It’s Christmas morning and Carol is reluctant to get out of bed. While others are busy celebrating with their family and friends, she’s facing a holiday home alone.
Maybe she’ll watch a movie or even decorate to try to lift her funky mood. She’ll get a call from her son and family who live in Texas. She’ll also be hearing from her daughter and grandson who are now vacationing in Florida. She’d rather be with all of them, but it’s not happening this year.
After some reminiscing, and after talking (like she always still does) to her deceased husband, she finally gets out of bed and begins her usual routine. She’s still not looking forward to being alone, but she’ll do her best to remain optimistic. Somehow, she’ll make it through the day.
But she’s certain it’s going to remain an uneventful, and dull…and lonely Christmas.
What Carol doesn’t know yet is that she’s in for a big surprise. Sometimes when it’s least expected, something wonderful happens—so wonderful that it must be a miracle—and an answered prayer.
Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman: Shift Happens Series Book One
I never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever.
I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.
Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.
But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.
Hopscotch Homicide by Kathi Daley
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When Zoe finds the body of the lunch lady on the hopscotch course the week before the new school year, she is pulled into a mystery that will find her volunteering as soccer mom, classroom mom, and PTA board member. It's funny, it's family, it's a Zak and Zoe murder investigation.
The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree
It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium.
What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned.
Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer’s next victim.
A cozy novella: approximately 44,000 words