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SUSPENSE ROMANCE Trilogy
Jen, widowed at 31, clings to her humdrum job as a buoy in the swelling storms of grief until a coworker named Tom kidnaps her and fakes her death―at the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers, and the press who’ve discovered she’s alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially if her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks? A recent widow is kidnapped and her death faked, supposedly for her own good. But if she’s really a widow, why does she keep hearing her husband’s voice?
“Julie B. Cosgrove weaves a tale of suspense and romance as her heroine crosses paths with human traffickers and discovers the real faces of the victims. A story that both informs and shocks, but keeps you reading to the very end.” Mary Hamilton, author of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Series
“Julie Cosgrove’s new novel “Hush in the Storm” is the compelling story of a woman’s journey through tragedy, betrayal and triumph.as the heroine addresses issues of grief, love and modern day slavery. A must read.” Joy Brooks, Prayer For Freedom
the sequel LEGITIMATE LIES ORDER HERE
Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is. When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness? Christina is at a loss. Her parents are dead, her only son has flown the coop (except when he needs his laundry cleaned or a home-cooked meal) and her husband is rarely around anymore, even when he is perched in his favorite recliner. A different type of love story about an empty-nest couple discovering if there is still a spark in their marriage worth kindling. For any woman who notices her prince charming developing a paunch and an attitude.
“From the first clap of thunder to the conclusion of the book, Julie B. Cosgrove holds the reader in the palm of her hand. Just when you think all might go well for the main character, another event far worse than the one before befalls her all delivered by the expertly crafted and well-accomplished Ms. Cosgrove. I would highly recommend this book as well as others she has written. If you’re looking for a nail biter that will hold your attention from beginning to end – this is it.” Victoria Pitts Caine, Suspense Romance Author
Marisol’s story: FREED TO FORGIVE –
Abused as a child in her Mexican village, Marisol escapes to the U.S. But her temper gets her into worse and worse situations. Sold from man to man, bruised and beaten, In the process she becomes pregnant and chooses to give her child away than to expose it to a life of slavery.
Eventually by the grace of God, Marisol wretches free from the chains of human trafficking. However, her shame and anger shackles her to her past. And just when a decent man, Jesse, comes into her life, that past returns to haunt her.
The key to her freedom is forgiveness, held in the hands of someone she thought she’d never meet again. Will her horrid memories, guilt over abandoning her child, and anger for her abusers keep her from grasping it?
“Freed to Forgive is the third book in Julie B Cosgrove’s powerful series on human sex trafficking. The book is heart wrenching with raw emotions and a serious case of a poor self image. Following Marisol’s life from the very beginning until she is a responsible adult opens the readers eyes to the total devastation in the lives of girls who are imprisoned in sex trafficking. This book is hard to put down. I highly recommend it.” —Lena Nelson Dooley, multi-award-winning author
LOVE IS SERIES (novellas based on I Corinthians 13:4-8)
Greener Grasses – a novella from the Love Is series based on 1 Corinthians 13 love does not envy. Can twin sisters bury their jealousy long enough to love each other after tragedy hits? Feb 19 2016 ORDER HERE
Navy Blues – a novella from the Love Is series based on 1 Corinthians 13 love is not self-serving. A Naval gastroenterologist can heal heartburn, but what about a broken heart? May 27, 2016 ORDER HERE
Hill Country Homecoming – Sarah, daughter of a Texas horse breeding dynasty has the dollar and cents, Travis the horse sense. When tragedy hits the Bar-M Ranch one Christmas it is up to them to save it…if they can stop squabbling. ORDER HERE
Bunco Biddies Mysteries
Three widows who live in a Sunset Acres retirement community host Bunco games every Thursday evening. Betsy Ann, a retired reporter for the Alamoville, Texas community newspaper, considers herself a seasoned reporter, due to her column in the Garden and Home section. Janie is the widow of a police detective. Ethel, a cozy mystery aficionado, can recite each episode of Murder She Wrote and Columbo by heart. She meticulously catalogs all the who-dunnits she has read by how the murders were committed. So naturally, when their neighbors start reporting bodies, the three hop into action, despite the fact that Janie’s son-in-law is Alamoville’s very competent homicide detective.
As Janie and Betsy Ann go for their morning jog, they watch the city sanitation truck follow its normal five-mile Tuesday morning route through their retirement community of Sunset Acres. At the club house, the Bunco biddies notice a leg dangling out of the dumpster when the truck lifts the trash container high in the air to flip it. The women scream for it to stop. As they do, an arm, then a head drops into the sanitation vehicle. Someone has diced up one of their new residents— a grouchy loner named Edwin Newman. No one had seen him since he moved in the previous Friday. Could it be he unpacked too much of his dicey past?
After the cleaning service readies Mr. Newman’s garden home for lease, Janie’s friend Roseanne is stopped by a real estate agent with a screeching bundle in her arms— a newborn baby! One of the cleaning crew admits the child belonged to her sister, who died of a drug overdose in the back alley behind a convenient store near the entrance to Sunset Acres. She left the baby in the vacant house because she couldn’t care for her. But the score doesn’t add up. No one knew this maid had a sister. So, why did she lie about the corpse’s identity? Could this be the birth of a new crime wave in Alamoville?
Threes and Sixes Summer 2017
Victor and Lynn Bailey’s condo in Sunset Acres, number #366, is robbed. Then, Joan Stephens, another one of the Bunco widows, is burgled in #633. Janie sees a pattern but her son-in-law Detective Blake Johnson disagrees. The burglar confesses after he set off the alarm at 3636 Sunny Court, one of the garden homes in the community. However, the next morning he is found hanged in his jail cell. Jane, Ethel and Betsy Ann suspect it wasn’t suicide that led to the man’s demise, but a bad roll of the dice.
When Blake heads for vacation, there is something about his partner, Mitch Hornsby, newly returned from medical leave, Janie doesn’t quite trust…and why does Chief of Police Gates keep glancing in her direction? Does he remember what happened between them in 1970?
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Heart warming and at times humorous, this empty-nest novel is for every woman who watches her husband grow a punch and wonders why he is often absent, even when in his favorite recliner.
Christina is at a loss- she has lost her parents, her grown son from the nest, and her husband to his job. One morning, she snaps, veers her vehicle towards the Texas Hill Country and just keeps driving. But what she encounters forces her back to her reality…which has already begun to change in her absence. How can she focus on her new life, especially when someone from the past enters into it unexpectedly? Read the First Chapter