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was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a
magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train
lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years
later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of
New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they
constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining.
By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest
mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.
and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr
apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed
to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction
means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo
and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher
is real. Which means they have to solve it.
National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New
York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.
Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Charlotte Devon is running from her past and Anthony Fairfax's running from his debt. The two have such different problems there is no way they should get together. Then they make the mistake of claiming to be married and forget that in Scotland that means they are married. I loved how they both found a way to make the marriage work while solving both of their problems. Anthony turned out to be more that just a very charming gambler and Charlotte learns that her birth does not define her. A nice story with interesting characters. My only problem with Ridley's writing is how long she spends inside her characters head with no outside interaction. More dialog to define the problems less time just thinking about them.
Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Eve Langlais My rating: 4 of 5 stars You never know what will happen when you catch a tiger by his tail. Lulu finds out when she gets involved with Broderick. In this short story both Lulu and Broderick have secrets that lead to some laughs out loud moments. Broderick knows Lulu is his mate but she is human and just does not want to believe him even though she also feels the bond. There is enough world building and backstory to support the plot. The ending did make me wonder if there is a story for another character in the works. This is a nice short read. Pick it up for when you don't have time for a long books but need something to lighten your mood.
The Last Good Cowboy by Kate Pearce My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ry Morgan has finally had enough and he is back at the Morgan ranch to stay. His identical twin does not take it well and that adds to the tension in the story. Avery Hayes provides the romantic tension. She had a bad accident 7 years ago and does not see herself as being complete. Ry on the other hand does and now that he is home he is acting on the attraction that he felt before he left years ago. I really liked Ry. He is one of the good guys and his action reflect that. There is still the mystery from when his mother disappeared when he was 5 years old and some old stuff comes out in the book. Between the tension between Ry and his twin, Avery's lack of confidence, and trying to find what happened to Ry's mother this a cannot put down book. There is still one Morgan man and a new character ready for romance. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true
thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and
danger come at the protagonists from several directions.Zanetti's brilliance at storytelling is
on full display...When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don't get better
than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL
“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of
Zara and Ryker's lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that's
sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE
“Budget your time, readers, because this is
one that's hard to put down.” —HeroesandHeartbreakers.com on DEADLY SILENCE
A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . .
Revenge. It's the only thing that will help
Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the
loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as
bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.
Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to
bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's
latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya
uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them
both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the
forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to
exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.
She shook her head. “No. I’m
staying.” Her words were brave, but her chest hurt. No way could she deal with a
serial killer all on her own. She could train every day for the rest of her
life and not end up as practiced or as deadly as Heath already was, and she
knew it. “I understand you have other cases and people after you. So leave, and
I’ll handle this myself.”
“Those are big words, baby,” he
Her lip quivered, and she bit
down on it. “I know. I promised her, Heath. It’s all I have left to give to
He paused, understanding
crossing his expression. “Ah, sweetheart. Your sister wouldn’t want that for
you.” His voice turned velvety and soft. Soothing.
Anya nodded. “I know. But she
was my sister. We shared blood and part of a childhood. She took me
trick-or-treating when I was five, and it’s one of my best memories. Then when
I needed help as an adult, she didn’t hesitate. She came to me right away, like
family. She was the first person I really cared about in far too long, and it
hurts like hell that I got her killed.”
He breathed out, the emotion in
his eyes deepening.
She swallowed. “I have to do
this for her. Either you understand that or you don’t.”
“Why don’t you just let us
She pressed her point. “I could,
but you need me. I’m the bait.” Inwardly, she winced at the description. That
wouldn’t help her to convince him. “Also, here’s the deal. This could be a long
op. At some point, you have to leave and deal with whatever is haunting you
from your past. When you do, I’ll just challenge him again, and next time you
won’t be around to assist.”
“That’s extortion,” Heath said,
amusement curving his lip.
She grinned. “Apparently I’m
getting quite good at it.”
Heath shook his head. “You’re
putting me in an untenable position, baby.”
“No, I’m not.” She shrugged out
of his hold. Finally. “I’m not yours to protect, Heath. We’re not together, and
we’re not responsible for each other.” The words sliced through her even as she
said them. “You’ve been more than clear on that score.”
“There’s something here, Anya.
Maybe something real and lasting, if I get everything done I need to do.”
She blinked. “What’s that?”
“The less you know the better.
“What a bunch of bullshit. Go
back to your ‘This is fake’ proclamation,” she all but yelled. “Your position
is one of work . . . and this is just work.”
His chin lifted. “You think this
is just work?” The tone—low and filled with tension—zinged through her body.
Her legs trembled with the urge
to take a step back. “Yes.”
“Want me to prove otherwise?”
His eyes darkened to the color of the sky right before midnight hit.
As a threat, as a warning, it was
damn good. But she’d gone too far to give in now. “You can’t.” Yeah, she’d just
waved a red flag in front of a bull.
He didn’t move a muscle. His
focus on her was so absolute, she wanted to squirm. “You’re into challenging
dangerous men these days, aren’t you?”
She kept her stance. “You’re not
all that dangerous, Heath.”
His smile stole her breath. Then
he moved. Faster than she could track, he had her by the armpits and up in the
air as he carried her toward the bedroom with such speed that her legs automatically
wound around to clasp his rib cage. By the time she sucked in air to protest,
her butt was on the bed, and he was flattening himself over her.
She struggled, her body on fire,
fighting the urge to laugh out loud.
His mouth crushed hers, and she
He held nothing back, kissing
her hard, pressing her head into the comforter. His tongue worked hers, his
powerful body plastered against hers, and his hands dug into her hair to hold
her in place. Desire spun so quickly into need she couldn’t breathe, even when
he wasn’t controlling her mouth.
She shifted against him, closing
her eyes to kiss him back. This was what she’d wanted. All of this.
He nipped her lip, soothing the
slight pain with another kiss. Then he traced along her jawline, kissing and
nipping, finally reaching her earlobe, where he bit.
She arched against him, letting
out a soft sigh.
“Anya.” His fingers tangled in
her hair, and erotic pain tingled down her scalp. One of his strong arms slid
around her waist and then down. His palm spread across her butt, and he ground
her against his hard cock.
Pleasure swamped her, and mini
explosions flew through her sex. The idea passed, somewhat fleetingly, that he
wasn’t playing. Not at all.
Yet she couldn’t stop herself.
Her knees widened, and she rubbed against him. “This feels real,” she
Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over
twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and
her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and
Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins
and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picksfor several of her novels.She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero,
two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.She believes strongly in luck, karma,
and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an
author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.
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Prologue "The male mockingbird teeters on the edge of a whitewashed brick wall and flexes his wings in a motion designed to flush unwary insects from the ground below."
Chapter One: "My swearing-in ceremony was held on a hot and humid Monday afternoon in Colleton County's oldest courtroom, a big cavernous space paneled in dark oak and weighty with the stone-footed majesty of nineteenth century law."
"Number sixteen on the add-on calendar, Your Honor. Lydia Marie Duncan, three counts of issuing worthless checks."
This is the second book in the Deborah Knott Mystery series copyrighted 1993. I started this series with book three and have skipped around. I am down to two more titles in the middle of the 15 book series and Southern Discomfort the second in the series. If you like interesting mysteries with a lot of background and character development give this series a try.
entire affair began with sheep brains and falafel -- Saddam Hussein's favorite
1990 and in Baghdad two lovers are separated by the impending First Gulf War.
CIA operative Rik Bogart is desperately seeking television correspondent Ingrid
Johannson -- but is instead picked up bySaddam’s Secret Police and thrown into Abu Graib -- the Prison of the
Dead. Ten years later, he must make a fateful decision after finally reuniting
with her -- one that may keep them apart forever. How far would YOU go for your
iheart-pounding thriller is written by a former international defense
contractor who brings incredible realism and thrilling insights into the days
leading up to Saddam’s brutal regime downfall and provides a chilling account
of life inside the infamous Prison of the Dead.
as much a love story as it is a runaway thriller." Midwest Book Review
A Conversation…or Not
It never occurred to me I’d form any kind of deep
emotional bond with Ingrid. But when the opportunity did occur, I seized it. I
didn’t look back. I thought only about a future together, for however long. I
kept telling myself one day more would be enough. But then the next day came. I
felt so happy to still find her with me. I became greedy. I wanted more of her.
I wanted to be a part of her life. I wanted her to be a part of mine.
When we made love something seemed to flow between
us. We were both more concerned for the other’s pleasure than our own. We’d do
anything to make the experience better for the other, to make it more
interesting and to express the feelings there. Neither of us could hide what we
felt. And neither of us could deny a depth of passion we shared. Making love
made all the other things we did fade into obscurity. The same feelings flowed
the first time and every time we made love. And the feelings were always just
below the surface when we talked on the phone or sat on the patio watching the
shimmering summer night lights, drinking a glass of wine and sharing whatever
happened to be on our minds.
She filled me with an expectation, happiness; a
reason for being I’d never experienced. And here I sat next to her, fearful yet
hopeful, dreading telling her that I, or hopefully, we, would soon be leaving
AUTHOR Bio and
a defense contractor, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dhtreichler has
wandered the world, visiting garden spots and more.Having lived and worked with our intelligence agents and
soldiers, witnessing the conflicts and the turmoil of recent decades, he paints
vivid backdrops for his stories. Like him, the men and women he portrays
attempt to make sense of our fast-changing world. He has held a lifelong
interest in the profound influence of rapidly changing technology on our lives
and relationships. Exploring that power (what has changed and what might come)
forms an insightful theme of his novels. His stories also reflect the universal
desires and fears of real people everywhere.
a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions for widow Rose Raber. She thought
providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until
her dying mother revealed Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with
much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth
with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is
another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspire
her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises
a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet
another revelation for all involved.
Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and
daughter is instant and unmistakable. It isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul
discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now
with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the
strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of
motherhood, forgiveness, and love.
Pausing at the door of the downstairs bedroom,
where Mamma was staying now because she could no longer climb the stairs, Rose
nipped her lip. Mamma’s face and arms were so withered and pale. It was a
blessing that her pain relievers kept her fairly comfortable. When Mamma
realized Rose had returned, she beckoned with her hand. “Let’s talk about this
before I lose my nerve,” she murmured. “There’s a stationery box . . . in my
bottom dresser drawer. The letters inside it . . . will explain everything.”
Rose’s pulse lurched. In all her life, she’d never
known Mamma to keep secrets—but the shadows beneath Mamma’s eyes and the fading
of her voice warned Rose that this was no time to demand an explanation. Rose
sat down in the chair beside the bed again, leaning closer to catch Mamma’s
every faint word.
“I hope you’ll understand . . . what I’ve done,”
Mamma murmured. “I probably should have told you long ago, but . . . there just
never seemed to be a right time—and I made promises—and your dat believed we
should let sleeping dogs lie.”
Rose’s heart was beating so hard she wondered if
Mamma could hear it. “Mamma, what do you mean? What are you trying to—”
Mamma suddenly gripped Rose’s hands and struggled,
as though she wanted to sit up but couldn’t. “Do not look for her, Rose. I—I
promised her you wouldn’t.”
Rose swallowed hard. Her mother appeared to be
sinking in on herself now, drifting in and out of rational thought. “Who,
Mamma?” Rose whispered urgently. “Who are you talking about?”
Mamma focused on Rose for one last, lingering
moment and then her body went limp. “I’m so tired,” she rasped. “We’ll talk
Rose bowed her head, praying that they would indeed
have another day together. She tucked the sheet and light quilt around Mamma’s
frail shoulders. It was all she could do. “Gut night, Mamma,” she murmured. “I
She listened for a reply, but Mamma was already
AUTHOR Bio and
moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte
Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing
around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s
been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her
writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance
series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in
imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband
of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.