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bikinibaristas

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Bikini Baristas is a tale of two scofflaws.

Dick Randall is the owner of a chain of bikini barista stands in the Seattle area. Clayton Johnson-White is a teenage kid who thinks he’s smarter than the rest of the world.

The story begins when Dick’s pickup truck is discovered burned-out in the California desert. What happened to him? Did he fake his death to escape his sleazy past or did the past catch up with him?

To get away from his trailer-trash life, Clayton drops out of school and runs away into the woods of Camano Island. He breaks into vacation homes and steals what he needs.

Private detective Catrina Flaherty is hired by Dick’s wife to find out how he disappeared. When she and her partner, Ted Higuera, start turning over stones, some shocking things come crawling out.

Ted’s best friend, Chris Hardwick, has his first case as a grownup lawyer. He is assigned the Clayton Johnson-White file. He expects to do a quick plea-bargain and get on with his life. Instead, he finds Clayton has evolved into a professional criminal who teaches himself to fly, steals airplanes and goes on a nationwide crime spree. Chris, Ted and Cat are intertwined on a case that takes on international proportions.

What do these two cases have in common? In the end, they come together with the force of two colliding freight trains.

Are you carrying a heavy load?

“Everyone will benefit from reading Lorna’s book.” 
—Connie Barrick, Local Sales Manager KSVI/KHM

“It is a treasured gift of wisdom.”
—Nancy Mills, Founder/Creator The Spirited Woman

Lose the Baggage

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“Lose the Baggage, Lose the Weight: a woman-to-woman recipe for life is not only a tool to help you look and become healthier and happier; it is one courageous woman’s journey from the ‘outside in!’ Poignant and powerful!”
—Joan Bryden, host of the syndicated show “Turn of the Page.”

Baggage: We all have it. From the time we take our first steps, our experiences, our families, our friends, and acquaintances all help to determine the paths we take and the person we become. As we pack our virtual suitcase, we sometimes fold in some heavy burdens. If the load is getting heavy, it is time to open up the bag and see what’s in there. Lose the Baggage, Lose the Weight, is a book about using your life and your experiences to create positive change.

Whether you are struggling with a difficult time in your life, a weight problem or an addiction, this is the book for you. The exercises and information provided will help you make positive changes in your life. Changes that will last a lifetime.

Save The Date: (Christian Romance Series)

Save The DateFREE on Amazon!

Megan McClaurin dreams of her happily ever after in this swoon-worthy inspirational Christian women’s religious fiction that’s perfect for all ages waiting on God to write their love story.

After one heartbreak after another, years of being single, and a devastating dating experience that lands her in the hospital, Meghan is now forced to enter the Shiloh’s Save The Date, a contest designed to find the Prince a bride with a royal wedding. Of course, her meddling mother who wants her married now, friends, and even Pastor push her to enter but she struggles with faith and fears and wonders if she could ever win or even find true love after all she’s been through.

In the midst of finding out about the contest and entering into it, Meghan’s life changes in ways she could never imagine. Starting out she had no suitors and now she has two supposed suitors. Now, Meghan struggles to decide where her heart indeed lies and who will bring her the fairytale ending she desperately wants. Is it in Prince Jamal the supposed arrogant, quite insensitive and spoiled rich boy she’s heard stories of from the blogs and others? Is it her new suitor, Raymond, who she’s just met and may love? Or will someone else from her suitor’s past destroy her chance of finding love and romance altogether?

Find faith, hope, and love in this cozy, Christian romantic, African American Fiction, and Women Fiction that God wants to do for you if you’ll only just trust him.

A gorgeously funny, romantic and seductive modern fairy-tale…

The Royal Treatment

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I have never laughed out loud so much in my life…incredibly funny, witty, romantic, swoony…wonderfully charming and deliriously dreamy…~MammieBabbie Book Club

Absolutely brilliant…original…hilarious…I have to HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Royal Treatment to EVERYONE! ~ Jennifer, The Power of Three Readers Book Blog

Filled with witty and sarcastic humour, along with massive sexual chemistry…The Royal Treatment is the ultimate rom-com. ~ Tara, Bare Naked Words Reviews

For fans of Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries comes a laugh-out-loud, feel-good comedy with a sizzling side of romance…

Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

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?

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.
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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.
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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.

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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?

Fantastic fantasy thriller!

Houdini's Last TrickFREE on Amazon!

The world’s greatest magician has just one chance to pull off an illusion that will save the lives of everyone he loves.

Harry Houdini has a talent unlike any other—and it isn’t magic. The famous illusionist has escaped death countless times because of his supernatural ability to see potential outcomes. But when a mysterious man running from a deadly pursuer seeks out the magician for help, the only outcome Houdini sees is death. Now in possession of an ancient object that brings danger to its possessors, Houdini finds himself on a chase that extends from the speakeasies of Manhattan to the grand movie palaces of 1920’s Hollywood. But a final confrontation will force Houdini to decide who can live and who must die.

Houdini’s Last Trick/ is the standalone prequel to The Sixteen Burdens historical fantasy series. If you like The Night Circus, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, then you’ll love Khalaf’s page-turning period-piece adventure with a fantastical twist. Named a finalist for the Black Hills Press Summer Writing Project (2015).

Buy Houdini’s Last Trick today to read the story that started Khalaf’s award-winning series!

Action Thriller!

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A military thriller.
Trust:Brother in Arms.
Betrayal:Brother versus Brother.
Justice: Results within the rule of law.
Retribution: Eye for an eye.

A fight among brothers leads to death in the family.

Two brothers given the task to rectify the wrong, each with their own idea how best to get the job done.

How far will they go?

Their decision will change their lives, Forever.