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Iron Collar: A Joi Sommers Mystery

Four years after closing the gruesome murder of church Elder Dennis Gregg,
Detective Joi Sommers and her partner 

Russell Wilkerson are summoned
to a South Suburban commuter college where the  body of a sexy coed is found garroted in the chemistry lab. From their first horrified glimpse at the corpse they recognize they have been tasked with an extraordinary case.
The evidentiary trail leads them to similarly murdered victims. Is this a pattern, or a series of random coincidences? Tracking the wanton killer from the South Suburban hamlet to Chicago’s trendy North side, their investigation thickens and threatens to excavate darkly hidden appetites.


Broken Dolls: A Joi Sommers Mystery

Joi Sommers earned her detective’s shield the hard way
--on the streets of Chicago’s Westside. Having earned a
reputation for tackling grisly cases that typically weed
female cops off homicide, Joi transfers to the city’s south
suburbs—envisioning a calmer life. That notion halts
abruptly when she receives a predawn call to speed to
the home of a wealthy church Elder found murdered
in the den of his stylish home.

Detective Sommers and her partner Russell investigate
what initially appears to be a random homicide,
presumably committed during the act of robbery.
However, the gruesome nature of the killing and
closer scrutiny of the evidence signals that the
motive for this murder was much more personal.

The question is, who would want this pillar of the
community dead, and why? 

Read an excerpt


Stolen Rainbow

What Happens When Your Rainbow Explodes? 

The life of Marine Captain Jewel Dubuclet is shattered when on a routine patrol mission in Afghanistan, her Humvee trips an IED wire. The result is death and devastating casualties for her men, and for Jewel, the loss of her right leg. She is airlifted by helicopter to safety and a state-of-the-art military rehabilitation hospital, but her recovery is stalled. Feelings of shame, guilt, and a loss of her physical identity thrust her into depression. 

Assisted by a skillful psychologist, who connects the suffering captain to the valor of an historic warrior Queen, and the tenacity of her driving physical trainer, Jewel gradually accepts her new normal and the unforeseen promise of love it brings. 

Stolen Rainbow honors the sacrifices 

and courage of women who are valiant wounded warriors. 


Award-Winning Memoir

“Many have wondered what it would be like to pack up our things and move to a new country, but none of us have imagined having to flee our new homeland with our children and barely more than the clothes on our back. Yet, Susan Peters managed to do just that while maintaining her faith which would eventually help her rebuild her life and uplift her heart and soul. This book is a wonderful and eye-opening experience that shouldn't be missed!”---Naleighna Kai, National Best-selling author of Speak It into Existence.

Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot is a delightful, painfully honest memoir that chronicles the thick slice of humanity sandwiched between Liberia’s April 12, 1980 coup and the Civil War in 1989. Like many others who embraced Black Pride, Afros, African clothing and names in the 70’s, Susan and thousands more took it one step further and immigrated to Mother Africa. This touching memoir is set against the author’s personal growth, her cultural struggles, and her triumphs, and is an informative, personally revealing, and often-comical account of her family’s eleven-year journey immersed in the rich culture of Liberia, West Africa. 

Now, as Liberia stands on the threshold of rising under the leadership of Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Susan writes about the wisdom, beauty, and resilience she witnessed during her sojourn.

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Will they have a second chance at love?

Bestselling author Susan D. Peters tells the story of April Madden and Lance "Craybaby" Crayton, the high school seniors deemed most likely to marry. Set for college scholarships and success as a power couple, their love and plans are shattered when the impulsive, cocksure Lance chooses Ms. “Right Now,” over “Ms. Ever After.” 

But fate is not ready to release the lovers from its grips. Years later, April and Lance, both leading successful professional lives in divergent fields, find their paths colliding. Old wounds are unearthed, angry sparks fly, and yet, there remains a dizzying attraction pulsing between them.
Was the youthful love they once shared lost forever 

or simply being incubated? 

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SUSAN D. PETERS, aka, Ahnydah (ah-NIE-dah) Rahm, brings a wealth of experience gained as an expatriate living in West Africa. Her memoir Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot, received the Black Excellence Award for Non-Fiction from the African American Alliance of Chicago and the Mate E. Palmer award for Non-Fiction from the Illinois Press Women’s Association

Susan’s work is featured in multiple fiction and non-fiction anthologies. An author of contemporary fiction Stolen Rainbow is focused on the post combat recovery of a beautiful marine captain after a devastating injury. Broken Dolls, represents her foray into the mystery genre and is the first of a series featuring Chicago Suburban Detective Joi Sommers as its heroine. The Iron Collar, the second Joi Sommer’s mystery plants Susan’s feet firmly among the nation’s most intriguing mystery authors. 

In the fall of 2020 will publish Slay the Dragon, the third Joi Sommers Mystery. Her goal is to have her mysteries produced on television or optioned for movies. Susan is a deeply spiritual woman and writes inspirational literature as regular contributor to Garden Spices Online Magazine. She is a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Color. She also executive produces the Community Health Focus Hour a weekly talk radio program for the University of Chicago Medicine.







Broken Dolls

Chapter 1 of Sweet Liberia: Lessons from the Coal Pot