The Epitaph Series

 

Two familes, eight siblings. Read them alone or in any order. Each book stands on its own.
 
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Epitaph

“Crazy Amy” Benson has an unusual talent for hearing epitaphs as the dead pass on. The men she dates who aren’t unnerved by her ability are usually scared off by Amy’s brothers. When reporter Kevin McCormick shows up to do a story at the cemetery, Amy tells him his dead sister is calling for justice, except Kevin’s sister died in an accident.

 

Kevin relays Amy’s odd message to his family and unleashes a killer. While Kevin strives to be an investigative reporter, he doesn’t anticipate his first opportunity will focus on the murders of his own family. Now he has to protect the alluring epitaph writer while hunting for evidence against the killer.

“This is a thrilling, suspense, romance with all the twists and turns that keeps you hanging on each word to the very end! A wonderful read!”

– Peggy Lanford

 

“...Who did it and why? Read and find out how an epitaph and the sister screaming for revenge from the other world leads to a killer.”

– Nancy W.

 
Epitaph 2: The Twins

After vowing never to go back, nurse Siobhan McCormick returns home when one of her sisters has died and her brother’s life is threatened. Her new job introduces her to accident victim Jared Pierce, a man whose casual charm tempts her with the same bad decisions she made in high school.

 

Haunted houses don’t sell, and Jared Pierce’s family sends him from Louisiana to Illinois to make sure there aren’t any ghosts lingering in his great-aunt’s house. An accident on an icy road extends his visit from a few days to a few months.

 

Though the house is ghost-free when Jared arrives, a violent ice storm breaks apart a tree and releases the spirits of twin boys who were buried in the backyard. Temporarily disabled by his injuries, Jared needs his nurse’s help to give the ghosts peace. There’s only one problem. Siobhan doesn’t believe in ghosts. Will Jared earn her trust and affection or will Siobhan retreat into the safety of her job?

“...a love story mixed with a little hair-raising suspense... Ms. Brandenburg masterfully weaves the paranormal plot elements into the story with subtlety so they feel organic and believable, and the cold icy Illinois winter is the perfect setting for a ghost story.”

– InD'Tale Magazizne

Nominated for a 2018 RONE Award!

Finalist in the Romance: General category of the 2019 American Fiction Awards!

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Epitaph 3: The Mirror

When Sandra Meyer's violent ex-boyfriend returns to sleepy Edgarville, Illinois, she turns to the man who stood up to Nick Benedetto back in the day. If brawny Garth Benson will pose as her boyfriend on social media, maybe Nick will leave her alone. Sandra adores Garth, but she doesn't want any more ties to Edgarville. Now finished with a decade of dedicated service as her mother's caregiver, Sandra is planning her exit from this one-stoplight town.

 

Garth is firmly rooted in Edgarville with the family monument business and a trophy shop that will need a "mom" to his "pop." Garth has wanted Sandra ever since he slugged Nick more than ten years ago. Her secrets run deep, as do the strengths that he admires within her, but whenever he tries to move their casual flirtations from talk to dating, she backs away.

Small town life has strangled Sandra as effectively as Nick tried to years ago. Garth might be the one man who can protect her from Nick, but what he expects in return is too much. On top of that, her deceased father’s unexpected appearance in the mirror of her new home exposes long-held secrets that will change Sandra's view of her family and hometown forever.

 

When the last tie holding her to Edgarville is cut, Sandra runs as fast as she can, but the world outside her small-town community isn’t all she expects.

“Another winner in the Epitaph series... Fantastic... Strong characters dealing with unusual circumstances. Don't let the ghost story sway you away from the book. I wasn't a fan of ghost stories until I started reading this series. The main characters are real and believable. They just have a ghostly presence to deal with while going through the story.”

– Barbara, for Amazon

“The writing in this fast-paced novel is solid and engaging, allowing readers to get to know and sympathize with the romantic leads as they face their respective challenges.”

– BookLife Prize for Fiction

 
Epitaph 4: The Architect

A high-profile contract in the famed New Orleans Garden District can bring architect Kathleen McCormick’s dream of owning her own home that much closer, but she’ll have to stifle her fiery temper while she’s on location. The senior project manager is a notorious workaholic and the last associate to work with him got fired amid controversy. Still, Kathleen can’t resist the urge to push his buttons. 

Sebastian Brooks’ father likes to remind him that he founded his own firm by the time he was thirty. As Sebastian nears that same milestone, he's checking off the boxes for promotion at a more prestigious architectural firm, including contemplating an engagement with an acceptable socialite. The pursuit feels hollow, especially when his boss lobs an attractive, unpredictable new associate into his path to derail his promotion, a woman who reminds him of all the compromises he’s made in the interest of living up to expectations.

A mischievous ghost in a NOLA hotel decides to play matchmaker, but with a strict non-fraternization policy at work, getting involved could get both Kathleen and Sebastian fired. Caught up in the city’s steamy atmosphere, their unexpected connection throws all their plans into a tailspin.

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“Karla Brandenburg's Epitaph series brings “The Architect”, a fun read that brings together two very hardheaded characters. There are many aspects of this book that readers will enjoy. The pace moves evenly, the characters are well described and the setting is well known and has a paranormal feel to it... This book is an enjoyable read and will keep readers entertained.”

– InD'Tale Magazine

 
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Epitaph 5: The Selkie

Don’t mix pleasure with business…

Pro Soccer player Liam McCormick doesn’t date fans or groupies. When his physical therapist makes a play for him after he blows out his ACL, he quits therapy to rehab himself. The coaches learn of their most valuable player’s walk-out and assign an athletic trainer to assess his condition before Liam’s return to the field, an exhibition game in Ireland. The fact the new trainer is a woman puts Liam on his guard. He’s not interested in a replay of what happened with his physical therapist.

Emma Parrish works 80 hours a week, but a free trip to Ireland to assess a player’s recovery is something she will make time for. Unfortunately, an excess of Irish stout and a local legend of seals rising from the ocean as loyal lovers has Emma making a fool of herself by mistaking the dark and attractive Liam for a Selkie. When Liam’s teammate makes a play for her, she drops him to the floor with practiced technique. Dating the athletes is unprofessional and she can take care of herself.

Instead of being put off, Liam is attracted to her strength and independence. The more time they spend together, the more the temptation grows until neither can resist. But an unexpected visitor follows them home from Ireland. The ghost of Liam’s father—an alleged Selkie, according to Liam’s Kinsale relatives—has much to atone for, and when Liam refuses to listen to him, the ghost recruits Emma to help him make amends with his family. Is Emma in love with Liam, or is she under the spell of a Selkie?

"So many heartwarming moments in this story. I love Brandenburg’s deeply flawed characters, especially unsinkable Emma. The family dynamics ring with authenticity and are expertly crafted."

"This book has all the elements you've come to expect in this series...a legend, a ghost, a heartwarming romance and hands down, one of the most loveable families in romance fiction, the McCormicks. "

Epitaph 6: The Sculptor

Book reviewer Maggie Grant has a romantic soul. When she happens on a tender moment in a cemetery, the man who places a fingertip kiss on a headstone provides inspiration for her popular magazine blog.

After inheriting the family monument shop, Thad Benson struggles with his new-found responsibilities. Teased by his sister as having a face only a mother could love, Thad is only comfortable sharing his thoughts with a dead woman. Until he meets Maggie.

The more Maggie learns about Thad, the worse she feels for exposing his private moment on her trending blog—except no one seems to recognize him, and that makes her angry. Does she, a stuttering stranger, dare to show Thad’s family and friends, the people closest to him, what they’re missing? And how does she compete with the ghost of a dead girl to win the heart of Edgarville’s confirmed bachelor?

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"Two very special characters who prove that heart and soul are so much more important than the package they're wrapped in."

"As the sixth... installment of the Epitaph Series, this novel stands solidly alone...brilliantly.  The initial meeting in the cemetery between Maggie and Thad is compelling and immediately draws the reader in." - InD'Tale Magazine

Epitaph 7: The Garden

With two older brothers, Brian Benson is no stranger to practical jokers. Pranks are one thing, but if he can’t expose the guilty party behind the explosion in the greenhouse at Haley Gardens, he and his new boss, Gwen, might both end up dead. 
 

 

"The Garden” is an engaging read from the very start. The plot has many twists that will continue to keep the reader engrossed and curious for the conclusion. The characters are all very well drawn and the villain is hard to pinpoint, which adds more drama and curiosity for readers." - InD'Tale Magazine

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