When Adriana Chambers observes a stranded motorist struggling to change his tire, she sees in his distress an opportunity to be a good Samaritan. Pulling over, she offers her help but she gets much more than the satisfaction of serving.
As the beautiful young college student finds herself the only witness to the man’s whereabouts that morning, she is unwittingly drawn into a criminal investigation that tests her powers of deduction. The stranded motorist, Jerzy Grabowski, has been charged with murder. The complication—he’s innocent.
Alongside handsome detective Brad Osborne, her only ally, Adriana embarks on a treacherous journey through the maze of organized crime in an effort to prove Jerzy’s innocence. But when Adriana discovers a connection between this mob hit and the legacy of lies left by her estranged father, her determination to uncover the truth jeopardizes all she holds dear. With time running out, she must untangle the tightly woven tapestry of conspiracy if she wants to live.
Author: Clair Poulson
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Size: 223 pages, 6×9, softcover
He knows where she works.
He knows where she lives.
And soon, they’ll come face-to-face.
Erin Lewis is an up-and-coming fashion designer building up her career in New York City. With a loving husband, a great assistant, and working in the field of her dreams, she couldn’t be happier.
But perfection can’t last forever.
When a long string of tragedies shakes Erin to her core, she doesn’t know how to keep moving forward day by day. And when she is targeted by a brutal serial killer, she must find the inner strength she never knew she had just to survive.
Title: Be Mine
Author: Sandra Norton Flynn
Release Date: April 6, 2013
Size: __ pages, ebook
In Cassidy’s battle against human trafficking there are two choices: run or be captured.
Cassidy’s humanitarian mission takes an ugly turn when human traffickers attack. Cassidy doesn’t know where to run—home to America, into Jesse’s arms, or any direction she can to escape the traffickers.
Innocent families are being ripped apart and Cassidy must decide if she’s brave enough to stop running and join the fight.
Title: Running Home (novella)
Author: Cami Checketts
Release Date: April 10, 2013
Size: 42 pages, 6×9, softcover
Series: Dead Running (bk 1), Dying to Run (bk 2)
Twenty eight year old Kelsey Weber is one of the CIA’s finest undercover agents. After two years under deep cover in Salman Nassar’s desert compound, shes unearthed vital information on the volatile Middle Eastern extremist sect. When her allegiance is called into question, Nassar teaches her a lesson she wont forget with a bullet to the leg.Kelsey is whisked out of the field to recuperate in the safety of her missionary parents empty Virginia home.
Civilian life proves to be more complicated than Kelsey anticipated when she meets FBI agent Noah Cabbott, the handsome neighbor tasked by her parents with safeguarding the family home in their absence. As their relationship deepens, she s torn by her inability to divulge who and what she really is. In a twist of fate, their separate investigations converge in a horrifying plot that threatens the nation’s security, and Kelsey’s identity is revealed. She and Noah have been assigned as members of a secret task force, united with one common goal: to thwart Nassar’s impending terrorist attack.
As the situation grows increasingly dire, she is horrified to learn that there is a traitor in their midst: An agency mole has been leaking information to the enemy. Kelsey’s world is thrown into chaos with the shocking realization that nothing is as it seems, and each step toward the truth draws her deeper into a web of conspiracy more intricate and deadly than she dreamed
Title: Deep Cover
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Size: 288 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Suspense/Romantic Suspense
Lane Cooley is the best Homicide Detective on the LAPD. But she isn’t anything like you’d imagine. She’s no fast-talking femme fatale… no, she’s a Good Mormon Girl who doesn’t smoke, drink, cuss, or even watch R-rated movies.
But that doesn’t mean Lane misses out on all the blood and guts. Especially now. A new serial killer is in town, one who knows all the cops’ tricks, all their secrets. One who is targeting young girls, killing them, and cutting them to pieces.
Now, Lane has to race against the clock to find the killer. Because the murderer has chosen his next victim. And it’s Lane’s little sister.
Note: Author says this book is “mild” PG-13.
Title: Blood Relations: A Good Mormon Girl Mystery
Author: Michaelbrent Collings
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Size: 306 pages, 6×9, softcover
Every six months a Russian agent arrives at the Rockin’ Rooster saloon in Twin Falls, Idaho to fight local cowboy and laid-off spy Rulon Hurt.
To the locals it’s great fun and even to Rulon and his punk wife, Yohaba, it’s not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.
But when Rulon saves Boris, the latest Russian, from a gang of local skinheads, a feud ignites that quickly escalates out of control. Eventually an assassin is brought in from Germany, and Rulon is shot and left in a coma.
Yohaba and Boris are now alone together. Great minds think alike. They back track the assassin to Zurich with the intent of settling the score.
Title: A Thousand Suns (Book 2)
Author: Jim Haberkorn
Publisher: Bonneville Books (CFI)
Release Date: March 12, 201
Size: 320 pages, 6×9, softcover
Rulon Hurt Series: Einstein’s Trunk (bk 1)
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspici0us death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion.
Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.
Title: Poison Me
Author: Cami Checketts
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Size: 268 pages, 6×9, softcover
The sun burns brightly over the ancient isle of Greece as former Pinkerton spy Isabelle Webb returns for her most rousing adventure yet. Legend has it that the location of a fantastic treasure is revealed only when three mystical jewels are united. In an effort to locate the elusive trove and the power it promises, shadowy organizations and greedy men have tirelessly pursued the three hidden stones for centuries.
Isabelle and her trusted companions including her dashing fiance, James Ashby are in possession of one of these legendary jewels, while nefarious treasure hunter Thaddeus Sparks retains another. The third stone, the Jewel of Hades, is rumored to be concealed on the rocky shores of Greece. As good and evil converge on this fiery island, the final battle for possession of the jewels and their anciently protected secret begins.
When events take a deadly turn, Isabelle must rely on her keen instincts and indomitable spirit as dastardly forces threaten to make her first Greek expedition her last.
Title: Isabelle Webb: The Grecian Princess (Book 3)
Author: N.C. Allen
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Size: 304 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Historical Suspense
Isabelle Webb Series: Legend of the Jewel (bk 1), The Pharoah’s Daughter (bk 2)
Who is Trying to Silence Penny?
Penny Thorton’s dreams of being a park ranger start to unravel her first week on the job when she finds a dead bear in Yellowstone’s backcountry. Shots are fired as she runs away, but once she tells the authorities, all evidence evaporates. Penny’s aunt Iris, who is bent on eradicating an invasive species of daisy from the park, puts that mission on hold when more bears are killed and she becomes entangled in the mystery. After several attempts on Penny’s life, she and Iris learn to trust no one—not even their friends.
Title: Poaching Daisies
Author: Carole Thayne Warburton
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Release Date: February 21, 2013
Size: 313 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller’s latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easy-going son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss.
When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadie’s apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her.
Title: Baked Alaska (Sadie Hoffmiller #9)
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Size: 368 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, softcover
Genre: Culinary Mystery
Sadie Hoffmiller Series: Lemon Tart (bk 1), English Trifle (bk 2), Devil’s Food Cake (bk 3), Key Lime Pie (bk 4), Blackberry Crumble (bk 5), Pumpkin Roll (bk 6), Banana Split (bk 7), Tres Leches Cupcakes (bk 8)
The gigantic cake for the new city rec center opening is going to be great advertising for Tess’s new bakery, until she finds the city councilman who oversaw the project dead. Tess vows to stay out of this one, until his troubled teenaged step-son is fingered for the murder and Tess jumps in to prove he’s innocent. Trouble is, someone else wants her to leave it alone, and isn’t afraid to take her out to protect their identity.
When the killer ups the stakes, Tess is forced to put herself in danger or risk the life of someone she cares about. Tess and her growing gang of amateur sleuths have to scramble to catch the killer before one of them ends up dead.
Title: Pistols & Pies (Sweet Bites Mystery #2)
Author: Heather Justesen
Publisher: Jelly Bean Press
Release Date: February 3, 2013
ASIN: B00BAYMFTE (I think a print book will be available soon)
Size: 195 pages, ebook
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Sweet Bites Series: Brownies & Betrayal (bk 1)
Kadence Reynold’s favorite pastime is exploring old ghost towns, but when she and her sister, Maysha, stumble across an old journal and cheap pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling foundation near Eureka, Utah, their world is suddenly turned upside down. Immediately, strange dreams and premonitions begin to haunt “Kadie” as she learns more about the author of the journal, Charlotte Clark. Kadie sets out on a journey to learn more about Charlotte and her family, and she and Maysha travel to Bremerton, Washington, where they discover Charlotte’s still living twin sister, Adelaide and her family.
Kadie and Maysha, upon arriving in Washington, are immediately immersed in Adelaide and Charlotte’s story. Kadie soon learns that Charlotte disappeared the night of a tragic fire that took the lives of Adelaide’s entire family. With the help of Logan Mathews, Adelaide’s handsome grandson, and Charlotte’s ever disconcerting presence, Kadie delves into the past. Hoping to solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance, Kadie immediately discovers the secrets contained in the journal will toss her and Adelaide’s family into a world filled with mystery, past regrets, and dark unknowns.
Title: Tide Ever Rising
Author: Mandi Tucker Slack
Publisher: Bonneville Books/CFI
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Mystery? Romantic Suspense?
Blaine Adkins was shot in his apartment between the hours of ten and midnight. None of his neighbors heard a sound, none of them saw a thing. All of them are glad he’s gone. There wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute when he was alive, but everyone knew Blaine was a killer. Fourteen months before he died, he shot a Pleasant Grove woman in the heart, killing her. And the fact that Blaine’s own body is found by his neighbor’s dog after he takes a bullet in his heart? That’s just a case of karmic justice. Or is it?
As Kathryn McCoy ropes Rhea into helping her report on the story, Rhea starts asking some obvious questions. And while Rhea’s putting together the facts of the case, she has no idea that life as she knows it is about to fundamentally change.
Title: Unpleasant Grove (Rhea Jensen #5)
Author: Sheralyn Pratt
Publisher: Wicked Sassy
Release Date: January 14, 2013
Size: 281 pages, ebook
Rhea Jensen Series: City of Angels (bk 1), The Avenues (bk 1.5), Welcome to Stalk Lake City (bk 2), City Limits (bk 3), Kay’sVille (bk 4),
Elder Carson works in Olinda, an ancient city on the northeastern coast of Brazil. It is lush green, full of old churches and white-sand beaches and drug traffickers protecting their turf.
One night, Carson is homesick and wide awake. The midnight hour is humid and hot. It is February, and carnaval is in full swing. Carson gets up. He goes out alone. He finds a phone and calls his girlfriend back in Utah.
Things happen that night—bad things—before Carson can make it back to his apartment. The next thing Carson knows, he’s a suspect in a murder investigation. And not only that—gangsters, extremely dangerous men, have taken a sudden interest in Elder Carson . . .
Title: Millstone City
Author: S.P. Bailey
Publisher: Zarahemla Books
Release Date: June 7, 2012
Size: 210 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, softcover
Is there anything a mother won’t do to keep her children safe?
Karri O’Brien has everything she’d always thought would make her happy—a wealthy husband, two children and a lovely home. But it’s the things she never dreamed of that have made her life unbearable—the insults, the threats, the beatings. She believes the only way she and her children can escape from her abusive husband is if he thinks they’re dead. So she carefully plans to fake their deaths, only to watch her plan go horribly wrong.
Now her kids are missing and everyone knows she’s lying—except they think she killed them. Since the policeman assigned to the case, Gabriel Ortez, dated Karri in high school, he doesn’t want to believe she’s capable of murder.
But is he wrong about her?
And, even if he’s right, can he prove she’s innocent before it’s too late?
Caution: Author gives it a PG-13 rating due to intense subject matter.
Title: No Sudden Moves
Author: Heather Horrocks
Publisher: Word Garden Press
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Size: 291 pages, ebook (print version coming soon)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
As Kennedy Killingsworth prepares to step into the next phase of her life alongside her soon-to-be husband, Luke, the past reemerges and interrupts with full force.
Luke is suddenly called away to testify at a Marine Corps trial and is forced to leave Kennedy soon after they are declared husband and wife. Then an old business associate, Drake Langston, announces he is returning to Midway to finish renovating the town and needs Kennedy’s help to smooth things over with the locals. Kennedy jumps on board to distract herself from Luke’s absence. Little does she know that there will soon be plenty to distract her.
After an unexplainable prison van accident leaves a woman dead and three prisoners missing, the town feels rattled and worried. As Kennedy (and her ex-husband, Cade) gets involved in investigating the crash, more and more mysterious events unfold, and if she’s not careful, she could be the next murder by the way.
Title: Murder by the Way (Book 3)
Author: Betsy Brannon Green
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Size: 336 pages, 6×9, softcover
Series: Murder by the Book (bk 1), Murder by Design (bk 2)
72-year-old housekeeper, Eleanor Rose, is witty, gentle, and a remarkable cook. To the people of Amalga, Utah, she’s a petite old lady who wouldn’t hurt a fly. And to her employer, she is the perfect housekeeper—at least until she is found with a bloody knife in her hand beside the dead body of Katherine Cunningham, her employer’s 12-year-old daughter.
Eleanor quickly admits to the crime and surrenders herself, pleading guilty before her trial even begins. But to Victor Lee, a young and ambitious journalist who is assigned to cover the story, there is more to Eleanor’s confession.
Through his interviews with Eleanor within the confines of the penitentiary’s visiting hall, Victor pushes for the truth and finds himself drawn into her world where the line between right and wrong is blur—nothing is what it seems. What he discovers is a secret that, if revealed, will not only explain Katherine’s death, it will also challenge the moral obligation of every mother to her child. It is a secret that started forty-two years ago on the night Eleanor took the life of her only son.
*Deals with some sensitive themes
Title: The Housekeeper’s Son
Author: Christopher Loke
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Release Date: May 19, 2012
Size: 282 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, hardcover
Genre: General? Mystery?
With warm sand between his toes, private investigator Rocky Revada is finally taking a well-deserved vacation. But the emotional pleas of a pretty woman have somehow lodged inside the usually practical investigator’s head. As he mulls it over, probing the theft of an expensive roping horse seems much more interesting than the mundane pleasures of sun, surf, and dinners alone.
However, when Rocky arrives at Glenn Gridley’s northern Utah ranch, he unearths far more trouble than he bargained for. Multiple horses have been stolen from the cantankerous rancher and have been mysteriously replaced with worthless look-alikes. Then Gridley’s attractive and persuasive daughter, Shanice, finds someone from her past on the family property, very much dead.
What started as a simple investigation of theft has escalated into a murder investigation, and as Rocky edges closer to the truth, he is targeted as the next victim. Tensions peak, and Rocky realizes he must shield Shanice and her daughter from an unknown enemy. It seems someone wants to destroy the entire Gridley family.
Now Rocky must summon every bit of his faith and courage to protect the woman he has come to love as he is tested in the fires of his most dangerous case to date.
Author: Clair M. Poulson
Release Date: May 2012
Size: 304 pages, 6×9, softcover
After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank. There she’s paired with Jonathan Burke, a straitlaced analyst who has alienated his colleagues with his unorthodox methods and a knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.
When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shoot-out and the release of a deadly chemical, CIA director Kathy Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the US Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA asset in China, code named Pioneer. But when Pioneer reports that Chinese security has him under surveillance, Stryker is offered a chance for redemption with a highly dangerous mission: extract Pioneer from China before he’s arrested and executed. The answers he holds could mean the difference between peace in the Pacific or another world war.
From CIA headquarters to the White House to a Navy carrier in the South China Sea and the dark alleyways of Beijing, Red Cell takes readers on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke work to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power: China’s top-secret weapon.
Title: Red Cell
Author: Mark Henshaw
Publisher: Touchstone (Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Size: 326 pages, hardcover
Genre: Suspense—military/espionage/political thriller
Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?
When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.
Title: Dead Running
Author: Cami Checketts
Publisher: Birch River Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2012
Size: 246 pages, 6×9, softcover
When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to sabotage his place and force him to sell.
The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is it possible that the legend of the Thunder God is actually true?
After a terrible thunderstorm, everyone begins to wonder. John and Julia quickly head to Mesa, Arizona and discover a few mysterious events.
Will they find out who is behind these disasters before Uncle Kelly’s dude ranch is ruined?
While Julia’s daughters, Sharlene and Faith, are busy helping their uncle save the ranch, April and Matthew are planning their wedding but everything seems to go wrong.
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Title: Desert Intrigue
Author: Linda Weaver Clarke
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Size: 246 pages, 5×8, softcover
John and Julia Evans Series: Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue
Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line—on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin.
Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done.
Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman—at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy—is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.
Title: Dorchester Terrace (Thomas Pitt #27)
Author: Anne Perry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Size: 352 pages, hardcover
Last time Julia Wentworth visited the Philippines, she barely escaped from a terrorist group. Now, four months later, she is again called to visit the tropical archipelago to find out why some microloan cooperatives her company financed are falling apart. This time, she promises her boss she will stay out of harm’s way and tries to convince herself that there will be no danger involved in this simple, fact-finding trip.
However, when she arrives in Manila, Julia discovers that danger is the reason the coops are failing. The young daughters of one of her clients have been kidnapped, and the family has decided that repaying their loan is no longer a priority in case a ransom is demanded.
Determined to find the girls, Julia recruits an old friend to help, a detective affectionately known as Monty. As the investigation unfolds, along with their growing attraction for each other, the pair uncovers a crime ring much more elaborate and dangerous than they could have ever anticipated.
Title: Precious Cargo
Author: Jean Holbrook Mathews
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Size: 212 pages, 6×9, softcover
Ty Kimball doesn’t know who Rhea Jensen is or anything about her past when they meet in a park at dawn.
All he knows is that her distaste for him seems to be as immediate and intense as his attraction to her.
And as much as Ty tries to walk away from the challenge Rhea represents, deep down he knows he’s met the one girl he can’t let get away.
A Rhea Jensen tie-in novel.
Title: The Avenues (Rhea Jensen 1.5)
Author: Sheralyn Pratt
Release Date: March 26, 2012
Size: 176 pages, ebook
Rhea Jensen Series: City of Angels (bk 1), Welcome to Stalk Lake City (bk 2), City Limits (bk 3), Kay’sVille (bk 4),