Mary Bernadette is a Vietnamese girl born on November 22, 1963--the day John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Raised in an orphanage, she finds herself unwittingly involved in an international incident at the age of six, when a Russian man who claims to be the second gunman on the grassy knoll during the assassination of JFK stumbles into the orphanage looking for help.
Mary Bernadette is then witness to the opening rounds of Operation Excalibur, the CIA code name for the mission to capture this second gunman alive. In the late spring and early summer of 1971--while Americans are unaware of the potential for a major international incident that might bring their country to the brink of war with the Soviet Union or China--Operation Excalibur plays itself out in Vietnam. What Mary does not know is that one unintended consequence of this action will be the senseless massacre of orphaned children by an errant North Vietnamese captain--and that she herself will be among the dead.
This CIA thriller and tragic tale of love and intrigue, set during the Vietnam War, describes the attempt to capture JFK’s other assassin, now a Russian advisor, as told by an innocent victim from her grave.
It had started out to be such a good year – until he screwed things up. As a determined employee headed toward Edison Shaw’s office at the IRS Service Center in Fresno, California, he knows what he must do to protect his interests. A few moments after he enters Shaw’s office and closes the door for their meeting, the man pulls out a gun, points it at Shaw’s temple, and pulls the trigger – just as planned.
In this compelling crime thriller, Dick Hartmann is a seasoned FBI agent who heads up San Francisco’s Violent Crime Squad. When he and his elite squad are assigned to investigate a suspicious death at the IRS Service Center in Fresno, they’re soon led into the bowels of the city’s largest street gang – the Bulldogs. As the case grabs the attention of America’s president, the squad travels to Los Angeles and then to Mexico where they must infiltrate a drug cartel to take down a gang member with the power to ruin the lives of millions of American taxpayers. Now only time will tell if they can stop him before it is too late.
Lady Crescent was once a submissive woman, acutely aware of her sexuality and always on the lookout for adventure. When she travels to Switzerland, however, this sensual Greek-American goddess discovers the Maison de Sade and realizes being submissive might not be her ultimate fantasy after all.
In Zurich, she is taught the art of the dominatrix. The wealthiest one percent of society journey to the Maison to be humiliated and controlled, all at top dollar. The Maison is a full-service dungeon; in order to fulfill her tasks, Lady Crescent must learn quickly, and her transformation surprises even herself.
Soon, she turns from submissive to straight up dom. Powerful men submit to her every whim, her every desire, for their pleasure--and, she discovers, hers. She will become commanding and self-assured, fulfilling a new role in the world of sex, but only if she first lets go of fear and embraces the passions of her true self.
STOLEN LIGHT is a suspense novel set in the art world and involving the Italian Renaissance, the Cuban Revolution, as well as a love story.
Cuba, 1958: the art collection of sugar plantation owner, American--born William Delaney, is seized. Delaney is killed during the incident, and his pregnant wife flees Cuba, never to look back.
Now, over fifty years later, Delaney’s wife dies, and his daughter, Helen Gilmore, intent on “knowing” the father whose life was shrouded in secrecy, is determined to restore what she can of his legacy. She seeks the help of young Art News writer, Erika Shawn, whose boss hooks her up with a more seasoned hand, art historian, Harrison Wheatley.
What begins as an academic endeavor quickly changes character when Helen is brutally murdered and Erika is anonymously warned to give up her assignment. Undeterred, she continues her investigation, Harrison following suit.
Their quest leads them to finding what may be a Michelangelo drawing; to unraveling a mystery over a half-century old; and to solving Helen’s murder. Their sleuthing is complicated by their burgeoning passion, as irresistible and, in a sense, as threatening as their mission.
“complex and intriguing” -- Kirkus Reviews
In the 1970s, international financier Saul Mammon is king. He’s enigmatic, charismatic, and, one could argue, evil. Nobody plays the game like Saul. His obsessive motivations are practically erotic in nature. He got what he wanted when he wanted it without even trying, but a sensational life lived so precariously on edge can never last.
He was once a young boy in New York, born to a modest family, with dreams of climbing the gilded ladder to riches and fame. He achieves all this and more with direct connection to leaders not only in the United States but also in the Soviet Union, Paris, and beyond. His only daughter, Sara, watches from the sidelines as her father inches ever closer to the world of power and deceit.
Saul’s brilliance and dark side eventually lead to his mysterious death and a rapid cover-up. Perhaps it was inevitable that such an ambitious man would fall, but Sara is haunted by questions, most of which will never be answered. Based on a true story, the rise and fall of Saul Mammon shows what happens when ambition turns malicious and when money is never enough.
The yearly Crunchy Leaves Festival is coming to town, and it takes place in the forest. With the leaves turning their beautiful colors, this is the perfect setting. But the festival isn’t just special for the people of this small town; it is also special for the animals that call this forest their home. They are busy preparing and stocking up for the winter. They are so excited—and for good reason. The animals have their own Crunchy Leaves Festival.
As all of the animals get ready for the festival, one little squirrel named Sophie is sad and lonely. She doesn’t feel as pretty as the other squirrels. She also believes her tail isn’t as bushy, shiny and full as the others. And, she has these big glasses that always fall down. Sir Frederick James the owl sees Sophie’s distress and swoops down to help. He gives her a magic acorn to help her realize how important she is.
Through words and pictures, The Littlest Acorn shares a story about the importance of confidence.
Vietnam veteran John Walters is called home to Minnesota to act as executor of his childhood friend’s estate. This unexpected assignment seems cut and dry, and yet, things are not what they seem. John decides to dig into his friend’s life and is shocked at what he finds: he believes his friend was murdered.
Through his investigation, John stumbles into the path of a violent white supremacist group. He suspects they are somehow involved, and when they try to kill him, his suspicions are confirmed. When John escapes their clutches, the group decides to frame him for crimes they committed. Now, this ex-hero is on the run.
John must stay one step ahead of the authorities to uncover what really happened to his friend. Meanwhile, John still struggles with his own demons and war flashbacks. With the aid of four other ex-military men, John will attack the lion’s den of these neo-Nazis. His only chance at life and freedom is to take them down, but will his own ghosts ever let him be?