Recommended reading: Death on the Vine

Death on the VineFREE on Amazon!

Just before high school graduation, Daisy Murphy returns home from a football game and finds her mother standing over her abusive boyfriend’s body—holding a bloody hammer. In the aftermath, Daisy flees her home and eventually establishes a new life as an expert winemaker in the Central Valley of California. But as hard as she tries to get away from her past, the effects of that horrible night travel with her.

Detective Jake Frisco has unearthed a murder at the vineyard where Daisy is employed as the winery’s expert winemaker. It doesn’t take long to discover that Daisy is haunted by her past and carries a heavy burden. It seems that possible involvement in an unsolved murder is part of her life’s baggage. Does this put Daisy at the top of the suspect’s list? Can he put aside his growing feelings for her and follow the leads in the case, even if they take him straight to her as the murderer?

Can Daisy finally face her past and trust that the truth she offers the Detective will be enough to save her? Will she find the courage to ask for a future beyond the sorrow of her youth—a future filled with love and self-worth?

Recommended reading: What We Don’t Know

What We Don't KnowGet it on Amazon!

Selective Mutism. That’s the diagnosis for 11-year-old Brontë McCabe, who hasn’t spoken a word in seven years. And who could blame her, after witnessing her parents’ deadly plunge into the Truckee River near hauntingly beautiful Lake Tahoe?

Isabella Nichols, Brontë’s guardian and self-proclaimed defender, will do anything to protect her niece. When Brontë’s uncle—her dad’s twin brother—suddenly shows up and threatens a custody battle, sparks fly. Especially considering the history between him and Isabella.

Isabella’s mother wants to help. Even though she may be right—about a lot of things—Belle doesn’t want her help. Especially considering their history.

Those aren’t the only sparks flying, thanks to Ty Cole, who’d like to be more than Isabella’s friend. Way more. Why does she keep pushing him away? Why does she push everyone away?

What does Brontë really remember about that night?

And does Isabella Nichols really want to know?

Enjoyable reading!

Broken GlassGet it on Amazon!

What can one man do to recover what is his?

A small planet, its wealth hidden – or so they thought; peaceful, although its inhabitants are prepared to fight for what is theirs—they call it Homeworld.

A traitor helps a rival house in its attempt to capture the planet. The ruling family fights back and all but one are captured. Steg de Coeur, directed by The Glass Complex, an ancient and self-aware computer complex, flees the planet. He gradually learns of his ability to communicate with computers, friendly, hostile, or alien.

But he must ignore the siren songs of the stars.

He is pursued by false warrants and traitorous Imperial forces.

Their objective—his death.

His objective—revenge.

The Glass Complex is a series of action-packed adventures in space. If you like interspecies intrigue, military sci-fi, and a touch of fantasy, then you’ll love this intergalactic space opera.

Read Broken Glass, the first book in this series.

Intriguing and disturbing!

The Last Bastion of CivilizationGet it on Amazon!

If you’re a contrarian, or simply wish to imagine a radically different future, The Last Bastion of Civilization will challenge your current world-view.

Written as a series of letters and short essays, each of the 18 chapters attacks a present-day assumption with a counter-punch argument of its own.

Sometimes controversial, always challenging, it’s a future to consider given today’s world affairs.

“Blencowe’s writing is fast-paced and easily readable. The structure of the book is unusual, in that it’s not a novel, though not quite non-fiction. I can best categorize it as fictional journalism, or perhaps an imaginary opinion piece. He expresses himself clearly and his intentions and message are never in doubt.”  —Andrew Henry

An exciting and fun page turner!

Obsidian: Birth to VenusFREE on Amazon!

The year is 2116. Scientists understand why super-centenarians live to 100, 115, even 125 years old. But, 66 years have passed since Dr. Jai Dean was born and she doesn’t look a day over 21. And, she’s only grown stronger with age. She can see better than a bird of prey, pinpoint the vertical position of any sound, strike a target 600 meters away, and heal wounds that cut straight to the bone. For decades, she’s had no name for it, no label to define what she is, no way to understand her body or understand the power she holds. Jai lives on the run, determined to keep her family and secret safe.

Everything changes when scientists discover the Homo sentient, a new, superior species that can siphon other people’s energy to maintain their youth. For the first time, Jai believes she’s not alone. What will she do, when new friends become family, tensions rise, and humans and sentients are bent on destroying each other?

The world is breaking. A powerful shadow force hunts her family. And, Jai is still evolving. With new skills and buried secrets, Jai’s future may be uncertain, but she knows who she is, and what she stands for.

Birth to Venus is the first book in THE OBSIDIAN CHRONICLES, which follow Jai as she’s haunted by her past and struggles to shape the future when Homo sapiens no longer rank at the top of food chain.

Jai’s story is La Femme Nikita meets The Handmaid’s Tale with an evolutionary twist. It’s a story about the future but, more than that, it’s a story about the things that never change. For Jai, family is defined by choice, not by birth or blood. Family matters, and it’s worth fighting for. This is a story that’s relevant to our divided nation today.

WHAT EARLY READERS ARE SAYING:

This book tells an excellent sci-fi fantasy story about the discovery of a new species, “Homo sentient,” that is superior to humans. The story follows Jai, a sentient who feels alone as she struggles to understand what she really is. As the story progresses, she finds out that she’s not alone, she finds solace in a motley crew of sentients, and ultimately she and her friends are forced to take sides when a rivalry brews between humans and sentients. The story is futuristic, yet unfolds with striking relevance to our currently divided nation. I liked how the sci-fi was explained through the lens of modern day science. And, the science was balanced with martial arts, romance, and friendship. If you’re looking for a new world in sci-fi fantasy with a dose of political intrigue, then I definitely recommend this book.
______

This is a great read with interesting characters. The writing is smooth and so beautiful that it captures each scene vividly. I can easily lose myself in the story. It is exciting and unpredictable.
______

The author combines many types of action (covert ops, shoot outs, and martial arts) with a suspenseful sci-fi fantasy plot, emotional side stories, and even some steamy sexy scenes, making this an exciting and fun page turner. The protagonist develops a strong sense of herself in a way that’s relatable and empowering. And, I enjoyed the author’s approach to the scientific aspects of the story. She describes how humans could be surpassed by a new superior species, but she takes a novel approach to the reaction we humans might have to it, ultimately posing important questions that are actually relevant to our nation today. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series so I joined the author’s mailing list. Sign up is on her website, where there’s also an animated video that complements her cover art. So, if you’re looking for an entertaining and though-provoking read, I highly recommend this book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Check out the author’s writing and illustration website at www.marisavictus.com.

If you enjoy her books, please show the love and tell your friends and family!

Excellent holiday book with magical beings & dreams!

Sandra ClausFREE on Amazon!

After 17-year-old Cassandra Penelope Clausmonetsiamlydelaterra… pulled off the win of the century by landing the new position of South Pole Santa, she thought her life would launch into constant good times. After all, being Santa Claus is just about the best job ever. Sandra doesn’t get much time to celebrate, though, before people everywhere – adults and children – start objecting to her selection. The Protest has been launched across the globe and if she can’t change their minds – and fast – her new position may be gone as quickly as it came! Not-to-mention, she has to learn all there is to know about being Santa, get the new village underway at the South Pole, decide on her transportation, help Santa prepare for Christmas, tour the world, organize elves – her to-do list is longer than her last name! On top of everything else, there’s dark magic lurking just waiting for Sandra to turn eighteen, worrying everyone who loves her.
Like JingleBelle Jackson’s first book in the South Pole Santa series, The Search for South Pole Santa, this is a book full of magic and mayhem. You’ll find old and new friends, surprises, romance, small and large adventures and one really big dragon. Christmas lovers of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled romp that travels from pole-to-pole and all around the world. It’s a tale filled with twists and turns that capture our traditional Christmas stories and gives them a new sense of wonder.

An epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue and betrayal!

Apollo's RavenFREE on Amazon!

Bronze Medal Fantasy/Historical 2017 Global Ebooks Award
2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Award: Historical Fiction – Official Selection

24 AD Britannia is in turmoil. Celtic kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that foretells Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. King Amren reveals to his daughter, Princess Catrin, the grim prophecy that his former queen pronounced at her execution for treason to him:

The gods demand the scales be balanced for the life you take. If you deny my soul’s journey to the Otherworld by beheading me, I curse you to do the same as mine. I prophesize your future queen will beget a daughter who will rise as a Raven and join your son, Blood Wolf, and a mighty empire to overtake your kingdom and to execute my curse.

Catrin is trained as a warrior and discovers she is the Raven and must find a way to block the curse of the evil former queen. Torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy–Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony–and her loyalty to her people, she must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that awaits her.

Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love with Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren? Will she save Ancient Britannia?

Heartwarming and engaging!

Love Will FollowGet it on Amazon!

At age 10, Kittie Thornton was forced to leave her brother-protector on the train full of orphans and follow her new “family” into an abusive hell. Now, as a frightened 18-yr-old, she must flee or die at the hands of the man who never saw her as a daughter, only as his woman. With no funds and little hope of succeeding in her flight, Kittie finds meager work in Mounthaven, Ohio, the only place she remembered her own parents speaking of with fond memories. And there she hides.

Rich with poignant, mystical dream scenes and glimpses of what family can truly be, Bailey Bristol weaves a tale of danger and endurance, loss and depravity, honor and trust…and a love that blurs the lines between hope and the spirit world.

One of the most remarkable new voices in sexy, smart romantic suspense!

Trident Security Series

Get it on Amazon!

“No one does Alpha heroes like Samantha A. Cole!”—New York Times, USA Today, #1 Amazon Bestseller, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker

“One of the most remarkable new voices in sexy, smart romantic suspense. You need to discover Samantha Cole right now!” ~ USA Today Bestselling Romance Author Angel Payne

Leather & Lace:

How does a “vanilla” woman write a BDSM novel? With hands-on research!

Kristen needs inspiration and personal experience for a sequel to her unexpected and kinky bestseller. Devon, an ex-Navy SEAL and private club owner, is all too happy to help.

Soon, a single weekend of hot and dirty sex turns into something more. But while they fight their connection, a killer has Devon in his sights.

Will they survive with their hearts and lives intact?

His Angel:

Angie has been looking for Mr. Right, but all her dates have turned out to be Mr. Oh-so-wrong. Until she meets her new neighbor’s boss—tall, dark, and deliciously dominant.

Ian, owner of a private security company and an elite BDSM club, has had his eye on the pretty blonde since the day they were introduced. He convinces himself he should stay away from her until a secret he must keep to himself gives him a reason to get closer to her.

When trouble knocks on Angie’s front door, she puts her life in Ian’s hands. His security team is determined to keep her alive at all costs, but when the smoke clears, will Angie walk out of Ian’s life forever?

Waiting For Him:

Thirty-six hours was all it took for eighteen-year-old Ben to go from being the happiest man alive to having his world fall apart.

Kat was his best friend’s sister and the only woman to ever hold the key to Ben’s heart. Then she and her family were gone in an instant, killed in a devastating accident.

Twelve years later, Kat emerges from the shadows of the Witness Protection Program, only to find the danger her father had placed them in still out there. The last thing she wants to do is put her high-school sweetheart in danger, but he’s the only person she trusts with her life.

Working for a private-security firm, Ben is shocked when his evening appointment is a ghost from the past. He knows he can’t refuse to help Kat, but when it’s over he knows he’ll have to let her go; she deserves better than the man he’s become.

Will Ben and Kat survive, or will he once again have to bury the only woman he’s ever loved?

***The Trident Security series contains elements of the BDSM lifestyle, sensual romance, nail-biting suspense, and happily-ever-afters.

The Trident Security Series:
Book 1 – Leather & Lace (Devon & Kristen)
Book 2 – His Angel (Ian & Angie)
Book 3 – Waiting For Him (Boomer & Kat)
Book 3.5 – Not Negotiable: A Novella (Parker & Shelby)
Book 4 – Topping the Alpha (Jake & Nick)
Book 5 – Watching From the Shadows (Marco & Harper)
Book 5.5 – Whiskey Tribute: A Novella (Curt & Dana)
Book 6 – Tickle His Fancy (Brody & Fancy)
Book 7 – Absolving His Sins (Carter & Jordyn)
Book 7.5 – Option Number Three (Mitch, Tyler, & Tori)
Book 8 – Salvaging His Soul (Jase & Brie)

The books of the Trident Security Series can be read as stand-alones, however, for optimum enjoyment they are best read in order.

For Readers of Before We Were Yours and the Orphan Train and lovers of The Great Gatsby.

Somewhere Still

Get it on Amazon!

Roaring Twenties. Kansas City. One woman’s transformative journey of love, betrayal, and redemption. From the day Jean Ball lands a job at the elegant Empire hotel, she quickly learns the secrets of the entitled class. Dazzled by a Roaring Twenties society on the cusp of radical change, this naive and innocent young woman finds herself dancing, bobbing her hair, and falling for Elden Whitcomb, the handsome son of the wealthy hotel owner. The stakes rise when the Whitcombs’ powerful secrets are revealed and loving Elden comes at a price – one that may be too high for Jean to pay.

Shattered and alone, Jean’s in the battle of her life in a city alive with romance, smoky speakeasies, jazz music and scandal, but divided by race and class. With the help and encouragement of influential women, Jean may find what she has always needed, though her choices could echo through generations. But will the man she trusted and so fiercely loves redeem himself?

Somewhere Still offers a unique window into the history and culture of Kansas City at a turning point in its development and blends history and fiction to tell the coming-of-age story of one young woman’s transformative journey of love, betrayal, and redemption.

Denitta Ward uses historical sites and real events to explore Jean’s transformation from an innocent young girl to a self-assured woman, making her way in a society in transition. Somewhere Still aims to give insight into 1920s Kansas City, a city on the cusp of significant change. During this time, the city’s society women united to urge social advances, the jazz culture was born, baseball’s famous Negro League was formed, and the city had a burgeoning Prohibition bootleg trade.