Paris, France: dark with fog, riots over police killings, dirty Russian money, and Far Right demagogues.
Here state criminal investigator, Stanislas Cassel, grandson of a French propagandist for the Nazis during WWII, works at the Palace of Justice. Ashamed of his family’s infamy, he avoids anything political. Instead he absorbs himself solving small crimes. Little does he suspect the life-changing shock awaiting him when he looks into the bizarre murder of a pensioner, who seemed to have lived an uneventful life. “Murder Without Pity,” by Steve Haberman, a mystery thriller for today’s turbulent, dangerous times!
Maddie Palmer lost everything when her ex-husband betrayed her. She was strong enough to rebuild her life from scratch, but she learned the hard way that some men cannot be trusted. Her life is safe and stable, just what she wanted—until she lays eyes on a dangerously sexy ex-con.
An ex-con out for revenge…
Gabriel Reyes lost six years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s out of prison, but he won’t be free until he ruins the man who set him up. To clear his name, he’ll seduce the straight-laced woman who works for the enemy. The plan will work…unless he falls for the woman whose icy shell conceals hidden fires.
While they fight their growing passion, Gabe and Maddie discover that Lost Coast Harbor is a town full of secrets and lies…but none are more dangerous than the lies they’ve told themselves. Can they overcome their pasts and risks their hearts one more time?
Trish and Erica have been best friends since the third grade. They’ve helped one another through some truly trying times and fully expected to be best friends forever. But as the two become fully immersed in adulthood, they struggle to redefine their relationship in new terms…terms that sometimes defy definition or even reason.
“Down the Rabbit Hole” documents their erotic adventures, through one psychological twist after another, on their paths to self-discovery.
Laura Roberts was born in 1978 and immediately began writing the story of her life, after staring up at a spinning mobile above her crib for a sufficient period of time and thinking, “I could do better than that.” Though the intervening years have seen her scribbling in notebooks, Harriet the Spy-style, as well as concocting rude gossip rags about her friends and family (hello, “Gossip World!”), she first debuted her special brand of insanity in a university-level screenwriting class, where her final project was a Hal Hartley-inspired fanfic tribute to David Duchovny whose climax saw the protagonist wielding two menacing halves of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason in a boxing match against Duchovny’s real-life wife, Téa Leoni. She received an A from her professor, as well as the astute comment, “You got away with a lot.”
She has been getting away with a lot more ever since, including crime fiction, erotica, sex columns, an honors degree in Creative Writing and English Literature, thinly veiled tracts against her former home base in Austin, Texas, and a ninja versus pirates cavalcade.
Laura is the author of NINJAS OF THE 512, aka the best novel you’ll ever read about pirates, ninjas and evil politicians in Austin, Texas. Her second novel, NAKED MONTREAL, about her time as a sex columnist in the Sin City of the North, is available in serial format. She is also pondering a ninja follow-up that features ninjas versus robots. In her copious spare time, Laura curates the cheeky literary magazine Black Heart, which features indie authors’ poetry and prose on a daily basis, and lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in SoCal with her artist husband and their literary kitty, Nedward Carlos Nedwards.
THE PORTABLE LAURA ROBERTS is Laura’s most egotistical anthology to date, but she hopes her friends and fans will be amused by this diversion while they await the completion of her next novel.
This sampler contains many of Laura’s previously published short fiction including:
17 Things You Never Knew About Val Capone
Murder in the Key of E
Of Cocks and Existentialism
Metro Area Weather
Montreal in 7 Pieces
Halifax in a Sentence
PLUS an excerpt from her serial novel, Naked Montreal!