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Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins, a professional private investigator and award-winning novelist, is a no-holes-barred, modern-day story about life in the female P.I. fast lane.
A Sampling of Book Topics:
· Background of the first acknowledged private investigator in early nineteenth-century France, Eugene Francois Vidocq
· History of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and its hiring of the first U.S. female private eye, Kate Warne
· Advantages and dangers of being a current-day female P.I.
· Tools of the trade, including interactive crime maps, Google maps, investigative equipment and smartphone apps
· Case examples, from ghost hunting to criminal investigations
· Investigative tips, including how to find lost pets, handy Google searches, where to locate court files, free online searches, ways to defeat a cyberstalker, how to send an untraceable email
· A study of three classic TV female private eyes
· Links to articles about private investigations
· Links to P.I. blogs, periodicals, websites as well as popular detective fiction sites
· Excerpts from How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write A Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written 22 novels and anthologies for Harlequin and Dorchester. Her books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.
She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) and Sisters in Crime.
When not sleuthing, Colleen’s hanging with her two Rottweilers (named Jack Nicholson and Aretha Franklin), her three cats, and plotting or writing her next book. Visit her at http://colleencollinsbooks.com/
“Would you like to go to a club? An underground music club? My friend Radek is playing tonight. He has a great thrashabilly-psychobilly band. It’s called F in Mathematics."
“Because the greatest opportunities present themselves when all hope is lost."
"Victor grimaced. “You eat pickles with kielbasa?” “I eat pickles with everything, man. Major flavor with zero calories. You can’t beat it with your rhythm stick.”
Nadia’s memories of her father are not happy ones. An angry, secretive man, he died when she was thirteen, leaving his past shrouded in mystery. When a stranger claims to have known her father during his early years in Eastern Europe, she agrees to meet—only to watch the man shot dead on a city sidewalk. With his last breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one that will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from New York to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine. There she meets an unlikely ally: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his skills on the abandoned cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Physically and emotionally scarred by radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a secret that could change the world—if she can keep him alive long enough to do it. A twisting tale of greed, secrets, and lies, The Boy from Reactor 4 will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping page.
READER REVIEW: "I always love reading Delinsky. She really puts her heart in all stories. With good language you don't mind sharing a good book." Joan Filter
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From America’s beloved storyteller, Barbara Delinsky, comes the story of a passionate lawyer, her powerful client, and one case of mutual attraction that’s out of order…
As the only female partner at her law firm, Justine O’Neill tries to maintain a degree of cool professionalism. But all that flies out the window when she’s introduced to “The Silver Fox.” The high-powered CEO of CORE International, Sloan Harper is the firm’s newest client—and the tallest, sexiest hunk of silver-haired alpha male Justine has ever seen. Her colleagues warn her that the man is a predator, as sly as a fox and twice as seductive. Justine isn’t worried—shenever mixes business with pleasure. But when Sloane starts asking questions, she can’t help but feel she’s on the witness stand, being cross-examined by a master. And when he finally takes her in his arms, kissing her hungrily, she is utterly defenseless—and ready for more…
*Previously published as The Silver Fox by Bonnie Drake
READER REVIEW:"the plot is thick with excitement, red herrings, and her uncanny ability to read human nature. Perhaps the best of the Miss Marple series." Kindle: $2.99 Nook: $2.99 Paperback: $10.28 Genre: Mystery
Soon after Gwenda Reed moves into her new home, odd things start to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeds in dredging up its past. Worse, she feels an irrational sense of terror every time she climbs the stairs... In fear, Gwenda turns to Jane Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they are to solve a 'perfect' crime committed many years before...
FAV QUOTE from the book:"You gotta keep moving forward. Otherwise whatever’s coming up at you from behind will catch up." Kindle: $5.99 Nook: $5.99 Paperback: $7.19
Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.
Isabel Beebe thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again…..
Seeing Isabel all grown-up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same.
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An explosion rocks a Qatari natural gas facility… a luxury cruise liner capsizes in the Mediterranean… and someone has stolen a submarine…
Are the events connected?
Dan Taylor doesn’t believe in coincidences – all he has to do is convince his superiors they are next in the terrorists’ line of fire.
As Britain enters its worst winter on record, Dan must elude capture to ensure the country’s energy resources are protected. At all costs.
In an action-packed adventure, from the Middle East through the Mediterranean to London, Dan and his team are on a quest which will test every choice he makes. Assisted by the exotic Antonia Almasi, Dan realises he faces an adversary far greater than he ever imagined.
READER REVIEW:"The chemistry between Lucy and Drew is electric and keeps the reader wondering if they will become a couple. With a cast of colorful characters, the novel is a great read from the beginning to the end." --C.Broyles
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Personal Chef Lucy Carpenter has moved to Red Duck, Idaho for a fresh start. Newly single, Lucy is determined to carve out a life for herself and her two sons by cooking for the elite clientele who frequent the nearby resorts. But fitting into this small town is harder than it looks, and Lucy soon discovers she needs somebody with the connections to help her. The trouble is, the one man who can turn things around for her, is the one man she should steer clear of. And while she's coming up with must-do lists, straightening out her troubled teenaged son is vying for the number one spot.
Ex-Major League baseball player, Drew Tolman, has left his career behind him in tatters and has taken shelter in Red Duck, too. With rumors and scandal still dogging him, the term "role model," doesn't leap to mind. More good-looking than any man has a right to be, he's the local celebrity and town heartthrob. As he fights to undo the wreckage of his past with a daughter he's never had a relationship with, his attraction to Lucy heats up like something steamy and delectable form her kitchen.
But can Lucy cook up real happiness with Drew without losing her hard won independence? More importantly, is she willing to risk her heart to find it?
“What you learn as you grow older and life tests you in ways for which you are never prepared, is that showing up matters. The simple, unremarkable, un-heroic act of being there, bearing witness, saying in one way or another: I am with you. There is nothing that carries the seal of friendship quite as firmly as being there in crisis.”
“Why do we wait until a person is gone before we write so eloquently about what they meant to us?"
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”
"For more than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been “one for all and all for one.” Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass. The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution. From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the “zoomer” years, their connection never falters.
As they celebrate turning sixty (give or take a year) at a group birthday weekend, each woman recalls a challenging time in her life when the Bridge Club came to the rescue. After tossing around ideas mixed with a generous helping of common sense and a large dose of laughter they decide to refer to that time as their “SOS”. Eight chapters document each one’s story.
Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined."
FAV QUOTE from the book: "“Sometimes we want so much for the people we love to be better, we can’t see that they’re not ready yet."
Available on Kindle & in paperback! ~ $3.99 & $7.77 Genre: Women's Fiction
One day can change your life forever…Three days change a painful past into a beautiful tomorrow…Once, Sam Perry had it all. A loving marriage, an amazing job she adored as a preschool teacher, and a beautiful home. She was safe, happy and secure.
Then the unthinkable happened…
Watching his once carefree wife withdraw into herself was almost more than Brian Perry could handle. The only thing that kept him going was knowing that he loved her more than life itself. Moving her out of New York to Chandlerville, a small, quiet suburb of Atlanta, felt right. Anything, to get her away from the memories of the buildings, and her world, crashing around her.
Now, two sons and many years later, Sam cherishes the new life on Mimosa Lane that Brian built for them.
Until lightning strikes twice…
Called a hero by her small community, Sam feels more like a coward than ever. Instinct draws her into an altercation at her children’s school—an instinct that also drives her away from the warm cocoon of her family.
Brian refuses to lose his wife again. He agrees to give her the space she asks for, but he soon realizes space isn’t something they and their children can afford. He knows their love can still conquer all. But this time he’ll need their entire community to help him win his wife back.
FAV QUOTE from the book:"I don’t know why parents always feel the need to ask kids how their day at school was. It’s like asking ‘how was that bank robbery?’ or ‘how was that gang initiation?’ You don’t care how it was, you’re just happy you made it out in one piece."
On Kindle & in paperback Genre: Women's Fiction
THE BOOK Intelligent and fiercely independent, sixteen-year-old Mia Marchette has never had a childhood. After her father’s disappearance when she was six, she has alone borne the burden of her mother’s bipolar disorder.
When her mother is institutionalized after a failed suicide attempt, Mia is abruptly forced to live with the estranged father she has not known for ten years. She is shocked to discover that he has created a new, picture-perfect life for himself, and is now living with a stepmother and a half-sister Mia never knew she had. Together, Mia and her new family must face the bitterness, mistakes, and long-hidden secrets that threaten to destroy their precarious happiness.
Finding Mia follows Mia's journey as she searches to find the unanswered questions from her past, leading to her own self-discovery.
Ultimately, this is a story of confronting pain and finding freedom, of letting go and learning to search for love in unexpected places.