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Suffering from PTSD with a snarky view of life, Detective Shawn Angel is forced to face her internal demons before she loses her job. When she heads out of town, she plans to conquer fears with a little rest and relaxation, but she’s a trouble magnet. She swears it’s not her fault. It’s almost as if someone is purposefully tormenting her. Confronted by her past love, Shawn must surrender her pride and work with Leo Grayson. He yanks Shawn out of her safe bubble, complicating matters in his sexy way, yet finding a killer proves to be easier than rekindling their romance. As the intrigue climbs dangerous levels, Shawn tugs on her badass, fully prepared to handle things her way. She’s supposedly on vacation, but now, she’s out to catch a killer…

Review:

  • “Get ready for a funny, emotional, action-packed mystery with a sassy lead female with a hilarious inner monologue!”
  • “A page-turning suspense filled read, I could not put it down!”
  • “This story was impossible to put down; it evoked real emotions as you walk through Shawn’s issues with her. Absolute 5-star must-read.”

 

Saturday Fun: Desperate Whispers by Jessa Ely

Dane Corbett had left Eva Falls in pursuit of dreams. When he is drawn back to the very place from which he ran, he discovers the mayor’s daughter lying in a ditch. She is not the same vibrant woman he left behind, and he wants answers.

The demons of Rachel Ryan’s past cloud her present, yet her carefully built walls of isolation weaken as she is drawn to Dane. She fights the desperate whispers telling her to flee, wanting instead to surrender her fears.

Reaching beyond shame and sorrow, they discover a love that even a deadly vendetta cannot destroy.

Excerpt:

Rachel slammed her front door with a force that shook the windows. Trust wasn’t easy for her, yet here she swayed in Judas type waters. How could Greta keep this from her? It wasn’t some minor detail.

Ethan Corbett had destroyed her.

He took her innocence, her trust, and her sanity. As far as she knew, Dane was unaware of his brother’s vicious action. Her parents had taken great pains to bury the whole incident.

She took four steps toward her shower before her front door opened, slamming behind her. Rachel whirled around to find Dane in her house. Her face heated up, and anger coursed through her. “Get out, Dane!” Yelling was a mistake. She grimaced under the pressure of her headache as streaks of pain powered through her temples, churning her stomach.

He took two steps toward her, but she retreated.

“Stop, Rachel,” he said softly. “You’re in pain, so let me help you. Maybe you need a doctor. I’ll take you.”

“No.”

“Please talk to me.”

Rachel snorted, her hands coming up to hold her head as if that was going to ward off the pain or the evil darkness. “I want to be left alone. This isn’t a good time.” The pain was excruciating. She felt so sick that she thought she might pass out.

“What’s going on, Rachel? Am I that much of a shock to you?” Dane asked, his voice biting. “I know we didn’t keep in touch, but I never expected this kind of reaction from you.”

Remorse ate at her. “Look, can’t you just—” She nearly fell to the floor as fiery pain burst through her head, but Dane grabbed her.

“Rachel!”

She gasped as he pulled her close. Anxiety overwhelmed her. The inner claws extended over her nerves, shaking out her fear as though wet laundry in need of drying. She was in his arms, and she was inexplicably scared. She knew she shouldn’t be afraid of him, so she closed her eyes against his concerned face, and she shut down, counting backward from one hundred.

“Damn it. You’re shaking, Rachel.” He led her over to the sofa and gently pulled her down onto his lap.

She surrendered to his kindness but still couldn’t open her eyes.

“Tell me what’s wrong, baby.” His hand caressed her back.

She focused on the glide of his hand, and the hated claws began to recede, leaving her strangely cocooned in an invisible net of safety. The shaking gave way to warmth. She couldn’t feel the inner stabbing pain. Dane had calmed the beast, but Rachel was afraid to open her eyes and disrupt the balance.

She sighed. “Can’t you just accept that eleven years is a long time and that people change? I’m not the same person you once knew.” His body wrapped her in a pocket of heaven, and his scent enveloped her with a unique familiarity. She couldn’t believe she was on his lap, enjoying his touch.

“I can accept anything.”

She tried to get up, but his arms tightened around her. “Dane, let me go.”

“Not yet. You’re still trembling.”

Desperate Whispers by Jessa Ely

Jessa Ely is the pseudonym for Beth Mikell.

Review:

5 out of 5 ” This is a story of true love, tragic heartache, and the power to change the perception of others. When you love someone with all your heart, you will do anything to make things right, and Dane shows us the true meaning of conquering your demons, and showing others your true self. He’s an absolute heartbreaker, and there’s definitely some book boyfriend love going on. We should all be so lucky to have someone truly fight for us, no matter what anyone else thinks.” –Amazon Reviewer

 

Saturday Fun: A Beautiful Chaos by Jessa Ely

Marguerite Callahan is working double time, both on the clock and with her heart. During a temporary stint as a masked pole dancer, Marguerite meets Dominic, a handsome businessman only interested in one thing. Now Marguerite must deal with a wicked temptation while hiding her biggest secret, her identity.

The moment Chaos appears on stage, Dominic is obsessed. But frustration mounts when Chaos refuses to remove her mask, and Dominic becomes distracted by a compelling new woman at the office. Now Dominic must decide, is the pure sexuality he has with Chaos enough, or is he ready for something more?

Excerpt:

There was another reason Dominic needed to get rid of Chaos; she was fucking with his mind. Here he was falling apart over a beautiful woman who didn’t deserve his insanity.

He couldn’t help but stare intently at Marguerite. She bewitched him. After they had sat across from each other, she hadn’t ordered a simple salad; she’d gone for the deluxe hamburger with fries. If she could amaze him over her food choices, what else was there? He wished they were having this lunch somewhere private so he could…Could what? Test some physical action. Get a grip.

He leaned forward, his gaze flipping between her eyes and her mouth.

“So, tell me something no one else would know about you.”

Marguerite blanched and quickly grabbed her water bottle, giving a small nervous laugh.

“Like…I won the twenty-five meter freestyle in college?” She took a drink before setting the bottle back on the table.

Surprise lit his face.

“You’re a swimmer?” That was something he could appreciate, and his eyes traveled downward over the gracefulness of her body. The woman was the epitome of toned and sexy.

Looking down, she swirled a fry through her ketchup, shrugging.

“I was,” she said, meeting his gaze. “But I didn’t like it enough to compete nationally. I was more interested in taking the business world by storm. I think I have. Sorry, why am I telling you this?” She smiled, eating the fry loaded with ketchup.

Dominic flashed his wicked smile, his hand reaching up to swipe against her lush mouth.

“I asked. You’re more than welcome to share anything with me, sweetness,” he whispered, licking the ketchup off his finger. It excited him to see her blush, feeding the desire sizzling his veins.

Jessa Ely is the pseudonym for Beth Mikell.

A Beautiful Chaos is the second book in the Love & Lies Series. It is a standalone novel.

 

Awesome Reviews for On Paid Leave – Thank you!

A huge thank you to the readers leaving reviews for my mystery novel, On Paid Leave.

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On Goodreads:

Shawn Angel narrates at lightning speed, and her humor at all the wrong moments is something to which many of us can relate. The story has just enough memory, romance, and mystery to keep the pages turning. –5 stars from Reviewer

Update 09/14/2016: Book Review from NerdGirl Official “Absolute 5-star must-read.”

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Death is final. Murder is unforgivable. Bottom line: I was tired of it all…
Suffering from PTSD with a snarky view of life, Detective Shawn Angel is forced to face her internal demons. As she heads out of town for some R and R, she finds herself yanked into a hometown mystery. A missing person and a murder doesn’t make for a relaxing vacation, but hey, chocolate could be her mental salvation. Confronted by her past love, Shawn must surrender her pride and consult on his case, yet he complicates matters in his no-nonsense manner. Their reunion is short lived when a murderer finds her, and beating the odds becomes number one on her bucket list.

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