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About Anita Rodgers
She's a writer, a blogger, a pet mom, a gardener, a cook, and a lover of puzzles. She lives in Southern California with her beloved terrier/poodle Lily and two silly cats, Boodie and Bitzy. And can usually be spotted at Starbucks contemplating the perfect crime over a cup of Sumatra.
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A puzzle of murder, lies, and memories…
Criminology student and all-around cynic, Billy Frayne, loves a good fight. Taking on his entire class to defend his theory of the Clarke murder case barely fazes him. But when his snooty professor challenges Billy to prove his theory, he has to put up or shut up.
Billy accepts the challenge and triggers a chain of events that lead him down a path of deception, false clues, and lies. Increasingly obsessed, and unable to trust anyone, Billy must rely on his own wits to break free of the puzzle that entraps him.
If he wants the truth about the Clarke case he’ll have to discover the truth of his own shadowy past first. But is he really ready to pull back that curtain? Will the killer silence him before he can put the murder, lies, and memories, together?
With every dead girl, they found a dead dog…
Donald Brown Stoker, a.k.a., the Keeper, brutally killed seven women before he was cornered in an abandoned barn by FBI agents. Rather than surrender, Stoker, set himself and the barn on fire—preferring death to spending the rest of his life in a federal prison.
And with him, went his sick secrets.
Former FBI agent, Lottie Stark, didn’t mourn the loss of Stoker, nor the death of her FBI career. She moved on to a quieter life as a small town police chief, where, though life could be tedious and a pain, she had no trouble sleeping. Because she no longer dreamed of monsters.
Until Stoker came back from the dead…
Three unidentified dead girls, all with Stoker’s MO, dumped in her town is giving Lottie a case of déjà vu all over again. With little evidence and no viable suspects, Lottie is ready to for a meltdown.
Frenemies and allies alike urge her to bring in the FBI but she’d rather die than churn up her past failures. But thanks to the town mayor and her underhanded lead detective, the past is headed straight for Lottie’s door. Not the least of which is, profiler Jack Brady, her former lover and partner.
As Lottie struggles to maintain control of her case and her town, the lunatic is still out there, free to kill again. And daring her to catch him. But who can catch a ghost?
Can a homeless man teach a cynical single mom the meaning of Christmas?
An endearing story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of opening your heart
Single mom, Sarah Wayne, is fed up to here, with Christmas—or what it has become. Her cynical view makes her anxious to escape all the ‘good cheer’ and quietly celebrate the holiday with her little girl, Molly.
But Molly has other ideas—starting with bringing an old homeless man, home for lunch. After all, Nick saved Molly from the mean boys at school, how can Sarah refuse lunch to Molly’s new hero?
Can simple acts of kindness really change the course of a person’s life? Some people think so. Sarah is about to find out.
In Book 1 of this gripping crime thriller trilogy, a dead serial killer comes calling
Lottie Stark, Chief of Police of small town Regal Reef, California, has a problem. A serial killer she caught when an FBI agent, is murdering young women again—but in her town. Donald Brown Stoker’s victims were blonde and blue, young and attractive. Just like her current victims. And the MO is eerily similar to Stoker’s—the strangled girls are left naked on the highway, wearing only a dog collar.
But Stoker has been dead for three years, so it can’t be him. Can it?
Unhappy with Lottie’s progress, the town mayor and city council go over her head and bring in the big guns. Profiler, Jack Brady—Lottie’s former partner and lover. Brady’s presence complicates her life and the murder investigation but also dredges up past failures and secrets that Lottie wants to keep buried.
Meanwhile, this calculated killer is leaving clues that feel personal. So when a close friend of Lottie’s is threatened, she fears the killer is going after people she loves to punish her. Who will be next?
Can a Young Boy Escape his Abusive Father for Good?
Desperate to escape an abusive father, Danny and his mother, Nora, find refuge at a beach house. Still reeling from their violent escape, Danny can’t help but look over his shoulder, fearing the bear will find them and take his revenge.
Lonely and bored, he wanders the creeky old house and discovers something he never expected – a new friend and a way out of his life of fear. But will he leave the mother he feels sworn to protect? Could he?
Escaping the Bear is psychological horror story written in the ironic fate tradition of the Twilight Zone. If you like stories with unexpected twists then Escaping the Bear is for you.
The Line Between Love and Hate, is Murder
Christine Logan has learned to tread lightly around her domineering husband, Phillip. A man who uses his fists as much as words to express his anger. What little joy she has in her life comes from her volunteer job as a painting instructor at the Community Center and her visits with the artist aunt who raised her.
In the arms of her lover, Michael Shaw, Christine finds comfort and escape; for a few stolen moments at a time. Though, as much as she loves Michael, she knows she’ll never be free of Phillip and the hold he has over her.
Until she becomes pregnant.
When Phillip discovers her infidelity, he orders her to get rid of the child— underscoring his displeasure with fists and threats.
But rebellion awakens inside her. She wants this baby more than anything. How can she destroy the precious life growing within her?
Can she break free of Phillip’s iron fist of control? How far is she willing to go to gain her freedom? When love becomes hate, is murder necessary?
Fans of Body Heat and Sleeping with the Enemy, will love this fast-paced thriller of love, hate, betrayal, and murder.
In Book 2 of this exciting crime thriller trilogy the killer targets his next victim
Politics and backstabbing has thrown an unexpected twist into her path and Lottie finds herself on the sidelines of the murder investigation. Disgruntled and ready to chuck it all, Lottie decides to lick her wounds.
Until disaster strikes and another girl goes missing...
This time, a local and a much younger girl than the other victims. Time works against her, as she and Brady search for the girl, hoping to find her before the killer claims his 4th victim.
Meanwhile, the killer lurks ever nearer in a twisted game of cat and mouse. And his fixation on Lottie ramps up at a maddening pace. She has no idea the plans he has in store for her.
In a twist you won’t see coming, Lottie gets snarled up in her own trap. Will she be able to free herself before it’s too late?
In the stunning conclusion of this fast-paced crime thriller trilogy...
The man-hunt is on and somebody’s going down. Is it the cop or the killer?
With the killer identified and law enforcement agencies across the country searching for him, the illusive sociopath manages to avoid capture.
As opposing agencies stake out territory and angle for their piece of the glory, Lottie can only trust Brady to have her back. They’re anxiously on the hunt, chasing leads across the country and back again. But who is the hunter and who is the hunted? As they begin to put the pieces together, they have to face the mistakes they made and the signs they missed in Stoker’s case.
With the killer taunting them at every turn, will Lottie and Jack win the day – or does the day belong to the killer? Can they right their mistakes and catch the killer that seems to be a ghost?
In the final faceoff, Lottie finds herself risking everything to confront this sadistic killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. But is she willing to pay the ultimate price to rid the world of this monster?
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong…
Kathy is jumping at shadows and scaring old ladies walking their dogs. She hasn’t slept for weeks and her nerves are raw. How had things gotten so out of control? Of all the people in the world, why her? All she wants is to go back to her ordinary life where she isn’t afraid to answer her door or pick up her phone. Where she isn’t someone’s prey.
Will she stand up to the woman who torments her? Can she muster the nerve to fight back and regain her life? And how far will she go to finally find peace again?
In the Wrong Mind is psychological horror story written in the tradition of the Twilight Zone. If you like stories with unexpected twists and a subtle creep factor, then this short story is for you.
Who knew that buying a diner could be murder?
Welcome to the whacky world of plucky waitress and pastry chef, Scotti Fitzgerald, where food is love and the answer to most problems.
Except perhaps, murder.
After five years of working her tail off to buy Manny the Cuban’s diner, Scotti is hurtling down the home stretch to seal the deal. But her investor's sudden death stops everything in its tracks—and the money she was counting on is gone.
Racing against time, scrambling for money, and competing against a secret buyer, Scotti’s once well-ordered life is now totally out of control. If she wants her diner dreams to come true, she’ll have to put on her big girl pants, step into a world of high society, deceit, and back stabbing in order to solve a murder. Piece of cake, right?
Fans of Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse will enjoy this fun and fast-paced mystery – starring quirky and colorful characters who’ll feel like old friends and you’ll find yourself rooting for at every twist and turn.
Will shaking the secrets out of the family tree be a recipe for disaster?
Crime solving dessert queen, Scotti Fitzgerald, has it all now—a booming bakery business, a great man, and a new home. But when P.I. Joe Enders, hires her to work on the Devereaux murder case, it stirs up things from her past that threaten to ruin her soon-to-be perfect life. Determined to get her happily ever after, Scotti decides to find the mother who abandoned her, so she can finally put her demons to rest.
Leery of being on the defense team of accused killer, Spencer Atkinson, Scotti works the case at a distance. Little does she know that her own story has more in common with the case than she could ever imagine. And that peeling back the onion of her life, will pull her deeper into Atkinson’s world.
As the murder case heats up, tension builds between Scotti and Joe until she is abandoned once again, by someone she trusts. Left on her own to investigate her mother’s past, Scotti encounters dead ends, false clues, and people who’ll do anything to protect their secrets—including murder. Will Scotti unearth the truth or just become one more dead family secret, herself?
Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse fans will enjoy this multi-layered whodunit that will have them guessing til the end.
A Tasty and Intriguing Whodunnit
Crime fighting foodie, Scotti Fitzgerald, has found her sweet spot in life – running her dessert food truck by day and sluething for P.I. and mentor, Joe Enders, by night.
During the week she and wise-cracking sidekick Zelda, ramble around the San Fernando Valley hawking their home baked goods. They end their week by taking the left-over goodies to a few homeless vets who gather at the local park.
While working a boring divorce case for Joe, the girls stumble upon a connection between their target and the vets in the park. So when homeless buddy Ron, turns up dead a couple days later, Scotti’s inner investigator cries foul. The more she digs into Ron’s death, the more a mysterious person named Jody pops up. And though her relentless pursuit of justice for Ron puts a strain on her personal relationships she can’t seem to stop herself. Will she keep going until she loses her best friend, her boyfriend, and everything good in her life?
And who the hell is Jody?
Fans of Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse will enjoy this intriguing whodunit that will help them escape into a world of quirk, crime, mystery and romance.