Red Cadillac
A Dead Red Heart
A Dead Red Oleander
A Dead Red Alibi
A Dead Red Miracle
A Dead Red Gamble
A Dead Red Horse Thief-coming late 2019

My romantic suspense books are also on Kindle: A Dangerous Harbor, and Hurricane Hole. If you liked my Lalla Bains series, I know you'll love these books: More romance, more suspense, and in an exotic location with nastier bad guys and a bald parrot!



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A DEAD RED MIRACLE - The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 5
Thinking to jump start their careers as private investigators in Wishbone, Arizona, cousins Lalla and Pearlie Bains buy into it with a local P.I. But their nifty plan starts circling the drain when his unscrupulous business practices end in his untimely death and they discover that he's been siphoning clients from their partnership.

With only a week before the state puts pulls the business license Lalla and Pearlie will have to corral a wall-climbing Apache ninja, pacify their former boss's greedy ex-wives and nail a killer. Sure Lalla and Pearlie are in a really tight spot, but all they need is a miracle or two.


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A DEAD RED ALIBI - The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 4
A successful, but reclusive young artist with a secret life.
A wannabe lawman and his dotty gun-toting granddad.
An abandoned mine pit, a curious dad and the local police chief found with him.
When Lalla and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. But when Lalla enlists the help of a local tracker she's relieved to find him unharmed, but in the bottom of a mine pit.

Unfortunately, he's got company--a local police chief, and it looks like he's been murdered. Then too, a young woman artist living nearby has also been murdered. What're the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you're Lalla Bains, you don't guess, you start looking for the killer!


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A Dead Red Oleander - The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 3
"The main protagonists and all the supporting characters, have larger than life personalities, which lend themselves to some great dialogue exchanges and some pretty strange and esoteric action scenes. In preparation for the couple's forthcoming nuptuals, Lalla's relatives have arrived in California, from Texas and now the fun really starts!!"

When a late in the season emergency forces Lalla Bains to accept a greenhorn ag pilot for her dad's cropdusting business, she sighs in relief . After all, he comes highly recommended, his physical is spotless, and with a name like Dewey Treat, what could possibly go wrong?

Then her quirky relatives arrive from Texas and things go south in a hurry: Dewey Treat drops dead, his tearful widow claims he was murdered, clobbers Sherriff Caleb Stone with his own gun, and makes a run for it. Lalla, convinced the widow is innocent, sets out to prove it--against the express wishes of fiancé Caleb Stone.

Feds, local law, suspicious ag-pilots, nutso relatives, and her daddy's new sidekick, Bruce the goat, make life a living hell for Lalla. Will her nosey nature solve the crime and save the day? Or put them all in mortal danger?


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A DEAD RED HEART - The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 2
When a lovesick, homeless veteran litters her vintage red caddy with paper snowflakes, Lalla Bains, Aero Ag pilot figures it's time for a showdown. Unfortunately, someone else has the same idea leaving Lalla with a dying man at her feet, and only his strange last words, "The more there is, the less you see," as a clue to his killer.

Compounding her life her tightwad, widowed father becomes a born-again ladies man, a disreputable competitor tries to push her out of business, and last but not least, her antennae twitches that the sultry redhead in Modesto's police department may be vying for Sheriff Caleb Stone's affections.

It soon becomes crystal clear that the police are totally off base on this murder investigation and someone else is going to have to suit up to solve this case. Someone who is just exasperating, pushy, and tenacious enough to get the job done--and that person will be none other than:Ms. Lalla Bains.


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A DEAD RED CADILLAC - The Dead Red Mystery Series Book 1
"I've been married so many times, they should revoke my license," says NY model, and reluctant pilot Lalla Bains.

Running her dad's Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California she's hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red '58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn't possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver's seat.

Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman's hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.


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Hurricane Hole - #2 in Pilgrim's Progress-A Romantic Sailing Mystery Trilogy
While anxiously awaiting confirmation on the renewal of her TV contract, Leila Hunter Standiford, opts for a sail on the boat she and her sister co -own in Mexico. But when she impetuously invites a family friend, and fugitive from justice, Gabe Alexander, as crew, she has no idea of the trouble that will follow. Now, at the end of her vacation in Puerto Felice, all she wants is to get Gabe off her boat.

Then a beautiful vintage Alden sails into the anchorage, and though she admires the boat, and the handsome captain, she doesn't realize the lovely yacht will soon burn to the water line, or that a dead body will be found below, or that the captain, who may or may not be the killer, might also be the man of her dreams.


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A DANGEROUS HARBOR - Pilgrim's Progress

Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her thirty-two foot Westsail is nothing more than a sailor's hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look.

Now, alone and isolated in the Mexican port's police station for six hours she's convinced that reporting a floater to authorities was a mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she's about to be charged with the murder.

Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she's a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he's sure that he's found the perfect partner to help him solve a murder, if not the cure for his broken heart. Released, she's free to go. But leaving the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, dragging a listless prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge them for the exit, the prisoner raises his head and a startling pair of aquamarine eyes meet hers.

He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. "What the... Whisper?"

Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. In a knee jerk reaction, she hisses, "Don't call me that!"


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stacy Eaton - Rescued is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Book Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Stacy Eaton's New Book: Rescued.

USA Today Best Selling author Stacy Eaton is a Crime, Thriller and Mystery writer. She is the creator of the popular My Blood Runs Blue series, the Heal Me Series, Heart of the Family Series, the Twisted Love Series with Amy Manemann and The Celebration Series.

Her very popular book, Cured (Heal Me - book 1) is currently FREE. See book blurb and buy links below.








Rescued

Heal Me Series Book 4


Author: Stacy Eaton


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As a favor to her brother, Marisha Wheatcraft joins Tucker and Josey at a Montana ski resort for their honeymoon. Since Tucker can no longer ski, Marisha is happy to be Josey’s partner on the slopes.

Jake Sweeney is a little bitter from being left at the altar and having to care for his father who has always told him he’s worthless. When he runs into Marisha and Tucker, long-lost friends from his teen years in Texas, he’s thrilled to see them at the resort where he works, especially Marisha who has grown into a beautiful and sassy woman.

Marisha feels as if her childhood dreams are finally coming true, but Jake sees her as a wealthy and professional woman who could do much better than him. While a one-night stand brings them closer, words spoken in public will tear them apart.

When an avalanche hits the slopes, lives are on the line, and all hope of love could be lost for them both if they are not rescued.

Excerpt from Rescued

I pulled the door open and jerked back. Marisha was standing on the small front porch, her fist up as if she were about to knock. Had I fallen asleep and this was a dream?

“Oh, hi,” she smiled, and I knew I had to be dreaming. After last night, there was no way she’d be smiling at me.

“Marisha, what are you doing here?”

She peered past me. “Are you going to invite me in?”

“No,” I stepped forward. “I was heading out.”

“But weren’t you up all night? Aren’t you going to bed?”

I grinned at her, “Is that why you’re here? You came to tuck me in, give me a goodnight kiss?”

Her cheeks immediately flushed and then began to pinken as her eyes grew wide. “No—” She took a step back. “I saw you on the news this morning; I was coming to check on you.”

I stepped around her, knowing that I was indeed awake. Had I been asleep, my dream Marisha would have curled her sexy body around me and said she was going to tuck me in.

“How did you even find me?” I glanced over to her as she caught up with me.

She laughed. “Ironically, I was looking out my window, and I saw you park your truck and walk in that place. Do you live there?”

“Yeah, I rent it.” We hit the steps, and I descended quickly. At the bottom I stopped and turned, blocking her from getting to the landing. I surprised her enough that she couldn’t stop her forward momentum, and I had to wrap my arms around her to keep her from crashing into me. “What do you want, Princess?”

Her voice was quiet as she responded. “I told you, I was checking on you.”

Our lips were five inches apart, and I wanted to take advantage of that again. Instead, I smiled gently at her and then stepped back, removing my arms. “Well, you checked on me. I’m fine. Tired, but fine. I have a couple errands I need to run, and then I’ll get some sleep before I head back to work.”

“Where are you going?” she asked, and I hiked a questioning brow her way.

“Why do you want to know?”

She shrugged.

I laughed and turned to head toward my truck. “I have to run a couple of errands. No place special.”

“Then I’ll come with you,” she said as she caught up to me again.

“No. I am sure you have better things to do then run a few errands with me.”

“Actually, I don’t. I don’t need to meet up with Tucker and Josey until lunch, so I have plenty of time. Besides,” she studied me hard as I paused beside my truck, “you look like hell. You shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a truck.”

“Yeah, well, I don’t have a choice.”

She grinned and stalked toward me. Although it was more like she was prowling in my direction. She stopped two inches from me, leaned in, and almost brought her lips to mine. “Then I’ll drive.”

Before I could blink, she spun away, and my truck keys were in her hand. Well, damn—



Author: Stacy Eaton

Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

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Author Description: Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016 due to a second serious concusion. Her last three years on the job were in investigations and crime scene investigation. She now writes full-time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. Stacy also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy. She is also very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

Stacy writes a variety of genre's, but mostly romance. She enjoys writing real-life stories that people can relate too with real-life problems, emotions, and solutions.

Her favorites: Classic cars, photography, Disney, music, coffee and her favorite sweatshirt that says, "You are dangerously close to getting killed in my next novel."



Author's Book List
Mended - Heal Me Series Book 3
Josey Napier had given up on love after a longtime crush told her he loved her like a sister. Intent on staying busy at work as a surgical nurse to suppress the pain, Josey is shocked when she recognizes Tucker Wheatcraft, the police officer who saved a friend’s child from drowning, on her operating room table—fighting for his own life.

Four months after pulling a young boy from the freezing water while off duty, Tucker is struck by a car and shot. When he wakes up and finds the woman he’s had his eye on standing vigil over him, he’s thankful to be alive, but after weeks of therapy, Tucker still isn’t getting the feeling back in his legs, and the mind games are starting to wreak havoc with him. Can he ever be the kind of man that Josey deserves?


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Revived - Heal Me Series Book 2
A New Year’s Kiss with a stranger will turn Pediatrician Walker Hunt’s world upside down. Even more so when he is called into the hospital for a drowning victim and finds out it is the son of the woman who changed everything for him.

Jasmine Willows is done with her husband and his cheating ways. A single kiss with a man she doesn’t know seals the deal and the divorce papers are served. When her son falls through ice and is clinging to life she comes face to face with the man who gave her the inner strength to move forward.

Can the two of them find the sparks they shared, or will the incident with her son send them in opposite directions?


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Cured - Heal Me Series Book 1
Ember Greene and Trudy Parker met during their college years and on the night that they meet at Shot Therapy to reconnect, Embers’s life begins to change. For six years, Ember has closed off her heart, moving from one man to another, trying to feel something other than her own pain and guilt.

Colt Barnes is a plastic surgeon who strives to give people a better quality of life, especially children. The night he watches Ember leave the bar with another one-night stand, he resolves to offer up a challenge to get her to view herself in a new light.

Little does he know that the challenge will change both their lives, but when Embers’s secret is exposed, will Colt be able to accept it and trust her, or will Ember go back to her old ways and leave Colt broken?


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Orchids & Hurricane Kisses - Heart of the Family Book 3
Rye Waterman left his bride at the altar, but not before he learned she’d cheated on him and was pregnant with another man’s baby. Determined to forget it all, Rye goes on his honeymoon to a tropical island alone.

Amy Black was sent to the island to work on a special feature of a lifetime with a famous Caribbean chef who never gives interviews. Only problem is the resort lost her luggage, including her passport, the chef had a family emergency on another island, and now a category four hurricane is barreling toward the island, and she has no way to get off.

It’s laughter and twenty questions for these two as they get lost in a vacation romance that leaves them both wishing for more. When a crisis has Amy rushing home and Rye in a tailspin for her safety, it will take a tragedy and a miracle to bring them back together.


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Roses & Champagne Kisses - Heart of the Family Book 2
Finley Parker loves working in catering but hates her boss and her life in Middletown. When Robin Landry steals her away to work for Heart of the Family Catering in Cricklewood Cove, Finley is ready to cook up a new life.

An accident in the kitchen finds Robin laid up and Finley must take over the planning of a wedding for a nightmare bride. It doesn’t help that sitting beside the spoiled woman is a tempting and tasty morsel of a man.

Roan Waterman is ready to take on life again after six years of mourning his wife. With his son about to head to college, Roan is looking for a woman to build a new life and his eyes are set on Finley.

Misunderstandings, overheard secrets and a major surprise from Finley’s past will keep these two on their toes as they prepare for the upcoming wedding.


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Love Torn - The Twisted Love Series Book 2
Detective Kali Mann lives by her nickname: The Mann-Eater. She’s a true love them and leave them with no attachments—ever. She’s hard-core, to the point, intense and she doesn’t always play nice with others. When her partner, Keith Harvard, finally gets her to take notice of him, the case they are working goes awry, and suddenly Kali is having emotions she’s not sure she wants. A major part of her past will come back to haunt her and just as she beings to open herself up, her life will be torn apart. Love Torn is the second book in the Twisted Love Series. The first book, Love Lorn, was written by Amy Manemann. If you haven't read it, nows the time to so that you have the backstory on Detective Evie Harper when they two characters are partnered together in Love Inked.


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Love Lorn - The Twisted Love Series Book 1
Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Detective Evie Harper works hard and trains even harder to be the very best. Her first homicide case will put her skills to the test as she and her partner, Detective Stephen Harris, track a ruthless serial killer terrorizing the west end of town. The Lovelorn killer may be one step ahead of them, but they’re closing in fast — until an immoral decision is made that leaves their partnership hanging in the balance.


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Velvet & Vows - The Celebration Series Book 13
The epic finale of the Celebration Series is finally here. Celebrate Christmas once again with the couple that started it all: Casey Lowe and Thad Wagner.

Velvet & Vows starts out twenty days before the wedding and there is a lot to be done. With wedding showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, the final dress fittings, holiday preparations and the last of the details for the ceremony and reception, Celebration is crackling with energy--but it's not all good.

With a few misunderstandings, many secrets and a serial arsonist running rampant in the town, the days leading up to the wedding are far more stressful than Casey and Thad ever planned for it to be. It will take the entire town to tell this story as we pass from one leading character to another.

Prepare yourself for this one-of-a-kind novel that will bring insight into every character you've fallen in love with during the series, and even a few characters you've never heard from first hand.


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Blessings & Beans - The Celebration Series Book 12
Hope Wells is a lifetime resident of Celebration Township and lives on coffee fumes and love stories at her downtown store, Beans and Books. As each one of her friends has found love, she’s been glad for them—and secretly envious of their happiness. As much as she wants to find a man, she knows that the odds are stacked against her, especially with the medical issue she has kept hidden from everyone.

Aaron Findley was born in Celebration but left when he was a boy. A few months back, he returned after his mother passed away, and even the racecars he drives couldn’t get him out of town fast enough. His sister, Alesandra might enjoy the little podunk town, but he prefers the fast life: fast cars, fast cities, and beautiful, flashy women.

Six weeks before Thanksgiving, Aaron crashes his racecar and lands in the hospital in serious condition. When he is discharged three weeks later, he finds that he has fewer friends than he originally thought and a career that went up in flames with his car. His only choice is to convalesce at his sister’s house in Celebration. Grumpy and bored, Aaron finds himself hiding at the small coffee shop for hours as he comes to terms with his new life.

As Hope befriends a less arrogant Aaron, she chips away at his thick armor and realizes that the two of them have quite a bit in common—but will their friendship turn into a blessing for them both, or will it be just another crash and burn that will destroy them?


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Masquerading at Midnight - The Celebration Series Book 11
Deklan Kelly comes from a family of well-known attorneys, and throughout his childhood, his parents had told him that was what he wanted to be, too. Privately, he wished he could spend his days sketching and painting the beauty of life instead of wheeling and dealing with the dregs of humanity.

Sky Clarke hides behind the walls of her family’s home, protecting women and children from abusive partners. She is devoted and passionate to her cause and will do anything for her clients—she’ll even break the law to protect them. What she won’t do is put up with annoying attorneys.

After Sky finds Deklan innocently sketching on her property, the two of them are thrown together into a spiral of events that will keep them both on their toes.

Will Deklan finally be able to remove the mask and be the man he truly wants to be for Sky, or will she run from the passion he wants to give her because she’s afraid to remove her own mask?


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Working with Wheels - The Celebration Series Book 10
Levi Rivers is one of the most protective men in Celebration Township, so when his neighbor passes away, he feels responsible for not having noticed her absence for ten days. His guilt only increases when he finds out that it was possibly suicide, and he had been too wrapped up in his own life to catch any signs of her withdrawal.

Alesandra Findley moved away from Celebration when she was four years old and was told that her mother had died when she was young. She’s shocked to learn from her brother that he knew their mother had been alive the past twenty-five years and neither he nor her father had shared the information with her.

When Alesandra returns to Celebration to learn about the mother she lost years ago, Levi is there to lend his guidance, support, and encouragement. The two of them immediately connect in ways neither of them expected.

Levi will need to learn to live with his guilt while Alesandra learns the truth about her mother. When it’s time for Alesandra to return to her life in New York City, she’s not sure she wants to leave Levi and all she has discovered in the town to return to the cold world of fashion. But can life with Levi working with chrome and wheels instead of glamour and glitz be enough for her?


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Flirting with Fireworks - The Celebration Series Book 9
Brandy Nottingham has known Casey Lowe since high school and can’t wait to see firsthand how wonderful Casey’s life is with Thad Wagner in Celebration Township. As Brandy is introduced to some of Casey’s friends, she literally collides with a man from her past.

It’s been fourteen years since Chase Stevens held Brandy in his arms, and while the two of them clean the tray of paint they spilled on themselves, Chase is painfully reminded of how he’d been left on the pier all alone all those years ago.

As Chase and Brandy try to find a way to deal with the painful and embarrassing past, Brandy needs to decide what her future is going to be. If she were to stay in Celebration, she could lose everything she’s ever known—including her family and their money.

Could Chase be enough for her, or will he realize that he could never offer her the life to which she is accustomed?


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Raffles to Rattles - The Celebration Series Book 8
When Sophia Thayer realized that she’d squandered her savings, she decided to take on a second job. She didn’t particularly want to dust off her four-inch dancing shoes and get back into that line of work, but she knew the money would be good, especially if she got the job at Pleasure Your Fantasies.

Scott Allen has had a thing for Sophia since he’d met her, and it wasn’t until she won him at the Valentine’s Day Bachelor Auction that he realized the feeling might be mutual. Although a relationship didn’t initially work out, Scott didn’t give up on a future with her—not until he saw her dancing on stage at a gentlemen’s club and noticed that the owner was staking a claim on her.

When Sophia realizes she’s pregnant with Scott’s child, can the two of them figure out how to move forward and raise the child together—or will her past and present career choices keep Scott from her side?


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Sparklers or Spankings - The Celebration Series Book 7
Harper Reed has run her family owned Bed & Breakfast for three years, and recently turned it into a place for couples to spice up their relationships. Harper has a dream for her business and her future, but recent events might upend those romantic dreams.

When Mason Tidewater arrives at her Inn, Harper believes its fate that has brought them together. While Mason doesn’t believe in fate, things start to happen in Celebration Township that could change his mind. Unfortunately, the reason he’s here in the first place, might destroy any chance he has with Harper.

During the Memorial Day celebration Mason must decide if he’s ready for sparklers or spankings, or perhaps if fate is good, he could have both.


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Making Mom Mad - The Celebration Series Book 6
Corrine Wagner is determined to make a good life for herself and her son while hunting for the perfect man to complete her family. Unfortunately, with her crazy schedule of school and work, her patience begins to run thin with her constantly-in-trouble, five-year-old son, Tommy.

Nolan Tigues has lived across the street from Corrine his whole life—and carried a torch for her almost as long. When Nolan tries to help Corrine with Tommy, she takes it all the wrong way. She can’t believe Nolan thinks she’s a bad mom.

Can Nolan find a way to prove to Corrine that he cares about her—and about Tommy—as more than just a friend, or will Corrine push away the man who could give her everything she’s dreamed of her whole life?


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Sweet as Sugar - The Celebration Series Book 5
Missy Moresco might be Celebration Police Department’s police dispatcher, but she’s also got her thumb on the pulse of the township. When FBI Agent Casper Princeton shows up in town on a case, Missy and Casper go undercover to protect the real reason he’s there by pretending they are a couple.

With Missy’s snarky comments and Casper’s quick comebacks, these two find it hard to keep a professional distance. When Casper needs to rush home to a family emergency, Missy is torn on whether it’s a good thing or a bad one. Just when she decides it doesn’t matter, Casper shows up on her doorstep with his five-year-old daughter.

Can Missy and Casper keep the fake relationship going while they wait for his case to come to a head, or will his daughter and his job come between them before Easter arrives?


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Rainbows Bring Riches - The Celebration Series Book 4
Dabby Finnegan got roped into being auctioned off for the annual Valentine’s Party, and nothing could have prepared him to face the vibrant and determined Paige Brogan. From the moment she jumps into his arms to collect her prize, his life will change.

Paige Brogan has had a crush on Dabby for a long time, and this auction is exactly what she’s been waiting for to finally catch his eye. When Paige wins a date with Dabby, the only thing she wants to do is spend the day with him working at his tavern.

As Paige and Dabby get to know one another, Dabby has a hard time understanding why this incredible woman would be interested in him. It’s when the rainbows are overhead, and green beer is flowing that Dabby finally realizes what he has and vows to never lose it.


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Heathens to Hearts - The Celebration Series, Book 3
Jason Hayes loves working as a nurse and living in Celebration Township--or he did until Riayn Simmers showed up in town, and a secret from his past is threatened to be exposed.

Riayn Simmers is shocked to find her college love-and the man she had called a heathen-residing in the same town as her aunt. Now Riayn needs to decide if she can handle sticking around to run her aunt's bakery, My Baked Buns.

Somehow Riayn and Jason must find a way to coexist in the small town, but what happens when Jason's secret is exposed and he's up to be auctioned off at the Valentine's Day Party? Will the town believe, as Riayn once did, that Jason truly is a heathen, or will he finally win over her heart for good?


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Tears to Cheers - The Celebration Series, Book 2
Linda Maxim is a woman who learned early on how to work hard and succeed. Her only regret is that the man she loved disappeared just days after she got pregnant at the tender age of sixteen.

Fourteen years later, Ian Dugan needs a break from life and ends up crashing his vehicle and waking up in the hospital to find Linda watching over him. Can Linda forgive Ian for leaving her alone as a pregnant teen? Will Ian be able to forgive Linda and himself when he learns of the daughter he never knew about? Find out on New Year’s Eve if Ian can erase the tears and find something to cheer about.


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Tangled in Tinsel - The Celebration Series, Book 1
Welcome to Celebration Township.

Casey Lowe is new in town and hiding from her past. Her next-door neighbor, Thad Wagner, is a sexy police officer, who is good with his hands, and his lips, but Casey refuses to get involved with a married man, and Thad can't seem to understand why she keeps pushing him away. No matter how they try to stay apart, something keeps drawing them together. When an unexpected visitor shows up at Casey's house the week before Christmas, her future is on the line. Will Thad figure it out in time to save her, or will Casey become a conspirator to a murderer?

Tangled in Tinsel is the first book in the thirteen-story novella series that takes place in quaint Celebration Township, Pennsylvania. The rest of the series will begin to release in the fall of 2016.


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Tempt Me Too
Sara Hawthorne is a dedicated attorney, a loyal wife, and the mother of two nineteen-year-old girls. When her husband succumbs to cancer, Sara has to battle the grief and also the addiction to which one of her daughters falls prey.

Maximus Tempest is business driven—and family starved. Eager to get his estranged wife to sign the divorce papers so he can move on with his life, he is frustrated when she is taken to the hospital after overdosing and wants no part of her treatment.

When Sara and Max see each other after twenty years, old feelings spring to life, but with the whirlwind of problems that surround them, how could it possibly work? Secrets are revealed from the grave that could threaten any future they might have, and it will be up to Sara and Max to see if they can overcome the lies—or if they must bury their dreams of a relationship forever.


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Second Shield II: The Return
Six weeks after the biggest case of her life, Sgt. MacKenzie “Mack” McCallister receives information that changes her future. With the man she loves on the opposite side of the country, Mack isn’t sure she can do it on her own.

Special Agent Andrew Cooper is dealing with the hardest thing he has ever had to face, and in order to do it, he must shelve his feelings for Mack and pray that she will be there when he returns.

As time passes, Mack focuses her attention on the serial killer investigation and forces thoughts of Drew out of her mind. When emotions are running high, Drew returns, and everything in Mack’s world is turned upside down.

It will fall to Drew who will figure out the missing pieces of the serial murder investigation, but will he be able to do it before he loses Mack forever?


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You're Not Alone
Trinity Morris, co-founder of You’re Not Alone, has a domestic violence past that still haunts her ten years later. She is devoted to helping victims find freedom and to sharing information on how to help them through their emotional and violent trials. While Trinity is presenting at a seminar, she comes across Gavin, a police officer who knows her past all too well.

It’s been ten years since he last saw her, but the moment Gavin’s eyes land on her, he’s intent on getting to know the woman who has haunted his dreams all these years.

Can Gavin break through the wall that Trinity has built around herself, or will the present and the past collide and take her away from him again?


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Finding the Strength
The night Tayla Adams is attacked, third-degree black belt, Cam Giles steps in and stops the violent man. Little does Tayla know that when she takes a self-defense class, she will come face to face with her knight in shining armor, but can Tayla learn to defend herself and gain enough confidence to protect the two of them when she is unexpectedly betrayed?


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Barbara's Plea
Barbara lives in constant fear of her husband. She finally summons the courage to leave with their young daughter, Allie, but dreads the moment her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish them--especially Barbara.

Grey’s future seems bleak, especially the day he is fired, but everything begins to turn around the moment he absently sinks down on a bench occupied by wealthy Gloria Withers. Gloria sees something in him that no one else bothers to notice and, within moments, a friendship is sparked that will withstand many trials.

When Barbara makes good her escape and arrives on the doorstep of her grandmother, Gloria, whom she hasn't seen for years, Barbara is greeted instead by Grey. It doesn't take long for a different kind of spark to fly as Barbara takes up residence in the Withers mansion.

When Grey falls inexorably in love with not only Barbara, but also her daughter Allie, he vows to do everything he can to protect them from her husband who is out for revenge.


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My Blood Runs Blue
Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. Although her job with the Fawn Hollow Township Police Department keeps her busy, she still feels like there is something else out there for her.

She soon finds herself investigating a homicide where a young woman has had her throat ripped out. When she has to give the death notification to the family, her investigative nature comes out fast and strong when the parents seem too accepting of their daughter's death and make comments that just don't fit.

When the family requests the assistance of the VMF Securities, Kristin is confused that they would think a security company could assist with the murder investigation. When Julian and Alexander arrive she quickly finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that has been going on longer then she has been alive. Why do they look at here as if they know her? And why do they keep talking about Calista?

Join Kirstin as she fights to learn the truth about the recent murder, the seductive and blood drinking men that have entered into her life and the rear truth about herself.


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Six Days of Memories
Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on.

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught.

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.


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Distorted Loyalty
Emergency room Doctor Rachel Wilde and Detective Grant Murphy meet by chance and it takes only one glance and a simple gentle touch to ignite their senses.

When Grant’s wife is in a tragic accident, Rachel goes above and beyond the call of duty to save her life. It is the moment she faces Grant again that their lives begin to spin out of control and they realize the lives of their loved ones were deeply intertwined.

The distorted loyalties of the ones they lost will drive a wedge between them and it will take another death, a last will and a look beyond the grave to find the path they must follow.


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Second Shield
Detective Sergeant Mackenzie McAllister leads a team of police investigators. When the new kid, Drew Bradley, joins the squad Mack is bound by duty to show him the ropes. The chemistry between them is immediate, but with Mack being twelve years older, she fights becoming entangled with the young sexy detective.

Drew enters the unit, not only to help with the investigation they are conducting, but to find out what is really going on inside the walls of the unit. Working with the intense and strict Sergeant Mack is invigorating, but between the need to protect her and his second shield, he is at a loss and falling hard.

Together they will uncover the evil from within, and try to deny the passions that rage between them. Who in her unit is trying to keep her from finding out the truth? Who will take a life that will draw them closer? And what are the secrets hidden behind the shield?

This is an adult novel with language and sexual content.


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Liveon - No Evil
Jacquelyn Liveon is a small time detective who loves her job, but hates attention. When she steps in front of heartthrob silver screen actor, Ryan Palmer, to stop a gunman, she finds herself dangling in to the public spotlight. Ryan can’t believe a woman would save him and not want more from his glamorous life. Could the words “I Fear No Evil” that are printed on her shirt be more correct than he thought?

When Jacquelyn goes undercover, she gets submerged into a world she never wanted to understand. How does she deal with the threats against Ryan? What happens with a major event flips the movie set upside down and injures people that they care about?

Join Jacquelyn and Ryan as they act out the relationship for the assignment, and try to survive the secrets, the threats and the explosive relationship that burns behind the scenes.


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Garda – Welcome to The Realm
“He is my destiny." There is a place that lies between heaven and Earth, it is called The Realm. Within this place, the Guards of Peace, known as Garda Síochána, learn to guide and protect the ones that live below until they are called home. Officer Corey Hamilton is dedicated to being the best that she can be, in uniform and out. Her loving nature, compassionate thoughts, and warrior strength make her the perfect candidate to join the Garda Síochána and spend her eternity protecting and guiding others. Just before Corey dies in a line-of-duty accident, she meets Officer Mitchell O’Reilly. Her feelings for him may change her destiny, but not for the better, as she falls in love with this married man. Brock, Corey’s personal Garda, will bring her home to The Realm and attempt to train her for her future, even while she still fights for her past. Will Brock be able to direct Corey down the right path, or will she cross the line and fall from grace? Join Corey, Mitchell, and Brock for an emotional and heart-pounding adventure that is sure to make you wonder if angels are really guiding us in our everyday lives.


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Blue Blood For Life - Book Two of the My Blood Runs Blue Series
“You belong to me… for life…”

After a month off, Kristin comes back to work happier then she’s been in a long time. Her new status in life has her solving crimes faster and better than she ever could before. When Alex goes missing, Kristin finds she finally has to reveal the secrets of her life to her friends. Will they be able to stand beside her after they learn all that she has hidden from them?

Julian and Gabe stand beside her faithfully as they try to locate Alex. They are surprised to find Trent already in Fawn Hollow, but know that Trent may be the only one to do what Alex has asked them to do. As one more choice is taken away from Kristin, she attempts to make the best of it, but finds herself drawn to Trent in a way Julian and Alexander could never compare to. Trent goes to work with Kristin to keep her safe but will he be able to handle all that her police world entails?

Can he handle the side of her that she reveals, the one that Alex and Julian know nothing about? When Kristin and Trent uncover the connection between her job and the kidnapping, they are finally able to put the pieces together, but can they get to Alex fast enough? Will Kristin be able to handle rescuing Alex and all that she learns in the process? Join Kristin, Julian, Trent and Alexander as they dive into a new mystery that will have you turning the pages quickly to find out who is responsible and how Kristin’s life is forever changed once again.


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Whether I'll Live or Die
It sounded so simple in theory; ready... aim... fire... but what actually transpired was so much more.?

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her career, and her life. Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved.

As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life. A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?


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