The Guardian series is about an elite team of operatives who works for or have worked for Artemis Guardian Services(AGS).
AGS or simply “The Guardians” as they are known by most of their clients, specializes in small team surgical incursions: K and R (kidnap and ransom), DoD covert ops that are too politically high-risk, Corporate Security Enforcement (usually involving questionable and deadly force), and protective custody detail outsourced by the US Marshals Service.
Each book deals with different couples, it is not a three book romance centering on one couple. The books are meant to be a standalone, but there are recurring characters from other books. Each book will also deal with a different ‘baddie.
My books are not for everyone. My heroes are possessive, controlling and jealous Alpha males. My heroines are more diverse. Most of them are strong-willed and they have no problem giving the hero some back talk. My characters are also not perfect, they are flawed. Do not expect them to be instant hearts and flowers or immediately be the perfect book boyfriend. These are not my type of Alphas. They could be sensitive, but remember they’re badasses. If you have problem with this type of protagonists, DO NOT READ MY BOOKS. It will only frustrate you. I also like to push the limit on the morality of the actions of my characters—what are they willing to do for the greater good. I know readers like to read to escape reality and don’t want to read gritty or disturbing scenes, however I find that I have a dark mind and twisted sense of humor which is why I found my ideal genre in romantic suspense.
There are also explicit sex scenes and starting with Silver Fire, some mild sexual deviances. I would say the book is 50% romance and straddles the line with erotica, 50% action. Hard to balance, because some folks want more romance, some want more action. Oh, yeah, plenty of violence and pyrotechnics.
I try to write a tightly-plotted storyline, I do my research and with Silver Fire I even sent it to a story fixer to poke holes at the plot, but I would classify my books as more like a summer popcorn movie than an Oscar-worthy one. In short, do not overthink the plot, enjoy the action and go along for the ride. 😉
Guardians Prequel: Murder and Silk
Guardians #1 : Fire and Ice
Maia Pierce, a top agent for a private security firm and a widely known rule breaker, was good at her job. In her last mission, her risk-taking had finally caught up with her and she had now incurred the wrath of a Russian drug lord bent on destroying her. With assassins after her, one man had offered her his protection. But Jack McCord may be an other kind of danger.
Ex-Navy SEAL Jack McCord had everything: a thriving defense company, good looks, and no shortage of beautiful women. But what he coveted the most hadn’t wanted anything to do with him. Maia Pierce, his brother’s bodyguard, was the most intriguing woman he had ever met and he wanted her. When Maia got into trouble, he saw an opportunity to offer a no-strings attached arrangement and as she resists the idea, he is only left with one choice. He abducts her.
Jack didn’t expect to fall hard. Now that he had, he has to convince Maia that she could be feeling the same in her heart. But the danger that Maia finds herself in, and the secrets she keeps from Jack threaten to derail their happily ever after.
*Strong sexual content and language. 18 years+.
Guardians #1.5 : Beneath the Fire
Lucy Cortez is a model college student. She makes good grades, attends her study groups regularly and stays out of trouble in school.
Nathan Stark is the new hotshot star of their college’s lacrosse team. He is over six-feet of lethal charm and his sapphire blue eyes can make any girl swoon.
They meet cute and fall for each other. They live happily ever after, right?
Wrong. Beneath the fire of their passion lurks a tangle of lies and deceit. Was theirs a chance encounter or a premeditated meeting? For Nathan isn’t exactly who he says he is and Lucy herself is full of secrets—dangerous secrets.
Unless they trust each other with the truth of who they are, the tenuous bond of young love may be broken and lives hanging in the balance may be shattered forever.
Guardians #1.6: Fire and Ice an extended epilogue (free)
Jack takes drastic measures to mitigate his fears with Maia’s risky job and his fiancée is furious. When two strong-willed people clash, sparks will fly. Will his jealousy and overprotectiveness burn their relationship to ashes or will they transcend these challenges and share an extraordinary love?
*Strong sexual content and language. Short story erotic romance, 12,800 words.
Guardians # 2: Silver Fire
Sophie Marie Leroux is a genius nuclear physicist who runs Silver Fire Research, a laboratory that has developed the technology that can be used as an infinite power source. It is also rumored that she has a blueprint to a device that can destroy an entire city. Certain factions want to see that research buried, and the only way to make it happen is to get rid of Sophie. But greed has brought out sinister forces that may just coerce her into building the most lethal weapon since the nuclear bomb.
Derek Lockwood has avoided commitment all his life. His past involvements in high-risk missions with the Army Special Forces and Artemis Guardian Services (AGS) are not exactly building blocks for meaningful relationships. Now an executive for a defense company, he finds himself attracted to his new business partner. An angel with a mind like Einstein—Sophie just may be the one woman who will have him forsake all others.
However, behind Sophie’s brilliant mind lurks a dark past, and Derek will need all his intellectual and sensual expertise to break through her emotional minefield.
Guardians #2.5: Silver Fire an extended epilogue (free)
As the couple leave for their honeymoon, Derek’s past ghosts threaten to ruin their idyllic time on the beautiful island of Maui. Is Sophie’s love enough to reassure Derek that she belongs to him forever, or would his jealousy end their marriage before it has a chance to begin?
*Warning: This book is not a standalone and follows the events of Silver Fire. Explicit sex scenes. 9,600 words.
Available for download as PDF here.
Also on Smashwords.
Guardians #3: Smoke and Shadows
When someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target of an assassin, he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy is cunning and avoids the trappings of the digital web, preferring to strike out from the shadows. Drawing on old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to investigate the enemy’s hatred for the Guardians, he uncovers a link to a past he is reluctant to revisit.
Eight years ago, Marissa Cole walked away from the man she loved. New to CIA black ops then, she was overwhelmed by the intensity of the man who would stop at nothing, no matter how ruthless, to get the job done. “Don’t get involved with the person you work with” has become her motto ever since—until a series of events throws her back into Viktor Baran’s world.
Danger and mayhem are the perfect formula to reignite their passion, and Viktor has decided he’s done fighting his attraction to Marissa. He is determined to make her his. However, their road to a happily ever after is a bumpy one. Years on the job have stripped Viktor of his humanity, and unless he can break down his walls enough to let Marissa into his heart, he could lose her again.
Friendships will be broken. Beliefs will be shaken, and their relationship will be tested. For the stakes are too high, and there is a growing threat, not only to AGS, but also to every government agency critical to the country’s safety.
Is targeting the Guardians merely a distraction or is it the first step to a terrorist attack on the nation’s capital?
* Strong sexual content and language. Some disturbing situations. Recommended 18-years old and above
Guardians #3.5 : Smoke and Shadows Extended Epilogue
The tranquility of their honeymoon shatters when Viktor receives an urgent call for help from an old friend. As he and Marissa arrive in Stoneville, they realize that the Black Eagle Motorcycle Club—the protector of the small town—is under threat from a Mexican drug cartel. Unprepared, but willing to help, will they survive the duplicitous face and brutality of the enemy?
*This is not a standalone and follows the events of Smoke and Shadows. Explicit sex scenes, language and some disturbing scenes. 18 years and older. 11,300 words.
Available free on Smashwords
And here as PDF