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A billionaire for the holidays

PLEASE welcome Lyndi’s Adventurous Friend Robecca Austin!

A new job in a new town was the fresh start Kate longed for. Except, she hadn’t counted on being homesick during the holidays. Or pining after her boss’s sexy, neat freak germaphobe of a best friend. Especially since no woman had ever gotten his attention.

It only took spilling coffee all over his shirt for him to notice her.

Fixing that mishap shouldn’t have been an issue, except for two problems. She had to keep her feelings in check and he liked strangers touching him as much as he liked a migraine.

There was no way he’d make the first move, but she couldn’t let an opportunity like that go by. She loved a challenge and the reward of a night with him was more than worth the risk of rejection in this instalove romance novella.

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Way to make an impression, Kate!

The day she’d finally mustered the courage to introduce herself to the boss’s sexy friend, a guy she was secretly in love with, she spilled her latte down the front of his shirt. Just great.

Okay, girl. You made this mess, now fix it. She hadn’t put off meeting Spencer Travis because she was shy, but the opposite. She was a social butterfly, and each time she’d seen this gorgeous man, he’d stood apart from everyone except his friends. Oh, he’d been friendly enough, but still standoffish.

“Dios mio, I’m sorry.” He didn’t immediately respond to her apology, and she smiled, hoping it was disarming.

“Don’t worry about it.” He pinched a spot above the spill, pulling the shirt away from his skin. “Where is the nearest restroom?”

“Wait here!” Kate spun, hurrying to the cubicle she shared with the other executive assistants. She dropped the half-empty coffee into the garbage and grabbed her purse, ignoring the amused eyes of her colleagues. “Let’s go,” she said, walking into Cor’s office.

“Where are you going?”

He wasn’t following her at all. “I’m helping you get cleaned up.”

“I don’t need help getting tidy.”

Of course, he didn’t, if there was an award for germaphobe of the century, he’d win it.

“Do you know how to remove coffee stains—deep roast,” she added, referring to the dark blotch expanding on his shirt. “Or get your shirt dried so it wouldn’t look like you’ve collected a day’s worth of drool?” Technically, she wasn’t an expert stain remover either. She did have a stain remover pen and wet wipes in her purse though.

He grumbled under his breath but didn’t object.

“I didn’t think so.” She walked further into the office. “I thought you’d like to use your friend’s bathroom instead of the one on the third floor.” She looked over her shoulders, wrinkling her nose. “Less germy.”

When he cringed, Kate knew opting for her boss’s washroom won her a few points.

Plus, there was no way she’d get away with walking him into the men’s washroom and Spencer wouldn’t follow her into the women’s. He was a rule follower from his neatly twisted dreadlocks to his buffed leather shoes.

“Thanks,” he grumbled again.

“It’s the least I can do after derailing your day.” In the washroom, Kate put her purse onto the counter. She rummaged through the contents, pulling out the wipes, a tube of hand sanitizer, and a stain-removing pen, setting the items at the sink.

“I appreciate—”

“Take your shirt off,” she ordered, mustering courage as she washed and dried her hands.

“What?” His eyebrows rose high and she thought they would blend with his hairline.

“It will make it easier not to…you know, touch you.”

“I’m not taking off my shirt.”

“Just don’t think I’m copping a feel or anything.” Kate shrugged, but she was far from the calm bravado she projected. Her skin tingled, and her mouth was so dry her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth. She cleared her throat. “At the very least untuck it from your pants.”

He stared at her for so long Kate didn’t think he would do it. But he surprised her, slowly untucking the front of his shirt. He thrived on order—if his appearance was anything to go by—but it was a relief to know he was capable of coloring outside the lines too. More so, the action made him the type of guy she wanted to know better.

“Is this enough?”

Not nearly. “I’ll make it work.”

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Robecca Austin is the author of happy ever after romance stories. She enjoys crafting tales of sassy heroines and alpha heroes that have a soft center.

She writes historical romance and billionaire romance stories.

You can find her outside enjoying nature and lots of sunshine when there are no bugs. When she’s not writing her next novel, she’s busy battling Cystic Fibrosis and hugging family. She lives and works in Canada.


The Adventurous Life of Agent Brandt

Welcome to Lyndi’s Adventurous Friend Amber Daulton!

Jarrett Brandt is an undercover DEA agent, so he’s no stranger to adventure and danger. In fact, he thrives on it. For the past year, he’s infiltrated the Consuelo crime family and rose fast through the ranks to become one of the head honcho’s most trusted drug smugglers. Then everything goes sideways, and his secret is out. He goes into hiding, but the men he double crossed are ruthless in trying to hunt him down. After he returns to his small hometown in Washington State—the last place anyone would look for him—he runs into his high school sweetheart, Marissa Reinn. They didn’t break up on good terms, but he’s never stopped loving her.

Their reunion is both a dream come true and a curse. He has to keep his distance to protect her, but he’s drawn to her. He can’t refuse her, no matter how much he wants to. When his enemies finally track him down, he faces the greatest challenge of his life—keeping Marissa and her son safe.

Lies. Betrayal. A million-dollar bounty.

After an undercover mission goes awry, DEA agent Jarrett Brandt hides out in the last place he wants to be—his hometown. Now he’s stuck with his judgmental parents and the memory of his perfect brother hanging over his head. His one bright light? Marissa Reinn Brandt—his high school sweetheart and former sister-in-law.

Marissa lost Jarrett once before. No way will she let him back in; then her son offers him their guestroom. His wicked charm and smoldering stares are hard to resist, but she’ll make him work to reclaim his spot in her bed.

When his enemies close in, how will Jarrett keep Marissa and her son safe, or will he lose his shot at redemption?

– Triggers: drug use (discussed) and a brief assault of the heroine

– A Hero’s Heart is a smoking hot second chance, romantic suspense novella. No cheating. HEA guaranteed.

– Second edition. Newly revised and edited.


“You can trust me, Jarrett. I won’t tell your parents anything you don’t want me to.” She sighed and stood as well. “You used to tell me everything. We never kept secrets.”

Jarrett paced between the coffee table and fireplace. “My parents’ opinion doesn’t matter. Dad would still throw up my juvie record or the fact that I’m not a cop, even if I was a model citizen. I’m not that lost, angry kid anymore. I know who I am now, and it’s not someone you’d want to know.”

“I disagree.”

“God, you don’t understand. Marissa, I’ve missed you so damn much. I’ve laid awake so many nights wondering what my life would’ve been like if I’d stayed here.” When he made love to other women, he imagined Marissa beneath him or above him, panting his name. When the nightmares of blood and gore faded, he dreamed of her. Those bittersweet memories and what if scenarios were almost worse than the nightmares. “I’ve done things I’m not proud of.”

“I hated you after you left, but I’ve gotten over it. Everyone feels regret and guilt over something. It’s all about being human.” She dashed away her tears. “I told you mine last night. Will you please show me the same courtesy?”

“I can’t.”

“At least tell me what you did last Christmas. Jason made it crystal clear that he didn’t want you alone. He wants you to have a tree.” She pointed at the Douglas fir. “Well, there you go. What did you do last year?”

Jarrett licked his dry lips, heat swelling in his cheeks.

He’d joined the Consuelo gang last December and spent the holiday in a slummy apartment with five thugs who sold cocaine on the streets of Albuquerque. Living around his drug of choice had nearly destroyed him.

“What about your last birthday?” Marissa blocked his path and braced her hands on her hips. “Did you have cake or go out with a bunch of buddies and get drunk? Did something horrible happen? Why won’t you tell me anything?”

He shoved a hand through his hair. “Damn it, Marissa. Yeah, I got drunk. A few of us went to a strip club where I fucked two dancers in a backroom. Is that what you wanted to hear?”

Her eyes widened as she stepped back.

Way to go, you fucking idiot. He brushed his shaky hands on his button-down shirt to steady them. “Marissa—”

She strode past him with a high head and left the room.

Her cold shoulder skewered him, but he didn’t deserve better.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

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A couple of firsts!

So this week, I was a guest on my first podcast– here’s the link to BEHIND THE PEN, an interview series from Karina Kantas…—author-e1adf43?fbclid=IwAR01pxaCmwTyRDZdNhDq5vmLCQJAzLEvSu9_3T2dh2Nsu-_7lJF5yNOss7Q

Late last month, I was also a guest on an Asheville radio station’s talk show, with host Blaine Greenfield. He’s a great local guy and very community minded. Here’s that link! I’m in the second half of the hour.

The fun life of an author, right?

A new ghost story


Crafting a new ghost story is no simple feat for me.

            When I envisioned the Haunted Shores Mysteries, I set out to create something different. I wasn’t interested in imitating the terrifying, blood-curdling ghost tales of authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

At the same time, I didn’t want to go the route of the whimsical, all-too- helpful ghost, the kind popular with a number of cozy authors. Instead, I wanted to create ghost stories more closely rooted to reality.

Thanks to the work of scores of ghost hunting groups across the country, we now have considerable evidence of ghostly encounters—digital photos, audio and video recordings, recordings of thermal imaging and temperature fluctuations, EMF recordings as well as a few authentic artifacts—and these are forming a more complete picture of how the spirit world interacts with the living.

For my series, I wanted to craft my fictional ghosts based largely on this documented evidence…with a bit of literary license, of course. I am writing fiction here.

            At the same time, I realized my fictional ghosts had to carry a certain amount of “who-hoo” to entice the reader and keep the paranormal fan engaged. Too large a dose of reality might start the reader yawning and straying too far afield from these details might stretch the credibility of my tales. I realized I’m treading a thin line here and the composition of my ghosts is critical to making the narratives of my series work.

            For the first entry, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE (2019), the ghost of a large black teen  intimidates my hero, teacher and coach, Darrell Henshaw, when he comes face to face with the specter in his office. The youth, a victim of a racially-motivated killing decades earlier, stalks Darrell to get him to uncover the truth about the young man’s murder. Both Darrell and reader must have been suitably scared

as BLOOD became a #1 Amazon Best-Seller last month. In the second book, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY (2020),  Darrell encounters the ghost of a bride killed on her wedding night, the bloody evidence of her gruesome murder spilling down the front of her white wedding dress. Her appearance is enough to freak Darrell, with more than sufficient “woo-hoo” and a heavy dose of the reality of the murder as well. Readers have agreed as they push CRIMSON into the Bestseller category this fall.

            For the third installment, SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER (2021) I wanted to pursue a slightly different path. First of all, the story carries a greater romantic theme. Darrell and his new wife, Erin are on their honeymoon, traveling to the sunny Gulf coast of Florida. Second, SCARLET is a Christmas ghost story/mystery. So I had to balance the traditional elements of my series—cold case murder mystery, eerie ghost tale in a beautiful resort location—along with touches of a Christmas story. The ghosts for this tale had to fit this ambiance.

            As I was pondering this as part of my plot planning, I happen to be reviewing some family pictures during the dark days of the pandemic. I came across a photo of my grandkids laughing and playing on a

playground, years earlier.  The inspiration for the story sprung from that picture. What if Darrell, a man dedicated to helping children, encountered the ghosts of two murdered children during the Christmas holidays? Talk about needy kids. The pieces for the narrative fell into place. This new ghost story would feature the ghosts of two immigrant children, two kids desperate for Darrell’s help…and like that, the narrative picture of the ghosts of SCARLET coalesced. Kind of like real ghosts.

            Now, I’m waiting to see if my readers like my newest representatives from the spirit world. Fingers crossed. Early responses are good.

“Scarlet at Crystal River is an eerie paranormal mystery I couldn’t stop reading. Randy Overbeck is a masterful writer of the paranormal, drawing the reader in before instilling shivers down the spine. 5+ stars.” ★★★★★—N. N. Light’s Book Heaven


Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for four decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake, Crimson at Cape May and Scarlet at Crystal River have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year–, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”— and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation, “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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  • Release by Wild Rose Press—September 13, 2021
  • Paranormal mystery
  • 364 pp.
  • Mild


All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.

            When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids gets their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.


            Darrell and Erin thought they were heading to Florida for a carefree honeymoon, but the ghosts of two immigrants children haunt them, pleading for help.


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Scarlet at Crystal River is an eerie paranormal mystery I couldn’t stop reading. Randy Overbeck is a masterful writer of the paranormal, drawing the reader in before instilling shivers down the spine. 5+ stars.” –N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

“A rollercoaster of a mystery, hurtling up and down hills and sharp corners until the very end, when the reader is left slightly breathless, waiting for their hearts to beat back to a normal rhythm. ★★★★★—ReadersView

Scarlet at Crystal River is a suspenseful paranormal novel with compelling characters and an enigmatic mystery that drives the story to a riveting conclusion. Overbeck is a master at building tension–-this is easily a one-sitting read.” ★★★★★—Literary Titan

“This is another masterpiece from Randy Overbeck. His excellent writing style has left me speechless for one more time. He writes in a way that makes you feel what the characters feel and you have no choice but to partake in the journey with them.” ★★★★★—Ioanna’s Reviews, Greece

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