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!

Knight of Love by Catherine LaRoche

Knight of Love by Catherine LaRocheLady Lenora Trevelyan had traveled from her father’s estate in England to her fiancé’s castle in Germany, in order to prepare to become a proper “prinzessin” and acceptable mistress of Rotenburg. However, Prince Kurt turned out to be abusive, taking pleasure in inflicting pain and humiliation on Lenora. At first, it was pinches and blows, but the abuse quickly escalated to Lenora being tied to the flogging post while Kurt called the village together, and announced her perceived sins before having the groom flick the whip, connecting painfully with Lenora’s back. Kurt finally stopped the groom, and rather than soil his own hands, he bade the blacksmith to carry Lenora to her chambers. Lenora became determined that somehow, she would escape Schloss Rotenburg and return to England. Read More »

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

The Duke's Disaster by Grace BurrowesLady Araminthea Collins had been a paid companion for various titled folk since the death of her father several years earlier, but she had never had a proposal of marriage before. Recognizing that her brother was well on his way to becoming a drunken sot, and that she had to provide for her younger sister, Lady Thea accepted the proposal and the amount the Duke of Anselm was willing to settle on her. Still, Lady Thea was too afraid to tell her new husband everything that had happened to her while in service, even though he was well aware that paid companions had no protection at all. Read More »

Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran

Ghost of a Promise (Entangled Covet) (Phantoms Behind the Bar) by Kelly MoranAva Trumble has always wanted to own the family mansion, and after her Aunt Lois’ death, she is left the house-–with one stipulation. Ava has to discover what had happened to Sarah Kerrick two hundred years earlier, and present the evidence to her attorney. If she fails to provide the proper verification, the house will go to the historical society. Ava will do almost anything to prevent that, so she calls a national television show and requests they investigate the house to help her solve the mystery. Read More »

No Grits No Glory by Elaine Calloway

No Grits No Glory: Southern Ghosts Series, Book One (The Southern Ghosts Series) (Volume 1) by Elaine CallowayLeaving Boston and moving to Savannah, her deceased brother’s favorite city, was a way for Brianna McNeil to start her life over. She found a beautiful house for rent in the historic district, and was concerned on her first night in the house when lights began to flicker on and off. Brianna had a special gift of communication with those who had passed on, and she was not sure if faulty wiring or someone wanting to contact her was the reason for the flickering lights. After checking the house with a butcher knife clutched firmly in her hand, she discovered a black pile of ashes in the bedroom closet. Read More »

Hero by Samantha Young

Hero by Samantha YoungAlexa Holland had been at loose ends since her mother passed away, and her boss did not seem to fully understand what she was feeling. As the personal assistant to a successful photographer, Alexa usually handled everything for Benito flawlessly, but today’s shoot was just too difficult, even though Benito told her how vitally important this shoot was. Their subject today was Caine Carraway, divinely handsome CEO, and with a tie to Alexa that he was deeply ashamed about. The photo shoot would have gone smoothly, however, if Alexa had not taken it upon herself to reach out to Caine and apologize. Read More »

Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Kiss Me Hello (Sweetest Kisses) by Grace BurrowesSidonie Lindstrom was trying to adjust to her new life on a farm, believing it would be best for Luis, her foster son, to be out of the dangerous atmosphere of downtown Baltimore. She was unpleasantly surprised to find two giant draft horses in her pasture, and she and Luis were at a loss as to how to handle the situation, even though Luis had been taking therapeutic riding lessons since they arrived. A local farrier came by to help, and Sid noticed how interested Luis was in learning to care for the horses. Read More »

From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark EdwardsDetective Inspector Patrick Lennon had dealt with numerous tragedies in his career, but the hardest he had to deal with came when his wife tried to strangle their baby daughter. Arresting his wife, living through her trial and subsequent placement in a mental hospital, then giving up their home and moving in with his parents all took a toll on Patrick. The two missing children’s cases really hit close to home, and Patrick was determined to solve the mystery and bring the abductors to justice. Read More »

Dragon Her Back by Susannah Scott

Dragon Her Back by Susannah ScottDarius Dachien, head of security for the Crown Jewel casino in Las Vegas, took his job of protecting the casino and its guests very seriously. Crown Jewel, a one-of-a-kind dragon sanctuary, had both dragons and humans on the payroll, though the dragons kept their shifter talents hidden. Darius, an ice dragon, was in the King’s inner court, and as such was well-respected by the others at Crown Jewel. His dragon powers were waning, however, all because of a prolonged separation from his chosen mate. Read More »

Dying for the Past by TJ O’Connor

Dying for the Past (A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery) by Tj O'ConnorDetective Oliver Tucker was a good cop, always determined to solve the case and get justice for those who were wronged. After his death, he continued on, as a ghost, helping his partner, Bear Braddock, solve cases and protecting his wife, Angel, to the best of his ability. Angel, formally Dr. Angela Hill-Tucker, was a history professor who had sponsored a black-tie charity fundraiser, and Tuck dropped in to see how it was going. Noticing a man across the room, dressed in the style of a 1930’s gangster, Tuck became suspicious when the gangster headed in the direction of Angel’s table. As Angel danced with one of her guests, he tried to catch up to his wife, who was also dancing, but before he could, he was shot and killed. Read More »

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

What a Lady Needs for Christmas (MacGregor Series) by Grace BurrowesRight before Christmas, Lady Joan finds herself in a bit of a predicament…she became intoxicated one night and fears she may now be ruined, and if anyone finds out, her good name, and that of her family, will be destroyed. She hurries to the train station, desperate to get to the house party her family was attending, but there are no seats left on the train. Fortunately, Dante Hartwell is traveling with his children and his sister, and offers Lady Joan a seat in their private car. Mr. Hartwell is in trade, so he is a less-desirable suitor than those who are titled, but Lady Joan had danced with him at one event and found him to be a decent man. Read More »

Love Beyond Sanity by Rebecca Royce

Love Beyond Sanity (the Outsiders #2) by Rebecca RoyceCharma attempted to calm her breathing and focus her energies in order to defeat the dark forces she felt threatening their sanctuary. Her talent as a healer was enhanced by her compassion, and she wanted to help everyone she came into contact with. Her sister and friend, Marina, swept into the room, interrupting the energy flow, excited about locating another missing Outsider. Read More »

The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr

The Rake's Handbook: Including Field Guide by Sally OrrElinor Colton was recently re-entering society after a year’s absence mourning the death of her husband. She attended a neighborhood dance where there was a stone statue of Apollo, and someone had stuck a leaf over the offending male part. Elinor found that highly amusing, and was surprised to find that the handsome man, who entered the vestibule after her, also found it funny. She enjoyed chatting with him, and thought nothing more of their brief acquaintance, until her attorney, Henry Brown, came to her with several scandalous rumors about the new neighbor at Blackwell. Read More »

An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman

An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman The Naremore family had decided to leave London and find a beautiful spot in the country, where they would be away from the city’s influences. Parents Steven and Kirsty, and their children, Jordan and Tim, quickly rejected the first two places, but they all fell in love with the next one, called The Hollow. It was a large house, with twin towers, an apple orchard, and a moat surrounding the property. The house seemed welcoming, almost loving, and the Naremores quickly fell under its spell. Read More »

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben HartkeJulia lives in a big house by the sea, but the house is too quiet when she is by herself. She puts up a sign, and all sorts of lost creatures find their way to her door, asking to be taken in. The house becomes quite noisy and chaotic until Julia figures out a solution to keep everything running smoothly. Read More »

Jaguar Pride by Terry Spear

Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar) by Terry SpearMelissa Overton was a JAG agent dedicated to her mission of stopping poachers from stealing and reselling large cats, like pumas, ocelots, and jaguars. Melissa took this very personally, being a jaguar shifter, but her boyfriend, an insurance agent, felt she was using her traveling as an excuse to be apart. On a mission with fellow JAG agent Huntley Anderson, chasing a prolific poacher named Tim Jackson, Melissa was stunned when she returned to their tent to find Huntley asleep with twin jaguar cubs on his stomach. Read More »

The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel by L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel L. Jagi LamplighterWhen we last saw Rachel Griffin, she was decompressing after the exciting events of her first week at Roanoke Academy. Participating in epic battles and seeing her friends and instructors wounded and dying affected Rachel deeply, and she was even more aware of her mediocre progress in the study of magic. After agreeing to be Gaius’s girlfriend, she discovered that her family disapproved greatly of a thirteen-year-old having a boyfriend, and especially one who had publicly humiliated her brother, Peter. Read More »

The Unexpected Enlightenement of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi LampligtherThirteen-year-old Rachel Griffin was excited about being at Roanoke Academy, where she planned to learn absolutely everything and excel in all seven of the Magical Arts. Rachel’s prodigious memory enabled her to read a passage just once, never to forget, and she had the ability to play back a memory and notice smaller details that were unclear while the event was happening. On Rachel’s first morning at Roanoke, she awakened early, hearing a large black raven with blood red eyes talking with a miniature lion, the familiar of one of her roommates. Read More »

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren SmithJane Seyton was inexplicably drawn to Stormclyffe Hall when she saw a picture of it while working on research for her dissertation. After writing numerous letters to the Earl, she was finally allowed to visit, but was told to wait until renovations were completed. Taking matters into her own hands, Jane waited four months, and then booked a flight, eager to tour Stormclyffe Hall and learn all she could about the curse that haunted the Carlisle family. Read More »

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue with a Brogue: A Scandalous Highlanders Novel by Suzanne EnochMary Campbell knew the hatred her family had for the MacLawrys, and yet she dared to dance with Arran MacLawry at a masquerade ball. Almost betrothed to a young man deemed acceptable by her parents, she found herself falling for Arran’s charming personality, even though she was aware that Arran had no idea who she was. When Arran showed up outside her door the next morning, she was surprised, but pleased, and happily accepted his luncheon invitation for the next day. Read More »

The Laird by Grace Burrowes

The Laird (Captive Hearts) by Grace BurrowesBrenna Maureen MacLogan Brodie has had a difficult time of it ever since her husband left her to go to war nine years earlier. Running the castle, with the help of her husband’s Uncle Angus, was not an easy job, and Brenna felt isolated and lonely most of the time. Suddenly, the laird has returned, and Brenna must learn how to live with her husband, who is a virtual stranger to her. Read More »