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How the story starts –

How could an old woman’s fall launch her daughter’s life-changing series of shocking discoveries and events? Sharon Cooper could never have imagined uncovering decades-long secrets that reveal unbelievable family history, unknown relatives, connections to the mob, greed, blackmail, and murder.

Unwanted Discovery – Book One (second edition)

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Sharon Cooper and her daughter, Callie, nearly bit off more than they could chew when they started to inventory Sharon’s mother’s estate. Old letters in the attic begin a series of unwanted discoveries. Hidden and locked away throughout the mansion are more secrets about Sharon’s family than she ever imagined. How could Sharon have grown up here and not be aware of the mystery, intrigue and scandal within these walls?

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Unwanted Discovery was originally submitted as a short story in Tamarine Vilar’s college writing class. Click here to read: Short story draft

Unwanted House Guest – Book Two

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Ralph arrives unexpectedly with a suitcase. Jack and Sharon Cooper and her family must now figure out why his father is there and how to get him back to his house. His contentious attitude and life-threatening habits get worse, escalating emergencies and soon puts the entire family in danger. And why is Pierre still interested in the Mansion?

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**If you have a misprint of this book, click here for chapter 22**

Unwanted Agenda – Book Three

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Charlotte Knapp is corralled into helping her niece, Callie Cooper, prepare for her wedding. But during their first meeting, Charlotte’s ex, Kurt Morris, shows up after no contact for six years. He claims that he wants to reconnect with their sons, Josh and Cal. Remembering what happened in the past, Josh wants nothing to do with him. But Cal doesn’t remember and wants to be with him. Charlotte wants to believe him, but nagging doubts and bad memories haunt her. How can they determine what he really wants? Her extended family helps her, not only sort out Kurt’s agenda, but also find a way out of his clutches.

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Unwanted Family – Book Four

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Vera Carelli survived a gunshot blast to the abdomen, but she doesn’t remember how it happened. She must rely on the statements of her philandering husband and his controlling family. Everyone says her sister shot her. She thought her sister was her best friend, but where is she now? And why is her husband filing for divorce?
Callie Cooper and her mother, Sharon, started out trying to encourage Vera, but they soon realize there is more involved than just a family squabble. Callie investigates with the help of her uncle Rudy Burke, drawing her into more intrigue than she’s prepared to handle – lies, cover-ups, and underworld connections.
Aunt Georgia Burke tells why Alice was so conniving. You’ll never guess what prompts her confession.

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Unwanted Sister – Book Five

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Callie Cooper’s first important job as a P.I. has her traveling to Newport, Oregon where her grandmother’s cousin has been arrested for murdering her husband. Callie’s uncle Rudy has been grooming her in the business; but since he is unavailable to help, he’s letting her use his old beach cabin while she works the case.
Last year, Gary, the boy next door, professed his love for her; and she’s still trying to sort out her feelings for him. And now he’s accompanying her to Newport. They soon realize that the facts of the case don’t add up; but before they can finish their investigation, she realizes there is a dangerous stalker after her. Is Callie in over her head?

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