New Release! Just Jayne by Ripley Proserpina



Just Jayne
By
Ripley Proserpina

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Jayne Burns has come too far in her life to look back. An orphan, she’s used to being no one’s choice.

Not anymore.

When she lands a job as a private tutor for the adopted daughter of a world famous guitarist, everything changes. The rock gods of Rochester’s Pathos, Tennyson, Lee, Klaus, and Diego set their sights on her, and sweep Jayne off her feet.

But the band has a secret, and if it comes to light, they’ll lose Jayne.

They refuse to give her up, and they’ll tell any lie, barricade any door, and fight any foe to keep her.

**Just Jayne is a full-length, stand-alone reverse harem romance**

Jayne has been a tutor for the rich and famous for a long time, now that her latest charge is heading to boarding school, she’s summoned to her agency for an interview.

There’s a lot of mystery involved in that first interview, but it does get her on a plane to London and the second interview.

This is a favorite scene.

“Miss Burns, I’m Alfred Tennyson. It’s nice to meet you.”

Alfred Tennyson. I kept my face bland, but my suspicion grew with each passing second. “Nice to meet you, as well,” I replied. Big fat liar. If his name was Alfred Tennyson, then I was Britney Spears.

“This won’t take long,” he said. “I just have a few questions.” He reached behind him and pulled a piece of yellow lined paper from his back pocket. Unfolding it, he stared at me and said, “I am tired/ I am weary/ I could sleep for a thousand years/ A thousand dreams that would awake me/ Different colors made of tears.”

The paper remained on his lap, but he didn’t glance at it, and he didn’t glance away from me.

“Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground,” I said. “Do you want me to interpret?”

Alfred smiled. “No. It just popped into my head and I had to say it. Does that ever happen to you? Something pops into your head and you have to get it out?” He leaned back and studied me the same way the woman in my first interview had. “You don’t seem the spontaneous type.” In one quick move, he grabbed his phone from a nearby table and typed something before flinging it away. His chair groaned as he shifted and leaned forward. His blue eyes were so bright, almost like he had a fever— or he was on something. His long fingers tapped against the paper and he cocked his head to the side. As he watched me, he was quiet and thoughtful, but then he played with the little ring in his lip, and I got the sense that maybe he was waiting for something.

“Yeah,” he said suddenly. “You’re not spontaneous. Definitely buttoned up. You’ve got a whole…” He waved his hand toward me. “Maiden aunt thing going on, but yeah. Interpret Venus in Furs for me.”

This was a test. Like seeing if I’d fly to London for a second interview. And I had… personal experience… with the über-wealthy. How do you feel about celebrities?

Fine.

I could go along with whatever this was.

“It’s based off of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s book of the same name— it’s not a book I have ever written into any curriculum. Have you read it?” I asked.

“A story about a man who wants to submit to and be dominated by women?” Alfred asked. “Fuck, yes. Twice.” He shifted. “I didn’t understand it either time.”

I smiled, and waited. Because this was certain to get worse before it got better.

“Have you read it?” he asked.

“No,” I answered, honestly. And that seemed to surprise him. I wondered why. He’d already pegged me as a boring, old maid. Of course I wouldn’t have read a book about sado-masochism, bondage, and dominance. “But I love Lou Reed, so I know the Velvet Underground.”

Behind him a door opened and a woman walked out. This was the sort of person I’d expected to interview me. Someone slightly older than myself, dressed like she’d come to work and not just run out of clean clothes to wear. She handed a file to Alfred, and then she left.

“Next question.” He opened the file and held up two pictures. “Who are these men?”

“Winston Churchill and Eminem.”

“And these?” He held up another two pictures.

“Justin Timberlake and David Beckham.”

“So you don’t live under a rock, Miss Burns,” he said.

I swallowed hard and clenched my teeth. “No, Mr. Tennyson, I don’t.”

“Then how have you not recognized who I am?” He flung the pictures away and stared at me, waiting.

I stared back, and as recognition dawned, I realized I was the stupidest person who’d ever lived. My face heated, and as much as I wanted to drop my gaze and hide my embarrassment, I didn’t. All I could do was hope my voice didn’t shake when I answered. “You’re Tennyson Blake,” I said. “Lead guitarist for Rochester’s Pathos.” I’d waxed poetic about Velvet Underground while sitting across from one of the most celebrated musicians and lyricists of all time. Stupid.

“You didn’t recognize me,” he said.

“Not at first,” I admitted and then I remembered the man whose wallet I’d returned. “And that was Diego Martin. Outside.”

“You saw him? He tried to leave before you arrived.” Tennyson shrugged. “He liked the first candidate.”

“But he didn’t even meet me,” I argued before closing my mouth shut with a snap.

“Diego goes with his gut, and he liked the other girl.” Tennyson cupped his stubble-lined jaw and leaned his elbow on his knee. “Woman. Sorry.”

All right, then. “Do you have any other questions for me?”

“No.” But he continued to stare at me. Since the interview was over, and I clearly hadn’t gotten the position, I let myself glance away from him.

I felt every hour of time that had passed between my interview in New York, and my arrival here. No doubt I looked horrible, and no doubt I’d made a fool of myself.

A chime sounded, and I glanced at Tennyson. He was staring down at his phone and smiling. “Everyone agrees. You’re it. The woman to teach our adorable little gremlin.” He held out his hand, and a little shocked, I took it. “Welcome to the family, Miss Burns.”
Ripley Proserpina. Just Jayne (Kindle Locations 165-207).

In spite of not wanting to get involved, Tennyson, Lee, Klaus, and Diego were determined to make Jayne theirs.

I fell in love with their daughter Sophie, and their interactions with her were priceless.

There is a major secret here though, one that could ruin everything. So much subterfuge and almost truths.

I couldn’t put this book down as clues get dropped as to the origin of the secret in the creepiest of ways. We get a look at the lifestyle of the rich and famous, as well as a bit of the crazy music world.

Plenty of clues, some laughs, and off the charts heat as this tale unfolds.

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Ripley Proserpina

Ripley Proserpina spends her days huddled near a fire in the frozen northern wilds of Vermont. She lives with her family, two magnificent cats, and one dog who aspires to cat-hood. She is the author of the Reverse Harem series, The Searchers, Midnight’s Crown, and the young adult/fantasy duet, Wishes and Curses.


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Ethan – The K9 Files Book 1 by Dale Mayer



Ethan
The K9 Files Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


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When one door closes …
second chances open another …

Ethan was lost after a major accident abruptly shifted him from a military life to a civilian one, from working with dogs to odd jobs … In that time, he’d spent months healing from his physical injuries. When he connects with Badger and the rest of his Titanium Corp. group of former SEALs, Badger offers Ethan an opportunity he can’t refuse. A chance to do the work he used to do … with a twist.

Cinnamon works from home as a project manager plus is heavily involved in global dog rescues—dogs of all kinds. When Ethan walks into the next door’s vet’s office with an injured shepherd in his arms, she sees another lost soul—just like the canine ones she helps.

Ethan knows he’s about to take a dangerous step, but he’s on the job, and no one—on the job or not—hurts animals while he’s around. This poor shepherd has taken enough abuse, and Ethan fears she is only the tip of a nightmare he’s determined to uncover. But he knows she’s going to lead him in the right direction.

He has his sights set on saving one dog in particular, Sentry: K9 File 01.

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Now that the SEALs of Steel series has ended we see the Badger’s new company Titanium Corp. take on a different kind of project. At the request of their former Commander they are going to look for and check on some military K9’s that had left the system and fell through the cracks.

When asking who, Ethan’s name came to the forefront as he had been a K9 handler and trainer. They just had to convince him to do it.

Where he’s sent to look is Levi’s territory, so we get to see a few of the Legendary Security guys. Gunner is a friend of Ethan’s as well and has a place for him to rent while he’s looking for the first dog on the list, Sentry.

As he’s searching he finds not Sentry but a female German Shepherd. She’s hostile and growling as he approaches. She’s severely injured and losing blood and as he lowers himself to the ground he hears someone stop behind him. Stone is behind him and he has an anesthetic to administer to the dog so they can get her the help she needs.

Ethan sort of meets Cinnamon at the Clinic while Louise is doing her best to save the dog. She brings him coffee and tries to have a conversation with him, but he’s more than a little preoccupied. One of the injuries the dog has is from bullets.

But something about Ethan just strikes Cinnamon as someone who needs a friend and she leaves a note with her phone number on it under his windshield.

Instead of calling, Ethan shows up at her place instead.

This is a favorite scene.

Several hours later, the dogs crazily barking had startled her out of her reverie. As the dogs reached the front door, they both fell silent and sat just inside the door, tails wagging. She studied them. Looking through the nearby window at the shadow outside the door, she knew who it was. Hesitatingly, wondering why the hell she was even thinking of doing this, she left the chain on the door and opened it the little bit the chain allowed. “Hello?”

He stared at her, his chin dropping and his eyebrows rising.

She looked at him nonplussed. That she was correct about him being behind her door wasn’t necessarily good. Still, she’d left that note because she wanted to see him. But the note didn’t have her address on it. “How did you know where I live?”

“The clinic.”

She shook her head. “No, they wouldn’t have shared that personal information.”

He pulled out his phone and showed her a page he had been on. It was her license plate with her address.

“Now that makes sense,” she said on a sigh. “Not too many people know how to pull up an address off a license plate.”

“Let’s just say, I know some people,” he said smoothly.

“Levi? Stone? Flynn?”

He nodded.

“But you don’t work for them?” She bit her lower lip, as she tried to figure out what to do about this. “Then why lie to me?”

“Most women would be uncomfortable with this method, so I thought saying the clinic told me would be easier.”

She had given him her name and number in her note, but he hadn’t followed up on that by calling. He’d taken a different route.

“I’m making you uncomfortable,” he said in that low voice. “I’ll leave.” He turned to walk back down the front steps.

Immediately she took off the chain and pulled open the door, still not leaving her house. “Wait.”

On the bottom step he turned and looked at her. “You shouldn’t have opened the door to a stranger.”

She raised both hands. “Yeah, I’ve heard that before too.”

He looked at her steadily. “You can call Stone, if you know him.”

She grabbed her phone and called Levi’s compound. “Hey, Ice. Is Stone there?”

Ice laughed and said, “I think he just came in. Hang on.”

Within minutes Stone’s heavy, deep voice came into her ear, “What’s up, Cinn?”

“Do you know Ethan?”

Stone sucked in breath on the other end, and he answered cautiously, “If you mean the Ethan who picked up the shepherd this morning, yes, I know him. We have friends in common.”

“What friends?” she demanded.

“They’re in the next state over,” he said slowly. “Another group of friends of ours. Ethan’s okay. He’s been through a lot though.”

“But you can vouch for him?” “I can vouch he’s honorable, and he’s damaged, and that shepherd was very important to him.”

“Well, those three things I could figure out myself,” she said in exasperation. “But thanks.” She hung up the phone, pocketed it, knowing, if anything happened to her, Stone would know who was responsible. She threw the door open wide for him to enter. “Come on in.”

The dogs happily exited the house, greeting him as a long-lost friend.

He stood on the porch for a long moment, petting the animals. “Stone knows me but not well.”

She nodded. “He said as much. He also said you’re honorable but damaged.”

Ethan lifted a pant leg and showed her what appeared to be a prosthetic limb.

She nodded. “That explains the gait.”

“What gait?”

“You went down the stairs stiffly,” she answered, walking toward her kitchen. “I’ll put on coffee. Do you want a cup?”

He leaned against the entranceway to the kitchen, a safe distance away, as if giving her space. “Thank you. I’d appreciate it.”

She silently put on a small pot, then felt awkward as she searched for a topic of conversation. “What’s the state of the shepherd?”

“She’s doing much better.”

“Is she awake from the anesthesia yet?”

He gave her a glimmer of a smile and shook his head. “But she’s resting easier. More at peace.”

She thought about that and nodded. “I guess that’s fair. Sometimes animals don’t rest, even when they are under anesthesia, do they? It’s more of a forced rest. But, if she’s looking better, that’s good.”

He sat at the kitchen table, choosing the chair closest to him.

She said, “Or we can sit outside on the deck.”

He stood again in a smooth motion and waited. Always silent, mostly still. She poured coffee in two cups, leading the way to the large veranda that ran along the back of her house. The dogs raced out into the backyard. A ball sat beside one of the patio chairs. With the coffee cups still in her hand, she kicked the ball across the yard. Both dogs tumbled after it. She placed the coffee cups on the patio table and took a seat. The dogs came back with the ball, eager for more. She grinned to see Burglar had won.

“You have a three-legged basset hound?”

She nodded. “Got him from Anna. His name is Burglar. He was trying to steal something from a butcher shop when the door closed on his leg, one with automatic locks, and it wouldn’t open again. He lost circulation, and the leg had to be removed.” Out of the corner of her eye, she watched a smile whisper across his face. “You really like animals, don’t you?”

He nodded. “They’re simple, straightforward, honest, clear-cut. They don’t play sneaky mind games.”

“Unlike humans, you mean?”

Again he nodded. He reached down, and Burglar dropped the ball into his hand. Ethan tossed it high and long into the yard. Both dogs raced after it. “What’s the Lab’s name?”

“Midnight,” she said. “She was another foster dog of Anna’s. She’s way too friendly with everybody, so, the minute she escapes a fenced-in yard, she’s gone looking for the next person who will give her attention.”

“Do you have a securely fenced yard?” he asked, his gaze looking around the property.

“Several of them,” she admitted. “I have a lot of dog runs here. Depending on what animals we’re moving, if I have to get involved personally. I have ten acres here.”

Appreciation lit his gaze. “I really like that idea. I’m not much for town living.”

“Neither am I,” she said. “Stone said something about you having mutual friends in another state.”

He gave her a crooked smile. “That’s true. In New Mexico— Santa Fe. Badger was in one of my units way back. And I served with Stone. But not the same unit. That was a few years ago.”

“That explains the look to you,” she said. “You and Stone both have that hard edge that says life hasn’t been easy.”

“Is life meant to be easy?” he asked with interest.

“I don’t know,” she admitted. “But I sure wouldn’t mind if it was.” He just smiled and didn’t say anything.
Dale Mayer. Ethan (Kindle Locations 333-392). Valley Publishing Ltd..

The ensuing conversation lead to clues where to look for Sentry and also leads to more than what Ethan was expecting.

I love all animals and this is a fast-paced, action-packed story with plenty of intrigue, suspense, laughter and tears combined with slow build romance and a HEA for the dogs.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this great new series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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Mantis – K19 Security Solutions Book 4 by Heather Slade



Mantis
K19 Security Solutions Book 4
By
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Heather Slade

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This mantis has a lot to pray for…

K19 pilot Mantis Cassman will do anything to reconnect with the love of his life. Being deep undercover for months has given him time to think—and all that matters is Alegria Mondreau. However, after Mantis nearly loses her in a perilous K19 op, he realizes that his best friend, Dutch Miller, also has feelings for her. As the three friends struggle with their feelings, friction escalates. Three’s a crowd and one man must go. And neither is going out without a fight.

But when an enemy from their past comes back with a vendetta, more secrets surface. To keep them together and safe, Mantis will need more than prayers.

While each book in the K19 Security Solutions Series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.

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What a tangled up mess this is, Manon aka Alegria is torn. Originally from France she was accepted to United States Air Force Academy where she met Mantis and Dutch. Her decision to stay in the US was the offer of fighter pilot training and her love of Mantis. Although circumstances had them more apart than together and then Mantis chose a mission over time with her. That was their end.

Now with Alegria still recuperating from a bullet wound in her back, Mantis has been held captive in Somalia. Dutch her current ‘boyfriend’, K19 partner and one of Mantis’ best friends is tasked with retrieving him and the others with him.

Dutch knows he can’t stay with Alegria, she is still very much in love with Mantis. The question is can Mantis and Alegria get over the past and work toward a future.

Dutch is leaving for California to meet up with Doc about another assignment.

This is a favorite scene.

“What’s happening?” Alegria asked when Dutch led her out the front door of the restaurant.

“I don’t know all the details yet, but there’s an op.”

“How soon will you be deploying?”

“Right away. Doc’s arranging transport to California as we speak.”

“I’ll go straight to Manhattan, then.”

Dutch cupped her cheek with his palm. “I wish I didn’t have to leave tonight.”

“Me too.”

When he leaned down and kissed her, she wrapped her arms around his waist. As she had so many times before, she wished she felt the same level of passion for him as she always had for Mantis. No matter how much she wanted it, she’d never been able to force it.

“I gotta go,” Dutch said, taking her arms from his waist. “Do you want me to give you a lift back to the terminal?”

“No, I can catch a cab. Go if you need to.”

“I’m sorry,” he said again before pulling her against him and kissing her a second time. “I’ll call when I know more.”

Alegria nodded and waved as he climbed into a waiting car. Was she imagining that he was saying more than goodbye for the duration of the mission, or had Dutch just said farewell to her forever?

When she went back inside, she saw Mantis and Shiver alone at the table. She was about to turn around and leave when Mantis waved her over.

“I’m off,” Shiver said, standing and kissing each of her cheeks. “If you need anything…”

She nodded and saw Darrow was already near the door. “Thanks. Please say goodbye to your sister for me.”

“Well,” she began after Shiver had left. “I suppose it’s time for me to go too.”

“Where?” “Manhattan, I guess,” she sighed.

“You don’t sound excited about the prospect.”

“You want the truth?”

Mantis nodded. “Always.”

“I don’t have anywhere else to go.”

“You could come home with me.”

“To Darien?”

“Why not? How long has it been since you’ve seen my family? I know they’d love to see you.”

“Wouldn’t it be…uncomfortable?”

“You mean because you’re with Dutch now?”

She shrugged. “More that you and I aren’t together.”

“It’ll give us practice.”

Alegria laughed. “At what?”

“Being friends.”

Faced with going to a cold and empty apartment where she hadn’t spent more than a week in God knew how long, or going to visit Mantis’ family, whom she adored, her choice was easy to make.

“Sure, I’d love to go with you.”

Mantis’ smile made her toes curl. He was right about them needing practice being friends, given right now she wanted to fall into his arms and never leave.
Slade, Heather. Mantis (K19 Security Solutions Book 4) (pp. 66-68). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Edition.

We get a look at the past when Dutch, Mantis and Alegria were at the Air Force Academy. But Alegria going with Mantis to his family is a turning point. Her injury and rehabilitation and whether she will be able to fly again all contribute to the emotions in this book.

These two are meant to be together. You will laugh, cry, want to throw the book across the room (but you won’t). The highs, the lows, secrets and everything in between is covered in this book including the sizzle between them.

I have already read and reviewed Dutch (Book 5) and Striker (Book 6) is coming out later this month. Don’t miss this series!

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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Cooper – SEALs of Honor Book 6 By Dale Mayer



Cooper
SEALs of Honor Book 6
By
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Dale Mayer

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A highly-skilled practitioner of medicine saved Cooper’s life and sanity while that same woman steals his heart.

Being a SEAL is at the core of Cooper’s being, but he isn’t just doing his duty when the doctor who miraculously restored him to life is kidnapped. He’s the first in line to volunteer in her rescue.

Dr. Sasha Childs has devoted herself to helping others. Finding out her husband is helping himself to her best friend solidifies her sense of single-minded devotion to practicing medicine. Disillusioned about love, she volunteers her skills to a Syrian refugee camp crying out for medical aid. She’s completely unaware of the war brewing around her until she’s caught in the middle of it.

Cooper had his hands full rescuing Sasha from foreign hands the first time. After the war comes home, keeping her safe a second time becomes damn near impossible. Blessed with getting his life handed back to him, he discovered he needs a second miracle before the woman he’s fallen for becomes little more than a casualty of war.

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This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. It stands to reason that when the doctor who saved his life is one of four medical personnel kidnapped, Cooper would want, no need to be involved in the rescue.

What they find is a tense situation and they need to move quickly or lose the opportunity to get to them before they are transported elsewhere by water.

This is a favorite scene when Dr. Sasha realizes just who is rescuing them.

Cooper stared at the tiny doctor in front of him. God he’d loved her since she’d done the surgery and given him his life back. Not only had she done the surgery, but she’d hounded him on his physical therapy too. He grinned. She wasn’t bigger than a mosquito. That’s why everyone called her, Dr. Sasha. Her real name was Sasha Childs. But given her five foot stature, her name caused her more grief than anything. So Dr. Sasha it was.

“It is,” she said with a delighted grin. “Thank you for saving us, me.”

He’d always loved that about her. So much spirit. Almost with an edge but she had a ready smile for anyone.

But then she surprised him and barreled toward him arms open.

He laughed quietly and held her close. “Glad to be able to return the favor,” he said in a low voice.

“Now that’s a fair trade,” she whispered.

He knew what she meant. Swede made a harsh sound. Right. They needed to save the reunion for later.

“We’ll talk later. We have to go now.”

She gave a quick nod, picked up her feet and ran back to Swede. She flashed him a big grin and dove into the back of the truck. Apparently seeing a familiar face had picked up her spirits.

Then again, seeing her had picked up his.

But what the hell was she doing over here?

And where was her husband?

Swede nudged Cooper, making him realize he was standing there like an idiot.

“You know her?”

Cooper gave him a sheepish grin. “Yeah, long story. The surgeon on call that day I was shot collapsed in surgery. She was there for some special training at the time and took over. She saved my life.”

Swede’s eyebrows shot up to his hairline. He turned to glance back at Sasha then snorted. “You got all the luck. When I got shot, I ended up with that old geezer Mahoney.”

Cooper snickered. Mahoney was close to seventy and had the bedside manner of an old goat. “I lucked out,” Cooper said. “The nurses told me about what happened afterwards. She not only saved my life, she saved the doctor’s life who’d been working on me.”

“And you let her walk away,” Swede said with a note of incredulity. “Haven’t you learned anything from the guys yet?”

“Yeah well this was before Mason found Tesla,” Cooper protested. “And besides, she’s married.”

Swede frowned. “Are you sure about that? I wouldn’t want my wife over here in this troubled time while my fat ass is back home.”

“You don’t know, they might be happy with that arrangement,” Cooper said in exasperation. “Besides you won’t let Mia out of your sight for five minutes.”

“Have you seen the guys on base? Hell,” Swede said, “I’d lose her in a heartbeat if I did leave her alone.”

He had a point.

Their team had gotten a hell of a name for themselves. Not only were they SEALs, but they were hell on wheels in the love department too. Somehow his buddies had all found love – often in the most unexpected places. The base had dozens of nicknames for the team. Only one they were called to their face. The Keepers. But there were rumors of others. Love Boaters was the worst. The guys hated that one. Some were cruder but no one ever made mention of the names around the team. They wouldn’t stand for it.

And dare anyone say anything against any of the women, the guy would be knocked flat in no time.

But on the other side of that coin, there’d been dozens of requests for guys to work with The Keepers in the hopes that the luck might wear off on them. The love vibe was a hard thing to miss out on if you were looking for it.

Many SEALs were already happily married. And some were in the middle of ugly divorces. Still others hadn’t recovered from breakups and had no plans to.

The military was hell on relationships.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 4-6. Valley Publishing. kindle Locations (5285-5315). Kindle Edition.

Stubborn and now divorced, Dr. Sasha is more than a little temptation for Cooper.

Even stateside it seems there is going to be trouble, and lots of it.

Fast-paced, intriguing, with plenty of action and sizzle. Don’t miss this book!

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Brodie – Butler Ranch Book 1 By Heather Slade



Brodie
Butler Ranch Book 1
By
Heather Slade

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Can fulfilling a promise to his dead brother
bring love into Brodie Butler’s life again?

When Butler Ranch winery manager Brodie Butler’s brother is killed in action in Afghanistan, his mother enlists him to fulfill a promise she made to her older son. She needs him to find Peyton Wolf, his brother’s lover, and deliver a sealed box to her.

Brodie expects to deliver the news and the box to Peyton then return home to deal with his own grief. But instead of closing a chapter in his late brother’s life, Brodie opens a new one in his own when he meets a woman he could envision himself being with forever.

But would Peyton ever be able to love him like she loved his brother? And could he deal with his guilty conscience for wanting the woman his brother had intended to have as his wife?

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When Brodie’s Mom tasks him with finding his late brother Kade’s girlfriend Peyton, he wasn’t looking forward to the task. His mother had made the promise to Kade, and because of that he would find her. Where he actually runs into her is surprising. Of all places he runs into her at the local supermarket. What he didn’t expect was her to refuse to accept anything from Kade.

Even her best friend Alex couldn’t believe she didn’t want any of the memories that would be given to her. The shock of seeing how much Brody looked like Kade was enough in itself.

After that initial run in, Brodie headed to Moonstone beach, a place where he had spent a lot of time with Kade. This time Peyton finds him and apologizes. Yet still refuses to accept what Kade left her.

This is a favorite scene.

She and Kade had shared a love of reading. They could sit in the same room for hours, both reading, no conversation necessary between them. When he left on a mission, Peyton read whatever books he left behind. His taste in literature had been vastly different than hers, but she learned a lot about him, and what he did, from the books he chose to read. Some of the stories she told Finn came from those books.

When she checked on Jamison after Finn fell asleep, he was asleep too.

Her boys needed a man in their lives. They had her dad, but they only saw him on the weekends. She thought about moving back to the guest house full time, but the forty-five-minute commute every morning and night would’ve worn her out. She could hardly manage the five-minute drive home after the tasting room closed.

Peyton washed her face, brushed her teeth, and climbed into bed. She closed her eyes and thought about Brodie sitting on that rock above Moonstone Beach. He hadn’t been waiting for her. He hadn’t known she’d decide to take a walk after she stormed out on Alex. What had brought him to the spot where she and Kade often sat and watched the sunset? How could he have known?

She woke, a few hours later, and turned off the television that had lulled her to sleep. It seemed as though she dreamed about Kade every night, but tonight, she dreamed about Brodie instead.

The next morning, when she was making breakfast for the boys, she saw a text alert on her phone. It was a message from Brodie, asking if he could see her today.

Why?

I’d like to talk to you.

Not sure.

Peyton sent a text to Alex, asking if she’d mind if Peyton skipped the morning run they’d talked about.

Morning what? she answered, and then added, JK, you know I’d rather sleep.

We can meet, she responded to Brodie.

Moonstone?

What time?

You tell me.

Nine?

Perfect.

Why not take another walk down Heartbreak Road? She was beginning to know its dead end all too well.
Slade, Heather. Butler Ranch Box Set: Books 1–3. Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (440-455). Kindle Edition.

It seems neither Peyton or Brodie can stop thinking about the other. The question is can this become a relationship?

Peyton has her sons to think of when it comes to introducing a man into her life. Kade’s death had affected them just as hard as her.

Aside from Peyton not wanting the box Kade left for her, there is plenty of things going on that are puzzling. Not the least of which is ‘Kade’ sightings.

Emotional, with laughs and tears and some sizzle as well.

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

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I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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His Secrets – Inside Out Book 3.1 by Lisa Renee Jones



His Secrets
Inside Out Book 3.1
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Lisa Renee Jones

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An Inside Out story, Chris’s POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.

She doesn’t see it. She doesn’t understand what I’ve shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon…she will.

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This book delves into Chris’ past like the others have not. From Chris’ POV, we get to see all his demons. Sara will either accept him with his faults and work with him on the guilt or she will walk away.

Amber plays a large role in this book, her problems only make things harder for Chris and Sara. Chris and Tristan do what they feel is best and Sara agrees.

Plenty of intrigue, some very raw emotions and a love that shines through. A journey that shouldn’t be missed!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at all the links below.

Revealing Us – Inside Out Series Book 3 By Lisa Renee Jones



Revealing Us
Inside Out Series Book 3
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Lisa Renee Jones


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You’ve discovered Sara’s secrets. Now Sara will discover “his” deepest, darkest secrets…but will those secrets bind them together–or tear them apart?

He has become her life, her heart, her very soul. But he is dark and damaged, and his secrets are many. Sara will risk everything for him. He, in turn, will dare to expose his deepest needs, his most erotic desires. And in the fury of passion he will reveal all that torments him, all that he can never escape. To love him, Sara must embrace the darkest part of him, and become his shelter in a storm that will be his ultimate salvation.

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I cannot begin to explain my love of this series. Once again the story starts with an excerpt from Rebecca’s journal. In “Being Me” we learned what happened to Rebecca and the story now continues with Sara heading off to a new life with Chris in Paris.

But let’s not make this an easy transition; starting at the Paris Airport, Sara gets her pocket picked and her wallet and passport are gone before she makes it to the customs line.

Then the cab ride is no picnic with a message from the detective handling the investigation of Ava and asking why she left in such a hurry. I almost want to scream at the injustice of the beginning, but the way Chris handles things has me relaxing and waiting for the next thing to come up.

The beginning scenes are among my favorite and this is one of my favorites as they travel from the airport.

A sudden flashback of him showing up, after weeks of shutting me out of his life, and ordering me onto the back of his Harley, in a skirt of all things, is an unwelcome memory I shove away. I won’t let myself worry about him doing that to me again. Especially not today. I’m alive, which is a gift I value more than ever before.

I’m with Chris.

I’m in Paris, which I’m experiencing because of Chris, when everyone else in my life has always kept me in a box.

I lean over and kiss his cheek.

“What’s that for?” he asks, his strong arm wrapping around my waist.

I can think of a million ways to answer, and a million things I want to say to him. I simply say, “For being you.”

The tenderness in his face melts the last remnants of my bad memory. “If this is the reaction I get to a little sightseeing, I can’t wait to see how you react when you see the art galleries. You’re going to go nuts, baby.” His cell phone rings, and with the obvious reluctance I love, he lets go of me.

“It’s Blake,” he announces after glancing at the caller ID.

The name is like a cold splash of water on the warm, wonderful adventure we’re sharing. Since Blake has been investigating both Rebecca’s and Ella’s disappearances, I’m not sure if I should expect good or bad news.

“Easy, baby,” Chris murmurs, running his hand up and down my arm as if he feels my sudden chill. “Everything’s okay.”
Jones, Lisa Renee. Revealing Us (Inside Out Series Book 3) (pp. 26-27). Gallery Books. Kindle Edition.

More complications arise as we meet Amber, a good friend of Chris’, under the most unfavorable circumstances. Sara gets a lovely French tutor, Chantal, recommended by Katie, Chris’ godmother. Chantal helps with the language barrier as Sara begins looking for Ella. First at City Hall, then later at the US Embassy, Chantal is again needed when the French police show up. Can we say “Damn, Sara needs a break?

The story is fast paced and secrets are revealed. Sara and Chris work through a lot as they find how much they really do love each other.

My only complaint would be the cliffhanger, but the series is now complete so it’s not an issue.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at all the links below.

Dark Truths – Kiss Her Goodbye Book 2 by Rebecca Royce



Dark Truths
Kiss Her Goodbye Book 2
By
Rebecca Royce

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I used to be Everly Marrs, then D, W, J, K, and T kidnapped me to force my father’s hand. As hard as I tried not to lose myself to their games, I couldn’t have imagined how much worse things could get.

Six months trapped in hell. Six months forgetting who I used to be. Six months just trying to survive.

I got out—eventually—and there they were, all five of them. One moment I was in hell, and then suddenly, I returned to purgatory. They keep telling me what will happen to those who took what belonged to them. They keep telling me what will be done to their enemies.

I’m not sure I can believe them. I’m not sure a word they say is true.

The Letters, they’re still at war, and I’m still in the middle of it. I was an ant, and everyone around me stomped on me.

But, I used to be Everly Marrs, and— dammit— I will be again.

Everly has been through hell, and it shows. She’s not okay at all, it took ‘The Letters’ way too long to find her. Somehow she’s got to find her way back to some version of herself. It’s not going to be easy.

The things she was told, the things that were done to her, all conspire to make her how she is right now.

This is a favorite scene when she wakes up from a nightmare.

“Everly.” Arms came around me. I hated being touched. I’d told him—that doctor—to not do that. But these arms—whose were they?—they seemed okay. They were strong, steady.

I lifted my head to stare at J. He had me in his arms, and he rocked me back and forth. I shouldn’t have needed his help, shouldn’t have wanted him to hold me, and yet I placed my head down on his shoulder.

“Everly, look at me. When you can, look at me.”

It took me a long second, but I lifted my gaze to his. He nodded at me before he spoke again. “You’re going to be okay. Not the same as before. No one goes through what you went through and comes out the other side again. You’ll need some professional help, eventually. But you will be okay. And the people who did this to you will be punished. You will be a different kind of fine. If you can’t do anything else, believe me about that.”

I don’t know why I did. “All right, J. I’ll believe you.”

He shook his head. “What’s my name, Everly? We start with that. Say it. You know it. And things will go better if you stop dehumanizing us. We’re terrible people but that is what we are, people. Start with that.”

I swallowed. “It was so much easier to make you monsters to go with the monster who held me in the basement.”

“I know it was, and I am a monster. But I’m a monster with a first name. You can hate me as Judson, too.”

Why was it so hard to talk?

He spoke quietly. “Say my name, Everly.”

“It’s Judson.”

He nodded once and then kissed my forehead. “Good girl. Did you hurt your hand with the IV? Let me look.” And just like that it was over. The memory haunting my dream fled and I was okay, on the floor with five gazes all focused at me. I wasn’t alone. I had monsters with me, but they weren’t the one who had locked me in the basement.

“Maybe tomorrow I could try to come downstairs.”

Warden knelt down next to Judson. “Sounds like a good idea. And you could try to eat a little bit more, too.”

I was going to be some version of okay. For whatever reason, Judson saying it had made me believe it. I pulled myself off the ground. “I think I’m okay. Not hurt. Thanks.”

Judson put his hand on my cheek. “That’s good. Back in bed. It’s three in the morning. Nothing good happens at three in the morning.”

I’d been alone in the bed when I fell asleep, all of them sitting around the room staring at the television now occupying a huge amount of space in this room. “Where did you guys even find a television this big to bring up here? Do you have hidden televisions all around the house or in the basement?”

“We took it out of the living room.” Trace yawned. “If we’re hanging out in here, we don’t need it down there.”

Another question I’d not thought to ask presented itself. “If the house is full of people where are they all sleeping? The upper floor was still empty.”

“They’re not sleeping here. Nothing is frozen so they can take boats in and off the mainland. This is for the five of us only. It’s headquarters, so to speak,” Kade answered. “They’ll all be back in the morning.”

My mind whirled at the logistics. “They’re safe going back and forth?”

“No one is safe.” Derrick put his hand on my forehead for a second. “But they’re as safe as they’re going to be. This is war. Right now, the battle is tech stocks. Up and down every day. People losing millions upon millions. We’re winning. Warden is a genius.”

The thought didn’t bother me as it had before my… time away. Shitty things happened every day. If someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or investing in the wrong stock, that just fucking sucked for them.

“Good work.”

He nodded at me. “Thanks.”

“What’s the end game? How do you win? What percentage of the world do you somehow conquer to call it a clear victory?”

Judson shook his head. “That’s morning talk. After coffee. Back in bed. Doctor’s orders. You’re still battling infection, and until you’re not, you have to rest and eat healthy food. When you’re not sick anymore you can figure out world domination. Although I think I was right to take you off that sedative. Your mind is clear. I like that.”

“I don’t feel sick.” I walked over to the bed.

“When your fever breaks, you’re going to feel worse. It’s funny how that works.” He patted the bed, and I got into it.

At least that made sense now. “I didn’t know I had a fever.”

“I know.” Judson nodded. “Into bed.”

I climbed in, and a second later Kade settled next to me, covering us both up. I hadn’t told him he could lie down with me, but I didn’t mind it either. I rolled a little bit away from him. “I don’t want you to get sick.” “I have an immune system of steel.” He pulled me closer. “And I don’t want to wake up to see you jumping from the bed like that again. Might have taken ten years off my life.”
Royce, Rebecca. Dark Truths (Kiss Her Goodbye Book 2) (pp. 27-30). Rebecca Royce. Kindle Edition.

A dark and difficult book, with so many twists, turns and truths you’ll have to keep turning the pages.

These guys will surely worm their way into your heart just as they did Everly’s. I really wish the third book was out already, I need to know what happens next.

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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Jayden: Heroes at Heart Book 5 By Maryann Jordan



Jayden
Heroes At Heart Book 5
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan

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Jayden Chapman may have always been the quieter twin, but deep inside lay the heart of a protector.

When he came upon a young woman stranded on the side of the road, he recognized her as someone he had seen before…and not been able to help. Determined to not let history repeat itself, he befriended her, as well as took care of her car.

Ruby Mantle had worked hard for years, just to pay the bills and take care of her grandmother. The weight of the world was on her shoulders and she was wary of the large man who came to rescue her. But, soon, she learned that Jayden was determined to help her in any way that he could.

Allowing love to bloom as their friendship grew, life began looking up for them. But, then a problem from her past reared its ugly head, and Jayden stepped in to protect her once more.

Loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood.

Scenes in the book are similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. 18+ readers only.

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I love these fairy-tale based stories by Maryann. Definitely a different twist. I also love the fact that she delves into the originals as well as the revised versions of these tales.

In this one, Jayden finds frustration as well as love when he takes a different route home from dinner at Aunt Ethel’s.

Ruby is trying to mow the lawn at her grandmother’s in preparation for her return home from rehab, unfortunately the lawn mower isn’t cooperating.

Jayden sees her struggling, her red hooded jacket had caught his eye. When he stops to see if he can assist, he is surprised. This wasn’t a child as he first thought, but a beautiful woman. Unfortunately he has to back away when a man appears in the doorway. He doesn’t want to make things worse for this woman.

However fate does smile on him when he encounters this woman again.

This is a favorite scene.

Bringing his thoughts back to the ride, he left the country road and moved onto a slightly busier road heading back into town. The traffic was not heavy, but he was forced to go a little slower. Up ahead, he could see cars slowing as they moved around a vehicle that had pulled to the side of the road, their lights flashing, indicating a problem.

Not one fucker is stopping to help, he grumbled to himself, flipping on his blinker and moving to the shoulder. The sight of an oversized, red hoodie grabbed his attention. His breath caught in his throat as the driver who had been standing to the side of the immobile car turned and faced him. Ruby! Her wide, blue eyes stared at him, and this time he saw a flash of confusion as she tilted her head to the side, her mouth open slightly.

Swinging his leg over his bike, he pulled his helmet off, his hair curling about his shoulders. Walking over, he could not deny the sense of pleasure he felt at seeing her again.

“What’s the trouble?” he asked, observing her cross her arms in front of her tightly. Recognizing the defensive posture, he stopped several feet away from her.

“I don’t know,” she replied, her voice as soft as he remembered. She glanced back toward her car and said, “It’s been running a little funny for a long time, but I was hoping that it would keep going a bit longer.”

“May I take a look?”

She sucked in her lips, then nodded her reply.

He walked around her, making sure to not pass too closely, opened the hood and peered inside. It only took a few minutes to determine that the repair would not be something quick he could fix on the side of the road. She had edged closer to him and was now standing at his side, looking at the engine, as well. He glanced down, observing her hand resting on the metal of the frame. Her wrists were thin and her fingers delicate. She was just as tiny as he remembered.

“I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know anything about cars,” she said, her eyes moving from the engine up to his. “I just always stick the key in the ignition and pray that it starts and gets me where I need to go.”

He smiled as light pink dusted her cheeks. “Don’t be embarrassed. That’s a lot more common than you think. But you’re in luck because I’m a mechanic.”

Her eyes widened, and the shy smile she offered warmed his heart. “Seriously?”

Pleasure shot through him at her beautiful smile directed at him, and he nodded. “Yeah.” He reached for his wallet and pulled out a business card, handing it to her. “That’s me, Jayden. Jayden Chapman.”

She stared at the card in her hand, studying it before looking back up. “I’m Ruby. Ruby Mantle.”

“I’m pleased to meet you, Ruby. And even though I own a mechanic shop, I don’t actually advise that people ignore their cars. I’d rather see people take care of their automobiles and know what they need to do so that they don’t end up stranded on the side of the road.”

She glanced around at the traffic passing by, her brow lowered as her lips thinned into a grimace. He had not meant to lose her smile but did want her to realize she had put herself in a precarious situation. “Hey, but don’t worry. I’ll call for one of my men to bring out a tow truck, and we’ll you get you back to the shop.”

“Oh… um… okay.” Worry lines appeared on her brow, and her mouth tightened even more.

He felt concern rolling off her and rushed to say, “Don’t worry about the cost. You didn’t call for our service. I came across you and volunteered. So that means we’ll tow you for free.” He hoped his offer would work, but her eyes pinned him to the spot.

“I know that can’t possibly be true,” she said, shaking her head. She bit her lip and glanced back down to the car engine. Finally, heaving a sigh, she nodded. “I don’t want to be towed for free, but I know I’m in a pickle. I’ve got to get back to town to check on my grandmother, and I’ve got to get my car fixed. If I can’t get to work, I can’t get paid.”

Relief flooded him that she was going to allow him to help.
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Jayden really has to work at getting Ruby’s trust. She has been let down in many ways by the only boyfriend she’s had. Plus he has to prove to her that his help comes without strings.

Ruby’s grandmother is a wise woman, and it’s her influence that allows Ruby to accept the help she needs.

A heartfelt story with plenty of emotion, love and just enough sizzle to the relationship.

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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Dagger in the Dahlias – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4 by Dale Mayer



Dagger in the Dahlias
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Riches to rags. … Chaos quiets. …
Crime is circling. … And cold cases never cease …

After almost a month in picturesque Kelowna, Doreen Montgomery still can’t keep her notoriety to a minimum or her nose out of other people’s business. Now those suffering from the loss of a loved one seek her out, wanting her help. While the last thing Doreen wants is to have the media discover she’s involved in another cold case, she is already hooked on the details …

But even more is going on. News has gotten out that Nan’s old house is brimming over with valuable antiques, antiques Nan collected and left for Doreen, and the seedier elements of their lovely town are circling like vultures. With her animals in full assistant mode, Doreen must investigate the cold case, right the wrongs of the past, and keep her home safe, all while evading the media—and Corporal Mack Moreau.

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I love Doreen and her menagerie of pets. My favorite is Thaddeus, the African Gray Parrot, the things he repeats have me giggling every time. Of course Goliath, the huge Maine Coon, and Mugs, her basset hound, all play a major role in her investigating.

Doreen’s grandmother Nan, is a hoot and has left the house full of stuff, including some significant antiques, gorgeous clothes and who knows what else.

Then there’s Mack, I love him too. The Police Corporal is kind, helpful and he kind of found her a job, gardening for his mother. There is something brewing between them but she’s not ready for any involvements, even though her Nan thinks she should consider it. However, there are those cooking lessons.

This book opens with the appraiser from Christie’s Auction House, and things just get wild from there. A request for help locating a missing brother-in-law literally falls into her hands.

Then Mugs has a fit over something attached to the antique bed and Mack has to help her with getting it off the underside of one of the slats.

A favorite scene is after they succeed in getting bookshelves out of the closet and it’s dinner time.

It took a bit of maneuvering, but finally Mack dragged the bookshelf along the carpeted floor out to where Doreen could access to it. It didn’t resemble the other pieces in any way. It was also scratched and beaten-up some.

“Can you imagine,” she said, “that it’s been in there for probably fifty years?”

“Probably since Nan moved in.” He nodded. “And with the passage of time and too many possessions, it got buried in the back. Still, it’s quite useable, lots of life in it yet.”

“It’s pretty amazing,” she said. “Nan seems to think nothing of leaving all this stuff behind.”

“I think she left it behind for a very specific reason, and she was more than happy to share this with you,” he said.

She smiled. “Maybe. I just hadn’t expected it.”

“No,” he said, “but it’s all good. I think you’re doing the right thing.”

She appreciated that. “I have to admit that it does wake me up in the night. I feel like I’m letting my family down.”

“Not at all,” he said. “I think the worst thing you can do is hang on to things out of guilt or because you think it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s time for you to do what’s right for you.”

She beamed at him. “You know what? Honestly it’s been a pretty good week so far.”

“No kidding,” he said. “Yesterday certainly made it a great week. That was a very good thing you did.” “But it wasn’t necessarily what I did.”

She hated to feel guilty about it. “I mean, really anybody could have sorted that out.”

“The difference is,” he said, “at the time, we didn’t have most of the technology we do now. And that cold case hadn’t been reopened because nothing new had been added in the way of facts or evidence or witness statements. We would have eventually reviewed it before boxing it up and putting it aside, but that’s just the facts of life. You came at it from a very different angle, and you solved it.”

“It was the license plate,” she said.

He nodded. “That makes sense. And that’s when we got that needed pop on the case. However, we didn’t have time to take another look because you’d solved the case already.”

She beamed at him. “Praise from you is high praise, indeed.”

“Have you made another omelet yet?”

She shook her head. “I haven’t had time,” she confessed. “And I’m scared to. I figured that was beginner’s luck.”

He chuckled. “I haven’t had dinner. If you haven’t touched the ingredients, there’s probably enough for another one. I suggest you try again, and we’ll split it again.”

She looked at him in surprise, then the nearby clock. It really was dinnertime. “I haven’t touched anything. Do you think it’s all still good?” She looked at him anxiously. “That’s another thing I don’t know anything about. How long does food keep?”

“Four to five days for sure,” he said. “Come on. Let’s take a look.”

Downstairs again, they walked into the kitchen, and Mack opened the fridge. He pulled out the bacon first. “See here? A Best Before Date is printed on the packaging, and that’s still another four days away. And the spinach, it’s okay. It’s wilting a little, but it’d make a good spinach omelet. And the eggs …” He brought out the carton, checking the Best Before Date on the end of it, nodding, putting everything on the counter. Then he leaned against the counter and crossed his arms over his chest. “Go for it.”

She looked at him nervously. “I haven’t prepped.”

“No prep required. No videos to watch. Just go by memory.”

She wrinkled her nose at him as she stepped forward. “Are you trying to put me on the spot?”

“No,” he said. “I’m trying to get food. It’s been a very long day.” She laughed and got started. Since he had stopped by to lift her bed frame— and ended up moving that bookshelf as well— it was the least she could do.
Dale Mayer. Daggers in the Dahlias (Kindle Locations 604-636). Valley Publishing.

So many laughs, some tears, a whole lot of intrigue and not so nice guys trying to break-in.

I couldn’t put this book down, and now I can’t wait to see what she finds in the Echinacea. Is it May yet?

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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