Love comes with a price – especially among the undead. Sunny Martin is on the run from a monster—the monster within herself. Since the night she was drained of her blood and left to die, she has lived alone and in fear of the beast and its violent urges, always on the move. When a tumultuous affair with the mysterious leader of The Chosen ends in betrayal and murder, Sunny finds herself on the run once again. Heartbroken, she struggles with her desire to return to Nicolas, only to realize that sometimes you can never go back. In the ensuing days, Sunny must face the death of someone she loves, and face the love of someone she fears—an outlaw Chosen even more dangerous than the one who broke her heart.
Recipient of the 1st Place in Science Fiction CIPA EVVY award 2021
"A gripping story, thoughtfully written and very much character-led. A Red Ribbon Winner and highly recommended." --The Wishing Shelf Awards
A virus nearly wiped out the human race. But is controlled survival a future worth living?
The post-apocalyptic routine couldn't be better for Kate. Doing her part to rebuild the world's population, her pair Eric and their genetically privileged children are her pride and joy. But as her spouse becomes distant, she fears her flawless family is on the brink of collapse.
Confused and distraught as he continues to withdraw, Kate finds comfort in a handsome younger man who mentors her son. But just as she begins to make peace with the drastic shift in her life's trajectory, Eric suddenly reasserts his claim. And giving in to his renewed loyalty could set their carefully ordered society ablaze.
Will Kate build the life she dares desire or sacrifice everything for the greater good?
Tier 1 is the first book in the thrilling Tier science fiction trilogy. If you like heartfelt characters, clean romance, and thought-provoking takes on dystopia, then you'll adore Cindy Gunderson's binge-worthy tale.
Dog Gone is the Tale of Two Tail-Chasers Private investigator Dev Haskell’s new lady friend Maddie comes with strings attached: the loosely-knotted tie of her short black silk kimono, and the leash to Morton, her handsome Golden Retriever. It’s always a sexy mystery when Dev’s on duty, but this caper takes a turn toward buddy adventure when Dev agrees to pet-sit. On their first evening stroll, Dev and Morton are charmed to meet the lovely Princess Anatasia, a purebred Standard Poodle angling for Best In Show title in the Blessington Kennel Club competition the Super Bowl of regional dog competition. But when the princess’ owner gets in a tussle with a local gambling heavyweight, Dev steps in to help, and the prim and proper world of show dog competition is revealed to be, above all, a competition, plus a big attraction for professional gambling! And these guys are playing for high stakes.
His heart calls out for adventure. Strange visions haunt his path. Will his hunger to see the unknown cost him his life? The Mohawk River, 1125 AD. Wanders Far can't contain his yearning for new sights. Consumed with the desire to roam since he was a small boy, the unusual child longs to become a fleet-footed messenger for his people. But even though he tries to ignore his odd ability to join with the essence of animals and read his brothers' thoughts, the watching spirits won't leave him in peace. Guided on his quest for understanding by a wise Sachem mentor, Wanders Far is heartbroken when the enigmatic seer counsels him to turn aside from his wild ways. And the constant temptation to abandon his duty and follow his passions continues to clash with his tribe's need for protection from the growing evil he senses. Will the allure of uncharted lands distract the reluctant mystic from his true destiny? Wanders Far is the inspirational second book in the Adirondack Spirit Series of supernatural historical fiction. If you like enduring heroes, fantastic adventures, and real-life settings, then you'll love David Fitz-Gerald's transcendent saga. Buy Wanders Far to begin with a single step today!
Ava and Rocky have been best friends for years, growing up together in the bustling metropolis of New York City. They know each other inside out, and they're sure nothing can change that—that is, until one drink too many lets loose a secret Ava’s been keeping which threatens to drive a wedge between her and Rocky.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Cassie’s intrigued by the gorgeous stranger who keeps showing up at the store she works in, but she just can’t seem to fathom why. He's always just out of reach leaving her unable to put a finger on what it is he wants.
All the way at the other end of the city, the razor smart and rebellious Pixie is pining after her estranged friend Jock. She just doesn’t know how to make things right between them again. They used to be inseparable, but a huge falling out has left them on opposite sides of the tracks.
Can Ava and Rocky choose between love and friendship? Will Cassie figure out the mystery behind the hovering bad boy? And can Pixie work up the courage to lay her heart bare?
She's beautiful and brilliant. But the world is not ready for her to shine…
Western Pennsylvania, 1905. Olive Westchester dreams of being valued. Misunderstood, resented, and ignored by her large family after her mother's death, her only ally is an older brother who loves her unconditionally. And the hard-headed girl's visions of making her mark are threatened by a close-minded society resentful of her superior intellect.
Stunned after a jealous teacher expels her from the eighth grade, Olive's anger swells when her dismissive father does nothing to get her readmitted… instead pushing her to learn to be a wealthy man's wife. But as tragedy strikes, she turns to a local laborer enamored with her beauty and makes a decision that may change her destiny forever.
Can the bold young woman shatter the chains holding her back from realizing her ambitions?
Becoming Olive W. is the emotionally intense first book in The Women of Campbell County: Family Saga women's fiction series. If you like determined characters, complex relationships, and realistic historical settings, then you'll adore S. Lee Fisher's dark coming-of-age tale.
"From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion… 'A blood-curdling adventure'." - Foreword Clarion Review
On the run from her old flame’s criminal family, Sara Jones hides in Billings, Montana, and finds a new boyfriend. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust? Then to make matters worse Sara’s twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.
2019 Donora, Pennsylvania
Ninety-one-year-old Patryk Rusek hides in his attic, hoping the searchers think he’s escaped. When Lucy finally bursts in, she discovers her beloved grandfather clutching a fat, hand-illustrated, antique book. In it is the story of Donora, the town that shaped America, its people and Patryk himself. Before long, Lucy and her son Owen lose track of their goal to get Grandpa Patryk somewhere “safe” as they’re drawn into the book, back in time, into stories that read like real-life fairytales born of purpose, hard-work, and chance.
1910 Donora, Pennsylvania
In the early dawn of Donora, Pennsylvania, the mills make and shape the steel that builds America. Mary Lancos lives in a home on the hill overlooking town and its mighty Monongahela River. That tiny house bursts with her siblings and boarders. Wind whipping through the walls and windows makes Mary determined to marry well and create a better life.
Shy Pole, Lukasz Musial, arrives in Donora seeking the clear blue skies, green lawns, and better life he’d seen pictured on a postcard. Settled in Donora’s Polish community, Lukasz secures a coveted job in the wire mill. Life is set on course to achieve the American Dream. All he needs is a wife who believes in him, in his mighty, quiet, strength.
After a series of casual, friendly meetings, fate brings Mary and Lukasz to the river under a snowy, pink moonlit sky and everything changes. Their attraction is sudden and co ...
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“This effervescent historical novel paints a richly detailed portrait of the enterprising Veuve Clicquot. The twinned plots of Clicquot and Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise and fall are filled with detail that give life to this far-off time. The prose is light, yet detailed, and peppered with moments of wry humor. Napoleon's characterization is well-crafted and give his character new life. Clicquot’s character is charming, and readers will love getting to know her. Rosenberg has a superb eye for blending humor with drama.” ~Publisher’s WeeklyBookLife Prize
From triple-gold award-winning author, Rebecca Rosenberg: Champagne, France, 1800. Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness.
Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code, or losing Louis. ...
Eleanor, suddenly the sole heir to her father's estates, must wed the brutal, battle-hardened Warrior who laid siege to her castle and killed her only brother. Even as her body is bartered, and her freedom taken, Eleanor vows her enemy will never know a moment's peace while she lives. Fresh from the Crusades, commanding a battle-weary Army, the Duke of Trevich has been forced to wage war to seize the estates granted to him by the King in London. To end the ceaseless raids devastating his land and people, he must marry a girl who loathes him, who he has every reason to hate. Marry, but not bed and not keep. He refuses to allow his reward for decades of service in the Holy Land to be this dangerous madwoman of a wife. She will be his prisoner until he can set her aside. He will have only a woman of honor, dignity, loyalty, and virtue to wife. In this dark historical mystery romance, the Duke and his daring Virgin Bride fight a brutal war for their survival and the future of their people.
When widower Ryan Tupper walks into the Pinwheel Plant Shop, owner Avery Wheeler is surprised to see her brother’s best friend from high school and confused by her attraction to him. It’s only been six months since Avery’s husband died in a car accident and she’s had zero desire to date again, but Ryan knows what it’s like to be the spouse left behind. While he’s been adjusting to his new life as a single dad, Avery’s been trying to get up to speed on the business side of the plant shop—something her late husband always took care of—but she’s in serious debt and could lose the store. In what should be a win-win opportunity, Ryan asks Avery to co-host a call-in radio show with him all about houseplants. He’s a popular morning show host who knows nothing about plants, and she’s a plant whisperer in need of extra funds. See? Win-win. That is until people ask if they’re together together, instead of how much and how often they should water their begonias. Caught between missing her husband and missing out on a budding relationship with Ryan, Avery must mourn or move on and both choices terrify her.
Winner of Chapter.Con London 2017 Best Female Protagonist Dead man floating! Fiona Fleming is in so much trouble. Her recently inherited bed and breakfast might not actually be hers thanks to the underhanded misdealings of the local real estate bully. Despite her grandmother's last will and testament, Fee might be out of luck and on the street before she even gets settled. But when her new enemy floats belly up in her koi pond, she's the prime suspect in his murder! Can she uncover who the real killer is before the smoking-hot new sheriff puts her behind bars instead of asking her out on a date? Dive into book one of the Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries, and don't miss the exciting sequels!
Wendy Marsh didn't cultivate her cool and in control vibe on purpose, but she's just fine with it. It keeps everyone at a distance, and helps her manage her job more efficiently. But her boss-babe armor starts to fall apart when she unexpectedly inherits her family's Inn alongside her lazy cousin, and the hot history professor staying on the property just might be the crack that slides Wendy's life into complete chaos. History professor Rob Upshaw is on the hunt for the X that marks the spot of a lost family treasure. He doesn’t know where the X is or what it may contain. He doesn’t know if it even exists. His X-rated thoughts about the beautiful but uptight innkeeper won’t help, even if she may hold the key to his quest. Falling for Wendy should be the biggest X of all, but Rob’s willing to explore the entire alphabet with her. Then she finds out the truth of his search, and nothing may be able to sway their developing relationship from discord back to desire.
Two brothers awakened a desire she’d never known… But it’s only one who steals her heart. CAUTION: Alpha hero, bad-boy romance that’s utterly addictive and outrageously satisfying. Jessa Andrews is a top reporter at the city’s premiere newspaper. She loves her job, but as of late she’s been plagued with frequent, debilitating headaches. Jessa lives alone, her mother recently died of cancer, and decides it is time to know more about her past, so she hires a private investigator to help her find her father. Little does she realize it is a two for one deal and the instant attraction she has to the Boynton brothers is reciprocated. As the three work together on her case they become very close. As Jessa learns more about the kink they play, more about herself, more about them, her health continues to decline. When she’s about to unveil her family’s secrets, things heat up and jealousy between the men intensifies. It’s then Jessa realizes that it is time to choose between the brothers — because she knows now, she can’t have them both. Reece and Ryan Boynton have supported one another through thick and thin, it’s what identical twins do. Having the same taste in women, it’s not unusual for them to share, but when they meet Jessa the men know immediately there is something about her that is different. For the first time, Reece and Ryan have strong disagreements and as one brother’s bond deepens the other is left questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and his brother. ...
A cookie factory being burned down in a small Florida town, Miss Suzie's Delicious CC (chocolate chip) Cookies that may or may not be part of a drug cartel aka the Bunny Hop Gang and then there's the unfortunate murder - let's face it, what murder is ever fortunate - of the new owner of the cookie factory. It's time for Parker Bell and the always sugar-and-caffeine infused Lady Gatorettes to solve the latest murder in Po'thole, Florida. "Laugh out loud funny! I laughed so hard my cat fell off the bed." Julie Z., Australia
After the tragic car accident that stole her parents’ lives eleven years ago, Harlow gives up her steady teaching job to try to make a living full time as an artist in New York City. But from the moment she steps foot there, her life is in danger. From a chance meeting with a handsome stranger who seems to hold more secrets than truths, to an unsigned note attached with a key to her childhood home, it’s clear she should have stayed in California. But it’s too late to run. After a brush with death, she awakes in the clutches of the most powerful man on the east coast. Arian Kalvar. Despite the way he looks at her with loathing, he’s determined to protect her from those that hunt her. Her gorgeous, fierce captor plunges her into a world of magic, curses and wicked enemies. She is the heart of it all, and neither of them can deny the unmistakable connection between them. Three enemy factions. Two bonds. One curse. A steamy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast.
As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens. Wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature. Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America. When Grace's big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain's hands by placing her under his protection. Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes. DISCERNING GRACE is hi ...
Sabine has spent the last decade hiding from the fae and the Wild Hunt. But when a charismatic stranger recruits her to retrieve an invaluable artifact, she’ll have to finally reveal her identity… and her dark secrets.
Time does not heal all wounds, or does it? Anne Black enjoys being in control of her life. She trains MMA fighters by day and works as a dominatrix by night. A single encounter with a mysterious and handsome stranger turns her world upside down. Suddenly, memories of another life haunt her. Top hats, carriages, and ballgowns? Love? It can’t be real! William Ollerton imagined a quiet life in a vicarage with his young wife, until she is brutally murdered. Grief-stricken, he accepts the gift of immortality with the hope he will see his lost love reborn. Centuries pass, but one night changes his world and eternity doesn’t seem impossible after all. When the past clashes with the present, the hunt is on and everything he’s waited for is put at risk. Will Anne and William have their second chance? Or will history repeat itself?
I know what you did last summer. Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there's only one person who knows what she did Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers--all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw. Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother's death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer--sexy Booker. Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can't help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt's "accident."Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn't hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship. As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn't want to answer?
Nothing ever seems to change for 29-year-old Abby, finding herself in a rut after a failed attempt at business and still living in her parents' basement. A surprise New Year's Eve brush with an old flame ignites her resolve to do something about her stagnant life and sets off ripple effects that touch the lives of friends and family in ways she never dreamed. But not everyone is thrilled with her new, empowered lifestyle. As she focuses on self-improvement, the most selfless decision she makes could actually prove deadly. Will she get her second chance for a happily-ever-after, or was the decision to change her life a fatal one?
Shelby Wolfe doesn’t believe in ghosts, but the one who asks her to solve his murder doesn’t care. River towns—even ones named Goose Lick—have their charm. For recently divorced Shelby, Goose Lick also has extended family, which is just what she needs. It also has an old police station/former hotel for sale cheap, and Shelby knows all about rehabbing old buildings. But when the former and now deceased police chief appears with his claims of murder, she realizes she’s gotten more than she bargained for. The chief died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the town is evenly divided on whether it was an accident or suicide. The chief insists it was neither, but it seems dead people don’t have access to all the answers. Shelby agrees to investigate his death in the hope that, if she finds them for him, he’ll move on. She soon finds that river towns have more than charm, family, and cheap old buildings. They also have secrets. And some people will kill to keep them.
Pineapple Port Mysteries by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Amy Vansant, is a funny, clean, and gore-free small-town, female amateur sleuth series, but with all the pulse-pounding excitement of a detective thriller.
When Declan and his uncle Seamus find a dead woman in the master closet of a house for sale, Seamus hopes that means he'll get a deal...but private detective Charlotte Morgan is more interested in why the body has a note pinned to its chest: Where are you going to keep YOUR clothes?
"This is my favorite book of the series! Just when u think they can’t get better they do! ...I loved this book and series. You can read this as a stand-alone but the whole series is fantastic. Take an afternoon away from life and escape into crazy Pineapple Port! I couldn’t put it down!" ~ Audrey Armstrong ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When another body with a second note is found at a listing held by the same real estate agency, Charlotte is hired to find out who's trying to ruin them. The handsome owner of the agency has a way with the ladies... is one of his jilted lovers out to demonstrate just how angry a woman scorned can get?
Too bad Charlotte's neighborhood "moms," Mariska and Darla, can't help with this mystery --- they're on a treasure hunt bound to cost them their weekend... and maybe their life!
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For Sage, fitting in with her new classmates is a matter of life or death. Literally. Dragged out of hiding after her parents are killed, Sage is forced to enroll in the Institution. There, she’ll learn to be a model citizen of Eprah. But model citizens are murderers. And when everyone is granted autonomy to be judge, jury, and executioner, it’s far too easy to wind up dead. To stay alive, Sage will have to convince everyone of her unwavering loyalty to Eprah — which means turning her back on everything she’s ever believed. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent, you will love this gripping new dystopian world. Start reading the completed series today.
A minister's daughter abandoned during war survives by taking on the grueling work of an army laundress. A wounded widower feels God has forsaken him. Will her devout care bring medicine to his soul or rub salt in his wounds? Ellen White is assigned to attend a debilitated artillery captain after the Battle of Second Manassas. She offers God's strength, but Gideon Sharpe would rather rely on his own. He would prove himself devoted to his motherless infant daughters, the sort of father he never had. Ellen longs for the security of a home and to feel cherished. Can a jaded and broken man fulfill her fondest hopes?
They both have good lives, and yet, something is missing… Or someone. A partner and co-owner of Oceanside Inn for five years now, Molly Hessinger is happy with her life and her job as a head of accounting. What’s not to love, when she’s doing it with her best friends, and they’re all in it together? However, something is missing, and at thirty-seven years, she knows exactly what it is. And when her boss and friend Steven hires Eddie Button as the new head of social media, Molly knows exactly who it is, as well. Immediately intrigued, she finds herself more interested in Eddie than any other man before – and her attraction doesn’t seem to be one-sided, either. A quiet man with a life that mostly consists of his house, a good car, and a talking parrot as a best friend, Eddie is not ashamed to admit that he’s enjoying every moment of it. But when he meets Molly and discovers that she and her friends are facing a frightening mystery, he realizes he hasn’t really been living at all. A new life awaits them both...unless threats, intimidation, and kidnapping keep them apart. But what could possibly truly stand between two souls who have finally found each other?
He’s been stranded beyond the stars for years. When he buys himself a down-and-out squad, he crash-lands into a whole galaxy of trouble… Lone human Wil Calder is bored out of his freakin’ mind. So when he gets word of a couple of criminals being hauled to a penal colony, he figures he’s got a sweet deal to offer: Join his crew and he’ll help clear their names. But he quickly finds he’s bought a black hole of misfortune with the two disgraced convicts knowing things that they shouldn’t know. Things that will get all of them killed. Desperate for fast money to go legit, Wil takes on one last illegal job to rob a heavily guarded space station. But when the motley band stumbles across an interstellar conspiracy, the ill-equipped ship captain must decide how far he’ll fly to bring justice to his team and the rest of the universe. Can the accidental spaceman escape a cosmos of chaos before they all go supernova? Space Rogues: The Adventures of Wil Calder is the exciting first book in the Space Rogues space opera series. If you like fun characters, fast-paced action, and lighthearted entertainment, then you’ll love John Wilker’s science fiction caper.
Can a runaway bride find love with someone else’s jilted groom? "This story is an amazing amalgamation of “what happens in Vegas…”, enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, and love-at-first-sight...a little bit of sports romance and has a small-town feel." Flower shop owner Flora has waited years to say I do, but when she gets to the chapel, all she can say is I can’t. And runs for it, straight into— Ex-ballplayer Dean, waiting for his turn at the chapel. But he’s got nothing to say when his bride-to-be texts that she’s not coming. Now there’s nothing to do but commiserate with the cute bride who ran out of her own wedding. First rule to meeting your perfect match – get a last name. Because after one perfect night, where they share everything but names, numbers, or even Facebook pages, Dean leaves without waking Flora, thinking the note he leaves will be enough. Maybe it would have been, if Flora had found it. They’ll have to leave it to fate, and a bouquet of flowers. Fall in love with Flora and Dean in this charming, funny, and sweet romantic comedy
This is my Midlife. I have a bat in my belfry…a REAL bat. The woods in my back yard is full of something dark from my nightmares. I’ve got a mysterious and sexy neighbor who seems to appear out of nowhere. And my best friends? Yeah, they’re witches. Midlife is definitely not shaping up to be the calm and graceful phase I’d been expecting.
Mary and Elizabeth Tudor unite to change history. Mary I: remembered by history as “Bloody Mary” ended her life abandoned by her husband, imprisoning her sister, and hated by her people. Yet before that, she was a neglected daughter of Henry VIII—who shoved her aside in his quest for a male heir, never caring what his callous attitude did to his daughter. Elizabeth I: likewise abandoned by her father, a life without love would shape her into a hard woman remembered as one of the greatest monarchs in English history—yet she, too, was lonely. Unable to marry the man she loved and unable to trust even those closest to her, Elizabeth played one faction against one another up until the bitter end. Not this time. Henry VIII’s early death in 1541 throws his daughters together, with far-reaching consequences for the Tudor dynasty. In a world where Katherine Parr never becomes queen, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor have no one to depend upon except one another. An alternate story in Tudor England. Novelette length.
Sylvia Moore returns to Dickens during the annual Christmas in July festival, hoping to land the New England location for a new Christmas romance movie. She knows the town will award only one filming permit a year but is confident the deal’s in Santa’s bag. After all, she’s the hometown girl with the hometown advantage. But her rival, Chase Ellis, is also in town, and he’s out to grab the Dickens location for a movie, too, working the locals and smooth-talking the town council. This is a familiar snowy path and Sylva ponders whether to confront or avoid him. They’re both staying at Holly Hill Inn, so avoiding him—and his molten chocolate brown eyes—is impossible. Then Chase proposes a sweet as Christmas candy deal. When that falls through, Sylvia counters with a deal of her own. Both know their reputations and careers are on the line. Sylvia assures her boss the contract is in her Christmas stocking. Chase knows if he loses, he risks future jobs for his newly formed company. And if that isn’t enough, the competition takes on an unexpected twist when the two sneak kisses that could scorch even the hottest of days during the Christmas in July festival.
Keeping up the rock star image ain’t easy, but someone’s gotta show these fakers how it’s done. Hotel-room-trashing tantrums? Check. Daddy issues galore? Check. Glitz, glamour and general debauchery? I wrote the f**king book. I’m a textbook bad boy rockstar cliche, and I’ve never claimed to be anything else. Hell, I own it. At least, I did, until he came along: Mr. Self-Righteous who acts more like a priest than a drummer. Now he’s my bodyguard and the guy in charge of making sure I don’t OD before the tour ends. Oh, right. I also have a crazy stalker who’s been obsessed with me since I was a kid. So that’s fun. It doesn’t take long to figure out Cash is more of a danger than any freak with a shrine of me in his closet, and he’s way harder to shake. He’s managed to convince our band manager (AKA, the crappiest father ever) that he’s the only one who can protect me from my stalker and my own vices. Cash thinks I’m stuck with him while he forces me to get clean, but what starts out as a Daddy/boy roleplay meant to freak him out turns into so much more than a game. For the first time ever, I don’t know who’s going to win, but I’m not going down without a fight. - My new job is a nightmare. The name of that nightmare? Dante Jung, lead singer of the world-famous band Dante’s Infernal, living trainwreck, and all-around brat. His manager hired me to be the new drummer for Dante’s Infernal--since the singer has run everyone else off--and his undercover bodyguard. The only problem is, ...
The only thing more awkward than falling in love on national television, is having your heart broken in front of millions of viewers. When public school teacher Millie Kincaid signed up for the popular dating show, The Groom, falling in love was always a possibility. But then Jace proposes to someone else on the season finale, and her hurt and humiliation leave her desperate to escape the glare of Hollywood's spotlight...until a new reality TV show provides her a shot at money that her school desperately needs. Former star of The Groom, Jace Westfall, went from fan favorite to villain overnight. Hurting the sweet and shy Millie cost him everything: his reputation, his endorsements, and his heart. It was the last thing Jace wanted to do, but he had his reasons. Now on the verge of financial ruin, Jace finds himself left with no choice but to do another reality show. Neither expected to face each other again, but both need the money. As they race from country to country, trying to put the past behind them, it quickly becomes clear they have a real shot at the million dollar prize…and a second chance at love. But only if Millie and Jace can overcome the biggest obstacle that stands in their way: each other. Fans of the Amazing Race and The Bachelor will love this Reality TV contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone.
The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Though, as you'll see, none of us were innocent. I was part of an online community that went rogue, real world, known by your face and not just your handle. I’d like to say I dated a few men. That would be a lie. From the motorcycle riding cutie with the washboard abs, to the strip poker game that ended up being a night permanently burned in my brain. I dated them all and more--a couple of them suggested there should be an anonymous group to get over me. They were all a lesson I needed to learn or at least a step toward the one I belong with. Nobody ever said that following your heart wouldn’t take you through an obstacle course of men before you discover and could appreciate that maybe “The One" had been there all along. That the love of my life could accept everything I’d done and where it had taken me? The fact is, he had a plan all along. All he wanted was me. My only goal was to have fun. I lived for the excitement and adventure. I experienced everything and everyone. It was all my journey that lead me to where I belong. This is where my confessions begin…
Her plans for her Europe trip didn’t include falling in love! When Tiffany Gallagher flies to London to spend the holidays with her family, volunteering at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day isn’t part of her plan. Nor is having to travel to Edinburgh with Mac, the grump and cynical wounded Scottish photojournalist also volunteering at the shelter, to get the New Year's Eve she'd dreamed of, a Scottish Hogmanay. Returning to London, she sets up an ambitious back-to-work partnership between the shelter and Pettett & Mayfield's department store. But her scheme means she and Mac are thrown together. When he turns the camera on her to help her get a modelling job, she begins to see past his wounds and discovers a man she could easily fall in love with. Neither is looking for love, but love finds them anyway, though it can't last when their plans will take them in different directions. Can they learn in time that no matter what they've planned, God's loving purpose for their lives can't be denied? Book 1 in The Macleans series, set in Edinburgh. Every story is a complete romance featuring a different brother or sister in the family as they find their lifetime love. Clean, sweet, and wholesome Christian inspirational romance from a USA Today bestselling author!
On the evening of our baptism, Roy suggested our family of four venture on his dream vacation to Alaska. Although reluctant to traverse the country, I was determined to enjoy the much needed family time. When an invitation to work at an iconic Alaskan roadhouse forced the trajectory of our summer in an unexpected direction, my tight grip on our familiar Michigan life started to slip. Will this quest for an Alaskan adventure be worth the sacrifice for us all? Will my new faith in Christ withstand the storms of change and awaken the transformation I didn’t know I needed or will I crumble under the leaden weight of my husband’s dreams?
Everyone knows not to go out at night unless you want to deal with monsters. That was until a magical item allowed its user to "smell" when a monster was near. Now there are ambitions to build a monster alarm system throughout town. But some creatures, such as the necromancer, have plans of their own.
Ivan wants to spend the summer before university getting his life in order. He never planned to get entangled with a centuries-old Viking death cult.
But when one of his friends is next on the sacrificial list…well, things are going to get messy before he'll have time to sort out his university applications.
As the creatures of the shadow world gather to wreak Norse havoc, can Ivan become more than the skinny nerd everyone thinks he is?
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What critics are saying: 5.0 out of 5 Stars – Could NOT put this down. This series was one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Riveting, suspenseful, passionate. Everything you could want and more. I could not put it down and I read the entire series in 6 days! LOVE LOVE LOVE Sad it ended ............ 5.0 out of 5 stars - Don't miss out! I just wanted to keep reading. You are going to want to read the complete series. No getting around it once you start you wouldn't put it down. You get wrapped up in the characters and comes to fast. Loved it. The Vision Chronicles Condensed, Vol. I, a romantic suspense novel, is part one of Michael James Lewis's journaled narrative as he recounts the events surrounding the discovery of his psychic ability and how that gift changed with his acceptance. His acceptance led him to the woman of his dreams, his soul mate, and the family he had always wanted. The condensed version of the 8-book series offers a compact account with fewer day-to-day and slice-of-life details. For those who wish to read every word of this thrilling family saga, you can find the complete box set: ASIN: B07G9LFXMQ Volume I is based on the following books: Kaleidoscope, Book 1 Spyglass, Book 2 Window's Pane, Book 3 Windows All Around, Book 4
I have a terrible crush on my next door neighbor. When too many guests at my house leaves me short a bed, he offers to let me crash at his place. I didn’t expect him to walk in on me… *ahem,* taking care of myself. And I certainly didn’t expect him to join in. A short and sweet standalone with a happy ending and lots of spice.
When the eligible Mr. Allison is to come to Fenton Manor to woo Honoria, there is a problem. She doesn't remember what he looked like. Crippled by her timidity, she hardly looked at him when they'd met during her first London season. But he had spoken to her father, determined to ask her for her hand. Her siblings, Serena and Benedict, find this highly amusing, but after Honoria overhears a conversation between her parents about their finances, she realises she must marry Mr. Allison, and this constraint leaves her martyred and unhappy and unable to share her feelings. When Mr. Allison arrives, there is another problem. One to do with her sister, Serena. Mr. Allison, (annoyingly handsome and kind) fails to propose as expected and leaves abruptly - but invites the confused family to stay at Bassington Hall, his own country home. His kindness to all her family leaves Honoria with no legitimate excuse to escape marriage. Mr. Scribster, his ugly, unpleasant, unfeeling friend, guesses more than she would like and offers Honoria a place to concentrate her dislike and frustration. Meanwhile, Benedict embarks on an adventure with his rogue of an uncle, Wilbert, to save his childhood friend and neighbour, Genevieve Horton, who has become the unhappy Lady Sumner. By learning some scandalous skills, Benedict hopes to give some options to the most trapped figure in all of polite society - an unhappy wife. When Benedict's life hangs in the balance, all the major players are changed foreve ...
2021 Firebird Book Award winner. Start the series that brings a complex web of real-world mythology into modern times! 1000 years ago the Elves nearly destroyed their species through war. As punishment, their ancestors cursed them and trapped them on the Earthly plane. Priscilla Forester is a 500-year-old Cursed Elf, with abilities far different from most. She knows there is some secret about her origins, but has given up thinking she will ever discover the truth. However, Fate was only waiting for the right moment to reveal its secrets. As Priscilla and her lovers battle against warring Elf Houses, her true nature begins to emerge, and it is more than anyone had bargained for.
A marauding chicken. A deadly discovery. Will Anne regret her move to Carolan Springs, Colorado? The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life. Yet, before Anne's completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman. However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner. ! Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?
Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress' murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect's pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can't find it in her heart to refuse the case.
Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she's forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner's take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.
Being with a bad boy has never felt so good. Abilene I’m in desperate need of a date to take on a work-related trip. I’ve been fending off the owner of the company’s son by talking about my serious boyfriend. The problem is… he doesn’t exist. If I don’t produce him, the owner’s son is going to call my bluff, and I might even lose the promotion I’ve been working toward. So when my sister drags me to a bachelor auction for charity, I bet all my faith and all of my savings on the biker I’ve been crushing on for years. Kane When Abilene Waylon wins me in the bachelor auction, I’m stunned and intrigued. What could the local pastor’s daughter want with a broken man like me? I’m her daddy’s worst nightmare in a black leather jacket. Then she lays out her proposal... her virginity for pretending to be her one and only. I have no intention of holding her to her promise… even though I already know I’m the only man who will ever have her. Ever wanted to spend a single night with the bachelor of your dreams? The men of Broken Bend are going on the auction block for a great cause. Find out what happens when the winning bidders claim their prize in the One Night Series. Each book is a complete story and can be read alone.
Business owner Paige West misses the closeness she had with her now-deceased father. Jessivel Salter, a single mother on the brink of becoming homeless, also misses her dead father, but for very different reasons. When fate unites the two women, Paige is drawn to Jessivel from the start and wants to help her. But Jessivel doesnt trust Paige or her intentions and rejects her many helping hand offers. The two women eventually connect and when certain disturbing truths are unveiled, they discover they have something in common that is inconceivable and shocking. Each has to decide whether to take the easy way out and part ways forevermore or face up to the adversity that fate has thrown at them.
And it all started with the ring.
A jobless jester and a misguided magpie wander into a land where technology is booming… but trouble is brewing! Dame Elsebet de Whellen has ruled her mildly magical, high-tech country for 50 prosperous years. Now it's facing a crisis three generations in the making, and the bold steps she's taken to save it have gone disastrously off the rails. Naturally she’s going to pray for the help of a brave and selfless hero. Of course it will go wrong. Obviously instead of a hero, she’ll get an exiled jester and his bantering bird. That jester would be Malfred Murd: poet, acrobat, wielder of wit. He’s cynical— twenty years of playing the Fool for an unappreciative wet blanket of a King will do that to a fellow—as well as broke, blacklisted and reduced to eating lizards caught by his self-appointed guardian, a sassy magpie with a longing for adventure. All Fred wanted was a few coins to keep him off the dirt streets. But he gets more, far more. Like it or not, he and Dame Elsebet are about to get hopelessly entangled in a desperate mission that might cost a Fool his life and a people their future.
Laying it all on the line for love... I’m tired of being good. Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when I head home to my dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, I’m determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye is just the guy to help me do it. However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing me, the boss’s daughter. But our relationship is much more than a vacation fling. Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed? Or will we have a real shot at love-all?
The true story of a Canadian drafted into the Soviet Red Army in World War II. 1941: Their retreat across Ukraine wore their boots out—and they kept going. Three months after drafting him, the Soviet Red Army throws Maurice Bury, along with millions of other under-trained men, against the juggernaut of Nazi Germany's Operation Barbarossa, the assault on the USSR. Army of Worn Soles tells the true story of a Canadian who had to find in himself a way to keep himself alive—and the men who followed him.
Innocent Coed. Red Hot Hockey Star. Fate placed them on a collision course. Will the sweet summer romance cool when autumn leaves begin to fall? Or will the sizzle of anticipated passion warm this couple through the long winter to come? *This Piece of My Heart is the first book in Robyn M. Ryan’s hockey romance trilogy Clearing the Ice. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but the journey continues in This Piece of My Soul and concludes with This Piece of Our Being.*
Investigative journalists Mittens Meow and Alex Digger race to the rescue when Alex’s favorite baker discovers a shocking theft, threatening the future of her business. Can they uncover the culprit in time? A Christian mystery chapter book for readers 7-12.
Shy librarian Catena likes her quiet life…until a huge naked man muscles his way into her house, insisting he's been woken from his centuries-long sleep to be her personal protector. Catena's life is turned upside down when she's saved by a creature she's only heard about in books. If only her hero's rock-hard abs weren't actually made out of stone. Tor has no memory of his past. All he knows is that he must protect Catena at all costs. Can they unlock the dark secrets chaining them to the past, and forge a new future? CAUTION: This is a steamy gargoyle shifter romance, so if you don't like your heroes hot, hard and protective, Tor and Catena's tale might be a bit much for you.
A Suspense filled fast-burn romance.The 1st in the Racing Hearts Series of sizzling action tales. Set in a fast intense and dangerous world of Motorsport & the men and women competing in more ways than one.
Love them or hate them, without a good villain, a story is missing a vital piece of its puzzle. These authors tackle the often misunderstood and misguided antagonist from their perspective. Though we'd be remiss if we didn't allow for evil for the sake of evil, because who doesn't love a 'good' Big Baddie. Come along as we explore the other side of the story and see just what makes these characters - Villains. With Stories From: Benjamin DeHaan - "Scalevolution" Laura J. Campbell - "The Omong Sri" Linda M. Crate - "Queen Amalia" Nicole Walsh - "Hell-Bound" Alex Minns - "Chimera Station" MR Wells - "The Ballad of Black Rook" Eve Morton - "Tall Tales, or I Was A Teenage Superhero" Andrew P. McGregor - "The Tithe Collectors" Melissa Ferguson - "A New Kind of Hunger" Glenda Thompson - "Misdemeanor Murders" Lyra Meurer - "Under The Fig Tree" Sarah Lapalme - "The Family Legacy" Helen Obermeier - "The Alien I Shot" Jordan Davidson - "For The Hunt" Steven E. Scribner - "The Fourth Source" Erin Swann - "A Necessary Sacrifice"
For a relic of war, death is my inevitable release.
Most people can’t kill without regret, but I don’t have that luxury. I am a tank-created nu-human, and my sole purpose hinges on the whims of my tyrannical maniac creator. Town annihilations to political assassinations—I never disobey.
Until I want more.
When I escape beyond the realm of my former master, my only goal is safety—freedom—a life I always wanted. I should have known my creator would send deadly pursuers. He wants to remind me of what I’m never fated to have.
Then destiny tempts me with the unexpected.
When a dragon—a creature said to be long extinct—offers me a chance at true freedom from my former master’s control, I don't know what to believe. In my line of work, trust kills. But something is different about this creature....
With nothing to lose, I agree to his terms. Now, I wait. Will he give me the freedom I crave, or did I seal my fate?
DESTINY is the first book in the Experimental Heart epic romantic urban-science fantasy series. If you love fantasy mixed with science fiction, strong willed heroines overcoming the torment of their past, fate vs choice, and a dash of slow burn romance, dive into the world of Lumaraeon today!
Gabby and Ralph. Ralph and Gabby. They have been there, tried that, and they just don't work.
Then one night when Gabby is stranded with a flat tire, Ralph appears—her knight in a shining... Hawaiian shirt. Of all the roadsides in Miami...
As Gabby and Ralph are pushed back into each other's worlds, they can't resist the attraction that still crackles between them. But when Gabby blames Ralph for a career-destroying incident, she decides Gabby and Ralph are done—for good, this time. But is there more to the incident than she realized? Is Ralph her downfall... or her savior?
This lighthearted novelette will have readers laughing and falling in love themselves while they root for the two mismatched love birds to finally come home to one another.
(Note to readers: this is a "sweet with heat," second chance, romantic comedy. There's no graphic sex (but sex is implied) also, this short story contains swearing and general shenanigans.)