Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Big Uneasy Bundle by Pauline Baird Jones

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The first four installments in the Big Uneasy series!

The Big Easy ain't always easy for the law-abiding Baker family.

First up, Relatively Risky

A quirky artist must unravel her parent's secret past before the mob erases her future. But will the protection of a handsome homicide detective, Alex Baker, be her only hope of surviving the Big Easy?

The oldest of thirteen, Alex Baker does two things: he solves murders and avoids children. Until the day Nell Whitby foils a carjacking, knocks Alex off his feet and turns his life upside down.

When the shots start flying and every rock he turns over reveals another wise guy, Alex decides he needs to stick close to the quirky yet captivating children’s book author while he discovers who is behind a series of mob hits. But can he resist the urge to kiss the kid magnet now in the crosshairs?

A relative newcomer to New Orleans—with no family but her college friend—Nell spends her days in seeming obscurity, sketching tourists in the French Quarter and serving canapés for her friend’s catering business. When a chance encounter makes Nell the target of a mob hit, the only silver lining is meeting the cute cop who is determined to protect her.

But when she finds herself at the head of a second line made up of goons and gangsters, and secrets start bubbling up out of her own past, Nell must figure out what she's made of so she can live long enough to kiss the cop again…

In “Family Treed,” a short story, will Nell survive dinner with the “killing cousins?”

Nell’s not sure why the mob wants to have dinner with her. She is sure she wants a cop at her side.

Alex wouldn’t let Nell go in without him, despite much unease from his many siblings.

But will they get out alive?

And in Dead Spaces “be careful what you dig for.”

A forensic surgeon in the New Orleans Coroner’s Center—and part of her dad’s Baker’s Dozen—Hannah Baker thought she knew where to dig, how and what to slice, and when to walk away.

But when her big brother gets her involved in the exhumation of a couple of old coffins, she realizes the past can’t be ignored. Not when its been simmering up a big pile of trouble for longer than Hannah’s born days.

Only New Orleans could produce a “Baked” gumbo of the mob, shadowy figures from the past, annoying figures from the present, murders, attempted murders, and a really cute detective who is technically off limits on account of he’s her big brother’s partner.

Good thing NOPD Detective Logan Ferris doesn’t know the meaning of “off limits,” because once more the Big Easy is getting mighty uneasy.

In Louisiana Lagniappe...
A Reunion, a murder, and a wedding... What's next?

Becca Smith Poole should have known her forty-fifth high school reunion would be anything but normal - especially when a dead body turns up! Renowned for her problem-solving skills, Becca is determined to discover who the murderer is - and if her former high school crush is still as handsome as he was in their younger days. The first will take some time to solve, the second one took her breath away.

Retired detective Zach Baker has been lonely since the last of his Baker’s dozen moved out. When he sees Becca Smith’s picture in the “where are they now” brochure, he wonders if this might be a first chance for him with the gal he could never connect with in high school. But before he can ask her out, a murder breaks up the party.

Can a retired cop and a mystery reading problem solver unmask a killer before the wedding? Even more challenging, can Zach convince Becca that there is no end date for falling in love?

Pauline Baird Jones has won awards for her tightly plotted, funny, and fast-paced novels of romantic suspense. Get two complete novels and a bonus short story for one great price!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

DEADLY REFLECTIONS (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: FAMILY SECRETS Book 4) by Regan Black

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One family's long-buried secrets could be the key to solving a shocking murder...

With the holiday season in full swing, Paige Coker is planning a surprise party for her father's retirement when she finds troubling documents that indicate she might not be his daughter at all.

Her search for answers is derailed when the event caterer is killed and she becomes the prime suspect. Her alibi is weak, and the police have surveillance footage of a woman at the scene - a woman who looks exactly like Paige. Desperate to clear her name, she reluctantly agrees to cooperate with the private investigator hired by her father.

As a Guardian Agency protector, Carter Oakes has worked his share of sensitive cases. Upon meeting Paige, it's obvious she's hiding something and distressed over far more than the death of the caterer. Earning her trust is a slow process, one that's thrown into overdrive when someone tries to kill her.

With her life hanging in the balance, Paige and Carter must unravel the impossible mystery of these DEADLY REFLECTIONS.


Don't miss BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, a brand-new series from the bestselling authors of the STORMWATCH and BREAKDOWN series! Coming in December 2020 in ebook and paperback:
THE LIE Debra Webb (December 2)
BLOOD STRANGERS Vicki Hinze (December 9)
SAVAGE BEAUTY Peggy Webb (December 16)
DEADLY REFLECTIONS Regan Black (December 23)
FATAL DECEPTIONS Cindy Gerard (December 30)

Monday, December 28, 2020

Day of Reckoning by Mary Hagen

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1867: Bounty hunter Chet Johnson rides to Stand Alone, Kansas hunting outlaw Three Fingers George who brutally murdered his family. The outlaw has left, but the prostitutes hand him a child they say is his son by Angie who is dead. The baby resembles his deceased brother Luke. He cannot deny the child. Afraid to settle in one place, the prostitutes suggest he ask a woman at the edge of town to take care of the child.

Abandoned by her husband who lost her mining claim in a poker game to Three Fingers, Susan agrees to care for the child if she can join Chet in his search for Three Fingers to recover her mining claim.

As they search for the outlaw, Susan appreciates Chet's honesty and kindness, and Chet sympathizes with Susan's vulnerability. Will love overcome the fears both have and keep them together?

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Trapped with the Secret Agent by Julie Rowe

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Terrorists have taken over the American embassy in Koutu, a small Middle Eastern country with huge oil reserves. This is not good news for the Ambassador’s claustrophobic personal assistant, Georgia Masters, whose composure is tested when she’s locked in a small dark small storage room by the terrorists. Then her worst fear is realized when they throw a man into the storage room with her. 

Burned out CIA agent Peter Welis can’t believe his bad luck. Terrorists take over the US embassy of a small Middle East country while he’s there on a routine visit. Only his cover as a photojournalist saves him from being immediately killed. Then he’s locked up in the basement with the Ambassador’s claustrophobic secretary. So what if she’s bravely trying really hard not to lose her cool. Nothing worse could possibly happen, right? Wrong. After escaping the storage room, he and Georgia discover a crate on the floor covered with Russian printing. It contains a nuclear warhead. Peter is now duty bound to find out the terrorists’ true intentions and stop them any way he can. 

As they escape the embassy and search for help, hope, and rescue, Georgia struggles not to fall for the secret agent who’s the first to tell her he’s a bad bet.


Reviews:

“This book will keep you on the edge from the first chapter! Filled with danger and anticipation, the suspense factor is off the charts! Well written, great character development and story line, you'll struggle to put this one down!” ~ Avid Reader, Amazon

“This book is the first that I’ve read by this author. It kept me up all night reading it just to see how Georgia manages to keep her wits and stay by Peter’s side, one step ahead of the bad guys. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.” ~ LSG, Amazon

“Julie Rowe has once again written a page-turning adventure filled with a fast-paced, exciting storyline along with a strong, sexy couple. Peter and Georgia are paired up perfectly right from the moment they are trapped together beneath the embassy. Their escape into the city is filled with heart-tensing fear, but her strength to face each obstacle and his protective understanding of when she needs a hug, make this a great romantic thriller/suspense.” ~ Claudia S., Amazon

Friday, December 25, 2020

FREE! Courage to Celebrate: Finale: The Man in the Arena Series by Taylor Lee

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The sole survivor of a hideous mission gone bad, the gravely injured Col. Luke Lang came back to his Northern Minnesota town determined to drink himself to death. A fate his family, especially his cousin Detective Nate Stryker, refused to allow him to do. But it was the shy, accomplished East Indian doctor, Ava Patel, that challenged Luke at his core. Somehow, they survived challenges no couple could or should have to face. Now five years later after the birth of their son they are preparing to welcome their daughter, a special Christmas gift.

As if their world refuses to let them by easily, a serial rape and brutal death of first one, then another, young Native girl, confirms the challenging matrix of their lives. This last book in the series is a nail biter. Not only because of the constant danger but because Luke and Ava face their biggest challenge yet. In the past they found the courage to dare, the courage to love and the courage to triumph. Now they have to decide if they have the Courage to Celebrate.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Open with Care by Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones

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Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages…
Gini won't let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She's not sure if she's ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof.

But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind…

Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn't sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement…

But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time.
Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you'll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones' festive story set.

Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn't alien on Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Secret to Hold by Mary Hagen

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While On her way to her new teaching position at the McPherson Ranch, Jessica Bradley receives a warning. Beware! Your soon-to-be employer murdered the previous schoolmistress.

Undaunted, Jessica completes her journey and is greeted by two wayward children, Charlotte's father, Cameron McPherson, and Rebecca's mother, Melissa McPherson. Tension is obvious between the parents.

Rumors to the contrary, Cameron is kind to his daughter and niece, supports her teaching duties, and helps her when she needs it.

When Jessica's past threatens her livelihood, McPherson intervenes as her champion. Despite of the risks involved, Jessica is certain the man she is attracted to could not have murdered anyone.

Determined to get to the bottom of the vicious rumor threatening his ranch and his future, Jessica faces prejudice hatred and the threat of bodily harm as she searches for the truth.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Hell & Back (Outbreak Task Force Book 5) by Julie Rowe

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Racing to lock down the CDC's deadly virus samples from terrorists, ex-Special Forces medic Henry Lee partners with Ruby Toth on the Outbreak Task Force. But the terrorists always seem one step ahead. As they work side by side, Henry's taken with how Ruby accepts and respects him, instead of pitying him for all he lost overseas, including his leg. Ruby's hiding something, though, and Henry fears she's been leaking sensitive information.

Terrorists have kidnapped her brother, and now microbiologist Ruby Toth faces a horrible choice. If she doesn't give them a vial of Small Pox as ransom, her brother will die. She knows her prickly—yet very hot—boss, Henry, could provide the help she needs. But she joined the CDC to root out insiders plotting to unleash a bio-engineered pandemic, and she can't trust anyone. Not even Henry.

Each book in the Outbreak Task Force series is STANDALONE:
* Viable Threat
* Smoke & Mirrors
* Sleight of Hand
* Search & Destroy
* Hell & Back

Friday, December 18, 2020

FREE! Santa Baby by Taylor Lee

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•Dancing to Eartha Kitt’s sultry list of all goodies she expected Santa Baby to put under her tree, Lily slid down the pole and stifled a sigh. A blue convertible? A sable? A Tiffany ring? Right! Like Lily could expect anything remotely like that under her tree! How about first making sure she had a tree.

•At that moment she saw him. The big man with the shaggy blond hair and gleaming dark eyes was leaning casually back in his chair. His narrowed expression was hard, knowing. It was clear that he was studying her.

•Stunned, she quickly looked away, her carefully honed rules fleeing in her panic. The imposing man had “cop” written all over him. Squashing down her terror, Lily pasted a professional smile on her face, waved to the screaming crowd, and fled the stage.

•Anyone who’d ever tangled with dirty cops knew that the hard blue line protected the most egregious acts committed by one of their brothers. If anyone doubted that was true all they had to know was that Aiden was a free man and Lily was on the run.

•Lily’s only hope was that this time she and Gabriella had gone far enough, fast enough, that he wouldn’t be able to find them.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Read an Excerpt From Forbidden Love by Mary Hagen

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The love Penn Schwartz and Hannah Dresser have for one another is forbidden under Nazi law.

Because she is a Jew, she has been stripped of her rights as a German citizen. He is a Luftwaffe pilot and to love a Jew can send him to prison. If she so much as kisses him, she can be shot on the spot.

Since they were in their teens, they have loved one another, but their families object to their love, too. The Dressers fear the Schwartzes who are loyal Nazis, will report them to the Gestapo. The Schwartzes fear Penn's association with the Jew will cost him his position in the air force.

Can the love between the two survive and will they survive?

Excerpt:


Chapter 1

Penn faced the window with his back to his father who
sat in an overstuffed chair in their parlor. He continued to
harangue him about Hannah. Penn had knots in his shoulders
and his hand were stiff with tension. He tried, unsuccessfully,
to tune out his father’s words but to no avail.
“You must stop seeing Hannah Dresser. For God’s sake,
the woman is a Jew, the scum of the earth, vermin. Your
career in the Fuehrer’s air force is at risk as may be your life
if you continue to see that rodent.”
Penn turned toward his father who sat with his back
straight and his hands gripping the arms of the chair, his eyes
snapping in anger.
They congregated in the room next to the living room of
their large home before dinner. The picture of the deposed
Kaiser no longer graced the wall above the fireplace. His
father had replaced it with one of Hitler who glared down at
them with penetrating eyes.
“She is not a rodent. She is a woman, one of the most
beautiful women in Germany. I love her more than I can
express. Do not speak of her in such insulting terms.” Penn
said, glancing from his father, to his mother who neither
looked at him nor made comments to him but stitched silently
on her needlework with hard jabs of the needle. Like every
good Nazi in Germany, his parents had turned on their Jewish
friends including the Dressers. Disbelief flowed through his
mind at the hostility toward their longtime neighbors and
friends.
“You took an oath to honor and obey the Fuehrer, yet
you choose to ignore his orders on this matter of the Jews.
They’re no longer citizens of Germany. You’re bewitched,
submitting to bestial lust, perpetrated by that monster
woman.” His father drummed his fingers on the arm of his
chair, not bothering to contain his disgust. “You realize you
put your mother and me, your sister, your two nieces, and
her husband in danger, not just your own position in the new
Germany.”
The threat was not lost on Penn, but he would not give
up Hannah. “The Dressers have lived next door to us since
Hannah and I were children. Dr. Dresser saved Mother’s life
three years ago. Have you forgotten? You and Mother have
been friends with the Dressers for as long as we’ve been
neighbors. Now you find them unacceptable because they
are Jews.” Incredulous to him, his parents had become such
rabid anti Jews.
Bernhard responded, “The Jew was in touch with the
devil. It was not his medical knowledge that saved Helga,
but outside forces of good we cannot know about.”
Penn threw his hands in the air. “My God, Father, have
you lost your senses? How can you make such a statement?”
“You”—Bernhard shook his finger at Penn—“forget
your place in Greater Germany. The Jews are finally being
held responsible for the loss of the war the terrible economic
struggles we’ve had until the Fuehrer came into power. Now
we are prospering. My business is once again profitable. I am
hiring men. None of this would have been possible without
the Fuehrer.”
“Hitler is a maniac. He’s surrounded himself with
hoodlums.”
“He is our Fuehrer. Pay him respect. Nations around
the world consider his work a model to follow in improving
economic conditions. They are impressed with our
resourcefulness, our industry, our organization.” Bernhard
banged his glass on the end table next to his chair splashing
wine across the top.
“They are blind. Hitler will lead us into war the minute
nations like England deny him what he wants. Your plant is
manufacturing parts for tanks. Do you think Hitler will do
nothing but look at the finished products?”
“Of course not. He’s keeping us from being overtaken
by the Bolsheviks. I’ll hear no more of this. You must never
see Hannah Dresser again. Jews are hideous figures and they
smell. They are intent on destroying fine young men like
you. They are our misfortune.”
“Hannah is not hideous and she doesn’t smell.” Penn’s
laugh was harsh. “I don’t care if you are my father, I will not
listen to such trash from you.”
His father’s face turned red. His mother held her needle
between her forefinger and thumb, but did not take a stitch.
She looked at Penn with a warning in her eyes. “You must not
speak to your father in such a manner,” she said. “Your father
deserves your respect. That Jew is having such an influence
on you. She wants nothing more than to deflower you.”
Penn laughed. Deflower me?
Standing up, his father faced Penn. Penn towered over
his father, who grabbed his shoulders and shook him, his
face red with of anger. “You are still my son. What I say is
what you shall do. I expect obedience. I’m interested in your
future. If you keep on the road you’re following with this
relationship with Hannah, that revolting Jew, you’ll end up
destroying all of us.”
Surprised, Penn said nothing. He removed his father’s
hands one by one from his shoulders and sat down. His
words held truth. He should curb his tongue. Any one of the
servants in the house overhearing their conversation could
turn him into the authorities for consorting with a Jew and
bring disgrace on the family.
“You took an oath to honor and obey the Fuehrer when
you joined the service.”
“I took an oath to Germany, not Hitler.” Penn emphasized
each word. “I’ll never become a Nazi.”
“He is your Fuehrer. Speak of the great man with
respect.”
How could he regard a man who denied the rights of a
group of people? Forgetting his decision to watch what he
said, he shot back, “I cannot accept such a person. He is an
indolent man bent on destroying us. We’re losing valuable
citizens because of him.”
“Nonsense. Absolute nonsense. He’s our Savior.”
His mother put her sewing aside and stood by Bernhard’s
side. She held out her hand to Penn. “Take it,” she said when
he ignored her. “We must remember we’re a family, a circle
of love and respect.”
Reluctantly, Penn held his mother’s hand and then
clasped his father’s hand. Melancholy enveloped him. He
had no freedom in his beloved Germany, swept into dust by
Hitler.
“I know the perfect German girl for you,” his mother
said. Penn’s shoulders sagged.
“I’m not interested in a German girl,” he said. “Do you
forget, I’m twenty-six? I make my own living.”
Helga patted Penn’s cheek as though he we still a child.
“You may be a captain in the air force, but you live in our
house. Hannah is not the same as us. You cannot possibly
love someone so different.” Without pausing, she continued,
“You remember Sonja Grosser. She is the beautiful daughter
of a general and can do so much for you. She’s always had
a crush on you.”
To stifle his frustration, Penn straightened the lapels of
his jacket, and ran his hand through his hair. “Sonja is an
empty-headed silly girl and not of my taste.”

FORBIDDEN LOVE | 5

Compared to Hannah, Sonja was stupid. Her pale skin
and equally pale eyes were without merit. Beautiful Hannah
with dark blue eyes was like a goddess compared to the
girl. Thinking of Hannah sent his heart racing. He had to
see her, run his hand through her silky brown hair, feel her
lips against his, hold her tight in his arms. She had skin as
smooth as cream. A deep longing rippled through him. He
would continue to see her, in secret if necessary, to protect
himself from his father’s wrath and them from the Nazis.
Someday, he intended to marry Hannah, but first she must
agree.
Turning his back on his parents, he walked through
the large great room used for entertaining to the entry hall,
picked up his hat, and reached for the doorknob.
“Where are you going?” his mother called after him.
“Surely you’re staying for dinner.”
“I have other plans. I might stay at the barracks tonight
so don’t wait for me.”
“You’re going to see that damn Jew. Did you not listen
to one word I said?” his father growled.
“I heard every word.”
His father clicked his heels together. “Heil Hitler.”
Penn refused to return the salute. When out in public,
everyone had to Heil Hitler. In his home, he would never
stoop to such a ridiculous gesture. His father may be a loyal
Nazi. He would never become one, but he needed to watch
his words and actions.
~ ~ ~

Backing his coupe out of the long driveway leading
to the house, Penn drove with no thought of a destination,
his love for Hannah and their dilemma on his mind. She
had refused to marry under the cloud of anti-Semitism in
present Germany. What would happen to her and her family?
Uneasy stabs of pain filled him with worry. Perhaps they
should leave Germany if she could convince her father. Only
when she was out of the reach of the Nazis could she marry
him without repercussions from the Hitler gang of ruthless,
brutal, pitiless men.
Penn drove aimlessly for over an hour struggling with
the senseless but controlling minds of the Nazis. Unable to
understand what was happening to Germany, he parked his
coupe several blocks from Hannah’s home. Before exiting,
he sat in the darkness afraid to think of a future for Hannah
and him. The policies of the Hitler party made no sense to
him. The Nazis would destroy his country.
When he started his car, his lips were dry, but he had to
see Hannah. The homes were in an upscale neighborhood
of a tree-lined street on large lots. Each mansion sat far
back from the street. Like his home, the Dressers sat in the
middle of a half an acre of land surrounded by tall evergreen
trees, with scattering of oaks and lindens. He parked his car
two blocks from her home and walked the rest of the way.
Unlikely, his father would see him with the high shrubs
along the fence between the properties. If he did, it would
send him into a tantrum, and he might report the Dressers to
the authorities as troublesome Jews to rid the neighborhood
of them. Instead of going to the front door, he went to the
kitchen door, and knocked. The Dresser’s housekeeper,
Ethel Oster, opened it.
“Captain Schwartz. Come in. The family has finished
eating and is in the parlor.”
Penn knew the layout of the mansion almost as well as
his own home. In his youth, he had been best friends with
Jacob Dresser, Hannah’s older brother. He had loved her
since they were children, and she had tagged their heels
everywhere Jacob and he went.
“Penn.” Dr. Dresser stood, his voice distant. “Hannah
is in her room. Ethel, please fetch her.” He indicted with his
hand Penn take the chair next to him.
Filled with uneasiness, Penn instead sat across the
room from Dr. Dresser. Mrs. Dresser did not look at him
but continued to read her book or acted as though she was.
A cold knot settled in his spine. “Is Hannah indisposed? Is
she sick?”
Mrs. Dresser laid her book on the side table. “How are
your parents? We no longer enjoy visits with them. I do miss
Helga.” She ignored his questions.
“They are well.” He wanted to ask how they were
managing since Dr. Dresser could no longer practice
medicine, but he did not want to bring up an unpleasant
topic. How fortunate Hannah had her work at the Charité
Hospital. She had a reputation as the best nurse on the staff.
Jew or not, they kept her working. Hannah spoke little of the
activities of her family.
“And you?” Dr. Dresser stood, fidgeted with the fire
in the fireplace stabbing hard at the log with the poker, and
returned to his chair without glancing at Penn.
Penn smiled. “I fly most days, something I love doing.
My little fighter is easy to handle, the country below beautiful.
Our Germany.” Penn included the Dressers in our Germany.
“But Hannah? You did not tell me. Is she sick?”
“No. No.” Dr. Dresser rubbed his chin with his fingers
and avoided looking at Penn. He cleared his voice.
“Is it something else?” Fear descended into his stomach,
the emotion hard to contemplate. He was overwhelmed with
the wickedness of a government gone astray and the threat to
innocent people and his Hannah.
“Yes.” The doctor ran his hand over his thick gray hair.
He coughed. “You must no longer see Hannah.”
“Impossible. I love her with all my soul. We are as one.
She loves me. I will not agree.” Threads of steel filtered
through his words. He looked at Mrs. Dresser who had
encouraged their love, but no longer. Tonight, she did not
smile at him.
Straightening himself in his chair, Dr. Dresser’s eyes, so
like Hannah’s, were hard. “You are one of them. Your aim is
to destroy us. I must protect my daughter to the best of my
ability. We cannot trust men like you.”
Shame enveloped him, shame for his beloved Germany,
shame for his part in the Luftwaffe, shame for his family and
the road his country followed. “I’m not a Nazi and I do not
believe in what they are doing to the Jews. You’re a good
German just as I am. I, too, want to protect Hannah.”
His Germany had produced men like Goethe, Beethoven,
Bach, Einstein, and other great thinkers and artists. How was
it possible they had sunk to such depths of intolerance? The
answer was emblazoned on the faces of the people. Hitler
had restored national pride and prosperity to the country. His
father was growing rich, damn the consequences, as were
other industrialists.
“You may feel as you do, but by visiting us, you run the
risk of someone denouncing us to the Gestapo and we’ll be
sent away.” Dr. Dresser clasped his hands under his chin.
“I’ve heard rumors the camps are intolerable and more are
under construction by orders of Goring, your commander.
We must keep a low profile, conform as much as possible
to the wishes of Hitler and his regime. To resist is futile.” A
deep sigh escaped his lips.
Penn agreed with him even though Himmler in the
newspapers had assured the public the prisons were models
of good care and fairness to the prisoners. Such a lie. One
person could not take on a system as powerful as Hitler and
his Nazis. His hands shook. Germany’s future appeared
bleak, but he had to take care not to endanger his own family
as well as the Dressers.
Just outside the parlor, he heard Hannah’s soft footsteps,
music to his ears. He stood as she entered the room. Her eyes
were red as though she had been crying. He stepped toward
her to kiss her. She turned her head away from him catching
his kiss on her cheek.
“You’ve heard what Father had to say?” Her voice
trembled as she stumbled to a chair. Her face wore an
expression of despair mixed with disappointment and fear.
“We are not to see each other.” Penn knelt in front of
her and took her hands in his. “Nothing is going to drive us
apart. I promise my love and protection to you. We’ll find a
way.”
When she looked up at him, he searched for a flare of
hope in her wet-rimmed eyes. Cold ice settled over him.
Worry prevailed in him with thoughts of a dark future with
violence and chaos everywhere around them.
How lovely Hannah was dressed in a plain white blouse
and dark gray skirt. Even though she had been crying and her
eyes were red, her blue eyes rimmed with long black lashes,
were stunning. He could not stop himself from running his
finger under her chin and tipping it up to look at him. He
whispered, “I love you, my beauty, with all my being.”
She gave him a weak smile. He resisted the urge to bury
her angel face in his shoulder and hold her against his body.
His blood stirred hot in his veins with his love for her. As
quickly, his blood turned cold with dread at their dilemma
under the Nazis.
He stood and faced Dr. Dresser. “Hannah and I will
continue to see one another. Neither you nor my family nor
the Nazis can tear us apart.”
His life would not be easy or simple but he could not
stay away from Hannah. His broad shoulders sagged under
thoughts of what they would face, face together as man
and wife. They would marry in Switzerland even though
the country remained on friendly terms with the Nazi
Government. All marriages between ethnic Germans and
Jews had been banned. Pure Germans married to Jews had
been ordered to dissolve their marriages and abandon their
children. He vowed to himself, Hannah and he would marry
and never separate, Hitler be damned. No one needed to
know.
“Hannah, my love, get your coat. We’ll take a drive. We
have much to discuss.”
She glanced at her father and her mother. Her father
scowled his disapproval with such severity his message was
evident. Break away from Penn. Her mother returned to her
reading without comment or signal of her thoughts.
Together, they walked through the great room, furnished
with dark mahogany chairs and tables, the floor covered with
an expensive Persian carpet much like his home. They went
to the front hallway and retrieved her dark wool coat from
the closet. Penn glanced up the curved staircase in search
of Jacob who approved of his relationship with his sister,
Hannah. He was nowhere in sight. Stepping out of the carved
oak front door, Penn did not care if his father spotted them
together. He tucked her arm under his, her slim body pressed
against his side. She was his love the only woman he would
ever love.

Friday, December 11, 2020

FREE! A Special 'Ops and Cops Christmas: Sexy Romantic Suspense Holiday Novella by Taylor Lee

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•They called her the Ice Princess; blond, beautiful and cold as Ice.

•That was before the sexy police commander turned up the heat and proved that Fire does melt Ice.

•It couldn’t have been a more perfect Christmas wedding; family, friends, a gorgeous groom and a stunning bride —until a group of would-be assassins crash the party.


“If you like Special Ops, hot cops, and a to-die for Christmas wedding plus a HOT love story you won’t soon forget? Give yourself the best present ever: A Special ‘Ops and Cops Christmas!” Romance Reads

Love Kaylea Cross's heart pounding romantic military thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab The Blonde Barracuda Collection and prepare to be addicted.

WANT MORE SIZZLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE? MYSTERY THRILLERS?
The Blonde Barracuda OMNIBUS Collection Taylor Lee's Sizzling Hot Romantic Suspense Best Selling Collection. INCLUDES Big Girls Don't Cry, In the Still of the Night and Every Breath You Take plus FOUR additional EXCLUSIVE NOVELLAS

Ladies of the Night, Taylor Lee’s NEW Sexy Suspense Collection: Sapphire, Book 1; Ruby, Book 2, Topaz Book 3, Diamond, Book 4 . The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

The Man in the Arena Series: The Courage to Dare; The Courage to Love; The Courage to Triumph is A tribute to the Teddy Roosevelt quote—The Man in the Arena. Taylor Lee introduces her most challenging and complicated hero yet.

The Red Rock Collection Sexy Romantic Suspense. Bestselling in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Mystery Thriller. The Collection INCLUDES: Red Rock Rises, Red Rock’s Revenge, Red Rock’s Redemption: Book 3 PLUS THREE Novellas.

The All Fired Up OMNIBUS Collection, Taylor Lee's Bestselling #1 Hot New Release—the ULTIMATE Sizzling Romantic Suspense collector's edition! INCLUDES Playing With Fire, Trial By Fire and Ring of Fire and the EXCLUSIVE You Light My Fire: Short Story Finale

The Dangerous Affairs Collection Sizzling International Intrigue. Best Selling in both Romantic Suspense and Military Romance and Women's Sleuths ! INCLUDES: The Moscow Affair, The Bangkok Affair, The Rio Affair PLUS THREE Novellas.

The Grandmaster’s Legacy Collection: If you think Shades of Gray is HOT, snatch up Taylor Lee's "The Grandmaster's Legacy," a four volume Collection of Erotic Historical Suspense. Warning: Intense, Explicit, Steamy HOT!

The Bad Ass Brigade: Bad Guys Beware, The Good Guys Are on the Prowl." A Sampler of Sizzling Romantic Suspense. Cops, Firefighters, Special Ops, Covert Agents, and Bad Ass Poker Players--HOT Men and HOTTER Women kick up a storm--and heat up the sheets in the process.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Drakenfall Christmas by Geralyn Corcillo

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In this Christmas novel, Mark and Maisy, ahem, that is, Lord and Lady Shiley, get ready to make the holidays warm and bright for everyone. Along with their madcap staff, they navigate secret crushes, secret presents, and just plain secrets as the Yuletide Ball approaches.

In an uncharacteristic turn, unflappable house manager Glynis Ferry seems to be getting her duster ruffled every time she catches sight of Shaun Fletcher, the new head groom. Pippa Taylor, a whirling dervish of a domestic, works below stairs to make the magic of Drakenfall happen for everyone else. But will there ever be enough magic left over for her? There will if most worthy valet Kafi Diop has anything to say about it, as he tries to spin holiday enchantment every which way. But his clever plans always seem to go cataclysmically awry, even with Maisy helping out as his faithful sidekick.

​And what about Kafi's grandest of schemes, set to take flight at the Drakenfall Christmas Ball? He's depending on guest Jamie Tovell, who's depending on his secret crush Lea Sinclair. ​But​ even if everything goes off without a hitch, will the secret Maisy's been hiding from Mark all season pop up at the most inopportune moment to set everything asunder? It's a Drakenfall Christmas ... topsy-turvy and heart-warming, generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance​!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

5 Cozy Mysteries for the Christmas Season

Slay Bells and Satchels by Dorothy Howell
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The Summer Santa Sale at Holt’s Department Store becomes a Christmas nightmare when sales clerk Haley Randolph finds a murdered elf in the store’s giant toy bag. Haley, a crazed fashionista obsessed with designer handbags, could find herself “bagged” if she doesn’t untangle this mystery quicker than Saint Nick can slide down a chimney. But Haley has another problem: Can working with hot private detective Jack Bishop put her on Santa’s “naughty” list?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Christmas shorts 2020 is a collection of three short stories which can be enjoyed by all but have specifically been created to provide an epilogue of sorts for three of my series which have wrapped up in the past year or so. These single chapter shorts run between 25 – 30 pages each and take place over a one to two day period.  








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Christmastime is here and cat detectives Yoshi and Gatsby are back in this holiday whodunnit! Someone not filled with the holiday spirit is trying to kill an obnoxious dog and the Petectives are on the case. While conducting their latest investigation, Gatsby's also planning a Christmas Eve blowout for the neighborhood animals. Yoshi is dead set against the party but he may be able to use the festivities to unmask a would be killer and teach Gatsby what Christmas is all about. Throw in a canine love triangle and a cute orphan kitten and you've got the recipe for one riveting Yuletide affair. The Petectives are throwing a Christmas party and you don't want to miss it!
A 19,000 word mystery novella
 
 
 
Sleigh Bells: A Christmas Paranormal Cozy Mystery by Bella Falls
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Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke!


Aurora Hart hates everything Christmas, but how could she turn down the opportunity to serve one year of probation in Holiday Haven versus a full sentence for her crimes? Saddled with a talking squirrel roommate, Aurora is doing her best to keep a low profile as she bides her time. Everything is going fine…until Santa’s sleigh gets stolen.

Now, all eyes are on her and the other town Humbugs, and it’s up to Aurora to keep her behind from ending up back in jail. With the help of a very important person from the North Pole, she finds herself hot on the trail of the real culprit. But it will take her having to do something she’s never done before—accepting new friends and their assistance. Only then will Aurora be able to turn not only her own life around but also Christmas for the entire world!

Will Aurora be able to solve the mystery of who stole Santa’s sleigh in time? Or will the culprit get the final sleigh?

Grab your cup of cocoa, sit in a comfy chair by the cozy fire, and find out now in Sleigh Spells! And be sure to check out the other magical mysteries of the Winter Witches of Holiday Haven series!
 
 

Christmas, Criminals, and Campers by Tonya Kappes
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Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Librarian Abby Fawn is star struck when her favorite romance author, Nadine White, has rented a cozy camper at the Happy Trails Campground for the winter months.

Abby is devastated to find out Nadine White is nothing like the person she portrays in interviews or on social media. In fact, Nadine White is not nice at all and Abby lets her feelings known that she thinks Nadine is a fraud. . .after she finds out Nadine has a ghost writer.

When Nadine White is found dead in the Normal Library, Abby Fawn is Detective Hank Sharp's number one suspect.

It's time for Mae West to put up her camping gear for the winter months and put on her sleuthing gear to figure out who is framing Abby Fawn before Abby is the ending in Nadine White's final chapter.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes, this bestselling and hilarious mystery series is all the rage! You don't want to miss out!

Monday, December 7, 2020

Hand Prints on the Wall by Mary Hagen

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After her husband is killed in Afghanistan, Ella Pierce quits her job as an engineer and returns to school to earn her Ph.D. in archaeology. Her first assignment after graduation is at a Fremont Indian dig in San Rafael Swell, Utah under the direction of her former major professor, Dr. Zach Moore. Excited about the prospect of spending three moths in his company and with the hopes of finding a Fremont site for the following year, she takes solitary hikes in the slot canyons of the Swell. On one spur of the moment rip, she discovers something horrifying--the body of the man who delivers supplies to her site. When a rock slide traps her in the cave with the dead man, her world is turned upside down. Her dreams for the future are lost. No one knows where she is. She faces dangers she never could have imagined and is not certain she will live if she cannot get out on her own.

Friday, December 4, 2020

FREE! Blue Christmas (The Blonde Barracuda Series Book 3) by Taylor Lee

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•Two top undercover agents topple an international illegal arms dealer. Much to the surprise of the two “go it alone” sexy agents, Christmas in Korea is anything but Blue.

•Snow Angels, cookie dough (and especially the frosting) plus a big dose of Elvis-- makes for a sizzling Christmas

•Even Blue Christmases can be Red HOT!

*****More Praise *****
“Thrilled to see a story devoted to Brady and Tiffany. I loved them in Nights in White Satin and this is truly their story. A Christmas story that I will read and re-read the whole year through.
~STM Reviews

Love Kaylea Cross's heart pounding romantic military thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab Blue Christmas and prepare to be addicted.

WANT MORE SIZZLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE? MYSTERY THRILLERS?

The Blonde Barracuda OMNIBUS Collection Taylor Lee's Sizzling Hot Romantic Suspense Best Selling Collection. INCLUDES Big Girls Don't Cry, In the Still of the Night and Every Breath You Take plus FOUR additional EXCLUSIVE NOVELLAS

Ladies of the Night, Taylor Lee’s NEW Sexy Suspense Collection: Sapphire, Book 1; Ruby, Book 2, Topaz Book 3, Diamond, Book 4 . The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

The Man in the Arena Series: The Courage to Dare; The Courage to Love; The Courage to Triumph is A tribute to the Teddy Roosevelt quote—The Man in the Arena. Taylor Lee introduces her most challenging and complicated hero yet.

The Red Rock Collection Sexy Romantic Suspense. Bestselling in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Mystery Thriller. The Collection INCLUDES: Red Rock Rises, Red Rock’s Revenge, Red Rock’s Redemption: Book 3 PLUS THREE Novellas.

The All Fired Up OMNIBUS Collection, Taylor Lee's Bestselling #1 Hot New Release—the ULTIMATE Sizzling Romantic Suspense collector's edition! INCLUDES Playing With Fire, Trial By Fire and Ring of Fire and the EXCLUSIVE You Light My Fire: Short Story Finale

The Dangerous Affairs Collection Sizzling International Intrigue. Best Selling in both Romantic Suspense and Military Romance and Women's Sleuths ! INCLUDES: The Moscow Affair, The Bangkok Affair, The Rio Affair PLUS THREE Novellas.

The Grandmaster’s Legacy Collection: If you think Shades of Gray is HOT, snatch up Taylor Lee's "The Grandmaster's Legacy," a four volume Collection of Erotic Historical Suspense. Warning: Intense, Explicit, Steamy HOT!

The Bad Ass Brigade: Bad Guys Beware, The Good Guys Are on the Prowl." A Sampler of Sizzling Romantic Suspense. Cops, Firefighters, Special Ops, Covert Agents, and Bad Ass Poker Players--HOT Men and HOTTER Women kick up a storm--and heat up the sheets in the process.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Fais Do Do Die: The Big Uneasy Book Five by Pauline Baird Jones

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He kicks down doors, and she serves hors d’oeuvres. And the Big Uneasy delivers them both a huge helping of high stakes danger—and a chance at romance.

A happy ending skeptic and caterer, Sarah Burland has a high profile gig at a fundraiser. It’s a coup for her catering company until murder kills the party spirit and triggers a hostage situation.

SWAT Team Member Calvin Baker’s job cost him his marriage. He’s done with romance—even if he does find himself taking an interest in a family friend, Sarah, from time to time. He’s sure his feelings are platonic until he finds out she’s caught in a hostage situation.

Cal’s team affects a rescue, but Sarah’s troubles aren’t over. The victim’s friends—and enemies—keep trouble cooking, and the deeper they dig, the more confusing things get—and the more their attraction to each other grows.

Can the cook and the cop survive long enough to work out their differences? Take a ride into another installment in the engaging Big Uneasy series and find out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

15 Holiday Romances to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Bells, Rings, and Angels' Wings by Linda Wisdom
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Holiday Homecoming? Humbug!

Libby Banes wished Christmas would go away--along with her husband, Tyler. But would Santa answer a wish from Willow Hills, Indiana, population 400? Suddenly darkness fell, snow swirled, and Libby could barely find her way home. But strangers answered her doorbell...and elsewhere family hung stockings without her. Then she saw Tyler under the mistletoe with another woman! How could Libby make them believe who she was, and get her life--and her husband--back in time for Christmas?

 

 

Christmas at the Easy Breezy by Nora LeDuc
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Sometimes Christmas brings the unexpected…


All Darcy Malone wants is a loving family. Once she’d had a husband, home, and job she enjoyed. But her husband betrayed it all, and now, in search of her roots, she finds her grandmother in a small New Hampshire town. Except sometimes family isn’t what you expect at all… 


Stranded at the Easy Breezy Diner at Christmastime, Darcy encounters the handsome, occasionally-grumpy owner Leo Holmes whose good looks, hard work, and honesty draw her in. But she’s no longer the pushover she once was. She can't risk another stinging rejection that would slice a hole in her heart and leave her with nothing to offer. 


Leo Holmes finds Darcy attractive and spirited, but he’s already been burned by a pretty woman. He refuses to go down that road again. Yet, with the holiday cheer in full swing, he stops to reconsider. Is this woman who literally crashed into his life worth second look and maybe worth taking a second chance on love?

 

Mistletoe Magic by Linda Wisdom
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For lovers of Brigadoon here's a Christmas version. Warm-hearted and wonderful.

Quinn was more than ready for a getaway. To avoid her family, friends
and would-be fiancé she sought refuge in the Vermont mountains.

Then the blizzard hit like a freight train.

Santee wasn’t sure what drew him to the snowy east at Christmastime.
And he sure didn’t expect to find the lovely Quinn or a room at the
picturesque Mistletoe Inn.

The charming town of Mistletoe keeps the holiday cheer all year round.
And a glow that envelopes Quinn and Santee gives them something
magical neither expected to find.

The question is, is this merely a wish for the holiday season only or
something that will last forever?

 

Christmas Wishes by Judith Stacy
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A historical romance novella from USA Today Bestselling author Judith Stacy.


Pennsylvania farm girl Abbie Doyle arrives in Southern California shocked to learn that the bookkeeping job she expected to have is no longer available. Abbie is forced to accept the position of personal secretary to Mrs. Merchant, the city’s grand dame of society. Abbie has no training for the job, and to make matters worse, she’s expected to plan the demanding Mrs. Merchant’s annual Christmas ball, the city’s premiere social event.


With her job hanging in the balance, Abbie turns to Jack Graham, the handsome owner of a construction company, to handle the renovations to Mrs. Merchant’s home. Jack refuses. He won’t work for the difficult woman. All Jack cares about at the moment is his young daughter. He’s desperate to know what she wants for Christmas.


To convince him to take on the project—and save her job—Abbie offers him a deal he can’t refuse. If Jack will do the renovation, she will find out what the child wants. 


Abbie and Jack soon realize the little girl isn’t the only one with a secret wish. But on Christmas morning, will those wishes come true?

 

'Twas the Night by Linda Wisdom
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Nothing could send Ukiah Jones running except something shocking. Two of
his best buddies got hitched and eternal Ki was determined not to be
number three. Now he was holed up at the friends’ jointly owned Lake
Tahoe cabin until he felt it was safe to come out.

There was only one, make that three, problems.

The cabin was taken over by a lady on the lam and two young kids. His
masculine safe haven was quickly cluttered with toys and filled with the
noise of kids singing Christmas carols. What didn’t help was Ki’s
response to their beautiful and very mysterious protector.

But it wasn’t about to stop there. Not when Sydney and the kids wanted
him to play not only Santa, but daddy!

 

Open with Care by Pauline Baird Jones
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Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages…

Gini won't let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She's not sure if she's ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof.

But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind…

Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn't sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement…

But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time.

Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you'll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones' festive story set. 


Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn't alien on Christmas!

 

Brett by Regan Black
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She's been betrayed too often...

Nikki Weston is spending Christmas -and her birthday- in South Carolina, far from Hollywood and the prying gaze of a relentless stalker. With good friends close and a private beach outside her window, her working holiday is paradise until the stalker strikes again. Now, to protect others she must ask for help, but trust is not her strong suit.

Can a sexy bodyguard flip the script?

Former Navy SEAL, Brett Robinson, is learning how to be home again after his military career ended early. Thanks to the Guardian Agency, he has found a new way to serve and a new calling as a bodyguard. When the order comes through to protect Nikki, a beautiful silver screen celebrity from a real-world threat, he figures Christmas has come early.

Unfortunately, Nikki isn't keen on a hovering bodyguard, no matter how necessary. But when the stalker escalates, Brett's best move is to fake a holiday romance worthy of the big screen. And now it really is mission impossible: save the girl without losing his heart.

When hope is lost, truth is blurred, and your life is on the line, it’s time to call in the Guardian Agency.

 

Sweet Yuletide by Melissa McClone
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One beach cottage, two strangers, and a kiss under the mistletoe that changes everything…

Sheridan DeMarco wants to be anywhere but home for the holidays. She’s happy to spend Christmas house-sitting in South Carolina, far away from her parents’ new blended families. Too bad when she arrives at the charming beach cottage, she isn’t as blissfully alone as she planned.

Michael "Mikey" Patterson needs to stay out of sight until his attorney gives him the all clear. He finds the perfect place in a small coastal town, but there’s a problem. Mikey isn’t the only one staying at the beach house, and his surprise roommate pushes all his buttons.

A sprig of mistletoe and one memorable kiss make Sheridan and Mikey forget their plans to stay away from each other. But when family gets in the way, will their happily ever after get tossed out along with the discarded wrapping paper and tinsel?


Muffins And Mistletoe by Debora Dennis
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SWEET HOLIDAY NOVELLA

Welcome to Starlight Hills! Mountain views, small town charm, and one little bake shop, where romance is always on the menu.

Christmas is the best time of year to be in love in Starlight Hills. Cold nights perfect for snuggling, plenty of mistletoe to be caught kissing under, and an abundance of gingerbread muffins for sharing under the stars. But when Corinne Mackenzie turns down a proposal from the man she loves at the Thanksgiving table, it could be the worst time of year instead. Convinced the only way to fix the biggest mistake of her life is to enlist the help of the town's resident matchmaker, she's got a plan to make this the best Christmas ever.

After his proposal is rejected in front of family and friends, Jimmy Crane knows his only chance of surviving the holiday is to avoid the woman who stomped on his heart. The only obstacle to his plan is his matchmaking mother and Corinne's knack for getting him under the mistletoe.

 

It Happened One Christmas by Kathy Carmichael
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Billionaire CEO Nat Danvers has good looks, money, power, prestige—everything—except the one thing he really needs. But only in the loneliest corners of his frozen heart is he aware something is missing. Christmas Eve arrives to find Nat alone in his penthouse office, filling out layoff notices while his employees unknowingly celebrate at the office holiday party. In breezes the most incredibly beautiful woman he's ever seen. Daphne, part angel, part human, has been sent by the Angelic Council to teach Nat some tough lessons in the hope his hardened heart will melt. She has only one night in which to help him. With the clock ticking before he must go, can love find a way to touch them both?This is the new sweet & clean version of Angel Be Good.

 

 

 

A Sweet Montana Christmas by Roxanne Snopek
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Melinda Sweet loved her husband before she learned of his wealth and she loves him still, despite the fact that it’s gone. Unfortunately, while she knows the collapse of his Chicago financial services business had nothing to do with him, he believes otherwise. His upbeat adjustment to their new – and temporary – life on his grandfather’s rundown honey farm is a foil to cover the burden of failure. She wasn’t expecting to throw – in five weeks – the traditional Sweet Christmas Open House, but it’s a good earning opportunity and how hard could it be?

Austin Sweet is determined to make his wife proud of him again. But he also wants to erase the sting of shame he feels from his parents, to whom he owes a debt of gratitude for arranging for this caretaking job. Getting paid to fix up this disaster is better than living in their basement, sure. But what does he know about bees? Or fixing broken plumbing? Or cleaning a chimney?

But when Austin’s grandfather gives him the farm as a Christmas gift, there’s only one response. Accepting the gift will secure a future that will make his wife even more unhappy than he already is. Refusing the gift will finalize the rift between him and his family, but he’d rather lose them than Melinda. Then he discovers she’s spared him the choice. Austin’s not-so-Sweet side rears up as he determines that he’s done trying to make everyone happy. He’ll get his wife back, no matter what. And they’ll decide their future together.


Be Mine This Christmas Night by L.A. Sartor
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A children's author with a secret. A widower with two young sons. A Star Light ~ Star Bright Christmas romance set in snowy Colorado. 1st place winner of The International Digital Award

The Children's Author …
Annie Hamilton's children's series Star Light~Star Bright is a mega hit. She loves kids and wants nothing more than a family of her own, but twice burned, thrice shy. When a gorgeous man with two young boys moves next door, Annie can't help but dream her impossible dream.

And The Widower Who Moved Next Door …
Cole Evans is a brilliant scientist but finds fatherhood a challenge. When his son develops a bond with their enchanting neighbor, the boy’s favorite author, Cole discovers just how much he's lost—and how much he needs.

Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night?
Can Cole overcome family meddling and alleviate Annie's fears so they can be a ready-made family?

 

Christmas Kisses and Cookies by Linda West
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A snow town second chance romance! The perfect Christmas fiction for the whole family!


Summer Landers is a supermodel who seemingly has it all. She travels the world, makes tons of money and has a movie star boyfriend.


But her true dream of a true family of her own is light-years away, back in Kissing Bridge where she left all her hopes and dreams, along with the love of her life.


When disaster hits on the mountain, Summer is forced to return home to Vermont and help her mother reclaim her rightful honor as the blue ribbon winning Cookie Queen of the Silver Bell’s fair. 


There is mayhem afoot, and magic too, but miracles can happen at Christmas, and they most often do - just so long as Summer can dodge her family curse.


Coconutty Christmas by Ann Omasta
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Get your quick escape to Hawaii for the holidays (or anytime)!

Kalea has been warned repeatedly about the temporary nature and heartbreaking consequences of falling for a handsome tourist passing through her little slice of Hawaiian paradise.

Will the fear of being hurt keep her from experiencing all of the delightful surprises that life has to offer?

Or will the trifecta of gorgeous Russ, a freak storm, and an unforgettable Christmas allow her to open her heart to the possibility of finding her happily-ever-after ending?

This contemporary romance bonus short story is part of The Escape Series, which includes Aloha, Baby!, Getting Lei'd, Cruising for Love, and Island Hopping. You can read and enjoy these books in any order.

Escape into this bite-sized romantic comedy gem now because you deserve a break in Hawaii!

 

A Gingerbread Cafe Christmas by Rebecca Raisin
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Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for and Lil has every recipe down, from gingerbread men to cinnamon muffins. So when gorgeous outsider Damon opens a shop opposite The Gingerbread Café in the lead up to Christmas, Lil refuses to let him steal her customers without a fight – no matter how much he makes her heart flutter.

When it comes to love, Lil’s never quite got the method right! But as the snow begins to fall, it looks like this time deviating from the recipe might just lead Lil to the magic ingredient she’s been missing all along…

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