A butler. A spy. A toilet brush. A romantic suspense cosy spy-thriller-mystery with a dash of grittiness and humour. It’s Charade meets Remains of the Day.
After three years in the employ of a former British army officer turned Risk Assessment Specialist, widowed butler Mae Valentine is familiar with Major Kitt’s taste for scrambled eggs, bourbon, and brawling. Kitt knows of Mae’s fondness for order, her beloved dead husband, and the millions the man left her in trust. Their easy bond is tested the day Mae kills the man sent to murder her and the trust fund vanishes.
Soon, a volcano, a hand roasting in an oven, and a fish named Shirley accentuate sinister machinations that involve Mae and the missing money. To keep her safe from women in ugly shoes, homicidal bankers, and Mafia henchmen, Kitt risks exposing his true profession, which doesn’t trouble him as much as being in love with a woman who’s still in love with a dead man. If he can’t protect Mae, he’ll lose the best butler—and scrambled eggs—a spy ever loved.
Your Sterling Service (In Service 1.5-short story)
Trapped in his new home by a healing serious injury that could end his career, Major Kitt’s more surly than usual, and his moodiness doesn’t shift when his landlady drops by expecting a favour.
Mae Valentine knows her new tenant is a tad mysterious—turns out he’s also a bit of a prick. She’s half a mind to turn around with the Chelsea buns she baked, but that would be impolite.
It’s clear neither one of them suffer fools, and soon these two professionals find surprising common ground, a service arrangement that suits them both, and changes their lives forever.
It’s the origin of how a retired butler met the surly spy.
Forever in Your Service (in Service 2)
Reproduction wines, counterfeit handbags, forged art, and sham relationships trap Mae in a web of phonies, frauds, and liars—with Kitt the greatest charlatan of them all.
Spies come back from the dead in movies and books, but this isn’t film or fiction. Mae isn’t sure what to believe after a spy loves says, ‘I love you,’ and everything, including her own life, is nothing but a ruse.
True to Your Service (In Service 3)
A secret marriage to a not-so-secret agent.Former butler Mae Valentine accepted the risk-filled life Major Hamish Kitt led when she married him. He’s out of the field now, teaching other spies how to be spies, until an accident—or terrorism—drags them to tulip fields and sex shops in charming, deadly Amsterdam. It’s tea instead of coffee, nasty little plants, and bar full of monkeys. Soon, Mae wonders if she and a man who will always be spy can ever settle down and grow old together. As treachery unfolds and bodies pile up, Kitt begins to have doubts too.
A wife. A dog. A home. Three things he never knew he wanted. Can a spy have a happy life, happy wife, or will Mae’s resurrected past destroy it all?
Next to You
A love of ‘70s Bubblegum pop music isn’t the only unusual thing about William Murphy—being a six-foot-three albino tends to make a man stand out. Will’s life is simple and he likes it that way. But when he meets his new next-door neighbor, complicated begins to look mighty attractive.
Caroline’s left the past behind and is trying to grab life by the balls, which means finding new friends besides her dog, Batman. Will offers her neighborly friendship, and as they bond over old movies, Caroline regains her confidence. Unexpected love blooms. But real life’s not like the movies.Their cute romantic comedy goes all Fatal Attraction and Will learns that nothing about Caroline is quite the way it looks. His simple life turns more complicated than he could ever imagine.
When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life. Now that she’s back in town, Dominic’s afraid she’ll drag up the past, the secrets, and the pain. They clash immediately, but mix in a teenage boy, a puppy, some white paint, and some loud music, and what starts as cold fury transforms into a nuclear attraction. This basic renovation becomes a major life refurbishment for them both.
For Your Eyes Only The follow on from A Basic Renovation. It’s John Tilbrook the cop’s story.
The two things Willa Heston doesn’t believe in are coincidence and happy endings. As a scientist at the Los Alamos National Lab, she’s always had to keep government secrets, but there’s one secret Willa can’t keep anymore. Classified material has been stolen from the Lab and the prime suspect is her best friend. Fear spurs her to try to save the man who’s been like a brother to her. Whether it’s an accident, fate, or a series of coincidence, Detective John Tilbrook is instantly beguiled by the green-eyed widow he runs into again and again. As the days speed by, terrified Willa tries to keep her best friend from being accused of espionage, and come to terms unexpected feelings for a man she just met. John’s a big fan of happily ever-afters himself, but what will he believe about love and happiness when Willa divulges the real reason she’s in Los Alamos? Will John break the law he’s sworn to uphold—for love?
Levelheaded Olivia Regen walks away from her career in car racing and wreckage of a bad marriage to take on a job that’s far removed from the twists of racetrack. The very first day at work steers her headlong into an elevator with a handsome claustrophobe who turns out to be her new boss. The anxious little incident leads Emerson Maxwell to develop a curiosity in the methods cool-under-pressure Olivia uses to restore his equilibrium—and an even greater interest in her. Despite the intense mutual attraction, Olivia tries to out-maneuver Emerson and keep her distance. While she cures his fear of small, enclosed spaces, can Emerson convince Olivia that fear of falling in love again is just another kind of claustrophobia?
Niagara Falls At Cafe Nix, a short story is in It Happened at Cafe Nix, a collection of 15 Contemporary romance stories written by 14 different authors such as Amy Andrews, Jenny Schwartz, Jane O’Reilly, Ainslie Paton and more. Niagara Falls At Cafe Nix stars Ella and Craig, the bride and groom from Driving in Neutral. It’s a little…suggestive, grown up, and full of smart ass.