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The Pirate and the Princess

Saturday, June 24th, 2017


Liz McCraine is an outdoor enthusiast, military spouse, and mother. She loves to ride horses and go hiking with her family. When she isn’t
writing or corralling children, Liz enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Her motto is: If it doesn’t have a happy ending, I don’t want to read it.

 

 

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The mischievous Princess Jules of Aggadorn has been pampered and protected her entire life. More than anything, she longs to experience challenges
and adventure. But with her mother’s threat to marry her off hanging over her head, Jules fears she will never have the chance. All that changes when she’s kidnapped by pirates.
 
Forced to labor for her passage aboard Captain Jaymes’ vessel, Jules learns more about life than she bargained for. Captain Jaymes doesn’t fit Jules’ idea of a thieving buccaneer. Beneath his rough exterior lies a man of honor desperate to save his people from a murderous sorcerer. Jules never expects to fall in love with the handsome young captain or to involve herself in the
pirates’ plight, much less have the power to save an entire kingdom.

 

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Snippets:
“No, the servants aren’t the only ones you play tricks on, are they?
Let’s not forget the feast we had last spring. Ten visiting dignitaries, and
you put salt in all their drinks!” –Queen Lissa of Aggadorn
The girl was trouble. He could feel it in his bones. –Jaymes,
Captain of the Avenging Lady
The nagging feeling that the captain wasn’t as cruel as he seemed stayed
with her. His silent attention didn’t go unnoticed, and she wasn’t entirely
certain it was unwanted. –Princess Julianna of Aggadorn
 
 
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Letting go of the past, facing the present and future, is harder said than done

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
I live in Rocky Mountains with my husband and children and love my home when it’s not snowing. I’m the author of 36 books so far. I also write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O’Guinn.  I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my family. I’m a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate didn’t float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don’t even get me started on Romeo and Juliet. To
find out the latest on my books, check out my blog at
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“A funny and bittersweet look at grief, love and families who
maybe love each other too much.
 
 
Letting go of the past and facing the present and future is harder said
than done for Kam Matafeo. Getting over his wife’s death isn’t something on
Kam’s list of things to do.  But when
Grace Jackson, his new Sous Chef walks in, life is turned upside down. And not
just for him either.  Anne, his
mother-in-law, is not open to the idea of anyone new in Kam’s life and will do
anything to stop his romance from blooming. But when the ‘Love Witches’ step in to protect him, the battle lines are drawn. Fircrest is in for some fireworks
when the fight for Kam’s heart not only affects his family, but his friends’
lives too.
 
Things get so crazy that Grace has to make the decision to stay and
fight for herself and Kam or to give up and let Kam slip back into the
darkness.”

 

 

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Barry gestured to the
guests.  “This is Pule Matafeo and his
wife, Posey. And this couple is Asher and Meredith Murphy.”
Grace frowned and stared
at Pule Matafeo.  Was the whole town nothing but Matafeos?
“Uh, any relation to those
guys?” she said gesturing over her shoulder to Tate and Tai. She looked back at
the table and all four heads looked down as if they had been staring in her
direction.
Pule smiled serenely and
nodded. “Those two men are my cousins and Kam is my big brother.”
Grace smiled and reached
out her hand to shake.  “It’s a privilege
to meet you.  I have to say, I love
working for your brother.  He is so kind
and thoughtful.  I can’t even imagine
what it would be like to grow up with Kam as an older brother,” she said.
Pule snorted and was about
to say something when the woman sitting next to him elbowed him in the
side.  Pule smiled and nodded.  “Kam was wonderful.”
“He is wonderful,” his wife said.
“Hi, I’m Posey, Wren Downing’s younger sister.  She’s told me about your gnocchi.”
Grace grinned. “I love
Wren! She’s my favorite.  Are you a chef
too?”
Posey shook her head.  “Oh, no. I can barely microwave food.  I write children’s books.”
Grace shook her head.
“That is so cool.  Good for you.”
And I’m Kam’s ex-girlfriend.”
Grace swiveled her head to
see an attractive blond with a razor sharp angled bob looking her up and down.
“Um, okaay. That’s nice for you.”
The man sitting next to
her rolled his eyes and sighed loudly. “I’m Asher Murphy.  And since you’re new in town, we run the Match and Mingle web site for singles in
the Fircrest and Tacoma area.  The first
month is free.”
Grace frowned and looked
down at her hands.  “I probably should
look into something like that but I have the worst luck with men.  The last guy I dated, emptied out my savings
account. I think I’ll stick to what I’m good at. Cooking.”
“Gotcha. You’re a cat
lady,” Meredith said with a small, self-satisfied smile.
Grace turned and smiled
directly at the woman, not breaking eye contact. She made it a rule to never
back down from a bully and she wasn’t going to start now, even if it was an ex
of Kam’s. 
Meredith looked away first
and blushed.  “Sorry, that was rude,” she
finally said.
Grace didn’t bother
acknowledging the obvious and looked back to Pule and Posey.  “So how was dinner tonight?” she asked,
changing the subject.
Posey pointed to her
almost empty plate.  “I’m about to order
another meal just so I can take home some leftovers.  It was amazing, Grace.  Truly, delicious.”
Pule stopped glaring at
Meredith to smile at her.  “Let’s just
say we’ll be coming back every week for dinner and twice for lunch if I have
anything to say about it.”
Asher put his fingers to
his lips and make a kissing motion.
“Perfection.  Thank you for moving
to Fircrest, Grace.  We’re all very happy
you’re here. Right, Meredith?”
Grace watched curiously as
Meredith winced.  If she wasn’t mistaken,
someone was getting kicked under the table.
“She might be a halfway
decent cook but that doesn’t mean that she’s good enough for K…” she gasped suddenly and didn’t
finish her sentence. She glared across the table at Pule. “That hurt!”
Pule ignored Meredith and
smiled up at her.  “I think you are good enough for Calzones.  I’ve been after Rob forever to add them to
the lunch menu.”
Grace smiled in
confusion.  “Good enough for calzones?
Uh, sure.  I’ll see what I can do.  You all have a wonderful evening.  I have one more table to say hi to.”
She walked away, motioning
to Barry to show her the last table.
That was the weirdest encounter she’d had since moving to Fircrest.  She was going to stay clear of Meredith. That
woman was psycho.
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Who do you love?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
WHO
DO YOU LOVE

by
J.M. Bronston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: 12/26/2017
 
Aspiring journalist Eugenia Shaw is thrilled to
be doing her first story for Lady Fair magazine, covering New
York’s famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The last thing she
expects is to fall in love—with a quirky looking Chinese Crested
named Sweetie Pie. Or with the fellow dog lover she keeps
accidentally-on-purpose running into in Central Park . . .

Unlike Jennie’s judgy live-in boyfriend, Paul
is a man who appreciates Sweetie Pie’s unconventional beauty. And
the better they get to know each other, the more it feels like he
appreciates Jennie too. Soon she can’t help noticing how much
happier and more confident she is when they’re together, or how
Paul encourages her writing. He’s even inspired her to pitch a
brand new story to Lady Fair. But will she be brave enough to
rewrite her own next chapter? . . .
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Joan Myra Bronston grew up in New York
City, married her college sweetheart, and went with him to Germany
for a year while he was in the Army and where she worked as a telex
operator and mail clerk. They then moved to Austria where Joan spent
five years teaching at an international school. She is the mother of
three wonderful girls and the grandmother of a super-wonderful
grandson. Joan was also a secretary, social investigator, and
psychiatric researcher, before entering law school and eventually
becoming a corporate attorney. In addition to her years in Europe,
Joan has lived in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and, for 18 years, Salt Lake
City. At last, she has closed the circle and returned to her first
and most beloved—New York City. Visit her website at
jmbronston.com, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter
@JMBronston.
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If it means flying in the face of custom and propriety…

Monday, June 19th, 2017
RIVER
QUEEN ROSE
by
Shirley Kennedy
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub. Date: 12/26/2017
 
The
ramshackle River Queen Hotel is home to vagabonds, gamblers, and
heathens—and now, to new widow Rose Peterson. The rundown Gold Rush
establishment is the only thing her late husband, Emmet, left her.
Despite its raucous saloon and ladies of the evening, Rose can see
the hotel’s potential. Her late husband’s family claim that
sheltered Rose isn’t capable of running the Sacramento inn herself.
But she is determined to make a new life for herself and her young
daughter, even if it means flying in the face of custom and
propriety. She feels as if she hasn’t a friend in the world.
Except,
perhaps, one. Decatur “Deke” Fleming, a tall, lanky Australian
who once served as Emmet’s farmhand. Pride prevents Deke from
revealing his moneyed past; conscience keeps him from confessing his
feelings for the still grieving widow. But when Rose is tempted by
wealthy civic leader and hotel owner Mason Talbot, Deke may be the
only person who can save her—and the one man capable of reviving
her bruised and battered heart . . .
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Shirley Kennedy was born and raised in
Fresno, California. In her early career as an author, Shirley wrote
traditional Regency romances, one for Ballantine, the rest for
Signet. Later on, she branched into other genres. She lives in Las
Vegas, Nevada, with her older daughter, Dianne, and Brutus and
Sparky, her two editorial assistants who love to nap in the sunshine
next to her computer while she works on her next book. Please visit
Shirley at shirleykennedy.com, or follow her Twitter account
@ladyk360, or on Facebook at facebook.com/shirley.kennedy.52.
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Come again…from the top

Friday, June 16th, 2017
FROM
THE TOP
by
Roxanne Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: 12/19/2017
 
A
labor of love…
Seraphina
Fawkes is ready to make her mark on the Little Rock design industry
as Gallagher Interiors’ new lead on Tanbee House—a coveted
historic restoration project. But the job’s biggest perk might be
her handsome boss, Grant Gallagher. Grant shares Seraphina’s
straightforward, no-nonsense demeanor, so she’s surprised when he
hires an old adversary who was suspected of involvement in a drug
ring. Though Grant seems intent on giving him a chance, she’ll keep
a close watch on anything that could jeopardize the project—or her
growing partnership with Grant.
Getting
what he wants—even at others’ expense—never used to be
difficult for Grant, but sexy, stubborn Seraphina tests his resolve.
Though deception is necessary to maintain his covert investigation
into the crime syndicate plaguing the city, Grant knows that the
longer he hides the truth, the more destructive it will be when
revealed. Will Seraphina still trust Grant, and their intense
connection, after she finds out their foundation is built on secrets?
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A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has
called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing
in Roswell, New Mexico, she’s an avid reader of every genre, a cat
lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games,
Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of
her life and provide ample material for her writing.
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The Historical Brides of Beadwell

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
The
Offer
Brides
of Beadwell #2
By
Sara Portman
Genre:
Historical Romance
Pub
Date: 10/24/17
 
The
award-winning author of 
The
Reunion 
continues
her dazzling new series with a novel of one woman’s fall from saint
to sinner . . .
Lucy
Betancourt’s future looks bleak. The daughter of an ailing vicar in
a village with no eligible bachelors, her only hope is to find
employment as a governess or companion. As she helps her childhood
friend, the new Duchess of Worley, through her pregnancy, the
ever-practical Lucy makes her plans. But life—in the way of the
dashing Bex Brantwood—has something else in store for Lucy…
Upon
meeting Bex, the duke’s cousin, Lucy offers herself up to him. But
Bex is no family man looking for a governess. And Lucy is not exactly
mistress material. Still, the misunderstanding ends in a kiss neither
can forget . . .
Bex
finds the proper vicar’s daughter and her most improper proposal
endlessly amusing—and attractive. But, saddled with debt, he’s in
no position to keep a woman, much less marry one, which is what a
woman like Lucy deserves. Little does he know that even with her
reputation at stake, Lucy will take the biggest gamble of her life by
following her heart—straight into his arms . . .
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The
Chase
Brides
of Beadwell #3
Pub
Date: 11/21/17
 
In
this thrilling romance from award-winning author Sara Portman, the
illegitimate son of a nobleman and a woman on the run chase their
fate on the London Road . . .
According
to his father’s terms, Michael Rosevear’s duty is to be
ignored—until such time as he is useful. Now that the earldom is in
need of funds, Michael is to be sold off in marriage to the daughter
of a crass but wealthy merchant willing to pay for any connection to
nobility—even one from the wrong side of the blanket . . . En route
to his fate in London, Michael does not plan to board an extra
passenger. Yet there is something in the young miss’s desperate
plea that tugs at his conscience—though he is certain her story is
a fabrication . . . Juliana Crawford has fled her father’s cruel
home. Using a false name to evade pursuit, she must find a private
traveler with whom to complete her escape. Chance matches her with a
dark and wounded young lord who guards his own secrets just as
carefully. The unlikely pair embark on a journey filled with
revelations and unexpected adventure—one that may lead them to
question whether to part at their destination—or change course
entirely. . .
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Sara
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is
an award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. In
addition to being named the 2015 winner in the Historical Category of
the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest, Sara has
been a finalist and winner in several other writing competitions. A
daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in
Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing
endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family. 

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Case File Phantom

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Case
File Phantom
C.
McCauley Case Files Book 1
by
Dana Ford
Genre:
Mystery Fiction
 
Georgia
Richards lost hope of ever seeing her husband again since he
disappeared over a year ago. On a Saturday afternoon, she thought
she saw him at a play; on stage at the Oaksdale Playhouse. But,
Georgia didn’t have the courage to find out if it was really him.
Constance McCauley was empathetic to Georgia’s faint of heart and
decided to offer her investigation services to find the true identity
of this mysterious man. Would Constance be able to track down
Georgia’s estranged husband? If he was found, why had he been
missing for over a year? As Constance pursued this case with a
combination of faith and persistence, she witnessed the power of
forgiveness unfold before her eyes.
 
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fiction. Her favorite hobbies besides writing is watching old
movies, volunteering in her community, and spending precious moments
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Strong Alpha characters who bend beneath the power of love

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
When
you’re the top wolf on the continent with the backing of the
Goddess, how does an enemy topple your kingdom? By challenging you to
a fight? No. By changing the rules.
 
BirthRight
La
Patron Series 1
by
Sydney Addae
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
When
you’re the top wolf on the continent with the backing of the
Goddess, how does an enemy topple your kingdom? By challenging you to
a fight? No. By changing the rules.
After
three hundred years of fighting and service to the Goddess, Silas
Knight is the Patron, Alpha to the Alphas on the North American
continent. As the top wolf, he fears little and has seen most things.
But when he discovers someone or something has been quietly
disturbing the natural order of things, he’s surprised. Certain
human women have the ability to birth fully functioning wolves, and
that’s a major problem.
Jasmine
Bennett has no idea her deceased husband was a wolf shifter or that
her twin sons are shifters. Her life changes when she rushes to her
son’s bedside after he’s wounded in Afghanistan and returned
stateside. Now her life’s in danger because of her ability to give
birth to a breed of beings she never knew existed.
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BirthControl
La
Patron Series 2
 
After
three hundred years of fighting and service to the Goddess, Silas
Knight is the Patron, Alpha to the Alphas on the North American
continent. As the top wolf, he fears little and has seen most things.
But when he discovers someone or something has been quietly
disturbing the natural order of things, he’s surprised. Certain
human women have the ability to birth fully functioning wolves, and
that’s a major problem.
Jasmine
Bennett has no idea her deceased husband was a wolf shifter or that
her twin sons are shifters. Her life changes when she rushes to her
son’s bedside after he’s wounded in Afghanistan and returned
stateside. Now her life’s in danger because of her ability to give
birth to a breed of beings she never knew existed.
After
sending out a mating call which Silas answered, Jasmine’s pregnant
and depressed. Her life has spiraled out of control. Silas is angry
that his first “litter of pups” are half breeds. A group of human
breeders offer her a chance to leave Silas, offering a strange brand
of protection. When a human breeder enters the compound using a
weapon the wolves are helpess against, Silas and Jasmine understand
the true meaning of Birth Control.
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BirthMark
La
Patron Series 3
After
three hundred years of fighting and service to the Goddess, Silas
Knight is the Patron, Alpha to the Alphas on the North American
continent. As the top wolf, he fears little and has seen most things.
But when he discovers someone or something has been quietly
disturbing the natural order of things, he’s surprised. Certain
human women have the ability to birth fully functioning wolves, and
that’s a major problem.
Jasmine
Bennett has no idea her deceased husband was a wolf shifter or that
her twin sons are shifters. Her life changes when she rushes to her
son’s bedside after he’s wounded in Afghanistan and returned
stateside. Now her life’s in danger because of her ability to give
birth to a breed of beings she never knew existed.
In
BirthMark, Silas and Jasmine learn they are being targeted for
destruction. Their enemies are desperate to stop Silas before he
finds them. With the backing of the Goddess, a nation of wolves, two
bad ass step-sons, and a mate who has his back, Silas is fast on
their trail. To slow him down, an onslaught of problems are
unleashed, one right after the other barely giving him room to
breathe before the next catastrophe hits. But as the Goddess’ top
Wolf, Silas rises to the challenge in this fast paced tale, proving
he is LaPatron, the Alpha’s Alpha.
This
is the third book in the La Patron series. Book one is BirthRight,
Book two is BirthControl and should be read first for a better
understanding of this book.
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BirthStone
La
Patron Series 4
 
In
BirthStone, Silas and Jasmine finally christened their pups and
become frantic when the babies become sick and are at risk of dying.
Silas is ready to clean house and accuses the five people who are new
to his home. Unfortunately, that includes Jasmine’s mom and her
fiancé, her sister, and her former pastor. Jasmine is unwilling to
believe her family would do anything to hurt her babies. Silas
disagrees and battle lines are drawn.
Since
his enemies have not abandoned their plans to destroy him, Silas is
under attack within his home and from outside. Determined not to lose
hope or the war he comes to some startling conclusions just as
Jasmine realizes she is much stronger than she realized before. Can
the two of them work together to push back the threat out to destroy
their home before it’s too late? Or will they lose it all?
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BirthDate
La
Patron Series 5
 
In
BirthDate, Silas goes to destroy the laboratory that has been a hub
of wolf experiments and Asia’s former residence. Jasmine and Asia
are linked in a way that no one can explain. But their connection
proves to be critical to saving the young warrior as well as
destroying one of the enemy’s strongholds. Leaving Jasmine in
charge of the compound is risky but necessary for her to realize her
role in his life. Through ups and downs, new threats and the name of
their enemies, Silas and Jasmine’s love and commitment to each
other is tried, tested and renewed in BirthDate.
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BirthSign
La
Patron Series 6
 
In
BirthSign, Silas and Jasmine are in the midst of their mating
celebration. Yes! It has been a
long,
difficult road, but Silas wants the entire nation to see his gift
from the Goddess and
prepares
a lavish celebration that lasts four days. Before the first event the
U.S. Government calls
in
a favor and the ceremony takes a hit.
Jasmine
voices her concerns over the request but accepts her mate’s
explanation and the
ceremony
continues. Midway through the celebration, Silas discovers he has
been duped and
now
has to deal with the Joint Chiefs, the President and worst… an
angry mate.
As
Jasmine comes to grips with just how powerful her mate is, he also
realizes that she is just as
gifted
and that it will take both of them working in harmony to rule their
nation in BirthSign.
This
is the sixth book in the La Patron series. Jasmine and Silas have
persevered through so
much
and their love shines brighter than ever. Although this is book six,
hold on, because the
next
book opens with Asia and her special connection to Jasmine. The story
will continue…
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La Patron

by: Ceado Mile Failte

She was the Goddess and she gave him a mission

He would accept this task without hesitation

The Goddess gave him her blessing and full support

And handpicked the only true one as his consort

He was as imperious as a man could be

In upholding the standards of the old decree

So when someone or something quietly changed the rules

He reacts fearless and gathers required tools

She was the one promised to him by the Goddess

An unsurpassable treasure trove of promise

Whatever he needs she would without doubt provide

They’d live together and rule the world side by side

The mating call was answered and wishes fulfilled

Their first litter of pups left him angry, but thrilled

Her life was stirring and spiraled out of control

But they found their love was strong and learned to console

When the enlarged wolves den grew stronger and stronger

She realizes she’s not weak any longer

Their combined forces take on the mighty challenge

And with the help of the Goddess they find balance

They want the entire nation to celebrate

That the great gift from the Goddess will dedicate

Their reign in providing harmony and unity

And love and commitment for the community

 

 
Sydney
Addae, a self-proclaimed readaholic and lover of most things
paranomal, as long as it has a HEA. I enjoy people watching and
traveling when I am not researching old tales to incorporate into my
stories.
I
live in the southeast and enjoy reading and writing all things
paranormal. Nothing is more relaxing than cracking open a new
adventure in a new world.
I
love paranormal tales and characters in general and shifter stories
in particular. Throw in the romantic element, strong Alpha characters
who bend beneath the power of love and I’m over the moon. Sighs…
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One widow, one killer– A Strange Twist of Fate

Friday, April 28th, 2017

 

One widow,
one killer–who will die first?
  

 

Gutsy,
grieving Anna is determined to find who murdered her husband. Hampered by
agonizing loneliness, her obsessive-compulsive mother, and her over-controlling
father, she defies convention and the law to investigate on her own. When she
runs up against a handsome police detective who’s determined to save Anna from
herself, she has to step up her rogue search for the killer before time, and
dwindling leads, runs out.
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While
growing up, going to libraries felt like an adventure filled with mystery and
wonder to Debra. The hushed tones invoked secrets, and the dusty, sometimes
moldy scent of paper smelled like perfume. Leaving the library with just a
single book never happened. Years later, her love of reading turned to passion
for writing. Debra’s an award-winning artist who lives in southern Arizona
where the average summer temperatures are truly hot enough to fry an egg on the
sidewalk.
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My Review:

This is a great romance with a touch of mystery, death and new beginnings. Anna is set to find her husband’s murderer, although everyone thinks it was just an accident. All turns upside down when she is arrested for selling drugs. Thus she meets a cute detective and finds out that her father, the judge, has been keeping both eyes on her and her life for the past year.

When she is shot and admitted to the hospital, her father takes over and brings her to his house where she can’t get in contact with the cute detective who has helped her in many things lately. Now being separated from each other doesn’t set well with Lee and he is going to break her out.

A Strange Twist of Fate by Author Debra Erfert, is a interesting tale full of surprises, twists, romance and happy endings. The characters are charming, deadly and schizophrenic. Over all it is a great story, recommended to anyone who likes some romance with their mystery. This is a clean romance.

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A college professor is blackmailed by a student…DR. Vampyre

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Dr.
Vampyre
by
S.N. McKibben
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
When
a college professor is blackmailed by a student …
he
has to walk the fine line of being true to his principles and not
letting his bloody secret out.
Dr.
John Tennison, professor and physician, wakes up every morning and
counts his spoons—a measure of how many tasks he feels he can
accomplish during his day. One spoon to walk down the stairs, one
spoon to teach a class, one spoon to deal with tardy students. Lupus
limits him, but he still gives lectures and works at a hospital. He
also makes time for friends, and once a week visits Sanguine Loon’s
to sate—or subvert—his one strange desire. His nemesis, the one
thing besides lupus that keeps him from leading a normal life, is the
blood at the bottom of a little paper Dixie cup.
While
Tennison’s blood-drinking habit is a secret, it’s well known that
he’s the campus asshole and has no tolerance for students who show
up late. When he kicks Vogue model Ylati Badashi out of his lecture
hall for wandering in ten minutes late, she’s having none of it.
She pouts, she seduces, she blackmails, and puts Tennison at odds
with his butler, and finally she tells him the truth about why she
needs to be in his class.
Tennison
is a man of principles, and though he swears he won’t change his
mind, he starts to react unexpectedly to Ylati even as he hates her
for making him suspicious of his trusted butler. Tennison has to find
out where Mitch goes on his nights off and must deal with a budding
attraction to a woman he occasionally hates, all while learning new
secrets about himself. It’s going to take a lot of spoons.
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up and help the doctor count his spoons!
 
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reads for the love of words, and writes fiction about Dark Hearts and
Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she’ll reply
her whole life can be seen through a comic strip ~ sometimes twisted,
sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come
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Everyone has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Where
There’s Faith
Fairfield
Corners Book 3
by
L.A. Remenicky
Genre:
Romantic suspense
 
A
past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.
After
hitting rock bottom, Robert Newlin embraced sobriety and tried to
live his life quietly and alone at his family’s lake cottage.
Blaming himself for the accident that claimed his wife and unborn
baby, he spent most of his time alone and grieving until Faith moved
into the cottage next door.
Faith
McMillan had no memory of her life before that day three years ago.
The physical scars had faded but the emotional ones were still fresh
and raw. Living rent-free seemed like a great way to finish her
second book and would give her the time to figure out her next move.
But then she met the reclusive guy next door.
Robbie
and Faith – can two broken people who vowed to live their lives
alone find happiness together?

 

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Cassie


Fairfield
Corners Book 1
Everyone
has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed.

 

After
ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown
to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to
live her life alone. To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten,
Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to
college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her
killed. When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James
turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe.
Deputy
Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get
involved with anyone anytime soon. When he is thrown into close
quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see
through the walls Cassie has built around her heart. As the threat
gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart? (MA, 18+
for sexual situations)
 
Ragan’s
Song
Fairfield
Corners Book 2
It
only took one look into his eyes for her to know she was in trouble.
Adam
Bricklin has heard the melody in his head for years, the melody that
told him if a decision was right or wrong. When he met Ragan Newlin
the song told him she was the one. He was devastated when
circumstances tore them apart. It has taken three years for Adam to
finally move past the heartbreak he suffered when Ragan left town in
the middle of the night. No note, no email, no text. She was just
gone. Now he has a new girlfriend, a new album in the works, and his
daughter is doing well in school. Until the day Ragan returned to
Fairfield Corners.
Ragan
came home to celebrate her parents’ anniversary, hoping they would
forgive her for not telling them about her marriage or her son. When
she discovered that Adam was still living in Fairfield Corners she
hoped her secrets were safe; secrets that drove her away three years
ago, secrets that could change their lives forever.
 





 
L.A.
Remenicky ~ Love Stories With A Twist
L.A.
Remenicky is a wife and mother of two fur kids. A payroll
professional by day, she writes out the stories in her head by night.
An
avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to
keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When
she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the
background, she can usually be found spending time with her family
and friends.
 
 
 
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The gate keeper’s Trilogy

Friday, April 21st, 2017
The Gatekeepers Trilogy: Books 1-3
by Eva Pohler
Genre: YA Fantasy
 
A young adult fantasy about the ancient gods in modern times.
A teen becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when Thanatos,
the god of death, wants to meet her. He makes a deal with his father,
Hades, to go to the upperworld. The deal requires that a murder be
avenged with the help of his sisters, the Furies.
Part paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows
Therese’s adventures as she struggles to overcome challenges by the
gods her in her quest to become like them.
This series was initially written as a trilogy and can end with the third
book, or you can keeping reading through all six. This box set
includes the first three books only. Follow Therese’s adventures as
she strives to become a goddess in the ancient Greek pantheon.
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Books in the trilogy:
 
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Book 1
 
Dive into a world in which the ancient gods of Greek mythology are real.
Part paranormal romance, part epic urban fantasy, the first in this
bestselling young adult series is the teen novel mythology lovers
have been searching for:
Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin
sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of
death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of
death and totally rocking his world.
Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try
and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give
her gifts. Others try to kill her.
The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the
help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds
herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will
survive.
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The Gatekeeper’s Challenge
Book 2
Thanatos and Therese’s addictive love and adventure story continues in this
second book of Amazon bestselling author Eva Pohler’s epic young
adult series.
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her
parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s
absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She
tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for
the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s
soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In
cahoots with her new friend, who’s gotten in with the Demon Druggies
at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death
experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and
move on, but things go very, very wrong.
Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god,
and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of
impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.
 
The Gatekeeper’s Daughter
Book 3
In The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of death, met
and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, they did everything
they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But
the Olympians don’t tolerate oath-breakers.
In this third book in the saga, The Gatekeeper’s Daughter, Therese may
have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to
remain one, she’ll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but
also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a
seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for
a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her baby sister’s life
depends on the outcome of her quest.
 
 
The Gatekeeper’s House
Book 4
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Collection and three series for young adults: The Gatekeeper’s Saga,
The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have
been described as “thrilling” and “addictive.” A
Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper’s Sons that it was “sure
to thrill Hunger Games fans.”
A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories
blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and
draw from Eva’s personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and
abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading
experience.




WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S POWER

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S POWER 
by Lisa Olech
PUB DATE: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Never underestimate the power of a pirate . . .
Captain James Steele is duty bound to capture the privateer Scarlet Night and bring her rebellious crew to England to hang. Then he will leave his majesty’s service, make an upstanding marriage, and join the landed gentry. But the winds of fate are blowing the straitlaced commander utterly off course.
Once aboard, James comes face to face with a pirate boy who is in reality fierce, desperate—and gorgeous—Samantha Christian, on the run from a sadistic Virginia plantation owner. With her identity unbound, the good captain dutifully takes her under his personal command, whereupon decorum goes out the porthole. But while his heart is lost to Samantha by the time they reach England, her noose still awaits. Now James’s sense of duty will be severely tested. As for Samantha, she has a plan, and a duty, of her own . . .
 

Let’s Talk about Pirates!

Let’s start by dressing the part. Most pirates’ clothing was stolen from their prey. Captains picked the nicest and most fashionable garments so everyone would know, “Hey, look at me, I’m the Captain!” There are reports that captains fearing capture would rush below deck and change into something less fancy so they could blend into their crew and receive an easier punishment.

How about an earring? There are a host of reasons and theories regarding pirates wearing earrings. Some believe an earring marked the first time the sailor crossed the equator, or sailed the vicious waters around Cape Horn. Others claim that sailors believed precious metals pierced through their earlobes actually improved their eyesight. There is another theory that the gold and silver was to pay for their funerals. With their names and home ports engraved within the hoop, if they washed up on shore, their bodies could be sent home. And yet another reason for an earring is to hang waxed earplugs from in case you were a gunner and too close to those exploding cannons! Me…I just think they made those seafaring bad boys a bit more rakish.

There is some debate regarding eye patches. Yes, there’s evidence of pirates losing arms, legs, and eyes. But some believe that eye patches were worn so pirates could keep one eye adjusted to seeing in the dark found below deck. Black Beard had a wooden leg, but it wasn’t due to a 10lb. cannon ball removing his limb. It was due to diabetes. If a pirate lost a leg in battle, most times they never survived the injury, and it certainly ended their career. It is true that Captain James Hook did have an iron hook that replaced his missing hand, however. Here I thought that was only Peter Pan fiction!

Speaking of fiction… there is little evidence of anyone ‘walking the plank.’ If pirates want you tossed into the water, over the rail ye went! Of course, there were more gruesome forms of punishment. Flogging, marooning, keelhauling, and hanging…by various parts of your body…from the highest yardarm!

Also, there’s no record of a pirate having a parrot as a pet. Cats were common aboard ship to keep the mice and rat population at bay, (FYI…white cats were considered bad luck.) but parrots were seen more for the money they would bring than for a colorful shoulder accessory.

Not all pirates were cutthroats. In fact, they were fairly civilized. Rules were strictly followed regarding fighting amongst the crew, gambling onboard, compensation should you be wounded or killed. Everyone received a fair share according to rank and decisions were made by democratic vote. Stealing from a crewmember was a major no no.

There were ‘gentlemen’ pirates who were well known for treating their crews and captives well. Stede Bonnet was one of these gentlemen pirates. He was a wealthy plantation owner when he decided to buy his own ship and take to the sea. It’s rumored that a nagging wife was his motivation to become a pirate, or a mid-life crisis! Black Bart Roberts gave his musicians Sundays off.

Being a pirate was a decent way to make a living. In fact, a lot of sailors signed on to pirate crews because the Navy’s pay checks just didn’t go very far in the 1600’s. Long Ben Avery wasn’t a pirate for very long, but made the richest haul and retired less than a year after he started. And speaking of richest treasures, it is said, Oliver Levasseur had treasure estimated into the billions. When he was captured and brought to be hung, he pulled a necklace from his neck and threw it into the crowd. It contained a cryptogram of 17 lines. He shouted “Find my treasure, the one who may understand it!” Treasure hunters are still trying to ‘understand’ it.

Some pirates were brutal, vicious barbarians, however. Black Beard used to stick lit lengths of rope under the brim of his hat so smoke would circle his head and his prey would believe he was possessed. Francis l’Olonnais cut out a prisoners heart and ate it in order to get the other prisoners to cooperate. His crew deserted soon after. There’s pirate crazy…then there’s pirate ‘l’Olonnais’ crazy!

And of course, I can’t possibly forget to mention all those incredible, bad-ass, ‘tough-as-hardtack’ women who fought as pirates throughout the golden age and beyond. Anne Bonney, Mary Read, Grace O’Malley, Rachel Wall (the only female pirate from New England—and the last pirate hung in Boston Common.), and my personal favorite, Ching Shih. Ching Shih was the most powerful of all pirate queens. After being pulled from a life of prostitution to marry, and her husband’s subsequent death a short three years later, Ching Shih became one of the most feared female pirates of her time. She terrorized the Chinese coast and amassed a huge fleet of more than a fifteen hundred ships and captained more than 70,000 men. She was very fond of beheadings, and deserters who just wouldn’t listen to reason…they saved their heads, but lost their ears!

I wonder what happened to all those earrings?

Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.
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MERRILY IN LOVE

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
MERRILY IN LOVE
by Melissa
West
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Pub
Date: 11/7/2017
 
The Littleton brothers are as much a
part of Crestler’s Key as the sun and surf, living the single life
without a care. But love has a way of changing even the most
determined bachelor’s mind.
Brady Littleton has left his reckless youth
behind to become a man his brothers can count on. When the family
dive shop needs to expand, he’s got the answer: buy the Christmas
shop next door. Except the retiring owner’s goddaughter, Kylie
Waters, has come back to town. She was Brady’s first kiss—his
first everything—and she doesn’t want to sell. He’s got a
solution to that too. Whoever makes the most sales by Christmas Day
can take over the shop, fair and square.
Kylie resolved to put the youngest, wildest
Littleton brother out of her head when he abruptly ended their
relationship years ago. But the steady, gorgeous man he’s become is
impossible to ignore. Especially once reminiscing leads to a kiss as
hot and heady as mulled wine. Their deal means that one of them is
going to lose out on a dream…unless Christmas Day brings the gift
of a sweet, surprising second chance.
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Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing.
Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA,
with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time
writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
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Love will be the biggest win of all.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

 

BEGINNER’S LUCK
by Kate Clayborn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Pub Date: 10/31/2017
 
 
When three friends impulsively buy a
lottery ticket, they never suspect the many ways their lives will
change—or that for each of them, love will be the biggest win of
all.
Kit Averin is anything but a gambler. A
scientist with a quiet, steady job at a university, Kit’s focus has
always been maintaining the acceptable status quo. Being a sudden
millionaire doesn’t change that, with one exception: the
fixer-upper she plans to buy, her first and only real home. It’s
more than enough to keep her busy, until an unsettlingly handsome,
charming, and determined corporate recruiter shows up in her lab—and
manages to work his way into her heart . . .
Ben Tucker is surprised to find that the
scientist he wants for Beaumont Materials is a young woman—and a
beautiful, sharp-witted one at that. Talking her into a big-money
position with his firm is harder than he expects, but he’s willing
to put in the time, especially when sticking around for the summer
gives him a chance to reconnect with his dad. But the longer he
stays, the more questions he has about his own future—and who might
be in it.
What begins as a chilly rebuff soon heats up
into an attraction neither Kit nor Ben can deny—and finding
themselves lucky in love might just be priceless . . .
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Kate Clayborn lives in Virginia,
where she’s lucky enough to spend her days reading and talking about
all kinds of great books. At home she’s either writing, thinking
about writing, or–during long walks around her fabulous
neighborhood—making her handsome husband and sweet-faced dog listen
to her talk about writing.

Puppy Love

Monday, April 17th, 2017
PUPPY LOVE
by Kelly Moran
Pub. Date: 2/28/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny
of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants
is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter,
Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right
ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian.
The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible
allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the
well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it
appears playing Cupid is one of them.
Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he
couldn’t handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one
night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might
explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s
working for his family’s clinic, he doesn’t have to lust from a
distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her
too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn’t a mistake .
. .
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 says
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there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her
bats an eyelash when she talks to herself, and no one is safe from
becoming her next fictional character. She is a Catherine
Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and
earned one of the 10 Best Reads by USA
Today’s
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She is also a Romance Writers of America member. Her interests
include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping
when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but
don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three
sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she
spends a lot of time there as well. She loves hearing from her
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THE REUNION by Sara Portman Cover Reveal

Monday, April 10th, 2017


Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 9/26/2017

Book Blurb:
An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .

Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.

Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged. (more…)

Tad’s Treasure by Shanna Hatfield

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
I’ve been fascinated with the Victorian and
Edwardian eras, as well as the Old West as long as I can remember.
    Growing up on a farm in Eastern
Oregon where only the most determined and resolute individuals dare toil the
soil that spent centuries covered in sagebrush, rock, and the random juniper
tree, I never gave a thought to my great fortune in having a rural foundation
on which to build my future.
   All the crazy exploits I had as a
girlie-girl being raised as a tomboy came in handy when I began writing western
romances. You’d be surprised how many of the wild adventures in my stories are
based on things I either experienced or witnessed during my formative years.
   I joyfully bear the burden of being a
hopeless romantic, with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. I’ve
always been a sappy-hearted girl who loves a happy ending. I also love the western and rural way of life and that’s why I began writing sweet and clean western romances.
   Everything you never wanted to know
about me is posted with frequency on
my blog.
There you’ll discover I’m completely and entirely smitten with my husband,
lovingly referred to as Captain Cavedweller. You’ll also find that I eat too
much chocolate, have a thing for roses, like to play with my camera, and enjoy researching the towns and eras for my books 
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Tad Palmer makes a promise to his dying friend to watch over the man’s wife and
child. Years later, he continues to keep an eye on Posey Jacobs and her
precocious little boy. The only problem is that he’s not sure his heart can
withstand the vow he made when he falls in love with the widow and her son.

Posey Jacobs misses her beloved husband, but her wrenching grief has given way to
hope for the future as she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with
Tad Palmer. However, the infuriating man doesn’t seem to notice her interest
and treats her as he would his sister.

Throw in a goat who thinks she’s a dog, a town full of quirky characters, and this widow has her work cut out for her if she wants one handsome cowboy to give her his heart.

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Mortified by her wayward thoughts, she straightened in her chair while
Tad smirked at her. “Just what, exactly, are you thinking?”
“Never mind,” she said, handing him the bowl of corn just to have
something to do.
Tad shook his head as he took the bowl from her and added a scoop of
corn to his plate. “You were thinking something that made you look as guilty as
all get out, Posey Jo. You better fess up.”
A warm, molten feeling began in the pit of her stomach. It worked its
way out to every extremity at his use of the name only he called her. Even John
had never called her Posey Jo.
Something about the way Tad said it, the way his voice seemed to caress
it, always left her languid and delighted. That name and the way it rolled off
his tongue gave her hope that he might care for her more than she knew.
 
 
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Josie’s Dream by Angela Raines

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Angela Raines is the pen name of Doris McCraw. Doris is an actor, historian, poet, photographer, and (of course) writer.
After she retired Doris decided to pursue her other dreams. She performs as
Helen (Hunt) Jackson, Katharine Lee Bates, as stand alone historic characters.
She researched and wrote on Karol W Smith, Colorado’s first film commissioner,
and currently is researching the early women doctors of Colorado prior to 1900.
She writes and post haiku with her photographs, five days a week on her
fivesevenfive page.  
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Josephine, Josie,
Forrester FOLLOWS her DREAM and heads to the Eastern Plains of Colorado to be the doctor for the new town of Kiowa Wells. She faces the challenges of not
only being a woman doctor, but earning the trust of the people in and near the
town. Her life is complicated when William Murphy, a lawman, becomes her
patient after being shot and losing his memory. Can these two find the love and
happiness they deserve, despite a threat from the past? Can they get past their
own beliefs about life and love and societies expectations to find the love and
happiness they both deserve?

 

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Passing the alley, Josie heard a soft meow. She stopped,
listened, but hearing nothing, she continued on.
Entering
the lobby, she was greeted with a smile. As she started to sign in, the smile
quickly turned to a frown, then a sneeze. That sneeze was quickly followed by
another three.
“Pardon,”
the clerk said, pulling a handkerchief from his pocket and wiping his nose.
“How may I help you?” He wheezed, another sneeze taking hold of him.
“I
would like a room,” Josie replied, putting her medical bag on the counter.
“Perhaps I can help you. How long have you been sneezing? Do you feel congested?”
“I’m
not sick,” the man smiled as he sneezed again, “just allergic to cats.”
Looking
around, Josie saw nothing and was preparing to say as much when a soft “meow”
sounded from under her skirt.
Pulling
up the hem, Josie bent down to see a pair of gold eyes look at her from a coat
of dark gray. “How did you get there?” Josie asked. Lifting the small creature
up, she moved to the door. The kitten clung to her shoulder, headbutting her
chin, loud purrs sounding in her ear.
“Well
I’ll be,” the clerk exclaimed, followed by a series of sneezes. “Sure is a cute
one,” he continued when the sneezes abated once again. “No one’s been able to
get that close to it.”
“You
know this because…?” Josie asked.
 
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Ione’s Dilemma by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
As a young girl, Linda was often found
lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting
adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she
read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a
confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now
writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor
and a bit of sass from her home in the southern California mountains.

 

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When Ione Forrester calls off her
wedding, she becomes the social pariah of Des Moines. Much to her society
parents’ chagrin. To escape the gossip, Ione accepts a teaching job in Dorado,
Texas, vowing to avoid scandal at all costs. Relocating from a doctor’s
household with cook and maids to a room in a boarding house is quite an
adjustment. Then she has to face her biggest challenge—a schoolhouse full of
students.

 

 
Carpenter Morgan Shipley’s business is
doing well and now he’s looking for companionship. An ad for a mail-order bride brings a deluge of letters, which prove more than he can handle. To his
surprise, an intriguing woman from a big city arrives in his small Texas town.
Correspondence is nothing like interacting with a flesh-and-blood woman every
day. But gossip-leery Ione wants nothing to do with Morgan’s attempts at
courting, which makes him try even harder.

 

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next instant, Ione shot upright and clamped a hand on the wooden slat in front
of her. Blood pounded in her ears, and she thought she might faint. Last night,
Bradford told her he had to attend a lecture series and couldn’t accompany her
to the opera house performance of Das Rheingold. So why was he
canoodling with another woman on a trolley at eleven in the morning?
 
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