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.



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Dogleg Island Mystery Book #2


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The Second Installment in the Dogleg Island Mystery Series:

Still recovering from the traumatic events of the past year, newlyweds Aggie Malone, police chief of Dogleg Island, and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady are looking forward to a carefree day of  picnics, pirates and buried treasure with their precocious—and uncannily perceptive-- border collie, Flash.  But when Flash discovers a body  in a shallow grave on the deserted Wild Horse Island Nature Preserve,  a tangled knot of conspiracy, murder and deception begins to unfold,  revealing that the things that are buried are often the most dangerous  and the only pirates you have to fear are the ones that live next door.   


Fifteen hundred miles away, an ex-con and a fifteen year old girl embark upon a crime spree that will earn them the nicknames “Bonnie and Clyde”. As they make their way inexorably south, Aggie, Grady and Flash are thrust into the middle of a murder investigation that leads to the arrest of one of their neighbors and the attempted suicide of another. When a search of the dead girl’s belongings reveals a priceless emerald bracelet and two of the islands most popular residents go missing, the puzzle becomes even more complicated.  Grady and Aggie struggle to put all the pieces into place while Flash, ever obsessed with understanding the human condition, wrestles with a more painful dilemma: how do you tell the good guys from the bad guys when they are so often the same person? 

Release date: July 15 2016
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Christmas at the Hummingbird House

On sale now in paperback, for Kindle, and Nook 
“Full of comedy and sentiment”
--Kirkus Reviews on THE HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE

Paul and Derrick have hit their stride with the Hummingbird House Bed and Breakfast, a destination of distinction in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Guests are coming from all over the country to enjoy their  Christmas weekend extravaganza, featuring sleigh rides, champagne suppers, holiday concerts and  spa treatments.  Of course there are a few glitches: twenty Christmas trees to be decorated in less than a week, an absentee massage therapist, and--perhaps most distressing of all-- the unexpected presence of three school-age children in the Hummingbird House, courtesy of their saucy young housekeeper Purline.

 While Purline tries to teach her children, as well as her bosses, the true meaning of Christmas, the lost and the lonely-- often disguised as the wealthy and the privileged-- are drawn to the Hummingbird House.  Among them are:

The author of a famous book on miracles who has lost his faith
A family secretly on the verge of disaster
A husband and wife facing their last Christmas together

With the help of a Harley-riding stranger, a series of unexpected events, and the innocent good intentions of their hosts, healing comes to the wounded and miracles unfold, proving once again that at the Hummingbird House you may not always find what you expect, but you’ll always find what you need.

Dog Days

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It's been ten years and ten books since Smoky Mountain Tracks  was first written, and the intrepid team of Raine and Cisco has been going strong ever since. To mark the occasion, The Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series returns to its cozy roots with DOG DAYS, in which the dog days of summer bring more than tourists to the Smoky Mountain town of Hansonville, North Carolina.

For Raine Stockton, owner and proprietor of Dog Daze Boarding and Training,  August is the busiest time of year.  She has all she can handle with a kennel full of dogs, a very strange new employee, and a  personal life that seems to be falling apart at the seams. The last thing she needs is another complication.  But when she takes in a gorgeous white golden retriever that was found covered in blood and wandering alone in a national park, the complications have only begun.


When the new dog escapes during the night, the search for her leads Raine and her irascible search-and-rescue dog, Cisco, to the scene of a tragic accident at the bottom of a gorge.  But was it an accident, or a well-planned murder? The answer to that question draws Raine into a dangerous intrigue in which she doesn’t know who to trust... one that will turn an afternoon at the fair into a deadly ordeal, and could end up costing Raine her life.

Flash

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Almost two years ago the sleepy little community of Dogleg Island was the scene of one of the most brutal crimes in Florida history.  The only eye witnesses were a border collie  puppy and a police officer. Since that time Flash has grown from a puppy into a vital part of the Dogleg Island Police Department, and has  lived happily with the two people who rescued him on that horrible night: Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady and Police Chief Aggie Malone.  
      Now the trial of the century is about to begin.  The defendant, accused of slaughtering  his parents in their beach home, maintains his innocence.  Aggie and Ryan, the top witnesses for the prosecution, are convinced he is lying.  But only Flash knows the truth.

   And with another murder to solve, a tangle of conflicting evidence to sort out, and a brutal storm on the way, the truth may come too late... for all of them.

FLASH is the first book in the new Dogleg Island Mystery series, the first completely new series I've written in seven years!  Readers of Ladybug Farm and The Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series will find this book quite a bit more intense than previous books, and hopefully even more compelling.  For my part, Flash has got to be one of my favorite characters ever, and the love story between Ryan and Aggie one of the most powerful ones I've ever written.

FLASH is available from Amazon now here.

Home of the Brave

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The Fourth of July in the Smoky Mountain community of  Hanover County, North Carolina means parades, picnics and fireworks.  For dog trainer Raine Stockton and her high-spirited golden retriever Cisco it also means a chance to show off their repertoire of tracking, agility and obedience skills at Camp Bowser Wowser, a weekend retreat for dogs and kids less than an hour from home.
But there’s a new dog in town, and Raine and Cisco find themselves unexpectedly upstaged by a flashy K-9 addition to the sheriff’s department. Belgian Malinois Nike and her handler, Jolene, are part of a new government-funded program for law-enforcement agencies, and though Raine admires Nike’s talent  almost as much as she resents Jolene’s arrogance,  she can’t help wondering why the Department of Homeland Security would send such an expensive gift to their sleepy little mountain community. 


Sheriff Buck Lawson has his hands full with an upcoming election, a bizarre murder, and a special appearance by a celebrity politician at the Fourth of July parade, and he is not about to look a gift horse—or dog—in the mouth.   But when things go horribly wrong at Camp Bowser Wowser, the scattered puzzle pieces begin to form a terrifying picture.  In a desperate battle against an enemy whose face they can’t even see, Raine, Jolene, Cisco, Nike and Buck must work together and reach for depths of courage they never knew they had to defend their way of life, and save the lives of those they love.  

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