BOOKS:

 

The Charity is the first book in a series about a young woman caught in the mechanisms of terrorism. The sequel, The Troubles, was published May 2015. The Wake completes The Jessica Trilogy. These books contain a powerful message of self reliance and strength that resonate with Young Adult readers but contain potent scenes not appropriate for all ages.

The Wake - NEW AND ALREADY
AN AWARD WINNER!
Paperback Edition

ISBN-13-978-0-9991154-0-4

E-Book:

ASIN: B073NQ1HK5

ISBN: 978-0-9991154-1-1

World-class equestrian, Jessica Wyeth, is thrust into the middle of a game of geopolitical warfare. Reeling from revelations of her connection to the violent struggles to expunge Britain from Northern Ireland, she’s blocked by unseen forces from returning to the United States. 

The facts of Jessica’s birth become her deepest secret. Her late mother was considered by Northern Ireland to be a terrorist and her father is a key negotiator between violent Irish Republican Army (IRA) factions in Belfast and the British Government.

 

Jessica vows to keep her father’s identity hidden at all costs.

 

Only one man knows Jessica’s truth. Michael Connaught, heir to an international crime family who profits from political uprisings, struggles with his own legacy. He is torn between protecting the woman he loves or using her secrets as a catalyst for inciting global unrest.

 

When a terrorist bomb rips through the crowd at the Atlanta-based Summer Olympic Games, Jessica is forced to fight for her life in ways she never dreamed.

The Troubles -
Paperback Edition

ISBN-13-978-0692417928

E-Book

ASIN: B00VYV8X08

ISBN: 978-1310494765

 

The Troubles  

 

The Troubles continues the story of The Charity. 

 

Jessica Wyeth refuses to be a fugitive hiding under assumed identities. Through sheer grit, she struggles to reclaim her life only to discover what she wants is an illusion. She is not the child of the picture-perfect New England family, but an unwanted castaway. Her frail and reclusive aunt died without exposing the secret that she was Jessica’s mother. Jessica travels to Ireland—her mother’s home—to learn why.

 

When Jessica rides in a world-class steeplechase, she is unwittingly used as an accomplice in a devastating bombing in an English shopping mall. The group behind the bombing is the Charity, a generations old support network of the IRA. Michael Conant, reluctant heir to the Charity, must choose his allegiance to his violent family legacy or the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Jessica’s fight for her life leads her to uncover her mother’s secrets and the divided soul of the Irelands.

 

The Troubles is a high-concept suspense novel that views the conflict in Northern Ireland through the prism of American involvement. This sweeping, multi-generational tale gives witness to the delicate and dangerous layers inside an ever-unfolding world.

 

The Charity - eBook 

ASIN: B009E7TUYM

ISBN-13-978-1452427614

In trying to clear her name of murder and regain her family's reputation, Jessica Wyeth's actions unwittingly threaten to expose the business behind the money of a U.S. based terrorist cell. 

Jessica was born with traits she just could not hide – beauty, cunning, and innate skills to survive. She is blocked from taking her rightful position in the lucrative family business of high stakes horse racing by her farm’s manager and top trainer, Gus Adams. When Gus is found brutally murdered, all evidence points to Jessica. Terrified, she runs and becomes a master at hiding in plain view. 

The process of building a new life around an assumed identity is derailed when she is recognized by the organization that destroyed her family. This time, instead of running away, she heads back to Boston, racing against time to find answers. Her search for the truth uncovers the cold reality that the Charity will stop at nothing to succeed in its mission. 

Set in the rolling hills of Kentucky and the streets of Boston, The Charity exposes that Jessica is not the only one hidden in the daylight. 

The Charity - Paperback Edition

ISBN-13-978-0615695259

 

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My short story, "Black Ice," is included in Level Best Books Snowbound anthology. And, who knew? The story even has a wine as a name sake!

Their website describes this collection the best:

"Level Best Books publishes an annual anthology of Crime Stories set in New England each November. Well-regarded by readers and reviewers, stories published by Level Best have won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish (Award for Best First Short Story presented at the Edgar® banquet) Awards and have been recognized as “Distinguished Mystery Stories,” by the editors of the Best American Mystery Stories series. Level Best also publishes the winning story from the Al Blanchard contest every year.

 

If you're not an anthology reader, you should try one...like this one! Think of an anthology as a chocolate sampler. Small nibbles may lead to a new love. In a few pages, you will find a new favorite author. 

 

My short story, "Giving Voice," is included in Level Best Books Windward anthology. 

Their website describes this collection the best:

"Level Best Books publishes an annual anthology of Crime Stories set in New England each November. Well-regarded by readers and reviewers, stories published by Level Best have won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish (Award for Best First Short Story presented at the Edgar® banquet) Awards and have been recognized as “Distinguished Mystery Stories,” by the editors of the Best American Mystery Stories series. Level Best also publishes the winning story from the Al Blanchard contest every year.

 

Founded by Skye Alexander, Kate Flora and Susan Oleksiw, Level Best’s goal is to publish the highest quality short fiction produced by crime writers either from or with stories set in the six New England states. From the beginning, the anthology has contained tales from established as well as previously unpublished authors."

 

This is the first year the publishers opened submissions to authors outside of New England.

 

Connie Johnson Hambley

- Author of tense twisting thrillers with a strong moral code -

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