WILLIAM ARTHUR HOLMES

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Operation Detour

Riva is a beautiful young black ops agent on her first assign­ment. She tries to turn Alex into her own asset, just because she can. When he loses his job, then girlfriend and decides to go out with a bang, she's afraid she's over-played her hand.

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Riva's gray eyes reach out and grab anyone careless enough to look directly at her. Her flawless skin almost glows in contrast to her luxurious black hair. She is fully aware of the effect she has on men and is not afraid to use it... most days....
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Lottery President

For most people, win­ning $300 mil­lion in the lottery would be enough. They would retire, buy a big house and travel the world. Not Benny. He took the money and ran... for presi­dent. The house he had in mind was the White House. He didn't want to travel the world so much as save it from politicians. Retire? "I'll retire when I'm dead!" he said, not know­ing so many people had that exact retire­ment plan in mind for him.

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Benny sat alone at a table by the door in a recently opened Asian restaurant. The plastic-laminated menu offered dishes from Mongolian to Indonesian and everything in between, with each item written in its native language and alphabet. He had no idea what he was looking at until he flipped it over to find the English version. ...
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Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo

Anti-corporate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world. His old boss Colonel Charon­ne hires Major Watson to stop him. On his "speak­ing truth to power" tour, Dobie meets and falls in love with Kaylie while endur­ing attacks at every turn. Can they outrun Charon­ne and his minions? Will Watson steal her away? Is she too good to be true? And, what's up with that little blue alien?

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It was in Las Cruces that things got weird. Dobromir "Dobie" Pokorny was well into his anti-corporate "speaking truth to power" tour in support of his latest book -- his manifesto -- Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo. ...
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Last Train Out

Clay and his adopted daught­er Jenna look forward to their up­coming "home­land tour" to Russia. His intent­ions are pure. Hers, not so much. Search­ing for her after she goes miss­ing, he learns she is not the innocent little girl he once thought. Not even close. His only hope is to find her and catch the Last Train Out.

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Zenya was two-and-a-half when two very strange people came to visit her orphanage in Astrakhan in the southwest corner of Russia. They talked funny, she thought, as if almost able to speak properly, but only a few words and with such horrible accents, it was difficult to understand them. She assumed they were stupid. Gloopy, in Russian. They were there to see her, though -- just her! -- so she let it go. ...
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Temporary Insanity

Long before win­ning the lottery and run­ning for presi­dent, Benny was living in L.A. work­ing as a word proces­sing temp. He thought his latest assign­ment was just another gig, never antici­pating Venelia and the Dynamos. The what?

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Benny Reed was riding the elevator in a building he had never been in before. It was climbing surprisingly fast. Too fast, he thought. "It didn't stop on those floors," he said, half to himself, as it sped upward. When no one replied, he glanced around to see if anyone heard him. Apparently not....

The Lazy Pug Cafe

The Lazy Pug Cafe was a dilapi­dated old farm­house aban­doned years ago. A massive, ancient oak tree, Ol' Lightnin', lurked out back while the house itself served as a sad but charm­ing reminder of days gone by. Locals were grateful someone was final­ly bring­ing the old girl back to life. Come meet pugs Daisy, Chandler and Joey! There are cats and humans, too, but it's all about the pugs! Pugs rule!

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As recently as a few months ago, the Lazy Pug Café was nothing more than a dilapidated old two-story farmhouse. Set back just forty yards from the road, there was a beautiful old weeping willow in front and a massive ancient oak tree out back. Abandoned years ago, the old estate's only purpose lately had been to serve as a sad but charming reminder of days gone by. Locals witnessing its resurrection were grateful someone was fin...
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