Private Deception on Free Kindle Books and Tips

Today, Private Deception is featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips today beginning at about 10 a.m. (central time). Get the first novel of the Jade O'Reilly series for $0.99 and other fantastic free and discounted books at:

Also this week, I'm selling Storm Surge, the first novel of the Jonie Waters mystery series, for $0.99 on a variety of platforms as part of a post-Valentine's Day promo with four other authors. More details at:

Hope you're staying warm this winter... and hurry up, spring!

Private Deception: Now in Audio Format

Great news! Private Deception, the first novel in the Jade O'Reilly mystery series, is available in audio format. Check it out at Amazon here! While you're busy listening in, I'll be busy working on the fourth novel of the five-book series, which I plan on publishing later this year.

I hope you enjoy listening to Private Deception as much as I did. Narrator Julie Hoverson truly makes the writing come alive. I am very grateful for Julie spending her time and talent on my novel. Listening to the Audible sample makes me want to listen to the whole novel again (when I should be writing instead).

Announcing a new novel & short story

I'm so excited to announce the publication of a new Jade O'Reilly novel and short story! Here are the details:

Concealed Suspicions 
A Jade O'Reilly Mystery

What begins as a white-collar crime investigation soon becomes deadly complicated with private investigator Jade O’Reilly on the scene.

Trouble arises when Benton Rowe, one of coastal North Carolina’s most successful businessmen and eligible bachelors, finds a local store selling embezzled merchandise from one of his shipping companies. Benton bypasses the police to find the embezzler his own way. He hires Jade to work undercover from inside his company to solve the crime.

Jade sees the case as the ideal cover to dig into Benton’s possible involvement in her father’s death. As Jade is swept into Benton’s world of penthouse apartments and fancy yachts, her boyfriend, Keith, isn’t as thrilled with Jade’s assignment. Nor are the thuggish members of Benton’s security team, one of whom appears as suspicious of Jade as she is of him. Will Jade get to the bottom of the embezzlement at Benton’s shipping industry and find dirt on Benton before she’s permanently exported?

Concealed Suspicions is the third novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by bestselling mystery author Tamara Ward. 


Buy Concealed Suspicions for $3.99

For Kindle from Amazon * For Nook from Barnes & Noble * In various digital formats from Smashwords * For Kobo
Paperback coming in late March 2015

Jade O'Reilly and the Luck of the Irish
(A Sweetwater Short)

If luck is a lady, she's certainly not private investigator Jade O'Reilly. When Jade is late to work, she's punished by being assigned what may be an unsolvable case: find a missing four-leaf-clover good-luck charm before the town's St. Patrick's Day Festival. With an Irish cooking competition deadline bearing down, Jade chases clover clues while searching for the owner of a troublesome black cat that visits Jade's apartment to torture her on a nightly basis. Jade also is determined to pinpoint where her brother is spending his mornings and evenings—because it's not at his house with his wife and son who claims that "Daddy's got a secret." It's lucky uncovering secrets is Jade's specialty, even if luck itself is not.


Buy Jade O'Reilly and the Luck of the Irish for $0.99

For Kindle from Amazon * For Nook from Barnes & Noble * In various digital formats from Smashwords * For Kobo

Jade O'Reilly... now audible!

My first audio book was just released! Jade O'Reilly and the Graveyard Shift, A Sweetwater Short, is now available as an audio book from Amazon. Listening to the book, narrated by the talented Julie Hoverson, brought it even more alive - somehow - to me. And I absolutely love how Julie portrays Mack! Listen to a sample online... or, better yet, download the entire short story! 

While I'm looking forward to partnering with Julie in the future on audio books, I'm (still) hard at work on Jade O'Reilly novel III. Work on the novel is progressing... albeit much  more slowly that I'd hoped and planned. Still, I'm looking at a release later this year and can't wait. But I suppose I can, since I won't release the novel until it's ready, and it still has a way to go. 

In the meantime, I hope your summer is filled with sunshine and good reads... or good listening!

Short story published in Carolina Crimes

Happy Spring, everyone! Just recently, my short story Witch Hunt was published by Wildside Press LLC in Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love and Longing. My story is about what happens when a store selling risque items burns in a small downtown. (Hint: More than edible lingerie goes up in flames.) Here's the description of the collection from Amazon:

What goes together like tea & sympathy, rock & roll, or a skull & crossbones? Sex & crime. Nineteen members of Sisters in Crime living in the Carolinas serve up stories around the universal themes of lust, love, and longing, and the criminal consequences of thwarting these human desires. Some stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are evilly dark, but each packs a delicious read. Whether set in an ice cream parlor or an equestrian center, from World War II Washington DC to the high-tech playing fields of Research Triangle Park, furious, desperate, and betrayed characters step into crime with barely a twinge of misgiving. Frisky seniors, a psychic PI, a jealous mother-in-law, a manipulative stripper—all occupy a universe where, as Margaret Maron writes in the Introduction, “Love can liberate, love can suffocate, and sometimes love can even lead to murder.”

Buy Carolina Crimes in paperback at Amazon. We've got a book launch event planned for June 8 at 2 p.m. at McIntyre's Books in Pittsboro. Can't wait!

Banding together with 22 other authors

I'm proud to announce the official launch of the ADDICTIVE READS website, a group site for twenty-three authors who have banded together to bring you books from all genres. (I'm one of those authors.) Our goal is to provide you with well-written and entertaining reads.

Take a few minutes to look around our site. Each author has an individual page with all of their books listed, along with their social media links. We also have genre pages where you can find books in just about any genre you enjoy. (See the menu guide links at the top of the page.)

And we have FREE ebooks for you, as well as collections (anthologies and box sets) from Addictive Reads authors.

As a thank you for checking us out, the Addictive Reads authors are holding a giveaway of one $25 Amazon Gift Card, one $20 Amazon Gift Card, and one bundle of eBooks from Addictive Reads Authors. To enter the giveaway, visit the ADDICTIVE READS site! You can enter through Friday, April 4, 2014. Winners will be announced, Saturday, April 5th.

Upcoming event at Eva Perry Library

I'm very excited to be included in an author panel at Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, NC, Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. I'll be joining authors Carolyn Booth, Bill Floyd, Peggy Payne, and Barbara White. I'm told that talk will touch on what it means to be a Southern, and how living here affects our writing. Q&A from the audience will follow. Hope to see you there!

Visiting author Candace Austin's blog

Hi, everyone! I'm visiting author Candace Austin's blog. Her debut novel, The Layers, is a fantastic read with the premise that many people have lived past lives... and remember them. So she asked me who I would have been, if I'd lived a past life, as well as who my main character would have been.

Visit the blog post at:


Graveyard Shift short story released

Just released!

Jade O'Reilly and the Graveyard Shift
(A Sweetwater Short Story) 

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In this 20-page short story, private investigator Jade O’Reilly finds herself on security-guard duty at a supposedly haunted historic mansion on Halloween night. She doesn't believe in the rumors that say the house is cursed; she doesn't believe in ghosts. Will she by the end of her shift?

This short story was originally published in the Tales from the Mist anthology.


For Kindle from Amazon, $0.99
For Nook on B&N, $0.99
On Smashwords, $0.99
On Kobo, $0.99


Kindle Book Review Semifinalist

Private Deception is a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards! Here's a link to the page with all the semifinalists: . Look for my novel under the mysteries/thrillers, of course! Finalists and winners of genre categories will be announced later this year. 

At this stage in the contest, semifinalists are selected based on whether the book judged the readers' attention, as well as its quality of writing and formatting.

The contest is cosponsored by: Kindle BoardsDigital Book TodayWorld Literary CafeKindle Nation Daily,Author Marketing Club, and


Get lost... in a story!

The authors at the Get Lost in a Story blog are featuring me today on their website at Instead of boring you by writing about my mundane life, fictional private investigator Jade O'Reilly answers questions including: 

  • What turns you off like nothing else? 
  • What sound or noise do you love?
  • What does it mean to love someone? 
  • Tea or coffee? 

In the meantime, Private Deception (the first mystery novel in the Jade O'Reilly series) remains on sale for $0.99 cents and is rocking the charts at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Please visit the Get Lost in a Story blog. I think you'll enjoy hearing from Jade.

$0.99 sale of Private Deception


A sassy private investigator, a cheating spouse, an attractive mystery man, tons of action, and lots of fun: Private Deception, the first novel in the Jade O’Reilly mystery series, is $0.99 today in all ebook formats! Interested? To purchase:

For Kindle
For Nook
All ebook formats and also pdf on Smashwords
For Kobo

About Private Deception

Private investigator Jade O’Reilly thinks she’s hit rock bottom when, in the midst of obtaining photos of a cheating spouse in a second-story apartment, she falls off a swing set to the feet of an attractive mystery man. But the next day, when Jade discovers the man’s identity—he’s a detective with the local Sweetwater, NC, police—she learns that the cheating spouse was murdered and Jade herself is a suspect. Rock bottom just got a new definition.

Private Deception is the first novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon bestselling mystery and romantic suspense author Tamara Ward. Action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for a page-turning whodunit set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.


The special sale is featured today on two fabulous sites dedicated to connecting readers with outstanding ebooks:

BookBub,, which offers a free daily email telling subscribers about deep discounts on acclaimed ebooks



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Hidden Betrayal - revealed

I'm not hiding the news any longer! Hidden Betrayal, the second novel in the Jade O'Reilly series, is officially released! Here's more about the book:



Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series.


For Kindle from Amazon, $3.99
For Nook from Barnes & Noble, $3.99 
In various digital formats from Smashwords, $3.99
From Kobo, $3.99
In paperback from Amazon, $9.99