The Half Life of Ryan Davis by Melinda Szymanik

Half Life

Having an older sister go missing three years before has defined Ryan Davis’s life ever since. All he wants to do is be normal and get on with the difficult business of growing up, but the repercussions of Mallory’s disappearance are only just becoming clear… This YA psychological thriller will take young teens on an unexpected journey with Ryan as he discovers what really happened to his sister.

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Shield by Anne Malcom


My name’s Rosie and I come from a dynasty of sorts… the Sons of Templar, maybe you’ve heard of them.

I just happen to be the daughter of one of the founding members and am the sister of the current president.

The fact I’m a woman means I don’t wear the patch, but it’ll never change the fact that I’m a Templar by blood.

We’re known as royalty in the outlaw world. Though, the dynasty is dancing on the right side of the law these days.

That doesn’t mean that the law and those who enforce it are friends.
It will remain the one constant in my tumultuous life. The one rule in our law-free existence.

Befriending the law and those that enforce it is a betrayal.

Which means me being one half of a doomed love is that much more comical when he’s a cop.

Or was.

Before I went and ruined it all.

Before he shattered that shield he wore to protect society in order to protect me.

He saved me and I damned him.

I damned myself too, but to be honest, I was damned long before that.

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Cupcakes and Conspiracies by Katherine Hayton


Welcome to Hanmer Springs. Small town. Big secrets.

With a divorce pending and her career hanging in the balance, Holly Waterston returns to her hometown of Hanmer Springs to lick her wounds. According to her accountant, she also needs to sell the cupcake bakery owned and operated by her family for three generations. The bakery is the only place Holly’s younger sister Crystal has ever worked.

But when their mortgage holder suffers anaphylactic shock after eating a cupcake, Crystal is chief suspect for the attempted murder. Despite being labeled allergy-free, the cake was chock full of peanuts.

Holly must dig in her heels and don an apron if she’s to clear her sister’s name, uncover the real culprit, and find out why their booming business is hemorrhaging money. If she can’t, then Holly might lose Crystal to prison and lose the one place she can truly call home.

This Sweet Baked Mystery is certified allergy-free of the following ingredients:
No Swearing
No Gore
No Graphic Scenes
and absolutely No Cliffhangers!

Warning: May contain traces of danger and good humor.

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Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton


If she can’t remember, the woman will die.

When Elisabet wakes in a hospital, the victim of a single-vehicle accident, her mind is empty of all memories and images except for one—the tangled dream of a woman starving to death.

As Elisabet’s husband morphs from a loving caregiver into an abusive opponent and her stepdaughter refuses all attempts to connect, Elisabet learns to navigate her malevolent new world on her own. With no other point of reference, she attempts to piece together evidence to confirm whether the woman in her dreams is real or a tortured figment of her imagination.

And when danger encroaches from all sides, Elisabet must draw on the last strands of her strained courage to survive the depraved truth hidden deep within her erased brain.

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Skeletal by Katherine Hayton



Self-Publishing Review Favorite Indie Book of 2015 & Ajoobacats Blog Top Ten Books of 2015

Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner’s inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina’s here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.

If you’re a fan of Thirteen Reasons Why, this brutal and poignant portrayal of mental illness and teenage bullying is for you. Scroll up to purchase now.

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Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton

Found near water

Her most terrifying fear is now a shocking reality.

Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a horrifying nightmare. Following a car accident, Rena’s vulnerable young daughter Chloe has disappeared but no one cares, no one’s noticed. NO ONE HAS BEEN SEARCHING.

When victim support officer Christine Emmett takes on Rena as a client, she must guide her through the confusion and destructive despair of Chloe’s disappearance. As anxiety and evidence mount, fears for the girl’s safety grow larger with each tick of the clock.

While accusing fingers point at a frustrated ex-husband and a psychic’s arrival throws Rena into a panic of devastating hope, a murderous pedophile roams free in the community. Amid the mounting confusion, Christine must expose the truth if she is to save Chloe from a remorseless fate.

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All I Want for Christmas by Katherine Hayton

All I want

A Ngaire Blakes Short Story
The Christchurch Police are on the hunt for a runaway toddler on a heatstruck Christmas morning. Fears for young Emily’s safety are well-placed – her parent’s home is situated between a fast-flowing river and a row of earthquake abandoned houses.
When an eye-witness reports a man walking a young girl away from the scene, a new specter raises its head. Can Detective Ngaire Blakes beat the ticking time-bomb and rescue Emily before Christmas Day turns from a celebration into a nightmare?

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The Only Secret Left to Keep by Katherine Hayton

The only secret

Sometimes a secret is all you have left.

Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered—a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.

When the victim is identified as Sam Andie, a young African American man, Ngaire must investigate whether racial motives were behind the death. Meanwhile the forensic pathologist asserts that a police baton could easily have been the murder weapon. Or could Sam’s death be connected to his girlfriend—a young woman convicted of a savage double homicide in the same week he disappeared?

With files missing, memories hazy, and a strident false confession muddying the waters, Ngaire must sift through the detritus if she hopes to find the truth hiding deep beneath the lies.

The Only Secret Left to Keep is the third mystery in a series set in the darkest shadows of New Zealand. If you enjoy puzzling mysteries, strong female leads, and the thrill of psychological suspense, then you’ll enjoy the latest story in the Ngaire Blakes trilogy.

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The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton

Second Stage

A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?

Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.

When the body count climbs, Ngaire flees to the cold comfort of her estranged father’s hometown. In danger and not knowing who to trust, she severs contact with her closest allies and must learn to rely on herself if she’s going to catch the killer before it’s too late.

The Second Stage of Grief is the second book in a series of mystery novels set in the dark shadows of New Zealand. If you enjoy gritty mysteries, strong women who rise to the challenge, and thrilling psychological suspense, then you’ll love Katherine Hayton’s latest installment in the Ngaire Blakes trilogy.

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