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About Alina Popescu
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
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A secluded island, an exhausted detective, and the threat of a hurricane. Anyone ordered death and destruction?
Private investigator Emmett Naoki has had it with chasing cheaters, solving murders, and frustrating relatives. A beach vacation on a secluded island with his boyfriend and brother in tow is just what the doctor ordered…
…until he finds himself trapped by a looming hurricane and faced with an overly dramatic disappearing act. That’s what everyone does on holiday, right?
What else could go wrong when both Mother Nature and a gang of criminals are out for blood? Oh, right, a big, fat slice of family drama!
Toes in the Water, Murder in the Sand is the sixth book in the OWL Investigations Mysteries series. If you like your holiday adventures with a side of danger and snarky sleuths, then you’ll love this fresh, tropical mystery.
Grab your copy of Toes in the Water, Murder in the Sand right now to find out if Emmett will ever risk going on holiday again.
Clients lying through their teeth, lives on the line, and family misadventures. Just an ordinary day in the life of a professional sleuth.
There’s nothing private investigator Emmett Naoki wouldn’t do for family. So when a distressed woman shows up at his office, desperate to find her twin sister, he can’t help feeling for her. Which makes it even worse when he starts suspecting her touching story is nothing but a ruse. If he only knew what she’s playing at…
Normally, Emmett would consult with his brother, Tate, or David, his boyfriend and partner at OWL Investigations. Sadly, they’ve both been keeping secrets from him, which makes them totally unreliable.
The darker this case turns and the shadier his loved ones act, the more Emmett fights his nagging need to discover the truth. He’d better decide fast if he wants to keep on digging or if it’s high time he changed careers. Again.
See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Kill Me is the fifth LGBT mystery in the riveting OWL Investigations series. If you like snarky private investigators with enough baggage to last them a lifetime, intricate mysteries that always keep you guessing, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love this fresh installment in the series.
Get your copy of See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Kill Me right now to dive into this complicated puzzle and see who makes it out in one piece.
There’s always someone digging into your past, using whatever they find against you
Private investigator Emmett Naoki has come a long way from his modeling days. Yet he should still remember fame always comes at a hefty price. Really, he shouldn’t be surprised the high demand for OWL Investigations services is the very definition of a double-edged sword.
Emmett and David, his assistant and tentative boyfriend, can’t ever catch a break with this onslaught of new clients. The only time they spend together is squished in a car, following cheating spouses around. Not the most romantic of dates. To make matters worse, Emmett gets saddled with a mysterious string of suicides that lead him to local mobsters.
It’s just Emmett’s luck that this case puts his family in danger. He’d better figure out why so many people working for the mob suddenly decided to off themselves before his loved ones get caught in the line of fire. And he’d better do it while caring for his newly adopted cat. Don’t ask!
The Worst Man I Never Knew is the fourth LGBT mystery in the OWL Investigations series. If you like intriguing cases, sleuth protagonists who leave no stone unturned, and plenty of family secrets, then you’ll love this new installment in Alina Popescu’s popular PI series.
Start reading The Worst Man I Never Knew right now to see if Emmett manages to untangle this complicated web and keep his family safe.
Nothing like murder to welcome you home
Jayden Carmichael is not moving back home to small town Riverbrook. She’s only there for a break. A few months’ worth, tops.
She is definitely not getting involved in a murder investigation. So what if she found the body at her new job and the entire town thinks she’s killed one of the most obnoxious locals? And she’s most certainly not going to help Riverbrook’s new, gorgeous, and way too chill sheriff get the truth out.
All Jayden wants is to lick her wounds, save up, and return to New York City to take the art world by storm. Instead, she gets swept up in Riverbrook’s gossip, sordid secrets, and simmering conflicts. With the help of loving relatives, a new friend with a wild beast for a pet, and the sheriff she’s so not interested in, Jayden might just make it out alive.
Murderous Homecoming kicks off the Riverbrook Geeky Cozy Mysteries series with a reluctant sleuth, a small town trapped between its past and future, and a victim that rubbed just about everyone the wrong way. If you like murder mysteries, quirky protagonists, and huge pets, you’ll love this new series.
Get your copy right now to find out if Jayden survives her Murderous Homecoming.
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?
Word count: ~8000 words
Dead bodies, family secrets, and small-town winter holidays.
Christmas in Riverbrook is never boring!
Artist Jayden Carmichael never intended to stay in Riverbrook too long. Spending the winter holidays in small-town hell with her judgmental father breathing down her neck was never part of her plan. Nor did she intend to resort to sleuthing again to prove her parents aren’t actually vicious murderers.
With heavy snows just around the corner and everyone going away on holiday, finding out who killed one of the town’s sweethearts decades ago is going to be far from easy. Even if the gorgeous and always too easy-going Sheriff Zach Thornton is on the case.
As Jayden unveils more secrets buried in her family’s past, she grows more determined to get to the bottom of this investigation. It’s easier than figuring out what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
Murderous Ties is the second book in the Riverbrook Geeky Cozy Mysteries series. Return to Riverbrook to experience the most wonderful time of the year with a quirky, artsy protagonists, family drama, and an intriguing whodunit.
Get your copy today to see what other mysteries are in store for Jayden this Christmas.
The truth always comes to light, no matter how old or dark the intergalactic veil of lies.
When flyers Michael and Samandriel set out to find the elusive Ishtahr sanctuary, the truths they uncover about the origin of their race threaten the very foundation of the Intergalactic Alliance. If exposed, the alliance’s revered overseers might lose their rule over the galaxies and their ultimate military force, the flyers.
Desperate to protect Adam, his lover, Michael will go against anyone who threatens the human’s life. Put into stasis by what seems to be a miracle, Adam’s survival is on the line even without the overwatch trying to execute him. As Ishtahr welcomes them, Michael uncovers more of the overseers’ lies and manipulations. His and Samandriel’s rage grows stronger with every new revelation about flyers’ essence.
With overseers ready to go to war against Ishtahr, Samandriel determined to expose their lies, and the sanctuary refusing to bow down to fickle threats, the entire universe is on the brink of implosion. Will Michael and Adam ever find their happiness in such dire circumstances?
How far would you go for the one you love? How much of yourself would you sacrifice?
Trapped on a decaying Earth and cut off from the rest of the Universe, humans are no longer allowed to leave their planet. Break this one law and you die: a penalty enforced by flyers, aliens who look like angels of long-lost religions. Michael, the flyers’ leader, is the Punisher who carries out every public execution.
Adam, a young human with near-perfect memory, is committed to rebuilding Earth and a true believer in the flyers’ dominion. While Adam’s support for flyers isn’t a secret, his deep love for Michael is. Not even Michael knows, for his kind never take human lovers, and to Adam, they are too far above him to reach.
In his broken and unwelcoming world, Adam’s love can only lead to pain, loss, and disaster. Yet there is no force in the huge expanse of stars and galaxies that can stop Adam from following Michael to the end of existence. Not even Adam’s own beliefs.
Word count: 36000+
Cheating exes, missing exes, and former crushes
There are few things in this world that private investigator Emmett Naoki loves. His job and the business he’s built, OWL Investigations, are his biggest passion. Then there’s sleeping in and working alone, but he isn’t getting much of either these days.
His hates are similarly specific. He despises his gift—or curse, depends on how you look at it—of always being hit with the truth right in the face.
He loathes smug bastards who used to make him feel unwanted as a teen. Yet he’s hired their king, David Wright, as his side-kick. In Emmett’s defense, he was drunk at the time.
At the top of his hate list are liars and cheaters. They’re the lowest of the low. So why exactly has Emmet agreed to help cheating ex no.1, Byron, to find backstabbing—and now missing—ex no.2, Chris? Especially since the cops think nothing’s amiss.
Find a Man, Don’t Settle Down is the first book in the LGBT mystery series OWL Investigations. If you like sarcastic PIs and snarky banter, engaging mysteries and a touch of comedy to your life-and-death situations, then you’ll love this new series.
Start reading Find a Man, Don’t Settle Down today to find out what happened to Emmett’s missing man.
More lying, more cheating, more blasts from the past. With a side of murder.
Just when Emmett thought he was done with exes with a thing for backstabbing, another one falls in his lap. Not his ex, for once. No, this one belongs to Emmett’s new partner at OWL Investigations and former—okay, maybe current—crush, David.
The bad news? Shirou is here to stay and piss off Emmett for the foreseeable future. Why David doesn’t kick him out, Emmett will never know.
The worst news? Emmett can’t stop thinking about the kiss he’s shared with David.
There’s good news, sort of. Emmett gets to travel to a seaside resort in Turkey to investigate a suspicious death.
Too bad he must go back to his modeling roots to find the killer!
It’s Murder on the Catwalk is an LGBT murder mystery that takes the OWL Investigations series to an exotic location. If you like sunny seaside vacations, murder investigations, and snarky models, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.
Start reading It’s Murder on the Catwalk right now and see if you can catch the murderer before Emmett does.
Sidekicks are so much trouble!
Especially when you have a soft spot for them. And they’re suspected of murder.
Private investigator Emmett Naoki went to great lengths to stay clear of his assistant and past and present crush, David Wright. Yet one call for help is all it takes for Emmett to drop his vacation plans and run home to save David’s ass. The hardest part is to keep the I told you sos to a minimum.
For months, David has refused to kick Shirou, his ex, to the curb. To no one’s surprise, Shirou puts them all in danger when his long-term lover is murdered. In Emmett and David’s office.
David makes an obvious suspect. He’s also too stubborn to make things easier for himself. Add a possible Yakuza connection, an on-and-off girlfriend with an axe to grind, and David’s lying ex being as useless as ever, and Emmett is served a bitter cocktail of disasters just waiting to happen. Bottoms up!
Leave Me, Baby, One More Time is the third LGBT mystery in the OWL Investigations series. If you like snarky banter, gripping whodunnits, and a hint of romance, then you’ll love this book.
Get your copy of Leave Me, Baby, One More Time right now to find out if Emmett can clean up this huge mess before it’s too late.
•(of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore.
"a stranded whale"
•left without the means to move from somewhere.
"he offers a lift to a stranded commuter"
The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED!
They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned.
Marooned and cast away.
And left helpless and high and dry.
But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart…
Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world.
But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?
Michael P. Thomas
Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America's Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd.
It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show.
Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?
Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits?
Certainly not Tom.
But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael…
The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.
One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn’t the only offer that’s on the table…
Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders.
Can they help each other stop unravelling?
Lily G. Blunt
Chris and Andreas are opposites in character.
Both fear the other wants to move on.
Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?
OUT OF ORDER
Rob was the one who got away.
Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco…
Right before a deadly earthquake…
DATING FOR DEAFIES
If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special.
Will he find the courage?
ONE SNOWY NIGHT
One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.
Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer.
Instead, he found his perfect man…
but is he real or just a dream?
DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME
Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology.