Award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of mystery, suspense, historical,
fantasy, and romance novels
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I hope you'll enjoy my stories, which present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.

 

 


 

New Book, New Series: Introducing The Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries


Meet San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield--a by-the-book detective, who walks the straight and narrow in her work, and in her life. And then meet Richie Amalfi, who's a little bit, shall we say, NOT by-the-book. But opposites can and do attract, and there are few mystery two-somes quite as opposite as Rebecca and Richie.

Join them in their first full-length mystery adventure:

One O'Clock Hustle (A Rebecca Mayfield Mystery)

When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have caught the killer, and that he's someone she knows. Rebecca's a by-the-book detective, and she's always done her job according to the rules, without hesitation...until Richie Amalfi comes back into her life.

Richie knows his way around everything and everyone in his city. When people say they "know a guy who knows a guy," Richie's the guy they're talking about. He can usually help people out of tight situations, but suddenly finds he can't get himself out of hot water when he's accused of murder.

Richie's on the run, and he runs straight to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence. From the nightclubs of North Beach to the scenic heights of Twin Peaks, dangers lurk and more deaths happen. As Rebecca discovers there's a lot more to Richie than she thought, and a lot more to like than she imagined, she soon fears not only for her life, but also her heart.

ALSO: Read how Rebecca and Richie meet in the newly revised novella, THE THIRTEENTH SANTA. (Read my blog article "New Mystery Series: ONE O'CLOCK HUSTLE" for special offer on the novella.)

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

One O'Clock Hustle by Joanne Pence

One O'Clock Hustle

by Joanne Pence

Giveaway ends May 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Supernatural Suspense:

ANCIENT ECHOES
Winner Top 10 Idaho Book Award

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Over two hundred years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared in the wilderness of Central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. <click here to read more>

 

Learn more about the history & science--Idaho, Lewis & Clark, alchemy, Nicolas Flamel and much more--included in ANCIENT ECHOES at www.AncientEchoes.info

Buy Ancient Echoes:

Ebook: Amazon | BN | Kobo | iTunes |

Paperback:

Amazon | BN.com | Indiebound |
Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)


 

The Latest Angie Amalfi Mysteries:

Gourmet cook, sometime food columnist, sometime restaurant critic, and generally "underemployed" person Angelina Amalfi burst upon the mystery scene over twenty years ago. Her stories continue to delight readers around the world.

Cook's Christmas Capers

Double Dose of Holiday Mayhem and Mystery--two novellas, a new one "Cook's Curious Christmas" (also available alone, see below), and an older novella, "The Thirteenth Santa."

Ebook: Amazon

Paperback: Amazon

 

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"Cook's Curious Christmas"
A novella--
In this season of surprises, Angie gets a potent holiday punch when a powerful earthquake strikes San Francisco and sends her on a magic carpet ride straight into a stockingful of suspense. And just when she thinks her magical mystery tour can't get any stranger, she becomes the target of a serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area over forty years earlier. Angie needs to find a way to keep her merry Christmas from becoming a nightmare, not only to prevent it from being lights-out for Christmas, but also herself.

Ebook: Amazon

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Cooking Spirits: An Angie Amalfi Mystery

Culinary queen Angie Amalfi has put aside her gourmet utensils to concentrate on finding a place where she and finace homicide detective Paavo Smith will live after the wedding. Angie finds the perfect house for them, except for one little problem--the house may be haunted.

Ebook: Amazon |BN | Kobo | iTunes |

Paperback: Amazon | BN.com | Indiebound |
Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID) |

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Learn more about ALL the Angie Amalfi
Mysteries--Click here.


 

Contemporary Romances

The Ghost of Squire House
a much loved romantic fantasy

For decades, the home built by reclusive artist, Paul Squire, stood empty on a windswept cliff overlooking the ocean. Those who attempted to live in the home soon fled in terror. Jennifer Barrett knows nothing of the history of the house she inherited. All she knows is that she's glad for the chance to make a new life for herself.

A compelling, prickly ghost with a tortured, guilt-ridden past, and a lonely heroine determined to start fresh find themselves in a battle of wills and emotion in this story of love, time, and chance.

E-Book: Amazon | BN | Kobo | iTunes |

Paperback: Amazon | BN| Indiebound | Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)

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Seems Like Old Times
a
powerful tale of love, loss, and second chances

Lee Reynolds is unprepared for the torrent of memories that fill her when she returns to her small hometown. She soon discovers that, as much as she doesn't want to be there, events conspire to cause her to finally face her past. The most difficult part of that past is Tony Santos. Little does she expect that her feelings for him are still so strong...or his for her. But it is possible to forget the past? Or if not to forget, to forgive? Both she and Tony have changed a lot. Yet seeing him, simply talking with him, she finds that in her heart, it seems like old times...

E-book: Amazon

Paperback: Amazon | BN | Indiebound | Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)

 

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY
romantic suspense in far away plac
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C.J. Perkins is trying to find her brother who went missing while on a Peace Corps assignment in Asia. All she knows is that the disappearance has something to do with a "White Dragon." Darius Kane, adventurer and bounty hunter, seems to be her only hope, and she practically shanghais him into helping her.

With a touch of the romantic adventure film "Romancing the Stone," C.J. and Darius follow a trail that takes them to through the narrow streets of Hong Kong, to the backrooms of San Francisco's Chinatown, to the wild jungles of Borneo, as they pursue both her brother and the White Dragon. The closer C.J. gets to them, the more danger she finds herself in—and it's not just danger of losing her life, but also of losing her heart.

E-book: Amazon

 


 

HISTORICAL ROMANCES

Dance With A Gunfighter
Willa Literary Award Best Historical Finalist

Gabriella Devere wants vengeance. She grows up quickly when she witnesses the murder of her family by a gang of outlaws, and vows to make them pay for their crime. When the law won't help her, she takes matters into her own hands. Jess McLowry left his war-torn Southern home to head West, where he hired out his gun. When he learns what happened to Gabriella's family, and what she plans, he knows a young woman like her will have no chance against the outlaws, and vows to save her the way he couldn't save his own family. But the price of vengeance is high and Gabriella's willingness to sacrifice everything ultimately leads to the book's deadly and startling conclusion.

E-Book: Amazon

Paperback: Amazon | BN.com |Indiebound |
Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)

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GOLD MOUNTAIN
a tale of forbidden love

Ruth Greer, daughter of a wealthy San Francisco shipping magnate, dismisses every man who courts her until she meets Li Han-lin, the handsome, enigmatic--and married--leader of a ruthless Chinese tong. Although wrong for her in every way, Han-lin attracts her as surely as a moth to a flame. As she becomes embroiled in the intrigue surrounding the mysterious tong leader, the 1906 earthquake and fire strike, completely destroying the city's Chinatown and the way of life of its people. Ruth knows she must face the future alone, but her heart doesn't agree.

Turn-of-the-century San Francisco comes to life in this fascinating and colorful romance of star-crossed lovers whose love is not only socially forbidden, but illegal under the Chinese Exclusion Act and California's anti-miscegenation laws of the time.

E-book: Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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