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For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he's good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals.

Michael has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now. When Nicki, a close friend, gets into trouble, Michael steps in to help. Having lost his fiance to a brutal crime, Michael will do whatever necessary to keep from losing another woman in his life.

A teenage runaway disappears from the streets. The only people that care, or even notice, are her two best friends who are also runaways. For reasons of their own, they can't go tothe police for help.

They seek out Michael Sykora, a software designer by day and hit man by night. Knownon the streets as The Ghost, Michael has a reputation for taking on the twisted criminals.Rapists. Child molesters. He has never been hired to find the lost. Until now.

Michael teams up with ex-prostitute Nicki and full-time hit man Sean. Together they bendthe rules of the justice system in order to find a young girl few people care about. In theprocess, they uncover a world where salvation comes with a price tag and God's words areused to incite fear in a congregation of believers.

Sandman built his dubious reputation by turning the dreams and nightmares of others into harsh reality. Now he’s pursuing his own twisted dream; the beautiful Maria Milan. But she doesn’t want to become a player in Sandman’s sordid fantasy. 

 Michael Sykora is a hit man who kills for justice. Sean Riley is a hit man born to kill. Together, they’re out to take down Sandman and his organization. Whether mercy is given depends on who catches him first.

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and hislife only gets stranger from there.Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways theynever expected.

SURVIVAL
Samantha’s monsters aren't under the bed; they’re the people she calls Mom and Dad.

ESCAPE
She makes it out alive, her sanity barely intact.

LIES
She creates a new past that fools everyone, including herself.

HOPE
A life filled with love and security teeters on its base of lies

SECRETS
When it all comes crumbling down, will Samantha make it out alive?

One day Nick Donovan has it all; a beautiful, pregnant wife, a nice house, a great job. The next day he is on his own, starting from scratch with nothing but a few suitcases and his old truck. 

Nick flees to the opposite coast of Florida, trying to leave his ex-wife and the memories behind. But that couldn't happen. Soon Nick finds that he is tied to Shelley in a way that he hadn't expected. And, in her bitterness, she does everything she can to ensure his misery. 

Brandy is Shelley's opposite; wild, sensual, free-spirited. With Brandy, Nick is able to rebel against all that Shelley stands for. Brandy quickly leads Nick into a world of sex, drugs, and cash. And now Nick finds himself caught between the two worlds, desperate to stay afloat.

My name is Skye Summers. I'm a hairstylist and I can't stop fantasizing about killing my clients.Not all of them, of course. I only want to kill the ones who irritate me, which, if I'm being honest,is most of them. My occasional fantasies have turned into chronic daydreams. They're bloody andvivid, like watching a slice-and-dice movie on IMAX. 

I also want to kill my husband's ex-girlfriend. She's not a client but she tops my list. Eighteen yearsago, she gave birth to his daughter and has tormented him ever since. I should be troubled by thisgrowing desire to use my surgically sharpened shears for more than a haircut. Instead, I wonder howI can get away with it.

Quiet Fury is a state of being that we’ve all experienced; calm on the surface, rage bubbling underneath. For most of us, that is a brief moment. Restraint takes over.We grumble and walk away. Some allow the rage to marinate until they are consumed.They cross the line, seek revenge, retribution. Or is it satisfaction? 

These stories explore each individual’s breaking point. Which will win, the Quiet or the Fury? 

 Contents: 

Shades of Gray
You Can Call Me Ari  
Out For A Good Time
Tiny Dancer
Wilted Brown Eyes
Mad Scientist
The First Kill
Marietta's Cats
The Sound of Silence
I Didn't Know His Name
Falling

Sanity is not something you lose, like your car keys or that elusive sock in the dryer. That's what Ian believed before his mother stepped over the edge from sane to crazy.

No one is able to give Ian a reasonable explanation. Corinne suffers from severe memory loss, odd behavior, and paranoid delusions. Or at least Ian had been told they were delusions. After all, who would be hiding outside watching his mother? And why?

Ian hires private investigator Lucianna Martel to retrace the events of his mother's last sane day. During Lucianna's investigation, she and Ian learn that Corinne may not be so crazy after all.

Lauren Covington's family maintains a grand facade that belies the life they live behind closed doors. Alex Covington, Lauren's father, keeps a tight rein on his family through dominance, abuse, and obsessive control. Consequently, Lauren doesn't believe she could ever trust a man, much less fall in love with one.

When Lauren meets Jesse Ryder, her carefully constructed protective wall shatters. She falls hopelessly and completely in love. It's only fitting that Jesse is a private detective who had once worked for her father, had defied him, and was now the subject of Alex Covington's wrath. 

Amidst devastating loss, betrayal, and her father's destructive pursuit of Jesse, Lauren finds the trust and love she had always longed for.

Eli’s dark legacy holds murder as his rite of passage. They say his ability is a gift. He calls it a curse. A life of violence and heartache leaves him with nothing left to fight for.

Or so he thinks. 

Amanda steals his heart, but love makes him vulnerable. He must give her up or accept who he is and fight. 

Will he risk stepping into the darkness that could consume him?