Short Tales With A Twist : Strange and Supernatural Short Stories : Another Woman's Ghost : The Enlightenment of Claire Miller : Secrets Of Cray Scar Castle : GHOSTS: A Collection of Short Stories : Cowboy Christmas : Susanna From The Sea : Lucky in Love, Again : Riverboat Romance : Sinister Ceremony : The Polka Dot Camper Caper : Holy Donuts : Friends and Enemies : The Lawsons Of Laramie : Secrets Of Wolf Island : Journey of the Heart : True North : Lake Tavadora (The Trilogy) : Curse Of The Montagues : Holiday Romance: A Collection of Short Stories : Hearts On The Run : Be My Valentine : A Little Trouble In Big Sky : Sabra's Wild West Adventure : Case Of The Ghost Maid : The Spyglass Portal : A Stolen Life : High Lonesome : Line Dancing Can Be Murder : Takin' The Reins : Beckoning Spirit : Deception At Dark Hall : Cries In The Mist : Between Two Worlds : Trail Of Golden Dreams : Secrets Of Seacliff House : A Haunted Twist Of Fate
SHORT TALES WITH A TWIST
Thirty-five short stories of varying lengths, about ordinary people (mostly) and everyday situations (mostly), all with twist endings.
Alice welcomes adventure into her life.
Something strange and frightening takes place on the Hooper farm.
What is outspoken Ingrid hiding behind her apartment door?
Arthur finds growing old hard to accept.
Tommy’s criminal life comes to a screeching halt one hot, summer day.
Martin’s anniversary dinner with his wife doesn’t end as planned.
Gordon is lost in the desert while searching for an elusive cactus blossom.
What happens when Vivian is pushed to her limit by an old friend?
Ellie’s secret admirer sparks interest from her coworkers.
Loretta goes to drastic lengths to put her best friend out of misery.
Crystal is tormented by a stalker from her past.
Leonard can finally prove the existence of Bigfoot.
These stories and more are what you’ll find within the pages of Short Tales With A Twist.
STRANGE AND SUPERNATURAL
Twelve tales about spirits from beyond the grave, strange encounters, and other supernatural phenomena.
Short Stories Include:
The Enlightenment of Claire Miller
The Sapphire Ring
Another Woman's Ghost
The Sound of Wings
Till Death Do We Part
Finder of Lost Things
ANOTHER WOMAN'S GHOST
Unbound Women Short Novella Series
A loving and tolerant wife in the 1960s is faced with hard truths when her husband claims he's being haunted by a ghost.
A short story about betrayal, consequences, and the courage to live out one's future more free than her past.
THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF CLAIRE MILLER
Unbound Women Short Novella Series
A solitary woman in 1880s Maine clings to the predictability of her days
until a turn of events upends her life.
A short story about unspoken desires, startling revelations, and the courage to
live out one's future more free than her past.
SECRETS OF CRAY SCAR CASTLE
Gothic Suspense Novella
Written in the Classic Tradition of the 1960s and 70s
After becoming engaged to a man she barely knows, American, Monica Scott, agrees to marry quickly and then move to Tony Crayden's castle in the English countryside. Plans go awry when he stuns her with the news that he must leave for home immediately after their vows have been said. Not to worry, though. He's purchased a plane ticket for her to fly over in three days.
When Monica arrives in London, Tony isn't at the airport to pick her up, and no one answers the phone number he gave her. After finding her way to the isolated Cray Scar Castle, things get strange fast. The staff behaves oddly and Tony acts differently toward her, even refusing to consummate their marriage.
Monica questions her decision to upend her life when a series of shocking incidents threaten her emotional and physical wellbeing. Something is dreadfully amiss, and danger lurks around every corner. What evil secrets does the castle hold within its ancient walls?
When the truth is revealed, will Monica escape with her life, or will she become Cray Scar Castle's next victim?
A Collection of Short Stories
Ghosts—the scary things that go bump in the night, those unseen entities that send a shiver down our spine—take many forms. Some are impressions of strong emotions that remain imprinted on a place for years. Others are energies that cause creepy feelings or outright terror. Some spirits can't let go and move on, while others seek revenge for past wrongs done to them. Many are trapped in confusion of time and place.
We wish ghosts could tell us their stories, and in this book, they do.
Includes the Following Short Stories:
Where Are the Children?
Return of the Shrew
Born in the Caul
The Wishing Well
The Bride's Game
Historical Western Romance Duet
This book contains two short stories that were previously published in the anthologies, Sweet Texas Christmas and A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe.
A CHRISTMAS GROOM
Having fought nearly three years for the Confederacy, Captain Tom McCann returns to Arizona Territory just in time for Christmas with plans to marry his sweetheart and buy a ranch. More than one surprise awaits him, however...including the news that Mariah is to be wed on Christmas Day. Shock at Mariah's decision grips him, but he gradually realizes that everyone believed him to have been killed in the war.
Heartsick at the promise she's made to another, Mariah Wallace feels honor-bound to go through with her wedding. But Tom's waited too long to get back to his one true love and his dream of owning his own spread to give up without a fight. Now, the entire town waits to see who will be A Christmas Groom.
Ranch hand Grady Cantrell wants nothing more than a steady job where he can earn enough money to buy his own horse and, ultimately, his own spread. The Wagner Ranch in Hill Country, Texas affords him that opportunity. But courting the boss's daughter is not in his plans.
Audra Wagner returns home from finishing school in the East just in time for her favorite holiday and is smitten with the cowboy. She can ride, rope, and shoot as good as a man, but when she becomes convinced Grady wants a lady—not a tomboy—she goes to all lengths to win his heart, with humorous consequences.
While attempting to break a wild Mustang for money, Grady also agrees to secretly play Santa for the Wagner's party—resulting in Christmas surprises for both him and Audra.
SUSANNA FROM THE SEA
A Lighthouse Novella
Lost Coast of Northern California - 1896
As keeper of a remote lighthouse, widower Wesley Dunn and his 8-year-old daughter live a mostly solitary life. Feeling guilt for his wife's death, as well as falling down on his parental duties, Wes plods along tending to his daily routine while Maggie runs barefoot on the beach playing with the seals. Normal life changes when they discover a beautiful woman on their doorstep the morning after a storm, sick and perhaps suffering from amnesia.
Susanna Mills was so desperate to escape the clutches of a cruel man that she devised a bold plan that could have killed her. Somehow, she survives and finds herself being cared for by a kind lighthouse keeper and his precocious child. She doesn't trust men, but Wesley isn't like any man she's known. He wants to help, but doing so could endanger all their lives, because Susanna fears she's being hunted.
Who is she, really? Where did she come from? What is she hiding? Susanna is keeping secrets and Wes needs the truth. As they maneuver through complicated feelings, in the end, only the light can show them the way toward peace and happiness.
LUCKY IN LOVE, AGAIN
Lucky in Love Series Book 3
Contemporary Western Romance
Ten years ago, Jordan Brannigan's life changed when she moved to New Mexico to inherit a horse ranch, where she found purpose, friendship, and love. But when tragedy struck, her world was turned upside down, and she still finds it difficult to move on two years later. A vandal digging holes on her ranch sends her to the local police department, where she meets the new Chief—a man who challenges her to open her heart again.
Having sworn off any serious relationship since his divorce, Chris King is a transplanted Texan and a non-traditional cop. He wears jeans, a cowboy hat and boots, and prefers driving his pickup to a police vehicle. New to town, his leadership skills are put to the test when two people go missing and rumors spread that they were abducted by an alien craft. A more surprising development, however, is the woman who enters his life, igniting a flame he'd thought had long gone out.
Two people with painful pasts find common ground where it's least expected and discover it's never too late to take another chance on love.
Western Romance Short Story
Formerly Published in the Anthology, Journey of the Heart
Raised in St. Louis’s finest brothel, Verity Franklin lives a comfortable, if not mundane life, until the madam dies and her brother inherits the business. When he suggests it’s time for Verity to give up cooking and cleaning and earn her keep pleasuring his special clients, she takes extreme measures to maintain her virtue and dignity. Stealing away in the night, she hops a paddleboat for Montana Territory, longing for adventure and expecting to become a mail order bride.
After a shipping season fraught with disasters, paddleboat captain Kit Masters lands a freight contract that can change his life. With accumulating debts and a sick sister to care for, a successful journey up the Big Muddy is the difference between wealth and poverty. But he must battle Mother Nature, unreliable machinery, a troublesome crew, and Indian attacks to reach his destination and achieve his goal, and that takes focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of falling in love, especially when the woman in question is a reformed floozy with a fiancé.
A World of Gothic - Maine
A Gothic Mystery Romance
Despite former flame Austin Marlett’s concerns, newly engaged Darcy Emerick accompanies fiancé Brent Asherton on a weekend trip to his familial home. Located on the coast of Maine, it’s a Gothic mansion built high on a cliff overlooking the sea, where long ago, a bride died a sudden and tragic death.
Once the couple reaches Asherton House, Darcy quickly realizes that something is amiss. Brent’s father is treated like a servant, his niece is mute, and Grandmother must not be disturbed in her room. Stranger still, a post-mortem photo hangs in the parlor and black crows haunt the property.
When Darcy learns that Brent’s sister and three aunts expect them to marry that very weekend, she wishes she’d listened to Austin. The women demand to know if she’s a virgin and insist on her wearing a dead ancestor’s wedding gown and the red spinel ring that’s been handed down for generations.
After experiencing visions and a physical attack, Darcy knows she’s made a terrible mistake. To her immense relief, Austin rides in as her knight in shining armor, but he may be too late, for a menacing presence is restless for a sacrifice, and Darcy has been chosen.
THE POLKA DOT CAMPER CAPER
Sandy and Dave Michaels have just retired and are on their first camping trip in their tiny travel trailer with their rescue dog, Buster. Destination: Lake Waldena Resort, a Florida campground nestled in the Ocala National Forest.
While Dave is looking forward to the “rest and relaxation” the campground website promises, Sandy is ready to enjoy nature and have fun. Per the norm in their nearly 40 years of marriage, things don’t go quite as planned for either of them.
Join Sandy, Dave, and Buster in this humorous romp as they make new friends, find a missing person or two, solve a mystery, and discover the ups and downs of outdoor adventure.
It’s a dream come true when Dani Walker opens the first donut food truck in her Central Florida town. Unfortunately, that dream is cut short with a slip and fall accident that lands her just outside the Pearly Gates. To learn that she has died is a great disappointment. But once the shock wears off, Dani is anxious to be reunited with her departed loved ones. It’s explained, however, that she must first complete an important assignment before being escorted into heaven.
Under the guidance of her feisty guardian angel, Karen, Dani is whisked back to earth with three rules to follow and a vague description of the mission she’s been tasked with.
After meeting the father and daughter who desperately need help, the task becomes even more complicated when romantic sparks fly. While Dani is reminded of the life and love she could have had, Karen encourages her to keep her eye on the donut and not on the hole.
Will Dani earn her halo and become a full-fledged angel? Or will Divine Intervention change the course of her life once more?
FRIENDS and ENEMIES
The Lawsons of Laramie Sequel
Nerves of Steel, Upholder of Justice, and a Fast Gun…Sheriff Sam Lawson—A New Hero for the Old West.
Sam and his wife Bethany are back, and they’re still nailing con artists, tracking outlaws, and nabbing cold-hearted killers in this sequel to The Lawsons of Laramie.
Return to rough-and-tumble 1870’s Wyoming Territory, where the lawbreaking remains plentiful, new mysteries abound, and friends and family are the heart of life.
THE LAWSONS OF LARAMIE
Nerves of Steel, Upholder of Justice, and a Fast Gun…Sheriff Sam Lawson—A New Hero for the Old West.
Whether it’s nailing a con artist, tracking down an outlaw, or nabbing a cold-hearted killer, Sam and his wife Bethany have a knack for solving crimes and mysteries—and the lawbreaking is plentiful in rough-and-tumble 1870’s Wyoming Territory.
With his skills of persuasion and her woman’s intuition, they effectively sort out the good guys from the bad, and Sam always catches his man—or woman, as the case may be.
SECRETS OF WOLF ISLAND
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
After two heartbreaking miscarriages that have put strain on their marriage, Dawn Matheson’s husband Noel decides a move from Chicago to his Wisconsin hometown is the answer to their problems. Located miles from the mainland in Lake Superior, Wolf Island is a quiet place where Dawn can concentrate on getting pregnant again.
Confronted with the ultimatum to go or divorce, she agrees to leave everything in Chicago behind to move to the isolated island and into Noel’s deceased parents’ house in the woods. Though she wants to repair the relationship, she’s grown afraid of intimacy, and Noel’s mood swings only complicate matters.
Shortly after arriving, he begins questioning her sanity when she behaves strangely, forgets things, and hears the howl of a wolf—despite there being none on the island for 100 years. She soon believes her husband is intentionally trying to drive her insane. But why? That’s the question Police Chief Austin Cooper wants to know, too. Struggling with his growing attraction to the married woman, he becomes Dawn’s only ally and will do anything to protect her.
When information about Noel’s past surfaces and disturbing incidents begin to snowball, a final showdown at the island’s ice caves brings shocking secrets to light.
Journey of the Heart
A Collection of Historical Western Romance Short Stories
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Book 3 of The Spirited Western Women Series
Cheerful and independent Piper McAllister is one of the first women newspaper editors in Colorado. She is about to turn 21 and has every reason to believe that her sweetheart of nearly six years will propose on her birthday. But after she is humiliated in front of their families, Piper questions Rusty's commitment and worries that she is destined to become the town spinster.
After Rusty Paladin was reunited with his brother following many years apart, living with Grey's family and helping work his cattle ranch made his dreams a reality. Six years later, he finds himself restless and itching to see the world. The trouble is everyone in Gumption expects him to pop the long overdue question to Piper and settle down.
When Buffalo Bill Cody comes to town recruiting for his Wild West Show, Rusty sees it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He can earn good money, work alongside famous people, and cure the wanderlust that runs through his blood. But what will Piper think of his plan? After she sees him with another woman and learns the show will be overseas for almost a year, she accepts an offer that will set her and Rusty on an adventure together, ultimately forcing him into deciding his life's true course.
LAKE TAVADORA (THE TRILOGY)
Stories of The Past, The Present, and The Future
Combining mystery, romance, and the supernatural, Lake Tavadora (The Trilogy) is a novella of three stories weaving together memorable characters who live and work on the lake in a small Florida town from the years 1881-2120.
Inspiration for this book was drawn from the charming town of Mount Dora, Florida and the historic 1883 Lakeside Inn sitting on beautiful Lake Dora, where the author lives and works.
Jennie and the Lighthouse Keeper (The Past)
Jennie Sullivan is released from an insane asylum into the care of her sister, who manages a small inn on Lake Tavadora. When Jennie rows across the lake on her own to explore a lighthouse, she meets the handsome and mysterious lighthouse keeper and feels the restoration of her damaged spirit. But after a night of forbidden romance, he vanishes into thin air, leaving Jennie a target for gossip. Either she really is crazy, or she fell in love with a ghost.
Casey and the Seaplane Pilot (The Present)
Casey Walden has given up her dream career to manage her father’s fledgling hotel on Lake Tavadora. When Tad, the man who broke her heart, flies in from Alaska on a seaplane after 18 months of estrangement, she is not willing to so easily forget the hurt he caused. All Tad wants is her forgiveness and a second chance, but two things stand in his way: Casey’s new boyfriend and the mistakes of his past.
Jack’s Story (The Future)
Jack Butterfield arrived in Florida in the year 1881 and began earning his living on Lake Tavadora. Now he and his faithful companion for over 200 years are dying. Together they discovered the fountain of youth, but the miracle elixir has finally been depleted. Old friends are long gone. The world has changed drastically. Jack is ready to go to the “big lake in the sky,” but before he succumbs, he is determined to share the secrets hidden within Lake Tavadora’s depths.
CURSE OF THE MONTAGUES
Paranormal/Time Travel Romance
Witch siblings, Bram and Freya Montague, are whisked from 1698 Massachusetts into the future by their well meaning aunt after an evil warlock curses them to immortality.
Fast forward to present-day Florida, where brother and sister have lived for over 300 years. Resenting a fate that prohibits him from ever dying has created in Bram a reputation for danger and soured him on the notion of a serious relationship.
Freya, on the other hand, has been open to love throughout her many lives, but no one has stolen her heart like the man she’s been dreaming of for more than three centuries.
A chance meeting with a motorcycle-riding, gun shop-owning woman and her cousin, a man who communicates with ghosts, brings with it the winds of change and has Bram and Freya emotionally battling between their desires and what they know is right.
After several supernatural encounters that cannot be ignored, the Montagues face their nemesis in a final showdown that culminates in the discovery of long-hidden truths that will once again alter their lives.
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A collection of 12 sweet, contemporary short stories celebrating love and romance on your favorite holidays—one for each month of the year! You'll want to read in order to fully enjoy the twist ending.
New Year Revelations
Be My Valentine
A Match For The Matchmaker
Somebunny To Love
Tea For Two
Father's Day Fiasco
He's The Ticket
Wooing The Watermelon Queen
End Of Summer
A Thanksgiving To Remember
A Christmas Wedding
HEARTS ON THE RUN
Lucky in Love Series Book 2
Formerly Published as Tularosa Moon
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
Winner of The Romance Studio’s 5-Heart
Sweetheart Book of the Week!
You can run, but you can't hide from love...
Cole Roberts has been unlucky in love--twice--and he's sworn not to get involved again. Renovating the New Mexico family horse business into a guest ranch is a good distraction, until the ranch's new masseuse arrives. Captivating but secretive, the brown-eyed beauty intrigues him.
Three years ago, Lindy Grainger testified against a murderer and landed in witness protection. Her latest identity is masseuse at a guest ranch, but how long before she must reinvent herself--again? She can't get involved with anyone, no matter how big-hearted and charming he is.
Cole's heart can't take another rejection. Lindy has to steer clear of relationships. But as their attraction grows, a murderer bent on revenge closes in, and Lindy must trust Cole with her secret or lose him. Will the truth set her free, or tear them apart?
BE MY VALENTINE
A Holiday Romance Short Story
It’s Valentine’s Day and Courtney Scott expects to be engaged by the end of the evening. Unfortunately, her boyfriend has a fear of commitment. An unexpected blizzard and car accident add to her disappointment and frustration. But a night spent together in a magical cabin in the woods just might bring her the one gift she desires. This story is included in Holiday Romance: A Collection of Short Stories.
A LITTLE TROUBLE IN BIG SKY
Contemporary Western Romance
Formerly published as Big Sky
Winner of The Romance Studio's 5-Heart Sweetheart Book of the Week!
Taylor doesn't expect her reluctant homecoming to include a murder, a ghost…and romance with the ranch foreman.
Photographer Taylor Young fled to L.A. following her sister's betrayal six years ago. Now Jamie's dead, Mama has broken a hip in a drunken fall, and Taylor's stepfather has begged her to return to her family's Montana ranch to make amends.
After a bitter divorce, Brett Austin, foreman of the Slash Y Ranch, believes horses are more of a sure thing than women. But undeniable chemistry with the boss's daughter convinces him it's time to take another chance at love.
When Taylor's mother insists Jamie's death was not suicide-a theory confirmed by Jamie's ghost-Taylor wonders who could have wanted her sister dead. With a list of suspects as long as her camera strap, she needs an ally. Could that person be a tall drink of water in a cowboy hat?
SABRA'S WILD WEST ADVENTURE
Book 2 of The Spirited Western Women Series
Formerly published as Third Time's A Charm
Best Western Romance Honorable Mention 2010 and TRS CAPA Nominee!
Married into Boston's elite society, Sabra Bennett prefers horseback riding and ragtime music to sipping tea with the ladies. When a surprise discovery turns tragic, she flees to wild untamed Colorado Territory harboring a secret and determined to start anew.
Irishman, Noah Tucker, has spent years sailing the high seas and sampling a woman in every port. Now he's settled in Gumption, Colorado intent on raising sheep. The moment he meets the redheaded widow, he entertains thoughts of making her his mistres. But her close-mouthed ways hint she's not who she claims to be.
When Sabra becomes the object of affection for more than one man, she vows to keep her secret safe at all costs. But when Tucker takes her in his arms, she's willing to gamble there's more to him than his whiskey-swilling antics. He just might be the one man she can trust with everything-including her heart.
CASE OF THE GHOST MAID
Book Three of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
On Valentine’s Day 1957, Briony Martin is surprised by an invitation to travel with love interest, John Fletcher, to Savannah, Georgia to help him solve a mystery. John is a private investigator, and his mother’s childhood friend has requested his assistance in a hair-raising situation involving Sanders Weatherly, sole heir to Weatherly Plantation. Weatherly’s housemaid is missing, his young gardener’s body is strangely degenerating, and there’s evidence of the paranormal at work.
Amidst the wild beauty of the plantation’s marshlands, river, and sweeping oaks bearded with Spanish moss, Briony senses powerful psychic energy and is able to see spirits. Talk of a witch’s hex and a family story about a jeweled necklace stolen from pirates add to the allure. When a decades-old riddle is discovered, it’s up to Briony and John to decipher it and determine if it holds the key to the maid’s disappearance. In the meantime, their investigation brings to light information showing that each member of the household has a motive for wanting the maid dead.
While Briony and John try to determine who is innocent and who is guilty of wrongdoing, they’re also busy sorting out their feelings for each other. Southern superstition holds fast as the couple faces twists and turns that finally lead to an ending neither of them expected.
THE SPYGLASS PORTAL: A Lighthouse Novel
House flipper, Samantha Landers, witnesses a freak accident in which her business partner ends up in a coma. Struggling to forgive herself for the part she played in the tragedy, she accepts her psychiatrist's offer to stay in a friend's renovated lighthouse on the coast of Maine. There in the picture perfect village of Pavee Cove, Sam hopes to find peace. But after discovering an antique sea captain's spyglass hidden in the light tower, strange and unexplainable things begin to happen. Each time she peers through the spyglass, Sam's world turns upside down, inside out, and sideways. Does she have a brain tumor? Are the meds she's taking causing her to hallucinate? Or has she simply lost her mind? Stepping into this bizarre nightmare is Aidan, a man who is eerily familiar and the one constant she can count on.
Painting and the ocean are Aidan's refuge against his own demons. As soon as Samantha walks into his life, old dreams return, as well as his obsession with a girl from the past who mysteriously disappeared. Sam might be unstable, but she needs his help, and a power stronger than logic draws him to her.
Just when Samantha is sure she's gone mad, an old man helps her to understand the mystery of the spyglass and the mystical power that it holds. What she learns will lead her to discover buried family secrets and the one man whose soul has been connected to hers for longer than either of them can imagine.
A STOLEN LIFE
Eighteen-year-old Kit Malone has lived a pirate’s life for ten years, though not of her own choosing. When ruthless Captain Tory orders young women kidnapped from a seaside village and Kit is instructed to watch them until ransoms are paid, she makes a startling discovery. One of them is her mirror image.
Bonding over their likeness, Tamsin Mallory tells Kit about her privileged life, as well as her fiancé, Christopher. Longing for family and to be a proper lady, the seeds of a plan form in Kit’s mind. When Tamsin dies, Kit sets her plan of assuming Tamsin’s identity into motion. After narrowly surviving a storm at sea, she is rescued by Matthew, a trapper who lives in isolation after a devastating heartbreak.
When Kit finally arrives at Mallory Manor, she becomes Tamsin in body and soul. But how long will it be before someone discovers the truth? And how will her attraction to loner Matthew affect her upcoming marriage to charming Christopher?
A mystical crone spouting warnings lead to a final battle with Kit’s nemesis, while a tomb in the family graveyard guides her on a journey toward a life-changing discovery.
Contemporary Western Romance
Night Owl Review Top Pick!
Scott Landry, lifelong cowboy and steadfast owner of the High Lonesome Guest Ranch in Ghost Rock, New Mexico, happens across a dark-haired beauty who has been assaulted and left for dead in the high desert. She's suffering from amnesia and remembers nothing about an attack, where she's from, or even her name. From the moment Scott lays eyes on the woman they come to call"Beth", he knows everything in his life is about to change.
While recuperating, Beth embraces ranch life and grows close to the kind and handsome widower and his precocious young daughter. Just as she's discovering a happiness and peace she suspects she's never known, she starts to experience terrifying flashbacks and visions of a little girl. When she learns the truth about her past and returns to an uncertain future, something hints that her life may be in danger…again.
LINE DANCING CAN BE MURDER
Women's Fiction/Dark Humor
Six lifelong friends from a small Illinois town spend every Monday night country line dancing together. In between the songs, they grumble about jobs, men, and the growing dissatisfaction with getting older. One January evening, the complaining reaches an all-time high. Teresa, ringleader of their little circus, experiences a light bulb moment and suggests they book a summer bus tour to jazz up their humdrum lives and celebrate the first of them turning fifty.
Fast forward to June, and they've arrived in Las Vegas ready for nine days of fun and adventure out west. Surprise number 1: Their fellow travelers are all at least twenty years older than they are. Surprise number 2: The tour director is a hunka hunka burning love who has quite a way with the ladies. Surprise number 3: One of those ladies decides he must die.
Join the National Parks Wonders Tour and meet Teresa, Jackie, Crystal, Annette, Kim, and Donna as they share the vacation of a lifetime, laughter and tears, and one big secret they'll take to their graves.
TAKIN' THE REINS
Lucky in Love Series Book 1
Contemporary Western Romance
Formerly Published as Lucky in Love
Jordan Mackenzie has left Colorado for New Mexico, where she claims the Lucky Seven Ranch—an inheritance left to her from an aunt she met once. Jordan’s a city girl who knows nothing about country life, and the ranch needs some TLC. But this is a fresh start, and she’s willing to accept the challenge. The question that nags is why did Aunt Lydia leave her the ranch?
She soon learns her aunt not only ran a horse rescue operation, but a powerful land baron believes his destiny is to own the Lucky Seven, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it. Added to the mix are rancher Wyatt Brannigan and contractor Cole Roberts who immediately involve themselves in her life and begin a rivalry for her attention. Still stinging from her former boyfriend’s betrayal, romance is the last thing on her mind.
Threats, animals, and forces of nature will test Jordan, causing her to wonder whether she has what it takes to make a new life. Most unexpected are the feelings both Wyatt and Cole stir within her. But who is just a friend? And to whom does she lose her heart? The discovery of a family secret and a near tragedy convince her that takin’ the reins of her own life will fulfill long-desired dreams of hearth and home—and true love.
Short Story Formerly published as Chasing Her Dreams
Following a year of one disappointing turn after another, Devin Fuller has been dreaming for weeks of a mysterious woman in white beckoning to her from atop the island lighthouse. On the anniversary of her grandma's death, Devin feels a supernatural push to visit Grandma’s grave on Monhegan Island. However, the last ferry has been cancelled due to an approaching storm. In steps local Maine fisherman, Kipp Sullivan, who offers to ferry her across the bay. Although they’ve never met, both feel an immediate connection the moment they look into each other’s eyes, as if they’ve always known each other. When their hands touch, an electrical charge jumps between them, and time and space blend.
Once they cross the storm-tossed sea and reach the island, Devin has an eerie encounter with ghosts, and she and Kipp become acutely aware of the strange coincidences piling up around them. The lighthouse, an old oil painting, and spirits from beyond the grave appear to be pieces of a puzzle meant to bring the couple together. But do they believe in reincarnation? And if so, can the mistakes of the past lead to happily ever after in the present?
DECEPTION AT DARK HALL
Book Two of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
February 1956… Three months after returning from Maine, Briony Martin is headed to Chicago for the christening of her best friend’s baby. Upon arriving, she discovers Paige’s brother-in-law Daniel has been attending séances at Dark Hall, an opulent Gothic mansion rife with rumors of witchcraft and drug use. Paige is worried for Daniel, who has become enamored with the beautiful Sharlyn Dark, a medium who claims to communicate with the dead.
Having had some recent encounters with the paranormal, Briony is talked into attending a séance with Daniel to find out if he’s being financially swindled or emotionally taken advantage of. What she finds at Dark Hall is strange history, secrets, and some unusual inhabitants who may or may not be what they appear.
When Daniel stumbles upon a murder and almost becomes a victim himself, Briony uses her newly acquired detective skills to help solve this and older crimes that have a connection to Dark Hall. In the meantime, after three weeks of no correspondence, she’s finally heard from John Fletcher, the man she met in Maine and her new love interest. He’s planning to visit soon, and with his promise comes a surprise that could alter her life in ways she never dreamed.
CRIES IN THE MIST
Book One of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
The year is 1955… After discovering a desperate letter from her estranged father, Briony Martin faces one of her many fears and travels from Kansas to the isolated island of Cape Marble, Maine in search of answers. While approaching by water, she spies a lighthouse eerily shrouded in mist. A woman in a long dress appears on the observation deck and then vanishes just as quickly. Could she be the missing woman Briony’s father spoke of in his letter? Or one of the many ghosts John Fletcher, Cape Marble’s prodigal son returned, has casually mentioned on the ferry ride?
Shortly after arriving, Briony learns her father has been murdered. She soon takes on the role of detective and realizes just how many residents had a reason to wish him dead. As the mystery thickens and she uncovers a shocking secret and his chilling connection to the spirits haunting the lighthouse, her paranormal experiences escalate—as does her attraction to John, a man with secrets of his own.
Could her father’s murder and the woman’s disappearance be linked? Whose cries does Briony hear in the lighthouse? And whose face stares at her from the lantern room? Is the alluring John a friend or foe? One thing is for certain. If Briony doesn’t watch her step, she may lose both her heart and her life.
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Time Travel Romance
Formerly published as Delaney's Crossing
A 300-year old Celtic curse unites a career woman from the present with a western doctor from the past.
Delaney Marshall is disappointed with the dating scene and making costly mistakes in her career. On a day when everything goes wrong, a rainbow appears and a strange Irish cab driver urges her to cross a bridge she's never seen before—causing her to question her sanity after realizing she's stepped into the Wild West 124 years in the past.
Gabriel Whitman, a handsome bachelor with a secret, is the town doctor in 1888 Phoenix. When a runaway wagon threatens the life of a pretty blonde in a short skirt and mismatched shoes, he pushes her out of harm's way, and more than sparks from the wagon wheels start to fly.
Somehow Delaney's traveled into another world and found the man of her dreams. But can true love transcend the separation of time?
TRAIL OF GOLDEN DREAMS
Book 1 of The Spirited Western Women Series
Formerly published as Outlaw Trail
At nineteen, Josie Hart has lived a hard and lonely life on her New Mexican farm. A cryptic map from her father gives her a chance to change all that and guides her on a perilous journey toward freedom and a fresh start. But there are others who want what she's after and will stop at nothing to get it.
Grey Paladin seeks justice after having had his fortune stolen from him by Leroy Hart. He'll do whatever it takes to retrieve what's rightfully his and reunite with the only family he has left. That is, until a feisty girl stands in his way and makes his life more complicated.
When Josie and Grey form an uncertain partnership, they must battle outlaws, nature, and each other while riding two hundred miles of dangerous trail to reach their destination and the gold nuggets that will make both their dreams come true. What they discover at the end of the trail is something that's been sorely lacking on both their lives, leading them each to rethink what the future could hold.
SECRETS OF SEACLIFF HOUSE
Contemporary Gothic Romance
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
For the past twenty-seven years, Kayla Grayson’s mother has refused to discuss Kayla’s absent father or explain why the two of them have been alone in the world without relatives. A mysterious email sends Kayla to a Maryland beach town and her grandmother’s home, Seacliff House. There, Kayla hopes to discover who she is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery.
When Tanner Bishop discovers an old diary among his grandfather’s possessions, his interest is piqued. Some of the entries speak of Pearl, a young woman who abandoned her son and fled Maine for Maryland in 1958. The journalist in Tanner wants to know what became of Pearl once she found her way to Seacliff House. But as the woman’s great-grandson, he needs to know.
Kayla quickly learns the whereabouts of her father and meets her formidable grandmother, while Tanner investigates his own connection to Seacliff House. Through a mutual interest in searching out their roots, romance blossoms. But events that cannot be stopped are quickly set in motion—including murder and a ghost sighting—to reveal secrets of the past that threaten the couple’s hopeful future.
A HAUNTED TWIST OF FATE
Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Night Owl Review Top Pick!
While grieving the loss of her parents, Shay Brennan is drawn to the Black Hills of South Dakota and finds herself the owner of a historic 1885 saloon. But, she soon realizes she's not alone in the Buckhorn. Two ghosts are sending her messages. One needs her help, while the other is intent on doing harm. What do they want with Shay? And what part does she play in the terrible events that happened in the saloon a century ago?
Colt Morgan, a local realtor who sold the Buckhorn to Shay, is a non-believer in the paranormal, but unexpectedly finds himself helping her solve the mystery of who the spirits are. Widowed for ten years, Colt's not looking for love. So why does his heart pound every time he's near Shay? And how does his connection to an old friend tie in with her and the haunting?
Two hearts in the present are linked to two souls from the past. Could it be coincidence, or is it a Haunted Twist of Fate?