A suspicious death at a party. A list of unusual suspects. A small town beauty consultant who just wants life to return to normal.
Celia’s life isn’t a bed of roses. As a widow with two young boys, she’s only happy when her boys are happy. Her business, providing makeup products to the citizens of Sunshine Cove, puts food on the table and gives a purpose to her days.
When a former classmate drops dead at a party, Celia is confused and wonders what could have caused her demise. Her confusion is turned into anxiety when the police name her as a prime suspect. Celia regrets attending the party where she was cajoled into offering free make overs to the party attendees.
She can’t think of anyone who would have wanted to kill the deceased. Still, in a town where anyone’s business is everyone’s business, she knows the killer is lurking in plain sight.
She can’t afford to wallow in self-pity while there’s a killer on the loose. Will she help to find the killer and restore normalcy to her life, her family and town or become the killer’s next victim?
If you want to enjoy a light-hearted read, with an amateur female sleuth and a gripping murder mystery with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Celia Dube and all the friendly and not-so-friendly characters in Sunny Cove.
No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!
Get your copy of Makeup and Mayhem to discover how events unfold in this cozy murder mystery.
He’sbreaking the rules for one woman, and coming dangerously close to falling in love…
Simon Nugent, Earl of Fielding, knows he’sflawed. He’sarrogant, possessive, and haunted by a terrible choice he made long ago. Sowhen a former friend’s daughter gives him the chance to do a good deed, he grabs it. Except he’dlike to grab her as well and teach her a thing or two about kissing. If only she weren’tso damn stubborn.
Ida Strong wants one thing – justice on behalf of her father. She has no room for anything else, in spite of her growing and (at times) inexplicable attraction toward a certain earl. But for a woman who knows what betrayal tastes like, placing her trust in others is hard. Risking her heart, would be downright foolish. Until it’s the only thing that seems to make sense.
Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’slived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she’sbeen married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
When she’snot busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.
Modern-day Brooklyn boy John Palmieri is hit by a bus, what a coincidence, and he wakes up as the prince of a royal family in India, 1958! In this distant past, where the Beatles does not exist, he finds love and sex, and eventually conquers the world with the Beatles’ songs in his memory. One day in 1980, he runs into a man named Mark Chapman and realizes that fate is pulling him towards something he knows is coming…but cannot easily escape.
Imagine you’re sixteen, and living in Brooklyn, being bullied by every kid who’s bigger than you. Then, BAM! You wake up as a young prince in 1958 India. Suddenly, you find yourself with riches and power beyond your wildest fantasies. This is how your journey starts in Bollywood Invasion, which uniquely blends Indian cultural experience, time-travel and the legendary songs from the Beatles.
Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when you meet “the one.” However, love doesn’t come easy. You must become a better man and you decide to sing your way into her heart with the songs based on your memory of vintage Beatles music. One night, you come to the lawn outside her dormitory building to ask her out, for the last time…
At eleven in the night, Ankita woke up to a familiar voice calling her name outside her dorm. “Not again!” she groaned as she crawled from under the covers.
“Why don’t you write a song for me too? I am not that bad!”
Ankita could hear the banter outside. She walked to the door but could not open it. Priyanka must be in the building, she thought.
Raj stood on the lawn exactly where he had the last time he was there.
“I wrote another song, especially for you!”
Ankita opened the door and saw Raj standing next to Arun with his acoustic guitar. “Raj, please leave,” she begged.
“Not until you’ve heard this!” Arun started playing a tune on his guitar and the entire dorm fell quiet.
He never took his eyes off her the entire time that he sang Hey You, his parody of Hey Jude. Had she always been this beautiful?
“Hey Raj, don’t be afraid …”
“Who the hell is singing at this ungodly hour!” the matron shouted from somewhere. Raj continued to sing, not flinching at all. Arun, on the other hand, was not feeling as confident as Raj.
“Raj, we should go!”
“I am going to break every single one of your bones, you rascal!”
“Raj, run! She will catch you!” yelled Ankita.
Raj smiled. She cared about him.
He continued to sing.
“It’s you again!” The matron was on the lawn now, brandishing a large broom in her hand ominously.
“Raj, we should go!”
“Keep playing! Na nanananana!”
He started running, the matron after him.
“I am done here,” said Arun and ran away into the darkness.
“Na nanananana!” Raj continued to sing while running around in circles in the lawn, the matron closing in. Some of the girls watching the moment unfold started singing with him. “Na nanananana!”
“Raj, what are you doing?” yelled Ankita. “Go back!”
“Na nanananana!” The entire dorm building sang.
“I…love…you…Ankita!” he shouted as he ran, his breath running out. “Give…me…a…chance!”
“I am going to break your legs, YOU RASCAL!” The matron flung the broom at Raj.
“For god’s sake, run! I will go out with you! Just once! Go now!”
The entire dorm building erupted.
“I love you, Ankita!” said Raj as he broke into a run. “Na nanananana!” he continued to sing as he disappeared into the darkness.
About the Author
Ricardo Alexanders is the author of Bollywood Invasion and The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb. He lives in Massachusetts, enjoys music, and loves to write time-travel stories that blend fantasy, science, and real history.
FIVE STRANGERS IN FLORENCE, EACH WITH A DANGEROUS SECRET. AND AN APOCALYPTIC FLOOD THREATENING TO REVEAL EVERYTHING.
A wife on the run, a student searching for stolen art, a cleaner who has lined more than his pockets, a policeman whose career is almost over, and a guest who should never have received a wedding invite. Five strangers, entangled in the forger’s wicked web, amidst Florence’s devastating flood of November 1966.
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