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Secrets Unlocked

Secrets Unlocked A secret from her past may cut her future short

Every year since her 18th birthday, Savannah Finch receives a charm from an anonymous sender. Raised in foster care, with an undeserved stop in juvenile detention, Finch desires nothing more than a simple, uncomplicated life. But when an invitation to join her co-workers on a sunset cruise turns into a deadly threat, she’s forced to make a perilous escape into the waters off the Sanibel shoreline, and her goal suddenly changes—to simply survive.

Sanibel Police Detective, Rick Wilcowski, doesn’t know what to make of the copper-eyed beauty he finds washed up on the beach, spinning a suspicious tale of abduction. Rick vows to keep his distance from the attractive, but contrary, woman until events convince him someone has targeted Finch.

Finch has never had reason to trust the authorities and doesn’t want to be under the watchful eye of the sexy detective. But as the heat grows between them and the threats to Finch escalate, Rick insists on being her protector as they investigate a twisted tale of international espionage, murder, and the secret the charms hold—a secret that could get her killed.

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Run, River, Run

As an adolescent, River Chandler escaped the serial killers who slaughtered her family. Her testimony put them in prison for the rest of their lives. With the memory of her family never far from her thoughts, she’s built a solitary, but successful life – until terror once again targets her.

Seeking peace from the visions of the wounded he’s cared for, Special Forces medic, Kevin Slawter is visiting friends on Sanibel. While spending some time on the water, he is helpless when he sees a woman attacked on the beach. His shouts chase the assailant away, but she refuses further assistance.

Determine to discover who is behind these acts, Kevin has to convince River to let him into her life. For a woman who has lost everyone she loves, she’s determined to keep her distance.

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Explosive Touch

Explosive Touch


Bombings, worlds apart, throw two survivors together. Troy, psychologically and physically damaged due to his last tour as a Special Ops soldier, is asked to protect Shayne from an unknown enemy. Is he up to the task? Can he keep his emotional distance from a woman who has become all too important to him?

Shayne Peterson cheated death when she survived a bombing at a Tampa country club. Still, she fights a nightly battle against the terror of being trapped under the rubble and her inability to identify the man who left the deadly package. After a move to Sanibel Island, she finds herself surrounded by former Green Berets. She feels safe—until it becomes obvious that she’s not.

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Lovers Key

“An exciting and dynamic Romantic Suspense novel that is sure to have fans of the genre eager for their next fix.” -New York Times bestselling author, Toni Anderson. Finalist – 2018 The Beverly & 2018 Orange County Chapter/RWA.

Josette Boussard is on the run—running to the only person she can trust, the only man she’s ever loved. Beaten, battered, and off the grid, Josie has no idea who is after her but it has something to do with a message that was sent to her by a friend—a friend who is now missing.

After attending the wedding of his former Special Forces commander, Lieutenant Steve Brody has decided it’s time to track down Josie and settle things between them. The status of their “marriage” has remained in limbo long enough. But before he leaves Sanibel Island in search of her, an unconscious Josie is literally dropped into his arms.

While Steve and Josie deal with the issues that have kept them apart, they must also work to discover who is hunting Josie—because it has become increasingly clear that the price for the information she possesses is her life.

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“Stellar debut…”-Sue-Ellen Welfonder, USA Today Bestselling Author

Catherine Storm has returned to Sanibel Island. She seeks the tranquility and solitude that her favorite getaway spot has always offered while she struggles with the decisions she must make regarding her career and her future. The last thing Cat expects is to find herself in the arms of a troubled, former Special Forces commander – while dodging an assassin’s bullets.

After more than a decade in the Army, Colton James put down his rifle and picked up his camera to block out the haunting images of his last mission in Afghanistan. His days of protecting the innocent are behind him – or so he thinks until he literally runs into the short-tempered, independent pixie who has unwittingly become the target of a killer.

Who wants Cat dead and why? While they search for answers, Colt knows he must do everything in his power to keep this woman safe – because whether she realizes it or not, her future lies with him.

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