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Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best13 days ago
When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture—Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular. Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?
Too Many Women in the Room, Joanne Guidoccio
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best13 days ago
Hallelujah Weiss, writer for the steamy sudser As the Planet Spins, gets a second chance at love when she flees to Italy to get over her recent divorce, courtesy of her cheating ex-husband’s credit card. A woman scorned, Hallelujah has sworn off men and is determined to reinvent herself. The new Hallelujah is eager to live life on the edge, more like Polly, a character she writes and idolizes. Lonely Berlin hedge fund manager Alexander Stone, a number cruncher who puts his faith in numerical data, still believes in destiny, despite the fact his fiancée just dumped him. Always a man with a plan, Alexander did not plan on Hallelujah.

After a chance encounter on a flight to Rome, the unlikely pair faces danger when they team up to return to their rightful owner a stash of WW II vintage jewels. The hidden diamonds hold the key to an unsolved mystery and a promise of love.
Stumble Stones: A Novel, Marilyn Baron
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best13 days ago
Young widow, Adorna Miggins is running a lodging house in 1829 Edinburgh which has just been rocked by the Burke and Hare murders. The income from her business keeps her and Aunt Toffy fed and housed. But lately her aunt has been communicating with a spirit—a feisty Roman named Meridius with a taste for bannocks and mischief. Adorna is afraid if her aunt's eccentric behavior becomes common knowledge it will destroy her reputation and that of her boarding house.

Tobias Rawlings is newly returned to Scotland on a secret quest he doesn't wish to share. He sparks everyone's curiosity when he goes out each day and returns covered in dirt and will not say what he is up to. Is it larceny? Ditch digging? Grave robbing? He is a mystery that occupies Adorna and Toffy's interest.

Soon Toffy begins to find lost items and solve the unsolvable with the help of her spiritual advisor. Adorna simply cannot believe that ghosts exist and even if they did why would a Roman ghost be residing in her humble lodging house?
Aunt Toffy and the Ghost, Linda Lea Castle
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best20 days ago
Janet Ennis tragically died five years ago in what the police labeled an accidental fire. But Janet’s mother, Nora, believes it to be murder and arson. And she’s hoping ex-cop Michael McLaren can prove it quickly, for she’s losing her memory to dementia. As McLaren pokes through the case details, he becomes emotionally involved with the dead woman. Yet, Janet isn’t the only person who threatens his mental well-being. A series of arsons on his own property hint that he’s upset someone connected with this case. Motives for Janet’s murder rise like the smoky tendrils of a fire. And, motive aside, the murder scene seems a bit too pat: a drought-stricken landscape eager to lap up flames and a conveniently locked door barring Janet’s escape.

Will McLaren solve the case while Nora can still comprehend the resolution, or will Harvester’s plans see McLaren’s career go up in smoke?
Shadow in the Smoke, Jo A Hiestand
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best20 days ago
Things at the ghostly junkyard have calmed down since Mel Hargrove and her boyfriend, Becker, destroyed a nasty ghost bent on mischief and mayhem. So when Becker brings a stray dog to her house, one that seems to understand far more than it should and might have brought along a ghostly friend, she is not exactly happy. A junkyard full of ghosts is no place for a pet — or for ghosts she can’t see or talk to.

She tries everything she has in her arsenal to get answers, but time is running out when she finally realizes what they’re up against. No amount of hairspray, jelly shoes, or lace gloves is going to get her out of a confrontation that threatens not only her home but possibly her very life.
Don't Dream It's Rover, Misty Simon
Palatium Books
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When English professor Lam Corso receives a death threat at work, he laughs it off. A liberal activist teaching at a small Southern conservative college, he's used to stirring up controversy on campus. It's just part of the give and take of life. Even when violently attacked, Lam is convinced it has to be a mistake. He can't imagine anyone who would want to kill him for his beliefs. When his home is broken into and his wife's business vandalized, Lam is forced to face facts. The police can't find a single lead. Lam's wife—a passionate anti-gun crusader—is outraged when Lam brings a gun into the house for protection. Left to their own devices, Lam and Susan must examine their marriage, faith, and values in the face of a carefully targeted attack from an assailant spurred into action by a different set of beliefs. What will it cost to survive?
Sacrificial Lam, Gary Guinn
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
Unshaven, unkempt, and an avid Boston Red Sox fan, Alan Simpson is a reluctant psychic and tracker of persons, missing or dead.
When the mayor's son is kidnapped, Alan is brought in to investigate the crime.
From the start, Alan is haunted by the image of a beautiful and troubled young woman named JuliaÔÇöa woman he is fated to love.
But Julia is part of the crime and the pawn of Seth Stone, a powerful psychic questing for ultimate power.
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
“A maritime Da Vinci Code meets Jurassic Park.” — Karen Sullivan, Marine Biologist, author

When a renowned marine biologist threatens to expose the death of a killer whale in captivity—and bring down the aquatic empire of ruthless tycoon Mitchell Chandler—she ends up dead.

But Chandler doesn't stop there. He blackmails the victim's best friend, firebrand commercial fisherman Zora Flynn, into secretly capturing another orca. The bait: Zora's kidnapped mother.

Then a super-species of killer whale surfaces in Puget Sound—creatures of mind-bending size, speed, and intelligence.As the world watches, awe-struck scientists race to understand the whales' sudden appearance and Zora makes two chilling discoveries: Chandler will kill again to protect his empire; and the rogue orcas have returned for one reason… to exact justice.

“An action-packed thriller about greed, corruption, and power… adrenaline-pumping… compelling.” —Kirkus Reviews
Rogue Justice, William Neal
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!

As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it's too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?

Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.

Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?

Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
Larry Barnes has made a spectacular discovery--an invisible portal to a parallel universe, where Burger King is Burger Queen, cell phones are huge, and his hometown doesn't look anything like the place where he lives.
When Larry returns, he tells his best friend, Kevin, who convinces him to re-enter The Portal. What could go wrong?
This time, Larry and Kevin enter a world devoid of modern technology, where “America” doesn't exist, and New England is losing the war against Canada and New Portugal. Unable to get back to The Portal, they offer their knowledge to the New England army in order to survive and gain hope of returning home.
But when the ambitious lieutenant using their services discovers just how valuable Larry and Kevin's knowledge is, he changes the plan.
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
A pulse-pounder full of humor and heart, the latest in the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series.
Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily has her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trial for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims a witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman. Before he can mount a defense, Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her, and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.the lives of these two teens, or jeopardizing her own chance at a life with the two people she cares about most.
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
Dan Taylor has survived two attempts on his life. The rest of his team is missing, and now a terrorist group has stolen a radioactive isotope from a top secret government project.

Can Dan survive long enough to prevent a nuclear disaster on British soil?

With the Prime Minister determined to re-negotiate the country’s place in the European Union, and deals being struck behind closed doors, Dan stumbles across a plot that will shake the country to its core.

If his mission fails, his enemies will overthrow the British government, and Dan will be a wanted man.

If he wants to succeed, he’ll have to sacrifice everything…
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh. Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Lord Victor Lowell, the man of her dreams and darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess.

Trapped in an ever escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass, blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight.
Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste
Mia Jo Celeste
Other Than
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best2 months ago
INNOCENT AS A GEORGIA ROSE…
Meg Brown vows her life and dreams won’t follow the narrow aristocratic Southern pretensions of her parents. She’ll never be a debutante nor make a dynastic marriage. Her brother escapes to the Air Force and is sent to Vietnam, while a distant college offers her freedom of another kind. There, too young and reserved for most social activities, Meg is involved with her colorful roommates and their friends. Two men challenge her deeply held values. Ferrel, with his dancing blue eyes, exemplifies the “if it feels good, do it” philosophy of the era. Cass, a grad student of hard experience, regards everything with world-weary cynicism. One offers Meg friendship that survives the hardest test and lasts forever. The other leads her to a breaking point where everything she believes about herself comes to a shattering halt. Only one thing will keep her going—the infant conceived on the worst night of her life.
Innocent Journey, Fleeta Cunningham
Fleeta Cunningham
Innocent Journey
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best3 months ago
Jim O'Connor, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, is a handsome, charismatic family man—and a future contender for the presidency.

But when O'Connor discovers his mistress brutally murdered in her apartment, he becomes a number-one homicide suspect of the Boston Police Department.
With November on the horizon and his campaign spinning out of control, the Senator must hunt down a killer in the capital of lies—in order to salvage his battered political career… and his own life.
Senator, Richard Bowker
Richard Bowker
Senator
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best3 months ago
George T. Morris, a successful California businessman, comes to Washington to be Secretary of Energy. Morris is astounded by the inept President and his floundering administration in the face of an energy crisis. Working with General Thomas, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Morris fashions a daring and creative solution.
The Fourth of July War, Allan Topol
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Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best3 months ago
After a near fatal accident, Reegan McGrath is warned never to come back to Willows Bluff. For years she stayed away despite the haunting nightmares. Now, with her grandmother dying, Reegan returns to find an evolving second sight, a man she is fated to fall in love with, and an overwhelming reaction to an old foe. Well aware that the people in Willows Bluff still believe she murdered her father, Bernadette Howard is reluctant to open up to anyone, least of all Reegan McGrath. But fate has other ideas when the two women uncover their connection to a decades-old curse. To unravel the mystery that’s destined to destroy them, Reegan and Bernie need to put aside their mutual distrust. They must “see what was unseen, learn what was unknown, right what was wronged, or suffer the same.”
Between Death and Destiny, W.L. Brooks
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best3 months ago
On the verge of her long-sought career breakthrough, singer Isbel Vargas has just completed the performance of a lifetime when a kidnapper demands a ransom for her father. Thanks to his car theft and antiquities operation, her father will be arrested if she involves the Acapulco police. Who can she turn to?

Isbel's ex-boyfriend, Cane Mullins, is once again south of the border, purportedly tracking down his beloved Camaro, a vintage street rod stolen years before by her father. Cane gets more than he bargains for, though, when he again crosses paths with the exquisite singer. Chased at high speed through the Sierra Madres, the former lovers search for Isbel's father and a priceless sword he has hidden away, the sole surviving Aztec maquahuitl, while sparks fly and passion reignites. But can Isbel trust Cane again…with her heart?
A Serenade to Die For, David Jackson
Palatium Books
Palatium Booksadded a book to the bookshelfIndie + best3 months ago
Anne Jamieson and her critique partners are once again thrown into murder and mayhem while attending a writers conference. Anne starts to believe she is a dead body magnet when she finds obnoxious agent, Carmella Radcliff, stabbed to death in the ladies room. This brings Detective Gil Collins onto the scene. Anne had hoped for a relationship when he was lead detective on an earlier case she helped investigate, but lies and secrets drove them apart. The Snoop Group, as they’ve named themselves, decide to assist again, but then, a second agent is killed. The conference offers a long line of suspects and motives. Was it the best-selling author? A disgruntled editor? An angry agent? An attendee whose work was rejected? Or someone else? Time is running out and the conference will only last so long. Amid the commotion, can Gil and Anne rekindle the spark from months ago before the murderer claims Anne as a third victim?
Killer Conference, Suzanne Rossi
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