Monday, September 11, 2023

The Cough of Birds by Brian Anderson


About the Book: Minneapolis PI Lyle Dahms reluctantly visits a friend, an armorer at a rural Renaissance festival. Instead of a day of medieval merrymaking, Dahms witnesses a grisly murder, watching helplessly as one of the armorer’s colleagues is pinned to a wall by an arrow shot by an unseen assailant.

Although warned to stay out the case by the local constabulary, Dahms gets drawn in farther and farther, uncovering an illegal drug operation and crooked cops—and even stumbles into an unlikely chance at love with a comely, independent-minded barmaid. As lies and hidden agendas reveal themselves, Dahms must keep his wits while navigating the unfamiliar lands of knights in armor, wandering jugglers, lusty wenches, strolling minstrels, and broadsword wielding adversaries.

All that and, of course, something with which Dahms is all too familiar—murder.

 Our Review: Author Brian Anderson follows up the award-winning The Shiver in Her Eyes, his debut novel in the Lyle Dahms Mysteries with the unlikely but oddly captivating hero who finds himself—more than a little reluctantly—at a Renaissance festival. This story that will keep readers’ interest for the sharp, biting dialogue and quirky, fascinating characters—and flavored with all those things involved in the world of Renaissance faires—from the costumes, to the period speech patterns and food options. Dahms himself is a treat. Reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser PI, his dry humor and smart-mouth are a welcome change in mystery fiction. In short, he’s a keeper.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, The Cough of Birds merits an 8.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, August 18, 2023

A Sour Note by Jill Piscitello


When murder provides a welcome distraction…

 About the Book:  After living out of state for the past ten years, event planner Maeve Cleary reluctantly returns to Hampton, NH, a charming beach community where she was raised. Living in her childhood home an iron-willed mother, Maeve struggles to rebuild her dismal financial situation while recovering from the destruction of her engagement to a nationally recognized news correspondent. Confronted by best friends, nosy neighbors, and unwelcomed relatives—who all seem to know what’s best for her—the discovery of a corpse outside her mother’s music school provides Maeve with not only a distraction but a reason to get out of bed and keep moving.

 Our Review:  Who, after suffering brutal disappointment, doesn’t want only to hide in the same and wallow in their grief? Who hasn’t been forced to rely on the kindness of others while recuperating from devastating blows to their ego? And who hasn’t suffered the well-meaning, unwelcomed advice and guidance with a smile and grace? Meet Maeve Cleary—a young woman every cozy mystery lover will recognize, then root for. Adding to this mix is a charming beach locale with cleverly named businesses, owned and operated by a host of unique, interesting characters, any one of whom had good reason to murder the thoroughly unlikeable victim. Author Piscitello hits every high note with this delightful story—we look forward to the next Music Box Mystery.    

 Based on a scale of 1-5, A Sour Note merits a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, August 11, 2023

The Vampire's Retribution by M. Flagg


Terrifying. Michael Malone, a mystically enhanced vampire, destroys three immortal sorcerers and takes on their vengeful army of hell-beasts in an unprecedented battle. Poisoned and captured, his body is exsanguinated and left to rot in a cell beneath the city. Guided by the heavenly entity known as Helena, he spins a fantasy full of deep love and devotion to the one woman he treasures and his mystically-human, very troubled son. Helena focuses Michael’s fading mind through emotional twists and unexpected turns, through passionate highs and very realistic lows.

 Our Review: This novel, with its complicated plotline and multi-layerd characters is seasoned throughout with the author’s talent for lush descriptive phrasing as well as intense emotion. Fans of vampire fiction will love this one.

 On a scale of 1-5, The Vampire’s Retribution merits a 4.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews



Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Twenty-One Year Contract by L. B. Griffen


Coming of age in 1960s London.  

 About The Book: orphaned as a young teenager, Kathleen Gray struggles to find her own way in the world, including learning more about her birth mother. But the laws governing release of information on adoption are strict. Kathleen, now Kate, learns to make a family of her heart—and eventually finds what she’s been looking for all along.  

 Our Review: The Twenty-One Year Contract is more than a coming of age during the turbulent 1960s. It is more than traveling the road of sex, drugs and rock & roll. It is a story of a hard fought battle for self-reliance, self-awareness and friendship.

 On a scale of 1-5, The Twenty-One Year Contract deserves a 4.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Friday, August 04, 2023

Venus Rising by Tammy D. Walker


Mystery on the high seas.

 About the Book: While hosting an author event aboard The Cullinan Diamond, a luxury British ocean liner as it travels from London to New York City, librarian Amy Morrison  unravels the mystery of a sixty-year old painting, a memoir by the artist the publisher won't allow anyone to read, and the whereabouts of the artist after she goes missing. 

 Our Review: The setting of a luxury ocean liner where passengers expect all the amenities due them for their wealth and status is a perfect background for this charming cozy mystery. After a somewhat slow start, the pace picks up and the heroine, Amy Morrison, begins finding her spirit and gumption, things take off. Fans of cozy mysteries should love this one.

 On a scale of 1-5, Venus Rising merits a 3.5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 31, 2023

Whispers Through Time by Rosetta Diane Hoessli


If you listen, time will speak.

 About the Book:  The only man Sierra Masters has ever loved appears with a proposition that could alter her future. She turns him down, but then after experiencing a foretelling dream, decides to take a risk in order to uncover the truth.

          Hunter Davenport realizes the evidence he’s shared with Sierra could indeed destroy her – but it could free her as well. The decision is yanked from her hands when the past and present collide through a historical portal on sacred Native American land. Will she take the jgift that is offered? And will Hunter do what he didn’t do twelve years earlier – stand by her?

In the end, Sierra launches a journey that will change her life forever.

 Our Review: Whispers Through Time takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure, traveling from present day, to the late 1800’s and the massacre at Wounded Knee, then to the mid-1970’s and the infamous standoff at the Oglala Sioux reservation. It is powerful, thought provoking, and unfailingly realistic. As an added treat, the author’s talent for description whether it be the location[s], foods, people, or speech patterns feels effortless. The characters—and the South Dakota badlands must be considered a character—literally jump off the pages. Well done!

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Whispers Through Time earns a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Bewept by Colleen Coyne


Her memories are dying to kill her.

 About the Book: Anna is finally happy—newly married to a wonderful, supportive man and living in her dream home. Just as her husband begins to announce a big surprise, his heart ceases, her future dissolves, and she plunges into grief.

From past experience, Anna knows how easy it is to get lost in a grief that causes odd behaviors, lost chunks of time, and forgetfulness. This time, is it a sign she is in the throes of early dementia?

When past horrors resurface and collide with Anna’s uncertain present, she wonders if something sinister is at play. Discovering the truth sends her on a harrowing odyssey where each step forward unlocks another terrible memory. Successfully confronting the ghosts from her past will be key to her survival.

 Our Review: What starts out as the standard woman recovering from intolerable grief evolves into a thriller that has the reader asking, “Could it be? Is Anna imagining all this—or is it something utterly unspeakable. And then it gets worse. Bewept is an incredible story written by a talented author. We can’t wait for the next creation by Colleen Coyne.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Bewept merits an 8.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 24, 2023

A Peculiar Enchantment by Kathleen Buckley


Love is the most peculiar enchantment.  

 About The Book: What can you look forward to when your only relatives call you ugly, unbalanced and a scandal? What would you do if your only friend was threatened? Dependent on her half-brother, the Earl of Lamburne, Adelaide Setbury knows—and wants to escape.

Gervase Ducane needs to marry well—but not to Lamburne’s spiteful chit of a daughter. As the younger brother to a marquess, he has noble connections to offer an heiress, but why is he only now meeting the earl’s delightful half-sister?

Ordered to stay away from the house party, Adelaide rebels. She will make her unwelcome and embarrassing presence known if only to avenge herself and her pet. There, she and Ducane meet and—when you least expect it—magic happens.  

 Our Review: Author Buckley puts a fresh face on the usual staid rules- driven Regency romance by introducing two unique and out of the ordinary characters Gervase Ducane and Adelaide Setbury. If barriers are suddenly erected to their careful plans, they each employ unique and inventive ways to overcome them. Subterfuge abounds in this story—as do multiple layers to their personalities as these two tackle each new threat to their happy ever after ending. Well done!    

On a scale of 1-5, A Peculiar Enchantment deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Sunday, July 23, 2023

A Wylder Homecoming by Evelyn Timidaiski


Stetsons, Mustangs, and Romance.

About the Book:  A destroyed career, a rundown ranch, and a beautiful horse whisperer, jumpstart Hayden Wilcoyt’s dream of capturing wild mustangs to create a new breed of horses. His job is doubly dangerous as someone uses gunfire to stop work on the ranch. His relationship with Ginny Hampton, the woman he inherited along with the ranch, is complicated. Can they work out their differences and build a dream together?

Native American, Ginny Hampton has secrets. A runaway at fourteen, she was befriended by Hayden’s great-grandfather who in his last years gave her full run of the ranch. But the tragedy of her past shadows how she deals with people now. Before she can pursue this attraction to Hayden, she must overcome her fears.

Our Review:  In one of the last stories for the Wylder West series,  author Evelyn Timidaiski showcases her strength for ‘writing men’. Everything about them is easy and natural, drawing the reader in the minute a male character, be it lead or secondary, jumps onto the page. Combine that with the intriguing Ginny Hampton who has trouble etched across her forehead and you have two characters every reader is sure to root for.  

Based on a scale of 1-5, A Wylder Homecoming merits a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, July 14, 2023

Landing on Her Feet by Kim Janine Ligon


About the Book: Six years ago, Kat Russell narrowly escaped death at Dirk Crowe’s hands but he’s out of prison now. To protect her family, she must flee Philadelphia—the only home she’s ever known—with her five-year-old son. Is Wisconsin far enough away to escape evil?

Chase Merrick, the father of Timmy’s new best friend, wants to help. What is Kat hiding? Why does she insist she must face whatever it is alone? When can Kat stop constantly looking back over her shoulder? Will secrets and shame stop her from accepting Chase’s protection? Or unite them in the face of danger to keep their sons safe?

Our Review: Cleverly presented cover art shows the timbre of this edge-of-your- seat novel. The opening “teaser” page instantly draws the reader in by describing Kat’s fear. By the end of page one, we know her goals, motivation and conflict with few words—and sets the pace brilliantly. Lovers of romantic suspense, especially with a well-drawn ‘bad guy’ who operates on only one cylinder—himself and his needs—will dive into this book and not let go to the very end.

 On a scale of 1-5, Landing on Her Feet merits a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Friday, July 07, 2023

Deadly Betrayal by Sheila Kell


When trusting the wrong person can be deadly.

 About the Book: Tired of being passed over as a field agent, Cassie McKay quits her job as an FBI analyst, moves back home with her mother, and takes a job as a PI. Only she doesn’t expect her partner will be the one man who left her years before.

Jack “JD” Walker has done a lot wrong in his life, but he didn’t kill the mother of his child as the police believe, nor does he expect the only woman he ever loved to come to his rescue. The two work diligently to prove his innocence while someone else is determined to make him pay.

 Our Review: Author Sheila Kell shines when it comes to building suspense and peril while weaving in a number of different possible suspects as the true ‘bad guy’. Infusing humor as well as local colloquialisms is a nice touch. Well done.    

 On a scale of 1-5, Deadly Betrayal merits a 4.5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Tremors Through Time by Anastasia Abboud


In the infinite vastness of time—past, present, future, past—love prevails.

 About the Book: She's made mistakes and paid the price, but Deidre Chisolm is no quitter. She'll never again be a fool for a man, not even her gorgeous new neighbor with his haunted eyes and strange accent. She'll be friendly, but nothing more.

Lachlann has to go back to fourteenth-century Scotland. He can't forsake his family, his son. But when a beautiful, kind, funny lady buys the house next door, he's never been so drawn to anyone in his life.

Would she believe his story? After years of struggling through nightmares and flashbacks, headaches and illiteracy, dare he ask her to help him return?

 Our Review:  The author’s ability to switch back and forth from Scotland in the 1300’s to contemporary Houston feels effortless. Surpassing that is her skill at recognizing gut wrenching emotions, good and bad, then infusing her many diverse characters with those same feelings. Lovers of time travel romances will adore this story!

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Tremors Through Time merits a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, June 23, 2023

Island Heat by Debby Grahl


One never knows where one’s enemies will strike . . .

About the Book: When bookstore owner Suzanna Shay and writer Austen Kincade meet on a Who Done It mystery cruise, their instant attraction has them more interested in romance than searching for clues.  But after Austen rejects advances from the wife of his publisher, she vows to have him no matter what it takes. After the ship docks, with plans for a future together, Suzanna and Austen part, unaware vindictive lies will soon test their newfound love and entangle them in a real mystery that proves deadly.

Our Review: it is rare when we find ourselves rooting for someone, anyone, to step up to the plate and commit murder. In a testament to author Debby Grahl’s talent for creating characters, man-eater Haley Henderson deserves to die—in any way possible. As well, each character in this fun romantic-mystery is well drawn and individualized in their layers—from the possessive, needy mother to the loyal gal pal and, finally, to the long-suffering husband of the dead woman. Grahl’s imagination seems to have no end when it comes to motivation.    

On a scale of 1-5, Island Heat merits a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Monday, June 19, 2023

The Mortician's Wife by Jody Wenner


When the business of dying leads to murder. 

About the Book:  In 1912, as the new wife of the local mortician, Beatrice is settling in at the funeral parlor, but soon after, the death of a young boy sweeps a cold chill into the warmth of her new home as well as her marriage.

In 2022, fledgling author Maddy Barton isn’t surprised to discover someone was murdered in her 1912 era home. The old mansion has been giving her bad vibes ever since she moved in. But after learning who the victim was, she is determined to figure out what happened so she can put the unsettled spirit at ease. Maddy’s husband isn’t terribly supportive of her efforts, and many of the people in the small town of Pine Grove, Minnesota have ideas—and secrets—of their own, but she’s determined to solve the gothic crime the only way she knows how—to write about it. 

Our Review: Author Jody Wenner ‘sets the scene’ by introducing Maddy, a young, married woman who is juggling several burdens at the same time: renovating an old home single-handedly, reviving a flagging career, and coping with a devastating personal loss. As she works to take things one day at a time, the new home starts giving off weird vibes which not only don’t cease, but ramp up to sometimes dangerous levels. Suspicious of something along a felony line, Maddy does what she does best: research the home’s history.

          Flashing back to 1912, we meet Beatrice, a hero in her own time, who struggles for justice and the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. With jealousy, envy and misogyny as constant barriers, Beatrice refuses to give up—and the reader is treated to a gothic mystery, set in the perfect location: a funeral home. One of Author Wenner’s many skills is the ability to build suspense. We wonder what she has in store next.

On a scale of 1-5 The Mortician’s Wife merits a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Friday, June 02, 2023

Fatal Witness by Michele Godard-Richer


No matter how much you want to forget them, some things cannot be unseen.

About The Book: Fatal Witness, a contemporary psychological thriller tells the story of Jessica Miller, widowed pre-school teacher, who witnesses her next door neighbor disposing of his wife’s body. With little evidence for the police to make an arrest, Jessica feels forced to grab her little boy and go on the run to her hometown in rural Montana. There, she reunites with former FBI agent, Jonathan Kent, himself no stranger to violence both professional and personal. After forging a pact to protect what is theirs, these two damaged souls fight back against ever increasing attacks by a relentless killer—and along the way heal from the wounds life has delivered.

Our Review: Author Godard-Richer presents a novel comprised of multiple sub-plots, set against rural northern Montana, and features an intense and detailed psychological diagram of a serial killer. If you like dark, dangerous and non-stop action, this is the book for you.

On a scale of 1-5, Fatal Witness deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Saturday, May 27, 2023

Rewrites of the Heart by Terry Newman


Her characters leap right off the page—literally.

 About The Book: JJ Spritely, workaholic romance author, gets the surprise of her life when the characters in her latest book show up in her office one morning—and start interfering in her life. After the work-in-progress lovers discover they cannot find their way back home, the fun begins. In an accidental meeting with the local hottie professor in this Northern Ohio college town, Spritely kicks him to the curb after he shows himself to be an elitist, pompous ass with a less than supportive opinion for anyone who writes what he considers ‘trash’. Not to be ignored, the two characters invent any number of zany ways to throw these two people together—much to the potential ‘real’ lovers’ determination to avoid the no-fly zone.

 Our Review: With crisp, succinct dialogue running through this novel, author Newman caught our attention on page one and kept us turning the pages. The scary part is: what would you do if the characters who exist only in your mind, and likely your heart, show up in your living room and cannot or will not leave? Then, to make matters worse, they start interfering in your life—creating a unique and thought-provoking situation.

 On a scale of 1-5, Rewrites of the Heart deserves a 4.5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Steam Tinker by Laura Strickland


He can repair anything…except her heart  

 About The Book: Lionel Pike, a self-taught repairman, is known throughout the city of Buffalo as a wizard for restoring what most have simply kicked to the curb—both human and automatons. He’s a loner, and likes it that way, until the lovely Sofia Gregory enters his shop and asks the impossible. Or so he believes. Soon she offers the impossible, something he must fight to keep—along with his heart and his life.

 Our Review: The Buffalo Steampunk Adventures have long been a favorite of ours for a number of reasons. Author Strickland’s uncanny ability to create period dialogue, including accents and colloquialisms which go along with the Victorian period of the Niagara Frontier in Western New York. Another strength of this series are the cleverly worded analogies of automaton rights to those current struggles for human rights throughout our nation and the world. This is a beautiful study of those who care versus those who use simply for their own gain. Brava!

 On a scale of 1-5, Steam Tinker deserves an 8.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Monday, April 24, 2023

Cause For Elimination by Marla A. White


Competition can be a killer…

 About the Book: Reclaiming her life after a devastating riding accident, equestrian Emily Conners' world shatters again when she discovers her friend and boss lying in a stall with a smashed skull. Now jobless, and with a handsome cop underfoot investigating the case, she's torn between wanting the killer found and keeping her own secrets safe.

Detective Justin Butler always gets his killer, but this victim has a stampede of enemies and few leads to go on. Stonewalled by the tight-knit equestrian world, he looks to Emily for help, but she's strangely reluctant. Is she hiding something, or is she afraid of their growing attraction?


Our Review: Cause For Elimination offers the reader an insider’s take on the seamier side of event competition. It becomes clear, almost from page one, that it is not all the breathtaking jumps and glamourous partying. Training an animal three times your weight and size is exhaustive, back breaking, and heart-breaking. Under it all is a relationship of mutual love and trust between animal and rider—and well worth the ride.


Based on a scale of 1-5, Cause For Elimination merits a 5.


Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, April 21, 2023

New Dreams by Ellen Parker


Can a woman on her own trust the man with interesting stories?


About the Book: America beckons with opportunity during the 1850’s.

     Louisa Mueller, a baker’s daughter, arrives in Elm Ridge, Illinois with determination to learn English and work as a baker. Since the death of her sweetheart a year ago, she pushes aside thoughts of marriage. However, she’s intrigued by a fellow passenger who tells the most interesting stories.

     Desperate for a fresh start, a young thief takes the name Hans Hoffmann when a look-alike passenger dies during the trans-Atlantic passage. Vowing to be an honest man in America, Hans discovers temptation wears many disguises. Will the pair be rewarded as they attempt their new dreams in a strange land?

 Our Review: For those readers who have heard their parents, grandparents or other relatives speak of why they left their homeland to emigrate to the United States, New Dreams will ring true right down to the unbearable loneliness and wrenching fear of failure to fulfill long-held dreams and promises. From the first page, Louisa and Hans capture the reader’s imagination and heart with their goals and dreams and hesitations. Author Parker has a talent for infusing dialects local phrasing into her spot-on dialogue. This story is inspiring and heart warming from start to finish.

Based on a scale of 1-5, New Dreams merits a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, April 14, 2023

Eyes on the Road by Karen C. Whalen


Helping people keeps her going.

 About the Book:

Businesses in Spruce Ridge, Colorado hire international foreign workers during the hectic ski season. One temp, Jaana Ivanov from Estonia, is found dead in her car at the bottom of a cliff. But, the car crash was not an accident. Jaana didn’t just take her eyes off the road. She was murdered.

Tow truck driver Delaney Morran often feels vulnerable herself as the lone female tow truck driver in town, so when the victim’s sister asks for help in finding the killer, Delaney begins to eye everyone with suspicion.

She might not be the best when it comes to towing vehicles, but she’s pretty good at turning up clues.

 Our Review: This is our first experience reading one of author Whalen’s cozy mysteries—it certainly won’t be our last. Her gifts lie in snappy, smart dialogue, a “heroine” who can’t seem to stop helping others and adding in an overall flavor of the glorious Colorado Rockies. This one’s a beauty.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Eyes on the Road merits a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, April 10, 2023

A Heart Restrained


She refuses to sell him her company; will she give him her heart?

 About the Book: Caleb Zeno, a wealthy and successful media mogul, refuses to allow emotions into any aspect of his life, especially his entertainment corporation. When his company’s lifestyle website runs into competition from a small boutique company, the most logical solution is to buy out his rival. 

Fiona Hamilton’s lifestyle website succeeds due to her loving and caring treatment of her clients, who have become like family to her. She has no desire to sell to anyone, much less a tattooed, muscled, automaton. 

At odds professionally, Caleb and Fiona come together as a favor for Caleb’s sister. Sparks fly and sexual chemistry abounds. But Caleb can't let go of his abusive past and be the man Fiona needs, and she is unwilling to risk independence and financial security for anything less than a perfect happily ever after. Can they put their differences aside to find a viral kind of love?

Our Review: Author Wilck’s ability to create compelling conflict between two characters is surpassed by the infusion of lifelong effects brought on by domestic abuse—past and present. Caleb is astounding for his strength and compulsion to protect those around him. Fiona is remarkable for her ability to recognize what others need—then offer it to them without strings. In essence, she is a healer. This is a beautiful story with compelling characters battling serious social issues. Well done!

On a scale of 1-5, A Heart Restrained merits a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Tresured by Rose Thorgaard


This contemporary romantic suspense by debut author Rose Thorgaard is not to be missed. Edge of your seat suspense, a compelling hero and a ballsy heroine. Who could ask for anything more? 

5 stars Wild Women Reviews

Sunday, March 05, 2023

New Romance and Fiction from the Wild Rose Press


New Romance and Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Griselda and her father have a secret—fairy sight, a trait punishable by death. Her world is upended when her father is killed, her mother remarries, and her new stepfather dies of illness.

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The woman Philip finds in his bed one night is not the one he thought would be there for a playful romp, a night’s entertainment. That’s all he wants to provide to the women who try to snare him as a husband. Yet he is more honorable than his stepbrother, the person this woman awaits.

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Sneak aboard a nameless vessel with half-breed Honifa McLeod for one, desperate night of love with Captain Tor Kendrick, a pirate wed only to the freedom of open seas and salt spray. Escape your enemies in the Rif Mountains with Dark of the Moon, a compelling outlaw who hides his secrets behind a mask.

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Jessi Maddox didn’t want to leave Philly or her job as a sommelier, but her abusive ex-boyfriend didn’t give her a choice. With the help of her family and friends, she packed up her life and headed south to Dalton, Arkansas, and hoped her new life would allow her to disappear.

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The Honorable Miss Lucilla Iverson is an exceptionally unconventional young heiress trying her best to be unexceptionally conventional despite her love of horses and racing curricles. When she attracts the attention of a hardened older bachelor, a duke, no less, it sets the ton afire with anticipation.
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It’s gonna be a great day! Or, so she thought.

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent, amateur sleuth, doesn’t suspect her least favorite client, Stewart (The Pain) Payne, will set off circumstances that lead to disappearance and death.

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A sensible, mature widow like Susan doesn’t belong on a tour bus seated next to her high school crush. Thirty years later, Phil is as charming and handsome as ever, but she doesn’t need a new partner, especially not a love-’em-and-leave-’em guy.

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Inheriting a castle, especially a former insane asylum, would blow anyone's mind, but its reclusive new owner, Paula, doesn't want her mind changed, let alone blown. The naive woman soon finds herself embracing the ominous incidents inside the abandoned fortress as secret messages from her ex-lover—a mad artist missing and declared dead.

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July 1878, and the West is teeming with astronomers eager to observe a total solar eclipse. Cora and four other female astronomy students have accompanied Professor Maria Mitchell to Colorado for the event, but their chances of seeing it are threatened when a railway dispute forces them to entrust their precious telescopes to a young freight hauler’s wagon.

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When Gail's husband, Matt, retires from the Navy, she looks forward to romantic interludes and long-postponed travels to rekindle the spark in their marriage. But Matt is fixated on finding a high-paid—and high-stress—civilian job. If only she could get him alone long enough to seduce him into listening to her concerns.

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Many businesses in Spruce Ridge, Colorado hire temporary international workers during the hectic ski season. One temp, Jaana Ivanov from Estonia, is found dead in her car at the bottom of a cliff, but the car crash was not an accident.

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When Anna Franklin embarks on a graduate degree in cryptography at Oxford, she anticipates decoding puzzles. Only her studies are a bore, her family is all but nonexistent, and she can’t find a good slice of pizza to save her life.

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When Nathan Harte received a review that trashed his restaurant and reputation, he left New York to start over in Willow Springs, Vermont, at the Deerbourne Inn. Pleased with his new life and success, he’s preparing to receive an award for his achievements when trouble steps through his door—Chantel St. Ives, his ex and the author of the bad review.

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Fifteen-year-old Sam wants her missing father back. On an underground tour in Seattle, she learns the legend of the Roman Bricks and how they transport people to the past. Could she travel back in time and keep her dad from leaving?

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Winnie's six-year-old stepbrother, Mikey, jumps through a time tear. Fearing he’ll fall prey to the dangers of an unknown alien world, she and their friend Kip follow. The pair land in a rural walled-off community with a reputation for banishing outsiders.

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