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A blind date, a gorgeous vampire, and a deadly assassin.

Just a typical Friday night.

Yesterday, my biggest problems were fighting with my sister and getting into my dream college. Today, I’m dealing with destructive new powers and a raging thirst for blood—and both are getting me into serious trouble.

I never believed in the supernatural, but now I can’t escape it. I’ve tried everything to distract myself from the bundle of weird events that is ruining my life, including a blind date with a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Turns out he’s a vampire and knows more about my past than I do, including the assassin who has marked me for death.

I thought becoming a blood-sucking child of the night would make me immortal… turns out it just made me a target. With a trained killer after me, I might actually have to trust the know-it-all vampire to help me unlock my powers, before one of us ends up permanently dead.


Deception is the start of a young adult paranormal romantic suspense series that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, page-turning suspense, heart-pounding action, and angsty romance.

This saga will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll find a supernatural world far beyond the normal scope of vampires and werewolves. Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride!

It’s a tale for all ages – as long as you have an imagination and love surprises! Pick it up today and you won’t put it down until the stunning conclusion.

The Complete Story World

The Transformed Series
Deception
Betrayal
Forgotten
Ascension
Duplicity
Sacrifice
Destroyed
Transcend
Entangled
Dauntless
Obscured
Partition

Transformed Side Stories
Fallen
Silent Bite
Hidden Intentions
Saved by a Vampire
Sweet Desire

Curse of the Moon
Lost Wolf
Chosen Wolf
Hunted Wolf
Broken Wolf
Cursed Wolf
Secret Jaguar

Valhalla’s Curse
Renegade Valkyrie
Pursued Valkyrie
Silenced Valkyrie
Vengeful Valkyrie
Unleashed Valkyrie

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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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She’s a sassy private eye. He’s the sexy police detective in town. Can they find the killer before all hell breaks loose in Paradise Valley?
  
One of P.I. 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, suspicions start flying. Sweet Maggie wants a husband so badly 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… 
  
From New York Times bestselling author Debra Burroughs comes Book 2

Once again this series brings together sassy private eye Emily Parker, the hot police detective Colin, and their close circle of interesting friends for another romantic mystery to solve. 

Think “Stephanie Plum” meets “Nancy Drew” meets “Friends”.
  
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***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 Gate House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 4,  Jenessa’s nemesis digs up a long-buried secret and threatens to expose it. She is soon rocked to the core by a scandalous murder that threatens everything she holds dear.
  
Three Days in Seattle, When LA photographer Kate McAllister flies to Seattle in search of her missing sister, she finds irresistible real estate agent Ryan instead. Soon the two are entwined in a vengeful murder plot — and a simmering love affair….  (A light Romantic Suspense in the Emerald City)
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This first novel in the Turning Pages series tells the heartwarming story of Mack and Mavis O’Malley, owners of a small town used bookshop that fosters cats for the local shelter. The O’Malleys take on a 12-year-old apprentice, Kris, who is also being fostered but is having trouble adjusting to life with his new Hindu family. Through his work at the bookshop and a friendship with the O’Malleys and the cats, Kris changes from a shy and sad kid to a confident, happy member of two families. The book is filled with the ins and outs of used bookselling, cat antics, and love.

Shelve Under C captures the real spirit of a used bookstore, but its owners, apprentice, customers and, especially, its cats are 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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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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When coping means cutting, healing can’t come.

When Krystal’s parents separate, she is thrust into a new home and a new school. Forced to live in the man’ house her mother had an affair with, she is ashamed. Alone and suffering in silence, she deals with the pain the only way she knows how – with a broken piece of glass.

At school, she makes one friend, Em, who invites her to volunteer with her family. Together, they serve soup and work alongside a unique bunch at the local homeless shelter. When she sees a boy from her school in the food line, he begs her to keep his secret.

Everyone has secrets. She can’t risk telling anyone hers because her scars control her life.

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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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A Princess Tale Book 1

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 chooses 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.

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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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