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  • 2-in-1 Inspirational Romance Novellas
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    The Amethyst Angel {Traditional Romance Novella}: Elena Lopez's father has decided to play matchmaker with his long-time friend and neighbor, Marta Delgado, when Marta's nephew comes to town. Elena has a secret though:  She's always loved Marta's own son Pablo. An amethyst angel belonging to a dying boy reminds Elena that spending her life waiting for something to happen isn't living and that love must be shared. Can she take the risk of telling Pablo her feelings even if he doesn't share her love?

    A Home for Christmas {Inspirational Romance Novella}: All Christie Renata Zondervon has ever wanted is a family, especially at Christmas-time. Craig Stevens has dried her tears, held her hand, listened to her talk about her hopes and fears at any time of day or night. She's never looked at him romantically before...until he invites her to spend Christmas with his family. How does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection? Craig has given himself twelve days to convince Christie he can be the man of her dreams. Now it's a countdown to win her heart or bust!


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    The Amethyst Star {Futuristic Romance Novella}: They live in a time when humans have become an endangered species... 

    Thirty years ago, the men and women of Earth went off to fight in an intergalactic war. In the time since, carnivores have flourished and slaughtered most of the human race. Answering Earth's call for help to avoid extinction, Hunters have ultra-strength, speed and instincts, allowing them to destroy the carnivores. Human women have become invaluable prizes in their roles as Procreators. Pair-bonding is rare and families no longer exist. Lady Sher of the Amethyst Star is mankind's last hope for survival though her heart's desire can never be fulfilled...especially not with the hunter Randolf. On Randolf's home world, a vision of the rare star of amethyst was revealed along with the prophecy that if he loses this star, the hunter will become the hunted for all time. Will destiny and desire prove impossible goals?

    Creatures of the Night {Paranormal Romance Novella}: Loner and Night-owl painter Susanna Heath has just married her exotic-foreigner husband. Nicholai Rostislav disappears all day, coming to her only at night. Now she finds out that he's a bloodsucking vampire. And you thought your marriage had problems. 


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    Amethyst, Wisconsin is a small, peaceful town on a pristine lake with an active tourist season in summer. When the air turns chill, the area is transformed into a ghost town with only a handful of lifers who stay. Populated with colorful characters, Amethyst is bursting with mystery, romance, and jealousy. Come and visit a place where anything is possible all-year-round.

    ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES is a collection of the first 4 novellas in the series, including A Rose for Romeo (Book 1), Revenge in Amethyst (Book 2), Reckless Rose (Book 3), Christmas in Amethyst (Book 4). 

    Book 1: A Rose for Romeo

    Dr. Melina Rose is sick of discussing, listening to, and writing about sex.  She's spent her life avoiding intimacy in her own personal life.After abandoning everything she's worked all her life for, she returns to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in only to discover that everything has changed--everything except her crush on her sister's old boyfriend Scott "Romeo" Romero.

    Book 2: Revenge in Amethyst

    After abandoning everything she's worked all her life for as a nationally renowned sex therapist and author, Melina Rose has returned to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in and fallen in love with her sister's old boyfriend Scott "Romeo" Romero. Scott and Melina are ecstatically expecting a baby and planning their wedding.  Everyone in town has agreed to keep Melina's past as Dr. Mindy Rose a secret.However, someone in Amethyst is driven by jealousy to see Melina's dream-life come crashing down...

    Book 3: Reckless Rose

    Even bad girls need love...

    When Reece Childs rolls back into Amethyst to stay, Lona Rose realizes her reckless crush on the older brother of a former beau is still waging hot and heavy. But how to prevent the rumors and mistakes of her past from ruining the start of something wonderful?

    Book 4: Christmas in Amethyst

    Eager to make it up to her son's many disappointments in the past year, single mom Sheila Mason takes a shift at the restaurant she works on Christmas day in order to buy Dev a puppy. When a creepy customer follows her on the deserted road from the restaurant to her home in Amethyst, her holidays go from bad to worse. 




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    Containing Five Novellas: 

    Book 1: Wings of Love

    When Wings "Mac" Mackenzie falls in love, it's for life, and interior designer Amanda Grant is the woman he has his heart set on. When he asked her to move in with him at his fixer-upper ranch in Fever, Texas--the dinky little cattle town he and his brother grew up in--he'd expected to be there with her often. Unfortunately, as co-owner of a family-owned engineering firm, Mac finds himself spending more time than ever overseeing projects after his younger brother becomes a family man. With Amanda making the house a home for them, he struggles to get his business matters in hand so he can settle down with her, the way he longs to. An on-the-job injury puts his life in perspective. Eager to become a full-time rancher, he returns home at Christmas-time, ready to make the ultimate commitment to Amanda--only to find her long gone.



    Book 2: Losses and Gains

    Lance Olsen, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, lost his wife Colleen and their two-year-old son in a fire four years ago. Colleen became the love of his life and he can't imagine ever getting over what they shared enough to move on and start again. At this point in his continued grief, the ranch is all that matters to him. He believes his heart is dead to him. 

    Colleen's baby sister, Janaya Gaines, left the ranch right out high school to pursue a different life--and to forget. Though she'd come home for her sister and nephew's funerals, she'd been too devastated to stay long... or to ever imagine coming home again. All her life, her sister had gotten everything she'd set her mind to, everything Janaya had wanted. Instead of competing and giving in to her resentment, Janaya left to find a life and maybe love of her own. But no one could ever replace Lance Olsen in her heart. 

    When she comes home, accepting that the life she's tried to build for herself has been a matter of mostly losses and few gains, she doesn't expect Lance's anger at her selfishness in staying away, nor does she anticipate that the animosity between them could ever stir the embers of true love. 

    Book 3: For Always

    Long ago Jared Chapman, ranch foreman and co-owner of Triple Aces Ranch, silently gave his heart to Alana Hamilton, the orphan his grandmother brought to the ranch, and he's never regretted it. But, as a young man, he'd had no idea how to share the intensity of feelings he had for sweet and vulnerable, seventeen-year-old Alana. Instead, he'd awkwardly promised her he'd always be there for her. 

    Alana had loved Jared from the start for the kindness he showed her, but she didn't possess beauty, smarts or riches. Unwanted for most of her life, she'd learned to make the best of her lot in life. Not sure what a close-mouthed cowboy like Jared meant with his promise, she accepted the proposal of the one man who'd expressed interest in marrying her. Marriage to Holt Bowman meant leaving the only place she'd ever called home and giving up on true, fairytale love with Jared. 

    Jared had been silently devastated by Alana's marriage. But, true to his promise, when her husband begins to take the pressures of being up-and-coming politician out on her, Jared runs to her rescue. Alana isn't looking for a bodyguard. Can Jared open up and become the prince who will love her for always?

    Book 4: Taming April

    Shawn Jacobs, co-owner of Triple Aces Ranch, is the ultimate ladies' man. But, as his best friends find the women of their dreams and get hitched one by one, he wonders what he's missing. 

    Once a classmate of Shawn's and the daughter of a hard-working ranch hand who never had enough money to buy her a dress, let alone move out of the filthy hovel they'd lived in together after her mother's death, April St. Clair is a high-powered lawyer. She's left the dirty, dusty, stinking life of cattle ranching as far behind her as she can get. The men she dates are dressed to the nine's, and their hands are as soft as their hearts. Unfortunately, she hasn't come home once since she left for college. When her father dies--alone--she's devastated. The only thing he left behind is a young mare that he'd wanted Shawn Jacobs and no other to train. 

    When the beautiful, snotty, green-eyed blond shows up at Triple Aces in treacherous high heels and designer clothing, asking him to train her father's horse, Shawn's amusement quickly turns to annoyance--and more. April infuriates him even as she turns him on. He knows it isn't just the wild horse that needs to be tamed. April resists him at every turn, but even she isn't immune to cowboy fever.


    Book 5: The Only One

    More than five years ago, Ken Abrams, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, and his wife Karla were madly in love and expecting their first child. Tragedy took that unborn daughter from them and drove them into opposite corners. Seeing how unaffected Ken seemed by the loss of their child shook Karla's whole world. He didn't want to talk; didn't even appear to grieve. The very next morning, he was back out on his horse, doing ranch work, and she couldn't forgive him his ease in coping--especially when his work seemed to take over his entire life so she rarely saw him anymore. Devastated, Karla left him. Ken is the only man she's ever loved, and, after five years apart, she knows she has to make a decision: wash her hands of their marriage, or confront him about the loss of their unborn daughter.

    Ken never understood why Karla left him, and, the few times he's contacted her, she's been as cold and volatile as a rattlesnake. He can only believe she also blames him for the death of their unborn child. He allows her the silent separation, unwilling to risk her asking him for a divorce. The death of his daughter tore him to pieces. Losing Karla will finish him for sure. 

    When Ken shows up with her four brothers at the exotic dance club Karla's been working as a waitress to make ends meet, she sees that he hasn't changed at all--and she tells him she wants a divorce ASAP. Can Ken prove the loss of their child all but destroyed him and she's still the only one for him? 



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  • Destiny's Promise
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    Four diverse, romantic stories in one volume!

    The Imminent Future: In the year 2193, Sylver Dreeming, a leading geo-thermal expert for CosmoTeck, endeavors to find a solution to the problem of Earth's overpopulation.

    Daughter's Destiny: Is a daughter's healing strength enough to save her mother from the evil that's stalked her across an entire mountain range? Can love change the nature of a beast that only wishes to do harm?

    Maxwell's Promise: In Los Lunas, New Mexico, the City of the Moon, the power of love takes on the curse of a werewolf. Which is greater? 

    Midnight Mist: Every night at midnight, a magical fog creeps into the corner of Selene's parlor. One pivotal evening, the haze brings with it an immortal creature who rides the mists of time as easily as a hawk rides the wind.


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    Five exciting stories set in the glory days of fantasy role-playing gaming when friends sat around the kitchen table late into the night rolling dice and sharing adventures. Relive the spirit of the past or even the present with tales of epic combat and base trickery, yarns that any adventurer would be proud to spin out over a mug of ale at the local tavern, including:


    • Orcs of Grimwood summoning an ancient evil...

    • A mountaineering expedition to retrieve a griffin's egg going horribly awry--at least for most of the climbers...

    • A soldier beginning to believe his commander is not exactly what he seems...

    • A dungeon door posing an all-but-insurmountable problem for an experienced party of adventurers...

    • A unique trap appearing to be inescapable save for one desperate strategy...

    As a bonus, the thrilling short story "The Trap", co-written by special guest author Tony Rudzki, is among the collected tales. 


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    Bugs:  A partially digested body is found in the oxidation ditch at the Falcon's Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Was it an accident... or is new Falcon's Bend Investigator Pete Shasta facing his first murder?

    Broken Wings:  Just 2 months ago, a runaway daughter Keith Pierce never knew he had landed on his doorstep.  Seventeen years earlier, Keith Pierce had a brief, intense affair with a woman on the lam.  When Keith returns to Kat's hometown of Falcon's Bend to find his daughter's mother, he discovers that Kat disappeared shortly after giving birth to Quinn.  Investigator Pete Shasta solves a decade and a half old missing-person case that's about to turn into murder.

    Obsessions:  A newborn baby is stolen from Falcon's Bend Community Hospital's maternity ward... and Lt. Pete Shasta's only lead is to the Liace Adoption Agency, which set up the open adoption of the unmarried mother's baby. Case Representative Lisa Mercer is as suspicious and defensive as she is beautiful.  Pete finds himself breaking the cardinal rule of investigation--never get emotionally involved with anyone even remotely associated with a case.  With a kidnapper who seems to believe there's nothing left to lose and potentially everything to gain, and his own uncontrollable feelings for Lisa, Pete's about to learn just how dangerous obsessions can be.

    Blind Revenge:  For the first 3 years of her life, Lindsay Bronwyn had nightmares about a witch who wanted her eyes.  Nineteen years later, those nightmares have come true when she's found murdered on her kitchen floor, her eye sockets empty.  Falcon's Bend Investigator Danny Vincent faces the supernatural to get at a chilling flesh and blood truth.

    Fixated:  Someone has been following new Falcon's Bend citizen Risa Nitzberg for the past few weeks.  Victor Brooks, her neighbor from across the street who's become fixated with Risa from afar, steps in when Risa's creepy stalker decides to get up close and personal.  


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    The second collection of Falcon's Bend Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent's cases, with Patrol Officer Amber Carfi.

    Murder on the Heartstrings: Lieutenant Pete Shasta takes his lovely wife Lisa on a romantic vacation, promising her no mysteries, no crime, and certainly no murder. But, not long after arriving in the middle of a blizzard that has shut down the entire town below the luxurious inn, a body is found stuffed into a janitor's closet. Lisa's only resort is to join her husband in sleuthing so she can get back to her Valentine's Day agenda. 

    Flashback: In the midst of planning for the birth of his first child, Lieutenant Danny Vincent is called away because a person missing for seven months has suddenly, and suspiciously, dropped back from out of nowhere. Lucinda Staub was thought to be dead. Now that she's returned, her husband Ryan wants nothing to do with her--even seems afraid of her--insisting she'd bested Old Scratch himself down in the swamp. Lucinda claims to have lost her memory... so how did she know how to get home? And why is she back now? 

    Double Take: Victor Brooks, celebrated artist and owner of The Brooks Gallery in Falcon's Bend, contacts local police about a missing painting. The very next day, two more pieces of art are stolen. Patrol Officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen stake out the gallery, hoping to catch an insatiable thief. 

    Retribution: The subdivision FBPD investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent live in becomes home to a very hot young mama... and their wives Lisa and Melody aren't too happy about all the men in the neighborhood moonlighting as Peeping Toms. But it isn't until the beautiful young woman disappears, leaving her two young children alone, that Lisa realizes crime is firmly afoot. 

    Up In Smoke: Lieutenant Pete Shasta is struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for his perfect wife. His agonizing is interrupted when FBPD Dispatch receives a call from the neighbor of a local Christmas tree farm--which has just burned to the ground. Owner Mitchell Ferrara is officially out of business for the holiday season. But was the fire an accident... or the means to cover up evidence of a crime? 

    Ghost of the Past: After an exhausting day, patrol officer Amber Carfi is looking forward to dinner and going home to the love of her life, Warren Jensen, who's been acting strange and secretive lately. When she stops at a local restaurant for take-out, she's surprised when a woman at the counter pushes a note written on a napkin over to her. The hastily scrawled correspondence says that someone has been following her all day and he's now in the restaurant. 

    Sixteen years earlier, Ericka Callister gave birth to a baby she didn't want. Young and scared, she wrapped the baby in a pillowcase, then threw him into a dumpster before fleeing. She's about to discover the hard way that mistakes have a way of haunting the guilty no matter how far they run and no matter where they hide. 



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    When Margaret L. Carter first read Dracula at the age of twelve, her spontaneous reaction was to wonder how the undead Count saw the events in which he was portrayed as the villain. She's always been fascinated with the "monster's" viewpoint and relationships between human and nonhuman beings. Most of the stories in this collection can be described as romances, and all involve love and passion in some form. Here you'll encounter vampires, elves, ghosts, and at least one human-monster hybrid. The vampire stories in the first half of the book are part of an ongoing series in which the creatures we know as vampires belong to a naturally evolved, nonhuman species secretly living among us. Readers can get better acquainted with them in Crimson Dreams, Sealed in Blood, and Passion in the Blood.


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    Kaleidoscope Office Building provides employment to nine hot, young singles-all about to make a love connection. Working 9 to 5 has never been so complicated... or so much fun!

    KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES is a collection of all seven of the novellas in the series. 

    Novella 1: Perfect Cadence

    Thirty-year-old Keri Woods has had it with her no-commitment, no-way boyfriend Rob. Planning to get her head on straight, she accepts her boss Angela's offer to use the Lewis family's cabin for a two-week skiing vacation over the Christmas holiday. Little does Keri realize that her boss's cousin, Joshua Lewis, is already occupying the very same cabin at the very same time. 

    Ten years earlier, Keri and Joshua had shared a single, unforgettable day and night together that ended with a kiss that left them both desperately smitten. Yet Joshua's life had been too complicated. At only twenty-six, he'd realized that there could be no long-distance, long-term relationship between them. He hadn't been ready to have his whole life happen to him at once. His decision to leave and never see her again had come back to bite him in the butt. For years after confiding to his closest friend Dandy--the foreman on his father's cattle ranch in Fever, Texas and the true father figure in his life--Joshua had had to listen to the old man encourage and berate him for not following his heart with Keri Woods.

    Joshua has come to the family cabin after the recent death of Dandy, who'd made him promise to return to the cabin to "mend old regrets". The last thing Joshua expects to find is the drop-dead beautiful woman he'd regretted abandoning a decade earlier naked in his bed. 

    Novella 2: In Cahoots with Cupid

    Angela Lewis, owner of Kaleidoscope Office Services and its companion business Lewis Graphics by Design, has devoted her life to seeing that everyone she cares for is happy. But when she returns home to Fever, Texas for a wedding, she remembers the one instance where she'd turned her back on something she wanted for herself. Kiowa Mackenzie is five years younger than she is and had pursued Angela with the energy of a stallion when they were younger. Even now, he seems to have no inclination to stop, though she insists she's too old for him and she's not interested in falling in love again. Best man Ki has every intention of tackling the bridesmaids to make sure maid of honor Angela catches the bride's bouquet!

    Novella 3: Behind Amethyst Eyes

    Amethyst-eyed, bespectacled Aimee Cooper has had a secret crush on muscle-bound accountant Rob Channing for years--even while one of her best friends dated him. When Aimee's father dies after years with Alzheimer's, she's left to mourn and sort out the complicated mess his estate has fallen into. In life's strange serendipity, this tragedy gives her an "in" to get close to the man of her dreams. But what does a life-long, freckle-faced wallflower know about capturing the interest of a bean-counting playboy?

    Novella 4: Jordana's Chair

    Soulful-eyed heartbreaker Dex Everett has been intrigued by his neighbor since she moved into his building a year ago--though, or perhaps because--she's nothing like the made-up glamour girls he's used to dating. Jordana DeSoto barely speaks English, has worn the same two handmade outfits in all the time he's known her, and has never bothered with, nor needed, make-up. The few times he's helped her carry furniture up to her apartment, he's noticed that her living space is basically empty. No one he's ever known could be content with so little simply because she earned it on her own or display such joy over a new chair. Jordana captures Dex the way no other woman ever has. Is this ladies' man officially off the market?

    Novella 5: Paper Tiger

    Billy LaPointe's wife died only a couple years after they married, leaving him with a son to raise on his own. Nine years later, he's found love again with Veronica Spencer and his teenage son Damian is just as smitten with her. But after years of hearing Roni hedge on his marriage proposals, Billy is desperate. Determined to make her his forever, he offers her an ultimatum that he soon regrets. What he doesn't know is that Roni has a secret past she doesn't want to look back and confront--a past that may have come back to haunt her. Can she risk losing Billy and Damian because of what could be a true threat... or merely a paper tiger?

    Novella 6: Cabin Fever

    Shayna Cavanay divorced her lying, cheating, deadbeat husband three years ago and she's only sure of one thing: The only good thing he ever did for her was give her their seven-year-old son Ty. As a single mother, Shayna divides her time between working enough to provide for her and her son and making up for the vast multitude of deficiencies of Ty's poor excuse for a father. When Ty begins to exhibit an inability to cope with the lack of a father-figure in his life, his elementary school teacher reaches out to Shayna. But Shayna has been burned by do-gooders before. It's up to hunky Dakota Loring--and Ty--to prove he's the real deal.

    Novella 7: The Longest Night

    When Jolie Everett married Jag Myrick, she was a reluctant model eager to settle down and have a family while he was a restless photographer eager for his big break. They both got what they wanted--separately. After three short years of a marriage spent mostly apart, Jolie has decided to get the child she wants and forget the naïve illusion of marital bliss. But Jag is nowhere near ready to let his beloved bride go. During one endless night, he tries to convince her he's in their relationship for the long haul while she tries to distract him with every sweet seduction in the book. Unfortunately, their first night back together in almost two years starts out badly... and only seems to be getting worse.


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    Twelve hectic months for Anna and Mycroft take them to the bogs of Ireland, the glaciers of Switzerland and the depths of wickedness in London.  Anna coaches an old acquaintance in an impersonation of an American politician, Mycroft pursues a sex trafficker across the continent of Europe, and a string of suicide cases leads to a hospital where death is in the medicine cabinet.  Villainy galore, heroism in heaps, and a gallery of memorable characters await you in the three stories in this volume: The Roosevelt Deception, The Five Fingers and The Three Suicides.


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    Queen Victoria's personal diary goes missing, and an equerry is murdered. The murderer must be found, and the Queen's comments on some of her ministers must never reach the Continental press. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's elder brother, is the man to find the murderer and save Her Majesty's reputation. His mistress Anna, herself a crack shot, joins Mycroft in an attempt to keep the damning volume out of the hands of dastardly foreign agents.

     "The Adventure of the Royal Revelations" is the first of three stories in "The Other Mr Holmes". In the second, Mycroft and Anna set out to save the reputation of a leading actress and keep the unique gemstone, the Flame of Natal, from the grasp of audacious thieves, while in the last story they cross swords with one of the deadliest enemies of Mycroft's brother--Colonel Sebastian Moran. 


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