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No matter what fate had decreed, they belonged together.

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Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body?

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A slow burn has a super protective, super hot alpha male who will stop at nothing to protect his girl.

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Two can play at this spying game.

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Some curses aren’t meant to be broken . . .


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A Fatal Lie
by Charles Todd
"Shocking murders arise from lies rooted in the past!"
Posted February 24, 2021

The lovely warm spring weather in 1921 lures young Roddy MacNabb to pull out his fishing rod and try his luck in the River Dee in the Llangollen Valley. Just when he thinks he has finally caught one, his joy turns to horror over what he pulls in to Read more...

The Scorpion's Tail
by Lincoln Child
"A brilliantly crafted suspense thriller where greed for gold prevails!"
Posted February 11, 2021

Torn between a day of fishing and investigating a strange noise coming from a long-abandoned mining town, young Homer Watts knows he has to check it as he is the only law enforcement around.   Approaching quietly, he surprises a man illegally trying to steal something and Read more...

The Preacher's Son
by Patricia Johns
"A touching story of overcoming theft, betrayal and learning to trust!"
Posted February 4, 2021

The Amish community of Bountiful, Pennsylvania is still reeling from the shock and loss of trust caused by their former Preacher Abe Yoder. He had passionately promoted a special Amish care fund and is now serving time in prison after being found guilty of fraud. The theft not only Read more...

Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Exile
by Joshua Hood
"A gripping spythriller filled with warpspeed action and harrowing encounters!"
Posted February 1, 2021

Now classified as persona non gratis in the United States and on the outs with his wife Annabelle and even his three-year-old son Jack, ex-CIA top secret black op Adam Hayes has relocated to Africa.  He struggles to regain his inner self after Read more...

The Mitford Scandal
by Jessica Fellowes
"What lurks behind the rich & glittering façade as murders occur?"
Posted January 28, 2021

The elaborate party at the Guinness’ mansion in Grosvenor Place is in full swing when suddenly a young maid falls to her death. It seems an accident, but is it?  The next day, Guy Sullivan and his boss, Detective Inspector Stiles, at the Knightsbridge police station, are Read more...

The Historians
by Cecilia Ekback
"As students, they challenged with words; now, with death!"
Posted January 11, 2021

While World War II is being bitterly fought outside their country in 1943, Sweden manages to stay neutral. The politicians lean to one side or the other; yet, always giving what is needed to protect their interests and/or that of their enemies and allies.  Citizens are swayed Read more...

A Very Merry Match
by Melinda Curtis
"When the chips are down, all you can do is dance!!"
Posted December 31, 2020

 It will soon be Christmas and the young widow believes a little Christmas spirit would be helpful after such a terrible year. Besieged by bill collectors and a mountain of debts to pay that her late husband had cheerfully and carelessly racked up before he died from cancer Read more...

An Ivy Hill Christmas
by Julie Klassen
"A delightful Regency Christmas full of hope, forgiveness and festive joy!"
Posted November 25, 2020

Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas in a Wiltshire country home with family and friends?  Definitely not Richard Brockwell, the young gadabout writer who revels in his selfish habits,  while sponging off his mother and partaking in the comforts of the Brockwell family’s Read more...

The Darkest Evening
by Ann Cleeves
"An enthralling mystery with hidden estrangements and betrayals!"
Posted October 28, 2020

Typical Vera!  Too independent to heed the advice of her team to not venture to her remote home in the predicted major storm. Now she is well and truly lost in the dark and blinding snowstorm.  Annoyed with herself, but with a bit of hope, she spots Read more...

Thick as Thieves
by Sandra Brown
"A gripping, painful mystery links past and present crimes!"
Posted September 24, 2020

Things are definitely not going as Arden Maxwell planned and anticipated. Once she finds out she's pregnant and wants to save money, she thinks back to her old family home in the small town of Penton, near Caddo Lake in Texas. The home is now in the proverbial Read more...

All the Devils Are Here
by Louise Penny
"Intense and suspenseful with unexpected and dangerous enemies!"
Posted August 20, 2020

Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are thrilled to be in Paris again where they got engaged. Meeting their two adult children and three grandchildren at the Juveniles bistro, they happily catch up with Daniel and Roslyn’s doings as well as their daughter Annie, now heavily pregnant with Read more...

If I Were You
by Lynn Austin
"A compelling and charming story of painful hurts to fresh starts!"
Posted July 27, 2020

World War II  - the War is finally over!  Long years of hardship, millions killed or injured and England has the victory but is left in debt and in tatters. Women were entering the labour force like never before and expertly doing jobs they had never dreamed they Read more...

Next to Last Stand
by Craig Johnson
"Brilliant! Lost historical art, fiery action & unexpected murders!"
Posted June 25, 2020

Sheriff Walt Longmire has known Charlie Lee Stillwater, “the last of the Buffalo hunters”, for a long time and relished the opportunity to stop for a chat or to wave to the old vets outside the Wyoming Home for Soldiers and Sailors as they lined up in Read more...

Eagle Station
by Dale Brown
"A race to the moon proves costly and deadly!"
Posted June 10, 2020

“Warning. Warning. Time to impact is 40 seconds.” 

Spaceplane pilot Brad McLanahan listens to the curt warning while focusing his attention on his sensors in the central display… time is unbelievably tight,  but he connects with  Commander Amanda Dvorsky and asks Read more...

Heiress for Hire
by Madeline Hunter
"A witty and provocative Regency Romance!"
Posted May 21, 2020

An unknown man breaks into her home and now he has the audacity to ask her to untie him. . . so he can give her some good news! Who is this uncommon thief? He is definitely handsome, but what is he up to? Still, there is something about him that Read more...

Highland Sword
by May McGoldrick
"A feisty highland tale of revenge, betrayal and romance!"
Posted March 19, 2020

In the months following the 1820 Scottish Insurrection or Radical War, Scotland has few places of safety for Scottish resisters to the strong arm of the British Crown. King George’s spymaster, Sir Rupert Burney, with his nasty intrigues and evil ways is a constant danger to Scots Read more...

The Fifth Avenue Story Society
by Rachel Hauck
"A compelling and compassionate story of support, faith and love!"
Posted March 2, 2020

In the midst of their own worries and anxieties, five seemingly random strangers receive a beautiful, but anonymous invitation to attend a meeting of the Fifth Avenue Story Society. No facilitator arrives so the five people gradually introduce themselves and slowly open up to each other. They are still Read more...

A Long Bridge Home
by Kelly Irvin
"A suspenseful romance as love gets torn by distance, secrets and cultural norms!"
Posted March 2, 2020

The raging wildfire in the Kootenai National Forest is heading for the small town of West Kootenai far faster than anyone expected, burning homes and devastating the lives of the 400 people who peacefully live there.

Hastening in his buggy to pick up his girlfriend, Andy Lambright Read more...

The Hollows
by Jess Montgomery
"An old woman’s death uncovers dangerous and shocking secrets!"
Posted February 24, 2020

Summoned by the late-night telegram, Sheriff Lily Ross goes out in the autumn night to the death scene of a woman killed by a train near the Moonvale Hollow Tunnel. Lily knows her badge gives her power, but not all take kindly to a lady Sheriff, so she Read more...

Murder in Rat Alley
by Mark de Castrique
"An unearthed North Carolina skeleton reveals unexpected treachery!"
Posted February 20, 2020

Despite the hot Asheville weather, Private Investigator Sam Blackman and his fellow PI and romantic partner Nakayla Robertson are happy to join friends at the CANarchy Collaboratory brewpub to celebrate Cory DeMille’s birthday. Cory is a paralegal at Hewitt Donaldson’s law office which is conveniently Read more...

Audrey Lawrence

Ever since I taught myself to read at age two, I have been an avid reader and collector of books. I am seldom without a book in my hand, stacks by my bedside and more waiting on my Kindle, so I am very happy to be a book reviewer for FreshFiction and have been so since the last century. How can you tell I love historical fiction? Other book genres I love are regency romances, suspense thrillers, contemporary fiction, more romance books and anything I can get my hands on! Having a background in education and organizational development, I also love to read kids’ books and YA and books on business. I currently live in the National Capital Region of Canada (aka Ottawa) where Tinkerbelle, my beautiful Siamese cat, rules the roost and reminds us every day of her regal heritage, especially when she wants treats! As the saying goes: dogs may have owners, but cats have staff!

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A RARE Event! Romance Author and Reader Event in Montreal
September 21, 2015

5 comments posted.

Re: Into the Whirlwind (3:59pm June 8, 2016):

Great comments and questions! I have just started in on
INTO THE WHIRLWIND but only complaint is that I do not want
to put it down ... how am I going to get all my errands
done when I need to know what happens next?

Re: Tyler (10:22pm March 17, 2011):

That is just so grand that you are naming characters in your book with your ancestors' names. I love it when I know the special meaning behind the names. I look forward to reading it.

I found out from family lore that my mother's family comes from a former shield bearer to a 12th century Irish king but I think that has been the last irish connection as the rest is all Scottish. Thank goodness everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Re: One Touch of Scandal (4:39pm September 26, 2010):

That is so Purr-fect of Avon to make a donation!
I can appreciate your lemma (slightly less critical than a dilemma) as to what to do! It is up to you but remember a cookie in each hand is a balanced diet!

All teh best with your new book and Avon's kindness!

Re: Royal Blood (6:46pm September 5, 2010):

Oh, as you can see from all these comments that not only do you write incredibly well but you also spin your readers so convincingly to the period of your tale that they feelas if they are there as well!

I have to admit, I love your books, but I had to stop reading them on the bus as I would get so engrossed in the story that I would miss my stop and have to walk home more than I expected. I quite look forward to reading your newest one!

Re: Fatal Affair (7:33pm June 27, 2010):

Oh, a hero to fall into sweet dreams with! Sounds wonderful and I especailly like that he is willing to apologize. It takes a strong person to acknowledge that a situation may need an apology. True heros think about the needs of others before themsleves!

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