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A woman with no future, a man with no past. A mysterious medallion that can change both of their lives. Forever.

After receiving a devastating medical diagnosis, twenty-eight-year-old Willow Mackenzie is determined to realize her unfulfilled dreams. On a jaunt to a lonely quarry called Baker’s Gully in the hope of photographing an eagle, she discovers and abandoned cottage and its reclusive owner, Darby Sullivan. Captivated by the rose-covered dwelling, Willow knows instinctively she is meant to spend the rest of her life in Baker’s Gully.

A man of secrets, Darby is content with his reclusive existence, but sensing the deadly illness that lurks inside Willow, he agrees to rent her the cottage, knowing it is the one place on earth that can heal her. But saving Willow’s life may cost Darby his own.


Hunted by a cult leader who seeks not only her soul, but her life, eighteen-year-old Angel knows her only hope of survival is escape. She flees her mother’s home, unaware of the supernatural forces that guide her journey to Littlebrook, a town where nothing ever changes and nothing is as innocent as it seems.

Alone and afraid, she finds an ally in Don Hanson, a gentle doctor with a haunted past. Angel’s resemblance to Don’s dead wife, Mary, is the eerie magnet that draw him to her, stirring his shattered heart to love again. But for this unlikely pair, love comes at a high price, as Angel’s mysterious appearance creates a tempest in Littlebrook, awakening ghosts from the past and striking vengeance in the dark heart of an enemy Angel didn’t  know she had.



Love’s Hidden Promise — Coming February, 2018!

If you missed WAITING FOR THE RAIN the first time around — And even if you didn’t– Wait ’till you see it now! Same beautiful story. Awesome new publisher. Sleek new cover. Updated content. New title. And the best part is, it’s available NOW for pre-order for just .99!
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Whispers Gets Five-Heart Review at Romance Alley!!

This one just came in today. Check it out!

 Reviewed by Suzannah Safi:

 I was drawn to the story from the start. I felt for Dove and Dusty, the characters were well developed. They have flaws and I liked the way they help each other to overcome them. Dove is a physic medium and very sensitive to the tortured souls, she helps the police in a case and she ends up with a stalker turning her life into a nightmare.

Rating: 5 Hearts

New Review at LASR!

Just got a new review for “Whispers” at LASR. It’s a good one!

Whispers in Autumn by M. Jean Pike

Whispers in Autumn by M. Jean Pike
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (154 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Love on the Lake Book 2

To hear love whispering, they had to listen with their hearts.

Paranormal Studies expert Dove Denning came to Shadow Lake to attend her friend Emma’s wedding. After helping the police with a brutal murder investigation, the solitude and tranquility of the lake are just what Dove needs to ease her spirit—but the spirits that whisper to her aren’t so at ease.

Struggling over the death of his daughter, Dusty is a man who has come from dark places in search of peace. As his heart turns toward Dove, the ghosts from his past turn out to be more than just figures of speech. Together, Dusty and Dove find the power of redemption, of safety from a growing danger … of love on the lake.

“His dark blond hair teetered on the edge of brown.” What a fabulous description! And this is just one of several such eye catching phrases that draws you right into the story, from the first page. Dove Denning is no simpering chit of a girl. Indeed she has reached the age when ‘Life begins again’. And when, instead of introducing us to a vindictive ex husband we learn that Dove and Max – and his new wife – the reader discovers they are all good friends. You may be forgiven for wondering where the conflict lies.

Not in the direction you may assume that is for sure! Ms. Pike leads her reader down the path of misconception with a skill that dupes her readers; who, when they discover the deception, shrug, grin, and say, yeah, that’s cool, and read on.

Dusty, is no front-cover-model-of-a-man either. He is more in the style of a ‘rough diamond’ of average height and his first encounter with Dove reveals his caring and concerned nature, his courtesy. It also reveals an aspect of Dove’s personality she is trying to recover from.

Into this old-world setting of charm and good manners and caring she drops her conflicts and sets Dove and Dusty several challenges. I have to say any man called Dusty, has a challenge from the moment of his birth, but then that’s just a personal assumption on my part. Our hero certainly rises above the challenge without any problem at all.

The climax of the story will have you sitting on the edge of your seats, because although you know the genre requires a HEA, there are moments when you seriously wonder how Ms Pike can pull it off. Her writing is fluent and vivid. As mentioned earlier she is a superlative word-smith, and every character in this book pulses with ‘life’.

This is the first of M. Jean Pike’s book I have read, but I will be looking out for more in future.

Psst! You can stop by LASR tomorrow, Saturday, April 10 or Sunday, April 11 and vote for Whispers for Best Book of the Week!

Whispers in Autumn Released Today!

March is always such a busy month … I have birthdays to celebrate, appointments to keep, work to be, well, worked at. But my son finally got his own car, so hopefully that will mean less running for me, and more time to write. I’m planning the third book in my Love on the Lake series as we speak. And speaking of Love on the Lake, Whispers in Autumn is now available at Amazon and Black Lyon Publishing. If you like spooky ghost stories with a dash of mystery, this one’s definitely for you!

a snippet to tease you …

Great news! The second installment in my Love on the Lake Series, Whispers in Autumn, is due out next month from Black Lyon Publishing, right on schedule!

     When her help in solving a brutal child murder case results in a threat against her life, ghost whisperer Dove Denning flees to the safety and tranquility of Shadow Lake. On the brink of emotional collapse, Dove sees the deserted campground as the perfect place to hide out from the world and the faceless stranger who stalks her. Police advise her to trust no one if she wants to stay alive. It’s advice Dove plans to keep. Until she meets the one man who can save her from herself…

Here’s a snippet to tease you…

In the bathroom, she slipped out of her dress and pulled on a nightgown. She washed her face, brushed her hair, and headed back to the living room, yawning. A night of driving and a day of festivity had finally caught up with her. Sleep would come easily this night.

            Crossing the room to pull the curtains closed, she froze when she saw a figure standing on the dock; a young girl in a black bathing suit. Her skin was milky white, her hair long and untamed. Dove pulled in a breath. Don’t get involved…

            She closed her eyes, exhaled softly. When she opened them again, the girl was still there, regarding her pensively with her dark, shadowy eyes.



            Ignoring her inner voice, Dove slid open the door and stepped outside. She stood without speaking, her gaze locked with that of the specter.

            You can see me? The girl finally asked.



            None of the others can.


            What do you want?


            I want … I want you to tell him I’m sorry. Please?




            She choked on a sob. My dad.


            Who are you?


            Silence fell like a thick, dark veil. The ghost drew closer. Shivering in her nightgown, Dove braced herself against a blast of frigid air, against the sheer, raw strength of the emotions that swirled like a cyclone inside the girl. Images exploded in her brain, one after another: a small girl splashing in the water, running with a jar of lightning bugs, riding piggyback high on a man’s shoulders. She watched as each impression gave way to the next, as the pretty little girl became a lovely young woman. She saw her competing in a high school swim meet as a crowd of onlookers cheered, dancing in a lavender gown, a string of pearls around her pretty neck, riding a ten speed bike, her hair dancing in the wind. And then came a final, horrible image. A blood curdling scream as she plunged head first into the icy lake, her hands groping blindly in terror and confusion as the water closed in around her.

            Dove nearly buckled beneath the force of its fury as the specter fought to gain entry into her being. Summoning her inner strength, she steeled herself against the onslaught until she felt its energy begin to weaken. Its fervor lessened and then disappeared, leaving only a whispered breath of air in its wake.

            I’m Chelsea …   



From Black Lyon Publishing