Jackrabbit Junction Jitters
(Jackrabbit Junction Humorous Mystery Book 2)
Women sleuths, humorous fiction, romantic suspense
Ann Charles; Illustrated edition
(6 Aug. 2012)
Claire is back, raining trouble throughout Jackrabbit Junction in another fast-paced, fun, sexy suspense. A burglar is on the loose! Claire wastes no time forming suspicions, but she's sidetracked by a treasure hunt. Even with help from her boyfriend, Claire is swirling in a whirlpool of chaos. Throw her crazy sister into the torrent, along with an angst-ridden teen, a jittery bride, and some randy old men, and Claire struggles just to keep a toehold in the current. Then her mother arrives ...
I decided to read these books – well the first one, as I had enjoyed the Deadwood series by the same author, and some of the same characters appear in both series, and I thought maybe..
What surprised me was that I kept on reading and reading until I got to the end of the series if not the stories.
In particular these books are about the Morgan sisters and their various escapades. At JackRabbit Junction. Which is little more than a camp site in Arizona where people go to escape a cold winter, or to see the birds. There is an amazing variety of scenery and types of habitats in Arizona apparently, from riparian, to mountain, to desert, and much in between.
Plus lots of other minerals, especially copper now, but sometimes gold before and silver. And precious gems. There were still 380 active mines in 2019, and you can find: turquoise, peridot, azurite, chrysocolla, and malachite. agate, amethyst, garnet, jade, jasper, obsidian, onyx, and opal and even occasionally diamonds. See Geology.com for more details about gem mining in Arizona.
And JackRabbit Junction has lots of mines to add adventures into these stories – which are used for many different purposes, especially illicit purposes as so many are now abandoned and difficult to reach.
All of which means that the Sheriff (an elected office) is kept busy – and the Morgan sisters’ activities help with this – to his frustration.
There are no paranormal happening here – just general mayhem plus heists, arson, mines, dead men, prisons, sheriffs, and various (bit part) players, including some dirty old men still behaving and talking as though they are in the army armed with the necessary add-ons to ensure that they can fulfil fantasies. And who are very fond of drink and cigars.
A lot of drinking happens, a lot of loving, some winnebago escapades, plus a serious number of dangerous car chases and a crazy pregnant woman. Psychotic episodes like these are very uncommon indeed but mood swings are relatively common – this is just an extreme version – perhaps?
All of which makes for an interesting series as you never can guess what is going to happen next – and the stories just keep coming.. and you gotta love the car – see book jacket.
Forever Your Duke
12 Dukes of Christmas #12
Historical Fiction | Romance
Pub Date 18 Dec 2020
From a New York Times bestselling author: A forbidden love, opposites attract romp between a meticulously proper duke and an impishly improper spinster in this witty, feel-good romance!
This year, the Duke of Nottingvale's Christmastide house party doubles as a bride hunt. The handsome duke seeks a blue-blooded debutante as respectable as he is, and his parlor is brimming with paragons of propriety.
Inveterate spinster and unapologetic hoyden Miss Cynthia Louise Finch does not fit the mold. Any mold. Her younger cousin is perfect for the duke! By matchmaking the two, Cynthia will save her favorite cousin from a horrific fate. The only problem? Cynthia has always held a tendre for the duke. And for the first time, she seems to have caught his attention...
The Duke of Nottingvale knows his responsibilities: Duty and decorum above all else. A respectable lord would never sneak away for stolen moments with a fearless, audacious minx he cannot make his duchess. He definitely wouldn't kiss her. Or fall in love...
The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
The 12th book in the 12 books of Xmas series and the one that ties up the final Duke. The dule that holds an annual party for Xmas but never lives in Cressmouth at any other time, and as he is always hosting his arty, never finds out what other delights the town has to offer. Until he meets up with an ‘older’ spinster, who having endured many ‘Seasons’ and not having acquit=red any interest in marriage from suitors- and in fact rarely even been asked to danced – had decided that she could enjoy her herself in what would be termed scandalous pursuits if she were marriageable. She lutes the duke out of his party and into Cressmouth delights, but has a number of accidents with him as she does – including skiing and almost breaking his legs.
This was as always light, stylish and fun to read.
Mr No Commitment
Multicultural Interest | Romance | Women's Fiction
Pub Date 21 Jan 2021
Fiercely independent Pooja Varma is a blues singer from Bollywood country with ‘loner’ inscribed in her DNA.
Brooding and creative marketing millionaire Austin Crenshaw has successfully avoided permanent entanglements even though he’s very much connected to his brothers and parents.
In tropical Kochi, India, with the scent of jasmine and gardenia in the air, they discover their passion for each other. For a few days, they float in the cocoon of their desires. Then they go their separate ways.
That was the plan.
A few years later, Pooja is on tour and their paths cross. This time, Austin has no intention of letting Pooja go. It doesn’t quite align with his Mr. No Commitment and no strings attached sentiments. But let her go, he can’t.
Pooja is hoarding a secret: a daughter from their tempestuous affair in Kochi. She hasn’t told him for he’s made it abundantly clear he’s Mr. No Commitment. Once he finds out will he stay or leave?
Follow Austin and Pooja’s passionate journey from Kochi, India to North America in Nalini Warriar’s new contemporary romance, Mr. No Commitment, Book 2 in the Crenshaw Brothers series, featuring an Indian heroine in a multicultural setting and a cast of diverse characters.
Mary Ann Marlowe
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
July 13th 2021
Diabolical Wall Street traders, Dane Russ and Val Montgomery, vaulted into fame and fortune as the power duo of financial technology. But after they lost the internet trading company they built from the ground up to ruthless Geraldo Valencia, they had to tuck tail and run to a Midwestern firm. Dane deals with the boredom by leaning into his playboy ways. Meanwhile Val plays the role of a scrupulous mentor, while secretly playing mind games with everyone at the office.
When Geraldo’s daughter shows up as an intern in Val’s summer training program, Val sees the perfect opportunity for her longed-for revenge—she’ll teach the girl nefarious business practices and send her home ethically compromised. But Dane’s not interested because he’s stumbled across his own opportunity for vengeance—a chance to seduce Noelle, the new CEO, and the woman who spurned him years ago.
As Val and Dane play cat-and-mouse with everyone else, their long-simmering history of unresolved romantic injuries with one another begins to burn beyond their control. While Dane doesn’t notice that a jealous Val has set him on a path to ruin Noelle, Val’s blind to the traps Dane has laid to bring her down. Although they’re adept at using everyone around them like chess pieces, their interpersonal game has no rules and can only end with their mutual destruction. If they don’t agree to a cease fire, Val’s reputation will be destroyed and Dane will lose his heart before he even realizes he’s risked it
Val scanned the other interns, chess pieces on her board, sizing up their value to her. So far, the only one with the chutzpah to approach her sat at the far corner of the table. Anthony. He stood out in the way he sat. Leaning back in his chair, one foot crossed on his knee. Val raised an eyebrow at him, and he straightened up and put his forearms on the table. Now they were all a neat row of matching pawns.
The door swung open, and Dane waltzed in. Fifteen intern heads swiveled away from Val and gawked at him. Anthony vacated his chair with alacrity, as though he feared someone else might beat him to it. He gestured for Dane to sit, but Dane’s lip curled up on one side in disdain, and he simply leaned against the back wall, languidly pushing a stir stick around his Styrofoam coffee cup. Dane never sat at meetings. These kids will learn.
Anthony sheepishly pulled his chair back and returned to his place at the table.
As Val waited for order to return, she let her gaze linger on Dane, draped against the wall in all his languorous beauty. She knew he’d spent a fortune to look like he did, but knowing it didn’t make her appreciate it less. Of course, she’d seen him before he’d learned to groom himself so handsomely. She’d taught him after all. But he’d been born with those dark sultry eyes and that decadent luscious mouth. Fully aware she was drinking in her fill, he puckered his lips like he might blow her a kiss.
She inhaled, searching for a hint of his scent. If it wouldn’t be considered unseemly, she might be tempted to cross the room and take him up on his implied offer.
Instead she turned her attention to the interns, now waiting for her lead.
“This company,” she continued, “was founded by Martin Fleetwood in 1957 with a specialization in mortgage trading.” Val clicked through the slides, expanding on the historical events that nobody wanted or needed to know. The subject of the slides moved on to the current state of the company. “Have any of you researched the company’s stock position?”
Anthony raised his hand. “Yes, ma’am. Stocks are trading at thirty-eight as of this morning.”
Val glanced at Dane. “Are we up or down?”
Anthony opened his mouth, but Dane’s voice commanded the room’s attention. “The market’s hot, and our stock is rising.”
Val controlled her expression, but the corner of her mouth rose slightly. “What do you make of our throughput?”
Dane lifted his shoulders from the wall, engaged now. “I like our position with regard to market penetration.”
The interns had stopped taking notes, and their heads followed the volley as though they were spectators at a tennis match.
Val set up the shot. “And the projected yield?”
“Coming together.” Dane crumpled the Styrofoam and tossed it into the trash bin.
Val exhaled. “Our stockholders will be very satisfied.”
Dane reached in his pocket and produced a single cigarette. He toyed with it for a heartbeat before walking out the door.
Val bit the end of her pen. My most valuable chess piece moves in every direction.
Except into her bed.
No, she wouldn’t cede that game until she knew how they could both win.
With all the eyes back on Val, she proceeded to lecture them on expectations of ethics and compliance, chuckling to herself as they diligently took notes.
AUTHOR BIO:Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe’s first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/marlowemaryann/, and at twitter.com/maryannmarlowe.
Sorceress – Super Hero #3
Superhero, Urban Fantasy
(11 Sept. 2019)
I thought a magical superhero murdering people was someone else's problem.
Then he killed someone I love.
Now I'm going to make myself his problem.
But first I have to find him. Hopefully before he kills again.
A half-trained sorceress like me versus Earth's most powerful sorcerer?
What could possibly go wrong?
This is a series of 3 of which I read books 1 and 2 some time ago, but book 3 was then published, so I re -read 1 and 2 to remind myself of the storyline. Available in paperback and KU.
Our flawed heroine begins to mature into a responsible adult in book 3 as her relationship with Ghost – the Hero – develops during the hunt for Millenium.
In this world we have official Heroes. And Metahumans. I’m not sure what the difference exactly is except that registered Heroes are just that – registered with costumes and known powers. This is very much the Comic Book world written into a novel with a Hero Guild and enforcers to ensure that Heroes behave appropriately. Society at large accepts Heroes but doesn’t know about Magic even though it is there and everywhere but hidden. There is a belief that Mundanes – i.e. ordinary humans – would accept Heroes but not magic users as it is too easy for magic users to behave selfishly and to harm others. They are not controllable would be the belief. Except they are controlled by a rigid hierarchy of magical creatures. And mythical creatures are real – see Fairies and goblins and dwarves.
Our Sorceress, Sage, is a magic user who also has metahuman – and then some – powers and strengths, and thus can hide in plain sight as a Hero or a bodyguard to mythical creatures. But in previous books, Sage was thrown into jail and thus has a difficult background and finds it hard to find a job, let alone control her rage or strength and magic. In this book, working with Ghost helps her to begin the control and she also works on developing her magic which she had abandoned after her father’s death.
These are fun books – comics as books – lots of snark, bad puns and jokes and great deeds from our Heroes!