SWORN TO SILENCE

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KATE BURKHOLDER IS CHIEF OF POLICE IN THE SMALL TOWN OF PAINTERS MILL, OHIO.  KATE LEFT BEHIND HER AMISH ROOTS AND BURIED HER DARKEST SECRETS YEARS AGO.  NOW A SERIAL KILLER IS ON THE LOOSE WHO IS KILLING SLAUGHTERHOUSE STYLE JUST LIKE A KILLER 16 YEARS AGO.  KATE THOUGHT SHE TOOK CARE OF THAT KILLER LONG AGO BUT THE KILLINGS ARE IDENTICAL.  SHE HITS MANY ROADBLOCKS IN HER SEARCH FOR THE KILLER AND HE TURNS UP IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACE!  A GREAT MURDER MYSTERY – WILL LOOK FOR MORE IN THE SERIES!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

A killer is preying on sacred ground….

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past–until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past–and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

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THE ROSIE PROJECT

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NOT YOUR TYPICAL ROMANCE.  THIS WAS A FUN TALE OF TWO QUITE MISMATCHED PEOPLE WHO FALL IN LOVE.  DESPITE THE FACT THAT ROSIE HAS FAILED THE “WIFE PROJECT” QUESTIONNAIRE MISERABLY, DON TILLMAN, A SOCIALLY INEPT GENETICIST, BECOMES ATTRACTED TO HER.  SHE IS TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO HER REAL FATHER IS SO DON BEGINS THE “FATHER PROJECT” TAKING MANY ADVENTURES TO OBTAIN DNA SAMPLES FROM ALL POSSIBLE CANDIDATES.  THEY WORK TOGETHER IN HIS LABORATORY TO RUN THE DNA RESULTS AND GRADUALLY REALIZE THEY ARE MEANT FOR EACH OTHERHUMOROUS AND FUN – ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).

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HEADS OR TAILS

“Take my baby.”

Hillary can’t believe the words her best friend Margot just uttered. Deeply committed to her devoutly childless marriage, Hillary doesn’t know the first thing about infants – and has zero interest in learning. But Margot’s post-partum depression has reached a dangerous peak. With the baby a sperm donor production and Margot’s mother Jean suffering from Parkinson’s, there’s no one else. And for reasons nobody knows, Hillary owes both Margot and Jean.

Suddenly, Hillary is forced to bring the baby from Manhattan to San Francisco, where she works as general contractor for the city’s hottest restoration company. Right away, the baby’s arrival exposes hairline cracks in Hillary’s marriage to Jesse and stirs up latent resentment towards her parents, who’d been too overcome with grief to ever parent her properly. Before long, Hillary finds herself doing all kinds of things she vowed never to do, including things with her handsome and mysterious neighbor Abe. And then the question arises: should this arrangement become permanent?

Fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner will be drawn to the fresh premise of HEADS OR TAILS, a story that explores themes of friendship and loyalty and what happens when your core identity is challenged. Perfect for book clubs, the Kindle edition concludes with questions for discussion.

The gripping second novel from the author of Cheer: A Novel, HEADS OR TAILS will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.

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BONE DRY

NEW FEMALE SLEUTH YOU’LL LOVE—JUST DON’T MESS WITH HER!

“… a medical thriller not for the squeamish.” -Publishers Weekly

Meet Detective Nurse Gina Mazzio: She’s feisty, determined, tenacious, and all ballsy Italian ex-Bronxite. She might remind you a bit of Sandra Bullock when Sandra’s in FBI mode. Detective’s not her real title, RN is, though it might as well be Guardian Angel. Because you know how scary nurses can be; and how compassionate. Gina’s gone into investigative mode because her patients are in danger. And everyone at her fancy San Francisco hospital’s blowing it off like everything’s normal.

Carl Chapman, a young man with an excellent prognosis, has already died–and Gina knows he shouldn’t have. Another patient’s acting weird and desperate; a third, a teen-ager, has actually run away. Gina soon learns Carl’s cancer treatment’s gone missing, in fact finds out her patients are being subjected to a form of blackmail so diabolical Hanibal Lecter could have dreamed it up.

And murdered if they don’t pay up.

They’re blasted with chemotherapy and every other toxic poison available to save their lives. Most days they’re so run down they’re more dead than alive. But there’s one chance for survival—an experimental treatment. In turn, each will be infused with his or her own treated bone marrow – frozen, secure in the hospital’s storage vaults.

Only maybe not so secure. Because then comes the note: “We have your marrow…pay $50,000 or die now!”

Before it’s over, Gina will be stalked, threatened, and nearly killed. This is an action-packed but shocking, take-no-prisoners tale of medical suspense, definitely not for the faint-hearted. But fans of the more hard-boiled medical thrillers (and also of Patricia Cornwell) will eat it up! As well as lovers of, strong women sleuths, hospital mysteries, and all medical fiction, especially fans of Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn McCray, Eileen Dreyer, Lisa Genova, and Robin Cook.

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BLOOD AND JUSTICE

When sixteen-year-old Jenny James goes missing, and the local police are unable to find her, the girl’s frantic mother hires private investigators Jake and Annie Lincoln to search for her daughter.

When the body of Jenny’s boyfriend is discovered, the mystery of her disappearance deepens. Shaken out of their comfort zone of Internet searches and poring over public records, the couple soon find themselves facing the frightening possibility they are looking for the latest victim of a serial killer.

As more bodies pile up, the town is gripped with fear. It seems no one is safe, and the Lincolns race to solve an impossible puzzle before they become the killer’s next victims.

About This Mystery Series

Book 1: Blood and Justice (A Free eBook)
Book 2: Cold Justice
Book 3: Justice for Hire
Book 4: Captive Justice
Book 5: Justice Overdue
Book 6: Justice Returns
Book 7: Personal Justice
Book 8: Silent Justice
Book 9: Web of Justice (Now available for preorder)
Book 10: Fugitive Justice (Coming Next)

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LOSING FAITH

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IN THIS FIRST OF THE SETH AND TRISTA SERIES, A DEVASTATING SNOW STORM THROWS SETH AND TRISTA TOGETHER UNEXPECTEDLY.  TRISTA WAS TRYING TO LEAVE TOWN AFTER DRUGGING HER ABUSIVE FIANCE BUT THE AIRPORT CLOSES DOWN AND SHE FLEES IN HER OLD BATTERED CAR ONLY TO BREAK DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.  SETH IS TRYING TO RETURN HOME TO FIGHT TO GET HIS DAUGHTER FAITH BACK.  HE HAD BEEN A RISING MUSICIAN WHEN HIS WIFE WAS KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH WHEN SHE WAS ON HER WAY FOR A SURPRISE VISIT.  HE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR THE ACCIDENT AND GOES OFF THE DEEP END SEEKING RELIEF IN BOOZE.  FAITH IS CARED FOR BY HIS WIFE’S PARENTS BUT SETH HAS CLEANED UP HIS ACT.  SETH COMES UPON TRISTA’S BROKEN DOWN CAR AND THEIR ADVENTURES BEGIN…..

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Seth Storm, a once famous musician from Nashville, is now nothing more than a fallen star. After climbing the music charts and making his dreams come true, his life took a turn that he’d never expected, causing him to lose it all. Now Seth is determined to do whatever it takes to turn his life around, even if that includes doing the one thing he swore he’d never do. After giving up music and the career he spent much of his life building, Seth embarks on a journey to get back what he cherishes the most: his daughter, Faith.

Trista Tilman, a single mother, finds shelter on the road as she and her daughter try to escape her abusive fiancé, Randall Tuck. As Trista struggles to repair her damaged relationship with her daughter, Tuck begins to close in on them.

Along the way, Seth and Trista encounter a storm that threatens their one chance at getting their lives back. Forced to travel together, they discover that success lies not just at the hands of fate but also within each other, two unlikely travelers fighting to survive not only the storm but also the demons of their past.

As the road takes them deeper and deeper into the storm, Seth and Trista find themselves face-to-face with their worst fears. Can love help them pick up the broken pieces of their lives?

Losing Faith is the first book in the Seth & Trista series. It precedes The Greatest Gift and The Final Encore.

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WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

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WOW!  BEWARE OF YOUR BEST FRIEND!  THIS ASPIRING POLITICIAN CAUSES A DEADLY ACCIDENT ON THE WAY HOME FROM CELEBRATING HIS SUCCESSES.  HE KNOWS THIS WILL RUIN HIM SO HE DRAGS HIS BEST FRIEND, WHO IS IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR IN THE PASSENGER SEAT TO THE DRIVER’S SEAT AND FLEES THE ACCIDENT SCENE.  HE DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM HIS ALCOHOLIC FRIEND AND CONTINUES HIS RISE TO CONGRESS AND BEYOND CARRYING THE SECRET OF THAT NIGHT WITH HIM.   YOU DON’T NEED ENEMIES WHEN YOU’VE GOT A POLITICIAN FOR A BEST FRIEND!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

On the eve of announcing his run for Congress, a charismatic Chicago politician causes a deadly accident. Panicked, he frames his best friend, a good-hearted alcoholic, and flees the scene. As one man tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, the other embarks on a meteoric rise to political stardom. But when a dogged detective digs deeper into the case, the political superstar must decide just how far he is willing to go to keep his dark secret. Author Joseph Hayes combines page-turning suspense with a poignant tale of inspiration and redemption as he asks, is “the greater good” just a lie we tell ourselves to justify the sins we commit when no one is watching?

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WAITING FOR THE PAINT TO DRY

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RAPED AT SIXTEEN BUT WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MATTY BELL WITHDRAWS INTO HERSELF RUNNING FROM THE PAIN AND SUFFERING.  SHE LEAVES HER FAMILY AS HER SISTER IS ON THE ALTER AND DOES NOT RETURN FOR TEN YEARS.  SHE FINALLY REPORTS THE RAPE AND EVEN FINDS OUT ONE OTHER FRIEND WAS ALSO RAPED BY HIM.  SHE BEGINS TO TRUST AGAIN AND IS GIVEN A CHANCE AT HAPPINESS AND SHE LEARNS TO LOVE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

For the past decade, Matty Bell has lived safe in a self-made monochromatic life of work-eat-sleep-survive. Living vicariously through her best friend Claire’s perfect life wasn’t the plan, nor her ideal. However, Matty learned long ago that it’s easier to run and hide from life than to deal with the pain of the post-traumatic stress she’s suffered from since being raped at sixteen.

When Claire announces her family is moving, she asks Matty to come too. Having grown up Navy, Matty’s no stranger to picking up and starting over. However, moving half-way around the world to play nanny to Claire’s children doesn’t sound like the new beginning Matty yearns for. Nor does she want to leave without first confronting her fears and coming full-healing-circle. She can’t let another decade slip by before she’s able to trust again.

Endorsed by writer/director Angela Shelton, WAITING FOR PAINT TO DRY is a late coming of age story of what it takes to find yourself again.

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EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES

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EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES WAS A GREAT READ ABOUT A PSYCHIATRIST HELPING A PATIENT WITH OCD.  WHEN THE GIRL HIS PATIENT OBSESSES ABOUT IS FOUND MURDERED THE DOCTOR BEGINS TO QUESTION THE POSSIBILITY HIS PATIENT COULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MURDER.  HE MUST PROTECT HIS PATIENT’S CONFIDENTIALITY YET PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHAT INFORMATION HE CAN.  MEANWHILE, HIS PATIENT HAS GONE MISSING AND THE DOCTOR FINDS HIMSELF AS  “PERSON OF INTEREST” IN THE MURDER.  HIS LIFE BEGINS TO CRUMBLE AROUND HIM – IS IT COINCIDENCE OR IS SOMEONE PLOTTING TO DESTROY HIM?!

PUBLISHER’S NOTE:

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Eric a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest” himself. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life? New York Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline’s visceral thriller, Every Fifteen Minutes, brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.

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SISTERLAND

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SISTERLAND WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A SET OF TWINS WHO GREW UP WITH PSYCHIC ABILITIES.  KATE SUPPRESSES HER “SENSES” WHILE HER SISTER VIOLET (VI) MAKES A LIVING FROM DOING READINGS FOR PEOPLE.  VI GAINS NATIONAL FAME WHEN SHE PREDICTS A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE WILL BEFALL ST. LOUIS.  SOME PEOPLE THINK VI IS A QUACK AND IGNORE HER, OTHERS PREPARE FOR THE DISASTER AND STILL OTHERS LEAVE THE AREA.  IT IS ENTERTAINING TO READ ABOUT THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE PREDICTION DATE AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE DAY FINALLY ARRIVES.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”–innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

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