Tempting the Scoundrel @sumnertrac @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

House of Devon, Book 3

Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Release Date: September 23, 2020

 

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Below stairs is where the romance begins..

As the most distinguished watchmaker in England, Christian Bainbridge
believes in accurate timepieces, not love. He secretly offered his heart
years ago, and he’s never gotten it back. When Raine Mowbray stumbles
into his life again, Christian realizes the woman he’s worshiped from
afar is still the woman he desires above all others.

Raine Mowbray needs solitude and employment, not love. A housemaid forced
to flee a loathsome earl’s grasp, the last thing she’s seeking
is a man’s amorous attention. When she finds herself unexpectantly
paired with a gorgeous watchmaker in need of an assistant, she’s
unnerved by his wit, kindness—and clandestine devotion to her.

If you like spirited heroines who fight falling in love and charmingly
arrogant heroes who think they know best, then this is the book for you!
Snuggle up with Tempting the Scoundrel, a steamy second chance,
love-at-first-sight Regency Romance!

 

This is a Downton Abbey-ish novella at 98 pages and 25K words!!

Find the entire House of Devon Series on Amazon

 

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Tracy Sumner’s storytelling career began when she
picked up a historical romance on a college beach trip, and she fondly
blames LaVyrle Spencer for her obsession with the genre. She’s a recipient
of the National Reader’s Choice, and her novels have been translated into
Dutch, German, Portuguese and Spanish. She lived in New York, Paris and
Taipei before finding her way back to the Lowcountry of South
Carolina.

When not writing sizzling love stories about feisty heroines and their
temperamental-but-entirely-lovable heroes, Tracy enjoys reading,
snowboarding, college football (Go Tigers!), yoga, and travel. She loves to
hear from romance readers!

 

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Angel Flight @rdkardonauthor @PublishingAcorn @RABTBookTours

STANDALONE NOVEL AND Book #2 of THE FLYGIRL TRILOGY

Suspense Action Fiction/Women’s Action & Adventure/Women’s
Fiction

Date Published: September 8, 2020

Publisher: Acorn Publishing LLC

 

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Two women. The men they love. One desperate plan.

 

Pilot Tris Miles is finally getting the recognition she deserves. She is a
trusted captain and confidante to her boss at Westin Charter Company, and
mentor to her young, ambitious co-pilot Bruce. Tris is offered a coveted
promotion and the opportunity of a lifetime—to fly a prestigious
“angel flight,” transporting a critically ill woman from a
remote town in northern Canada to the US for medical treatment.

But Tris needs more than professional success. Still alone almost three
years after her lover Bron’s death, Tris meets Mike, a local pilot
with a secret past he refuses to discuss. Their budding relationship
stumbles when Mike gets hired by Westin Charter to compete for the promotion
Tris was promised.

As Tris & Mike’s professional battle intensifies, their personal
relationship deepens.  Life is getting a whole lot more complicated for
Tris, and it’s about to get worse as the angel flight embarks. No one
could imagine what awaits them in Canada, and how each will have to fight
for their lives on this mission of mercy.

 

Love. Loyalty. Obsession. What propels YOU?

 

 

REVIEW

This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
I loved how this one is just as action packed as the first. The story really managed to grab the reader and not let go until the last page.
This was very entertaining above all else. I found that I could connect to the words and the characters through Kardon’s writing style.
A fabulous piece of writing about important topics.

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Robin “R.D.” Kardon had a twelve-year flying
career as a corporate and airline pilot. She holds an Airline Transport
Pilot certificate and three Captain qualifications. Her travels took her all
over the world in every type of airplane from small single-engine Cessnas to
the Boeing 737. Robin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from NYU
and J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. A native New
Yorker, Robin now lives in San Diego, California with her beloved rescue
pets.

Her first novel, Flygirl, a work of fiction inspired by her own aviation
experience, is Book #1 of The Flygirl Trilogy. It is a #1 Amazon Best
Seller.

Angel Flight,  Book #2 of The Flygirl Trilogy, examines the personal
and professional pressures faced by Captain Tris Miles as she plans and
executes a critical “angel flight,” designed to carry a critically
ill woman from a remote area in Canada to the US for medical treatment while
struggling with a new relationship.

To learn more about Robin, visit her website at http://www.rdkardonauthor.comRead
about Robin’s writing process and early influences on
BooksByWomen.org.

For podcast appearances, visit http://www.TrailBlazersImpact.com and hear Robin’s
interview on the Nan McKay Show and The Dear Discreet Guide podcast.

 

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18 Things College Students Need to Know @AuthorParul @RABTBookTours

Non Fiction, College Guides

Date Published:  September 1, 2020

Publisher: Mascot Books

 

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College—it’s the first time most young adults move away from home.
Suddenly, there is freedom like they’ve never encountered before—no parents,
no school bells, no rules. There is no rulebook for starting college, and,
unfortunately for most students, it can be a difficult and even shocking
transition.

Renée Bailey knows firsthand how difficult the transition from high school
and college can be. Going into her first year, she, like many others,
thought she was prepared for the challenges and the freedom that awaited
her. Looking back, there are so many things she wishes she had known. Renée
wants students to know that they are not alone. 18 Things College Students
Should Know
provides rising college freshman with the tools, support, and
the confidence they need to navigate a successful first year academically,
socially, and mentally.

Renée Bailey grew up as the only daughter of a single mother. Between the
ages of about 5 and 10 years old, she watched as her mother went to a two
year nursing college while working full time. She watched as her Mom
studied, and listened while her mom played audiotapes of her classes. She
listened so well that this young woman would actually quote the professors
back to her mother. As she approached her own college experience, she
realized how ill prepared she really was. Sure enough, in the second
semester of undergraduate degree, life took a sharp turn for this young
woman and what she didn’t know about university life started working against
her. As a result of what Renée went through with her own college experience,
she learned about the stress of college, firsthand. Learning more about
these stressors and how to overcome them kept her from being one of
approximately thirty percent of college freshmen who drop out and enabled
her to finish two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree in Performance
Psychology. She has taught at the college level and now writes and speaks to
high school and college students to help them stress less and succeed more
in college.

 

About the Author

Renée Bailey grew up as the only daughter of a single mother. Between the
ages of about 5 – 10 years old, she watched as her mother went to a two year
nursing college while working full time. She watched as her Mom studied, and
listened while her mom played audiotapes of her classes. She listened so
well that this young woman would actually quote the professors back to her
mother. As she approached her own college experience, she realized how ill
prepared she really was. Sure enough, in the second semester of
undergraduate degree, life took a sharp turn for this young woman and what
she didn’t know about university life started working against her. As a
result of what Renée went through with her own college experience, she
learned about the stress of college, firsthand. Learning more about these
stressors and how to overcome them kept her from being one of approximately
thirty percent of college freshmen who drop out and enabled her to finish
two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree in Performance Psychology.
She has taught at the college level and now writes and speaks to high school
and college students to help them stress less and succeed more in
college.

 

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Young, Broke & Educated @PublishingAcorn @RABTBookTours

Finance/Economics

Date Published: September 22

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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Alexander Baima graduated college with $80,000 in student debt at the age
of 23 from one of the top 25 business schools in America. After college he
went to work as a financial planner and serviced fortune 500 clients. He
created the financial plans that brokers took credit for, and while they
grossed millions a year, he made minimum wage.

At 29, his parents had a house with an $80,000 mortgage and a child –
and they lived on one income. At 29, Alexander still had over $50,000 in
student debt. How could previous generations have so much more than most
millennials who still struggle with little hope for the future?

Young, Broke and Educated investigates the decline of purchasing power
among young people, especially over the last generation. It explores in
basic, easy to understand terms, how economic systems have evolved to hinder
the financial success of millennials and the incentives that government, big
business and banks have to prevent progressive change.

Alexander Baima, a master in the field of eCommerce and early adopter of
blockchain technology, walks you through, step-by-step, what the issues are
and what needs to change to ensure that millennials and future generations
have access to the same type of success that previous generations took for
granted.

 

 About the Author

Alexander Baima received his bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration from the University of San Diego. By profession, he has
excelled as both an analyst and project manager. He currently holds a CAPM,
MOS and SSGB certification in the field of project management. Alex is a
talented entrepreneur who specializes in 19th and 20th century porcelain as
well as modern innovative computing.

Alex is a firm supporter of Cryptocurrency and believes that this
technology will revolutionize the way all countries function within a matter
of a few years. He is currently invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum and EOS with
the expectations that decentralized applications and smart contracts will be
a major contributor to our future.

He has published over 150 articles between LinkedIn and a new social media
platform called Steemit. As a millennial, his desire is to help solve many
of the great challenges that are plaguing today’s society and engage
in intellectual exchanges to help create a better world.

 

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Life in Increments @INtensePub @RABTBookTours

High Middle-Grade/YA

Published Date: 9-22-20

Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

 

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Meet Philihp. He’s in middle school, and he’s in love with
Auburn Brown. He doesn’t know how to talk to anyone about it, not even
his cousin Graham, with whom he shares movie quotes and other obsessions.
But no matter. Philip comes to know, as certainly as anyone can know
anything, that destiny, fate, cosmic powers, the universe–they’ll
bring him and Auburn together in the end. All he has to do is pay attention
to life’s patterns, to live his life in manageable, predictable,
proper increments, and the world will reward him.

Meet Auburn. She’s a talented soccer player, a loving sister and
daughter. She has very little idea Philihp exists. She’s busy
adjusting to a new school, worrying about her brother, and trying to figure
out who she’s supposed to be when everything she ever knew feels
uncertain

This is a love story. A true love story, in the ways that truth and love
matter most. There are loving families here. Loving friends. Philihp and
Auburn live in the same great big scary beautiful world you do. A world that
may or may not be predictable or fair but is full of love if you look and
listen for it. When all is said and done, this just might be a story about
romantic love, too. You’ll have to read to find out.

 

 

About the Author

Andy Hueller is the author of Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle,
Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth, How I Got Rich Writing C Papers
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and other books for children and young adults. He lives and teaches in
Minnesota’s Twin Cities. He happens to be impossibly lucky. The
universe has gifted to him an outrageously wonderful family, its best job
(teaching middle-school English), and, through his books, opportunities to
tell stories even to people he’s never met. You can learn more about
Andy at andrewhueller.com.

 

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Sleeping with Shadows @Rachel_Hailey @SydeFyre @RABTBookTours

Dark Paranormal Romance

Date Published: 9/22/20

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing

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Once The King of Nightmares, Ashe lost everything when he was betrayed.
Released from prison, he’s got one goal: Stay Free. To make that happen
he’ll have to rescue the girl who stole his crown while saving the court
he’d rather see burn. But he can’t do it alone. He needs Callie.

Abused, neglected, and finally shunned by The Court of Light, Callie is
done with court politics. It’s just too damned bad Ashe doesn’t care. He’s
arrogant, manipulative, and dangerous. Everything she’s been taught to fear.
It would be so easy to hate him, but the sadness in his gaze calls to her
heart, and his touch awakens her own darkness. She has never wanted anyone
more.

Callie is Ashe’s darkest desire, but to earn his freedom and prevent the
destruction of humanity, she must embrace the destiny that will keep them
apart. But is the safety of the world worth losing the kind of love he’s
only dreamed of?

About the Author

 Rachel Hailey was born and raised in the South. She’s all about that nerd
life and in between writing she’s dedicated herself to raising the next
generation of nerds.If she’s not online or staring at a book she can usually
be found at the local game store rolling dice, shuffling cards, or planning
her next cosplay.
 

Her childhood was most prominently shaped by the works of R.L. Stine,
Stephen King, Anne Rice and the Brothers Grimm. 

 

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What If? @Franellena @RABTBookTours

SCI-FI

Date Published: July 10, 2020

Publisher: Fidelli Publishing

 

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These are dark stories that will make you wonder, think and hopefully
appreciate life if it ever gets back to normal again. Welcome to the worlds
I created and learn about the odd relationships and people that experience
life in ways you might not want to endure. What if your life was not your
own? What if you had to conform to the laws and mores of others? Each story
is unique unto itself and each will  give you pause for thought I hope
as you enter the worlds I created.

 

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It’s a collection that has a great variety of reads. I loved that they were short, yet packed a punch. I think they were unique and dark. The cover does a great job of depicting the eerie feel of the words Fran Lewis has written.
I liked how a lot of these had validity in the fact that they are possible. I think that always makes them feel more real and make me think more… when something in a book like this could actually happen.
It’s a great fluid writing style in each addition. They are easy to follow and easy to start/stop.

About the Author

 Fran Lewis is the host of MJ network on Blog talk radio and is a reviewer
for most publishing companies. Just reviews is her sight. Fran is a reading
and writing staff developer who worked with students for 36 years in a New
York City Public School. She is a member Marquis Who’s Who, Cambridge
Who’s Who and Who’s Who of America’s Professionals.

 

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Two for the Road @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

An Adam Fraley Mystery

Mystery, Crime Mystery

Published: September 2020

Publisher: Melange Books

 

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Private investigator Adam Fraley and his colleague, Tamra Fugit, the woman
to whom he is engaged, travel vastly different paths, as they take on two
seemingly unrelated missing person cases. The trails take them through
idyllic lands darkened by underworld intrigue, twisted relationships. carnal
temptation, physical danger, and personal tragedy. Such are the legal
ramifications they confront during their crossing of both state and
international boundaries, that the FBI is eventually drawn into the matter.
From the very beginning, little did the investigators realize that the two
roads they were travelling eventually would come crashing together in a
manner entirely unexpected, testing not only their professional skills and
resolve, but their personal faith in each other.

  

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Chapter One

April 1997

 

The paramount lesson Adam Fraley learned early on in the private
investigation business was to place a premium on case selection. Much like
personnel hiring, you want to make sure you take on the right case, just as
you would the right person, lest you end up drowned in disappointment and
endless damage control. Fortunately, he had thus far successfully managed
this aspect of the business. First, by hiring Tamra Fugit several years ago
as his office manager. Secondly, by relying on her knack for making the
right choices. Still, no selection system was foolproof. As an old boss of
his was fond of saying, “You can only ride horses so many times before
you get bucked off one.” Consequently, the admonition was always in
the back of his mind when he and she met for their regular Monday morning
caseload review.

“What’s on the agenda?” he asked from a visitor’s
chair positioned in front of her desk.

“Two cases—one for you and one for me,” she said, working
her desktop computer.

He halted in mid-motion the sip of coffee he was about to take to look
askance at her.

She swiveled her chair to face him. “I’ve assisted you in
nearly every case we’ve taken on since I was hired here, Adam. And
thanks to your generosity, I will soon own half of the business. No better
time for me to start taking half ownership of some of the cases, don’t
you agree?”

“By ownership you mean taking to the street—the actual gumshoe
part.”

“Yes…surveillance and tracking.”

“Who’s going to take care of the office end of it while
we’re out gumshoeing?” he asked, carefully setting his coffee
cup on her desk.

“Think of it this way,” she replied. “As with the modern
family, the mother sometimes stays home to tend to the house and kids while
the father is at work. Conversely, the husband stays home while the working
wife takes to the road. We are destined to become a family business, are we
not?”

“You’re looking terrific today,” he abruptly said to the
woman who would have to be subjected to prolonged physical duress, say like
an extended hike through the Mohave desert, to look bad—the woman, by the
way, he happened to be betrothed to. But for her presence, the Adam Fraley
Private Investigations office could best be described as nondescript, he
opined.

“Do you realize your auburn hair, beautiful green eyes, and bright
yellow dress offset very well the dull cast of this office?” he
continued.

“You’re digressing,” she said. “Or are you
stalling?”

“Okay, what are the two?” he asked in resignation.

“The first is for you,” she said, sorting through some notes on
her desk. “I received a call from a woman by the name of Carmen
Rivera. She was calling from Bogota, Colombia, where she lives. She has a
son by the name of Manny who is attending Coastal State College here. She
and her husband have not heard from Manny in over a month. Normally, he
checks in with them at least once or twice a week. He lives in an off-campus
home which he shares with another student who, for whatever reason, claims
no knowledge of his whereabouts.”

“She’s contacted the cops?”

“Yes, and received the standard reply. Since he is an adult and there
is no evidence of foul play, they will not get involved at this
point.”

“We should send the department a thank you note, considering how much
business that policy of theirs generates for us. You have the address for
the kid?”

She again scrambled through the notes on her desk, picked one out and
handed it to him. “Here you go.”

“Before we get started, how are we handling the fees? It’s not
like we have a history of job requests from overseas on which to draw from.
In fact, we have no history of it…right?”

“Correct,” she said. “However, if we do take the case,
she will wire us a down payment upfront with the remainder to follow once we
have concluded our investigation.”

“What do you think?” he asked. “Legitimate?”

“She spoke in a very cultured voice and with a mother’s
concern. My sense is the Rivera family could very well be one of the five
percent of the populace who control the wealth of the country.”

“Five percent…is that a fact or your opinion?”

“It comes from a former roommate of mine who spent a half year in the
country.”

“Doing what?”

“Studying the Colombia rainforest region.”

“For what?”

“Six course credits,” she cracked. “She was in a study
abroad program.”

“Well, it’s not likely we’re going to break the parents
financially,” he said. “And the second case—the one
you’ve put a claim to?”

Tamra glanced at another note on her desk. “I received a call from a
man named Mickey Riley. He says his sister went missing about four weeks
ago. He wants us to find her.”

“Let me guess…the cops don’t want to get involved
because she is an adult and there is no evidence of foul play.”

“You got it.”

“So, does Mickey have any idea where his sister might
be?”

“With her husband somewhere, he says.”

“And that’s a bad thing?” Adam asked, no doubt repeating
the same question the cops asked the brother.

“According to Mickey, the husband, himself, is a bad thing…a
very bad thing. Apparently, his sister has become a virtual prisoner of her
husband, to the point he won’t even let her out of the house. A
control freak, to say the least.”

“So, you aim to free her?”

“I aim to find her. It’s up to the brother to free her.
He’s coming in for a meeting this afternoon. I should know more then,
including where would be a good place to start looking for her. Meanwhile,
your mother called. She’d like to know if we want a wedding planner.
If so, she knows of a good one.”

“We’ve already decided we don’t need one, don’t you
remember?”

“I certainly do, but apparently you failed to pass that bit of info
along to her.”

“I’ll tell her when we finish with these two cases,” he
sighed, perturbed by his oversight.

“You know, this will be a good time to go on the road,” he
followed. “Noelle will be on her school-sponsored camping trip. We
should be home by the time she returns.”

“If all goes well,” Tamra responded with a deadpan
expression.

Adam leaned across the desk. “I have a proposition for you. How about
we flip the cases? You trail after the missing student and I chase after the
missing sister? You know how volatile these simmering domestic situations
can get. They’re invariably about some demented guy’s passion to
control another, usually a helpless woman, like the one you describe in this
case. The moment you show up, you become a threat to take away that control.
Needless to say, he’s not going to like that at all.”

“Are you worried for my safety? Would you rather I go chasing after
porch poachers…sit in the car for hours on end waiting for a home
delivery to be stolen? We still have one of those requests on the back
burner waiting for a decision.”

“No, I’m not worried for your safety. It’s the safety of
the captive wife’s husband, I’m worried about,” he joshed,
rising from his chair to give her a quick kiss, followed by a longer one,
before heading out of the office. “Before you leave, I have two other
items to run by you,” she said, halting his movement.

“Okay…the first?”

 

“Harold Jenkins, the attorney from The Justice Brigade called. He
wants to know if you’d like to meet with him regarding the merger idea
that he discussed with you over the phone a while back.”

Adam slipped back into the chair, indicating it was a subject requiring
immediate attention. “What do you think?” he asked of her.

Tamra gave a slight shrug. “I remember you mentioned the idea at the
time. Run it by me again.”

“They’re interested in bringing us into their fold via some
sort of a partnership, whether it be a corporate takeover, merger, or
retainer-type arrangement. Whatever it takes to get us on
board.”

“A big operation like theirs? What for?”

“Law firms have a need for tracking missing persons or conducting
background checks, as you well know…”

“Yes, we’ve conducted several for them recently,” she
interjected.

“Right, and apparently they liked the results. The Justice Brigade is
one of those young, aggressive, fast-growing firms looking to gain a leg up
on their competition. It’s not like they don’t have many law
firms to compete with.”

Tamra flashed a look of surprise. “By doing their own detective
work?”

“My guess is they’re planning to become a one-stop shopping
operation, so to speak.”

“What’s in it for us?”

“Well, it could mean a steady work flow, which is no small matter.
Looking down the road a way, there’s Noelle’s college tuition
costs looming on the horizon. Right now, we’re operating at a small
profit margin, enough to keep us afloat for the time being. However, as you
and I have discussed, we’ve reached the stage where we’re either
going to have to raise production or raise prices. I have a hunch joining
forces with the Justice Brigade would lessen our office management burden
significantly. Taking on the bulk of our paperwork would be an insignificant
addition to their overall workload. Doing so would allow us to concentrate
on the detective work.”

“You’re making it sound like—what do they call it in the
business world—a white knight coming to the rescue. I don’t see
it as magnanimous move on their part, Adam. They are simply making a
business pitch.”

“Oh, I agree, but at the moment we’re discussing potential
benefits, not the drawbacks. Jenkins also pointed out we would be working
under their legal umbrella.”

“Meaning?”

“Meaning they would provide us free legal service, both personal and
professional. And depending on the business arrangement, perhaps even
corporate benefits, like retirement plans, something foreign to
us.”

“Adam, we may be gaining corporate benefits, but would we not be
losing our corporate identity?”

“That’s going to depend on the details of the proposed
agreement. The question is how much independence we would be surrendering,
starting with the case selection process. Who is going to have the final say
on which ones we take on?”

“I do see one potential benefit in that regard,” Tamra opined.
“They could serve as a filter to the possible legal landmines of each
case. There are always those we have to consider.”

“True, but then there are other issues—potential conflicts of
interest, the need to report to a supervisor, how it may affect the positive
relationship we’ve developed with local law enforcement officials over
the years—not to mention the more logistical items like office
location. No question, there would be details galore to be worked out.
Perhaps not so many if it was a retainer-type agreement, which could
suffice, for all we know.”

“Something along the lines of a rental car company operating in the
maintenance section of a car dealership,” Tamra suggested. “Have
you consulted with your old boss on this?”

“Pete? No, though I definitely intend to before any final decision is
made.”

Adam was already having second thoughts on the proposed relationship,
particularly its impact on the freedom of choice regarding the case
selection guidelines. Currently, the procedure was greatly influenced by
their location. They were operating out of a street-level office situated on
the corner of a moderately busy street. Walk-in traffic was
steady—granted, not always a good thing for a P.I. outfit. It led to a
significant amount of “impulse buying,” which was not in tune
with most of the trade’s target base. Passersby would spot the store
sign and on the spur of the moment decide they would rid themselves of
lingering suspicions that their spouses were cheating on them, or an
employee of theirs had his or her hand in the till, or they wanted their
outdoor cat trailed so they could find out where it was spending the day.
Following one walk-in guy’s request that they conduct a background
check on his neighbor whom he suspected was a mass murderer, he joked to
Tamra that they should post a sign on the front entrance stating We
don’t do serial killers. It was one of the reasons a growing number of
private investigators were forsaking the brick-and-mortar store for the home
office where there was less chance of the delusional individual wandering in
off the street to seek their assistance. In a home-based operation it was
much easier to concentrate on corporate clients who were interested in
tackling problems like insurance fraud or employee theft. That’s where
the money was.

Yet, despite all the challenges posed by the walk-in trade, it did offer
what Adam considered the most rewarding aspect of the profession—the
opportunity to fix a family for the man or woman in the street. Tamra had
picked up on this preference of his early on and had developed the skills to
take on cases based on the attributes of clients, more so than the task
involved, a distinction that greatly reduced the possibility of subsequent
regret.

“In selecting clients, you want to pick someone whose side you wish
to be on,” he had advised her. “There are no honeymoon,
probation, or engagement periods with clients. Therefore, you want to be on
the same page with them from day one. Lawyers may look at it differently,
giving greater consideration to the case.”

Her earlier mention of a white knight potentially acting as a filter for
the business brought him an inward smile, for there was no better filter
than her in screening out the nightmare client.

“Maybe these two cases we’re taking on simultaneously will give
us an indication of how raising the production end of the operation impacts
us…office-wise and field-wise,” Tamra continued.

Adam glanced at the wall clock. “Maybe so…now, what was the second
item you wanted to bring up before I head off?” he asked, hurrying her
along.

“I received my first subpoena.”

“Relating to Adam Fraley Private Investigations, I
assume.”

“Yes.”

“Another good reason to join The Justice Brigade,” he quipped.
“Seriously, you are to be congratulated. I’m surprised it took
this long. In this business you come to expect them. What does it pertain
to?”

“Do you recall those background checks I conducted for the Midtown
Mall security people for that job opening they had a few months
back?”

“Sure do.”

“One of the applicants is suing, claiming she lost out to a far less
qualified candidate. I’m not sure why they want my
testimony.”

“Which side are you testifying for?”

“The security firm…any tips?”

“Stick to the facts of the background checks and be very careful with
your opinions. I had a similar case not long after I first got into this
business. I conducted background checks on a group of applicants for an
upper level position in a banking firm. As in your case, one of the
applicants sued for being bypassed for what she called a less qualified
candidate. The bank felt they had a solid case and, in my opinion, they did.
In the court testimony, however, one of the bank’s personnel managers
on the hiring panel stupidly commented on the witness stand that he
considered the plaintiff a dullard. When the judge’s final ruling came
down in favor of the plaintiff, the word ‘dullard’ appeared five
times in the written decision. He cited it as an example of a preconceived
bias. As a result, the plaintiff ended up getting the job and the careless
personnel manager wound up without one. He was fired.”

“I’ll be sure to watch my language,” Tamra
declared.

“When’s the court date? It’s not going to interfere with
present business, is it?”

“No, it’s a month away.”

“You’re fortunate, though I should say we’re fortunate.
Often those subpoenas are served hours in advance,” he said.
“Nothing like having a monkey wrench thrown into your regular workday
plans before you even get started on them.”

Adam paused a moment, reflecting on Tamra’s proposal about who would
handle which assignment. Both cases could present dangerous circumstances,
he knew from previous experience, so trading cases based on the facts as
presently known could be premature.

“Tamra, I’m not comfortable leaving you in charge of a domestic
case that could go awry,” he said.

“The future is always unclear, no matter what type of case we take
on,” she countered.

“This is the nature of the business we’re in.”

“Then promise me that you’ll fill me in the moment your
intuition tells you that you’re in over your head.”

“You’ll be the first to know, she said, gathering her notes.
“With that in mind, we best hit the road.”

About the Author

Henry Hoffman is a former newspaper editor and public library manager. He
is the author of the Adam Fraley Mystery Series and is the recipient of the
Florida Publishers Association’s Gold Medal Award for Florida Fiction.

 

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Outbreak Task Force, Book #5

Romantic Suspense

Date Published: 9/21/2020

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

 

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Racing to lock down the CDC’s deadly virus samples from terrorists,
ex-Special Forces medic Henry Lee partners with Ruby Toth on the Outbreak
Task Force. But the terrorists always seem one step ahead. As they work side
by side, Henry’s taken with how Ruby accepts and respects him, instead of
pitying him for all he lost overseas, including his leg. Ruby’s hiding
something, though, and Henry fears she’s been leaking sensitive information.
Terrorists have kidnapped her brother, and now microbiologist Ruby Toth
faces a horrible choice. If she doesn’t give them a vial of Small Pox as
ransom, her brother will die. She knows her prickly—yet very
hot—boss, Henry, could provide the help she needs. But she joined the
CDC to root out insiders plotting to unleash a bio-engineered pandemic, and
she can’t trust anyone. Not even Henry.

 

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About time he called her. Where the hell was he?

She answered the phone with, “Where have you been?”

“Your brother is with us, Miss Toth,” a distorted voice said. “If you don’t do everything we tell you to do, you’ll never see him in one piece again.”

A cold fist punched her in the stomach, and she was standing without recalling how she got there. The cold pushed its way through her body, weakening her knees until she collapsed back onto the chair she’d been sitting on.

“Who is this?”

“You know who we are.” The distortion made it impossible to discern if the voice was male or female. “Your brother is healthy. For the moment.”

Assholes. Anger freed her diaphragm from its icy cage. She harnessed the energy and rode it, breaking it down into something useful. Patience.

Watch, wait, listen, then act. She’d learned the hard way not to let her emotions hijack her mouth. To get along with difficult people, you had to figure out what they wanted and what they didn’t before you spoke.

What kind of response would a bunch of terrorists who’d kidnapped her brother want from her? Defeat, not defiance. Compliance, not confidence. She needed to make them believe she’d do whatever they told her to do.

“Please don’t hurt him. Wh-what do you want?” There was enough adrenaline surging through her system it wasn’t hard to stutter and breathe a little too hard. To sound like she was on the edge of panic.

“A live sample of smallpox.” Despite the distortion, the voice sounded self-satisfied. Arrogant. Superior. For a moment, she couldn’t quite believe what she heard.

“You can’t be serious.”

“Get it or your brother dies.”

“How do I know he’s not already dead?” Her voice broke on the last word.

 

About the Author

Full-time author and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s first career
as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West
Territories and Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she still resides. Her most
recent titles include Search & Destroy book #4 of the Outbreak Taskforce
series and Trapped with the Secret Agent book #1 of the Trapped with Him
series. Julie’s articles have appeared in magazines, such as Romantic
Times Magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie
facilitates communication workshops at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and
has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and
Canada. You can find her at http://www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter
@julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor.

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Blood & Sand @RABTBookTours

General Fiction (cozy small town fiction)

Date Published: August, 2019

Publisher: Pen & Key Publishing

 

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A tiny town. A broken tavern. And one woman searching for a place to
belong.

Logan Cole is used to getting her way and what she wants more than anything
is for her father to get out of jail and restore her old life in New York.
All she has to do is wait for his scandals to fade and the online rancor
against her family to subside. Low on cash and out of options, she takes a
bus north looking for anonymity and stops in the smallest town she can find:
Ramsbolt, Maine.

When she stumbles into Helen’s Tavern, she finds a place in need of a
make-over and a grandmotherly woman who could use some help. Soon, she finds
herself growing fond of the bar, Helen, and the town. She’s even found
a friend in Grey, the local plumber. The tiny town puts her at a crossroads:
keep hiding her identity to preserve her new reputation or let down her
guard and reveal her true self to the people she’s grown to love. But
the choice is ripped from her hands when tragedy strikes the bar and saving
it requires every tool at her disposal.

Can Logan find a true home among the people of Ramsbolt Maine?

The Collected Stories of Ramsbolt is a series by Jennifer M. Lane,
award-winning author Of Metal and Earth and Stick Figures from Ramsbolt.
Fresh and heart-warming, the series tells the stories of a small town
looking for belonging.

REVIEW

I plunged into Blood & Sand with just an open book ready to take me somewhere.

And this novel did indeed take me somewhere: straight to a small town I loved.

Logan was a great lead, I connected to her from the start and that made the book even better.

You will get lost in this read. I loved the way Jennifer M. Lane’s voice came through in her writing. It is a story that doesn’t cut corners, she deals with issues head on and I loved that.

About the Author

A Maryland native and Pennsylvanian at heart, Jennifer M. Lane holds a
bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Barton College and a master’s in
liberal arts with a focus on museum studies from the University of Delaware,
where she wrote her thesis on the material culture of roadside memorials.
She is the author of the award-winning novel Of Metal and Earth, of Stick
Figures from Rockport, and the series of stand-alone novels from The
Collected Stories of Ramsbolt, including Blood and Sand. Visit her website
at https: //www.jennifermlanewrites.com/

 

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