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August News

Lisa Berne

Take a trip to the English countryside, circa 1817, in Lisa Berne's hilarious romcom THE WORST DUKE IN THE WORLD. You'll meet a single-parent duke with an 8-year-old son, the spirited young lady who steals their hearts, an award-winning pig, a pug named Snuffles, and more!

Available in print, ebook, and audio from all your favorite retailers --- order your copy today!

"Enchanting . . . Champagne in book form --- bubbly, fun, and intoxicating." ---Entertainment Weekly

"Attention, Bridgerton fans: if you're ready to delve deeper into the world of historical romance, THE WORST DUKE IN THE WORLD is a fun place to start." ---Popsugar

"One of the most exciting new historical writers in a long time." ---Julia Quinn

Meg Tilly

Pack your virtual bags! We're going to Hollywood in my brand new standalone novel, THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS, a sexy thriller set in the world of Hollywood. Published this week by Berkley Books in affordable mass market paperback, THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS finds Sarah Rainsford changing identities yet again to throw her violent, estranged husband off her trail. But the crafty police lieutenant will bend any law to get his hands on her inheritance---and she is worth far more to him dead than alive. Sarah finds a job as personal assistant to Hollywood golden boy director Mick Talford. Just as their relationship gets personal, they must combine forces in a desperate attempt to keep Sarah out of harm's way. But with danger trailing them, is it enough to keep them both alive?

New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan wrote about THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS, "... you'll stay up long past your bedtime to finish this fast-paced thrill ride where a couple runs up against the dark side of human nature and an enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants."

Mike Torreano

Just received a great 5-star review of my latest western romance, A SCORE TO SETTLE, from NN Light's Book Heaven reviews! Here's a link, check it out!

A SCORE TO SETTLE is available at all book retailers.

Broken after his family is murdered, rancher Del Lawson signs on to a cattle drive along the Goodnight-Loving trail in 1870. He is unaware he's still in danger. When he falls for a pretty Army nurse, the killers target her. If he's to recover from his grief and build a new life, Del must set out on a gritty hunt for the men who are hunting him. Meanwhile, Del's mother, Maybelle, doesn't know her son survived that murderous night. When she discovers the gold the killers are after, she uses the treasure in an elaborate masquerade to take the murderers down. Will mother and son's plans reap justice---or destroy what's left of the Lawson clan?

Terri Osburn

NOT PLAYING FAIR, the second book in Terri Osburn's NOT series, launches in late August and tells a story of family, forgiveness, and falling in love.

Librarian Megan Knox laments her boring life, but in the span of one weekend she learns the true meaning of the adage careful what you wish for. Between changes at work, dealing with her ex, and a letter from the mother she hasn't heard from in two decades, Megan's life goes from staid to stressful almost overnight. The one bright spot is the new man in her life, but a little white lie could derail her budding romance before it even begins. Through a series of twists and turns, revelations and resets, this librarian's life is altered in ways she never saw coming.

Read along as Terri Osburn takes both her heroine and her readers on an emotional journey of letting go of the past and fighting for what's truly important, including that ever elusive happily ever after.

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston is even more excited this month than she was last month---since her new book has been published! She has even seen it in her local Barnes & Noble.

What is it? The first book in her new Shelter of Secrets miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE. It's officially an August release, but it's available early.

What's it about? Well, that shelter of secrets brings in homeless dogs, cats and other animals that need to be rescued, and gets them new homes as soon as possible. Who works there? Well, it appears to be homeless people, so they're being somewhat sheltered, too. Only they're not the usual homeless. No, these people are actually there under witness protection, and have been given new identities, not just a place to live. But things do happen, including romances beginning between caretakers while they work to protect their residents... as in HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE.

As mentioned before Linda will also have another Harlequin Romantic Suspense book published later this year, in October. It's in the ongoing Colton series for HRS, part of this year's Coltons of Grave Gulch, UNCOVERING COLTON'S FAMILY SECRET.

Then there's next year's new mystery, BEAR WITNESS, which will be a February release from Crooked Lane in her new Alaska Untamed Mysteries.

And as Linda often says, she's always busy writing more, notwithstanding her dogs demanding treats and time outside and meals and... well, lots of attention. But she appreciates their interruptions and generally obeys.

So... as Linda says a lot lately, read and enjoy yourself! And, as always, please stay safe and healthy.

Mike Krentz

Color me excited!

I can't wait to hear talented actor Daniel Thomas May interpret the characters in DEAD ALREADY. Based on his other narrations and film credits, Daniel will give them the voices I imagined.

Twenty-plus years of experience acting on stage and screen has given Daniel Thomas May a keen ear for all the ticklish details of storytelling and distinctive characterizations. With more than 100 highly rated titles on Audible, Daniel's "energetic," "confident," "deft," "commanding" narration makes him particularly adept in portraying adventurers of all sorts, whether in fantasy (Elidor Trilogy), sci-fi (nineteen-part Foreigner series, Audie Award Finalist), horror (Alaskan Undead Apocalypse series), romance (True Heroes series), or nonfiction dramatizations (Hatching Twitter, Run!).
--- Source: Tantor Media

Check out Daniel's film credits on IMDB. (Note "The Walking Dead" role.)

The DEAD ALREADY audiobook will be available August 17.

Check out this audio sample on the Tantor Media page.

In DEAD ALREADY, past-haunted emergency physician, Zack Winston, and case-hardened defense attorney, Bridget Larsen, battle a malicious wrongful death malpractice suit. They uncover a conspiracy that trades in prescription drugs and murder-for-hire. A soul-bond forms between them.

Loulou Harrington

If you haven't discovered the Myrtle Grove Garden Club Mystery Series yet, Books 1 and 2 will be on available for FREE (five days each) during the month of August.

MURDER, MAYHEM & BLISS, Book 1, is FREE the week of August 9 thru 13 (Monday thru Friday) at Amazon.

A roving husband is found dead in his pool---and the niece of a Garden Club founder is suspected.

MURDER MOST THORNY, Book 2, is FREE the week of August 23 thru 27 (Monday thru Friday) at Amazon.

A body "drops in" to a lakeside picnic and tearoom owner Jesse Camden recruits her Garden Club buddies to help prove her friend is innocent.

The entire Myrtle Grove Garden Club Mystery Series is FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited:
'TIS THE SEASON FOR MURDER, holiday release, Book 7

Christina Dodd

Booksale! Today only, July 30 2021, STRANGERS SHE KNOWS, a full-length Cape Charade thriller starring Kellen Adams, is on e-sale for $2.99.

I have three deadly problems:
1. I've seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast---and she's in the line of fire.

"Dodd at her brilliant best!" (starred ALA Booklist review)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month! 

STRANGERS SHE KNOWS, today only, $2.99!


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Read the acclaimed Cape Charade series:
#1 HARD TO KILL: A Cape Charade Short Suspense
#2 DEAD GIRL RUNNING: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller
#3 FAMILIES AND OTHER STRANGERS: A Cape Charade Short Suspense
#4 WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller
#5 HIDDEN TRUTHS: A Cape Charade Short Suspense
#6  STRANGERS SHE KNOWS: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller

And especially for my audiobook fans:
Three Cape Charade Suspense Stories in Audio!

Christina Dodd downloadable/printable book list sorted by genre/series/in order.

Christina Dodd Books by Series. Click covers to read excepts, listen to audiobook chapters and find buy links.

Augustina Van Hoven

My next release THE DISCOVERY is available to pre-order. This is a novella that is part of the Tovenaar series. It tells the story of how Karl, the vampire's human assistant, met and fell in love with Avalyn of the water fae. The book will release on September 14th.

Chemist Karl Hansen is hiding from us former boss in a small Oregon town. Each day pretty much blends into the next until the cold rainy afternoon when he meets Avalyn, the woman of his dreams. One little problem, she's not really human. Her world is not a safe place to be, but he'll risk everything for her.

Avalyn of the water Fae is on a mission with others from the hidden community. Everything changes when she meets human Karl. Is loving him the right decision when he may not survive her world and her people mate for life?

Happy Reading.

Stacy Finz

I can't believe it's only a couple of months until Halloween. Why not start celebrating early with the THE CAFÉ BETWEEN PUMPKIN AND PIE, an anthology featuring stories from Marina Adair, Kate Angell and me (releases Aug. 31 at a bookstore near you).

In Moonbright, Maine, there's a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup---and the sweetest sorcery in the air . . .
During the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and the chance to hear the town's local legends whispered to the younger generation . . .

The most magically romantic legend of all promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three such singles, the crunch of fall leaves and the fragrance of fresh-baked pie sets the perfect stage for this most tantalizing trick---and most delightful treat---the genuine enchantment of true love.

"Halloween magic and the enticing aroma of pie fill the air of Moonbright, Maine, the small-town setting for this trio of quality autumnal love stories...There's plenty to love in this well-wrought anthology." --Publishers Weekly

Allison Brennan

The River City Mysteries have been updated and re-branded! If you haven't read these ebooks -- longer than short stories, shorter than books -- now's the time. Four suspenseful mysteries to tide you over until THE SORORITY MURDER comes out on 12.28.21. For more information, check out

Laura M. Baird

We're well into summer and although I'm already planning for autumn and the remainder of the year, there's still time to enjoy fun beach reads. The SUMMER HEAT anthology is now available in paperback!  So if you like a book in hand, settle in with this one that's packed with eight all-new steamy novellas -- available for a limited time. That's right, when summer's over, so is this collection. So don't miss out on stories that are receiving wonderful reviews. Enjoy international settings, laughs, and love. For some couples, it's love at first sight, others, it's a slow burn; but for all, it's sizzling! (Also in digital and in Kindle Unlimited.)

Claire Marti

Claire Marti is thrilled to share HOTEL KING, Book 1 of her new spin-off contemporary romance series, California Suits, releases August 12th!


Entrepreneur Ryan Michaels never loses. Well, except that time, a few years ago when he lost a promotion to spoiled rich girl, Charlotte "Charlie" Ray. Now he's forced to hire his nemesis to secure funding to develop a string of luxury boutique hotels. Not only does she not fit his corporate vision, but she's too damn attractive for her own good. And his.

Working as VP of Sales and Marketing for a luxury hotel is Charlie's dream job. Too bad her boss is Ryan Michaels, the same pompous stick-in-the-mud that she remembers. If he tells her that this project is his legacy one more time, she might scream. Or maybe kissing him will get him to shut up?

Because that's the other thing. The sizzling attraction between Ryan and Charlie is impossible to ignore. But everyone knows not to mix business and pleasure. Don't they?

HOTEL KING is available for pre-order at Amazon, BN, Kobo, Apple, and other retailers.

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Cathryn Marr

Bring a little extra sizzle to August with the supernatural romantic suspense, SOUL KEEPER! Readers are captivated by Luceire---Luc---a supernatural outcast who is shunned by humans and vampires alike.

"Being truly immortal rather than just exceptionally hard to kill, he'd never thought of himself as someone with a life to live, but rather with an existence to endure."

Then fate sends him on a collision course with Aurora, a young psychic who is only beginning to understand the depth of her powers. Can Luc find new purpose for existence as he partners with Aurora to defeat the darkness and evil that surrounds them?

"If you want an intense, haunting, alternate reality world to visit, then... Yes!!!! If you like heat, not just a whisper or a wisp, but full on blast furnace, then... Yes!!! If you like good vs. evil in its many forms, then.... YES!!!!!" -- Mary B., Gooodreads review

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips

USA TODAY bestseller WHEN STARS COLLIDE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is now available. This romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world's greatest opera singers---and a major diva is book #9 in the beloved Chicago Stars series. As with all of the Chicago Stars books, you don't need to read them in order. Each one stands on its own, so join Susan in the newest edition, WHEN STARS COLLIDE. When Mozart meets Monday Night Football, anything can happen.

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas.

Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets---and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she's been stuck with.

When two superstars collide...anything can happen.

Read an excerpt here and order your copy of WHEN STARS COLLIDE.

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Dani Pettrey

Get the book Dee Henderson says will keep you up all night! SUBMERGED is only $1.99 from 8/13 - 16!

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town...until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Enter the Thrilling Throwback giveaway! One winner will receive a copy of my book, SHATTERED, a copy of Dee Henderson's FULL DISCLOSURE, a copy of the DVD AUSTENLAND plus fun candy!

Enter here!

Sheri Richey

CHICORY IS TRICKERY , Book 6 in the Spicetown Mystery Series is a great summertime read!

It's springtime in Spicetown and Mayor Cora Mae Bingham discovers there may be trouble blooming along with the rhododendrons!

With construction in full throttle in the new subdivisions  and the income tax filing deadline looming over her head, Mayor Cora Mae Bingham is revamping the Annual Easter Eggs-Travaganza and trying to figure out who is in the Easter bunny suit this year, when a dead body has to be added to her To-Do list.

Trouble Cat


Welcome, children with a love of mystery and all things Sherlock. I am Trouble, the black cat detective of worldwide renown. While it might be considered vulgar in Victorian drawing rooms to tout one's own accomplishments, I may admire the mental tenacity of Sherlock Holmes (and therefore my own). Besides, I'm an American feline. A well-respected private investigator as well as, ahem, an aid to Cupid when those confused bipeds fail to read the handwriting on the wall. Seriously, hormones are wasted on humans.

All of that being said, my fabulous adventure at a Ren Faire, TROUBLE MOST FAIRE, is on sale for .99 cents (digital) the entire month of August and you can buy it right here,, in most any format. While I am always the star, I have to say, Tuck the pig is quite charming when he chooses to be.

The Trouble books are part of a multi-author series, all featuring moi. Check all of the books here.

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See you at the faire!

Christopher St. John


"A spellbinding must-read." -- Readers' Favorite -- 5 Stars

"A rebel rabbit turns the world of predators and prey on its head in this debut fantasy. An entertaining, imaginative post-apocalyptic scenario with special appeal for animal lovers." --Kirkus Reviews

"Great for fans of Richard Adams's Watership Down and David Petersen's Mouse Guard." -- BookLife by Publishers Weekly

A teenage rabbit fights back against a world that assigns her the role of "victim." WAR BUNNY eBook now available on Amazon for just $4.99.

Read the first four chapters free HERE!

Anastasia is a rabbit who does the unthinkable. She takes on a world of killers, launches a war between the predators and prey animals, and leads a group of outcasts in a desperate bid for freedom. It's a fast-paced story about survival, friendship, honor, love, and coming of age.

A great summer adventure read for tweens, teens, and adults! (Fantasy, 12+)



Carolyn Haines


WHO HAUNTS LOFTUS MANOR? For Tommie Sykes inheriting Loftus Manor in Wetumpka, Alabama, is both a blessing and a curse. The beautiful old estate holds potential as an inn, and the legend that it's haunted may be a boon. But the whispers that it's cursed? Not good for business or Tommie's health.

Harley Jones has lived on the estate as groundskeeper for the past five years. He and the former owner, Samuel Loftus, found friendship and good company over games of chess and a glass of Scotch. Harley never believed Samuel's rambling ghost stories about the manor. That is, until Samuel committed suicide and Tommie showed up to claim her inheritance. Now the strange happenings have him second guessing himself and following the lead of a strange black cat named Trouble.

Rumors of ghosts and hauntings have Trouble on red alert. A ghostie is one thing, but murder is another kettle of fish for the black cat detective. The game is afoot and he's on the job---finding clues and pushing Tommie and Harley toward romantic awareness---with his usual flair and keen observations of the "bipeds."

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