Antiques dealer Diana Simms is engaged to her longtime boyfriend when she finds herself inside the Faulk Street Tavern. The song “Changes” emerges from the jukebox and enchants her. It also captivates Nick Fiore, a local guy who’s arrived at adulthood the hard way, after a tour through the juvenile justice system. Now he’s dedicated his life to helping other troubled kids. He has no business even looking at a beautiful, well-bred woman wearing a diamond engagement ring. But once they’re bewitched by the jukebox, he and Diana must change their lives, their goals, their dreams…and their hearts.
***Based on a dream the author had in high school-chapter 1 & 2***
Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.
Claudia Emerson’s life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia’s dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim–half angel, half human. Now that she’s been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
Bailey’s Great Escape is a heartwarming short story about one of the smallest puppies with the biggest hearts. Bailey is determined to free his friends and family from the horrible puppy mill that they’ve been forced to live in.
This touching tale of a neglected dog shares his experiences in his own voice, taking readers from his days of neglect, to the shelter, to a home filled with love. Follow him on this extraordinary journey and fall in love with a new hero.
Bailey shows that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but it’s about the size of the fight in the dog! Enjoy!
Her skill set doesn’t exactly fit the task, however. Jessie put herself through college hustling at a pool table, and nowadays makes her living writing racy novels. This middle-aged romance author has excellent people-watching skills, a keen imagination, and street smarts going way back. Come to think of it, Jessie is the perfect sleuth.
Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.
“Jessie is the new sleuth that you will want to follow again and again.”
Best Selling Author, Tonya Kappes
“Playing With Poison is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you laughing and on your toes all the way to the nail-biting end. Cindy Blackburn brings a fresh, new voice to the mystery genre. Go get your copy today!”
Dorothy St. James, author of The White House Gardener Mysteries
“Like Jessie Hewitt, her intriguing pool shark/romance author heroine, Playing with Poison author Cindy Blackburn knows how to start with a fast break and run the table, leaving readers applauding her skill. This cozy murder mystery, the first in Blackburn’s Cueball series, pairs fifty-two-year-old Jessie with the handsome and frustrated Captain Wilson Rye, who doesn’t know whether to kiss or handcuff his exasperating prime suspect. Plenty of quirky characters populate Playing with Poison, including a sleazoid ex-husband, a rabid TV reporter, ditzy neighbors, and—my favorite—a deranged literary agent, who’ll do anything to boost Jessie’s best-seller ranking. If you enjoy your mystery peppered with humor and romance, Cindy Blackburn has the balls racked and ready for you to play.”
Linda Lovely, author of the Marley Clark Mystery Series
“A Delightful Book For A Relaxing Read!”
But when one of the guests is found dead and Jerry is accused of being the killer, Val knows she needs to utilise all her skills as a private investigator to clear his name.
Trying to track down the victim’s possible enemies and find new leads, Val faces distractions in the form of old acquaintances and a hot dinner date. But as Val’s leads all turn into dead ends, the killer seems to stay step ahead of her all the time.
Val knows she’s close to finding out the truth, but will she be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together before time runs out for Jerry or the killer strikes again?
Praise for A.R. Winters:
“Fans of Stephanie Plum, meet A.R. Winters.” – Rea, Amazon.com
“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery” – Jaycie D, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
“A delightful book for a relaxing read.” – Melissa Greenberg, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer