Beth Yarnall will read from her novel Vindicate.
Cora: I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.
Leo: I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person `died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and even owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website- www.bethyarnall.com
Anne Cleeland will read from her novel The Bengal Bridegift.
Timid and shy, Juno Payne has lived an uneventful life growing up in Calcutta–her father’s home port during those rare times when he wasn’t at sea, trading for the East India Company. But news of her father’s death–and the cloud of scandal surrounding it–has suddenly made Juno the center of attention, as various factions attempt to seize her supposed bridegift–a fabulous cache of diamonds. In vain, Juno protests that she knows nothing about a bridegift, and that her father had no such fortune, but England’s enemies are not convinced, and Juno is forced to escape with an unlikely ally–a Barbary pirate. Can she believe his extraordinary tale about her father, or is he only another one who is looking to steal her bridegift? Find out, as Juno plumbs depths of courage she never knew she had, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar. She writes a contemporary mystery series set in Scotland Yard featuring detectives Acton and Doyle, as well as a historical series set in the Regency period. A member of International Thriller Writers, The Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children. www.annecleeland.com
Jenn LeBlanc will read from her novel The Duke and the Domina.
He’s poor. She’s rich. He’s a sub. She’s a switch. It’s not love. It’s a marriage of Kink-venience. Grayson Locke Danforth, in his wildest of dreams, would never have expected two things. The first was to be recalled from India by Queen Victoria where he worked for the quiet purposes of the crown. He must now become the Duke of Warrick after the tragic deaths of his father and brothers. However, tragedy is entirely in the eyes of the beholder and Grayson never wanted the title, or to return to his family. Grayson wanted to remain invisible, an outcast, a man in exile for the way his body and mind behaved. The second was to be forced into marriage with a woman from the 21st century. Lulu is no mere woman, however, she was a switch and worked as professional Dominatrix. When she wakes up in a strange house, a strange world, a strange body, she isn’t quite sure what to think and is certain she’s dreaming. Until the next day, when she’s married off to a man she cannot control her want of. Lulu and Warrick begin a life together that she could never have imagined. A life she could never have hoped for after being taken from everything she ever knew. Trust doesn’t come easily to either of them, but it’s the only thing they have. Grayson will have to give in to his need to submit in order to get his wife to open up and allow him to posses her fully in return. It’s a cautious dance between two people who have never known trust, or love.
RN Crane will read from his novel Murder in the OC.
A murder in Orange County, California, puts private eye, Flint Osborne, hot on the trail to prove the innocence of his ex-fiancee. She is a suspect in the murder of Star Hansen, the man she was dating while she was engaged to Flint.
In a seemingly unrelated situation, Flint is tasked to perform due diligence on the dress designer business owned by Melody Sparks. While Flint is evaluating Melody’s business, he falls in love with her.
As Flint’s investigation continues, he is almost killed by one of the murder suspects. However, in the end, he uncovers a secret link between the lives of two individuals that ultimately solves the case.
R.N. Crane lives in Orange, California. He is a retired engineering consultant writing romantic suspense and detective crime novels. “Murder in the O.C.” is his newest novel.
He is a member of Orange County Writers and Romance Writers of America. www.rncbooks.com