Snatched

Radical Poodle Press
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Praise for romantic suspense by Pamela Burford:

"Pamela Burford's Twice Burned is wonderfully sexy and exciting!" — New York Times best-selling author Anne Stuart

"Everything from dangerous passions to deadly chills. Take heart, Intrigue fans, Pamela Burford has arrived." — New York Times best-selling author Maggie Shayne

"Pamela Burford is one of the best writers of romantic suspense!" — Harriet Klausner for Painted Rock Reviews

"Gifted author Pamela Burford delivers a sexy, tension-packed sizzler with a tough, strong hero guaranteed to make our hearts throb!" — Romantic Times

"You will love every minute of this chilling story of a fear-love relationship that walks the finest edge of danger." — Affaire de Coeur

"A great romance and a terrific thriller!" — Literary Times

"I couldn't tear myself away until I'd read the last page. The writing is fast-paced and provocative as this highly talented author once again provides a stunning story." — Old Book Barn Gazette

A humorous romantic suspense novel that's fresh, quirky, and surprising! Find out why Snatched has been described as "Janet Evanovich meets the Coen Brothers."

Is an uncomplicated divorce and a fresh start at forty too much to ask? Apparently it is for Lucy Narby, whose life goes from blah to bizarro when competing kidnappers lock horns in her kitchen. And really, does the victor have to be that hot? If this is the Stockholm syndrome, it sure didn't take her long to catch it!

Lucy's kidnapper calls himself Will but looks suspiciously like former child TV star Ricky Baines, whose acting career was cut short when he himself was snatched and held for ransom 25 years ago in a notorious cold case that remains unsolved. Will's gang includes an aging French bombshell, an outlandish Irish giant with a mysterious past and a thing for Will's sister, and long-lost Cousin Hal—a charming fellow who neglects to mention that he happens to be the twisted sociopath who kidnapped Will when he was still America's favorite little star. Hal spent the past quarter century in the slammer for an unrelated murder, and now he's out and determined to locate the $2 million ransom Will's family paid. Someone else dug up the cash while Hal was behind bars, and that sort of thing tends to make twisted sociopaths a tad grouchy.

Fortunately (or not), Lucy's bigamous ex is on the case. But so are a gay private eye in a fat suit and a bad-tempered parrot with an ax to grind, so no worries. Everyone has a secret and no one is who he seems when Kidnap Fever strikes.

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About the author

Pamela Burford comes from a funny family. You may take that any way you want. She was raised in a household that valued laughter above all, so of course the first thing she looked for in a husband was a sense of humor. Is it any wonder their grown kids are into stand-up comedy and improv?

It should come as no surprise that everything Pamela writes is infused with her own quirky brand of humor, from her feel-good contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels to her popular Jane Delaney mystery series, featuring snarky “Death Diva” Jane, her canine sidekick Sexy Beast, and a fun love-triangle subplot. Pamela's own beloved poodle, Murray, wants you to know that any similarities between himself and neurotic, high-strung Sexy Beast are purely coincidental.

Pamela is the proud founder and past president of Long Island Romance Writers, Inc., a chapter of Romance Writers of America. Her books have won awards and sold millions of copies, but what excites her most is hearing from readers. She’d love it if you could take a few moments to post a review at the online store where you bought this book, and any other sites, such as Goodreads, where you like to share thoughts about books you’ve enjoyed. She’s grateful for the effort happy readers take to spread the word. It helps her and it helps your fellow readers!

When you sign up for Pamela’s newsletter, not only will you learn about new releases, freebies, and other fun stuff, but you'll receive a free ebook as her special thank-you! Simply click on the link in the "Claim Your Free Ebook!" page above.

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Publisher
Radical Poodle Press
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Published on
Aug 7, 2011
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Pages
437
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ISBN
9781452469645
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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Eligible for Family Library

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NOTE: This is a 25,000-word novella. There will be a new Brown and de Luca Novel, GIRL BLUE later in 2019.


“Shayne has hit the jackpot with the pairing of self-help author Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown. …he is a master storyteller.”

–RT Book Reviews on
 Innocent Prey, a Brown and de Luca Novel

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Hey, I’m Rachel and just so you know up front, I’ve got a mouth on me. Not in public–when I can help it. Cussing is bad for the image of a bona fide guru of self-help, or that which I call “the bullsh*t I write.” 


Only, I’m not so sure it’s bullsh*t, because in trying it out, I got my eyesight back after 20 years. Yeah, the corneal tissue came from a serial killer, and yeah, I started seeing his crimes. But still, eyesight. 


I also have the hottest detective in the universe attached to my proverbial–and, okay, wider than I’d like–hip. I got his 2 nephews with the package and I couldn’t fu–freaking love Jeremy and Josh more if I was their mother, which I’m way too young to be. 


That’s a lie, Rache. They’re twelve and eighteen. You’re thirty–


Don’t interrupt, Inner B*tch, I’m on a roll. 


 I also have my amazing bulldog, Myrtle. I understand her. She’s blind like I used to be. 


And I got a little something extra with my cornea transplant. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” said the greatest TV detective ever. 


Only my something extra was…let’s say down. And one of Josh’s sixth-going-into-seventh-grade pals has been kidnapped. The sick prick snatched him off his bicycle and left a note behind. “Wait for instructions.” Only none ever came. 


What a time for my antennae to be out of whack! I wanted my stuff back. 


So my wires are down, there’s a kid missing, I’m bathing in my pity pool, and things get worse. A big celebrity psychic shows up to help the cops find the missing kid. In my town. 


Yeah. No.


So there’s all that. But I’m out of room, so…just get the book, and I’ll tell you the rest. 


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“This is page-turning, non-stop suspense at its finest.” 

–RT Bookclub on   
Deadly Obsession, A Brown and de Luca Novel

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The Brown and de Luca Series

Sleep with the Lights On

Dream of Danger

Wake to Darkness

Innocent Prey

Deadly Obsession


Juliet Rosetti’s steamy Escape Diaries series—perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Susan Elizabeth Phillips—continues as Mazie’s on-again, off-again relationship with certified hottie Ben Labeck simmers out of control.
 
Mazie Maguire doesn’t need some lousy awards panel to tell her what she already knows: Ben Labeck—the chiseled, 6'3" photojournalist and hockey player who drives her wild—is the Sexiest Man Alive. And she especially doesn’t need the rest of the world to know it, too. Watching every last woman in the Milwaukee metro area throw themselves at the man who shares Mazie’s bed is more than any respectable single lady should bear.
 
So when Ben has the nerve to “forget” to call for a week, Mazie decides to call it off for good. But as she jumps back into the dating game, Mazie catches the attention of some real bad boys: The Skulls. When the motorcycle gang kidnaps Mazie in a case of mistaken identity, she suddenly sees Ben’s behavior in a whole new light. She’d do anything to wake up in Ben’s surprisingly tender arms one more time—so long as the Sexiest Man Alive doesn’t go and get himself killed trying to save her.

Praise for The Sexiest Man Alive
 
“Juliet Rosetti once again has written a funny and romantic story.”—Aya M. Productions
 
“I’m hopeful that there will be more Mazie and Ben in the near future.”—Twin Spin
 
“If you have been craving a good series full of romance, laughter, excitement and suspense you really can’t miss out on these amazing books.”—Globug & Hootie Need a Book

Praise for the Mazie Maguire series
 
Tangled Thing Called Love
 
“With humor to rival Sophie Kinsella and romance and mystery akin to Janet Evanovich, [Juliet] Rosetti’s title has something to appeal to most contemporary romance fans.”—Library Journal
 
“I highly suggest that anyone who enjoys fun, funny, romantic mysteries, similar in heart to Janet Evanovich’s work, check out Juliet Rosetti’s Tangled Thing Called Love.”—Aya M. Productions
 
“The banter between Mazie and Ben is still sharp and witty.”—Clue Review
 
Crazy for You
 
“Mazie is a klutz in the spirit of Stephanie Plum. . . . She’s a take-life-by-the-horns kind of person that I want to know. Quirky, delightful fun . . . More Mazie please.”—Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly
 
“I can still remember how happy I felt while reading the book.”—Keeper’s Book Reviews
 
“A light read, with laughter abound . . . truly hilarious.”—Literarily Illumined
 
The Escape Diaries
 
“I can’t say enough good things about this fun, delightful book. It’s a quick read that will have you calling your friends to have them read it so you can all talk about it.”—Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
"Look out, Janet Evanovich: Jane Delaney is a worthy rival of Stephanie Plum. Bright, smart, and incredibly funny, Undertaking Irene is a delightful laugh-out-loud roller-coaster ride." LORNA BARRETT, New York Times best-selling author of Book Clubbed

"Witty characters, humorous story line and a plot so fun you won't want to stop reading this book! . . . It's laugh out loud funny and will make people wonder what you are reading!" SHELLEY'S BOOK CASE

"This one is definitely ♥♥♥♥♥!" RANTIN', RAVIN' & READING

"Undertaking Irene by Pamela Burford is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time! . . . I was laughing out loud right from the start. . . . I can't wait for book two. If you like humor with your mystery, definitely check this one out!" BROOKE BLOGS, 5 Stars!

"Quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and snappy dialogue!" ESCAPE WITH DOLLYCAS

"I hated to put it down. . . . I will be looking to read other books by Pamela Burford!" READALOT

Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can't do, don't want to do, don't want to be seen doing, can't bring themselves to do, and/or don't want it to be known they'd paid someone to do. To dead people.

Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she's hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl's got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he's even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy.

Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you've teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?

Book 1 in the Jane Delaney mystery series. Approximately 259 pages.

I have debts to pay and secrets to keep. When someone threatens my life, I crash into him: Jackson Ludlow

The recluse billionaire of New York

Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.


So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money. 


We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding. 

I’m impatient and inexperienced. 


The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets. 

And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.


Praise for Charlotte Byrd's Black Edge 

“Decadent, delicious, & dangerously addictive!” - Amazon Review ★★★★★

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"The tension and chemistry is at five alarm level.” - Sharon, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★

“Hot, sexy, intriguing journey of Elli and Mr. Aiden Black. - Robin Langelier ★★★★★

“Wow. Just wow. Charlotte Byrd leaves me speechless and humble… It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down.” - Amazon Review ★★★★★

“Sexy, steamy and captivating!” - Charmaine, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

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“Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!” - Wendy Ballard ★★★★★

“It had the perfect amount of twists and turns. I instantaneously bonded with the heroine and of course Mr. Black. YUM. It's sexy, it's sassy, it's steamy. It's everything.” - Khardine Gray, Bestselling Romance Author ★★★★★

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