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THE COMPLETE ARIZONA HEARTS SERIES

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Arizona Hearts is a series of 8 books based on 2 families written from the views of strong women and dangerous men when the “natural ” flow of things is interrupted. Each women brings her own resources and skills to unexpected encounters that grows into a romance. Often, will a lot of blood, sweat and tears in between.

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The O’ Brian’s, are center around Tucson and south eastern Arizona as population increases. Old money, new money and racial tension always with a HEA.

The Taggerts start with family connections in Tucson’s barrios, with the adventuring ” couples” traversing the wide and exciting landscape of “turn of the century” Arizona. East meets West and both are “civilized” by common bonds.

In a Rain Trueax book the women are as powerful and important to the outcome as the men. AND, The Men are Grateful. Such is the story as observed by an Ol’ Desert rat that has traversed the West for 55 years with Ms. Trueax.

Check out the modern books by Rain Trueax following the same ‘western ethos’ in suburban settings of the Tucson Barrios with mystical elements and the Northwestern series that blends the rural with the urban rhythms. Following Rain’s life experiences. Nothing is EVER what it seems to be. Enjoy. I know you will not regret reading these.

 

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OUTLAW LOVE – Book 1

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Put these two combustible personalities together on Sam’s ranch, both with a bent toward the outlaw way, in a place where life rests on the edge and a marriage begun for all the wrong reasons, and you are reading “Outlaw Way” Rain’s fast moving introduction to Arizona Hearts western historical romance series.

A heavy gun belt hung on his hip, slung low. It identified him as clearly as her plain cotton dress and tightly bound hair identified her. He was a gunfighter; she was a spinster.

Buy now to start your journey through a fictional version of Arizona history.

Setting Tucson, 1883 Wells Fargo office: “You should come inside.” “It’s not cooler.” “Abigail, ladies do not stand on boardwalks.” Martin’s eyes reflected nervousness as he glanced down the street and back at her. “I must insist you come into the office.” “No.” “No?” She turned her gaze to the street where she noticed for the first time, men coming out of the Pedrales Bar. If she hadn’t known that to go into the office now would make Martin believe he had won, when she saw several of the men mount their horses and wheel them up the street, she might have ducked inside. Their route would take them past her. A tall man, garbed in black, strode from the cantina, cast a laughing comment behind him, and gave a quick running leap to vault into his saddle. The whole movement had been like that of a big cat. She found her attention held by the grace of the man’s seat on a large black horse that showed its spirit by rearing up, then settling down under a sure hand on the reins. In seconds, the man had wheeled his horse and was heading toward her at a fast canter. Abigail pressed herself against the wall. She could not explain the mix of emotions– repulsion and fascination– in equal parts. She didn’t turn her gaze away even when she saw his head turn toward her. He wouldn’t see her, wouldn’t notice a mousy woman like her even if he had, but she felt a surprising apprehension. Startled, she saw him pull his horse to an abrupt halt in front of her. Good Lord. His black shirt was open almost to his waist and she saw through the opening a bare chest. My lord. She should look away, but she couldn’t tear her eyes from him. He took his hat from his head, ran a muscular forearm across his forehead as he turned and looked straight at her. No gentleman would have done such a thing; he would’ve pretended not to see her. Their gazes met and then to her shock, he looked her up and down, giving her a clear view of an angular face. Beneath his bold stroke of a mustache and heavy beard, she could not tell if he was smiling. She sensed for one wild moment that he was considering coming toward her, saying something, but he settled his hat onto his head and kicked his horse into a gallop, leaving a cloud of dust and hundreds of tiny dust devils in his wake. She watched until the desert haze swallowed every sign that they had passed. Only then did she go into the office. “It’s about time,” Martin snapped, his expression disapproving. “Didn’t it occur to you men such as those could snatch a woman, carry her off into the desert, and she’d never be seen or heard from again?” Abigail laughed with genuine amusement. “I think they could do better than me if that was their desire.” He ignored her logic. “Who would have to save you if you were kidnapped?” She realized then that he must have seen the men coming from the bar, and it explained his own quick retreat. She sighed. “Martin, are you reading dime novels again?” “Tucson is a dangerous place.“

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Edited and reformatted from the original 2013: “Arizona Sunset”. Heat level: 4 of 5

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FATED LOVE – Book 2

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It will take Christmas, family and ‘Fate’ for these star-crossed lovers to find their own happily ever after.

Priscilla Wesley(Cilla) has all a young woman could want, as she seeks answers to life from mysticism. She’s made a few mistakes along that line, ending up with Martin Matthews on her doorstep. Wishes can run amok. She has decided to remain a spinster– especially since the only man who really attracts her wears a gun.

Marshal Cord O’Brian faces many problems. One is staying away from the lovely but spoiled Miss Wesley. She’s bad news for him. Cord has never trusted the outlaw, Sam Ryker, (from Book 1) who Priscilla’s friend Abby married (ran off with). There might be a reason for that, a reason neither man wants to accept.

However, when Cord’s estranged, nine-year old daughter arrives in Tucson, his problems hit a whole new level.

She can not abide guns and he lives by the gun. What can go wrong?

If you like suspense, action and the courting game (spicy romance), you will love ‘Priscilla’s Choice’ – Arizona Hearts Book 2

 
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FORBIDDEN LOVE – Book 3

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She was too young and now, he’s seen too much.The Rough Rider and the heiress. A Murder mystery and a kidnapped boy send them on a quest.Grace O’Brian returns to Tucson with no idea what she will do with her new degree nor her sudden wealth. As she steps from the train, the man of her dreams is waiting for her. Will he ever see her as more than the daughter of his friend? Rafe Cordova has been through years of hell with his marriage exploding and his son taken from him. For a Yaqui, family is the center of their lives, and the woman he has loved for years is beyond his reach. As bad as things seemed for him with the Rough Riders in Cuba, they are about to get worse, as he’s accused of murder and his son is missing.Rafe and Grace have much to learn about family, healing and loyalty. Follow this hero and heroine on their journey to love and their true identities.If you like character driven novels via Justine Davis or Roberta Gellis . Try the western version by Rain TrueaxPreviously released as “Arizona Dawn”.Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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ROSE’S GIFT – Book 4

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A birth, a death, and a wedding– all in the Christmas season. Life is a spiral. Seasons come and go, but when they return, it’s to a new place.A sixty year old widow, Rose has her life set out in a comfortable way– bridge, tea with friends, family dropping by, and a nice little home. She went through a depression when she lost her husband four years earlier but has come to terms with life as it must be—or so she thought, until a man comes along to challenge her assumptions.Ollie, nearly sixty, has been cowboy, rustler, and ranch foreman. When he saw something he wanted, he has come to Tucson to claim it. Knowing more about cattle and horses than women, he sets out to woo Rose by showing her the kind of man he is.Is it too late? Can she give up her comforts? This man won’t be satisfied with living in the city as she has. She will have to change more than adding a man to her bed… He has made it clear what kind of marriage he intends it to be. Is she up to that? Accepting his proposal could upset his friends and hers. A new life? A new home? A wedding? A happily ever after?Or is it all too late? An O’ Brian extended family story.21,000 words, A nice, respectable romantic story

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ECHOES FROM THE PAST – Book 5

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The Power of Love. It can’t be stopped Determined and used to getting what she wants, Holly Jacobs is on a quest to unlock the past. Deadly as it might be. Holly has the looks, the wealth and an education. She has come to Tucson to be with her sister hoping to find answers to her vivid dreams. She is going to experience more than she ever expected. With the life Vince Taggert had led, there were many ways he could end up dead; and he wasn’t about to worry about some naive city slicker’s dreams. Although, he did know that she was the dangerous kind of woman for him– the kind you marry and he wasn’t the marrying kind. If her dreams were correct. They had no reason to be together except, maybe a few past lives where the passion was sizzling, and he always ended up dead. Some families, like the outlaw Taggert family, drag a lot of unruly energy with them wherever they go. What happens when two such energies collide? In the Mazatzal Wilderness mysteries, legends, danger and love await for those who survive the challenges. Book Five of the Arizona Hearts Series, some familiar characters, and a whole new set of ‘bad boys’, young and old. 103,523 words Heat level: ♥♥♥♥.
 
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LANDS OF FIRE – Book 6

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A moving romance set in a fast growing frontier oasis. With the coming of the train and links to California and the east coast, Tucson is mixture of grit and culture. Living in Rose’s Cottage provides a wellspring of inspiration for Lily Jacobs’ art. It also helped her avoid a man in Chicago, who was threatening with his unwelcome attentions. After years of doing her father’s bidding, Lily is now a woman of means, free to choose her own path. When famous painter, Patrick Jamison arrives in Tucson, Lily is eager to take lessons and improve her work. But, she isn’t looking for love.
Slow from birth, Jesse Taggert lives on the desert as he trains horses and works for a large ranch. Jesse knows animals and finds the further he is from people, the better—especially beautiful woman, but how can he refuse his brother’s request that he teach his sister-in-law, Lily, how to ride the horse he has trained? Once these two meet, sparks fly. A woman like Lily would never want a man like Jesse, someone who can’t even read. If that hasn’t been enough reason to avoid her, the dangers his father is bringing onto him will be. Lily isn’t listening. She sees things in Jesse he does not see in himself. Some loves are worth fighting to hold onto. Lands of Fire is a love story not only of two people but also of the desert. Danger walks with this land, but the passion it stirs can make it all worthwhile—if one survives. 85,058 words. Heat level #4

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DESTINY’S CALL – Book 7

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She created a fictional outlaw hero — or so she thought. 1905, San Francisco, English Literature professor, Wilhelmina Agatha Tremaine Butler heads to Arizona’s White Mountains to write a novel she can respect more than the dime novels that paid her way through school. She wrote as, Will Tremaine, to protect her reputation from the disdain she is sure would be her lot if her colleagues knew she has been writing potboilers. In the wilderness, she is confident that she can write a novel worthy of respect. Asked by his worried sister-in-law, Holly, to check on her college friend, Cole Taggert assumes her friend is an over educated, naive, idiot to head into the wilderness. Cole has used his ability with a gun to keep the peace, attempting to escape the reputation of his outlaw family. He isn’t helped by the dime novels that have become so popular with a Taggert, outlaw hero. Worst, his own family like the books. If he can just find that Will Tremaine, he’ll give him a lesson in using other-people’s name. When Cole arrives at Willy’s rented cabin, he sees her swimming in the lake. Her life isn’t the only one about to get redirected. Sometimes when destiny calls, we don’t hear it; but we can’t avoid the path it sets us on. For Willy, it will involve unexpected action, adopting strays (man and beast), physical attraction to a man and a land– plus a journal that reveals dangerous secrets. Love must find a way when someone with evil intent wants to end any chance for a happily ever after. Originally released as ‘Bound for the Hills’. 111,200 words.
 
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FREDERICA’S OUTLAW – Book 8

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A simple, “May I help you, Ma’am” can change a man’s life forever.
She came to Tucson to find her daughter. Christmas and an old outlaw are going to give her a lot more than she expected.
1905– Frederica Windsor steps off the train in Tucson, Arizona and enters a world, unlike any she’d ever known—where the Old West has yet to be tamed. She has come to find why her daughter mysteriously left Boston. She does not expect she is about to launch herself into an adventure with a man who seems to have come from the pages of one of the dime novels she’s been reading. Jeremiah Taggert finds this Bostonian lady temptingly beautiful but has no intention of taking it further. He had lived a reckless, outlaw life before recognizing that world was gone forever, and those who denied it were going to be strung up, shot or in a prison cell. With his three sons settled in Tucson, he wants to be close enough to help in their lives, as a way to make up for the years he’d not been much of a father. Together Jeremiah and Frederica are about to find something they felt had passed them by. The problem will be surviving an enemy with a long reach. Leaving Tucson and heading south toward the border and the Circle O ranch, the flavor and beauty of the desert become part of their story as it takes them to a family Christmas, with danger on its way. Novella. No sex Originally released as Sonoran Christmas and Frederica’s Heart until it found its most fitting title– Frederica’s Outlaw.

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Title: The Rose: Vol. 1
Author: PD Alleva

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Cover Designer: Cherie Fox
Publisher: Quill And Birch Publishing

Blurb:
A masterful, dystopian science fiction thriller of telepathic evil greys, mysterious rebellion, martial arts, and Alien Vampires.

Sandy Cox believed WW3 was over. But for those Alien Vampires, war has just begun. 

Forty-eight hours after a World War III treaty is signed Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines, she screams for help but no one answers. At least no one human.  

And they’ve taken her unborn child. 

Phil is a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with The Blades, a sacred alien martial arts weapon, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.  

But the Vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot.  

Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, combating genetically mutated humans, aliens, and monsters.  

When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed! 

Fans of The Hunger Games, Blake Crouch, VE Schwab, Star Wars, and Ancient Aliens will be fascinated by this high-powered, edge-of-your-seat dystopian science fiction thriller.

PD Alleva is an alternative fiction author. His novels cross genres, blending mystery, conspiracy, psychology, and action with horror and dystopian science fiction. Alternative fiction is PD’s attempt at describing what readers uncover in any one of his books, a new discovery towards mainstream storytelling. He’s been writing since childhood, creating and developing stories with brash and impactful concepts that he would describe are metaphors for the shifting energies that exist in the universe. PD exists inside of his own universe, working diligently on The Rose Vol. II and exceptional horror novels. Be prepared for Golem, PD’s upcoming horror thriller.

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“It’s in the blood, dear,” said Ellen, one of the women Sandy shared time and space with, her skin worn by age, hard labor, and days spent under the sun. Blotches, liver spots and creases led the observer to the eyes. One dark, the other a cataract milky white and she always wore a dark shawl draped over the head and shoulders. Sandy was afraid of Ellen, she reminded Sandy of a gypsy or witch from a fairy-tale.

            “Come again?” said Sandy, her eyes shifting from soldier to Ellen to soldier then back to Ellen.

            Ellen had cut herself transferring a wood bucket filled with rice to add to an already large trough of buckets. A thick wood splinter pinned in the bottom of her palm dripping with a thick stream of blood. She turned to Sandy raising the bloodied palm and caught a drop of blood in her unwounded hand.

            “The blood dear,” said Ellen. “All magic comes from the blood.”

            Sandy cringed at the sight; she’d always been squeamish. Her stomach bumped, blood curled. Magic, Sandy thought. If only magic was real. How wonderful would that be? Sandy understood she was naïve, the result of an isolated childhood and her parents’ death when she was ten years old. Not that they had taught the young Sandy about the world she lived in either. They’d kept her under lock and key, never so much as offering a glimpse or advice on the outside world. They were always so cryptic with their explanations, living in an abundant and overgrown mansion as if luxury were a childhood friend. Sure there were plenty of rooms for a child to explore but as time went by those rooms seemed more like a prison than a home.

            Years of neglect, isolation and secrets were as torturous as physical suffering. And she was tired of secrets. She wanted to know truth. Truth was like a blanket that keeps you warm in the coldest winter.

            “The blood, Sandy,” said Ellen who clenched her fist around those crimson droplets, shaking her hand in front of her face. “All is in the blood.”

Title: World’s Worst Boyfriend
Author: Carina Taylor
Genre: RomCom, Adventure
Cover Designer: Red Leaf Book Design
Publication Date: April 27th, 2021
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Blurb:

Fletcher is the World’s Worst Boyfriend.

I have the trophy to prove it—along with that consolation gift card I’ve already spent. Entering him into the anonymous contest was cathartic and eye opening. It’s obvious I need to end this farce of a relationship; so I do.

It should be a relief that I ended our relationship—it’s not as though it was going anywhere, right?

Too bad I’m still comparing every man I meet to Fletcher.

Too bad I can’t get him out of my mind—or my house for that matter. (He’s always stopping by to ‘fix’ something.)

Too bad I’m learning that not everything is as it seems and that maybe—just maybe—Fletcher had a good reason for his actions. (Not the moldy laundry. That can never be forgiven.)

What’s a girl to do?

He says he’ll explain everything—soon. But am I ready to face that explanation? What if he’s not the worst—what if I am?

Carina Taylor writes zany romantic comedies to make you ugly laugh.

When she’s not writing, you can find Carina chasing after three little boys, ignoring her laundry pile, pretending to work out, drinking large amounts of coffee, and dreaming up the next story.

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Blurb:

Storm
I had one job, get Jessica “Rabbit” Finley to sell her property to Reed Security. I could do that. I was Army Strong. Hell, I took down bad guys for a living. I could handle this sexy vixen. No problem. Except, she’s a little crazy. She thinks that there are ghosts on her property, and she has the men at Reed Security believing her too. But then I found out her history and it had me wondering…. Was she really crazy?

Jessica
I’ve never known who I really am. My family history has been contorted into something that I can only hope to unravel in my lifetime. But then I got a clue that led me to buy this creepy insane asylum. I was told there were answers here and I’m finding them, along with ghosts that still haunt this estate. There’s an upside, though. There’s a sexy man here to keep me company. But the closer I get to finding my answers, the closer I get to being locked up in the asylum myself.

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Title: Unmarked Graves
Author: Christine Pope
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Christian Bentulan (Covers by Christian)
Editor: Katherine Tomlinson, Story Authority
Publication Date: Jan. 22, 2020
Blurb:
Some demons just refuse to stay down…
In a moment of sheer, unthinking terror, Rosemary McGuire raised powers she never knew she possessed to save herself and Will Gordon from the part-demon, Caleb Lockwood. Now, as Will heals and the police ask questions she and Will dare not answer, more facets of Rosemary’s power begin to manifest, leaving her wondering exactly how far they reach.
Caleb got away with the hard drive that contained footage proving demons are real, but there’s one blessing — no one died in the fiery confrontation. At least, that’s what Rosemary and Will think…until Caleb’s body turns up, and the police stop looking for a perp and start seeking a murderer.
With suspicion floating around them, Will and Rosemary are drawn closer together as they follow a faint wisp of a clue to track down the stolen hard drive…and step straight into a hornet’s nest of demons hiding in plain sight.
That’s not all they find. The closer they get to their goal, the more twists and turns arise to trip them up, threatening a future they’re just beginning to envision. Unless they stop the ghosts — and the demons — of the past from destroying it.
 
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USA Today bestseller Christine Pope is the author of the paranormal romance Witches of Cleopatra Hill series and the Djinn Wars series, among many other books (sixty and counting!). Researching UFOs brought her to magical Sedona, Arizona, where she now makes her home. Find out more about her books at christinepope.com.
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Wick By Roux Cantrell

 
 
 ~Wick~
By: Roux Cantrell
Guilt, Gypsy said was a monster that could eat you alive. Wick wished it wasn’t true.
A storm was coming he could feel it on the wind, hear it in the waves as they crashed against the shore. After not hearing from Brandi Wick made the decision to head down the coast to Santa Rosa.
Hopping on his bike he watched the moon tuck itself behind black clouds. He should have taken it as a sign, an omen of sorts …
Brandi wanted out that was all. She never imagined her lies would cost Wick so much. When everything falls apart, will she go back seeking forgiveness or will she find betraying him is so much easier…
 

 

 

 

 

Title: How to Date a Cowboy
Author: Amy L. Gale
 
 
Series: Bear Creak Rodeo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Promoter Kayla Barnes just scored her first real job, creating buzz for the Bear Creak Rodeo. Looking to make a name for herself and increase attendance numbers like never before, she talks the star bull rider, Casey Jennings, into being the prize in her biggest contest yet.
 
One lucky winner gets a date with Casey, but as they work out the details and grow closer Kayla realizes she wants to be the number one contestant.

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USA Today Bestselling author Amy L. Gale is a romance author by night, pharmacist by day, who loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. She’s the author of USA Today Bestseller Resisting Darkness, and Resisting Moonlight. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, seven cats, and golden retriever.

 

 

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Tabor
By Roux Cantrell
 © 2019
It’s been six years, she’s still haunting him. Guilt can eat you alive. How long can he carry her memory?
 When will he get past her?
These are the questions Stephan Demidov aka Tabor has asked himself for years…
It’s not every day your very own ghost walks back into your life, but that’s exactly what happens when Tabor sees a woman walking along the streets of Lampsing. Could it be her…alive?
Echo just wants a new life for her and her daughter. The town of Lampsing on the coast of Northern California may hold all the cards for them.
Tabor had left her behind, turned his back and rode away literally leaving her standing alone in the dark, now once again Echo is watching him walk away…

 

 

CHERYL WRIGHT

I am a multi award-winning Australian author who spent thirteen years contracted by traditional publishers. At the beginning of 2017, I decided it was time to self-publish.

This has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, and to write books I want to write, and believe my readers would like to read.

I write mostly western romance these days.

I’ve taught writing for many years, and have written several non-fiction books about writing. I’ve worked as an editor for publishers, coached writers one-on-one, and have appeared at writer’s conferences in Australia and New Zealand.

I have been married to my own real-life hero for 42 years. We have two grown children, and six grandchildren.

Our household would not be complete without our wonderful pets, which includes two elderly cats and our beautiful dog Bindy, who loves long, leisurely walks. We are also fostering a puppy, who will ultimately go to an Autism school.

My hobbies are tenpin bowling and papercrafts, and surprisingly, going to the gym.

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The Beginning:

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After her parents are killed, eighteen-year-old Bessie is sold by her ruthless uncle to a saloon owner.

Tricked into believing she is there to sing, she is horrified to learn it is not her voice she is selling, but her body. As a soiled dove she is so desperate to escape, she risks fleeing with Thomas, one of her clients.

Is he as kind as he seems? Does he love her like he says, or has she jumped from one dire situation into another?

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BOOK 1

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Missy O’Reilly isn’t the trusting type. After being almost killed, she’s been on the run for several months. Moving from town to town was the only thing she could do to keep safe.

She has the evidence, and her stalker wants to destroy it along with her…

Rory Callahan is fascinated by the newcomer to River Valley, Montana. The moment he clapped eyes on her he was smitten. Little did he know she was hiding a deep dark secret. One that might get her killed. Or if he hung around long enough, he might also be in the firing line.

Convinced he’s met his soul-mate, will Rory be able to convince her to stay? And exactly what is the mysterious secret she’s been hiding?

**Each book in the series is standalone, but I suggest you start with book one to get a feel for the main characters.

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BOOK 2

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A dark secret has Grace Black leaving a successful bull riding career to visit her best friend at River Valley, Montana.

Jordon Callahan is a veterinarian who lives for his work. After being dumped on his wedding day, he vows never to let a woman get close enough to hurt him again.

Can they overcome Grace’s secret and his sense of betrayal to find happiness together?

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BOOK THREE

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After meeting Isabella O’Reilly at his brother’s wedding, Sheriff Chase Callahan is smitten. With his wife’s tragic death still on his mind, even after all these years, dare he risk falling in love again?

Isabella could have stayed in Chase’s arms forever, but work commitments forced her to leave him. Caught up in a dangerous situation, will Isabella be able to escape and reconcile with Chase? Or will they be torn apart for eternity?

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BOOK FOUR

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Reclusive rancher Kody Callahan is injured and taken to hospital. He meets an intriguing young doctor and much to his surprise is immediately smitten.

Molly Simpson has a secret she dare not reveal. Falling for Kody is the last thing she wants or needs.

Will she follow her heart, and risk everything for love, or will she walk away from the one person she knows to be her true soulmate?

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“If you like action-packed adventure books that will keep you reading well into the wee hours, I would recommend The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh.”
–Jennly Reads

To celebrate the release of my second action adventure The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh, I’m offering up my largest prize pack to date! But, first let me tell you about the book…

When it came to writing The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh, I wanted to create a story in the same vein as City of Gold, maintaining what reviewers described as “a fast-paced action adventure” that is “akin to an Indiana Jones story set in modern times.” So in this second installment, archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his two closest friends set off for Egypt to save the world. I even splashed in a bit of the police action my readers know and love.

“Why does the world need saving?” you may ask, possibly skeptical. Well, an old friend and colleague of Matthew’s has discovered ancient hieroglyphics that hint at the whereabouts of an ancient Egyptian tomb and a mysterious treasure that is said to contain the knowledge of the universe. Beyond that, it can grant humans the ability to traverse Heaven and Earth, and it bestows whoever possesses it with great wealth and wisdom. Now, imagine something like that falling into the hands of terrorists or world powers set on domination… Needless to say, it could lead to global annihilation!

My hope is that The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh will provide readers with a thrill ride that digs into the depths of human nature when one is tempted by power. But if you’re looking for a slow build, this isn’t the book for you. Readers are immediately thrown into the heat of Egypt’s Western Desert, where Matthew’s friend Alexandria Leonard is about to make a life-altering discovery.

Here’s a snippet from the prologue of The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure series):

The sun had barely broken the horizon, but Alex was wide-awake and strapped into her safety harness. She had dreamed of this moment her entire life, and now that it was becoming reality, she could hardly believe it. Here she was at the age of forty and leading her first archaeological dig in Egypt’s Western Desert. Even more incredible was the fact that she and her team were on the brink of a monumental discovery.

They had detected a manmade tunnel that ran thirty-five feet beneath the ground and over 3,600 feet to the east. Where the tunnel ended, there was in a large open space that the ground-penetrating radar couldn’t identify.

Alex stood at the opening of the hole with her site foreman, Jeff Webb; a hieroglyphics expert named Jasper Blair; and two of four laborers, Seth and Timal. They would be responsible for lowering her down.

She took a deep breath, preparing her mind for the descent and the cramped space. Her team had only dug out a well of about four feet in diameter. The position she was in when she went down would be the way she’d stay, as there would be no room to flip over.

She wiped the back of her arm across her forehead to wick away the sweat that kept dripping down her face. She pinched her eyes shut, wishing she had her favorite blue sweatband from high school, when wearing one had been all the rage—back around the time when belonging to a Tape of the Month Club was the thing to do.

She let her long, blond hair down from the ponytail she’d had it in and redid it, tighter this time, pulling it into a messy bun. Back home in northern Michigan, she rarely put her hair up, reserving that for times when she was focused on her work or studies, but in this part of the world, she often wore it up. Even a warm breeze on the back of her neck was better than none at all.

“Good thing you skipped the second course last night,” Jeff teased her.

Not that size was an issue for either of them. She was lean and athletic, and while Jeff had a solid build, he was trim with narrow shoulders.

“Same goes for you,” she tossed back with a smile. She’d known him for years and worked on several digs with him. He’d been the one who had removed two of the stone bricks from the tunnel’s ceiling to create the small opening through which they could descend. He’d been down there to set up a radio module and transmitting antenna that enabled communication between whoever was underground and whoever was on the surface.

Jeff moved behind her and tightened her harness. “Ah!” She sucked air in through gritted teeth. “Maybe just leave enough room for me to breathe.”

He loosened the restraints slightly. “Good?”

She managed to slip her fingers between the straps and her rib cage. “It’ll do.”

He turned to face her again. “Here’s your radio.” Jeff handed her an earpiece that worked with the radio he’d put in place.

“Talk into it for me,” he told her.

She tapped a button on the earpiece and said, “Hello, hello, hello.” She smirked at her mock echo.

Jeff laughed. “I heard you loud and clear. In surround sound, actually. All right, one more thing.” He popped a miner hat on her head, and she fastened the chin strap. “I think it’s best if we lower you feetfirst so that you can be positioned upright in the tunnel.” Jeff’s demeanor became serious.

Alex nodded and looked down again. It was a good thing that she wasn’t claustrophobic or afraid of being suspended by a rope and lowered helplessly into the ground. And while she might not battle with many fears, part of her was as terrified as she was excited about the prospect of setting foot where no one—besides Jeff briefly—had likely been in thousands of years. But this was just meant to be a brief look-see, and she’d be going solo. When she set out in earnest to explore the tunnel, she’d take members of her team with her.

She reached for the gold chain around her neck and pinched the tiny pendant that dangled from it. The Eye of Horus, also known as the Eye of Ra, was an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection. Out here in the desert, she needed all the help she could get. She kissed it and tucked it back beneath her shirt.

“Are you ready?” Jeff asked.

She met Jeff’s eyes and flicked on the headlamp. “I’m ready.”

Jeff pulled an LED flare from his back pocket, turned it on, and tossed it into the hole. Watching the light descend emphasized just how far down it was to the tunnel.

Once it hit the ground, Jeff rolled his hand toward Seth and Timal. “You heard her. Down she goes.”

More sweat dripped from her brow, and she wiped her forehead again. And things were just heating up out here—if you could call already being a hundred degrees “just heating up.” As it was, waves of heat were cutting through the air like ribbons on the horizon, and it was only eight o’clock in the morning.

She looked around at her crew, steadying her thoughts and locking on to her resolve to make history. Great men and women made a habit of stepping outside their comfort zones, living on the edge, and testing out unchartered waters. And she wanted to be among them, to make a difference in the world by unearthing what remained of long gone great empires. Sometimes that required delving into the unknown.

She shook her fanciful musings aside. After all, they may not have discovered anything more than an empty tunnel.

She sat on the ledge, dangling her legs inside the hole. She tugged on the rope secured to her harness, which was connected to a rigging system that Seth and Timal would use to lower her. She glanced at Seth and Timal, confident in their abilities to guide her safely down and back up again. And with one more look at Jeff, she pushed off, letting herself become suspended.

Her heart thumped against her rib cage as she was lowered. She reached out and touched the makeshift walls that her men had put in place to prevent a cave-in. Her fingertips brushed against some sand, and it was slightly cool to the touch, but the air around her was still hot. A few of the granules sprinkled down the shaft.

About six feet beneath the ground, she felt incredibly alone. Although, it was also quiet and peaceful.

As Jeff’s form continued to become smaller above her and the space she was in became more shadowed, brief apprehension lanced through her. But the allure of what lie ahead silenced her anxiety.

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