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Under the Boardwalk (A Pajaro Bay Cozy Mystery + Sweet Romance)

by Barbara Cool Lee

Looking for a light and breezy, feel-good beach read? You’ve found it in Pajaro Bay.

Wounded artist Hallie Reed comes to Pajaro Bay for a summer job at the town’s funky old amusement park. But when she wakes up after a mysterious car accident with a gap in her memory, she soon discovers the missing hour is the key to uncovering a secret that could get her killed.

Danger, romance, and a new beginning await Hallie during her summer at the beach, and she–and the whole town–will be changed forever by what she finds Under the Boardwalk.

Welcome to the little village of Pajaro Bay, with its cast of quirky characters and its cottages overlooking the sun-drenched coast.

The Pajaro Bay novels have won dozens of awards, including the Romance Writers of America®’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Romantic Suspense. Readers praise the series for its “sweetness,” its “excellent characterization,” and say the books are “adorable, lively and like a warm hug.”

Read an excerpt:

Windy Madrigal’s phone was ringing again. She listened as the “Call Me, Maybe” ringtone repeated itself, its volume muffled by her purse. It had been one of Zac’s little jokes, changing her ringtone every time he got hold of her phone. He thought he was so funny. As soon as she got out of here, she was putting whipped cream in his track shoes.

The phone stopped, then a minute later started ringing again. “I should answer that call,” she said.

The guy holding her purse in his lap just shook his head. Who was this crazy dude? She had no idea why he’d brought her to this stuffy little room, no idea why he was fidgeting with an old but lethal-looking Colt pistol and eyeing her with a thoughtful look.

“People will wonder where I’m at.”

Again he shook his head.

So she shifted uncomfortably in her seat, trying to ease the aching from the zip-ties holding her to the creaky wooden chair, and looked around again, trying to figure out where she was. A basement, maybe. No windows, no sense of where she’d been taken by this guy. Four walls, a low ceiling, a door. Cement floor. Lots of cobwebs. Single bare lightbulb hanging in the middle of the room. Yup, it was the standard horror movie basement room.

“There’s probably already a search party out looking for me.” She heard the beep from the phone that told her somebody had left her another text message.

The guy started rifling through her purse.

“Hey! That’s mine.” Dumb comment, since he hadn’t seemed too concerned about her personal space when he bashed her in the head and brought her here. She was at least comforted by the fact that he hadn’t touched her after tying her up. Hopefully that meant he wasn’t a psycho, just a… “jerk,” she muttered.

He ignored that. Fished her iPhone out of her bag and checked it. “Another text message,” he said.

“Well, duh.” He shot her a look and she decided to shut up.

Then something in the message seemed to surprise him, because he looked up at her with a cold, calculating expression that chilled her more than a frosty morning on Madrigal mountain.

He set the gun down and started messing with the phone, typing something and apparently doing a lousy job of it from all the cussing he did under his breath. Then he stopped. “Where’s that place you went last week?”

“Have you been stalking me, dude? That is not okay.”

He picked up the gun to point it at her, and repeated himself, slowly: “Where. did. you. go. last. week?”

She shook her head, trying to think. “Um, SJB? San Juan Bautista,” she said when he looked blankly at her. “Checking out the mission records?”

“That’s it.” He started the typing routine again. “There.” He smiled at her, a really creepy smile. “Now nobody’s looking for you, princess.”

There was a sound above them. She cocked her head to listen, and so did he. The door to the basement opening, maybe?

He put the phone back in her purse, then stood up. “We have company.” He went out of the room, shutting the door b

Moonlight Falls (UNCUT Edition) (Dick Moonlight Book 1)

by Vincent Zandri


What you are about to read is not MOONLIGHT FALLS as originally and graciously published by R.J.Buckley in 2009. It is an “uncut” version that features upwards of 100 pages of original material that is derived from multiple points of view. This material was edited by me in later drafts in order create a more streamline manuscript that was delivered from Richard “Dick” Moonlight’s 1st person POV only.

In this version, you not only have Moonlight’s perspective, you also enter into the head of several major characters, including Scarlet Montana, her husband Jake Montana, Moonlight’s ex-wife Lynn, and even the Russian mobsters who are busy harvesting human organs illegally. Any chapters that appear for you in italics, are the “uncut” chapters and published in their entirety. Even the original quotation by the late Robert B. Parker which appears prior to the Prologue and which was eventually substituted for a quote from Genesis, is included in this new novel.

In some ways, this novel is a richer portrayal of the tragic events that lead Dick Moonlight to believe he might actually be responsible for the death of his lover while, as a private detective under the employ of the Albany Police Department’s understaffed violent crimes/homicide division, he goes about trying to solve the riddle of who killed her. You see now the near impossible dilemma Moonlight faces. Simple irony doesn’t fit the bill here. Neither does paradox. Only the words “dark tragedy” seems to come close to describing the frantic and often desperate circumstances in which Dick Moonlight finds himself. The more he searches for a killer or killers, the more the evidence points to himself. Now you see why this novel was described as “A new book for Hitchcock fans,” by MORE MAGAZINE.

These extra chapters will add a new dimension to the first Moonlight novel. And when combined with the special author interviews, reviews, and essays also included in this especially thick volume by StoneGate Ink, will serve to create a brand new, multi-layered, and indeed, riveting reading experience.

As always, thanks for reading.

Vincent Zandri

Albany, New York

In MOONLIGHT FALLS, novelist and photo journalist Vincent Zandri asks the question “If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover? ”

Albany, New York, is the setting of Zandri’s paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) about Richard “Dick” Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator/massage therapist, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana, his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. The dilemma … Moonlight doesn’t remember what happened!


“If you want a novel that runs wild like a caged beast let loose, Zandri is the man.”



â??New York Post

“Probably the most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.”

â??Boston Herald

“A thriller that has depth and substance, wickedness and compassion.”

â??The Times-Union (Albany)

“Vincent Zandri explodes onto the scene with the debut thriller of the year. As Catch Can is gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting. Don’t miss it.”

â??Harlan Coben, author of The Final Detail

“A Satisfying Yarn.”

â??Chicago Tribune

“Compellingâ?¦As Catch Can pulls you in with rat-a-tat prose, kinetic pacingâ?¦characters are authentic, and the punchy dialogue rings true. Zandri’s staccato prose moves As Catch Can at a steady, suspenseful pace.”

â??Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Excitingâ?¦An Engrossing Thrillerâ?¦the descriptions of life behind bars will stand your hair on end.”

â??Rocky Mountain News

“Readers will be held captive by prose that pounds as steadily as an elevated pulseâ?¦ Vincent Zandri nails readers’ attention.”

â??Boston Herald

“A smoking gun of a debut novel. The rough and tumble pages turn quicker than men turn on each other.”

â??Albany Times-Union

The Chimera Vector: The Fifth Column 1

by Nathan M Farrugia

#1 AMAZON BESTSELLER #1 Bestseller – Apple iBookstore#2 Bestseller – Kobo#3 Bestseller – Google Play
“Farrugia! Bringin’ the awesome from the first headshot to the last ‘splosion.” JOHN BIRMINGHAM, author of the Axis of Time and Disappearance trilogies.

The Fifth Column: the world’s most powerful and secretive organization. They run our militaries. They run our governments. They run our terrorist cells.

Recruited as a child, Sophia is a deniable operative for the Fifth Column. Like all operatives, Sophia’s DNA has been altered to augment her senses and her mind is splintered into programmed subsets.

On a routine mission in Iran something goes catastrophically wrong. Bugs are beginning to appear in Sophia’s programming and the mission spins out of control.

High-speed chases, gun fights, helicopter battles, immortal psychopaths, super soldiers and mutant abilities are all in the mix in this edge-of-your-seat action-packed techno-thriller.

Perfect for fans of Matthew Reilly, THE CHIMERA VECTOR melds sci-fi with sizzling espionage action.

Relentless (The Burton & Kazmaroff Mysteries Book 1)

by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

Nuala Kazmaroff has a gift nobody wants. She’s able to tell the story behind any object simply by touch. It’s a gift that comes in handy when her only brother, a detective with the Atlanta Major Crimes Division, is murdered. Determined to find his killer, Nuala reaches out to the one person in Atlanta she believes can help herâ??Dave’s ex-partner, Jack Burton.

Unfortunately, Burton is also the prime suspect.

Together, Nuala and Jack create a partnership that breaks all the rules, skirts every law, and lobs as many sparks and landmines at each other as if they were adversaries-which half the time they areâ??all while attempting to ignore their undeniable mutual attraction.

Can two people so differentâ??one intuitive and inexperienced, the other cynical and by-the-bookâ??work together to solve the murder?

And can they do it before the killer turns his attention to Nuala?

Who Killed September Falls?

by Annette Young

Arianne Tawnison is shocked to read about the death of her life-long friend September Falls in France. Wild and intensely beautiful, September had been hailed as the next great artist and her sudden death sends the cost of her work escalating dramatically. The media coverage focussed more on September’s wild and controversial behaviour, matching it only to the vivid imagery of her art, than the facts of her death.

Deeply upset and perplexed by the lack of answers being provided in the media, journalist Arianne leaves her home town of Salisbury and travels to Ceret in the South of France, determined to unravel the mystery that surrounds her friend’s death. Shrouded in secrecy, it’s all too evident that there is a web of lies and deceit to unravel as she retraces her friend’s last days, meeting the former lovers and friends who have their own agenda and conflicting memories. Following the clues, Arianne realises that September’s whole life had been built on a lie and as she draws closer to the truth, Arianne suddenly becomes aware that her own life is now in deadly danger.

Windows To The Soul

by Chad Swayden

Rookie patrolman Frank Hoyt escaped from a killer’s evil trap without a scratch. His partner, Jackson Barnes wasn’t so lucky.

Eighteen years later, still drowning in guilt for what happened to Jackson, Frank gets a call from his old partner. Though blind, Jackson claims to have witnessed a horrific murder. It can’t be possible, yet the details he gives, no one could knowâ?¦unless he saw what happened.

Bodies are filling the morgue, leads are drying up and Frank has no choice but to enlist his old partner for help. But while closing in on the killer, Jackson has the most terrifying vision of all: a gun is pressed against his wife’s head, her mouth open in a silent scream and then darkness.

The Beetle: A Mystery

by Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh, also known as Richard Bernard Heldmann, was a prolific British author in the Edwardian period. Marsh’s best known work is The Beetle, a supernatural thriller novel. This edition includes a table of contents.

Devil’s Point

by Brian Koch

Rejected by his girlfriend, Garland Grimsley, a professional “problem solver,” has no interest in solving anyone’s problem. All he wants is to curl into a ball while his psyche heals. Then he sees a picture of Janet Hopewell and her problem becomes his problem.
Unbeknowst to Janet-Garland was hired by her boss-Garland follows Janet to Oregon. In Portland Janet stumbles across a dead body and is kidnapped. Garland rescues her, but when she finds out that he was hired by her boss to follow her, she tells him where he can go.
Unable to abandon the love of his life to mortal peril, Garland follows Janet to Devil’s Point, and that’s where their troubles really begin. If they want to get out of Devil’s Point alive, they’ll have to work together. And that makes Garland, who can’t think of anyone else to spend the rest of his life with, very happy. That’s not exactly the way Janet see their relationship.

The Shadow Of Medea (Special Edition) (Luke Temple Series Book 1)

by James Flynn

â??Fans of McNab and Ryan will find lots to like here; The Shadow of Medea is a thoroughly enjoyable read with a well paced plot and a tough, but likeable hero.’ – Ebook Magazine

A fine thriller from first time author James Flynn. Top stuff from an author who could prove well worth following.’ –

‘A plot that fizzes along like a bomb fuse, at turns brutal and exhilarating.’ – Matthew Pink Writer/Critic Cambridge Film & Arts Festival

â??An absolute must read, each page drips with authenticity.’ – Marco Zaffino author of Pure Bred Chihuahua

Where do you hide when the only people who know you exist, want you dead?

Luke Temple does not exist; the systematic shut down of Group 9 has tossed him callously back into the civilian world with nothing, but a lethal set of skills. He craves objectives, needs them to keep the darkness at bay. So when offered a highly dangerous private job by an anonymous employer he instantly accepts. It is a decision that will send him crashing into the violent heart of National Security as he realises that a mysterious and ruthless entity known only as Medea will stop at nothing to see his target captured…and Temple dead.

The Shadow Of Medea is the explosive debut novel from James Flynn, delivering action and twists in equal force.

This special edition includes a teaser sample of the next in the Luke Temple Series – Chasing The Dawn.


Scarhaven Keep

by J.S. Fletcher

J.S. Fletcher was a British author who wrote over 200 books. Fletcher wrote on many subjects but his most famous work was detective fiction as he was considered one of the best in the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction”.

This version of Fletcher’s Scarhaven Keep includes a table of contents.

The Bastion Prosecutor – Episode 1 (The Kalahari Series Book 2)

by A J Marshall

The Bastion Prosecutor – Episode 1

Futuristic trilogy “The Bastion Prosecutor” is about man’s legacy on planet Earth. It is about where our ancestors may have come from as much as where faith dictates we did. It is a glimpse into a future. It is about the antagonism between learning and belief; science and religion; a dilemma that has risen and waned since the earliest civilisations. It is about conviction, not just in accepted ideals but also the unacceptable.

“The Bastion Prosecutor” is about the frontiers of space. Man’s inevitable pursuit of the unknown and his innate necessity to colonise; driven in this case as much by environmental calamity as by instinct. It is about technology and the misuse of knowledge.

“The Bastion Prosecutor” is about high adventure and love, about deceit, greed and the unexpected. It is about a tapestry of secrets where threads pass from the past to the future. Finally, it is about hope.

“The Bastion Prosecutor”, an epic trilogy – science fiction at its most believable.

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