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Get ready for heart-racing romance mixed with heart-stopping suspense. My steamy romantic suspense novels invite readers along on adventurous journeys told from the point-of-view of my strong, sassy, and often sarcastic female lead characters. Call them beautiful. Call them witty. Just don't call them damsels in distress.

In Over Our Heads
Available in Paperback, Kindle ebook, and in Kindle Unlimited on 9/7/21


Three clues. Two unsolved murders. One second chance at love.


Still traumatized after the drowning of her best friend ten years ago, Lara Mattson reluctantly returns to the sleepy river town of Raven Falls, Pennsylvania. Her objective is to bury her father, settle his estate, then return to Los Angeles.

And never look back.

Not even bumping into Zach Buchanan, her ex-high-school-sweetheart turned successful defense attorney, can ruin her plan.

Until they stumble across a murdered neighbor.

With Lara’s father the number one suspect and the estate tied up in the investigation, she’s stuck in Raven Falls. But when evidence surfaces linking the murder to her best friend’s alleged drowning, nothing and no one can stop Lara from uncovering the truth and finding the real killer.

Not the uncooperative detective assigned to the case.

Not the shadowy murderer stalking her.

And certainly not Zach and her not-so-dead feelings for him.

After all, what’s a broken heart if it means avenging her best friend and clearing her father’s name?

Described as Nancy Drew with a sex drive, romance fans will dive into Celeste Straub’s award-winning style of heart-racing romance and heart-stopping suspense.

Temporarily Unavailable! Leather and Lies is temporarily unavailable for purchase as it gets a new look. It will be re-released soon as part of a series. Please check back for updates.
Leather and Lies

Passion. Deceit. Danger.


For Skye Winters, criminal profiling is the perfect career: helping solve cases without all the emotional baggage. When her cousin, Kortney, becomes the latest in a string of young women to vanish, Skye’s professional and personal lives collide. Cue the nuclear mushroom cloud.

Amid the fallout, Skye meets Wes Carson, the mysterious, smart-mouthed new biker in her father’s motorcycle club. She tries to ignore their chemistry, even after accepting Wes’ aid in the search for Kort. Then one spontaneous afternoon takes them over the edge, forcing Skye to consider she might be in love. Too bad it’s with a liar.

Untangling Wes' web of secrets leaves Skye ensnared in an active FBI investigation, making her question her profiling skills and her heart. When affection overrules her caution, both her life and Kort’s are left hanging in the balance. Can Skye piece together the clues, or will she be taken down by leather and lies?

Fans of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich will thrill to award-winning author Celeste Straub’s LEATHER AND LIES, a 2018 Daphne du Maurier Excellence in Romantic Suspense Award finalist.

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