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!

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 »

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 »

A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes

A Single Kiss (Sweetest Kisses) by Grace BurrowesHannah Stark has just interviewed for a corporate law position, but is wary when the callback wants her to put in six months in family law. Hannah, a former foster child, intensely dislikes anything to do with family law, but she agrees because she needs a job to support herself and her daughter, Grace. She likes her associates, with the exception of one, and finds her boss to be kind and sympathetic. As Hannah navigates the stormy waters of family law, she learns a great deal about herself and becomes stronger as a result. Read More »

Just Like Heaven by Lacey Baker

Just Like Heaven (Sweetland Novel) by Lacey BakerHeaven Montgomery had suffered a traumatic accident at the laboratory where she worked as a research scientist, and was determined to push through it. Heaven decided adopting a dog would be a good idea, as a companion, so she answered an advertisement and traveled to Sweetland, Maryland, to check out the dog and its littermates. Her plan was to pick up the puppy and return to her life in Boston, but there was something special about Sweetland… Read More »

Destination to be Determined & Destination Derailed by Nicole Andrews Moore and J.B. McGee

Destination to be Determined: Destination Derailed (The Traveler Series Book 1) by Nicole Andrews Moore and J.B. McGeeDestination to be Determined: Emmy London has been in foster care since the age of two. When she was in kindergarten, one of her classmates, Chloe Oliver, disappeared, and with Emmy’s talent of traveling back in time through her dreams, she was able to “see” the kidnapping. The next day at school, she told her teacher, but they contacted her foster mother, who told them she was just a troubled kid and discredited Emmy’s vision. Emmy was then shipped off to another foster home, but she remembered Shiloh Cove fondly, and returned to town as an adult. Read More »

His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith

His Wicked Seduction (League of Rogues) by Lauren SmithLucien Russell, the Marquess of Rochester, was coming dangerously close to breaking Rule Two of the Rogue’s Code of Conduct, which stated that one must never seduce another member’s sister. His deepening attraction to Horatia Sheridan was one that he tried to hide under a veneer of hostility and coldness. Lucien was walking with another Rogue and keeping a close eye on Horatia when he noticed she had dropped a glove, and as he hurried across the street to retrieve it for her, he was nearly run over by a careless carriage driver. Read More »

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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