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Lady Blues: forget-me-not: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 10)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before all the memories disappear?

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"Lady Blues is intelligently and tightly written. This is beautiful – evocative, startling, teasing, terse, soothing and suspenseful in turns. Author Aaron Paul Lazar has a wonderfully readable style, empathetic and gentle, but also frank and realistic. The characters he creates are fully rounded, flaws and all, and it’s hard not to be drawn deep into their world with them. Good food and music are recurring motifs throughout the story and so is the Genesee valley. There is so much to admire artistically in this book, and with a catchy cover and a very high standard of presentation, it is a perfectly presented piece of fiction. Very, very highly recommended." Stephanie Dagg, bestselling author of KATIE'S CAKE.

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Note: all books in this series can be read as "standalones" in any order. You do not have to read books #1, 2, 3, etc. to enjoy the characters and mysteries.

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LEGARDE MYSTERIES – in order of chronology (Gus LeGarde's age) for those who have asked!

TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU
SPIRIT ME AWAY
VOODOO SUMMER
DOUBLE FORTÉ
UPSTAGED
MAZURKA
FIRESONG
THE LIAR’S GALLERY
UNDER THE ICE
LADY BLUES

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Double Forté (LeGarde Mysteries Book 1)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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BOOK 1 IN LEGARDE MYSTERIES, multi-award winning series:

After four lonely years, music professor Gus LeGarde is still reeling from the death of his wife Elsbeth. To deal with the loss, he plays endless Chopin etudes on his piano and lavishes love on his grandson and dog, but nothing lessens the pain.

Life spirals out of control when Gus heads for the snow-covered hills on an early morning skiing excursion to find a mute child shackled to a bedpost in a cabin. Gus rescues the child but the kidnapper, Baxter, escapes into the woods to stew in hot revenge.

Unexpectedly thrown together with Camille, a social worker who takes the child into her own home, Gus falls hard. The first woman who’s stirred his soul since his Elsbeth, Camille is polite enough toward him -- but her own dark secrets have her pulling away despite the mutual attraction.

When Gus’s little grandson goes missing, he fears the worse. Does Baxter have the little boy? Does he want to trade for the mute child? Gus braces for the fight of his life, struggling to protect Camille and his family before time runs out.
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“Double Forté is a satisfyingly riveting tale with an appealing hero, whose love of music and gourmet food is as fundamental as his courage.” Laurel Wemett, Finger Lakes Magazine

ForeWord Book of the Year Award FINALIST

Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
1. DOUBLE FORTÉ
2. UPSTAGED
3. MAZURKA
4. FIRESONG
5. TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON
6. DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU
7. THE LIAR’S GALLERY
8. SPIRIT ME AWAY
9. UNDER THE ICE
10. LADY BLUES
11. VOODOO SUMMER
THE LEGARDE MYSTERIES OMNIBUS

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BILLY MOORE (formerly Healey’s Cave)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING
FOR KEEPS

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS
ESSENTIALLY YOURS
SANCTUARY
BETRAYAL

PAINES CREEK BEACH, love stories
THE SEACREST
THE SEACROFT
THE SEADOG

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW, romantic suspense
DEVIL’S LAKE
DEVIL’S CREEK
DEVIL’S SPRING

WRITING GUIDES
WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volume 1
WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volume 2
WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volume 3

Murder on the Brewster Flats: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 12)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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Some family secrets shouldn’t stay buried…

Music professor Gus LeGarde and his wife Camille are looking forward to a relaxing vacation on Paines Creek Beach in beautiful Cape Cod. But Gus barely has a chance to feel the sand between his toes before a near-miss car accident drags him right into the middle of a local family feud — and a centuries-old mystery that’s begging to be solved.

As Gus is drawn further into the conflict between the Cooks and the McNabbs — two families with a grudge going all the way back to Colonial times — he and Camille keep uncovering more questions than answers. Where is the long-lost Cook family treasure? What’s really wrong with Beckett, the McNabb-side member who’s the father of young Jane Cook’s son? And who’s telling the truth about Beckett and Jane’s clandestine relationship: Jane’s grandfather, surly patriarch Albert Cook; or Beckett’s slightly odd parents?

Before long, mounting tension gives way to true danger as people start vanishing. And in the middle of a fast-brewing hurricane, Gus discovers the real secret at the heart of the feud: someone who will stop at nothing to make sure their side wins. Including murder.

Packed with shocking twists, exciting action, and fascinating tales of family lore and pirate treasure, Murder on the Brewster Flats is the first LeGarde Mysteries crossover novel with award-winning author Aaron Paul Lazar’s popular Paines Creek Beach series. Don’t miss this installment!

Devil's Lake (Bittersweet Hollow Book 1)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family’s Vermont horse farm—only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother’s cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm.

Like the rest of her family, Boone has never given up hope that Portia would return. But when she turns up battered, skinny as a twelve-year-old boy, afraid of everything and unable to talk about what happened, he does the only thing he can—try to help her heal. He summons the town doctor and Portia’s parents, and sets out to put this beautiful, broken woman back together again.

Through her family's love and Boone's gentle affection, Portia gradually comes back to herself, and starts to fall for her old friend in a whole new way. But one thing threatens her fragile hope for recovery: The man who took her promised that if she ever escaped, he'd kill her. Slowly. And someone is definitely watching her...waiting to make his next deadly move.

NOTE: This book contains explicit sexual content. For adults only!

Bittersweet Hollow (Romantic Suspense Series)

Book 1: Devil's Lake
Book 2: Devil's Creek
Book 3: Devil's Spring

LeGarde Mysteries: A Mystery/Suspense Boxed Set

Aaron Paul Lazar

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The LeGarde Mysteries Omnibus contains the first four books in Aaron Paul Lazar's award-winning Gus LeGarde mystery series.

Book 1. Double Forté - Gus LeGarde's life essentially ended four years ago, when his beloved wife leapt to her death. Today, Gus lavishes love on his family, trying to bury the pain. But trouble arrives when his arrogant son-in-law's business partner goes missing, and Gus's innocent friend is set up to take the fall.

Book 2. Upstaged - When Gus LeGarde agrees to play piano for the high school drama club's production of "Spirit Me Away," a sixties-style musical he wrote in college, he doesn't expect to face a barrage of menacing pranks played on his fiancée Camille and the drama club. Who's sabotaging the show? And what do they have against Camille? Gus must unravel the mystery before the backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim.

Book 3. Mazurka - Join Gus LeGarde in this European rollercoaster ride where he unearths a scandalous family secret linked to a nineteenth century composer. When brother-in-law Siegfried is framed for a neo-Nazi’s murder, they’re plunged into a sizzling cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are lethal.

Book 4. FireSong - What would you do if your country church was hit by a rogue tornado during services? What if the shrieking winds unearthed the bones of a missing parishioner in a nearby wheat field? Now add the discovery of heroin in your elderly minister's bloodstream. When Gus LeGarde is thrown into the middle of the mess, he knows life's finally gone berserk in East Goodland, New York. Join Gus as he's lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels to expose the most shocking discovery ever to rock the Genesee Valley.

The eleven book series includes these titles:


LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ
UPSTAGED
MAZURKA
FIRESONG
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU
THE LIAR’S GALLERY
UNDER THE ICE
LADY BLUES
VOODOO SUMMER

Tall Pines Mysteries: A Mystery/Suspense Boxed Set

Aaron Paul Lazar

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The Tall Pines Mysteries Book Set includes the first four books in Aaron Paul Lazar's award-winning series featuring Marcella and Quinn “Black Eagle” Hollister. With strong Native American themes, the series takes place in the majestic Adirondack Mountains. This fresh, sexy series includes rich characters, essential oils, mystical elements, and plenty of twists and turns as Marcella is pitted against some of the nastiest villains of all time.

Book 1. For the Birds: When Marcella Hollister’s prize parakeet gets zapped by a wayward power line in the same pool as her mother, the ensuing psychic link helps Marcella chase her mother’s kidnappers through the Adirondack Mountains, where she unearths a fifty-year-old secret about her dear father with shocking links to a hidden treasure.

Book 2. Essentially Yours: Marcella’s first love has been MIA for eighteen years. When a mysterious package from Sky arrives with precious essential oils, a memory stick, and a bag of emeralds, she wonders if they his final effects. Is Sky dead? Or alive? Drug company goons want the data on the memory stick, because it links a newly discovered essential oil with a leukemia cure. And if there’s a cure, they can’t sell their cancer meds. Against all odds with chases across the majestic Adirondack Mountains, Marcella and her Native America husband fights to preserve the proof that could change the world.

Book 3. Sanctuary: When Quinn’s cousin Kitty shows up in the middle of the night minus shoes, purse, and the ability to speak, he and Marcella are mystified. Why can’t she speak? And who are those thugs from the reservation who are chasing her? The couple flees with Kitty to their beloved Tall Pines cabin on the Sacandaga River, but are followed by an army of murderous Seneca who will stop at nothing to protect their tribal secret.

Book 4. Betrayal: After losing the child of her dreams, Marcella’s marriage is in trouble. When she flees to the snowy north woods, she’s thrown together with her ex-lover, Sky Lissoneau. As if life hasn’t challenged her enough, Marcella discovers a serial killer is stalking young women in the area. Seven girls are missing. And when a teen whose mother works with Sky disappears, Marcella and everyone she cares for wind up dead center in the killer’s sights.

The Seacrest: A love story (Paines Creek Beach Book 1)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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2015 Semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review Awards; 2014 WINNER Beach Book Festival, Romance category; 2013 FINALIST, ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Romance category.
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They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Finn McGraw disagrees.

He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.

Now, ten years later, he’s got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.

Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family—but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.

And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.

The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances—and above all, of a love that never dies.

“The Seacrest is a poignant love story that will have you reaching for the tissues. Every woman needs a Finn McGraw!” – Victoria Howard, bestselling romantic suspense author of RING OF LIES.

"At a time when many authors seem to crank out fiction by the numbers, Aaron Paul Lazar invests his whole heart in every book he writes. His stories shine with sensitivity, compassion, and the richness of deeply personal experience." – Michael Prescott, bestselling author of GRAVE OF ANGELS.

“This book is about love – first love, young love, unrequited love, lost love, and rediscovered love. Simply put, it’s a good old-fashioned love story with an ending that will make your heart swell with joy.” - Cindy Guest Taylor, notable book reviewer.

“I just finished reading Seacrest by Aaron Lazar. Let me tell you, ladies... you will LOVE this book! A love story of all love stories, and characters so easy to fall in love with! Aaron has a way of painting a world so descriptive you feel like you're really there. If I had a five star rating system to use, I would give him six!” Heather McLaren, author.

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Book 2: The Seacroft

http://www.amazon.com/Seacroft-story-Paines-Creek-Beach-ebook/dp/B013T7MB2K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1439409437&sr=8-2&keywords=the+seacroft



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Warning: explicit sex scenes; for adults only.

FireSong: the secret room (LeGarde Mysteries Book 4)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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The Genesee Valley is in chaos. Strangers drive panel vans through the countryside at weird hours of the night. A new batch of drugs is on the street, endangering students. The local salt mine collapses due to illegal mining practices. Gas fires burn in water wells. Watering holes turn to brine. Crops are dying. Tempers are short. Forest fires threaten. To top it off, the new mine lies directly over ancient Indian burial grounds, bringing anguish to local tribes and inciting riots at the mine site.

As if that weren’t enough, Gus LeGarde’s country church is hit by a rogue tornado, revealing the bones of a missing parishioner and devastating the dead man’s wife. Days later, heroin is found in Gus’s elderly minister’s bloodstream after his car crashes into a tree in the dead of night.

When Gus is thrown into the middle of the madness, he knows life has finally gone berserk in East Goodland, New York.

Join Gus as he’s lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels to expose the most shocking discovery ever to rock the Genesee Valley.

Under The Ice: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 9)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

"If I can’t have them, neither can you."

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Note: all books in this series can be read as "standalones" in any order. You do not have to read books #1, 2, 3, etc. to enjoy the characters and mysteries.

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LEGARDE MYSTERIES – in order of chronology (Gus LeGarde's age) for those who have asked!

TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU
SPIRIT ME AWAY
DOUBLE FORTÉ
UPSTAGED
MAZURKA
FIRESONG
THE LIAR’S GALLERY
UNDER THE ICE
LADY BLUES

Read excerpts for free at http://www.lazarbooks.com and also discover more series written by Aaron Paul Lazar.

Devil's Creek (Bittersweet Hollow Book 2)

Aaron Paul Lazar

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Bittersweet Hollow romantic suspense series:
Book 1: Devil's Lake
Book 2: Devil's Creek
Book 3: Devil's Spring

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Grace may have problems, but Anderson Rockwell loves his sassy, spicy, and slightly unfaithful wife. A recovered heroin addict who’s now struggling with sex addiction, Grace tries her best to control her inner demons. She’s relapsing less often. And when she does, she always calls, always comes home. Until this time.

The man calls himself Chandler. He found Grace on Facebook under a false name, and lured her away with promises of excitement, danger, and plenty of steam. But when Grace gives in to temptation and follows the trail, she finds herself at the mercy of a monster who knows who she really is, and whose sole obsession is revenge—on Anderson.

Time is running out for Anderson to rescue Grace from deadly danger that’s beyond imagination, before the past drowns them both for good. Because this time, it’s personal.

NOTE: This book contains explicit sexual content. For adults only!