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!

How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan

How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan Becca Muchmore feels like a failure. Her boyfriend of two years moved away to build schools in the Congo, she recently quit her job to attend graduate school, and only lasted one day at that. The only thing Becca knows she is good at is baking. It is comforting, soothing, and as long as you follow the recipe, you get perfect results, unlike in life. With the help of her neighbor, too-cool-for-words Sal, Becca starts a baked goods project, to be delivered twice a day to the law offices of a friend of a friend. Read More »

Tales From Rugosa Coven by Sarah Avery

Tales from Rugosa Coven by Sarah AveryClosing Arguments: Bob and Sophie are cleaning out their parents’ house after their premature death, and they are shocked at the condition of the house. Apparently, their parents had become secret hoarders, and Bob, an attorney, is desperately searching for the will to ensure he is following his parents’ last wishes. After tripping over cases of toilet paper and bundles of Post-It Notes, Bob calls in the other coven members to help them out. Solving the mystery of the hoarding behavior drags Bob into a dangerous place where he fights against a pretender to save his parents and enable them to reincarnate. Read More »

The Highland Dragon’s Lady by Isabel Cooper

The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel CooperColin MacAlisdair was visiting the country estate of his friend Edmund’s family, helping to discover the reasons behind the hauntings at Whitehill. Edmund’s father had collected an eclectic group of people, the local vicar, his sister, and a medium and her assistant, all for the purpose of conducting a séance. Colin was surprised, when on his first night at Whitehill, he met Regina, the daughter of the house when she climbs up the plum tree outside his balcony, and proceeded to give advice, thinking Colin was her brother Edmund. Read More »

A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

A Rake by Any Other Name (Somerfield Park) by Mia MarloweRichard Barrett, Lord Hartley, was both worried and resigned. Worried because his mother had written to tell him his father had fallen off the roof and was even now in an invalid state, and resigned that he would now have to give up his carefree existence and take on the running of Somerfield Park, the family estate. Richard brought with him his best friend Lawrence Seymour to keep him company, and had decided it was also time to settle down, so he had invited his almost-betrothed, Lady Antonia and her family to visit.
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The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

The Midnight Queen (A Noctis Magicae Novel) by Sylvia Izzo HunterGray Marshall, a student at Merlin College, had unfortunately agreed to be part of a late-night excursion into town on an undisclosed errand, when they came upon a group of townspeople, who were angry and drunk. Once the fight began, Gray summoned his magick, shifted into an owl, and flew quickly back to school, hoping to get Professor Callander’s attention and assistance. Instead, Gray became a virtual prisoner at the Professor’s country estate for the summer, after overhearing some sort of murder plot in which the Professor was involved. Read More »

A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry SpearCalla Stewart, a successful party planner, has never had a client like this one. She is used to working on a limited budget, but even though the pack leaders, Ian and Julia, are determined to have a lavish party, the problem lies with Guthrie, the one who handles the money for the pack. Calla is still getting over an uncomfortable situation where she left her intended mate at the altar, causing Baird great embarrassment, and she is understandably cautious about getting involved again. Read More »

Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler

Braking Points: A Kate Reilly Mystery (Kate Reilly Mysteries) by Tammy KaehlerThrilled with her contract with Sandham Swift, Kate Reilly is determined to make a good showing on the track this weekend. Unfortunately, Kate loses control and bumps an extremely popular driver’s car, injuring the other driver and putting them both out of the race. Public opinion blasts Kate, attacking her personally and professionally, and it all seems to be fueled by one reporter, Felix Simon, who has as his co-anchor Juliana Parker, one of Kate’s old friends, and a racing blogger who focuses on innuendo as opposed to facts. Read More »

Dead Man’s Switch by Tammy Kaehler

Dead Man's Switch: A Kate Reilly Mystery (Kate Reilly Mysteries) by Tammy KaehlerKate Reilly was hoping to drive during the American Le Mans Series race at Lime Rock Park over the Fourth of July weekend, though she did not have a dedicated sponsor. Kate followed the Series, traveling around and making sure she was available to drive. On her first morning at Lime Rock Park, she pulled into a parking place and hit what she thought was a pile of clothes, but turned out to be a dead body.
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Avoidable Contact by Tammy Kaehler

Avoidable Contact: A Kate Reilly Mystery (Kate Reilly Mysteries) by Tammy KaehlerRacecar driver Kate Reilly is looking forward to the endurance race she and her teammates from Sandham Swift Racing are participating in, until word came in that her boyfriend Stuart, Series Vice President of Operations, has been seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident earlier that morning. Kate is stunned and upset, feeling guilty for cancelling their date the night before, and eager to get to the hospital, even though Stuart is still in a coma. The police are investigating the accident, but Kate is sure that someone connected to racing is responsible, and some strange text messages she receives make her even more certain. Read More »

Cougar’s Mate by Terry Spear

Cougar's Mate (Heart of the Cougar) (Volume 1) by Terry SpearAfter witnessing her cop boyfriend’s murder at his brother’s hand, Shannon Rafferty runs…and spends the next few weeks in the Colorado wilderness, staying in her cougar form and trying not to call attention to herself. While resting in a cave, she notices a young boy in the river below, barely hanging onto a rock. Knowing she cannot let the boy drown, Shannon leaps into the water, still in cougar form, and rescues him, pulling him up onto shore with her teeth. The local authorities in Yuma become aware of the cougar that saved the boy, and send a deputy out to find it, armed with a tranquilizer gun. Read More »

The Crystal Slipper by Selena Fulton

The Crystal Slipper (Entangled Covet) by Selena FultonShy and plain, librarian Celinda Branham is uncertain about attending a Christmas party given by her friend and co-worker. The gift exchange is a bit uncomfortable, since it seems no one but Celinda has stuck to the budget, but she is surprised at the strange gift she ends up with. Who gives someone a single crystal slipper outside of a fairytale? Though Celinda has read her share of stories, she definitely does not believe in magic, witchcraft, or anything relating to them, even though she has the dysfunctional Cinderella-type family. Read More »

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta ChaseLeonie Noirot, with her sisters, owns one of the most successful dressmaker’s shops in London. While her sisters tend to be more artistic, Leonie has a head for numbers and runs the business side of the shop with ease. While attending an art exhibit at the British Institution in order to gain new clientele, Leonie meets a handsome marquess who saves her from an embarrassing fall after she trips over an artist’s canvas in her hurry to get away. Read More »

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve GrahamMaggie Johnson was blessed (or cursed) with The Sight. In addition to having visions of the future, she saw a boy not much older than she was, and he became her silent support. After her father’s accidental death and her mother’s murder, Maggie and her sisters were kidnapped and raped by a group of men, yet Maggie was still able to use The Sight to contact the young man, and he was able to help her escape by showing her a hidden knife, which she used to kill the man responsible for the kidnapping. The Cherokee rescued the girls and allowed them to live in their village, while tending their wounds and helping Maggie learn to control her visions. Read More »

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

My Highland Spy (Highland Spies) by Victoria RobertsLady Ravenna Walsingham has a new and dangerous assignment– to travel to the Highlands, posing as a governess, to uncover the Sutherland clan’s dealings against the Crown. Since Laird Sutherland has not appeared at Court or sent his young son to learn English, Ravenna will teach Torquil English, all while gathering information the Crown can use against the laird. Ravenna never expects to develop such an attraction to Laird Sutherland, and she does not know how to confess her secret. Read More »

Charming by Krystal Wade

Charming by Krystal WadeAfter her mother’s death, Haley Tremaine dreaded going home. Her alcoholic father, selfishly entitled younger sister, and a never-ending list of household chores were the only things that awaited her when she walked through the door after work. Her schoolwork was suffering, and she had only one friend to offer caring and support. Even Haley’s younger sister, Jocelyn, did not understand Haley’s behavior and continually sided with their father against her. Read More »

Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

Up at Butternut Lake: A Novel (The Butternut Lake Trilogy) by Mary McNearAllie Beckett had come back to her family’s cabin at Butternut Lake to start a new life for herself and her 5-year-old son after her husband’s death in combat. Allie had not been to the cabin in ten years, but she felt comfortable there, and believed it would be a good place to start over. Her old friend Jax, with her children, help Allie and Wyatt settle in, and Caroline at the diner offers both wisdom and food to Allie’s hungry and empty soul. Read More »

The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodbound by Erin LindseyAlix Black, the daughter of a Banner House, was the best scout under Arran Green’s command. She was fast and moved with a stealthy grace, and when paired with Liam, the two were exceptional. Alix was headstrong, though, and disobeyed a direct order to stay behind enemy lines when she rushed onto the battlefield at Boswyck in order to save the King, breaking his leg by pulling his horse over onto him. The King was so impressed by Alix’s quick thinking and reaction time that he promoted her to Captain and appointed her as his personal bodyguard. Read More »

Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear

A Howl for a Highlander (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry SpearDuncan MacNeill is on a mission to retrieve his clan’s fortune, which had been stolen by a shady investor, leaving the clan in financial difficulties. Duncan is determined not to let anything get in his way until he locates Salisbury Silverton, returns the money to the clan’s account, and heads home to Argent Castle. His wolf senses are immediately heightened by the scent of another wolf, a female, and he looks around the Grand Cayman airport until he sees her…young, beautiful, and wearing a silver chain belt, that he begins to fantasize about using to pull her to him. Read More »

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

The Heavens Rise by Christopher RiceNikki Delongpre was one of those lucky people who seemed to have it all. Her family was wealthy; they had not only a house in town but also a plantation named Elysium. Nikki had taken a friend, Marshall Ferriot, out to swim at Elysium late one night, knowing her boyfriend, Anthem Landry, and her best friend, Ben Broyard, would not have approved. Marshall was different; he had a dark persona and was obsessed with Nikki, so when she chose Anthem over Marshall, he was determined to pay her back. Read More »

A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry SpearBjornolf Jorgenson was used to being the odd man out, the ghost on the mission, and never fully belonging anywhere. After his rescue mission in the Amazon jungle, he was assigned to the Oregon coast to retrieve information about two missing DEA agents, but his cover story made him uncomfortable. He was to play a newlywed, paired with sexy agent Anna Johnson, and caring for his teenaged nephew, Nathan. Read More »