Pieces of Eight



COMING SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

A deadly explosion at an archeological dig on Dogleg Island plunges police chief Aggie Malone and her canine partner Flash into a dark mystery from the past.

On the other side of the bridge, Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady, still reeling from the brutal assassination of his ex-partner, stumbles onto the site of a mass murder. 
 
In the midst of a state-wide manhunt for a desperate fugitive, Aggie deals with a new island administrator who threatens the future of police department, while Grady is stalked by a mysterious stranger with an agenda of his own. 

As the pieces of the investigations fall into place, Aggie and Grady begin to see that their cases, though separated by fifty years, are more alike than they are different… but only Flash knows how they are connected.  And by whom.

When a family tragedy is traced back to the elusive Ghost Syndicate, the fight for justice turns fiercely personal for Aggie, Grady, and Flash.  And this time it’s a fight they can’t afford to lose. 

Don’t miss this exciting sequel to Flash of Brilliance, nominee for Dog Writers Association of America’s Best Fiction Book of the Year!

The Devil's Deal: Raine Stockton Mystery #13



Coming November 29, 2018!


From the winner of the Dog Writer’s Association of America “Best Fiction Book of the Year 2017”award comes this thrilling new installment in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series.

The annual Hansonville, North Carolina Founder’s Day Festival always draws plenty of locals and tourists alike who are eager to immerse themselves in the Smoky Mountain culture and show their support for local businesses and civic organizations.  For dog trainer and Humane Society volunteer Raine Stockton, it’s a perfect opportunity to raise money for the local animal shelter.  But when a stranger wanders into her fund-raising booth with his young daughter and their beautiful black Lab, the peaceful country afternoon is turned into chaos.  Within  moments the man is arrested for murder, his child is placed in foster care, and Raine finds herself the temporary custodian of what may well be the most valuable dog in the world. 

 While Raine’s ex-husband, the newly appointed county investigator Buck Lawson, tries to sort out the tangled threads of a murder case that isn’t even his own, Raine discovers that the man they’ve taken into custody is the world-famous research scientist Dr. Jason Broderick and that the Labrador, Bongo, is one of an elite group of dogs Broderick has bred and trained to detect concealed micro-technology.  Raine can’t believe that someone she so admires could be guilty of murder, particularly when she learns that one of his associates is her own fiancĂ©, Miles Young.   But is her faith in both men misplaced?

It turns out that Bongo has skills that go beyond even those of his fellow scent-detecting canines—skills that are worth billions of dollars to some people, and are worth killing for to others.   When the unthinkable happens and an innocent life is placed in jeopardy, Raine is forced to make a terrible choice:  one that will shake her to her very core and cause her to question not only herself, but everything she has ever believed.

This thirteenth installment of the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series begins a story arc that will take the lives of Raine, Miles and Buck down paths they had never before imagined.  Don't miss it!

A special gift for Hummingbird House readers!  This short novella (about 80 pages) is offered for Kindle and Nook only this summer for $2.99.  It is not available in print.   

Paul and Derrick organize a Book Lovers’ Gala Weekend at the Hummingbird House, featuring none other than the Queen of Romance, Esmerelda Delaware, as their guest speaker.  Despite dire warnings from Harmony-- the Hummingbird House’s massage therapist, general manager, and resident mystic-- that the stars could not be more misaligned for such an event, they even invite the members of their old book club, many of whom they haven’t seen in years.  Of course, the problem with reunions is that everyone changes with time and some of those changes are more dramatic than others. Add to this a secret crush about to be made public, a secret identity about to be exposed, and an 84-year-old queen married to a 24-year-old prince, and the weekend quickly deteriorates into a web of deception and evasion. As they watch their grand extravaganza slowly spin into chaos, Paul and Derrick are forced to admit their mistakes, and are reminded once again that honesty is always the best policy… or is it?

If you enjoy this novella, look for a collection of similar stories-- to be offered in both print in electronic format!--in the future.  

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Coming December 9, 2017


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Book #12 in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series

Hollywood has come to the scenic Smoky Mountain community of Hanover County, and dog trainer Raine Stockton can’t resist the opportunity when her dogs are offered a chance at a role in the film. Naturally, she expects her showy golden retriever, Cisco, to win the part, but Cisco’s impetuous nature does him in, and the role goes to her twin Australian Shepherds, Mischief and Magic. For the first time in his young life, Cisco is left behind.

Film-making turns out not to be as exciting as Raine had expected, and the only upside to the long, mostly boring days is the new friend she makes on the set, a stuntwoman by the name of Dallas McKenzie. But it doesn’t take Raine long to discover that Dallas is a woman of secrets and lies, and trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. The set is plagued by accidents and vandalism, and Dallas always seems to be at the center of everything that goes wrong. But even Raine can’t imagine how wrong things have yet to go.

Meanwhile, Raine agrees to investigate a case for her lawyer friend Sonny involving a service dog who is accused of biting a child. The case seems open and shut until Cisco, who is beginning to show some talent as a medical alert dog, sniffs out evidence that throws previous theories into disarray—and may shed some light into the mysterious happenings on the movie set. But when Cisco and Raine start to track down answers, they find murder instead. 

In a world where nothing is what it seems, it’s up to Raine and Cisco to find the truth… before it’s too late. 

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Dogleg Island Mystery #3


It’s Flash’s favorite time of year, but the old-fashioned Christmas the Grady family has planned begins to unravel when Aggie’s investigation into a homicide hit-and-run leads to the arrest of her own brother-in-law and exposes a crime syndicate that’s responsible for spreading millions in counterfeit bills throughout the southeast.    A police informant turns up dead, and evidence suggests his murder may be the result of corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement.

Flash,  who is an expert at putting things together, understands that all these pieces of the puzzle are related, and with Aggie’s help they’ll soon be able to see the big picture.  But not even Flash can foresee the demons their search for the truth will unearth.  When the shadows from the past reach forward to cloud their future,  Aggie, Grady, and Flash find the limits of their loyalty tested, even as they discover the lengths to which they will go to protect the ones they love.

The events of Flash of Brilliance begin a turning point for Aggie, Grady, and Flash that will take their lives down a previously unforeseen path.  You won't want to miss this one!

Land of the Free

Coming November 12. Pre-Order Here
BOOK 11 IN THE RAINE STOCKTON DOG MYSTERY SERIES

No one knows the mountains of North Carolina like Raine Stockton and her search and rescue dog, Cisco. When they are called in to search for an elderly man who has wandered away from home it seems like a routine mission, until Raine looks through her binoculars and sees something she wasn’t supposed to see. A dead man is very much alive, a felon is walking around free, and Raine is the only person who can testify to the fact. The problem is that no one takes her claims seriously...except the person who wants her dead.

Unwillingly thrust into the midst of an unpleasant child custody battle and a hotly contested political race, Raine finds herself questioning her own judgment and uncertain who to trust. Is she suffering from PTSD, or has a nightmare from her past materialized to haunt her? The police tell her one thing, her common sense tells her another. But when murder strikes too close to home, the hypothetical question becomes all too real, and no one is above suspicion: not the man Raine loves, not the man she once married, not even Raine herself. And they all must choose how far they’re willing to go to protect the ones they love.

In this thrilling installment to the trilogy that includes HOME OF THE BRAVE, DOG DAYS and LAND OF THE FREE, Raine and Cisco face their biggest challenge yet, and when it is over nothing will ever be the same.



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Coming November 12. Pre-Order Here
BOOK 11 IN THE RAINE STOCKTON DOG MYSTERY SERIES

No one knows the mountains of North Carolina like Raine Stockton and her search and rescue dog, Cisco. When they are called in to search for an elderly man who has wandered away from home it seems like a routine mission, until Raine looks through her binoculars and sees something she wasn’t supposed to see. A dead man is very much alive, a felon is walking around free, and Raine is the only person who can testify to the fact. The problem is that no one takes her claims seriously...except the person who wants her dead.

Unwillingly thrust into the midst of an unpleasant child custody battle and a hotly contested political race, Raine finds herself questioning her own judgment and uncertain who to trust. Is she suffering from PTSD, or has a nightmare from her past materialized to haunt her? The police tell her one thing, her common sense tells her another. But when murder strikes too close to home, the hypothetical question becomes all too real, and no one is above suspicion: not the man Raine loves, not the man she once married, not even Raine herself. And they all must choose how far they’re willing to go to protect the ones they love.

In this thrilling installment to the trilogy that includes HOME OF THE BRAVE, DOG DAYS and LAND OF THE FREE, Raine and Cisco face their biggest challenge yet, and when it is over nothing will ever be the same.



PRE ORDER HERE FROM AMAZON.COM

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