Author: Susan Vaughan

Susan Vaughan is a multi-published and award-winning author. She loves writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Her books have won the Golden Leaf, More Than Magic, and Write Touch Readers’ Award and been a finalist for the Booksellers’ Best and Daphne du Maurier awards. A former teacher, she’s a West Virginia native, but she and her husband have lived in Maine for many years.

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Dark Vengeance - The DARK Files Book 5

Dark Vengeance
  • Number: B01M8LH2UQ
  • Release: 2016-11-16
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Part of a series, but a stand-alone novel with its own conclusion. No cliff-hangers.

Which is deadlier—the deaths he can’t forget or the danger she can’t remember?

DARK Officer Jack Thorne joined the antiterrorism task force for one reason only—to exact revenge on the smuggler responsible for the tragedy that haunts him. Vacationing in Italy, Sophie Rinaldi overhears her host plotting to sell weapons-grade uranium to terrorists. She flees, but the man’s car strikes her. She ends up in the hospital, the last crucial weeks erased from her mind—and still a target for murder. Whether Sophie is an accomplice or merely a witness, to find out what she knows, Jack must keep her safe.

As Sophie and Jack race to stay ahead of hired killers, they find it impossible to deny their growing attraction. Jack is torn between his longing for Sophie and his pledge of vengeance. And how can Sophie fall for this tormented man who doesn’t trust her?

If she regains her memory, what she knows could destroy them both…


Dark Rules - The DARK Files Book 4

Dark Rules
  • Number: B01LZABGA3
  • Release: 2016-10-25
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Part of a series, but a stand-alone novel with its own conclusion. No cliff-hangers.

Danger, secrets and lies…

Maverick DARK officer Simon Byrne, undercover on a Caribbean island, must stop an international arms dealer’s sale of uranium that could trigger world conflict. Simon’s mission goes sideways when the woman he once failed to protect is assigned as his tech officer. Vowing to keep her safe, he fights the smoldering heat between them because distraction could cost their lives. But despite his personal rule of no entanglements, she’s in his head…and in his heart.

By-the-book Janna Harris is determined to prove herself in the field and uncover whether her late husband, who sold to the arms dealer, also betrayed his government. A treason investigation could expose Janna’s own secrets. Her attraction to Simon wars with her pledge never to allow another man into her life. But can she walk away from the only man who could heal her battered soul?

Emotions and danger collide as the powder-keg deadline ticks down on their mission—and their survival.


Dark Cover - The DARK Files Book 3

Dark Cover
  • Number: B01K5XF6GE
  • Release: 2016-08-30
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Part of a series, but a stand-alone novel with its own conclusion. No cliff-hangers.

A traitor’s brother, an undercover fiancée—and a terrorist’s deadline…

Nick Markos has inherited the burden and shame of his brother’s dealings with terrorists, who demand he return the millions he skimmed. Hoping to uncover a plotted attack, the Feds install DARK Officer Vanessa Wade undercover as Nick’s glamorous fiancée.

Despite her expertise, Vanessa has grown to dislike undercover work. Under orders to make sure the sexy and tortured tycoon is no traitor, she soon realizes that instead he’s determined to regain his family honor—and his own. She tells herself to stay detached, but this man’s kisses make her emotions spin out of control. As they work together amid gala social events and terror threats, Nick and Vanessa cannot deny their mutual attraction, but her deception makes Vanessa feel as false as the rock on her finger.

Is their relationship only a charade? One that could explode—along with a terrorist bomb?


Dark Memories - The DARK Files Book 2

Dark Memories
  • Number: B01I5TOGCU
  • Release: 2016-07-28
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Can they hold onto the heartbreak of the past when he's protecting her from a killer 24/7?

After museum curator Laura Rossiter witnesses a murder and the cop guarding her is killed, she runs for her life. She survives months by working odd jobs under an assumed name and landing in a Maine resort where she finally feels safe. Until bad-boy Cole Stratton rides his Harley back into her life... Now a government officer, Cole has a mission: protect Laura, the golden girl he's never forgotten, and flush out the bad guy, who finances terrorists and who wants her dead. As the danger increases, so does the tension between the ex-lovers. Cole still believes she's out of his league... and that she's hiding secrets from him that she never intends to reveal.

Together 24/7, Laura and Cole can't deny the passion reigniting between them. But as dark memories of their past assail them and a killer closes in, they must find a way to trust each other--before their future is extinguished forever.


Dark Vision - The DARK Files Book 1

Dark Vision
  • Number: B07BWJTP19
  • Release: 2018-04-23
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Part of a series, but a stand-alone novel with its own conclusion. No cliff-hangers.

Undercover…

Shrapnel damage to DARK Officer Matt Leoni’s eye could cost him his vision and the only family he has, his colleagues. Chafing at desk duty, he jumps at a gig to find a traitor in the U.S. embassy of a small Mediterranean country. But Matt’s undercover role means working with Nadia Parker, a documentary filmmaker who believes he betrayed her five years ago to get evidence on her father. Worse, Matt still wants her and has orders to spy on her.

On the run…

Despite Nadia’s anger at having Matt in her film crew, she can’t deny her renewed attraction to him. When rebels set off an explosion in the crown princess’s office, embassy security believe Nadia and Matt are the bombers. In the smoke and confusion, Matt pulls Nadia to safety and they flee into the streets of Washington.

He’ll risk everything for her.

Unable to rely on DARK or the authorities, Matt is determined to protect Nadia, clear her name and find answers. As they work together, trust grows between them and leads to passion, but both harbor secrets that could tear them apart. A bold plan to foil the traitor’s assassination plot could place Nadia in the crosshairs, and time is running out.


Always a Suspect - Task Force Eagle, #2

Always a Suspect
  • Number: B0168ROE7I
  • Release: 2015-10-14
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Seasonal / Holiday, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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Prequel to Never Surrender

Is she a criminal or a victim? Or both?

After the deaths of two husbands and a fiancé, Claire Saint-Ange is branded the Widow Spider in her coastal Maine town. Tormented by threatening phone calls and desperate to prove her innocence, Claire hires a P.I. But her attraction to the rugged investigator poses an even greater threat. She can’t risk losing someone she cares about… not again. Never again.

Two tragic losses cause federal agent Michael Quinn to submit his resignation, but he’s forced into one last gig—spend Christmas investigating the widow’s connection to her last husband’s drug smuggling. Uncovering this lovely, mysterious woman’s darkest secrets should be just an assignment, but her gentle soul and passion break down his walls and make him long to believe in her innocence.

The frozen Maine landscape, deadly attacks, and shocking revelations test Claire and Michael at every turn—but it's the blazing desire between them that threatens their very lives.


Cleopatra's Necklace - Devlin Security Force, #3

Cleopatra's Necklace
  • Number: B00ZDQ9HJQ
  • Release: 2015-06-24
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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A stolen necklace – When DSF boss Thomas Devlin’s old flame is pursued by the same thugs who stole the Queen of the Nile’s priceless necklace from under his company’s nose, he drops everything and jets to Venice to protect her. He’s desperate to recover the necklace from the smuggling ring Centaur and restore his company’s reputation, but he runs into more trouble than he can handle in the arms of the woman he can’t forget.

A woman in danger – Impetuous artist Cleo Chandler’s involvement with the forger who copied Cleopatra’s necklace sends her on the run because the thugs who killed him believe she knows the location of the jewelry. When Thomas bursts back into her life promising protection, she knows he’ll safeguard her life, but will this take-charge man crush her love again?

A dangerous quest – From Venice to the U.S., as Thomas and Cleo race against time and the smugglers, they learn that something much greater is at stake than their lives and recovering the precious antiquity. As the peril escalates, so does the risk to their hearts.

***Because Devlin Security Force is founded and staffed with veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project will receive ten percent of profits for the first year of publication.


Ring of Truth - Devlin Security Force, #2

Ring of Truth
  • Number: B00UID2N4A
  • Release: 2015-04-22
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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DEVLIN SECURITY FORCE, Protecting Priceless Treasures

A man in the shadows… As the infamous thief known as the Jeweler lay dying, he gave his son, Cortez Jones, a puzzle piece that will lead to a cache of crown jewels. Recovering the loot could finally get the FBI off Cort’s back, but the only person who can help him is a DSF researcher who blames the Jeweler for destroying her family. Forming an uneasy alliance with her, Cort finds her courage and tender heart make him want more than riches or redemption.

A woman in the light… When Mara Marton’s insurance investigator father was accused of conspiring with the Jeweler, the scandal ruined him and led to his death. Now the jewel thief’s son wants her help. Although sharing her research expertise and her father’s files with this sexy ex-con could prove her father’s innocence, how can she trust that Cort doesn’t want the treasure for himself?

Time is running out… The puzzle piece brings Cort and Mara together, but danger and secrets threaten to tear them apart. Sparks fly as they struggle to trust one another and recover the jewels before they are claimed by the deadly black-market syndicate Centaur. But with their lives—and their hearts—on the line, there’s no turning back.

Stands Alone: yes


On Deadly Ground - Devlin Security Force, #1

On Deadly Ground
  • Number: B00SF3OAUA
  • Release: 2015-02-11
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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A desperate sister

Museum director Kate Fontaine made two promises to her dying father—protect her ne’er-do-well brother and return a stolen statuette of the Maya god of earthquakes to its temple. But when her brother is kidnapped and the price to save him is the priceless artifact, keeping one promise means breaking the other. In a no-win situation and facing a dangerous trek through the jungle, Kate is forced to rely on a guide she doesn’t trust… yet whose touch makes her yearn for so much more.

A cynical guide

The only person Max Rivera can truly count on is himself. That's why he prefers to work alone. Unfortunately his Devlin Security Force assignment to guide and protect Kate includes covertly finding proof her kidnapped brother has sold black-market antiquities. And sticking close to this delectable and vulnerable woman proves more dangerous to Max than all the threats in the jungle.

A race against time

While following the kidnapper’s instructions, Max and Kate must outrun black-market smugglers and a predicted earthquake in a race that takes them from Washington to England and into the Costa Verde jungle. But as perilous as their quest becomes, when desire flares between them, risking their lives seems simple next to risking their hearts.


Never Surrender - Task Force Eagle, #1

Never Surrender
  • Number: B00C9JUB2C
  • Release: 2013-12-05
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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In hot pursuit

For years, DEA Agent Ricardo Cruz has pursued El Águila, the gun-and-drug-smuggling cartel that killed his older brother. When Rick finally has a lead in Maine, his suspect goes underground and the sister refuses to cooperate. Beautiful Juliana Paris’s quick wit and loyalty draw him but he can’t afford involvement with his suspect’s sister.

With no way back

Because Juliana’s father suffered injustice that led to his early death, she intends to find her troubled younger brother and ensure the law treats him fairly. She’s determined not to fall for the sexy agent, even if he is dedicated and honorable. Threats by the cartel, who plan to use her to lure out her brother, force her to accept Rick’s protection.

The only choice is . . . surrender.

Juliana wants no charmer like the men her mother keeps marrying, and Rick wants no strings. Although attraction sparks between them, the two are at odds and their personalities are polar opposites, but they must work together while evading the thugs. Their hunt for the brother and the cartel’s American connection leads them into each other's arms and into deadly danger.


Once Burned - Task Force Eagle Book 3

Once Burned
  • Number: B00CLX4122
  • Release: 2013-12-05
  • Author: Susan Vaughan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Gullwood Press
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NEW COVER!

Part of a series, but a stand-alone novel with its own conclusion. No cliff-hangers.

Once burned

ATF agent Jake Wescott goes undercover in his Maine hometown to find the local connection to Mexican drug-and-arms cartel’s New England operation. Who would suspect a local son living on a boat and fixing up his grandmother’s house? On his own time, he can’t resist digging into the old fire that killed his girlfriend. What he finds makes him suspect the cause wasn’t accidental but arson.

Twice shy

Lani Cameron's return to Maine throws her into a tinderbox of danger. She has no memory of the fire that killed her twin sister and scarred her, inside and out. When she learns Jake is investigating the fire’s cause, she wants in. She couldn't save her twin but maybe she can dispel the guilt and nightmares by finding the truth. Seeing Jake again revives attraction she kept hidden, but who does he see when he touches her, Lani or her twin?

And into the fire

Because of his girlfriend's death and that of a colleague, Jake doesn't trust himself to protect anyone, especially Lani, as daring and determined as she is sexy. He fears she'll become a target, but he needs her lost memories of that night. When the arsonist tries to kill her, Jake becomes her reluctant protector. The search binds them together, and intimacy ignites passion. As they uncover secrets, they face danger more explosive than they’d feared.


Book Library

  • Dark Vengeance Dark Vengeance
  • Dark Rules Dark Rules
  • Dark Cover Dark Cover
  • Dark Memories Dark Memories
  • Dark Vision Dark Vision
  • Always a Suspect Always a Suspect
  • Cleopatra's Necklace Cleopatra's Necklace
  • Ring of Truth Ring of Truth
  • On Deadly Ground On Deadly Ground
  • Once Burned Once Burned
  • Never Surrender Never Surrender