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Timber’s wish is that her favorite holiday will bring about a miracle in her fight to keep Soothing Bliss in its rightful home

Monday, May 20th, 2019
The
Road to Bliss
by
Denise N. Wheatley
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Newly
engaged Timber West is a beauty and wellness entrepreneur who
seemingly has it all. But her life is turned upside down when she
breaks off her engagement with Brian after he questions her career
choices and wavers on wanting more children. Timber turns to her
friend Eva for sympathy, which is tricky considering Brian is also
Eva’s father.

 

 

Timber
eventually finds love again with sexy actor Alex and moves her
company Soothing Bliss into a beautiful commercial space. With an
exciting new man and a business that’s flourishing, Timber feels as
though she’s on the perfect path. But she’s thrown into a
whirlwind of turmoil when Soothing Bliss’s new location is
threatened to be purchased by a callous art curator, and Alex’s
popularity sparks his wandering eye.

 

 

Then
Brian reappears and they start up an unlikely friendship, giving
Timber just the boost she needs. As Christmastime approaches,
Timber’s wish is that her favorite holiday will bring about a
miracle in her fight to keep Soothing Bliss in its rightful home.
With a little compromise and dose of holiday magic, Timber wonders
whether she and Brian can work through their past and mend a
relationship that perhaps never should have unraveled.

 

 

Reader
Alert!

 

Timber
West always plays by the rules. So even she’s surprised when she
decides to leave her prestigious job as a chemist and launch a beauty
and wellness company. Her fiancé Brian, who was her chemistry
professor during college and also happens to be her best friend’s
father, isn’t happy with this decision. His disapproval leads to
their breakup, but a devastated Timber eventually finds love again
with a charismatic movie star. Life is good until both her new
relationship and business begin to falter, leaving Timber
reevaluating Brian and pondering whether she should give him a second
chance.

 

 

To
My Readers:

 

A
story just isn’t a story without a large dose of romance and a
happily ever after. THE ROAD TO BLISS is just that. This novel is a
beautiful tale of love and second chances, with plenty of fun, drama
and turmoil in between! My main character’s love affair feels so
real to me, to the point where I found myself rooting for her in
hopes that everything would work in her favor. Writing this book was
a wonderful journey, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I
enjoyed writing it!

 

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Denise
N. Wheatley is a lover of romance, happy endings and the art of
storytelling. She used to cry as a three-year old child when her
mother read to her because she so badly wanted to read the books
herself! Once she learned, Denise constantly had her nose in a novel
(especially the ones she’d sneak from her mom’s bookshelf). She’s
been writing for as long as she can remember and draws inspiration
from Chicago, the city where she was born and raised, as well as Los
Angeles, which is one of her favorite places in the world. Denise has
published several books and novellas with Simon & Schuster, Red
Sage Publishing, eXtasy Books and independently, has written
screenplays and teleplays, and has ghostwritten for some of your
faves. When she isn’t sitting behind her computer, you can find
Denise in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime
television or chatting on social media.
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Love in Bloom: A Destination Romance Book 3

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
A Love in Bloom is officially out. Come and see a Destination of Heart Romance Book 3
The blurb:

Camille is supposed to keep her stress level down. A fake marriage is definitely against the doctor’s orders.
Love in Bloom: A Destination of Heart Romance Book 3 by [Swinton, Lisa]
Following a collapse at Lakr, her makeup company, workaholic Camille is sent to the French Riviera to reshape her health habits. The beach is beautiful, but boring, until Camille reunites with university chum Tristan. He does things to her heart her doctor wouldn’t approve of.

When he offers her the chance to attend the exclusive French Royal Château and Garden Tour, Camille jumps at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However they’ll have to enter into a fake marriage to go on the tour.

On holiday from his research lab in India, Tristan is delighted to be reunited with Camille, his university crush. With each passing day, his feelings for her grow. Self doubt convinces him that he’s unworthy of her love. Tristan must protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means breaking both of their hearts.

Lisa Swinton

Biography

Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves to travel, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.

Those destined to be together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life throws their way

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Luke
Hamill: Before Faithful Falls
Faithful
Falls Prequel
by
Elle Linder
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Semper
Fi and honor above all else

 

 

Luke
Hamill, staunch in his convictions, is a family man who will go to
any length to preserve his marriage, even leave his beloved Marines.
After his final tour of duty, his life is upended by the two people
he trusted most. Now, a new course is set, one that takes him to
Faithful Falls, Idaho.

 

 

In
this prequel to
Stay
With Me, Julia,

discover
what drove Luke to leave all that he knows, and discover Faithful
Falls. Even though the road ahead is bumpy, it leads Luke to abundant
love and a strong community beyond the horizon. Meet some friendly,
unique locals and get comfy in the little tourist town, where those
destined to together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life
throws their way.

 

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Stay With Me, Julia
Faithful Falls Book 1
 
She
is only to be in Idaho for three months.

 

 

Her
task is simple: run the lakeside resort in her aunt’s absence and
return to her life in Los Angeles.

 

 

Easy.
Or maybe not.

 

 

Ruggedly
handsome Luke Hamill—Brook Trout Resort’s grounds
manager—instantly piques her interest. A former Marine and divorced
father of two, Luke introduces Julia to small town living and a
passionate love like she’s never known. The mountain man is the
total package: tender, strong, sexy, and honorable. He could be
everything Julia wants… except for his problematic and meddling
ex-wife.

 

 

Julia
is smart, sensible, and irresistible, and she immediately captures
Luke’s heart with her playful tenderness and saucy independence.
Now he can’t imagine his life without her.

 

 

As
Julia’s departure nears, Luke’s mission is clear: show her their
love can conquer anything life throws their way.

 

 

Can
Julia embrace her feelings for Luke, and will they be enough to keep
her in Faithful Falls? Or will the challenges of a blended family
make her abandon it all and head back to Southern California?

 

 

Stay
With Me, Julia, is the first book in the Faithful Falls series, where
those destined to be together prove love is stronger than the
obstacles threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Love
Me, Lauren
Faithful Falls Book 2
 
She
wants more than a one-night stand.

 

 

Lauren,
a fiercely independent woman, is afraid to commit. Still, she
secretly desires to fall in love.

 

 

Could
it be that simple?

 

 

Enter
Rick, ex-Marine and single dad, who is looking for a fresh start in
Faithful Falls. He has big plans to open a brewery, and no time for
love. When he crosses paths with Lauren, her formidable lure is
irritating yet irresistible, and sparks fly.

 

 

Unexpectedly,
Lauren is rattled when her past collides with her present, exposing
her fears and insecurities. Once the truth is revealed, it may
destroy Rick’s plans, her dreams, and their future.

 

 

Can
they find the courage to face down Lauren’s demons together and
ignite the fire and passion that leads them to their
HEA?

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

is
the second book in the Faithful Falls series. Reconnect with Luke and
Julia and the quirky characters of this little Idaho tourist
town.

 

 

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Elle
lives in NW Minnesota (or the Frozen Tundra, as she likes to call it)
with her family. She has lived in all four corners of the U.S., and
as a native California country girl, her heart yearns for the Pacific
Coast. The One That Matters is Elle’s first novel.

 

 

Elle
is currently wrapping up several novels in the Faithful Falls series,
which include:

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

 

Trust
Me, Tiffani

 

Choose
Me, Erika

 

Forgive
Me, Kandace

 

 

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Deb couldn’t get on a plane for love that day, but she could do it 20 years later for money

Sunday, April 28th, 2019
Louisiana
Latte
by
Rebecca Henry
Genre:
Chick-Lit Comedy
 
Deb
hadn’t flown in over 20 years. In 1989, at the age of 22, Deb was
enrolled at Griffiss Airforce Base to become a commercial pilot.
Somewhere between dating her yuppie fiancé and planning their
wedding in Chicago, Deb developed claustrophobia—a fear of enclosed
spaces. I blame the yuppie. Deb couldn’t get on a plane for love
that day, but she could do it 20 years later for money. Money was
worth dying for.
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Rebecca
Henry is a newly published author. Her debut novel is The Lady Raven,
A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017. The Lady Raven,
is for those who have an infinity for fairy tales retold with a link
to witches, magic and the macabre. Her second novel, Louisiana Latte,
a chick lit comedy was released February 28th 2019. Louisiana Latte,
is a feel good comedy that focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how
audacious life can be when you have a diva for one! Both books are
available on amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.

 

 

Rebecca
Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an
author of two published books, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on
the show The Latte Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest
novel, Louisiana Latte and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious
vegan, gardener, crafter, wife and mom who practices yoga. She loves
to laugh, her drug of choice and loves all things witchy with a hint
of the macabre. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite
movie of all time is Practical Magic.

 

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What does a man of God do when the enemy pulls out all stops to destroy everything that he has believed in

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
My
Son’s Wife: The Beginning
My
Son’s Wife Book 1
by
Shelia E. Bell
Genre:
Inspirational Romance, Drama  
 
First
Lady Audrey Graham believes she’s found the perfect woman to become
her eldest son, Minister Stiles Graham’s wife. Sweet, sensitive,
kind, and of course a fine Christian girl, Audrey couldn’t ask more
of lovely Rena Jackson. But skeletons fall from the closet when
Audrey and Stiles discover that Rena is in love and committed to the
troubled, rebellious, ex-con, Frankie. My Son’s Wife is more than a
love triangle, it’s a time bomb set to explode with twists, turns,
entanglements and sinful revelations that only a loving God can make
right.
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My
Son’s Ex-Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 2
 
The
story of the Graham family continues in My Son’s ex Wife. First Lady
Audrey Graham is more than relieved when Stiles encounters the young,
vivacious nutritionist Detria Mackey. Rena is equally captivated by
recent divorcee, Robert Becton. Does the handsome, science teacher
Robert Becton possess what Rena needs to give her life a much needed
jump start? When Rena returns to Memphis for less than pleasant
reasons, Stiles and Rena realize they still have deep feelings one
another, but will their feelings overcome the past that severed their
relationship? Will Audrey manage to come between them again or will
other circumstances intervene that will give them cause to rethink
their past and move forward to the future.
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My
Son’s Next Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 3
 
First
Lady Audrey Graham is gone and her husband suffers from loneliness
and the after-effects of his second stroke. Their son, Stiles, now
minister of his father’s church, is engaged to Detria and has found
happiness at last—despite his heartbreaking divorce from Rena.
Rena’s now living in another state and has found a new love
herself, Robert, though she resists his marriage proposals because
she doesn’t feel she could ever be completely forgiven for her past
sins. Things take a turn for the worse when Stiles’ father suffers
another stroke and Detria has a miscarriage. Stiiles’ faith is tested
like never before. But who knows in whose arms he will land up in
Book 3 in the page-turning My Son’s Wife series!

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My
Sister My Momma My Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 4
 
The
4th installment in the My Son’s Wife series, and Stiles Graham is the
proud father of a little girl by his wife, Detria. Although he loves
his role as daddy, he doesn’t act so happy when it comes to his role
as husband. His mind continues to have thoughts about his ex-wife,
Rena who seems to have moved on with her life in Andover,
Massachusetts with none other than Robert Becton. Stiles is further
stunned beyond belief when he uncovers secrets that have been hidden
away for years about the Graham family. In his search to heal the
wounds of the past, he is hit with the truth about his very own
mother, his one and only sister, Francesca (Frankie) and his new
wife, Detria. What does a man of God do when the enemy pulls out all
stops to destroy everything that he has believed in, including God’s
mercy and grace.
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My
Wife My Baby…And Him
My
Son’s Wife Book 5
 
In
the fifth installment of the My Son’s Wife series, Senior Pastor
Stiles Graham and First Lady Detria Graham s marriage is rapidly
falling apart, thanks to her adulterous ways. Stiles had hoped and
prayed that the time they spent away from Memphis would make their
marriage stronger, but after just months from returning from Myrtle
Beach, Stiles questions whether that is truly the case.When whats
done in the dark comes to light, and Stiles discovers that Detria is
cheating on him with his good friend, Skip Madison, the marriage
quickly unravels. This startling revelation brings out the worse in
Stiles Graham, and leads to his eventual downfall. During the midst
of it all, Detria learns that she is pregnant. As much as she wanted
to steer clear of Skip Madison and give her marriage to Stiles a
fighting chance, her heart says something different. Now she finds
herself worried about who is the father of her unborn child. Turmoil,
trouble, deception and disaster infiltrate this marriage, and much is
at stake, including Stiles pastoral position at Holy Rock. When
tragedy strikes this already dysfunctional marriage, it sends life,
as they know it spiraling down a never-ending tunnel of hurt, anger
and grief, leaving both Stiles and Detria questioning their faith and
belief in God to restore their lives and relationship.

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The
McCoys of Holy Rock
My
Son’s Wife Book 6
 
It’s
been two years since Hezekiah McCoy became the senior pastor of Holy
Rock, and Hezekiah, First Lady Fancy McCoy and their sons are
certainly shaking things up. Frequent and lavish vacations, a new and
much larger house, and what seems like a never ending flow of cash,
the McCoys are enjoying the tremendous favor of God, or could
there be some other reason for their rapidly growing success? 

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Dem
McCoy Boys
My
Son’s Wife Book 7
 
Dem
McCoy boys are rocking Holy Rock! The young handsome, charming,
debonair Khalil McCoy is the new senior pastor and his fresh out of
the closet brother, Xavier, is Financial Administrator and Youth
Director. The McCoy brothers have no limits or filters and set a new
record for stirring up drama. Find out what’s really next for the
McCoys, for Holy Rock, but especially for Dem McCoy Boys!

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My
Brother, Father, and Me
My
Son’s Wife Book 8
 
The
saga of the McCoys and Grahams of Holy Rock continues. Stiles must
decide if he will return to the pulpit he once graced. Pastor yearns
to have a relationship with Hezekiah, while Khalil and Xavier have a
personal vendetta against their father and will do just about
anything to destroy his ministry…and his life. Hezekiah finds it
impossible to unite with the man he discovered is his father and the
brother he refuses to accept. Who will be left standing?

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My
Truth My Time My Turn
My
Son’s Wife Book 9
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The
McCoys and the Grahams try to work together as Stiles makes a
decision whether or not to return to Holy Rock. Hezekiah shows a
softer side (or does he really), while Khalil makes it evident the
apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Xavier continues to war
against his flesh but will Pepper be able to help him win the war? So
much intense drama in this next installment of the My Son’s Wife
series.
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Shelia
E. Bell (formerly Shelia E. Lipsey) is an award-winning,
national bestselling author with 20+ books published in
christian fiction, women’s fiction, nonfiction, and young adult
genres. Her books have garnered numerous awards and accolades,
including 2017 Christian Literary Readers’ Choice Award, 2015 Rosa
Parks Award, 2014 Christian Literary Award, AAMBC Nate Holmes
Honorary Award, Kindle Award, OOSA Book of the Year, numerous SORMAG
awards and more.
Shelia
began her publishing career in 1999. Since then, she has set the
literary industry ablaze with her dynamic, true to life stories that
she calls “perfect stories about imperfect people like you…and
me.”
Shelia
is passionate about helping others and encourages and promotes people
to ‘live their dreams now.’ In 2012, she founded and non profit
organization “Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy
Association” with a mission to promote literacy one
community at a time. Shelia is also a well-respected freelance book
editor.
A
much sought after inspirational speaker, Shelia travels near and far
sharing her inspirational messages of how to overcome the adversities
of life. Having had polio since the age of two, she accepts no
excuses and is determined not to let her physical imperfections keep
her from her life’s purposes.
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The Darkness and his murderous brother are closing in

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
The
Rose
The
Redemption Duet Book 1
by
Sheritta Bitikofer
Genre:
Sweet Paranormal Romance
 
Belle
lives her life from day to day, nearly crippled by her social
anxiety. But if you ask anyone in Levi about it, they’d say she’s a
sweet, quiet girl who works hard to keep up her family’s small ranch
while holding down a job at the bookstore. No one knows that beneath
her smiles lay a shy introvert who wants nothing more than to stay at
home. It was easier to stay alone, stay isolated. That’s when she was
the happiest. But during one thunderstorm, all of that changed and
she met the first man she ever actually wanted to spend time
with.

 

Leo
made a habit of avoiding people when at all possible. Getting tied
down, making friends, having a life only meant suffering. The
darkness that followed him since his adolescent years never left, not
really. It’d show up and ruin any hint of happiness that came his
way. Running from his past and the brother that cursed him with this
demon, Leo never expected to find something like home in the little
country town of Levi. And he didn’t expect one storm to bring him to
the barn of a girl with fire in her eyes and a face as beautiful as a
sunrise. A sunrise that could chase away all the shadows.

 

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Lion
The
Redemption Duet Book 2
 
Belle
Clearwater’s prayers had been answered, but there was still so much
left to discover. Now determined to reject her mental illness, she’s
decided to be brave and not let her anxiety disorder take her away
from what matters. With the help of her friends and her faith, she’s
sure that she can finally have her life back. Something greater is
stirring in her heart and the man that had served as her solid ground
might just send her world off kilter again. All it takes is one
moment of honesty.
Against
every bit of common sense, Leo Thompsons has chosen to stay in Levi.
The Darkness and his murderous brother are closing in, but he
believed that as long as he has Belle, he can find a way to break the
curse upon his soul. With the power of love and prayer, he’s
finally fighting for his life and the chance to share that life with
the beautiful farm girl. Fate brought them together, but is he strong
enough to rebel against the forces of evil that have hounded him for
so long? Can he, once and for all, defeat his demons?

 

 

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An
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lives for the deep, engaging stories that enthrall readers from cover
to cover. As a wife and fur-mama of eclectic tastes, she can be found
roaming Civil War battlefields, perusing the romance section of the
bookstore, or relaxing with a plate of chili cheese fries.

 

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a look at the books she has available and stay tuned for new
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What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
The
Heart Collector
Auckland
Steampunk Book 1
by
Barbara Russell
Genre:
Steampunk, Romantic Suspense
 
Auckland,
1884

 

The
Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary
things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial
killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their
chests open and removes their hearts.

 

While
other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing,
Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence
Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart
Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best
way to help catch the killer.
Isabel
senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s
leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the
team.
Eager
to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk,
a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7
desperately tried to recruit him and failed.
She
believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s
agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack
her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be
ready.
What
Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will
collect her heart.
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that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have
always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring
and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When
I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,
I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a
trap.
PS
I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
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She wanted to prove a theory. He wanted to play a game. Can their schemes lead them towards a kiss of love?

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Whom
Shall I Kiss…An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke?
Tricking
the Scoundrels Book 1
By
Laura A. Barnes
Genre:
Historical Romance
 
What
started as a research project soon became a scandal…

 

 

 

She
wanted to prove a theory. He wanted to play a game. Can their schemes
lead them towards a kiss of love?

 

 

 

Tired
of watching her friends become ruined by the scoundrels of the ton,
Sidney Hartridge devises an experiment to reveal their antics. Her
plan is to lure three gentlemen to kiss her and see how they would
protect her honor. When her research leads her into her own
inappropriate scandal, her father agrees to a wedding offer from one
of her subjects. As her fiancé blackmails her into a marriage she
doesn’t desire, her research becomes exposed. Can Sidney avoid her
own scandal with the one she most desires to kiss?
Noah
Wildeburg started this season as any other by flirting with the sweet
new debutantes. When he rescues a lady off the dance floor, he is
unprepared for the emotions she stirs in his soul. As he pursues her,
he realizes he must compete for her hand. As he charms her with
tokens of affections and stolen kisses, he discovers she plays her
own game. Will Noah win Sidney’s love or is she just another
scandal to add to his list?
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A
Marquess, or A Duke? is the first book in Laura A. Barnes new
historical romance series. If you like lighthearted drama filled
courtships set in Regency England, then you’ll love this new foray
into the ton.

 

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new Tricking the Scoundrels series today.

 

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I
am the author of The Romancing the Spies Series. When I am not
writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on
lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28
years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and
two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to
travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in
England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are hoping to add Italy to the
list soon. My debut novel is Rescued By the Captain.

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BookTube is a community ofcontent creators on YouTube that film videos about books

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader turns one year old this March. [Cue
the party music!] The time has flown by so quickly. My to-be-read
list has expanded even faster. As a reader, you know that is both a
good and bad thing. LOL!
 
YouTube
for the Bookish?
YouTube.com
is the second most visited website in the world – where over 1.9
billion logged-in users visit each month. And each day, people watch
over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. While
many people are aware of the music videos, make-up channels and
gaming channels on the platform, far fewer know about the great
bookish content available on YouTube. BookTube is a community of
content creators on YouTube that film videos about books. The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader is a daily online newspaper
featuring social shares from booktubers (including authortubers) and
some bookish neighbors (like bloggers and readers). Are you familiar
with BookTube?
 
Once
Upon A Time…
Between
changes in YouTube’s algorithm and my book reading taste, it was a
struggle for me to keep up with my favorite booktubers and keep
a look-out for new booktubers. I knew many other fans of BookTube
were having similar problems.
When
YouTube changed it’s monetization rules in early 2018, many people,
including myself, worried about it’s overall impact on small content
creators. As I looked at my personal BookTube channel list, I
thought, “What can I do to help support and encourage bookish
content creators?” Then poof! The idea for The BookTube Your
Shelf Daily Reader popped into my head. [Yes, with a poof]. What
started out as an idea in March of 2018 has morphed into a passion
project with an online newspaper and email newsletter.
Find
Your Next Favorite…
One
of the goals of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader project is to
help you find your next favorite booktuber. Check out the Videos
section of TBYSDR for suggestions on bookish YouTube videos to watch.
It features over 25 videos each
day. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/videos
Another goal of the
project is to help you find your next great read. In The BookTube
Your Shelf web newspaper, you’ll find a variety of posts like:
  • Book
    News
  • Book
    Giveaways
  • Book
    Reviews
  • Videos
    about Books
  • Videos
    about Reading
  • Videos
    about Writing
  • Book Trailers
Don’t
Miss A Thing.
Don’t
struggle with searching for book-related videos in the YouTube hay
stack. Subscribe to The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader Email
Newsletter to have the paper delivered to
your email inbox. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/
Be
sure to “Like” the TBYSDR Facebook page to stay
up-to-date on the latest
edition. 
https://www.facebook.com/BookTubeYourShelf/
But
wait… there’s more!
During
March I will be hosting a month-long event called BookTube Z to A,
highlighting BookTube channels on YouTube, at the Readeropolis book
blog. Look for the hashtag #BookTubeZtoA on your favorite social
sites.  
You
can follow all of the anniversary celebration events by joining the
Facebook anniversary event page (click “Going” to get
updates): 
https://www.facebook.com/events/358689728051151/
So,
let’s chat in in the comments.
Do
you watch book-related videos on YouTube? What are some of your
favorite BookTube Channels?
Have you checked
out the latest edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily
Reader?
BookTube,
keep doing what you’re doing. You’re hands down amazing!
 
 
 
Mayor
Sonni: Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of the Readeropolis book blog.
Content curator. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations.
Well, not necessarily in that order.
Are you connected?
You can find her all over the Internet under the handle Readeropolis.

 

 

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His head says no. His heart won’t let go

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Imagine
the Kiss
Crystal
Creek Book 7
by
Laura Haley-McNeil
Genre:
Clean Romantic Suspense
 
Two
people open themselves to the truth and open themselves to each
other.

 

 

Her
marriage in ruins, violinist Teagan Whitloch Munroe escapes into her
music and the solace she finds at the Crystal Creek Ranch. Practicing
in the woods helps her piece together her life, but she isn’t
alone. When she hears someone hiking nearby, she demands he reveal
himself, but the only revelation she gets is a soothing voice that
heals the pain in her heart.

 

 

Maimed
by a crushing accident, the once famous architect Phineas St. Cyr
protects the world from his disfigurement by sequestering himself in
the woods on the Crystal Creek Ranch. When he hears the intoxicating
strains from Teagan’s violin, he can’t resist the beauty that
quiets his aching soul, and he yearns to know the woman who creates
such beauty.

 

 

Teagan
finds sanctuary in her friendship with this connoisseur of music, but
soon realizes Phin’s hiding more than his hideous scars. As they
become entangled with each other, Teagan is stunned to learn they
share more than a love of music. They are caught in a web of deceit
by someone threatening to reveal Phin’s secrets. His exposed past
endangers Teagan, and he can no longer walk away. This time he must
face the enemy determined to defeat him. He’ll fight to the finish
to protect the woman he can never love. No price is too high to keep
buried the secret that will mark Teagan for destruction.

 

 

This
is a clean romance.

 

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Defending
Her Heart
Crystal
Creek Book 6
 
His
head says no. His heart won’t let go.

 

 

JT
Whitloch can’t close his eyes without seeing the body of the woman
who drowned in his swimming pool two years ago. Though he doesn’t
remember that night, he blames himself for her death and walks away
from a life that gave him everything he ever wanted…almost
everything. His move to Crystal Creek gives him the solitude he longs
for, but still he can’t find peace.

 

 

Then
Gretchen Moore moves to town, and she doesn’t just stir up his
desire. She stirs up his past, a past with a secret so deadly it
could destroy her.

 

 

Gretchen
wants nothing to do with JT. Because of him, someone wants her dead.
The terror from his past forces them into an alliance that soon
ignites their passion. Fighting these feelings leads them to the
secret of the woman floating in JT’s swimming pool, but the
knowledge doesn’t ease JT’s inner turmoil. Instead, it reveals an
answer that could destroy him and Gretchen. His own destruction he
could accept, but he’ll defend Gretchen to his death.

 

 

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Risking
Her Heart
Crystal
Creek Book 5
 
A
novel of suspense, revenge and a love so deep that it can only be
released through forgiveness.
Hollywood
producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the
breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Actress turned producer
Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent
can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t
risk.

 

Charisse has found the film project that will prove
she’s her own woman – not her father’s daughter. One person
stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before,
but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Her charisma has softened
Hollywood’s hardest hearts, but is she a match for Trent’s heart
of stone?
Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble – loving
her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret
he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face
her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any
Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past
– the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

 

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Steeling
Her Heart
Crystal
Creek Book 4
 
She
agrees to enter a loveless marriage, but the man who stole her heart
will do anything to stop her.
 

 

The
holidays are over, and aristocrat Anna Whitloch must leave Crystal
Creek and return to Eastern Europe. She made a promise, a promise
that will save her mother’s estate. Someone else has other ideas.
Ideas that will get Anna out of the way permanently.

 

 

Anna
can take care of herself, so why was Deputy Rocco Ventali assigned to
protect her? She can’t depend on him, as he proved that night ten
years ago when they had planned to meet. He never showed.

 

The
last thing Rocco needs is to be assigned to protect Anna, but it soon
becomes clear no one else is qualified. So how does he protect the
woman he never stopped loving from the secret that could endanger
her?

 

And how does he remain this close to her, and not love her,
when the love in his heart refuses to be reined in?

 

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A
Ring Around Her Heart
Crystal
Creek Book 3
 
Giselle
Whitloch has no time for love. As a college grad, she’s on track to
land her dream Wall Street job. Her great grandmother’s ring gives
her strength to pursue her goal. When she doesn’t get the job, she
flees to the Crystal Creek Ranch to regain her courage to step back
into her job hunting mode.

 

 

Niccolo
di Saluzzo has been searching for the ring that will save his
family–the ring that disappeared from his family’s possessions one
hundred years ago. He will pursue the ring even if he has to follow
the one woman he can never love to an isolated ranch in Crystal
Creek, Colorado. Even if pursuing this woman costs him his
life.

 

 

Niccolo
and Giselle battle over ownership of the ring in a fight that takes
them from New York City to Crystal Creek, Colorado, to the Balearic
Island of Mallorca, to the pinnacle of love both must deny. But the
final battle is waged when they meet the man who plans to destroy
them both–all for the possession of a ring with a powerful secret.

 

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Crystal
Creek Christmas
Crystal
Creek Book 2
 
Celebrate
Christmas with the Whitlochs.

 

When
a blinding snowstorm shuts down the Crystal Creek Ranch’s cattle
operation, the Whitlochs have one mission – save the cattle. ER doc
Jake Whitloch joins in the rescue, but the form he finds in a
snowdrift is no cow. It’s a woman, a woman who consumes his
thoughts despite that two carat diamond sitting on her ring
finger.

 

Noelle
Beaupré thanks the rugged doctor for rescuing her from freezing to
death and the Whitlochs for taking her into their home, but now it’s
time for her to leave the ranch. She longs to stay with the man who’s
determined to protect her, but she doesn’t dare. Her deadly secret
is in hot pursuit. Any delay and she’ll endanger the family who
opened their home to her.

 

Noelle
leaving Crystal Creek Ranch? Jake can’t let her go, but how can he
convince her he’ll do anything to keep her safe?

 

This
book includes your favorite Crystal Creek characters from Book One of
the Crystal Creek Series and several new characters, including Max
Whitloch’s children from his previous marriages who come to the
ranch for Victoria and Garrett’s wedding. All Max’s children will
have their own books as they pursue their quests for love.

 

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Guarding
Her Heart
Crystal
Creek Book 1
 
Threatened
by a stalker, she turns to the only man who can help her – the man
who walked out of her life ten years ago.
Artist
Victoria Whitloch escapes the clutches of a stalker only to stumble
into the arms of the man she never wants to see again, bad boy
prosecutor Garrett Reynolds. To protect Victoria, Garrett whisks her
away to an isolated lodge. Major problem for Victoria—how does she
help Garrett capture the stalker while guarding her heart against the
man who broke it once before? Garrett thought his heart had healed
when Victoria left him ten years ago. Garrett’s bigger
problem—capture the stalker determined to imprison Victoria.
Keeping Victoria safe is no easy task for Garrett, but getting her to
trust him is an entirely different challenge. He puts his life on the
line to guard the woman who is more deserving of love than any woman
he’s known. But love takes a back seat to the Whitloch-Reynolds
feud. At the center is the Crystal Creek Ranch. The Whitlochs own the
ranch. The Reynolds are the rightful heirs.

 

This is a clean,
romantic suspense novel.

 

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Laura
Haley-McNeil received degrees in Spanish and German from Metropolitan
State University of Denver. She taught Spanish and then worked in the
Western History Department of the Denver Public Library translating
the correspondence of Bishop Joseph Machebeuf.

 

 

After
moving to San Diego, she worked as the accountant for a Christian
television station, then transferred to Hardin, Montana, and
performed technical production for the television station there.

 

 

She
returned to Denver and supervised accounting departments for a title
company and a stock brokerage firm. During this time, she renovated
homes, bought and managed several residential properties and obtained
a real estate license. She has also worked as the property manager
overseeing five business office complexes,, high-rise office
buildings and producing newsletter and marketing material.

 

 

She
is an accomplished ballet dancer having studied and performed in that
area for more than twenty years and has studied piano for over forty
years. Musical studies also include violin and organ. She has been on
the board of directors of two Colorado orchestras and is a past
member of the American Liszt Society.

 

 

Several
of her short stories have been published in national magazines, and
she has written book reviews for Book Lover’s Magazine. She is the
author of the Crystal Creek Series and the Beaumont Series.

 

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A scarred and lonely viscount and an independent young woman are forced into an arranged marriage

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

 

Sally Britton is a bestselling indie author, with four historical romance novels. She contributes to the Historical Hussies blog and teaches a young writer’s class at her local library. Sally received her BA in English from Brigham Young University. She’s always read voraciously and eclectically. 
 
Sally started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter and she’s never looked back. Sally lives in Arizona with her crime-fighting husband, four children, and their dog. She loves researching, hiking, and geeking out over her favorite books and movies.
 
A scarred and lonely viscount and an independent young woman are forced into an arranged marriage. What hope do they have for a happily ever after?
Rebecca Devon lives under the severe eye of her aunt and the iron will of her father. Though she wears what she is told and befriends the people they choose for her, she spends every moment longing to do as she wishes. Knowing freedom will only come through marriage, her hopes for a happy union are stolen away when her father arranges her marriage to a complete stranger.
Christian Hundley, Lord Easton, has learned the hard way that English society won’t accept a person who looks or behaves differently than their ideal. He has hidden himself away from scornful eyes for years, until his aging grandfather takes matters in hand and finds Christian a bride. Knowing he must agree to the marriage, Christian shields his heart. If the whole of society cannot accept him, why should his bride?
Rebecca knows she must have love in her life, but Christian is convinced there is nothing so fraught with danger and pain as entrusting one’s heart to another. Rebecca does everything she can to change his mind, but Christian is determined to remain aloof. Can an arranged marriage ever be anything other than a business partnership?
While this is the fifth book in the Regency romance series, Branches of Love, it can be read as a stand-alone romance.

 

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“This is not a game, and you are not a child,” Christine said firmly. “This is your life. Not a broken toy, or a spoilt holiday. Loving someone is not so easy as determining not to let the rain ruin a picnic.”
“Why not?” Rebecca asked. “It is all a matter of perspective. If I meet this man and choose to see the good in him, the qualities that one would admire and love in another, it may be enough.”
Christine didn’t appear convinced. “And if that doesn’t work? What is your next
dazzling idea?”
“To be friends, of course. To find a way to make a marriage between us
amicable.”
“What if he is cruel? What if he treats you terribly?” Christine pressed the
issue, her dark brown eyes full of apprehension.
“There is no use worrying on it until it proves to be the case,” Rebecca said,
then cleared her throat when she heard the tremble in her voice. “If I have no
choice in who I marry, I must at least hold onto the possibility of choosing
how I go about my life with this man. Don’t you understand, Christine? Hope and
my wits are all I have.” 

 

 

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Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Naked
Phoenix
Rising Book 1
by
Alexandra Christian
Genre:
SciFi Romance
 
OUT
OF THE STACKS

 

 

Librarian
Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile
radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange
medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts
toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well,
wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave
new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves
her life.

 

 

AND
INTO THE FIRE

 

 

Following
the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St.
John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded
happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done
with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need
tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and
his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New
London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish
beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage
from himself.

 

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NeoGeisha
Phoenix
Rising Book 2
 
 
BACK…

 

 

Macijah
“Cage” St. John’ didn’t want the spy life anymore. He would
have been thrilled to spend every morning lying in the field behind
Phoe’s home in smalltown Louisiana watching the clouds roll by. But
his Miss Addison wanted to spread her wings, literally. So Cage
accepted a mission that teamed him up with his lady love. If only he
had trusted her.

 

 

TO
THE FUTURE

 

 

Everything
about being a spy was a million times more exciting, and scarier,
than the books she’d read in her former life as a librarian. When her
first mission with Cage turned into a colossal clusterf*ck because he
withheld information and kept secrets, Phoebe’s world narrowed into a
long tunnel of betrayal. Captured by space pirates and delivered to a
horrible fate, she wished the last words between them had been of
love, because she was certain she would never see Cage St. John
again.

 

 

In
NeoGeisha, Alexandra Christian returns to the intriguing,
post-apocalyptic world she created in Naked. Cage and Phoe continue
to build their relationship, but not without complications. Romantic
conflict and fast-paced action keep the pages turning, right down to
the satisfying ending. ~ Nancy Northcott, Author of the Light Mage
Wars series

 

 

NeoGeisha
hit all my personal high points: wild adventure, sheet-scorching sex,
killer machines, thousands-to-two odds and a vampire shape-shitfting
James Bond in space. ~Vivien Jackson, Author of Wanted and Wired
series

 

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In
Absinthia
Phoenix
Rising Book 3
 
ALL
INCLUSIVE VICTORIANA & STEAMPUNK

 

 

Interplanetary
master spies, Macijah “Cage” St. John and Phoebe Addison
are forced to take vacation time, and she wants to go to Absinthia,
an off-world all inclusive interactive vacay planet set up as
Victorian London, but with all the future comforts. Cage doesn’t do
down time, but their boss has other ideas, so begrudgingly, Cage
agrees to go to Absinthia. Within a day of their arrival, they get
embroiled in a Ripper copy cat series of murders complete with
séances, “altered” humans, kidnapping, and affairs of the
heart – their hearts, which will always belong to each other.

 

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Out
of Ashes
Phoenix
Rising Book 4
 
THE
LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE YOU MAKE

 

 

Phoebe
Addison and Macijah “Cage” St. John have so much going on
they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who
generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down
the person – is a skin walker a person? – who tried to kill him at
their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to
Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they
have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets
that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if
Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and “things”
that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret
she’s sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything
they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant
that is its own reward.

 

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Alexandra
Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant.
Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with
a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep
fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen
Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and
sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also
likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written
everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her
alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful
Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies from
Mocha Memoirs Press. A.C. will also pen several Shadow Council
Archives novellas starring everyone’s favorite sidekick, Dr. John
Watson, coming soon from Falstaff Books.

 

 

A
self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native
South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her
husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one
day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a
member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universe—an
organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction.

 

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Catherine blinked. It was the Americans, and their painted images wore the same clothing the five had on tonight. She shivered

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

 

 
 

 

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As the eighth earl of Kellworth, Gareth is accustomed to getting what he wants. Then he encounters a woman he suspects is from the future–a utopian future that he feels compelled to see. He intends to get what he wants, but it will involve dealing with fae magic. And that could lead to disaster–for his heart.

 

 
Dr. Catherine Ryan is drawn to the handsome guest at Twickenham Manor, with his odd combination of childish excitement and old eyes that have seen too much pain. She loses her heart to him before she discovers the truth of when he’s from. Now she faces the biggest decision of her life!
 
 
 

 

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Dead? The comment brought a macabre feel to the evening, and Catherine’s curiosity-itch flared. She peered at the stairs again with narrowed eyes; she had to investigate.
But, if Aunt Nellie were to discover Catherine up there, would she be banned from coming to Twickenham again? She reminded herself that “curiosity killed the cat.” In her mind, her grandmother’s voice finished the old adage, “But satisfaction brought him back.”
Still, Catherine needed to ask herself if the risk would be worth it. These balls had become the one bright spot in her life. If she were to lose them too . . .
Then the ever-present pull gave a stronger tug, the sense that there was something else going on and she must investigate. The American woman had said “they” were dead. Catherine was a doctor. Surely she had a responsibility to investigate.
Glancing to make sure she was alone, she picked up her skirts and began the climb. Winded by the time she reached the last landing before the fourth floor, she paused to catch her breath, vowing to start exercising regularly. Catherine had been blessed with a fast metabolism, so people were forever thinking she was fitter than she was.
She climbed the last flight. The hallway was unremarkable, lined with paintings. Listening for the sounds of movement, she examined the portraits as she went down the hallway. She heard nothing, and she didn’t smell blood.
One door stood open, so she let the tug lead her inside. The long room held nothing but more paintings. How odd. There were a few chairs scattered around, but it didn’t look like it was meant to be a regular gathering place for people to sit together and talk.
Most of the pictures were busts of individuals, but in the center of the room hung a large painting of five people, three women and two men. Catherine blinked. It was the Americans, and their painted images wore the same clothing the five had on tonight. She shivered.
The young man she’d danced with hadn’t attended the Regency immersion vacation, having only arrived that day. When had someone had time to paint him? She’d also never heard that Twickenham had an artist on staff.
She studied the rest of the pictures in the room. Some were dressed in Regency clothing, but there were many others that spanned several eras. The one with the Americans was the only picture of such a large group. Whoever had arranged the paintings lacked any sense of design, leaving large sections of the walls empty.
That pull came again, as though Catherine had a string attached to her chest that drew her. This time it was to a portrait of a man placed to the right of the one with the Americans. Catherine came to stand before his painting, wondering who he was.
He appeared to be a little older than she was with a few silver strands at his temples. He also had what she’d call a regal bearing. She worked with enough surgeons and specialists who were used to being in charge, and this man had that look about him. He also wore an expression of someone with a fierce determination, the type of man people would steer clear of.

 

Catherine stepped closer to the painting. Behind the force of will that he projected, he had pain etched on his face. Her heart ached for him. What had happened to mark him that way?
 

 

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Jim—go get her, said a painfully familiar female voice in my head

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

 

 

Stan published his first book at age 5, when he managed to win a local writing contest for the library.
He’s matured (slightly) since then, and has switched from writing about a boy and his dog, to clean contemporary romance, murder mysteries, and light fantasy/sci-fi.
Along with his wife,  9 (and counting) children, and a ninja cat, he inhabits a place with a pair of national parks in his backyard.
He considers himself really rather blessed.

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Jim Sharp is the only widower in the senior class of Mendon State University. Still reeling from the tragedy that claimed the love of his life, he struggles to pick up the pieces and close his heart forever to love. 
 
When an otherworldly encounter places him squarely in the path of new love, Alex sees no way to give his crushed heart away a second time. 
 
His wife, however, has other plans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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I collected my books mechanically, checking off the titles on my list. I rounded a corner for my final item and nearly tripped over myself when I noticed I wasn’t alone in the aisle. A pixie cut blonde in a light blue polo shirt and dress slacks was slipping books back on to the shelf. At first, I guessed it was another bookstore employee, but then she turned just enough that I caught a glimpse of her shirt. A silver pirate brandishing a sword was embroidered over her right breast, encircled by the words “Smithville” and “High School,” and underscored by the graduating class right after mine. I hadn’t seen another student from my old stomping grounds in almost two years. Most of my peers had either stayed home to farm, joined the Army, or gone to the local community college.
I hesitated. My eyes wouldn’t let go of her. That was a serious problem.
Jim—go get her, said a painfully familiar female voice in my head.

 

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She’d never felt so terrified. Or so alive

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

 

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Fleeing an unwanted engagement, a young harpist follows her music passion to London. Becoming entangled with a handsome violinist who seems too aristocratic for a working-class musician may be more problematic than dodging her erstwhile fiancé, sleeping in the streets, or staying alive when a madman targets her for murder.
 
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Excitement
bubbled up inside Susanna at the possibilities that lay before her. “Oh,
Martha, I do want to go to London to find work as a harpist. How would I get there?” 
How would she get there? Susanna froze. She
must travel alone, unprotected, and in the company of strangers. Still,
remaining here seemed infinitely worse. 
Martha frowned.
“It doesn’t seem right, a gently bred lady like yourself traveling all alone.”
“Other people
manage somehow,” Susanna said, trying to be brave. 
The
maid-turned-confident paused. “That’s true. I came here from London on the mail
coach. It took three days. It is an uncomfortable way to travel because it only
stops to change horses and drivers. That’s when we stretched our legs and
bought food at the posting inns. I didn’t have to worry about paying for a
bedchamber. But I’m used to being on my own.”
Susanna
considered. “I know where the nearest posting inn is. But once I reach London,
I wouldn’t know where to begin. I don’t know all the theatres, nor how to go
about getting a position, nor even where I’d stay.” The unknowns all loomed
before her like an endlessly high wall. 
“I can’t help you
with getting a position, but I know the theatres.” Martha started counting off
on her fingers. “There’s the King’s Theatre, Covent Garden, Drury Lane,
Lyceum….”
Susanna smiled at
the sweet maid. What a dear she was for trying to help her! “I can see I should
have spoken to you sooner.”
Martha added, “I
still can’t like the idea of you traveling all the way to London alone, miss,
but I admire your courage.”
Courage or desperation? Either way, the more Susanna thought of it, the more determined she was to flee. Fear and excitement and anticipation tugged at her from every side, creating nervous anticipation. She’d never felt so terrified. Or so
alive.
 
 

 

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I know I should tell you the truth…but I think my truth will hurt you

Monday, February 18th, 2019

 

J. L. Petersen lives in Denver with her husband. She finds inspiration in her adopted state of Colorado and her belief love is the most powerful positive emotion we can experience.

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Logan, the eldest of the MacBride clan, is thrilled at his brother Clay’s pending nuptials to Sandy. But when Sandy’s sister RJ arrives at the family’s ranch, Logan’s world is turned upside down. 
 
However, the sisters’ shared past has created scars and barriers against love testing Logan’s ability to push aside his need and patience to win RJ’s trust and ultimately her unwavering love.

 

 

 

 
 

 

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RJ ached for her sister. Sandy was always the starry-eyed sister. But she was hurt by how Sandy could have been going through this and never saying one word to her. She had to know. “Why couldn’t you talk to me about this?”
“I’ve struggled with how I was going to answer that,” Sandy said, holding up her hand to forestall RJ interrupting her. “I know I should tell you the truth but I think my truth will hurt you. I never want to hurt you.”
“I’d be more hurt with lies,” RJ told her. She’d learned early to protect herself from the cruelties her family could dish out and instinctually threw up her emotional guards.
Sandy nodded. “Alright. I didn’t want you to ruin it for me. I know you wouldn’t see it that way but you’re so against love and marriage, I just didn’t want you to pop my bubble until I figured out what I felt and wanted.”
RJ felt those comments like a physical blow. No barriers she could erect stood a chance against her sister thinking she would ruin her chance for happiness. She couldn’t speak.
“Oh, RJ! Don’t cry. You never cry,” Sandy wailed when she saw the silent tears in her sister’s eyes. She started crying also as she grabbed her sister’s hands. “I’m so sorry. Please, please don’t cry.”
RJ slowly pulled her hands free from her sister’s grasp. “Why do you want me here, now?”
“Because I love you. I want you to share this with me. I know you want me happy. I just didn’t want logic and family history to interfere. I wanted to understand, on my own.
RJ couldn’t tell if she was breaking up inside or freezing up. Afraid she would break down in pain she stood. “Sandy, I can’t do this right now. Can I call you tomorrow morning?”
“I thought we were going to spend the night together?” Knowing she’d hurt her sister crushed her.
“Please. Tomorrow.”
“Okay,” she said standing, then wrapping her sister’s stiff body in a hug. “I love you.”
Nodding, RJ strode away before she lost it. She didn’t look back.

 

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Kat, along with a tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit

Friday, February 15th, 2019

 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 
 
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.
 

 

But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow
tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow
tech voice:
“Do not die! The Black Abbess is invested in your
success. Die, waste our training in you and we will reclaim our Shadow tech and
cast your soul to Hell where it will be devoured for the remainder of eternity
… Do not die!”   
Kat, along with a
tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.
 

 

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What young, beautiful woman, who you’d just only met, would do that?

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Debbie currently lives on the west coast with her husband and two dachshund rescues, Dash and Briar. She loves to hike, work in the garden, and on most sunny days you can find her enjoying her backyard with a glass of wine.

 

 

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Breanna Murphy has been planning her wedding for years so when her fiancé runs off with a hula dancer, she is forced to realize her destination wedding is nothing more than an exotic vacation for one.
Trying to escape the embarrassment and disappointment of being jilted at the altar, Breanna answers an ad for a job clear across the country. When the voice on the other end offers her the job, she’s excited about what awaits her in California.
Builder Calvin Comstock must make right on his daughter’s mistake regarding the nationwide advertisement and hiring of Breanna. He doesn’t know what to expect, but when Breanna walks into his office with her infectious smile, peaches and cream complexion not to mention her sexy southern drawl, Calvin is happy for his daughter’s error.
Breanna is drawn to Calvin’s mature movie star good looks, charming personality, soft voice, and strong hands. She’s trying to stay focused on the job and not the overwhelming lure she feels pulling her in to test the waters. But when the two realize the attraction is mutual they throw caution to the wind and give in to the undeniable desire to be together.

Can an ex-wife and a teenage daughter spoil their happiness or will it make them stronger than ever?

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Calvin watched her as she walked toward the concrete stairs
that led upstairs to her room. Her gently swaying hips and auburn hair bouncing across her shoulders caught his eye, that was certain. These Louisiana girls were quite pretty, especially when they were part Creole and part Irish.
She quickly turned around as she grasped the railing. Her
wide smile infectious as everything else about her.
“I had a great night. Thanks for showing me around.”
“My pleasure. Maybe we can do it again sometime?” He dug his
hands in his pockets to help hide their shaking. It had been a long time since he’d taken a beautiful woman out to dinner.
“I’d like that, Calvin.”
“Oh, listen. Let’s not be so formal. Call me Cal.”
“Okay, Cal.” Her cheeks blushed, which perfectly coordinated
with her auburn hair.
“In that case, call me Bree.” She pulled herself around from
the railing and began to ascend the steps.
“Bree,” he called out.
She stopped.
“The floorplans.” He jogged over to his car and reached into
the back seat, pulling out a cardboard tube. “You’ll need this.” He handed her the tube then reached into his back pocket and retrieved his wallet. When he handed her the plastic card, their hands touched, and for a moment he wanted to pull her in and kiss her plump lips. Instead, he left his hand just a little longer on hers so he could pull in all the energy he felt from her, from her touch. “Here,” he said softly.
“Thank you,” she whispered.

 

He stepped away and then turned around. Walking slowly back
to his car, he wondered if she’d call him back and ask him up to her room. But that was just plain ludicrous. What young, beautiful woman, who you’d just only met, would do that?

 

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Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

 

 

“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the second of four children. Growing up with the influence of a long line of teachers with a passion for classical education, my time was filled with lessons in violin, cello, piano, ballet…and not-so-classical Girl Scouts and softball.
At the age of twelve, I traveled throughout Europe with my Grandmother and aunts, who filled my days with the shared reading of classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes, developing my love of literature early on.
I pursued my love of literature into college, earning a Bachelor’s of English, a Master’s of Education, and I am currently working to complete a Master’s in English.
My first novel, All the Wrong Places, started as a short story for a creative writing course and chronicles many of my experiences living in a mortuary, raising my daughter on my own and discovering my Christian faith.
My years in college writing programs have left me with a varied collection of short stories, plays and poetry covering many personal experiences from teenage rebellion to single-motherhood and spiritual awakening.
While writing and continuing my own education, I taught High School English in an attempt to pass my love of literature and writing on to others, and continue to share that passion with students and other aspiring writers.
I currently spend my days pursuing my creative dreams and reaching out to women to share my experience, strength and hope as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 
I reside in Eagle, Idaho with my husband,  and my very large cat. “

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Driving aimlessly through the stormy suburbs of San Francisco, Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband with her five year old daughter Maddy asleep in the backseat. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Casey loses control of her emotions and her car, crashing into a hillside below a mortuary. 
 
Desperately seeking shelter, and more so independence, she finds herself taken in by the mortuary director who apprehensively offers her a job and a place to live. As she stumbles through the ins and outs of her new and morbid surroundings, Casey is forced into a hostile custody battle with her relentless and increasingly violent husband. 
 
In the midst of all the chaos, she finds a new family and even love in the eccentric and protective people of Golden Oaks Funeral Home. But just when she has found all she could hope for, she will have to fight to the death to protect it.

 

This semi-autobiographical story of a single-mother and her journey to self-discovery, independence and a true understanding of love will keep readers captivated and yearning for more.
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He was so becoming in his black suit, and I felt a slight and unfamiliar
kind of attraction to him. He had a warm smile spread across his face that made
me feel at home. What an odd feeling. Nobody had taken me in like he had, not
without an expectation of something in return. Would there be an
expectation?
 

 

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This is regarding a woman, is it?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

 

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.

 

Prequel to the Atwell Kin series:

Charlie, it would be easier to stop the flow of the great Missouri and Kansas Rivers than to prevent the Americans from coming to Kansas. 
 
It is 1856, and the United States opened Kansas Territory to American settlement two years before. Land belonging to the once-powerful Kansa tribe, known to the whites as the Kaw, was sold by treaty to the Americans a generation earlier.His Kansa mother died from smallpox while Charlie was young. He lives with his American father who owns a trading post in Bonner Springs near the junction of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. A child of two nations, Charlie learns through harsh experience he is not always accepted, including by the father of the pretty redhead who has caught his eye. The arrival of thousands of white settlers makes matters worse.

Frustrated, Charlie visits his Kansa uncle to learn the tribal ways, travel the Kaw Trail to their buffalo hunting grounds, and become a warrior with a warrior’s name. Once he knows both worlds, he will decide which will best serve him in the future.

Meadowlark’s traditional father wishes her to marry Broken Wing, a highly-respected full-blood Kansa warrior close to his own age. Meadowlark rejects being the junior wife under a dying oldest wife and a wolverine of a second wife. Once she learns her childhood friend who left the tribe years earlier has returned to the Kansa, she seeks him out. Even if he does consider her for a wife, can she persuade her father to allow him enough time to prove himself as a warrior? Will her father accept him for her husband in spite of his mixed ancestry?

Will Charlie decide on a future with the white Americans, or will he fight the coming of the Americans by clinging to the past with the Kansa? Will he try to straddle both worlds? What will Charlie choose?

 
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Charlie’s back stiffened when he heard the swish of the leather curtain that separated the storage area from the store. He slowly turned to face his father who stood in the doorway, each forearm resting against the doorjamb.
            Owen Jones cocked his head and raised an eyebrow. “This is regarding a woman, is it?”
            His breath still heaving, Charlie folded his arms and tucked his chin towards his chest while he glared at the man from whom he had inherited his gray eyes. Sometimes he felt resentful that his father, a white man, also knew the Kaw language. He turned his gaze away and responded in English. “Yes. It’s my own fault. I should have known better.”

 

 

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