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Title: Truth or Dare
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Cover Designer: Emily Wittig Publication
Date: January 31
st, 2021
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Blurb:

Welcome to Summervale…

One of the USA’s top vacation spots. Situated in Upstate New York. It’s a sunny
coastal town. Population…

Oh, who cares.

The tourism ads paint Summervale NY as the perfect, picturesque town. It’s the
ideal location to have spring break in, or retire at.

But I know the truth.

 

17 year old Darcie Bell Ryder thought life would be different on the other side of
the tracks. In this town, you are judged on by what side of the river you live
on.

She was born a ‘have not’, but due to her father’s new social status and job, she
moves into the rich neighbourhood called The Circle, and becomes a ‘have’.

In the Circle, she is introduced to the other kids at the town’s annual back to
school bonfire on the beach.

Here she meets the handsome, and totally out her league, Dane O’Connell.

Even though they are from the opposite sides of the river, they share a connection
they both can’t deny.

But when the body of a teenage girl turns up dead on the shore, the mystery to her
death will either bring the teens closer together…

or tear them further apart.

 

In the first instalment of a new YA contemporary mystery series from L.L. Hunter,
there are secrets a plenty in Summervale, but only some will surface. The rest
will be taken to the grave.

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L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog – http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
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Parental neglect, emotional abuse, alcohol, and drug abuse. It came as a total surprise to the people who knew him when they learned of the dark secrets of Finn Baker’s life.

The talented and successful potter turned upscale landscaper designer kept his secrets by well, keeping them secret.

No one knew of his obsessions’ or how he handled them.

He lived a mostly reclusive life interacting with people only on his own terms.

Narcissism became apparent as he entered his late teens.

He felt entitled to take what he wanted, no matter what he wanted and what he wanted most was adulation, success, and fame.

And women, of course.

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Kindle Customer       Baker’s Dozen

 

4.0 out of 5 stars I have to admit that I did not enjoy this book as much as Finding Fortune because it was a little more sinister than I like my reading to be. However, it did hold my interest and was very descriptive drawing me into the story. I feel like the ending was too cut and dry and could have been a little more dramatic. Overall it was a good read and I look forward to more from this author.

Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020

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As a young widow tries to start over, she meets and falls for a handsome and successful businessman in pre-WWII Georgia.

They marry and she anxiously looks forward to her new life only to soon be disappointed in what is in store.

Years pass and her husband disappears on a business trip leaving her caught between being a long-suffering wife and a lonely widow.

The town sheriff, a longtime friend, investigates the husband’s disappearance to no avail.

The sheriff finds himself torn between his job and his feelings for the missing man’s wife.

He stands to lose them both.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!                          Finding Fortune

Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020

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I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining story of romance and mystery. The descriptions are so vivid that I felt myself becoming a part of the story. I found it hard to put down once I started reading until it was finished. Hopefully, this author will continue writing because I would love to read more of her work.

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About me-hope you are not looking for awards and interviews or earth shattering revelations. I have had a quiet life (as quiet as it can be raising three daughters), worked a variety of jobs and the only earth shattering experience I have had was seeing a line of UFOs over the ocean late one night while on vacation. I always believed they were out there but never thought I would see one. Amazing sight!

I am a proverbial late bloomer as far as creativity goes; I found that I have some talent creating pastel art and have concentrated on that for the last 7 years and love it. I have some of my work in two galleries in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and on a page on Facebook.

2020 has revived an old love for me, writing, and I finally finished and published a book that I had started years ago. I am slow but tenacious. “Finding Fortune” (Romance/Mystery) is my first published work and I have recently published “Baker’s Dozen” (Serial Rapist/Crime). Different ends of the spectrum no doubt!  Now I am concentrating on writing instead of artwork and have started on my third book. This has been the best thing to come out of the ongoing restrictions due to Covid-19 for me.

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THE LOST LETTERS OF PLAYFAIR STREET

Author: Michelle Montebello
Cover Design: Kris Dallas Design
Publication Date: 2nd December 2020
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance/Historical Mystery

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A lover’s game. A chest of clues.
Come find me. I’ll be waiting…
1929: On the night of her engagement to austere banker Floyd Clark, Charlotte Greene meets enigmatic Sydney Harbour Bridge engineer, Alexander Young. Their encounter is brief, but their attraction instant.

Alex invites Charlotte to play a game with him, one of daring clues and secret meeting places. She accepts and they embark on a thrilling lover’s chase across the city.

But with her arranged marriage to Floyd looming, will she have the strength to let Alex go?

Present Day: Paige Westwood is helping her boss establish a publishing company in his newly-purchased Playfair Street house in The Rocks, Sydney. In the attic, she discovers a chest of old clues that lead the reader on a journey across the city.

Paige contacts the former owner, Ryan Greene, who explains the clues belonged to his great-aunt Charlotte, who once lived in the house, but who mysteriously disappeared in 1929.

Together, they follow Charlotte and Alex’s clues to unravel a fascinating tale of lies and intrigue, of two lovers bound by hope, but also by deceit. Can they solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance or has all hope been lost to the past?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Montebello is a writer from Sydney, Australia where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the internationally bestselling author of The Quarantine Station, Beautiful, Fragile and the Belle Series.

Her books have won numerous awards. Most recently The Quarantine Station and Beautiful, Fragile were shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Romance Readers Association Awards for Favourite Historical Fiction and Favourite Contemporary Romance. She was also shortlisted for Favourite Australian Author of the Year.

When Michelle is not writing, she has a keen passion for reading, tennis and travel.

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Ladies Love a Black Mountain Mystery:

Cowboys of Black Mountain

Publication Date: 21 July 2020

Genre: Western Mystery

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Four stories of solving a mystery and finding love along the way.

Sam’s Will
After Jana Walker’s daughter declares she doesn’t want to show horses any longer, a summer in Black Mountain, Colorado, suddenly seems like an appealing alternative. Readying the house her grandmother left her to sell will be a welcome distraction. What she isn’t counting on is a handsome stranger swearing Grammy left him part of her property.

Sam Kane had an agreement with Jane Price: fix up her ranch and keep the barn he renovated into a home, plus the ten acres around it. When her granddaughter shows up threatening to evict him, he must find the missing will Jane wrote to keep his home.

Larkspur
Shocked to learn she was switched at birth, Maya Farris travels to Black Mountain, Colorado, to see what she can learn about the events surrounding her birth. What surprises her most is her unexpected feelings for the man who was married to the woman swapped with Maya.

Hayden Rafferty can hardly believe his late wife was exchanged at birth. He becomes a reluctant believer when the woman who claims she was traded shows him compelling evidence. What he can’t believe is how fast he falls for her.

Riding Into Love
As an up-and-coming rider in the world of endurance riding, Taryn Thompson hopes the 100-mile San Juan Supreme will be hers to win. When her friend and mentor goes missing during the race, Taryn learns not all people are who they seem.

When ex-endurance rider Colby Farley’s sister vanishes, he must push aside his apprehensions to ride to her rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for a woman who makes him face and conquer his deepest fear.

The Cowboy’s Story
Autumn Shaw will do anything to get the big scoop on convicted murder Shooter Crawford. She jumps at the chance to get the exclusive directly from the cowboy’s mouth. Instantly attracted to the bull rider, can she resist his charms long enough to learn the truth?

Shooter Crawford has always been a bad boy. Reckless and wild, his reputation helped send him to prison for murder. Can he trust a reporter to clear his name, or is she only interested in the story and not the man?

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Title: Notorious
Minds
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
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Blurb:

What does it take to
commit the perfect crime?

Delve into these
dark and twisted tales by twenty USA Today and International Bestselling
Authors.

No matter what kind
of crime story typically catches your imagination, there’s sure to be something
for everyone.

Conspiracies, political
plots, and yes, even murder, are just a few of the crimes waiting inside this
box set.

Discover a
narcissistic grandmother running an underground syndicate, or a support group
bent on murder…and even a serial killer who turns his victims into fairytale
creatures.

Uncover the passion,
jealousy, and fear lingering in every tale.

This box set is
packed with thousands of pages that will hold you on the edge of your seat,
crying for answers.

Definitely a must
for fans of Patterson, Lee, and Grisham

 

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Participating Authors:

Judith Lucci – USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling
Author
Carlyle Labuschagne – USA Today Bestselling Author
Eva Winters – USA Today Bestselling Author
Lena Bourne – USA Today Bestselling Author
Karen M. Bryson – USA Today Bestselling Author
Inge-Lise Goss – USA Today Bestselling Author
Karen Randau – Award Winning Author
Eric J. Gates – Award Winning Author
Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid 
International Bestselling Author
Sian B. Claven – Award Winning Author
Brandy Nacole
Kelsey Reed
N. Gray
Majanka Verstraete – International Bestselling Author
Thomas J Eyre
Adam Alexander
DL Jones
KL Lamar
D.J Grayson
Judith Holstrom

 

Title: Cold Backed
Author: Candace Carrabus
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Audio Producer: The Audio Flow
Blurb:
Viola Parker can’t land a job since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction. When she finds her mentor unconscious, she suspects foul play and wonders if her old friend, Harry, has answers. But Harry disappears with the truth, leaving behind a mysterious delivery and cryptic confession.
A short story prologue to the Dream Horse Mysteries with a preview of On the Buckle: Dream Horse Mystery #1.
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•         On the Buckle, Dream Horse Mystery #1
•         Run Out, Dream Horse Mystery #2
•         Wrong Lead, Dream Horse Mystery #3
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Candace Carrabus writes from the Lincoln County, Missouri farm she shares with her husband and daughter. A scoliosis diagnosis at age 11 changed her life. A horse lover from a young age, she signed up for riding lessons and learned much more than posting trot. With quiet power, horses provided comfort and a sympathetic ear, never judging or poking fun at her cumbersome back brace. Those years, though often difficult, taught Candace the value of persistence, the healing power of believing in oneself, and how strength can be gained through kindness. Her stories are imbued with the irresistible wonder, mystery, and solace her equine friends have provided.
 
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Title: Collision
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: New Adult Mystery Romance
Publisher: Twisted Press
Publication Date: February 5th, 2020
Blurb:
Some secrets are better left untold…
When eighteen-year-old Kara Jones gets into a car accident on the way home from college, she’s left with more than a few bruised ribs, a busted cell phone, and a totaled car. After a slip-up at the hospital, she’s shaken to discover that her family isn’t all it seems. And now her mother’s strange behavior and willingness to do anything to protect her secrets—including pulling Kara out of school—have Kara floundering in the dark.
Enter Derek Miller, a former classmate who’s dealing with family issues of his own. His nerdy charm is too much for Kara to resist, and she’s even more amazed when he agrees to help her dig into her mother’s past. Together they investigate her mother’s old friends and boyfriends, hoping to discover who Kara really is. Instead, they find disturbing connections to the dark history of Kent State University, and an ever expanding maze of mystery surrounding Kara’s birth.
As Kara and Derek chase secrets, she realizes he’s the only person she can trust. But as they get closer to the truth, the disturbing answers reveal a web of evil far darker and further reaching than they’d imagined, leaving Kara to wish she’d never asked the questions in the first place.
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Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction, and her dystopian novel, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
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Mom stands in the doorway, her arms crossed over her chest and her black hair a mess. The sloppiness isn’t like her; she’s typically so put together. But Mom isn’t who I need to be focusing on right now. I’ve been asking her what’s going on for two days, and I’ve gotten nowhere. Dad will tell me.
I put my back to her and focus on Dad’s face. “Why didn’t you come see me?”
He rubs the back of his neck. “I’m sorry, honey. I should have I just…” He sighs and pinches his nose the way he does when he’s stressed. “I couldn’t be around her right now. It’s too hard.”
I take a deep breath, willing myself to stay in control. “Why? What’s happened?”
Dad’s gray eyes move to Mom. “You didn’t tell her, Charlotte?”
Mom’s shoulders slump even more. “She was hurt. I didn’t want to add any undue stress.”
He puts his head in his hands and digs his fingers into his scalp like he’s trying to crush his own skull. “You should have told her eighteen years ago.” The words hiss through his teeth. “You should have told me.”
“What’s going on?” I gasp for breath between the words. I’m close to hyperventilating.
Dad’s eyes meet mine. They are so full of pain. “What the nurse said…”
My mouth pops open. “I am adopted.”
He winces. “No.”
“I don’t understand. What, then? What’s happening?” My stomach feels like it’s full of rocks.
 “Your blood type is AB.” Every word makes his face scrunch up even more. “Your mom and I are both O.” He looks away when I shake my head. I still don’t understand. “There’s no way I could be your father.”
The room spins and I want to curl up in a ball, but I can’t move. My heart. I grab my chest and squeeze. Mom steps forward with her hand out. One look from me and she stops.
“What?” The word is so quiet I’m not even sure I said it.
Dad takes my hand. The one that isn’t trying to hold my heart together. “I’m still your father.”
“But you’re not? Not really?”
He shakes his head, and I blink. Tears drop from my eyes onto my legs, leaving dark circles on my jeans. This can’t be real. Things like this don’t really happen, right? Not to normal families like ours. Not to one of the few couples who are actually happy together and still in love after twenty years of marriage.
“You didn’t know?” I can’t look at Mom, so I focus on Dad’s eyes. When he shakes his head, my stomach convulses and jumps to my throat.
I turn to Mom. “You knew?”
She doesn’t even try to deny it or defend herself. All she does is stand there, staring at us with those unflinching blue eyes of hers. Mine are the same color, but they have more life in them. I’ve always attributed that to my dad. What a joke!
“I have your personality!” My voice shakes and I want to get up and run away, but my body is too battered to make an escape. I do stand up. “You!” I scream at Mom. “You cheated on Dad? How could you? And to lie about it all these years!”
She finally cracks. Tears fall from her eyes, and she takes a step toward me. I back away. Pain shoots through my body. At this point, I don’t know if it’s physical or emotional.
“It’s not what you think,” she says. “We were split up.”
“Charlotte, stop it,” Dad says.
“What? It’s true!”
Dad shakes his head. “We broke up for one month. You were cheating on me long before that. You only came crawling back when you found out you were pregnant. I was an easy target.” He sounds so bitter. I can’t blame him.
“What do you mean you broke up? You mean you got separated?”
Mom’s shoulders slump. “I was pregnant when we got married.”
I shake my head and she puts her hand up to stop me. Why does she look so calm and put together suddenly? All those times she’s fallen apart over the tiniest things, and now when the world is crashing down around me, she’s as cool as a cucumber, whatever that means.
“We told you we got married two years before you were born. That isn’t true. We were dating, and I met someone else. I didn’t mean to cheat; it just happened. For a time, I thought I wanted to be with him, but it didn’t turn out well. When I found out I was pregnant I went back to your father.” She turns her eyes on Dad, but he won’t look at her. “I didn’t know then! Not for sure. She could have just as easily been your baby.”
 “But you found out later.”
Mom nods, but there’s no way he can see.
My legs shake. I sink back onto the couch just as Dad gets to his feet. He puts his hand on my shoulder, and I stare up at him. He isn’t looking at me, and he isn’t looking at Mom. He’s staring at the door. One squeeze of my shoulder and he’s gone, pushing past Mom without even glancing her way. The wind howls when he opens the front door, and when it slams shut my heart splits in two.

 

Title: Once Upon a Death
Author: Dzintra Sullivan
 
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Series: Days of Death; Book 1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
Kaah Maah had been the reaper for over a millennia. The mundane repetition of collecting souls night after night from an ever-increasing population was beginning to grind on him. Kaah had witnessed an ocean of unique faces, all confronted with their final moments on earth. Though different in appearance they all showed one final emotion — fear.
 
Kaah wanted a change. He craved quiet serenity, where he could perfect his yoga poses while listening to his favorite singer Michael Buble. Kaah wanted nothing more than to retire and become a ‘no-one special’ in a ‘nowhere special’ town. 
 
When strange things began happening in Deadend, Ohio, the question had to be asked.
 
You might be able to take the reaper away from death, but can you ever actually take death away from the reaper?
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My name is Dzintra Sullivan and I am an international best selling author based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. I fell in love with books as a young girl, reading Judy Blume and Enid Blyton. Progressing onto loving the supernatural genre as a teenager and never left. I write paranormal romance, romantic comedy and cozy mysteries. I love to laugh and making my readers laughsnortfart is my primary goal. I won’t apologise for who I am, I was born to stand out.
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Title: Rich and Gone
Series: Red Farlow Mysteries #1
Author: W.F. Ranew
Genre: Adult Mystery
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Cover Credits: Cora Graphics
PI Red Farlow goes on the hunt to find $300 million a Florida insurance executive bilks out of family and friends.
 
The exec, Woody Cunningham, stashes the cash in money havens around the world. Then he disappears. Where is Woody? Dead, done in by one of his enemies? Or did he skip town with his girlfriend to live off the ill-gotten wealth? If that’s the case, where is he?
 
Seeking answers, Farlow works with Miami legal experts who specialize in recovering cash from hidden offshore accounts. He also confronts a tough guy from his past who wants to settle a score and has links to the missing man. Cursed, shot at, and knocked out, Farlow delivers surefire punches of his own. Along the way, another executive turns up missing, and someone murders Woody’s brother-in-law.
 
Rich and Gone takes Farlow to Europe, across Georgia and north Florida, and points beyond to find the money and the man.
 
Finally, on a tip from a raven-haired Latina beauty, Red takes off on another international flight to determine if Woody Cunningham, rich and gone, is dead or alive.

 

“Chadwick Woodrow Cunningham once gave me a fine cigar. Like the man, the smoke looked classy, robust, and expensive, but it left a foul aftertaste I couldn’t shake.”

 

W.F. Ranew is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for several dailies: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Title: Murder is a Debate
Author: Brandy Nacole
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: March 28th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Nora and her two best friends, Liv and Nina, aren’t like most people. Nora is the private school kid; the rich girl, though everyone hates her. Liv and Nina attend the run-down public school on the opposite side of town where the football team is a solid two and the art department was shut down due to funding. Their worlds should have never collided, but they had one common factor that brought them together, murder.
In an online mystery chat room, the three girls meet and decide to form The Murder Club. Each week one of the girls must come up with a murder scenario for the other two to solve. It’s fun. It’s active. It’s also deadly.
When one of Nora’s classmates ends up dead, she’s suspicious of her new friends. His death mirrors the very same scenario Nora came up with in their previous meeting. As clues emerge, pointing more definitively at the members of the Murder Club, Nora begins digging for her own clues, bringing fantasy to reality. Could Liv and Nina be involved, and if so why?
They were all curious, but the question is, was one of them too curious?


Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching, and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself. She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs.
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