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When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.
The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. How far will these lover’s go to solve this heinous crime before anymore killings. Determined to find the truth, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death
Setting: Inside the office of Police Chief Malcolm Barstow
Undaunted and short on patience, the agent stared at the fat jerk sitting before him gleefully puffing on a cigar, most likely homegrown in Detroit, Michigan, not Cuba. “I attend the Kingdom Hall on occasion,” he said.
“Well most of us like Malloy. He’s helped rid this town of criminals. He was a volunteer firefighter, and his wife cooks for the annual policeman’s ball. Hell, Malloy even coached volleyball for the kids when he wuz younger. Now a person who does that ain’t all bad,” the chief declared.
Barstow’s sudden burst of energy to safeguard his fishy friend, picqued Harmon’s interest. What had Malloy done? He decided he wasn’t leaving until he had the full, sordid story.
“So you and Malloy are pals, and he did something he couldn’t get out of, and you tried to salvage his job, but the big shots said, ‘No!’ Is that how it went?” Harmon asked.
“Yeah, Malloy did somethin’ real stupid.”
“I’m listening,” Harmon replied.
“The rumors of Malloy allowin’ his friends and family members to snoop through the cornfield, and photograph the area after the victims were removed, was true. Everyone is curious about this crime. Nothin’ this big ever happened in this town before, and the pictures were for souvenirs, you know. Then after the limbs were removed, he brought in a back hoe, and tore up the whole damned crime scene, involving Thomas.” The chief growled in disgust.
“Yeah, that was stupid,” Harmon said. “So Malloy’s unethical conduct was the reason the disciplinary board was in session?”
“Yep, they made their decision this mornin’,” the chief said. “He’s out. There was nothin’ I could do for him.”
“You’d think a cop with over twenty years’ experience would demonstrate better reasoning then destroy evidence. Unless he’s covering his own tracks,” Harmon said realizing what he was implying. “Do you believe Malloy committed the murders?”
“Now, I didn’t say that. A lot of officers were on this case, so a lot of mistakes happened. We never dealt with this type crime before. Many might have made the same mistakes Malloy did.”
Dismissing the chief’s excuses for Malloy’s incompetence, Harmon demanded an answer. He was tired of being duped by the local cops and wanted the truth, and wanted it now. Standing and placing both palms on the chief’s shiny desk, the agent looked the chief square in his squinty brown eyes and said, “Cough it up, Chief! There’s more to it then that. If there were numerous mistakes made by officers other then Malloy, why was he the only one kicked off the force? Now spit it out! What the hell did Malloy do?”
“All right, all right!” the chief whined, “Malloy screwed the dead girl three weeks before she was killed–and got caught!”
The Agent was speechless. Walking to the window overlooking Main Street, he stared vacantly. Hadn’t one of our witnesses suggested something like that? But–with the crisp wind howling, the citizens dining in the local cafés, others window shopping for Christmas or starting their shift at the town’s businesses–this seems unreal. How can such a seemingly sweet country town be so full of bad apples, savage murders, police misconduct and corruption, evidence tampering? This town is certainly no Mayberry, thought Harmon.
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
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“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology
“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology
“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime
“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”
“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology
“FLAGITIOUS,” a crime/mystery anthology
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Good morning! I’ll be heading in to work soon to continue this busy holiday season. In the excerpt below from Don’t Say No, a new adult romance, Amber and Jaeger are just getting to know each other. He’s hired her to work as a mystery shopper at his spa. Sparks start flying early in their relationship and it heats up as they go on. Enjoy this PG excerpt and have a great Saturday!
“I’ve written out a script for you to use at the spa.”
Jaeger pushed a piece of paper across the table to Amber.
She picked it up and raised an eyebrow. “A script? You think I can memorize this in half an hour? Anyway, I don’t need a script.“
Amber pushed it back toward him.
Jaeger frowned. “You need to make sure they think you’re just visiting. You can’t let on that you’re evaluating them.”
“Okay, duh, I’ve got it. I know what to do. I have been to a spa once or twice in my life. I know how to act like a guest.”
She dug into her food. They sat at Pancake Palace again, and this time Amber had ordered scrambled eggs and hash browns. The small order. She didn’t want to be overly full while getting her treatments. Jaeger had insisted on meeting before she went to the spa to brief her. Brief her. That’s what he’d said. Like this was some kind of tactical mission.
“Here then, look at the evaluation form you’ll be completing on each employee.”
Amber took the paper and studied it while Jaeger scanned her completed employment application.
“You took two years off between high school and college? What did you do during that time?”
Was he allowed to ask that? Was it any of his business?
“I traveled around with my boyfriend. We wanted to visit a bunch of different states.”
Plenty of people did that. Some even went to Europe and other foreign places.
She sighed inwardly at the memory. Team Amber/Randy had had a good time those two years, no regrets. It had been a great experience, staying with friends and in hostels, meeting new people, working a few temp jobs to make money, and not having a set agenda. She’d learned a lot during those days.
The question was asked innocently enough, but Amber stiffened. Well, this was bound to come up, if not now, then later. Jaeger could probably find out about the sordid Event anyway, and it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. She hadn’t committed a felony or hurt anyone. Plenty of people got kicked out college.
“I went to Camton University for two weeks, then was asked to leave.”
He looked up from the paper. “You were asked to leave?”
“Do I stutter? It’s a long story. I don’t feel like getting into it. What, I can’t be your mystery shopper without a college education?”
“I didn’t say that.”
He went back to reading her application. “What were you studying?”
He looked up again. She knew he wanted to hear more, wanted to know something about her. What could she tell him that would inspire trust? He’d already hired her, sort of. He could dismiss her just as easily though. She was going to have this conversation with other employers, she realized. Might as well work on her spiel now.
Picking at the paper placemat, she forced herself to look him in the eye and answer. “Business management. My boyfriend, Randy, and I were going to open our own business.”
“And you’re not now?”
“Was your boyfriend the man you were pelting with baked goods at Taylor’s Café?”
Jaeger’s mouth turned up slightly at the corner. “I take it the relationship ended badly.”
He laughed. “What kind of business?”
She stopped fussing with the placemat and sat up straighter. “We were going to call it Fun on the Beach. We would rent out toys to people who were vacationing at hotels. You know, Frisbees, kites, stuff like that. Cheap toys, so if they got broke, no big deal. Parents don’t have enough toys, the kids get bored. Or the adults want something to do besides sit around, so they fly a kite. It was a great idea.”
Her shoulders slumped. Yeah, was.
“You’re kind of young to be running a business,” she added.
It was time to get the focus of this conversation off her and her failures.
“I’m not running a business. It’s my family’s company. I’ve been assigned this project. And I’m not that young. I’m only several years older than you, I believe.”
She crossed her arms. It was illegal to ask her age, she knew that, but he could figure it out from her application. Okay, enough of this. She needed to get in a spa frame of mind, not pick a fight with her employer.
“Tell me more about Bella Sun. What’s going on there that you need to know about?” she asked and bent back to her food.
“Actually, I think it would be better if you don’t know. I want you to go in with fresh eyes, to observe.”
“Oh, come on, give me a hint. Is there a specific problem I should look for?”
He took a sip of his tea. The server had looked at him like he was nuts when he’d requested Earl Grey. She’d asked who that was. Jaeger was not trying to be snobby, Amber suspected, but he was obviously used to a slightly different lifestyle from the one they had in Palm Groves. He’d settled for a decaf tea bag, which Amber guessed was dug out of a dusty box buried on a shelf.
“We just want to identify employees who are not happy or causing trouble.”
“If I give them a bad report, will they get fired?”
“No, we can’t do that. We’ll talk to them first and see if we can resolve any issues. If that doesn’t work, we’ll cut their hours enough so they leave voluntarily. Your input will have some effect, yes. You understand that, right? Are you still up to the job?” he asked.
She snapped him a salute. “I do, and I am.”
Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun
Amber’s life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then fired from her job. When she’s hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.
Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa he’s purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming attracted to his sexy spy isn’t part of the plan.
Amber can’t see how she fits into Jaeger’s world, and he’s too uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out, but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?
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Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
It’s that time of the year for holiday stories and I love it. I love the way authors weave tales filled with peppermint, candy canes and white hot love! Here’s my offering, Shifter’s Challenge. One cat shifter plus one elf equals a really hot time.
M/M, Anal Sex
Paranormal, Contemporary, Holiday
Steve Moore, a black cat shifter, breaks into the North Pole Christmas party in his cat form. Easy enough. No one imagines a black cat would be out of place in a warm building in the middle of the winter. But Steve’s not there to sample the cupcakes or eggnog. No, he’s there to find the one Elf who makes his heart race — Landon. Is Landon still interested in the shifter? They only spent one night together. Things could fall apart once they find each other again, but Steve’s betting the Elf is craving him, too.
Time to see what magic Christmas has in store.
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©Megan Slayer, 2014, All Rights Reserved
So many Elves and so many happy faces. He’d never find Landon in the myriad of red and white. His heart sank. He’d been a fool to hunt for the Elf. They’d spent one night together. Landon probably didn’t even remember him.
Three Elves wandered past the tree, and the sound of one of the male Elves’ voices caught his attention. Steve perked his ears and zeroed in on the dark-haired Elf.
Steve dug his claws into the branch. Part of him wanted to jump from the tree and into Landon’s arms. The rest of him erred on the side of staying put. Landon seemed happy and like he was having the time of his life. He couldn’t intrude on that. The blond Elf kept touching Landon’s arm and laughing at everything Landon said. The other Elf nodded. His long black hair swished as he moved his head. The three Elves acted so comfortable together. They had to be close friends. Hell, they seemed to barely notice the rest of the party. Maybe that was why Landon hadn’t stuck around — he had men at home waiting for him. Had he been duped?
Nah, Landon wasn’t the type to screw with people… was he?
Steve adjusted his weight on the branch and closed his eyes. He’d had enough of watching Landon and company. His anger melted as he pictured that lone night with Landon. They’d had a hot time together. They’d shared drinks, danced and made love until dawn. He could still feel the tightness of Landon’s asshole around his cock. The words he’d said when Landon unzipped resonated in Steve’s head.
Damn, you’re bigger than I thought you’d be. Not Steve’s best moment, but he’d been honest. Maybe the stupid comment had been the reason Landon left.
“There you are,” a voice boomed.
Steve didn’t bother to open his eyes. Probably another man wanting Landon’s attention. Why torture himself by looking?
“I knew I’d find you here.” The owner of the deep voice grew closer. “Can’t hide from me.”
I’ll bet you can’t, Steve thought. Still, his curiosity won out. He opened his eyes to watch the show. Instead of seeing people gathered around Landon, Steve was face-to-face with a large man in a red suit. Santa? How had Santa known he was in the tree?
“Landon, your Christmas present has finally arrived.” Santa reached into the tree and gathered Steve into his arms. “He’s got a little sap on him. Might want to go somewhere private and clean him off.”
Landon’s present? Steve stared at the wide-eyed Elf. He wanted answers, and apparently so did Landon. Steve blinked. If there was any chance he’d get down to the truth, then being Landon’s present was a good idea.
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Desperate to escape her controlling family, Chloe Bradford scrambles up to the housetop of her Texas home on Christmas Eve. There she discovers a sexy stranger cloaked in shadow. He convinces her to shed her good-girl image and give into her most secret desires. The man’s low, miracle, or some figment of her imagination? When he tries to leave, she follows him, eager to learn his identity.
Zach can’t stop thinking about Chloe, or their reunion on the roof. His wolf-half urges him to reveal his identity and claim her, but he doesn’t dare. For both their sakes, he must remain in the shadows until he can control his inner beast’s bursts of rage. After five years he thought he could handle his curse, but Chloe’s presence causes his control to slip. As the moon-rages become more frequent, he knows he’s slipping toward the insanity that claims many of his kind. Only Chloe can save him, but will she want to after he reveals his identity and the reason he broke her heart so many years ago?
Down on the Boardwalk
First, Gwen’s psychic abilities make her an outsider among the werewolves. Then they make her a slave. Forced to use her power to help a deranged werewolf seek vengeance, she gives up on her dream of ever being accepted and loved. That is, until Nico and Tony are thrown into her cell. Her attraction to the Kyron Pack brothers is immediate and overwhelming. As she submits to the physical attraction, old wounds heal and her powers strengthen. The brothers think she can save them, but to do so would require more than just physical intimacy, and reveal a secret too dark and horrifying to share.
When Nico and Tony use their lust to help their battered mate, buried memories rise to the surface, and jealousy threatens to destroy the fragile wolf in their care. As each of them bonds to Gwen, they begin to withdraw from each other. Now they must heal their inner scars and forgive the past if they ever hope save Gwen and escape the Boardwalk alive.
Around on the Strip
Lydia loved Josh with all of her heart, until he cast her aside. For five years she has tried to move on with her life, but not even a new lover can fully heal the damage caused by the Kyron Pack leader. When Lydia’s situation within her werewolf pack becomes dangerous, she swallows her pride and goes to her former lover for help. Hurt is replaced with passion and what starts out as a plea for help quickly turns into something more. As her relationship with Josh heats up, she discovers a connection between him and her current lover that neither are willing to discuss. The sexual tension between them is palpable and only eclipsed by their mutual attraction for her. She wishes to uncover their secrets, but doing so might put all of their lives in danger. Can she fully trust them without knowing the truth? She must if she wishes to have something bigger than pack loyalties, and deeper than any of them could ever imagine.
Happy holidays to all! If you are looking for sensual, romantic reads, try one–or all three–of my Rock’n’Romance stories. Digital versions are only 99 cents from Rogue Phoenix Press, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online e-tailers.
Print versions are also available from Amazon.com.
1–My gift for the TRS Christmas party: I will be awarding one party attendee the three books of my Rock’n’Romance trilogy (print versions shipped within US only, please).
2–Special gift: a FREE download of one of my Rock’n’Romance books (PDF or mobi) to someone who comments on this post.
Eleven tales of Christmas Magic from your favorite Changeling authors!
Dawg-Napped! by Anne Kane: Comet’s decided the cute little prairie dawg Cyndi is just what Bruce needs to cuddle up with him in his North Pole cottage.
Stray Urges by Lacey Savage: Memories made between the sheets, under the mistletoe and beneath the hard body of a devoted mate can never truly be forgotten.
Cry for the Moon by Marie Treanor: A knock on Christmas Eve heralds the arrival of a raggedy man who bears a strange resemblance to her missing husband…
An Orgasm for Christmas by Marteeka Karland: Rose knows exactly what she wants for Christmas — ”The biggest screaming orgasm the Magical Forest has ever seen!”
Bound for Christmas by Sean Michael: Luke has been lusting over Jenny and Greg and he’s more than willing to let her wrap him up as the best Christmas present ever.
Canine Christmas by B.J. McCall: Joy Kingston wants a man for her birthday, but is she prepared for a werewolf who packs heat and wants her for his mate?
Just Wink by Bryl R. Tyne: How hard could donning a Christmassy green Speedo and pretending for thirty seconds to savor a giant candy cane be, anyway?
Bitsy’s Christmas Demon by Cynthia Sax: Demons don’t love. Christmas Fairies won’t accept less. And evil never takes a holiday.
Christmas in the Zone by Isabella Jordan: Two guys, two gals, and an aphrodisiac under the tree… Can Rick keep up until Maddox and Madeline find an antidote?
Make the Yuletide Gay by Lena Austin: Beware the cowboy bearing gifts… who may make Dr. Gary Lord’s Yuletide much gayer than he’d planned.
Tails N Scales by Tuesday Richards: What is a prairie dawg to do when a family of gator shifters asks him to dinner?
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Want something to warm up your holiday season? Then try book three in my contemporary paranormal series, The Moon Series, from MLR Press. The Christmas part of the series is Frost Moon. An angel and a man who wants an angel for Christmas. What could be hotter? Keep reading to see what happens next in the excerpt!
Book 3 in the Moon Series
Contemporary, Paranormal, LGBT
M/M, Anal Sex
Jagger doesn’t want much for the holidays—just an angel for Christmas.
Christmas is the time to heal wounds and come together, especially if you’re an angel. Michael’s job for the last few hundred years has been to clean up the messes created by the humans and the demons. Although he loves his job, he wants more this Christmas than to watch everyone else be merry and bright. He loves the holiday and wants to share the day with someone special…especially once he sees Jagger. The sexy, but sad looking man has confessed he hates Christmas. Can a Christmas angel really sway the Scrooge and help him find more than just the beauty in Christmas?
EXCERPT!! ©Megan Slayer, 2014, All Rights Reserved
“Now, have you been good this year?”
“I’ve done the best with what I’ve got,” Jagger answered. He wasn’t kidding. He liked sex. He liked to mingle. There might have been an occasion or two where he’d had a few too many and gone home with a guy only to have the relationship last as long as the blow job, but who was honestly a total angel?
“I see. I’ll have to keep my eye on you.” Santa shifted in his seat. “What would you like for Christmas?”
“A what? A porcelain one?”
“No, no. Like the old song. An angel sent to me.” He’d loved that Shelly Fabares song so much. So the tune was hokey and the words were dated…he didn’t care.
“Ah. What do you want her to look like?” Santa asked.
Oh boy. Jagger fought the urge to roll his eyes. “I’d like him to be at least six feet tall. Brown hair. Shaggy hair, like just rolled out of bed shaggy. Blue eyes. Nice smile. Not a ton of chest hair. Great personality. Oh, and I want him to be the boyfriend type.” That about summed up what he’d wanted.
“You’re thorough.” Santa rubbed his chin. “That’s a tall order, pardon the pun.”
“I know. I figure you’re my last hope. I’ve tried meeting guys on my own. Tried the dating scene, the website thing, and the set up by friends thing. None of it has worked. If you can’t, then I’m hopeless, and December will forever suck.”
“Aren’t you positive?” Santa paused. His dark eyes glittered. “Does his name have to be Johnny?”
“If you have this man come to you, you’ll enjoy the holiday?” Santa asked.
“I will.” Granted, he wanted the man to stick around and be more than short term, but love wasn’t going to happen overnight.
“Well, I’ll see what can be done. You’re cutting it mighty close.”
“Don’t I know it.”
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The vampire and wolf shifter will protect Ava with their lives—because they belong together as deemed by the Sources. Will their blossoming love wither before they get a chance to stoke the flames, or will it be strong enough to overcome their problems?
The world can crumble around us, but we’ve always got each other. Always.
Ava Grant learned the hard way not to trust anyone. Trust equaled opening up to another person and allowing herself to be hurt. She’s done with pain—until she’s summoned by the Sources. Her world is thrown into upheaval. Two men can help her, if she’s willing to let them in. Will she able to open her heart to a vampire and a wolf shifter?
Joachim Stokes and Padraig O’Malley are the best of friends. The attraction between them is palpable, but there’s something missing. When they are tasked with protecting Ava, they realize they’d found what they’ve been missing—her. A bond forms between the three, but some bonds are meant to be broken. With the war heating up, her past won’t stay hidden forever.
Will their blossoming love wither before they get a chance to stoke the flames, or will it be strong enough to overcome their problems?
Happy holidays to all! As I knew it would, the holiday season swept into my life as quickly as a blizzard covers the mountains with a blanket of white.
Though we rarely have snow on Christmas in my part of Oregon, the characters in my book, The Bodyguard, have a lot of snow, harrowing adventures, and a happily-ever-after ending on Christmas morning.
You can join these romantic adventures three ways:
1–My gift for the TRS Christmas party: I will be awarding one party attendee the three books of my Rock’n’Romance trilogy (print versions shipped within US only, please).
2–Special gift: a FREE download of The Bodyguard (PDF or mobi) to someone who comments on this post.
3–A gift to yourself RIGHT NOW–the digital versions of my Rock’n’Romance trilogy are only 99 cents each! You can buy them at Rogue Phoenix Press, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online e-tailers.