Healer: Gifted Book One
WANTED: Counselor for child trauma victims at scenic boarding school in northern Arkansas. Must have an open mind, be flexible, and be ready to travel at a moment's notice. Patience, extreme vigilance, and discretion required. Generous compensation guaranteed
Veteran teacher and counselor Delaney Frost accepts a job at Havenhart Academy and soon learns that not only are her new charges “gifted”—but that within her resides a power so rare and precious it can be used to heal others. When danger arrives at the academy gates, Delaney and her mysterious, yet alluring boss will fight to protect the children from a megalomaniac out for revenge and the destruction of all she holds dear.
Welcome to Havenhart Academy.
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Retired Army Captain Jackson Howe views his ability to "connect" with others as invasive and inconvenient, but he deals with it by only using his power to help others. He's found purpose at Havenhart Academy using art therapy with child victims of trauma and his friends have embraced him and his quirky behavior, but after meeting Delaney's friend Cassidy—and developing a stronger than usual "connection" with her—he fears he's destined to forever be on the outside looking in.
But when Cassidy's link to Havenhart makes her a target and the plane she's flying is hijacked, she's forced to crashland in the Florida Everglades and becomes a pawn in the struggle between good and evil. Jackson will call on his training—and special skills—to save her from an enemy determined to spread evil and hurt those Jackson holds dear.
Follow the continuing saga of Havenhart Academy in Book Two of the Gifted Series.
The Minded Stories
The idea for my paranormal titles began with Haunted. I always wondered what happened to Maggie after she died. The Minded series are tales from the afterlife, starting with Maggie and Louis and the tasks they must complete before she can move on. Minded tales featuring Maggie and Louis will continue! Check out the crossover novel Shifted in the Magic and Mayhem Universe!
Blossomed continues their tale and introduces us to Justin Rivers, a brain-injured musician who receives a second chance at life and love in the form of a woman born from the waters of the San Francisco Bay on Samhain. Love, hope and puppies ensue. Justin and Charlotte, as well as Blossom and her puppies, will return in Spring 2018 for another Autism Awareness event.
Father F'in' Christmas is in a sense a prequel of Minded. Here we see a pre-Maggie Louis in his earlier days as an Intervention Specialist. He is tasked with helping a drunk, deceased fireman with Death Denial Syndrome mind his widow. With the help of a gargoyle and a grumpy alley cat, they'll perform one helluva friggin Christmas miracle.
In A Peculiar Prom Night, siblings and veteran teachers Ramona and Ruben Gilman must face an otherworldly presence to protect their kids...all while trying to connect with their love interests and keep their family secret under wraps.
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Historical Horror Romance set in the American West
The Banes of Lake’s Crossing - Origins
The Biggest Little City in the World was founded on a lie. History tells us that the city called Reno, Nevada, was founded as a gambling haven for silver miners and later the divorce capital. But it goes deeper than that. It goes as deep as the lines from which the silver came. In 1860, four brothers tunneled beneath the surface, looking to find the next Comstock Lode. They left their families behind in search of the valuable metals being brought forth from the Earth in order to do the Lord’s work.
Legend has it that the four men who went down into the Earth as good, solid Christian men returned as something more sinister, their good intentions abandoned. They became possessed by a force more evil than could be imagined, and their hold on the residents of what was known then as Lake’s Crossing allowed them to gain unfathomable powers.
The Fourth Man by R.L. Merrill
Lake’s Crossing was a fairly new settlement in 1862, but Julianna Monroe had already seen the worst of humanity cross their bridge seeking shelter. One blustery fall night, four well-dressed men enter her family’s inn, and she immediately senses their otherness. Despite her concerns for self-preservation, she is drawn to the fourth man. Quiet, brooding, and different from his elder brothers, Julianna is intrigued by Jonah and soon realizes it is time to choose a husband before the choice is made for her. But when the elder Bane brothers threaten her safety, will Jonah be strong enough to stand up to them and protect her? Or will she become yet another victim of the Banes’ evil influence?
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The Redemption of Nathaniel Bane by R.L. Merrill
In 1860, Nathaniel Bane and his brothers dug deep into the earth on a mission from God, searching for a cache of silver to help fund their new religious civilization. What they found altered them forever and set off a chain of events that changed the course of Nevada's history.
Nearly twenty years later, the constant hunger and restlessness has made Nathaniel desperate for relief. A chance encounter in the desert and a meeting with an incredibly powerful holy man will set Nathaniel on a path to redemption—a journey filled with love, blood, and revenge.
Will Nathaniel find peace with his soul’s mate, or is he destined to walk the earth alone?
MORE FROM THE BANES UNIVERSE IN 2020...
A Piece of Him, part of the Gone With The Dead Anthology from RT2017 published by Riverdale Ave Books.
Written in support of the yearly Romantic Times convention, Gone With The Dead was a mashup of all things Atlanta, Georgia, our hostess city. My tale of a clueless traveler who falls prey to a bruja on Dia De Los Muertos was written in February 2017 at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, CA. It's one of my favorite short pieces I've written and I was honored to be selected for this anthology.
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