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Winner, The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books Award for Literary Fiction and indieBRAG medallion honoree.

Liza’s mother-in-law once called her a godless hippie raised by wolves. Now, after five years of marriage to her elder son, five years of disapproval and spite, the family accidentally learns that Estelle has a fatal illness. And Estelle comes to her with an impossible request. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the question from her husband and his brother. As the three children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers?

(Reader note: Although it’s Book Two in the Trager Family Secrets Series, Don’t Tell Anyone is a stand-alone story.)

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Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon–here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times–Southern Legacy Serial.
 
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In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen,their character could never be questioned–loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman–Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

This is a serial! The books may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books–Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.

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It’s Christmas in small town, Carlton Grove…

In holiday love story, Belinda Page, a single mom of a very intelligent four-year-old daughter, is at her wits end trying to keep up with the baby genius. When the child throws herself into a lake to rescue a puppy, Belinda is frantic. Turning to the man who saves both babies, she seeks his support – until she finds out he’s one of those hated Carltons. After all, it was at their home where she’d gone to a party, been drugged, raped and left to deal with the consequences.

Dr. Reed Carlton, an introvert who feels uncomfortable around most people, can’t believe his luck. He’s finally found Lindy; a girl from his past, a fond memory that has haunted him for over four years. Except that once this Lindy learns who he is, she hates him. What was that all about? At least her daughter and the puppy were on his side. But would their affection be enough for Lindy to accept him into her family’s life.

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Derrick is one of the creatus, created beings who have lived on the earth for more than four thousand years. Many questions surround the origin of these sentient beings who are stronger than humans, eat differently, and live longer. But they were created just as we were, maybe even before us. It is from them we obtain our fairy tales–and our nightmares. They are the reason we believe in superheroes–and monsters. Because…they exist.

In the past, they kept the human race safe from an anonymous distance. But now Derrick must come out of the darkness to save a woman he has no business loving, even if doing so may threaten his entire race.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story…it’s a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

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Newly Published and Edited as of October 2013

Jasmine Freeman’s world is about to tumble down around her and the one responsible for it is none other than her first love, Derek Titan. She hasn’t seen him in ten years, and they are both going to learn the truth of what happened back then.

Jasmine grew up wealthy and oblivious to the destruction her father caused all around him. Derek was from the wrong side of the tracks. In ten years their lives will be reversed. He is now a multi-billionaire tycoon and she works hard, but barely gets by due to her father’s unethical business practices.

Derek comes seeking revenge and instead finds out he has a half grown son and the woman he’s been angry with for so many years is not who he thought she was. They both fight against the passion they still feel for each other, but in the end it is irresistible.

Come take the journey with Derek and Jasmine as they rediscover a passion that never died and the lies that kept them apart.

ROMANTIC PICKS #SUMMERTIMEREAD #FREE Almost Perfect Three Volume Collection

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Three men, seductive as sin and living single meet three strong women passionate about life, love, and family who will change their lives forever.

No Perfect Fate: When Cleo Anderson parks her Play-Mor in a small fish camp on the banks of the Suwannee River, her arrival draws the curious attention of eleven-year-old, Katie. Beautiful, yet shy, Cleo seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until Katie draws her into reluctant relationships with her godfather, Fletcher, and the plain-spoken elderly camp owner. Despite her reserve, Cleo soon becomes attached to the close-knit community of campers. Even as Cleo begins to overcome her reserve, she struggles with an inner voice and a past that haunts her and won’t let go.

No Perfect Secret: Betrayed thrice over by her husband, Anna believes her imploded life will right itself if only she buys a dog. Investigator Frank Caburn has other ideas. He already owns a dog. Man to the bone and manufacturing testosterone like Frito Lay does chips, all he wants is to fall in love and be done with it. Anna Nesmith is the one. But how to tell her without tripping over a layer of secrets is beyond him. Frank is saddled with his elderly bosses; both of whom who plan to keep their jobs until the Rapture or the sun burns out–whichever comes last. Adding to his woe is a cross-dressing dominatrix with OCD, a purple haired hacker on parole, and Anna’s back-stabbing mother-in-law. Falling in love has never been more difficult.

No Perfect Destiny: Leah Spencer lives in the present until a past she has outrun imperils her future. An investigation into missing funds at work threatens all she holds dear. Detective Leo Garvey has her in his sights as the number one suspect and more. Leah knows she must be careful, that nothing good could come from Leo’s attraction. Leo doesn’t see it her way. If he proves her guilty, he loses. If innocent, he wins. Yet, convincing Leah the past can only be escaped by embracing something better seems to fall on deaf ears. While Leo works to uncover the truth, Leah determines it will never surface.

ROMANTIC PICKS REVIEW The Lake House by Kate Morton

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THE LAKE HOUSE

Author: Kate Morton

ASIN: B00LD1S3PY

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Ebook

606 pages

Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

Sadie Sparrow a London Detective on leave in beautiful Cornwall, stumbles upon the estate of Loeanneth.  What stories lie within the ruins of this old English country mansion and gardens?  When Sadie finds out it is the home of a terrible tragedy seventy years prior, she becomes obsessed with finding out what answers can be found behind it’s doors.  I found this to be a beautifully written story of complex characters, secrets, and forbidden love set in the early 1900’s and continuing for over 70 years.  I thought I knew the answers, but Ms. Morton revealed a truth I didn’t see coming.

Reviewed by Joyce H. For Romantic Picks Blog

ROMANTIC PICKS REVIEW The Third Wife: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

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THE THIRD WIFE: A NOVEL

Author: Lisa Jewell

ASIN: B00P42WVUQ

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Ebook

337 pages

Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

Can someone be too close to the forest to see the trees?  Adrian Wolfe believe he is the center of one big happy family.  Though married three times, his current wife, Maya, and his ex-wives get along fabulously.  In fact, they vacation together and all his children appear well adjusted and seems to be very happy.  Then his life changes with the squeal of brakes as Maya tumbles into the path of a bus on a dark night.   Alone and depressed, a mysterious woman appears in his life only to disappear just as quickly.  Then Adrian finds the emails and his world is turned upside down.  Beautifully written I found myself turning page after page to find out more about this family and the secrets that must be told so that the blinders can be removed.

Reviewed by Joyce H. For Romantic Picks Blog

ROMANTIC PICKS REVIEW The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND

Author: Katarina Bivald

ASIN: B0108GOL9Q

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Ebook

402 pages

Women’s Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

What a lovely story.  Two pen pals; one young and one old, one in Sweden and one in small town America, drawn together by their love of books.  But what happens when the young Swede puts caution to the wind and travels around the world to meet her friend only to find her friend has passed away?  This is where our story begins. Katrina Bivald combines letters written to Sara from Amy to reveal an insight into this small town on the brink of extinction.  Its inhabitants embrace Sara and she begins to finally find herself.  With the help of Amy’s books, Broken Wheel begins to blossom.  I found myself transported to this town and I just wanted to curl up in the window of the Oak Tree Bookstore with a cup of hot chocolate, a good book and every now and then glance out the window and quietly observe the characters in this wonderful world.  Filled with many emotions and touching on some hot button topic such as bi-racial relations, homosexuality and the economic crisis, Ms. Bivald makes us laugh and wish that we could spend some time with these folks.

Reviewed by Joyce H

ROMANTIC PICKS REVIEW The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron

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THE STONE NECKLACE

Author: Carla Damron

ASIN: B0178I2YZU

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Ebook

288 pages

Women’s Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

Our story begins with what seems to be simple indigestion but then escalates into a story about how our lives are so inter twined with others.  Carla Damron tells a story of how the loss of one life effects four different people.  Set in Columbia, South Carolina, our author does a superlative job of describing the diverse people of this southern town.  I found myself feeling such empathy for each of our characters, the widow who has been unable to see how ill her daughter is, a nurse trying to rebuild her life after a devastating mistake, the mother of a small child living with a husband she doesn’t recognize anymore, and a homeless man who has to fight demons both real and imagined in his world.  A beautiful story of life, love and hope.  Tears may flow with the story but they are not necessarily sad.  This is a story that will live with you after the last page.

Joyce H. Reviewer for Romantic Picks Reviews

 

ROMANTIC PICKS BOOK REVIEW America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

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AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER

Author: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

ASIN: B00ZP4KE70

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Ebook

624 pages

Hictorical Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

What a wonderful read!  “America’s First Daughter” is the story of Thomas Jefferson as told by his daughter Patsy as she relives her life while reading letter after letter written by and to her father and others after he passes.  We travel with her as a child when they are forced to flee Monticello in the dead of night in the early days of our country. We dance with her at balls in the palace of Versailles in Paris at the beginning of the French Revolution.  We are privy to conversations of historical figures as Patsy plays First Lady in her father’s White House and we sit by her side as her father’s last breath leaves his body. Most important we feel the love and heartbreak that this first daughter of our country must endure during her lifetime as our country grows around her. To me, this family saga of the Revolutionary War is equal to that of the O’Hara’s during the Civil War in Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”.  A must read.  I know I will read again and again.

Joyce H. Reviewer for Romantic Picks Reviews

ROMANTIC PICKS REVIEWS That Summer Night by Barbara Freethy

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THAT SUMMER NIGHT

Author: Barbara Freethy

ASIN: B00KPZSHSM

 

Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC

Ebook

305 pages

Romantic Suspense

Rating: 4 Stars

This novel while being the 6th in a series is an exciting action packed stand alone read.  The main heroine is a doctor who finds herself in a horribly traumatic situation in another country while working on a pharmaceutical trial.  Her mentor who helped her along the way in her career is missing and she’s tasked with doing him a favor by encouraging an estranged sibling to assist her.  The truth is that up front I felt like I knew where the story would go and I was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t go the way I expected.  Each time I thought I knew what was coming the author blind sided me with suspense and pulled me back into rooting for both answers and love to win.  The best part is when I finished I wanted to know more about this family.  Now I am off to download more of the series because all of the stories mentioned in this one that intersect with the characters sound fabulous.  I am hooked!

 

 

 

ROMANTIC PICKS #FREE #PARANORMAL Creatus by Carmen DeSousa

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Derrick is one of the creatus, created beings who have lived on the earth for more than four thousand years. Many questions surround the origin of these sentient beings who are stronger than humans, eat differently, and live longer. But they were created just as we were, maybe even before us. It is from them we obtain our fairy tales–and our nightmares. They are the reason we believe in superheroes–and monsters. Because…they exist.

In the past, they kept the human race safe from an anonymous distance. But now Derrick must come out of the darkness to save a woman he has no business loving, even if doing so may threaten his entire race.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story … it’s a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

Bonus Material! Creatus includes the prequel: Creatus (They Exist) and a sneak peek at Creatus Rogue.

“This story is completely unique, and is definitely not generic sex and vampires. In fact, I think Creatus will redefine the paranormal genre. Creatus has intrigue, suspense, romance, and tremendous depth.” — Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer Vine Voice
“This book could easily classify itself as romance / mystery / suspense / thriller… I’m not a big Twilight fan, but I did enjoy the first movie… I found Creatus reminding me somewhat of Twilight, but with actors I loved.” — New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda S. Prather