"The Woods is a sexy, small-town murder mystery that’s guaranteed to resonate with fans of Nora Roberts and Karin Slaughter." -Best Thrillers
A year after her sister’s death, Archeologist and part-time neurotic, Dr. Katie Somers returns to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs to sell her childhood home. She’d planned to be in and out in less than a week, but a chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns her perfectly crafted world upside down.
Army Ranger Jake Thomas only has one shot at a position with the FBI, even if that means concealing his true identity from those closest to him. As he tries to focus on the mission at hand, Berry Springs is rocked by two gruesome murders and it isn’t long before he and Katie become entangled in the killer’s web, while becoming suspects themselves by the prickly Chief of Police, David McCord.
As their attraction begins to sizzle, so does the danger when Katie stumbles onto new details about her sister’s death, leading her down a dangerous path.
A path she should’ve never stepped onto…
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"Thrilling suspense, full of passion, intrigue, and mystery. Pick up The Lake, you won't regret it." - Goodreads Member
Labeled a workaholic by his FBI comrades, Ethan Veech agrees to take a break from work and travel to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs, with nothing on his agenda but relaxation and drinks at the local bar. But, before he can even say “Another round, please,” a mysterious pair of human bones, a vicious murder, and a sexy criminal crashes his perfect plans.
A product of her harsh upbringing, Jolene Reeves doesn’t exactly live by the law, and makes no apologies for it, until her life is thrown into the spotlight when she stumbles upon a dead body in the bathroom of the Berry Springs B&B. After Ethan discovers Jolene’s true identity, he threatens to expose her past unless she helps him bring down the focus of his current case; the reclusive millionaire Slade Packer.
As their shaky alliance becomes clouded by their sizzling chemistry, another victim is brutally murdered and it isn’t long until Ethan discovers that Jolene is next on the killer's list.
And the clock to save her life is ticking . . .
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*Winner of the 2018 Golden Leaf for Romantic Suspense* *2018 Maggie Award for Excellence Finalist* *2018 Silver Falchion Award Finalist* *2018 Beverley Finalist* *2018 Passionate Plume Honorable Mention Recipient*
“The Storm is a beautifully written whodunnit, sprinkled with suspense, danger, and hot romance. The author does a fantastic job of creating a mix of fun, well-developed characters that kept me guessing who the murderer was. I couldn’t put it down!” — Goodreads member
“LOVED it! Great storyline and characters. The Storm has it all: mystery, suspense, romance. I knew I was really into it when I found myself thinking about the book when I laid down to go to sleep. I read it in two days.” — Amazon Customer
On a pitch-black wintry night, Detective Dean Walker finds a man in the middle of an icy road, with a bullet between his eyes—a murder that is eerily similar to his father’s, which was never solved. Coincidence? No, Dean doesn’t believe in coincidences. He also doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets the victim’s wife.
Psychologist Heidi Novak is hardly settling into her new mansion in the small, country town of Berry Springs, when she receives a late-night visit by the handsome Dean Walker. Seconds after learning that her husband has been murdered, gunshots explode around her and it becomes apparent that she is the next target.
With a massive winter storm looming, Dean races to find the killer and keep Heidi safe, while facing a long list of suspects, including Heidi’s arrogant sister-in-law and a local, crusty cowboy. As the evidence mounts, Dean becomes more convinced than ever that his father’s murder is connected to the death of Heidi’s husband.
And he can’t help but think . . . will Heidi be the second love he loses to the ice-cold killer?
*2019 Golden Quill Winner for Romantic Suspense, 2019 Maggie Award of Excellence Finalist, 2019 Stiletto Award Finalist* "One of my favorite novels of 2018." -Confessions of an Avid Reader
Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.
While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.
Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.
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When DNA evidence links Lieutenant Quinn Colson’s brother to the scene of a grisly murder, Quinn realizes he'll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.
Shooting range owner by day, yoga instructor by night, Bobbi Cross is as ironic as her two businesses—she’s an independent, tough-as-nails woman, except when she’s meditating away the discontentment she feels inside. But no amount of Zen can help her when she finds her business partner bludgeoned to death in a burning house. The scene is something straight out of a horror movie, excluding the smothering hot Police Lieutenant who saves her from the flames.
Quinn Colson accepted a position at the police department in the small, southern town of Berry Springs for one reason—to keep an eye on his little brother, newly released from prison. He couldn’t care less that the locals eye him like the plague, until he meets a green-eyed stunner at the scene of his first big case. Bobbi Cross is nothing like anyone he’s ever met, and when they team up to solve her friend’s murder, it becomes evident that no woman in town is safe from the ruthless killer, including Bobbi.
With a mountain of evidence that doesn’t appear to link together, the case is as confusing as his growing feelings for the town’s sweetheart… until a DNA test connects his brother to the scene of the crime. In an instant, Quinn’s world is turned upside down, and he realizes he’ll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.
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A gruesome murder linking to a famous painting sends FBI Criminal Profiler Eli Archer down a path of lies, deceit… and infatuation.
Eli Archer has been called many things at the Bureau, but carefree and light-hearted aren’t two of them. As one of the FBI’s top criminal profilers, Eli spends his days inside the minds of sadistic serial killers, and he’s got the brooding eyes and permanently packed suitcase to prove it. Days, murderers, and dead bodies blend together until he gets a call about a homicide that’s shockingly similar to a case that haunts him. He catches the next flight to the small, southern town of Berry Springs even though there’s no way the cases are connected because he already caught the killer… unless he didn’t.
Payton Chase grew up in a family rich in money, dysfunction, and secrets, leaving her with a mountain of cash and emotional brick wall to match. Determined to gain independence from her past, Payton buries herself in work, chasing her dream of becoming a network news anchor. When a young woman is found tortured to death, Payton is certain that this is the opportunity to catapult her into the spotlight… she just has to figure out how to work with the secretive—and incredibly sexy—federal agent who’s on the case.
As Payton's and Eli’s chemistry steams hotter than the heat wave blazing through the mountains, another victim is found that looks eerily like Payton, and Eli fears she may just get her lead story… with her name as the headline.
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After getting trapped in a remote cave, two strangers must work together to survive while being hunted by a ruthless killer...
Life is full of surprises, rescue swimmer Owen Grayson knows that better than anyone, especially when he’s forced to take an indefinite military leave and return home to pick up the pieces of his dad’s latest mistake. As Owen struggles to settle back into his roots, he is called to a remote cave where he discovers the mysterious death of his uncle wasn’t an accident at all. As the clues begin to unravel, it becomes apparent that the cave is hiding secrets worth killing for… and everyone on site has a target on their back.
Coming off a bad break up and an even worse few days, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Sadie Hart is brought in to excavate human remains found deep in the treacherous mountains of Berry Springs, in a cave rumored to be haunted, nonetheless. When her team stumbles upon a dead body before they even reach the cave, Sadie quickly realizes this is going to be no ordinary job—especially when she meets a particularly bull-headed Adonis who claims to be related to the victim.
A storm hits, trapping Sadie and Owen inside the cave with nothing but a flashlight and a small backpack with provisions… and someone who wants them dead. As the odds stack up against them, Sadie begins to fear she and Owen will become the next pile of bones found deep in the catacombs of Crypts Cavern…
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“With fast-paced action, steamy romance, and a good dose of mystery, Devil’s Gold is a solid whodunit that will keep you surprised at every turn.” -Siobhan Novelties "...smart, full of energetic thrills and chills, it's one of the best novellas I've read in a very long time." -Booked J
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until it takes a brutal turn.
While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When he becomes suspicious that Dixie’s current case is connected to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help investigate, and keep Dixie safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.
As the bodies start stacking up, Dixie turns the town upside down looking for the killer—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?
Time is running out, and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.
"McKinney really knows how to mix a great mystery with some very steamy romance!" -Amazon Review "All the good stuff—murder, mystery, romance, and witchcraft! Well written with strong characters and intriguing plot." -Amazon Review
After an afternoon of mind-numbingly boring surveillance in the woods, Private Investigator Raven Cane goes for a twilight jog to clear her head, only to discover a gruesome murder in the town’s most notorious cave, Hatchet Hollow. Minutes later, the impossibly handsome Lieutenant Zander Stone arrives at the scene to take over, but Raven has a hard time letting the case go. Why did the killer cut off the victim’s fingers? More importantly, who would do such a thing?
After a failed attempt at tracking down the elusive Marden Balik, aka, the legendary witch of the Great Shadow Mountains, Zander dives headfirst into Devil’s Den’s most recent murder, only to uncover twists and turns at every step—including a secret book of curses that may, or may not, exist. As the list of suspects grows, Zander does his best to keep Raven at arm’s length. But Raven is persistent, nosing her way into his case, making it increasingly difficult to keep his concentration on the task at hand, and off of her sultry body.
And when another woman is found brutally murdered, Zander worries that Raven has gotten too close to the investigation… close enough to put her directly in the killer’s sights.
Moments after an explosion rocks the sisters of Black Rose Investigations, Private Investigator Roxy Knight discovers two human skeletons buried in a secret tunnel under their stone mansion. Although rumor has it that the previous homeowners—a genius doctor and his wife—simply disappeared one day, the crack in his skull says otherwise. Is it possible they were murdered? More importantly, what were they hiding?
Fire Chief Weston Cage begins to believe he got more than he bargained for at his new job when he meets the emotionally icy but sizzling hot Roxy Knight, who seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders—and two corpses under her house. As the clues to the mysterious skeletons lead them to a grisly murder, Weston fears that Roxy has taken on more than she can handle, and is getting too close to the killer.
Although their chemistry is undeniable, Roxy has more important things to worry about, like solving the skeleton mystery and finding Krestel, the witch of the Great Shadow Mountains who tried to kill her sisters. And Roxy will stop at nothing to keep her family safe… even though her current case might put her six feet under.
Known for her exotic tattoos, peace sign T-shirts, and master interrogation skills, Scarlett Knight rounds up the crew of Black Rose Investigations for an evening of drinks, but Fiona is nowhere to be found—and nothing keeps Fi away from an ice-cold beer. Something isn’t right, and following her gut, Scar goes to Fiona’s last known location, which leads her to a creepy librarian rumored to be part of a witches coven, a missing teenager, and a dead body—but no Fiona. Fearing the worst, Scar makes a secret deal in return for Fiona’s location... but can she trust the source?
After a split-second decision cost him his career in the Army Special Forces five years earlier, Luke West accepted a position at Devil’s Den Police Department, only to lose his first case to the interview queen herself, Scar Knight. Luke still catches crap from the guys about it, so when he hears about a missing girl, he’d be damned if he let Scar outshine him again, even if her striking beauty could outshine any woman in town, or the tristate area for that matter.
Scar has twenty-four hours to solve the case of the missing teen and find Fiona before it’s too late, and she’ll do whatever it takes, even if that means putting herself in harm’s way…
After regaining consciousness from an unfortunate encounter with Krestel, the evil witch of the Great Shadow Mountains, Private Investigator Fiona Monreau finds herself dumped in the middle of the woods, awakening with a splitting headache, wiped memory, and only one Manolo Blahnik. And just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she stumbles onto Joel Davis, a former FBI trainee… with a bullet in his head. Unable to get him off her mind, Fiona spends her “recovery” chasing down clues and uncovering a super-secret society where money and greed run like water and secrets are enough to kill for.
Known around the FBI as “Scrapper” for his short temper and aggressive competitiveness, Noah Fox travels to the small, creepy town of Devil’s Den to investigate his comrade’s murder, only to find himself toe-to-toe with his former student and one-time makeout partner, the badass, fearless Fiona Monreau. Sparks instantly fly between them, and when Fiona begins to unravel the sinister group responsible for multiple dead bodies, Noah fears Joel’s murder might not be the only one he’ll have to investigate.
The countdown to the next full moon and Krestel’s demise is ticking, but Fiona has a murder to solve first… before she gets sucked into a dark web of secrets, and this time, never comes back.
After watching her father get brutally murdered, young Victoria Henry turned to painting to escape the painful memories of her childhood. Over three decades later, a house fire destroys her Texas mansion and takes the life of her cheating husband, unleashing a series of events that open up the dark past she’s tried so desperately to forget.
Former Navy SEAL, Police Lieutenant Danny Dabrowski, suspects arson and while questioning the sexy, alluring wife of the late William King, he becomes suspicious when Victoria shows no signs of emotion other than a fiery attitude toward him.
As Danny’s perception of Victoria becomes clouded by desire, all bets are off when he finds out that the past and present are linked to a dangerous cartel that only wants one thing from Victoria. The one thing she doesn’t even know exists.