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This perfect slice of MidWest noir grippingly captures the long, hot summers and simmering resentments of small-town America where secrets are buried deep but the past is never quite forgotten.



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SINCLAIR FAMILY SERIES by Bestselling author J.S. Scott



SINCLAIR FAMILY SERIES by Bestselling author J.S. Scott



New Book Releases 2018

This page highlights a select group of New Book Releases. If you are looking for a something new to read then this page is a great place to start for a new book. 

New Releases 11/07 – 11/20/2018

Priced between $0.99 – $6.99 on Amazon.

Beautiful Fury

Epic Fantasy

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Once Upon a Romance

Romance

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The Immanent

World: 404

Horror Anthology

Unyielding

Fantasy

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Sweet and

Sassy Suspense

Romantic Suspense

Steamy Romance

A Dancer’s Guide

to Africa

Literary Fiction

Women’s Fiction

What’s a Rogue Got

To Do With It

Historical Romance

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Love Under Fire

Romantic Suspense

Mystery

Thrillers

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Love Under Fire

Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thrillers

WHEN LOVE SPARKS DANGER, GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSION

EVERY SALE HELPS A VETERAN GET A PET!!!

Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From Around The Edges of Every Day Existence Lurks Mystery, Betrayal, Greed, and Death

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

EVERY SALE HELPS A VETERAN GET A PET!!!

What’s a Rogue Got To Do With It

Historical Romance

The final book in the #1 bestselling Regency romance series!

Lewis Knight left behind his life as the son of nobleman years ago. The rough, scarred man is quite content to use his brute force and bad reputation to help the Earl of Redmere with his smuggling–a ruse to aid the war effort. Knight doesn’t care too much about the reasons behind the subterfuge, so long as he gets paid.

And stays busy enough to forget his past for good.

That’s not so easy, however, when he’s forced to return home. And thanks to the earl’s meddling, he’s accompanied by the woman who plagues his thoughts far too often…

Louisa has been too busy running her inn to think too much about the dark, brooding Knight. Even if she does steal the occasional glance at those broad shoulders. However, when a man arrives in Cornwall with life-changing news and Louisa’s inn is threatened, she must investigate. With Knight’s help, she digs into this stranger’s past and stirs up more danger than she thought possible.

Now that Knight is driven to protect her, the barriers between them feel harder than ever to keep in place. Somehow, she keeps working her way under his unyielding exterior. But Knight knows he’s not worthy of a woman like Louisa–not while his past shadows his every move.

A Dancer’s Guide to Africa

Literary Fiction. Women’s Fiction.

Fiona Garvey, ballet dancer and new college graduate, is desperate to escape her sister’s betrayal and a failed relationship. Vowing to restart as far from home as possible, she accepts a two-year teaching position with the Peace Corps in Africa. It’s a role she’s sure she can perform. But in no time, Fiona realizes she’s traded her problems in Omaha for bigger ones in Gabon, a country as beautiful as it is filled with contradictions.

Emotionally derailed by Christophe, a charismatic and privileged Gabonese man who can teach her to let go of her inhibitions but can’t commit to anything more, threatened by an overly familiar student with a menacing fixation on her, and drawn into the compelling but potentially dangerous local dance ceremonies, Fiona finds herself at increasing risk. And when matters come to a shocking head, she must reach inside herself, find her dancer’s power, and fight back.

Blending humor and pathos, A DANCER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA takes the reader along on a suspense-laden, sensual journey through Africa’s complex beauty, mystery and mysticism.

Sweet and Sassy Suspense

Romantic Suspense, Steamy Romance

Sweet and sassy suspense, thrillers with intrigue, crime and secrets, deception and lies, until truth prevails and love triumphs.

Detective, policewoman, psychiatrist, and even a student princess—all are strong heroines, not afraid to tackle a killer, yet yearning to find love with the heroes who walk, or rather run, at their sides.

Seven sweet and sassy suspense novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Let It Ride, Mimi Barbour: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Lisa Jordan never breaks promises.
  • A Bodyguard For The Princess, Mona Risk, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: A princess incognito at Harvard. A roommate killed in a residence of 18 students. Who is the murderer? Who will be the next victim?
  • The Trouble With Love, Joan Reeves, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: By-the-book small town Deputy Susannah Quinn has all she can do to resist rule-breaking Special Agent D. E. Hogan.
  • Intense Love, Natalie Ann, Award-Winning author: A detective on the mend. A psychiatrist being tormented. Can their pretend relationship uncover who’s behind the threats?
  • Her Dark Lover, Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author: Something deadly is lurking in the bayou. Can Drew prevail over the demon, or will he succumb to its power and lose the one thing worth fighting for—Laura.
  • Six Days Of Memories, Stacy Eaton, USA Today bestselling author: Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.
  • Stolen Secrets, Nancy Radke, USA Today bestselling author: She must prove her innocence or lose the only man who cares.

UNYIELDING

Fantasy

Princess Elianae Savilliri, shows her relentless courage as she risks it all to save a childhood friend, Lord Malcolm Rayvern, from his enemies and himself after discovering his fiancé has been brutally murdered in a factory. He sets out in pursuit of the murderers. Days later, she receives a missive containing the savage actions taken by Malcolm. Instead of handing the prisoner over for trial, Malcolm tortures him and assaults his teammates as they try to stop him.

With the hatred mounting against him and execution a possibility, Elia and her shadow walker, Grace, pursues him to the human realm where they are invited to partake in a deadly game for survival.

The Immanent World: 404

Horror / Genre Fiction / Anthology / Short Stories

HE IS WATCHING YOU

It’s the fear we all have using the internet. Who is watching? What have I left out there? David Clegg feels that same fear when his postings on the Dark Web draw the attention of a mysterious hacker named KUTTNER who takes complete control of his computer.

KUTTNER offers Clegg the means to see behind the closed doors and inside the secret labs; to be a witness to a series of nightmares created by mankind’s misuse of technology. Through six twisted tales of terror shown to him through a video feed on his computer, Clegg is given one chance — and only one chance — to interact with those he is watching.

Would You Be a Hero or a Voyeur?

The Immanent World: 404 is a Dark SciFi journey into the immanent world – the world where the divine and demonic are not outside our natural world, but very much a part of it.

For fans of:

  • Black Mirror
  • Horror
  • Genre Fiction
  • Metaphysical Sci Fi
  • Horror Anthology Series

Once Upon a Romance

Romance

Christmas. Disney. Romance. No greater magic.

When Sophie’s eight-year-old niece, Ariel, asks Santa Claus for a single wish to honor her mom’s memory, Sophie knows she must grant it. Unfortunately for Sophie, Ariel’s wish is to ride her mom’s favorite ride on Christmas day, and it’s at the last place on earth Sophie wants to visit—Walt Disney World. It will be the first Christmas without her sister, and reliving childhood memories of her best friend is not how she wants to spend her holiday. Sophie’s only desire is to spend Christmas on the slopes with her reliable and stable beau, Darren, who has reluctantly agreed to postpone their trip until the day after Christmas.

But when Sophie runs into a charming stranger, who offers up his extensive Disney knowledge, he instantly becomes her hero. A wave of relief washes over Sophie—he may just be the one to give Ariel the magical experience she desires. And, even though Sophie doesn’t realize it, he may be exactly what she needs too.

Can a bit of Christmas magic help this ruggedly-attractive stranger win Sophie’s heart when she believes it already belongs to Darren? And will Sophie continue to allow her painful past to haunt her, or will she let it go?

The first book in A Dream Come True series is a heart-warming holiday romance set in “The Most Magical Place On Earth.”

Beautiful Fury

Epic Fantasy

Only beautiful fury will quench all grief.

Blighted. Scorned. Crushed. With the loss of the First Egg, Aranya’s campaign to liberate the Island-World from tyranny has reached its nadir.

Long are the memories of the Ancient Dragons, and depthless their enmity. The millennia-spanning rivalry between Fra’anior the Onyx and Dramagon the Red, played out through the lives and deeds of those sworn to their service, threatens global annihilation. The pyres of destruction burn unceasing. As fate thunders toward its finale, can the boldest of paws yet stay the looming calamity?

From the ashes, one will soar. Refined by anguish, Aranya’s purpose burns adamantine. No evil will she bear. No tyrant’s triumph will she suffer. As the Star Dragoness plumbs the deepest secrets of her lineage, she must forge an alliance of legends, of Chaos and Onyx, Amethyst and Shadow, that will cast down the Thoralians and thwart Dramagon’s plans forever.

For when a star shines in the panoply of her most beautiful fury, all eyes will brighten, and hope will illuminate the world.

Finding Love

Romantic Suspense

Eden Marshall catches the eye of the wealthy and mysterious bachelor, Noah Ainsworth.

Noah has been hiding away in his ivory tower for far too long.

He decides it’s time to start living again.

Eden Marshall is his motivation – captivated by her, he begins to trust in love again.

Until a dark secret from his past threatens all that he loves…

Club 27

Thriller

DCI Judd Stone is heading for rock bottom. He breaks the rules, he gambles and he’s begun to play around.

An unlikely lifeline is thrown Judd’s way when he finds himself catapulted into trying to prevent Rock and Pop sensation Phoenix from becoming the next member of the infamous 27 club – the name given to the list of iconic musicians who die at the age of 27.

Judd’s quest is not made easier when Phoenix’s lifestyle is even more self-destructive than his own – but how can Judd possibly protect someone from themselves?

And who else could be conspiring to benefit from Phoenix’s death? A crazed fan? Birmingham’s ruthless Gangsters? A Secret Society? Or maybe even those who Phoenix believes to be closest to her?

And when Phoenix embarks on an unprecedented tour performing at some of the most wondrous places of the world, the stakes to protect her become even higher.

This sensational follow up to the award-winning Mind Guerrilla will have you rooting for the irrepressible Judd Stone all over again.

Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Paranormal Romance

The best laid plans…

Aleksei Chesnokov is one busy demon. Between leading the immigration team to bring realm demons to earth and preparing to one day succeed his father as clan leader, his priorities and current project plans do not include finding a mate.

When his clan is attacked by the very demons he’s trying to help, Aleksei must enlist the help of Naya, the leader of the realm guard. A strong, determined, frustrating female, she challenges his decisions and acts before she thinks.

As they work together to stop an impending war, Aleksei is drawn to Naya and the world she protects. When she’s taken hostage, Aleksei will move earth and the realm to save her. Because with all his agendas, checklists, and timelines, the one thing Aleksei never planned to do was fall in love.

Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend is the second book in a Mind Sweeper spin off series. If you like romance with a side order of mystery and a dash of humorous hijinks, then you’ll love this series by Golden Heart® winner and RITA® finalist AE Jones.

The Realm (Mind Sweeper spin off series – however it can be read as a standalone series).

Tied Up

Steamy Contemporary Romance

Old habits and loves die hard…

When Kate left Boston a year ago for a coveted spot on a research team across the country, she thought she had severed her ties to Boston–and to Ian–for good. But when she returns to finish her dissertation and make a fresh start, she finds the cool, in control silver fox she thought she knew has been replaced by a different man–one she might want to get to know.

Ian’s carefully ordered life has been in turmoil since the day Kate walked out the door for what should have been the last time. But now that she’s back, he’ll risk anything, and change everything, for a chance to try again.

But while their chemistry in the bedroom has never been better, Kate fears the mountain of unresolved baggage between will come crashing down and destroy their second chance once and for all.

Big Stick

Romance, Contemporary, Sports

A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

The Wolf and the Rain

Dystopian, Young Adult/Crossover, Post-Apocalyptic, Action & Adventure

Anarchy to the north, a highly controlled military state to the south, and the girl who will change everything.

The young adult dystopian novel Kirkus Reviews called: “Atmospheric . . . realistic . . . slow-burning.”

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Global warming has divided the continent. Samarra, a soldier from the barren, autocratic South, has fled to the Barrow, a northern city where the only things growing faster than the city’s piles of garbage are extremist cults and violent gangs. Her sole objective is survival: to stay hidden and stay safe.

With jobs in short supply, Samarra counts herself lucky to find work with the Vauns, one of the Barrow’s most powerful and dangerous families. As she learns to navigate the beauty, the horror, and the magic of the lawless city, she finds herself living in the shadow of a missing woman—the beautiful and mysterious Raina, who worked for the Vauns before her. When the trail, long thought cold, heats up, Samarra must decide whether her newly gained chance at freedom is worth sacrificing for a ghost.

In Pursuit of The Pale Prince

Fantasy

The Southwen are going to war against the northern kingdoms held together in a fragile alliance by The Pale Prince.

Scattered and outnumbered, there is one symbol that can unite them.

It is the lost crown of Ellesund. Only I know where it is, and only I can deliver it.

My name is Arestus and this is my story.

Unintended Witness

Christian Suspense

The sequel to Unintended Target, the award-winning first installment in the Unintended Series.

Seeing is deceiving.

Eight months after her harrowing experiences in Miami, Chloe McConnaughey leaves the comfort of Atlanta and a burgeoning romantic relationship to reunite with the father that abandoned her twenty-five years ago. But when she reaches his quaint southern town she quickly learns that he’s still keeping secrets. Unable to face the mounting tide of lies, she resolves to head back home. But when a murder investigation entangles her father and tragedy strikes, she finds herself partnering with her father’s law associate, who may have more than murder on his mind, to uncover the truth.

As Chloe struggles with trying to forgive, and a killer moves closer, they scramble to find answers before the mystery destroys the only family she has left and forces a wedge between Chloe and the man who loves her that is impossible to overcome.

The Mystery of Miss Mason

Historical Romance

A stunning Regency Historical Romance, where mystery and passion await…

Abducted, held captive by unknown men for unknown reasons, Mary Mason had to use all of her resourcefulness to escape what would surely have been a terrible fate. But in the course of her escape, she encounters new dangers in the form of a mysterious man. Is he friend or foe? Can he be trusted or will she prove to be just a pawn in whatever game he is playing?

Alexander Carnahan, Lord Wolverton, is a pariah in society, a known murderer. But as he carries the unconscious Mary Mason back to his crumbling estate to care for her, he recognizes that she is far more than just the key to the mystery he’s devoted himself to, the mystery of who murdered his late wife. She stirs something inside him he thought long dead… hope.

As Mary recovers from her ordeal in his home, the truth slowly emerges. Their pasts are intermingled, the intrigues and mysteries of their lives are connected and hide unspeakable horrors committed by common enemies. As they work together to reunite Mary with her brother and to prove Alex’s innocence, their feelings for one another only grow more complex and more undeniable.

However, the course of true love never does run smooth, and there are more obstacles and dangers ahead of them than behind…

The Pirate’s Temptation

Historical Romance

Be tempted by this spectacular Pirates of Britannia adventure!

A governess with a secret…

On the run from a vindictive lord, Leana Fraser connives her way into a privateer’s Highland home, the perfect refuge for a woman who doesn’t want to be found. Given ten days to prove she’s not just another in the string of governesses his precocious daughters have driven away, she takes on the challenge. Resisting their wickedly handsome father’s seductive charm is a far more daunting proposition. Leana knows better than to surrender to temptation. Pity her heart doesn’t agree.

The Devil of the Highlands…

Like his ancestors before him, James MacArron commanded crews of rough and ready pirates, but raising his daughters alone is more challenging than any mutiny. The widowed privateer needs a governess, and fast—yet his gut tells him the spirited beauty who shows up at his door is not entirely what she seems. As the governess wins over his rebellious children, he’s drawn to her, but she’s a temptation he cannot afford. Falling for Leana is out of the question… until an old enemy rears his head, and Jamie and Leana must risk everything to claim their hearts’ desire.

Seduction of Guilt

Romance. Suspense. Mystery. Thriller. Police. Billionaire. Military. Dogs.

Sexy but alone Helen Marx is a cop too guilty to love. Sexy but alone Marco Ambastilias is the world’s greatest opera star too guilty to sing.

When their guilt collides their bodies betray their needs in a climax worthy of theatre, worthy of love.

Widowed as a bride, Police dog handler Constable Helen Marx loses herself in her work. For eight years her German shepherd Lanza has been at her side. When a thug leaves him gravely wounded the whole framework of her life is gone.

As her dog fights for life, Marco Ambastilias, the renowned but reclusive opera star comes to her side. There is a spark and a rekindling of her own passionate sexuality. She enters his life and that of his daughter Cressida whose drug issues have brought her into contact with deeply evil men.

Helen uncovers a terrorist plot to attack the Queen at the Royal Ascot race meeting but has orders not to alert Marco and his daughter who will be attending the event. A desperate struggle against suicide attackers reveals her deception and she loses his trust and they split. Police work sweeps her up.

The supreme world terrorist leader remains at liberty, planning another outrage. Global authorities come together to set a trap.

Can she convince Marco to act as bait? Can she overcome her guilt at loving a man again and then deceiving him? Can she express her own sexual desires without guilt? Could the music and eroticism of love put an end to the joyless dictatorship of terrorism? Could a seed of joy root in her flesh?

Seduction of Guilt – when naughty goes good.

Another stand-alone story in Emma Calin’s ‘Seduction Series’, combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance.

Once Upon A Rebel Fairytale

Urban Fantasy

Cinderella has a dark secret. The Little Mermaid loses more than her voice. And Little Red Riding Hood isn’t so little anymore.

Join our heroes and heroines as they travel through the underworld to Mars, rescue damsels in distress, and battle deadly foes in ONCE UPON A REBEL FAIRYTALE, a limited edition collection of beloved stories from today’s bestselling authors.

Inside these pages, you’ll find 25 action-packed fairytale retellings that rebel against tradition, from dark and gritty paranormal romances to sexy and thrilling supernatural fantasies.

The princesses, queens, kings, and villains of your childhood return in these adrenaline-spiking spins on your favorite bedtime tales.

But reader beware: these fairytales are not for the faint of heart.

Featuring stories from:

  • New York Times bestselling author, Jamie Campbell
  • Tate James writing with C.M. Stunich
  • G. Bailey
  • USA Today bestselling author Ivy Quinn writing with Megan Hussey
  • USA Today bestselling Carysa Locke writing with Lucy Smoke-Author
  • USA Today bestselling author, Isra Sravenheart
  • RITA Award Winner Sharon Ashwood
  • Liz Gavin
  • Mary E. Twomey
  • Russell Nohelty
  • Adrienne Woods
  • Erin West writing with Nicole Kelley
  • Helen Scott
  • Stephanie Morris
  • Madeline Freeman
  • Sadie Carter
  • India Kells
  • Cailin Briste
  • Elle Middaugh
  • Tigris Eden writing with Misha Elliott
  • Caroline A. Gill
  • Siera London
  • Grace White
  • Rebekah R. Ganiere
  • Chrishaun Keller-Hanna

Trumping Richer Money Just Never Enough

Entrepreneurship

” The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – quote by Alvin Toffler

What clearly he meant is that we need to learn and unlearn as we continue to stay updated with what that works and those that no longer works

Much has changed since the baby boomers days ,including the path of staying ahead amid today’s age of disruptive technologies prompting creative thinking and more on ideation output

To succeed from now , one must learn to accept the constant change to adaptation – continually unlearning old ‘rules’ and relearning new ones.

That requires continually questioning assumptions about how things has changed , non-valid old paradigms, and ‘relearning’ what is now relevant to pursue in acquiring your wealth.

This book is filled with excellent ideas and concepts of daily struggle to understand money science, It emphasize on how every salaried person need to struggle each day trying to recover his daily expenditure and living his life facing such rat race will just keep all these people locked down with each day only looking for ways and means to earn money .. the struggle pushes on

There is a lot here in this book that can help an individual move toward financial freedom through understanding money and the mindset required to become wealthy, of which means you need to know what it is that separates the wealthy from the Not-so wealthy.

What you need to know and identify with is what principles and what behaviour the rich have , and that you need to relearn . Some of which , you have not taken action to unlearn yet ,to stay current and getting ahead

  • ” Happiness that Money brings cannot last ” ,
  • With Money , People cannot necessarily materialize everything , However without money many things cannot be accomplished nor done
  • Accumulation of wealth with the pleasure to have comfort , luxuries , reputable status , financial influence, freedom and popularity are what money usually can help to achieve , its provides a centralized role in our lives , at a general necessity stage level as it helps to clothe and feed us ,to put a nice accommodation for stay and pay the bills.
  • Money may not be everything, they may not even guarantee a happy life, but they are a pretty good basis to learn how to build happiness on … for now
  • I highly recommend this book to anyone who’d like to ignore the fluff available on the Internet and take action now.
  • Now that being said, this book assumes you know about the basics like Cash Flow, budgeting, etc.
  • It doesn’t talk about investment mediums like stock market, bond, etc.
  • And the best part is that unlike many books, this book tells you not to lead a frugal life

Return to Honor

Historical Romance

It’s Book 10 in the bestselling Knights of Honor series – Medieval Romance for the ages!

1395 A.D. – Adopted as a newborn by one of England’s most powerful families, Jessimond de Montfort is now grown—and curious about her roots. She sets out to learn who she is away from her family and joins a mummers’ troupe, where she serves as a seamstress and troubadour, hoping she’ll discover love along the way, as all her married siblings have.

Returning from two years of battle in the king’s service, Sir Marcus de Harte discovers his beloved mother has died and his father has remarried and fathered a pair of daughters. His anger drives Marcus from Hartefield, from his home, and he finds a new home among a group of actors.

Drawn to one another, Jessimond and Marcus become friends—and then lovers—until they are driven apart by unforeseen circumstances.

Join Jessimond and Marcus as they move heaven and earth in order to unite once more and share in a powerful and unforgettable love.

Each book in the Knights of Honor series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.