Author Archives: Mary

My name is Mary, and I’m a serious book junkie, with a large personal collection of reading material. I’m fascinated by ghosts, the paranormal, and true crime stories. I love discovering the possibilities in the next world and am curious about the reasons people do what they do in this one. I’ve been reading since the age of 3, and always have a book or two or three going. I’m an elementary school substitute teacher, and I always have a book or two in my “bag of tricks”. My new favorite is “Frog in a Bog”. My husband and daughter do not share my passion for books, and secretly think I’ve gone over the top with my collecting and reading habits, but I firmly believe there are worse habits I could have!

Captured Heart by Heather McCollum

Captured Heart (Highland Hearts) by Heather McCollumMeg Boswell was risking everything to travel to her aunt’s castle in the Highlands, seeking protection from her father and his treacherous ways. Meg was terrified she would be burned as a witch for her healing powers, and escaping England with little but her horse and wolf companion, she headed for Munro Castle, only to run into a battle between Highlanders and Englishmen. After the battle, Meg healed the Highlanders, and their leader, Caden Macbain, offered his protection and safe passage to Munro Castle. Read More »

Highland Heart by Heather McCollum

Highland Heart (Highland Hearts) by Heather McCollumIn Highland Heart Rachel Brindle was traveling from England with her father and sister to Munro Keep in the Highlands when they were attacked. After she used her healing magic on one of the warriors, she fell into unconsciousness and was discovered by another warrior. Carried along to Druim Keep, Rachel knew she needed to keep her senses alert and to leave Druim as quickly as possible, to find her sister and her father, who hopefully made it safely to Munro Keep. Read More »

Crimson Heart by Heather McCollum

Crimson Heart (A Highland Hearts Novel) by Heather McCollumSearc Munro had hidden his dark power from everyone his entire life, even though his family embraced magic and healing. Searc was forced to display his power one afternoon when he and his father, along with other faithful warriors, were ambushed by the Davidson clan. He grabbed onto the man fighting with his father, and drained the life spirit out of him, reducing him to a pile of ash. Feeling uncomfortable around the family, Searc decided to travel to Edinburgh, leaving behind Munro Castle and everything he had ever loved. Read More »

The Union Club by Don Winston

The Union Club by Don WinstonClay Willing returned to San Francisco after his brother’s murder in order to take Dean’s place in the family business. Clay, an artist, loved his unconventional life in New Mexico and his wife, Claire, whom he had met at Yale, but he accepted his family responsibilities. The building he and Claire chose to move into did not meet with his family’s approval, but they stood firm until someone broke in and attacked Claire, causing her to miscarry. Read More »

S’Wanee by Don Winston

S'wanee: A Paranoid Thriller by Don WinstonCody Marko had just graduated from high school, and his next four years were well planned out. He would go to Rutgers, live at home, and continue working at the Genius Bar in the mall. He was not exactly happy with the plan, but could not imagine leaving his mother by herself. His mother was young, blonde, and pretty, and was not exactly the best at planning her life. Things were going along smoothly, until Cody received a recruitment letter from S’wanee, a beautiful and prestigious college located in Tennessee. Read More »

Ravencroft Springs by Logan L. Masterson

Ravencroft Springs by Logan L. MastersonDissatisfied with his life, though his first book had sold three hundred thousand copies, David packed up his apartment and headed for Ravencroft Springs, a dying (if not dead) town in the Appalachian Mountains. There were fewer than three hundred people in the town and surrounding area, and David felt it was the perfect place to reinvent himself and start a new life. Read More »

Trusting Love Billi Jean

Trusting Love (Love's Command) (Volume 4) by BIlli JeanKristen had made a determined effort to build a new life in Wyoming after the death of her daughter, and though she was often lonely, she focused on her work and her ranch to get by. After shoveling snow, she was stunned to find a wounded man in her yard, and was even more surprised when she recognized him as Robert McNeil, a man she had had a serious attraction to in her old life.
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Safe in His Arms Billi Jean

Safe in His Arms (Love's Command) (Volume 2) by Billi JeanMandy had spent the last five years of her life waiting–waiting to forget her feelings about Mac, and waiting for her stalker to find her again. She had hidden herself in South Africa, but she dreamed about Mac and their one night together. After her brother’s death and the attack by the stalker, Mandy knew she was alone in the world. When she discovered her best friend Lacey was getting married, she screwed up her courage and flew to Hawaii, knowing in her heart that she would be seeing Mac again. Read More »

Catch Me If You Can by Billi Jean

Catch Me If You Can (Love's Command) (Volume 3) by Billi JeanKylie Chung had only one thought, and that was to collect the various pieces of the formula her father had developed, and then turn it over to his captors. She was smart enough to question why Eric was the contact, but was too worried to examine the situation thoroughly. After securing the portion her father had hidden in Korea, Kylie planned to be on the ferry to Hiroshima as quickly as possible–until a tall, handsome American man distracted her. Read More »

Running Scared by Billi Jean

Running Scared (Volume 1) by Billi JeanSusan was feeling lost and lonely, stranded in a new place with no friends or family. After being released from the hospital, the agents arranged her move to Troy, Montana, thinking it was isolated enough to protect her after being the only witness to a mob hit. The trouble was that Susan did not feel safe anywhere, and meeting Russell Ryland stirred up feelings that she wanted to keep buried. Read More »

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel) by Carol GoodmanAvaline Hall was forced to take a job at the Triangle Waist Factory after her mother Evangeline’s suicide, and narrowly escaped the tragic fire that killed over one hundred young women. Ava was saved by a young man whom she believed had sprouted wings and caught her as she fell off the ladder while escaping the flames. Her belief in the young man, and her statements to hospital personnel, ended with Ava being confined to a mental hospital for five months, until her grandmother located her and forced the doctors to release her. Read More »

Love You to Death by Jackie Uhrmacher

Love You to Death by Jackie UhrmacherJill and Elle have been best friends ever since the time Elle killed her alcoholic husband in the back alley of a bar in New York. As time went by, they met handsome men, were married, discovered that the men had some sort of personality defect, and then they killed them. Elle kept a notebook with extensive notes on her husbands, keeping up with dates and places, and of course, a copy of the obituary. Jill’s notebook was not as complete, but her notes were also clear and concise. Read More »

Silence of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Silence of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry SpearTom Silver took his responsibilities as the sub-pack leader very seriously, and was not happy at being told to watch out for the reporter who had come to Silver Town when there were other, deeper concerns threatening the wolf-run town. The human farmers were upset about wolf tracks around their pastures, and the pack leader was worried that rogue werewolves were encroaching on their territory. Tom would much rather have been working on finding out who was responsible for the wolf tracks than keeping an eye on the reporter. Read More »

The Miracle Thief by Iris Anthony

The Miracle Thief by Iris AnthonyJuliana had found solace at Rochemont Abbey, trading her life at the palace for one in service to St. Catherine. Though carrying a secret she shared with no one, she performed her duties faithfully, except for the final promise she made to the dying abbess. Juliana had no way of knowing that her reluctance to put herself first would be the beginning of the downfall of the abbey, nor that she would be one of the few sisters left standing.
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Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez

Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene PerezIt’s Daisy Giordano’s senior year and she is looking forward to prom and graduation and all the other fun things senior year brings with it. Of course, she has got other things on her plate as well like trying to break the enchantment that turned young lovers into a pig and a prophetic jukebox. She promised Lil, AKA the jukebox, she would find some way to release her, and once Daisy sets her mind to solving a mystery, there is no stopping her. Read More »

Evermine by Hailey Edwards

Evermine (Daughters of Askara, Book 2) by Hailey EdwardsExiled to Earth, Emma continued to protect Maddie as she had done on Askara. Working in a diner and preserving her glamour was difficult, but it was still much easier than allowing herself to think of Harper. When Harper and his brother, Clayton, returned to Earth, Emma realized they had risked everything by helping the slave revolt in Askara, and she was furious. Escaping to Earth had been the only way to keep Maddie safe from the political machinations and untrustworthy advisors so prevalent, and Emma’s own position as Maddie’s handmaiden was insecure with the changes in leadership. Read More »

Bristol House by Beverly Swerling

Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly SwerlingAnnie Kendall is excited about her latest opportunity to research ancient Jewish artifacts, especially since she will be living in London. Leaving behind her teaching job and her friends, Annie travels to London, sublets a flat from an acquaintance, and begins her research by visiting museums. Things seem to be going well for Annie, until the night she hears strange noises in an unoccupied bedroom in the flat. Read More »

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Ghost Hand by Ripley PattonOlivia’s ghost hand started causing problems during her Calculus test, with the new guy in school staring in fascination. Irritated with his scrutiny, Olivia tried to distract him, but suddenly her hand began pulsating and growing larger, stretching out towards Passion’s back, who was sitting in front of her. The new guy quickly grabbed Olivia’s wrist until her hand cooled down, and once it returned to its abnormal normal, she noticed a baggie with some shiny gray sharp objects on her lap. Read More »