Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cinderella, P. I. and Other Fairy Tale Mystery Stories by Juliet Kincaid Review

Title: Cinderella, P. I. and Other Fairy Tale Mystery Stories
Series: The Cinderella P. I. Mysteries Book 2
Author: Juliet Kincaid
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 120
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: LOVED IT!

Book Synopsis:

Together at last, your favorites like “Cinderella, P. I.” and “Cinderella, Undercover” along with SIX NEW STORIES. Join our clever detective as she tracks a missing child into the deep, dark woods in "Cinderella, Sleuth." Travel far and wide with Cinderella and her fairy godmother on the trail of the magic wand (missing again!) in “Cinderella and the Usual Suspects.” Take a wild ride or two with Cinderella and Prince Charming in “The Prince C Letters.” All twelve stories, new and old, have the wit and humor you've come to expect from Cinderella, P. I. And they give peeks into her life twenty years, three kids and a few extra pounds after the ball.


OMG! I loved this! It's creative, unique, and such a fun collection of stories. I can't recommend this book enough. If you grew up loving fairy tales, you're going to love these stories of Cinderella turned detective.

Kindle Book Deals for November 30th

His First His Second by A. D. Davies
$0.99 (Regularly $2.99)

Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She’s nice. Too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest.

She is also one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country, and finds herself in a cold northern town assigned to Donald Murphy’s team, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women—both strikingly similar in appearance. Now a third has been taken, and they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective.

But Richard—the father of the latest victim—believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him.

As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with him, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 

Murder at Honeysuckle Hotel (Trash-to-Treasure Crafting Mystery Book 1) by Rose Pressey
$0.99 (Regularly $3.99)

It's summertime in Honeysuckle, and everyone is lazing in the shade with a tall glass of lemonade. Everyone except Raelynn Pendleton. She's stuck working at the local store to make the rent while her no-good ex-husband lives it up with a floozy.

When she inherits a Victorian house, Raelynn jumps at the chance to turn her life around. How can she afford the upkeep on such a huge place? Simple. She'll run it as a hotel. Problem is, she has no experience and the décor dates back to the Dark Ages. She'll have to use her secret talent for turning junk into treasure or she'll never snag an overnight guest.

But before the new Honeysuckle Hotel even opens for business, Raelynn discovers the body of a young woman in the garden. As a newcomer in town, Raelynn is blamed for the murder. She's fired from her job, which could mean she'll lose the house. The only way to save Honeysuckle Hotel is to find the real killer - with or without the sexy Sheriff Kent Klein.

One way or another, Honeysuckle will be buzzing.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Correcting Kathy by Patricia Green Review

Title: Correcting Kathy
Author: Patricia Green
Genre: Spanking Romance
Pages: 107
Price: $3.95
Thoughts: Loved it!

Book Synopsis:

Kathy would never have imagined that one of the most embarrassing moments of her life could make her the envy of every girl at her small university, but after a stumble in the cafeteria leaves her blushing and Hal Emory drenched in soup, she is stunned when the incident ends with her meeting the young, handsome professor for dinner.

She is even more taken aback by the fact that he does not hesitate to lecture her over dinner about her smoking—a habit she has tried many times to break without success. When he offers to help her quit by means of “aversion therapy”, she cannot resist the urge to learn more, and almost before she knows it she finds herself bent over the desk of this stern professor for a good, hard spanking.

After a subsequent chastisement leads to lovemaking which is as hard and hot as it is unexpected, both Kathy and Hal must decide if they want to pursue a romance. Can Hal leave the pain of the tragic death of his wife in the past and allow himself to fall in love with Kathy? Even if he does, will she be able to accept not only his love but also his guidance and, from time to time, his firm hand applied to her bare bottom?

Publisher’s Note: Correcting Kathy is an erotic novel that includes discipline spankings and graphic sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.


This is probably my favorite book of Patricia Green's so far. I mean, what girl hasn't had a crush on a teacher or professor? It's such a sexy fantasy to play out. I'll definitely be reading this one again.

Wait For Me by B.J. Grinder and T.S. McKinney

Wait For Me by B.J. Grinder and T.S. McKinney

Susannah is a dominatrix and FBI agent. Jasper is a younger submissive who wants to surrender to her every desire. The dominant side of her wants him badly, but the age gap holds her back. Susannah’s first assignment introduces her to the sickening world of human trafficking. Jasper, a genius with computers, jumps at the chance to do anything that will allow him to spend time with Susannah.

When Susannah is betrayed; Jasper is abducted. Will Susannah rescue Jasper before too much damage is done to his body…and soul? Will she get the chance to prove her love?

The Black Mountain Saga Book I and II by Cate Dean - FREE!

Rosamond's Heart (The Black Mountain Saga Book I) by Cate Dean

(formerly When Walls Can Talk)

Book 1 of an exciting YA fantasy series.

A missing prince. A haunted castle. A dangerous man bent on ruling the kingdom - whatever the cost.

When Rosamond convinces her friend Dan to explore a haunted castle, she expects them to find only a ghost or two. Instead they discover the missing prince, and stumble into the middle of a violent, desperate bid for the throne.

In order to save the injured Prince Jaren, and the boy she has loved since they first met, Rosamond must reach beyond her own violent past to find her courage.

And by choosing the path of courage, she may end up losing her heart.

*Includes a preview of Danel of Black Mountain, Book 2 of The Black Mountain Saga, now available.

Danel of Black Mountain (The Black Mountain Saga Book II) by Cate Dean

Book 2 of the exciting YA fantasy series.

After the painful introduction to his skills as a healer, Dan is at the academy on Black Mountain, honing those skills for his future role as Prince Jaren's court healer. He expects to learn more about himself, and what he is capable of.

He doesn't expect to be caught up in a murder plot that threatens the lives of everyone at the academy, or discover a long-held secret that will change who he is forever.

With the help of friends, both human and not, Dan will hunt for the killer.

Will he find the culprit in time?

Or will an enemy from his past destroy everything he holds dear?

*Includes a preview of Second Son, the prequel to Shattered Throne.

Assassins Bite (Biting Love) by Mary Hughes Review

Title: Assassins Bite
Series: Biting Love, Book 8
Author: Mary Hughes
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 296
Price: $4.24
Thoughts: Fast-paced and kick-ass!

Book Synopsis:

Only her light can burn away his shadows.

Biting Love, Book 8

On her first night as a police officer, Sunny Ruffles takes down three felons…only to be attacked by a gang of vampires who are a whole new level of hurt.

Then a mysterious shadow man intervenes, saving Sunny before he disappears. She runs after him, telling herself her pursuit has nothing to do with his sharp, stubbled jaw, his powerful shoulders, or his sexy-as-hell, kissable lips.

Rescuing the humans makes Aiden Blackthorne late for a critical meeting with the vampire Nosferatu’s daughter. Yet clompy, bumbling Sunny draws him back like wild honey. He kisses her, and he’s almost got her down to her underwear when a bomb meant for him explodes.

The last thing Aiden wants is to drag Sunny into his hellish conflict with Nosferatu. But Aiden’s a loner whose only friend has mysteriously disappeared, and the woman who smells and tastes like his mate is the only backup he has left. He’ll need her, everything he is, everything he was—and everything he might have been—to defeat his evil master and claim the love he never dared hope to have.

Warning: This book contains shadowy assassins shooping off vampire heads, cops bumbling in at the worst of times and opposites attracting, colliding, and exploding in lust—a.k.a., explicit fighting, humor, and sex.


Funny, sexy, and addictive. I was pulled in from page one and was unable to put the book down. Such a great book and a wonderful addition to the series. Be prepared for a fast-paced, kick-ass read.

Free Kindle Books for November 29th

Christmas At Copper Mountain (Taming of the Sheenans Book 1) by Jane Porter
Regularly $2.99

Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect.

Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle…

Addictive Reads: The Winter Gift Collection by Various Authors
Regularly $0.99

The Addictive Reads Winter Gift Collection is a selection of seven uplifting stories to brighten those cold winter days. Each will take around an hour to read, perfect for those small bits of down-time when you need to de-stress around the hectic holiday season. In these pages you will find tales of second chances, holidays spent with family, and a dash of romance.

Jade O'Reilly and the 12 Days of Christmas - by Amazon and B&N Best-Selling Author Tamara Ward. For the 12 days leading up to Christmas, the crankiest old biddy in Sweetwater wakes up to a yard filled with Christmas decorations. But in her opinion, “they’re not decorations; they’re property damage!” Will Jade catch the decorator before Christmas?

"I recommend this short story to anyone who enjoys a fun, quick-paced mystery, or has a thing for plaid-lined combat boots and plastic utensils. I'll see you in Sweetwater!" —Reader review

Everything to Lose - by Natalie G. Owens - From the suburbs of London to the old charm of Ascoli Piceno, Italy, follow the journey a broken couple must take to discover long-buried secrets that shattered their marriage.

"One of my favorite romantic themes is the husband and wife who have lost their way as a couple. As a married woman myself, one who has faced her share of marital turbulence, I always love to see stories about husbands and wives who … fight for their marriages and for love…" —Reader review

Wrong Way Wayne - by D.D. Larsen - Look up loser in the dictionary and you’ll find Wayne—Wrong Way Wayne, to be exact. Is it Wayne’s destiny to always lose? And if so, can a loser win for losing?

"[A] quick, entertaining read, full of subtle-and not so subtle humor, with a refreshing tone and themes that will leave you with a hopeful smile…" —Reader review

Mistletoe Mischief - by New York Times & USA Today Best-Selling Author Stacey Joy Netzel - Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.

"This was a cute, quick read. Was clean and kept the theme throughout the story of how important children are. Was fun to read it during this Christmas season … had me chuckling more than a couple of times!" —Reader review

The Gift - by Award-Winning Author Rhonda Hopkins - When workaholic Robert Chalmer's wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility... including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important, or risk losing it forever.

Snow Dance - by USA Today Best-Selling Author Alicia & Roy Street. A divorced Broadway dancer moves to a small town to open up a vintage clothing shop. She wants solitude and anonymity, but instead finds herself involved with a troubled teenage girl, an elusive ghost, and a sexy local fisherman who makes her believe in second chances.

"This book is a tender romance with real-life characters that will warm your heart and tug at your emotions." —Bestselling Author Rita Herron

A Gothic Christmas Angel - Winner of the 2014 eFestival of Words Award for Best Novella - by Anna Erishkigal - Dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Cassie Baruch thought her pain would end when she aimed her car at an ancient beech tree. But when a gorgeous black-winged angel appears and tells her ‘this ain’t no stinking paranormal romance, kid,’ she realizes death hasn’t solved her problems.

"Very few books move me to tears but this one did in the most glorious fashion. There is a message here, told with humor and grace. Wonderful!" —Reader review 

Mistletoe Magic (A Copper Mountain Christmas Book 3)

Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin's heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won't be spending this Christmas... alone.

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn't a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic's waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn't belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin Butler arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he's not careful, he'll wind up on Santa's naughty list.

Mistletoe Magic is a short story companion to the Copper Mountain Christmas series.

Enemy of Mine (The Glimpse Time Travel Book 1) by Red L. Jameson Review

Title: Enemy of Mine
Series: The Glimpse Time Travel Book 1
Author: Red L. Jameson
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Pages: 307
Price: $0.99
Thoughts: Excellent attention to detail.

Book Synopsis:

Kidnapping mortals to different eras is such fun. Trickster muse sisters, Clio and Erato, call it a glimpse, but military historian Minerva Ferguson, Erva, is fairly certain she’s gone nuts when she wakes two hundred miles from her apartment. And two hundred years in the past to Brooklyn, 1776. In an unfamiliar manse, during the American Revolutionary War, she’s not too sure how to regain her sanity. Especially when she realizes whose mansion she’s just woken in, the one British general she studied more than anything else, Lord William Hill.

When Will hears Erva’s screams of panic, he breaks down a door to save her, even if he can’t quite remember why she’s visiting. She calms, though, the instant she sees him, as if they’ve known each other for eons. From the second he sees her dressed in a toga made from a bed sheet to later when she’s with his troops, wooing them with her musket skills, he realizes he’s smitten. But he’s a weary soldier, shrouded in grief, while she reminds him of a sun goddess. Is she too good for him? Lord, how he wants her to want him.

How could Erva not fall for a guy who accidentally quotes a Cheap Trick song? But now she has to get to the bottom of if Will is really a rake, how to stop one of the most important battles of the war, and lastly how to stop her insane crush on the general. After all, he’s going to die in less than a week.

The muses have to work fast for this glimpse. But that’s when they work best. And as explosions erupt through New York, sometimes it’s not from the artillery.


A unique spin on the time travel romance genre, Enemy of Mine takes readers by surprise and will keep them glued to the page. Personally, I enjoyed the attention to detail in which the author uses proper dialect, vivid descriptions of the setting and characters, and how well-developed the characters were. I can't wait to read book two.

November and the Single Heart by Vi Zetterwall Review

Title: November and the Single Heart
Author: Vi Zetterwall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: Loved this one!

Book Synopsis:

“Captain, I am not playing nursemaid to a hayseed from Podunk, Montana.”

Icy veteran police officer, Alicia “Novy’ November was coping just fine until a rookie transplant from Montana was paired with her. Now Novy must straddle the line between the modern world and her Coos Indian roots, while a taciturn “Hayseed” from Montana struggles to adapt to big city life and to understand his new partner.
As Novy tries to wash him out, the rookie proves resilient and he joins those who worry about Novy. She bravely faces daily combat on the police beat while only a very few know she also battles an age-old Coos curse brought on by the coming blood moon. In a world gone wrong, Novy aims to find the right path as the calendar moves closer to the day of the blood moon and her foretold rendezvous with certain death.

* A stand-alone story - the eleventh in the Single Heart Series portraying the travels of the Coin of Luck in LIfe and Love and the impact it has on each recipient.


Loved, loved, loved this one! I'm a crime drama junkie, so the fact that this was set around police officers was awesome. The story was also exceptionally well-written and impossible to put down. I highly recommend this one!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Miss Prentiss and the Yankee by Susan Carroll Excerpt

Miss Prentiss and the Yankee by Susan Carroll

A Regency Romance by Susan Carroll, award winning author of The Bride Finder-- Abigail Prentiss was engaged to turn the two Misses Harding from Pennsylvania into proper English ladies, acceptable to the ton. She vowed to do in spite of their brother Nathaniel and his boorish behavior. A truly superior governess would not lose her temper or become ruffled by a barbaric Yankee. Even though Nate Harding had clearly thrown down the gauntlet, Abigail was determined not to fight the revolutionary war all over again. She would be the last to admit that this handsome lusty male had already begun to breach the walls she had so carefully constructed around her heart.


Heat stung Abigail's cheeks. The man went quite too far.
"Mr. Harding! I do not seem to be making myself clear. I have never dined with the family in any of the noble houses where I served."
"This isn't a noble household, only a simple Yankee one. You have a choice, ma'am. You can come down to the dining parlor or else."
"Or else what?" Abigail said, meeting the challenge in his steely blue eyes.
"Or else I may be forced to carry you!"
Abigail's lips set in a mutinous line, daring him to try it. But when he advanced upon her in menacing fashion, she realized the ruffian was fully capable of executing his threat. Backing up against the landing wall, she felt a rush of apprehension, anger, and a strange, unsettling excitement.
"The truth is, Mistress Abby," he said, his eyes glinting down at her, "you are an infernal snob just like most Englishwomen. That's the real reason you don't wish to dine with us."
"How perfectly ridiculous," Abigail sputtered.
"I can't think that you can find any fault with Helen or the girls, so I suspect it's me you keep turning your nose up at."
"I am sure I have never shown you any disrespect or said anything to make you think—"
"You don't have to. Your eyes say it for you. You've made it quite plain since we first met that you find me an intolerable barbarian."
"Your present behavior is hardly calculated to make me think otherwise," she said. "Are these the sort of rustic manners that won you so many hearts back in Philadelphia?"
Mr. Harding's face washed a full red, and his eyes narrowed ominously. As he pressed closer, Abigail knew a moment of real alarm. She was not certain whether he meant to fling her over his shoulder or strangle her. Or perhaps he had something entirely different in mind, his gaze fixed upon her mouth with a hot, angry intensity.
Abigail's heart skipped a beat. But she was too mortified and too stubborn to cry out for help. Just as she wondered if she was going to have to box his ears, Mr. Harding seemed to snap to his senses.
He flung himself away from her, growling, "Oh, the devil with it! Go on up to your room. You can eat on the roof for all I care."
"Thank you, sir." Though she was feeling strangely weak, Abigail skirted past him and paraded up the second stretch of stairs with injured dignity.
"But—" The sound of his voice stayed her once more. "If you persist in refusing to dine with my family, be warned, ma'am. The truce between us is over."
Abigail paused to regard him warily. "And just what does that mean, sir?"
"It means that if it is war you want, lady, I shall be happy to oblige you." An unholy smile crossed his face.
"Mr. Harding," Abigail protested stiffly, "I never desired—"
But the infernal man was already striding back down the stairs. Abigail watched his militant retreat with indignation and dismay.
If she wanted war, he would give it to her? Abigail could not imagine what devilish design such a remark portended. But she had a sinking feeling she would soon find out.

Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure as a Superhero by John Phythyon

Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure as a Superhero by John Phythyon
$0.99 or FREE for Prime Members

Superheroic hijinks!
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides he wants to be a superhero like the ones he sees on TV? Hilarity!

John Phythyon was not an ordinary kid. Growing up in De Pere, Wisconsin in the 1970's, he was obsessed with superheroes and adventure. And after reading Alvin Fernald, Superweasel by Clifford B. Hicks in third grade, he was certain he too could become a caped crusader.

In this sidesplitting mini-memoir, the author of The Sword and the Sorcerer (, Beauty & the Beast: A Modern Fairy Tale (, and the Wolf Dasher series explains his childhood obsession with masked defenders of All That Is Good and True and how he was determined to sneak out of the house one October night in 1976 to join their ranks.


Every child understands there is one defining characteristic of a superhero. We know he or she should be brave and strong, have either cool powers or nifty gadgets, and generally be out there defending All That Is Good and True. But that’s secondary.
To be a superhero, first and foremost, you need a costume.
A costume is the very foundation of everything about the individual hero. You know it’s Batman, because he looks like a bat. Wonder Woman was fighting for the U.S. in World War II, so, despite being an Amazon, she wears a gold American eagle on her chest and white stars on a blue field on her, um, “pants.” Spider-Man has webs and spiders on his costume.
You can’t just go out into the world and say, “I’m Hero Man!” You have to have a costume that clearly identifies you as a masked defender of All That Is Good and True. And your costume should be evocative of your superhero name.
Moreover, the costume is the superhero’s most important asset. The costume protects his or her real identity. By donning a mask and a garish suit, you hide your true face from the world.
That’s important so that enemies can’t hurt the people you love or track you down at your day job. When the Green Goblin found out Peter Parker was Spider-Man, he kidnapped Gwen Stacey and killed her! Lois Lane gets into gobs of trouble on her own. Imagine what would happen if Lex Luthor knew Superman was really Clark Kent! A secret identity is critical to superheroing success.
It’s also really important if you’re an eight-year-old kid planning to sneak out after bedtime to fulfill your superheroic dreams. If anyone knew who I really was, they might tell my parents!
So I needed a secret identity – a superhero alias. My health and safety depended on it. And that meant I needed a costume.
I also needed anonymity, and that meant no one could be involved in the creation of my costume and the secret identity it afforded.
Well, no one except my brother Dave. A secret this delicious, a plan this awesome, could not be kept all to myself. I had to tell Dave what I was doing. After all, someone had to appreciate it!
Unfortunately, Dave lacked my vision. He saw few opportunities for eight-year-olds to be superheroes. I was utterly disappointed. Despite being only seven years old, he had the sad, worldly skepticism of a grown-up. It was tragic, really.
Of course, he also understood the life-threatening danger of getting caught sneaking out of the house. That was really why I needed him. I was looking for insight into how to escape both the house and the certain doom that would accompany being discovered out of bed. I was looking to hire an accomplice, who could cover for me.
Dave was disinterested. He too harbored a mad passion for superheroes, but he had no desire to boldly put himself at risk to enable me to fight the forces of darkness.
But I was undeterred. I would become a champion of All That Is Good and True just like Alvin Fernald had, whether I had Dave’s assistance or not. Just let him wait. He was going to be insanely jealous when his big brother was making headlines as the world’s first superhero, and he had missed his opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

His Reluctant Rancher: A Three River Ranch Novel by Roxanne Snopek

His Reluctant Rancher: A Three River Ranch Novel by Roxanne Snopek

The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch's sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that's exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory's doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.

Zach Gamble (Readers Choice Award nominee for MOST CHARMING COWBOY) has been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn't deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs...with him.

Kindle Book Deals for November 28th

Holiday at Magnolia Bay (Southern Born Christmas Book 1) by Tracy Solheim
$0.99 (Regularly $2.99)

After a mission goes terribly wrong, ending in the death of a teammate, Navy Seal, Drew Lanham, is forced to take a leave from active-duty. Retreating to his godmother’s beach house in coastal Magnolia Bay, Drew plans to spend the three weeks R&R licking his wounds and catching some rays while the nightmares from his failed op fade. The last thing he wants to do is mingle with the locals. What he doesn’t count on is an early morning encounter with a goddess rising from the sea. His interest is piqued and his body put on alert when he finds out that same woman may or may not be after his godmother’s money.

Marine biologist, Jenna Huntley, has been searching her whole life for a place to call home and Magnolia Bay is that place. Unfortunately, she’s underutilizing her education giving tours at the town’s turtle rescue center. With the help of an octogenarian patroness, she maps out a proposal to develop a turtle hatchery on-site. Everything is going as planned until the older woman’s godson arrives. Suddenly, nothing is as it seems and Jenna’s future is hanging in the balance, with a sexy warrior pulling all the strings. Her natural tendency is to help the damaged hero, but she’s sworn off letting military men in her life ever again.

Will Drew and Jenna be able to put their pasts behind them and learn to trust their hearts long enough to enjoy their Holiday at Magnolia Bay?

Southern Born Christmas series
Book 1: Holiday in Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim
Book 2: Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin
Book 3: A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks
Book 4: The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

Cozy Christmas Capers: Holiday Short Story Collection by Various Authors
$1.99 - Releases December 1, 2014

19 holiday short stories by 19 New York Times, USA Today and award winning authors! Enjoy these tales of mystery, romance, and laughter amid the backdrop of pine tress, gingerbread men, and Santas galore! The perfect short bites for cozying up by the fire with a cup of cocoa...or waiting in line at gift wrapping!
**Holiday Recipes Included!**

Stories include:

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti
Chasing Tinsel (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries ) by Ellie Ashe
Death of a Christmas Witch (A Crewel to be Kind Mini Mystery) by Diane Bator
Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke
The Holiday Inside Job by Mary Jo Burke
Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne
A Christmas Ghost & Zero Regrets (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) by Jennifer Fischetto
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski
Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday
Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries) by Jennifer L. Hart
Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries) by Sibel Hodge
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) by Gin Jones
Mini Pie the Christmas Spy! (Mini Pie Mysteries) by Libby LaManna
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry
Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson
Motion for Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey
Christmas in Venice by Maria Grazia Swan
Baby, It's Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie) by T. Sue VerSteeg & Gemma Halliday
Santa's Little Mistake by Stacey Wiedower 

Once Upon a Christmas Carol by Pamela Fryer
$0.99 or FREE for Prime Members

Trey Janssen only wants to settle his late mother's affairs and get back to San Francisco, but he finds himself trapped in the town Christmas literally threw up on when he's arrested for drunk driving—right after a Dickens in the Park actor proclaims he'll be visited by three spirits.

The ghost from his past turns out to be Celia Brown, the innocent Girl Next Door he deflowered before leaving town on a football scholarship. Now he's hoping for a repeat or two of that night, because pretty Celia Brown has something all the nameless, faceless, one-night stands of his wild pro-athlete lifestyle didn't—but it will take ghost number two and ghost number three to show him exactly what that something is.

Warning: Once Upon a Christmas Carol will make you crave eggnog, sugar cookies, and a kiss from your sweetie under the mistletoe. If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond and Nancy Warren, you won’t want to miss Pamela Fryer’s magical romances set in the mountain town of Welcome, California. The people who live here have a special affinity for Christmas, which might be why they get magical visits from very special characters who touch the lives of those needing a small amount of help during the holidays.

Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase Excerpt

Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase

All Hope Cooper needed this year was to have the kind of Christmas her family always cherished. But with her parents gone and her only brother having to work, it doesn't look like it's going to work out for her. There's nothing she can do about her parents, but she most certainly can voice her annoyance at her brother's boss for making him work out of town all through the holidays.

Beckett James hates the holidays and everything that goes with them. They were important at one time, but now the only thing that mattered was his company and its continued growth and anyone who worked for him better feel the same way. If not, they could find employment elsewhere and good riddance. With a major expansion deal on the line, Beckett needs to focus. What he doesn't need is Hope to come barging into his mountain retreat demanding that her brother come home immediately due to an emergency.

Suddenly it's two alone in a snowstorm. Two alone for Christmas. And two alone to fight an attraction that had been there all along. Hope soon begins to realize she may have misjudged Beckett while he comes to see that there really is something special and magical about Christmas. But once they leave their private winter wonderland and return to their normal lives, will the magic still be there?

A modern-day Beauty and the Beast style Christmas.


He stood there in front of her, looking all kinds of handsome. His dark hair slightly mussed, a gray wool scarf around his neck and a black wool jacket covering his muscular build. It wasn’t fair that he could look so good all the damn time – so calm and completely in control – when her life was spinning in the complete opposite direction.
I…I really need to go,” she said finally and then forced herself to look up and meet his eyes. Damn. They were so dark, so intense and it would be so easy to just look into them forever. A sigh escaped before she could stop it. “Merry Christmas, Beckett,” she said with a bit of a forced smile.
You too, Hope.”
And I guess a Happy New Year, too,” she added and turned to climb into her car when his hand on her arm stopped her again. It was on the tip of her tongue to ask what he wanted, but suddenly his lips were on hers and Hope had to remember how to breathe.
His lips were gentle at first but once she seemed to overcome her shock and relax, Beckett’s hands came up and cupped her face, caressed her cheeks. Hope sighed as her own hands crept up and clutched the front of his coat. It was so unexpected, such a complete surprise to her that Hope needed to keep herself anchored to something or her knees would surely give out and she’d be in a puddle on the ground.
After Beckett seemed satisfied with introducing himself to her through his kiss, he deepened it. His hand traveled up and into the riotous curls on her head as he moved closer to her. The feel of his lean body pressed up against hers sent Hope’s own body into overdrive. Over and over he slanted his lips over hers, his tongue teased hers, his breath mingled with hers. It was glorious and all-consuming and yet all she could do was purr against him.
Long moments later when Beckett finally lifted his head from hers, he stared down into her face. “Happy New Year, Hope,” he said, his voice slightly rough and gravelly. His hand trailed down her cheek to her chin before he let her go and stepped back.
And walked away.

Free Kindle Books for November 28th

Witchwood Estate - Going Home (Bk 1) by Patti Roberts

There is something very evil lurking in the woods surrounding Witchwood Estate... Whimsical, "TV" length episodes in an ongoing series. Witches, spells, ghosts, sprites, shape-shifters, wolves and more... For all those young at heart... Equal measure of both Magic and Evil.

Alexandria Santorini learns as a child that she comes from a long line of Harvey witches. Now, as a teenager, Alexandria must say goodbye to Catnip Cottage and the Barnabys, her loving guardians for the last twelve years, and go home to Ferntree Falls to claim her inheritance. Witchwood Estate. The home where she was born and her parents were murdered. Her journey home becomes somewhat sinister, however, when she discovers that there are those who have other plans for her and her new friends…

Grab your broomstick/dustbuster out of the closet and come along for the ride!

Naughty or Nice by Various Authors
Regularly $2.99

A mix of magical, spooky, and romantic tales for the holidays.

The Santa Call, by J.R. Rain - Santa calls a radio talk show seeking advice on matters of the heart.

Disco Angels, by Danielle Younge-Ullman -  It's the holidays, and whether Sarah is ready or not, she and her family are in for a wild, dysfunctional and possibly magical evening. 

One Stormy Christmas, by Toni LoTempio - Autumn finds getting a Christmas present for her vamp boyfriend ins't as easy as she thinks - not when Bad Santa's involved!

Fortune Cat’s Visit, by Heather Massey - Lynn Chong is alone on the eve of Chinese New Year taking care of the dusty San Francisco Chinatown shop she inherited after her parents’ death when a handsome stranger, Jian Yuen, enters the shop. Jian is there to claim a mysterious alien artifact in Lynn’s possession and price is no object. Lynn isn't sure she wants to surrender one of the last ties to her parents, but her attraction to Jian, that she suspects is mutual, may be too tempting to resist.

Real Elves, by Helen Smith - As she emerges from visiting Santa in a department store in London, Sophie’s grandfather reports her missing… but the little girl’s right there. Is she a ghost, a twin, an alien abductee—or is there some simpler explanation? Amateur sleuth Emily Castles has fifteen minutes to figure out the puzzle before the police are called and Christmas is ruined.

Carol, by J.W. Becton - By day, Calla Hawthorne works as a forensic psychologist, but on the side, she uses her abilities to identify revenants, risen souls who have returned to earth. This year, Calla’s holiday plans are cut short when she must save a child from a murderer and convince Matt Carol, the murder victim, to take that final step into eternity.

Krampus Klaus, by Christiana Miller - When Gina and Bobby wake up at midnight on Christmas Eve, they catch Santa in the middle of his present deliveries -- but he's unlike any Santa they've ever heard of. He's short-tempered, rude and wouldn't know jolly if it ran him over with a sleigh. Turns out that Santa has been cursed. Gina and Bobby have to figure out a way to save him before Santa turns into the demonic Krampus, (Hell's official Punisher and Tormentor of Naughty Children), forever.

Dark Christmas, by Liz Schulte - Ella Reynolds loves Christmas, but not parties. However, at the prompting of her boyfriend she reluctantly agrees to host a Christmas party at her house. But when an unexpected guest arrives, the party is over. A man dressed as Santa Claus is found dead at her front door. Who killed Santa and what does he want with her?

Santa Stole My Ghoulfriend, by Rose Pressey - Psychic investigator Larue Donavan is usually dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. But this time, she's tasked with helping a lost woman find her Christmas spirit.

The Perfect Gift, by Barbra Annino - A young wife struggling with fertility receives a unique gift from her husband that wreaks havoc on her home and her sanity.

Forest of the Forbidden: A Paranormal Fantasy Anthology
Regularly $9.99

From the best selling authors of 5 Shades of Fantasy, come 6 new fantasy/romance novels in one volume - 6 more sexy heroes and strong heroines –
All for FREE!

VENOM by Kristen Middleton
A vampire novella derived from The Night Roamer's series.

When Melody Williams goes missing at a concert, at Club Nightshade, her eighteen-year-old cousin, Chelsey Fairfax, sneaks into the club to find answers. Little does she know that some mysteries are better left hidden.

Meanwhile, Venom is in town, a hot new band from Europe, and the owner of Club Nightshade wants them there permanently...

SEVENTH MARK – Part 1 by W.J. May
An ancient journal, a Sioghra necklace and a special mark force life-altering decisions for a girl who grew up unprepared to fight for her life or others.

All secrets have a cost and Rouge’s determination to find the truth may force her and Michael apart. It can only lead to trouble…or something even more sinister.
*Warning: There are werewolves in this story... and they are not friendly.*

THE SHADOW SOUL By Kaitlyn Davis
When Jinji's home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to--until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores. Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn't mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret--magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.

But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence--it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn...

CRUSH By Chrissy Peebles
His precious touch could prove deadly…
When Taylor Sparks moves from New York City to Big Bear Lake, California; her life is forever changed when she meets a hot guy with winter-blue eyes named Jesse. Their attraction is instant, the chemistry undeniable. But sadly, things aren't adding up. Taylor wonders what her 'crush' is hiding. When her new friend, Fred tells her his suspicions about Jesse being a paranormal creature, Taylor laughs. But when Fred turns up dead, she believes every warning he ever told her.
Taylor is shocked to learn that Big Bear Lake isn't just glittering lakes, towering pines, and breathtaking mountains...there's more...way more than meets the eye.
Will Taylor dive into a paranormal world she knows nothing about? To be with the one her heart can’t live without?

College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her.

AWAKENING By Samantha Long
When Sophie moves to Boston to get away from the people who ridiculed her for her psychic talents, she wants to start fresh. But when a demon attacks her study group at the library, she has no choice but to reveal her abilities to warn the others.

She learns the attacks won't stop until she's dead. To stay alive she joins forces with the other students and a secret society that has battled the demons for centuries.

The last thing she wants to do is be a pawn in the war of good and evil. When her visions start showing events from a past life, she can't ignore the connections it shows. She has no choice but to acknowledge the bonds that tie her to the other students, even if some of them refuse, to have the strength to defeat the demon that hunts them down.

a Touch of Intrigue: The Everly Gray Adventures by L. j. Charles

a Touch of Intrigue: The Everly Gray Adventures by L. j. Charles

Tick Tock
Time bombs explode around Everly Gray, uncovering dangerous secrets. After thirty years, the complex web of intrigue created to protect her has begun to unravel, laying bare a shocking conspiracy, and leaving her alienated from her past, and exposed to a master of manipulation.

With her hefty dose of curiosity and a drive to live in truth, Everly is determined to follow the conspiracy to its core and heal the damaged roots of her life.

Tynan Pierce has been a moving target for most of his adult life—normal for a covert agent working black ops, but not okay for a man who’s fallen in love and wants to build a lasting relationship. He’ll protect Everly at any cost, even if they have to live apart.

Tynan and Everly’s hearts and souls beat as one, but what will happen when her ESP fingers and his Circle of Nine gifts merge? Will these two strong-willed people be able to share their intuitive gifts and build a future together?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Special Guest Special 20th Anniversary Edition: A Christmas Story by Lee Allen

The Special Guest Special 20th Anniversary Edition: A Christmas Story by Lee Allen
$4.99 or FREE for Prime Members

Here is the 20th Anniversary Edition of this much beloved modern Christmas classic.

Perhaps best said by the former national director of Angel Tree: "The Special Guest is much more than just a well-written family story... it sprinkles the principles of forgiveness with the wonder that is Christmas".

A family dealing with a tragedy when an unexpected guest arrives for the holidays... A stranger who seems to have mysteriously stepped out of the past... A surprising chain of events that will teach the family about the miracle of forgiveness... A special gift left behind Christmas Day that causes the family to realize there are times, when needed the most, that help can come unexpectedly and unannounced... Sometimes from a perfect stranger...

This is a story befitting the most wonderous time of year. A time when we lift our heads from the day-to-day grind of life to look at humanity with our spiritual eyes. When we rejoice to hear the bells chime a message of hope for the world. When we look to believe there really is more to this world than just what we can see and hear with our natural senses...

Open THE SPECIAL GUEST and enter a world we all want to believe to be true. Someone once said, "To feel the brush of the supernatual is to experience, firsthand, the heavenly messengers at work around us." This beloved story will renew your faith in miracles. Even more important, it will renew your faith in your fellowman.


The story opens Christmas weekend with 16-year-old Scott Reid working his bagboy job at the local super market. After watching an elderly man sitting outside in the cold all afternoon reading, Scott decides to approach the stranger to see if he needs help. The man, who is dressed in clothes as outdated as his vintage automobile, explains he was passing through when his car broke down. Not wanting the man who calls himself Zachery to be stranded over the long holiday weekend, Scott invites him home. Soon after the guest arrives, unexpected events begin to unfold that will leave the Reid family to wonder if more than chance brought the stranger to their home. Finally on Christmas morning, they waken to a most unexpected surprise. It's then the family discovers the identity of their guest. What they learn is most surprising and mysterious of all. . .

20 years ago THE SPECIAL GUEST grew from a story first written by Lee Allen for his young children, to a local bestseller in hometown Richmond Virginia, and from there to a national besteller that included a movie project with CBS. The story's timeless message of forgiveness, wrapped in the mystery of a very special visitor, will warm readers' hearts today as much as it did for readers a generation ago.

Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies by Kathi Daley Review

Title: Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies
Series: Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 10
Author: Kathi Daley
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 184
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: Another great addition to the series!

Book Synopsis:

When the cat lady of Ashton Falls is found dead in her home just days before Thanksgiving, Zoe must track down a killer while dealing with a house full of socialites who have come to Ashton Falls to bid on Zak in a high class bachelor auction.


I love this series. The Zoe Donovan books are not only a joy to read, but I love getting to know each character more and more with each addition. I also loved that again, the author managed to send the readers in several different directions, but came up with an ending that's unexpected. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and to try out some of these delicious recipes!

Kindle Book Deals for November 26th

His Reluctant Rancher: A Three River Ranch Novel by Roxanne Snopek

The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch's sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that's exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory's doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.

Zach Gamble (Readers Choice Award nominee for MOST CHARMING COWBOY) has been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn't deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs...with him.

The Return of Kris Kringle: A Christmas Romantic Comedy by Caroline Mickelson
$1.99 or FREE for Prime Members

After years away from the North Pole, Kris Kringle happily accepts her Uncle Santa’s offer to move back to Christmas Central as head chef. With her young daughter in tow, Kris returns home with two objectives in mind. Goal number one, bring her love of healthy eating and nutritious fare to the North Pole dining service. Goal number two, recover from heartbreak and forget Kyle Masterson, the man who broke her heart. But when Santa hires Kyle as a new co-chef for the holiday season, Kris suddenly realizes that replacing the elves’ beloved sugar cookies with carrots is going to be a piece of cake compared to working alongside her ex-fiancé.

Christmas Treat Recipes by Hannie P. Scott
$0.99 or FREE for Prime Members

This is the ultimate Christmas dessert cookbook. Before long you'll have everyone asking for more. With a nice variety of holiday treats and recipes, you can please everyone! (even the picky eaters)
  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge
  • Divinity
  • Easy Toffee
  • Crock Pot Christmas Crack
  • Peppermint Dipped Oreos
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
  • Red Velvet Fudge
  • Hay Stacks
  • Christmas Cookie Bark
  • Oreo Balls
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Almond Joy
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Cake Batter Christmas Cookies
  • Candy Caramels
  • Christmas Cookies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lucy, the kind sea monster by Lady Grimoire - FREEBIE

Lucy, the kind sea monster by Lady Grimoire

*** A lovely illustrated picture book that provides children with values and teaches about the importance of friendship and tolerance. ***

Lucy is different from the other sea monsters. She finds no fun in scaring people. The sea monster girl follows her heart and—to the horror of all—becomes friends with Vanessa, a human girl, with whom she shares a love for strawberry ice cream. Although Lucy’s classmates at the sea monster school are already starting to whisper behind her back and her parents are wary of her new friend, she holds on to the friendship. Together with Vanessa she is able to finally learn the old, forgotten secret of the sea monsters …

Falling or Flying (Invitation to Eden Series) by R.G. Alexander

Falling or Flying (Invitation to Eden Series) by R.G. Alexander

Joely knows the island of Eden and its moods better than most. A pilot for its exclusive clientele and the eyes and ears of Eden’s reclusive Master, she’s finally found a place where she truly belongs. Though kink is as common as coconuts in Eden, she’s not about to risk her position—or her heart—by indulging her private fantasies with invited guests.

Austin Wright’s first invitation to the island was meant to mend his spirit after an accident that changed his life, but each time he’s returned, his desire for the pilot of his dreams has gone unfulfilled. Not this time. Austin’s carefully laid plan for learning her secrets and capturing her heart has already been set in motion. His friend Court’s arrival on Joely’s plane is unexpected…and so is everything that happens next.

Eden has a way of making plans—and routine flights—veer wildly off course, and when Joely and Austin find themselves marooned with the wicked Court and his good intentions, it’ll take a sexy shove, a leap of faith, and a little island magic to bring love home.

Free Kindle Books for November 25th

Lore by Various Authors
Regularly $0.99

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn't believe in Native American magic--until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

Choices: A Time Travel Novella by Cate Dean
Regularly $0.99

The choices we make can change our destiny.

Maura Hart has spent the last three years hiding from the choice that tore away the life she knew and the people she loved. Now she is finally taking small steps out of isolation, back into the world.

The first person she reaches out to turns her life upside down, throwing her into a not-so-distant future - where what she does is now a death sentence, and the only man she can trust may also be her executioner.

She has three windows of time, three narrow chances to return home. To do so, she needs to trust the man she shouldn't, learn to forgive what she never thought could be forgiven, and make the one choice that will change her life forever.

*Includes a preview of Second Son, the prequel to the exciting new Shattered Throne fantasy series.

Paradox - The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts

Two mysterious strangers arrive just in time to help Grace Connors as she struggles to cope with the death of her father. But are the intentions of these strangers as innocent as they first seem, or is something far more sinister on their agenda?

Meanwhile, in a faraway realm, a race of fallen Angels clash with a ruling house of Angels. Their battle changes events in the Ancient World and the New World forever. A realm where a year can last centuries and an ancient, magical people still rule... A realm where even the immortals face danger.

A story that will indeed leave you asking... Who, When, Where? WHAT!

My name is Juliette. Nine hundred years ago, I died. Today, I am alive... This is my story.

Bliss House by Ann Jacobs Excerpt

Bliss House by Ann Jacobs

The derelict ante bellum house in the North Carolina mountains called out to Jill Carey, almost as if living beings compelled her to buy it and restore it to its former glory.

For good reason. It’s inhabited by the ghosts of century-old illicit lovers, trapped in the place where they died until a descendant returns to Bliss House, finds a lasting love he is free to marry.

Kyle Randall, great great grandson of one of the ghosts, hates coming to the haunted house but agrees to restore the place for Jill, only to set in motion a dark, sometimes frightening tale of sexual obsession, ghostly intervention—and the healing power of lasting love.


Kyle settled back with a beer and wondered why the idea of going back to Gray Hollow—to Bliss House—made him feel like his guts were churning.
Hell, it was only a house.
What had gone on there nearly a hundred years ago was ancient history, doubtless without a bit of meaning to anybody except the Randalls scattered about the North Carolina mountains. No one now would give a damn that his great-great grandma had been the infamous Laura Randall, or that she’d died with her lover at the house that still bore his family’s name.
Who was he kidding? Parents in Gray Hollow must still scare their kids with stories about the ghosts of Bliss House, the same way their parents had been doing for generations.
He should call this crazy Jill Carey and tell her he didn’t have time for her damn pet project. But if he did, he’d regret it. He’d won the bid to restore the Gray Hollow courthouse, but the commission had voted to postpone having the work done until next spring. That meant he had to find a project now.
Earlier today, he’d told George Wilson he didn’t know any contractor desperate enough to take on the ghosts of Bliss House. Boy, had he been wrong! In ten short minutes, Kyle had gone from being overbooked with work to a state of minor desperation. Big jobs were few and far between this time of year, especially ones in this part of the country, where he could work and still be close enough to visit Alyssa every weekend.
Kyle’s gaze settled on the child in a picture on his coffee table. His little girl looked so pretty, laid out on a blanket underneath an old oak tree, her dark eyes wide open as if she was looking at something far off in the distance. Knowing Alyssa would never see anything, never walk or talk or be able to learn her name, ate him alive.
He’d never have to put on a monkey suit to walk his baby down the aisle to some guy who wasn’t good enough for her. Or hold a grandchild in his arms. But one thing was for sure. Alyssa would need the total care of people like the ones at Angels Paradise School as long as she lived—and that care didn’t come cheap.Damn her to hell!” Tina, Alyssa’s mother probably was already roasting in the devil’s fiery flames for having passed the results of her lousy drug habit on to their unborn daughter seven years ago before checking out on life with one final overdose. When Kyle thought of Alyssa, he couldn’t help wishing Tina were still alive. He’d have liked to kill her for what she’d done to their child.
The way everybody says Harry Randall killed his faithless wife and her lover.
Where the hell had that thought come from? Was the idea of going to Gray Hollow, bidding on fixing up the house where his great-great grandmother had died, starting to drive him insane? It didn’t matter. He had to bid on that job. Winter was coming—and no matter what the season, Alyssa’s special school expected to be paid.
Draining the last of his beer, Kyle tried to push those odd, scary feelings out of his head but they stayed with him, even as he drifted off into a restless sleep.

* * * * *
Jill yawned. Glancing at her watch, she saw it had been nearly four hours since she had begun poring over the blueprints she’d found tucked away in a moldy wardrobe. She wanted modern comforts along with authenticity, yet Bliss House seemed to call out and beg her to restore it to the way it was when Mortimer Bliss had built it in 1858 for the bride who would arrive the following year from England.
Perhaps Kyle Randall would be able to suggest how she might bring to Bliss House the best of both old and new worlds. For a moment, she tried to picture a face to go with the deep, sexy voice that still rang in her ears. Then she laughed. She was visualizing young and ruggedly handsome, while Randall was probably ugly as sin and old enough to be her dad. Besides, Jill reminded herself, she’d sworn off men—not just Rob, but everybody of the male persuasion.

Still, hearing Kyle’s mellow voice had made her tingle. And the effect lingered in her nipples that now stabbed insistently against her soft silk robe. Idly, Jill ran a finger back and forth against one aching nub, gasping when the flesh swelled and elongated with the slight, warm pressure of her touch.
She didn’t need this. Didn’t want to give in to that insistent noise in her head that reminded her she was still a woman with needs. Sexual needs.
After washing up and brushing her teeth in the closet—like bathroom of the trailer, Jill crawled into her narrow bed. Damn Rob for having taught her never to ignore her own sensual needs, she thought, stroking her aching sex until the tension inside her broke. When she finally slept, she dreamed.

* * * * *

Bliss House shone bright, and sounds of joy came from within. Jill stood in the doorway, waiting for a sad-faced butler to take her velvet wrap. Her gaze wandered from a beautiful chandelier twinkling above her head to the modest ballroom someone had created by opening the front and back parlors of this gorgeous old home to create one highly polished dance floor.
Suddenly she felt naked. All the other guests looked positively Victorian. This black silk minidress didn’t cover nearly enough of her. Damn, had she missed the words “costume ball” somewhere on her invitation? Dancers twirled gracefully to a distinct three-beat tune that sounded as if it came not from a stereo system but from a small live orchestra.
She looked around. Where had Rob gone? Annoyed, Jill stepped inside the ballroom and searched for his angel face. She couldn’t find him. Instead, her gaze settled on a couple whose quaint costumes reminded her of a Victorian picture post card.

The woman’s rose crushed-velvet gown featured a bustle and train that dripped with ecru lace. More of the lace peeked out from a low, heart-shaped neckline and the cuffs of fat leg-o’-mutton sleeves. Her partner wore tails, stark black, with pristine white linen at his wrists and throat—too much for even the most formal of Atlanta balls. Feeling out of place, she hid behind the French doors that normally would have separated the two rooms, and searched again for Rob.
But her gaze kept returning to that mesmerizing couple who seemed to have stepped out of yesterday. The way they looked at each other and the graceful way they moved together kept Jill enthralled. Then a stranger found her, and the spell broke. He pulled her onto the dance floor, seemingly unaffected by the sense of the past that surrounded her.
He was tall and rugged, oozing raw sex appeal. When he looked at her, her sex clenched with anticipation. But then he changed, became Rob again. Suddenly she relived the horror that had sent her running from Atlanta and her memories of how her marriage had begun and ended.
No!” She awakened to the sound of her own screams. Suddenly she couldn’t stay in her sweat-drenched bed another second. Pulling on a robe as she ran, Jill sought peace inside Bliss House. For some reason, she felt that there she’d be safe from the nightmare that tormented her.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure as a Superhero by John Phythyon Review

Title: Secret Identity: My True-Life Adventure as a Superhero
Series: True-Life Adventures, Book 1
Author: John Phythyon
Genre: Memoir-Humor
Pages: 43
Price: $0.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this one!

Book Synopsis:

Superheroic hijinks!
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides he wants to be a superhero like the ones he sees on TV? Hilarity!

John Phythyon was not an ordinary kid. Growing up in De Pere, Wisconsin in the 1970's, he was obsessed with superheroes and adventure. And after reading Alvin Fernald, Superweasel by Clifford B. Hicks in third grade, he was certain he too could become a caped crusader.

In this sidesplitting mini-memoir, the author of The Sword and the Sorcerer (, Beauty & the Beast: A Modern Fairy Tale (, and the Wolf Dasher series explains his childhood obsession with masked defenders of All That Is Good and True and how he was determined to sneak out of the house one October night in 1976 to join their ranks.


This was such a fun read that actually made me laugh out loud a few times. If you like memoirs in the style of the classic Jean Shepherd who penned the story that became "A Christmas Story", you're going to love this book. It's a fairly clean read that anyone can enjoy and it's such a funny tale. It reminded me of the time I tried to sneak out my bedroom window and the hilarity that ensued. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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