New Release: Complicit by Amy Rivers

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Publication date: April 20, 2021 by Compathy Press

Complicit (A Legacy of Silence Book 1) by Amy Rivers

A tangled web of deception and duplicity where predators are shielded by respectability and no one is safe.

Kate Medina had been working as a forensic psychologist and loving every minute until a violent attack left her shaken to the core. Retreating to her hometown where it’s safe, she accepts a job where the prospect of violence is slim to none. As a high school psychologist, Kate tends to the emotional needs of the students. It’s not the career she envisioned for herself.

Five years later, a student disappears, leaving the school in crisis and Kate at the helm of another traumatic event. Roman Aguilar, the lead detective, reaches out to Kate for assistance. Kate’s position at the school and her training make her an ideal ally, but her complicated relationship with Roman puts them at odds.

When the girl’s body is found, changing the focus of the investigation to homicide, Kate finds herself in the middle of a situation she never anticipated. What started as her desire to help puts Kate directly in the crosshairs of an enemy who remains largely in shadows. As her past and present collide, Kate is dragged into the middle of a dangerous game where only one thing is clear-no one can be trusted.

For more information, visit http://www.amyrivers.com.

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New Release: The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin

Publication date: April 1, 2021 from Literary Wanderlust

The Mermaid Broker (A Vega and Middleton Novel Book 4) by Sue Hinkin

Last seen heading out of Ventura Harbor with a SCUBA group bound for the Channel Islands, Santa Monica High School Marine Biology teacher, Isabelle Abbott, has vanished.

She finds herself prisoner in the dark bowels of an underground aquarium complex. Once used by the military for marine mammal research, dolphins are no longer denizens of the big tanks. Instead, a menagerie of freaky razor-toothed predators including Piscum Auratus, a genetically engineered gold shark the size of an SUV, swims in psychotic circles.

To her horror, Isabelle discovers that she and a group of traumatized young women have been trafficked to become mermaids for an international sex tourism ring working out of Southern California. They are only days away from being raped by men willing to pay huge sums for the mermaid experience. Worst of all, to eliminate her as a witness, when the tourists have had their sick fun, more obscenity follows. Isabelle will be tossed to the ravenous monsters in a snuff finale.

Tenacious news reporter Bea Middleton and savvy photographer Lucy Vega, team with Ventura Detective Macintosh Wu. Can they stop the insanity before Isabelle and the others become nothing more than blood in the water?

For more information about this series and Sue, visit https://www.suehinkin.com/.

New Release: One of Her Own by Shawn McGuire

One of Her Own (A Gemi Kittredge Mystery, Book 1) by Shawn McGuire

Gemi Kittredge was thirteen years old when an assault changed her life. That night, she vowed to never be a victim again. She earned a black belt in taekwondo, became the top ranked MMA fighter on Maui, and made it her life’s mission to help vulnerable women and children. Now, armed with ability and the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people’s lives, Gemi is ready for any challenge.

Then, during an early morning run along the ocean, Gemi finds the body of a young woman. She knows her. Heleena was a fighter at her gym.

Gemi calls 911, but she doesn’t trust cops. They failed to get justice for her in the past, so even though they assure her they’re on the case, Gemi goes hunting for Heleena’s killer on her own. And as she gets closer to the truth, her deepest fears rise to the surface. If she’s right about who the killer is, nowhere is safe.

Reader Quotes:

“A strong female protagonist and a storyline that is refreshing along with characters that have depth and intriguing backstories kept me turning the pages.”

“Gemi is a wonderfully complex character, and this story plunges us into a tropical paradise filled with friendship, suspense, and a glimpse into the world of mixed martial arts competition.”

“From the first page I was drawn in with Gemi’s back story, and the love between two sisters.”

“The mystery that followed had me staying up far too late to finish the book!”

Get your copy here: https://smarturl.it/OneofHerOwn

To learn more about Shawn and her books, visit www.Shawn-McGuire.com

New Release: A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing

Publication date: January 26, 2021 from Berkley

A Pairing to Die For (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 2) by Kate Lansing

A young winemaker is over a barrel when her new boyfriend is accused of murder in this delightful cozy mystery.

It’s fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren’t the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid’s estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.

Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid’s sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.

“In A Pairing to Die For, author Kate Lansing blends murder with wine-making, a town full of quirky characters, and a breathtaking setting for a delightful cozy read that goes down a treat.” –Marty Wingate

For more information about this series and Kate, visit https://katelansing.com/.

New Release: Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater

Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater

The fourth book in the Power Places series was released on Solstice, December 21, 2020.

These legendary mystics want a peaceful life. But with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, a new mission brings them too close to darkness.

Anne Le Clair and Michael Levy prefer the mundane joys of parenthood to any more world-saving. But when all the crystal key holders are summoned to Peru, they must once more answer the call of duty. For there in the Andes lies a mystical doorway that can usher in a new golden age.

Preparing for an ancient ritual to open the gate for the Old Ones to return, the couple is trailed by a sinister magician. And after the dark sorcerer steals all the known crystals for himself, Anne and Michael must prevent him from sealing the portal forever and seizing control of humankind’s consciousness.

Can the Anne and Michael rescue Earth’s future one more time?

Into the City of Light is the extraordinary fourth book in the Power Places urban fantasy series. If you like archaeological adventures, spiritual teachings, and international exploration, then you’ll love Theresa Crater’s visionary tale.

Buy Into the City of Light to delve into Incan mysteries today!

For more information about this series and Theresa’s other books, visit https://theresalcrater.com/.

New Release: Shear Holiday Mayhem by Rhonda Blackhurst

A joyous Christmas Festival. Two best friends. What could go wrong?

Melanie Hogan, owner of A Cut Above hair salon, finds out precisely what can go wrong when she’s gifted with a dead body at the plaza festival. When salon co-owner and best friend, Claire Davis, lands herself as a suspect, Melanie is determined to give Claire the best Christmas present ever–her freedom. Along the way, Melanie unwraps secrets of some unsavory townsfolk, and finds herself in a bit of a quandary.

Shear Holiday Mayhem is book 5 in the Melanie Hogan mysteries. Information on the others in the series can be found at www.rhondablackhurst.com.

New Release: Concealed Cargo By Jodi Burnett

Jodi Burnett is thrilled to announce the release of Concealed Cargo – Children for Sale the third book in her FBI-K9 Series.

When Special Agent Clay Jennings and his K9 partner, Ranger, take to the streets of Denver to fight human trafficking, he is shocked by the inordinate number of stolen innocents who’ve been forced into the sex trade. With each new face, his resolve to help these children escape their personal horror grows stronger.

El Clark, a social worker who dedicates her life to rescuing exploited kids from the streets, works valiantly to locate their families or find them a safe place to live while they recuperate. She understands the plight of these young victims more than anyone knows.

When these two champions of enslaved children team up, they discover a web of deviant corruption that reaches into the upper echelons of US politics and society. Adding to the nightmare, a vicious serial killer focused on murdering female prostitutes threatens to pull Clay and El away from unearthing the man behind the treacherous, Colorado-based, child prostitution ring.

For Clay, working to solve these crimes is like taking one step forward and three back until El shares her story with him. Inspired by her bravery and fortitude, he is re-committed to the fight for justice. Clay and El battle against a mountain of power and money the height of which they’d never conceived, and end up building a powerful bond with one another along the way. El teaches Clay that every life they change matters—that they must do what they can, even when it’s only one child at a time.

For more information about this series and her other books, visit Jodi at her website @ Jodi-Burnett.com

New Release: Hanging Falls By Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the September 8th release of Hanging Falls, the sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery.

In this episode, a deluge floods the high ground near Hanging Falls, but heavy rains aren’t the only menace in Timber Creek. After Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 Robo find a body floating at the edge of a lake, she delays her trip to meet long lost family. As a list of suspects grows, Mattie’s relatives visit, shedding light on her childhood abduction—but darkness threatens another victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

For more information about the series, visit Margaret on her website at https://margaretmizushima.com/.

New Release: Midnight at the Barclay Hotel By Fleur Bradley

Midnight at Barclay HotelPublication date: Aug. 25, 2020
(Viking Books for Young Readers)

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley

Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend’s work.

When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.

Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

“Agatha Christie references abound, and the hotel setting shines. A quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery.” –Kirkus Reviews on Midnight at the Barclay Hotel.

Find out more about Fleur Bradley and her books at http://www.ftbradley.com/.

New Release: Body Count By Jodi Burnett

Body Count by Jodi BurnettBody Count (Book 2 in the FBI-K9 Thriller Series)

Abducted and hidden away deep in the Rocky Mountains, Susan Bell is frantic to escape her murderous captor.

Freshman Special Agent Burke Cameron is straight laced, traditionally minded, and comes with a hefty set of old-fashioned values. Burke doesn’t know what to do with the free spirited, progressive woman he’s falling for. He and Susan don’t want any of the same things and he knows he should move on, but he can’t seem to resist her.

Burke and Susan’s world views are polar opposites and a lasting future together is impossible to imagine. But when a group of six women, including Susan, goes missing in the Colorado Rockies, their differences fall away, and all that matters to Burke is finding her. He enlists the help of his friend, Agent Kendra Dean and her FBI-K9 partner, Annie. As soon as they are on the trail, they realize they’re not simply searching for lost women—they are tracking a killer. They discover one body after another. Desperate to rescue Susan, Burke prays that the next body they find isn’t hers.

To read more of Jodi’s work, please visit her website: https://jodi-burnett.com/