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A Lethal Legacy: A Victorian Mystery

A.L. Jambor

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1882 - When her stepmother is murdered, Lady Felicity Armstrong learns that her yearly income will barely cover the cost of food, but she has a secret. While the manor house called Rosendale is being inventoried to cover her stepmother’s debts, Felicity discovers something in her birth mother’s dressing table that gives her hope of a brighter future. She also has a plan, which she hopes will bear fruit, and deliver her from a life of poverty.

Two years later, she is struggling to survive. Her young maid, Millie, a plucky urchin whose devotion to her lady is irrefutable, has taught Felicity how to live without a cadre of servants, and Felicity has helped Millie shed her provincial accent. While their life is far from ideal, they have each other.

One day, a man comes to the cottage without warning. When he introduces himself as Lord Dudley Winston, Felicity remembers him as a neighbor during her years at Rosendale. Despite his breach of etiquette, Felicity offers him tea, all the while believing that his breach of etiquette is a consequence of her reduced circumstances. His explanation for the visit does little to dispel that notion.

Following his visit, Felicity recalls a day when Dudley and his father came to Rosendale. An adolescent in the throws of her first crush, Felicity found Dudley fascinating, but was frustrated by his lack of attention. Those dim memories do nothing to satisfy her curiosity about Dudley’s arrival in Tolwich, or his reason for coming to see her, but there is someone who might remember Dudley’s visit to Rosendale - her former housekeeper, Mrs. Muir. Felicity writes to Mrs. Muir, who sends her train fare, and an invitation to visit. As she boards the train to Whitley, she has no inkling of events to come, or of her parents’ lethal legacy.

Their Best Dreams: The Legend of Truelock Manor

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Stephen Truelock is devastated when his mother dies, but it’s his father’s death that forces Stephen to seek a bride with a large dowry who will help him hold onto the family legacy – Truelock Manor, a mansion by the sea that has been the family home for three generations. In his quest for a bride, Stephen is led to Mercy Pruitt, the sweet daughter of a Philadelphia merchant. When they see each other for the first time, it is love at first sight. They marry, and what should be a blissful honeymoon is soon shattered by the death of Mercy’s parents.

With her parents gone, Mercy feels responsible for her younger sister, Rose, a mentally disturbed young woman with designs on Stephen. Mercy asks Stephen to allow Rose to live with them, and he agrees. Rose, who is getting harder to handle as she gets older, believes that the only thing standing between her and Stephen being together is Mercy, so Rose seeks a way to rid herself of her loving sister. She learns that one of the household servants, Esther, knows witchcraft. Rose then forces Esther to teach her a spell guaranteed to send Mercy so far away, she can never return.

Their Best Years is a saga of the Truelock family, their hopes and dreams, and the love between Stephen and Mercy, which, despite her sister’s dark desires, never dies.


Their Best Dreams began life as a three part series called The Secret of Truelock Manor. The second book, Under Rose’s Spell, remains intact except for a few minor changes. The third book, Mercy in the Moonlight, has undergone a complete revision. Their Best Dreams is the entire saga of the Truelock family.

Where's Audrey?

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This is Mel’s first vacation in 3 years. She is looking forward to lying on Clearwater Beach and spending Christmas with her friend, Lisa, but first she has to check on her Aunt Audrey. After landing in Tampa, Mel drives to Largo and knocks on Audrey’s door. A young man answers and his vague answers regarding Audrey’s whereabouts set Mel on a quest to find out just what happened to her absent aunt. She files a missing persons report and a handsome young deputy named Conner offers to help her. As they follow the clues - a curious canine, a nosy neighbor, and a couple of con artists – Mel finds herself falling for Conner. His feelings are mutual and he risks his job to help Mel solve the mystery surrounding Audrey’s disappearance.

Where’s Audrey was based on an incident which occurred in a Florida mobile home park in 2007.

The Room in Grandma's House: A Fantasy Short

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Tiffany Warren’s great-great-grandmother, Edna, is 116 years old. She is dying, and unemployed Tiffany is elected by the family to go to Connecticut and close up Edna’s 100-year-old house. When she gets there, she discovers that Edna was a “collector” who filled her spare rooms with junk. After boxing up Edna’s treasures on the first two floors, she finally reaches the attic. There are two rooms up there, and one is locked. After a search of the house, Tiffany finds an old brass key and opens the door. What happens next will change Tiffany’s life forever.

The Room in Grandma's House is a fantasy short of 12,000 words.



What She Deserved: A Paranormal Mystery

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When Marigold Burnside goes to Cape Alden, NJ to research a murder for a cable television show called “Historical Homicides,” she doesn’t expect it to change her life, but when she attempts to visit the dilapidated cottage near the lighthouse where the murder took place, a specter in the road causes an accident that puts Mari in the hospital with a severe head injury. While she recuperates, Mari discovers that the blow to her head has awakened a sixth sense. She now sees the ghosts of former patients wandering around the hospital, and this revelation sets her on a course that will help her solve a seventy year old mystery.

In 1941, a young widow named Charlotte Johnson was brutally murdered. When her body is found, an innkeeper named Carl Morton persuades the local sheriff that his wife, Celia, who has suffered from depression for years and is a burden to her husband, is responsible for the crime, and they charge her with murder. She is tried at a hearing, sentenced, and convicted within hours and placed in a mental hospital where she hangs herself two years later.

Five months after her accident, Mari has lost her job and is living in Cape Alden. She is depressed and lethargic, and she’s still seeing ghosts all over town. She names them as they grow less threatening, but one of them is about to shake up Mari’s world. This ghost has an agenda, and Mari isn’t the only one the ghost is after. The man who hit Mari’s car, Phil Curry, is also seeing the persistent specter, an apparition that won’t stop pursuing them until the truth is revealed.

The paperback is available in standard and LARGE PRINT versions.

The House on the Shore: A Short Paranormal Mystery

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Revised and updated!

At 28, Mariah Kimball finds out she was adopted and that her biological great-grandmother has left her a house on the shore. Once she is able to accept her new reality, Mariah has to decide whether she wants to live in the old Victorian, or put it on the market and use proceeds from the sale to get her law degree.

The house is across the street from the boardwalk in Avon-by-the-Sea, a charming little town on the Jersey Shore. The view of the Atlantic Ocean is spectacular, but Mariah has no time to enjoy it. She has to go through everything in the house and must decide what to keep and what to toss in the trash. She also hopes to learn something about her birth mother, a girl named Kathleen.

One day as she is cleaning out Kathleen’s bedroom, Mariah sees a vision of her mother as a teenager and then watches her fade away. More visions follow, giving Mariah glimpses into her mother’s past, and as she learns more about her family’s history, she also discovers a terrible secret, and it isn’t the only one Great-Grandmother Cora took to her grave. Cora’s secrets bind her and her children to the house – will Mariah’s visions help set them free?

Don't Look Back: The Story of Hannah Dawes

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Don't Look Back is a sweet, clean Victorian story.

Hannah Dawes loves to paint. She dreams of being a great artist. Her sand sculptures and paintings win her acclaim in her local community of New Beach, New Jersey, but when circumstances take her away from the Jersey shore, she must learn to love the sprawling vistas of High Bend, Colorado.

Strangers in a strange land, Hannah and her family travel across the country to live with Hannah's Uncle James, a bachelor rancher whom Hannah has never met. Life on the ranch is hard, and Hannah misses her old home, that is until she starts to pain the glorious Colorado landscapes, and catches the eye of a shy young ranch hand named Adam.

At first Hannah resists her romantic impulses, but Adam's quiet strength soon wins her over. As they grow closer things seem rosy, until someone from Hannah's past turns up in High Bend - a man who is determined to have her, no matter what the cost.

Paperbacks are available in standard and LARGE PRINT versions.

Originally called Hannah's Dream by Lenore Butler.

A Christmas Mystery (A Short Story)

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Hank and Josie own a small nursery in Mays Landing, New Jersey. They have three kids and a house with a mortgage. Josie has worked hard making and selling wreaths to make money for Christmas presents. Two days before Christmas, while she is collecting pine cones for her wreaths, she finds a woman named Helen lying in the woods behind her house. She is bruised and beaten, but won’t let Josie call for help. Helen lets Josie take her inside her house where Helen meets Josie’s husband, Hank, and their daughter, Mabel. Josie notices Helen’s strange, old-fashioned clothes and wonders where she came from. While talking about her son, Billy, Helen suddenly disappears.

Was Helen a ghost? As Josie begins to investigate, she discovers that Helen was a real person. In fact, she was Josie’s great-grandmother, a woman who abandoned her young son and her husband to become a chorus girl in Atlantic City. But is the family history regarding Helen true, or a story concocted by her husband to cover her murder?

When Josie receives a foreclosure notice and realizes they are about to lose their house, it’s just the beginning of a bad Christmas Eve. When circumstances threaten to ruin their Christmas, Josie and Hank discover that the old abandoned house across the street may hold the key to the mystery surrounding Helen’s appearance, and to finding the money they need to save their family’s home.

Some corrections and revisions have been made, but they do not change the story. This ebook contains an excerpt from A.L. Jambor's My First Christmas starring Libby the Psychic Dog.

Quandary on the Quay (Libby the Psychic Dog Book 3)

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Written for adults from a dog's point of view.

Libby is a pudgy terrier with a reputation as a psychic dog because she can find lost items for the residents of the senior citizen mobile home park where she lives with her adopted mother. They are not aware that Libby embodies the spirit of the late Lord Percival Plep, an English lord who died during WWI. While he is initially dismayed by his canine appearance and his gender, Percival soldiers on, enjoying treats from his Mama, and the affection of a Standard Poodle named Gigi, who is really a Canadian WWII nurse named Clair.

In this new adventure, Mama is sick, and Libby must move in with Gigi and her mother, Mrs. Beebee, until Mama recovers. When another resident, a young woman named Julie who owns a shop on a wharf in St. Petersburg, offers to take Libby to the shop during the day for company, Mrs. Beebee agrees.

Libby is not happy, but what is a dog to do? She goes to the shop and is soon caught up in some nefarious goings-on at the bait shop across the way. She begins to realize that something bad is going on, and when two men start following Julie, Libby decides it is up to her to find out who they are and why they are after Julie before both she and Julie come to harm.

"Quandary on the Quay" is the third book in the Libby the Psychic Dog series. All four books in the series are available on Amazon.com. COMING SOON - Libby's new adventure called "The Cat's Confession.

The Christmas Cottage

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A lonely, grieving woman
A quaint cottage by the sea
A mysterious painting on the wall
And the power of love.

A short story by A.L. Jambor

When Meg’s sister dies, she is devastated. The last of three children, Meg misses her siblings and has never felt so alone. She’s an author, but her emotional state hinders her ability to write, and she can’t sit in front of her computer without trembling.

A trip to Port Revere, MA recalls memories of the summers spent there with her family when she was a girl, and Meg decides to buy the Christmas Cottage, an abandoned little house on a bluff near town. She refurbishes it, and with the help of her nephew Zack, starts to come out of her shell.

But then the holidays, a time for families and celebrations, arrive, and Meg must again face her loneliness, and guilt over something she can't forgive herself for – she wasn’t there when her sister died and never had a chance to say goodbye.

With the cottage almost completed, Meg has one last thing to do; she has to find out if her plumbing is up to snuff, and arranges for a plumber to visit the cottage. On Thanksgiving Day, she is sipping a cup of coffee when someone knocks on the door. She looks out the window and sees an old man, an old truck, and an old dog. Lettering on the truck announces that Angus O’Malley, Plumber Extraordinaire, is standing on her doorstep. What she doesn’t know is that Angus is on a mission and that his appearance heralds the beginning of something wonderful, and the best Christmas Meg has ever had.

The Christmas Cottage is a short book of 20,000 words.