CHRIS BARILI

CHRIS BARILI

Annie Brown’s life could use some renovation. If only her dead mother would let her happy ending happen…

Annie’s in trouble at work, her ex-boyfriend is stalking her, and she’s just inherited her late mother’s dilapidated Victorian home in Denver. The last thing she needs in her life is a man … but when handyman Mike Tolbert comes to fix her dishwasher, all that changes.

Mike doesn’t exactly need the distraction of a relationship himself. A combat veteran of the Iraq war, Mike suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife left him, and he’s struggling to make ends meet while still providing for his young daughter. Yet something about Annie snags his heart and he finds he cannot walk away from her.

As Mike and Annie build a relationship, they discover Annie’s late mother hasn’t exactly left the house – and she’s certainly not leaving them alone. In fact, she’s more than willing to cross the barrier between the worlds to control her daughter’s life.

With the ghost of her mother haunting them, Mike and Annie face his PTSD, her troubles at work, legal battles over the house, and a deadly plot to force Annie out of her childhood home as they fight to keep their love alive.

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SMOTHERED

SMOTHERED

Annie Brown’s life could use some renovation. If only her dead mother would let her happy ending happen…

Annie’s in trouble at work, her ex-boyfriend is stalking her, and she’s just inherited her late mother’s dilapidated Victorian home in Denver. The last thing she needs in her life is a man … but when handyman Mike Tolbert comes to fix her dishwasher, all that changes.

Mike doesn’t exactly need the distraction of a relationship himself. A combat veteran of the Iraq war, Mike suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife left him, and he’s struggling to make ends meet while still providing for his young daughter. Yet something about Annie snags his heart and he finds he cannot walk away from her.

As Mike and Annie build a relationship, they discover Annie’s late mother hasn’t exactly left the house – and she’s certainly not leaving them alone. In fact, she’s more than willing to cross the barrier between the worlds to control her daughter’s life.

With the ghost of her mother haunting them, Mike and Annie face his PTSD, her troubles at work, legal battles over the house, and a deadly plot to force Annie out of her childhood home as they fight to keep their love alive.

GUILTY

GUILTY

Gunfighter Frank Butcher killed a lot of men in his time, not all of them justified. Now he’s dead and facing a panel of underworld judges who will determine if he goes to heaven or burns in hell. But to decide, they must test him, sending him against warped underworld versions of five of his kills. All Frank has to do is kill the one that was justified and let the others live. That’s how he must earn his redemption.

So with an unusual guide, Frank faces five of his past kills, each one more painful than the last. And each time, Frank must see the kill anew and decide if it was justified or not. And he can’t die, either, for dying in the underworld will trap him there forever.

HELL'S BUTCHER

HELL'S BUTCHER

Hell’s Marshal Frank Butcher and his ragtag posse are back, this time wreaking havoc on the civilized east coast. Sent to bring back John Wilkes Booth and his gang before they can kill the current US President, Frank wrestles with what appears to be his destiny: killing innocent people. Equipped with a new gun that seems to enjoy killing, Frank struggles to keep himself under control. Meanwhile, Booth and his gang traverse his old stomping grounds, plotting to kill the president and re-start the civil war. Frank and his friends–with help from an unlikely place–have to stop Booth’s plot, and keep Frank from losing himself in death.

HELL'S MARSHAL

HELL'S MARSHAL

Gunfighter Frank Butcher is in Hell, and that’s where he wants to stay. Unable to forgive himself for killing his father and his only son when he was alive, Frank wants nothing more than to spend eternity suffering. When the soul of Jesse James escapes from Hell and picks up where he left off in the old west, the judges of the underworld send Frank to bring him back. But James has a darker purpose than just robbery and trouble-making, meaning Frank and his misfit posse must send the killer back to Hell before he plunges the United States into war.

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