A beautiful, young district attorney tumbles to her death on Christmas Eve.
Police suspect suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it.
Samantha discovers evidence linking her sister to a drug smuggling case and quickly learns she has stumbled onto a major news story. She must summon the courage to not only face a cartel of criminals, but her own fears and shortcomings when she is confronted by the inescapable specter of a far greater enemy—her addiction to alcohol. Samantha’s dependency has not only cost her job at a major metropolitan daily, but, worse, custody of her daughter, April.
Samantha pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. Despite being betrayed, physically beaten and facing the possibility of sharing her sister’s fate, Samantha refuses to stop her investigation. However, when the killers threaten to harm April, Samantha realizes that, for her daughter’s sake, she can no longer continue the investigation on her own. She knows she must swallow her pride and turn to her ex-husband and police detective, Jonathan Church, for help.
Can Samantha ultimately prevail—find her sister’s killer, write the story of her career, confront her drinking problem, and finally begin to change her life, or will she and April become the killer’s next victims?
Praise for The Stone House Secret . . . “It was hard to put down, wanted to keep reading til I finished the book.” ~ Sheri Henderson “A great book filled with super characters, good story line, plenty of twists, turns, and surprises.” ~ Dexter Don “A great treat! Debra gets you on the first page and keeps you till the last.” ~ Gayle Ernsting OVERVIEW: Since feisty newspaper reporter Jenessa Jones’ return to her hometown of Hidden Valley, her romance with Detective Michael Baxter has begun to heat up–but his ex-wife and her ex-boyfriend do all they can to keep that from happening. When a scandalous murder is uncovered on the local college campus, Jenessa is assigned the front-page story. Her aunt is named as a prime suspect, compelling Jenessa to find the real killer in order to keep her family member from going to prison. As she follows the trail of clues, Jenessa’s investigation puts her life in grave danger. Can Detective Baxter capture the murderer and save the woman he loves? OTHER BOOKS by Debra Burroughs The Lake House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 1, With her life going from bad to worse, reporter Jenessa Jones is drawn back to her small hometown by a homicide investigation that ends up pointing the finger at someone close to her heart. Can she uncover the truth of this murder before it destroys her family and any chance she has for a happy life? The Scent of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery – Book 1, When Emily Parker digs into her late husband’s murder, she discovers he may not have been who he claimed. Can she discover the truth with the help of her best friends and the handsome new detective in town? A captivating cozy Murder Mystery and Romance that will keep you guessing until the very end. (think “Sex in the City” meets “Nancy Drew” without all the bed-hopping) The Heart of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 2, When the best friend of sassy small-town private-eye Emily Parker begins dating a man she met online, all hell breaks loose. Emily teams up with a sexy big-city cop to solve a murder mystery and save the town, and her friend, from ruin. (think “Sex and the City” meets “Nancy Drew”) The Chain of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 3, Small-town private eye Emily Parker and her sexy police detective boyfriend, along with a few of her friends, fight to save girls from a sex slave ring and solve a murder mystery. (think “Sex and the City” meets “Nancy Drew”) The Pursuit of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 4, Feisty private eye, Emily Parker, launches on a new case as the man she loves is accused of murdering a lovely blonde Assistant DA. Emily must prove her boyfriend innocent before she loses him to Death Row. The Betrayal of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 5, Sweet, sassy private eye Emily Parker is finally moving forward in her relationship with the hunky police detective–that is, until a friend goes missing. Suspicions are flying that one of Emily’s closest friends may be involved. The desperate race is on to solve the mystery of who abducted the woman and rescue her before she winds up dead. The Harbor of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 6, Sexy police detective Colin has finally convinced sassy private-eye Emily to marry him, but days before the wedding, when Emily discovers a dead body outside her hotel room door, she and Colin, along with their wedding party, are drawn into another murder mystery, once more putting their love and commitment to the test. Three Days in Seattle, When LA photographer Kate McAllister flies to Seattle in search of her missing sister, she finds irresistible real estate agent Ryan instead. Soon the two are entwined in a vengeful murder plot — and a simmering love affair…. (A light Romantic Suspense in the Emerald City)
What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?
Cassandra Pierce had her whole “perfect” life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.
Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.
What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they’re keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?
If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton’s house, you can be sure of two things: she’ll feed you until you’re ready to bust and she’ll love you before you even realize you’re worthy of it. She’s spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.
But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960’s is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her mistakes, her fears, and her impossibly difficult heart break, Betty strives to teach them all what it means to truly love.
Fresh and updated from the author of The Christmas Sisters and Deep Dixie, beloved bestseller is back
Jones is SPLENDID in showing women can be a voice to be reckoned with…
Bell, Book and Candle
A Heart-warming, humorous story that doesn’t just tug at the heartstrings but brings a humanity to the characters that makes them a part of the reader’s life. Come to New Bethany, Tennessee, and meet the women who join an old tradition for all the wrong reasons and through a year together find how to put their lives right.
Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got…until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard.
Talk about making a lousy first impression.
Armed with nothing but her wits, Pineapple Port’s questionable cast of characters and a growing crush, Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of Declan’s mother’s murder.
Hey, at least this guy’s skeletons aren’t in his closet.
A Perfect 10! & Debut author Diana Dempsey soars with FALLING STAR, a powerful, moving, riveting tale of greed and betrayal, love and self-discovery & Romance Reviews Today
Natalie Daniels husband just dumped her. Her boss is scheming to replace her. And shes falling in love with her sexy Australian TV news agent whos about to propose to somebody else.
Whats a woman to do? Dig deep and show what shes made of which just might land her both the job and the man of her dreams.
REVIEWS: Excellent characterization, great dialogue, and non-stop action make the book almost impossible to put down & Fast-paced, engaging, witty, and fun to read, FALLING STAR will grab you on the first page and hold you enthralled until the last. I highly recommend this fabulous book! Susan Lantz, Romance Reviews Today
Dempsey has reinvented the glitz novel for a new generation. This is glitz with heart! Clever and glamorous. New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
This full-length novel was originally published by Penguins New American Library, and was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the Romance Writers Association.
Three years ago, top San Diego homicide detective Nevada James went up against an infamous serial killer called the Laughing Man…and lost. The mental breakdown that followed left her institutionalized and no longer able to work as a police officer.
Having lost everything, Nevada is content to do odd jobs to keep a step ahead of the bill collectors and fund her out-of-control drinking problem. But that changes when Alan Davies, a local crime lord, comes to her with a problem. His wife and daughter are missing and he can’t go to the police. If Nevada helps him, he’ll pay her enough that she’ll never have to worry about money again.
But what should have been a simple missing persons case quickly turns deadly. Alan Davies has enemies, and in the course of trying to save his family Nevada finds herself in the middle of a gang war. But her own demons are even more menacing, and the Laughing Man is still out there.
Olympian Brenna Battle once had the fire. Now, she’s just burned out—and burned by love. She’s ready to retire from competitive judo and pursue a new dream in a new town, with her biggest supporter, her recently divorced little sister, Blythe. But on their first day in town, Blythe falls for local sleaze-bag reporter, Ellison Baxter, and their small-town welcome is stained by Baxter’s murder. The weapon—Blythe Battle’s hair brush.
In this fast-paced, fun cozy mystery, Brenna, the proud new owner of the building that formerly housed Bonney Bay’s lone recreational opportunity for kids, Little Swans Ballet, is ready to turn tutu-clad powder-puffs into little warriors by opening a judo school for kids in its place. But now she must clear her sister’s name and save her new dream from ending even more disastrously than her Olympic hopes. Brenna must deal with one crazy member of the local police force, who’s determined to see the sisters pay—and another cop, whose deep brown eyes just might drive Brenna crazy—in a way her battered heart just can’t take.
#1 Bestseller – British Horror, Amazon.comA haunting horror thriller set in Britain’s North Yorkshire Moors about isolation, superstition and persecution. Thores-Cross follows the stories of Emma, a present day writer, and Jennet, an eighteenth century witch.Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is further disturbed by the sound of church bells – from a church that no longer exists.Jennet is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered, Jennet’s problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which continue to have an effect through the centuries.Emma becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As Jennet and Emma’s lives become further entwined, Emma’s obsession deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming lives. Emma is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her efforts be enough?’The writing is near flawless. Your voice is crisp and natural, carrying the reader into lives of the characters and the world you have created seamlessly.’ – Lauren Grey, author of ‘Threads of Time’.’I love your historicals. They feel so real. I can already tell this one is excellent. The back and forth between Emma’s modern life and Jennet’s 18th century life is tantalizing.’ – Laura Emmons, author of ‘Seeing Magic’ and ‘Healing Hands’.’…a wonderful piece of writing.’ – Lin Churchill, author of ‘Pride’.’Overall I can see this attracting readers of both contemporary and historical fiction. It seems that it will gravitate around characters and relationships so perhaps it may have more appeal to women. It was a pleasure to read, Karen and it’s setting up the connection between past and present very well’ – Lesa Clarke, author of ‘The Glass House’.’Wow, I’ve never been into ghost stories before, but this is great!’ – Lesley Taylor, author of ‘Heart-Brother’ and ‘Changeling’.’Startling but extremely accurate use of language . . . Very emotive and skilfully handled . . . I found your writing fluid and accurate but more importantly, completely enthralling.’ – R.M.A., author of ‘The Snow Lily’.’This is terrific.’ – Chris Bostic, author of ‘Game Changer’ and ‘Fugitives From Northwoods”As always, your writing is impressive and so is your knowledge of boats. You have clearly taken the time to research the area, the herbs and other various concepts within your book, and it shows and makes the story that much stronger throughout. I really enjoyed this book, truly, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. Well done.’- Claire C Riley, author of ‘Limerence”I love the way you handle your characters and the way you blend them into the book from the word go but in such a clever way. I can see this has taken you some time to plan out as I can see the way you start a part of the story to know how that particular part is going to end. There is a really nice narrative here coupled with a brilliant flow and pace to it. You have done well and I like this a lot.’ – Sean Connolly, author of. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R)