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As the daughter of a career librarian I grew up loving books; 'Patience & Fortitude' at the NYPL were, and still are, my heroes. Beginning with my first book of historical adventure, "The Heart of a Legend," I moved into the YA/Suspense arena with a series entitled: "The Angel Chronicles." However, it was truly the suspense/action world that brought about fan favorites, Leah Tallent & Gareth Lowery. The "Tallent & Lowery" series is what one reviewer called: "The Ultimate Indiana Jones with Heart," and it is exciting to see Amazon Encore re-release the first four tales so that other readers can 'jump on board' with this exciting couple.
Working as an editor in the publishing industry for decades, I am now the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion (www.thewritecompanion.com) which offers full editing services to authors; I wish to give debut authors, especially, the chance that I've been given. The Editor of Suspense Magazine, I also work as a writer and reviewer for many business, magazines and literary organizations. As a member of the International Thriller Writers Assn. (ITW), I am humbled and constantly honored to be part of a group that has brought ingenuity, thrills, chills, and...heart, to the literary world.
In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.
In 2011, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America's famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.
Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life's pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.
From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists...Hell.
Tallent & Lowery continues...
After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 - Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery - are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.
When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery - the handsome adventurer - uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another.
A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed. And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine!
The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’ Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.
With their second battle behind them, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery find themselves still knee-deep in hell. What should’ve ended with a celebration of passion wrapped in each other’s arms becomes a nightmare once more, as a mysterious man demands Leah to return home, or else her beloved father will be found at the bottom of the sea.
Scrambling to figure out what’s happened Tallent & Lowery walk in on a family that has literally gone insane: A mother filled with accusations, three sisters who wish them nothing but certain death, and a frightening story of a blood-red eye that leads to a puzzle with immense repercussions. The woman named Anippe who readers questioned in The Sapphire Storm is back, with an item in her possession that will have Tallent & Lowery heading out on an adventure based on pure emotion and ultimate fear – where victory may just depend on their willingness to sacrifice each other.
The time has come for Tallent & Lowery to go head-to-head with the mysterious voice from 13, as a villain is unveiled…and a war begins!
From defeating the worst of mankind to solving puzzles that have eluded others for centuries, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery must now follow a new trail in order to stop a madman from resurrecting a mighty Reich.
In 13, the duo walked into the self-appointed Devil’s home on the shores of Loch Ness. There, they met up with a hideous quartet waiting for the moment they could unleash their vengeance and take back what was rightfully theirs.
Although dead men supposedly tell no tales, Leah and Gareth continue to follow the clues left behind by these powerbrokers from Hell, and now they will enter an infamous castle to meet the ancestors of a beast who thrived on a reign of hate and terror.
Emotions run high as the brave couple head to a place known for producing pain and agony since time began, and explore a location that has once again fallen into the hands of the most hated men on earth.
Fighting for their lives from deep inside a labyrinth, they’ll stand atop a stage where an angel of death spoke to the masses, and climb to an ‘Eagle’s Nest’ to come face-to-face with a new enigma; a master puppeteer who’s pulling the strings on a monumental scheme they never saw coming.
As their own inevitable ending draws near, Leah and Gareth will fight for an unknown crown, battling a charlatan with the weapons only a hero’s companion could own…while dealing with the ultimate shock that loved ones can rise from the grave.
The beloved Angel/Warrior team face pure evil in their final climactic story!
The first time they were sent down, Irish lives were led. Emily, the angel, ended up embedded in murder and lost in the realm of true love. While Matthew, the warrior, took over a life that left blood on his hands and anger in his soul.
With their second coming, Emily found herself facing an oncoming war that brought her to the shores of America. While Matthew tried desperately to unveil the evil character of a young man who was intent on locking his partner in a ‘gilded’ cage.
Now…Emily and Matthew find that their lives are all their own. Yet, all the memories, hatred, longing and regret have come hand-in-hand with this newfound freedom.
In small town U.S.A., Matthew finds himself loving his new life. From his military school existence to a new, ‘odd’ friend who’s arrived in town, Matthew’s looking forward to graduation and heading off into a brilliant future with Emily by his side.
Emily wants nothing more than to hide. Although doing her best to fit in, she lives a life on the edge, wondering when her past love will reappear to either forgive or seek revenge on the angel who let him down. Battling the shadows that seem to be breaking her soul in two, Emily soon discovers that her small, quiet town has a secret that’s beyond dangerous…
As she and Matthew join forces to help a ‘haunted’ victim, they open the door on a mystery neither of them can believe. A true villain has returned from the past, and not even their heavenly family will be able to save them. This time they’re on their own, as they face a fight that could lead them straight to Hell…and end the angel/warrior team forever.
The Beloved Angel/Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!
When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…
Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…
Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams…
The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.
What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.
As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
When Paulita Maxwell journeyed to the wild territory of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in 1877, she had no idea that her life would be forever joined with the most celebrated outlaw of all time. William H. Bonney appeared like a phantom through the gap of El Capitan to save Paulita’s life, and captured her young heart in the process. As Paulita guides you through a world at war, you will be swept up in the passionate danger played out so long ago against the exquisite backdrop of the Capitan Mountains. Their amazing tale will leave you aching for the love that was so close to changing the course of history and erasing the myth that remains.
Deep within a frigid forest, far detached from the reality of everyday life, a small house sits. Inside its weathered walls, Annie s fingers fly effortlessly over an old keyboard, as the freezing rain of a brutal winter night slashes against the windowpane like a serial killers blade. Behind her, the television forecasts the violent actions of a world crying out for a savior to come heal their battered lives, and resurrect their broken dreams. As a shot rings out, Annie is ripped from the confines of her tiny existence and plunged into a land where the yellow eyes of unseen predators peer at her from the depths of the terrifying night.
As the intrigue unfolds, Annie is united with three partners. Matthew, a young man whose humor masks the hero that lives inside his soul; Dean, a seductive stranger whose passion conceals the indifferent life he left behind; and, Julie, a woman whose endless search for a better life has placed her unwittingly at Annie s side. When the unlikely quartet faces the master of their fate, the harrowing road that'll lead them back home is revealed.
As the game begins, the characters are pushed to their mental and physical limits, forcing them to overcome differences and combine strengths to save each other, and unveil the secret that could rescue all of humanity. Mind Made is an action packed thrill ride that pits pure evil against a team whose overpowering faith and steadfast beliefs will force the world to stand up and fight for their survival.