Horse shows aren’t all fun and glamour. They also require long grueling hours of work. While unloading a trailer after a jam-packed show weekend, sixteen year old Spencer Reed discovers a stowaway child. Frightened. Mute. Who is the stowaway and why was the child hiding in the Rocking Bear’s horse trailer? At home, her grandfather’s new caregiver gives Spencer the creeps. There’s just something about him–but he seems to have found a way to ease her grandfather’s constant pain so Spencer says nothing. Spencer can’t resist a good mystery, especially when a child needs her help. But when she digs for answers she finds herself in the middle of more than she bargains for. The answers she finds could end up costing Spencer–and her grandfather–their lives.
Novellas four, five, and six of the Junkyard Dog series now available in a new collection. RUBY CITY Ruby City hides secrets thousands of years old. None worth dying for. One worth killing for. Major Rita King takes her newest crew member to visit the famed Ruby City where they find far more than Rita bargained for. Book Four of the Junkyard Dog series, Ruby City once again calls on Rita King’s brains and courage in an unexpected and richly detailed world. DOUBLE CROSS Sometimes even the simplest of tasks go wrong. Important business takes space pilot Rita King and her companions to the galaxy’s Central Bank on ZetiTau. ZetiTau: an efficient, strictly-controlled planet. Customers show up. Conduct their business. Spend a few credits. Leave. Exactly the way banking should be conducted. Too bad not everyone follows the rules. Double Cross takes Rita and her friends deep into the strange heart of ZetiTau banking where few have ventured before. SPIDER SILK Spider silk. Lighter than air. Indestructible. No wonder Rita King wears spider silk skinsuits and wants them for her crew. To get them Rita must give in to the Spider Woman’s unusual demand. “Come to Kwaku.” Kwaku. Home to the giant silk spiders. Never before visited by an outsider. Why the invite now? Book Six of the Junkyard Dog series, takes Rita King and her companions into the bizarre and deadly world of spider silk.
Get the first three novellas of the Junkyard Dog series in one collection. JUNKYARD DOG Smart, tough, and honest to the core, Margarita King loves being a galaxy cop. Loves the feel of deep space between the stars. Loves her ship. Everything changes for Rita the day someone she trusts sends her out to die. Book One of the Junkyard Dog series introduces Major Margarita King with a smart and edgy tale of betrayal in space. KRAKEN BLUES Monsters in the deep? The planet Harmos. Old Earth blues and jazz clubs, fresh seafood, and best of all, Rose’s Bath House. When Rita King finds Rose injured in her bath house, Rose will say only one thing: ”They’re back.” The next day Rose disappears. Join Margarita King as she faces a deep-seated fear to uncover the secret of the mysterious “they.” DEADLY CARGO Her ship needs repairs, so Margarita King heads to Weegan, home of the best mechanics in the galaxy. But the tiny Weegans refuse to let her land. A Weegan never turns away work. Rita senses trouble and a mystery that begs to be solved. A gripping tale of high stakes on a distant planet in the galaxy, Deadly Cargo delivers another adventure with space pilot Margarita King.
Spencer Reed’s grandfather is finally out of rehab. She travels to Tucson to drive him to Wind Star Ranch, a horse ranch and assisted care facility on the edge of the Saguaro Desert where her grandfather plans to spend the remainder of the winter. A ranch with a legend of missing gold. Spencer loves warm and arid Tucson. It beats a snowy winter in Minnesota. And Wind Star Ranch seems like a nice place filled with nice people. Until the owner ends up dead. Murdered in her sleep. Once again, a mystery lands in Spencer’s lap, one with deadly consequences. Join Spencer in the beautiful Arizona desert as she scrambles to identify a killer and locate a lost fortune in gold before the killer strikes again.
The fourth and final set in the Junkyard Dog Collection series. This collection contains the last four novellas in the Junkyard Dog series, including the answer to the question that began it all. Who wanted Margarita King dead? Ghost Ship: Bending time and space makes galaxy-wide travel possible. The one rule? Make sure no solid objects occupy the other end of your warp jump. When Margarita King and the crew of the Junkyard Dog exit a jump they nearly collide with a massive object. An object that shouldn’t exist. A good commander knows when to retreat. Rita King knows a unique opportunity when she sees one. Join Rita King and herunusual crew in the tenth book of the Junkyard Dog series as they solve the puzzling riddle of the Ghost Ship. Bolkarus Station: Even the best laid plans rarely work out as intended. Bolkarus Station: the Junkyard Dog’s last chance to make the dangerous rendezvous with Slade and hand over the precious and highly illegal Rose Sunstones. Bolkarus Station: an ugly refinery and refueling planet, a place no one in their right mind wants to visit. Perfect for a secret rendezvous. Margarita King plans to land, meet Slade, and leave as quickly as possible. Simple. Straight forward. Stay on task and get out of there. Join Rita’s crew on another strange adventure in the eleventh book of the Junkyard Dog series as they dig into the hidden world of a galactic refinery and the secrets it holds. Omega Lab: Need a replacement body part? No problem with all the specialized cloning labs in the Milky Way galaxy. Margarita King, commander of the Junkyard Dog, believes in the practice–except when it comes to her own body. She reluctantly agrees to visit Omega Lab, knowing she needs to be in top form to face her enemies on Mars Base. Her blind eyes put her at too great a disadvantage. Time for new ones. No one expects what happens next. Omega Lab, the twelfth book in the Junkyard Dog series, takes the reader inside the wonders–and darkest perils–of a cloning lab built deep inside a meteorite. Mars Base: The day of reckoning has arrived. Major Margarita King needs answers. Why had her ship been sabotaged? Who wanted her dead and who could she trust for the truth? The only place to find those answers–Mars Base, home of the Red Barons. Command thought she was dead. A funeral had been held. Someone was going to be mighty surprised when Rita showed up at headquarters. Mars Base, the final novella in the Junkyard Dog series, ends where Rita’s strange and unexpected journey began–with one big difference. You’ll have to read Mars Base to find out how it all ends!
Now you can enjoy the full Upheaval Series trilogy at a discounted price. Slow Walk Every journey begins with a need and a single step. SLOW WALK, the first book in the Upheaval series, introduces the reader to a new world where survival often means choosing who deserves to live—and who should die. Edge of Reality Sanity is madness put to good use. George Santayana Book Two of the Upheaval series, EDGE of REALITY takes the reader on an extraordinary and unexpected adventure in a world turned upside down. Solstice Moon Survival can be summed up in three words–Never Give Up. Bear Grylls Book Three of the Upheaval series, SOLSTICE MOON concludes Sydney’s courageous journey, traveling down twisty and challenging paths the reader never imagined.
Bounced through an asteroid field like a pinball, Major Rita King crashes her damaged star cruiser on a lifeless planet. Her troubles are just beginning. Rita loves her ship. Loves the feel of deep space between the stars. Loves being a galaxy cop. But holding the spot of top pilot in the elite Red Barons leaves little time for anything else in her life. Maybe that’s why she missed the signs that all was not well in her world. Someone she trusted tampered with her ship and sent her out to die. Things go from bad to worse when Rita’s repaired ship is captured and she is forced to work in a mine filled with a deadly bacteria. Even if she escapes she’ll be a fugitive from the very agency she swore to uphold. Her life in tatters, Rita fights to find answers. Who betrayed her, and why? The complete Junkyard Dog story. Includes the bonus short story Alcatraz Moon.
Sun Li’s dream of becoming a marine biologist falls by the wayside when she has to give it up to care for her sister and ailing mother. When their needs grow beyond what she can provide, Sun Li agrees to transfer her intelligence into a cyborg body in return for their lifetime care. Now she works in one of the west coast’s best known aquariums caring for the bad-tempered giant Pacific octopus named Rod. What happens when a powerful earthquake strikes the aquarium and Rod’s life is threatened? A short science fiction story with an unexpected twist, Cyborg Mermaid’s Song is available in digital format only.
Sixteen year old Spencer Reed lives with her crippled grandfather and a mother who refuses to leave the house. Home schooled and isolated, Spencer has no friends. Only the certain knowledge that she’ll inherit the family farm one day and be able to fulfill her life’s dream of raising horses keeps her from spiraling into despair. On the morning Spencer defends herself against the town bully, her life tumbles from bad to awful. That meeting triggers a chain of events that expose long hidden secrets. Deadly secrets. Secrets that someone still needs to protect at any cost–including murder. Gypsy Gold, the first book of a new YA mystery series, delights and entertains the reader with its quirky characters and unexpected plot twists.
Harriet Monroe’s dream job as public relations director for the exclusive Island Resort should be a piece of cake. After all, the resort has everything the well-heeled require for a top of the line vacation. If it wasn’t for those bodies that keep popping up . . . When the high profile Pelookie family books a week long retreat at the resort, Harriet works extra hard to give them what they want. This includes four busts of the family leaders carved in ice for a special unveiling at the week’s final family event. Exhausted from keeping everyone happy, Harriet can’t wait for the big event to be over and done with–until she checks on the ice sculptures and discovers that one has been defaced. Worse, she finds a frozen body locked in the kitchen’s industrial freezer with the sculptures. Against her better judgement, Harriet gets drawn into the Pelookie family’s darkest secrets–and learns that that is a very dangerous place to be.
Cassie Brown loves her life–except for one not so tiny thing. She can see the future and no one believes her. Cassie loves her dream job as a canvas designer at an upscale marina. She’s engaged to marry Portland’s most eligible bachelor, an up and coming lawyer in the city’s most prestigious law firm. Pretty amazing for a poor girl from the wrong part of town. She struggles to fit into her fiancé’s world, but he’s worth it. She loves him. Handsome Pauli drives the boat launch at the marina. Just a short stopover on his way to somewhere else. Until he meets Cassie and gets drawn in. He knows about her gift. He knows why no one believes she can see the future. He even knows what needs to be done about it–but can he convince her? Cassandra brings a modern twist and a much happier ending to an ancient tale of love and betrayal.
Novellas seven, eight, and nine of the Junkyard Dog series now available in a new collection. Rose Sunstone Does the end always justify the means? Once a galaxy cop who believed in the black and white of the law, Margarita King finds herself on a mission that straddles the line. As the Junkyard Dog carries Rita and her crew to the only known source for a powerful crystal known as the Rose Sunstone, she wonders if the end justifies the means. Should Rita risk everything–including the freedom of her crew—for a friend? They soon learn that not only galaxy law protects the rare crystal. Join Margarita and the crew of the Junkyard Dog as they tackle a deadly task in the tale of the Rose Sunstone. New Earth A trip to an amusement park turns into a scramble for their lives. . . Margarita King, owner and commander of the Junkyard Dog, decides to visit New Earth to give her friends some much needed rest and relaxation. New Earth: fashioned after the great amusement parks on Old Earth. Visitors from all across the galaxy come for the amazing rides and to test themselves at the games of skill. Prime marks for the gang of abandoned children with nowhere to go and only one way to survive. Book eight of the Junkyard Dog series, New Earth takes the reader on a wild and unexpected ride beneath the glitter of the galaxy’s greatest amusement park. Red Mist The galaxy holds many strange and dangerous things . . . Alone at the helm of the Junkyard Dog, pilot Margarita King notices a dense cloud of red dust approaching her ship. A strange anomaly of space never before recorded. Before Rita can react, an unseen force takes control of her body. Pressing in on her until she winks out of existence. Join the crew of the Junkyard Dog as they embark on their strangest adventure yet—one that will change all their lives forever.
In 1866, Zula Smith begins life on a lab table hidden deep in a limestone cave. Not quite human. Not quite Other. A mixture of both. Nearby La Crosse, Wisconsin bustles with pioneers heading west. Airships and paddle wheelers cross the great Mississippi River. Inventors flourish, including Zula and her father. When her father is arrested for the murder of a young woman, Zula must find the true killer before her father is hung for a crime he didn’t commit. But her investigation turns up far more than she expects. Secrets that will change her life forever. Set in one of the first gateways to the American west, Steampunk Heart will keep the reader turning the pages with its clever mystery and vibrant portrayal of alternate history in the Victorian era.
Need a replacement body part? No problem with all the specialized cloning labs in the Milky Way galaxy. Margarita King, commander of the Junkyard Dog, believes in the practice–except when it comes to her own body. She reluctantly agrees to visit Omega Lab, knowing she needs to be in top form to face her enemies on Mars Base. Her blind eyes put her at too great a disadvantage. Time for new ones. No one expects what happens next. Omega Lab, the twelfth book in the Junkyard Dog series, takes the reader inside the wonders–and darkest perils–of a cloning lab built deep inside a meteorite.
Courage is the mastery of fear. Mark Twain Three quarters of the earth’s people wiped out. No power. No phones. No fuel for trucks to move food into the cities. Anarchy rules. In a world where scavenging for even the most basic needs takes courage and cunning–who can you trust? Young Sydney Waters faces the greatest challenge of her life when she sets off to find a man who may or may not be alive. A journey of a thousand miles. Alone and on foot. SLOW WALK, the first book in the Upheaval series, brings alive a world where survival often means choosing who deserves to live—and who should die.
A small band of cult members kidnap the blind piano player Jordan James while his companion Sydney Waters hunts for food. Returning to camp, Sydney finds herself alone in the harsh and unforgiving Rocky Mountains. No sign of Jordan or the great hound Dogma. The threat of snow in the air. Sydney’s choices whittled down to one: she must continue alone toward her goal or die. Book Three of The Upheaval Series, Solstice Moon concludes Sydney’s courageous journey, traveling down twisty paths the reader never imagined.
Harriet Monroe needs to get away from her fiancé-turned-jailer. Taking her dream job as Public Relations Director for the exclusive Island Resort seems like the perfect answer to her problem, but things go horribly wrong when Harriet discovers a dead body only hours after her arrival on the beautiful island. Worse luck, the dead man turns out to be her ex. The news media loves it. Harriet, not so much. Not even settled into her office and she’s already bringing bad PR to the resort. Not an ideal way to start a new job. Trying to impress her new boss while suspected of murder makes settling in to the job next to impossible. Harriet’s only option? Find out who killed her ex. And while she’s at it, discover who is stalking her and why.
Murder. Adventure. Romance. All in one delicious read. Everyone working at The Island Resort is pitching in to help make Harriet Monroe's pilot program for young female orphans a smash success. The media gives the program rave reviews and companies are lining up to fund it. When Harriet’s newest group of girls find a body stuffed inside the water slide, she teams up with the resort's security director to find the murderer before word gets out and kills her program. But the search for the murderer only brings up more questions. What did the dead man have to do with pirates, treasure maps, and buried treasure–and who else is involved? Can Harriet find the answers before one of her girls gets hurt?
Bending time and space makes galaxy-wide travel possible. The one rule? Make sure no solid objects occupy the other end of your warp jump. When Margarita King and the crew of the Junkyard Dog exit a jump they nearly collide with a massive object. An object that shouldn’t exist. A good commander knows when to retreat. Rita King knows a unique opportunity when she sees one. Join the Junkyard Dog’s unusual crew as they solve the riddle of the Ghost Ship.
Danger lurks everywhere in the galaxy. Margarita King, owner and commander of the Junkyard Dog, decides to visit New Earth to give her friends some much needed rest and relaxation. New Earth, fashioned after the great amusement parks on the original Earth. Visitors from all across the galaxy come for the amazing rides and to test themselves at the games of skill. Prime marks for the gang of abandoned children with nowhere to go and only one way to survive. Book eight of the Junkyard Dog series, New Earth takes the reader on a wild and unexpected ride beneath the glitter of the galaxy’s greatest amusement park.
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