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Sweet Sorrow

Millie Vigor - 2017
     She inherits her parents property and takes a job in the village, before meeting Garnet Plowman who she falls madly in love with. She cannot believe her luck when he falls for her as well. But it is 1939: Britain is at war with Germany. Garnet is called up to join the army and, in an emotional farewell, he begs Dorrie to wait for him. She volunteers for the army too and at her physical examination finds out that she is pregnant. In 1940 a son, Lucas, is born to Dorrie. Being a single mother is hard to deal with. There are unkind words, a predatory male to fight off , the prevention of a friends’ suicide and the accidental discovery of her mother’s wealthy family. Then, the worst news possible: a telegram tells Garnet’s mother that he is missing presumed dead. Freda Plowman is convinced that Garnet will come home - but will he? Even if he does their lives will have been altered by what happens to them. Will it bode good or ill for their futures? Praise for Millie Vigor ‘If the definition of a good book is being well-written, easy to read and hard to put down then Catherine of Deepdale is very good indeed.’ - Shetland Times. ‘The author evokes the wild, desolate landscape of the islands so vividly that it made me want to visit.’ - Historical Novels Review ‘The characters are so well rounded that I feel I must know them. The spirit of the piece is also vivid... Really good book’ - Hugh C Rae aka Jessica Stirling. Millie Vigor’s first book, Kippers for Breakfast, was an autobiographical account of her life in Shetland at the time of the North Sea oil boom. She has written several other books, including, Catherine of Deepdale, No Skylarks Sing, Paying Davy Jones, and The Winding Stair. Millie now lives in Somerset with a cat called Harriet.

Sand River

James Vaughan - 2017
    He grew up at a wild time and did what he had to do to survive. The law took one view of it; he took another. And the law wouldn’t get off his back. He did time, broke out of prison. He went north, hoping to leave the past behind. But the past followed him. And now there were murder charges. Whichever way he turned, trouble was right there. This is his account of what happened. Jack was born in Charleston in 1861. His parents died early of cholera and his guardian died when he was fifteen, leaving him penniless and alone. He went west and got work as a cattle drover. He shot an outlaw who was trying to rob him. Another outlaw, named Ibbetson, got away alive. Later, he ran across a cowboy called Skeeter on a cattle drive. They met again in a saloon and Skeeter asked him to help drive a herd of horses. Jack didn’t know they were stolen. He was arrested, went to jail. During his trial, he broke out of the courthouse with another inmate, who shot a courthouse constable. After that, a rope was waiting. He went north and got work on a ranch called Sand River. For a while it looked like he’d outrun trouble. He did the job and stayed clean. But up there, range wars were being fought. Ranchers hired range detectives to handle trouble. To some, they were hired killers. One of them was Ibbetson. When they met again, Jack knew it wouldn’t end well. His past had arrived.

Lost Lady of Laramie

Robert Vaughan - 2015
    A wife abandoned to the savage Sioux...a bold young beauty fights against two worlds of powerful men in search of love and fulfillment.

Sudden Justice: A Brady Flynn Novel: Brady Flynn Legal Thriller Series Book 5

D.K. McIntosh - 2017
    But, of the many the flamboyant real estate developer has ripped off, three stand out from the rest. First is Gary’s beautiful, almost-ex trophy wife, Janet, who stands to lose millions once the papers are signed. Next is German multi-millionaire, George Schuman, a man who very few people are stupid enough to rip off in the first place. Then there’s Dwight Stanton. As Gary’s silent business partner, he takes his friend’s deception the hardest. He has means, opportunity, and motive, but no evidence that the police can find. After the case drags on, it’s finally relegated to the cold case file… until an explosion of another kind blows the case back open. Now, five years after Rizzo’s death, Stanton is back in the hot seat, facing first-degree murder for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. Despite Brady Flynn’s personal demands, he takes on the case when he’s called. But when the trial takes on a strange and frightening twist, he finds himself in a web of danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Cowbird: A Sheriff Evan Coleman novel (Evan Coleman, Sheriff of Saguaro County Book 2)

David Huebner - 2016
    She’s still healthy however, when Evan Coleman, the sheriff of Saguaro County, meets her and her entourage at their camp high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For Evan, his wife Cheree; his friend, Buster Alexander and Buster’s wife, Amy, it’s a short, late-summer getaway, but for Jada and the rest of her party, it’s the beginning of the end. The mountain setting appears idylic, but there are savage mountain lions and much worse, lurking in the background just beyond the flickering light of the campfire. And then there’s Jenna, Jada’s mysterious, long lost sister. What does she want and why has she returned home at this particular time? Jada has given her a future at Zane Cosmetics, but she also has a past that includes two abandoned children and a nefarious Russian lover wanted by the FBI and the British Secret Service. It seems he’s in hiding somewhere, and even Jenna is more than a little concerned with his whereabouts. Even though she no longer needs or wants him, he’s not type to just go away. Ride with Evan, Buster, and Cheree as they sort out the living and the dead and even more complicated, the motives and plans of the living.

Provence Starlight

Kate Fitzroy - 2015
    New work, new friends... new love found under the starlight in a silvery, olive grove. Can anything be more perfect? How does a St. Tropez bikini, two silky Wiemeraner dogs and a tattooed criminal enter the scene and change everything? Why does the starry path of love always meet a crossroad... can it never run sweetly smooth? FITZROY fans will be pleased to meet up with Amber and her wealthy grandfather, from the pages of PROVENCE FLAME, when Alice stays at the newly restored Art Deco Hotel de la Plage in La Ciotat. Join the Sunday lunch guests at the Villa La Vie en Rose and catch up with the dark and gorgeous Jean-Michel de Fleurenne from the parfumerie at his Château near Grasse. He was first to be found romancing Rosie and charming the pages of PERFUME OF PROVENCE. Enter again into Kate Fitzroy's magical world and escape from the commonplace... but be prepared not to put this book down until you have reached the last page. Other books by Kate Fitzroy: PERFUME OF PROVENCE PROVENCE LOVE LEGACY PROVENCE FLAME DREAMS OF TUSCANY

The Body in the Graveyard

Jack G. Hills - 2016
    Inspector Rudolph Riley is one of the many people enjoying a day out and the spell of good weather, until the two ice-creams, which he’s just purchased from the pop-up kiosk, are sent flying from his hands by a young man who seems hell bent on getting as far away as possible from the crowds. But if losing his much anticipated ices isn’t bad enough, his day off is soon completely ruined by the unexpected arrival of his sergeant and half the Fleetmouth police force, who have descended upon the abbey in response to a report that there is a body in the graveyard. An event, which normally wouldn’t be thought too unusual… but as the police soon discover, this corpse is lying on top of the gravestone, rather than six feet underneath it. As the subsequent investigation begins to unfold, it transpires that the murder victim could be involved in the illegal importation and distribution of anabolic steroids that seemed to be flooding the town through a network of bars and gymnasiums… whilst the spot in the graveyard where the body was found, is a hotspot for the ghostly sighting of a woman, who locals and experts alike call the Spanish Lady… a woman of noble birth who died of the plague some four hundred years earlier around the time of the Spanish Armada. Intrigued by the possibility of a ghostly apparition stalking the corridors of Fleet Abbey, DC Eleanor Jenkins sets about trying to learn more about the woman in question and whether the discovery of her skeleton could have any connection to the present day murder. What she uncovers during the course of the investigation, are rumours of a fabulous jewelled crucifix and a hoard of gold coins, which were taken from a captured Spanish galleon by Sir Richard Drew and buried somewhere on the estate by his father, who was the sixteenth century ancestor of Cedric Drew… who himself was the last surviving member of the Drew dynasty and the unfortunate victim found in the graveyard. Of course Riley doesn’t see the connection and doesn’t believe in coincidences. For him there’s a much more rational explanation that lies in the present day and one that peddles drugs to unsuspecting fools who are hell bent on improving their bodies at any price… and anyway, he has a new chief superintendent to impress and a chief constable to prove wrong… But if all that isn’t sufficient to turn his hair grey and make him a candidate for early retirement, the local businessman he suspects of being involved with the drug smuggling, has his boat stolen right from under the noses of the police… a theft which confounds the investigation, and sends Sergeant Thomas off on a dangerous voyage of discovery into unchartered waters. Away from work, but still helping to move the investigation along in her own inimitable way is Dolly… Riley’s not so silent partner, and a parrot with more attitude than most detective constables and more to say than is usually prudent.

The Black Mountain Dutchman

Steve Ritchie - 2010
    Outnumbered eight to one, the Dutchman sits perched on a bench near Savage Peak, watching the fugitives as they ride out onto the open prairie. He adjusts the sights of his Remington No. 1 Rifle and waits as the first rider comes into range. When he stops shooting, three of her captors lay sprawled on the prairie...dead. After striking the first deadly blows, the Dutchman trails the group across South Pass through the unpredictable Wyoming springtime weather, like the fourth horseman of the apocalypse…and surely Hell goes with him.

Judge Roth's Law

Bill Sage - 2017
    Not about a courageous defense attorney defending an innocent man, but a judge with a past. Judge Al Roth has everything going for him--great job, loyal friends, and a beautiful woman who loves him. When a congressman threatens to expose a murder Roth helped commit when he was stationed in Cold War Germany, he stands to lose everything. Roth instinctively turns to Jake Gertner, his boyhood friend in Detroit, who’ll do anything for him. But Jake has his own problems. Unless Roth can find a way of manipulating a murder trial, Jake will get whacked by the mob himself. Fast paced story with penetrating cross-examination, shrewd backroom maneuvering, murder, and revenge.

The 13th Lighthouse

Jane O'Brien - 2015
    Alone, with no one to help or advise her, she must make funeral arrangements and then plan the next step for the direction of her life. While going through some papers and documents that her mother had always kept in a locked box, Belle discovers that her mother had been keeping secrets. Secrets that seemed to involve her daughter. Upon a chance encounter with a handsome attorney, who fills her romantic idea of the man of her dreams, Belle begins to see that it's time to take control of her life and live it the way she would like, and not necessarily the way her mother had planned. But first she has promised herself she would fulfill her mother's dream to visit the lighthouses along the Lake Michigan shore. As Belle travels the West Michigan shoreline, from Grand Haven heading north, she makes acquaintances along the way who will change the course of her life in surprising ways, and who open her eyes to possibilities of love. Book 1 of The Lighthouse Trilogy begins a series of genealogical twists and turns that you won't see coming. Suspense, romance, family lies, secrets, and mistrust, all come together in a surprising ending. A clean romance that will send sparks and passion through the characters and straight to your heart. One of Jane O'Brien's best!

Winfield County

John McGauley - 2016
    Unprepared for the job, he finds that what appears to be a temporary appointment turns into a task much more challenging than he ever imagined. Full of colorful characters and action-packed scenes, Schofield discovers much about himself, his friends, and the secrets that are buried in the ground throughout the county.

The Innkeeper's Daughter, SAMPLE

Michelle Griep - 2018
    . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.   All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.   Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

I Want You Both

Amanda Martinez - 2017
    But after several weekends of driving eight hours both ways, Stella was regretting that decision. The only thing worse than the long drive, was not seeing Paul at all. Then Stella met a new friend who made the distance and separation a little easier to bear. Now Stella had a choice to make. Stay with her new friend, or forget her and go back to her husband.

Terrified: Free sampler

Angela Hart - 2016
    A remarkable story from a remarkable woman, it brought back a lot of memories for me' Casey Watson'A moving story that testifies to the redemptive power of love. I hope Angela Hart inspires many others to foster' Torey HaydenTerrified tells the emotionally devastating but ultimately uplifting story of Vicky, a little girl who arrives on Angela's doorstep unwanted and unloved after suffering years of emotional abuse at the hands of her mother. Desperate never to return home, Vicky is haunted by many demons and waking nightmares. This book tells the moving story of Angela's determination to set Vicky free.

Massa's Baby

K.A. Williams - 2017
    She was the product of a Negro mother and a White father who she would go on to know as Massa. After spending over two decades on Mr. Cobweb's plantation, she was sold to Henry Winslow in Houston, Texas. Where she would eventually learn the mental bondage of slavery and the effect that it had on the Negro nation.