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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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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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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WHERE WE BELONG

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WHERE WE BELONG IS A VERY TOUCHING TALE ABOUT LIVING AND DEALING WITH AN AUTISTIC CHILD.  THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ANGIE AND HER MOM ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPE AND FEEL THEY MUST PLACE SOPHIE IN A HOME BUT THEY NEVER WANT TO GIVE UP HOPE.  BECAUSE OF SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING, THEY ARE THROWN OUT ON THE STREET BY THEIR AUNT WHO JUST CAN’T TAKE IT ANY LONGER.  THEY ARE LITERALLY HOMELESS UNTIL ANGIE BEFRIENDS A NEIGHBOR, PAUL WHO OWNS A HUGE GREAT DANE THAT PACIFIES SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING!  ANGIE CONVINCES HER MOM TO FOLLOW PAUL TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE MOVES IN HIS RETIREMENT.  PAUL ENDS UP NEEDING ANGIE’S HELP WITH WALKING THE DOG WHICH ALLOWS SOPHIE TO BE WITH THE DOG AND REMAIN PACIFIED.  THEN PAUL’S BROTHER FALLS ILL AND ANGIE IS ASKED TO CARE FOR THE DOG AND WATCH THE HOUSE.  PAUL COMES OUT OF HIS GRUMPY SHELL AND EVENTUALLY ALLOWS ANGIE AND HER FAMILY TO LIVE IN HIS GARAGE APARTMENT WHERE THERE ARE STILL OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME BUT THEY FINALLY SETTLE INTO A ROUTINEYOU’LL LOVE THIS STORY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare.”
-Library Journal

Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness… again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long.

Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the “inside of the dog,” which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog’s grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again.

Much to Angie’s humiliation, when they’re thrown out of Aunt Vi’s house, Angie’s mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul’s dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home—the only thing she’s dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs.

By the bestselling author of DON’T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.

“Hyde has a sure touch with affairs of the heart.”
-Publishers Weekly

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FOUR WISHES

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THIS BOOK IN THE LIBERTY SERIES IS ABOUT FOUR WOMEN IN VERY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WHO ALL FIND THEMSELVES PREGNANT.  ONE IS A TEENAGER WHO HAS ESCAPED AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP.  ANOTHER IS THE OWNER OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY THAT SHE IS LOOKING TO EXPAND.  THE THIRD IS A BUSY DOCTOR WHO WANTS A FAMILY BUT ISN’T QUITE READY.  THE LAST IS ABOUT TO GET MARRIED AND HAS TERRIBLE MORNING SICKNESS.  THEY ALL STRUGGLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOW THEIR LIVES WILL BE CHANGED BY THEIR NEWS.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father and a secret desire to find love at last. A new man in town intrigues her—but she isn’t prepared for the surprising events that will change both their lives.

Meade isn’t the only woman in town confronting hard choices. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky hopes the preparations for her upcoming wedding will bring her closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome back to Liberty, Ohio where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in unexpected ways.

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THE RELUCTANT BAKER

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AS PART OF THE GREEK VILLAGE SERIES, THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERS WHO I KNOW NOW AND AM GROWING TO LOVE.  HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ANY OF THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES TO ENJOY THIS NOVEL.

AFTER HIS WIFE OF ONLY A YEAR DIES, LOUKAS IS LEFT WITH NOT ONLY HIS OWN GRIEF BUT THE GRIEF THE IN-LAWS ARE ENDURING AND HE IS FORCED TO MAN THEIR BAKERY.  HE IS NOT A MORNING PERSON AND LOATHES GETTING UP BEFORE DAWN TO BEGIN BAKING THE BREAD.  HE FEELS TRAPPED AND UNHAPPY.

ELLIE VISITS THE VILLAGE FROM HER HOME IN ENGLAND TO TRY TO COME TO TERMS WITH HER UNHAPPY MARRIAGE TO HER SCHOOL TEACHER WHO BASICALLY RAPED HER AND HAD TO MARRY HER TO AVOID TERMINATION FROM HIS POSITION.  NOT A GOOD REASON TO MARRY BUT THERE ARE EVEN WORSE SECRETS THE TEACHER HAS THAT ARE CREATING A DISTRESSING MARRIAGE FOR ELLIE.

WHEN LOUKAS AND ELLIE MEET THE TWO ARE DRAWN TOGETHER AND THEIR FEELINGS ARE UNDENIABLY TRUE.  LOUKAS FEELS GUILTY THAT HE NEVER HAD THESE FEELINGS FOR HIS WIFE.  ELLIE FEELS THAT LOUKAS WILL NOT UNDERSTAND HER SITUATION.  CAN THEY OVERCOME THEIR PASTS TO FIND HAPPINESS AND LOVE?

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

WARNING: THIS NOVEL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO THE SUN.

There is a lazy Mediterranean village full of colourful characters.

There is sunshine and wine and a long sandy beach…

There are nagging in-laws, jealous neighbours and a plot to bankrupt the new hotel before it has opened its doors, and some scenes that are just a little bit unexpected.

Set against this backdrop is an uplifting story of resilience in the face of adversity.

Please do not purchase this book if you want to keep your feet on the ground – this book is not for you.

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UNDER THE ICE

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WHAT A GREAT MURDER MYSTERYONE DEATH UNDER THE ICE IS BY ACCIDENT.  THE SECOND A MURDER TO SEND A MESSAGE AND THE THIRD IN SELF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ABUSIVE PARENT TRYING TO GAIN REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO ULTIMATELY WON HIS EX-WIFE’S HEART.  HE WAS ONLY IMPRISONED FOR 5 YEARS FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE.  WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL HIS FIRST MISSION IS TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER TO WREAK HAVOC ON HIS EX AND HER NEW HUSBAND.  THE DAUGHTER IS AT THE AGE OF WANTING TO BE AN ADULT AND HAVE INDEPENDENCE BUT HER CHOICES ARE POOR AS A TRUE ADOLESCENT.  SEE HOW HER CHOICE TO BE WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO IS “CHANGED”, BECOMES DEADLY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

If I can’t have them, neither can you.

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THE HEARTBREAK CAFE

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AS MY FOLLOWERS KNOW, ROMANCES ARE NOT MY CUP OF TEA.  THIS ONE WAS OK.  IT’S ABOUT THREE VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN WHO ARE GOING THROUGH PREGNANCY AND MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS.  THEY BECOME FRIENDS AND OFTEN MEET AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE IN THE QUAINT LITTLE TOURIST VILLAGE OF LAKEVIEW.  THEY DISCUSS THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS.  NOT QUITE AS WELL WRITTEN AS MAEVE BINCHY BUT A GOOD STORY.  I DON’T THINK I WILL READ ANY MORE OF THE SERIES.

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

From the USA Today bestselling author of THE CHARM BRACELET & A GIFT FROM TIFFANY’S, is the first in an Irish contemporary sweet romance series of heartwarming novels about love, family and friendship featuring the pretty tourist village of Lakeview.

When a baby is found on the doorstep of The Heartbreak Café in the Irish village of Lakeview, everyone asks – what kind of parent would abandon their child?

Hollywood actress Ruth Seymour is home for the summer. But has an ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star resulted in a seriously unplanned consequence?
Jess feels increasingly left out as the only non-mum amongst her friends. Terrified she might lose them altogether, she embarks on becoming a mother too. But is she really ready?
Nina has come to Lakeview to live with her estranged father, Patrick after a bad break-up. But will she ever dare tell him about the secret she is concealing?
One thing’s for sure: someone knows more than they’re telling. And the truth won’t stay hidden forever…

Lakeview Contemporary Romance Series

THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
NEVER SAY NEVER
WISHFUL THINKING
THE GUEST LIST
THE WEDDING INVITE
CHRISTMAS AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
SUMMER AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE (Pre-order now)
LAKEVIEW COLLECTION Books 1 – 4 (save over 50%)

Any novel in the Lakeview contemporary Irish romance series can be read standalone and in any order, as they are all separate stories/characters. What the novels have in common is that each is set/partly set in the picturesque Irish tourist village of Lakeview, and features some recurring secondary characters and locations.

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THE GOOD SISTER

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THE GOOD SISTER WAS A POWERFUL STORY OF DENIAL, DECEIT, LIES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  YOU FORM STRONG BONDS WITH THE ABUSED LINDSEY AND GROW TO LOATHE HER HUSBAND WHO IS CONTROLLING EVEN WHEN MILES AWAY.  LINDSEY’S ONE RAY OF HOPE IS BEING ABLE TO GO TO HER SISTER’S TO HELP HER IN HER LAST STAGE OF PREGNANCY WHILE LINDSEY’S HUSBAND IS AWAY ON BUSINESS.  THERE LINDSEY BEGINS TO COME OUT OF HER SHELL BUT NEVER LETS ON ABOUT HER SECRETS.  THEN LINDSEY’S HUSBAND SHOWS UP UNANNOUNCED AND HER TROUBLES ESCALATE!  TRULY ENJOYED THE READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Top 5 Best Selling Women’s Psychological Fiction** Top 10 Rated Women’s Psychological Fiction.**

Lindsey Bains Johanson has spent her entire life practicing the art of denial. She was always the obedient, perfect daughter of General Travis Bains, until she learned of the atrocities he committed against her own sister. Now, free of her father, she has become the perfect wife. A lifetime of training has enabled her to keep quiet about anything and everything, including the monster her husband becomes behind closed doors.

Circumstances allow her to take an unprecedented vacation, which she uses to visit her sister in Washington State, clear across the country from her home in Arlington, Virginia. Free of her husband’s presence, she starts to step out of the confines he keeps her shackled in. With the help of veterinarian Noah Clark, she learns that she doesn’t have to be so good or obedient. But she also knows that the woman she is becoming is someone her husband will never allow her to be.

When her husband eventually comes for her, she goes home without telling anyone the secret she has kept at the expense of her mind and body. But this time things go too far; and only then does Noah discover what she has hidden for years. But Lindsey knows that nothing will stop her husband from destroying her, no matter how long it takes.

PLEASE be warned that all my titles contain EXPLICIT profanity, sex, mature content matter and often mild violence. Recommended for Mature Audiences ONLY

No cliffhangers
Recommended Reading Order for The Sister Series:
The Other Sister
The Years Between (Jessie & Will)
The Good Sister
The Best Friend
The Wrong Sister
The Years After (April 15, 2015)

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HOW TO KNOCK A BRAVEBIRD FROM HER PERCH

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PECAN IS JUST A NAIVE CHILD HERSELF WHEN HER FATHER DIES AND SHE MARRIES RICKY WHO IS TRAINING TO BECOME A PRIZE FIGHTER.  WITH FOUR CHILDREN, THEY MOVE INTO A DUMP OF AN APARTMENT IN CHICAGO WHERE RICKY HOPES TO MAKE IT BIG.  THEN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEGINS AND PECAN DECIDES SHE MUST TAKE EVERYTHING SHE CAN CARRY AND RUN AWAY WITH THE CHILDREN ONLY TO BE CAUGHT IT THE ACT WHICH BRINGS MUCH MORE ABUSE.  RICKY HAS HIS AUNT COME TO STAY WITH THEM TO HELP OUT AND SHE BECOMES A GOOD FRIEND AND PROTECTOR FOR PECAN SUGGESTING THINGS LIKE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!  PECAN EVEN BEFRIENDS A GENTLEMAN WHO SHE MEETS AFTERNOONS IN THE PARK WITH HER CHILDREN. THIS EVENTUALLY BLOOMS INTO ROMANCE WHICH RICKY DISCOVERS AND HE GOES INTO A WILD RAGE – SOMEONE WILL WIND UP VERY DEAD…A GREAT READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

Literary fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises.

It’s not the typical domestic abuse storyline. In How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, you will find the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes.

A story so moving, it will stay with you long after you put it down.
This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred time because it has just the right amount of honesty and love. And anyone who wants a true underdog story will be captivated until the very end!

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