THE BOOKS

Not Flowers, but Love

As a shrewd executive, Jamie Dubois is no stranger to hard work, and her soaring corporate career is her well-deserved reward. But while her professional life has flourished, her personal life has stalled as her wishful fantasies of being swept off her feet collided with the realities of bumpy landings. And after a series of such disappointments, she has given up—at least for now—on the whole idea of marriage and white picket fences.

 

By the time she meets an ambitious heartthrob named Ken, Jamie is well-practiced at keeping her heart to herself. While she enjoys seeing him now and then, she has no intention of getting carried away. It's a long-distance affair, and she's sure that the distance will douse any careless flames that flicker during their occasional visits.

 

But Jamie's perfect dating arrangement abruptly ends when Ken unexpectedly moves to her hometown—and accepts a plum job with her employer. Suddenly, she has no way to avoid him or her long-buried desire for something real that she can hold onto. And the more she fights it, the more she wants it. Before long, her once predictable life is turned upside-down—and everything she wants becomes everything she can't have.

Walls Fall Down

There's an old saying that men are made to be hunters. And women who make themselves too accessible are unlikely to sustain the hunter's interest.

Such seems to be the case for Cassie, who twice thought she had found the man of her dreams only to be taken for granted by them both. But once her heart is beyond their reach, they will do almost anything to regain her affections.

Will either man get what he wants?

What's Done in the Dark

Everyone has secrets, but some secrets can have murderous consequences in this mystery thrill ride.

 

For nearly a decade, Mona Baker has lived a life of secrets and deceit on her terms. But when her wealthy husband, Aaron, is arrested, she discovers that he also has secrets, secrets that could get her killed.

 

When the police pressure Mona to cooperate with their investigation, she flatly refuses—until they drop a bombshell that shakes her to the core, leaving Mona no choice but to help them despite her mounting fears that Aaron's powerful allies are more determined to see her dead than the cops are to keep her alive.

 

After barely escaping a series of attacks on her life, Mona is eventually forced to make a desperate decision that sends her down a violent path from which there is no return.

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Where Do I Enter

 

Paige Cantrell is a young heiress who harbors painful, emotional scars. Having lost her mother in childbirth, she endures a lifelong battle with an irrational guilt that has shattered her self-esteem. As a coping mechanism, she overeats during her adolescent years, which leads to weight gain that draws merciless ridicule from her peers. Although she eventually subdues her food addiction, she remains haunted by these memories, and struggles with a deep-seated insecurity with her body. Her saving grace is her doting father, Barry, a self-made millionaire who built his music-business fortune on sheer determination. He sees much of himself in Paige and encourages her to follow in his footsteps. Under his guidance, she graduates from the finest Ivy League schools, yet struggles to find an identity on her own terms.

When Barry suddenly dies of a heart attack, Paige is left reeling, lost in a world in which she is now on her own. Honoring his final wishes, she assumes control of his company while juggling her own nonprofit organization. Months after his death, a stranger shows up at her office and claims to be her long-dead mother, a flagrant lie that incites Paige's rage. But is it a lie? She begins to question everything she thought she knew, and to probe a past that her father had used his vast power to keep hidden. As she uncovers heinous secrets about the man she’d always idolized, her quest to find the truth becomes a quest to find herself.