The Shady Oaks Division


L. M. Coppa was born in Brooklyn, NY, but has moved on to the larger bagels of New Jersey. She studied Psychology at Montclair State University, receiving her degree in early 2020 after taking classes part-time for years while raising her daughter and working full-time. Her debut novel, And Then Ben, was published in 2021, with its sequel waiting in the wings for other persistent characters to step aside and allow it to be written. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading just about everything. Visit her website at:

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After decades of service, the time has come for Jill to retire. Choosing to tuck herself away in a sleepy suburb—what could possibly go wrong? Jill’s lethal instincts, which made her one of the most sought-after government assets, won’t let her slip into the quiet life that easily. Her past keeps creeping into her present, making it difficult for her to settle into a life of garden lunches and knitting clubs.

The Shady Oaks Division follows Jill through the trials and tribulations of retirement as she struggles to fit into her new role. Her paranoia, fueled by her sharp instincts, threatens to upend her. But is it just paranoia? Or are they forgetting that her training and expertise are what made her their number-one asset to begin with? Will Jackson, the agent assigned to Jill, be able to keep her from disturbing the picturesque town she’s moved into? His own colorful past allows him to connect with her, and he works tirelessly to keep her on track. But will it be enough, or will it complicate matters further?


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