Deceit and Devotion by Faye Hall

“I will pay you to sleep with my wife.”

Jarrah Miyan, a young half-caste aboriginal man, is supposed to seduce a white woman into an affair so her greed-driven husband can gain full control of her inheritance, including the rare collection of black opals she keeps under lock and key. When he walks into the study to meet the poor chit he’s to take advantage of, he expects to find an aging woman who smells of stale perfume and gin. Who he finds though is the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on—the same woman whose pale thighs had been wrapped around him just a few hours earlier as she’d begged him to give her pleasure.

After their night of passion together, Emily Holtz doubted she would ever see Jarrah again. To have him standing before her now, asking for employment at her cattle station, was not a situation she had prepared herself for. She agrees to hire him on one condition. He has to spy on her husband and get her the incriminating evidence she needs to apply for a divorce. She’s spent years in a miserable arranged marriage, and she’s desperate to escape. But her husband is a dangerous man, and he will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants.

As they begin to develop feelings for each other, Jarrah worries about what will happen when Emily discovers that he’s been working for both her and her husband. Not that they could ever really be together, as society would never accept that.

Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence

Targeted Audience: adult

Author Bio:
Murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under the Australian sun.

These are the stories of Faye Hall.

Her passion driven, mystery filled books are set in North Queensland, Australia during the development of the townships at the end of the 19th century.

Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.

These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.

Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on her own ancestors and their adventures when first migrating to Australia.

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My husband and I were talking over a glass of wine about some of the local families from our home town and the hardship they must have faced migrating to Australia. Once of us mentioned it would have been harder for those migrants that be friended or even fell in love with anyone from the local Aboriginal tribes. My husband commented that such a story would be good in one of my books. The rest kin of rolled on from there.

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Child of Paradise (Listen to your Dreams) by Pratibha R DH

Life takes an unexpected turn when Tia meets the boy whom she secretly had a crush on all through her school years. Not only does Ron steal her heart but he seems equally besotted in a true blue sense of the word. Tia’s friends who had always known about her infatuation are more than thrilled as Ron is absolutely a girl’s dream come true – a stunner with a heart of gold.

Everything seemed just so perfect and it looked like the universe finally heard her wishes…if not for one person who didn’t want her to be with Ron. And it was none other than the person Tia loved most in the world – Rianna, her sister. The bizzare part of it all was that Rianna was no longer alive! Tia was continuously haunted by dreams of her sister who kept warning her off Ron.

Her sister’s case being closed off by the police as suicide was something that had left Tia deeply perturbed even years after her passing away. As Tia follows her instincts and tries to solve the mystery surrounding her sister’s death she comes up with evidence that might just open up a can of worms and shatter her whole family.

Will she be able to fulfil her sister’s last wish? Will she make the right choice between love and justice? This story is a journey of corporate ambition, greed, lust and betrayal. A paranormal crime novel that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and family drama while at the same time leave you twitching to unearth the mystery of a death, unresolved.

Targeted Audience: 21

Author Bio:
Pratibha R DH is the author of the children book series, Magical Ventures of Loli and Lenny, and a suspense romance novelette, Redemption. Besides being able to manifest her love for writing through her career as an IT content specialist, she also blogs on topics such as mindfulness, spirituality, personal growth, writing and intentional living.

These days her mantra for living an empowered life comprises a one-hour daily pack of yoga, meditation and morning pages. She loves to spend time with her family and generally be outdoors, taking a walk or simply spending time with nature. Music, swimming, dance and reading are her other passions. She lives in India with her husband and two young sons.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My desire to know about after-life born out of the early loss of my loved ones, has been the real life inspiration behind my new paranormal crime thriller. Here the protagonist, like me, is haunted by dreams and these dreams have sometimes been prophetic or have brought a meaning in her life. My experience with psychics and mediums has also been touched upon through the heroine's life. Her curiosity as well as her refusal to accept the conventional in turn is a catalyst in solving the mystery surrounding her sister's death. This book touches upon subjects such as after-life, spirit guides, dream visitations, police investigations, family ties and are for readers who’d love a thriller or a mystery with a supernatural edge. It also borders round corporate dreams and ambitions – the politics of it that can make or break a person. This too has been hugely inspired by my experience of a career in the corporate world. Hence the book is a journey I can closely relate to which is about loss, defeat, deceit, betrayal, depression and yet finding the light at end of the tunnel.

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Sealed in Blood by Jenna Fox

Amazon-2Determined to forget her ex-fiancé, and gather the remains of her betrayed heart, Charisma Claiborne scrapes together her hard earned pennies for a dream trip to Las Vegas. On her first day in town, she has an accident with an eccentric casino owner. Enthralled by his good looks, she falls into his bed for a steamy one night stand.

But Hunt Blackwater is more than a mysterious, gorgeous casino owner. Rumors of a Native American curse and a string of inexplicable deaths follow in his wake. But the most terrifying is his ability to reach right into Charisma’s soul and make her want the things she’s convinced herself she can do without.

Unwilling to get in over her head, Charisma cuts her trip short and returns home, but trouble seems to follow her. With remembered whispers of curses in her ears, and the lingering smell of death in her nose, she wonders if she is his next victim. Things go from puzzling to harrowing as Charisma comes face to face with the greatest betrayal she could ever imagine.

Targeted Audience: Romance/Erotica/Suspense/Thriller

Author Bio:
Jenna Fox’s work is born from real life experiences, an overactive imagination and a consuming caffeine addiction. Sometimes she finds herself writing sex scenes on fast food napkins and store receipts while waiting in traffic, but she’s always guilty of keeping her mind in the gutter. Fox is a listener of bad-ass music and a watcher of classic slasher films. In short, she’s a multi-tasker – a writer, a storyteller, able to make a boo-boo all better with just one kiss and a proud, world class expert at screwing up recipes and scaring away closet monsters. She believes in ghosts and God and is absolutely convinced chocolate soothes the savage beast.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a fan of suspense and horror, Fox wanted to write a story that would appeal to readers of several genres, including erotica. Sealed in Blood has a little something for everyone.

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The Mary Celeste Papers by Paul Gallimore

b163The Mary Celeste Papers is a mystery novel with laugh-out-load consequences, which bubble up and explode out of the grit and grime of a dead-end railway depot in England. Every character you meet in the book is fully three-dimensional, with the possible exception of Billy who may even have a foot in the sixth dimension.
Follow the fates of a group of ultra ordinary railwaymen as one of them stumbles across a mysterious ship’s log and thereafter falls victim to an even stranger crime. Scooped up by a tide of events way beyond their control, an unlikely band of heroes become the focus of a full-blown, worldwide, media whirlwind and all the while Scotland Yard, the CIA and even the Mafia appear to be lurking on every corner. As the unanswered questions begin piling up and defeating the finest detectives at every turn, can it really be that the coolest head belongs to cookbook fixated, Lynryd Skynyrd obsessed landlady, Francine?

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Paul Gallimore’s first mystery novel is a hugely original fusion of ideas, where raw humor transmutes into whodunit, and science fiction blurs with cold fact. What is it that this delightful assortment of misfits has accidentally dragged out into the open? Did the US Navy really conduct a top secret experiment into invisibility in 1943? Just what did happen to the Mary (Marie) Celeste and her missing crew? And will the truth finally lie somewhere in the oceans between Fulham and Philadelphia?

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The Saint Luke Mystery by Chester Kisiel

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Two grim murders take place in idyllic Cyprus of an insurance company manager and his uncle, and a miraculous holy icon is replaced with an almost perfect fake. Enter Milton Lessing, brilliant young American insurance sleuth, whose company is on the hook for $5m.
Milton’s arrival sets off a chain reaction of violent events among people who have everything to lose. An English aristocrat, a local real estate mogul, his sexy niece and Girl Friday, a nymphomaniac Russian countess and her acerbic financial adviser, a beautiful museum director, and an abbot all have something at stake. And what is the terrible secret behind the theft?
Two more murders occur of a monk and a petty thief. Milton’s situation becomes ever more perilous, when a mysterious character known as the Voice engages thugs to kill him, and the police abandon him. Three mysterious strangers whom he meets – Joe, his daughter Elena, and Sabazjos, archetypes of Zeno, Aphrodite, and Dionysus, assist Milton.
Milton with his razor-sharp mind and Elena, beautiful and with exceptional psychic and physical abilities, become a formidable team. Will Milton win her love?
In pursuit of the forger, the action races from Greek Cyprus to the tip of Karpas peninsula, Turkish occupied Cyprus, where the counterfeiter and his artist have taken refuge.

Targeted Audience: Ages 13 to 113.

Author Bio:
Chester Kisiel received his A.B. and M.A. in Government from Brown and Harvard University and his PhD in Education from the University of Chicago. He has taught education at Staten Island College and international schools and has written, collaborated, and translated more than twenty books in sociology, economics, philosophy, Jewish studies, religion, and art. He is retired and lives in Gdansk, Poland with his wife and two cats.
The Saint Luke Mystery, a religious thriller set in idyllic Cyprus, introducing the brilliant American sleuth Milton Lessing on the trail of art forgers and killers, is his first novel.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Sitting one day on the patio of our villa in Paphos, Cyprus I looked bored watching the whitecaps (the sin of Sloth). My wife said, Why don’t you write a book? She had just finished reading the Da Vinci Code and said, Read it; it’s full of mistakes and misconceptions. You could do that. I replied, Yes, I could write a lot of mistakes and misconceptions, but I couldn’t think of a story like that. The seed was planted, though, and a couple of years later I had a story idea for The Saint Luke Mystery. Every “”thriller” starts out with What-if, and everything follows from tha’t; it’s a petito principi (circular reasoning). So one day I came up with mny What-if – a very wealthy and powerful man wanted to acquire a miraculous holy icon for its supposed healing powers and engaged an art profesor and his artist to paint a fake to replace the icon. That would trrigger a series of catastrophic events. Enter Milton Lessing, ordinary looking, but brilliant Ivy League educated insurance sleuth, whose company is on the hook for $5m.

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The Mistress (An Adult Mystery Erotica) by J.E. & M. Keep

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“I know I shouldn’t be so curious about you, but you make it so tantalizing to know more.”

SEDUCTION

Eva Perkins is a beautiful and educated student of Freud. She’s lusted after by her professors, and has no qualms about seducing them. Especially if it helps her future career.
When her favourite lover, Dr. Gregory Sinclair, invites her to his wife’s lavish soiree, she’s only too excited to run off with him after the meal for some adult fun.

MURDER

She can still taste her lover’s mouth on her when she finds his wife’s body lying in the snow. Dr. Sinclair would never let her stumble across something so horrific if he were the culprit, but with a house bustling with people, who can she trust? As Dr. Sinclair is led away in handcuffs, Eva is the only one that can prove his innocence. However, it will involve revealing their affair, and give Dr. Sinclair a potential motive.

MYSTERY

Each passing second gives the murderer more time to cover their tracks, and to keep her silent. Darkness lurks in the hearts of her colleagues and professors, and the more she learns, the more urgent her search for the killer becomes. Her life depends on it.

Eva Perkins is a smart female protagonist who will stop at nothing to clear her lover’s name. This sexy thriller will keep you gripping your seat and clenching your thighs with its heart-pounding suspense and breath quickening sex.

An action-packed and very racy mystery novel set in the flapper era. For lovers of romantic suspense.

Targeted Audience: 18+, Adult Mystery

Author Bio:
J.E. & M. Keep love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.

They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this, they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another, from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

Some of their work contains dubious consent and erotic pain, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Their stories are often called twisted and arousing — at the same time.

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My Gift To You by Faye Hall

MyGiftToYou400Rush Mullens saw her parents, Joseph and Carmen, being murdered before her eyes as an 8 year old child– ten cloaked figures destroying her once peaceful life. She did not know the men responsible, but she would find them. She wanted revenge…she needed it.

When Lord Justin Maston came to take her in to his care, she vowed she would use this opportunity to find the murderer’s she chased. She did not think she would also find a boy she could love more than her own life.

Bailey Maston had never supposed to mean any more to her than a friend, one who could protect her from the new lifestyle she had been forced into. What he had become though was a young man who could take her breath away, and steal her heart.

Rush knew Bailey knew nothing of her family, or the life she was raised to live. She doubted should he learn the truth that he would understand. She could not let him endanger the revenge she so craved to seek. Nor could she ignore that she was willing to risk all – her past, her life, her reputation – just to sample an ounce of passion from this man.

Bailey Maston wanted to find a woman – the perfect woman – to give his heart to. He wanted to trust that such a person could exist that would never betray him. Everything he had seen in his young life, both at home and in society, told him what a foolish dream this was. Such a woman could never exist. Even if she did, he doubted she would ever willingly give her heart to a love-starved boy like him.

Foolish though his dream was, Bailey could not help being drawn to the young orphaned girl his parents had taken in.

He wanted her friendship and the attention she so willingly offered to him.

He craved to feel the passion he knew was hidden deep inside her.

What he did not want was to fall in love with her.

When Bailey finally discovers the truth of Rush’s life, and the revenge she was enacting, he feels betrayed. Foolish though it was, he hopes that beyond this betrayal may yet lay the woman he has always yearned to find…a woman he craved to give his well-guarded heart to.

Targeted Audience: 18+

Author Bio:
Faye Hall is a published author of Historical Erotic Romance novels & e-books. Though her early published works include poetry, newspaper articles, and online local events reports, her passion has always been with her romantic tales set in late 19th Century Australia. Upon being contracted with Red Sage Publishing, her dream of being a published author became a reality.

Faye finds inspiration in the world around her and bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

After a whirl-wind romance, Faye married her childhood sweetheart early 2013. She currently lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and their 9 children.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was obsessed with a movie called ‘Dangerous Beauty’ staring Catherine McCormack. After the very first time I seen it, I pretty much put pen to paper and started writing what became my very own manuscript.

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Ring of Lies by Victoria Howard

rol-printcover-lowres-1Set in the steamy heat of the Florida Gulf Coast, Ring of Lies is the story of one woman’s struggle to find the truth surrounding her marriage and her husband’s true identity.

When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief…and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace.

Or so she thought.

She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida….and a girlfriend who looks like Grace.

Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril. Underworld figures stalk her. The other woman has left a damning trail of evidence pointing her way. And handsome, troubled FBI agent Jack West has crossed precarious paths with Grace before. He could be her savior or her damnation. All she knows for certain is that she longs to be in his arms.

With little to go on and danger at every turn, Grace must depend on Jack to help her navigate the criminal world of south Florida, and find the truth behind the Ring of Lies.

Targeted Audience: adults

Author Bio:
Victoria Howard is the author of three romantic suspense novels, The House on the Shore, a finalist in the 2009 Joan Hessayon Award, presented by the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Three Weeks Last Spring, and Ring of Lies, as well as a number of short stories.

Born in Liverpool, Victoria, trained as a medical secretary, and subsequently worked for the National Health Service. She spent twenty years living on a croft in the Highlands of Scotland, and while there managed a company involved in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.
When not working on a manuscript, Victoria can be found curled up with a book, gardening, designing knitwear, travelling the world or walking her Border collie, Rosie.
A member of Romantic Novelists’ Association since 2009

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Like most writers, I’m attuned to my surroundings. Ideas for plots and scenes can strike at any time. I might hear something on the news, or read an article in the newspaper and think “that would make a good plot.” Or I might be on holiday and the town or city I’m visiting might become the setting for a novel.

While on holiday in Florida, I sat on the beach admiring the multi-million dollar beach homes and started thinking what if someone left me one in their will? And what if that person was someone who’d been killed in a road traffic accident? How and where did the money come from to purchase it and why hadn’t he told me about it? Thus the idea for Ring of Lies was conceived.

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Kindred Killers by Gary Starta @scifiauthorGary

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Homicide Detective Stanford Carter uses Zen meditation to deal with the gruesome crimes of humanity. But his composure is severely tested when an unfaithful husband and stripper are not only murdered but showcased for their immoral lives. To test his mettle further, department policy is jeopardizing his romance with his CSI colleague Jill Seacrest. Marrying colleagues is prohibited and Carter must either end his romance or have Jill put in for transfer. The private detective hired by the family of the victims becomes the only suspect. Carter theorizes someone with knowledge in law enforcement is responsible for leaving clean but disturbing crime scenes. Further investigation leads him to believe a pair of killers might be working as serials. As Jill goes undercover to investigate the PI’s social life, Carter fears he might not only fail to stop the vigilante killings but lose the love of his life.

Targeted Audience: 18 plus

Author Bio:
Gary Starta writes fiction on the fringe of genre mixing sci fi with mystery, romance, fantasy and suspense. His latest books are Demon Inhibitions and Kindred Killers. His mission is to write full length novels which make the reader wonder (Is fringe science truly possible and what would be its consequences?); ponder (What rights, if any, might we give to sentient artificial life); and be thrilled (Can FBI Agent Diggs stop a genetically-engineered demon?).

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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What does psychological stress do to those in police work? Could a disorder be responsible for murder? And what influence does conversation and violence have?
I also wanted to create a detective story with romance. Can a strong will be enough to overcome all the evil police face?

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Gods of the Machines by Gary Starta @scifiauthorGary

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Detective Sam Benson, a native New Yorker, is brash, opinionated and candid. Transplanted to work on Earth’s first colonized planet, he envisions a relatively peaceful job. But Benson’s ruthless nature might bring it to the brink of annihilation when a series of murders begins. He suspects a non-human is responsible-an android who once shared engrams with a psychopathic human. However, the detective doesn’t know other non-humans once called his new world-theirs. And as Benson obsesses with making a case against the android, he is oblivious to their return and the reason why they consider machines to be their gods.

Targeted Audience: 18 plus

Author Bio:

Gary Starta is a former journalist who studied English and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

His love for science fiction compelled him to write his first novel What Are You Made Of? published in 2006. Inspired by Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novel focuses on intelligent artificial life and whether sentient androids should possess the same rights as humans. The androids in Starta’s novel are created as hybrids – part machine, part human – further blurring the line between human and machine. Starta foresees a near future where humans will be forced to decide if intelligent machinery is indeed a life form. Possibly, in this near future, some humans will possess computer enhancements to overcome disabilities becoming hybrids themselves. The line between biological life form and mechanical life form continues to be examined in 2010’s Gods of the Machines.

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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A love of science and androids. I thought there might be a different way to present artificial life. Instead of as monsters against the human race, what about peaceful ones who loved and dreamed. Could there be robot romanticism?
There are many facets to Gods of the Machines. People who normally haven’t read the science fiction genre enjoy it because it blends romance, mystery and morality.
What would life be like for humans on a new planet? Would a second chance be poisoned by the usual hate, greed and stupidity?
And what if machines might have a god?

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