Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she is forced to return home. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she’d buried.
Once hailed as the golden boy of their town, and now a popular high school teacher, Lucas Haas disappears the same day the body of one of his students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.
All the while, she wonders: If he’s innocent, why did he run?
As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas—or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s lives are intertwined, Mia must confront her own demons if she wants to get out alive.
When not writing SHERRI SMITH spends time with her family and two rescue dogs, and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side. Follow Me Down is her first thriller.
It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.
Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.
Breaking Vee’s heart was never Cam’s plan. All he wanted senior year was a new life, in a new town, uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Then Vee swept him into a whirlwind of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect or want. Now, he has a second chance to make it right. But things get complicated when ratings-crazy producers, cameramen, and fans are involved. Can he rewrite their love song with the whole world watching?
JESSICA PENNINGTON lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in this book. When she isn't writing, you can find her planning swoon-worthy events as a professional wedding planner. Jessica owns more YA books than many teens, is mildly obsessed with penguins, and probably laughs too much. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.
Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother's legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.
Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.
Debut author Terri Bailey Black unearths the long-buried secrets of a small New England town in this richly atmospheric Gothic tale of murder, guilt, redemption, and finding love where least expected.
TERI BAILEY BLACK grew up near the beach in Southern California in a large, quirky family. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She lives with her husband and four children in Orange County, California. Girl at the Grave is her debut novel.
17-year-old Kylene Danners has had a pretty crappy last two years. A nude picture scandal forced her to leave her old high school, and her FBI agent dad was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Now forced to move in with her grandfather, Ky is back at her old high school where she’s the ultimate social pariah. Not that she cares. Ky’s just determined to clear her father’s name and get out of this town without making too many waves.
But let’s be honest, Ky’s never been so great at minding her own business. When some rookie, hotshot FBI agent is sent to town to investigate Ky’s unsettling claims, she finds an unwilling, and annoyingly attractive ally. Determined to expose her town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot, one that leads her to the discovery of who actually framed her dad.
AMBER LYNN NATUSCH and her husband run their own private chiropractic clinic. She is the author of the bestselling Caged series.
Lady Dunbridge is beautiful, outrageous, and worldly. Not about to let a little thing like like the death of the late earl ruin her social life, she's ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm.
Of course she didn’t expect to discover her host dead in the arms of his dancing girl mistress immediately upon her arrival. Or his wife, her childhood friend, accused of his murder. And she certainly couldn't have expected the infuriatingly honest, stunningly handsome police detective of a notoriously corrupt department in charge of the investigation.
From the decadence of high society balls, to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, murder and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.
SHELLEY NOBLE is the New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach, The Beach at Painter’s Cove, and Whisper Beach. A former professional dancer and choreographer for stage, television and film, she’s a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. Noble lives at the Jersey shore and is always on the lookout for lighthouses and murder plots.
Deep in the mountain shadows of Alabama lays the town of Wicklow and the magical Blackbird Café, where a piece of blackbird pie can reveal the whispers of loved ones.
It is here Anna Kate Callow has come, to lay her beloved Granny Zee to rest and fulfill her destiny as keeper of the blackbirds that live behind the café. It is the birds, Callow ancestors, who sing messages from the dead into the pies, messages meant to comfort and heal.
But there is another reason Anna Kate has come to Wickow. Before closing the café and heading off to medical school, she’s going to finally learn the truth about her father’s death. Then she, and all her Callow ancestors, will finally leave Wicklow for good.
As Anna Kate starts searching for answers she quickly finds that the truth doesn’t always give you the answers you need and her plan to avoid making friends, forming ties, or getting to know her father’s side of the family might not be the best plan after all. As the truth slowly reveals itself, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.
National bestselling author HEATHER WEBBER has long infused her mysteries with magical realism. Heather has authored numerous mystery series including the Lucy Valentine series and both the Magical Potions and Wishcraft series (as Heather Blake).
When Maris Brown was twelve, she wandered into a fortune-teller's tent and was told three things about her future. One, she'll die before she turns eighteen. Two, she'll fall happily and madly in love with a boy who lives in a house with a periwinkle door. And three, she'll be able to handle everything that happens to her.
Now with that fateful birthday only weeks away, Maris arrives in Cross Cove to spend the summer with her father and his new family. After an almost overdose, she's determined to make the most of her maybe-short life. With the sharp stomach pains she's recently begun experiencing, Maris isn't sure she has much time left.
Then she meets Finn, or stumbles into him, really. He's badly beat up and running from a group of men. The men are also badly beaten—one of them suffering from a stab wound near the base of this neck. Maris is able to convince the men she hasn't seen the boy (perhaps all that experience lying to get out of trouble was good for something). Maris recognizes something of herself in Finn: a fear of encroaching death and a desire to make the most of every moment. And she thinks Finn must see something in her, too, because they begin to meet in secret.
Only things are more complicated than a summer romance. When her step sister's long-distance boyfriend arrives in Cross Cove, Maris is surprised to see that it's Finn—whose real name is actually Edison. Then a dead body washes up in Cross Cove—one of the men who had been chasing Finn/Edison. He has to be involved somehow. Or at least he has to know something. Maris doesn't trust him, but she can't help but remember how real their connection felt. And of course, those feelings only get more complicated when she sees the house Edison grew up in, and its periwinkle front door. The more Maris comes to know Finn’s wealthy, powerful family, the more she realizes that nothing is quite as it seems.
ALEXIS BASS grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and a gorgeous and rambunctious Golden Retriever, Dylan McKay. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of long beach vacations.
Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?
All Jesse wants is to work the land that’s been in his family for generations. But when his grandmother passes away, there’s a stipulation in her will—win back the trust of his childhood friend, Scarlet. Scarlet is desperate to escape her abusive father, and when Jesse offers her a way to secure a job in secret, she’s willing to trust the boy who broke her heart if it means finding independence. Once Jesse discovers it’s actually the endorsement of Scarlet’s powerful father that he needs to secure his land, he must choose between winning her father’s approval and keeping his family’s land or risk helping the girl he’s fallen in love with escape from the abuse.
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.