An armada of space ships, veritable Noah's arks, leave Earth's polluted environment to colonize a new planet. Lead characters are: Odie, a ten-year-old boy; Joey, his four-year-old brother; Annie Nichols, a ten-year-old neighbor girl; and their families. Their adventures on the space ship plus the new environment of the new planet and a remnant of a tribe of carnivorous humanoids are frightening but the new home has two suns; what tastes like lemonade springs; and vanilla storms when it snows what tastes like ice cream.
Once Burned is about a career girl who has everything but love because she's 'once burned - twice shy.' A fire claim introduces a man handsome as he is determined to teach her to trust and love again. Will she find happiness or get her wings singed as her hopes go up in flames?
When Eleana Castillo arrives in Las Flores from Mexico to work and meet her brother Carlos, who is already working there, her troubles begin. Carlos has disappeared without a trace and Carlotta, her sister-in-law who is with child, is missing from her home in Mexico. Oliver Avery, a handsome artist who teaches at the local college, sees Eleana search for Carlos at the town mall. He falls in love with her beautiful, sad and questing Spanish Eyes.
When a local girl's body is found brutally stabbed in Maryvale's woods, Sheriff Cas Larkin suspects members of a high-school "club" that smacks of devil worship. Then livestock goes missing, the county judge begins standing in Cas's way at every turn, and local students report being coerced into dark ceremonies. Now Cas must pick up the pace and dig deep before Maryvale gets any stranger... or there may be the devil to pay.
Cookbook author Mattie Carrington, Pine County's one and only celebrity, narrowly escapes being burned to a crisp when her kitchen explodes. Then someone tries to poison her. Luckily, Sheriff Cas Larkin is on the case. But when Cas visits the secluded cabin Mattie rented to finish her next book, he finds her nearly dead. With no signs of foul play and just as many clues, Cas is getting more "help" than he needs from the eagle-eyed locals as he tracks an experienced killer with the patience and skill to watch... and wait.
"Didn't like narration of this book at all!!"
Like bananas, Sheriff Cas Larkin's troubles are ripening in bunches. A fully dressed woman is found drowned in the lake. He has a citizen no one can find, but hasn't been reported as missing and all of her known acquaintances are standing in the way of Cas's investigation. Then Judge Carpenter's fiancée lands in jail, accused of a bloody murder way down yonder in New Orleans! Now Cas must pick up the pace and connect the dots... before he goes bananas himself.
Sheriff Cas Larkin has his hands full running for office again when two homicides, more than 100 years apart, surface. Cas believes the two deaths are connected and his wife, Connie, an amateur local historian and ever the romantic, wants in on the action. While Cas investigates the fresh murder, Connie digs into Maryvale's founding family's records kept in the Library's basement and encounters a classic haunting requiring more than a séance to unravel. As the pair chase hot clues and follow cold trails, the truth behind two murders and a 100-year old love triangle hangs in the balance.
Chris, Duff, and the Will Tuttle Claim Service have their hands full with a wealth of new claims; newlyweds; an elopement; and a varmint that presents new problems for all of them. Varmint is the second in the Chris and Duff Insurance series.
En route to a reporting job, car trouble forces Bob Smith to stop for the night in Lazarus, Arkansas. Suspecting he's lucked up on some bucolic Fountain of Youth, his investigating skills and innate curiosity take him close enough to the town's secret to fall victim to it. He gets away with his life, his car repaired good enough to get him to Little Rock, and a twenty-four gap in his memory, only to be drawn back by nightmares and deja vu flashes as puzzling as they are frightening.