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Dark Dawn #1

The Lei Crime Series: Dark Dawn (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition

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She never knew what was waiting for her…

As the wife of hot-headed Maui detective Pono Kaihale, devoted mom to their two kids and her high-octane jobs as a nurse and wedding planner have prepared Tiare to handle anything. Or so she she’s always thought.
Her often difficult Aunty Nalani is a constant nightmare with her history of drug and alcohol addictions and a recent period of homelessness. Unfortunately, Pono can’t stand her so Tiare is often left to deal with her aunt alone. Even Nalani’s twin sister, Kekepania (Keke for short) despairs of her, but now, Nalani seems to finally have her life on track. One rainy morning, tragedy strikes. Keke and her daughter, three-year-old Anuhea vanish. Nalani claims to have no knowledge of her whereabouts. Pono is working hard on a case and doesn’t have time to deal with the aunties’ nonsense. He suggests if Keke is really missing, to file a missing person’s report. Though hurt by her husband’s indifference, Tiare takes his advice and takes the first steps by going into Keke’s house looking for clues. There, she discovers some shocking things about her favorite aunty. Joining forces with Pono’s frequent partner, Lei Texeira, Tiare uncovers a secret plot so sinister it shocks her, and there’s nobody to help her. Her life now at risk, Tiare digs deep to save her aunty and herself. But is she too late? They say it’s darkest before dawn, but for Tiare, dawn just seems to get darker and darker…

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Dark Dawn #2

The Lei Crime Series: Darker Dawn (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Dark Dawn Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Can Tiare save Lei Texeira from a crazed killer?

Maui Police Department Detective Pono Kaihale’s wife Tiare is training as a forensic nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. It’s tough being away from her beloved family but she and her friend, Kalu Hannigan, are learning some astonishing things about ritual folk healing from around the world.
Tiare is also catching up with her female buddies, including Pono’s partner, Lei Texeira who is in town for a friend’s wedding. Things soon turn weird however when Kalu and Tiare go to meet Kalu’s daughter Jess at the Fort Street Mall.
Kalu vanishes.
Tiare hunts all over the strange little mall for her, stumbling on a macabre scene in a supposedly abandoned building.
Seven altars the likes of which she has never seen, appear to be Santeria-like. They’re in even more sinister: Palo Monte—black magic, rarely seen on the mainland, let alone the islands.
Not only that, but one of the altars carries a direct threat to…
Lei Texeira.
Tiare is thrown into a world she knows nothing about, her nursing skills and sharp instincts a necessity now she’s facing a deadly opponent, a “Palo Princess.”
But who is she, and why does she want Lei dead?


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Dark Dawn #3

The Lei Crime Series: Sunflower (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Dark Dawn Book 3) Kindle Edition

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An unsolved murder, like a lost love, never leaves your heart

As a child, Tiare Kaihale had a dark and difficult life, made beautiful by the aunt who raised her and her brother. Then there was also the incredible friendship she shared with her best friend, blonde, happy, Sunflower Riley.

Tiare and Sunflower did everything together, including being kidnapped when they were twelve. It’s a memory Tiare has buried deep. She’d never even told her husband, Detective Pono Kaihale, because of her relentless survivor guilt. Now she can’t even look at sunflowers, but suddenly they’re everywhere. One sunflower even mysteriously appears in her garden.

Then the police arrive at her Maui home one hot Sunday in August as she’s catering a wedding brunch for thirty people.

Sunflower’s body has been found. Twenty years after her precious friend vanished, she’s coming home to be buried.

Old secrets, terrible ones, rise to the surface, and Tiare becomes the target of the person who thought Sunflower was gone. For Pono, this manhunt is more than personal. It’s life and death, and he will risk everything to protect the woman he loves, and to unravel the mystery of a girl named Sunflower.

Author’s note: Although this is the third book featuring Tiare Kaihale, this story is a standalone title. It does not need to be read in sequence with the others.


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Moneymaker Series Book 1

The Lei Crime Series: City of Refuge (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Moneymaker Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Uschi’s past refuses to stay behind her.

Big Island homicide detective Uschi Moneymaker has always had an affinity for cold cases. She’s never told a soul that she feels a particular closeness to the families of the missing because her own mother vanished when she was six. Uschi has never gotten over losing her mom, who may or may not be out there, wandering, lost. Or, she may be dead. When she is invited to join an elite team of detectives on a special squad called Ke ‘Ahi Pio’ole, she is eager to join.


In Hawaiian it means The Fire That Never Burns Out because murder has no statute of limitations. This small unit works cold cases for the entire island and they want Uschi’s help. She has a gift for solving these old mysteries. And for Uschi, searching for the lost burns in her very soul. Just as she is about to take up the position, she learns that everything she knew about her mother is a lie. Old secrets come to the surface and she must solve her own case, douse her own flames before she can truly help others. The islands have mana. She’s never doubted this, especially when she is guided to seek protection and help in the old City of Refuge. Can she find the answers she needs? Will she find her mom? Or, will a dangerous, silent enemy stop her searching forever?