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by Kathleen Costa
& Lois Winston


It may be the Christmas season, for sure, but when your house is the victim of an overzealous “Secret Elf” named Ira, it seems enough should be enough! But, when taking the decorations back to the “Elf,” they discover another over-the-top Christmas display with a blinding lights and loud music, gawkers choking the streets, and Anastasia’s late husband’s half-brother, Ira Pollack, in the middle of some angry neighbors!

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by Cynthia Chow


Tallie Graver may have left behind her life as a Desperate Housewife to her ex-and-now-late-husband Walden Phillips III, but that doesn’t mean that she can avoid uncomfortable reminders and awkward interactions. Unpleasant even when Tallie was married to high society’s “Waldo,” Present Prescott’s obnoxiousness kicks into high gear now that her new cleaning company is in competition to win a contract for his aunt.

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by Doward Wilson


Rosalind (Roz) wants to know who killed her husband, Winston Duke, and why? His murder was an unsolved drive-by shooting in LA. To distance herself from the scene, Roz has moved herself and her internationally-known stained glass window business to a small town on the Oregon coast.

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by Sandra Murphy


Toby Wong is a lawyer. She moved away years ago but is back in her hometown because her mom was diagnosed with cancer. She loves her mom, but there are two bones of contention between them—Mom’s repeated question “Have you met anyone?” and the fact that her mom is a psychic via tarot cards. Toby’s best friend thinks this is very cool, but then again, she doesn’t have to live with it, so to speak.

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by Cynthia Chow


Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot’s wedding to Declan McCarthy is fast approaching, but unless the renovations on her Savannah home manage to overcome an increasing number of delays and snafus, it is very possible that her reception guests will be using the on-site porta potties. It’s why Katie is so looking forward to a visit from her father Skylar Lightfoot, who is not only a practicing Shaman but has a surfeit of home construction experience. As it turns out, his shamanic skills are needed first when local philanthropist Kensington Bosworth is murdered.

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by Cynthia Chow


For the Asian Night Market being held in Northeast Ohio’s Asia Village, Lana Lee is helping out at a booth serving some of her family’s Ho-Lee Noodle House specialties. The event is the first of what are to be weekly summer festivities promoting Asia Village businesses and attracting new tourists.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Bailey King has the best of both worlds. In New York, she’s a master chocolatier with her own cable television show. Back home in Ohio, she’s able to work at Swissmen Sweets, her grandmother’s Amish chocolate shop. Bailey’s father left the Amish community before being baptized, so Bailey wasn’t raised Amish.

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by Kathleen Costa


Whispering Falls has its mystical shops, magical residents, and even a university at which Judy teaches a class on magical cures. Residents serve the many tourists who visit, even though the tourists are unaware of the true magic that lies beneath the surface.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Eve Calder


It was a trifecta of calamities that led to Kate McGuire completely upending her life and starting over in Coral Cay, Florida. In one day her New York City apartment went condo, the owner of the restaurant where she worked as a pastry chef closed due to embezzlement, and she cancelled her wedding due to her cheating fiancé.

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by Linda Reid/YS Pascal


Went to see a lovely play at the Geffen last week, Mysterious Circumstances, starring Alan Tudyk as Richard Green and…Sherlock Holmes. One scene especially resonated with me, as Holmes scholar Green is shaken by the sudden rejection and ejection from his fandom by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, sir Arthur’s youngest daughter and heir. Memories abounded…turning the page back to 1983…

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by Doward Wilson


Sammy Greene is a radio talk show host who has been invited to spend a summer in Greece with her old friend and his family, Gus Pappajohn. Gus is a retired cop who lives in Boston. Sammy currently lives in Los Angeles but is relocating to a new radio job in New York.

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by Sandra Murphy


Erin Gaines, her husband, and a couple of good, really best, friends start their own company. It features an app that helps users stick to their budget. As you pass a store, it will tell you what’s on sale, if it fits your allotted budget, and it keeps track of all your expenses and savings. A great way for college kids to live within their means, for adults to save for retirement, and for retirees to plan trips or gifts for the grandkids. The plan is to ride the app’s success for a few years, then sell to the highest bidder, retire as millionaires.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Heather Day Gilbert


Having a python wrapped around her neck is not an entirely unusual experience for Belinda Blake. It wasn’t what she planned on wearing for a first-time meeting with her landlord Stone Carrington the fifth, but as a Manhattan exotic pet-sitter she’s learned to expect the unexpected. Belinda is attempting to build up a clientele closer to her new home in Greenwich, Connecticut, but unfortunately the carriage house is looking far less appealing after the discovery of a body in the backyard flowerbed.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The signs of spring are emerging with flowers blooming, rows of colorful leafy veggies blossoming, and a new member of Washington Acres arriving…a Vietnamese potbellied piglet found in a storage unit who needs to be fostered until its owner is located. Bibi, Megan’s grandmother, is completely taken.

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