For the Love of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 1
by A.S. McGowan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Analise woke up in the hospital to find that her parents were dead. Her father’s business partner has inherited the ranch she grew up on. To make matters worse her father’s will stipulates she cannot receive her inheritance until she turns twenty-one. Now penniless and homeless, she agrees to a marriage of convenience with her father’s business partner.
After turning twenty-one and with her inheritance in hand, she no longer wishes to be trapped in a loveless marriage. Moving out she builds a life for herself away from the ranch and her husband. When her husband shows up on her door step asking to give their marriage a chance, she jumps at the idea of a marriage of love. The problem is: everyone has been lying to her, her whole life. Now those lies may very well get her killed.
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The Ghosts of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 2
Stella left one life behind for another. Finding happiness in a new world, Stella never thought anything could destroy her new life. Until a package arrived containing a severed head. The threat was clear and the stakes were high. Leaving her new life behind, Stella hoped her choice would protect her loved ones.
Now twelve years later, someone had discovered Stella’s identity. People she loves are starting to die at the hands of a very cold and calculated killer. Forced out of hiding, Stella moves fast to protect her family. Can the Centaur Agency discover the identity of the killer in time? Or will Stella lose everyone she has ever loved?
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The Making of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 3
Severely beaten, "Lucky" wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Rescued by the Centaur Agency, she sets out to discover her identity. Plagued by violent flashbacks, she finds herself afraid of the men around her.
There is one man though that makes her feel safe. However time is running out for all of them. Will "Lucky" get her memories back in time to stop a madman? Or will her past catch up with her, leaving the most important person in her life to pay the price?
I am a wife and mother, who lives in a small Southeast Missouri town. I am the author of the Centaur Agency series. Currently I am working on book 3 in the series The Making of a Centaur which will publish in July 2017. I also have plans for a vampire trilogy that I am working on. I will be publishing the trilogy after I finish the 4 book Centaur Agency series. From there I also am working on a Werewolf series. So much planned with a little bit for everyone.
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I am not just an author. I am an avid reader. I have been devouring books in all genres since my teens. Romance, horror, sci-fi, classics. You name it and I will grab it up and drown myself with the written word. A great book will suck me into its world and the characters come alive in my head. However, there are some things that really get to me. Yes, I have pet peeves. I have a lot of pet peeves, but no one has that much time. So, I will keep it all contained to books.
With the ability to self-publish, the book industry is changing. I personally love the freedom that comes from being able to self-publish. I can tell a story my way, without having it butchered and altered by someone else. The problem with this is as a reader, I have bought several self-published books that never saw an editor. I don’t mean stories that have a few errors here and there. I have seen traditional published books that have a few errors. I am not a snob after all. Nor am I the grammar police. So, when I say unedited I mean huge constant mistakes that jump right out at you. It is a pet peeve.
2. Series that start but never finish
I realize it takes time to write a book. In fact, I have gotten behind on my series due to life issues. I am not unreasonable. However, when I find a book I really like that ends on a cliffhanger and is noted as Book 1 of a series, then I see that 3 to 4 years has went by and Book 2 is nowhere to be found I get a bit upset. More so if I see that the same author has published a bunch of Book 1s in several series but never went any further with it. Why? Seriously why do people do that? Again, pet peeve for me.
3. Changing book covers
Some people don’t mind when a book gets a new updated cover. For me though it is a pet peeve. I like book covers to remain the same. Even the classics upset me when I see all the different book covers through the ages. Pick one cover and once published leave it alone. My brain just can’t handle it.
Alright folks, those are my book pet peeves. I know I only have 3 in terms of books. What are some of your pet peeves? Comment your pet peeves so we can all get to know each other better.
After Analise had calmed down, Stella sent her upstairs for a nap. Alone in the kitchen, she went through the stack of mail that had been needing her attention. She came across a manila envelope simply address to her. No return address and no indication what it was. Opening the envelope, she found a plain disc. Curiosity got to her, and she went upstairs to her bedroom. Sitting at the desk, she turned her laptop on. She could not contain her curiosity over what this disc could contain.
Popping the disc into her laptop, she sat back in her chair. One the screen was a small dark car, that appeared to have crashed into a tree. She watched as someone approached the wrecked car. The angle appeared as if it were filmed on a body camera.
The image of a woman appeared on the screen. Blood streaked her face and she was mouthing something. The video provided no sound and Stella was unable to make out the words.
Leaning forward Stella’s mouth dropped open. Even after all these years, she recognized the woman. It was her sister-in-law, Brenda. In horror, Stella watched as the person wearing the camera raised a metal bar.
Stella’s screams filled the silent room as she watched the figure on the screen begin to bash the metal bar against Brenda’s head. This was cold blooded murder. Whoever did this not only filmed the horrendous act but mailed her a video of it.
Why? How could anyone have discovered who she was? This couldn’t be happening. It was not real. She must have fallen asleep at the kitchen table while drinking tea. Yes, that was it. It was a dream and soon she would wake up. The man from her past was gone. He had died in prison and with him so had her secrets.
Matt came into the room just as the words appeared on the screen.
Your husband and son are next, Emma.
“Stella, what is going on?”
“Is Savannah still in town?”
“She said she was staying until tomorrow.”
“Call her. Get her here now!”
“Just call her, Matt. I will explain everything when she gets here. Hurry.” Reaching out, she turned off the laptop. The ghosts from her past had always haunted her. Now they were about to become a very real part of her present.