Ever wonder what children say to Santa Claus at Christmastime? Or what it would be like to don the Santa suit and portray jolly old St. Nick? Follow this volunteer Santa, author Don Kennedy, as he visits kids for the past 25 years at hospitals, military bases, women's and children's shelters, community centers, school, churches and more. Hundreds of fun, hilarious, laugh-out-loud plus heartwarming, sweet and touching stories. Enjoy the precocious, unfiltered, blunt and funny conversations with these little "characters." Kids truly do say the darndest things! The book, the second in a series of three, won the Silver Award for Humor in the Kops Fetherling International Book Awards, Finalist Award in Non-Fiction in the International Book Excellence Awards and Five Stars from the Readers Favorite book review panel. "You'll laugh, you'll cry and remember the true meaning of Christmas for children," according to award winning author Josh Soule. Ho, Ho, Ho, SANTA TELLS ALL!
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.
Resistance soldier Bernard Marchand would do anything to bring his family back from the dead, but in his desperation to change their fates, he alters history and nearly destroys the world. Faced with the consequences, he's horrified at what he's done. It was never supposed to be this way. As a Huldra, Alva should have stolen her partner's life energy, drained him to the brink of death. Instead, she went against her natural instincts and helped him win the war against a dreaded enemy. However, when he inadvertently starts the countdown to Ragnarok, Alva will have to ignore the ache in her soul as she fights to save them once again. And that's just the beginning… An unknown enemy lurks just out of reach and interferes in their every effort to restore Earth's historical timeline. But why? What is he after? Will they be able to focus long enough to save the Nine Realms, or are they doomed to the horrific reality they unwittingly unleashed?
1878, Colorado. When Lizzie Doe’s family loses everything in a fire, the twenty-year-old is forced to marry and go west to prospect a gold mine in Colorado, hoping to send money home to her parents. Miners, unaccustomed to such delicate beauty, nickname her Baby Doe, after a newborn deer. But Baby Doe proves herself tougher than they imagine when she finds herself abandoned, pregnant and running the mine alone. Her pluck gains the admiration of Silver King Horace Tabor, married and twice her age, and running for U.S. Senator. In Tabor, Baby Doe finds devotion and true passion. When scandal and economic ruin threatens Tabor’s life, Baby Doe must make a painful choice. Baby Doe Tabor was a real-life, deeply complex heroine, rising and falling and rising again with beguiling grit and stubborn spirit.
She never expected to summon a demon THIS sinfully sexy… Carline swore off witchcraft for good when she arrived at the Swan River Colony. But when her home is attacked, she's forced to consult her spell book for the help of a paranormal protector to keep her safe. Only the smoking hot demon she summons has more than just protection on his mind…
Seventeen year-old Jackie learns she's not human but part of an exciting and dangerous supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who work to defend their territory. During her training, she meets Garrett, a master vampire who teaches her to use her unique gifts, then threatens to steal her heart. Backed by their team of rogues, Jackie and Garrett face unexpected dangers, finding strength in their growing abilities and determination to protect their realm. Book 1 of an 9 book series.
Life in the 24th century has expanded to create the Six Worlds, but the personal trials we face are still there. Terry “Tug” Glenman has discovered that balancing a dual career of race driving and car building is more than a little stretch. Between his shop and California home, he’s spent the last decade with the love of his life. But when tragedy strikes, her worst fears come too close for comfort. In the aftermath, Tug is offered the chance of a lifetime. This could be the culmination of his dreams, but he quickly finds that fame and glory come with a very high price. Tug seeks his answers while driven by the haunted memory of his best friend and lured by a successful woman who can give him everything. Torn between a career that is his passion and everything at home he holds dear, he finds no easy decisions. This is where spirits soar and hearts are broken, while scores are settled at blinding speed in the perilous sport called Moonracing.
Cassie: When my sister was too sick to use her ski-resort vacation package, she passed it on to me, hoping it would get my mind off my recent job layoff and my disaster ex-boyfriend. I was hoping a little self-care would help me find the courage to be a new Cass, a better Cass. I want some confidence and control over my life, beginning New Cass's experiences with an early-spring hike in the beautiful mountain country of Moonlight Ridge. But now I’m lost. My cell phone has no signal, it’s getting dark, and it’s begun snowing. Can this vacation go any more wrong? Weston: I grew up in these mountains: self-reliant, strong, living on my family’s land. My job as a forest ranger keeps me near my family, here in the mountains I love, but sometimes I get lonely on my own. When my dog Max starts howling outside my cabin in the middle of a snowstorm, I dash outside with my rifle, practically knocking over the most beautiful, voluptuous, almost-frozen girl I’ve ever met. Now I’ll do anything I can to hold on to her and show her my mountains, my way of life, and my heart. Will Cassie find the courage to give me hers? Short sweet steamy alpha male-curvy girl instalove romance. No cheating, no cliffhanger, always an HEA.
2022 EDITORS CHOICE HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
“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. ...
WHISKEY WITH A MURDER CHASER!!! The new Top Shelf is open for business, but business as usual for Ricki and the Shelf translates to another dead guy. Ricki’s friend, Ruby Fogarty, is charged with murdering her boyfriend by clubbing him to death with a bottle of whiskey. The police consider the case closed, but Ricki is convinced Ruby is innocent and sets out to find the real murderer. Although Waterton police detective Gabriel Russell is crazy about Ricki, he isn’t too crazy about her trying to do his job. The killer’s not too happy about it either. 2017 WISHING SHELF INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS BRONZE WINNER!
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 monsters of the shadow world gather to wreak Norse havoc, can Ivan become more than the history geek everyone thinks he is?
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International bestselling phenomenon! Series optioned for film! * * * Earth is doomed. A killer asteroid is coming. Qualify for rescue... or die! * * * Nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark must compete in deadly trials against all other Earth teens, including her arrogant high school crush, in order to Qualify for interplanetary rescue from an asteroid apocalypse. Can she save everyone she loves? * * * A high-octane dystopian thriller from a Nebula Award Finalist, in the vein of THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, STAR WARS, and ANCIENT ALIENS.
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 TWO INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING AWARDS! Hank Phillips makes his living defending the right to bear arms. Privately, he doesn’t ever want to touch a gun again. Hank is an ex-Marine whose heroism in war earned him the Medal of Honor and a high-profile job with Armed and Ready, America’s most powerful gun rights organization. He has a devoted wife and son, millions of admirers, and a bright future. But what Hank values most is his relationship with God. He believes his war record has poisoned it, and he prays that God will let him atone. One night, a confrontation with police officer LaRonda Cage brings disaster upon Hank, his family, his employer and LaRonda, an exemplary cop burdened with responsibility for her disabled father. The fallout, combined with a child's kidnapping, creates a snowball effect that threatens to destroy Armed and Ready, and even endanger the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Weapons of Remorse looks behind the headlines to explore the personal consequences of America’s gun violence dilemma.
He can save her life—if he sacrifices those he swore to protect. King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the dangers of drawing political attention. When the artifact intended to end an interdimensional war is damaged, a mage is trapped on the other side of the rift with her servant—only the cheery young boy is really one of the monstrous enemy, disguised as a human. Shianan is desperate to rescue Ariana, one of his few friends, but to do so requires committing treason and betraying his people to attack. State mage Ariana struggles to survive as a prisoner of war in a world of deadly magic and unfamiliar customs. Her only ally is her former servant, once again a renowned warrior caught up in political machinations. To survive, he’ll have to take up the fight against Ariana’s world. As their people’s wasted armies prepare for fresh battle, bastard, mage, and monster must set aside prejudices and rivalries to find an end to centuries of conflict, before they die as traitors. Reviews say: “Shard & Shield is one of the most character-driven fantasy novels I've ever read, and I mean that in the best way.” “…a gripping fantasy tale and characters that I've come to care for who face complex situations that don't have easy answers. A great read!” This completed epic fantasy series by an award-winning author is recommended for fans of Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks.
Seminary student Tony Wagner finds more than he expected when he begins his final summer working in Evergreen National Park. A serial killer has been hunting America's national parks. When the killer strikes in Evergreen, Tony and fellow ranger Kelly Thiel find the body. An FBI task force, led by Agent Wyatt Garret, arrives to investigate. Garret interprets Tony's calm under the circumstances as cold-blooded, making him a suspect. Then, evidence implicates Tony. He will need the whole town of Spruce Lake to help him prove his innocence. When Garret finally clears him, he asks Tony to help with the investigation. His back country skills will be invaluable at the remote crime scenes as the killer strikes again. While Tony works with the FBI, his less-than-perfect past becomes public knowledge, bringing dramatic changes to his life.
The land of Vrania is cold and harsh, a vicious place to live. But the decedents of Vranr have made their home there for hundreds of years, their passage westward blocked by the treacherous Black Isles and the raging sea. But Vrania is beginning to grow crowded, and food is harder to find than ever before. Exiled from their village to make their own way, Karik and his friends head north, hoping to find shelter from the coming winter, and a place where they can found a new village. But the north is dangerous, even for Vrania, and when Karik meets the huntress Ylmi, they take the first steps in a journey that will shape their world for generations to come.
A military hero. A runaway bride. Never enough time. With one dance, one night, he claimed me. Beyond tired of holding things together and taking care of every responsibility for my family of sisters and a grieving father, I had begged the universe for something new. Then today, the county fair crowned me as the next Milk Maiden, and I gained the attention of Travis, the handsome stranger in town. Life was suddenly good, even though he was only passing through. She had more than one night written all over her face. Fighting for my country came with some obvious downsides. All I wanted—no, craved—was to spend time with a woman. For one night. Afterward, it was back to checking my emotions, deadening myself inside so not a hint of pain would display outside. I made it a rule to start nothing serious. But sometimes a man needed a woman more than he needed air. Marcie wasn’t just any woman, though. If only time and logistics weren’t working against us . . .
Amazon Best Seller in Eight Mystery & Humor Categories! A Midlife Meltdown Leads to Southern-Fried Mayhem in this Hilarious Accidental Thriller! After being duped out of her life savings in Germany, Val Fremden retreats home to Florida with more than just her pride in tatters. At 45, she’s broke, divorced, and virtually unemployable. Starting over will be tough enough. But when her only friend suddenly turns up dead, Val begins to seriously wonder if the world is out to get her. Maybe it is …. The sugar-white sands of Sunset Beach attract weirdos like mosquitoes to a bug zapper. So when the will of Val’s friend makes the local newspaper, lunatics and con artists stumble from their beach shacks to scuffle for a piece of the leftover pie. Determined to find her friend’s true heir, Val reluctantly turns to three crackpots for help—a drunk, a redneck, and a snarky beach bum. Working at odds with each other, their bumbling investigation attracts the attention of a hot cop. He quickly gets into the fray and under Val’s skin. Whether it’s in a good way or bad only time will tell. Because sometimes, it’s not until you reach the bottom of the barrel that you find out who your true friends are. Love your mysteries with a side of snide? The Val Fremden Midlife Mystery series is for you! Get set for a wickedly witty slide down the social ladder with a surprising cast of unexpected misfits!
Quantum computers are the next big thing. A router capable of allowing those computers to talk to each other, securely and near instantaneously, will be worth billions of dollars. As the first “Quantum Router” nears completion, the lead inventor is murdered. When the surviving creator doesn’t believe the story of his ‘suicide’, she hires Trace Conner, a master Ninjutsu instructor, for protection. The simple bodyguard job quickly evolves into non-stop action as kidnapping, murder, and high tech treachery chases them around the world after the enormous prize.
Is Mothman Real, or Just Another Fly-by-Night Tourist Scam? The Truth is Out There … Way WAY Out There in this Deliciously Snarky, Semi-Paranormal Detective Mystery Growing up in backwoods Florida, Bobbie Drex has seen it all – from two-headed turtles to two-timing boyfriends. Her life of hard knocks has left her short on cash, but she’s still packing enough snark to give any whack-job a run for his money. Or so she thinks. But when a mysterious stranger arrives at her mechanic shop seeking repairs to his rundown RV, suddenly it’s Bobbie who’s in for a complete overhaul... Norman Bates in a turban. Gonadal twins. Mothman pooper-scoopers. In an instant, the world she once knew skitters totally off its Southern axis! Is the handsome, Mothman-chasing private eye crazy? Or is he the only sane one in the bunch? The more Bobbie discovers about him, the less certain she becomes about reality itself... Ready for some pure, escapist fun? Grab a can of mosquito repellent and a lawn chair. Then sit back and relax. Things are about to go sidesplittingly off the rails in the Sunshine State!
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?
Outside the sky was blood red---a gorgeous sunset under any other circumstances---but that evening it looked like a beautiful, graceful bull slaughtered by an unworthy matador. I tried to wipe the blood from my father's last painting, but it smeared, becoming a part of the sunset. When the bullet pierced her father's heart and he crumpled to the floor of his convenience store, it changed Janey's life forever. At first, she wasn’t even sure if she was dead or alive, as she watched a strange blue light shift from his body to hers. In his final moments her father handed Janey his mask, confirming that he was the vigilante superhero who had been fighting the local cartels. Janey felt a surge of energy and knew it was her time to carry on her father's work. With the guidance of her father’s mysterious right-hand man - and enigmatic parallels from her favorite comic book series, Janey must learn how to use her mysterious new telepathic abilities to fight back against the gangsters that killed her father and threaten to overtake her town. This is the first in a Latina superhero action adventure series - The Thunderbird Chronicles. "Janey Santiago is the Wonder Woman of West Texas—she's an anti-hero that is growing into something bigger than she may even realize." — A.J. Mayers, author of FINAL BOARDING
Shee wants a home.
Shee McQueen grew up skip tracing and hunting military criminals with her father, Mick, until someone put a bounty on her head, forcing her underground. Resurfacing years later, she returns to her family’s hotel in Jupiter Beach, FL, to find Mick in a coma, shot in the head by an unknown sniper.
"Loved! This book was hard to put down! Anyone who likes Patterson’s books will like this one! It will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end!" ~ Cathy M. Rose ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Shee wants answers.
The Loggerhead Inn has everything Shee could want in a beach hotel---sea turtle wall art, a tiny Yorkshire terrier mascot who thinks she’s a pit bull, and her father’s staff of deadly, damaged military veterans, looking to redeem their troubled souls by helping others. Not to mention--- Hold on...
How did Mason Connelly, the SEAL she fell for decades ago, just appear in the lobby? Why did he have to show up now demanding answers to secrets long buried?
Shee wants it all back.
But someone wants her dead.
From the moment Shee McQueen appears, The Girl Who Wants straps the reader into a twisting rolle ...
When Hailey stumbles upon a backpack full of money on her nightly jog, she is forced to flee the security of her secret identity.
Although the sudden appearance of a man that had been flirting with her earlier seems odd, Hailey accepts Parkers help in getting the heavy bag home. Within moments of arriving, they escape under gunfire. The men it was intended for want it back, and Hailey has now made herself a target.
Safe in a motel room, the two of them discover the truth: although their meeting was an accident, Parker had been involved in the bags drop and she had been his assignment all along. Now, getting Hailey away safely is Parkers new mission. Together they struggle to put together the pieces of Haileys past and discover that they have more in common than they thought.
Being on the run, keeping Haileys family safe, and searching for clues to put away the man that wants her dead are hard enough. Falling in love in the middle of it all was the last thing either one of them expected.
An action-packed Jewish Regency Romance with heart - the Trilogy Finale. Lizzie’s Story By all accounts, Caleb Klonimus has been on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s little sister since he was eight. But the beautiful and accomplished Lizzie Pearler barely notices him—until he returns changed from a quest for jewels. And as for Lizzie, he is not marriage material. But as Lizzie and Caleb join forces and work together toward the finals of the king’s competition for the crown jewels, sparks fly. Maybe it’s his gorgeous smile, or his muscular body—or Lizzie’s jealousy every time Caleb trains with his kung fu master, the young and beautiful Jing . . . but somehow they must overcome the impossible obstacles of the competition and make sense of love.
Cyber consultant and best-selling author Parker Bell is lured back to Po’thole (Po Ho to the locals and Pothole by anyone north of the Florida Georgia line) by the untimely death of her childhood friend, a city commissioner who voted against a riverfront casino and boardwalk. Is the Mafia trying to take over a small, sleepy Southern town or a bunch of misfit, crazy local politicians who are plotting and planning to develop the local riverfront? Craziness abounds with quirky characters, throw in a few murders, and add in the caffeine-addicted Parker and the always out-of-control gang of five hormonal, caffeine-and-sugar-infused die-hard University of Florida football fans aka Lady Gatorettes and you have a recipe for mayhem and mirth. Funny enough, it all might be true.
All Erika wanted was a gorgeous Greek god to worship. Noah wants to be that man! Erika I need to reinvent my life! I had gotten into a rut with a boyfriend who couldn’t commit and a thankless job in the Fingerlakes. So I moved to a beach town with an exciting job as a water patrol officer. While I want to be independent, I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. When I met Noah, I was skeptical. Admittedly, he is a gorgeous man, but is he a one-woman kind of guy, or will he turn out to be another womanizer? I want to spread my wings and try new things, but I don’t want my wings clipped by another man who can’t commit. Noah I’m not going to deny that women find me attractive, and occasionally I have had a one-night stand. I have tried having long-term relationships, but I always get burned. My last girlfriend was attacked by a shark and moved away, blaming me for the incident. When I met Erika, I felt an instant attraction, but I need to know that she feels the same way because I want to make her mine. I want to prove to her that I can be a one-woman man and protect her from any danger, including sharks.
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.
1847. Ballyclaven, Ireland. A terrible famine has ravaged the devastated Emerald island. With little food to eat, young Jonathan Flynn is struggling to stay alive after losing his family in the course of a single fateful night. Life is already bad, but Jonathan’s pride and youthful temper make him a dangerous enemy to his ruthless landlord, Lord Cavanaugh, who wouldn’t rest until he sends the young lad to gallows. With the assistance of a kindly family priest, Jonathan finds a temporary hideaway in the infamous Scartagg workhouse, only to realize that the sinister warden of the workhouse is just one of the many villains’ fate has thrown his way. Jonathan boards a ship to Boston hoping to start a new life on distant shores, but fate has other plans for him. Jonathon’s dream of escaping to America becomes a horrendous journey of never-ending physical and mental torture. It’s his will to survive and a burning desire for vengeance that keeps Jonathan alive. And revenge is a dish best served cold…More than a century later, when old secrets surface, threatening to unravel Flynn family’s present, Jonathon’s descendant, Rory O’Flynn must decide if he should let sleeping dogs lie…or not.
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Treachery, murder, love, and ambition mark Snowdens page-turning latest, a tale of one mans journey of revenge and redemption. When Rory OFlynn unexpectedly inherited a ten-acres property in Irela ...
A Ménage romance One couple. One woman. An impossible choice. “...in comes Kenna and the sexiness begins...” What happens when you meet the man of your dreams… and his wife? After a painful divorce, Kenna wants a second chance at love. But the casual hookups aren’t satisfying and nothing gives her the thrill she needs. Enter Iliya. Sexy and adventurous Iliya is everything Kenna wants to be. But Iliya’s friendship comes with a price—her wildly attractive husband, Del. The connection between Kenna and Del is instant and the temptation would be too much for Kenna until she discovers the truth about their marriage: Iliya and Del are a smart and sensual couple who share their dreams and desires with others. And they want to share with Kenna. They want to share Kenna. Is Kenna ready for their Touch? Touch is a steamy unconventional romance, “…an emotional story of self-awareness…of finding self worth and joy of living life as you find happiness, friendship and love." Join Kenna on her journey of sexual discovery.
Roger and Gertrude Davis enjoy an idyllic existence in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass. With vast landholdings, a successful business, and love for the family they’ve built, they’ve avoided the suffering The Great Depression has wrought on the area until it all comes crashing down on a sweltering summer day in 1932. With the twin daughters they dote on gone missing and ominous signs of foul play evident, a suspect quickly emerges. But not everything is always what it seems. Amidst the murder, madness, and mayhem, they soon learn there’s blood to pay when the past comes calling.
"No crying in front of humans, my daughter." Those were the last words that Flynae's father, the Monarch of their people, said to her, moments before Lord Kovad Thyde killed him in front of her. Without the Monarch to keep them in check, the evil rulers are now free to use Flynae's royal body how they see fit. How will the human that loves her protect her from more powerful forces at work? Get lost and fall in love with this dark fantasy story as enemies become lovers and save each other. This story is part of the Kindle Vella program. The first three episodes are free to read.
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 ...
The truth may cost him everything… but living a lie is no longer an option. Sixteen years ago, David Harper’s father was convicted of his mother’s murder. Escaping the shame and memories, David walked away and reinvented himself. Few people know his true identity, not even his wife of five months. But when his father’s conviction is overturned, David can’t hide the truth any longer. His career as a Texas State Trooper, as well as his marriage, is on the line. Driven by revenge, David is determined to find the killer who took his mother’s life and make them pay. His investigation stirs a den of vipers and they come out striking—and his dad is the number-one target. Can David get to the murderer before he silences the only family David has left? Long Road to Justice is a clean-read police procedural filled with serpentine twists and turns on the road to justice.
After finagling a job on board an outer space cruise ship, Sylvia Stryker is ready to explore all that outer space has to offer. With a private room in the staff quarters, her robot cat by her side, and the responsibilities of uniform management, she couldn't be more thrilled--until she discovers the second navigation officer dead in the inventory closet. Neptune, the head of ship security, finds Sylvia's presence to be the most suspicious part of the incident, but despite his efforts to pin the murder on Sylvia, she won't accept how the clues are unfolding. Juggling red shirts, white lies, and little green men, Sylvia has to expose a murderer or trade the expanse of outer space for a much smaller space...behind bars. Fly Me to the Moon is the quirky first mystery featuring uniform lieutenant Sylvia Stryker. If you like unique characters, adventurous plots, and cool space fashion, you’ll love Diane Vallere’s entertaining interstellar series.
Book 1 of the Antonello Brothers series. When he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves' Guild he once led. Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc's immortal ex--the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes. For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he'll put the toddler at risk. At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he's coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path. Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves' Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child's training? A hard choice for any man. For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible. A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. Luc must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart...
Jane is on her first night shift at the university radio station when the apocalypse begins… Will she be safe in the cozy studio as the snow-covered world outside turns into a blood-spattered nightmare? An unputdownable horror thriller.
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. ...
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!
Sometimes the dead come back to speak. Eleven years ago, a body was found days after a woman calling herself Charlene Browner checked into a motel. No possessions. No cause of death. No next of kin. It is almost as though she'd never existed. A strange accident on a lonely road launches Sheriff August Melville on a journey into Canyon County's past. Charlene was on the run -- but from what? As Melville delves deeper into the cold case, he discovers a sinister connection. The past isn't really gone. It's merely prelude for what's to come. Can Melville solve the case? Or will he meet the same fate as Charlene years before?
In this psychological suspense story, Roger and Alice seemed to be the perfect couple. To the outside world, they appeared to have it all - a great marriage filled with romance, exotic vacations, money, and prestige. If one took a closer look, however, one might find that it was a marriage of chastisement. Take a ride on the dark side with someone who simply SNAPS because they can't take it anymore! Author warning: Dark fiction. Rated R.
Chemistry has never been my best subject. Lucky for me, I've got lots of smokin' hot brainiacs who adore me to choose from in this set. In this limited edition collection, find 5 brand new NA college romances featuring the brilliant men we can't help but drool over. After all, who needs a bad boy when the sexy nerd has a six pack? This FREE limited edition collection takes readers on a whirlwind through new adult college romances full of chemistry. Contains the following stories: The Nerd’s Obsession by Emma Bray Hardcoding Her Heart by Zaria Knight Changing the Formula by Jenna McCall Traveling with You by CJ McKnight The Professor by Quell T. Fox
2018 LEFTY Award Finalist Best Humorous Mystery When newlyweds Laurel McKay and Tom Hunter embark on their honeymoon cruise, they look forward to sunny days exploring the Caribbean islands and intimate evenings together. Their dream quickly goes “poof,” when Laurel’s family decides to tag along and their romantic duet turns into a party of eight. The first night on the ship, Laurel witnesses someone going overboard. But no one is reported missing, and the chief of security gives Laurel’s sighting the same credibility as an alien landing. After a series of diamond thefts, Laurel discovers that suspicious shipmates are as plentiful as calories on this cruise. When a murder occurs, and a family member becomes the top suspect, Laurel is determined to unmask the killer before her dream honeymoon becomes a nautical nightmare.
National bestselling author Diane Vallere delivers your new favorite fashionable amateur sleuth! Join Samantha Kidd as she trades high fashion for dirty laundry and learns a great wardrobe isn't enough to turn her life around, let alone catch a killer. She expected the fashion industry to be ruthless. She wasn't prepared for it to turn deadly. Ready to redesign her life, style expert Samantha Kidd accepts a job in her Pennsylvania hometown as a trend specialist. But her first day goes completely A-line when she stumbles across her legendary boss dead in the elevator. And after the body disappears, she can't help but pull on the mystery's thread and unravel an entire wardrobe of suspects. Supervising her deceased employer's vogue competition, Samantha tries to hem in a sexy shoe designer and countless ego-driven creatives to stitch together the clues. But when her own name appears on the police's suspect list, the sleuthing fashionista's days on the catwalk could be numbered. Can Samantha put a killer in the spotlight before she's sewn up for a crime she didn't commit? "Designer Dirty Laundry is well-written, engaging and just a great read. Start the series and continue on. You’ll be glad you did." ~Sally, Reviewer "Designer Dirty Laundry is amazing. I was hooked from the first sentence and had to read Designer Dirty Laundry in one day, because I couldn't put it down. It's that good!" ~Jane Reads Designer Dirty Laundry is the first book in the feel-good Samantha Kidd Killer Fa ...
When Lady Anastasia enters the ton to find a good husband, everyone warns her to stay away from rakes. But she meets the worst one of all and gets trapped in a false betrothal with him. Gabriel Williams vows to remain a rake, and he has set specific rules to follow. But the sweet wallflower makes him break every single one of them.
Having a younger, beautiful sister is hard enough. Having one who’s on the cover of magazines and is loved by all? Torture. For single mom Marie Stephens, all she wants is to survive her new business, provide for her children, and ignore the intense feelings she has for her married neighbor. When her famous sister, Sadie, shows up after a five-year absence, Marie’s normal life ceases to exist. Add in their celebrity-obsessed mother, it’s no wonder they can’t get along. The most important thing Sadie and Marie will learn? Accepting your sister can change your life.