Karen McCullough is the author of ten published novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and fantasy genres and has won numerous awards, including an Eppie Award for fantasy. She’s also been a four-time Eppie finalist, and a finalist in the Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, Scarlett Letter, and Vixen Awards contests. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications in the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. Her most recent release is A GIFT FOR MURDER, published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale Group Mysteries. She invites visitors to check out her home on the web at http://www.kmccullough.com and her site for the Market Center Mysteries series, http://www.marketcentermysteries.com
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Guardian of the Grimoire
Magic, mystery and romance combine in a gothic story that sees a peaceful, small-town library turned into a supernatural battleground. In the library’s basement a dangerous book lies hidden somewhere in stacks of old crates, and librarian Jess O’Rourke is caught in the middle of a battle between a demon and the book’s mysterious guardian for possession of it.
Trace Handley hates social events of any kind, but she has reluctantly agreed to go to a Halloween party to deliver an important message. Before she can accomplish the mission, though, she has to identify the intended recipient despite costumes, her own shyness, and the dubious assistance of the source of the instruction, a ghost who wants her to get a message to the man accused of murdering him.
A Gift for Murder
The Gifts and Home Decoration trade show provides Heather McNeill with the longest week of her hectic life. As assistant to the director of Washington, D.C.'s, Market and Commerce center, she's point person for complaining exhibitors, missing shipments and miscellaneous disasters. It's a job she takes in stride—until murder crashes the event.
The Wizard’s Shield
To solve a murder and retrieve a stolen magical shield, a pair of wizards journey into a dangerous, magical underworld, where the weapons of choice might be guns... or lightning bolts.
Programmed for Danger
Computer programming isn’t usually a dangerous occupation, but Andrea Kingston finds herself fighting for both her love and her life when she’s hired to solve Ferverill-West Company’s computer problems.
The Night Prowlers
Graduate assistant Jan Lindell has her hands full, supervising a team of archaeology students excavating a Colonial-era inn. Sweltering heat, feuding students, vandalism, the local lunatic fringe, and complaints from the handsome son of the property’s owner are all complications she doesn’t need. But those become minor issues when her students are attacked and warnings turn into deadly threats.
A Vampire's Christmas Carol
On her way to her family's home on Christmas Eve, Carol Prescott’s car slides into a ditch in a deserted area with no cell phone signal. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire. To Michael Carpenter, Carol is the bait of a trap. To regain his soul, he needs to refrain from taking human blood for just one more night, but she's almost too tempting to resist.
A Question of Fire
When Cathy Bennett agrees to attend an important party as a favor for her boss, she knows she won't enjoy it. But she doesn't expect to end up holding a dying man in her arms and becoming the recipient of his last message. The killer has seen her talking with him and knows she's heard where the victim hid some damning evidence. Now she needs to find that evidence before the killer finds her!
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Smashwords book reviews by Karen McCullough
- The Baby Race
on Sep. 15, 2011
The Baby Race is a delightful, sweet romance that features wonderful characters. Race is very much the hero with a painful past, but it doesn't turn him into a jerk. He's understandably reserved, wary, and cautious, but he's also still kind and thoughtful. It's not easy to gain his loyalty, but it's definitely worth winning, as Claire quickly learns. Circumstances bring the two of them together, sexual attraction makes them want to get together, but it's their basic integrity and the warmth and kindness of their characters that makes readers root for them from the start. Once I started the story, I didn't want to stop. I could hardly wait to find out how Race and Claire would overcome their problems to get together and how the baby race situation would work out. It seemed like such a no-win situation. I was charmed when the author managed a solution that featured a few twists I never saw coming.
- Maggie Undercover
on Jan. 03, 2012
An investigator masquerading as a high school student falls in love with a hot teacher and his sad, sweet daughter. A successful conclusion to Maggie's investigation is important to her career, but it might destroy the man she loves. And even if it doesn't, how will he feel when he learns about her deception?
Counterfeit Love is an intriguing story that kept me involved and reading faster and faster to see how the situation would work out. And I breathed a satisfied sigh when it was over. A thoroughly enjoyable read.