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.
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.
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
**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**
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.
TO SAVE HER TWIN SISTER SHE MUST SWITCH PLACES WITH HER...
When her long lost sister – a prostitute - is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group on behalf of the Associates, and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.
Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…
Little by little, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?
“I am hooked on Carolyn Crane’s Associates series.” ~Under the Covers Book Blog
Mac’s a spy—one of the best—a hot blond Viking with bad intentions. The singer in the Bangkok nightclub should be easy to handle: take her recordings while she’s recovering from the best sex of her life. 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 arrogant, gorgeous Professor Peter Maxwell. He shatters her defenses—along with her pride when she discover he only seduced her to steal some 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.
“Addictive and loads of fun to read…one of the very best romantic suspense novels I read this year.” ~Dabney, The Passionate Reader
“Do yourself a favor and pick up this Carolyn Crane book. It is unique and stimulating and one of my favorites for this year.” ~Sunny, Love Affair with an Ereader
"Full of action and sparkling chemistry between Laney and Peter, this book is so much fun to read." ~USA Today
“Wow...this book was most definitely a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of novel. I went to bed when I was around the 60-65% novel, then woke up wide awake at 2:00 AM thinking about the book. There was no way I was going to go back to sleep until I finished the book. Yes, it was one of those.” ~Smitten with Reading
~Winner of the RITA award for excellence in romance fiction~
~ Named a 'Desert Island Keeper' at All About Romance ~
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