Sunday, August 26, 2012


Hello all, I've had a pretty busy weekend, so I haven't posted much. My apologies. I promise, tomorrow I'll post lots and lots more! For now, enjoy and remember, let me know what genre YOU want to see!
Life is a game. For some of us, while growing up and learning how to play the game, winning becomes an obsession. Veronica and Bobby, referred to as “fire and gas,” have a special bond that makes them more than your typical competitors in the game of life. 

Having volatile tempers, the couple faces the trials of childhood, including a bloody double homicide. Suspicions flourish as they become adults and struggle to live with the consequences of their choices.

You don't choose who you love. You do choose who you kill.
With her husband dead, her son and lover gone from her life, Claire Johnson has little left to live for when she unknowingly rescues an imprisoned fairy who grants her three magical wishes.
An Inspirational Romantic Suspense Short Story -
Journalist Gwen Jacobs thrived on dangerous assignments. That is until her ambition led to the massacre of an entire African village. Now, a year later, she’s been offered a chance at redemption and the opportunity to expose the men behind the slaughter. Unaware of the secrets she carries, or the danger they could bring if exposed, philanthropist Jack Peterson and his small group of humanitarians welcome Gwen on their journey of hope with the understanding she will tell the world of the atrocities taking place amidst a civil war. But when Gwen’s deception is uncovered and a rebel commander learns who she is, not only is Gwen’s life on the line, the whole group could die.
A best-selling author, Delaney Dobbins has no idea that her life is about to be turned upside down after the release of her latest crime novel. Little does she know that she has an exceptional gift that she cannot stop from happening. When it lands her in a safe house with a local TV anchor, she cannot imagine how her life is about to change.

This romantic suspense novella is 23,000 words, and does have some romantic/sexual situations.

Here is a sample from this gripping love story:

A man in a dark shirt and jeans was towering over her. He had a shaved head with tattoos on it and reeked of cigarette smoke. 

“Shut up, lady. Keep your mouth shut and you won't get hurt,” he yelled as he kicked the door shut behind him.

Delaney started backing across the floor on her butt trying to get away. She couldn't get to her feet because as soon as she tried, he straddled her on the floor to hold her down. He grabbed both of her hands, and pinned them on the floor above her head.

“Please, don't.... You can take anything you want.... please don't hurt me....” she whimpered with tears streaming down her face.

“I said shut up!” he slapped Delaney across the face leaving a red mark. “Can't you follow a simple order, idiot?” he yelled as he pinned both of her hands once again.

Delaney continued to wiggle underneath his hips. She was sure he was going to rape her. Her dress had slid up to her thighs when she fell. He was so heavy, there was no way she could escape.

“You got something I want.... Well, you got a lot of stuff I want, but I don't have time for that right now...” he said sliding his hand up her dress and touching her stomach. “You'd like it, though, wouldn't you? Maybe I can tie you up and have a little fun before we get some business handled...”

Delaney spit at him in the face which made him release one of her hands to wipe it away. When he did, she managed to grab the cast iron doorstop that she kept by the bottom stair. She raised it and hit him square on the head as hard as she could. His eyes fixed for a moment before he fell over on top of her. She could barely breathe. She felt for a pulse, and he had one. She knew she had limited time to get him off her and get away.
What do missing Romanov children, supposedly executed in 1918, have to do with Imperial treasures mysteriously found and sold on the black market by corrupt Nazi officials in 1943?

Lena Schillers’s mother escaped their homeland, fleeing the Russian Revolution when Lena was very young. They settled in Rostock, Germany, but her mother disappeared soon after, leaving Lena in the care of a kind woman and a rich stepfather who barely acknowledged her existence then.

Lena has grown up, and her stepfather notices her now. But she has bigger problems: Hitler has sent his enforcers to Rostock to find someone to blame for the theft of his looted treasures, which somehow seem to have gone missing. Repeatedly. But only those stolen from Russian Imperial palaces.

Lena must give them a scapegoat before the Gestapo starts hauling people away, including herself: 

"Remember my name, my daughter, my dear one, but speak of me only in whispers...." 

The Facts:
Russia, 1917: In September, a train loaded with boxes of treasures confiscated from palaces of the Imperial family made its way into Moscow. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs had not been presented at Livadia that year, as the Romanov family had been arrested and held prisoner at Tsarskoe Selo.

Russia, 1918: While detained, the women of the Romanov family secretly sewed a fortune in precious gemstones into their clothes. There’s no credible account of the recovery of these jewels, and for decades the last FabergĂ© Easter Eggs for 1917 were presumed either non-existent, destroyed, or lost. 

Russia, 1941: Officers of the Nazi blitzkrieg occupied Livadia, a Romanov palace on the Black Sea. There, they found a secret wall safe kept hidden from the looting-Bolsheviks for decades. When the Soviets recaptured the palace, the wall safe had been opened without force and was empty, with no clue as to what had been inside.

This photograph of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia in about 1915. Romanov Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Linda’s solitary life is filled with terror and suspicion. Her last relationship ended with a restraining order and fear of her crazy ex-boyfriend, Jackson, has her living in terror, afraid to even look the wrong way at a new guy. The one bright spot in her life is the daily trip to the park to watch the male version of perfection she knows only as the Jogger, fuel for the fantasies of her many nights spent alone.

When the Jogger first rescues her and then asks her on a date, fear of Jackson holds her back. She doesn’t want to drag someone else into that part of her life, afraid of her ex’s retaliation. Instead she opts for a no strings attached relationship, a top-secret play date that will end in disaster if Jackson finds out. 

Linda is convinced that she has the perfect plan, keeping her life divided into neat little compartments, but, as is usually the case, the best-laid plans usually fail. 

About 11,000 Words
Crime beat reporter Sydney Blackburn is dedicated to giving her readers the truth, not because she wants her name on a lot of bylines but because she feels it's her duty to give the public the information they need to protect themselves. The type of information that could have saved her mother. And now that a killer seems to be targeting young women in Nashville, that information is more important than ever.

Standing in her way is homicide detective Jake Radley, who has been burned by sharing too much case information before. When he meets Sydney, he sees the stereotypical journalist who just wants to make a name for herself. It isn't until the killer targets Sydney and Jake makes it his mission to protect her that he learns there's way more to her than he initially thought.

As Sydney and Jake spend more time together, they learn about each others' pasts and how they shaped the people they are now. And as they learn more, an initial physical attraction grows into more than either of them ever expected.
Invited to her ex-husband's engagement party, Jillian Roper shows up in thigh-high leather boots. 

And Denver Cereal begins.

"Claudia Hall Christian has woven a lush tapestry of family love and loyalty which reminds us how devastating life can be without them. The spellbinding characters of Denver Cereal have come to occupy a large piece of my heart." - S. Parker

" " - Silent Partner

"I love Denver Cereal. I can't get enough of it. I look forward to reading it every week!!!" L. Richards

"Denver Cereal : Every box is an adventure." M. Powell

Denver Cereal is a serial fiction set in Uptown Denver, Colorado.
Reformed car thief Leah Ryan is trouble. But she is keeping her head down when her Jeep is repossessed. Unfortunately, most of her money is going toward past due attorney fees for her younger brother Jesse; a mischievous hacker serving his last few weeks in prison. Without a way to get to her construction job, she is fired. Leah needs a job fast. She’s a natural at stealing cars, and decides to ask Callahan Parker, the man who repossessed her Jeep, to hire her. This decision marks the beginning of a nightmare for Leah Ryan.

During her first night of work, Leah makes an enemy of a twisted drug lord, Brent Woodard, who targets her for revenge. Things go from bad to worse when Leah discovers that Woodard is smuggling Asian women into the United States and forcing them into prostitution. She is determined to stop him, by any means necessary. But Woodard has friends. Among these is a crooked, sadistic cop who makes her plan more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Soon it’s not only her life at stake, but that of her brother Jesse, who disappears within a day of his release from prison. Leah enlists the help of Callahan and a few friends from her shady past; a past she promised herself she’d never return to, to enter into a dark underworld of sex, drugs and death.

Sexual Content, Language
Gladys has spent most of her life in a suburb of Enugu brought up in a deprived single parent household after losing her father as a young girl. After finishing her education, she moves to Lagos to seek a job and moves in with an estranged aunt who now wants to be forgiven for all perceived wrongs. Gladys suspects Aunt Isioma abandoned them out of disdain for their poverty, and has the uneasy role of the bridge between both families.

Her new friendships and career achievements gradually transition Gladys into an independent young woman. Soon, she begins to fall for wealthy Edward Bestman who, though physically attracted to her, is emotionally unavailable. Edward is very wealthy, but he is haunted by the past of his illegitimate birth and other secrets he will not share.
A man on his first date with an attractive woman is surprised when she pulls a gun on him and demands he turn over his wallet. Ride along as the gun weilding babe tries to steal his car when she finds out he doesn't have any cash and see how the man deals with the situation and turns the tables on her.
It makes for the most memorable first date anyone could imagine.
“DEATH ON WINTER’S EVE’ is the highly charged romantic thriller about forbidden desire, unbridled passion, and callus betrayal set amidst the background of war torn London in the 1940’s!

Serving in a British military hospital in London during the Second World War nurse Mary Wellington has no inkling she is about to come face to face with the mysterious stranger who nightly invades her dreams.

When a badly wounded airman is brought into Lieutenant Wellington’s care at Queen Anne’s Hospital she has no idea he is a man whose very presence will place her on a path to exotic romance, dark intrigue and mortal danger.

Intrigued by the airman’s uncanny resemblance to the man in her dreams Mary is at first infatuated by his unerring ability to anticipate her every emotion. But the dashing American airman is anything except whom he appears to be. Ripped from the twenty-first century he is literally a man out of time, unwittingly the key in a German espionage plot to sabotage the Allied invasion of Europe.

Placing her life in grave jeopardy Lieutenant Wellington risks everything she holds dear to rescue a man for whom she harbors both secret desires and grave misgivings.

Now the two of them must navigate the treacherous labyrinths of a nation embroiled in a desperate struggle for survival, ruthless government agents bent on killing them, and the mounting suspicions each have about the true motives behind their desperate union.
White Hot Revenge

Charles Carlton is a man driven by obsession and the unstoppable desire for power and control. 

Nathan has spent most of his life reliving the day his family was taken from him, planning and awaiting the time for vengeance. And he’s been trained by the very best.

Marie fears and hates her uncle, desperately searching for a way to escape him.

And then there’s Kate… 

Obsession, murder and passion. In White Hot Revenge, Nathan and Marie enter into an uneasy alliance, and as the months pass by while they wait for Carlton to catch up with them their bond strengthens. But haunted by their pasts, and constantly reminded of their differences, they both struggle to cope as the tension mounts.

Part Two
Carlton’s many sins are resurrected, and through twists and turns each player is brought into the game for the ultimate revenge. In this first book in the ‘What Goes Around’ series we meet Kate, a self-programmed and highly intelligent assassin, who discovers the truth about her past. She waits patiently for the pieces to fall into place before she reveals her identity and delivers retribution. But the truth, once known, starts to unravel the previously lost memories, changing her forever.
Freedom and love, or death…

Gabrielle Howell enters the hellish asylum of Bedlam in London when her sister Lucinda is committed as insane by her husband the Earl of Oxnard. 

During a riot at the asylum, Gabrielle is rescued by a handsome inmate known only as Simon, who seems to make an awful lot of sense for someone supposedly deranged.

Drugged and suffering from a mysterious malady, Simon cannot remember his past. All his records seem to indicate he is a deadly killer incarcerated by his prominent family. 

But the more Gabrielle gets to know the fiercely intelligent and gentle man, the more she has her doubts that this could ever be true. Simon is principled, kind, and certainly no murderer, and transforms from loyal ally to the most magnificent lover. The passion that sparks between them is like nothing she has ever known, heady and addictive.

Simon isn't sure if the gorgeous woman he has held in his arms is real, or a figment of his opium-addled brain. All he knows is, it's true love, a gift from the gods he will never give up, except in death. 

Simon refuses to be kept a prisoner any longer by the puppetmasters who have been pulling his strings ever since the war with Napoleon started. 

Trusting in his new-found love Gabrielle, Simon is willing to risk everything to defeat his captors, and the opium addiction they have caused by drugging him to keep him cooperative. Simon dares all to escape from Bedlam and come out of the shadows to live a normal life once more.

Gabrielle begins to believe the impossible: that she can save Simon before it's too late and they can have a blissful future together. In a bold and daring move, she risks everything to heal Simon and rescue him from the living death he has been consigned to. 

Even as their love deepens, the danger closes in all around them, as Simon's employer tries to use him as a pawn one more time. Will allowing themselves to love one other prove to be Gabrielle and Simon's salvation, or sheer madness?

Dear Cici and Father,
I have come to Devon and married a duke. And I'm more tired and hungry than I have ever been in my life. Please let me come home.
Compromised and wedded on the same day, Lady Miranda was fast finding married life not to her taste. A decaying manor and a secretive husband were hardly the stuff of girlish dreams. Yet every time she looked at dark, brooding Marcus Radwell, Duke of Haughleigh, she felt inexplicably compelled—and determined—to make their marriage real!

Spoiled New York rogue Royce Mc Arthur lives a charmed life. He sees no reason to settle down, until his mother issues her decree that he must grow up, find a wife and produce some grandchildren, preferably before she dies of old age. But his choices are quite limited considering the only women of his acquaintance are ones of ill repute.

Meeting the beautiful Evelyn DeJarlias at a ball gives him hope he may have found the one. Her southern blue collar outspokenness and lack of refinement draws him like a moth to a flame. Unfortunately, she does not find him nearly as endearing -- consistently refusing his lavish gifts and his attentions, she poses a challenge he simply cannot ignore.

When his mother and her widowed father begin to keep company together secretly, it provides the perfect excuse for him to spend time with Miss DeJarlias. But figures from Royces past threaten to destroy the blossoming love between the couple. Evelyn must decide if she is willing to trust the man or hold his past indiscretions against him.

She was his savior
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she's further tempted by the home's owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.

He was her downfall
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery "Fox" Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can't forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved--until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways--even if it ruins them both.

A sparkling historical romance by bestselling author Amanda Grange, in a new, tenth anniversary edition
Note: Previously published under the title of Marriage at the Manor

When poverty forces Cicely to sell her family manor house, she is devastated to find that the new owner is a businessman who doesn't love the beautiful home as it should be loved. She is determined to dislike him, but when circumstances force her to take a job as his secretary her feelings begin to change. Alex Evington is handsome, charming and...a mystery. Why has he really bought Oakleigh Manor, and why is he hosting a sparkling house party there? Why is he so determined to dislike Cicely? And when his feelings towards her change, can there be a fairy tale ending for them both?

Set in the glamorous Edwardian period - the era of Downton Abbey - this charming romance has all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from Amanda Grange: humour, adventure and most of all romance, with a guaranteed happy ending.

Saucy pickpocket Simone Dougherty relies on her nimble fingers and quick mind to work London’s streets. However, using her wits to survive in the East End is one thing. Using her wits to pose as the wife of the attractive Lord Temple Wellington is another thing altogether. Especially when her rebellious heart refuses to listen to reason.

Restless and bored with the life he’s carved out for himself, black sheep Lord Temple Wellington determines to turn over a new leaf. Somehow he never imagined embarking on a new life would involve marriage to a fetching thief with a penchant for trouble. A thief with mysteries of her own.

When Temple unexpectedly becomes the new Earl of Leavenby, will both his and Simone’s dark pasts rise up to haunt them? Or are they strong enough together to fight for their happiness?

Novella – Regency Romance
Sensuality Level: Sweet
Approximate word count: 20,000
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As Lady Sophia passes through the gates of her new bridegroom’s country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There’s only one thing to do. She must bolt.

The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she’s a woman named Isadore, and though he’s the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she’d rather be dead than wed to her wretched bridegroom, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she never knew she possessed?

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