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About Patricia Bates
Canadian author Patricia Bates writes dark and edgy historical and contemporary suspense romances. Because to bleed is to survive, but it's by loving that we truly live.
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Vengeful spirits, dark secrets, and an unanswered question haunt psychic medium Rebel Hunter.
Grissom is a small town with dark secrets. When Rebel Hunter, a paranormal consultant, relocates to its outskirts, he unwittingly stumbles upon a mystery decades in the making. After one of his clients vanishes, Rebel is dragged into the investigation by homicide detective Gideon Palmer.
On a forced vacation, Gideon is in the right place at the wrong time, and his downtime is cut short by the disappearance of a wealthy socialite. As he investigates, he finds himself confronted by a wall of silence. The only bright spot is Rebel Hunter, a man of mystery and danger.
Drawn together, their chemistry is immediate, and Rebel and Gideon struggle with their emotions as they navigate the dark twists of the case. Can both men face their own ghosts to help find a missing woman before it's too late?
Content Warning: contains violence and sexual content
Trust. Kindness. Reckless and dangerous words in Arria’s inhuman world.
Her master’s most favored slave, Arria knows the kindest of smiles hide the most monstrous of intentions.
Put to cart by her bitter, hate-filled mistress, Arria’s sadistic world is uprooted and a new terror unfolds. Within Lanista Celer Marcus’s estate Arria is cast adrift and she struggles to trust in herself and those around her.
Her position is not defined, choice is offered freely but the man is an enigma. His kindness instills terror. His protection comes with a price.
Former gladiator Celer is free from days training for the sands and nights dreaming of freedom and a dark eyed girl the gods ripped from his arms. A chance encounter and the greed of another delivers her back into his life.
Celer will not be swayed. He will free her from both bondage and the demons haunting her- no matter the cost.
Nothing, however, is as it seems and he's thrown into the chaos of the end of his long term relationship and a grissly murder no one wants him to solve.
Rebel Hunter and his lover, Gideon Palmer have seen it all - and then some since their deaths. The arrival of the living disrupts their quiet afterlives. They find themselves drawn to the young Mountie but danger lurks beyond the shadows.
The past however will not rest, and a brutal murder stirs up memories and the trio are in a desperate race to keep Cooper safe.
Amid murder, mayhem, and a cover-up Rebel and Gideon must protect Cooper while avoiding the darkness pulling at Rebel. If they fail the curse of The House on Grissom Road will take another life.
Caine Wells isn’t what he appears. A Confederate officer who’s defected, he’s carrying intelligence to Hooker’s men when he stumbles on Mary. Drawn to the mysterious woman, he is torn by his own conflicting emotions.
Together, they’ll risk everything for freedom in a land torn apart by war, by hatred, and fear.
Lady in Waiting Hélène d’Ètoilles’ life has been serene: Serve Her Majesty the Queen of France with grace and obedience. Now her life and her sense of self are in turmoil when she discovers she’s been gifted to a nobleman for his family’s loyalty and years of service. No longer a lady in waiting to the Queen of France, she’s thrown into a world of subterfuge and passion, of lust and power.
Survival. Freedom. She fights for both. He fights to protect her heart.
70 BC, Rome.
A slave from birth, Salaria endures the bloody rule of her mistress while dreaming of freedom. Her domina’s jealousy and spite condemn her to endless misery when she is cast out of the villa. Thrown into the bowels of the gladiatorial school, Salaria takes Salaria takes control of her fate. Her life or death will be her own choosing.
Warlord and Chieftain, Tritus is captured and sold into the savagery of the gladiatorial games. He thinks himself prepared for anything, but nothing equips him for the fiery passion of Salaria.
Amid treachery and deceit they are forced to rely on each other and their wits to gain freedom. Failure equals death.
This is the first book in “From the Shadows of Rome’ Series. If you enjoy a gut wrenching, savage story of betrayal and love with a strong female character, Chains of Rome will keep you hooked.
Susan Hutchinson ★★★★★
Patricia Bates gives us the tale of two people unwilling to allow their circumstances to control their fate. Salaria was born into slavery; Tritus was a captive of war and sold into that existence. Together they will try to break those bonds. Bates develops their relationship in the backdrop of brutal slavery and the violence of the gladiator games. Secrets abound in this tale which make the reader root harder for the heroes and salivate at just the idea of the villains’ comeuppance. Bates mastery of the time period, her ability to weave a story hard to put down, and her creation of well developed characters make this a must read.
Finley K. James ★★★★★
This book was amazing! The characters were so relatable and realistic, and the imagery was gorgeous. I could see everything happening in my mind. The plot was so interesting and brilliantly executed. It was a wonderful read that I just couldn’t put down!
Elf in the Globe by Patricia Bates:
Cursed to spend a lifetime in his glass prison, Nasir is reminded daily of the beautiful witch who cursed him. Yet one night a year he’s free for a small window of time, and that time is nearly upon him. Only his plans are derailed when a woman buys his prison and whisks him away.
Noella loves snow globes and treats herself to one from an antique shop. Except the globe is more than it appears to be. She finds herself face to face with a sexy, angry elf with an earth-shattering secret.
Thrust together by fate, can they find the answers they seek before the magic of Christmas fades?
Chance Encounter by Caralyn Young:
The doorbell rings and Jayla’s fate changes. She finds herself face to face with opposing forces: the light of a possible future - the adonis on the porch vs the dark shadow of her high school bully - a living nightmare breathing down her neck.
Stranded when his luxury car breaks down on a mountain road, Brett seeks assistance and finds a charming woman in need of help. His protective side kicks in the moment a violent man lays a hand on her. Before he knows it, he’s staying with Jayla and her companions and will do anything to keep her safe.
When a body’s found in the nearby lake, a Christmas get together takes a turn for the worst. Amid the suspense, can Brett protect Jayla and their budding romance? Or will a possible future relationship remain merely a chance encounter?
Read Beauty and the Grinch by L’Anne McMarie:
A Grinch tried to steal Lilly’s Christmas spirit, but he ended up stealing her heart.
After graduation, Lilly returns to her grandmother’s shop, ready for another Christmas filled with her loving grandmother. Heart and memories dance around her until a handsome stranger threatens to take it away.
Calvin hates Christmas but loves business.
After the reading of his father’s will, Calvin learns he must marry by his thirty-fourth birthday or his cousin gets everything. Then he meets Lilly and an idea forms. Sucker her into a fake engagement and get his inheritance.
Can Lilly melt his cold heart and show him the true spirit of Christmas? Or will his pride push her away?
Can he save his inheritance while keeping his heart, or will Christmas find a way to save him?
Christmas Joyride by Colette Noir:
Coworkers Jasmine and Zeke have a unique arrangement. To prevent Jasmine from being harassed on the job, she and Zeke pretend to be together, even going as far as being his fiancee. But for Jasmine, it’s a little too real. She’s fallen head over heels for her fake boyfriend. Afraid of ruining their friendship, Jasmine resigns to fake dating, wishing for those few hours were reality.
When a charming man walks in and threatens to whisk her off her feet, will she still be content with a false reality or a potential future with this new man?
The Teacher and the Alpha by Ciara Lake:
School teacher Natalie journeys to Alaska to teach. Only the move brings her face to face with the man of her dreams.
Alpha Niam is not interested in a relationship, his people come first. Loathing outsiders, he's shocked to meet the new school teacher. Can they find the truth of their bond or will the alpha lose his mate?
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Ex-cavalry officer, Tom Duncan has returned home after the bloody civil war only to find himself in the middle of another war. Pitted against a slim, boyish looking woman, he’s uncertain who to believe. When the hostility boils over and becomes physical, Tom must make a stand.
As the clues add up these two bitter opponents must rely on each other to save not only their way of life – but the love that has grown between them.
Daniel is a man wearing two hats. Preacher and lawman, he’s been in Freewill for a couple of months waiting to pick up the trail of two killers when Abigail arrives. Told to watch her, he’s drawn by the shadows in her eyes. The closer he gets to her, the more dangerous it becomes. As her secrets come out, he finds himself fighting to keep her and their burgeoning love alive.
Can an outlaw capture the heart of a preacher turned lawman, or will they both end up on the run?