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Controlled Descent

Controlled Descent 
When Alison Gregorio lands a cushy administrative job in a law office, she knows her big paycheck comes with strings attached. She expects long hours and unreasonable demands. She doesn’t expect to be dodging assassins before she gets her first raise–but that’s exactly what happens. She survives by the skin of her teeth and runs for her life.

Survival is one of inventor Justin Wyatt’s many talents, but staying alive is only the first challenge he faces after sabotage leaves him stranded in a frozen wasteland. The bigger problem: identifying which of his enemies to blame. The list of people who want to kill him is a long one, and the one person who holds the key to the mystery doesn’t even know he is still alive. Once fate brings Alison to Justin’s doorstep, there’s no turning back. Either they unravel the tangle of corporate conspiracies and personal vendettas that brought them together, or their common foe will destroy them both.

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Flight Plan
When terrorists fire-bomb Naomi Kwan’s San Francisco apartment block, her criminal record makes her a target for corrupt officials eager to shelter the true culprits. Innocence is no protection. After all,  dead scapegoats tell no tales. She flees her powerful enemies before they can silence her, but she can’t stay hidden forever. As conspiracies unravel on all sides, her fate rests in the hands of allies she doesn’t even know she has.

Naomi only knows freelance investigators Carl Jenson and Eddie Parker as patients and acquaintances, but they view her as a friend–and it’s their case that put her in danger.  To fix a mess this big, they  need the kind of creative assistance only a retired ally can provide.  Inventor Justin Wyatt is in no shape to go adventuring, but when the men who once saved his life need help, he joins their mission without a second thought.

A daring escape and a desperate rescue are only the beginning. Mysteries in Naomi’s past collide with Justin’s secrets, and unraveling the plots that tie them together leads to explosive consequences.

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Novices: A Restoration prequel story
The moment recruiter Joe Mitani meets Carl Jenson, he knows he’s found something special.Finding suitable trainees for internships at the bleeding edge of mental health care is no easy task. Few of the teens Joe interviews have the rare blend of brains and heart needed for the job. Even fewer come to the bargaining table with a psychically-gifted foster brother.

Carl shows up with both. Joe takes the package deal. Landing a prospect like Carl is worth the expense of adding his unexpected sibling to the roster. Eddie Jenson is as talented as his brother, in his own way, and the Rydder Institute for Analytical Psychiatry specializes in developing exceptional talents. As far as Joe knows, there’s every reason for two boys with extraordinary potential to thrive there. It’s the secrets he doesn’t know that will put Carl, Eddie and countless others in peril before long.

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Weaving in the Ends

Weaving In the Ends: Heroes Have Personal Lives Too
This book brings together two novellas that take Carl and Parker, two important characters from Controlled Descent & Flight Plan, on some post-work adventures with a yarn shop owner.

Book 1: Turning The Work
Knitting, Romance, and Dangerous Men

When fate brings Carl Jenson to Felicity Chen’s yarn shop, she sees dollar signs, not a potential lover. She doesn’t have time for romance. Her thriving craft business keeps her too busy–or so she tells herself. As soon as Carl walks out the door, Felicity starts hoping he comes back. Spending time with tall, blond and mysterious is exactly the investment in fun she needs.

Carl gave up on love years ago. He’s an undercover operative with a shady past, and spying for the government of the Restored United States isn’t a career that comes with a future.  His recuperating partner drags him back to the knitter’s den for more yarn and more flirting, but he doesn’t dare hope for more.

Felicity is ready to grab opportunity with both hands, and she makes Carl an offer he would be a fool to refuse. A temporary arrangement is all he can afford, and it’s all Felicity expects. It seems like a perfect bargain. In the end, they both get a better deal than they expected.

Book 2: Joining In the Round.
More Knitting, Romance, and Dangerous Men…and a basket full of kittens.

When Felicity Chen’s thriving craft store burns to the ground, she swallows her pride and accepts the grudging hospitality of her extended clan. Any roof is better than none, even if it comes with far too many strings attached.

After three months of loving suffocation in the bosom of family, Felicity is ready to jump at any excuse to escape.  Her chance arrives in the form of strangers who bring unexpected news.

Felicity spent her summer in the arms of a mysterious stranger who left without warning. Now he’s back from limbo and in need of cheering up, according to his odd but intriguing friends.

They beg for Felicity’s help, and when they throw in an offer of sanctuary she leaps without looking back. The impulsive decision has long-reaching consequences.  Winter’s cold reunion makes Felicity question everything she thought she knew about her summer lover.

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