Where would you run when there’s no place to hide?
Twenty-four hours ago, Brielle stood helpless while an intruder murdered her mother. Her struggle to stay ahead of the psychopathic stalker seeking her DNA and birthright necessitates she flee her glass and concrete jungle.
Tiago, an immortal challenged with protecting the rainforest, faces a genius scientist who has created genetically specific bacteria and needs only the crystal worn by a foreigner to create hell on Earth.
Two strangers must learn to trust and work together in order to save the ones they love.
An exciting blend of action, adventure, and romance between a man not looking for love and a woman desperate to survive.
Macabre shadows crawled across the tile floor to coalesce in a growing pool, bathing the kitchen in dark comfort as Brielle closed the back door. A long day of sorting microbes had induced residual eyestrain she'd love to deep six in favor of a long vacation where her closest neighbors hung by their tails, ate bananas, and cavorted on liana vines.
The last day of work before leave always entailed loose ends needing a quick tie-off. To make matters worse, her panty-whispering boss hit on her for the hundredth time, not understanding the word no. Perhaps some longhorn beetles deposited in his lunch box might change his point of view as far as women equating rabbits, waiting to be bred. If she had to make a comparison, she’d have likened herself to a lynx, solitary and a little wild, preferring dense forest to the concrete and glass modern world.
She’d chalked the day’s pall of trepidation up to the inevitable catastrophe encroaching on her horizon, bearing down at a speed her mind failed to comprehend. Heavy rain drumming on the roof didn’t help her mood. Now, her gaze scanned obscure corners of the room for the source of her tension.
Soft snoring from her mom's bedroom drifted down the hallway as she eased into her own room, those precious, breathy sounds she'd not hear much longer as the ravages of cancer devoured her mom's strength. She’d never expected fairness in life, but the avalanche of disaster plunging downhill threatened the fabric of her sanity. She and her mom were all she’d ever known through the highs of earning an advanced degree to the lows of her social awkwardness.
Muted rays of moonlight sifted through shivering autumn leaves to highlight two airline tickets sitting innocently on her dresser. Next trip—there'd only be one. Within weeks, she'd lose her only known family, the only person who'd understood the unique complexities of her character and loved her anyway. They’d wanted to see the Amazon River basin one more time, together. Making special arrangements had taxed her mental reserves as if that very action brought her closer to orphan status.
Sitting on the end of her bed was more an act of weakening legs than design. When hot tears finally glazed her cheeks, she feared the tidal wave of emotion would smash her wall of stoic determination and drown her in its flood to wash away any trace of her existence. The soft tapping raindrops against the windowpane emulated a metronome from hell, counting down her mom’s remaining heartbeats in cold, mechanical precision.
Holding tight to the necklace at her throat gave little comfort tonight. Normally, it served as a constant reminder of its origins and the semi-annual trips they’d taken to the rainforest, but now the cold crystal brought images of her mom's failing health despite every effort to stop the cancer’s invasion of her liver and lungs. She'd never taken it off or even shown it to another living soul, per her mom's warning.
“Oh, Mom, please don't leave me. We have to find a way to beat this.” Yet the ineffectiveness of the latest round of chemo echoed in her mom's new hand tremor and the wheeze punching the air even on short walks.
Through it all, self-pity had not become her master or companion, yet to see the only one she loved defeated and accepting the inevitable broke her in a way nothing else could. Day-to-day deterioration made her long for the calming sights and sounds of the Amazon. Its varied existence softened the harsh reality of her life. A cold Guarana might soothe right now, but the caffeine would keep her awake, and her mom wanted to talk on the plane tomorrow morning.
Finally, she'd hear the story of her birthright. Water would do just fine—for the moment.
Mechanical movements of packing in low light and reserving an early AM taxi had become rote with years of practice. One of her peculiarities provided her with unusually keen sight, negating the need for a bedside lamp. If only her mind were as keen and could fathom a way to destroy the insidious invasion claiming her mom’s life essence hour by hour, minute by minute.
Light clinking of dishes as she put away the air-dried, dinner plates reminded her they wouldn't be eating their next weeks' meals in what Uncle Jack called civilized society. From their first trip to the southern hemisphere long ago, she'd preferred the simpler way of life, but her mom had insisted it wasn't time to move south. Not yet. The basis for that decision remained a mystery, to be solved at thirty-thousand feet the next morning.
“I wish we'd relocated years ago. Maybe the shaman could've found a cure.” Small pools of low light from cylindrical pendant lamps over the sink provided the only illumination in the kitchen and a soothing balm to her fracturing soul.
The fine hair on her nape prickled, alerting her to danger, yet no stealthy sounds disturbed the atmosphere. No subtle change in air currents brushed her face. She could move like that, too.
Figurative bands tightened around her chest.
“I'm glad you didn't.” The sultry feminine voice held as much arrogance as threat.
Whirling around in shock, Brielle dropped the porcelain plate. Its shattered pieces skidded across the porcelain tile to stop at a black, steel-toed, jump boot, the rhythmic tapping indicating her intruder’s agitated frame of mind.
A sharp inhale supplied further information as the mystery guest swayed her arm left-to-right, right-to-left. Her six-inch blade handled as an extension of her fingers and reflected narrow beams of light to dance along the ceiling. Beads of moisture clung to her leather jacket and pants, perpetuating the chemical smell filling the air.
Reily Garrett is a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.
Though her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyed…after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her imagination free rein.
In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but your imagination can be. Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.
It’s time for the sole sister in the family to discover love.
O'Brien Family #3
Releasing Feb 28, 2017
Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy
Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!”
And in Crave Me, it’s time for the sole sister in the family to discover love.
O’Brien isn’t your typical female. As the only girl from a loud Irish family
with seven siblings, she prefers fast cars to lip gloss and bad boys to good
men. It’s the reason she’s nursing a wounded soul and keeping her distance from
a dangerous ex.
is running an empire and just moved from the lavish thoroughfares of London to
the gritty streets of Philadelphia. When he walks into the nearest dealership,
he’s expecting to find a reliable vehicle to handle the brutal winters, not a
sexy female car rep with killer legs.
doesn’t know why “Hotness in a Suit” asked her out. She doesn’t expect a great
time or a night of passion that knocks her on her ass. But that’s exactly what
Evan shows her.
never counted on how hard and fast she’d fall. But men like Evan—good men with
even better hearts—don’t desire tough-talking Philly girls for long.
Evan has never met a woman like Wren. But he’s up for the challenge and ready
to prove her wrong.
I love when a fabulous author
makes a series around large families. As it turns out, this is book three but
reads as a standalone, a fabulous standalone.
Wren O’Brien is a loud,
strong-minded woman. Though strong, she’s learned the hard way that a devious
mind can best the strongest, hence she’s stayed away from romantic
Evan Jonah is essentially sex in a
suit, but doesn’t realize his devastating appeal due to his tunnel vision when it comes to work.
Moving across the pond from England, he realizes, first hand, that Philly
winters demand more than a sports car. When he pulls into a dealership intent
on rectifying the situation, he doesn’t expect to meet a beautiful car rep with
This is the first book of the
series I’ve read, and yep, I’ll be going back for more. Ms. Robson has a gift
when it comes to writing a scene that makes you feel as if you’re right there
with the characters. Both Evan and Wren’s characters were fully developed and
fabulously written. There’s no such thing as TSTL with her heroines. The plot
was complicated enough to keep you guessing, even though you knew the identity
of the villain, again, well rounded. There was great dialogue and interactions
between protective family members along with a great wit and sense of humor.
This is the kind of book you start
early in the day…and keep reading. What a wonderful job and a fabulous author.
Okay – more please?
Five fantastic stars.
an award-winning author of magical realms and to-die-for Alpha heroes. A double
RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and published author of more
than sixteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop or stumbling
blindly in search of caffeine.
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Releasing February 14th, 2017
Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.
When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.
After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.
Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.
Lucy Hawkins is a small-town girl from Virginia who wants
bigger and better things. She’s a girl with a plan and the ambition to see it
through. The fact that she’s had her heart broken along the way, by her
brother’s best friend, won’t stop her. However, lacking the transportation to
make her cross-country road trip just might.
When her parents offer her a way to keep her plans intact,
she accepts, despite the fact that it comes with a price, a traveling companion
who just happens to be the man who took her virginity then broke her heart
I’ve read this author before, and will always jump at the
chance to read her books. This novel is another example of how the author
delves into her characters’ minds and weaves a romance that bites as well as
makes you laugh. Reece Sullivan’s push/pull, hot/cold driven by hormones and restrained
by memories fuels the fire between them. Each character unfolds through a
series of events and flashbacks that details their current motivations. The
book was well written and had great chemistry as well as dialogue. The only
issue I had, and a personal one at that, is the amount of italicized writing.
It’s difficult to read in quantity. Other than that, and it’s a small thing, I
hope to read for this author again—soon.
Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart
romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In
LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry
a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.