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ABOUT THE BOOKS:

Eight BRAND NEW, never before released "hidden identity" contemporary romantic suspense novellas from today's best selling Christian authors in one anthology! THE LONG VIEW by Connie Almony: J.T. MacGregor is ex-FBI and training with terrorists. When his former boss makes an unusual request, J.T. wonders about his motives and how he can use them to his advantage. Destiny Long is no stranger to her father’s covert world of catching terrorists, but who is he after now? When J.T., the man behind the one kiss she will never forget joins a fitness club owned by a suspected member of ISIS and he’s found praying head-first into a tasseled rug, she wonders what side of the war on terror is J.T. MacGregor really on. TAKEN by Sally Bradley: Cam Winters has never talked about his past, about life before he became a Christian. Jordan Foster knows that Cam's a strong, caring man--a man she can see herself with. But he refuses to ask her out for fear of what her brother, one of his closest friends, might say. So Jordan takes things into her own hands. When Cam admits to sharing her feelings, the two fall quickly in love--just as that past that Cam won't ever talk about returns for Cam and those he loves. A group which now includes Jordan.

ON THE ROPES
by Hallee Bridgeman: Doctor Ruth Burnette is placed in witness protection after witnessing a Russian mafia execution. Just a week before the trial, Victor Kovalev finds her. Memories of planning her wedding with Victor are wiped clean by the vision of his father executing three men. Does he want to help her survive to her testimony, or is he trying to stop it all together?

OUT OF CIRCULATION
by Heather Day Gilbert: When Russian mobsters threaten small-town librarian Katie McClure, she is forced to accept an offer of protection from Manhattan bodyguard Ace Calhoun. As they race the clock to find a long-hidden bank stash, Katie discovers too late that Ace might be the wrong man to trust with her life...and her heart.

DANGEROUS ALTERNATIVE
by Kelli Hughett: Summer in Southern California doesn’t get any hotter than this. When Levi Boulter agrees to work for the FBI behind the scenes in Hollywood, he never plans on becoming an operative working to thwart a plan to assassinate the President’s wife—or on keeping a deadly secret from Mahari, the love of his life. When Mahari is kidnapped, Levi makes the gamble of his life in order to save her. Will Levi’s secret divide them forever, or will they come together in time to stop an assassination?

IDENTITY THEFT
by Alana Terry: After losing her fiancé in a devastating accident, Lacy meets Kurtis, an Alaska state trooper, and his delightful four-year-old daughter who would love nothing more than to make Lacy her new mom. Things could be perfect, except Lacy can’t shake the nagging suspicion that her fiancé isn’t dead like the police reports claim. All she wants is closure, but as she seeks out real answers, she discovers how deadly the truth can actually be.

OBSESSION
by Rachel Trautmiller: A surge in crime has left two homeless women dead and Detective Amanda Nettles' Alzheimer's-riddled mother as the prime suspect. As his wife embarks on a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with a remorseless serial killer, FBI Agent Baker Jackson Robinson knows he can’t sit idly while the city of Charlotte destroys Amanda’s career a second time. Is her near decade-long obsession with protecting her hometown bigger than the needs of her family? Or are they one and the same?

SCENT OF DANGER
by Alexa Verde: To find her missing sister, small-town cop Maya Hutchinson risks her life by posing as her glamorous twin. Under escalating attacks, Maya accepts protection from dashing senator's son Connor McNamara. Cop turned PI, Connor McNamara has his own secret mission and is forced to choose between family loyalty and love. When the scent of danger draws near, will Connor and Maya survive long enough to forgive and accept each other?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

With more than half a million sales, Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

Connie Almony just a suburb gal from the Baltimore-Washington megalopolis. And that's what Connie Almony's fiction is about, a diverse population which is truly, and beautifully, colorful.

Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope. A freelance fiction editor and former president of her local writing chapter, Sally has won a handful of awards for Kept and another work-in-progress. Visit her online at sallybradley.com, at Twitter at @SallyBWrites, and at Sally Bradley, Writer on Facebook.           

HEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up.

Kelli Hughett writes romantic suspense that spans the genres. Not your quintessential minister's wife, Kelli's ability to weave romance into fast-paced action keeps pages turning long after bedtime. Her books have been described as sensual, thrilling, a mini mom's vacation, and a delicious journey. She finds joy in homeschooling her kids, working with the Church and Oil In My Lamp ministries, and in rural life outside Windsor, Colorado.                

Alana is a pastor's wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. Alana's passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.         

Rachel strives to write novels filled with murder, mayhem and romance that leave her readers wanting more incredible twists and turns. Side note: A nightlight may be required. Some bleary-eyed, early mornings have been known to occur.

Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks.

EBOOKS EBOOKS
Joan Nienhuis Debra Lindquist
Deana Dick Kris Markovich
Janice Garey Jacqueline Robertson
Victoria Brinius Pamela Hargraves
Sonnetta Jones Pamela Morrisson
Melissa Finnegan Carrie Gould
Joan Arning Galinda Barefoot
Barbara Gill Pam Graber
Kelsey Perkins Cindy J
Janice Sisemore Victor Gentile 
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I sent it out this morning! So very sorry for the delay.

I still have not received my ebooks of this collection. It's been nearly two months.

Joan Nienhuis

I sent it out this morning! So very sorry for the delay.

I haven't received this yet, either.

I sent it out this morning! So very sorry for the delay.

What a delightful surprise this collection was for me.  Many times novellas are not developed very well, either plot lines or characters.  But everyone one of these short books delivers to the reader the complete story with characters you will grow to love.  As I said, the stories are complete and don't leave you hanging and waiting to read a full scale novel.  A great collection to keep handy if you just have an hour or two to read.

Thank you Book Club, Inc for the free copy for an honest review.  I also posted this review with 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads.

I love romantic suspense novels and this collection had 8 of them all under one cover. Each story was novella length and each had a gripping tale to tell. Smoke and Mirrors began with Connie Almony's The Long View which brought together old friends JT and Destiny Long to investigate a possible terrorist training facility. Sounds like it was ripped from the headlines, doesn't it?
Taken by Sally Bradley is a follow-up story to her novel, Kept. This story was ah-mazing! I loved the romance between Jordan and Cameron.
Other stories I especially liked included Identity Theft by Alana Terry and Scent of Danger by Alexa Verde. While I enjoyed each story in the collection, these were particular favorites.
Suspense lovers will appreciate having this many quality tales in one place. Every one was as good as, or better than the one before. It was a treat to immerse myself in the mystery and action these authors placed on the page.
I received this collection through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have posted my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. I couldn't find the book on B&N or deepershopping.

If you enjoy romantic suspense this is a collection full of them. Each is so unique I never would have guessed what each story held.
Each is very well written, some of them took me a bit more time to get into then others but overall I was very pleased with each story hidden in this collection.
Some of the authors have connected these stories to other books they have written so if you have read something by some of these authors you might come across some familiar characters.
Again, if you enjoy romantic suspense I think this is a collection of stories you would enjoy for a few quick reads.

A copy of this book was given to my through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

Smoke & Mirrors

 

The Long View by Connie Almony:

This exciting story involving terrorists in the United States will keep you awake until you finish the book!  Destiny Long, daughter of an FBI supervisor, is well written. What’s not to like about  J. T. MacGregor!  J.T. has always been seen a loser by his attorney brother although  J.T. is secretly a wealthy designer of gaming systems and secretly does undercover work for the FBI.  The end of the book contains a surprise.  If you like romantic suspense, you will enjoy The Long View!

 

Taken by Sally Bradley:

Cameron is busy taking care of and hiding his sister and her children when he falls in love with his best friend’s little sister.  When Cam shares their past, Jordan becomes involved in his dangerous secret.  You will love Jordan’s feisty and caring nature.  I enjoyed reading Taken.

 

On the Ropes by Hallee Bridgeman:

I am always fascinated by stories about people in Witness Protection and was not disappointed in this book dealing with Russian mafia in the United States!  Your emotions will take a roller coaster ride!  On the Ropes does include violent scenes.  The protagonists are great in this contemporary suspense!

 

Out of Circulation by Heather Day Gilbert

Katie works at the library since an injury prevents her seeking a career with the FBI as planned but her life gets exciting before she decides her mission is right there in the small town library!  You won’t be sure who to trust in this romantic suspense! (West VA?)

 

Dangerous Alternative by Kelli Hughett

We move to Hollywood for the next book in the Smoke & Mirrors series!  The protagonists both feel real!  It is touch and go but the FBI wins!  This action packed story will certainly keep your attention!

 

Identity Theft by Alana Terry

Wow!  Be sure your seat belt is fastened in this exciting Alaskan story about someone in the Witness Protection program!  Alana Terry did a great job writing this tale with a surprise ending!

 

Obsession by Rachel TrautmillerI had trouble following this story but believe it was the second in a series and would have been better if I’d read them in order.  Agent Robinson was an excellent protagonist in this book.

 

Scent of Danger by Alexa Verde

Both of the main characters in this suspense book were well written!  I would like to read more books by Alexa Verde!

I received my e-copy of Smoke and Mirrors from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

I posted reviews on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.  I could not find on B&N, Deeper Shopping or CBD.

I've read this anthology and blogged my review: http://bit.ly/2gCp24S

That blog posts to Facebook and Google+.

Here is the text of my blogged review:

This is a collection of eight brand new never before released contemporary romantic novellas from today's bestselling Christian authors. As is often the case with a variety of authors, the quality of the novellas differ. I give a synopsis of each and add my review. Overall, this is a good collection of novellas with mystery, suspense, and romance. I recommend it to those who would like to be introduced to some new authors while enjoying some good stories.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

We meet J. T., an ex-FBI agent in The Long View. His pride got him fired from the government agency and placed distance between him and Destiny, the girl he loved and daughter of his FBI mentor. Years later, his mentor asks him to go undercover to investigate a possible terrorist. He's taken aback when he finds out Destiny owns a shop in the same mall as the suspected terrorist.

There is quite a bit packed in this novella. It is overtly Christian. There are good discussions about the differences between Christianity and Islam. We find out there are sects of Islam, some peaceful while others cultivate terrorists.

There is some good suspense in the latter part of the plot, as well as a slight bit of romance.

Connie Almony was trained as a mental health counselor, helping her develop motivated characters. Her husband loves mischief, giving her ideas for bantering dialog. She has written several novels. You can find out more at www.ConnieAlmony.com.

In Taken, we read about being a surrogate mother. The people who arranged for a surrogate demand testing. When they find out the child will be defective, they demand the surrogate mother have an abortion. But she is a Christian. What price is she willing to pay to do the right thing?

In addition to this thought provoking aspect to the novella, there is a good bit of romance and suspense.

Sally Bradley has had fiction as her passion since childhood. She writes books that entertain and point people to Christ. You can find out more at www.sallybradley.com.

In On the Ropes, a woman witnesses a Russian mafia execution. Even though she is put in witness protection, she is found before the trial begins.

She had been dating Victor, the son of the mafia boss, and had introduced him to church. But after seeing the execution, she had fled to the police. When Victor finds her in hiding months later, she is terrified.

There is lots of suspense in this novel – right to the very end. Hacking into facial recognition software was part of it. It was enlightening to read about the mafia and their control of prostitution, etc. There is a good gospel message included too.

Hallee Bridgeman is a bestselling Christian author with more than half a million sales. She lives in central Kentucky with her husband and their children. You can find out more at www.halleebridgeman.com/ and www.halleethehomemaker.com/.

In Out of Circulation, Katie is a quiet librarian. First gunman invade the library then her house is searched. Then there are attacks on her life. Her dad was an FBI agent and was on a bank heist case when money went missing. Do they think she has the money? Her mother hires a body guard but can he be trusted?

Heather Day Gilbert was born and raised in the West Virginia mountains. She is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. She and her husband are raising their children in the same house she grew up in. She is the author of several novels. Find out more at http://heatherdaygilbert.com.

In Dangerous Alternative, Levi Boulter is thrust into an FBI investigation of an assassination plot aimed at the First Lady. In movie production, he works undercover for the FBI, taking photos and passing them along. An explosion on a movie lot places his life in danger. He is determined to protect the woman he loves too.

There is an interesting foundation to the plot. The reason someone wants to assassinate the First Lady is that she in promoting alternative medicine, a possible reform that would cost drug companies billions in profits.

There is quite a bit of action in this novella but it has a very complex plot, perhaps too complex for this length work. This novel also contained many references to eastern practices ans was a little too graphic in the romance area for me.

Kelli Hughett is a native of Colorado and enjoys the rural life outside of Windsor with her husband and their three kids. She homeschools and is the co-founder of Oil in My Lamp ministries. You can find out more at www.kellihughett.blogspot.com.

We travel to rural Alaska in Identity Theft. Lacy is in a rural community as a result of the witness protection program. It has been four years since she witnessed a murder and testified. Even though she is being courted by a fine man, she still thinks of the love of her life, the man she was with all those years ago. She was told he was dead but then she thinks she sees him. Could he still be alive and what was he doing in Alaska?

This novella is a good character study. Lacy has a dilemma? Doe she trust the man from years ago or trust the man who loves her now, even though he doesn't know who she really is? There is lots of ruminating by her. That slows the action a bit but there is plenty of action elsewhere. And mosquitoes. I'd think Terry was exaggerating the mosquitoes but I've been to Alaska and, yes, there are lots of mosquitoes!

Alana Terry is a pastor's wife, homeshooling mom, and and award winning Christian suspense author. She and her family live in rural Alaska.

In Obsession, two pregnant women are found murdered, slashed with a knife. Amanda's adoptive mother is at the scene of the second murder, as is Amanda. Her mother, suffering from Alzheimer's, is implicated in the murder. Amanda, a police detective, is bent on protecting the woman who raised her. She is also caring for her pregnant with twins neice, a thirteen year old. Her FBI agent husband is by her side.

I found this novella to be the hardest one to read in this collection. The plot is good, even if it is very complicated with lots of past events we're not privy to. It is the author's writing style I found hard to grasp. There are incomplete sentences. Phrases as sentences. Pronouns with confusing antecedents. Dialog without identifying the speakers.

I also felt like I had missed a previous novella. How did the teen get pregnant? It seems she might have been kidnapped but there is only hints to it, to Amanda's husband's accident, maybe Amanda's abduction, and much more. The novella has good potential but needs work.

Rachel Trautmiller writes novels filled with murder, mayhem, and romance. She and her husband have one toddler. You can find out more at www.racheltrautmiller.com.

Scent of Danger is a good story for the final one in this collection. Maya, a small town police woman, is trying to find her missing twin, January. She attends a charity event at the senator's mansion, impersonating her sister. She meets Connor, handsome son of the senator and friend of Maya's twin. The two work together to find out what has happened to January. But they run into danger again and again as people are willing to kill to keep secrets hidden.

This novella has a great mix of suspense and romance. Connor was once a policeman so he works well with Maya when danger invades. The scenes are done well and the characters are developed as the plot progresses. I liked this novella.

Alexa Verde is a teacher and translator turned author of Christian romantic suspense. She has over 200 short stories, poems, and articles published in the five languages she speaks. After traveling the world, she now calls Texas home. You can find out more at www.alexaverde.com.

Olivia Kimbrell Press, around 1300 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this anthology through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review. 

Hallee: When I looked for this e-book to read it last week, it had disappeared from my Kindle. Would you be able to send me the e-mail again for the link? I do want to read/review this. Thanks. Jackie Robertson (jacquir613@gmail.com)

I had read half of the titles in this, and then it disappeared from my Kindle.  I understand that it is not available any more as a title.  If there is any way that I can get the link or a copy from someone, I would appreciate it.  I need to fulfill my read/review obligation.  I was so enjoying these titles.

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