Mapped Out Murders — Murder Mystery
Sarah Groben’s an LAPD Homicide Detective and a Pastor’s wife. But she’s got six murders she hopes to solve by Sunday. Members of a fledgling group for 10-40 transplants seeking Christianity are being killed. A Muslim charity interested in better relations with Americans seems to be connected by the death of a former financial manager. Family members of the victims might also end up in the crosshairs if Sarah is right about a “Persecutor for Hire.”
Sarah’s partner is down with the flu and her husband Don seems like a tailor-made substitute with his knowledge of Middle eastern languages and cultures. But the case keeps getting more complicated by the minute, and Sarah and Don might not be able to crack it before the killing starts again.
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Fall On Your Knees — Christian Romantic Suspense
Reference librarian Karin Arthur’s quiet life changes forever when she accepts an invitation — A Christmas Eve blind date with a man she knows only from online research projects. Murali Nanda seems handsome, intelligent, accomplished, and passionate about Christian causes she also loves. Turmoil descends when Karin and Murali plunge into a plot to torture and murder espionage operatives and disseminate a computer infection that could bring vital intelligence agencies to their knees.
A courtship beyond whirlwind and a desperate race to stop a cyberkiller leave Karin reeling and feeling she has no choice but to accept the protection of this virtual stranger — whom she knew only in the safe, virtual world of her research work. Can Murali protect her and solve the mystery? Can she help him do what no one else has accomplished — root out the spreading threat that could lead to cyber destruction?
“I couldn’t have come this far without your help.” This was not a lie, and salved his conscience about the cover for the transfer of the information for this last operation.
“Almost finished,” Murali said to the library employee as she approached again. It was taking too long to make the transfer. Had something gone wrong? Was it being intercepted – rerouted –? “Ex Libris, please confirm you are receiving my package.” When Karin didn’t respond right away his panic started to build. No matter how many times he had done this, he couldn’t swallow the choking knot in his throat, the fear of theft, and of discovery, especially if it occurred on Karin’s end.
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The Great Thirst Book One: Prepared
Small town science teacher Keith Bradley climbs into a red Tesla with English teacher Talia Ramin for the field trip of a lifetime. At stake is a missing copy of the Scriptures on gold tablets. At risk is the trust of an ancient order sworn to keep the tablets safe.
Talia’s archaeologist aunt and uncle may have lost their last clue to artifact thieves. A government ultimatum might undo every lesson they have taught their students about keeping the Word safe.
“What?” Keith jumped up. “What are you saying? We’re supposed to take the kids’ Bibles away from them? Their prayer journals? Their memory cards?”
“There’s no need to be defensive.” Doctor Williams glared up at him. “Please be seated. You will only be borrowing them, to get them scanned. And we want materials from everyone in the community. Parents, grandparents, ministers – Anyone who studies the Bible. Don’t you see? This will become a resource people all over the world can use, for all time. Mr. Bradley, your prayers, your thoughts, your study of the Bible could teach someone in Thailand, Mali, Alaska – someone in a spaceship traveling to Mars – these insights will become eternal.”
“But it’s voluntary, right?” Talia asked. “People don’t have to give us their Bibles, do they?”
“This program fails if it doesn’t accomplish the critical goal of gathering all the possible data,” Doctor Williams insisted.
“What exactly do you mean by ‘this program fails’?” Keith’s dad demanded.
“It doesn’t fulfill the requirements,” Doctor Williams said. “It doesn’t qualify for the grants.”
“You mean we lose everything we’ve gotten from implementing the Bible as Literature program?” Principal Bradley choked.
“Really, there’s nothing scary or unreasonable being asked for here. Are your Bible studies secret? Why does the idea of sharing them with the world disturb you? Are you that selfish?”
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The Great Thirst Part Two: Purified
The mystery archaeologists suddenly appear and Keith learns firsthand about the quest for the Golden Testaments. He finds himself with more questions than answers. What do these people want with him? He doesn’t see how he can travel to Greece, Turkey, and who knows where without neglecting his family. The lure of ancient technology and the chance to unravel a mystery like no other can’t make up for the deadly peril of an underwater attack and a terrifying phone call. Is he really ready to pay the price for preserving and spreading the Word if it means putting his family in danger?
Two divers swam fast and hard toward them. Naddy had hired a couple of men to generally help as needed, and at first Keith thought those two had suited up and joined them for some reason. One of them drew a knife and swiped at Keith.
Talia streaked past him in a blur of motion and Keith saw a rod-like object appear in her hand. A shockwave pushed him aside as she shoved it against the man’s side. The man cartwheeled away in a storm of bubbles. Just before the attacker passed out of reach Talia’s other hand snaked toward him, a knife gleaming in her hand. Keith watched, stunned, as she sliced the man’s airline in two.
The second man caught her off guard and ripped her mouthpiece away, getting her in a headlock. Keith dove into the struggle as Talia lost her knife. He caught the knife and stabbed at the man’s back but the blade just bounced off the air tanks. Talia’s eyes widened as her mask began to fill up with water. Keith got a better grip on the knife but the man twisted away and again the blade bounced harmlessly off him.
Keith felt a bump on the side of the knife hilt. It slid under his thumb and he jabbed once more at the man. Incredibly, an underwater explosion rocked all three of the struggling divers and a gaping hole appeared in the man’s air tank. He broke off the attack and swam away rapidly, another storm of bubbles following his retreat. Both men disappeared back into the murk but headed toward the surface.
Keith grabbed Talia and pulled her straight up, using his mouthpiece to buddy-breathe with her. A few moments later they broke the surface.
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Keith and Talia’s Guardian contacts finally unlock secrets of the holographic map but no one imagined the cost of following the clues. The Ax of Britomartis reveals an unexpected power but they can’t use it when they are thrown out of the country. Accusations, heartache,. strife, and even romance can bring the quest grinding to a halt. When the black van changes from pursuer to prison, Keith needs help not even Talia can give. Jenny Kaine might just find out what she needs to know to destroy the Word once and for all.
Keith stepped over to the intercom by the door. “This is Mr. Bradley. Ms Ramin and I need a monitor for our class, room 205, please,” he said, and released the button. “Ms. Ramin, please join me in the hallway while we wait for relief.”
Talia hefted her duffel bag and followed him out without a word.
“So, if Naddy and Sophie are okay, or at least going to be okay, what’s wrong?” Keith demanded, grabbing Talia’s bag from her and almost dropping it. “Whoa. This is heavy even for you. What’s going on?”
“I’m leaving,” she whispered. “I can’t do this anymore.”
“Can’t do what? Talia – Ms. Ramin – Do you feel bad about paying the ransom? Why? I mean, yeah, it sucks, that you had to do it, to give in to those bastards, but Naddy’ll make it back up in a couple of days at the tables, right? He’s like, the James Bond of Poker, right?”
“He plays Baccarat.” Talia pushed away the smile that tugged at her lips. “I can’t keep lying to you. I can’t keep any more secrets from you.”
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A shocking event convinces Keith that he has to risk arrest to protect their Bradley Central students. A stranger questions their Britomartis findings and only a trip to Pakistan will solve a new mystery — that of the daughters-in-law of Noah. Cherub Rider has a mission Keith isn’t sure he can go along with — protect Keith at all costs, even if it means leaving Talia behind. They have to depend on the mysterious ancient amphibian skin for a totally unexpected, possibly lifesaving, mission. Is the Morse Code message tapping ALIVE real? Is a bag of gray dust the end of all their hopes to prevent the Great Thirst?
“Mr. Bradley and Ms. Ramin,
“Sean and Daryl’s mom and dad said they told the cops Mr. Bradley told them it was a bomb that exploded at the school. The cops told them no, it was just a water heater. Daryl said Sean argued with them and said the government was lying to shut down the school.
“The cops asked them if Mr. Bradley told them to say that. They said no, but the cops said Mr. Bradley would have to come and give a statement to prove he didn’t. That was the only way they were gonna let Daryl and Sean out.
“Mr. Bradley, everybody in town is talking about how your whole family disappeared right after the bomb went off. People are starting to say you might have had something to do with it. We know it’s not true, but now those two guys are in jail, and their parents say the cops want to talk to you, and they’re holding them as – Daryl’s dad says it’s called material witnesses – until you come and straighten it out. He says they can hold them forever.”
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Talia’s warrior instincts kick into high gear when an old enemy appears with a one-time offer. The whole Mexico Expedition goes into lockdown after a terrifying betrayal and a violent attack. A crushing mishap may end any hope of unraveling the tangled Web of Araña. Students respond to “activation orders’ with turmoil and terror. One conflicted father may hold the key to understanding more about the enemy — if he lives to tell his tale.
Before anyone could react, Cindee pitched over the steering wheel, her seat belt flapping loose. The hinged front window slammed down flat. Keith snapped his seatbelt loose and vaulted forward from the back seat, pushing past Talia, who had been sitting next to Cindee. He grabbed Cindee by her shirt as she clawed for a hold on the hood or any part of the Rover. Keith wrapped his free arm into the steering wheel.
Cindee hadn’t made a sound, but her enormous eyes stared into Keith’s as Talia crept alongside Keith onto the hood and grabbed both of Cindee’s hands.
“Don’t let go, Baby,” Talia whispered. “And it’s okay to scream if you want to.”
Cindee shook her head. “Tired of being teased about being ‘the screamer,’” she whispered.
“What’s holding you in?” Keith asked Talia.
“My paracord and grappling hook. I tied it around the rollbar, and to my ankle over my boot top,” Talia replied.
“Too much weight on the front end,” groaned Drew Summers from the back of the Rover. “We can’t get it to come down.”
“Ain’t like any of us about to move,” Keith replied.
“Keith, I’ve got her. Go back so they can bring it down and get us out,” Talia begged.
“No way. You go back.”
“Talia’s not heavy enough to make a difference,” Drew said. “Keith, we need you to pull back.”
“Talia, I can’t …” Keith whispered.
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