Romance Novella/12 000 words approximately.
Amanda has been pining away for her best friend's big brother, Eric, for years. The problem is he just doesn't see her that way and as a curvy BBW Manda has gotten used to being almost invisible to men. Her love-life is so lack-lustre her best friend Ebba decides desperate measures are in order and convinces Manda to deploy the ancient Midsummer magical tradition involving picking a bouquet of wildflowers and then hopefully dreaming of your one true love.
It works a little too well. The dream Manda has is of Eric and it is one hot dream. Or is it really a dream?
Warning: Intended for mature audiences (18+) only. Contains graphic love scenes and mature language.
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A Book of Hours: Shadows Walking opens on a parched Arizona landscape, where Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Rachel Navarro is about to be drawn into the strangest case of her life: A missing girl seems to have been lured to her doom by an angel. Rachel's partner turns up beheaded, the victim of a serial killer whose list of crimes has been growing for centuries. The United States Marshal who commandeers the case claims to be two thousand years old and wears the emblem of the Knights Templar. All this takes place before the Norse werewolf comes to town, before Rachel meets the star-crossed lovers whose life stories were told by Shakespeare, and before she learns she's a half-witch.
She's having kind of a bad week.
Combining a fully realized fantasy world with the breakneck pace of a modern-day thriller and a cast of eccentric characters drawn from history and legend, A Book of Hours presents an epic adventure for readers who enjoy lighthearted fantasy with a dark and quirky twist.
Julie Simmons is exhausted. Between studying to become a certified midwife and attending births, she's constantly on the go. Add to that, she's helping her jilted sister care for four children.
Nick Hoffman is the brother of one of Julie's clients. She writes him off as a jerk after he questions her professionalism during his sister's delivery. But a few days later, he calls her in a panic. His sister has been rushed back to the hospital, and he's left caring for her newborn and toddler, when he doesn't have a clue how to do so. Julie comes to help and they bond over a night of caring for two sleepless little ones.
Nick loves kids and can't wait to settle down and have some of his own. Julie has decided she'd rather stick to helping other women have babies than have any of her own. What happens when you want each other, but you don't want the same future?
Alex Outlaw is a teenage runaway with a dark past.
Ten years later and Alex is still travelling the country, living life on the open road and making one bad choice after another. Home is wherever she parks her Chevelle for the night. Until one night, she meets a singer who sweeps her off her feet and threatens to change everything.
Jake Rushing is a touring musician.
After leaving his home town after tragedy struck, Jake has been on the road for a few years trying to make it as a songwriter he's become disillusioned with the lifestyle and is in desperate need of meaning in his life. Loose women and free beer have lost their charm. Then a chance meeting with a beautiful stranger could finally give him another chance at happiness.
An independent sequel to the story Trapped with the CEO. Chinese Romance Novel.
Before everything went south, Sophia had been leading a perfectly normal life as a chubby little girl with a happy family -- a professor father and an archaeologist mother. But things took a turn for the worse as her parents died tragically, and her wicked boyfriend, together with her sworn enemy Dorothy, set her up and sent her to jail.
When it looked like Sophia was about to unfold a new chapter in her life after getting out of the jail and marrying to a guy named Colin, fate played a joke on her again.
What happened to her? Would Sophia finally avenge herself and bring those who had hurt her to justice?
Samantha Cedarwood has always wanted to set up her own business, and she's decided that now is the time. It coincides with her moving to a new house and getting out of a disastrous short marriage. Three stressful situations to deal with, all in one go.
As she settles into the village, new friends help her through the trials and tribulations, even if their advice isn't always welcome...
Fun, feisty, businesswoman Carole makes it her life's ambition to get Samantha to relax.
Pre-teen Britney helps Samantha keep things in perspective.
Mrs Doughy doesn't know what all the fuss is about, setting up a business is a piece of cake.
And then there's the village hunk, Kent. Will Samantha ever work him out?
We follow the whirlwind that Samantha's life has become, as she tries to find out if she's really up to the challenge. Are her new friends right, or has she bitten off more than she can chew? And will she ever find out if Kent likes her or not?
"Excellent read... anyone who's ever thought about going it alone will love this light-hearted look at the experience of Samantha Cedarwood."
Divine Empire - a Mafia Bad Boy Second Chance Dark Romance
Billionaire bad boy Thomas Morris is free. Free to again move within society. Although, he wonders how truly free anyone ever is. There will always be demons. Intense smells and the overwhelming sights and sound of bustling Upper Manhattan unfold around him as he contemplates this new life.
Thomas and Deedee's lives are thrust together from across the bar she works at - he suffers from flashbacks of his past and she keeps making bad decisions in favor of her crooked boss... until breaking point - when she flees with a wad of cash that wasn't necessarily hers.
Both now far away from their pasts and dog sitting Lola, the French Bulldog in Lower Manhattan, the couple set up a cosy nest as they begin to sort their lives out, get to know each other and carve out promising new careers. Unfortunately, Thomas's past mafia dealings come back swiftly to haunt him... Deedee also has her own illegal history with Bossman that threatens to rear its ugly head.
All it takes is one night. One night of celebrating a small milestone. One night of a massive mistake. One night where lives will be changed... possibly even lost. Does Mitch Morris come through for his estranged brother? More so, which family member of the empire finally shines through to protect all?
Joselyn and Dean have experienced loss, fame, heartache, and cancer.
Now, as life settles around them, will they be able to truly experience one another - or will it be last call?
An outrageous dress. An unexpected proposal. A photo that never should have happened.
Bridesmaid Katherine's perfect boyfriend, Michael, just got down on one knee and she screwed it all up. What is wrong with her? And what is she going to tell Michael?
Bryan doesn't get close to people. Not anymore. Maybe he dropped out of life a little bit, but, hey, it was his life to drop out of.
But when Bryan's photography hobby accidentally makes Katherine a viral sensation, all bets are off. Suddenly, she's in his face and he's not unhappy about it. Maybe she isn't either...
Can one picture change everything?
The Wedding Photo is the first book in the Wedding Bouquet romantic comedy novella series. If you like light, sweet, romantic reads told with humor and heart, you'll love The Wedding Photo.
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(The Wedding Photo is a Sweetheart Read. The romance is sweet, the language is clean.)
School teacher Lizzie is trying to find happiness. She has a fresh start, a new school to teach in and most of all, no more Paul.
Lizzie began to enjoy life again, going out and meeting new people. Then she met Sam. He was good for her; just what she needed.
He introduced her to new life experiences, and took her to places she had never been. But was he hiding a secret?
She needed to know.
She couldn't go through what she had gone through with Paul again.
She wanted to trust Sam.
She was happy now.
In a dangerous and seductive world of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, a strong-willed clairvoyant seeks to solve a murder.
Running out of money after her father's death, Sabrina Strong is attacked on her way to a job interview at Tremayne Towers. Narrowly saved by a strangely familiar vampire, she soon finds herself tangled in the murder of Vampire Master Bjorn Tremayne's mate, Letitia.
Immersed in a sea of twists, turns and secrets, Sabrina doesn't know who to trust. Who killed Letitia Tremayne, and who is the mysterious savior who keeps coming to Sabrina's aid?
- "A truly extraordinary vampire tale... something to sink your teeth into."
- "Colorful characters, sharp dialogue and an adventurous plot make this book hard to put down."
- "Sabrina's life is a roller coaster... You'll love reading this series."
Liv's world is unravelling. She is 30, living back-to-the-land on her idyllic farm in the 1980s. Her once-happy marriage to a charismatic sociology professor is crumbling under the pressure of his increasingly erratic behaviour. Liv herself is struggling to overcome her fear of conflict and take control of her life.
She turns to her close friend Celeste, a hypnotherapist, and, with some trepidation, agrees to undergo hypno-regression therapy. She learns to follow threads that connect her to past incarnations of her spirit. With techniques both scientific and fanciful, Liv is able to observe the stories of characters who have visited her dreams, haunted her nightmares and captivated her imagination.
These stories of Liv's past lives are interwoven with episodes from her current life: her marriage, her young children, and her own early years. Liv comes to understand that her past traumas will neither define nor defeat her.
The themes running through the novel are forever topical: relationships, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse and family dysfunction. The overlying message of the story is the survival, healing and happiness that is possible with the power of having our stories heard, being believed and discovering our inner strengths, love and fortifying friendships.
Early readers are saying this novel is emotionally engaging, compelling and "impossible to put down." They find it hopeful and helpful, as well as both tragic and magical.
Tish Louise, World War Two GI Bride. And Megan, Lucie and the mysterious missing Annie.
Four different women from different corners of the world and in different periods in time who fall in love with a foreigner and follow him home.
First comes romance, then comes reality.
Who doesn't like the idea of meeting a handsome stranger from a far-away land and flying off into the sunset?
This is the story of what happens when you get there.
And then some...
"Absolutely loved this book from the first page right onto the last. The characters are wonderful, the story is interesting, the writing is superb and fast paced and funny. Five stars." (GoodReads)
"Lyrical, witty and heartfelt." (Book Gypsy)
"A well written and researched book with a major twist at the end that will make you want to read the book all over again." (Amazon Canada)
"Amazing, well written and easy to read." (GoodReads)
"I'm not going to tell you the ins and outs of the book... It is exceptional and provoked me to feel. (GoodReads)
"Not to be missed... Keeps the reader enthralled until the climax of the book. The author has a writing style that evokes memories of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye. (GoodReads)
"Surprisingly unpredictable and simultaneously delightful." (BookBub).
"Great writing that brought characters to life through conversations and letters of current women who have traded in their country for love and flashbacks to historical women who did the same thing for love. I loved this story." (Amazon)
"I loved the Quebec/US tie in as well as the format of the book - letters from her Mom - the interjection of common French Canadian phrases and the fun historical references - you have to read this book to the very end as there is a twist I did not see coming." (Amazon Canada)
"Great book. I love reading a story which shows the author has done significant research and Murray nailed it with out-and-out mentions of foreign women, famous or not. Such a great way to learn ...
A temporary fling... sizzling summer nights... two hearts on the line...
Former child star Sabrina Maguire is poised to make a major comeback, but an image destroying scandal while she's vacationing in Italy threatens the film's successful release. Her brother asks his best friend, Rafe Cavelli, to hide her for three weeks until a counter PR campaign reverses the damage and guarantees a box office winner.
When Rafe promises to protect Sabrina from the media, he's positive that supervising her won't be a problem. He's wrong. Sparks fly between them. He's determined to fight their intense attraction, but there's nothing to stop them from indulging in their desires. Not when they're in his secluded Tuscan Villa where anything is possible for three sexy weeks...
But indulging in their temptation leads to more than passion. Now their hearts are on the line... can they have it all, or will their differences tear them apart?