Running into the Darkness

Running into the Darkness

D. A. Bale

Literature & Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.Swept from the frigid New York City winter, Dr. Samantha Bartlett returns to the Midwest to once again confront the sting of death – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs “Shades” haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother’s life, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever shatter the image of those she only thought she knew.Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the seat of domination behind the Resolute desk that is the powerhouse of nations – the presidency of the United States of America. Samantha becomes the Elite’s unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.The Hippocratic Oath. All doctors swear by it. But the most despicable deeds must be avenged. The quest for blood swallows Samantha in a veil of darkness and threatens to destroy everything she once stood for.And from the darkness there is no escape.
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Look Before You Jump

Look Before You Jump

D. A. Bale

Literature & Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Science Fiction & Fantasy

When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it’s gonna be big. This here’s Texas after all.When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it’s gonna be big. This here’s Texas after all.Meet Victoria Bohanan, a twenty-six year-old Dallas debutante turned bartender babe who rejected her father’s saintly sinner ways and struck out on her own. Vicki will earn that twenty dollar tip by guessing the mistress’ name and your favorite drink faster than you can belly up to the bar. That sharp wit has gotten her out of more than one disastrous situation – until the mouth sinks her right into another. When an old high school flame returns to town with a pregnant wife in tow and a pastorate position lodged under his belt, life quickly becomes tangled. This time we’re not talking between the sheets. Sooner than Vicki can down a shot of Jack, her former boy-toy is embroiled in scandal that threatens to implode the megachurch his parents built – and send the gossiping gaggle into a tailspin faster than a quarterback sack on Sunday.Join the fun in book one of the Bartender Babe Chronicles. Light on mystery and long on - well, you know.
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Think Before You Speak

Think Before You Speak

D. A. Bale

Literature & Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Vicki Bohanan is at it again, and this time she's sporting a whole new reputation. On the eve of preseason football, blackmail lands at her feet – and for a woman with an attitude the size of Texas, it's gonna take more than a pigskin to plug her pie-hole.Especially when the old reputation continues to nip at her like a never-ending hangover. A Texas Ranger, her undercover boss, and a patron affectionately dubbed 'Radioman' walk into the bar and keep Vicki's head whirling like a ride at the state fair. All she wants is to move back into her remodeled apartment to escape the madness. So when her Aussie model sometimes squeeze invites her to San Antonio for a shootout at the Alamo – cameras this time – Vicki saddles up for a ride.Then runs smackdab into an unexpected hitch by the name of Reginald von Braun. Reggie's got secrets hidden behind secrets, and someone else has discovered the truth. With blackmail in the bargain, Vicki must determine the culprit who has threatened to...
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Knock Before You Enter

Knock Before You Enter

D. A. Bale

Literature & Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Your favorite bartender is headed on vacation - and this time it isn't all high heels and handsome hunks.Try gators, a grandmother, and GOLD!The De'Laruse matriarch carries a secret from the Civil War era, and it's high time to tear down the accompanying rumor mill. More than a hundred and fifty years ago, French gold was captured when the ship aiding the Confederacy tried to run the Union blockade. Addie enlists the help of Vicki Bohanan and her granddaughter, best bud Janine De'Laruse, to decode the clues left in a Union soldier's journal to solve the mystery once and for all concerning what happened to the bars emblazoned with the fleur-de-lis imprint.As if Vicki doesn't have enough concerns to occupy her week. Between fighting off Janine's oversexed younger brother, a mysterious maid of questionable conduct, and the sperm donor breathing down her neck - not to mention those grumpy gators again - all Vicki wants is one uninterrupted night's sleep.Fat chance - even in the land...
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