Head Rush: Disillusionists, Book 3: An urban fantasy tale

Carolyn Crane
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 JUSTINE JONES FACES HER ULTIMATE ENEMY: HERSELF

In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with the strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

 Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.

 With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.

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About the author

I love to write gritty, sexy, psychological stuff, whether it's romantic suspense or urban fantasy, (or erotic & dark romance as my NYT bestselling alter ego author Annika Martin). I grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee and Chicago and now I live in the Twin Cities where I met and married my husband. We have two fabulous cats. I’ve had tons of jobs: factory worker, waitress at a zillion different places, shop clerk, and these days I have a side job as a freelance copywriter. Animals are a huge passion of mine, especially whales and lost dogs. I’m into running and yoga and I spend way too much time in coffee shops.    

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Publisher
Carolyn Crane
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780988313187
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
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An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City’s favorite wizard.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue—and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published “Zoo Day,” Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

The collection includes:

  •  “Curses,” from Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
  •  “AAAA Wizardry,” from the Dresden Files RPG
  •  “Even Hand,” from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P. N. Elrod
  •  “B is for Bigfoot,” from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “I was a Teenage Bigfoot,” from Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “Bigfoot on Campus,” from Hex Appeal, edited by P. N. Elrod. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “Bombshells,” from Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  •  “Jury Duty,” from Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman
  •  “Cold Case,” from Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes
  •  “Day One,” from Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman
  •  “A Fistful of Warlocks,” from Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boop
  •  “Zoo Day,” a brand-new novella, original to this collection
“Into the Shadows feeds into that yen for the dark, damaged hero like catnip for felines.”  ~Dear Author

Rule #1: Don’t fall for your crime boss father’s favorite killer

NADIA fell for the most feared hitter on her late father’s payroll. Thorne’s a lost cause—as dangerous and damaged as they come, but she’s not sorry. Without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful boy.

Now Thorne’s burst back into her life after being gone for two years, arrogant and demanding, making himself right at home. She can’t let him figure out Benny is his…so she enlists a friend to play their son’s daddy.

THORNE knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer willing to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her way back when was the hardest thing he ever did, but it was the only way to protect her. Now his undercover mission has thrown them back together…and it drives him crazy to see her with another man…and another man’s baby.


"It's going to be hard for another book this year to impress me more than this one... Into the Shadows is suspenseful, gritty, violent, sexy - everything I want in a romantic suspense." ~Smexy Books 

"Wow. I loved this book! This is one of my best books of the year and has reminded me why Carolyn Crane is one of my favourite authors. With Into the Shadows she has crafted a book that was emotionally intense, full of action and hot as hell."  ~Under the Covers 

"This is one of those reviews in which I just want to tell you "buy it, read it, and thank me later", but I know that doesn't work with you greedy people. So let me tell you why you should follow my advice... Because this book will rock your socks off!"  ~The Bookaholic Cat

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**This standalone suspense book is #3 in the Undercover Associates series, but it can be read on its own.**

**Nominated for the 2014 RITA award**

“Into the Shadows feeds into that yen for the dark, damaged hero like catnip for felines.”  ~Dear Author

Rule #1: Don’t fall for your crime boss father’s favorite killer

NADIA fell for the most feared hitter on her late father’s payroll. Thorne’s a lost cause—as dangerous and damaged as they come, but she’s not sorry. Without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful boy.

Now Thorne’s burst back into her life after being gone for two years, arrogant and demanding, making himself right at home. She can’t let him figure out Benny is his…so she enlists a friend to play their son’s daddy.

THORNE knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer willing to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her way back when was the hardest thing he ever did, but it was the only way to protect her. Now his undercover mission has thrown them back together…and it drives him crazy to see her with another man…and another man’s baby.


"It's going to be hard for another book this year to impress me more than this one... Into the Shadows is suspenseful, gritty, violent, sexy - everything I want in a romantic suspense." ~Smexy Books 

"Wow. I loved this book! This is one of my best books of the year and has reminded me why Carolyn Crane is one of my favourite authors. With Into the Shadows she has crafted a book that was emotionally intense, full of action and hot as hell."  ~Under the Covers 

"This is one of those reviews in which I just want to tell you "buy it, read it, and thank me later", but I know that doesn't work with you greedy people. So let me tell you why you should follow my advice... Because this book will rock your socks off!"  ~The Bookaholic Cat

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**This standalone suspense book is #3 in the Undercover Associates series, but it can be read on its own.**

**Nominated for the 2014 RITA award**

All four steamy, thrilling, award-winning Undercover Associates novels collected into one convenient and money-saving edition. 

AGAINST THE DARK

Secret agents like Cole should come with a warning.

Cole's a talented spy with a vast reputation--and an ego to match. But he’s up against a clever and lethal psycho…and he’s running out of time.

He's stunned when he catches Angel cracking the man’s supposedly uncrackable safe. She's just what he needs, so he blackmails her into posing as his fiance. He can’t worry that she hates him and he certainly shouldn't worry about her safety. She’s just some criminal…right? 

But the further they fall into Borgola’s web, the more he realizes he was wrong about Angel…and the more real those fake kisses start to feel. 

OFF THE EDGE

He’s a secret agent linguistics expert…and she’s on the run from a dangerous psycho. 

Mac’s a spy—one of the best—a hot blond Viking with bad intentions. Seducing the nightclub singer should be simple…except she stirs feelings he thought he’d buried years ago.

Laney fled to Bangkok—new life, new identity, new everything. She keeps mostly to herself until the night she meets Mac. He shatters her defenses—along with her pride when she discover he only wanted her secrets.

Just hours later, she finds him shirtless and sweaty, chained up in the hotel basement. He’s some sort of undercover agent. She should probably leave him there after what he did to her, maybe even kick him for good measure. But her pscyho ex is on his way back—she can feel it in her bones—and she could use a dangerous friend.

INTO THE SHADOWS

"God, I love Thorne! He's so ridiculously bad, yet vulnerable!"~Amazon reviewer 

Nadia thinks Thorne's just some killer. Well, he’s so deep undercover, he practically is.

Nadia fell for the most feared hitter on her late father’s payroll, but she’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful boy.

Now he’s burst back into her life after being gone for two years, arrogant and demanding, making himself right at home. She can’t let him figure out Benny is his…so she enlists a friend to play their son’s daddy.

Thorne knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer willing to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her way back when was the hardest thing he ever did, but it was the only way to protect her. Now his undercover mission has thrown them back together…and it drives him crazy to see her with another man…and another man’s baby.

BEHIND THE MASK

What do you do when dangerous criminals win your twin sister in a card game? Trade places, of course.

Zelda and her sister grew up with identical faces, but their lives couldn’t be more different—Zelda became a secret agent while her sister got caught up in drugs. Zelda will do this one last thing to save her sister. She’s handled lethal men before…she can do it again.

But things don’t go as planned. Zelda ends up getting traded deeper and deeper into South America. Suddenly she finds herself at the beck and call of a domineering and mysterious new captor. Is he just another criminal? Or is could this be the legendary killer she spent all those years hunting back in her secret agent days?

 “It's official: Carolyn Crane's Associates series is on my auto-buy list.” ~Kindles & Wine

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