The Gifted Ones: A Learner (Book 2)

Research Triangle Publications

The Story (Book Two)
Daniel Holybear, a Native American Gifted One, finds himself at odds with a development company that is threatening the peaceful seaside town he grew up in. When the company’s construction project unearths a mysterious stone tablet, Daniel calls on his Gifted friends to help secure the stone and uncover its secrets. Their efforts to assist him, however, are complicated by a peculiar kinship Ellie senses between Daniel and the project’s lovely manager. As the relationship deepens, Ellie finds her Gift bringing more pain than pleasure to those around her, and ultimately leading one of them to the brink of tragedy.

The Series
The Gifted Ones is an episodic series, with each book running 60,000 to 90,000 words in length (250 to 350 paperback pages). Each episode is a complete story in itself, but leaves “dangling threads” to be resolved in later episodes. The stories are chronological and connected with recurring characters, so you will want to read them in order, similar to many action/adventure/mystery series on television.

Series Content
The Gifted Ones series is intended for an audience that is 16+. It does contain some violence and sexuality, but nothing graphic, gory, or explicit. It should be acceptable reading material for anyone from 16 to 106.

Keywords: Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Genetic Engineering, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Action Adventure, Women's Fiction, Women's Adventure, YA Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Adventure, Sci Fi Adventure, Sci Fi Romance, Native Americans, Native American Romance, Hispanic, Latino Romance

 

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About the author

Maria Elizabeth Romana is a second-generation Italian-American with a background in mathematics, business, and research. In other words, she's a straight-up geek...with tomato sauce stuck in her computer keyboard. By day, she's all numbers, but at night, she transforms into Word Woman, writing about the same kinds of people and places and events that colored her make-believe world as a child. Maria prefers characters who are smart, sensitive, and strong-willed, but like you and me, not without flaws. As far as she's concerned, there's nothing more annoying than a heroine who's TSTL (too stupid to live), but one who's Barbie-doll perfect is even worse. Maria likes to give her characters some cool mysteries to solve, crises to encounter, and folks to fall in love with, and she tries to do it all with a dash of humor. Learn more at her website, MariaRomana.com.

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Publisher
Research Triangle Publications
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Published on
Mar 14, 2015
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Pages
300
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
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Book 3
The Series:
The Unbreakable Series consists of Book One: Little Miss Straight Lace, Book Two: Little Girl Lost, and Book Three: Daddy’s Little Girls.

The Story:
Unbreakable is the story of Josie Natale, a dedicated researcher who lives and works in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. When Josie learns a bit too much about her client’s new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in these novels of mystery, romance, and suspense that take the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page.

Praise for The Unbreakable Series:
“Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read.”
—Molly Martin, for Midwest Book Review

“There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read.”
—Readers Favorite, an Amazon VineTM Voice reviewer.

“…a great beach read…all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
—Author A.J. Braithwaite, Inside Hawley Lodge

Read a snippet (from Book 3):
    Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy. We just—”
    “O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!”
    Nic’s pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
    “Y-you know—your girl.”
    “My girl?”
    “Y-yeah. You know…petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda…” The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
    Nic pursed his lips. “Okay. I know what she looks like.” He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about? ‘Your watch’. ‘Took care of her’. Where? When?”
    “Come on, you know…” The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator—a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
    But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
    “Well, uh, well…”
    Nic took another step.
    The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn’t know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”


Keywords: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romance Suspense, Suspense Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Mystery, Romance Adventure, Romantic Adventure, Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Romance, Romance Novel, Books for Android, eBooks for Android
Book 2
The Series:
The Unbreakable Series consists of Book One: Little Miss Straight Lace, Book Two: Little Girl Lost, and Book Three: Daddy’s Little Girls.

The Story:
Unbreakable is the story of Josie Natale, a dedicated researcher who lives and works in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. When Josie learns a bit too much about her client’s new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in these novels of mystery, romance, and suspense that take the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page.

Praise for The Unbreakable Series:
“Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read.”
—Molly Martin, for Midwest Book Review

“There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read.”
—Readers Favorite, an Amazon VineTM Voice reviewer.

“…a great beach read…all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
—Author A.J. Braithwaite, Inside Hawley Lodge

Read a snippet (from Book 3):
    Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy. We just—”
    “O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!”
    Nic’s pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
    “Y-you know—your girl.”
    “My girl?”
    “Y-yeah. You know…petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda…” The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
    Nic pursed his lips. “Okay. I know what she looks like.” He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about? ‘Your watch’. ‘Took care of her’. Where? When?”
    “Come on, you know…” The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator—a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
    But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
    “Well, uh, well…”
    Nic took another step.
    The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn’t know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”

Keywords: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romance Suspense, Suspense Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Mystery, Romance Adventure, Romantic Adventure, Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Romance, Romance Novel, Books for Android, eBooks for Android
Maria Elizabeth Romana
*** 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner ***

The Box Set: This three-book collection is now available in a boxed set of 215,000 words (>750 pages) at a discount of more than 33% off the single cover price!

The Series:
The Unbreakable Series consists of Book One: Little Miss Straight Lace, Book Two: Little Girl Lost, and Book Three: Daddy’s Little Girls.

The Story: When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in these three novels that take the reader on a roller coaster ride of mystery, romance, and suspense—until the very last page.

Books in the Unbreakable Series:
    Little Miss Straight Lace
    Little Girl Lost
    Daddy's Little Girls

Excerpt:
    Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, "Look, fella, take it easy. We just--"
    "O-okay, listen, I-I'll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!"
    Nic's pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, "Who her?"
    "Y-you know--your girl."
    "My girl?"
    "Y-yeah. You know...petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda..." The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
    Nic pursed his lips. "Okay. I know what she looks like." He lifted his chin at the stocky man, "So what are you talking about? 'Your watch'. 'Took care of her'. Where? When?"
    "Come on, you know..." The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator–a Good Cop to Nic's Bad.
    But Nic insisted, "Humor me."
    "Well, uh, well..."
    Nic took another step.
    The tattooed man gulped and started talking, "Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn't know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn't know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn't know she was like...one of you."

Book 1
The Series:
The Unbreakable Series consists of Book One: Little Miss Straight Lace, Book Two: Little Girl Lost, and Book Three: Daddy’s Little Girls.

The Story:
Unbreakable is the story of Josie Natale, a dedicated researcher who lives and works in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. When Josie learns a bit too much about her client’s new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in these three novels that take the reader on a roller coaster ride of mystery, romance, and suspense—until the very last page.

Praise for The Unbreakable Series:
“Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read.”
—Molly Martin, for Midwest Book Review

“There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read.”
—Readers Favorite, an Amazon VineTM Voice reviewer.

“…a great beach read…all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
—Author A.J. Braithwaite, Inside Hawley Lodge

Read a snippet (from Book 3):
    Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy. We just—”
    “O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!”
    Nic’s pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
    “Y-you know—your girl.”
    “My girl?”
    “Y-yeah. You know…petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda…” The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
    Nic pursed his lips. “Okay. I know what she looks like.” He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about? ‘Your watch’. ‘Took care of her’. Where? When?”
    “Come on, you know…” The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator—a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
    But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
    “Well, uh, well…”
    Nic took another step.
    The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn’t know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”

Keywords: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romance Suspense, Suspense Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Mystery, Romance Adventure, Romantic Adventure, Multicultural Romance, Free Hispanic Romance,  Books for Android, eBooks for Android
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