This fast-paced action thriller, spanning eight centuries from medieval Germany and Prussia to present day Poland and USA, centers on the legend of the Amber Knight. The sarcophagus of a 13th century knight whose body was encased in molten amber, the Amber Knight is said to hold a curse that death awaits every unbeliever who looks upon the knight's face. The treasure has not been seen in over 50 years, since it was stolen by the Nazis. That is, until photographs are sent to museum director Adam Salen. Adam and his assistant Magda want the Knight for their museum, but when a mafia hit man is found dead on Adam's doorstep and more corpses are discovered in woods near Hitler's Wolf's Lair, Adam wonders at the truth behind the myth.
Smoke Jensen never wanted to kill, but fate had other plans, and the Mountain Man has left plenty of blood, tears and fury in his wake. Angus MacDougal, the father of one of Smoke's victims, wants revenge. Riding up to Big Rock, Colorado, MacDougal has decided that killing Smoke won't be enough. He intends to bring him back to Pueblo and hang him before a crowd. It's a bloodthirsty plan that might have worked, except for a beautiful young woman, and the small knife she slips into Smoke's hand.
Suddenly Smoke is on the run in the Colorado wilderness with no gun, no supplies, and twenty armed men in pursuit. Once, a man named Preacher taught Smoke how to survive in this wilderness. Now, as a brutal winter bears down, the Mountain Man will use those lessons well—not only to fight his way out alive, but also for vengeance of his own...
Animals play a passive role in Johnston's less than engaging first in a new series featuring Lauren Vancouver, who runs HotRescues, a private no-kill animal shelter in Granada Hills, Calif. After raiding a puppy mill, Lauren is certain that Efram Kiley, an animal care apprentice who'd abused his own dog and was working for her as part of a legal agreement, tossed beagle puppies down a drainpipe. When Efram is later found stabbed to death at Lauren's shelter, she briefly becomes a suspect, but she quickly transitions into a skillful investigator helping skeptical LAPD Det. Stefan Garciana and love interest Capt. Matt Kingston of Animal Services. Insights into the plight of homeless animals make this an informative, if sometimes too fervent, spinoff from the author's Pet-Sitter series featuring lawyer Kendra Ballantyne (Feline Fatale, etc.). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales
EDITORIAL REVIEW: ** All-new! Fairy tales retold with an erotic edge, by the national bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series. ** Jean Johnson sneaks between the covers of such classic fairy tales as *Beauty and the Beast, Puss n' Boots*, and *Sleeping Beauty*, and refashions them into bedtime stories for adults only. With clever gender twists, hot fetishistic turns, other-worldly desires, and explorations into forbidden territories, *Bedtime Stories* reveals a veritable garden of sensual delights that gives new meaning to the term "happy ending."