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ALPHA - Mystery
How well do we ever know anyone?
Even someone we might be falling in love with... On a rainy October morning, Mallory Petersen, private detective and martial artist, discovers the corpse of her boyfriend, Bobby Furillo, in front of her office in Des Moines, Iowa. Bucking police authority, and continually attacked by unknown adversaries, Mallory uncovers Bobby’s devastating secrets. Each new revelation puts Mallory in deeper peril from powerful and dangerous people. And just what are those enigmatic RSVP cards that keep showing up in Mallory’s mail?
5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha by Stephen L. Brayton
December 1, 2012 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Alpha" is Stephen L. Brayton's second novel with heroine Mallory Petersen. Her story feels reminiscent of Robert B Parker's character private eye extraordinaire Spencer. Like P.I. Spencer, Miss Petersen sees things black, white and gray. The reader observes the right way and the Petersen way in which she resolves her cases.
Mr. Brayton's format of Now. . . and Then. . . in the "Alpha" story gives the reader an opportunity to catch their breath between action scenes.
"Alpha" introduces the reader to many characters we want to follow in more Mallory Petersen and "Night Shadows" novels.
We want more Mallory, Lawrence, Darren, and Harry Reznik. PLEASE.
BETA - Mystery
An eight-year-old girl’s life is at stake... will P.I. Mallory Petersen find her in time? Mallory Petersen, a Private Investigator in Des Moines, Iowa—and a fourth degree black belt with her own taekwondo school—splits her time between teaching martial arts, and her often inane cases. It’s not that she wants bad things to happen to people, but it does make life more interesting when they do. When Mallory accepts a case to find Cheryl McGee’s kidnapped eight-year-old daughter, she is pulled into the dark underworld of child pornography. The trail soon leads to the Quad Cities, where Mallory partners with tall, handsome officer from the Special Case Squad. As the investigation deepens, Mallory discovers there’s more to the girl’s disappearance than her client let on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
May 16, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very well written and dark mystery. I found the parts with Mallory much easier to read, due to the subject matter with the little girl. Thankfully we are mostly in that thread and there was a narrative distance in the sections that touched on the sensitive material that also made it easier. Mallory is a wonderful lead, with a lot of pluck. I also really loved Lawrence, who added levity with his personality. He was a great contrast. The story is fast paced and has a lot of tension. Great read.
Creating Grace - Paranormal Romance
Can love really heal a rift between heaven and hell? Phenex was once an angel, a secret she keeps hidden behind her cold assassin exterior, her ‘let no one get close’ rule, and the curse of her acquired demon powers. Gabriel is the Archangel of Death whose task of killing demons and bringing lost souls to the light has stolen his ability to feel emotion. When the pair collide on the battlefield, their connection is instant and their desire daunting. As rogue demons begin an all-out assault, the two must unite for the greater good. But is their bond strong enough to save them? Or will the power of Lucifer tear this fragile love apart?
5.0 out of 5 stars
April 12, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
I instantly adored Phenex and of course what's not to love about Gabriel? While this story has a lovely relationship what I was most drawn to was the action. Boy wow was there some great fighting scenes here. Phenex is really intense and tough as nails. I loved that the story didn't get lost in the romance because the world, creatures, history, book, etc were all super fascinating and very creative. I hope to read more from this author soon.
This Light Won't Go Out - Inspirational Anthology
18 authors donated their time and stories to make This Light Won’t Go Out happen. Our goal is to raise money for charity to help bring some light to families during the holidays. This anthology, re-released in 2018, has a special meaning as we feature the writing of Terri Duncan who lost her fight with cancer. Her hope was that the poems she left behind would help adults and children understand the cancer battle. Each story was specially donated to bring warm feelings of the season to our readers. This Light Won’t Go Out features prize winning authors D. Fischer, Cassandra DenHartog, Michael Van Natta, and Stephen Brayton. For more on the This Light Won’t Go Out Charity please see www.neoleafpress.com/charity.
Chills Down Your Spine - Horror Anthology
Sitting around the campfire, trying to scare each other with tales of horror and legend, has been a tradition since before the keeping of written records. Despite the Internet becoming our modern campfire, the tradition continues. We’ve collected works from thirteen — yes, 13; it just worked out that way, honest! — of today’s best upcoming and award-winning authors, asking them to send us whatever keeps them up at night. Boy, did they deliver! And you thought things that go bump in the night were your worst worry... after you read these stories, you’ll know better! Turn on all the lights in your house, find someone to hang on to, and settle in for an evening or three of chills, scares and horrors!
Mighty Miserable Monday - Humor Anthology
We've all had them... Mighty Miserable Mondays!
You get back from a great weekend only to find your desk piled high with work, your co-workers goofing off, and your boss screaming about mandatory overtime... yep, it must be Monday.
Inside these pages you'll find a wide variety of Monday stories, most funny, some sad, and one or two that will warm your heart. From a man and his dog having a tough time getting their Monday started, to fulltime RVers and their unique Monday madness, to memes, jokes, and texts that couldn't happen on any other day, Mighty Miserable Monday will help you make it to your next weekend... and through the Monday that always follows.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious.
October 7, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great read. Love the pictures too. We all hate Mondays (or I did till I retired)...in fact Mondays are so bad they ruin Sundays. Anything you can read that helps lighten it up is a good thing. Life is short so have so fun.
Coming To Kindle Unlimited Later This June!
Past In Shadows - Dark Paranormal
Love doesn’t come easy.
It doesn’t come fast.
It comes with everything that’s made to destroy the heart and soul.
Nikolai is a crippled PI suffering from fibromyalgia and a bad case of brokeitis. On the surface his crass disposition comes off rough, but deep down a loneliness eats at him
Ada is hiding from her past, a victim of being pimped out at a young age. Her dream of becoming an artist is cut short by a boss with an evil agenda and creatures trying to attack her in the night.
When Ada reaches out to Nikolai for help they soon realize neither of them will have answers if they can’t address their own emotion turmoil. They are thrown into a dark world, but when her life is in danger it’s the mysterious vampire named Steel who saves her. Together they can break a curse hundreds of years old and in the process might just find the love they have been yearning for. Together they make a love triangle between two people no one expected.
5.0 out of 5 starsHard to put down!
May 31, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book! Cassandra has quite the imagination. The ending had a great twist. Good read. Ready for her next book to come out.