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available in ebook, audiobook, regular & large print editions

Ancient Secrets Series

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Ancient Deceptions

A dig in a remote site uncovers demonic killings & buried secrets that shatter archeologist Michael Rempart’s world in this sweeping supernatural thriller that crosses time and space from the present to the last days of the Russian Tsars.

When Michael unexpectedly receives a recent picture of a long-lost love, a woman he thought was dead, he gives up everything to search for her and to find answers to questions that have plagued him through the years. Instead, he uncovers more mysteries as he’s drawn deeper into the occult and the ancient power of alchemy.

Michael’s search takes him from St. Petersburg, Russia to an archeological dig site in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains—a desolate area where medieval knights once roamed, and where horrifying secrets are buried—and at the same time it creates a mystical connection to the riches and debauchery of the court of Nicholas and Alexandra and the “mad monk” Rasputin.

As Michael’s quest continues, he soon finds that while he hunts, he is also being hunted. Will he find all that he’s looking for before it’s too late?

Join the many fans of the Ancient Secrets novels. Each can be read as a stand-alone work. All are available as ebook, print, and large print editions as well as audiobooks.

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Paperback: Regular & LARGE print available from local bookstores and online.

The Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries


Seven O'Clock TargetA murder. Missing children. And the crimes have only begun.

When Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield investigates the murder of a delivery man and the disappearance of his two children, she suddenly finds herself a target. Boyfriend Richie Amalfi is convinced someone with position and power in the city's government wants Rebecca out of her job ... or dead. But who? And why?

As Rebecca becomes increasingly embroiled in a murder investigation with surprising and far-reaching tentacles, Richie intervenes on his own to keep her safe. He must use every weapon he has, including people with dubious ties to well-placed politicians, to learn about the sinister, unseen forces against her, and what to do about them.

But when the very people he thinks are targeting Rebecca become targets themselves, the situation turns even more deadly.

Don't miss Seven O'Clock Target as Rebecca and Richie deal with one of the most personally dangerous cases in her career.

The best-selling Inspector Rebecca Mayfield series combines fast-paced mysteries with a touch of humor and a hint of romance. Starting with One O'Clock Hustle, you'll find the hours just seem to fly by.

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Other Books

All are available as ebooks and in paperback and most are also in LARGE PRINT.

The Cabin of Love & Magic Trilogy



If I Loved You CoverTwo troubled strangers, a remote mountain cabin. Both arrive at the same time. Both expect to be alone. And neither expects the cabin to be haunted…

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This Can't Be Love CoverWhen an advice columnist's love life is so troubled she's dubbed a "runaway bride," the ghosts in the remote cabin she runs to can't make life much worse ... or can they? Especially when they're thought to be matchmakers.

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Three ghosts. A remote cabin in Idaho. Now, a love-avoiding loner and her mysterious lodger need to learn the secrets behind the ghosts … and the cabin.


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The Angie & Friends Food & Spirits Mysteries

Gourmet cook Angie Amalfi-Smith is starting a new phase of her life with a husband and a home to call her own. But one old problem still plagues her: finding a job, or business, or anything, that will make her days productive and rewarding.


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An Angie Amalfi Cookbook of Favorite Desserts

Cozy mystery book lovers have been treated to a steady diet of scrumptious Angie Amalfi culinary mysteries since the mid-1990's. The books are a banquet of mostly Italian entrees and desserts, as befitting Angie Amalfi's heritage. In this cookbook, you'll find fifty fabulous dessert recipes, including an easy tiramisu, a simple cannoli, lots of biscotti, as well as a number of non-Italian but still mouth-watering recipes such as almond praline meringue cake, linzer torte, and even some French macarons.

The recipes and the whimsical watercolors that go along with them are derived from family favorites of the cookbook's author (the award-winning USA Today bestselling author of the Angie Amalfi mysteries) and its illustrator (an award-winning watercolor artist), who happen to be sisters. They hope this unique and easy-to-use cookbook will become a permanent part of any cookbook collection.

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Dance with a Gunfighter

Historical romance, Arizona Territory 1880

Willa Cather Literary Award Finalist



The Dragon's Lady

Historical romance, San Francisco 1906



The Ghost of Squire House

Romantic fantasy



Seems Like Old Times

Contemporary romance



Dangerous Journey

Romantic adventure



The Battle for Chinatown

San Francisco History



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