The mission that brings them together will tear them apart.
In the steamy jungle of 1960’s era Vietnam, when a team of Navy SEALs are brought together with a pair of reporters, no one is prepared for the explosive secrets their encounter will reveal. Lt. Ben Kolley, former WWII frogman, leads one of the first teams of Navy SEALs, including the elusive point-man with an uncanny sense of the water - Catch. The reporters, a drunken writer, and Kahele, a female photographer with dark eyes and an even darker secret are the first allowed to interview a SEAL team. But neither Kahele or Catch are prepared to discover an attraction for each other that’s like nothing they’ve ever experienced. Soon, Catch is breaking all the rules to be with her, and Kahele finds herself entangled by a passion she’s never felt before. But for Ben, Kahele dredges up horrifying memories of an old mission – one where not all of his team returned. Can Kahele be trusted or is she the monster Ben fears? The clock is ticking, and soon all their lives may depend on Ben. >>BUY NOW!
The Carrie Mae make-up ladies aren't just selling lipstick - they're packing heat.
When Nikki Lanier was offered a position with the Carrie Mae cosmetic corporation, she leapt at it. Soon, Nikki learns that the powder and lipstick are simply cover-up for the Carrie Mae Foundation: a secret organization of international espionage and high-tech mascara founded for the purpose of “helping women everywhere.” Whisked off to Thailand with the legendary agent Val Robinson, Nikki is soon in over her head. Between investigating the abduction of a human rights activist, tracking down a murderous arms dealer, keeping up with her wildly dangerous new partner, and occasionally trying to date a hunk who may or may not be CIA, Nikki has to use all the courage and cosmetic technology she’s got to bring down the bad guys and get out alive. Nikki got more than just a job; she got a career in intrigue and espionage, complete with knock-out gas perfume, stiletto stiletto’s and a some kick-ass new friends. It’s a dream job, as long she can survive.
You never know what’s beneath the surface.
When Seattle native Tish Yearly finds herself fired and evicted all in one afternoon, she knows she’s in deep water. Unemployed and desperate, the 26 year old ex-actress heads for the one place she knows she’ll be welcome – the house of her cantankerous ex-CIA agent grandfather, Tobias Yearly, in the San Juan Islands. And when she discovers the strangled corpse of Tobias’s best friend, she knows she’s in over her head. Tish is thrown head-long into a mystery that pits her against a handsome but straight-laced Sheriff’s Deputy, a group of eccentric and clannish local residents, and a killer who knows the island far better than she does. Now Tish must swim against the current, depending on her nearly forgotten acting skills and her grandfather’s spy craft, to con a killer and keep them alive.
In her hilarious, action-packed debut, Bethany Maines introduced sleuth Nikki Lanier and melded the best of Charlie's Angels, Alias, and Janet Evanovich in a smart, ultra-modern spy spoof.
Still reeling from the break up with CIA agent Z'ev Coralles, Nikki is tracking a Basque anarchist who may be planning to kill fellow Carrie Mae operative Camille Masters. Nikki's search leads her to Camille's son, bad-boy pop star Kit Masters, who's traveling to Paris on tour. When Nikki receives a picture of Z'ev with another woman, Kit is happy to help mend her broken heart, but first they have to fend off masked gunmen and get Kit safely to his New Year's Eve concert. When internal conflict within Carrie Mae gets her fired from the mission, Nikki defies orders and recruits her friends to help solve the case. But staying alive long enough to do it--and untangle her increasingly messy love life--will be the hardest thing Nikki's ever done.
Think you’re alone in this city? Think again. Goblins, faeries, vampires, and werewolves are all clawing for their piece of the American dream in Tacoma, Washington.
Ariana Grace is not just your average antiques dealer. This half-faery can sell you all the best "assets" - a great sense of humor, a new memory, or just the right amount of luck. If your problem seems impossible, if no one else can help, then Ariana Grace might have just the right asset for you. But be warned - magic has a mind of it's own - everything may not go as you planned.
– The Dragon Incident, Spells of Murder, and The Devil’s Invitational have all been collected into one volume featuring five additional tales that reveal more about your favorite characters! Follow Ariana through 8 tales of mystery, murder, and adventure as she shows us just what’s lurking in Tacoma’s alley’s, pool halls, and brothels.
Carrie Mae might look like an organization of nice ladies who sell make-up, but a few know the truth – they're an international espionage agency dedicated to helping women. Nikki Lanier is a top level Carrie Mae agent with everything under control – except her life. And when her teammate just made a blunder that put them all on suspension, Nikki decides to visit her grandmother’s farm. But her simple vacation is complicated by dangerous drug smugglers, the childhood sweetheart who broke her heart, and the sudden arrival of not only her mother and teammates, but also her current boyfriend, CIA Agent Z’ev Coralles. Now Nikki must discover what her family is hiding, whether or not she still has feelings for her ex, and how the smugglers are getting their drugs across the Canadian border, all while keeping her family – and Z’ev – in the dark about what she really does for a living. But soon Nikki must choose between keeping her secret and keeping her friends and family alive. Nikki might be a high-caliber concealer, but this time it might not be enough.
"A steamy romance … resulting in a giant twist. Compelling with great characterizations."
F.M. Meredith, author of author of A Crushing Death
“Fascinating story. Full of intriguing characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages.”
Sally Berneathy, author of Death by Chocolate
Amazon Top 5 Short Story
Power of Attorney, the Carrie Mae Mini-Mystery, has risen to become an Amazon Top 5 Short Story! Catch up on what Nikki was doing between Compact with the Devil and High-Caliber Concealer, delve into the mystery of Mr. Merrivel's secret past, and find out what Amazon readers already know - "the Carrie Mae books are full of charm" and a "delight"!
Glossed Cause (CM #4)
San Juan Islands Mystery #2
Carrie Mae #5
Shark Santoyo Crime Novella (#1)
Maines deftly combines humor with action in this fashion-forward thriller, which will remind many of such TV shows as Charlie's Angels, Alias, and Heroes.
A steamy romance … resulting in a giant twist. Compelling with great characterizations.
F.M. Meredithauthor of A Crushing Death
Oh, and by the way -- if you're taking it on vacation with you ... make sure nobody's going to give you a hard time if you get an occasional urge to read the funniest parts out loud. It is, after all, a Bethany Maines caper!
Beth KanellKingdom Books
A must read for chick lit fans that enjoy a little mystery and suspense in their books.
Samantha J.Chick Lit Plus
This series is my new favorite mystery/chick lit since Janet Evonovich’s Stephanie Plum. I cannot wait for more.
Stephanie G.Book Love Blog
Maines turns in a tale full of surprises... with a clever premise in this madcap romantic adventure that is as humorous as it is action packed.
it's a breezy page-turner, full of action and fun... Bulletproof Mascara is light and amusting, perfect for a lazy weekend or long plane flight. Beauty addicts, you'll enjoy!
Nadine J.AOL Shopping
SheKnows Chick Lit says it's just plain fantastic and fun. And just call Bethany Mains the new 007 of Chick Lit. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Crystal P.SheKnows Entertainment
Although I rolled with laughter every chapter or two, the situations never slipped away from "this could really happen!" Maines provides a merry and snugly plotted rejoinder to John Burdett's Thailand crime fiction, while creating in Nikki a modern-day, well-groomed, James-Bond-in-lipstick.