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Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, Sisters in Crime, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.


Kelly Canyon wants to be an investigative journalist and takes photos of celebrities to pay the bills. When an actress is murdered following an interview by Kelly, she and Brock Handsome, uh, Hanson are the primary suspects. Mishap and hilarity ensue as Kelly is roped into clearing her name, helping the police catch a killer, and keep herself from being another notch in the belt of Hollywood’s Golden Boy. She never intended to star in a movie. Nope. Nada. Yep.

Yet, here she is acting in a movie, falling for Brock, and running from someone who very much wants her to stop trying to solve the murder, even if by doing so guarantees Kelly her job back. AMAZON


Kelly Canyon still doesn’t know her chosen career path, but is paying her bills by acting and taking photographs of celebrity pets. Her first book, based on the previous murder of a Hollywood starlet, promises to be a best-seller. Now, Kelly finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation rife with twists and turns, secrets and deception. With her furry sidekick, Shutterbug, Handsome Brock Hanson, and her fun-loving grandmother, she takes Hollywood by storm to catch a blackmailing killer and write another book. AMAZON



New mystery from Amazon best-selling author!

Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!

Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops. AMAZON


Shelby Hart and her sidekick of quirky family members and friends are at it again! This time, no one in Shady Acres are what they seem. The seedy side of the community is revealed when a seemingly good girl’s dirty lifestyle is revealed and someone kills her for her secrets. Wanting justice served for a woman no one deems worthy of spending too much time investigating her death, Shelby takes matters into her own hands. From a mystery maze to underground tunnels, Shelby and her family must catch a killer before they become the next victim. AMAZON


When poisonous foliage begins appearing in Shelby Hart’s garden, and a resident of Shady Acres winds up dead, she sets off to clear her reputation as a gardener. Hard to do with a broken foot, a meddling office manager, and a head chef who is as crusty as week old bread. To top things off, a handsome new detective comes on scene more determined than the others to keep Shelby from sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. AMAZON


Right before Christmas, Shelby Hart is visited by the man who ditched her at the altar. It seems he wants the expensive gifts he’d given her to give to his new fiancé. Unfortunately for him, Shelby sold them. When the man shows up dead in a bed of poinsettia’s, Shelby is thrust reluctantly into a group of women who call themselves the Second Mistress Club. Convinced that one of them killed the philandering man, Shelby sets out to find a killer and gets a Christmas surprise. AMAZON


Trouble just won’t leave Shelby Hart alone. She’s in her greenhouse, minding her own business, when the next thing she knows she’s lying on the ground looking up. Someone tried to poison her. Right after she vowed not to snoop into murders anymore. But this killer isn’t like the others. This one is a friend with a dark past. A past interwoven with the death of Shelby’s father five years ago. Come along as Shelby and her quirky group of friends and relatives work to outrace a killer and find justice. AMAZON


Shelby Hart is ready to try getting married again. To a man who won’t leave her at the altar. The only problem is…there’s been another murder and newly licensed Shelby is hired to use her private investigating skills to clear her mother’s name. As payment, her grandmother vows a gift that Shelby cannot receive.

Come along as Shelby and the gang plan a wedding and catch a killer in this last book of the Shady Acres series. AMAZON



Imagine watching the murder of someone you know happen live on social media. A small Ozark town is not as innocent as it seems.

Sheriff Sharlene Camenetti is out to prove herself in a man’s world. There’s a killer who tortures for mad reasons of his own. When murders start happening in the once peaceful town of Highland Springs, suspects range from strangers to family members. Arkansas Federal Bureaur of Investigations Agent Everis Hayes arrives to help in the investigation, and Shar has more to prove to herself than her ability to catch a cold-blooded killer and save the women of Highland Springs.

With a killer who has a motive will she succeed before she becomes the next victim? AMAZON


Children are disappearing from Highland Springs.
Evil once again stalks the small Ozark town of Highland Springs. This time, Sheriff Shar Camenetti and FBI agent Everis Hayes are pitted against a damaged villain. It’s a race against losing what Camenettia and Hayes hold dear. Can they protect the ones they love against a woman who seems to have help everywhere? Can no one in Highland Springs be trusted? AMAZON



Girls are disappearing from Highland Springs without a trace.

Sharlene Camenetti faces her biggest challenge yet as sheriff. There’s a new church in town that believes the world is coming to end and they are looking for strong people like Sheriff Camenetti and Deputy Hayes to join them. Shar and Everis enter into a diabolical community and face a formidable foe who will do anything to see his vision fulfilled. Absolutely anything. AMAZON



Evil is stalking the town of Clear Springs and seems to be targeted at Cassidy Monroe, one of the town’s detectives. Haunted by her mother’s unsolved murder, Cassidy links the killer to her death. What she discovers rocks her world.

Colin MacKenzie, a relocated detective from Scotland, is the last thing Cassidy needs. Handsome and determined to protect her, she finds he is a distraction she doesn’t need.

As an age-old secret covered with blood creeps closer, Cassidy must determine which is more important…justice or love? AMAZON



Detective Linn McFarland is matching wits against her toughest foe yet. A woman, Queen Coral the newspapers call her, is collecting men as playthings. She wants one man from every ethnic group and her eye is on Linn’s fiancee, Chief of Police Andrew Wayne. Queen Coral has no qualms about killing a man that disappoints her and is leaving a path of destruction through a small Arkansas town.

Can Linn save the man she loves before he becomes Queen Coral’s newest addition?

WARNING: Sexual innuendoes and mild language AMAZON


When a serial killer stalks women who resemble each other, a small town detective must find him before he catches her.

After receiving a batch of photographs of missing women and discovering her face imposed on one of the victim’s picture, Aislinn MacFarland realizes the serial killings taking place are personally directed toward her. When the FBI steps in, and Agent Andrew Wayne is assigned to protect her, Linn balks, determined to solve the crimes with the help of her partner. When a witness points a finger at Linn’s partner as being the killer, Linn and Drew race against time to prove the other detective’s innocence and catch the man known as The Photographer before more women are killed. Romance rages, bullets fly, and a madman moves closer to his idea of the perfect woman.

WARNING: Mild language and suggestive themes AMAZON



What if the serial killer you were chasing was closer than you think?
Small town detective, Shelby Moore, has kept a case board on her mother’s ten year old murder in her basement. When beautiful women start dying with the same words next to them that was next to her mother, Shelby believes she may have finally gotten a break. The only thing is…the killer shares something very precious with Shelby. Something she can’t shake off.
Scottish cop, Colin MacKenzie, left disaster behind and moved to the rural landscape of Arkansas. The last thing he expected was for his past nightmares to haunt him as he fights to keep his lovely partner, Shelby alive.
Can these two outrace a killer before they themselves become one of the dead pretty people?
Ripped in Red is book one in a continuing story of a woman’s quest for the man who killed her mother and her search for love.

Warning: Mild language and innuendo. AMAZON


Her choice may lose her the man she loves.

In the second installment of the Pretty Must Die series, Cassidy Monroe gets ever closer to arresting Draco, the Dragon. As she follows the clues the killer leaves, the danger to Colin increases. Draco gives them both an ultimatum…to Cassidy….join him or Colin dies…to Colin…step aside or die. Either way, Colin stands to lose. AMAZON


It’s six weeks later and Cassidy is with Draco, forced to watch as he kills an innocent man. Drugged and wounded, she is determined to bring down this man and save the life of Colin, the man she loves. When a beautiful detective faces the dragon, who will be the victor? AMAZON


It’s not about the ZOMBIES, it’s about the SURVIVORS

Attempts to divert a giant meteor from striking the Earth fail. Instead, the meteor was broken and showered the earth with many. One of which strikes a government test facility unleashing a plague like none the world has ever seen.

Chalice Hart watches her mother die and then flees their home with her brother and sister. They team up with another group of survivors and head west in search of a safe zone.

The horrors they encounter were only imagined in Chalice’s nightmares. The one redeeming factor is the handsome Colton Morgan. A young man who quickly becomes much more than a friend. AMAZON


Who is the woman following Chalice and her group?
The Survivors of a zombie apocalypse are searching for a safe zone.
A place where they can start a new life, and thrive. While they manage to find the supplies they need, Chalice and Colton are sure their good luck can’t last, especially when others try to take what belongs to them and hordes of zombies wait down every road. Can they find their sanctuary before they all turn into one of the non-breathers? AMAZON


Chalice’s and Colton’s group of survivors is growing, but their stock of supplies aren’t. When they find a place to settle for a while, it seems other survivors want what they have and send the largest horde of undead their way Chalice has seen yet, not to mention Colton brings a woman back from the dead. The road to a safe place is long and Chalice begins to fear they’ll never find a place safe from the dead who now rule the world. Will they find their haven? Will they ever be able to forge a new “normal” life? AMAZON


A new improved version of the zombie virus is plaguing the survivors, creating a new species much faster than the old, and a group of military survivalists are burning every building in sight to capture people young enough to repopulate the earth. Chalice and Colton must protect their ever-growing group against the new dangers and find a place large enough to house their small community and protect them against the undead horde following. Can they push back the new threat and overcome an even deadlier obstacle? AMAZON


Chalice Hart and Colton Morgan have forged a life for themselves and their ragtag group of survivors, fortifying a mall into a place to wait out the apocalypse. But, there is evil still out there. The dead who want to eat them, and the living who want what they have and will stop at nothing to obtain it. When a survivalist group steal the young girls living at the mall, Chalice and Colton have to do what goes against their conscience to get them back. AMAZON


Chalice Hart and Colton Morgan have found the place they want to settle down. But, it’s overrun with the undead, and not too far away is a military base housing the president, and run by a cowardly mad man who wants fame and glory at the expense of others.

Before they can settle their group of survivors in a new, safer place, they must face uncountable numbers of undead and put a crazy man in his place. AMAZON


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