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HALLOWED GROUND

Book Three of The Guardian Series

After Ellie Broussard saves Sean McDougal’s son from drowning, she walks away, unwilling to involve herself with the rakish Irishman and his charming boy.  Ellie has suffered a devastating loss, and her world is one of chosen isolation and calculated vengeance.  She has only one focus: to find the monster that stole her child and turn his world to ash.    

Sean can relate to Ellie’s suffering.  Having lost his wife to cancer, his sole focus has become raising his boy, and love…well, love can take a long walk.  He’s in Louisiana to locate a cache of stolen art, and even if he’s taken aback—and reluctantly intrigued—by the mysterious and chilly Ellie Broussard, he knows better than to tumble down that rabbit hole.

But when they’re thrown together on assignment to recover the cache, Sean and Ellie have no choice but to put aside their mutual misgivings and work side by side.  To share; to trust; to discover they are not as separate as they appear. And as Ellie’s deadly hunt approaches its culmination, they must risk everything they hold dear to stop a murderer who is readying his next strike, and to save an orphaned girl whose only hope lies in their willingness to defy the darkness and step into the light.

BLINDSIDED

Book Two of The Guardian Series

When the boy who broke her heart crashes back into Ruby Jones’s life, she’s determined to give him the boot.  There are some things a girl simply can’t forgive, and being forgotten is at the top of the list.  

The last person CIA Agent Rafferty Blackheart expects to find while retrieving the message left for him by his dead partner is the childhood friend he left behind two decades earlier.  But the woman he discovers bears little resemblance to the girl he remembers, and even though the sight of her breathes life into everything he’s spent years fleeing, walking away from her is an impossibility.

Because Rafe is on a mission, one he can’t complete without Ruby.  So no matter their dark history, their mutual distrust, or the intense, unwelcome pull between them, they must come together.  To avenge the death of an innocent; to save a child.  And to stop a madman bent on reshaping the human race.

Before it’s too late.

HAIL MARY

When a local bank robbery brings newly elected Sheriff Beau Greystone to Wynn Owens’ front door, she has only two things to give him: the endless bounty of her caustic wit and a one-finger salute.  Wynn has history with the law, none of it good.  And the notion that one of her elderly tenants might have something to do with the robbery is just plain crazy.

A former DEA agent, Beau owes his newly minted badge solely to his meddling aunt and his own foolish indifference.  Recovering from the murder of his wife—and the debilitating injury caused by the explosion that killed her—Beau has been happily checked out for some time.  But the people of Blossom Hills are counting on him to do his job, and bringing a bank robber to justice is a fine place to start…until the killer that’s haunted the town for the last decade abruptly returns.  

Wynn has a tenant to exonerate; Beau, a killer to catch. Neither is prepared for the compelling but unwelcome current between them, or the unexpected circumstances that will force them to reassess the rules by which they live.  But the clock is ticking, and they must decide: adapt and evolve, or surrender to the past and the dark malevolence that has risen within it….  

evolution: AWAKENING

Book One of The Evolution Series

When Ash Kyndal inherits her Uncle Charlie’s Private Investigation firm, she wants nothing more than an out. Because how could anyone think putting her in charge of anything is a good idea? 

But Charlie saved her once, and Ash owes him.  Big time. So in spite of her reluctance—and the mysterious, taciturn Russian who’s abruptly materialized on her doorstep, intent on repaying a debt to a dead man—Ash dives in.

Because seriously.  How hard can it be?  

Two missing clients, half a dozen men in black, and one crazy, utopian conspiracy designed to alter the very fabric of humanity later, Ash has her answer: crazy hard.  And now that she’s found herself on the front lines of an unexpected, vicious battle over the fate of the human race, she has a choice to make: stay and fight, or run like hell.  Because the clock is ticking.

And war is coming.

IN PLAIN SIGHT

Once a carny, always a carny…

When Fiona’s estranged stepbrother calls asking for help, she’s pretty sure the apocalypse has arrived. Because Max walked away from her—and the carnival they called home—years ago, and only silence has filled the decade between them.

But Special Agent Max’s FBI safe house has been exposed, and he’s desperate for a safe place to stash his young murder witness. Fi is tempted to show him the door, but said witness is just an innocent kid, and no matter the tangled, painful mess between them, Fiona can’t bring herself to abandon a child.

Unlike Fi, retired Army Ranger Rye Wilder has no problem coming to the rescue when his friend and former Ranger Max calls, especially if it means finally laying eyes on the mysterious Fi, a woman whose image has haunted Rye since he first laid eyes on the worn photo in Max’s wallet.  A man with no one to call his own, Rye has never understood Max’s desertion of his sister, and the opportunity to witness the reunion is too tempting to resist.  Because family is precious and rare and a gift to be protected—something Rye is determined to make them both understand.

But first Max has to unmask a mole.  Fiona has to safeguard an innocent girl against the man hunting her. And Rye…

Rye has to keep everyone alive.

AEQUITAS

Book Two of The Getaway Series

Honor Genovese, AKA Aequitas, is number eight on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.  A hacker extraordinaire, Honor lives to destroy those who destroy others. Ever since the murder of her family and the kidnapping of her 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 she suddenly discovers Hannah on the other side of the world, Honor 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 elusive hacker Aequitas, but the woman he’s discovered is far more 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, it is everything Cian has been waiting for.

Honor wants only to save her sister.  But Cian is determined to unmask and claim the woman he’s spent years chasing. And neither is prepared for the reality which awaits them, or the consequences of the truth that will ultimately define them…

THE GETAWAY

Book One of The Getaway Series

◆◆  2016 FINALIST, FOOL FOR LOVE ◆◆

Lucia Sanchez has stolen two children. Two children who don’t belong to her; two children she will do anything to save. Driven by the dark, inescapable shadow of her past, Lucia will make any sacrifice necessary to be certain history doesn’t repeat itself. She has given  up everything, and nothing will stop her from completing her mission.  

U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Steele is tired. Tired of chasing fugitives; 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—follow the rules and play it safe, or follow his heart and risk it all. 

She is willing to die for her cause; he is trying desperately to keep them alive. Thrust together in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Sam and Lucia must 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…

THE BEQUEST

Book One of The Guardian Series

◆◆  2016 FINALIST, THE DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE ◆◆

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…