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About Kimberly Griggs
I'm a story-teller at heart. Whether sharing about my latest grocery trip or about the characters in my head, I'm committed to all the details—much to my husband's dismay. Fortunately, he's a good sport!
As a fourth-grade student, I wrote my first romance story in which the hero died in a motorcycle accident, and his girlfriend vowed to love him forever. My teacher thought the subject matter was a little heavy for a ten-year old girl, but my zeal for a good story wouldn't be deterred.
Many years later, after the birth of my second son, I picked up where I'd left off, devouring books at alarming rates and longing to write one myself. I penned several stories in secret notebooks and hidden computer files until finally I finished one. One turned into two and two into three, until writing became more than a hobby. With so many characters and plot ideas in my head, I can't wait to share them all with the world.
When I'm not writing, you can find me making music, watching a story on the big screen, and of course, reading as many books as my schedule will allow. I'm living my own personal romance story with my wonderful husband of 20+ years. We have two wild and crazy boys, as well as two dogs that think they're humans. I live in Northern VA near Washington, D.C.
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PART ONE: Shadow Promise
Cade Montgomery will always carry the guilt for the men who died on his watch, and he will stop at nothing to find the people responsible. When Piper Collins, his former foster sister and the woman who stole his heart more than ten years ago, resurfaces, things get complicated.
Piper Collins left the FBI after her fiancé died three years ago, to find his killer. That search leads her to Atlanta and back to Cade, the man who broke her heart when he left and never returned. When Cade meets with two men who are working for a known drug lord at the bar where she’s working undercover, Piper is disappointed to find he turned to a life of crime instead of being the man of conviction she used to know. But things aren’t adding up, and Piper hopes that, with his help, her fiancé’s killer will be brought to justice.
PART TWO: Shadow Secret
Cruz Ortiz is no longer the man he used to be. After being taken hostage and almost beaten to death by a Venezuelan drug lord, Cruz joins Shadow Force with a new face, a new identity, and a death certificate for his old self. When Shadow Force is tasked with sending someone in undercover, Cruz is the obvious choice.
Lydia Ayala is content with her life as a nurse practitioner in the slums of Miami. Sure, her patients tend to be gang members and drug dealers, but she’s confident she’s making a difference in the world. When she’s kidnapped and forced into a marriage, she plans to find a way out of the death sentence. But Cruz Ortiz keeps a watchful eye on her, and her chances to make a break are growing smaller, while the wedding is drawing closer.
PART THREE: Shadow Flight
Ryder Blake is grateful Shadow Force scooped him up before he died a slow death at his desk at the CIA headquarters. After running for his life during a long-term undercover op, Ryder is convinced he’s put his clandestine days behind him. But when a large shipment of drugs and guns goes missing and the Russian Mafia boss who tried to have him killed is implicated, Ryder agrees to take on his old persona and enter a string of underground fights. Only, Jolie Phillips, the office manager for Shadow Force and a woman determined to be an operative, is assigned to the case with him, and Ryder is not a happy camper.
A new organization comes to light as Ryder and Jolie travel around the southeast. As they get closer to the answers, the danger escalates, and Ryder and Jolie are running for their lives.
PART FOUR: Shadow Rescue
Former army and explosives expert Oscar Cortada is rumored to have one or two screws loose due to his infatuation with making things go Boom! But when he and the team stumble upon a container of women, Oscar is tormented by his memories. Oscar volunteers for the job to help Shadow Force uncover the missing people.
Ivy Bell never stopped loving her husband while she pursued a career in acting and modeling. Still, after eleven years apart, it seemed they would never find their way back to each other. But when a new role opens up in Atlanta and Ivy arrives on set, she realizes things aren’t what they seem.
PART FIVE: Shadow Redemption
Levi Slater has fought crime since his time with the DEA, but never before has he encountered a more evil and sinister group than the Los Caballeros del Camino, The Knights of the Way.
Dr. Drew Bellamy has one objective: keep her son safe.
When photographer Autumn Season lands the job of official photographer at the prestigious Aloha Lagoon Resort, she's ecstatic. But a lively luau suddenly turns deadly, and Autumn realizes she may have accidentally snapped a picture of a murder in progress! Now the killer will go to any lengths to protect his (or her) identity, and Autumn is clearly in their sights. With the help of her best friend, super hottie, and head of the Aloha Lagoon Resort Security, Jimmy Toki, Autumn sets out to find the killer's identity before the killer finds her. What do stolen camera equipment, a bossy busty blonde, and a group of jealous surfers have to do with it all? Autumn isn't sure, but when another luau ends in another body, Aloha Lagoon might be headed for infamy instead of fame. If Autumn doesn't get to the bottom of it all soon, she may just be the next victim to wipe out!
The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
Photo Finished (book #14)
About Aloha Lagoon:
There's trouble in paradise...
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!
What happens when divers find a mythical, wooden mermaid at the bottom of the ocean?
Theft, murder, and missing treasure, that’s what.
But when Mallory’s best friend is accused of stealing Princess Isadora’s emerald amulet and a dead body is found impaled on the spear of the Sirena Bella’s deadly siren, she doesn’t trust the police to get it right—even if hunky Luke Beckett is on the case.
Throw in more complications with her love-life, an overbearing mother who’s decided she’s ready to reconnect and is insistent Mallory marry “the right kind of man," and a missing treasure rumored to be worth millions, Mallory finds herself drowning in the ocean of life.
Will Mallory, Juni, and their pals find the rumored treasure or was it all a myth? And will Mallory find the killer and clear her friend, or will she find herself swimming with the fishes?
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. You won’t want to put it down!
Andrew Mercer, her former boyfriend and reason number one for her move to the Southernmost part of the US, is staking his claim. He wants her back, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen. Or is there a more nefarious reason he’s lurking about?
Mallory’s blonde, bombshell nemesis is found toes up with a scarf around her neck at the Hemingway Home Bookstore, and Andrew is suspect numero uno. Only, he claims he’s innocent and wants Mallory to find her killer or else. Spurred on by the desire to have her life back, Mallory employs the help of her quirky best friend, Juniper Jones, as well as newest gal pal, Ernesta Castro, a pot-laced-cigar-smoking hippie with a penchant for motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing giants.
With the hunky Huck Jameson MIA, Mallory turns to sexy Detective Luke Beckett for assistance, but it seems Beckett is after more than just a killer—he’s after her heart. Huck’s return could be problematic for their budding romance, but is he too late? Who will win her heart? And will the killer get to her before she can explore her own Happily Ever After?
She's got a stuffy, snob of a boyfriend, a stubborn mother, and a boss who thinks she's best left to answering the phones at the paper.
But a hot tip comes in about a strange crop circle at the Farmer's Farm down the road and Mallory decides to investigate. When she arrives at the scene, she finds a dead body and now she's neck deep in a mystery.
As Mallory's investigation leads her from the farm next door to the giants of the agricultural industry, a dramatic tale of intrigue and blackmail begin to appear, but is she getting too close to the truth?
The farther down the rabbit hole she goes, the more she fears for her own life. She promises herself if she solves this case--or even makes it out alive--she's taking that caretaker job at the Hemingway House down in Key West and starting a new life. Lots of mystery, a touch of suspense, and just the right amount of humor!
A clean cozy mystery. No graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
This book is a shorter novel and the prequel to Farewell to Murder. It is offered for free on the author's website.
Ok, well, maybe not the dream, but it’s a promising start to her brand new life. When Mallory lands the nighttime caretaker position at the home and museum of her long-lost cousin Ernest Hemingway, she finds living in funky Key West is better than she could have imagined.
A hippie best friend who challenges her, a hunky scuba diver instructor who might have the hots for her, a cat that sometimes tolerates her, and plenty of free time to write the next great American novel—or find the next dead body ... whichever comes first!
Only someone keeps leaving the gate open at the Hemingway Home and everyone is pointing their fingers at Mallory. The threatening messages and a pirate’s creepy warnings are just the beginning of a string of incidents that are intended to scare Mallory away.
When a dead body is found floating in Hemingway’s famous pool, Mallory is terminated from her caretaker position and forced to figure out who is setting her up to take the fall. Nasty co-workers, a massive lay-off plan, black market kittens, Hemingway look-a-likes for days, and a dead body combine into a smorgasbord of potential suspects, leading Mallory to race to save her job, the Hemingway Home, and maybe even her life.
Put on some tea or grab an ice cold lemonade, because you won't be able to put this one down until you get to the end!