Author : Marsha

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Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts.

She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly.

Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed in ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ.

She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects.

Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.

Titles in the Betwixt & Between series include – Betwixt – Bewitched (August 2020) – Beguiled (February 2021)

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It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.

Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.

Titles in the Marina at Midlife series include – Wrong Side of Forty

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Three isn’t always a magic number … 

There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli is dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cozy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake. 

Isn’t she? 

Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …

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Whoever said life begins at forty must have been heavily medicated, drunk, or delusional.

Thirty-nine was a fantastic year. I was married to the man I loved. I had a body that worked without creaking. My grandma, who raised me, was still healthy, and life was pretty damned good.

But as they say, all good things come to an end. I’d honestly love to know who ’they’ are and rip them a new one.

One year later, I’m a widow. My joints are starting to ache. Gram is in the nursing home, and dead people think my home is some kind of supernatural bed and breakfast. Gluing body parts onto semi-transparent people has become a side job—deceased people I’m not even sure are actually there. I think they need my help, but since I don’t speak dead, we’re having a few issues.

To add to the heap of trouble, there’s a new dangerously smokin’ hot lawyer at the firm who won’t stop giving me the eye. My BFF is thrilled with her new frozen face, thanks to her plastic surgeon, her alimony check, and the miracle of Botox. And then there’s the little conundrum that I’m becoming way too attached to my ghostly squatters… Like Cher, I’d like to turn back time. Now.

No can do.

Whatever. I have wine, good friends, and an industrial-sized box of superglue. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything, apparently.

All in all, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful midlife crisis…

Titles in the Good to the Last Death series include – It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis – Who’s Midlife Crisis Is It Anyway? (May 2020) – A Most Excellent Midlife Crisis (August 2020)

(I’m going to give a fair warning – this story ends on a cliffhanger.  It’s well worth it, even if you (like me) absolutely hate cliffhangers, this story is so worth that wait to continue the story.  If I’d known I might have waited and bought them all at once to binge – or not, hard to tell now, after the fact.)

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When 49-year-old Belladonna Barrone’s mobbed-up husband does her the favor of dying in a car accident, she thinks she’s finally free of the crime family she unwittingly married into. Then the boss tells her that she has to complete her husband’s last job before that freedom is truly hers.

No big deal, she figures. Until things go south in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s thrust into a whole new world that makes the mob look like kindergarten. Vampires and werewolves are real? How is that freaking possible?

Her dreams of a new life disappear faster than wine at book club as more problems arise from her husband’s dark dealings and the unbelievable complications caused by her supernatural entanglements. Only her strength and determination (and some wild new friends) will see her through this next chapter, but the odds are against her.

How much more can her life suck? She’s about to find out…

Titles in the First Fangs Club series include – Sucks To Be Me – Suck It Up Buttercup –

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A match made in heaven…

When strong, independent cowgirl Jessie McBride meets former Green Beret Asher Chapman while doing PT for her broken leg, the two share an instant bond. Jessie rescues and raises mustangs, while Asher established and runs a foundation that matches veterans with shelter animals. The immediate, fiery physical connection between them is even stronger.

A conflict born in hell

Unlike the girlfriend who left him after discovering the full extent of his injuries, Asher knows Jessie can handle his physical wounds. But he doesn’t believe any woman could handle the secret he can’t even face himself. Much as he wants her…and is becoming convinced he loves her, he can’t risk disclosing what haunts him.

Jessie can’t understand why Asher emotionally pulls her close only to push her away again. Can this wounded warrior learn to trust Jessie to love all of him before he drives her away for good?

Titles in the Heart of Texas series include — Heart of the Texas Doctor – Texas on My Mind – Under the MistletoeHeart of the Texas Warrior

(This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of somewhat connecting series set in a fictional town.  A listing of the connecting series and their stories can be found on our Last Stand, Texas page)

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Roxie Chandler is a screw-up. She doesn’t look for trouble, but it finds her anyway. After creating a scandal in her hometown, she takes refuge on Anchor Island, her cousin’s adopted home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Planning to stick around only until she finds an alternative, Roxie doesn’t expect to make friends. Or to find love.

Alex Fielding is living his dream. A small-town doctor making a difference in his neighbors’ lives, he ignores his father’s demands to return to the big city and take his rightful place in the family practice. His life on Anchor Island is quiet and simple, just how he likes it until a leather-clad rebel with a chip on her shoulder moves in next door.

Roxie and Alex get off to a rough start, but sparks fly even when they’re fighting. The more he learns about her, the more Alex wants to save her from herself. And the longer she’s on the island, the more Roxie thinks about staying. But when her prediction comes true and she screws up once again, Anchor Island may no longer be her port in the storm.

Titles in the Anchor Island series include  – Meant to Be – Up to the Challenge – Home to Stay – More to Give – In Love on Anchor Island (part of the Ticket to True Love line)

(I have read and enjoyed this series, yet the reviews of the earlier books were posted on a website of mine that no longer exists and I didn’t bring all of those reviews over to KB, unfortunately.)

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“Happily Ever After” wasn’t supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that’s exactly what my life becomes.

Do-over.

This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I’m ready to carve my own path.

Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I’ll be taking care of a centuries-old house that called to me when I was a kid. It’s just temporary, I tell myself. It’ll just be for a while.

That is until I learn what the house really is, something I never could’ve imagined.

Thankfully forty isn’t too old to start an adventure, because that’s exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.

Titles in the Leveling Up series include – Magical Midlife Madness – Magical Midlife Dating –

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Every woman goes through changes in their forties.
Just not… these changes.

Robin Brannon was a normal wife, mom, and antique shop owner until a brush with death turned her day-to-day life upside down. Now she and her two best friends are seeing things that belong in a fantasy novel. Ghosts. Visions. Omens of doom. Nothing that belongs in the peaceful mountain town they call home.

Added to that, Robin’s marriage is on the rocks, her grandmother’s health is failing, her mother is driving away the customers at her shop, her teenage daughter refuses to get her drivers’ license, and her left knee aches every darn morning.

Robin doesn’t have the time, energy, or knees to unearth the secrets buried at the bottom of Glimmer Lake, but fate doesn’t seem to care. Some secrets are just dying to be exposed.

Titles in the Glimmer Lake series includes – Suddenly Psychic – Semi-Psychic Life –

I’ve been looking forward to today’s releases since I first heard of this project through Eve Langlais’ newsletter.  You can learn more through this group of amazing writers’ Facebook page HERE.  Or on their official website, Paranormal Women’s Fiction.  For the moment, these titles are in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have that subscription service through Amazon (which I thankfully do) then you can grab these books right now.  At some point, I know that, at least, Eve Langlais’ book will be going out of KU and to all markets in around ten days or so – I do not know if that is true for all of the titles in this project, but I’ll be checking out author websites later today and will update what I discover.

The reason I’m excited about these new titles and series is very simple.  Seasoned Paranormal Women’s Fiction.  Think of it as a new genre (which it’s not really since there are a lot of Paranormal Romance stories with women main characters who are over 35, but it is getting a lot more attention and releases recently which is a very good thing).  An exciting new road to travel for Paranormal stories of women who are no longer in the first blush of love but are probably at least over 35 (which is the starting age for “Seasoned Romance”), have lived life with all its beauty and ugliness and are moving on to something new – not always totally willingly.  So, yes, I’m excited to see Paranormal go into the Women’s Fiction genre in such a huge way with such a strong presence as these well known and loved authors will bring with them.

So.  Let’s get to the books!  If you’ll click on that “Read More” down in the corner, please, you’ll see the covers of all of these titles within this particular project.  To be completely honest with you each title is linked to the Amazon page where you can download or order these titles. So, full disclosure, these cover pictures have my Amazon Affiliate link in them.

As far as I’m aware, each of these titles is the beginning of a new series – which makes me a very happy reader.  I do not know if any or all will be in KU throughout that series, but you are getting in at the beginning of several new series when you check out these titles.  So… Happy Reading your Paranormal Women’s Fiction titles.  🙂

Oh, in no particular order, here are the websites, title, a link to the review done here at Keeper Bookshelf (book title link), and series for these books should you prefer a more direct to the author link:

Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Breene (Leveling Up series)  Website Link

Grave Magic Bounty by Shannon Mayer (The Forty Proof series) Website Link

Betwixt by Darynda Jones (Betwixt & Between series)  Website link

Let It All Burn by Denise Grover Swank (unknown, possible standalone)  Website Link

Second Chance Magic by Michelle M. Pillow ( Order of Magic series)  Website Link

Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft by Mandy M. Roth (Grimm Cove series)  Website Link

Halfway There by Eve Langlais (Midlife Mulligan series)  Website Link

Wrong Side of Forty by Jana DeLeon (Marina at Midlife series)   Website Link

Witching for Grace by Deanna Chase (Premonition Pointe series)  Website Link

Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter (Glimmer Lake series)  Website Link

It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis by Robyn Peterman (Good to the Last Death series)  Website Link

Writing Wrongs by Christine Gael (aka Christine Bell (CR), aka Chloe Cole (PNR) (Crow’s Feet Coven series)  Website Link

Sucks To Be Me by Kristen Painter (First Fangs Club series)  Website Link

 

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