Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence
“This is modern romantic noir at its best.”
New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Anna J Stewart outdoes herself with a stunning job of storytelling. I was hooked from page one and finished in one seating.”
New York Times Bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn
Mystery, Murder, Romance
Finalist for the 2023 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence
Working as a Hollywood photographer means Riley Temple has seen it all, but that theory is put to the test when she finds herself staring at the chilling image of a dead woman. When her questions about the film’s origin results in violence, she finds herself reluctantly turning to the only person who assures her he can help: Detective Quinn Burton.
After more than a decade on the job, Quinn knows a dangerous situation when he sees it and Riley Temple is up to her ears in trouble. But not for the reason she thinks. The pictures she’s stumbled on calls into question a notorious murder conviction; a conviction partially secured by Quinn’s own police commissioner father. A conviction powerful people have a vested interest in keeping in place. Quinn prides himself on being loyal but seeing this case through means betraying someone: his job, his family, or the woman he’s falling in love with.
As their investigation begins and old secrets are revealed, Quinn and Riley find themselves targeted by members of a secret society that for decades has maintained influence and violent control over Los Angeles and Hollywood’s powerful elite. A society that, until now, has remained hidden in the shadows.
A society that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.
“Exposed by Anna J Stewart is one of those rare novels that are planned to the detail, and you as a reader will feel this book develop as you read and start to bloom after having held its secrets for more than 100 pages, and it will not disappoint, not even a little bit, this is masterful!”
—Scribble’s Worth Book Reviews
“Exposed is the first book in Anna J. Stewart’s new Circle of the Red Lily Series. I have read a lot of mystery/suspense series and this is starting off to be one of my favorites. Not only are there a lot of moving parts to keep you intrigued, but the cast of characters outside of the hero and heroine are also great. I could easily see this book turned into a movie. It was just so exciting from beginning to end."—Read Your Writes Book Reviews
She'll risk everything to expose the truth.
Since her twin sister Sylvie's disappearance seven years ago, single mother Mabel Reynolds has turned grief into action and become a strong voice for victims of violence and abuse.
When new revelations shed light on what may have happened not only to Sylvie, but dozens of other women, Mabel's hope for answers is reignited. But the new oh-so-charming DA overseeing the investigation seems more interested in a quick rather than an accurate resolution.
With little faith in the system, Mabel isn't about to stay quiet, not when she's finally close to the truth. She's willing to go up against anyone--even a smug, irritating, attractive DA to get the answers she and other families deserve.
Open and shut.
That's what Assistant DA Paul Flynn has been told about his new assignment supervising a house of horrors case. With a high-profile conviction at stake, Paul can't afford to make a wrong move if his professional goals are to be achieved.
But Mabel Reynolds has his attention. All of it. Attraction aside, the woman knows far more than what's in the official files which makes her something even more intriguing. But using Mabel as an asset means exposing her and her young daughter to even more danger. Danger that is closing in on them from every
side. As even darker forces appear, and their lives are threatened, Paul is faced with risking not only his entire career, but also the one thing he never anticipated losing: his heart.
The race is on to uncover the truth even as they learn one terrifying lesson:
Some secrets are worth killing for.
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Anna J. Stewart
"I was the girl who spun in circles on the playground hoping my Wonder Woman costume would magically appear before playing cops and robbers a la Charlie’s Angels–Sabrina was my favorite. I was the girl in the back of the class with a paperback romance hidden in her algebra book (and yes, I failed algebra). I was the girl making up stories about the Starship Enterprise and trying to figure out how I could join the Hardy Boys on their latest adventure."
What happens when geek girls grow up? This one became a romance writer.
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes spicy romantic suspense and sweet contemporary romance for Arc Manor CAEZIK Romance. She also writes for two lines for Harlequin.
Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines and the men who love them. A former Golden Heart nominee, Anna’s books have finaled in the Daphne DuMaurier, National Reader’s Choice, and the Holt Medallion. Her sweet romance RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION became a holiday movie for UPtv (A CHRISTMAS RECIPE FOR ROMANCE, available on DVD and on various streaming services). Since her first novella with Harlequin in 2014, Anna has written and published more than fifty romances in multiple sub-genres.
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