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Nearly Dead in Iowa
Manhattan socialite Isabella “Izzy” Lewis is in desperate need of a fresh start. Ending up on the wrong side of a nasty divorce, jobless, and pretty much homeless, she’s hit rock bottom. So when the father she never knew asks her to visit him in Iowa, she figures she has nothing more to lose—until she arrives at his home and promptly stumbles (literally) over a dead body.
Now her missing father is murder suspect number one, and Izzy’s in the crosshairs of the local sheriff who’s convinced she’s somehow involved. After being reluctantly adopted by a local group of Jessica Fletcher wannabes, Izzy resolves to find her missing father and the killer. A job that proves harder than she thought as she juggles running down clues to the killer’s identity, her hot but suspicious new next door neighbor, keeping the sleuthing senior citizens our of trouble, and above all, going at least one day without being nearly dead in Iowa.
Trust is a dangerous game…
When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isn’t on her uncle’s to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.
Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack Murphy’s niece to mess with his head? He’s been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and he’s not about to make that mistake again.
But then things at Murphy’s bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in Enrique’s dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everything…including his heart.
Spawned from the depths of every parent’s worst nightmare, Jillian Beckett’s 16 year old troubled son is charged with murder. He’s unable to remember what happened and swears he’s off drugs, but should she believe him? Her ex-husband doesn’t. The high-priced lawyer she hired doesn’t. Where does motherly instinct intersect with reality?
Sam Carter grew up fast and hard bouncing from one foster home to the next. If not for a lucky break, he probably would have ended up dead or in prison. Now he’s a high school coach and does his best to help kids who end up in trouble. When he learns Travis Beckett is arrested for murder, he’s determined to do everything he can to help.
Sam and Jillian join forces to find out the truth. As they battle to uncover the guilty party, confidences are shattered, lives are on the line, while her son is one step closer to spending his life behind bars.
He always wins. And she never gives up…
Hard To Stop (Hard Targets book #3)
Wall Street aficionado Max Shaw is a wanted man. He hasn’t figured out how or why there’s a price on his head, but after the third attempt on his life, he realizes this isn’t going to go away any time soon. Forced as a teenager to work as a covert assassin, he’s no stranger to dangerous situations. But he thought he left that life behind him long ago.
To keep his former profession under wraps, Max is forced to team up with sexy Detective Gianna Collini. But can he trust her? Or does she have an agenda of her own? When the case becomes personal for them both, Max finds himself struggling to keep his past secret, his feelings for Gianna professional, and put his closet full of skeletons to rest once and for all…before a killer catches up to them both.
Hard to Trust (Hard Targets book #2)
Jake Shaw has accumulated a lot of bad karma in his lifetime. As a child, he and his siblings were recruited by the infamous Goren Petrovich, forced to do unspeakable deeds at his hand, often never knowing just what harm they were inflicting on others until it was too late. Now he’s determined to right some of the wrongs he’s unwittingly committed. As an agent for The Alliance, a security organization specializing in the sort of cases no government agency can or will take on, Jake gets the job done, no matter the obstacles. But when he’s sent to track down beautiful, rogue CIA agent, Tessa Graham, he suddenly finds himself caught in a web of deception that even he couldn’t have anticipated. Memories from the past threaten to overtake his current mission as he wades through lies and suspicions…and in the end it may be more than just karma that’s out to get him.
Trained as children to become assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich, Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers have had a less-than-normal upbringing. After escaping his clutches, Sabrina and her brothers have tried to make a normal life for themselves. Now Sabrina works for an organization called The Alliance, specializing in the kind of jobs that no one else can or wants to do. Her current assignment: find the daughter of a prominent politician who has disappeared, categorized as a runaway by the authorities. It seems simple enough, until Sabrina uncovers the girl may have been the victim of a kidnapping that goes far beyond ransom requests. Now Sabrina must put her training to the test as she infiltrates a sex trafficking ring operating in Europe in order to find the girl…all while dodging a mysterious FBI agent and the demons from her own past.
Check out my self-published book, The Christmas Curse.
Tessa Stevens’ recipe for the ultimate Christmas disaster: Start with a family curse courtesy of one ticked off voodoo priestess, mix in a dead ex-husband, sprinkle in a sexy homicide detective named Jack Sloane who happens to be an ex-lover with an ax to grind, and it might just be the Christmas from hell. Can she ignore a family legacy that spells trouble for any man she loves even if in her heart she knows Jack will always be her one true love? Will love win out over a century old curse?
4 out of 5 stars from Night Owl Reviews
“This is a cute romantic comedy with a mystery at the heart of it. I enjoyed how the main character let superstition rule her life and I think it makes a nice excuse as well. Of course I’m a sucker for the tough cynical detective who has a very soft side. The secondary characters are funny and help move the story along. The overall story is fun and fast paced and a great holiday read….”