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DONUT LADY MYSTERY SERIES

KAREN O’BRIEN is a former teacher and convicted felon. She looks forward to a new, quiet life in the small town with her donut shop, Colonel, her German shepherd, and Mia, her sassy gray cat.

Good plan. Except for the murders and missing boy in Book 1. And the murders in Book 2.  And more murder in Book 3.

SWEET DEAL SEALED, BOOK 1

   EXPANDED SECOND VERSION               ORIGINAL NOVELLA

In the expanded second edition, convicted felon Karen O’Brien completes her prison sentence, but she can’t shake the haunting shadows and terrifying nightmares or walk away from her prison ties after a close friend is murdered.

She moves to her hometown in southern Georgia and buys a charming, old-fashioned donut shop, complete with the owner’s dog, cat, and secret recipes.  Karen O’Brien begins her new life as the Donut Lady.

Karen’s struggles to solve the prison murder and adapt to civilian life become even more complicated when a neglected boy suddenly disappears from his sketchy living conditions. While the Donut Lady searches for the missing boy and pursues clues to solve the prison murder, the killer stalks her.

The NEW! Second Edition novel includes the novella story – expanded!

SWEET DEAL CONCEALED, BOOK 2

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Karen O’Brien’s struggles with the terror of nightmares and shadows from her years in prison continue to haunt her. After a violent man who threatened her is murdered, her nightmares foretell of a second murder. When the killer stalks the Donut Lady, will she be fierce and save herself or will she be the next to die?

RPLA WINNER

SWEET DEAL CONCEALED is a BRONZE Medal WINNER in the Royal Palm Literary Award for 2019.

 

SWEET DEAL SEALED BOOK 3

KAREN O’BRIEN, DONUT LADY, has a knack for being at the wrong place at the right time. Does she get too close to the truth? She witnesses a sketchy incident involving a good friend’s estranged husband. A drug deal? The man turns up dead on his wife’s porch. Was he murdered? Did the wife do it?

After a second murder, DONUT LADY falls under suspicion, but is she actually the next target? Jack, her self-designated protector, can’t be everywhere. Her nightmares saved her once, but the murderer takes it to a personal level. She’s on her own.

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DANGER IN THE CLOUDS

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GRID DOWN SURVIVAL SERIES, BOOK 1

MAJOR DAVE ELLIOTT – widower, farmer, retired from the Florida State Highway Patrol – lives with his dog, Shadow.  His lonely days on his Florida farm abruptly change when his 17-year-old granddaughter with autism, AIMEE LOUISE, comes to live with him.

Aimee Louise doesn’t see facial expressions; she sees “clouds” that reveal a person’s true feelings and intentions. When an explosion takes down the regional electricity, the sheriff’s family takes refuge at Major’s farm. After a cyberattack, the nation’s electrical grid collapses, and the Major’s pack grows.

Major’s experience leads their survival through the economic collapse where lawlessness reigns. Aimee Louise’s gift thwarts the thugs sent by the criminal mastermind intending to control the US government. When the barrage of assaults intensifies and becomes even more personal, Major goes on the attack. Can he succeed where others have tragically failed and died?

FAPA WINNER

DANGER IN THE CLOUDS is a FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association)  2019 President’s Award Bronze Medal Winner.

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MAGGIE SLOAN MYSTERY SERIES

MAGGIE SLOAN ~ self-taught spy, librarian, and cook. Our brilliant,  multitalented, literal Gray Lady, who blends in like the Gray Man except she’s shorter, and her amazing team uncover villains and solve crimes.

 

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MAGGIE SLOAN MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK 1

Maggie’s spy training began when she was 4 years old. Self-taught and dedicated to her craft.  Her degree in Library Science, her unique gift for observation, and her spy talents are a perfect blend, but her skills threaten to expose the mastermind of an international ring and crush a lucrative criminal venture.

Will the librarian with the soul of a spy and the unusual security team stop the desperate kingpins or will she become the latest victim? It all comes down to kill or be killed.

NEW APPLE LITERARY AWARD

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY received the NEW APPLE LITERARY AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING.

January 2020 Amazon BEST SELLERS Rank:

  • #1 in Paranormal Suspense

  • #1 in Women’s Crime Fiction

  • #1 in Women’s Detective Fiction

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MAGGIE SLOAN MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK 2

MAGGIE SLOAN – former librarian, cook, and self-trained spy – has the skills of a deadly assassin. Our literal Gray Lady accepts a two-week assignment in Galveston, Texas, to find a missing spy who trusts only her. Larry, her original police officer protector and “cousin” from her hometown, is her backup.

The Gray Lady is rocking her new red boots as the fill-in cook at a diner, but before the end of her first week, she is shot. The attacks escalate and so does Maggie’s determination to solve the crimes. Note to bad guys: Maggie is irritated, and Larry and Maggie’s men are furious.

Maggie and Larry struggle with the disturbing clues that point to the guilt of everyone they meet. How many more people will die before Maggie uncovers the vicious leader who has escaped detection for so long?

 

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THE GIRL WHO SAW CLOUDS

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YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE GRADE

AIMEE LOUISE is a bright, quirky 14-year-old with autism who doesn’t see faces; instead, she sees clouds that reveal a person’s true emotions: sadness, anger, and even danger.

She lives on a farm with her grandfather Pops – a retired state police major – and their dog in northern Florida. A cyber-attack takes down the nation’s electrical grid, and Pops and Aimee Louise are joined by other families in their struggle to survive when the economy collapses, and lawlessness reigns.

The criminal masterminds search for the missing and irrefutable proof of their plans to overthrow the federal government, but Aimee Louise’s gift of clouds thwarts their attempts, including attacks from unexpected sources. The future of the U.S. depends on a girl’s ability to see danger where no one else does.

Does the story sound familiar? The YA novel, THE GIRL WHO SAW CLOUDS, tells the story of DANGER IN THE CLOUDS from the viewpoint of Aimee Louise and her friend, Rosalie.

THE GIRL WHO SAW CLOUDS was a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for YA Novels.

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