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Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (J.J. Graves Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America's youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana's Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won't confess to which parts). Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller--a dazzling adventure--where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn't imagine why people weren't knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one's virginity wasn't all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can't help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex. Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana's books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many other awards. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers. Enjoy the Adventures!

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  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481158643
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liliana Hart (December 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA749A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly Bestselling Author of more than 40 titles. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she'd found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.

Since self-publishing in June of 2011, Liliana has sold more than 3 million ebooks and been translated into eight languages. She's appeared at #1 on lists all over the world and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times list. Liliana is a sought after speaker and she's given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from California to New York to London.

Liliana can almost always be found at her computer writing or on the road giving workshops for SilverHart International, a company she founded with her partner, Scott Silverii, where they provide law enforcement, military, and fire resources for writers so they can write it right. Liliana is a recent transplant to Southern Louisiana, where she's getting used to the humidity and hurricane season, and plotting murders (for her books, of course).

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1.) I have a Coke first thing every morning instead of coffee.

2.) I try to read at least one book a day (when I'm not on deadline), sometimes two or three if I have the itch. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures.

3.) I decided to be a writer my freshman year of college. Which, of course, is why I majored in music and art history.

4.) I started writing my first book when I was eighteen. It was about a 30-year-old virgin assassin. Yes, you read that right. It's buried in the far corner of my closet.

5.) I didn't complete my first book until I was twenty-five, but 40 titles since then. I'm 35.

6.) I love being a writer. It gives me an excuse to think about different ways to kill people and to take weird vacations for the tax deductions.

7.) I could eat macaroni and cheese every day. I love it! But my hips do not.

8.) I'm very slow to make new friends. I'm a pretty solitary person, so when you see me at booksignings and conventions, I'm completely out of my comfort zone, which is why it's so nice when I have readers come up and talk to me like they already know me. It puts me at ease.

9.) My favorite cities to visit are: New Orleans--Galway, Ireland--Sonoma--Knoxville

10.) I like Milk Duds more than I probably should. I'm sure one day it'll catch up to me.

11.) I love to travel. I'm perfectly content to wake up on a random morning and say, I'm going here today." And then I'll buy a plane ticket and pack a suitcase. There are still so many places I'd love to see.

12.) I spent a summer in Ireland when I was in college with a random family I'd never met or spoken to before. It was one of the bravest and most adventurous things I've done. A great experience.

13.) I hated high school. If I could go back and do it over I'd try to graduate early and get the heck out of there.

14.) I have a weakness for fast cars.

15.) I performed at Carnegie Hall when I was in college and toured Europe with a percussion ensemble one summer.

16.) I spent four years in college majoring in Percussion. It is now completely useless since I'm writing books full time, but it does give me an advantage when playing Rock Band.

17.) I like gaming. When I take vacations between books, a good part of the time goes to playing RPGs.

18.) The cleanest place I've ever been is Switzerland.

19.) I don't gamble. When I go to Vegas I spend my time at concerts and shows.

20.) Purple is my favorite color. Go Frogs! (TCU alum)

21.) I love a good mystery.

22.) I've had impacted wisdom teeth for years, but I have no desire to get them taken out.

23.) My husband and I are terrible skiers. We know this from experience.

24.) I like to sit down in the shower. I'll often stick my Kindle in a plastic bag and read in there for an hour.

25.) I spend a lot of time thinking of ways to kill people, and I have a tendency to zone out in the middle of a conversation if it's a really good idea.

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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Book a Day VINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by Liliana Hart and I'm really glad I downloaded it. Needless to say, I was impressed. The story is short, probably around 200 pages, and appears to be the first in a series, but it had lots of tension, humor, wit, mystery, and the best friendship and potential romance I've read in a while.

Dr. JJ Graves became the county medical examiner and mortician for the town of Bloody Mary, Virginia at the age of 30 after the mysterious death of her parents. She has wonderful friendships, but longs for a more fulfilling relationship with marriage and children. After a series of murders which coincide with the appearance of a hunky and famous murder mystery author, JJ falls head over heels, but his appearance may be just a little too coincidental.

By the synopsis, I can honestly say you don't really know what's going to happen, but the journey is terrific. The writing is tight, the heroine is quirky, the hero jealous, and the possibilities endless. I wouldn't have complained if the sex scenes were more graphic than the fact that we were told there was some, but there may be a reason for that. (Note to author, it better be steamy when it counts.) I really wasn't sure where the story was going and the mystery was well... mysterious as well as fast paced. I was a little disappointed towards the end since I really felt JJ had been through quite a bit, but I guess it was a quick easy way to wrap up some loose ends. Most importantly, I was completely bummed that there wasn't another installment for me to read. I went to the author's web site and apparently it won't be available till the fall. If there were any reason for me to knock off stars, which I didn't mind you, it would be that it's more than a year between installments.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By t m cruz dominguez on October 21, 2011
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J.J. Graves is a crime solving Coroner in Bloody Mary, Virginia. She is funny, sarcastic and full of secrets. J.J. has to come back home to Bloody Mary after her parents die in a horrible accident. Well, no one knows if it was an accident or murder suicide.

Not only is she trying to make a living as an Undertaker but she is also the county Coroner. She is barely making enough to stay in business. Thankfully she has her best friend Jake, the Sheriff.

Soon J.J. has more business than she can handle, unfortunately its people she has known for years that are being murdered. She & Jake need to find out who is killing their friends. Is it J.J.'s new boyfriend? Is it someone they've known all of their lives. How well did they even know the Victims? In a town this small, how can there possibly be any secrets?
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By necie1 on January 2, 2012
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This was the best book....I couldn't put it down! Reminded me of Janet Evanovitch's books. There is nothing better than a murder mystery/humor/sarcasm/romance in one book. I can't wait until the second book comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!
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78 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Ramsey on April 13, 2014
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This book should be listed as light porn. The story base was very good and I would have read it all if every page didn't have a swollen member, or a female body part excited.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Teresa R. Hays on September 21, 2012
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i bought this book after reading the MacKenzie books and Paradise Disguised, all of which i loved. i knew this book would be different as it was labeled "romantic mystery". i like mysteries whether they have romance in them or not.

While i didn't hate this book, it was not an easy read for me. JJ Graves didn't make me want to turn the page. Actually, her life is so depressing that i was depressed reading it.

i'll probably read the next one in the series as i have enjoyed all the other books by this author that i've read. i'll hope that this was a fluke.

if you want to read a romantic mystery that will keep you turning the pages, read Whiskey Rebellion and Whiskey Sour by Lillina Hart. She definitely beats Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I laughed my a#& off!
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Kat A. on July 17, 2014
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Three reasons why I don't like this book:

1) Too much babble and banter and not enough mystery. While I found the banter between J.J. and her best friend humorous -- at times -- it got to a point where it was too much.

2) JJ Graves, the main character, is boring, non-likable and behaves like a sex starved juvenile. It got old.

3) Not wanting to add a spoiler I will say that the mystery was not well outlined and this wasn't the kind of mystery where you could assemble clues and figure out who the killer was, which is part of the reason I love mysteries.

While the book was free I don't like wasting time on a book that can't hold my interest.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jhl VINE VOICE on August 10, 2015
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This book is so badly written that I can't believe the hundreds of 5-star reviews here are authentic. The author sets the story in King George County, VA, a place, less than an hour from DC, of which she has little understanding: she even gets the weather completely wrong (fyi, the snowstorm described in the book would be unusual, and Virginians PANIC at snow, not go about their normal business). The main character is a new doctor, fresh off her residency in the ER (one of the hardest places!), again something Hart doesn't get (in all of King George County there's no job for a doctor and being an ER doctor qualifies her to be a coroner? the doctor's reaction to meeting a woman with a bad cold is that she's going to have to "boil my body in rubbing alcohol to get rid of all the germs"?). There's significant backstory that is constantly, annoyingly hinted at without being revealed. The characters behave like petulant 5 year olds: sure, when the doctor arrives at a grisly murder scene at 5 in the morning, the first thing the sheriff is going to do is insult her for wearing sweat pants; absolutely, a woman calmly answering the sheriff's questions regarding the victim is a "tart," even when she has done or said nothing to suggest that. Then, the author is nowhere near as clever a writer as she thinks: after the doctor complains about a cookie-cutter subdivision, the sheriff replies, "People often find the urbane and consistent a comfort." What could Hart possibly imagine this means?

This could go on and on, but it's as irritating to report how bad the writing is as it was to read it in the first place. I'm saving you the annoyance: just don't try to read it.
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