Monday, December 17, 2012

Romancing the Holidays

Well ladies, I didn't feel right, leaving you out, so here's some adult books! Romance your holiday away! Enjoy

A Vanilla Christmas
Vanilla Lillian Carver has had her share of disappointment and heartbreak, from a high school heart throb, to a broken engagement, and then being left at the altar. She’s made up her mind, she’s through with love. Well, that was her plan until the love of her life returns after disappearing twelve years earlier without even saying goodbye. Can she trust him again? Her heart says yes, but common sense says run in the other direction, because there are too many unanswered questions that she’s afraid to ask. Poor Lily! She’s running in circles.

Home for the Holidays
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - a heartwarming Christmas novella about true friendship, helping those in need, and falling in love. . .What's a girl to do when she falls in love with her lifelong best friend? Small town librarian Lauren Forrester moves to St. Louis so that handsome contractor Jeffrey Warren can find a wife without having to deal with Lauren's moods. But when Jeffrey shows up on her doorstep to convince her to come home for a country Christmas, will the hardheaded pair lose their friendship or find something even more precious?

Christine Lynxwiler lives with her husband and two daughters in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A four-time winner of the prestigious American Christian Romance Writers’/American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award, Christine has written seventeen novels and novellas for Barbour Publishing, including Arkansas, Forever Christmas, Promise Me Always, Along Came a Cowboy, and three cozy mysteries - Death on a Deadline, Drop Dead Diva, and Down Home & Deadly - she co-authored with two of her sisters. 

Adrianna's Christmas Surprise - A Short Story (Adrianna - the Series)
Life at the Lindsey Estate has undergone many changes since the murderous plot against Adrianna Lindsey was foiled. Four happily married couples now live in the huge, Southern-style mansion that sits on a bluff overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, and they've become one big family. Two little ones have already joined the family, but what about Adrianna and Coy? After two years of marriage, are they destined to have the son they both want so badly? What will the holiday season bring for this unusual, eclectic family this year?

Sullivan's Ridge: A Christmas Tale
When Connie’s father dies and leaves the ranch in her hands, she knows that she has her work cut out for her. Not in running the ranch; no, she can handle that without a problem. But how is she going to convince her father’s men to follow her orders, when she’s just a young society miss? 

…But what if she were married to some gent back in St. Louis? That would make her seem more capable, right? Thus begins her scheme; she pops on her mother’s wedding band, makes up a name—or two—for her mythical husband, and sets out to run Sullivan’s Ridge. But when she meets the ranch foreman, dreamy Nick Anderson, she begins to suspect that she’s made a big mistake. As the two help each other through their mutual loss by embracing the magic of the Christmas season, Connie’s “husband” stands between them. Can she manage to come clean, to confess that the ring’s a lie, before their passion boils over? Or worse, before his sense of honor drives Nick away—forever?

The Sheriff's Mistletoe Law
Western romance holiday 5 minute quick read.

This very short story is offered as a sample of the author's work. 

If you enjoy this, you might also like Nita Wick's award-winning historical western romance, The Wagonmaster.

A Gift of Snow
Short Story. It's Christmas Eve and Jennifer Donovan is alone. A sudden, strong blizzard has left the mountain submerged in snow and closed the roads up or down, ruining her mother and sister's plans to come up to Jennifer's cabin. Resigned to keeping warm and entertaining herself for the night, she's startled by someone pounding on her front door--a handsome stranger needing shelter from the storm. Will is the opposite of Jennifer's late husband and awakens a passion within her that she welcomes, even though it takes her by surprise.

A Present for Christmas
Faced with a choice, David has to decide what matters the most. Home…or the heart. After completing an assignment in Alaska, he’s about to head home, but he realizes he might be leaving behind his heart—Cris, the woman he fell in love with. Now he has to make a choice. Return home to everything he knows, or take a chance on love. 

**This work is available for free on a number of platforms.

Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries)
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series! 

Fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer can’t wait to spend the holidays with her boyfriend, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez. It’s their first Christmas together, and Maddie wants it to be perfect. But between her zany family and wacky friends, Maddie’s having a hard time finding alone time with her man. But come Christmas morning, this is one holiday she’ll be sure remember… naughty or nice! 

This is a 4,200 word Holiday ***SHORT STORY ***

Food Fight-A Holiday Short Short Story
When a young couple's first Christmas dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, trouble ensues. The first fight is always the most important! 

Secret Santa, A Bluegrass Series Novella
Secret Santa is USA Today Best-selling Author Kathleen Brooks' novella to thank her readers for their amazing support and to update them on their favorite characters from her Bluegrass books. 
If you're new to the Bluegrass Series, please pick up Secret Santa as her gift to you this holiday season. At the end of the book there is an excerpt from Bluegrass State of Mind, the first book in the series, also currently free.


It wouldn't be Christmas in Keeneston without a party! Everyone's invited, even Santa… 
Kenna's court docket is full, Dani's hiding from her in-laws, Paige and Annie are about to burst from pregnancy, and Marshall is breaking up fights at the PTA Christmas Concert. The sweet potato casserole is made, the ham and biscuits are on the table, and men are losing their shirts - and not because of bets placed with the Rose Sisters! All the while, the entire town is wondering one thing: who is the Secret Santa that showed up with special gifts for everyone?

His Christmas Present [Kindle Edition]
A romantic Christmas novella.

Megan Green fell in love with Dion Wallace when she was nine years old, but she hasn’t seen him since she was fifteen when he moved from New Zealand to the UK to be with his father. Meeting up with him in Prague eight years later is both a surprise and a relief when he rescues her during one of her panic attacks. On the rebound after a breakup, she turns to Dion for comfort and some hot sex, and he’s happy to oblige. But when the night ends, they’re both certain it’s the last time they’ll ever see each other.

A year later, however, Dion’s life is falling apart. After a decade of hard work, he thought he was next in line to be CEO of the family company, but his father surprises everyone by giving the job to one of his half-brothers. Angry and hurt by his dad’s betrayal, Dion books the first available flight to New Zealand, hoping a few weeks away might give him some perspective. And if he manages to hook up with Megan again while he’s there, he figures that might be the medicine he needs.

Megan’s brother—and Dion’s best mate when they were young—hasn’t told her Dion’s coming. It’s not clear who’s the most shocked when they finally meet. Megan isn’t expecting to see the father of her new baby quite so soon, and Dion certainly wasn’t expecting such a big Christmas present. Angry that his life seems out of his control and that she didn’t tell him she was pregnant, Dion refuses to acknowledge the baby. It’s only when he finds out that his father wanted him to put love above business, and after he reconnects with Megan on Christmas night, that he finally comes to term with having a son and realises that it’s Megan he’s wanted all along.

Holiday Kisses
A collection of short stories with a holiday setting by various Beachwalk Press authors.

Positively Holly by Pepper Anthony
Hometown Miracles by Patricia Bates
Believe in Me by Aimée Duffy
His Holiday Lifesaver by Hazel Gower
Drawn To You by Tara Mills
Reunion by Ashlynn Monroe
Winter Break by Kaylie Newell
Mistletoe & Holly by Tamaria Soana
Katrina's Christmas by Sidda Lee Tate
Merry Christmas, Mrs. Todd by Elise Whyles
The Gift Beneath the Tree by Lacey Wolfe

Content Warning: some stories contain explicit sex

The Great Christmas Breakup

'The Revenge Date'


'The Shoplifting Mothers' Club

. . . comes a tale of Christmas woe. 

When Scarlet Teeson moved from England to New York to study fashion, she met the man of her dreams - or so she thought. 

Fifteen years later, her life is falling apart. Stuck in a deadend job, married to a man who has absolutely no career aspirations, and in-laws who make pole dancers look classy, Scarlet is at her wits end. 

But when someone from her past resurfaces and her husband Carson begins to exhibit signs of being involved in an affair, Scarlet has some serious choices to make. 

Will she decide that Christmas is the ideal time to start over - or will fate step once more?

http://A White Cougar Christmas

Restless and alone on Christmas Eve, Niki decides it's time to scratch the itch and heads into a nearby town for some action. Once there, it isn't sex she finds, but a fight instead, that is until tall, dark and handsome intervenes...

Dean recognizes the stunning but surly Cougar for what she is the minute she gets close. Now it's up to him to show her just how far a night of passion can go.

A White Cougar Christmas is a short and steamy shifter story of approx. 5000 words.

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Christmas in Venice: A Short Story

Olivia's Christmas trip to Venice, Italy, should be a holiday dream come true. But when her unattended luggage becomes the focus of a handsome Italian policeman’s bomb investigation, she worries she won't even make it out of the Marco Polo Airport. Practically handcuffed to the best-looking man she’s ever seen, can Olivia convince him she isn’t a terrorist before he writes her off for good? Christmas in Venice is the perfect little treat to start the holidays off with a smile.
(This short story is adapted from Meadow Taylor’s next full-length novel, tentatively titled Midnight in Venice.)

Now, onto the Non- Christmas romances~!!

Pat Dale Special Edition

The Quest Begins
Book One

What’s a poor little rich guy to do? Rob Ferguson has lots of money, a mansion to die for, autos, clothes; everything except the one item his estranged wife robbed him of, feminine companionship. What’s the fun of being one of Colorado’s wealthiest men if you have nobody to share it with?

Rob sets out to solve that issue and lands square in a host of other problems, but in the process discovers the lady of his dreams. Actually two of them, Molly Dennison and Randi Roscoe, as different as night and day, and his quest goes on.

Must Love Large Dogs
Andrea Sharpe has a dilemma. A petite lady, she's left with a behemoth of a dog after her husband dies in a freak accident. Her solution to the dog problem is to marry one man after another in hopes of finding one who can deal with the monster dog.

Teddy, the dog, has his own solution to the problem but nobody's listening. That is, until he takes the reins in his own paws. Then, watch out. . .

The Last Cowboy In Texas
Words mean things. And Paige Turner (yes, that’s her real name), should know that better than anyone. Associate editor of the Flanders Herald, she’s buried herself in word-smithing for the better part of a decade as she labors at her father’s newspaper. But when she unleashes some well-deserved but incendiary words for her former boyfriend, she unwittingly sets into motion a chain of events that will change her life forever.

Troy Roberts has assumed control of his dad’s real estate business in this sleepy little suburb of Branson. With youthful exuberance, he tackles the formidable but rewarding task of turning some of Stone County’s pristine hills into sites for mansions worthy of the musical elite who inhabit the southern Missouri showbiz Mecca. One small problem; some woman scientist claims to have discovered endangered species on his property. Between Agatha Kingfisher’s environmental zeal and Paige’s fiery tongue, Troy may have bitten off more than he can chew. 

Jennifer's Garden

In a race against time, cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother's dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He's the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home; the venue for her upcoming wedding. He's everything she never wanted in a man, but his lure pulls strong, putting her career on the line...
First in a series of three (followed by Lust on the Rocks and Whisper Privileges)

Mail-Order Millionaire

Miranda Morrison has handled her share of irate customers at the Vermont mail-order company, but Maxwell Randolph Carter with his southern accent and his tough-guy attitude topped them all. Was it her fault the wealthy weatherman was stuck at his remote mountain top station in three feet of snow without the boots he'd ordered? Still, the customer was always right...So off she went in the snow mobile to deliver those damned boots.
Max was shocked to see the lovely but half-frozen Miranda arrive at his outpost with the merchandise. It wasn't every day that a beautiful delivery woman drops by the observatory. He predicted fog which meant she had to stay overnight, but he never predicted that lightning would strike him when he saw her. Now if only he could keep her there long enough to prove they were made-to-order...

The Cop And The Girl From The Coffee Shop

For Jade, there is one customer who makes going to work at the coffee shop worthwhile, Officer Alex Kane. With just a look, Constable Kane turns her body into an inferno of desire, but being too shy to make the first move she endures countless nights longing for his hard body and tender touch. Luckily, fate has plans for the sexy cop and the cute, shy girl from the coffee shop.

Length: Approx 15,000 words

***Warning: this book contains explicit sex and language that some may find offensive. Meant for adults aged 18+***

Return of the Runaway Bride

Once upon a time...

There lived a lovely young woman named Savanna who was engaged to Daniel, a handsome law student. Theirs was to be a fairy-tale wedding. But Savanna's second thoughts were too big to be ignored, so the would-be bride ran away.

As the years passed...

Daniel's heart turned to ice. It was this unfeeling man that Savanna faced upon her return. The love of her youth was now a stranger. Could Savanna ever make Daniel understand why she abandoned him? And could she convince the man of her dreams he would always be her Prince Charming?

Corn Silk Days: Iowa, 1862

Iowa, 1862:

The dramatic story of two families, four generations, during a time when the United States is seriously divided by war, North against South, neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother, son against father; slave against slave-owner—a distressful time of upheaval, tragedy, heartbreak, and death.

In the summer of 1862, Iowa farmer, Silas Storm, volunteers for the Union Army and his wife, Elizabeth Jane, pregnant with their second child, must maintain their farm and meet the many challenges the absence of her husband creates.

Four generations of Silas's family and extended family discover their lives changing drastically while facing adversity and challenges: family secrets, denials, fears, forbidden love, death, and grief. Like Silas Storm on the battlefield finding courage to dodge the next Rebel bullet, they, too, must deal with their fears and transform those fears into courage.

Will they be able to survive? Or will it be their defeat?

"Well Janie, when I heard of the death of Lincoln it appeared to me that I had lost one of my mightiest friends. He was the soldiers' best friend, but he had done enough in this world and the kind hand of Providence called him home to live in peace." ~Silas, May 1865

The Mystic Wolves

What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator? 

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

Author Note ~ This is the combined NOVEL LENGTH version of the Without Mercy, Cherished, and Blood Oath installments. It is approx. 66,265 words long.

Finding Kate Huntley

During a vacation in the Caribbean, fifteen-year old Kate Huntley's father, a prominent U.S. scientist, is murdered before her eyes. For the next ten years Kate grows up alone in Haiti, one of the most dangerous and poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Not a day goes by that she doesn't think of her father. Kate pushes herself to become stronger, mentally and physically. Every day is a struggle for survival. And yet she lives for only one reason...revenge.

While looking for a drug lord via satellite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, Jack Coffey, rookie FBI agent, spots Kate Huntley. Jack is sent by the agency to find Ms. Huntley and bring her back to the States. They have many unanswered questions about her father's death. A professional and responsible man, Jack is confused by Kate's lack of cooperation. He wants to help her return to the States where he believes she'll be safe, but she treats him like the enemy and refuses to go. Everything about her is a contradiction. She looks fragile and innocent, but every time he turns around she's putting another thug in his place. In the beginning Jack wonders if Kate's distrust of his superiors is warranted or just simple paranoia. In the end, Jack realizes nothing is as it seems. 

Secret Rendezvous

Former Navy SEAL, Quinn Hamilton, is a special operative for the U.S. government and has been secretly dating CIA counter-intelligence officer, Alandra Pargas, for eight months. She’s brilliant, excited by danger, and the sexiest woman he’s ever known. Together they are a force to be reckoned with - inside and outside of the bedroom. But while Alandra is on assignment in Guerrero, Mexico, she’s captured by the country’s most dangerous drug cartel, and Quinn sets out on a black op of his own to save the woman he can’t live without.

Secret Rendezvous is the short story prequel to Rendezvous with Danger. Join me as we visit an old friend, Quinn Hamilton (first introduced in Blue Roses) and meet his love interest, Alandra Pargas.

This is a short story.

Lightning Strikes

After a storm, a major power outage leaves two at-odds neighbors dependent on each other. Forced to unite, will their animosity for each other crash like thunder or will they discover love as lightning strikes?

Can't Buy Me Love (and other romantic short stories) (Daily Della)

It’s more of the same in Daily Della Four.

Can’t Buy Me Love is the story of Lissa, who’s obsessed with her career until the day her world crashes and she finds solace in the rhythms of a ferry - and its ferryman.

Losing her job and her man at the same time isn't fun, but then Karen meets David and it begins to feel like Luck Or Destiny.

You can tell a lot about a man by his taste in candles, Katie reckons, Is she right? Find out in Candles.

A mysterious blind date gets more mysterious by the second in An Angel Saved My Life.

And finally, Murphy, this story holds a rather special place in my heart. In twenty-five years it’s the only short story I’ve written, which resulted in three fan letters. And reading it again just made me cry. That’s all I’m going to say!

My Ex-Wife's Wedding

Jack's ex-wife is getting married in the morning. With only one night left to change her mind, can he convince her not to give up on 13 years of marriage?

Holly has always loved Jack, but her new fiance' is the safe, logical choice. Will she choose him, or risk all to give Jack another chance? When Jack comes flying into her wedding, putting it all on the line, which will she choose?

****My Ex-Wife's Wedding is a SHORT story. 11,000 words****

Short story #1 from the Wedding Flirts! collection (13,000 words.)

When Samantha’s invited to a frenemey’s wedding, she can’t show up dateless and pathetic—even though she is dateless and pathetic. So, Sam hires a hottie to pose as her perfect fiancé. But when he needs her to return the favor, Sam starts wishing the fake relationship was real. Can they turn their lies into love?

This is one of the short stories from Wedding Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories. Buy the entire collection and discover the thread that links the stories together. You might also enjoy Lisa's other Flirts! volumes, including Flirts!, Beach Flirts!, Holiday Flirts! and Fairy Tale Flirts! Look for More Flirts! in fall 2012.

Sincerely Yours
Remy finally met the love of her life by the name of Sincere who was her complete opposite. Remy's insecurities and trust issue from past relationships come back to haunt her and she was left with a decision to make. Will Remy follow her heart or will something tear them apart?

The Love Lottery (Paranormal Romance)
She'll risk everything to stay in the magical town of Amores. He'll do anything to stop her from gambling with their future. 

The Love Lottery is a short story of 7,500 words.

Edited by Elizabeth Burton

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