12993522_2015073415384597_6524639002296937474_nHope Anika is a writer living in the Greater Yellowstone area.   She can be reached at hope@hopeanika.com, where her inbox is always open.  Please take a sneak-peek of The Bequest,  finalist in The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, The Getaway, finalist in A Fool for Love, Aequitas, the follow up novella to The Getaway, and In Plain Sight, my newest release. Thanks for stopping by!

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Inheriting her Uncle Charlie’s insolvent PI firm is not part of Ash Kyndal’s master plan. The Firm is a responsibility she neither wants nor needs. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also Charlie’s eclectic staff of lost souls, her unrepentantly unreliable cousin, and a mysterious, taciturn Russian, stubbornly intent on repaying a debt to a dead man.

So Ash reluctantly digs in. Just for a little while. Just until she can climb back out again.

But then the men in black show up. And her client goes missing. And her safe house gets blown up. And a crazy, fantastical conspiracy begins to unfold around her, a scheme designed to alter the very fabric of humanity itself…

Suddenly Ash finds herself on the front lines of an unexpected, vicious battle where the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. And no matter her qualms, she will have to choose a side.


Because war is coming.


When Fiona Dresden’s estranged stepbrother calls asking for help, she’s pretty sure the world is ending.  Because she and Max haven’t spoken in years, and he despises the carnival she works almost as much as he despises her…  But Max’s precious FBI has been infiltrated, and he’s desperate for a safe place to hide his murder witness.  Fiona wants nothing more than to turn him away—as he once turned her away—but his witness is just an innocent kid, and the midway really is the perfect hiding place, and there are things she and Max need to finish… 

Former Army Ranger Rye Wilder is happy to come to the rescue of his friend Max, especially when it means helping out a kid—and finally laying eyes on Max’s mysterious stepsister, Fiona.  A man alone, Rye has never understood Max’s rejection of his only family, a woman whose picture has haunted Rye for nearly a decade… And now, finally, is his chance.  To make Max and Fiona understand the precious gift that is family…to push them toward reconciliation…and to get to the bottom of what it is he feels.

But first Max must unmask a mole.  Fiona must lay to rest the demons of the past. And Rye must safeguard an innocent girl against the man hunting her, pushing them all beyond the history that defines them, and into a future that just might free them.


Cheyenne Elias has inherited a child.  A boy she doesn’t know and doesn’t particularly want; a boy whose mother was once Cheyenne’s most hated person in the world.   There are a million reasons to walk away: her anger, her past, her certainty that there is nothing benevolent in this act by a woman who almost killed her.  But abandoning the boy to a system she barely survived is not an option…

Will Blackheart has lost everything.  His SEAL team, his country, and—upon occasion—his mind.  Worse, he’s lost something that has the capacity to kill thousands.  Left for dead in the Afghan desert, Will has risen solely for the purpose of regaining that which was taken…and to punish those who dared take it.

His only lead is the son of a dead woman.  Her only goal is to save a child.  As they come together in a clash of anger, mistrust and potent, unwanted desire, Will and Cheyenne must put aside their differences and navigate the endgame of a woman for whom nothing was taboo…

Finalist 2016


Lucia Sanchez has stolen two children.  Two children who don’t belong to her; two children she will do anything to save.  Driven by a bloody past and determined to change an ignoble future, Lucia will make any sacrifice necessary to be certain history doesn’t repeat itself.  She has given everything she ever was, everything she would ever become, and nothing will stop her from completing her mission.

U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Steele is tired.  Tired of chasing fugitives and protecting turncoats. Tired of breathing.  When he’s drawn into the kidnapping plot of a woman he has no desire to help, it’s just one more nail in his coffin.  But duty calls, and Sam knows his duty.  When the plea of a close friend makes it impossible to walk away, Sam must make a choice—to follow the rules and play it safe, or to follow his heart and risk everything.

She will give everything to win; he wants only to keep them alive.  Thrust together in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Sam and Lucia must set aside the desire and distrust that flares between them and work together if they want to free two children from a sickening legacy and out-maneuver a man who will hunt them to the ends of the earth…




Honor Genovese, AKA Aequitas, number eight on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and hacker extraordinaire, lives to destroy those who destroy others. Since the murder of her family and the kidnapping of her younger sister Hannah, Honor has worked tirelessly to unmask and obliterate the predators of the world, and to find the sister stolen from her. But when Honor suddenly discovers Hannah on the other side of the world, she must leave the safe, insulated realm she has built and dare to reach out to the man who hunts her…

Cian Lazarus, former merc and renowned security specialist, has spent years tracking and tracing the identity of the hacker Aequitas, but the woman he’s discovered is far more—and far less—than he ever expected. Now he spends his days challenging her, enticing her, daring her to respond to the alluring pull and the inexorable history between them. When Aequitas finally—reluctantly—reaches out to him for help in locating her lost sister, it is everything Cian has been waiting for…

Honor wants only to save Hannah; Cian wants only Honor. But neither is prepared for the reality which awaits them or the consequences of the irrevocable truths that will ultimately define them…

**Aequitas is a Novella which includes characters first introduced in The Getaway, but can be read as a stand-alone work**