Grounds to Kill
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Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café—but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father.
She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month.
When she finds herself scrawling your boyfriend is cheating on you! to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling—who just happens to be her half sister—turns up dead, and suddenly Jen's homeless father is the prime suspect.
Jen knows he is being framed and must take matters into her own hands to protect him. But will anyone believe that the crazy old man is innocent? Or that his spirit-writing daughter holds the truth?
dude who’s been sitting across the street every day the last month or so.” When Molly continued to offer him a blank stare, Mitch added, “You walk by him every morning to get your tea.” Molly glanced quickly over her shoulder. “He’s there every day?” She frowned and blinked long false eyelashes. “I never noticed.” I poured Molly her usual peppermint tea, but the steam rising came from between my ears, not from the small vent at the top of the plastic lid. Pushing Mitch aside, I
his lips were on mine. He kissed me long, slow and deep to the point where I finally knew what it felt like to have your knees go weak. His lips were soft but insistent. My own mouth quickly went from an O of surprise to melting against his. If it hadn’t been for his arms around me and my car behind me, I would’ve been a molten puddle on the street. My arms went up around his neck to draw him closer and then, just like that, it was over and he was turning and walking away. I opened my
fantasy romance. Keeping us in the here and now, with more erotic sexy-times, is Callie Croix’s newest erotic contemporary romance, Covert Seduction. We’re pleased to welcome mystery author Wendy Roberts to Carina Press with her newest mystery, Grounds to Kill. We’re also pleased that Julie Moffett has chosen to reissue her Scottish historical romance, The Thorn & the Thistle, with us in January. Last, to start off 2013, I’m excited to introduce you to our two debut authors. JL Merrow
with a gun pointed in my face. “Drive, Kiki,” barked Arthur. Kiki offered me an apologetic look as he started the vehicle and signaled to turn onto the street. “What are you doing?” I asked, my eyes huge. “Turn around and look forward the entire time or I’ll shoot you,” he said evenly. I snapped my gaze forward. “I don’t understand,” I blurted. “Is this because we broke up? Is that what this is about? Maybe we can work things out.” “Hand me your phone,” he
gathered up the papers and crammed them into a trash bag. Once he was done, he double checked my ties were secure before yanking out a roll of duct tape and slapping a strip across my mouth. “Now that we’re done with her, let’s go pay her daddy a visit at the hospital.” He looked over at me and sneered. “Don’t worry, Jen. I’ll make sure it’s quick and painless.” As the locker door was sliding down, I pleaded with my eyes, but Arthur only laughed while Kiki looked like he would throw up