New Release: LIES IN WAIT by Donna Del Oro

51ezyzj5gelLIES IN WAIT / The Jake Bernstein FBI series Book #2 by Donna Del Oro / Romantic Suspense / Released Jan 4, 2017

FBI agent Jake Bernstein’s undercover mission in Silicon Valley is aimed at identifying and eliminating a coordinated terrorist plot that may involve five U.S. cities. Posing as a disaffected biotech scientist, Jake is recruited and tested in a harsh, brutal way. To prove his loyalty to radical Islam, he must first pass the ultimate test of total obedience.

It is a task pitting him against his lover, Meg Larsen, and is so despicable and shocking, Jake doubts he can follow through with it. But if he cannot do this, the undercover operation will fail. Thousands of lives are at stake! Jake must make a fateful choice. Do his duty and stop the terrorist plot? Or save the woman he loves?

DONNA DEL ORO is an award-winning author of two series of romantic suspense: The Jake Bernstein FBI series and the Delphi Bloodline series, about a clairvoyant artist. A humorous women’s fiction series featuring Latina heroines is now in the works. A former high school teacher, she lives in Northern California near the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

New Release: THE GHOUL VENDETTA by Lisa Shearin

51t-rjhrail-_sx308_bo1204203200_THE GHOUL VENDETTA by Lisa Shearin / Urban Fantasy / Released Jan 31, 2017 by ACE

Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the fourth urban fantasy novel in the series starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) are paid to keep the peace. But that’s not so easy when an endless evil threatens to tear that peace to pieces…

A vampire gangster’s nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it’s not.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren’t wearing disguises or makeup. They’re real. Deadly real. Especially their leader—an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he’s taken my partner, Ian—and his intentions aren’t pretty.

The worst part? This is only the beginning…

The beginning of the end of the human race.

 

New Release: MY HUSBAND’S WIFE by Jane Corry

512sd9ntsql-_sx329_bo1204203200_MY HUSBAND’S WIFE  by Jane Corry / Thriller & Suspense / Released Jan 31, 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books

“It won’t be so bad when you’re there,” says my new husband before kiss­ing me. “I know,” I say before he peels off.

Two lies. Small white ones. Designed to make the other feel better. But that’s how some lies start. Small. Well meaning. Until they get too big to handle.

When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

New Release: DROWNING TIDES by Karen Harper

51qi1yzsatlDROWNING TIDES by Karen Harper / Romantic Suspense / Released Feb 1, 2017 by MIRA

When forensic psychologist Claire Britten started working with lawyer Nick Markwood on his South Shores project, she had no idea it would endanger her life—and the life of her daughter. But when the little girl goes missing from her South Florida home and Nick insists his longtime nemesis is to blame, Claire frantically follows the trail to the Cayman Islands, desperate to save her daughter before it’s too late.

Nick always knew the man who staged his father’s “suicide” was out to get him, but kidnapping the child of someone he cares about is despicable. Finding the billionaire criminal is one thing—meeting his demands in order to save Claire’s daughter is quite another. What he wants threatens their professional and personal interests beyond imagination…but what choice do they have when a child’s life is on the line?

Check out our interview with Karen Harper in the Nov/Dec edition of The Book Breeze.

Book Excerpt: OTHER THAN by Mia Jo Celeste

other-than-coverOTHER THAN by Mia Jo Celeste / Gaslamp fantasy, paranormal romance / Released Jan 27, ,2017 by The Wild Rose Press

Her mad dash brought Evie skidding into a wondrous sight. The whole kitchen was awash in a yellow blaze. The bread ovens’ bricks glowed a vivid orange. Sparks like fireflies rode eddies of the heated air that felt soothing under her wet quilt. The water gave her the notion of safety within the beautiful and deadly inferno.

Boots paced above her. A door swung shut.

Hope fluttered in her belly. Mayhap she might just do it—race up the steps, rescue Victor and be out of the kitchen before the flames caught her. She dashed through and mounted the stairs.

Adrenaline fueling her speed, she attempted to outrace the flickering destruction climbing the stairs along her heelsnd succeeded. Amazingly succeeded. Apparently, the fire was slowing, as though sated and content to toy with the kitchen.

Perhaps Sesha and Jessup had convinced their Almighty to aid her even after she’d reneged on her promise. She owed them—she’d save the cure in their memory. She sped into the ruined conservatory and got to the table, but the rack was empty. No vials. And the top of Jessup’s desk was clear. His journals and notes were gone.

On the floor, splattered blood led to and from the threshold. She followed it to the phoenix room and sensed Victor beyond the door.

He was alive. She’d found him.

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Interview: Mia Jo Celeste

fcportra-me-in-the-stairs-wMia Jo Celeste comes from a family of writers and English teachers, so it was no surprise when she chose to pursue both careers. She grew up watching horror movies and reading romances. To her, the two genres go together like salty and sweet in kettle corn.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m an English teacher, so you might say working with words is a big part of my life.

Do you have a reoccurring theme to your books?

Yes, and it’s not entirely intentional. I’m really a strong believer in second changes and in starting over, so many times my characters are on that journey. Most often, they succeed. We all have a broken place in our past and I write the story of its mending. That said, I have a big imagination and usually along the characters’ journey, a lot of fantastic, not quite real, stuff happens, which is why most of my work is also paranormal.

What do you hope readers take away from your work?

That people can change and grow. They can start again.

Have you ever written a scene that ‘creeped’ you out?

Yes, I’m one of those authors who believes that there must be emotion in the author if a scene’s going to generate emotion in the reader. Other Than, my new release is a paranormal tale, which has an element of horror to it. A scene that raised heebie-jeebies for me was when the heroine gets locked out of her room. It’s her first night on the island. She knows no one and she’s only seen a couple of rooms in the main house, so she gets lost. When she tries to find help, she ends up joining a line of zombie-workers. Then she discovers, they’re not only dead, but mindless and threatening. She’s surrounded, about to be attacked and she realizes as that these creatures have the same disease she does—they could be her future.

Do you read the same genre you write?

Yes, but pretty much, I read in every other genre, too. I’m addicted to stories, and I’m always looking for my next novel-fix, which leads to the next question—

What social media do you participate in?

I have a blog www.miaceleste.com —I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but I’d love for readers to look for me on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/62257812-mia-jo-celeste so we could share must-reads.