A Family Affair – A Free Preview of the First 7 Chapters by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, whose bestselling fiction “tackles some of life’s toughest situations” (The Florida Times-Union), unravels the secrets in a mother’s past that turn her daughter’s life upside down—by revealing the family she never knew existed.Her dream of studying dance at Juilliard is within reach, but Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity, choosing instead to stay with her ailing mother in the Houston projects where they barely make ends meet. Lorraine Dawson is Olivia’s whole world, and now Olivia insists on being there for her. But when Lorraine learns Olivia is sacrificing college for her sake, her heartache triggers a series of shattering events that results in Olivia discovering her father, a man she was told had died years ago. But he is alive and well—and he’s the powerful CEO of one of the country’s richest corporations. With her best friend urging her to claim a much-deserved chunk of Bernard Wells’s fortune, Olivia seeks out his Los Angeles mansion. But it’s not money she wants—it’s answers: Why did he abandon Lorraine when Olivia was three years old? Why did they suffer in poverty while he gave his “real” wife and son a life of luxury? Opening up the past, however, is more complicated than Olivia—or Bernard—expected, and the pain of yesterday’s sins must be confronted before true healing and a bright tomorrow can begin.

Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
252 reviews

Moon Signs (Moon Mystery Series Book 1) by Helen Haught Fanick

Retirement is a time for knitting, gardening, and an occasional quiet lunch with friends, according to Kathleen Williamson. Her sister Andrea has an altogether different point of view. When the sisters go to the Canaan Valley to search for paintings mentioned in a document found in an old hotel once owned by their grandparents—paintings that might be Monets—Andrea immediately becomes involved in tracking down a murderer. Kathleen would much rather be looking for the paintings, but she goes along with Andrea, since the victim was their hotel-keeper, murdered just down the hall from their room. The question is: Does the murder have something to do with the elusive paintings?

There are many clues and many suspects, including hotel staff, valley residents, and the mysterious foreigners who come from the Eastern Seaboard for skiing. There are also many types of danger—icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and a killer who doesn’t care how many people die in the attempt to make sure the right ones do.

Author: Helen Haught Fanick

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
151 reviews

The Strategist: A Novel (Grisham/Sullivan Book 1) by John Hardy Bell

A fresh start in an old city. That was all Camille Grisham wanted.After a tragic series of events forces an abrupt end to her career as an FBI profiler, Camille returns to her hometown of Denver, hopeful that the presense of family and friends can heal the wounds that time could not. Unfortunately, a change in scenery does not bring about a change in fortune. Less than twenty-four hours after her arrival, Camille is left to deal with yet another tragedy – the brutal murder of her best friend Julia in an apparent home invasion.

Author: John Hardy Bell

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
116 reviews

Raveled by Anne McAneny

What’s a girl to do when her imprisoned brother begs her to delve into their father’s sixteen-year-old murder conviction? How about peel back the lies, upend the fairy tales, and roil the populace of Lavitte—a sweet apple of a town with a wormy, festering core? That’s what Allison Fennimore chooses. Despite her infamous surname and people’s wilted memories, this jaded cynic of a daughter sinks her teeth in and refuses to let go. She can practically taste the bitterness of that long-ago, twisted night when two teenagers died, linked to her father by bad luck and a few strands of rope.

Ignoring the dense local atmosphere where image trumps substance and lies become legend, Allison stirs the pot. The more layers she discards, the more elusive the truth becomes. And when a key source of information turns up dead, the dark edges of resentment coil in around her like a slowly tightening noose. As revelations get ugly, Allison may wish she’d never ventured toward the forbidden fruit of truth.

Author: Anne McAneny

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
264 reviews

THE GIRL ON THE YACHT (Ryan-Hunter Series Book 1) by Thomas Donahue and Karen Donahue

Cliffs of Laguna Beach

When Criminology Professor Marin Ryan docks her new boat in the Blue Water Marina, she catches sight of cyber-security guru John Hunter on his yacht in the next slip over. It had been a long time since she had last seen her college lover, but feelings rekindled at that moment.

The Blue Water Marina proves to be a haven for other interesting characters, brought together by their mutual love of the sea and the boaters’ lifestyle. Like old friends, they seem to make themselves at home with the reader, they snuggle up on the couch and move in for the evening. A few slips down is the lovable movie star Raphael Montoya with his old fishing boat that reminds him of his humbler beginnings. A young plastic surgeon, Mitch Taylor docked across from Marin, has a secret life of his own and disappears regularly. And, let’s not forget Bailey, the beagle.

The next morning, Marin finds the body of a woman in the water and discovers that the psychologist was a beloved member of E-Dock. Homicide Investigator Cameron West is assigned the case with her powerhouse team. Marin, the former FBI agent, and John, the computer expert, are drawn into the case.

The victim had a covert life of a psychological profiler. The revelation leads the investigation that is fraught with turns and twists along the way until John’s computer hacking uncovers the thread that breaks the case open in an entirely different direction––one that puts Marin, John, and Cameron in peril––they know too much.

Author: Thomas Donahue and Karen Donahue

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
27 reviews

Where She Belongs (Destiny Falls Book 1) by Cindy Procter-King

Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist!

She never wants to go home again.

For Jess Morgan, Destiny Falls holds too many painful memories. Nine years ago, a logging accident near the remote timber town killed her dad and her high school sweetheart. To make matters worse, her mother quickly sought comfort with another man. That choice tore Jess apart and drove her to seek a life far away. But now fate steps in, and family obligations force her return home. Before long, she’s convinced that persuading her mom to live with her in Toronto will repair their shattered bond. However, she doesn’t count on a long-ago friend re-entering her life and challenging her convictions.

Rugged forester Adam Wright believes in family, roots, and not running from heartache. Now, all he wants is to help Jess break down the walls of the lonely sanctuary she’s built for herself and heal her past hurts. It’s not until she rejects his plans for their future that he realizes his persistence has pushed her away—not at all what he intended.

Has he lost his chance? Or can he convince Jess that where she truly belongs is with him…forever?

Author: Cindy Procter-King

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
148 reviews

Secrets In The Shadows (Shadows Collection Book 1) by T. L. Haddix

Book One in the Shadows/Leroy’s Sins Collection. Genre: Romantic SuspenseLife can go on after tragedy…After surviving a traumatic attack as a teenager, as well as a disastrous first marriage, Lauren Taylor Grant is content with her life. So what if she gets lonely from time to time? With a healthy, beautiful daughter, and a successful coffee shop-cafe, the divorced single mother convinces herself she doesn’t have time for love. When she gets her first glimpse at her parents’ handsome new neighbor, though, she starts reconsidering her stance. Once Charlie Clark begins breaking through her defensive walls, Lauren finds him hard to resist.Nothing stays hidden forever…Just as Lauren is learning to let go of the past and embrace the future, her personal demons rear their ugly heads in the guise of a vandal hell-bent on destroying Lauren’s happiness. When another local businesswoman is brutally murdered, the investigation into the crime reveals an unexpected connection to Lauren’s past. The message is clear–the past has come calling, and it’s out for blood.Note for Readers: This book does deal with the issues of incest and sexual abuse, more with the effects on the victims than the abuse itself. Reader Discretion Advised.”Secrets in the Shadows” is the first book in the Shadows Collection, Romantic Suspense novels set in small-town Indiana. Other titles include “Under the Moon’s Shadow,” “Shadows from the Grave,””Hidden in the Shadows,” and “In the Heart’s Shadow.”

Author: T. L. Haddix

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
264 reviews

Dead Man Falls (Jolene Jackson Mysteries Book 2) by Paula Boyd

Book 2–The 2nd Jolene Jackson MysteryRevised eBook Edition, April 2013WINNER of the 2001 WILLA Literary Award for Best Original PaperbackJolene’s back in Kickapoo for her mother’s annual birthday bash at the DQ, which is trouble enough, but when her checkered high school past comes back to haunt her, the problems turn decidedly deadly.Thanks to her old sweetheart, Sheriff Jerry Don Parker, high school wasn’t that bad for Jolene–if you don’t count the scandal with the non-teaching English teacher, the daily death threats from a jealous rival or the cocky come-ons from the perverted principal.Okay, maybe things weren’t that great, but with bodies turning up faster than beer cans in the river, they’re a darned sight worse now. And it doesn’t help matters that old rival Rhonda-the-Lying-Slut Davenport wants Jolene to be the next one to take a dive at Dead Man Falls.Note: Dead Man Falls and other Jolene Jackson Mysteries are only available in the revised ebook editions.Dead Man Falls–Book ReviewReviewed by Lynn F. for ReadersFavorite.comDead Man Falls by Paula Boyd is book two in her Jolene Jackson Mystery series and I have to say it’s as hilarious as the first book. Once again Jolene is back in Kickapoo, Texas this time for her mother’s big birthday bash. This is a yearly occasion and always held at the gossip center of Kickapoo: the Dairy Queen. The biggest thing going on in the area this time besides her mother’s birthday is the brand new waterfall they have made. Funny there is a town called Redwater Falls and no waterfall. Not only is the falls the main attraction, so is the body Jolene just happens to spot falling down the rocks into the river as they have what would technically be called a ribbon cutting. Seems the minute Jolene hits town bodies start showing up, but this time it’s a blast from the past, her high school years. Someone is out to get rid of some of the classmates and Jolene and old sweetheart Sheriff Jerry Don Parker are also a target. As the bodies pile up all around the falls the race is on to find the killer out of the many suspects.Once again Paula Body takes the reader on a rollicking hilarious ride through the country side of Texas. As we keep up with the same characters in the first book we have a couple of new ones added. This is a great series!Reviews for the Award-Winning Jolene Jackson Mystery Series“Don’t mess with Texas! You’ll laugh your way from Kickapoo to Redwater Falls and back.” – Linda Huntley Wills, REDBOOK “Anyone who enjoys the works of Janet Evanovich or Joan Hess is going to love Ms. Boyd.” – Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times“…a terrific mystery, sharply drawn, cleverly plotted, dynamically presented, and pure sleuthing entertainment from first page to last.” – Wisconsin Bookwatch“This is a wild ride with thrills, chills and laughs galore. Highly Recommended.” – Editor, I *Love* a Mystery5 Stars and 5+ Laughs! Has to be film adapted. Would make a delightful audiobook. ” …a hoot and a half of rollicking good mystery! The best dang novel I’ve read all year!” – Leann Arndt, The Midwest Book Review“Carl Hiaasen meets Texasville! …a must read for your Sherlock funny bone.” – Judi Clark, Mostly Fiction“This first entry of an apparent series will leave readers loudly laughing at the antics of Jolene and her mother. Hot Enough to Kill is a tongue-in-cheek look at relationships and amateur sleuthing. Still, the mystery has a character of its own that adds to a wonderful plot.” – Harriet Klausner“With an irreverent wit and an imagination that knows no bounds, she takes readers for a ride they won’t soon forget.” – Epinions.com“There seems little doubt that Boyd will be compared most favorably to Hess and Evanovich.” – Doris Ann Norris, BookBrowser

Author: Paula Boyd

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
47 reviews

Seaside Secrets (Dune House Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cindy Bell

Suzie Allen gets a call to inform her that her estranged Uncle Harry has passed away and has unexpectedly left her Dune House, a beautiful house on the beach that was once a Bed and Breakfast. With her best friend, Mary, going through a messy divorce, the two decide to get away and go to the small town of Garber to see the house.

Despite the stunning setting, the house has been neglected for years and is in a terrible state of disrepair. Suzie and Mary make the decision to refurbish the house together.

But then, Suzie and Mary start finding evidence that maybe Uncle Harry didn’t die of natural causes. Suzie’s investigative background as a journalist takes over and the ladies go on a search to discover what secrets the house holds. Will these secrets reveal a dark side to Suzie’s strange cousin, Jason?

Was the decision to refurbish Dune House the worst mistake of their lives? Or is this the beginning of an exciting new chapter?

Author: Cindy Bell

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
132 reviews

Compromising Positions by Mary Whitney

We weren’t supposed to be friends. We weren’t even supposed to like each other.

I’m Michael Grath. I’ll admit I was elected to Congress on my Republican family history. I was out to make a name for myself, until I met Jessie Clark, a spitfire Democrat.

She’d be my nemesis, if I could just stop thinking about her. We’ve got nothing and everything in common, but our past divides us. She made one choice; I made another, and we can’t reconcile the two because it’s an issue that divides America as well.

So like I said, we weren’t supposed to be friends, we weren’t even supposed to like each other, and we certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.

Author: Mary Whitney

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
94 reviews