Billie Jackson

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  • Heller's Punishment on March 05, 2012
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    Another exciting, frustrating, delightful Heller. Just finished it and already waiting for the next one!
  • Sweet Masterpiece - The First Samantha Sweet Mystery on March 11, 2012
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    Just read the first book. It wasn't what I expected but it was great. Already on the second on and loving it too.
  • Sweet's Sweets: The Second Samantha Sweet Mystery on March 28, 2012
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    I have enjoyed this series much more than I expected. As soon as I read the first one, I had to buy the other three. Intrigue and romance combined with a touch of magic make for an interesting second entry into the Samantha Sweets series. The magic? box is again influencing Sam's life. The gorgeous sheriff's deputy Beau has made his interest in abundantly clear. I love to see happiness touch the lives of characters to whom I have become attached. The maybe magic of the box or amazing luck, something in short supply in Sam's life, has given her the opportunity to achieve her dream of opening her own bakery, but her contract to clear out foreclosed homes has two years to run and has once again involved her in murder. Working two jobs and trying to help solve a murder play havoc with her new romance.
  • Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire #5) on April 08, 2012
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    Another Awesome experience. With each book Samantha Moon and the people in her life come to matter to me more and more. Although there is horror in the villains she tracks, the balance of her attempts to be a good mother and friend keep the edge from pushing me out of my comfort zone. I especially love the way she learns more about herself and the new medallion! I know that in the long run her son is going to be ok with whatever happens and as long as he is, she will be.
  • Blood Sport on April 23, 2012
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    Loved it at least as much as Blood Ties and I got hooked with that one. Can't wait for the next one.
  • Blood Ties on April 23, 2012
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    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.
  • Sweet Holidays: The Third Samantha Sweet Mystery on May 09, 2012
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    Excellent third outing in the Samantha Sweet mysteries. Murder comes close to home in three directions. Sam donates a closet full of closes from her most recent foreclosure clearing only to discover that one item is blood soaked. In the fast paced holiday baking season, Samantha has to rely on friends, family, an a little (or more than a little)magice to help keep her bake shop running smoothly while she helps investigate two, or is that one mystery. Despite her hectic she has time to worry about her fast growing love for a certain sheriff's deputy.
  • Sweet Hearts: The Fourth Samantha Sweet Mystery on May 09, 2012
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    Both awesome and sad. This book maintains the quality of the others but was more difficult to read because of the subject. The mystery was strong and the resolution good but I cried more than once. I wouldn't have missed it for all the tears. I hope the next one comes out soon and carries a happier note.
  • Vacations Can Be Murder: The Second Charlie Parker Mystery on May 09, 2012
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    Intriguing mystery with just enough romance to hook me. After the struggle in Gamble, Charli is ready for a little break and where for a better vacation than Hawaii. While on a helicopter tour Charli and the attractive pilot spot a body in an isolated area. Drake and his boss become suspects so Charli feels compelled to help them out. I want more Drake in her life. Better pacing than Gamble. Over all really enjoyed it.
  • Clearwater Ambush on May 21, 2012
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    Enjoyed this one at least as much as the first two. I loved the way they handled the tough situation with the little boy. Joe's dumb jokes at the beginning put me off but he more than made up for them. I appreciate his need to help people.
  • Never Buried [Book 1, Leigh Koslow Mystery Series] on July 21, 2012
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    Pleasant cozy mystery with likeable characters. I will be reading more books in this series.
  • News from Dead Mule Swamp on Aug. 30, 2012
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    This cozy mystery left me wanting more Ana Raven and the people of Cherry Hill. Immediately followed up with Hollow Tree... Would highly recommend to mystery lovers.
  • The Hollow Tree at Dead Mule Swamp on Aug. 30, 2012
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    I don't normally like shorter books/short stories but this one was so well developed that there was nothing short about it. Excellent story. Love the people of Cherry Hill. Can't wait for more.
  • Hot Property on Nov. 04, 2012
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    I loved it. A wonderful cozy mystery with a strong plot and solid relationships. I enjoyed the first book a lot, and one of the things I liked was the potential for development in the main character, Savannah. This book was even better, and she shows the growth she made in the last book; she is aware that her old world is not the real world. Only a short time has passed between the two books. I am frustrated that she does not see what I see about Rafe, but I could be wrong in my expectations there is a great deal of evidence to support her beliefs. My disappointment is in the character, not with the author's pacing of the relationship. I think part of her level of expectations of Rafe is protection from being disappointed. At least now she is admitting that there is something between them, and she knows that she trusts him. Their relationship is my favorite thing about the book, but I also love that she is not stupid. I enjoy cozy mysteries but sometimes I want to shake even my favorite characters and shout "get a clue". Savannah does not always make the best decisions, but she usually either realizes it or is making the decision based on what she knows. I received a copy of this book in appreciation for reviewing the first one and I am sure in hopes of a review of this book. It is my delight to do so!
  • Contract Pending on Nov. 08, 2012
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    The third in the Savannah Martin Mystery Series is the best of a good thing. The subtle humor and evolving relationships are two of its greatest strengths. When Marquita, care-giver for Rafe's grandmother, disappears while Rafe is out of town, Savannah steps in to help out with the sweet but often confused Mrs. Jenkins. Life gets even more complicated when she encounters a hit man look for Rafe. When someone breaks into her apartment, she has to stay at his house which is daunting on two levels; she can't forget the danger she faced in that house just months ago, and the only place to sleep is Rafe's bed. She isn't sure which thought is more frightening. Guess who shows up the next morning. Through the ensuing danger and confusion, Savannah has to face changes in her relationships with both Todd and Rafe while she figures out where she wants to be in those relationships. I enjoy watching this southern belle grow into a contemporary woman and love seeing her interaction with Rafe. I also appreciate seeing a bit more of her connection with her brother Dix.
  • Daddy's Little Killer on March 17, 2013
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    Wow! I love this series. It is not the lazy cozy that I have been reading lately but the characters are wonderful. There is nothing more important in a book that characters who really matter to me. Intriguing plot, solid pacing, enough humor to get me through the tough times. Excellent book.
  • Beneath the Cracks on March 17, 2013
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    Awesome series. I had to read the first four books back to back and was so excited to learn the 5th one was out. The cloud of her past drives me crazy I have to root for Helen and Johnny! A well written story (the mystery) with good action plays counterpoint to Helen's development and the growth of her relationships, not just with Johnny, make this another outstanding read.
  • Forgotten Place on March 17, 2013
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    A riveting plot and the fascinating develop of Helen and her relationships with others makes for a third winner in the series. I enjoy the "mystery", but it is the characters that make me love the books.
  • The Chilling Spree on March 17, 2013
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    The best yet!!! If you have gotten this far, you probably don't need my recommendation but the books are worth talking about. I have become a major fan of a handful of indie authors in the last year and feel fortunate to have found LS Sygnet through both Barnes and Nobel and Smashwords. So glad that I can get the new book here before I can get it anywhere else! I love Smashwords!
  • Heller’s Decision on Aug. 14, 2013
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    IF YOU NEED HELP getting the download, check FAQ for directions or anyone on JD Nixon Brisbane Facebook page would be glad to help. You have to read it! It is great. I love the transition in their relationship and can't wait to see how it goes forward. We get a bit of Farrell, love him, and Bick too. All the usual goofs and family warmth in the Warehouse. More later.
  • Spy, Spy Away on Dec. 31, 2013
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    Another amazing novel by a wonderful author. Ayden is still trapped into acting as a spy inspite of her lack of training. No one believes her even when she tires to "fess up"; Fortunately her innate talents, luck, and great friends keep her alive for another round. Her relationship issues haven't gotten any easier, but I almost don't want that settle because too much would have to change for anything to work out. and I want this series t last for a long time.
  • Sense of Touch (Music Box Series #1) on Jan. 02, 2014
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    I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the feel of Sense of Touch I have always loved books with an old fashioned feelm but I don't think that the setting would interfere with anyone's enjoyment. This love story began with a real life disaster that brought the two fictional main characters together and shaped their lives for the next five years until a chance encounter brought them together again. Sean was blinded in the explosion that destroyed a good part of the town of Halifax, Ontario. His little sister, along with hundred, disappeared in the destruction, and Amy's parents were among the several thousand who were identified among the dead. The two, now adults, are drawn to one another, but she is somewhat committed to another, and Sean doesn't believe that he can bring anything good to a marriage and family, so while unable to refuse the love making that she offer's, he refuses to accept that they can build a true relationship. I just discovered that this book is part of a series. I I look forward to reading it, too. I won this book from the author.