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Gumshoe ~ Laura Hawks

 

Blurb:

Mia Thomas just turned 15. On her special day, her teacher needs to speak with her parents, her father gets arrested and a stray cat starts talking to her. So much for a Happy Birthday!

With the help from her new familiar, Gumshoe, Mia sets out to clear her family’s name and save them from financial ruin.

Will her snooping cause her own death or will her coffee-drinking, wise-cracking, booze-desiring familiar come to her rescue?

 

Excerpt: Unsure of what else to do, Mia grabbed some tuna fish and a plate and headed out to the back. She set the plate down, then moved across the alleyway to sit on the stoop of the opposite building.

“Poisonous mushrooms?” Mia talked to herself in disbelief. “I made the soup. I cut up the mushrooms and put them in the soup. Somehow this is my fault. I served them. What have I done?”

“You didn’t do anything. You didn’t pick them out, so this isn’t your fault.”

The voice rang in her head, her ears heard faint meows. She looked up and around, trying to see who was talking to her. The only thing she saw was the Siamese cat she’d been feeding the past week. She shook her head to clear it of cobwebs she was sure were there.

She watched the feline move towards the food she’d left for him. He sniffed it, but then skirted around it to go behind the dumpster. Odd, she thought at his bypassing the food.

She watched the cat move around, almost searching for something, though she couldn’t imagine what. “Meow. Meow. Mew. Meep. Eep. Meoooow.” The Siamese sat regally on top of the dumpster, staring at her.

However, she heard something more than just the sounds made from a feline creature. Wonderful. I turn fifteen and I get to go bonkers. I swear I heard him in my head and it actually made sense. I’m hallucinating, or so lit I’ve lost it.

“Darn it. I forgot you can’t understand me.” The cat seemed to grumble and jump off the dumpster, wandering down the alleyway.

Mia rubbed her forehead. “This just can’t be possible. Cats don’t speak English.”

The Siamese stopped and stared at her. “Meow, meep?”

Mia heard, “Do you understand me, kitten?”

She gasped, standing quickly and taking a step back only to trip on the stoop and fall back down on her rump. The cat moved cautiously closer to her. “Mew?” {How?}

Mia shrugged in answer to the question, but covered her mouth to stop herself from screaming at the same time. She had no clue what was going on, but if she wasn’t totally crazy, she was understanding what this cat said to her. Great. Now I’m Doctor Doolittle, she thought to herself. “Zoe’s right. I’ve gone off the deep end and am Cray-Cray with a capital C.”

The Siamese tilted his head, watching her with large, blue, unblinking eyes. “Meow, meow, mew, mew, meow, mew.” {If you really understand me, look behind the dumpster.}

“I’m insane. I’m really in looneyland. I’m talking to myself and being answered by a cat that I can understand. This is so wrong on so many levels.” Breathlessly, cautiously, Mia stood and skirted around the small cat as if he would attack, even though part of her was sure he wouldn’t. She didn’t know why she was following his instructions, she just knew she had to. Using all the strength she had, she pulled the heavy dumpster away from the brick wall to look behind it. On the ground was a partially bloodied glove. At first, she didn’t know why it mattered, but then she noticed there was something rotting and mushy on the outside. Whatever it was seemed stuck on the plastic glove, and they had handled it after they had cut themselves. Could it be the remnants of a mushroom? Mia was sure she was the only one who handled the mushrooms after they got back from the farmers’ market. Then she remembered she had Henry clean and dry them.

She went inside and called for the remaining officer who was standing in the kitchen like some sentinel. Grudgingly, he followed her after he told the rest to remain where they were. Once outside, Kevin looked around. “What’d’ya want to show me?”

“Behind the dumpster. I’m not sure if it’s anything, but to me it looks like one of our gloves with a touch of blood inside and what looks like a rotten mushroom outside. I thought it might be evidence.”

Giving her a doubting look, he peered behind the heavy metal container and spotted what she was referring to. “Did you touch it?”

“No.”

“Don’t. I’ll get an evidence bag from the car and be right back.” He quickly hastened down the alleyway towards the street.

Mia turned to the cat and stared. She felt like she was going insane. Or maybe she just imagined it all. Moments later, Officer Easton returned with a plastic bag marked evidence in bright red letters across it. Using the inside of the bag, he picked up the discarded glove, turned the bag back and sealed it. “Good work,” he mumbled, then headed back into the kitchen.

The cat moved over to sit beside Mia. Without a word, she stared at him in confusion.

“Meow, meow?” {You can really hear me?}

“Yes. I don’t know how, but I can. How can you even be talking to me so that I understand what you’re saying? I’m dreaming, right? I’ve turned fifteen and am now having a nervous breakdown. Or those cupcakes got me lit on something higher than chocolate.”

Eve walked out then. “Mia? Who are you talking to?” The older woman moved to sit next to her daughter.

“No one, Mom. Just flipping my lid is all.”

“What do you mean? And who is your cute little friend?”

Mia shrugged. “I don’t know. He’s been coming around since opening night and I have been giving him some scraps of food.” She didn’t want to tell her mom why she suddenly felt the need to see a shrink and get some happy pills. Maybe she was on some TV show, like Punk’d or Impractical Jokers, and wondered when the hidden cameras were going to pop up.

“Were you talking to him?”

Mia gave her a puzzled look. “Sure. Why not? I was talking to the cat.”

Eve tilted her head slightly as she looked the animal over. “And is he talking to you?”

“What?”

“Is the cat talking to you?” Eve was dead serious, but Mia felt like she entered the Twilight Zone.

 

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About you:  Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other, including writing for a local newspaper. Deciding to become more knowledgeable, she headed back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.

It was at this time she got involved in role playing on FaceBook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her four companions, all males… cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans.

 

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Back list with buy-links: Too many books.. go to Amazon Author Page as everything is there. Or my website.

I’m back!

Hey, I made it! Last weekend was quiet on here. I was in South Dakota for Wild Deadwood Reads. I never even cracked open my computer! I had a fun time. The whole family went, well except for our son because he lives on his own. Or at least where the Marines tell him too!

Finding Faith was available for the first time in print! Exciting! I ran a special where if you bought both Stealing Hope and Finding Faith you could get them for only $20.00 and autographed. Add shipping and I’d be willing to do the same for anyone interested. I’d just have to find out shipping costs. It all depends on what country!

Well, we camped for our trip and had a great time. Nothing blew up, fell off or broke body parts this time! Thank Goodness!

On the flip side, I’m heading out to South Carolina again, but the RV’s brake light came on, so I have it going to the shop. They’ll take a look at that and also the gas gauge that isn’t working. Then from there, I have to take it to get a new refrigerator installed. I’m hoping they can put in the backup camera at the same time. I’ll just have to wait and see.

The fun, the fun!

If you’re not interested in the paperback, grab your ecopy!

Finding Faith

The apocalypse had been and gone.

Those left banded together for survival, creating safety from the chaos.

They succeeded.

 

Faith wanted more, she wanted to live, to love, fly free. More than survival, Faith craved adventure. Leaving home, seeking a new life, all that ceased when she witnessed her sister being abducted-by dragons, creatures shrouded in myth. Determined to rescue her, Faith begins an adventure she never wants to end.

Dragon shifter Crag follows his heart, hunting for his fated mate. Once he finds her, Crag is determined to keep her safe, from all threats. Admitting he is a dragon shifter and involved in her sister’s kidnapping may be the end of them.

Until the interference of a race of dragons desperate for survival grasps their only chance, stealing Faith and drawing Crag along to save her.

 

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Be Good for Master ~ Box Set by Kate Dean

BE GOOD FOR MASTER
BOX SET

by Kate Dean

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TANIA is a young college student who enjoys teasing her hot new neighbor CONNOR. But when she fakes being locked out of her apartment, and seeks shelter in his home, she’s in for a big surprise. Connor will bend her to his will and teach her to be good for master, or else…

Book 2 – Beg For Master

Desperate to pay off her gambling debt, Ruby enters an auction, to spend one weekend with an eccentric billionaire. She comes to find that the guy who brought her was representing his boss—-Knight: a rough, dark, brute of man who lives in the mountains of Colorado. They are surrounded by acres of wilderness with nothing else around. And now, Master can make her beg as loud as he wants…

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Savannah is a high-powered attorney who’s tired of the dating scene and looking for some excitement. Her wish comes in the form of a black card and a dozen black roses. She goes to the address printed in gold. But Master won’t let her in until she ditches her cell and is completely disconnected from the outside world. And once she does, she belongs to him…

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Boys That Tease

BOYS THAT TEASE
by Betti Rosewood

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We’re young. Privileged. Dirty. And we ruin lives for fun.

She knew being the new girl at Wildwood would never be easy, considering who she is. But nobody warned Tinsley Sullivan we’d be doing everything in our power to make her high school experience one of the most horrible times of her life.

They say my name like I’m their king. Crispin Dalton. Teachers and students worship the ground I walk on. They all follow my lead… Except for her.

I didn’t think she’d have it in her to fight back. It’s kind of adorable that she won’t budge, refusing to break for me, to submit to my cruel desires. Except I’ll never stop pushing for more. I’m ready to make her life so miserable, she’ll be begging me to stop hurting her.

There’s just one thing that’s messing it all up.

Tinsley is off-f*cking-limits.

And I need to keep that in mind when I kiss my girlfriend… her best friend.

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LACEY’S GAME
by Shiloh Walker

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Lacey Morgan is fed up and heartbroken. Her boyfriend Brogan is all about control and she’s all about breaking through his barriers. Except she can’t seem to do it. Unwilling to settle for only part of him, she takes off, figuring it’s better that way.

After all, half of a relationship is worse than none. She settles in with her best friend, hot and sexy photographer Lou, figuring she’ll lick her wounds and give her heart time to heal.

Finding Lacey gone is a punch to the gut. Finding her with another guy is even worse. She isn’t interested in listening to what he has to say, though. Not unless he’s willing to strip himself bare and give up pieces of himself that died long ago. Brogan can’t do that. Or so he thinks.

Lacey and Lou have other plans, a hot, torrid night, some hot, sexy pictures… Lacey is determined to show Brogan a new way of seeing things.

How Not To ~ Devin Sawyer

HOW NOT TO
by Devin Sawyer

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Ari
When you’re young you think you know it all. I was fortunate enough to live in a world where poverty was just something I’d heard of, but never experienced. Until, I took a chance on the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The chemistry undeniable. Our worlds collided and I fell hard, we both did. I needed him to stay and when he didn’t, it broke my heart. So I grew up and moved on. I didn’t know who I was back then, or what I was up against. But I do now. I won’t make the same mistakes.

Torren
I made mistakes, I thought I knew what I was doing. Turns out sometimes loyalty and stupidity go hand in hand. I took the one thing I needed most and I pushed her away with my actions. Sent her running in the opposite direction is more like it. When fate brings us together again, I desperately want to make things right, prove to her that I’m not that guy anymore. Time has done nothing to put out the fire between us, but she has no plans to let me be a part of her future. I’m about to change that.

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VIOLENT ENDS
by Jessica Hawkins

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Release Date: June 18, 2019

I had a life, love, and future to give.
Until my enemy took a wife.

The devil has a name, and it’s Cristiano de la Rosa. On my wedding day, he was the last man I expected to see standing at the altar. He wants to make me his queen. His brother wants to rescue his princess.

Getting Cristiano to lose control becomes the name of the game, and the stakes are life and death. But as truth and lies blur, loyalty is tested, and our chemistry threatens to reach the melting point, the prize grows less clear. Either freedom no longer means what I think it does, or Cristiano is as devious as everyone says, and he’s mastered the art of playing my mind.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York City and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and a coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.