Mayhem’s Betrayal

Mayhem’s Betrayal
Operation Mayhem Series

by Lindsay Cross
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Mayhem’s Betrayal

Under the order of General Rainier, he’d attacked his team, injured Diggs, and nearly blinded King. When the men had finally managed to take him down, he’d been more like an animal than a man.
And now they had him caged like a wild animal, too.
A wild beautiful animal she couldn’t stop thinking about, yet was expected to tame. His every word and action proved his lack of control. He couldn’t be trusted, yet she wanted to trust him.
God she was tired. Her hand drifted up to cover her eyes, fresh tears stinging the corners. She never cried, not since she was a child anyway, and yet these past few weeks she had to fight off the foreign feeling repeatedly.
Think, Melissa, think. There must be something you’re missing! 
“Come here.”
Melissa thought about trying to pretend she hadn’t shown such a weakness right in front of him, but found she didn’t even have the energy for that. Instead she dropped her hand and stared at him helplessly.
“Melissa, come here,” he repeated, stepping close to the glass and raising his to the cool pane between them.
Without thought, she moved closer, losing herself in his intense blue gaze. All those awards meant absolutely nothing if she couldn’t solve this equation. They were worthless. As worthless as she was turning out to be.
“Put your hand to mine,” he said firmly.
Numbly, she did as instructed, lining up her much, much smaller hand on the other side of the glass directly across from his.
His gaze locked with hers, stealing the numbness she was so blessedly seeking and instead flooding her with warmth. She sucked in a breath, her weakened pulse  picking up steam.
“That’s good,” he said, “You are not worthless, you are literally the smartest person I’ve ever met. You are going to crack this research project and you are going to save all of us.”
Her body started to tingle, and she felt a heated buzzing soothing her mind, as if he were somehow forcibly relaxing every cell inside her.
Entranced, she could no more speak than she could tear her gaze from his. And she didn’t want to, God help her.
“Now, breathe with me, Melissa. Feel yourself relax. Slow. Steady.” His rate of speech slowed with each word, drawing his voice out so that she felt his calmness.
She matched her breathing to his, deep inhale, slow exhale. They were perfectly in sync.
She stopped thinking about the research, and she stopped thinking about the time. She stopped thinking about everything but the impossibly handsome man in front of her.
“That’s good, just relax. Let me take care of you,” he all but whispered.
Him take care of her? She wasn’t even allowed to let him out of his cell unless two members of the team were present. He’d betrayed the team, tried to kill the very men she was trying to save…
“Don’t do that. Don’t pull away for me. You can trust me. I turned myself in, remember?”
She stared at him, the buzzing in her mind growing stronger. She fought to form a solid thought. “You did, but only after they made you. You were surrounded by the entire team.”
John lowered his head, his blue eyes burning. “You and I both know I could’ve gotten out if I wanted to. I surrendered because I knew it was the right thing to do. They are still my team.”
“So you don’t think they betrayed you?” She barely got the words out. She’s been there the night he crashed the Humvee through the front of the mansion. The very sight of him ripping through the door still haunted her dreams.
“I’m not sure on that point, but I am sure they have my daughter, and they’re taking care of her. They’re taking care of my sister.” There was a long pause. “And they have you on their side. I might not fully trust them, but I trust you.”
Her breathing quickened. She wanted to trust him, every instinct inside of her called out to trust him, but her mind refused to follow suit. “No.”
“Yes. Stop thinking with your head. Feel me.” He leaned closer, resting his forehead to the glass.
She closed her eyes, feeling the electric heat pass through her. He was addictive. Even with her eyes shut, she could see him. His taught shoulders straining the black fabric of his t-shirt. The muscles thick and hard. The strong, scarred arms that seemed big enough to wrap around her and support them both.
But…He’d been working for General Rainier, the enemy of Team Mayhem. She would be a fool to blindly trust him after just a month. More than likely he was a plant, sent here to lower their guards and lead the general to them so that he could resume his awful experiment to enhance the emotions right out of them and turn them into mindless killing machines for hire.
With a force of will that strained her frayed nerves, she pulled her hand free of the glass. The warm buzzing disappeared and the weakness returned to her muscles instantly. If she hadn’t locked her knees she would’ve collapsed. “I don’t trust you.”
His hard lips slid into a tight smile. “You will.”


Peripheral Visions


Literary Short Fiction/Collection
Date Published: May 2020
Publisher: Unsolicited Press
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What do you do when the hand that life deals you isn’t the one you wanted? In Peripheral Visions and Other Stories, the characters choose to play the best game they can with the cards they’ve received. For some, it’s making the most of the circumstances in which they find themselves, even if it’s not the life they planned. For others, it’s following an unconventional path—not the easiest course or the one that others would take, but the one that’s right for them. But they never lose hope that life will get better if they can just hold on.


This is a pretty fantastic collection of short fiction that all relate to each other, but are all different just the same.
HIGHLY recommended, even for the reader who just wants something he or she can dip into from time to time.
About the Author
Nancy Christie is the award-winning author of Peripheral Visions and Other Stories Rut-Busting Book for Authors, Rut-Busting Book for Writers, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and The Gifts Of Change. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Florida Writers Association, Christie teaches writing workshops at conferences, libraries and schools. She is also the founder of the annual “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day.
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Hook Up


Title: Hook Up
Series: Taking Chances #2
Author: TC Matson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Most people would
look at my life and swear it’s the building block for a romantic comedy.
But for me—it’s anything
but amusing.
While I’m helping my
best friend plan her wedding, I get hit with a bomb.
One that ruins all
my hopes and dreams of marriage and starting a family.
My long-term
boyfriend isn’t only a lying, cheating, piece of worthlessness,
He’s also in love
with the woman he’s been seeing behind my back.
Now I’m forced to
act like my best friend’s wedding isn’t going to hurt my soul while I try to
mend my heart.
What’s the best way
to get over a broken heart?
A no strings
attached hook-up.
Nothing helps heal
like a good lay.
But there’s this one
hot, witty, flirtatious and delicious man who is completely off-limits.
The best man.
Despite my best
attempts to say no, a pre-wedding vacation trip snaps my willpower.
Even when we’re back
home and I know it’s a bad idea, I still can’t seem to say no.
While I try to
pretend nothing is going on, he’s dead set on convincing me to give him a
I mean, nothing puts
friendships on the line like lying about why I have a smile on my face.
Now we just have to
figure out if we can make this work without ruining an entire circle of friends
who I consider family.



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Author Bio
TC Matson loves to
let her character’s voices be heard. With a head full of stories, she puts her
keyboard through a beating daily. Matson sets her sights on writing stores
relatable and real. And having an understanding that love isn’t always instant
and full of flowers—her writing mirrors it. She isn’t afraid to push the
envelope and touch bases of uncomfortable situation.

She’s a romance junkie at heart and an avid reader. Add those two together and
she will devour books within hours, getting lost in the world the author

Matson resides in the peaceful Piedmont area of NC with her husband and two
boys, where staying hopped up on caffeine is the key to her sanity. Chaos is
indefinite and a sense of humor is an absolute must. 

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The Noisy Classroom

Picture Book
Date Published: 5/5/2020
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The first day of school is coming… and I’m going to be in the noisy class. Any class but the noisy class will do!
A young girl is about to enter the third grade, but this year she’s put into Ms. Johnson’s noisy class. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from it can be heard in the hallway. With summer coming to an end and school starting, the girl realizes that soon she’ll be going to the noisy class. What will school be like now?
Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages those with first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways.


About the Author
Angela Shanté is writer, poet, editor, and educator, with a Masters in Elementary Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has taught elementary school for ten years. In her own classroom, she believes in having fun, playing games, moving around, dancing, and enjoying the education experience, even if it occasionally gets loud. Angela lives Los Angeles, California.
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Faithfully Fervent


Date Published: November 4th, 2019
Publisher: Clay Bridges
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It’s Time to Stand.
Faithfully Fervent takes you along the journey of how Christ resurrected a once-dead life inside and invigorated a radical fight for love and redemption. This journey is rooted in what it means to truly stand for Christ and His promises when faced with the most debilitating adversity. Faithfully Fervent takes you through a transformative process to equip you to stand firm as a child of God despite the world’s invitation to run.
This book empowers you:
To say yes to becoming a fierce warrior.
To run your race with endurance and chase the prize that is Christ.
To faithfully choose to become agape love because of how He loves.
To fight the battle and become victorious when, against all odds, the world pressures you to do otherwise.
Strip off all your pride. Deny self. Pick up your cross. Get ready to live free and do a mighty work to bring glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your story serves a mighty purpose because God isn’t finished with you yet.
Come along on the journey to being Faithfully Fervent.


For once a book finally explains what it means to go after your “true calling.” Rhianna‘s book is honest, insightful, therapeutic, and very easy to relate to. She explains her story in a way that really appealed to be as a reader. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone doing some soul-searching. Rhianna’s love of Jesus shines through. This book has definitely made an impact on me in a wonderful way!
About the Author
Rhianna Marie Mitchell is a woman of God who is radically pursuing her mission to mirror God’s vision. She was born and raised in Texas and currently resides in Dallas. Rhianna is a pediatric registered nurse and is passionately following her calling into ministry. Her mission is to help bring hope and healing through her testimony.
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Reckless Memories

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I loved him before I knew what the word meant.

But he was never mine to love.

Reckless Memories, an all-new emotional friends to lovers standalone from @catherinecowlesauthor is releasing May 12th, and we have the first peek inside this not-to-be-missed romance.

Check out the sneak peek and pre-order here →

Suppose the Relevance of Daniel


Published: November 2019
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
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Too much to be coincidental.
Were Daniel’s dreams and visions almost 3000 years ago talking about today?
Not many pages but crammed full of hair raising comparisons to what the world looks like today.
About the Author

Bobby James is a first time author and devoted follower of God, who lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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The Mostly Invisible Boy

Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published Date: 4-25-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
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Eleven-year-old Casey Grimes is invisible. Really. When he leaves suburbia and infiltrates a secret forest society, he can finally be seen—but Sylvan Woods hates outsiders as much as it loves killing monsters. As Butcher Beasts invade, his flimsy cover story falls apart, and courage is his only chance to belong.
About the Author
AJ Vanderhorst has had many jobs, including journalist, paramedic, escape artist, and baby whisperer. One time in fifth grade, he built a traffic-stopping fort in a huge oak tree, using only branches and imagination, and slept there for a week.
Now he and his wife live in a woodsy house with their six proteges and a ridiculous number of pets, including a turtle with a taste for human toes. This makes AJ an expert on wild, dangerous things—invisibility spells, butcher beasts, hungry kids, you get the idea.
He is the only author in the world who enjoys pickup basketball and enormous bonfires, preferably not at the same time. He and his family have drawn up several blueprints for their future tree castle. Visit AJ online at
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Sedona: City of Refugees


Contemporary Fiction
Published: August 2019
Publisher: Birch Treehouse Publishing
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Set amid the red rock beauty of Sedona, Arizona, this is the story of a widowed middle-aged newspaper reporter searching for God and herself amid the rubble of her life.
Kathleen Sullivan Buckley writes profiles for a small newspaper about various characters that inhabit the tourist community. Running parallel to her articles is Kathleen’s own story: She is a fallen-away Roman Catholic attempting to deal with her loss of faith; she feels spiritually buffeted by her married lover’s powerful born-again Christian beliefs and the persistent philosophies of the New Age that constantly swirl about Sedona. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law is working his political machinations to get her thrown off her late husband’s will so he can conclude a devious land trade with the U.S. Forest Service.
Sedona: City of Refugees is a biting look at a modern-day American tourist community caught in the throes of change. Sedona—considered by many to be more stunning than some of America’s national parks—draws more than four million tourists a year. But beneath the surface splendor of the scenery, Sedona is torn by deep conflict, with each political and spiritual faction hustling their individual philosophy.
As the novel moves toward its climax, Kathleen uncovers a scheme by her brother-in-law that will adversely affect land near Sedona. In a race against time and the elements to get the story into print, Kathleen comes face to face with a decision she must make about the value of her own life.

About the Author

Geraldine Birch has been a newspaper reporter most of her life, having worked for various community newspapers in Southern California and Arizona. Her work included a ten-year stint as a free-lance writer for the Los Angeles Times.
In 1991, she moved to Sedona, Arizona, where she worked as a reporter, editor, and political columnist for the Sedona Red Rock News. Birch’s political column “Gerrymandering,” was awarded a first place national award by the National Newspaper Association.
Her writing has also appeared in the Arizona Republic, the Christian Science Monitor, Opium, Six Hens, and Fiction Attic Press. She is the author of three books, The Swastika Tattoo, a historical fiction; Vision of a Happy Life: A Memoir; and Sedona: City of Refugees, a fictional romance set in Sedona, Arizona
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Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light


Clifton Chase Series, Book 1
Juvenile Fantasy Thriller
Publisher: INtense Publications
Date Published: 4/11/2020
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There were plenty of other middle schoolers it could’ve chosen. Six-hundred and eighty-six, if you didn’t count Clifton. The Arrow of Light appeared in his closet then whisked him away to a far-off land, where a dwarf and magical bird led him to two princes. He returned their arrow that he had somehow found and went home to his normal life. But the Arrow of Light had other plans. When Clifton found out that the king locked the princes in Drofflic Tower, he knew he must return to the past to protect the future. Enlisting the help of many mythical creatures and the princes’ own sister, he managed to find the reason the Arrow of Light chose him. But magic can be wrong. And history longs to be told.


Jaimie Engle did an incredible job of vividly taking you into Clifton Chase’s world.
She truly is a wordsmith. An excellent adventure to take with any child.
This is the kind of book that truly will make reading enjoyable for any kid.
About the Author
Jaimie Engle writes fantasy thrillers for teens and tweens. Her anti-bullying message has reached tens of thousands of students throughout the US, and her books have hit #1 on the Amazon New Release List. Metal Mouth, her magical realism for teens, is a contender for the 2020-2021 Florida Sunshine State Book List!  Before publishing her first novel, Jaimie danced at the Aloha Bowl halftime show, was an alien on Sea Quest, and modeled bikinis for Reef Brazil. When not writing, Jaimie can be found on TikTok or cosplaying at comic conventions. Learn more at
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