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Lust, Money & Murder - a Series (Book1 FREE! - download in all e-formats here)

Series description: Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?

"Revenge, determination and love fuel this thoroughly enjoyable fast paced series." - Samuel's Book Reviews.

"You will be hooked! not since Sidney Sheldon has a male author captured a woman's perspective so well. It has it all -- intrigue, love and realism." - Kathleen Bursaw "bookster"

"...a journey through the entire emotional spectrum. Love, revenge, danger, and pride propel the reader through this excellent novel...fantastic read!" - Theresa Fitzgerald, Author

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Passion, Power & Sin - International Thriller Series
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. 
Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life. Her thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe, to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, where her nemesis secludes himself in obscene wealth that he's gained from the financial ruin of others. Heather is playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's handsome, confident, and just as determined as she is. Only one man can stop her - a criminal mastermind who is intent on her destruction.

From Jayne Lockwood Reviews
"This is another enormously enjoyable read from Mr. Wells. It's all in there, a luscious mix of Sidney Sheldon and Shirley Conran, updated and fresh enough to stand tall in the 21st century. I could not put this book down."

Reviewed by David Savage, What's Good to Do Magazine

"A story of money, greed, scams, revenge and love!  A very well-written series of books where the pace does not let up from Book 1 to the final pages of Book 5. A highly entertaining read, it has to be one of the best stories I have read in years."

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The Drive-By Wife - Psychological Thriller

In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives. 

From Rabid Readers Reviews:
The Drive-By Wife is a wonderful psychological thriller in the vein of "Cape Fear" and "Misery." If you like Stephen King, Dennis Lehane and Gillian Flynn, you will like Mike Wells. 

"This book is a gripping, absorbing and disturbing portrayal of domestic strife leading to a violent nightmare." - Emma Hunneyball, Book Reviewers (UK)

"Excellent character development, plot line is through-the-roof original, and the whole premise is marvelously bizarre and intimidating." - The Word Verve, Alpharetta, GA (USA)

"If you are into psychological crime thrillers grab this book." - Reviewer CristiAk, Juneau, Alaska

"I have read most of the great thrillers and this is right at the top with them. Wells does not disappoint." Sheena Jennings, Butte, Montana (USA)

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With Mother's Approval (Thriller/Police Procedural), with Robert Rand

When the Seattle Police Department bumbles the investigation of a serial killer who has brutally taken the lives of five women, Detectives Allie and Jeremy Branson take over the case.  The husband and wife team work out of the King County Sheriff Department's Violent Crime Unit and have one of the best track records in the country.  But this time around, the Bransons are tested to their limits.   Will they catch "The Call Girl Killer," or will the sadistic murderer continue his spree of horrific crimes unchecked?

"As a fan on of thriller books by Stephen King and Lee Child I was immediately intrigued...overall a fantastic, absorbing read that does not disappoint. Another well deserved 5 stars." - Adisha Kariyawasam

"This is the first of the collaborative series between Mike Wells and Robert Rand. Although it is much more graphic than Mike Wells' usual style, it's a good story with plenty of suspense and action. It includes several graphically brutal sex scenes." - Sandy Penny, Reviewer, Sweet Mystery Books

"I have always liked a good mystery and With Mother’s Approval didn’t disappoint. It was a bit graphic and made me squeamish at times (I’m not complaining but I thought I’d share that for those who might get more than squeamish)" - Dawn "sleepygirl2" Joplin, MO, United States

"If you enjoy a fast paced action packed mystery i highly recommend you read With Mother's Approval" - Lady G.

"Keeps you on the edge of your seat.. You will not want to put this one down!!" - John R

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Blind Scorpion (International Spy Thriller), with Farsheed Ferdowsi


The BLIND SCORPION is a Top Secret computer program for simulating nuclear weapons explosions and the catastrophic havoc they wreak. Dr. Ross Shaheen, the developer of the software, is living the American dream. Between his internationally-recognized nuclear weapons research career at the prestigious Berkeley Lab and his picture-perfect family in the San Francisco suburbs, it's a good life that can only get better...until he is lured into lecturing before an elite group of scientists in the country of his birth: Iran.  The seven thousand mile trip takes Shaheen back to the land of the lion and the sun, yet it also delivers to Iran's very doorstep an important American citizen with Top Secret security clearance. It soon becomes clear what the Iranians are really after: the BLIND SCORPION. The coveted software is the key to advancing their clandestine nuclear weapons program without the rest of the world being able to prove its existence. Shaheen becomes entangled in a twisted web of espionage, corruption and survival, putting to the test not only his secret knowledge but also the very core of his allegiance to the land he now calls home.

If he lives, Ross Shaheen could walk away a hero.

The question is, for which country?

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Forbidden (Romantic Suspense), with Devika Fernando

When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne's world is turned upside down. Not only is she welcomed into a family that she never knew, but she is thrust headlong into the highest strata of European society. Nothing is too grand in the fairy tale lives of the uber-rich--the spectacular seaside villas, the sleek, chauffeured limousines, the outrageously expensive designer clothes. When Jayne plays her part and learns to fit into this new world, she meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne's heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed...and she ultimately finds herself confronting an evil that truly has no limits.

“Great blend of Mike Wells’s sophistication and Devika Fernando's romantic flourish as the story unwinds from gritty city to upscale villas, that will keep you guessing until the end. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.” - Carly Compass, Author & Book Reviewer

“I loved it!! I was so drawn in from the first page, and it never dragged on at all. I can always count of Mike Wells to deliver the literary goods.” - A.P. Bullard, Triskele Reviews

“A gripping thriller of lust and greed compounded with romantic overtures, this books opens up a totally confused and heady new life as the innocent, inexperienced and young Jayne embarks on it.” - Mehreen Ahmed, Amazon Reviewer

"Very good read, and I will HAVE TO read book two and three." - R.W. Preston, Amazon Reviewer

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Baby Talk - Horror

In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place and pushed his wife for an abortion.  And now, Baby Natasha knows it. She's out to get Neal, or so he believes.  Join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold.

"Any parent who has ever reached his wit's end with a toddler will appreciate this fantasy! I laughed until I cried...but the book has a scary side, too, especially the ending" -- Jennifer W., Atlanta

"Every nanny's worst nightmare!" -- Veronika P, Manchester, UK (Nanny!)

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Secrets of the Elusive Lover - Romantic Suspense

This is the true story of Adam, a 38 year old bachelor who is dating (sleeping with) a number of beautiful women, trying to keep them all secret from each other. But when the lovely, intelligent Bethany comes along, he finds himself falling in love, and his “perfect” lifestyle begins to crumble. Will Adam miss the opportunity for true happiness, or will he remain as he is forever?

5 Stars - "All in all, a wonderful, funny, challenging exploration of the rules of romantic relationships" - In Potentia Book Blog

"I loved this book because it is very romantic without being sappy.  It also remains true to human psychology.  Some interesting issues are explored, such as open relationships, age differences in couples, loyalty between friends, and others.  It was really engaging and made me think." -- Frances E., London

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Young Adult Thriller & Suspense Books
(Note: the main characters in these books are in their mid to late late teens and enjoyed by adults as well)

 Wild Child - Bestselling Paranormal Thriller 
 

Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school.  She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers.  But Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend.  When Briana challenges him to a swim across the lake, she's injured in a horrific accident, but discovers a mysterious substance in an underwater cave that saves her life.  What seems to be a magical yet harmless "power drug" invokes superhuman abilities, and Briana soon becomes dependent on it for her very survival.  When two government agents learn of the discovery,  they will stop at nothing to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment.  Is Kyle willing to risk everything to protect his love?

Readers of all ages will enjoy this gripping, fast-paced story.

Note:  the publishing journey of Wild Child, the book, is almost as wild as the story itself.  Read about that here.

Reviews: "Worth a serious read...incredibly gripping and heartwarming."
- Halinor Everdeen Cipriano, Assortments
"A fast, suspenseful thriller with an ending I never saw coming."
- Jessica Willis, The Tales Compendium
"Very exciting and gripping, leaves you wanting more."
"If anything, you should read it for the unique ending."
"You should give it a try.  It's really different and interesting."
- Brielle, Awesome Bookworm
 
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Wild Child, Book 2 - Lilith -Paranormal Thriller (Wild Child Sequel)

This sequel takes up where the original Wild Child laves off. Join Kyle, Briana, Brawn and Brains for another hair-raising adventure with the magical "green water." Several new, intriguing characters are introduced. Written in the same lean, fast-paced style as the original, this sequel will keep you breathlessly turning the pages, wondering what will happen next.

5 STARS!  "Captivating!  Once again Mike Wells holds us on the edge of ours seats..." - Dax M Tucker, Epic Poet

5 STARS!  "If you want a good read, grab this one!  LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!"
 - Ludmilla Kobylniak, Book Reviewer

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer - Paranormal Thriller

17 year old Rachel is crazy about Kurt, but she’s not sure the feelings are mutual. When his parents invite her and his best friend on a family vacation in Aruba, they encounter a strange object on the beach. Kurt disappears. He begins communicating in bizarre ways that shake his family to the core. Rachel realizes that he’s stuck between worlds, and that she’s the only one who can bring him back.

"Mike Wells has written an imaginative thriller and left us hanging on the precipice of a magnificent mystery." - Dan Glover

"I really like Mike Wells's style, and this story did not disappoint. The pace is fantastic, and the plot is engaging. I could not put the book down. It did it for me, once again!" - Johanna K. Pitcairn

"Mike Wells knows exactly how to craft a short story. It captures mystery, intrigue and a summer vacation. Great writing." - Ed Blythe

"This book is a combination of sci-fi, mystery and a childhood romance all rolled into one gripping package." - Janice Spina

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The Wrong Side of the Tracks - Coming-of-Age Thriller

When 14 year old Stephen moves into a tough neighborhood, 17 year old Ben takes him under his wing and protects him, shows him the ropes. But Ben is a reckless daredevil, and he pushes Stephen to prove his manhood by performing dangerous stunts with the freight trains that pass through the neighborhood.  When Ben finds out that Stephen has a crush on a girl in his class, Ben pressures him to stand up to her older, jealous boyfriend. The tension mounts as the story speeds towards its its chilling, life or death climax.  This novel explores first love and the true meaning of courage.

"Wrong Side of the Tracks is set in the teenage hell known as high school." -- Cindy Harrison

"Very well-written, exciting, and keeps you reading till the end!" -- Billie J. Copas

"A great book with a lot of turns and twists in it." -- MacKenzie Becker

"The Wrong Side of the Tracks was one of those remarkable reads that sucked this reader right out of the real world and into Wells fictional story book universe. When one finds such a read, it's magical." — Dustin Reviews

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