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Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery

Tender Enemies

By S.R. Mallery

When Lily sets up a spy trap, she faces great danger––of falling in love.

It’s 1941 in New York City, a time before Pearl Harbor, when Nazi spies are everywhere in the U.S. and no one knows who’s working for whom. In comes beautiful Lily, paid to gather intelligence by setting up a “honey trap” for Joe Stiles, a supposed German infiltrator. Problem is, she soon faces a danger she Read more “Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery”

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Chasing Secrets by Alyssa Richards

Chasing Secrets

By Alyssa Richards

 

Her husband’s secret is priceless. Her attempts to retrieve it could be deadly.

Barbara had everything she ever wanted—a successful career, a loving husband, and a beautiful baby on the way. She even had the incredible gift to know everything about a person from hearing their first name. But when Barbara’s husband somehow evades her ability…

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Lake Lanier Mysteries

Mystery And Strange Phenomenon In Atlanta’s Lake Lanier

Mysteries, Death, and Lore abound in Georgia’s Cursed Lake

Part One 

Beneath The Lake by Casi McLeanShadows of the past linger in a town time forgot, a ghost town that lies beneath Atlanta’s famous man-made Lake Sidney Lanier. Chilling lore mounted as victims vanished beneath the surface, trapped below sheared-off trees and crumbling town remains. The mystery and strange phenomenon sets the stage for Casi McLean’s Lake Lanier Mysteries series. Could blasting initiate a seizmic shift creating a portal through time? Beneath The Lake, [Beyond The Mist to be released August 2017, and Between The Shadows in 2018]––tales forever bound by a tiny hamlet nestled in the north Georgia mountains, and the eerie lake that swallowed everything in its path. Join us for a trip through time as Brent Swancer describes the ghostly apparitions, freak accidents, and mysterious murders in Atlanta’s cursed lake.

Favim.com-9689-570x306Some places in this world seem mysterious…to the point where they almost seem to be beyond the comprehension of mankind. There are mysteries in these places that defy any attempts to explain them, and the very soil and water itself here seems to reverberate with some evil force that pervades its very being. These mysterious places seem to draw death, misfortune, and the bizarre to them like a magnet, and if there are indeed cursed places in this world then these are them.

One such enigmatic place…

..can be found nestled within the rolling, verdant foothills of the northern mountains of the U.S. state of Georgia. This is a locale that has long been associated with strange phenomena, weird creatures, and most sinister of all, a large number of inexplicable deaths and unsolved murders. This is the cursed lake of Georgia…

Lying in the northern part of the U.S. state of Georgia, sprawled out among the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains for 26 miles, 75 meters (258 feet) deep at its deepest point and with an area of 150 km2 (59 square miles) of water and 1,114 km (692 miles) of shoreline, is Lake Sidney Lanier, imagescommonly referred to as simply Lake Lanier. Actually a manmade reservoir, Lake Lanier is the largest lake in Georgia and even sports a chain of islands that were originally large hills before the lake was formed.

The origins of Lake Lanier can be traced back to 1948, when the U.S. government purchased a 100-acre farm from a river ferry operator by the name of Henry Shadburn in order to start a water project on the Chattahoochee River for the purpose of providing the city of Atlanta with hydroelectricity, flood control and water supply. In 1950, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began breaking ground and constructing the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, which would be completed in 1956 and begin the process of flooding the foothills to create the lake.

The creation of Lake Lanier was beset with problems from the beginning.

Funding for the project faced numerous hurdles which stopped and started construction to the point where it is amazing it was actually finished on schedule. Additionally, the Corps of Engineers, as well as the states which use the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin, comprised of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, all squabbled over water flow requirements, consumption caps, how the water should be used, and whether to give it priority as a water supply, hydroelectricity source, or even recreation.

All of this while juggling the federal laws that demanded water be set aside for threatened or endangered 886x522xLion_City.png.pagespeed.ic_.dcqZf1RWQcspecies that lived in or around Chattahoochee River.

The states of Alabama and Florida were particularly unhappy about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulated the flow of water from Lake Lanier to their states. There was even debate over what the lake should be called, with the builders finally settling on the name of the poet Sidney Lanier.

Then there was the rather destructive nature of the lake’s creation.

The U.S. government began a mad dash to ravenously purchase land from private companies, farmers, and anyone else who lived in the area that would inevitably wind up underwater. During the 5 years it took for the lake to completely fill to its intended water level, the government would buy up over 50,000 acres of prime farmland and pristine wilderness, moving more than 250 families, 15 businesses, and even relocating 20 cemeteries along with their corpses in the process. As the nooks and crannies of the mountain foothills filled with surging water, the inexorable spread of the lake devoured entire towns along with their buildings and houses, farmland, fields, bridges, toll gates, historical landmarks, river ferry businesses, a racetrack called Looper Speedway, country roads, forests, and other lakes.

Many of the structures that would be inundated were simply left as is, so that if one were to walk along the lake’s bottom one would find submerged towns complete with roads, walls, and houses all eerily intact; abandoned underwater ghost towns inhabited only by fish and perhaps ghosts of the past. Even the ferries that were put out of business by the lake’s creation were simply abandoned to become rusting hulks littering the bottom and the shore…

I’ll leave Brent’s story there until my next post. But in the mean time…

Imagine you just saw your fiancé groping someone else. You tear off into the throes of a torrential storm, hydroplane and flip your car. Thrown into the lake, you lose conciousness and awaken with no idea where you are. The scent of the hostile spring storm now gone, you breathe in the smell of a cool, crisp November settling into the North Georgia foothills. Feel the anxiety upon opening your eyes, realizing you’re in the arms of a complete stranger, then discovering you’re in a place you’ve never heard of––thirty four years before you were born. You’ve fallen through the time portal beneath the lake.

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The Mystical Muse

The Asylum by Aaron Paul Lazar

The Asylum

By Aaron Paul Lazar

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.

Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms…

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Running with Horses by Suzanne Jenkins

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Running with Horses

By Suzanne Jenkins

Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe.

Local folklore said Mindy Murphy was born on the back of a horse. Mucking out stalls and spending days surrounded by beautiful horses on her grandfather’s ranch is all she needs. The only caveat is…

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Lake Lanier Mysteries

Lake Lanier Mysteries Audio Clips

If you love audiobooks as much as I do, you probably have an Audible account…If not, I have some great news and a surprise waiting for you…just make sure you read this blog post through to the end!

If you love mystery, romantic suspense, time slips, thrillers and stories with a dusting of magic or a sprinkle of supernatural paranormal, then please don’t miss Lake Lanier Mysteries. A romantic suspense thriller, with a time slip…A ghost town time forgot––A romance you’ll remember forever!

This multi-award winning series will grab your heart in book one, BENEATH THE LAKE, spiril onto a rollercoaster ride into book two, BEYONED THE MIST, and won’t let go until book three, BETWEEN THE SHADOWS, ends in a satisfying happily ever after that will linger in your mind long after you read THE END! But don’t take my word for it…listen for yourself. I’ve taken an audio clip from each breathtaking story below. Scroll down and give these stories a listen for #FREE.

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Moonlight And Mystery

Virtually Lace

Virtually Lace

By Uvi Poznansky

Michael creates a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he solve it in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Haunted by the memory of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of her murder…

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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

By Kathryn Knight

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes…

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Awesome Authors Highlight Constance Bretes

Blue as Sapphires

by Constance Bretes

Constance Bretes hot new release, Blue As Sapphires, an R-rated  contemporary romance brings to spousal abuse front and center in this tender love story.

About Connie

Connie began her career as a secretary in 1977 for the State of Michigan as a civil servant. She retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation after 38 years as the department’s forms analyst. She has an MBA in Business Administration – Leadership Studies, and a BA in Business Management.

She has six books published, with five more on the way.

Connie spends most of her time behind her computer, writing, editing and researching for her next story. When she’s not there, she can be found checking out ghost towns, sapphire mining, and gold panning with her best friend and husband, Jim. Her other hobbies consists of basket weaving, and jewelry making.

She is a member of RWA’s From The Heart Romance Writers, and Kiss of Death Romance Writers, and lives in Basin, Montana.

Blue As Sapphires by Constance Bretes

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National Statistics. On average, nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States…one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

Statistics – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Blue As Sapphires was born from my love of sapphire digging, and gold panning in the beautiful Gem Mountains and Rock Creek River that runs through Philipsburg, Montana. Another issue that I’m passionate about is doing away with domestic abuse. I took the two subjects and combined them into a story that made Marissa determined to survive and overcome her ex-husband’s physical and emotional abuse, and the sheriff, Riley McCade, who is determined to love and protect her.

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Escaping from her abusive ex-husband, Marissa Simpson came back to her hometown to start over. She had no intention of getting involved with another man, or with the community she left behind all those years ago. That is, until Riley McCade showed up.

Riley was the Sheriff of Granite County and he commanded a work force of fifteen deputies. He loved his community and went out of his way to protect and serve. When he met up with Marissa, he was bound and determined to get to know her even though she said she wasn’t interested.

The more he got to know her, the more he learned of her past. Could he protect her and earn her love?

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Marissa laid back and wrapped her arms around Riley’s neck. She brought her lips to within an inch of his. She stared into his eyes and noticed how tender they looked. She moved in a little more, and her lips met his. He moved his mouth over hers, devouring it. While the fireworks were going off in the sky, Marissa felt her own fireworks. His kiss sent a shock wave through her entire body. Riley guided Marissa so she was on her back and he was partially on her. His Stetson concealed their faces. They continued to kiss and touch, looking lovingly at each other, and then kiss again.

The fireworks lasted for fifteen minutes, and suddenly a flashlight shone on them and voices interrupted them. Three firefighters stood in front of them singing a line from Burning Love.

Riley and Marissa quickly broke apart.

“What the hell?” Riley said. A hint of irritation laced his voice. He abruptly stood up, grabbed Marissa’s hand, and pulled her up.

“We were told that there was sparks on the ground, and we were asked to put it out,” Mitch said, laughing.

“Just who the hell told you that?” Riley asked.

“Heidi,” John, second firefighter, said with an amused smile on his face.

Riley and Marissa shot Heidi a glance.

“We can see that the sparks have been put out so we’ll head back to the truck.” Mitch smiled even wider.

Dave and Cindy stood off to the side chuckling. Someone from the crowd that had gathered around them asked, “Hey, Sheriff, got a new girlfriend?” Ripples of laughter rang through the crowd.

Marissa continued to glare at Heidi. She couldn’t believe her friend would do something like that. As the party broke up, Marissa said to Heidi, “We will talk later.”

Find Connie Bretes:

Website: www.constancebretes.com

Blog: http://www.constancebretes.com/connies-blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnieBretes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Connie-Bretes-385409614906182/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737457.Constance_Bretes

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