Friday, April 19, 2019

Swim in DEADLY WATERS (#RomanticSuspense #Free #KU #cozyMystery #SerialKiller #BermudaTriangle)

As I've mentioned more than once, one of the joys of ebooks is that our stories never die--they are reincarnated in newer and better forms. My effort to re-edit and repackage previously published books continues, and this month's offering is Deadly Waters, a romantic suspense novel that was originally purchased by Five Star Mysteries back in 2006. 

It's gotten some nice reviews: 

From renowned reviewer Harriet Klausner:

swift moving amateur sleuth investigative tale... Fans will enjoy this fine at sea thriller.

Another Amazon reader wrote: 

A tale peopled with well drawn characters... Recommended as a fun read with red herrings and false clues added to the mix. Enjoy. I sure did.

Here's what it's about:

The cruise from hell…

Gen X meets Agatha Christie on the high seas of the Bermuda Triangle when Sherry Case, gofer for the battling bigwigs in the family-owned firm Genesplice, arranges for a team-building cruise aboard the yacht Swashbuckler. However, the mismatched group of passengers feuds even before the yacht has left the harbor.

A rogue wave, faltering navigational instruments and a trio of sharks continue to challenge Sherry and her new lover, the yacht's Captain Freeman. But Free and Sherry aren't fazed until a passenger turns up dead in her locked cabin. The vicious murder throws the ship, its crew and passengers into panic. Who could the killer be? Suspects and motives abound. 

Ordinary twenty-somethings thrown into an extraordinary situation, Sherry and Free must solve the mystery, defeat the myriad dangers of the triangle, and reach land before the villain can kill them. 

Buy it at Amazon--free on KU for a limited time, so get your copy now!

Monday, March 11, 2019

March Madness isn't only about Basketball! Read a crazy-good book, LOVE ON THIN ICE (#hockeyRomance #sportsRomance #romanticSuspense)

I fell in love with ice hockey over twenty years ago and, unfortunately, tried to play. I was an awful skater and an even worse puck handler... Needless to say, my amateur team was very happy to see me go! On top of that, I later developed arthritis in my low back and hips. Getting checked to the ice thirty times a week will do a number on the joints.

The only good thing to come out of my obsession was this book:

How far would you go to win your lifelong dream?

When filmmaker Zoë Whipple agrees to shoot a documentary about a hockey team’s season, she doesn’t sign on for scandal, crime and murder. But she discovers that players, rabid to win the championship, don’t let morality or the law stand in the way of their ambitions.

When a rookie dies from cardiac arrest, Zoë is saddened but not suspicious until another player, in the grip of ’roid rage, goes berserk on the ice and ends up in the hospital. Digging into the mess reveals illegal painkillers and steroid abuse among most of the team. Zoë, whose reputation for honest filmmaking is at stake, threatens to expose the scandals.

Is her new lover, team captain “Crash” Crasseau, responsible for the harassment and vandalism meant to scare her into silence? When Crasseau’s ex-wife is murdered, and Zoë’s daughter is threatened, Zoë must choose between her career ambitions and her child’s safety.

What others have said about a previous edition:

Five stars! I genuinely enjoyed this book.

John W. Cobb, Amazon reader


Whether you are a fan of sports or not, I have no doubt you will enjoy this romance.

Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

If you like what you read, find it at Amazon

Friday, February 1, 2019

Celebrate Fan-Fic February with SHERLOCK'S SCANDAL! (#sherlock #99cents #FREE #KU #fanfic #victoriana)

I will readily admit that I am a Sherlock Holmes fan. No, a fanatic.

Taken the Goodreads quiz on Holmes? Try it—I got 100% (grinning). I thought it was (ahem) elementary.

But why do people love Holmes?

The character wasn’t initially popular. According to Wikipedia, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four (its first title) didn’t sell well. The short stories, initially published by The Strand magazine, were the works that ignited the public’s imagination. The first, A Scandal in Bohemia, was published in 1891.

I know why I love Holmes—I’m a sapiensexual. I’m turned on by brains. I’m literally repelled by men who mix up well and good or who don’t hold their cutlery correctly. (A great face, cute smile and buffed bod are also important, along with a sweet soul).

These days, we love hot heroes with brains as well as flaws. Sherlock is complex. He has a lightning-fast wit but the emotional I.Q. of a boulder. He’s interesting. The reigning Holmes, BBC’s Sherlock, describes himself as a “high-functioning sociopath.” I’d add, with a touch of Asperger’s.

Upon publication, however, Sherlock appeared in a very different world.

In 1888, a serial killer started a rampage in an area of London still called Whitechapel. We do not know the number of murders committed by Jack the Ripper. Five brutal killings are apparently linked, but as many as six more could have been the work of the same slayer.

The number, frequency, and brutality of the homicides terrorized London even after they ended in 1891. Unhappy with official efforts to catch the killer, citizens formed the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee and walked the streets searching for suspects. Police received hundreds of letters purporting to contain leads, most of which were useless. Though serial killers have appeared throughout human history, the Ripper was the first to ignite a media frenzy (Wikipedia).

People cling to certainty in an uncertain world. To a city gripped by dread, the cool, calm, logical Holmes, a detective who unerringly solved every case, was an inspirational hero bringing comfort in a frightening world.

My version of Holmes, from Sherlock’s Scandal, isn’t so cool, calm, and logical. Here’s a snippet to pique your interest:

After the performance, I purchased a bouquet of red roses from one of Covent Garden’s ever-present flower-sellers and posted myself at the stage door to see if I could meet the lady. When she finally emerged, she had cleaned her face of stage makeup and changed out of her costume into a stunning gown of midnight velvet. I am no connoisseur of women’s fashions, but I will never forget the sight. Her décolletage was fetchingly displayed by a lace-trimmed bodice cut so low it exposed her admirable bosom almost all the way down to the nipples, which I promised myself I’d lick that night. She must have bound her breasts for the role, I realized hazily, trying not to stare.
I cleared my throat. “Good evening, Miss Adler.” I offered her the flowers.
She took them and buried her face in the petals to inhale their scent. I hoped her open enjoyment of the fragrance betokened a sensual nature. She looked up, saying, “Thank you, Mr. Holmes.”
I lifted my brows, fixing on her full lips and large, sparkling eyes in order to avoid crudely ogling her breasts.
Of course I know who you are.” Off-stage, her American accent was pronounced but not unpleasant.
I am most flattered.” I offered her my arm. She took it, and we strolled to the kerb, where a hansom waited.
In the intimate interior of the cab, I could scent her perfume, a flowery aroma that blended delightfully with the roses she still clasped. “May I invite you to a late supper?”
Thank you.” She daintily arranged her skirts, favoring me with a glimpse of one neat ankle.
My member hardened, and I blessed my dinner suit’s loose, comfortable trousers. I drew a deep breath, hoping to calm my hot blood and racing pulse. “Uh, uhm, Sampson’s?”
Beefsteaks? A fortifying meal for so late in the evening. Will I be in need of fortification, Mr. Holmes?” she asked. Her eyes were partially shadowed by lowered lids.
Yes,” I said. “You will.”
She raised her gaze, boldly meeting mine. I leaned closer and put a finger beneath her chin. Her skin was soft over a strong jaw, testimony of a determined character.
My chest clenched in a most peculiar manner. Had I met my match?
        It was rude, and crude, and forward, but I could not resist. I had to taste her mouth.

Here's the blurb, and what others thought of the story--reviews are from an earlier edition:

A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won’t come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory and love.

What others have thought about this story:

Five Stars! A heady and enjoyable romp
--JMyersBook, Amazon reader


More than spicy!
--Tammie, Night Owl Reviews



--Brenda Talley, Romance Studio

Like what you read?
Get it at Amazon
FREE with KU!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Ring in the New Year with a BANG! (#FREE #KU #99cents)



Futuristic romance

Looking for the next GoT? Here you are.

A brave queen struggles to control divided kingdoms on a terraformed planet 
thirty thousand years in the future.

Janus is a planet which lacks both tilt and spin, and its Shadowlands are the pewter band of dusk dividing the violently hot Lightside of the planet from its Darkside, 
imprisoned by eternal night. Because of the peculiar conformation of the planet, 
birthrates are low and indiscriminate mating encouraged. (Yes, this is very sexy book!)

Audryn, Queen of Shadow has reached that time in her life when she must choose a King to rule with her or fail to bear an heir, casting not only her realm but all of Janus into chaos. Despite her duty, she is reluctant to share power, even a bit distrustful. Janus’ nobles vie for Audryn’s hand. Although she enjoys trysting with all her suitors, none seize her heart.

Then Storne, the warrior Prince of Darkness, arrives to claim her as his bride.

Will his masterful ways allure or repel the willful Queen?

What readers thought:

"Five stars! Totally exceeded my expectations!"

"Five stars! really awesome!"

Read it on Amazon

Want to know the real deal about kink and BDSM?

You won't find it in BS like "Daddy's Little Milch Cow" or The Fifty Shades books.
But you'll find it in Perilous Play, Suz deMello's memoir.

Want to read the real Fifty Shades? 


Readers said:

"Five stars! BDSM viewed from the inside out."

"Five+ smashing stars! I wish more people knew about this book."

"Five stars! A candid and page-turning account."

Find it on Amazon


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Suz deMello's sexy holiday romances on sale through December!! (#free #99cents #KU)

Free on KU

It's the holidays, and Shelbie Nathanson must face the unwelcome news that Rick Saldano, not she, will become the C.O.O. of her family's shoe company, a job she's wanted all her life. But she can't resist his red-hot, sexy style of lovemaking... one that focuses on her passion: shoes.

“Deliciously hot!”
--Author Justine Elyot

“This book was great…very believable fun story…Thanks for the quick romp.”
--Black Disaster Fairy

Setting: Scotland, Yule Eve, 1260

A Viking raider with mysterious powers brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, especially to the chieftain’s daughter Rhona.

Five Stars! It's books like this that make me dream of being a 
bonnie Scottish lass during the age of Viking raiders
--T.B. Cooper


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Heartwarming Romance for the Holidays (#sale #romance #holidays #heartwarming #FREE #KU)

This year, I've decided to reduce the prices on two of my most heartwarming romances through the Thanksgiving weekend, in celebration of my favorite holiday!  

Why do I love Thanksgiving? Well, it's not because of the turkey because I'm a vegetarian. I never call Thanksgiving "Turkey Day"--that's disgusting. Why should we celebrate the deaths of millions of sentient beings?

Incidentally, despite the fame of Tofurkey, below see an image of the best turkey substitute, hands down:

It tastes amazingly like turkey. My local Whole Foods carries it only during the holiday season--costs about seven bucks. I usually buy several and stash them in my freezer, planning the eat them throughout the year, but they're so good that they go fast.

No, I love Thanksgiving because of what it's actually about--gratitude. My karate sensei used to talk year-round about "having an attitude of gratitude." 

He was sooo right! Consider the times in which we live. We are blessed. This is a great time to be born a human. Our life expectancy is the longest it's been. Our safety, despite what the media and politicians tell you, is the greatest it's even been. Though there are wars in faraway places like Yemen, most people in most countries can live secure, peaceful lives.

Sure, there are problems we must tackle: poverty, including homelessness; the USA's broken health-care system; pernicious violence and demeaning of women.

But we can do it, possibly because most of us live safe, secure, healthy lives.

So I have a lot to be grateful for, and I'm passing my bounty along to my readers.

FREE over the Thanksgiving weekend

This was my first manuscript, and I'm proud to say that when it was initially published under a previous pen name, Booklist gave it a fine review:

Marti Solis is an accomplished physical therapist who works wonders with severely injured patients, but Jim Wellman is a macho football star who can't seem to get past her cute looks and smart mouth. He's always flirting, and his recovery is hampered by complications from the poor care he received after the injury--by both the team doctor and the hospital where he spent the past eight months. 

His career in football is over, but Marti is determined to get him walking again. Jim, however, is his own worst enemy, making injudicious comments to the press and trying to talk Marti into bed at every opportunity until her patience is sorely tried. He understandably resents her seeing him at his most vulnerable even while he craves her undivided attention on a more personal level. 

...a very enjoyable contemporary romance between a major sports figure and the therapist whose skill is all that stands between him and life in a wheelchair. 

Lynne Welch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

What readers said about this sweet contemporary romance:

--Darlene, Amazon reader

Five Stars! Be sure to read this great book. It has plenty of real emotion, enough twists and curves to keep the reader interested!
--Gloria Antypowich, Amazon reader

Five Stars! Love will come back!
--Fiction Vixens



Friday, November 9, 2018

WOUNDED WARRIOR: A romance with a veteran--just in time for Veteran's Day! by Suz deMello (#romance #PTSD #VeteransDay #Alaska)



Wounded Warrior

Veteran Fisher Chugatt has withdrawn from the world, retreating to the Alaskan village where he was born and raised.

Can a sexy, lively DJ from Los Angeles break through his shell?

DJ Valerie Percy rejects the phony life she’s lived and travels to remote Takinsha Island determined to start over. She looks for a fuck-buddy, an accessory she considers more important than mascara. She wants a warm, outgoing man to laugh with her, hang out with her, and shag her silly.

And then she falls for Fisher Chugatt, a loner who rejects any relationship.

Can Valerie’s love heal the pain Fisher carries?


This book was previously published as Seducing the Hermit. It’s been revised and re-edited for your reading pleasure.

What Goodreads reviewers thought of earlier editions:

“…enjoyable… Sweet story, steamy sex and very likeable characters.”


“…a good read by the pool in the summer or by the fire in the winter.”


“I enjoyed this one… I liked their chemistry…”

--Heather in FL



November 13--
get your copy NOW!