Carly Wayne first discovered her love of storytelling as a child…

…when she would create alternate endings for all of her favorite fairy tales. As she grew, her fascination developed into a passion for writing about the characters and worlds she imagined. 

Now, Carly has returned to her ancestral home deep in the woods of Jacksonville, Florida, not too far from the ocean. She fills her days pursuing her bliss by writing, creating, and exploring nature. She enjoys writing cozy mysteries and paranormal adventures.

Carly holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology.

Unlocking secrets...Embracing intrigue

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Books by Carly

Marissa's Muse

Marissa Byrne is satisfied with her life. She is in her forties, happily single, and a graduate student at a local college. So, when she gets hit on at a restaurant bar by a man young enough to be her son, she is flattered but definitely not interested. Unfortunately, she made a promise to her best friend that she would accept the next date offered her.

Finn is not what she expected. Sexy, gallant, and visiting from Ireland, he presents the perfect opportunity for her to enjoy a few dates and then move on. But then she falls head over heels for the man from across the pond.

What will she do when she realizes that loving him could destroy his happily-ever-after?

Cocktails & Casualties

Teddy Aarons is a nomad, using her bartending skills as an excuse to move to a new luxury resort with each change of the season. But when she finds herself stuck on the remote island of Mahina Cay, she finds refuge in the quirky little village of Crooked Cove.

Crooked Cove is a village of expats from various countries, and the people are welcoming, but she only intends to stay long enough to make the money to get off the island and back to her real life.. However, when one of the village’s most distinguished citizens turns up dead, it’s up to her to either solve the case or become a permanent resident of the slammer!

With her new friend Jasmine on her side, Teddy will do whatever it takes to shake out the truth and stir up the real killer to clear her name. Will she manage to keep herself out of lockup, or will she end up under the influence of the Mahina Cay Prison?

Hell Storm (Coming Soon)

Cursed… Mattie Helstrom is from a long line of Norse Witches. Damned to die in childbirth, she has avoided relationships at all costs. Living a life of isolation, she has managed to settle into a quiet rhythm of existence.

Haunted… Brian Mackenzie left the LAPD because he was tired of investigating death. Tormented by his inability to catch an evasive killer, he takes a new job in a sleepy South Carolina town.

But Brian and Mattie’s worlds collide when Halloween night begins a series of mysterious events that threaten the whole town. Is it possible that they can exorcise each other’s demons and obtain the most elusive prize of all?

Serialied stories

Preview Carly’s works in progress as she is writing them! The first drafts of her upcoming books are available now on Kindle Vella, where you can answer polls to help shape the story.

Legacy of Fire & Skye

Fantasy Adventure

When Terra Lewis embarks on a vacation to London, she has no idea that she will become embroiled in an ancient fight of good vs. evil, and could never have dreamed she would hold the key for saving the world...


LGBT / Romance
Jessica Bradford is a divorced single mother, forced to conform to her parents' and ex-husband's conservative views of propriety in her small hometown.

Abby Miller is new in town, a liberal single mom who wears a diamond in her nose and tattoos down both arms.

When the two of them are put together to work on the Halloween Carnival for their children's elementary school, neither one can resist the magic of desire, like a magnetic pull. Can they each overcome their own obstacles to happiness?

Gabrielle's Closet

LGBT / Time Travel Romance
Sarah Lawson is a modern woman, focused on her career as an investigative journalist with no time for romance. But when in a drunken moment she plays around with a magic spell, she finds herself on a Parisian street in World War II.

Gabrielle Dumas is a war-widow with a secret. When she finds a disoriented woman in immanent danger from a Nazi soldier, she feels duty-bound to rescue her.

What will Sarah do to escape the past? And what is the secret hidden in Gabrielle's Closet?

Published reviews for Carly's work

(Marissa's Muse) "I'm impressed that this is Ms. Wayne's debut novel. I can't wait to read more of her work."
Rafe Jadison
(Cocktails & Casualties) A fun setting and engaging characters puts this new cozy mystery series debut at the top of the “Not To Miss” list!
(Marissa's Muse) A great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending.
Book Reviewer
(Marissa's Muse) This book had me laughing and crying and I HAD to know what was going to happen next and how it all would end.
Rebeccah Adkisson
Book Reviewer & Blogger

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