The Soloists by Ariele Huff

Like child actors and athletes, musical child prodigies often pay a heavy price for their stardom. These people are real. All the situations and most of the events are real. This narrative nonfiction is written in novel form to document the lives of children placed into often brutal adult level competition, taking readers through the resulting emotional consequences. Composited from two real life soloists this novel is written by a family member. The book received high marks (“mechanically perfect”) by judges in a publishers’ contest, resulting in placement with an agent and a year in editorial boards at Penguin.

Author: Ariele Huff

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Testing Luke (Devereaux Billionaires Book 3) by Mallory Crowe

Billionaire Luke Devereaux gets what he wants and what he wants right now is to bring down the shady organization threatening his family. Teaming up with the FBI is his only option–even if that option comes in the sultry Evelyn Price, the ice-princess who’s all business. Refusing to be distracted by the sexy, rich playboy, Evelyn forces herself to stay focused on the case, gearing up for the criminal takedown of her entire career. As the enemy closes in with Evelyn as its next target, it’s up to Luke to keep them out of danger. The more they work to protect each other, and fight for control, the harder it is to resist their undeniable attraction.And the one thing Evelyn has learned from working with him is that Luke Devereaux gets what he wants.

Author: Mallory Crowe

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
5 reviews

DRAUGHT OF LIFE: A Romantic Mystery Thriller by Gordon John Thomson

The summer of 1940. In the Somerset village of Caddiscombe in the Mendip Hills, at the height of the Battle of Britain, an unlikely wartime friendship develops between a wealthy local married woman, Rachel Woodville, and a young working class RAF pilot, John Graveling – a friendship that ultimately ends in sexual betrayal, murder and disgrace… May 1996. In the city of Mumbai, India, the hijacking of an airliner by militant Kashmiri separatists goes disastrously wrong when the plane is stormed by Indian troops and many of the hostages are killed or injured. Among the victims is a young Englishwoman, Claire Basquill, who suffers horrific injuries…May 2000. Rebuilding her life in the village of Caddiscombe, Claire Basquill leads the opposition to the development of a giant theme park around the village, and attracts the attention of a jaded tabloid journalist, Will Stratton. Stratton quickly realizes that Claire is a survivor of the Mumbai hijacking, but his interest in her soon unearths darker rumours about Claire Basquill and her past too: that she may have been the lover of an infamous Kashmiri rebel, Abdul Aziz, and that she might even have aided and abetted in the hijacking herself…In Caddiscombe Will is drawn further into the controversy over Claire Basquill as a former girl friend, Charlotte Grimes, does her unprincipled best to persuade the villagers to accept the plans for the theme park. Will hears of the old wartime scandal of Claire’s grandmother, Rachel Woodville, who was suspected of murdering her husband, a scandal whose effects still seem linked in some profound way to the present life of the village, particularly for Will’s spinster aunt, Maisie Ridgewell.When Maisie dies, Will comes into possession of John Graveling’s diary, which reveals many of these secrets of the past. After Will’s own son and ex-wife are taken hostage in Kashmir, Will has to travel into the mountainous heart of Kashmir to try and obtain their release, a journey that tests his endurance to the limit and leads him ultimately to understand the truth, not only about Claire Basquill, but also about the fate of her grandmother, Rachel Woodville…

Author: Gordon John Thomson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG by T. K. Lukas

Sidney shrieked, letting fly a string of colorful expletives when the huge black beast sprang from the shadowy woods. “If the devil had a dog, you’d be it,” she said, backing away as the animal pursued. “But I know the devil. He hates dogs.”

On her third failed marriage, thirty-four-year-old Sidney McQueen regrets her PhD in Psychology wasn’t useful in choosing husbands. She feels better suited choosing horses. When her divorce attorney advises her to disappear for a while, she heeds the warning. But can she disappear without a trace when her soon-to-be ex-husband, a powerful attorney with ties to Mexican drug cartels, is hell-bent to find her? He wants back what belongs to him—and it’s not just Sidney he’s after.

Forty-five-year-old Markus Yeager, former Marine turned CIA operative, has a top-secret past. Physical and emotional scars cause him to retreat to the small, west Texas town of Alpine to be near an old friend, the one person he trusts. Flashbacks haunt him. His purposefully crafted quiet life is up-ended when Sidney pulls into town, horse trailer in tow.

People from Sidney’s past start turning up dead. Terrified, she questions whether the refuge she sought at Yeager’s remote ranch is enough to protect her from the man she refers to as “The Devil.” Her life-or-death situation draws Markus back into the violent world he thought he’d left behind, a world of weapons, drugs, money, and dangerous traffickers who’d put a bullet in your head while they mouthed their Hail Marys. Markus pursues and confronts the enemy head-on, but first he must confront the demons hounding his mind.

Thrown together in a cauldron boiling over with emotional tension and physical danger, Markus and Sidney allow their tentative bond to feed their individual needs. Once the murderer is apprehended, they breathe a collective sigh of relief, and their relationship, once governed by mutually imposed rules, intensifies. However, when it’s discovered that the one in custody may not be the killer, chasing the truth becomes a frantic race against a deadly predator.

IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG— an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride packed full of heart-pounding suspense.

Author: T. K. Lukas

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

The Soloists by Ariele Huff

Like child actors and athletes, musical child prodigies often pay a heavy price for their stardom. These people are real. All the situations and most of the events are real. This narrative nonfiction is written in novel form to document the lives of children placed into often brutal adult level competition, taking readers through the resulting emotional consequences. Composited from two real life soloists this novel is written by a family member. The book received high marks (“mechanically perfect”) by judges in a publishers’ contest, resulting in placement with an agent and a year in editorial boards at Penguin.

Author: Ariele Huff

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Never Ending (Sara Connolly Mysteries Book 9) by Claudette Cleveland

A childhood friend, now an archaeologist, pulls Sara Connolly into a case where unearthed tablets may give mankind the secret to never ending life. Her and her faithful sidekick Larry’s job is to keep her friend and client safe while he translates the information given to ancient earthlings from a universe well beyond the earth. Intrigue, mayhem and even murder make for a fast paced mystery.

Author: Claudette Cleveland

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG by T. K. Lukas

Sidney shrieked, letting fly a string of colorful expletives when the huge black beast sprang from the shadowy woods. “If the devil had a dog, you’d be it,” she said, backing away as the animal pursued. “But I know the devil. He hates dogs.”

On her third failed marriage, thirty-four-year-old Sidney McQueen regrets her PhD in Psychology wasn’t useful in choosing husbands. She feels better suited choosing horses. When her divorce attorney advises her to disappear for a while, she heeds the warning. But can she disappear without a trace when her soon-to-be ex-husband, a powerful attorney with ties to Mexican drug cartels, is hell-bent to find her? He wants back what belongs to him—and it’s not just Sidney he’s after.

Forty-five-year-old Markus Yeager, former Marine turned CIA operative, has a top-secret past. Physical and emotional scars cause him to retreat to the small, west Texas town of Alpine to be near an old friend, the one person he trusts. Flashbacks haunt him. His purposefully crafted quiet life is up-ended when Sidney pulls into town, horse trailer in tow.

People from Sidney’s past start turning up dead. Terrified, she questions whether the refuge she sought at Yeager’s remote ranch is enough to protect her from the man she refers to as “The Devil.” Her life-or-death situation draws Markus back into the violent world he thought he’d left behind, a world of weapons, drugs, money, and dangerous traffickers who’d put a bullet in your head while they mouthed their Hail Marys. Markus pursues and confronts the enemy head-on, but first he must confront the demons hounding his mind.

Thrown together in a cauldron boiling over with emotional tension and physical danger, Markus and Sidney allow their tentative bond to feed their individual needs. Once the murderer is apprehended, they breathe a collective sigh of relief, and their relationship, once governed by mutually imposed rules, intensifies. However, when it’s discovered that the one in custody may not be the killer, chasing the truth becomes a frantic race against a deadly predator.

IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG— an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride packed full of heart-pounding suspense.

Author: T. K. Lukas

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

Hard As Nails Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by Virna DePaul

Dark, dangerous, and seductive, these alpha bad boys in need of redemption are worth fighting for! Five flawed heroes once ruled by a mob boss are brought back together when one of their own is sent to prison. See how they overcome tragedy in this steamy, gritty series filled with the power of redemption and love. This boxed set collection includes three full novels—Hard Time, Hard Case, and Hard Core—each with a passionate and pulse-pounding story inside. Hard Time: The first time Street sees Katie she’s serving food in a hellhole of a prison. When he finds her working in a bookstore of all places, he’ll risk everything, including fighting the devil himself, to protect her. In Hard Case, Slate keeps mobsters out of prison, but now he’s tasked with defending an innocent woman who makes him imagine all the naughty things he can do to her… Things get Hard Core when ex-marine Axel is assigned to protect Alyssa, a waitress working at a strip club, but even amidst danger, duty soon turns into passion and then into love. This collection of fast-paced and steamy romances will leave you breathless as these bad boys meet the women of their dreams. “Wow, what a book!! It was a great read, couldn’t put it down. This book is about redemption and accepting your past sins so you can move on. I loved it!” ★★★★★ from E Reader “Hot, steamy passion and a nice contrast between the dark lawyer and the innocently sweet kindergarten teacher! A great story and one I would recommend to anyone.” ★★★★★ from Fishyk “I can’t find the right words to describe how much I love this series. These men are the stuff that dreams are made of!” ★★★★★ from Momma C Book 1: Hard TimeBook 2: Hard CaseBook 3: Hard CoreBook 4: Hard PlaceBook 5: Hard Act

Author: Virna DePaul

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Thunderball (Sylver & Steele) by Mimi Riser

Sylver Starr is a werewolf by birth, a cross-dresser by desire, and a secret agent for Earth Guardians, Inc. – although that last is beginning to wear a bit thin. Take tonight, for instance. Posing as participants, Sylver and his partner infiltrate the criminal blood-sport of dog fighting. Their mission is to rescue a kidnapping victim. Unfortunately, the victim is a giant mastiff who shows no sign of cooperating. Abused by his captors and trained to kill, he seems more interested in ripping Sylver to shreds. Understandable, but painful nonetheless. To Sylver, who knows the dog’s history, the situation is infuriating and heartbreaking. And Sylver’s spouse adds to the stress by being… well, himself. Sexy and aggravating in the same breath. He’s a billionaire cat-shifter with a serious James Bond complex – the great Hunter Steele, founder and chief of the Earth Guardians. Which makes him Sylver’s boss as well as his spouse. Hence the aggravation. For a werewolf it’s not easy taking orders from a tomcat. Put it all together and Sylver’s had a bellyful. After this mission he intends to quit EG, but Hunter is equally determined to keep him on the force, and neither man is above using seduction to get his way. In fact, if the two live long enough for this battle of wills to reach the bedroom, it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge on top… Let the games begin!

Author: Mimi Riser

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

An Unexpected Love (Hudson Brothers PI Book 1) by J. Haney

Their worlds were fused together by a single ringing of the telephone.Kyler Jefferson was just sixteen when her family was brutally murdered. Left pregnant and alone she has been running for nearly a decade from place to place, terrified that one day they would be found by the mysterious caller with sinister intentions.Since the deaths of his mother and sister, Caleb Hudson has been living the bachelor’s life. As a private investigator he usually handles cheating spouses and missing persons, which suits him just fine. While investigating a routine case he finds himself thrust into Kyler’s life, consumed by a profound need to protect her from a past he knows nothing about.They are two people going down separate roads; one running for her life, the other trying to maintain what’s left of his own. How can they preserve their lives when fate has decided she has other plans?

Author: J. Haney

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
5 reviews