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51yQf1bMjwLSNAP DECISION ~ COMING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29

Bad boy quarterback Tyler Harris plays ball for a living and breaks hearts for a hobby.

With two championships in as many years, Tyler is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. Women love him. Men want to be him. Only Tyler’s not feeling the love. In fact, he’s not feeling anything at all. Licking his wounds after a scandal and a breakup with his long-time girlfriend, he retreats to a run-down mansion on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Once there, Tyler is blindsided by the sassy redhead next door. He knows that he’s met his match and possibly his soulmate. There’s one problem. She despises him.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys — especially those who play ball. Her new neighbor seems just that type. Yet Tyler’s not the shallow superstar she expected, and she’s inexplicably drawn to football’s bad boy. The two are so hot together, they’re combustible.

As the clock ticks down, can they commit to each other forever? Or will they both fall short of the goal at the last minute?

ScreamfortheCamera (1)SCREAM FOR THE CAMERA~ COMING JANUARY 29!

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A murder…broadcast for thousands to see…has just become a viral sensation.

A brutal, methodical murderer, known as the Facebook Live Killer, has cold-bloodedly killed vibrant, beautiful young women in front of the whole world. The heartless bastard streams the footage on Facebook Live.

The latest killing stuns the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Known for its sun, sand, and sea, the vacation paradise hasn’t seen a murder in over ten years. Now the residents fear a murderer lives among them…taunting them…terrified this is only the beginning.

For Massachusetts State Police Detective, Lieutenant Mason Conrad, the case couldn’t have come at a worst possible time. His life is in the midst of an upheaval. Newly divorced, he is heavy in debt with a child to raise. But he knows the clock is ticking. Someone who blatantly kills in this manner won’t stop.

Moving to the island five years ago, Ettie Harwell came with secrets. Secrets she had hoped never to reveal. Then, the haunting dreams returned. Night after night, visions pull her back into the world she’d prayed she’d never have to face again.

The murders have thrown Mason and Ettie together, plunging them into, not only the Dark Web but a dark world. They have no choice but to track down a demon-possessed killer before he strikes again…and time is running out.

41zCMnZ-TgLCREATUS TALIS ~ COMING DECEMBER 18!

New Release in the Creatus Saga!

For four thousand years, creatus elders have insisted that the creatus population concealed themselves from human beings because humans had hunted the creatus almost to extinction…

But one woman’s research reveals that when creatus first arrived on this planet, humans didn’t fear the alien beings that looked so much like the human race. That is, until the creatus started to breed with humans, creating a ferocious killer feared by humans and creatus alike. A creature so fierce that its legacy of death and destruction has fed nightmares for millennia. And now, a new breed of creatus has been born — or rather, reborn.

Vev, one of the first generations of creatus talis, finds herself torn between her younger family members and a forbidden love as she fights to save the young talis from being turned into a weapon — or worse, annihilation.

51M9J-Qh-7LNEVER TELL ~ COMING FEBRUARY 19!

#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman–Evie Carter–from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim–a hostage–and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder.

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

 

ROMANTIC PICKS KILLER AMONG by S.E. Green #NEWRELEASE

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Lane swore never to be like her late mother. But now she too is a killer. One difference remains—Lane only stalks and punishes the guilty.

But while trailing a new killer of teenage girls dubbed “The Strangler”, Lane makes a terrible miscalculation and kills the wrong man.

Now the family of the man she accidentally murdered is hunting the killer, and Lane is forced to cover her tracks by befriending them. Because everyone knows you keep your enemies close.

But are they really enemies? Lane isn’t so sure.

As the plot surrounding “The Strangler” tightens around her like a noose, for the first time Lane is tempted to trust someone with her darkest secrets. But will breaking down her boundaries bring salvation, or doom?

ROMANTIC PICKS Witching Hour: Sinister Legends #NEWRELEASE

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Signed copy of Witching Hour: Sinister Legends paperback
Direct to Kindle e-copy of the already published Witching Hour: Vices and Virtures anthology

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Bloody Mary…

Bloody Mary…

Bloody…maybe we shouldn’t test that just yet.

Urban legends, fact or fiction, at the end of the day they’re all stories. We know not to spin around the room in the dark whispering her name. We’ve heard about the man with the hook and the terror that stalks the babysitter while she’s home alone.

But there are other tales told around the fire at night. The man finding the steps into hell and sanity flickering away. Mind control experiments by governments, big and small. The woman married to the man of peculiar tastes. There are the haunted hospitals, sleep trials in Russia and more.

Slenderman and Bigfoot are nowhere within these stories; these are only the unusual and dark ones, slanted into truth.

In every legend, there is a seed of truth. Welcome to the Witching Hour.

ROMANTIC PICKS A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett #NewRelease

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A HERITAGE OF DEATH

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An unconventional pastor. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…

Reverend Cecelia “Cici” Gurule dreams of a bruised and bloodied woman who looks alarmingly like Cici. She’d like to pretend the dream is a nightmare and nothing more, but there are too many coincidences in her waking life to write it off. Like the baby that turns up on her porch–a baby that disappeared weeks before.

Cici and Detective Sam Chastain race to find the woman, but the killer finds her first. As the trail grows cold, Cici’s only chance to solve the mystery before she becomes the next target may be a clue left by her ghostly twin.

A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.

Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!

ROMANTIC PICKS If She Were Blind by Laney Wylde #NewRelease

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IF SHE WERE BLIND

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Not everyone can get justice the traditional way—that’s where Estlyn Collins comes in. A young lawyer in Santa Monica, her “legal” service, After Twelve, works outside the courtroom to tip the scales when the justice system has failed.

For a price.

Thanks to her powerful underground network, Estlyn’s success rate is stellar, and her inbox stays filled with inquires from the desperate and vengeful. But when one of those names is a ghost from her past seeking vengeance against her, she’s shaken to her core. Off balance and scared to be alone, she makes an impulsive move for a guy. He’s a complication she doesn’t have time for, but it turns out he may also be an unlikely—if unwitting—asset.

Treading the rapidly thinning line between personal and professional, Estlyn pursues her target while outrunning the one on her own back—only to find she may be running into a lot more than she bargained for.

ROMANTIC PICKS #FREEBIE SPOTLIGHT- The Execution by Sharon Cramer

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Parallel lives are fated to collide in The Execution, a medieval, fantasy thriller, dark adventure, and tragic love story set in fourteenth century France.

A young priest enters the prison cell of a condemned mercenary and is shocked to see the face of this murderer is his own—a mirror image of himself. Unknown to each other until now, the twins form a bond of brotherhood, sealed with their darkest secrets. But with only hours until the execution, the priest begins to question which man should truly be condemned. Should it be the ruthless killer—a boy from an orphanage who suffered the unimaginable—or himself, the man of God whose own tormented desires ended in tragedy? As the sun rises, the young priest knows what he must do. Only one man will die…but two men will be free.

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Find two soundtracks for THE EXECUTION on ITunes: SCARLET RED/Michelle McCammond, and GOD’S FALLEN ANGELS/Luke Yates, Michelle McCammond

Romantic Picks New Release- Fragmented by Colleen Connally

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The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

 

 

She would do anything to protect her family…

Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

 

He would do anything to win a case…

ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.

 

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…Cameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

 

Praise for Fragmented:

 

“Fragmented is a thoroughly engrossing romantic suspense which will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! Author Colleen Connally does a masterful job diving into the demented mind of a serial killer. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love this story. Highly recommended!” ~ S.G. Rogers

 

“A gripping, page-turning thriller. You won’t be able to stop reading. And you’ll sleep with the lights on! Colleen Connally creates evocative words that will send more than chills down your spine. There’s also a few scenes that will grip your heart!”~ Elaine Raco Chase

 

“A fast-paced, sensual romantic suspense with a compelling heroine and a caring, dynamic hero.” ~ Lindsay Townsend

 

JOIN ME ON MONDAY FOR FRAGMENTED’S RELEASE CELEBRATION ON FACEBOOK AND MY WEBSITE!

I’ll be giving away lots of goodies…including a $50 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Books, a print of bridge on the cover, magnets, Boston Strong T-shirts, Mike’s Pastry’s cannolis… stop by on Monday! Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Writing From the Heart

I think with my heart. So, I guess its natural that I would write from my heart as well.

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I have a new release coming in December…December 2. Fragmented is the first book in my new series, Boston’s Crimes of Passion. Its my first contemporary murder/thriller book. I’m excited about Fragmented for a couple of reasons.

I love murder mysteries. I don’t know what it is that attracts me to a good murder. Maybe because I love to solve puzzles. Solving a murder case in a book is kinda like a puzzle. Isn’t it? I get engrossed into the story. I love the ones where I can’t figure out who did it until the end. But…big but…it all has to make sense. It can’t be a suspect pulled out of a hat. I’ll give you example of what I love. One of my favorite thrillers is Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.

Presumed Innocent built until the climax, when the verdict was read. But it wasn’t until the end when it was revealed who the true killer was and what a reveal! I absolutely loved the way the plot evolved. It had me wondering and trying to figure out whodunit. When I first read the book, I’ll admit I didn’t guess who it was, but when I went back and reread it, the story made sense. Subtle clues were left through out the book.  Mr. Turow did an excellent job.

Fragmented was born out of my love for mystery. It was also born out of my love for my community. Fragmented is set in Boston. Boston is my adopted home. I moved up here from the deep South back in 1985. Back before the Red Sox had won a World Series. Back when the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl only to be embarassed by the Chicago Bears. Back when the Celtics had Larry Bird. I moved for one reason—my husband.

My husband was born and raised in Boston. He is a typical Irish Catholic native. One of six children. He is what they call up here an Irish twin. Our wedding, though, was held in Mississippi. I realize that most married couples hold dear their vows, but mine was especially poignant to me. We didn’t write our wedding vows, but the preacher who married us added a little something. It came from the book of Ruth in the Bible.

 “for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”

I didn’t realize it at the time how true those words would become. Boston is a different world than the one I grew up in. From the foothills of north Mississippi where I was raised on a 250 acre farm to the metropolis of Boston. I grew up in a small community where everyone knew each other and, for that matter, they knew each others business as well…where if anything happened to someone, neighbors would rally around one in need. When I moved to Boston, I was thrown into a world where people didn’t look at each other walking down the street. I always had greeted people while I walked. Here in Boston, I think everyone thought me strange for saying ‘hi’. If you’re thinking wide-eyed country bumpkin, you would be right. That would have been me. Still am to a certain extent. Oh…almost forgot —the weather! I never thought my first winter up here in Boston would ever end.

But despite the differences between the two cultures, there are undeniable similarities. Loyalty. Stubbornness. Don’t forget an accent. Both Southerners and Bostonians are unquestionably loyal. They are also unquestionably stubborn. Just ask someone their opinion on a subject. First, you need to understand they’re right. Each may be arguing different sides, but I can assure you they won’t be swayed. And there is no denying where you’re from when you speak—whether you’re a Bostonian or a Southerner.

Up until April of this year, I thought of myself as a Southerner. I still do, but I came to realize that I have become a Bostonian. Where I first moved here, I was a Baltimore Orioles fan. It didn’t take long to be converted to a Red Sox fan. Going to over thirty home games the first year did it to me. It was back when bleacher tickets were 5 dollars. I used to meet my husband down at Fenway after work. It was one of the advantages of working in the Longwood medical area.

Up until April, I would never have acknowledged I had become a Bostonian…even after living here all these years. There was something in me that didn’t want to admit that this place was my home.

After April, I was no longer denying I’m a Bostonian.

Fragmented is dedicated to the people of my adopted home. In a crisis, I have never been prouder of the place I call home. I remember exactly where I was when we heard about the marathon bombing. It was after watching the Red Sox’s game on TV. Hubbie was home because Patriot’s Day is considered a holiday in Boston. It was a beautiful day. We were going to do some lawn work and had just pulled into Lowe’s parking lot when my mom called. She wanted to know if my kids were okay. I didn’t even know anything had happened.

First, if you’re not from Boston, you might not realize what the Boston Marathon is to the city. It’s huge. Thankfully, my kids weren’t at the marathon. Two were in college in other states and the other was at his work. But we had family down at the marathon. My husband immediately called his brother who was at the finish line. Before his call was cut short, his brother was able to tell him that his family was okay.

Even after relief flooded us that our family was safe, we were glued to the TV at the unbelievable sight. It’s not supposed to happen in our country…our home…our Boston. Besides writing, I work at a major hospital in Boston. Going into work that night was surreal. I had never entered into the hospital with armed guards at the entrances until that night and there were a lot of armed guards with very visible guns… but honestly, I was glad they were there.

I wasn’t in Boston when one of the suspects was killed and the other caught. I had flown out earlier that morning. I went home to Mississippi. My mother was ill. While I was flying down South, the city of Boston was on lock down. I listened to travelers talk about Boston and I couldn’t have been prouder of the people. The people of Boston did what they needed to do.

After the danger passed, it left the victims to pick up the pieces of their lives. In the immediate, the hearts of everyone opened up and gave. There were funds set up for the victims. There was the American Red Cross. At the time, I pledged a week’s royalties and I did donate. I split it between one of the funds and the American Red Cross. But even then I wanted to do more.

I pledged to do more. One of the things I comprehended quickly was how horrific some of the injuries were. It was life changing. Some of the victims have lifetime disabilities. I don’t want to forget the victims. My heart goes out to anyone in need whether its here in Boston or anywhere in the world. I can’t tell you how horrible I feel for those poor people over in the Philippines at the moment, but most times, I can’t always do much more than give a donation to a cause.

But with the Boston Marathon bombing, I wanted…needed to do more. In the community I grew up in, when someone was in need, people gave what they could. Giving is a quality that I was instilled with as a child. It’s who I am. I may not can give a million dollars, but I can give what I have. This time I can give my writing.

Fragmented is set in Boston, but the plot has absolutely nothing to do with the bombing. The plot is a murder mystery thriller mingled in with a romance. You know I have to have my romance.

This I pledge to you. I will donate half of my royalties that I get from Fragmented to a charity in Boston. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I can say legally and what I can’t say about what I’m giving. But know this pledge comes from my heart.  I wanted to do something that would keep giving. To me, this is not a temporary gift. It is my intention for this to be a permanent arrangement.

I can’t say what Fragmented will do when released. I’m hoping it will do well. I have poured my heart into the book, but there are some things I don’t have control over.  I have to say thank you to so many people who have helped me over the last few weeks preparing for the release of Fragmented. I appreciated it and won’t forget anyone’s kindness.

So…what’s ahead? I’m going to do my first release launch. I will let you know probably right after Thanksgiving when it will start, but I imagine it should be the first of December. It will run until the week before Christmas. At least, that’s what I’m planning.

Please, join me for the launch of Fragmented- coming in a couple of weeks. I hope you get a chance to read it, review it, and let people know if you enjoy it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Colleen Connally

IN FROM THE COLD: THE I SPY STORIES by Josh Lanyon

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IN FROM THE COLD: THE I SPY STORIES

by Josh Lanyon

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THE I SPY STORIES — I SPY SOMETHING BLOODY Espionage was always a game, but now British spy Mark Hardwicke wants to retire and settle down with ex-lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe — if Stephen will have him. Unfortunately, Stephen has other plans — and so do the terrorists who want Mark dead. I SPY SOMETHING WICKED It’s All Hallow’s Eve and Mark Hardwicke’s past has come back to haunt him. The Old Man needs Mark to go on one last mission to the wild, lonely hills of Afghanistan — a mission Mark knows he can’t survive. Even if he does make it back, Stephen has made it very clear Mark is out of second chances. Should Mark place his lover and his own happiness before duty? I SPY SOMETHING CHRISTMAS Nothing says Christmas like a bullet with your name on it. Mark is used to death and danger. Stephen will never be okay with violence — or Mark’s attitude toward it. Like the holidays weren’t tough enough on a romance.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist — and lives in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

SHADOWS AND SILK by Liliana Hart

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SHADOWS AND SILK

by Liliana Hart

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Agent Brant Scott knows when a battle is lost. He’s been an integral part of hunting down members of the del Fuego cartel for years, but it’s not the violent criminals that have the ability to bring him to his knees. That honor belongs to one woman. And after spending a night in Darcy MacKenzie’s bed, he knows he has to disappear from her life or risk her finding out the one secret that can make her despise him forever.Darcy MacKenzie is hell on wheels. At least that’s what her brothers tell her. And when she has the chance to work with the elite team assigned to destroy the most dangerous drug cartel in the world, she jumps at the chance to lend her expertise by deciphering the Mayan hieroglyphs the cartel is using to send messages.

The only problem is her partner is none other that Brant Scott—the only man she’s ever loved and the one who left her without a backward glance. With secrets of her own—and a body built for sin—Darcy is more than an equal match for the stubborn Brant. But loving each other could be more of a risk than either is willing to take.