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Book 2 coming November 25th
Six authors, six genres, six bite-sized stories of women living out their faith in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. When the heart is willing to follow, where does the light lead?

Sample Old West justice. Watch a romance unfold over light years. Laugh as an introvert finagles her way out of a bridal shower. Agonize with an FBI agent as she negotiates for a child’s life. Imagine a shape-shifting cat who tracks down a kidnapper. And peek behind the scenes as a guardian angel argues with a double-talking auto mechanic. Learn again that the light of faith can lead you anywhere.

That’s How She Rolls by C.L. Wells
Tessa, a self-conscious introvert, attempts to avoid a party and everything goes wrong. When a handsome stranger offers to lend a helping hand, she isn’t sure things will ever be right again.

Leopard’s Find by Kimberly A. Rogers
Ever wonder what your favorite characters were doing before you read about them for the first time? Sparks fly whenever Raina and Baran from The Therian Way are together. But what exactly was she doing before she met him?

Whatever Raina’s up to, it’s never boring.

Upsie-Daisy by Jane Lebak
Did you know guardian angels have a sharp sense of humor? It’s a requirement for the job, otherwise they’d run screaming instead of dealing with us. If you’re new to the Lee and Bucky stories, welcome to the world of sarcastic mechanics and pun-slinging angels. This story takes place about four months before any of the full-length novels, that way you can dive right in.

Circular Horizon by Bokerah Brumley
As a speculative fiction writer, I’m forever intrigued with the ‘what if.’ For instance, what if there was real-world science fiction featuring a God-fearing astronaut? This brain-wandering led to a story, and I briefly explore this idea with Mae McNair in Circular Horizon.

‘Tis So Sweet by Faith Blum
Eleanor Miller has always loved her younger brother, even through all the bad things he has done. But when he almost kills a man, she needs to let him go and trust God to draw him to Himself. Will she find out how sweet it is to trust Jesus in everything, no matter what happens?

The Quinn Case by Julie C. Gilbert
Law enforcement’s a tough career to make it in both physically and emotionally. The Quinn Case takes place several years before the events in Heartfelt Cases Book 1: The Collins Case. Herein, you’ll meet a young FBI Special Agent named Ann Davidson who must find a missing child even as she struggles to put another case behind her.

Immerse yourself in six clean, sweet, Christian novelettes in this awesome multi-author anthology fiction box set…and maybe encounter your next favorite author!

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What if your whole life was a lie?

Alexis Ferguson wasn’t blessed with social graces, but the ambitious high school junior has used her book smarts to get her where she is today. It’s too bad that everything she knows is wrong.

After meeting a gorgeous stranger on a blind date, Alexis feels like she’s known him her entire life. Suddenly, dark long-forgotten memories swirl in her mind. She realizes she’s powerful, stunningly beautiful, and marked for death.

As she faces the one who ordered her execution years ago, Alexis must learn her strange new powers and trust in unlikely allies to keep herself alive.

Deception is the first installment in the young adult Transformed Series by USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin. It’s a paranormal romantic suspense series that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, page-turning suspense, heart-pounding action, and angsty romance.

Pick up Deception today and you won’t put it down until the stunning conclusion.

This urban fantasy romantic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. In this book and the rest of the series, you’ll find a supernatural world far beyond the normal scope of vampires and werewolves. Buckle up and get ready for a ride full of twists and turns. It’s one for all ages – as long as you have an imagination and love surprises!

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A violin and three gold coins hold the key to solving a sixty-eight-year-old mystery. Hundreds of people have traveled to a small Southern town in America in hopes of proving the young man found dead in the city park in 1911 was their long lost relative. Or were they trying to make a claim on the gold the young man supposedly hid before his death? No one has been able to prove a verifiable link to the unidentified body, and the hidden gold has not been found.

Sixty-eight years after the death, a young woman has traveled from England to set the record straight. Rebecca believes everyone had it all wrong. She has an interesting theory, but can she prove her version of what happened? She needs a little help from the one man in town who is the most skeptical of all, with good reason.

A novelette, approximately 10,000 words.
Included in this eBook is an additional 5000 word excerpt of Portrait of Conspiracy

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From New York Times bestselling author, Debra Burroughs, the wildly popular Paradise Valley Mystery series continues with The Heart of Lies, Book 2. 

One of private-eye Emily Parker’s best friends is falling head over heels for a handsome and wealthy man she met on an internet dating site. When he shows up in affluent Paradise Valley trying to raise money for an investment project, all hell breaks loose. Sweet Maggie wants a husband so bad she’s willing to overlook things her protective friends are not. She’ll have to learn the hard way that sometimes online dating can be murder.
  
***Other Books available in The Paradise Valley Mysteries***
The Scent of Lies: Book 1
The Heart of Lies: Book 2
The Edge of Lies: A Bridge Short Story between Books 2 and 3, the story of Evan & Emily
The Chain of Lies: Book 3
The Pursuit of Lies: Book 4 
The Color of Lies: a Bridge Short Story between Books 4 and 5, the story of Colin & Miranda
The Betrayal of Lies: Book 5
The Harbor of Lies: Book 6

The House of Lies: Book 7
(*Most enjoyable if these books are read in order.)
   
OTHER BOOKS by Debra Burroughs
  
The Lake House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 1, With her life going from bad to worse, reporter Jenessa Jones is drawn back to her small hometown by a homicide investigation that ends up pointing the finger at someone close to her heart. Can she uncover the truth of this murder before it destroys her family and any chance she has for a happy life?
  
The Stone House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 2, Reporter Jenessa Jones is knee deep in a scandalous murder investigation when her police detective boyfriend’s ex-wife comes back to town and throws a monkey wrench into their budding romance.
   
The Boat House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 3, Caught between her old flame and her new love, reporter Jenessa Jones must do some fancy footwork to stop a murderer who is set on killing her to kill the story she’s chasing.
  

The Scent of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery – Book 1, When Emily Parker digs into her late husband’s murder, she discovers he may not have been who he claimed. Can she discover the truth with the help of her best friends and the handsome new detective in town? (think “Stephanie Plum” meets “Nancy Drew”)
     
The Chain of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 3, Small-town private eye Emily Parker and her sexy police detective boyfriend, along with a few of her friends, fight to save girls from a sex slave ring and solve a murder mystery.
    
The Pursuit of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 4, Feisty private-eye, Emily Parker, launches on a new case when the man she loves is accused of murdering a lovely blonde Assistant DA. Emily must prove her boyfriend innocent before she loses him to Death Row.
   
The Betrayal of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 5P.I. Emily Parker is finally moving forward in her relationship with the hunky police detective–that is, until a friend goes missing. Suspicions are flying that one of Emily’s closest friends may be involved. The desperate race is on to solve the mystery before someone winds up dead.
  
The Harbor of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 6, Sexy police detective Colin has finally convinced sassy private-eye Emily to marry him, but days before the wedding, when Emily discovers a dead body outside her hotel room, she and Colin, along with their wedding party, are drawn into another murder mystery, once more putting their love and commitment to the test with a twist no one saw coming.

 
The House of Lies, A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book 7Emily and Colin have returned from their honeymoon to find one of their close friends accused of murder. Emily wants to prove him innocent, Colin has to pursue the evidence. What will this mean for their friendships and especially these newlyweds?
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A novel for everyone, Shelve Under C is a big, leaning stack of humor, heart, stray cat hairs, old book dust, mystery, family drama, longing and hope.
Used bookshops often have a cat or two roaming the aisles, sleeping on the shelves, or sleeping on the customers. Here is a novel all about one bookshop and its resident cats, Stomper and Buglit; and about Kris, a 12-year-old boy who apprentices in the shop. Kris is a little bit like the cats: he’s a foster child getting used to a new family, and the cats are being fostered in the bookshop for the local shelter. Stomper and Buglit are a little bit like Kris: they get into trouble, have some wild adventures, and find out just what being part of a family really means.
Unlike some novels that have a bookstore setting, Shelve Under C has the real spirit of the store, its owners, its apprentice, its customers and, especially, its cats as the beating heart of this fuzzy beast. It’s full of wonderful characters, a wild storm, a doggy bucking bronco, catnip capers, an almost-deadly chicken salad sandwich, and . . . books! No need to knock — the door is open. So come on in, grab something to read, and get comfy on the big, red sofa.
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Four women … murdered. All it took was rope and his bare hands. Now the Thayer family has come to the north woods. Will any of them escape alive?

Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. Now the Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon’s next act. Who will escape alive?

An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion.

“Fatal Illusions is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go. Highly recommended!”–Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman

“An awesome ride!”–Rosey Dow, Christy Award-winning author of Reaping the Whirlwind

“Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing.”–Rick Acker, author of Blood Brothers

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For most of his life, Greg ignored the oddly placed mirror in the back of his bedroom closet. When his girlfriend breaks up with him at the beginning of spring break, Greg takes solace in the small enclosed space and discovers that the mirror is a portal to an alternate reality. Disregarding the potential dangers, Greg jumps at the opportunity to escape his own bleak reality and take his chances on the other side.
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Silent pain. Secret Scars.

When her parents divorce, Krystal finds herself flailing. She withdraws from family and friends and begins cutting because it’s the one thing she can control.

No one knows her pain.

Now living only with Mom, Krystal lands in a new school where she makes a single friend, Em. Together, they volunteer at a homeless shelter, serving soup and working alongside a diverse group with a few eccentrics sprinkled in.

Everyone has secrets, but who will understand hers? How will Krystal help others when her hidden scars still sting?

What readers are saying about “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God”

“This is a heartwarming story that was written from the heart. It brought real meaning to me––of some things in life––that never made sense before. It made me smile, and also brought tears to my eyes. This is a must read. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started.”

“A compelling story that will have readers touched and unable to put it down. I’ve read it more than once and each and every time it brings tears to my eyes.”

“WOW! It is not an easy book to read, but it is a powerful book. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, challenging and uplifting.”

ReadFreely’s JULY 2016 Book of the Month-

What it’s about:
Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God is the story of disturbed 14-year-old girl, Krystal. Her life is falling apart: her mother’s just cheated on her father and had a baby for another man, her father has moved out, and her school grades are abysmal. And so she takes a shard of glass and cuts her wrist…

What we love about it:
In most other writers’ hands, Krystal’s story, and those of many of the people she meets along the way, would be unremittingly bleak and depressing. There are very few things I’d want to read about less than a teenage girl who is so emotionally wrought that she finds solace in cutting her own wrists. But CL Wells skillfully manages to sweep us along in the tale without weighing us down too much with Krystal’s sadness.

A lot of the brightness comes from Krystal’s best friend, Em, a bubbly ray of sunshine who convinces Krystal to volunteer at a Christian homeless shelter, and from Brandon, the very cute guy she meets there.

I happen to have volunteered at a homeless shelter in my youth and CL Wells’ description of the shelter brought my memories flooding back. Krystal is surrounded by an eclectic group of fellow volunteers and guests, and some of the most exciting chapters of the book are when these new friends take the reins and tell Krystal (and us) their life stories, and how God has touched them.

Things begin to move in the right direction for our protagonist – she even begins to stop cutting herself – but just as we start to think that she’s found her happily-ever-after, tragedy strikes at the shelter and at home, and darkness (seems to) overwhelm all…

Who wrote it?
I really must sharpen my googling skills, cos I couldn’t, for the life of me, find out what the “CL” in CL Wells stands for. Here’s what I do know: she lives in Kansas with her partner of over twenty years, and two aged pets. She is, unsurprisingly, a Christian, and a promoter of selfharm awareness. She’s also a huge fan of Tom Hanks, Tyler Perry and Oprah.

She is currently working on a sequel to Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. We can’t wait.

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Twenty-one-year-old Amanda finds herself falling in love with Kevin, a self-assured guy from the right side of town. Doubts about his fidelity, though, start to creep in when unexpected circumstances arise. And Amanda fears her self-esteem may take a further nosedive when, finally, she meets Kevin’s well-to-do and notoriously snobbish family. Has fate prepared a different path for her, that she may ultimately tread hand-in-hand with someone else?
Set in Sydney, Australia, during the 1950’s, this story by award-winning author Margaret Lynette Sharp offers an engaging read for lovers of sweet romance.

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A fearful journey.
A terrible swamp.
A mysterious thief.
Is Pibbin—smallest of treefrogs—brave enough to get help for his friend?
~A fast-paced adventure for ages 5 and up
~Color illustrations, map, and on-site frog photographs
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If only deciding who you are was easy.
For Princess Katie, making her choice is quite a challenge, made worse when her two worlds collide. If she choses to be a princess she’ll be a failure in the eyes of her father, but if she chooses to remain a spy she’ll miss out on the life she was born to live. Under the guise of a princess who is there to win the heart of the prince, she is sent to spy on a neighboring country. But this mission proves different from the ones that she is used to. She’s seen secret passages, and betrayal but she’s usually hiding in the shadows, not having tea with the queen or bantering with the prince.
If she had spent more time as a princess maybe this quest wouldn’t be so hard.

Excerpt:
I pushed myself up and nearly stopped breathing again. The man who I had just knocked to the ground was none other than Prince Jarin. Definitely not the shadow, I thought. “That’s it, you—” the prince began as he pushed himself up and raised his fist. “Stop!” I guarded my face with both hands. “Katie?” “Ah…hello, fancy meeting you here,” I stammered.

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My name is Madeleine Warwick and I’m a woman under siege.

Several years ago, a treasure hunting reality show resurrected the long-forgotten tale of Civil War treasure buried on my family’s property. Ever since, amateur treasure hunters have been trespassing, invading our land. When their negligence cost my uncle his life, I forged a letter to disprove the treasure’s existence. This stopped the hunters – but only for a time. Now they are coming back and, what’s worse, my secret has been discovered.

Arrogant Professor Gregory Randall knows about the forged letter, and he can ruin me with one phone call. But he won’t – as long I let him stay on the property to search for the treasure himself. It isn’t easy living in the same house as your blackmailer, and there’s more to Randall than meets the eye. He’s convinced there’s something to find, and I’m starting to think he might be right.

But even as we race to find the treasure first, the situation is becoming dangerous. Someone is determined to stop us: and they aren’t afraid to use violence to do so. I’m running out of ideas, options, and time, and what’s worse, my blackmailer is the only one I can rely on.

My first defense is the last man I can trust.

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One bullet and a three-story drop. An upstanding cop sentenced to life in prison. Case closed.

For FBI Agent Jordan Bening, danger lurks at every turn. Always has. In the years since his mother’s murder, his life has been about vindication, defense—and finding evidence to overturn one resounding courtroom gavel. Not only because the guilty verdict put his best friend’s favorite uncle in prison, but because he knows the real murderer is still out there. Watching. Waiting.

And the killer is sending a message: Silence has a price.

FBI Agent McKenna Moore doesn’t believe her uncle—a solid, dependable, well-liked, and hardworking former detective with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department—could have committed murder. It’s a truth she’s never uttered to anyone, especially Jordan. Not even after their impromptu reunion and subsequent drunken nuptials.

When the murder of the wife of Charlotte’s most influential family brings Jordan and McKenna together for the first time since the wedding, the pair is plunged into an investigation that takes an unexpected turn from bad to worse with evidence that shouldn’t exist. Evidence that should be safely locked away and labeled in another case. Another crime.

Evidence that leads right to both of them. To a moment in time when they made their choices and vowed to keep the silence. He left. She stayed.

They were never supposed to reunite.

**This book is part of a series and has been EDITED AND REFRESHED. Reading the books in order will heighten your enjoyment of the characters within each story.**

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Imagining him was harmless…until it wasn’t.

Romance novelist Meghan Townsend’s marriage is slipping, and no amount of prayer seems to help. She aims to recapture her husband’s waning attention by getting in shape and finds escape by crafting her own fictional love story. Taking inspiration for the hero from a new friend—the attractive, spiritual, and attentive Curtis Jameson—she pours her yearnings onto the page, and craves the kind of pulse-pounding romance found in her book, Racing Hearts…

In 1916 Corona, California, motorcars are all the rage, and racing them is what Meghan’s hero, Russell Keegan, does best. But when his competition vandalizes his car, the only mechanic available is a greasy woman in a man’s overalls.

After a racing accident claimed her father’s life, Winifred became the sole breadwinner for her family. She is disdained as a female mechanic, but her daddy’s trade is all she has left. Can she swallow her hatred of the races and take up Russell’s offer of big bucks to fix his car, or will she lose everything to mounting debt?

Under Meghan’s skillful pen, these two embark on a thrilling, adventurous romance. But she finds that writing those love scenes with Curtis’s face in mind takes her heart places it shouldn’t go. Will she realize in time that real life can be better than fiction?

About Better than Fiction

Better than Fiction is a unique, fun blend of Christian women’s fiction and turn-of-the 20th century historical romance. It has given two best writer buddies an excuse to work together, laugh together, create together. It’s given them an opportunity to spotlight the colorful town of Corona, California in this lighthearted romance, while sharing their burden for the woman tempted by infidelity or struggling with an affair of the heart.

EXCERPT

1916
Russell watched as Winifred left the Ford and approached with slow, almost reverent steps. As she walked the circumference, studying every angle of his car, he studied her.
Washed in light, patches of clean skin glowed pale through the grime on her face and neck. A single curl hung forgotten against the side of her gaping mouth. Having made a complete circle, she came around the back of the Cat and took measured strides along its side. Her fingers hovered above the wheel and followed the curve in a worshipful caress.
If he didn’t know her to be an unfeminine creature, he might think she were trying to seduce him.
Unbidden, the feel of her fingers ran a similar trail along his bare shoulders. He swallowed hard and squirmed in his seat. Something was wrong with him if a figureless woman in filthy coveralls set his mind on such an unchristian path. With a grunt, he shook off the images, jammed the handbrake into place, and jumped from the vehicle.

Present Day

Steve’s game had ended long ago and Meghan was still tapping away on the laptop. Smiling, she closed her computer and nestled into her propped pillows with a dreamy sigh.
There was something about historical romance. A different time, a different way of life, but the same spark between a man and a woman.
A sharp snorting broke her from her reverie. Her gaze traveled to her husband?snoring loud enough to send the city into evacuation.
Meghan turned and studied the strong angle of his nose, the outline of his lips?even if they were hanging slack and flapping with every rattling breath. To be fair, she’d gotten pretty lax with her own appearance until a couple months ago, and Steve had never said a word. Of course, he hadn’t looked at her the way he used to in a long time, either.
She reached out and ran a finger along his arm. Would he stir and pull her close?
He smacked his tongue on the roof of his mouth, then turned the other way.
Dejected, Meghan rolled onto her back.
Looked like all the sparks tonight were reserved for Winifred and Russell.

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