Sarah Redeemed

Sarah Redeemed

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Martha Palmer, the generous benefactor of Palmer House—a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution—has died. Denver society turns out in strength to honor the elderly woman, as do many of the young women who have lived, at some point during the past decade, under the roof of Palmer House and under the steady and godly leadership of Rose Thoresen.For Sarah Ellinger, Rose's trusted right hand, an invitation to the reading of Martha's will raises the possibility—and the fervent hope—that Martha has endowed Palmer House with funds to keep the ministry running. However, Sarah expects to receive nothing from Martha for herself. She is as stunned as every Palmer House girl present at the reading to hear:"To every young woman who lives or has lived at Palmer House and remains unmarried at the time of the reading of this will, I bequeath the sum of five hundred dollars as a bridal gift, payable upon her marriage. To...
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Laynie Portland, Spy Resurrected

Laynie Portland, Spy Resurrected

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Laynie, Tobin, and Jaz narrowly escape the hit squad sent by the Ukrainian mob—the third attempt to kill members of Director Wolfe's staff. Whatever the task force does and wherever its people go, the enemy is right there—always one step ahead.Wolfe admits that his organization has been compromised—that a mole within his staff is feeding information to the Chechen separatist group, All Glorious for Allah. Before their enemy can strike again, Wolfe orders the task force members to immediately abandon their homes and the team's headquarters for safer grounds.The task force, with Laynie leading it, has just reestablished itself within the protective walls of Broadsword when Wolfe receives a coded letter from Cossack, his deep-cover asset in Chechnya. In the letter, Cossack reveals that he has knowledge of the large and significant terror attack scheduled for New Year's Eve. He also alludes to the leak in Wolfe's organization and his fear that...
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Laynie Portland, Spy Rising—The Prequel

Laynie Portland, Spy Rising—The Prequel

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

No one is born a spy. Every intelligence operative is recruited, in one fashion or another, and trained for the difficult and often terrible work needed to ensure that nations purporting to stand for freedom triumph over ideologies seeking to dominate and enslave.The year is 1977; the Cold War is intensifying. Helena Portland—Laynie to her family—is set to graduate from the University of Washington when recruiters from Marstead International invite her to dinner and an informal interview. Laynie is flattered: Marstead International is a technology and aeronautics firm with a global presence and reputation.In reality? Marstead International is the front for joint U.S./NATO covert operations.Not far into the dinner conversation, the recruiters make their pitch: "We have offices around the world, Miss Portland, and we actively seek college graduates with the right mix of aptitude and skills to work and grow within our worldwide market. Actually,...
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Tory

Tory

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Victoria Washington—sophisticated and elegant, owner of Victoria’s House of Fashion, designer of haute couture gowns for the wealthy and elite of Denver, a brilliant and successful businesswoman in her own right. Tory, as she is known to her friends, is also a supporter of Palmer House—a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution.The girls of Palmer House were once captives of the two houses of ill repute in Corinth, the little mountain village above Denver. Through no fault of her own, Tory was one of those girls. And Tory’s past hides more than one dark secret: She was born in the deep South to Adeline Washington—a negress, the daughter and granddaughter of slaves, and the “kept” woman of a wealthy, married white man.Tory’s mixed blood, her illegitimate birth, and the shame of her exploitation follow her down the mountain and haunt her, even to the cusp of...
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Laynie Portland, Retired Spy

Laynie Portland, Retired Spy

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

"Retirement" means something altogether different to a spy. It means someone in authority over you has decided that "coming in from the cold" is out of the question. It means you'd better run.LAYNIE PORTLAND HAS masqueraded as Swedish citizen Linnéa Olander for more than two decades, the last seven years as the high-profile companion of Vassili Aleksandrovich Petroff. Petroff, a reputable Russian scientist and former officer of the KGB, serves as senior technology advisor to the Secretary of the Russian Federation's Security Council.Laynie's life as Petroff's mistress is lonely and difficult, even brutal, for Petroff has a pathological need to master what is "his." But the woman Petroff knows as "Linnéa" is not the compliant, deferential woman he believes her to be. She is Laynie Portland—spy extraordinaire—and despite Petroff's control and cruelty, Laynie has managed to steal a wealth of political and technological...
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Stealth Retribution

Stealth Retribution

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Retribution. Also known as “payback” or a more dated word: “vengeance.” Arnaldo Soto has taken Emilio and intends to use him as bait to trap Gemma. It’s an effective strategy, because Gemma will do anything—anything—to save the young boy.The woman known as Gemma Keyes is gone, her molecular structure destroyed and reassembled as . . . something else. In Gemma’s stead emerges a fierce weapon: part woman, part nanotechnology, her cellular composition conjoined with the nanocloud, their union formidable and indissoluble. She and the nanomites are now more than a match for her enemies—but Gemma has promised God that she will not visit retribution on Arnaldo Soto for taking Emilio.The nanomites have made no such promise.The conclusion to the Nanostealth series will blow your mind.NanostealthBook 1: Stealthy Steps Book 2:...
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Stealthy Steps

Stealthy Steps

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Gemma Keyes is an ordinary, unexceptional young woman with a lackluster life until an overheard conversation ends her budding career—and her loyalty to an old friend puts her very existence in jeopardy. As the truth emerges, Gemma discovers—the hard way—that invisibility comes with its own set of problems.My name is Gemma Keyes. Other than my name, I am utterly forgettable—so those who never paid much attention to me in the first place haven’t exactly noticed that I’ve disappeared. Vanished. Oh, it’s much more complicated than it sounds. And let me tell you, the adjustment is difficult.I should tell you about Dr. Samuel Bickel, world-renowned nanophysicist. We used to work together, but I’ll be candid with you: He’s supposed to be dead. Well, he’s not. (Imagine my surprise.) Instead of the proverbial “six feet under,”...
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Stealth Power

Stealth Power

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

I must survive. For Dr. Bickel’s sake, I must survive.Weakened by the nanomites’ drain, Gemma flees from General Cushing’s renewed pursuit. She finds temporary refuge in Dr. Bickel’s vacant safe house—refuge and time for her body to recover from the damage inflicted by the nanomites.But how does an invisible woman with no identity survive in a visible world?While the nanomites search for Dr. Bickel (intent upon facilitating his rescue), Gemma appropriates a new identity and, piece by piece, secures a tenuous foothold in the real world that allows her to move about unnoticed. To Gemma’s amazement and grave misgivings, the nanomites, who had previously withstood her every overture, show themselves to be her allies.Or are they?The struggle for control is on.NanostealthBook 1: Stealthy StepsBook 2: Stealth PowerBook 3: Stealth Retribution
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Deep State Stealth

Deep State Stealth

Vikki Kestell

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction / Spirituality

Conspiracies. Collusion. Plots. Secrets within secrets and plans within plans.President Jackson survived Vice President Harmon’s attempt to assassinate him and assume the presidency—with Gemma and the nanomites’ timely intervention. Back in Albuquerque, Gemma made a difficult decision—she allowed the explosion that killed her identical twin sister to be the cover for her own “death.”Half a year later, Gemma has reemerged as Jayda Locke—and the President’s old and trusted friend, embedded within the NSA, has disappeared. Did he uncover evidence of the conspiracy to unseat the President? Was he found out and eliminated?The President calls upon Jayda (now married to Zander Cruz) to infiltrate the NSA, identify the traitors, and expose their plans.But how widespread is the treason within the government? More importantly, will co-conspirators make a second attempt at a coup, another attempt upon the...
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