Lila Blue by Annie Katz

What would happen if you took a bright, neglected girl out of a marginal home and placed her in the perfect environment for healing and growth? Lila Blue, a heartwarming coming of age novel set on the Oregon Coast in the summer of 1985, answers that question. Cassandra feels lost when mother puts her on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a business card of a relative she’s never met. Imagine her surprise when she ends up perched on the edge of a magnificent beach with Lila Blue, a wise grandmother who welcomes her with open arms. During the next several weeks, Cassandra falls in love with her grandmother and with Rainbow Village, a caring community of artisans and eccentrics, and she envisions a rich, passionate life for herself in this new home. Now that Cassandra knows her true heart’s desire though, she fears her self-indulgent mother will take her back on a whim. If you love believable characters who grow through adversity to become independent, creative individuals, you’ll love Lila Blue.

For many years Annie Katz worked on the Oregon Coast as a barber, waitress, bookstore clerk, and college teacher. Her life there inspired the delightful characters and dramatic adventures of Rainbow Village, the fictional world of Lila Blue. Now Annie lives in Maui, where she loves reading, writing, singing, and playing on the beach. Aloha!

Author: Annie Katz

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
118 reviews

Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery) by Lyla Payne

A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.

Author: Lyla Payne

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
317 reviews

You Only Get So Much by Dan Kolbet

When Billy Redmond returns to his hometown to attend his brother’s funeral, he’s hoping for a quick trip. No reason to stay for more than a few hours. He’s been in self-imposed exile from his family after a tragedy 12 years ago. It’s better this way. He can’t harm people he never sees.

Billy soon finds that his family isn’t better off without him, in fact he’s the only one who can help them. Billy is forced to fight through his tormented past to make a better future for those he loves.

For Billy, it’s more than a second chance, it’s his last chance to get it right.

Author: Dan Kolbet

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
290 reviews

Mazie Baby by Julie Frayn

When Mazie Reynolds was a young girl, she believed monsters lived under her bed. Now a grown, married woman, she discovers one sleeps in her bed.

Mazie schemes to save herself and her daughter. Her plan will work, if she can out-maneuver the monster who is a master of manipulation and control. She’s got one thing going for her, the one thing she truly owns. Mazie has moxie to the bone. But will it be enough?

(warning – language, violence, sex)

Author: Julie Frayn

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
413 reviews

Crazy, VA (Lil & Boris #1) (Lil and Boris Mysteries) by Shannon Hill

25% of all royalties goes to support animal charities!

Sheriff Littlepage Eller of Crazy, Virginia, has her work cut out for her. She started life as the unwanted daughter of both of Crazy’s feuding founding families. She’s enforcing the law in a quirky town more used to paying bribes than fines. And her love life is in hiding. But Lil’s luck changes when she adopts Boris, a foul-tempered tomcat who quickly becomes her feline deputy.

Then Crazy gets its first murder in decades: Lisa Littlepage Hunter, heir to the powerful Littlepage business empire and the cousin Lil never knew. Lil’s investigation will lead her and Boris through a twisted web of forbidden love and family secrets, and before it’s over she’ll need all the help her furry deputy can give her – and then some. www.shannonhillauthor.com

Author: Shannon Hill

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
594 reviews

The World’s Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress: A short romantic comedy by Lisa Crane

P.J. Reynolds has terrible judgment when it comes to men. Losers and users litter her romantic past like rice after a wedding reception. Now when she thinks she might be interested in a man, she has a tendency to run.

Parker Collier can’t stop staring at the pretty, funny bridesmaid in his little sister’s wedding party. Over an introductory cup of coffee, he tells P.J. he wants her to know when he’s going to kiss her for the first time. With P.J.’s running shoes firmly laced, Parker might have his work cut out for him to convince her he’s neither a loser nor a user and that she can trust her feelings when it comes to him.

Add an overbearing wedding planner with a fake French accent to the mix, and the wedding weekend is shaping up to be the recipe for success … or disaster.

This short story (approximately 13,000 words) is told in different points of view (POV), alternating between the hero and the heroine. There is no cliffhanger. I believe in happily ever after.

Author: Lisa Crane

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
57 reviews

Bear Fur The Princess: A BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance (SHIFT Squad Book 4) by Aya Morningstar

An arrogant ex-SEAL, and the prince charming I deserve…

Greybear Bjornberg is an ex-SEAL turned bodyguard. He’s tall and chiseled as a mountain, unstoppably powerful, and fiercely protective. Guarding people for cold hard cash is growing old, and he’s longing for the warm embrace of his mate—if he can ever find her. When his boss ships him off to Ireland to track down a killer, he figures it’s just another job. He loads his gun and hops on a plane, but when he runs across Nessa Cliffmoor and her luscious curves, he knows he won’t be firing blanks.

Nessa Cliffmoor is the heir to her clan’s throne. She’s an Irish dragon shifter with fiery red hair and a temper to match. When a traitor poisons her father, her clan wants to marry her off to an outsider and steal the crown. Just when she thinks she’s all alone, Greybear Bjornberg swears to protect her. He’s cocky and a total brute, but with those bulging muscles and that chiseled jaw, how can she refuse?

They join forces to fight for Nessa’s legacy, and their romance erupts and heats up hotter than dragon’s fire. Soon, Graybear will have much more to fight for, as the fate of the Cliffmoor clan rests on the shoulders of his unborn child.

This is a full-length romance novel with steamy sex, intense action, no cheating, and a happy ending. NO CLIFFHANGERS! Contains Unbearable Arms, a full bonus story at no extra cost.

Author: Aya Morningstar

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
67 reviews

The Lanvin Murders (Vintage Clothing Mysteries Book 1) by Angela M. Sanders

All Portland vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies.

But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real—and present day—killer before she becomes his next victim.

“As you dive into this intriguing mystery novel featuring vintage clothing dealer/sleuth Joanna Hayworth and a quirky cast of characters, prepare for an entertaining ride through long-buried crimes and Portland lore to solve the mystery of ‘the woman in the Lanvin coat.’ A truly enjoyable read!” –Christine Finlayson, author of Tip of a Bone, a Pacific Northwest mystery

“Slip on a pair of pink mules and a silk robe, mix up a shaker of martinis, and relax with this delightful mystery set in a Portland vintage clothing store. Populated by a charming heroine and a flock of odd characters, this engaging tale will satisfy the sleuth in you as well as the fashionista.” –Ann Littlewood, author of Endangered, a zoo-dunnit

Author: Angela M. Sanders

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
398 reviews

From Mangia to Murder (A Sophia Mancini ~ Little Italy Mystery Book 1) by Caroline Mickelson

Little Italy, 1946 – Sophia Mancini would have enjoyed the grand opening celebration of her family’s private detective agency if the volatile chef at Vincenzo’s Ristorante had actually survived the meal. But before Sophia’s chilled spoon hit the spumoni, someone plunged a knife into Vincenzo’s back and the word on everyone’s lips went from mangia to murder.

Sophia soon finds herself trailing crime boss Frankie Vidoni, chatting with his mouthy mistress Maria, and dodging henchman Mooch DiMuccio. She’s suspicious of Vincenzo’s widow, Stella, and his assistant chef, Eugene, because they don’t appear the least bit dismayed by Vincenzo’s passing. There is no conversation Sophia won’t eavesdrop on, no question she won’t ask, and no danger she won’t face to find the killer.

Author: Caroline Mickelson

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
193 reviews

Above the Bridge by Deborah Garner

When Paige MacKenzie arrives in Jackson Hole, her only goal is to complete a simple newspaper assignment about the Old West. However, it’s not long before her instincts tell her there’s more than a basic story to be found in the popular, northwestern Wyoming mountain area. A chance encounter with attractive cowboy Jake Norris soon has Paige chasing a legend of buried treasure, passed down through generations.

From the torn edge of a water-damaged map to the mysterious glow of an antler arch, Paige will follow clues high into the mountainous terrain and deep into Jackson’s history. Side-stepping a few shady characters who are also searching for the same hidden reward, she will have to decide who is trustworthy and who is not.

Author: Deborah Garner

Rating: Rating: 4.00 / 5
758 reviews