A Bitter Veil
Libby Fischer Hellmann
5 star literary fiction
It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.
The Unexpected Life of Carnegie Lane
5 star romantic suspense
WHO WOULD YOU BECOME IF LIFE GAVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE?
Carnegie Lane found herself in that very situation when her husband left her for a younger woman. She runs away from the comfort of her trendy Sydney suburb, dragging four reluctant children with her and heads for Bundaberg. All in the hope of disappearing completely.
Crossroads Road: A Novel
4+ star contemporary fiction/humor
Jovis McIntire’s quiet life in the suburbs is turned upside down the day his mother-in-law wins $234 million in a multi-state lottery. She quickly makes an identical offer to all her children and their families: a large, custom-built home, and two million dollars cash. But there’s a catch, a nasty hook hidden inside the bait. If the deal is accepted, they will be required to live together on a newly-created cul-de-sac in southern California, for the remainder of the matriarch’s life — a woman Jovis sarcastically calls Sunshine.
The Moose Jaw (The Fergus O’Neill Series)
5 star action/adventure
Strange things happen in the Alaska bush. The native Alaskans say that a white man, too long alone out there will go mad. Gus O’Neill suspects it may have happened to him. His two best friends, Hard Case Calis the old Alaska State Trooper, and Haywood Jennings the flying veterinarian think so too. Gus spends a summer on Moose Jaw Creek where he builds a cabin, finds a ravaged red-haired beauty he comes to love, and murders the man who had sexually molested her. When Haywood flies in to join Gus for a moose hunt he finds his friend alone and raving. There is no evidence that Gus’ redhead or the dead man he claims to have killed ever existed.
The Centaurus Legacy (The Adventures of Heck Thomas)
5 star sci-fi adventure novella
“The Centaurus Legacy” is a fast paced, action driven, novella filled with intrigue and suspense. It is set in the universe of lauded 22nd Century lawman, Marshal Henrick (Heck) Thomas who suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law when a criminal mafia mastermind with connections to the government links him to a series of heinous crimes. With the Bureau of Investigation and the Commonwealth Fleet in pursuit Marshal Thomas must find a way to avoid capture by corrupt officials, clear his name, and prevent the dangerous Centaurus technology from tipping the balance of power forever.