Mary-ellen DeLeon

Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author Profile

Mary-ellen  DeLeon

Mary-ellen DeLeon lives in Connecticut with her teenage daughter. She is an accountant by trade yet has a passion for writing. Her books deal with difficult yet timely issues of today's society. Her favorite writers include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Parker, Nicolette Gianni, Gillian Flynn, Lauren Kate, and Nicholas Sparks. Writing is an escape, a way to live someone else's life and take control of destiny. Travel into one of Mary-ellen's books into a world of love and tragedy, suspense and survival. See who comes out winning in the end. You can read her blog on Word Press at http://wp.me/3DDdp

Books

Mary-ellen  DeLeon

When Demons Hide

Romance

Before the sun rises the morning following their first evening together in over a year, Devon wakes to his cell phone’s insistent buzzing. Finally, bleary eyed, he answers. At first, he thinks perhaps Carmen dialed unintentionally. Her erratic breathing tells him something is wrong, really wrong. His instinct takes over and he knows he must get to her as fast as he can. When Devon reaches her apartment, he crashes headlong into the very dark and disturbing past of Carmen Calderón. A past he knows little about. Will he help or will he have to say good-bye to her forever?

Book Bubbles from When Demons Hide

Scars

Hiding visible scars, even the self-inflicted ones, can be nearly impossible. You can bury the emotional scars so deeply, even you forget. Until one day, they break free and cause havoc all over again. The day Devon runs to her rescue is the day her scars decide they need to be seen.

Victimized

Once again, Carmen is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily, she has a savior in Devon. He dashes to rescue her before anything serious can happen. Will he be there for her every time? Buy When Demons Hide and find out!

Asking for help

One of the hardest things a person has to do is ask for help. Carmen is in crisis. She isn't fully aware how deep her trouble is until the memories start bubbling up into her conscious mind. She cries out by carving a single word into her skin... Will her voice be heard? Will she make it our of the darkness.

Transcendent Love

Romance

David is a handsome yet shy artist who works odd jobs to make ends meet. After his parents die, he moves to Cape Ann to be around other artists and to paint the picturesque scenery and stunning sunrises over the water. During the winter months he keeps to himself in the quiet town and in the summer he sits on the boardwalk with his easel, charcoals, paints, and brushes doing portraits for tourists. When David sees Jessica for the first time at the gallery he is sure such a privileged woman would never be interested in a meager artist. Refusing to dip into her trust fund, Jessica Monroe lives in a modest house near the water's edge. She lives life on her own terms and works in a small locally owned gallery within walking distance of the beach. Jessica’s exquisite beauty draws the attention of many men yet she is not swayed by the charms of the wealthy tourists who visit the cape. When she sees David’s work for the first time, she is drawn to it. She has always loved the ocean and David’s paintings capture the true splendor of the sea and they steal Jessica’s heart. One sunny Saturday morning, an emboldened Jessica decides to make a move. She finds him on the boardwalk adding the last few brushstrokes to a portrait for an elderly couple. David is intrigued by her forwardness and accepts her invitation to dinner. With love, miracles can happen. Do you believe?

Book Bubbles from Transcendent Love

Get Revenge

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

College co-ed Misty Sanders awakens in a dark, damp room, wondering how she got there. She is cold, hungry, and alone. Her only company is a guard who comes to bring food less often than she would like. She is held as a sole captive for weeks until one day, someone falls into her darkened world. Conrad Banner is a college student by day and bartender by night. One evening, he is brutally attacked, taken on a long journey, then tossed into a basement cell. Injured and sore from his ride in the back of a van, a voice in the darkness captures his attention. The two prisoners develop a bond, talking through tiny peepholes in their cell doors. Neither has seen more than an eye of the other yet their need for each other grows. Conrad wants to save her. Misty wishes for a "happily ever after." After what feels like an eternity to them both, they are taken out of their cells and placed in another room together. What happens there is beyond what either of them has ever experienced before. It is just the beginning of a very dark and gruesome journey they must travel together to survive.

Book Bubbles from Get Revenge

Feels like the first time

Remember the first time you were intimate with the person you love. Sometimes it can be awkward, yet you'll never forget it. Imagine if the first time you felt the special something deep in your soul that you and your partner were in separate, dark, dreary cells. The cement floor beneath you was hard and cold. Still, as you whisper words of love and imagine your partner's hands on your flesh, it's as if you were breathing each other's air. Writing scenes like this can be difficult emotionally. I want my two characters to have a normal life and I know what their future holds. This book is not for the faint of heart.

The Darkness

What would you do if you found yourself in pitch black, in a cold cell with no one with whom to talk? Would you slowly lose your mind?

Discovery

What does a man to do when his daughter, the only family he has left, disappears? He will go to the ends of the Earth to bring her home!

Family Secrets

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Kent Bryant was a charming, handsome, well-mannered law student with a promising future. From the first time they met, Alexis wondered why someone like Kent would condescend to talk to her. When he proposed, Alexis felt compelled to accept, thinking it would be her only chance to have a family of her own. After the wedding, things changed. Kent had a dark side. Although he kept it hidden from the outside world, at home Kent was a controlling, manipulative monster. After years of being berated, beaten and raped, Alexis Bryant met Officer Matthew Baker. His piercing green eyes spoke volumes at their first encounter. Matthew said he could help Alexis and her young daughter get away from their torturous life. Alexis was doubtful. She was convinced she would never deserve kindness or love. Because of her daughter, Alexis knew it was time for them to get out of hell. Alexis thought Matthew was her knight in shining armor. She didn't realize this stranger needed to be saved from his own guilt ridden secrets.

Book Bubbles from Family Secrets

We all have secrets

There are things in our lives we keep silent. The accident you believe you caused, the time you were mean to someone because you went along with the crowd, the pack of gum you pocketed when you were seven. When you meet that special someone, tell them a secret or two.It will make you both feel better. A secret is one of the most intimate connections two people can share.

Everyone has Secrets

She escaped the arms of her abuser to find herself falling for a man with secrets. What was Matthew hiding? Another woman? AA meetings? Alexis' imagination worked overtime trying to figure out the mystery of the new man in her life.

Malicious Intent

When will it end? How far will he go to get her back? Kent will stop at nothing to intimidate her. Even the police did not scare him away.

Survivor

To all those who suffer at the hands of a loved one, may you find peace and solace. Alexis grew up thinking she was less than nothing. When she meets a stranger who helps her escape her nightmarish life, she begins to see that perhaps all those feelings of inadequacy are unfounded. Travel with Alexis through a journey of self-awareness and survival!

Transcendent Love

Romance

David is a handsome, shy artist who works odd jobs to make ends meet. After his parents die, he moves to Cape Ann to paint the picturesque scenery and stunning sunrises over the water. During the winter months, he keeps to himself in the quiet town and in the summer he sits on the boardwalk with his easel, charcoals, paints, and brushes doing portraits for tourists. When David sees Jessica for the first time at the gallery he is sure such a privileged woman would never be interested in a meager artist. Refusing to dip into her trust fund, Jessica Monroe lives in a modest house, on her own terms, and works in a small locally owned gallery within walking distance of the beach. Jessica’s exquisite beauty draws the attention of many men yet she is not swayed by the charms of the wealthy tourists who visit the cape. When she sees David’s work for the first time, she is drawn to it. David’s paintings capture the true splendor of the sea and they steal Jessica’s heart. When David visits the gallery to sell his pieces, he wears his baseball cap low, only looking Jessica's way when she is occupied with someone else. Jessica secretly glances in David's direction and often hides in the backroom or behind customers when he stops by. When her vibrancy is tragically taken away, David does whatever he can to help her. Will it be enough?

Book Bubbles from Transcendent Love

Deeper Love

Although a bit sappy, I adore this scene. David is so deeply in love with Jess. He wants to capture every special moment on canvas. How special Jess must feel when she sees the portrait her husband created. A love this deep is once in a lifetime, no? For most yes. And honestly, in the beginning of writing the story, I had a completely different ending in mind. I can't tell you here. You'll have to read to find out.

Deeper than the ocean

How many people would stay when there was so little chance that things could get better? How many spouses would tend to their loved one's every need without response, without thanks, and without an end to the torment of living and knowing that at any moment, the life force would disappear from their loved one's eyes. Would you stay?

Will you believe?

Not many get a chance at true love. What David and Jessica share is rare and beautiful. He is her hero, her protector, and he will do anything for her... Take a journey through life's difficult passageway with David as he discovers that there may be more than a once in a lifetime.

Feat of Clay

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

After the disappearance of his fiancée, high profile defense attorney Brighton Clay works himself to exhaustion. One Friday evening, Brighton decides to drop into a pub on the outskirts of New York City. The decision will change his life forever. Harmony Blake hops on to a stool at the pub and the two strike up a conversation. Before long, they are at a seedy motel burying their troubles in each other. The following morning, Brighton is nursing his hangover and, while listening to the local news, he discovers Harmony has been found brutally murdered and the police have one suspect: the man with whom she was seen leaving the pub. Jason Campbell and Brighton have been friends since law school. Saturday morning when he receives a panicked call from Brighton telling him he needs a lawyer, Jason cannot get to him fast enough. Against his better judgment, Brighton agrees with Jason not to go to the police right away. After a second body is discovered under similar circumstances, Jason insists once more that Brighton keep quiet. When Jason comes across evidence in Brighton’s possession, they know they have to go to the police before they come to him.

Book Bubbles from Feat of Clay

Chance Encounter

Anonymity. A night alone for the thoughts in his brain to stew. That's what Brighton needed. Then she sat down on the bar stool net to him and put the wheels in motion for a bumpy ride. Feat gave me great joy to write. Going back and forth, making sure the clues were left and didn't tell too much too soon. Mystery is challenging yet so much fun to write.

Where in the hell is Brighton?

Just when you think things are falling into place, the suspect has been located, and Cecelia is tucked away where no one will find her... Find out what happens next.

Schemes

Brilliantly conniving and eager for payback. What was she up to? And how would she get her revenge?

Dead Bodies and Lawyers

When you wake up and find the woman you nailed the night before turned up dead, who do you call? What's worse? You're a high-profile defense attorney.

Beautiful Anomaly

Romance

After a brutal attack, a Texas woman decides to move to LA and reinvent herself as Serafina Divine. She opens a studio specializing in photographing animals. During the week, she works diligently to grow her business and soon she hires Martha Blake as her assistant. Serafina keeps her private weekend activities from Martha for as long as she can. Blaze Hunter is a reckless rock star who has alienated nearly everyone in the music industry with his demands for perfection. His loyal fans toss flowers and other items on the stage when he performs and the paparazzi follow him relentlessly seeking juicy tidbits of information about the rock God. When at the last minute, the photographer for his soon to be released album falls ill, no one wants to work with Blaze to finish the cover. Blaze's assistant, Terry Smithers is at his wits end trying to find a photographer. He has called every well-known lens-man in the book. The last studio he calls accepts the job, but only if Terry can get his boss to the studio early on Sunday morning. Terry's decision to employ Divine Photography for the cover pictures changes the life of all of them... forever.

Book Bubbles from Beautiful Anomaly

Blazing Hot

Yes, Blaze Hunter is one lovely chunk of man meat for those of you women out there looking for someone to fantasize about. Does Sera see only his external attributes or can she sense something more? Honestly, in real life, isn't one's inner beauty more important? Sure, we are all attracted to that sexy,confident person. But external beauty fades. If the inner self is ugly, the relationship is bound to die. Read on and watch the relationships here in Beautiful Anomaly grow into something much more.

Indecision

Sera is a troubled soul. Her tormented memories had been shoved so deep into her psyche that eventually, the seal which held them there would break, and all the black horror would spew forth. While writing, I tend to let the characters lead me. I know it sounds strange, yet they do speak to me. I may have a beginning and an end in mind but the ride takes a few twists and turns. And sometimes the end changes. The story of Sera brought me through some of my own challenges. I'm indecisive and cautious yet other times, I jump straight in and enjoy chaos. In the end, I hope to help people, show them you can survive. No matter what life throws at you, having a support system is vital. Surround yourself with good, caring people. They will help you manage the rocky waters of life.

First Impressions

At their first encounter, he found Sera mysterious. Although she acted demure and subservient, something told him she had several facets, a number of faces, a different image she projected depending on the situation. He wanted, no... needed to know more about her. Nothing would deter him from finding out just what Sera was hiding.

Like warm bourbon and honey

There is nothing sexier than a man singing the song he wrote for the woman he loves.

Memories

What did Sera find? What visions came to mind when she read the words, all written in different styles, spanning possibly years. Would this be a leap forward in self-discovery or an impetus for her to retreat deeper into the darkness?

Under Haven - Not for the faint of heart

In the daylight, Sera was shy, introverted, and wary. At night, when she walked through the doors of Under Haven, her demeanor changed. She was in charge. She said who. She decided when. And no one got in the way of what she wanted. How will Blaze react to the darker side of Sera?

Meet the Leads

Sera, Blaze, Terry and Martha have no idea that the decisions they make today will change their lives forever. Take a journey down a path of self-discovery, close friendships, and ever-lasting bonds. We all need someone to lean on. What could be better than four great friends who can lean together even when one is about to lose herself in the memories she'd rather forget.

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