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I Want It All

As an author, I’m a tough sell when it comes to books. My standards are off the charts. If a story doesn’t grab me on page one, I rarely finish the first chapter. I devour well-written books with characters who stay with me long after the story ends, and I love to be swept away, lured into turning each page, twists, turns, mystery, intrigue, romance…you get the picture. If I demand those standareds in every book I write, why should I settle for less in the stories I read? I want it all––the crème de la crème! I’m too busy for anything less. Aren’t you?

Review swaps…not going to happen. I won’t trade my integrity for five stars. But if a book is in a genre I love and someone I know reccommends the story, I’m there. I’ll give it read and if I love it, I’m a loyal fan.

So, why am I blogging about books I love? Because YOU deserve the best! Every year, between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books are published in the United States alone. Many––perhaps as much as half or more––are self-published. But, on average, most sell less than 250 copies. These Days, anyone can publish a book…so choosing which ones to read can be challenging at best. And even if you read all the reviews, you’ll see conflicting comments.

I don’t claim to be a critic, nor would I want to be, but after teaching creative writing and drama for 20+ years and earning the title USA Today Bestselling Author, I know what works when it comes to writing. And I want to share the best books I read with you, my friends, family, and fans. I post some wonderful books in my newsletter along with crazy-good deals, but the crème de la crème I’ll post here on my website. Rest assured, if I recommend a book, the author and story earned my personal stamp of approval. These writers won’t be authors we all know and love, like John Grisham, Sandra Brown, or Diana Gabaldon…but I truly believe you’ll enjoy their work…try them…you just might find a hot NEW favorite!

Today I’d like to introduce:  

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Aaron Paul Lazar

A vacation on Cape Cod spirals out of control when the lure of ancient pirates’ gold incites madness in local feuding families, pulling two young lovers apart.

Mounting tensions give way to true danger as people start vanishing. And in the middle of a fast-brewing hurricane, Gus discovers the real secret at the heart of the feud: someone who will stop at nothing to make sure their side wins. Including murder.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Aaron Paul Lazar is obsessed with writing. With twenty-eight books to date, he’s earned twenty literary book awards. He writes mysteries, suspense, love stories, and more. You’ll usually find him writing his heart out in the early hours of the day – preferably in the dark, quiet hours when no one else is awake in his bustling household. Visit his website at www.lazarbooks.com to sign up for a free book and to learn about future deals.

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“Addictive, award-winning fiction.” 

Dear readers,

Murder on the Brewster Flats is the first “series crossover” book I’ve written, letting characters from the LeGarde Mystery series “meet” folks from the Paines Creek Beach love story series. I started writing it last summer, when my wife and I were on our annual vacation to Brewster, Massachusetts, on our beloved Cape Cod. I decided Gus and Camille really deserved a vacation, too, and just couldn’t resist plopping them down onto Paines Creek Beach.

Of course, I used the same location a few years back when I wrote my first love story, The Seacrest (followed by The Seacroft, book 2, and The Seadog, book 3)Finn, Jax, and Cody McGraw, Libby, Scout, and Rudy Vanderhorn, Fritzi, Jack Remington, and all the other characters who ended up populating the Paines Creek Beach love story series live on Paines Creek Beach in Brewster. So it just seemed natural that Gus would bump into them, particularly Jack Remington, in his forays along the beach.

It was fun having Gus meet my other beloved characters, especially Fritzi. I have a soft spot in my heart for her, mostly because after what she went through in The Seadog. I also loved reconnecting with Bubba and Lucy, Scout and Jack’s dogs.

So you see, dear readers, these characters really are “real” to me and I was ridiculously pleased to mix them together in this book.

For the record, I write most of my series books as “standalones,” so that you can go from say, book 12, to book 1, to book 4, without any difficulty or confusion. Please feel free to explore among the twenty-eight titles I now have to offer you.

Happy reading,

Aaron Paul Lazar

Get your free copy of the award-winning romantic suspense novel, Devil’s Lake.  Visit Aaron’s website at www.lazarbooks.com to explore all of his series and read excerpts from twenty-six books.

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LEGARDE MYSTERIES

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES

TALL PINES MYSTERIES

PAINES CREEK BEACH (Love Stories)

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW (Romantic Suspense)

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Buckle Bunny By Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Buckle Bunny

By Pamela Fagan Hutchins

The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds.

“Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next.” Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister’s Grave

Every cowboy at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo is hot for rising music star Maggie Killian. But Maggie is laser focused on her songs, her next show, and her future. She’s not going to be any cowboy’s buckle bunny. Down-and-out bull rider Hank Sibley needs big money fast, so he strikes a deal with the devil to lose in Cheyenne for cash. When Hank reneges to get Maggie to go out with him, the only thing standing between him and deadly payback is a pissed-off, buckle-wearing Maggie.

Buckle Bunny is the USA Today best-selling prequel novella to the trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion Award-winning series.

 

˃˃˃ See why Pamela wins contests and makes best seller lists.

    • USA Today Best Seller
    • #1 Amazon Best Seller
    • Top 50 Amazon Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author
    • Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
    • USA Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
    • Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist

˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an “up-and-coming powerhouse writer.”

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming.

˃˃˃ The reviews are in, and they’re good. Very, very good.

“Murder has never been so much fun!” — Christie Craig, New York Times Best Seller

“Maggie’s gonna break your heart—one way or another.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club

“Hutchins nails that Wyoming scenery and captures the atmosphere of the people there.” — Ken Oder, author of The Judas Murders

“You’re guaranteed to love the ride!” — Kay Kendall, Silver Falchion Best Mystery Winner

˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Maggie and her friends in the What Doesn’t Kill Youromantic mysteries.

Scroll up and grab your copy of Buckle Bunny today.

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About Pamela Fagan Hutchins

I like big butts and I cannot lie: horse butts that is. As in draft cross horses, which I ride with my hunky husband way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, WY and deep in the heart of Nowheresville, TX. I am a wannabe barrel racer afraid of going fast, an eater of ribeye, and the author of the USA Today bestselling What Doesn’t Kill You world of romantic mysteries.

{By the way, to get free exclusives, first looks, and special deals with my newsletter, go to  https://bit.ly/pamelaNL.}

You can read my What Doesn’t Kill You series of novels in any order or as standalones, but they’re a lot of fun if you do them like this:
1. Katie (PG-13): Saving Grace, Leaving Annalise, Finding Harmony
2. Emily (PG-13): Heaven to Betsy Earth to Emily, Hell to Pay
3. Ava (R, sexual situations): Bombshell, Stunner, Knockout
4. Michele (PG-13): Going for Kona, Fighting for Anna, Searching for Dime Box
5. Maggie (R, language): Live Wire, Sick Puppy, Dead Pile (plus shorts Buckle Bunny and Shock Jock)

When I’m not writing or riding, I’m passionate about hiking, always with a couple of rescue dogs (and an occasional goat and donkey), bear spray, a mountain lion knife, and my Judge. NO ANIMALS HAVE BEEN HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS LIFE ADVENTURE (but don’t sneak up on me).

I’ve made some lists and won some awards, yada yada. 2018 USA Today Bestseller. 2018 #1 Amazon Bestseller. 2018 Top 50 Amazon Author (Romantic Mystery, Romantic Suspense). The 2017 Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery WINNER (Fighting for Anna), the 2016 and 2015 WINNERS for USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Hell to Pay, Heaven to Betsy), and others. With downloads of nearly 2,000,000 for the What Doesn’t Kill You world, readers seem to enjoy my smart, sassy female sleuths–I think they have exceptionally good taste. {insert silly grin here} Lots of them follow my podcast, too, where I fangirl my favorite authors and interview them for your listening pleasure.

If after all that you still want to learn more about my books, my podcast, or me, then God Bless Ya, and head over to http://pamelafaganhutchins.com

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Reign of Fire Hits Audible

Reign of Fire Hits Audible

 
 
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When love sparks danger – Even ash burns! LISTEN…Discover the Magic in Reign Of Fire!

Now you can listen to Reign of Fire, too! Check out this Excerpt!

Available on AUDIBLE—with narrator, Kristin [KJ] James, who totally rocks!

USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, presents a political thriller with military and supernatural elements in Reign Of Fire.

Reign Of Fire

 

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Summer Review Wars

Announcing Moonlight And Mysteries Epic Events

Moonlight And Mystery Authors are thrilled to announce our hot, new epic event, SUMMER REVIEW WARS. Be excited…be very excited! Our Review War events will change reader/author relationships forever.

The dream of every author revolves around one thing––getting reviews. Without them, our books are lost in the oblivion of a never-ending sea of publications. As authors, the creators of Moonlight and Mystery drift on the same ocean. How can our fabulous books stand out in such a swamp? I discovered the secret to what we need most …

 

 

 

Readers…especially readers who will write reviews so potential readers can not only find our stories, but will be inspired to read them. We need sales to validate the value of our career, not to mention pay a bill or two.

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Summer Of ’78 By USA Today Bestselling Author K.M.…

The Summer of ’78: A Gripping Romantic Crime Thriller 

When You’re a Serial Killer’s Type… K.M. Hodge does it again!

“Could not put this book down. Excellent thriller.”–  Amazon reviewer 

Plucky twenty-year-old, Susan Evenbright pledges to make her last summer in Texas a big one. With only an army surplus bag and a brand new journal in hand, she sets out to hitchhike from her home in Abilene all the way to Austin to catch Willie Nelson live in concert. But what starts out as an innocent adventure soon turns…

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Reign of Fire

When love sparks danger…even Ash burns.

To expose a faction threatening America’s democracy, Emily Rose joins forces with a team investigating her sister’s murder, but she never expects to fall in love––or to encounter her twin’s ghost.

Ashton Frasier accepts his detective career choice means a life of bachelorhood––until Emily Rose blows into his world. The spitting image of his latest victim holds a mysterious allure he can’t deny.

Surrounded by danger with the country’s democracy at stake, can Emily and Ash find Alyssa’s murderer and uncover a deadly shadow government threatening to take the White House?

Keywords: military, romantic suspense, supernatural, ghost, pets for vets, military thriller, women sleuths, thriller, mystery, detective, political thriller

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Fione Quinn’s Cold Red

COLD RED

By Fiona Quinn

Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest.

It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

A USA TODAY BESTSELLING novel.

It’s hard to explain why a criminal would go to such lengths for the guy who is determined to throw her behind bars. Anna might even welcome some food and rest in a federal jail cell if she can get out of the wilds alive. She walks into the house and is met with flashbang… Read more “Fione Quinn’s Cold Red”

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Lily’s Homecoming By Anna Celeste Burke

 

Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

By Anna Celeste Burke

 

When Lily returns home to California’s wine country, sparks fly amid a hail of bullets as she and US Marshal Austin Jennings take cover. Who wants Lily dead? Money, fame, and love all come into play as motives when Lily and Austin try to find out who sent hired guns to kill…

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Blue Lady’s Mission Under Fire by Stephanie Tullis

 

MISSION Under FIRE

By Stephany Tullis

THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

Angelica Mason, AKA THE BLUE LADY, along with her faithful crony and sidekick Jonathan C. Jarewski face new challenges and stare down old demons as they join forces. When Mayor Luke Evans fires Mason and demotes Jarewski Beckham Johnson, Washington, DC colleague and mentor, rescues her from the unemployment lines with an offer she can’t refuse. Without… 

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