The Miranda's Rights Mysteries
A love story, a mystery, and finding yourself when you thought there was nothing left to find.
Someone Else's Daughter (A Miranda's Rights Mystery)
Second Place, MMRWA HEA Contest - Romantic Suspense
A woman can never make herself too tough, too strong, or too street smart.
Thirteen years ago, Miranda Steele's baby was taken by her abusive husband and given up for adoption. Now Miranda has discovered a letter written by a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a mansion in Georgia and claims she's adopted. Could this be her long lost child? She's determined to find out. But in ritzy Buckhead, she discovers the dead body of a thirteen-year-old girl, strangled in a serial killer's ritual, and is accused of her murder.
When a sexy, southern gentleman detective bent on finding the killer comes to her rescue, Miranda refuses his help. She's made herself strong and independent. She doesn't need a man. But maybe the suave, smooth-talking investigator can tell her what she's burning to know.
Is the dead girl is her child? Or is she someone else's daughter?
Delicious Torment (A Miranda's Rights Mystery)
What happens when your old flame turns out to be a killer?
Still recovering from her recent knife fight with the abusive monster she was married to, Miranda is considering leaving Atlanta and the Parker Agency to continue the search for her daughter, Amy. She might stick around and become a full-fledged detective first, if it weren't for Parker himself.
She's intensely attracted to him. No man has ever treated her so well. But deep down, she knows it could never work between them. She doesn't want to be taken care of. Her independence was too hard-won. She told him that when she walked out on him.
Now Parker says he just wants to be her friend. Right.
At the ritzy Northwinds Steeplechase, Miranda discovers the body of a beautiful young horse breeder in a stall, her face smashed in by the hooves of her favorite stallion. The incident appears to be a bizarre accident, until the dead woman's sister approaches Miranda and claims the woman was murdered by her ex-husband. She begs Miranda to take the case and prove that he did it.
That's one reason to stick around. If she and Parker can keep their hands off each other.
Forever Mine (A Miranda's Rights Mystery)
Just a little while longer and I'll have everything I want...
Ever since she left her abusive husband, Miranda Steele has been a fighter. Over the years, she’s picked up martial arts and street fighting tactics, and now that she works for the Parker Investigative Agency, she can shoot.
But the battle with her inner demons isn’t so easy. Especially now that dead bodies are popping up again.
Distracted as she is by her struggle over the loss of her daughter and her anxiety over marrying her sexy boss, can Miranda stop an old wife-beating enemy, who has just discovered how much he enjoys murdering women?
Or will she become his next victim?
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A police thriller featuring GUTS team lead Lieutenant Maggie Delaney, a tough cop hunting down a crazed mafia hitman bent on revenge.
A police officer is shot in a crime-ridden Chicago neighborhood and Lieutenant Maggie Delaney's GUTS team is called in to investigate. When the clues point to the Mob's chief hit man, "The Meat Cleaver" -- nicknamed after the special way he kills his victims -- Maggie fears her past has come back to haunt her.
Twelve years ago, her father was shot to death by The Meat Cleaver's don, Dominick Carmelli, one of the most feared mob bosses in the history of the Chicago Outfit. Against her family's wishes, Maggie joined the police force to relentlessly hunt down vicious mobsters and gang members. Ten years later, she arrested Carmelli and got him sent to the federal penitentiary.
Now the Mob is out for revenge, with The Meat Cleaver doing the dirty work. The sinister plan is to make Maggie suffer by murdering the people she cares about in an ever-narrowing circle. First the police officer, a distant relative. Next a friend. Next a coworker. Next a closer relative. And finally, Maggie herself.
Troubles are brewing at home, too. Maggie's medical professor husband of fifteen years wants a divorce, while she finds herself fighting her own attraction to the charms of a handsome criminal defense attorney -- a profession she despises. But Maggie knows time is running out when she starts to get pictures of The Meat Cleaver's latest victims on her cell phone. Her team has to find the killer before it's too late for everyone.
This time it's not business . . . it's personal.
Prasala - a small country nestled below the Austrian Alps near Italy, filled with breathtaking landscapes, spectacular castles, and magnificent horses.
The Prasala Chronicles are stories about three women from Kentucky who travel to this faraway kingdom and fall in love with the handsome, powerful members of its royal family.
The Crown Prince of Heartache
Maggie Finalist - Short Contemporary
With his dark piercing stare, Julio de Chambonay might be the handsomest, sexiest man on the planet, but veterinarian Dr. Katy Matthews has no intention of getting involved with the Crown Prince of Prasala. She already learned how devastating a love affair with a rich man can be when she caught her ex-fiance, a wealthy horse-owner from Kentucky, cheating on her -- two months before their marriage. Just because Prince Julio seems to share her love for horses doesn't mean he wouldn't do the same. He'd better keep his distance or he'll lose his horse doctor.
Julio would never have chosen a woman as his new veterinarian. But the intriguing Dr. Matthews has arrested his attention. She's intelligent, bold, and shares his passion for horses. The titled ladies of Europe that clamor for his favor never held his interest the way Katy does. No woman he'd ever known would stand up to him, demand her fee, and threaten to leave his service. He must get to know her better. Nothing serious, of course. Tradition would never allow him to wed a commoner. And yet, when he kisses those luscious lips, Julio can't help wondering how he can ever live without them.
A Love Song For The King
Darcy Matthews, Katy's free-spirited sister, has always been the bubbly one, the one who cheered everyone else up. Though friendly and generous to her family and friends, she's always enjoyed making the men she's dated eat out of the palm of her hand. After all, love is a game. She likes being the one in control. That is, until she meets the dark, seductive King of Prasala. A man who takes her breath away and leaves her speechless. But Darcy can't get involved with him now. Her one chance to go to Los Angeles and fulfill her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter lies just before her.
To Leopold de Chambonay, love is a fantasy. Marriage itself is nothing more than a contract to be entered into as dispassionately as any business deal. He's always been the responsible one. And now that he is King, he has no time for frivolous romantic fantasies. Ruling Prasala is the business that consumes him now. That is, until he hears the lovely singer with the haunting voice and wonders...what are these raging passions he suddenly feels for his new sister-in-law? Can he control them? Or will they force him to set business aside for awhile?
Another Man's Baby
Maggie Finalist - Short Contemporary
Embittered by her recent divorce, pregnant Kentucky socialite Megan Russell escapes to Prasala, a lovely little principality tucked below the Austrian Alps. There she attends a party given by the dangerous Count Philippe de BelleBourge, the most notorious playboy on the continent. Finding her alone, the Count tempts Megan to throw caution to the winds. Since she's lost all trust in men, why not take up with the least trustworthy one of all? But is she heading for another broken heart? This time, she might not recover.
This beauty from Kentucky enthralls and bewilders Philippe. She makes him feel such . . . longing. He's never experienced such sensations with any woman, and there have been many. Could she be the woman in a million who could make him change his lifestyle? Could she be the one who makes him want to settle down? But . . . what if she refuses him?