Blood Ties

Rated 4.91/5 based on 44 reviews
Police officer Tess Fuller has her hands full trying to maintain order in a poorly-resourced small mountain town overrun by the beautiful, arrogant and lawless Bycraft family. But what will her new sergeant, a serious by-the-books city cop, think of her renegade policing style? And will they be able to work together to save Tess’ life when her feud with the Bycrafts escalates dangerously? More
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Words: 153,180
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465785381
About JD Nixon

I live in beautiful Queensland in Australia. I started writing in 2009 because I wanted to do something creative and haven't stopped since! I have two series of books:

The Heller series (first book Heller - free!) features the frequently outlandish adventures of security officer, Tilly Chalmers, and her complicated relationship with her beautiful, mysterious and intense boss, Heller. There will be seven books in total in this series.

The Little Town series (first book Blood Ties - free!) features police officer, Tess Fuller, and her struggle to survive a long-standing vendetta with the feral Bycraft family and at the same time manage the tense relationship between her new partner, Finn Maguire, and her boyfriend, Jake Bycraft. There will be five books in total in this series.

My author dream is to one day write a short story (which for me will probably be about 50,000 words!) where Tilly & Heller meet Tess & Finn. What a story that would be! Maybe over the end-of-year break???

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them! I'd love to hear your feedback, so why not email me at:

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Review by: CalamtyJane on Dec. 14, 2014 :
Great characters suspension until the end.
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Review by: Lillith Dunn on June 20, 2014 :
All I can say is WOW!! What a talented writer. Thanks for a great read.
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Review by: Why Bother on April 05, 2014 :
The best book that I've read in a long time, and I am an avid reader. Thanks for uploading it for free. I would defo buy the rest of the series. Keep up the wonderful job!
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Review by: Susan on March 09, 2014 :
A gutsy read - always a surprise around the corner. The story keeps nipping along and I enjoyed it all the way through.
Great characters too. Well written. I've been slow to review it but no reflection on quality of the story.
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Review by: Linda Li on April 22, 2013 :
I love this series. I wish I could just shake Tess to wake her up. And Finn....need to know more. Can't wait for Blood Tears. Keep up the good work and congrats on going full time as an'll do great!
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Review by: Crystal Dawn on April 01, 2013 :
It was not what I imagined, in a good way. It was unique and I found part very funny and parts quite sad. It pulls you into the world of a very unusual small town. You feel like you are a part of it. It has excitement in spades and moves along at a good pace. I would recommend this book.
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Review by: L. H. on March 17, 2013 :
From the moment you start reading it is like you are being sucked into the world of Teresa Fuller. I found it very difficult to put down! As soon as I finished this book I bought Blood Sport and Blood Feud and read them as well. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Blood Tears! This is an awesome series!!! Way to go Ms. Nixon!!!
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Review by: Virginia Conlin on March 03, 2013 :
Everything I want in a good read is right here. Great storylines interwoven. Characters that I could believe. I thought the drama, humour and sex were just right. I especially love the Australian terminology.
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Review by: Angela Arroliga on March 03, 2013 : (no rating)
Love all the books in this series. Riveting!
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Review by: Lionrhod on Feb. 10, 2013 :
Another fantastic read from this talented author. Awesome writing, memorable characters. The Bycrafts are hysterical. I'm pretty sure that part of their tribe lives near me. I'm sure I've met these folks before! Can't wait to see what happens between Tess and Finn. And I have to say, I had a soft spot for the chicken coop.
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Review by: Fern H on Dec. 18, 2012 :
JD Nixon can do no wrong - the best author I've found on Smashwords.
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Review by: Artina Harkins on Dec. 16, 2012 :
Amazing, awesome, wonderful. If there's an adjective that means good just throw it into the mix here. JD Nixon creates characters that you will love and some that you will love to hate. This series and the Heller series have both had me laughing out loud and crying real tears. Not many authors have the talent to draw the reader into the story the way that JD does. Can't wait til the next book comes out.
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Review by: christy chaney on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Great refreshing read. Especially being a free book. Can not wait to get started on the rest of the series. I love a long fulfilling book and absolutely devoured this one. Try it and i am sure you will enjoy it.
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Review by: jocelyn mirabella on Dec. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
Hated it!!! the Heller series 10 times better!!
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Review by: Clair Roxanna on Nov. 28, 2012 :
A great read. The plot and characters are outstanding. Loved it.
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Review by: Brenda Falardeau on Nov. 12, 2012 :
Awesome book. I could not put it down and as soon as I finished it I immediately bought the other. Now i can't wait for the third book!
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Review by: Sharon O'Brien on Nov. 11, 2012 :
Wow brilliant
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Review by: Scott Thomson on Nov. 08, 2012 :
Excellent book - believable characters that engage you and make you want to continue reading - I have them all now and can't wait for the next installment
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Review by: Frank Leemans on Oct. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Good story, good writing. Looking forward to the sequell
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Review by: Gordon Howard on Oct. 16, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, the characters seem real and I particularly enjoyed the subplots running through the book. (e.g. It is a good mystery story. Mix that with the interrelationships between families fighting over the years, romance between the characters and personality clashes between the local cop and her new boss and you have a great novel!)
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Review by: Pat Ritter on Sep. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
DJ, may I congratulate you on writing a wonderful story. I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which you used the character Tess Fuller. In real life I was a detective with Queensland Police Service for twenty years.

I was engrossed to read the detail of each character in your story. I related to each one and from my real life experiences actually come across those characters more than once.

A great story. Great job!

Pat Ritter
Author/Self Publisher
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Review by: Vandana Kacker on Aug. 29, 2012 :
A very strong story line once again by JDN after her first series Heller. Though separated by urban and country background, the script and characters emerge equally strong and gripping your mind. The beautiful smart and sharp cop Tess impresses most though her relationship with a Bycraft doesn't go with her personality the way it goes with her boss. Anyway, a great series to read.
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Review by: Sandra Novelly on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Absolutely loved this book and the next one, Blood Sport. The characters were so much fun. Can't wait to read more from this author (sorry I waited so long to review.)
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Review by: bugg0082 on Aug. 17, 2012 :
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Review by: Gayle Duckart on Aug. 06, 2012 :
Australia takes on a whole new meaning...great characters in every book she's written. Buy them all you will not be disappointed. From free to 2.99 they are the best bargain out there for funny, fast and fantastic prose.
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Review by: Connie Krohn-Pickrell on July 30, 2012 :
My fingers moved too fast last time! Didnt get to rate the book.
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Review by: Connie Krohn-Pickrell on July 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this book. Believable, loveable country folk like me! Can' t wait to see if Tess and Finn get together! Now reading Heller.

Thanks JD
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Review by: Erin Hoock on July 25, 2012 :
Great book! JD Nixon has a way of writing that sucks you in. Unfortunately, I had a few days of falling asleep at work because I couldn't put the book down at night. I had read the Heller series and wasn't sure this could compare. I was wrong. It is a definite must read especially if you enjoyed Heller. Thanks for another great read!
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Review by: Dorothy Koch on July 15, 2012 :
Great book - truly a page turner. I couldnt' wait to see what would happen to Tessa. Can'd wait to read more of Nixon's books!
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Review by: Fern H on June 21, 2012 :
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Review by: Theodore Borrego on June 20, 2012 :
This and its companion book, Blood Sport, are just a complete hoot. Wonderful reads, and memorable characters. I started it, wasn't sure that I'd manage to get all interested in a small-town Aussie cop, but a few pages in, and I was hooked, bought the second book and finished it in a day. When do number three, four, five come out? I'm waiting. Thanks for the delightful story.
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Review by: misfit on April 23, 2012 :
FAntastic. it was amazing. took a little bit for me to get into the book but after that i couldn't stop reading it.
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Review by: Billie Jackson on April 23, 2012 :
At first I had some reservations about choosing this book because the description seem kind of negative. I kept going back to it though and after reading the Heller books, I just couldn't wait.
LOVED it. Tessie is tough and bad things, most of them in the past, do happen but there a some wonderful people in this town. Of course having hunks around doesn't hurt either. Once Sarge got wised up, I like him more than the gorgeous Jake.
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Review by: Stephanie M on April 20, 2012 :
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Review by: Jody V on April 13, 2012 :
Great read.
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Review by: Melissa Fenske on April 11, 2012 :
I can't believe that JD Nixon has written these 2 great series in the short time that she has been writing. I am on pins and needles waiting to see what happens with Tessie and the Sarge! I can already feel it building. Brilliant story line. I can't wait for the next in this series!!!
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Review by: renaldo haynes, Sr on April 04, 2012 :
I really loved this book. I definitely would reccomend to a friend and i loved both books!!!!!
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Review by: Jess Voght on April 03, 2012 :
Love it!
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Review by: Jess Voght on April 03, 2012 : (no rating)
JD is a great author and for free, you definitely should read this series. I couldn't put the book down and fell in love with these characters and can't wait to see what happens next. These are a great series and I can't thank JD enough for her talent and allowing me to enjoy these great books!
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Review by: HookedonNook on Jan. 29, 2012 :
JD is multi-talented new author whose books are outstanding. This series
has quirky characters, long- suffering heroine, conflict which kept me turning pages all night. This one is free-try it. Then get "Heller" free. Heller has different flavor but also delicious. All Nixon's books worthy of our time, support, and money. Book 3 due spring. Can't wait.
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Review by: linda glaister on Dec. 23, 2011 : (no rating)
I absolutely LOVED this book! Couldn't put it down. The physical
abuse poor Tess goes through and she still goes to work everyday
like it's no big deal.
Couldn't decide who was funnier...her or Fiona.
Have already got a couple of my friends to download it and would
recommend it go anyone who likes suspense and humour together.
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Review by: kelly whitfield on Nov. 19, 2011 :
I really like reading JD Nixon's stories. They have great characters, plots and action. She writes the story in such a way that you feel you are actually in Little Town.

My issue with the book is not that it was poorly written, but that the characters frustrated me. Especially Tess' relationship with Jake Bycraft. Their relationship doesn't make sense to me. I understand family ties, but when your own brother wants to rape and murder your girlfriend, and you sit back and let the family harass her, that is just ridiculous.

I still loved the book and her writing, and cannot wait for the next book because I am anxious to see what will happen next.
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Review by: Sue Erickson on Oct. 07, 2011 :
WOW, I have to say this is the best book that I have read in along time!!! Fiona, she was so funny!! Tess, I felt so bad for her I just loved her. I sure hope you write more about the Fullers & Bycrafts, I never wanted it to end!! So looking forward to more of your work, PS.. Would of gave you ten stars if I had my choice.
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Review by: RJ Parker on Sep. 01, 2011 :
Further to my previous review, I only just discovered that JD is a female, so exclude the Mr. Nixon and add Ms. Nixon (I hope she's not like Fiona lol)... EXCELLENT, SUPER BOOK.
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Review by: RJ Parker on Aug. 30, 2011 :
WOW! An excellent book, brilliant writing, great story. This author has a wonderful sense of humor and several times I had to stop reading as I was laughing so hard. I love the character of Tess Fuller and will most certainly add Mr. Nixon to my favorite author list. 5 Stars!!
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Review by: yolandi on Aug. 17, 2011 :
Excellent book, cant wait for the next one!
Brilliant and funny!!!
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Review by: Butterfly530 on Aug. 12, 2011 :
First of all, I can't believe this book was a free download - There are 1,044 pages!!

The Bycrafts have bullied and harassed (and even murdered) the Fuller women for generations. When Tess Fuller returns home to Little Town to help take care of her dying father, she is the entire Bycraft Clan's number one victim. Usually, a family has at least one black sheep, but the Bycraft's are the opposite ... there is only one good guy - Jake. Even with the well know feud between the families, they fall in love.

Blood Ties is filled with adventure, challenges, and of course romance!! Will their love be strong enough to overcome the hatred of their families or will Tess be this generation's Fuller victim??
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Review by: Nora Lee on Aug. 11, 2011 :
The characters in this Australian tale are over the top. The good people of Little Town are eccentric to say the least and the bad guys are pure evil. Character development is great and there are many characters on both sides. I did notice a few missing words, maybe a dozen or so, which isn't a big deal to me in a 150,000 plus word book, but I do suggest the author take the time to edit and put them in. The main characters are interesting and their conflict as they grew to know each other was well balanced between dislike and affection. Both of them harbor dark secrets they are unable to share. I'm looking forward to a Little Town sequel.
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Review by: Robert Schobernd on Aug. 06, 2011 :
I've just finished Blood Ties and am very impressed. The editing is not perfect, there are several words missing, in my opinion, but it is good for a book 153,000 words in length. Character development is very good and the storyline is intriguing. Some of the action scenes could have been a little better choreographed, but overall were acceptable. I'm looking forward to additional books by J.D. Nixon and have already downloaded Heller.
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Review by: megansue2005 on July 24, 2011 :
This was a good story with entertaining and memorable characters. I immediately returned to the Smashwords site to download Heller.
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Review by: riason on July 11, 2011 :
Ready for the next Little Town book.
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