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Blurb:

Her so-called gift put her in perilous situations…

Janet Rodman barely controlled her psi ability as an empath to teach school and hang with a few friends. She never knew when a wave of unsuitable emotions from others would assault her. She had learned to build walls to live her life but evil could break them down. A job as a private tutor kept her safe from assault…or so she thought.

He wasn’t looking for a woman in his life…

Former Marine and top tier attorney J. T. Fitzpatrick A bitter divorce took care of that. But when his friends at The Phoenix Agency called on his help to rescue a woman in danger, how could he say no? He’s unprepared for the instant attraction to Janet rodman, but he’s not looking for a relationship and this is supposed to be a strictly business deal.

The Darkman isn‘t about to let some woman interrupt his mission in life…

His plan is workin

g perfectly, and the bodies are piling up. He can’t let Janet Rodman screw them up. But when she disappears, he pulls out all stops to find and eliminate her. Ad he’ll kill anyone who gets in the way. With the chemistry exploding between them, can the former Marine keep Janet safe and destroy the killer before he destroys them?

Her so-called gift put her in perilous situations…

Janet Rodman barely controlled her psi ability as an empath to teach school and hang with a few friends. She never knew when a wave of unsuitable emotions from others would assault her. She had learned to build walls to live her life but evil could break them down. A job as a private tutor kept her safe from assault…or so she thought.

He wasn’t looking for a woman in his life…

Former Marine and top tier attorney J. T. Fitzpatrick A bitter divorce took care of that. But when his friends at The Phoenix Agency called on his help to rescue a woman in danger, how could he say no? He’s unprepared for the instant attraction to Janet rodman, but he’s not looking for a relationship and this is supposed to be a strictly business deal.

The Darkman isn‘t about to let some woman interrupt his mission in life…

 

His plan is working perfectly, and the bodies are piling up. He can’t let Janet Rodman screw them up. But when she disappears, he pulls out all stops to find and eliminate her. Ad he’ll kill anyone who gets in the way. With the chemistry exploding between them, can the former Marine keep Janet safe and destroy the killer before he destroys them?

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Four years he’d been doing this, and still no one had discovered who he was. He planned to keep it that way. They called him the phantom, an illusion without material substance like a dream image because he appeared only in the dark and then was gone. The description suited him well. No one ever saw or heard him, knowing him only by the trail of destruction he left, with no clues to his identification.

He had begun his cleansing, as he called it, after an episode reminded him just what evil lurked beneath people’s socially acceptable expressions. Not that he’d ever forgotten; he’d just buried it deep so he could build a new life. He wondered what would have happened if, driven by his own past, he’d never decided after that episode to dig deep into the dark web.

His kills were specific targets, chosen by him for the particular sins they committed. He did his research carefully, knowing the signs to look for. The world knew them as highly praised contributors to society, wealthy businessmen, international leaders, politicians, even royalty. All of them masqueraded as philanthropists and do-gooders, icons of society. No one saw beneath the masks they wore with such ease. In reality they had black souls and evil in their hearts. But the phantom always saw beneath the surface and knew the heinous sins they committed. They were the vilest of the vile, and he believed it his duty to punish them, rid the world of them.

He’d only been wrong once in the targets he’d chosen. He’d had a hard time dealing with that, especially when deeper research showed him a mistake had been made, so he’d backed off for a while, but that didn’t last long. Every time he logged onto the dark web and did a search, the rage built inside him again. He really believed he was doing society a service. How could it be a crime to erase a stain on humanity?

One day he might rest but not yet. Not with so much evil still in the world.

His missions, as he called them, were carried out with such stealth and planning that nothing ever tracked back to him, not even the little “gift” he left on each body. No one knew who he was, where he came from, or what fed his killing desires. Because his “projects” occurred in so many different countries and cities, he became the subject of international law enforcement agencies. No problem. He actually laughed when he read the media accounts.

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Now you’re hooked, right? THE LIE: Book #4, THE RULE
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The Lie by

Maggie Cole

A Midwestern girl who came to New York with a broken heart. A Texan tycoon who created his own billions.

 

A lie so devious it still haunts them a decade later.

 

Laura Aimee’s got her life together—until she crosses paths with the man who bootstomped her heart a decade ago. Back then, Blake Montgomery told her a lie so devastating she still hasn’t forgiven him.

 

But she also can’t forget the feel of his rough hands on her. The taste of his mouth. How he undressed her with his eyes.

 

She can’t forgive him, and she can’t trust him. But Blake will do anything to make her his. One night, she tells herself. Just one night together and then she’ll let him go forever.

Why are the men who wreck us the hardest to resist?

 

THE LIE is the fourth installment of the All In series. At approximately 70,000 words, this sizzling novel features a love-at-first sight romance and a guaranteed HEA. It can be read as a stand alone or after books 1 – 3 of the All In Series.

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Excerpt

The car pulled up to my building. I walked into my lobby…and I almost turned and walked out. Blake stood there, hands in his pockets, his eyes full of emotion.

“What are you doing here?” I spat out.

He walked over to me. “Laura, please. Let’s talk.”

“How did you know where to find me?” I wracked my brain. Surely Tom and Phil wouldn’t have given him my address.

His face registered guilt. “I looked up Tom’s company and saw that you changed your last name to your grandma’s name. Then I Googled you.”

“Did it ever occur to you that I might have changed it so I wouldn’t be found?” I had changed it so my parents wouldn’t find me, but he didn’t need to know that.

He ignored my question. His voice sounded desperate, and he begged, “Please, let’s talk.”

I pointed to the door. “I have nothing to say to you. Get out.”

He stood there. “You don’t know the truth. Please, let me tell you the truth.”

It wasn’t fair. Blake looked better than in our twenties. His body was hard, filled out, and his lips looked as delicious as ever. The spicy smell of him made my nostrils flare, and butterflies danced in my stomach. The plea in his eyes made me want to wrap my arms around him and slide my tongue into his delicious mouth.

My body betrayed me, and I hated it at that moment. I laughed and pointed to the door again. “I know all about your honesty. Out.”

He looked at me, hurt, and didn’t move. “Laura, please…”

The security guard walked over to me. “Ms. Aimee, do you need me to escort this gentleman out?”

I raised my eyebrows at Blake.

He held up his hands in defeat. “I’m going.” He walked past me and stuffed a card in my pocket. “Call me when you want to know the truth.”

“Don’t hold your breath.” I walked over to the elevator, pushed the button, and quickly got to my floor. As soon as I got into my apartment, I leaned against the door and fell on the floor. But I didn’t cry this time. This time, my mind raced with thousands of thoughts.

I held his business card in my hand with all the information I needed to get ahold of him. I traced the raised imprint of his name with my finger: Blake T. Montgomery.

What had he been up to all these years? What was this new lie he wanted me to know? How old was his kid…nine? Ten? What about his wife? His beautiful, perfect fucking wife.

I had seen her picture in the paper. She was a perfect ten: blonde, blue-eyed, rich, and full of Texan charm. Unlike me, who was as Midwestern as they got, raised in Ohio by my grandmother, and with parents who preferred the bottle and the needle.

The day I left for New York was the day I saw Blake’s wedding picture in the paper. The smiles on their faces and the white wedding dress she wore—the dress that should have been mine—had haunted me since.

I leaned my head against the door and slightly hit it. These thoughts didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was that I stayed as far away from Blake Montgomery as possible.

 

 

THE RULE Book #3: THE CRIME
Monday, December 2nd, 2019

An adventurous writer on a spur-of-the-moment vacation. A wealthy entrepreneur with a dark secret.

 

On the first night of Maddie Burns’ vacation, she meets fellow New Yorker Jack Stevens. The chemistry is instant and overwhelming. Jack doesn’t do relationships, but Maddie is different. He wants her for his own—and not just on vacation.

 

Maddie, fresh out of a six-year relationship, needs to figure out who she is. But she can’t deny the way her body responds to Jack’s presence. She wants him. She needs him.

 

Except Jack and Maddie soon discover they share more in common than friends. Turns out, their pasts connect them to the same horrific crime. If they don’t fight the fallout, they’ll lose their safety, freedom, and each other.

 

THE CRIME is the third installment of the All In series. At approximately 75,000 words, this sizzling novel features a love-at-first sight romance and a guaranteed HEA. It can be read as a stand alone or after books 1 and 2 of the All In Series.

 

Excerpt

 

 

The waiter came over and put a bucket with ice next to the table, which snapped me out of my thoughts. I shot him a confused glance.

He proceeded to open a bottle of Cristal Champagne. He filled a glass then handed it to me.

“I didn’t order this.”

“Madam, Jack Stevens ordered this for you and would like to know if he could join you?”

“Jack Stevens?”

The waiter nodded toward the bar. The jolt once again shot through me as our eyes met. My heart rate skyrocketed up again as I tried to comprehend the situation.

Jack lifted his eyebrows at me, as if in question about whether he should come over. My brain reminded me that I had sworn off men and that I needed to be by myself and figure out who I was first…but my body betrayed me.

I managed to point to the chair opposite mine.

Crap. What am I doing? My insides started quivering. Where could this possibly lead? I’m several states from home and in a resort hotel bar.

The waiter smiled and filled another champagne glass before he set it down across from me and left. I had little time to compose myself before Jack arrived.

“Jack Stevens.” He held out his hand.

“Maddie Burns.” I grabbed his hand and shook it.

“I hoped you weren’t here with anyone.” He sat across from me, dimples popping out as he grinned, and his eyes shined from the flicker of the candles.

I blushed, not sure what to say, and finally grabbed my glass and held it up. “Cheers then, I guess.”

He clinked my glass and took a sip. “Maddie,” He enunciated my name in a sentence, and let it hang in the air. “Are you here for business or pleasure?”

“Pleasure,” I replied, a little too quickly, then blushed again at the thought of pleasure with him.

His smile deepened. “Pleasure is good.”

My flush swept across my cheeks and heated up so much I wanted to go hide.

This was so out of character for me. I didn’t go to bars alone. I didn’t get picked up by men who could be cover models and oozed power and confidence. I wasn’t sure how to play this cool.

The thought of pleasure with him made my insides pulse.

I continued to sip my champagne. Somehow I managed to get out, “And what are you here for, Jack Stevens?”

He laughed a bit. “Business…and maybe some pleasure.”

My face was officially in flames as images of our naked bodies filled my mind. I tried to concentrate on breathing calmly. As I sipped my champagne, I realized that I was halfway through my glass.

Setting my glass on the table, I asked, “What do you do…for business.”

“I guess you could call me an entrepreneur. I’m in town assessing a few businesses to buy. What about you, Maddie? Where are you from?”

I sized him up, wanting to know everything about him. He felt mysterious, and I was drawn to him, almost like a magnetic pull I couldn’t control. My eyes wouldn’t leave his. “From California, but I live in New York City now.”

I didn’t think his smile could get any bigger, but it did. “Well I guess we both have that in common. What part of the city?”

My stomach did a happy flip. He lives in New York City, too?

“Right now I’m in the Meatpacking District. I’ll be moving…just not sure where yet.” I regretted the words that came out of my mouth the minute they left.

“Oh?” His brows lifted in question.

The last thing I wanted to do was talk about my breakup. I quickly decided on a different route: “Roommate issues.”

“Boyfriend or friend?” He drilled me. “And I’m hoping if it’s a boyfriend that it’s an ex…no offense.”

“Ex and no offense taken.”

He sat back in his chair, cool and in control, and watched me with the same intensity and huge grin.

“What?” I shifted in my chair.

“Dumb guy to let you go,” he stated matter-of-factly.

I rolled my eyes.

“Don’t roll your eyes at me,” he flirtatiously teased. Then, he leaned in, with a serious expression, and lowered his voice. “Really dumb guy.”

Heat flew into my face. I wasn’t sure how to respond, but I didn’t really have time. There was massive commotion from the front of the bar and it made us both turn.

The entrance of the bar started to flood with people. They sounded hostile and I looked back at Jack in question.

His eyebrows drawn together, he jumped up. “Stay here. I’ll be right back.”

He swiftly walked to the bar and talked to the bartender. The noise grew louder and the people’s voices were angrier. Within two minutes, Jack was back at the table.

“Maddie, what wing is your room in?”

“East, why?” A bad feeling flowed through me.

“They put the East wing on lock down. The smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have malfunctioned and everyone is being evacuated from the entire wing. The hotel is sold out. They have nowhere to go. Grab your stuff.” He pointed to my laptop and bag.

I didn’t move and tried to process what was happening.

“Maddie, we don’t have a lot of time. Come on. That crowd is pissed off, more people are coming in. This isn’t going to be a safe place to hang out. Let’s go,” he instructed.

“But where…” My head snapped as I realized the crowd had gotten larger and angrier. They pushed past the hostess and the bar became standing room only. Glass shattered and people started to push and shout.

Jack grabbed my laptop and shoved it in my bag. He pulled me up. “Come on, Maddie.”

Swiftly, he drew me into him, planted his arm firmly around my waist, and escorted me through the bar, as we stayed close against the wall. We moved through the lobby, which was louder than the bar. People were yelling at the staff, and security were trying to calm them down. Jack pulled me closer and into a crowded elevator for the west wing. He pushed his card in and hit the penthouse button.

It dawned on me that he was taking me to his suite. I nervously glanced up at him. He brought his lips to my ear and whispered, “Don’t worry. It’s okay.”

I wasn’t sure what to do. The logical part of my brain told me to get out of the elevator, but I wasn’t sure where I would go. The emotional part of me wanted to sink further into Jack’s muscular, warm body.

People in the elevator discussed the chaos in the lobby. I stood quietly, and wracked my mind about what to do. Jack kept his arm tight around my waist, even in the safety of the elevator.

I sank into his chest and inhaled his sexy scent, completely paralyzed except for my racing heart.

People left, one by one. There slowly became room to spread out, but Jack and I both didn’t move. Finally, there were only the two of us in the elevator, and we waited for the final stop.

I fixated on my fidgeting hands. “Jack, I…” What the heck was I trying to say?

His thumb stroked my waist. “Don’t worry, Maddie. It’s only a safe place to go. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, I promise.”

I inhaled slowly and was pretty sure I knew what the deeper connotations of that meant. But, I felt completely safe and secure with Jack. I only just met him, but I didn’t want to be anywhere but with him.

Lewd thoughts raced through my mind, along with how I didn’t know this guy, and that I was taking time off from guys right now. I tried to push the thoughts away, but my mind started spinning.

The elevator stopped and opened into the penthouse hallway. We slowly stepped out of the elevator. Jack held the door open for me.

I walked in and did a double take. The penthouse was huge. The skyline twinkled and there had been turn-down service already. Slow, sexy music played, and the lights were soft and dim.

Jack turned toward me, then held my face in his hands; his thumbs caressed my cheeks. “Make yourself at home. You can stay as long as needed. There’s several bedrooms. Don’t stress. I promise I’ll be a gentleman.” His eyes were worried, and I realized that he understood my thoughts. Well, not all of my thoughts…

But what if I don’t want you to be a gentleman?

 

THE RULE Book #2: THE SECRET
Sunday, December 1st, 2019

A tantalizing PR guru who loves the game. A former basketball star now known as The Negotiator.

 

Meg Grail goes for the guys she knows she can play with…it’s easier than dealing with her past. Then she meets Collin Corwin, a sports agent who doesn’t compromise—and always gets the better end of the deal. Soon, a business meeting turns into a fiery, undeniable attraction.

 

The only problem: Collin has a rule about dating his client’s exes. And as it turns out, one of his clients is still head over heels for Meg.

 

Meg doesn’t take no for an answer, and she’s the queen of tease. She convinces Collin that they can be together and keep their trysts a secret. But secrets are hard to keep, especially when you have a dark past to contend with.

 

THE SECRET is the second installment of the All In series. At 75,000 words, this sizzling novel features a love-at-first sight secret romance and a guaranteed HEA. It can be read as a stand alone or after book one of the All In Series, The Rule.

 

AMAZON

Excerpt

I was soon standing outside Collin’s. I took a deep breath and found his buzzer.

He answered.

“Collin, let me up,” I demanded.

“Meg? What are you doing here?”

“Collin, let me up,” I repeated.

I heard a sigh, “Meg, it’s not a good idea.”

“Collin, it’s almost eleven p.m., it’s cold, and I’m standing outside your house in the dark. Let me in.” If I had to guilt him into letting me inside, I would.

The buzzer rang for me to open the door. I pushed my way through and rode up the elevator. When I got off the elevator, Collin was standing outside his apartment door barefoot. He had on navy pajama bottoms and a tan t-shirt that hugged his chest and arm muscles. His face had that neutral look again.

Great, he’s ready to negotiate me out of the building.

“Meg—” he started.

I held up my hand. “We can’t do this out here in the hall. Let me in.”

Collin looked at me like he didn’t think it was a good idea but also knew the hall wasn’t an option unless he wanted his neighbors to hear everything. He cautiously opened the door and let me in.

I shut the door behind him and locked it.

“Meg, what are you doing?” His tone was brisk and controlled.

“We have unfinished business.”

He ran his hands frustrated through his hair. “Keri is my client.”

“Keri and I are over; you know that.”

“But he doesn’t,” he stated adamantly.

Stepping closer to Collin, I removed my coat and threw it on his armchair. This time, I wore the clothes I had put on when Keri was at my apartment. “He gets it now.”

“Meg…I…we…” he stopped and closed his eyes, inhaled deeply and exhaled sharply. His demons were all over his face.

Stepping in front of him, I put my body right on his. I ran my fingers under his shirt and on his abdomen before I lifted his shirt and kissed his six-pack and pecs.

He shuddered slightly, and hardened against me.

“Stop fighting me,” I whispered.

“I have a rule…” he started.

I laughed hard. I knew all about the rules.

Seriousness flooded him. “I do.”

“I know you’re serious. Liv used to have a similar rule before Tom,” I grabbed his neck, brought his face down to mine, and kissed him like I had kissed no man before.

Collin moaned, and when we finally came up for air, I stepped back, removed my shirt and my pants, and stood once again in front of him in my lingerie.

He gulped. He wanted me, but I saw him wrestling with his rule.

“Let’s negotiate,” I suggested.

Collin stared at me, not sure what I meant. “Negotiate?”

“You break your rule. I’ll keep it a secret. No one has to know.”

“No one has to know?” He gazed at me like he didn’t quite believe me.

If I could only have him in secret, then I would. I wanted him, and I had to have him, no matter what the situation. “It’ll be our little secret.”

The negotiator came out, and he peered at me, but I couldn’t tell what he was thinking.

I stepped forward, stroked his penis through his pajama bottoms, and whispered, “How do you want me, Collin?”

While his rod became steel, he sucked in his breath, bent down, and furiously began exploring my mouth. I put my hands in his pants to cup his ass, caressing him, and feeling his muscles contract under his smooth skin.

He quickly grabbed my waist and picked me up. I grabbed his shoulders and wrapped my legs around his hips.

Within seconds, my back was to the wall, and I was hanging onto him with everything I had. Collin’s mouth fluttered between my neck and my breasts.

I moaned. His lips felt like warm voltage on my skin, and my body buzzed against him.

“You’re going to keep this a secret?” he whispered against my neck in his deep voice, as he continued to kiss me.

“Yes.”

He nibbled on my ear. “I can trust you?”

I pushed my forehead to his, so I was staring at him straight in the eyes. “Yes. I promise.”

He scanned my eyes.

“Stop worrying. Let me be your dirty little secret,” I teased him.

Collin laughed softly. “Okay, you can be my dirty little secret.”

 

All IN Book #1: THE RULE
Saturday, November 30th, 2019

A whip-smart businesswoman with one rule she’ll never break. A billionaire entrepreneur with a dangerous past.

 

Olivia “Liv” White is poised to take over eligible bachelor Tom Marko’s companies, but he wants something closer than a business relationship. Much closer. It doesn’t hurt that Tom’s handsome, a basketball star with a body to match, and just the right kind of aggressive.

 

The only problem? Liv doesn’t date clients—ever.

 

When Tom tricks Liv into spending four days with him at his Colorado mountain home, Liv’s rule is tested at every turn. She doesn’t know if she can resist Tom’s advances—or the feel of his hands on her.

 

Just as the hunger between the two of them reaches a breaking point, Tom’s past comes crashing back. The two are thrust into danger, and Tom and Liv have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to be together.

 

THE RULE is the first installment of the All In series. At 95,000 words, this sizzling novel features a love-at-first sight romance and a guaranteed HEA.

 

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Excerpt

 

I glanced over at the man who sat on my couch and intensely watched me. No matter how attracted I was to him, he would be no exception. I wouldn’t act like a schoolgirl just because he was Tom Marko.

I would win his business, and my firm would continue to grow. But what was this about? I stared at him in question.

He smiled at me. “Liv…I like it.”

I didn’t respond to that. “What can I do for you, Mr. Marko?”

“Tom,” he directed for the third time that day, as his eyes pierced into mine.

I was flustered. “Sorry again. Tom.”

“I’m going to give one firm my business…all of my businesses. Including the companies, you don’t know about. But only if you are the right firm.”

Wait, was he actually involved in his business investments? What famous sports star was?

“What questions can I answer for you?” I sat up a little straighter. I uncrossed my legs and crossed them again. Why was I so jumpy?

His eyes drifted to my legs. Did I imagine that? Yes, I had to have.

Damn it. I should not have sat here. I wouldn’t be questioning this if I maintained my alpha position behind my desk, where I belonged.

“There are no questions to be answered except for one. Are you willing to really understand my entities and foundation?”

“Of course…my firm always—”

“Great. My driver will pick you up tonight at eight p.m. He will take you to Teterboro. I’ll meet you there. You’ll need to clear your schedule for the next four days.”

Teterboro…the private jet airport? What? The next four days? What is he talking about?

“I don’t understand.” I’m sure my face reflected my confusion.

“If you are going to represent my companies, my foundation, and me, then you need to fully understand what and who you’re working with. You know the current firm is a nightmare, and we have issues to solve. I have a rare four-day break. As you know, we are currently in season. So…it’s now or never.” His eyes bored into mine.

I tried to process all this.

Now or never.

“Four days?” I spit out, as my eyes threw daggers at him. “Isn’t that a little extreme? No offense, but I’ve already spent hours with my team reviewing all the companies Phil sent over. I didn’t throw a quick presentation together,” I hurled the words at him, angry that he expected me to clear my schedule with no notice.

Tom sighed. “Yes, I understand that. I didn’t expect anything but that from you. It’s why I’m here. But there are more entities and issues you don’t…you don’t know about. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, I’m willing to give you everything.”

He didn’t expect anything but that from me? What did he know about me? Willing to give me everything? Why did I feel like he wasn’t only talking about business? But surely this was only about business?

His eyes drilled into me, challenging me, cornering me to make a decision. I stayed quiet. Four days with him. This sounded legit, but…

“My jet will be on standby the whole weekend. If at any time, you want to leave and return early, you can. If you stay the entire time and still believe you can do the job you’re promising, then I will give you my entire portfolio to represent.” His voice was steel.

“And if I say no?” I tossed my chin in the air. Male clients asked me out, invited me on exotic trips, and even had the audacity to ask me to go away with them while their wives were pregnant. But no one ever framed a request like this before.

The words that came out of his mouth sounded business-related, but…

His mouth…I wondered what it would be like to explore it….

Snap out of it Liv, I scolded myself again.

“Then I will have to find another firm. It’s important to me that you fully understand what you would be dealing with.” Yep, this was absolutely non-negotiable.

“Can I ask where I’ll be going?” I didn’t like surprises. I couldn’t control surprises.

“Colorado.”

Colorado?

“Why Colorado?” I tried to sound authoritative, as though I had some control over the situation.

“You’ll see.” He paused.

I waited.

“It’s now or never, Olivia. Are you in or out?”

I hesitated. “This is required?”

“Yes.” He didn’t miss a beat.

Our eyes fixed in a challenging stare. “Then I guess…I’m in.”