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Assassin meets innocent. 

Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. Down to her last few credits, Cor is offered a freelance job to eliminate a perverse political powerhouse. Always a sucker for helping the helpless, she accepts.

The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with her employer, sweet and attractive Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach the target’s home world, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds the inexplicable attraction growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and intimate involvement is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.

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First Edition published by Torquere Press Publishers, November 2015.

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The Voxlightner Scandal

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A BJ Vinson Mystery

No good deed goes unpunished, as investigator BJ Vinson is about to discover.

Writer John Pierce Belhaven was murdered before he could reveal the name of another killer—one connected to the biggest scandal to rock Albuquerque in years. Two of the city’s most prominent citizens—Barron Voxlightner and Dr. Walther Stabler—vanished in 2004, along with fifty million dollars looted from Voxlightner Precious Metals Recovery Corp. It only makes sense that poking into that disappearance cost Belhaven his life.

But BJ isn’t so sure.

He’s agreed to help novice detective Roy Guerra reopen the old case—which the wealthy and influential Voxlightner family doesn’t want dredged up. But Belhaven was part of their family, and that connection could’ve led to his murder. Or did the sixty-year-old author die because of a sordid sexual affair?

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A workaholic teacher and a cranky blacksmith investigate a haunted orphanage in the remote Scottish Borders. What they find together might help them heal the wounds of their pasts… if they survive. 

When the charity Leon works for inherits the orphanage, he travels north to see if the site is suitable for a new school. But Vainguard is a place of dark secrets, and Leon unearths a mystery about four children who died there in 1944—a tragic tale with an uncanny connection to the death of Leon’s parents. 

Still bitter and guilt-ridden over his daughter’s death, farrier Niall joins Leon in uncovering Vainguard’s cruel history, including not just abuse but a tale about a vengeful spirit preying on local children. As the orphanage’s disturbing past comes to light, another child goes missing. 

Niall and Leon know they don’t have long before the child falls victim to a legend straight from the Borders’ blood-soaked past.

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Buried Secrets

Timothy and Wyatt Mysteries
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A Timothy and Wyatt Mystery

Teen detectives Wyatt and Timothy are determined to find out what happened to a group of boys who disappeared years ago—but surviving the mystery might be as challenging as solving it.

To make ends meet, Wyatt works construction instead of attending school, and it’s in an old house he’s gutting that he finds a collection of articles about a missing boy. Wyatt knew Bobby LaFleur before he disappeared, and this new clue stirs up Wyatt’s old memories.

Sheriff’s son Timothy Mitchell can’t resist a challenge—or the chance to show his dad he’s more than capable of working in law enforcement. Together with Wyatt, he investigates the disappearance and learns Bobby isn’t the only victim—and that Wyatt and Bobby were more than friends. As the case grows darker and more twisted, the connection between Wyatt and Timothy deepens.  But the secrets they uncover could get them killed.

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The Mystery of the Bones

Snow & Winter | Book Four
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Snow & Winter: Book Four

It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow together with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter. Patience, sanity, and their very lives have been put to the test, but love has persevered. Although Sebastian is now New York City’s best-known busybody, he’s done solving crimes and wants nothing more than to plan a romantic budget wedding.

Then Snow’s Antique Emporium receives a decapitated human head in the mail and the holidays are gory once again. Sebastian patently disregards the mystery of a lifetime because he is done with death and danger—but the killer escalates. Before Sebastian knows it, his closest friends and family are dragged into a series of horrific murders with antiquated clues hinting to the infamous Victorian American Bones Wars.

The clock is ticking to recover a long-lost artifact linked to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope and to capture a murderer. But it’s not Sebastian who may become the next target—it’s Calvin.

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Art of Death

Lychgate | Book One

Lychgate: Book One

Starving artist Riley Burke refuses to be dependent on his rich older boyfriend—hence his second job as a nude model at the local art school.  When the famous artist Coliaro requests him for a private modeling session, he jumps at the chance to earn some real cash.

But then Westwood, a mysterious stranger, warns him to steer clear—it's said Coliaro is undead. That his worshippers perform rituals to fill him with life energy. That every time he paints a male nude, the painting transforms to depict a gruesome murder. And that shortly after, a young man turns up dead.

Riley dismisses the rumors—until they start to play out before his eyes. When he becomes a target, Westwood comes to his aid. But Westwood is secretive and dangerous himself... which just makes him more attractive to Riley. Riley is in over his head, and even his tenuous alliance with Westwood might not save him.

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First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2012.

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Threadbare

Storm Fronts | Book One

Storm Fronts: Book One

All cybernetic soldier Vick Corren wanted was to be human again. Now all she wants is Kelly. But machines can’t love. Can they?

With the computerized implants that replaced most of her brain, Vick views herself as more machine than human. She’s lost her memory, but worse, can no longer control her emotions, though with the help of empath Kelly LaSalle, she’s holding the threads of her fraying sanity together. 

Vick is smarter, faster, impervious to pain… the best mercenary in the Fighting Storm, until odd flashbacks show Vick a life she can't remember and a romantic relationship with Kelly that Vick never knew existed. But investigating that must wait until Vick and her team rescue the Storm’s kidnapped leader.

Someone from within the organization is working against them, threatening Kelly’s freedom. To save her, Vick will have to sacrifice what she values most: the last of her humanity. Before the mission is over, either Vick or Kelly will forfeit the life she once knew.  

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Popular athlete Brian had everything until a school shooter nearly killed him. He survived the massacre with the help of a hero—his classmate Landon, who faced death to help others… and who is openly gay. Brian might be alive, but he can’t face his fears or move on, especially since the shooters were never caught. He’s falling apart, and he can only reach for Landon and hope Landon will take his hand a second time.

Landon did what anyone would do when he found Brian dying on the cafeteria floor. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but he’s ready to take a stand against the gun violence tearing apart the lives of young people—people like Brian, who returned to school a shadow of the happy, outgoing quarterback Landon used to admire. Brian still needs him, and as their friendship grows and deepens, wounds might begin to heal. The bond they share could lead a new start for them both.

Only the terror that visited Jefferson Waller High School isn’t over yet.

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First Edition published by Pinkerton Road, October, 2018.

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The Shaman of Kupa Piti

Shaman's Law | Book One

Shaman's Law: Book One

When an international case involving a series of ritual murders lands in his lap, strait-laced and logical Agent Leon Armstrong is going to need some help.

Leon follows the trail to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia, where he gets tangled up with the wild Russian mystic Sergei Menshikov. Despite his commitment to rationality, Leon discovers he isn’t immune to the way of the spirits, no matter how much he’d like to think so. When Sergei tells him he treads a predestined path, Leon’s world turns upside down.

Leon’s experiences in Coober Pedy will change his life forever, but can he hold out against Sergei and the spirits—who Sergei claims have chosen them for each other?

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Absolute Heart

Infernal Instruments of the Dragon

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Infernal Instruments of the Dragon

As the British Empire builds power based on new clockwork and steam technology, Ireland draws its might from its potent magical traditions. Only two boys with little in common can end the fighting between the two nations and prevent a terrible worldwide war.

Gavin Haveland’s dreams are in the sky with the airships, while his reality as a High Councilman’s son means hiding secrets that will get him executed if revealed.

Orion of Oberon is not just a powerful mage, he’s the nephew of the Irish queen, and the one she’s sent him on a quest for the ancient Dragon Stones that will bolster her fading power. In the process, he might restore his family to their rightful place in society.

With enemies determined to stop them by any means necessary and war or peace hinging on their success, Gavin and Orion must find a way to work together, despite the centuries of mistrust between their nations.

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Marshals (Italiano) | Libro 2

Serie Marshals, Libro 2

Miro Jones e Ian Doyle, vicesceriffi federali, sono adesso partner sia sul lavoro che fuori: la calma professionalità di Miro compensa il carattere passionale e irascibile di Ian. Ogni relazione, però, ha dei problemi, e a volte Miro si chiede quale posto abbia nel cuore del suo focoso amante. I nodi d’amore che così di recente li hanno uniti corrono forse il rischio di sciogliersi?

Il loro legame è continuamente messo alla prova da intrusioni familiari, amici benintenzionati e insicurezze personali. Inoltre, devono affrontare una vera e propria prova del fuoco anche al lavoro, quando un vecchio caso di Miro torna a perseguitarli. Ce ne sarebbe abbastanza per convincere Ian a farsi venire dei dubbi riguardo alla sua decisione di impegnarsi con Miro, il quale può solo sperare, a questo punto, che i sentimenti che legano lui e il suo partner siano talmente forti da resistere a tutto.

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Alcatraz!

Repeating History | Book Four

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Repeating History: Book Four

In their further efforts to recover the historical artifacts lost when they set fire to Merlin’s office, Ash and Grant go back to the early 1930s, where they must infiltrate Alcatraz Prison and secure a locket belonging to Al Capone. They find themselves at odds when Ash plays the role of a prisoner, while Grant is a guard. Capone takes a liking to Ash, whom he sees as a younger version of himself, and places Ash under his protection.

Before they can return to their own time, the boys must help foil an escape from the Rock, expose a corrupt and dangerous guard, and secure the pendant. 

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Jesse Morales si è appena laureato e aspira a diventare uno scrittore di gialli. Quando si offre volontario per prestare servizio una settimana sulla vetta del monte Washington, sa già che dovrà lavorare duro. Quello che non sa è che in mezzo alla nebbia troverà un cadavere, disteso tra le rocce, ucciso con un colpo alla testa. La vittima si rivela essere un giovane turista di nome Stuart Warren, allontanatosi poche ore prima dagli amici con cui stava visitando la montagna.

Kyle Dubois, un ispettore di polizia vedovo già da qualche anno, è costretto ad accorrere sulla scena del crimine in piena notte. Kyle e Jesse sono immediatamente attratti l’uno dall’altro, anche se per l’ispettore è difficile prendere sul serio quel pivello fissato con i romanzi polizieschi. Ma Jesse trova un modo per rendersi indispensabile a Kyle, prendendo una stanza presso l’hotel dove alloggiano i parenti e gli amici della vittima e introducendosi nella loro cerchia. Quello che scoprirà potrebbe portarlo a risolvere il caso… o a farsi ammazzare.

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When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes, they think. Not so fun. 

Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they’ll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts. 

Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek’s love continues to thrive. 

While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it’s only them and the killer. 

And then the battle really begins.

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Mykayla’s parents’ marriage is in trouble, but they’re working on it. Unfortunately for Mykayla, that means she’s getting shipped off to Boston to spend her summer with Uncle Yushua while they work out their issues. Mykayla has issues of her own—like her confusion about her sexuality, or apparent lack of it—that she’d like to explore alongside her best friend, Xiu.The situation at her uncle’s house is weird to say the least. There’s something off about his coworkers—aside from the fact that they won’t go away.

Things go from strange to stranger when a supernatural being shows up to protect Mykayla from someone he calls the Shadow Pharaoh. Sutekhgen is a sorcerer who never made it to the afterlife, with a huge Set Beast as a companion… and the mistaken assumption that Mykayla is the reincarnation of his lost romantic partner. 

She doesn’t know what’s worse: being caught in a metaphysical conflict between ancient gods or being stuck with a pushy jerk who doesn’t know the meaning of personal boundaries.

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Delitti e disastri

Delitti e disastri | Libro 1

Serie Delitti e disastri, Libro 1

I morti tengono la bocca chiusa.

L’ex topo d’appartamento Rook Stevens ha rubato molti oggetti preziosi in passato, ma mai prima d’ora era stato accusato di aver sottratto una vita. Una cosa è trovare una vecchia complice ad aspettarlo dentro al Potter’s Field, il suo negozio di cimeli della cultura pop, un’altra è inciampare nel suo cadavere.

Il detective Dante Montoya era convinto di aver chiuso per sempre con Rook Stevens, dopo che il suo precedente partner aveva falsificato delle prove per incastrare il ladro di gioielli che invece se l’era cavata impunemente. Così, quando interrompe la fuga di un sospettato di omicidio coperto di sangue, rimane senza parole nello scoprire che si tratta proprio dell’uomo che aveva giurato di mettere dietro le sbarre e che continua a fargli ribollire il sangue nelle vene anche a distanza di anni.

Rook è determinato a scrollarsi di dosso l’accusa di omicidio, anche se ciò significa prendere le distanze dal duro detective messico-cubano che lo ha arrestato. Ma come se un’artista della truffa morta non fosse abbastanza, presto se ne aggiungo altre e, mentre i cadaveri si ammucchiano ai suoi piedi, Rook è costretto a chiedere aiuto proprio all’ultima persona che in teoria dovrebbe credere alla sua innocenza… e l’unico uomo che non è mai riuscito a dimenticare.

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Model Investigator

Haven Investigations | Book Three

Sequel to Model Bodyguard

Haven Investigations: Book Three

With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former model turned private investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home.

Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob—and patience Ollie doesn’t have—to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.

It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.

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Aubrey Grant lebt im Stadtviertel Old Town des tropischen Paradieses Key West, hat ein hübsches Häuschen, eine schnuckelige Vespa und die großartige berufliche Aufgabe, das denkmalgeschützte Anwesen eines ehemaligen Kapitäns zu verwalten. Beim Besuch seines angehenden Freundes, dem erfolgreichen FBI-Agenten Jun Tanaka, der sich bei ihm etwas Erholung gönnen möchte, kann selbst Aubreys Narkolepsie die Vorfreude auf ihre Ferienpläne nicht trüben.

Doch dann macht ihnen ein Skelett in einem Schrank des historischen Smith-Hauses einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Obwohl Aubrey und Jun sich vorgenommen hatten, die gemeinsame Zeit zu genießen, führt sie die Identität des Skeletts zu einem über hundert Jahre alten Geheimnis. Sie entdecken die Geschichte eines Piratenkönigs und seines verloren geglaubten Schatzes sowie einen Mörder der Gegenwart, der vor nichts haltmacht, um die verborgenen Reichtümer aufzuspüren. Und als selbst der sein Unwesen treibende Mörder nicht ausreicht, um Aubrey von dem Chaos fernzuhalten, scheint ihn sogar der ruhelose Geist des verstorbenen Captain Smith zu warnen.

Möglicherweise wird sich die ungewöhnliche Kombination aus Agent und Historiker als genau richtig erweisen, um Licht in den Fall zu bringen und mit einer alten Tragödie von Key West abzuschließen. Während Aubrey jedoch der Schatzkarte folgt, könnte jeder falsche Schritt sein letzter sein.

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