Left at the Altar!
When Adam Brand’s first and only love Kirsten chose not to show up on their wedding day, he was devastated. When she turned up again, married to the town’s richest old man, it was almost a relief. His seething anger overpowered his heartbreak. At least, outwardly it did. Inside he never understood, and rather than be forced to see her playing trophy bride to a billionaire, he left Quinn, Texas, his family, and the Texas Brand.
But now he’s back, and Kirsten’s in trouble. Her wealthy husband has been shot dead, his blood is on her hands, and his gun bears her prints. The secrets she’s been keeping for longer than Adam has ever suspected, have finally come home to roost, and there’s only one man who can save her from the mess she’s made of her life. The one man with more cause to hate her than anyone, more cause to hate her than he even knows. And now she has no choice but to tell him the truth...about everything.
In high school, Edie Brand had been afraid to even look at Wade Armstrong. He was too hot, to smooth, and his reputation of being able to get any girl to say yes on the first date scared the daylights out of her. Now, though, a bad boy is what she needs. She’s back in town, driven out of L.A. and her lucrative modeling career by a crazed stalker who nearly killed her once. And who seems to have followed her home.
The attraction between these two burns them both, while a dangerous admirer watches, and grows angrier.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
“Be prepared to taken on an emotional journey to a humid location full of feelings, threats, fear, and budding passion. I promise you, you will be exhausted when it's over.” Five Stars. –Brenda, Reader
As a little girl, Sara Brand witnessed the murder of her family, an event that has left deep emotional scars. She’s beginning to heal, having found extended family in Texas and the brother she thought she’d lost. On break from her job teaching Kindergarten, Sarah has come to vacation at Sugar Keep, an old plantation in the Louisiana Bayou country.
But trouble hasn’t finished with her yet. It shows up in the form of darkly handsome Jake Nash, a man with a hands-off attitude and sizzling brown eyes, who turns out to be an ex-con suspected of murder. Before she can make up her mind about him, someone is killed right in front of Sarah’s eyes. She didn’t see the killer, but the killer has no way of knowing that.
Now she’s on the run and there’s only one person protecting her. Jake. Is he “her shied” as a Voodoo Priestess told her, or is he stalking her with the intent to silence her forever?
This book is part of Maggie Shayne’s TEXAS BRAND SERIES
1. The Littlest Cowboy
2. The Baddest Virgin in Texas
3. Badlands Bad Boy
4. Long Gone Lonesome Blues (formerly The Husband She Couldn't Remember)
5. The Lone Cowboy (formerly Texas Guardian/That Mysterious Texas Brand Man)
6. Lone Star Lonely (formerly The Baddest Bride in Texas)
7. The Outlaw Bride
8. Texas Angel (formerly Angel Meets the Badman)
9. Texas Homecoming (formerly The Homecoming.)
“This book has everything, humor, sadness, love and a strong loving family. It is a great book as all the Brand books have been, I would recommend it to everyone who loves a great story.” Five Stars! –Dorothy Reynolds, Reader
NY Times Bestselling Author, RITA Award Winner and former television writer Maggie Shayne has authored more than 60 novels.
But it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge -- an act that will mark him as a tool of the miraculous . . . and trap him in a lethal maze of demonic paradox.
Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets -- for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road -- escape -- beckons. . . . A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion.
Yet something else is free, too -- something beyond deadly. To the north lies the vital border fortress of Porifors. Memories linger there as well, of wars and invasions and the mighty Golden General of Jokona. And someone, something, watches from across that border -- humans, demons, gods.
Ista thinks her little party of pilgrims wanders at will. But whose? When Ista's retinue is unexpectedly set upon not long into its travels, a mysterious ally appears -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion's castle cannot ease Ista's mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods' own weaving.
In her dreams the threads are already drawing her to unforeseen chances, fateful meetings, fearsome choices. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply.