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Suspense, thrills and love in October Best Reads

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If only life came with instructions.

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There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . except Greek humans.

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No bodices were harmed in this historical romance.

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Together we'll save the world...Unless we kill each other first.

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“The Wrath Is Coming.” But They Don’T Know Where—Or When.

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PREORDER this sexy & emotional story about a single dad wild with grief and the strong survivor he hires as his nanny!


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A Hive of Homicides
by Meera Lester
"As frost arrives on the farm, so does danger"
Posted October 15, 2017

This tale of crime and ill-fated love is set in Las Flores, California, where an ex-police officer tends her small farm and visits her friends. Hallowe'en is here and folks are buying quilts and autumn honey. A HIVE OF HOMICIDES occurs after Abby Mackenzie supports her best Read more...

Cat Got Your Secrets
by Julie Chase
"From dressing pets to sleuthing, Lacy is kept busy"
Posted October 13, 2017

This entertaining cozy mystery mixes pets with crime in the Kitty Couture Mysteries featuring pet supplies store owner Lacy Marie Crocker. CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS is the third book but you can jump right in. As the theme suggests, Lacy Read more...

Before It's Too Late
by Sara Driscoll
"Team work pays off in this FBI K-9 thriller"
Posted October 13, 2017

This FBI thriller is off to a swift start as a woman is abducted and concealed at Arlington Cemetery. FBI specialist K-9 teams are sent to try to find her BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. This turns out to be a sadistic serial killer story, but readers can expect Read more...

It Started in Paradise
by Nicki Night
"By day they are all business, by night they find enjoyment"
Posted October 5, 2017

If Puerto Rico sounds like paradise to you, maybe this romance will confirm your dream. Nicki Night who writes great contemporary African American characters mixes it up with a hospitality and consumer goods conference in the exotic venue. IT STARTED IN PARADISE introduces Donovan Rivers, a handsome well-built guy Read more...

Return to Huckleberry Hill
by Jennifer Beckstrand
"Pride goes before Reuben's fall, but he's not bad at heart"
Posted October 5, 2017

When you need a lighter romance read try RETURN TO HUCKLEBERRY HILL. This is the sixth in the series 'Huckleberry Hill' which follows the exploits of a matchmaking grandmother in a relatively relaxed Amish community. Some Amish romances are all about internal strife and experiencing tragedy. This book takes a Read more...

Amish Brides
by Amy Lillard, Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber
"Three entertaining novellas from three reliable authors"
Posted September 6, 2017

When I see Jennifer Beckstrand's name on a romance book I'm delighted. She's written the 'Huckleberry Hill and 'Honeybee Sisters' books. With this three in one set of tales about AMISH BRIDES I'm also pleased to get to know Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard. All three Read more...

A Tailor-Made Husband
by Winnie Griggs
"A pretty seamstress has her hands full in Turnabout, Texas"
Posted September 4, 2017

Back to the Texan town of Turnabout, which the enjoyable 'Texas Grooms' series has been visiting on a regular basis. This growing community rewards a visit even if you have not read the earlier books by Winnie Griggs. A TAILOR-MADE HUSBAND starts as sheriff Ward Gleason arrives in town Read more...

by Meg Kerr
"Jane Austen's secondary characters get their own stories"
Posted August 30, 2017

Many readers coming to this tale will have read Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but some may not. Author Meg Kerr has written a sequel to that famous story of manners and romance, called EXPERIENCE, which whisks Darcy and Read more...

Under a Sardinian Sky
by Sara Alexander
"American soldiers come to Sardinia, and life will never be the same again"
Posted August 30, 2017

The start of this novel is written in present tense, with a death in London of an elderly woman. Then we sweep back to Sardinia at the end of WW2 to follow the family fortunes. UNDER A SARDINIAN SKY is full of colour, movement, women, and food. Sardinia is an Read more...

Apple Orchard Bride
by Jessica Keller
"As wholesome as apple pie and sweet romance"
Posted August 30, 2017

Summer is a time of beauty in an orchard, but spare a thought for those who work keeping the trees pruned and healthy, reducing weeds, picking the ripe apples. Jenna Crest works with her father in this gentle romance APPLE ORCHARD BRIDE. Having had some bad experiences, and low in Read more...

Love In Row 27
by Eithne Shortall
"What if frequent flying meant blind dating?"
Posted August 22, 2017

For all those who have stood in airports or spent too long on flights, here is a book for you. Don't you think it would be interesting if a dating service was matching up the single flyers and seating them together? LOVE IN ROW 27 takes this fun idea Read more...

Zero Day
by T.L. Williams
"A CIA team has to fight a massive hacking attack"
Posted August 20, 2017

The title would imply that this tale of espionage and treachery is truth, but we're assured that it's mostly fiction. Probably. For now. ZERO DAY: CHINA'S CYBER WARS sounds ominous. Given the swift spread of a ransom malware recently, computer users are, or should be, a lot Read more...

Nature's Allies
by Larry Nielsen
"Whether saving duck wetlands or planting trees, these people are heroes"
Posted August 19, 2017

The story of inspired people who became Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World, is the theme for this book by Larry Nielsen. The author was one of four presenters of a training course for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its National Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia Read more...

Adventure Cats
by Laura J. Moss
"Hawaiian surfers and Montana hikers - all cats!"
Posted August 19, 2017

Cats, like dogs, share our lives. Some cats even like to share our adventures. In my experience, boy cats are generally bigger and braver than girls, and more inclined to wander. The cats will follow me walking or on horseback and some will enjoy being exhibited at a cat show Read more...

An Amish Reunion
by Jo Ann Brown
"A perpetual carer in Paradise Springs deserves her own chance of love"
Posted August 19, 2017

Talk about caring for relatives! Hannah Lambright already cares for her great-grandmother and now a baby girl under two years is dumped at her door. To complicate matters, Hannah's father has left a note claiming that the girl Shelby is Hannah's sister; oh, and she looks to Read more...

by Langdon Cook
"The king of the sea and the silver on the table"
Posted August 8, 2017

Whether you're a gourmet diner or interested in culture or nature or how indigenous peoples make a living, you're going to be fascinated by UPSTREAM: SEARCHING FOR WILD SALMON FROM RIVER TO TABLE. Starting with the first day of salmon fishing and the fishmarket on the street in Read more...

Indigo Lake
by Jodi Thomas
"One ranch is haunted, but another ranch is the scene of a crime"
Posted August 3, 2017

I've read a few books in the popular Ransom Canyon series and was delighted to start another one. A newcomer reading the stories by Jodie Thomas will be pleased that the first character we meet is another newcomer, Blade Read more...

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark
by Dave Rudden
"Ireland is not immune to fantasy monsters in this YA chiller"
Posted July 24, 2017

Denizen Hardiwick is a smallish thirteen year old lad in Crosscaper Orphanage. He is not aware of having any relatives, but a couple of strangers take an altogether sinister interest in him. One day he is given a message to pack a bag and be ready to be picked up Read more...

by Linda Fairstein
"Leave it to Cooper and Chapman to uncover a mess"
Posted July 23, 2017

Alexandra Cooper has lived through her share of turmoil, but the special victims prosecutor has never before had someone die in her arms. Leaving a reception at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, with longtime friend Mike Chapman from NYPD, she meets her boss and mentor Paul Battaglia. I Read more...

The Shadow Queen
by Anne O'Brien
"A strong woman from the 1300s comes to life in this tale"
Posted July 21, 2017

This poignant novel opening in 1340 follows the life of Joan of Kent, daughter of Margaret, Dowager Countess of Kent, who was pardoned after her husband was executed. Stripped of lands and wealth, the Countess managed to have her girls raised at Windsor, seldom seeing them but working towards restoring Read more...

Clare O'Beara


I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.


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