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Mystery and Thriller for Review: Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Anthology)

A huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.

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Praise for HAPPY HOMICIDES:

“Great escape for readers of any genre.” ~ darielraye, 4 stars

“I really enjoyed this set and can recommend it to others without any difficulty.” ~ SJ Francis, 5 stars

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Mystery/Thriller Romance for Review: Happily Never After by Bess George

After being shot in a brutal attack outside her office, no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney Kelsey Brackston suffers from PTSD, panic attacks that won’t allow her return to work. In need of a fresh start, she heads to California to accept a job from her brother. All seems to be going well until the past comes hunting. Someone wants to kill her—again.

Former SWAT officer Bode Taggert doesn’t want to feel anything for anyone after a split-second decision caused the death of an innocent woman and nearly ruined his life. He’s pulled himself out of the bottle and has one last chance to be a cop again—the only thing he’s ever wanted. When Kelsey asks for his help hunting down a stalker, he resists, knowing the sizzling attraction he feels for her could jeopardize his focus.

Kelsey’s determination to put the past behind her and move on with her life is the one thing that he can’t resist, and despite his intention to remain uninvolved, Bode falls for the sexy lawyer. While he and the police are focused on catching the stalker, however, Kelsey vanishes. With his career—and his heart—on the line, Bode will stop at nothing to find her. But will their newfound faith in each other be enough to save the day? Or will the demons from their pasts destroy them both?

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Praise for HAPPILY NEVER AFTER:

“Whole lot of sparks and intrigue and unexpected surprises…” ~ DivaC, 4 stars

“Crazy intense…I loved it!” ~ mskind81, 5 stars

“Romance with a twist…great romance…” ~ CV36, 4 stars

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Mystery/Thriller for Review: Monarchs and Mendicants by Dan Groat

In the midst of a war between the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, the kings and the pawns, one man fights his way from despair to hope.

When a fourth homeless man is murdered by the Hacker, Gifford Ulrich leaves downtown St. Louis carrying his belongings on his back and wanders into the Benoit Neighborhood searching for shelter and safety. He finds abandoned buildings and abandoned people; beggars, drunks, drug addicts, gamblers; the outcasts; the unusual, the unbalanced, and the unlucky. His job cleaning bricks leads him to discover hidden forces at work in Benoit that throw him in the middle of danger and death. To fight his way off the streets, Giff must rely on his military training, his knife, and an anger born of loss. The only way to survive the passage from tragedy to triumph is to kill or be killed.

Book 1 in the Gifford Ulrich Series The Journey Begins:

Gifford Ulrich didn’t know the distance from despair to hope, but he knew hope didn’t sleep in alleys. On this morning his first waking moments were filled with the audible lamenting breath of having survived another winter night on the streets of St. Louis, those onerous recurring sighs that had become his respiration. Endurance was not an uplifting miracle to him, but a depressing fact. Not the surprise, “Hallelujah, I’m alive,” but the admission, “Oh, I’m still here.”

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Praise for MONARCHS AND MENDICANTS:

“Inspiring…Groat is a master storyteller.” ~ rhenette, 5 stars

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Mystery/Thriller for Review: Nation of Enemies by H.A. Raynes

A chilling, suspenseful new thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton and James Rollins.

It’s all about the genetics. DNA. Black & white.

A decade ago the U.S. government mandated that all citizens be issued biochips containing all of their medical information and an I.D. number indicating a person’s health. Then they made the information public—the implications of which are wide-spread and devastating.

Now on the eve of the 2032 presidential election, the country is deeply divided and on the brink of civil war. But as the two major political parties face off, innocent Americans are dying at the hands of masked terrorists. When the Liberty Party’s presidential nominee is assassinated in a highly-coordinated, masterful attack, it sets off a chain of events that will change the course of history and leave America’s inalienable rights—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—dangling on the precipice of extinction.

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Praise for NATION OF ENEMIES:

“Good character development…well worth the read.” ~ jreppy, 4 star review

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Mystery and Thriller for Review: The Dying Dance by Ricardo M Fleshman

“How do we reconcile the beauty in death?”

The Dying Dance is the story of retired New Orleans Police Detective turned Private Investigator Moses Andre Byone, self proclaimed skeptic who uncovers an underworld of voodoo, dark magic and betrayal in the shadows of the human heart as he searches to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer from Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. On his journey to solve the case Mose discovers a mysterious silver box that may hold the secrets to the darker human behaviors of greed, lust and power. He must find a way to not only protect himself, but also his beautiful young Creole ward, Lisette St. Germain, lest they meet with their own gruesome end.

Filled with a wonderful cast of complex and unforgettable characters set against the alluring, grimy but mysterious backdrop of 1970’s New Orleans, the story is sure to thrill and entertain as Mose searches to discover the truth of The Dying Dance.

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LGBTQ Suspense/Thriller Romance for Review: Timber Lake by Nya Rawlyns

Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he’s all the company he’s got most of the time, and he likes it that way just fine. It suits his job as Warden for Wyoming’s Fish and Game Department.

Being alone sounds good to the researcher for the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Seamus Rydell, especially since it means time away from the pressures to follow his family’s political traditions. He’ll need a guide to Timber Lake to set up his testing equipment, and who better than a Warden whose boss needs him out of sight for a while?

They’re just doing their jobs, until both men get derailed by a lust threatening to light up the night sky and by egos big enough to fill the wilderness.

When a psychopathic poacher intrudes, Michael’s past rises up and the present twists out of shape around a sick mind. As the future for both men fills with darkness, it is all too clear no one will come back from Timber Lake unscathed.

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Praise for Timber Lake:

“Rare gem…almost perfect.” ~ cariadee12

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Mystery/Thriller Romance for Review: Law Inc. Life On Top by TL Alexander

Law Inc. a new series from the author of the LOL Layers Series.

Law Inc. Life on Top (case 101) A Cassandra Marcella Mystery, a continuing series.

A Dom is accused of murdering his submissive, in his playroom. As evidence begins to stack-up against him, he realizes he needs one of the best attorney in NYC. Unfortunately, he’s accused of the one crime she won’t defend.

My name is Cassandra Marcella; I’m a criminal law attorney in the state of New York. Some might say I’m a badass, ball-busting, controlling bitch. And that would be the some whom I’d consider my friends.

I couldn’t believe it. Me, Cole Ryder, the control freak, the guy who sorts his socks by type, color, texture, material, pattern…. You get the picture. The guy who from preschool to present day has never painted outside the lines. That guy was charged with murder.

I was innocent, of course, but things didn’t look good. In fact, things looked very bad. I had an attorney, several of them, but none who practiced criminal law.

My patent attorney manages to get me through the arraignment process, and the three-million-dollar bail was no biggie. Now I needed to find a criminal attorney, a good one. All of my attorneys recommended her. “She is the best. The go-to attorney when cases seemed stacked against the accused.” In other words, when your shit had already hit the fan, and you’re down to those two small squares of toilet paper glued to the roll.

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Answer Week 11 Second Question from Karen Lopp and Get a Chance to Win!

Second question in Week 11 of the Weekly Contest:

In Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp, where did Detective Jerah Qassem spend months undercover?

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Last day to answer: August 26

Answer Week 11 First Question from Stanalei Fletcher and Get a Chance to Win!

First question in Week 11 of the Weekly Contest:

In Proving Ground by Stanalei Fletcher, when Caitlin is trapped by wildfire, who is her only hope of rescue?

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Paranormal Romance for Review: Shadowed Horizons by Shyla Wolff

A warrior’s life is the only one Kiera’s known since her psychic brethren adopted her from the streets as a child. Though she possesses equal preternatural ability and fighting skills, they will always see her as their youngest and in need of protection. According to their leader’s psychic vision, her twofold destiny includes saving a computer prodigy’s life and a mate who pulls her from death’s clutches.

Carlin, an electronics genius, develops software/hardware which could destroy any government. Without malicious intent, he seeks to prove possibilities beyond his current reality. Bored with the aspects of his social life, he yearns for a family.

When Kiera saves Carlin from the clutches of a psychic terrorist who stalks him for his program and skills, neither is prepared for the immediate connection formed.

From the first skirmish, both their lives are caught up in a maelstrom of danger and desire. Kiera struggles to keep Carlin and his work from the terrorist who wants to destroy the U.S. while resisting the extraordinary attraction between them. Can Carlin convince her they were meant for each other and survive her warrior brethren?

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Praise for Shadowed Horizons:

“Starts with a bang and doesn’t let up!” ~ vyrissi