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What makes a nation believe a lie?

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What makes a nation believe a lie?

That’s the question Jay Nichols has been trying to answer since he first experienced widespread mass hysteria as a child. A question that started when Orson Welles put millions across America into a panic in less than an hour.

Now, his Ph.D. work is attracting the attention of world powers, secret societies, and dark organizations. Only they don’t care if he can answer the question. They just want him to build a weapon.

After Nichols refuses all the recruiters, a stranger shows up at his apartment with a warning. As the student’s life becomes ever stranger and more dangerous, Nichols is dragged into the world of secrets, lies, and espionage. Unsure of whom to trust, the final question he has to ask himself is what kind of person he wants to be, while the spies around him try to ensure he picks their side.

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When a spy loses her memory, she doesn’t know who to trust…or what to believe.

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I felt myself flying through the air, and I was strangely calm for a moment as the reality of the situation faded away. This wasn’t happening. It couldn’t be happening. I’d wake up any moment and realize it was all a bad dream.

Then, I hit the water.

What happens, when the people you thought you could trust betray you? That’s bad enough in any relationship…but when you’re a spy, it can be deadly.

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A thrilling action/adventure to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico…

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Looks like Ryan “R.B.” Bodean has taken a page from his brother’s book and is out to find his fortune at the bottom of the ocean. And he needs good fortune to shine on him in the worst way…

Enter Megan Simons. She’s got a lead on a wreck that might be something more valuable than gold. But the bad guys from 90 miles south of Key West have other plans—namely, the kind of plans that won’t end well for R.B. and Megan.

R.B. just can’t catch a break. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Ryan Bodean Tropical Thriller series. You’ll laugh, you’ll hold your breath, and then you’ll hope to hell he survives for another adventure.

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How much would you risk for a stranger?

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Introduction to a nail-biting new thriller series which will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci.


Manchester, England 1996
When ex-Royal Marine and Firefighter Adam Sterling rescues Kim from an inferno, she reminds him of someone in his past.
Kim is being targeted by a violent arsonist, but why? She’s in witness protection but even Eddy Arkwright, the policeman investigating her attack can’t find out why. 
Adam feels compelled to help her, but can he keep her out of the clutches of the people hunting her?
He has to use all his abilities as a firefighter plus some older skills as he fights to survive and save Kim.

“A thrilling, scary, rollercoaster of a ride.”

“gripping and truly frightening.”

“characters incredibly believable with intriguing back stories.” 

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She’s over fifty, over weight, and having the adventure of a lifetime!

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On an around the world cruise to escape a life-changing event, fifty-something Patricia Fisher soon finds herself caught up in murder, mystery, mayhem, and all manner of other shenanigans as she unsuccessfully tries to stay out of trouble.

The Patricia Fisher series of books are as warm-hearted as they are action-packed. Truly cozy in nature, you will find no cussing, or unnecessary descriptions of sex or violence. What you will get is hard to solve crimes, twisting plots that give you a glimpse of the solution and a large helping of humor as Patricia and her cast of on-board friends tackle far more peril that they ought to expect.

Killer Cocktail is set between books 2 & 3 but you can read it without concern for spoilers.

I know you are going to love Patricia Fisher.

Review from Amazon:

‘Steve Higgs has yet again struck gold with his new heroine, Patricia Fisher. She’s over 50, feisty and oh so clever at solving murders. This first book has so many twists, turns and red herrings the reader has to pay close attention to catch all the clues. My only disappointment with this read, is having to wait until the first of August to purchase Book 2.’

‘Love Steve Higgs’ books and this new series did not disappoint. Patricia started out as a betrayed wife and moved into a strong, smart woman role. I love her and her side kicks already and this is only the first book. Can’t get enough of Steve’s stories and wait anxiously for the next to publish in all of his series.’

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You can leave the house .. You cannot leave the game.

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Tom was a financially broken man, running his hardware shop in day time and drinking at night to recover from a broken marriage. He was also varied of frequent visits of a doctor who has just arrived in town. One day, Dr Harrington offered him to visit his house on the Lynch Street, a deserted road out of the town. Tom’s life turned upside down after knowing the true nature of the house and things happened there. Will Tom become able to use it for his own benefit? Or, he will also become a victim?

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A thrill ride from Vegas to New Orleans with a dead body to boot…

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Troy Bodean is a rambling man traveling the U.S.A. on a mission to find some peace and quiet.

Afghanistan brings a ransom plot trading the victim’s fingers for money (one by one.)

Vegas brings a romance with a secretly married stripper whose mafioso husband isn’t too happy about it.

New Orleans brings a new job on a shrimping boat. Only problem is the current captain might have killed the previous one.

Troy just can’t catch a break. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Troy Bodean Tropical Thriller series. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry laughing, and then you’ll laugh some more.

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The prequel to the Lagotti Family series, this stand-alone novella follows Frank Lagotti as he tries to get some bread to pay the rent and maybe make some seed capital so he can rob a bank one day. His pal Louis might be the brains of the outfit but he also has a keen interest in sex and drugs – not a great mix when your future rests on the next robbery and he’s the one who has planned everything out to the finest detail. Or not.

Can they pull off the job with their motley gang or will the cops come screeching round the corner and shoot them all to hell?

The Lagotti Family series follows Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou as they rob a bank, try to escape and live off the proceeds of their crimes – spanning thirty years of American crime family life.

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A drug lord fathers his lesbian niece’s child, but not in the usual way!

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Two Englishmen have dreams of setting up a business in the sun, but trouble follows them.

Their first brush with death came at Bangkok’s airport on Nick’s first day in the Kingdom.

Action, laughs, romance and tears follow as the story moves at a breathtaking pace. 

Violence and tender moments collide as the gullible pair meet a dodgy ship’s engineer, two lovely French girls more interested in dogs than romance, and a tall Welsh man, with a very chequered drug background who leads them all into more trouble. The last person they need to encounter is a lesbian newspaper reporter with a deadly family secret. 

The tale unfolds into an action-packed finale.

“I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry, 

all very worrying.” Janet Brookman

“How can anybody have so many 

worries on a paradise beach?” Tim Mellish

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Jack Sibley came up to Bishop’s Rest with one thing in mind: to get even.

When he and his blizzard bound hunting party come face to face with a ghostly apparition known as The Long Rider, however, all of their lives irrevocably change course in ways they could hardly imagine.

The Meeting At Bishop’s Rest is an excellent novella introduction to The Strange Air series of Oregon-based supernatural mysteries. Check it out now for your chance to dive into this eerie world of spooks and specters.

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A murdered chef. A poisoned pastry. Can a young barista deliver a killer their just desserts?

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Maddy dreams of opening her own detective agency with her best friend. Fresh off her A-levels and looking to save up funds, she and her BFF take a gap-year job serving coffee to rich tourists at an Austrian ski resort. But when someone tampers with one of Maddy’s sweet creations to snuff out a snooty pastry chef, the offending doughnut becomes a recipe for disaster…

With her dreams of becoming a PI in serious danger, Maddy has next to no time to preserve the cafe’s reputation and clear her name. But as the suspect list rises and the trail of breadcrumbs grows stale, her future rests on bringing the killer to justice.

Can Maddy close her very first case before she’s cooked?

Dead on Doughnuts is a deliciously sweet culinary cozy mystery. If you like quirky characters, a heaping measure of intrigue, and tasty twists and turns, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s scrumptious whodunit.

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What makes a nation believe a lie?

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What makes a nation believe a lie?

William Stephenson is an expert in mass media persuasion and propaganda. He watched the rise of Hitler on a mountain of lies, but Stephenson also believes that the Nazis can be undone by the same power that created them; propaganda.

There is just one problem.

All foreign broadcasts are illegal in Germany. At best Stephenson will have a day before the Nazi soldiers storm his radio station. It took Hitler over a decade to change the beliefs of the people; one day is not enough.

Then something incredible happens.

The Orson Welles scare convinces millions of Americans that the world is ending, and it takes less than an hour.

Now, Stephenson races against the Nazis to discover the secrets of the Sky Fall before the Second Great War begins.

Some say the War of the Wolds scare never happened, others promised it would never happen again.

Dive deep in the history and science propaganda of persuasion as this conspiracy unfolds.

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An Argolicus Mystery

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After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.

A distressed widow. Greedy brothers. A huge farm dog. Argolicus unravels the threads.

Solving a legal issue is just the beginning for Argolicus, all because his mother asked him to do her a favor. When he visits a widow to explain her inheritance rights, he discovers a family full of secrets and resentments.

And hidden in those secrets is a murder. A murder that turns the family upside down.

Repulsed by petty squabbles, he asks questions. Little does he know that his investigation will lead to discovering a murder.

Poor and scrambling to make a living. the widow’s farming sons have few livestock, one farm dog, and a secret factory to make more money. When Argolicus demands to see the factory, he discovers racial prejudice, unfair pricing, and greed. Determined to bring the enterprise to a stop he drags the brothers to the factory. On the way back, a rest by a refreshing creek reveals a hidden crime.

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“The character of those times emerges on the page from the start…”

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How Far Would You Go?

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Special Agent, Dominic Franchini has a dilemma. As the leader of one of the FBI’s Organized Crime Taskforces, he’s supposed to work within the law to bring down the bad guys. Only, his last op went belly up when somebody didn’t play by the rules and he was the one left holding the bag.

Bridgette Mahoney had lost everything to the gang that continually terrorized her hometown until she couldn’t stand it any longer. When she learned that the Black Mambas stood to gain a cool million in cash that would be used to increase their drug trade, she knew she had to fight back to save her city. But how? Armed with only her wits and computer she devises a way to corrupt the deal. Unknowingly she sets a chain of events in motion that will irrevocably change her life.

Now the Mambas want their money back as well as Bridgette’s death. Dom and Bridgette find themselves on opposite sides of the same coin, with the realization that they have more in common than they thought. Will Bridgette’s Misappropriated Means be insurmountable or can they work together to take down the Mambas and save her life?

A sweet clean romantic suspense story

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There is a very real darkness that dwells deep in our souls… and some have learned to set it free.

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When Laura Kamryn disappears on a trip back to her remote hometown, her distraught fiance Rey Morfin convinces Laura’s childhood friend Anna Tyndall to return to the small town of Redbury to help investigate. Using Anna’s knowledge of the local area, and more importantly, the people, Rey hopes to find Laura – alive.

But beneath the surface, a wickedness stirs. The residents allude to a rampant fire that scarred the town, a witch from whom the children flee, and monstrous shapes that lurk in the shadows.

Rey’s journey will take him to the darkest corners of the English countryside, encountering a mysterious root, afternoon tea, and beings that are perhaps human no more.

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In a World Without Secrets, T.M.I. Can See Everything…

SecureSystems Corporation. Creators of a sweeping Thermo-Magnetic surveillance network called “TMI”. This revolutionary technology promises to eliminate terrorism and pandemics at last. When employee Rosa Perez uncovers a dark secret that threatens to derail their plans, SecureSystems will do anything to keep her quiet.

At the mercy of powerful forces, Rosa turns to civil liberties advocate Rob Folsom. Together they plunge headlong into a world of high-tech spies, black-ops and political machinations. Can they expose SecureSystems before the true power of TMI is unleashed?

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Enter the mind of a psychopath

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A serial killer on the loose. Another victim. A sudden turn of events.

“They never see it coming… never suspect or wonder. Too busy chasing money and relationships – desperate to prove themselves to people who don’t care. Consumed by pointless conversations and hollow attempts to appear happy, a serial killer is the last thing on anyone’s mind…”

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What would you do if your hubby gave you the worst anniversary gift ever?

A dilapidated sailboat for your anniversary—not very romantic. A dead body on board—even worse.

Mollie McGhie is hoping for diamonds for her tenth wedding anniversary. Instead, her clueless hubby presents her with a rundown boat. She’s not impressed.

When she discovers someone murdered on board, things get even worse. Mollie hopes it will convince her husband to rethink his hare-brained scheme of sailing off into the sunset. Instead, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set off to sea.

Poking her nose in where it doesn’t belong, Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.

Will Mollie be able to discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?

Murder at the Marina is the first book in the light, humorous, and original Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery series. If you like kooky characters, adorable cats, and plenty of chocolate, you’ll love this cozy mystery.

Spoiler Alert: You’ll be craving brownies by the time you finish this book!

NOTE: This is a sample of Murder at the Marina. Download your free copy and enjoy the first three chapters.

The Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mysteries

Book #1—Murder at the Marina

Book #2—Bodies in the Boatyard

Book #3—Poisoned by the Pier

Book #4—Dead in the Dinghy (late 2019)

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Unlock the secret…

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Natasha Dawson is a lucky woman. Her career as a fashion photographer has taken off magnificently. After her imminent marriage, she will have a stable future to look forward to and a loving husband in the funny and generous Luke Stevens. Everything is very nearly perfect. But her ex-boyfriend has disappeared, and, try as she might, she can’t forget about him. Some part of her feels she’s about to marry the man of the wrong person’s dreams. The other man in her life is handsome, engaging and passionate, and Natasha is deeply in love with him. But he also has a terrible secret, and Natasha may have to risk everything if she wants to uncover it…

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In a haven for artists on a small island in the Caribbean, Ella Sapphire has finally found a place where she belongs. But as her art flourishes, her funds flounder. Desperate to remain in paradise, she accepts a job that is too good to be true, plunging her into the dangerous world of an island cartel. 

On his 25th birthday, Beaujean Ali meets a beautiful artist who makes him yearn for a life less complicated than his own. When the stranger sets him up to be attacked, he must find out which of his friends is really a foe, while protecting the artist who has stolen his heart.

If you like heart-pounding action, tropical settings, and star-crossed lovers, then you’ll love Angel Vane’s The Hidden Threat.

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THE ICE MAIDEN is an exciting prequel to the first book in the best selling Detective Inspector Jack Gilbert crime thriller series.

At night the killer prowls the streets targeting young women walking home alone. He is addicted to a special kind of pleasure. The first victim is found naked lying in a ditch. Why had her body been kept in a deep freeze for so long? Two other girls disappear, discovered many weeks later, frozen in blocks of ice. Cambridgeshire in 1964 is way behind London’s swinging sixties. In the counties Detective Inspector Jack Gilbert is a hard nosed traditional copper with old fashioned chauvinistic principles tasked with hunting down this depraved ice killer. Can he crack the case before another girl is killed and frozen in time?

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An irrational need for blood draws the killer, compelling them to kill. Two Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents, Carrie Border and Randy Jeffries are working hard to find and take down the killer before their own tangled lives trip them and take them down first.

No More HeroesRoo I MacLeod

No More Heroes-#1 Dystopian Thriller HEROES Series is a fast-paced, dystopian science fiction thriller.

Scrapping on the streets suited Ben Jackman until his past returned to ask a favor. Run, hide or fight? If only the favor didn’t involve the girl.

Two years into his self-imposed exile, Marvin, Ben’s ex-best friend seeks him out to ask a favor. Money and documents have come into his possession implicating the Black Hat criminal cartel in a planned coup of the Man’s government. His life is in danger and he needs Ben to keep the documents hidden until he can procure his safety

When Marvin is found dead Ben is accused of his murder. And with that accusation, the Black Hats assume Marvin passed the incriminating evidence to him.

Ben turns to his childhood sweetheart but that is his first mistake. Losing the bag containing the documents was his second.

Ben must find the documents, revenge Marvin’s death and live happily ever after with the girl. Alas, two out of three is the best he can hope for.

No More Heroes, #1 Dystopian Thriller Heroes Series. If you love fast-paced adventure, engaging characters, a load of intrigue with a dystopian setting to wet your pants, then you’ll love the first installment of Roo I Macleod’s page-turning thriller series.

Buy No More Heroes today to enter this exciting dystopian world.

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19 tantalizing short stories and excerpts.

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A miracle in 1st century Bethlehem. An Alien abduction. A man buries his own dead body…again. A discovery of impossible bones. A child’s newfound powers unleashed. A survivalist family’s underground panic room. A gangster’s last moments. A marriage proposal rejected.

This collection of 19 short stories and excerpts is meant to transport you to alternate realities—past, present, and future. Some of the characters in the stories are extraordinary while others are quite ordinary. It’s a tiny universe of slice-of-life narratives juxtaposed with fantastic tales.

Freshly evocative, they are immensely entertaining…and short—for the limited timespans of the busy reader.

 Read. Enjoy. Move on.

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Selina is a woman with a secret and she has been hiding it for a very long time.

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With her nieces, she runs Luna’s, a nightclub in downtown Seattle, catering to Steampunk and Goth clientele. When someone leaves a body behind her club, she is drawn into a web of mystery and murder. Puncture marks on the body indicate a vampire might be responsible and when more women are killed, a red rose is left by their bodies. A vampire hunter with secrets of his own comes to investigate and Selina wonders, who she can trust…

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One woman’s journey from oblivion to recovery

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A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie.
Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction.
Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes increasingly dependent on booze. Full of remorse and afraid of her own behaviour, Sophie finally agrees to accept help and enters rehab, where the road to recovery begins. When one of the friends she makes there disappears, Sophie knows she is up against time to find and save her.
Sometimes harrowing, sometimes poignant, this funny yet sad novel shows you a real glimpse into what happens when the life of a promising, talented young woman spirals out of control. 

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When Everything Counts You Cross the Line…

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Al Nadir has transformed terrorism. Through a sophisticated, corporate approach, they dominate global terror. The leader, Al Douri, has created an infiltrating and influential world power with vast destructive potential. His second in command, Sabena Sanantoni, is an evil and remarkable force. Her sadistic habits and savage behavior have coined her The Slayer. Even her closest allies cannot predict her next cruel move. But nobody doubts her status.

Sabena Sanantoni is the most dangerous woman in the world.

MI6 operative, Matthew Kinley, has dedicated his life to his country. But now his government has asked for a level of commitment that even he struggles to grasp. As a double agent, his duty is to walk the thin line between loyalty and betrayal. Kinley is thrown into a world of grey. The dark hole of Al Nadir pulls him one way and the bright torch of patriotism pulls him the other.

Can he walk the line without losing his soul?

Kinley’s brother in arms, Sam Noor, must also face the demands of British Intelligence. Both men have left their families at home, ignorant to their dangerous career path. They live in the space between two worlds. One is the domestic, loving home, and the other is the harsh and fierce duty of their jobs. But as the reality of Al Nadir infiltrates into the lives of UK citizens, these worlds gradually combine. When those they love are in danger, Sam and Kinley must face the ultimate question.

What sacrifices will they make to protect their country?

In a hidden London location, a potentially terrible, possibly brilliant, yet infinitely risky operation is being formulated. An operation to bring down Al Nadir. It’s a mission shared only by the hushed voices of four men. The future is in their hands, holding a plan that will change UK history forever. But the multiple, shifting factors needed for success are flaky and volatile.

Can some cosmic force shift the balance in their favour? Or will their good intentions only knock Earth into further darkness?

In a blackening world, it is the one beacon of hope: Operation Snowdrop.

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Deadly secrets have no place in paradise.

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A coral paradise saved. A girl’s life lost, her body torn on the reef. What is the link?

Crime scene: a threatened jewel in the lovely Fiji islands. Detectives: Joe Horseman, a wreck of a rugby star who can’t let go and Susila Singh, a driven woman defying the odds.

Death on Paradise Island is the first book in the Fiji Island Mysteries series. Crime fans who enjoy discovering exotic settings will love B.M. Allsopp’s thought-provoking insight into contemporary Fiji. Dive into the fragile beauty of the Fiji islands: download Chapters 1-4 of Death on Paradise Island today!

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Download A Thief Revealed and discover a new kind of heist novel.

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Lola Parks is hopelessly trapped, torn between her thirst for freedom and the clutches of the man sculpting her into a master thief. However, her latest heist makes her the target of a murderer.

Soon after Lola lifts a diamond worth £2.6 million from the finger of a young socialite at a posh London soirée, the victim ends up missing a finger—and dead.

Dimitri Tobias is tasked with finding the thug responsible for murdering his client’s daughter while stealing a priceless diamond. But when Dimitri meets the exquisite and sexy Lola Parks, he is forced to ask if the stunning thief is also a cold-blooded killer.

With the diamond in her possession, Lola knows the killer will come for her next. She is left with only one choice: seek the help of the man tracking a thief… and a killer. But can she convince him those two people aren’t one and the same?

When Dimitri discovers what evil force is behind the murder, he becomes torn between capturing a thief, saving a thief, and falling in love with a thief.

A Thief Revealed is the first book in an exciting new romantic suspense series. It’s fast-paced, thrilling plot and heart-pounding, sexy romance will have you turning pages well into the night.

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Butch Bliss isn’t out of prison an hour, and they’re already after him to do what he does best . . .

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Robert “Butch” Bliss has spent the last ten years in prison, for crimes he didn’t commit. Now, his time served, he’s ready to get out and find his way back to the world he knew. 

Or not, because his old job? Working in the adult film entertainment industry. Perhaps it is time for Butch to find a new career, though not ten minutes after he walks out of jail, he finds himself drawn back into that same salacious world. Is he in or is he out? He needs to decide pretty quick, before someone winds up dead, and the cops come looking for him again . . .

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Unspeakable medical procedures. A crazed serial killer. Who will protect the innocent and at what cost?

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Doctor Christopher Ravello is driven by an unquenchable desire to avenge his mother’s senseless murder. He forsakes a lucrative career in medicine, and plunges headlong into the brutal, unforgiving world of a New York City homicide detective. Head of the new Division of Medical Crimes, Ravello’s first case pits him against a brilliant, sadistic serial killer. Known only as The Giver, he is hell bent on subjecting young women and their unborn babies to his illicit experiments. As the body count rises, New York City is engulfed in fear. Fighting an illness which threatens his job, immersed in turmoil at home due to his radical career change, Ravello struggles to understand who The Giver is and where he will strike next. Just as he discovers the killer’s identity the unspeakable happens, and Ravello is confronted with an agonizing choice: will he play it safe or make the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones and the city he is sworn to protect and serve?

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THE STOLEN MOTHER

Would you risk your child to save your mother?

Mags thought she’d left the past behind. She grew up in brutal Scottish foster homes after her drug addict mother abandoned her. But these days she’s got a great husband, great kids, great job. So, why doesn’t it feel that way?

Now her mother’s finished a ten-year jail sentence. She’s already in trouble. A man befriended her in prison. She believes he loves her. Then a vicious gang kidnap her as soon as she’s released. She not the first woman they’ve done this to.

The phone rings late at night. Mags’ mother begs and cries “He’ll make me one of his whores.”  A man punches her, grabs the phone. He says to Mags “Stay away from her.” The line goes dead.

Can Mags find her mother without knowing where to look?

Will she risk her own family to find out?

The Stolen Mother is a gripping, fast-paced crime novella introducing the Gallowgate Series of thrillers.

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A shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller for 2019

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“An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can’t wait to see more of Detective Yorke.” – Bestselling Crime Author Stephen Booth

School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter.

Detective Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever?

The shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller will have you turning the pages late into the night.

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‘A pool of blood, an abduction, swirling blizzards, a haunting mystery, yes, Wes Markin’s One Last Prayer for the Rays has all the makings of an absorbing thriller. I recommend that you give it a go.’– Bestselling Author Alan Gibbons 

Wes Markin has created a really high energy novel that I just want to rave about everywhere.’ Jessica Rachow, 5 stars

‘It’s a stunning book, and a true testament to wonderful crime writing.’ Radzy Writes, 5 stars

Bam it’s go go go and it feels like you are on a rollercoaster that you don’t know if it is ever going to end.’ Zoe-Lee O’Farrell, Zooloo’s book diary, 5 stars.

‘Having just finished this book my head is still reeling, and my heart is still thumping,’ Goodreads Reviewer,5 stars

 ‘Jeez Louise, the opener hit bull’s eye straight away and nothing could stop me from being dragged into the story,’ Els, B for Bookreview, 5 stars

‘A WOW evoking opening and keeps the wows coming throughout. Shocking and at times disturbing, this is an intensedisconcerting and gripping tale.’ Bookworms Corner Blog Spot, 5 stars

‘One Last Prayer For The Rays is a dark and chilling read. There were lots of parts that are left to the imagination that shocked and horrified me but I so enjoyed them all.’ Sarah Hardy, By the letter book reviews.

‘An incredibly strong debut… I actually mistook it for one that an author with more published stories behind them would write. There was a moment when I thought wow, I’d so love to read everything this author has written – and I went on Goodreads to see what else is out there. That’s how good it is.’ Dora, Swift Coffee Blog, 5 stars.

‘It’s twisty, dark, gritty, gripping and exciting, the characters are eclectic, complex, sinister, deeply flawed but wow do they get under your skin,’ Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars.

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Meet Solomon Stone. Loner turned shadow agent.

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When Tom Brook offers a lift to a man walking along a darkening country road, he has no idea who he’s let into his car. What he does know is that he’s made a mistake, evident in the immediate fear he feels in the man’s presence. Before long, Tom is offered a dark bargain by the stranger: a simple audition to wipe out his debts and begin a new life under a new identity. The identity: Solomon Stone. The mission: to track down individuals of interest and dismantle their lives.

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On the hunt for a bioterrorist, Brooke Fairfax falls for the FBI’s #1 suspect.

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“With Exposed in Darkness, Heather Sunseri has crafted a sophisticated and absorbing thriller enhanced by a high-stakes horse-racing backdrop and a hard-won romance you’ll relish.” ~Kathy Altman, USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog

Just days before the running of the biggest thoroughbred horse race in the world, an act of bioterrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, and former FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When Brooke discovers domestic terrorists are actually after the governor—her late husband’s brother—and that the radicals are eyeing more targets, she heads to Kentucky to stop the threat.

Shortly after the political assassination, the FBI zeroes in on one person: international mogul Declan O’Roark. Though Brooke has been out of the game since her husband was murdered, her former boss thinks she is the perfect candidate to connect Declan to the crime.

Despite the FBI clearly establishing means and opportunity, Declan remains unfazed; his motives have nothing to do with murder, but with getting closer to Brooke Fairfax. And Brooke finds the case becoming even more unclear as she falls for the FBI’s number one suspect.

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A sheepdog in training. A flock under threat. Can he find a killer before the case unravels?

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Beau dreams of being a champion sheepdog just like his aunt. With the help of new livestock friends and a kind-hearted farmer, he vows to lead the herd proudly through the lush valleys of South Wales. But when one of the sheep goes missing, Beau never expected a woolly crime scene…

While his aunt warns him not to get too friendly with the flock, his connection with the sheep gets him both respect and a target on his back. As the brave pup frantically sniffs for clues, he’s got one chance to solve the mystery before the farm starts counting sheep for all the wrong reasons.

Will Beau learn the ropes in time to protect his friends from a flock fatality?

Baa’d to the Bone is the first book in an animal-themed cozy mystery series. If you like plucky creatures, authentic Welsh settings, and home-baked suspense, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s shaggy dog tale.

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Christmas, 1934.

The snow lies heavy around Pauncefort Hall. Dress designers Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock leave behind their Oxford exams to rescue Lady Charlotte’s wardrobe. But what Lady Charlotte doesn’t know is that Ruby is on a mission—a mission to avenge her family and bring down an empire. 

As the weather worsens, Ruby and Fina are drawn into the intrigues of Lady Charlotte’s other guests, who include a princess, a furiously left-wing don, a West End starlet—and, it seems, a murderer. After the two resident cads are poisoned, Ruby and Fina must find the culprit and still carry out their secret plans—all before the law arrives. But Pauncefort Hall can remain snowbound for only so long. 

The Mystery of Ruby’s Sugar is the first book in the Ruby Dove historical cozy mystery series.

If you like Barbara Neely, Rhys Bowen, and G.M. Malliet, then you’ll love Rose Donovan’s fashion-spy-amateur sleuth heroes, Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock.

Pour yourself a warm beverage and nestle down with The Mystery of Ruby’s Sugar this evening.

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A legend buried for 2000 years. A woman compelled to uncover the truth.

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Pour yourself a warm beverage and nestle down with The Mystery of Ruby’s Sugar this evening.

210 BCE, CHINA. The most powerful emperor China has ever known is on the brink of death. In desperation, he sends his most gifted alchemist and sorcerer on a quest for the mythical elixir of life.

His fleet never returned….

NOW, world-renowned archaeologist, Georgia Lee is compelled to hunt for a mysterious man who may hold the secret to the greatest discovery in human history.

Her search takes her on a thrilling journey from an ancient tomb in China, through traditional Japan, to the blistering Australian outback, and the dizzying heights of verdant mountains in tropical Taiwan. But what begins as an investigation into an archaeological riddle turns into something very sinister. Georgia starts to suspect that perhaps she is the one being hunted instead….

Meticulously researched, this is a tale interwoven with rich historical facts to recreate all the drama, intrigue and mystery of East Asian culture.

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A Colombian Kidnapping – If the suspense does not kill you, the twist will.

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Ever been worried about getting in the wrong taxi?

3 Seconds in Bogotá is a suspense-thriller about a young adventure-seeking couple who on arriving in Colombia jumped in the wrong taxi, and took a ride to the gates of hell.

How long is a second?

Unravel the possibilities of the impossible in Mark Playne’s riveting debut suspense thriller 3 Seconds in Bogotá and find out how long a second can be – when you think you only have three left, alive.

  • “Superbly crafted, and I love the structure of going back… stretching time, even making time standstill. Genius! I know it’s a cliche to say “couldn’t put it down”, but it was true in this case, causing me to miss my bus stop (in Buenos Aires now as it so happens) because I was so hooked!” – Amazon reviewer

How did it all happen?

The narrator, a young Englishman who has ditched a career writing fiction in search of real-life adventure, finds himself on the pavements of London selling his hand made jewellery. While dodging the police, he meets an exotic South American street dancer called Luciana.

He soon learns that when her mother had emigrated to the USA, she’d only been able to take her two daughters with her, and it’s now been ten years since Luciana has heard from her father or older brother.

Since the Englishman had always dreamed of exploring Latin America and learning Spanish, he comes up with plan. He suggests that they fly to Argentina and spend six months backpacking their way up through the continent to her home country Ecuador.

He hopes that once they arrive in the back street slums of her home city, he will be able to reunite Luciana with her lost father and brother.

Although they only have enough money for one-way tickets and to feed themselves for the few weeks of the six-month trip –  he reasons that they earn the rest of what they need as they travel. What could go wrong? 

He has no idea of the dangers that await them, or that their Latin American adventure will test him to the core.

  • “…we jump into a world full of youthful adventure and mishap, of a young man looking to find himself and… love. We follow him as he travels the world trying to make ends meet living his dream… you’ll go on a joyride with him through his ups and downs. A great book. A great read. A memorable story. – Amazon reviewer

Is it possible that everything that has happened in your life is for a reason?

That each experience, however seemingly insignificant or deeply painful, has been a tool designed to enable you to thrive, or survive, the adventures of the future that await you?

That is the premise of this thrilling, suspense rollercoaster-ride of youthful dreams, love and naivety set against the backdrop of a worldwide backpacking travel adventure.

  • “…fun, heartwarming and sad. It is a book to be enjoyed and remembered.” – Amazon reviewer

Screenwriter and Director Mark Playne is known for his multi-award-winning short films. 3 Seconds in Bogota is his first short novel, in his series of true adventure stories called You Couldn’t Make It Up.

If you loved the escalating backpacking thrills of Alex Garland’s The Beach or were immersed in the wild action-adventure of Shantaram then don’t hesitate, and add your copy of 3 Seconds in Bogotá to your library now.

If the suspense does not kill you, the twist will.

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Dylan is miserable, mourning his mom’s death, and drowning in debts. He has a mysterious key from his mother—supposed to reveal hidden secrets—but he has no idea what or where they are. Until an attorney shows up and turns his life upside down.

He’s invited to meet his grandparent—one he grew up believing dead. Soon after he arrives at the Mirror Estate, he begins hearing voices, seeing visions and feeling watched. As he begins to unravel secrets, his visit turns deadly.

Unlock “The Secrets” now. The suspense novelette is a prequel to the upcoming Mirror Estate series by S.L. Fon.

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Thompson and his friends get more than they bargained for when a game of Monopoly goes bad.

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Thompson has a plan that will solve his money issues.

Convincing his friends to help him, the money’s as good as his.

Or so he thinks.

This is the story of a fool proof plan and deceitful game of Monopoly.

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Nothing stays buried forever…

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Nothing stays buried forever… 

Reporter Zoe Clarke’s life has lost its magic. So when she gets a job offer in the middle of nowhere, Zoe jumps at the chance to make a name for herself only to find her new home is teeming with magic and paranormal beings—and those aren’t its only secrets. 

During a heated election for Head Witch, the most powerful position in town, Zoe’s predecessor was buried alive—and accusations are flying faster than broomsticks. Despite her editor’s orders to leave the story alone, Zoe can’t resist. 

From the front-running witch with a secret to the mysterious vampires pulling strings in the shadows, Zoe knows the truth is just under the surface. So after she discovers she has rare telepathic abilities, Zoe realizes she’s the only one who can keep digging. 

Will Zoe’s powers lead her to the murderer and the scoop of a lifetime? Or will they send her to an early grave?

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THE MAGIC LIST by Mark Tiro

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The List can give her anything she’s ever wanted.

Or cost her everything she’s ever known.

Maya’s a teen like any other, juggling a life of homework, friends, boys… Until one strange night, her entire world changes.

She loses track of time, or more accurately—time loses track of her.

She thought she was dreaming—or even dead. Then she saw the list.

From her dream.

Lying next to her.

Now, she’s just realized—this list can give her anything she’s ever wanted.

But there’s a cost. A cost too high to pay.

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Welcome to Essex County. Expect no mercy.

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 What would you do if you found a suitcase in the woods? 

What would you do when someone came looking for it?

Out of prison, but still on parole, Max just wants to keep his head down, go to work and maybe grab a cold beer at the end of his shift. He doesn’t even care that the program stuck him in Essex – a nice, but nowhere small town. With his head already full of bloody and painful memories, he’d like it just fine if his past and future stayed nice and quiet.

Too bad the present just got really messy.

A body in a tree. A missing briefcase. A Russian hit man. A DEA agent bent on revenge. Not to mention a sheriff with dangerous ambition and some pissed off bikers. Things are suddenly very interesting in sleepy Essex county. Bodies are turning up. Secrets are coming out. Questions are being asked.

It’s not good being the new guy in a small town.

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A secret smuggler’s warehouse. Bikers with big guns. Walt’s wildest assignment yet.

If you like Travis McGee, Jack Reacher, and Doc Ford, treat yourself to the instantly entertaining adventures of Walt Asher. 

Just when infomercial writer Walt Asher has a perfect Sunday afternoon lined up, his plans get blown to hell. That’s when hell-raiser extraordinaire DG calls to cash in an outstanding favor. No questions. No answers. It’s not a request. Walt’s ride has arrived…

Whisked away to the woods along Florida’s Gulf coast, Walt finds himself in a secret smuggler’s warehouse, surrounded by bikers with big guns, and facing the strangest assignment of his life: Write an infomercial selling DG’s eleven ton mountain of marijuana.

Illegal? Yep. Insane? Yep. Impossible? Not for Walt. He always finds the right words to sell. But when bullets start to blast the studio apart, will Walt find the right words and weapons to make it out alive?

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Some cases are tough to solve, others bring up desires and horrors best left to rest.

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A local club is offering everyone their heart’s desire, but with a hidden cost. It’s always a cost few will pay, let alone die for. Now I have to go undercover after a young woman turns up dead. A pawn in a game run by siblings who survive off the desires and sexual energy of their victims. Now it’s up to me to get justice for the woman’s family and solve the case before I fall prey to my own desires. What can I do when the powers of the Other Side threaten to tear me apart with an unquenchable thirst for lust?

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In order to stop a vicious, international assassin, Rosa Guzman will need the help of her friends…

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When the relative peace of a New England city is shattered by the appearance of an international assassin, Rosa Guzman gets wrapped up in a city-wide manhunt.  When one of the assassin’s targets hits too close to home, Rosa takes things a little personally and enlists the aid of all of her closest friends to stand up against her.

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Senator Maxwell’s fiancee is dead and it’s not the first time.

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Boston reporter, Ali Loukas, has her sights set on advancing from radio newscaster to TV correspondent, so when the Maxwell story practically drops into her lap, she seizes the opportunity to solve the murder, scoop her competitors, and move up the broadcasting ladder. 

But gaining access to evidence and witnesses without stepping on the toes of family friend, Detective Ryan McGuire, could be tricky.

Despite a knife wedged in her front door and opposition from the police, Ali is determined to prove that she can find the answers, solve the crime and earn the dream job—if she can stay alive to make it all happen.

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More about Golden Icon – The Prequel by Janet Pywell

Josephine Lavelle, a once-famous opera singer who became an international outcast, has one last opportunity to resurrect her career. She was born to sing Puccini’s Tosca and is determined to earn the right to perform again on the world’s most prestigious and celebrated stages.

But her fight for the future she craves is derailed when her ex-husband embroils her in a cynical blackmail plot. She is forced to take possession of a solid gold icon, part of a secret hoard of art treasures stolen by the Nazis – that dangerous men are prepared to kill for.

As well as determining the fate of the Golden Icon, Josephine must come to terms with her past, and fight for her own life.

If only her choices were simple…

A gripping crime thriller. You will be hooked on the secrets of this surprising protagonist. This is the prequel to the Mikky dos Santos international crime thrillers.

“I rarely give a book 5 Stars but Golden Icon deserves the highest. A clever and totally original story that kept me reading far into the evening when I had other things to do. Easy reading so if you start get ready to be pulled in to an intimate story you will find hard to put down.”

“This is a rich, literate, complex examination of who owns art and how it is valued. It is also a thriller, with several villains and unexpected dangers.”

“This is a fabulous book especially for those who love a long book to read. The storyline is so totally different to what I normally read but it had me up at all hours reading further & further to find out the ending.”

“So many books are enjoyed for the moment and then forgotten. This book creates a hold on memory.”

“The rating for a book, for me, has a large element of ‘was it readable, was it believable, was it entertaining?’ This is certainly in that bracket. An easy 5-stars.”

“A well written story about a woman who is forced into a situation and the choices she makes. With believable characters that bring alive the plot, the strands of this story and pulled together nicely so that it made it an enjoyable read.”

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A thrilling mystery with suspense and romance

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Heading toward the capital of Malawi, three foreign aid workers, are forced to stop for an unauthorized roadblock set up by rural villagers.

After the villagers converge upon the vehicle, they pull one of the workers from the SUV and execute their ruthless savagery.

As journalists Leo Bronson and Vivian Thomas investigate the aid worker’s brutal death, they uncover a heinous plot born of rumors, rage, and a centuries-old superstition involving bloodsuckers.

But, did the villagers attack because they feared the worker wanted their blood? Or, could they have been coerced into carrying out the violent act?

If you love a thrilling mystery with danger and a touch of romance, then you’ll enjoy The Secret Rival! Start reading today!

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