It’s Friday the 13th, so of course we’re celebrating…VALENTINE’S DAY!
First of all, a huge THANK YOU to all the authors who have generously agreed to donate their ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover books to this giveaway. And thank YOU for your participation and for spending so much time with us at RU. We’re happy to offer this giveaway as a way of introducing you to new authors and as a thank you. You’ll find a selection of genres and sub-genres, not just romance – although you’ll find plenty of romances.
When we had our first giveaway extravaganza in late December, our goal was to give books to as many of you as possible. Twenty-six of you received prizes, but your comments made it clear that you liked the idea of having a contest where one or two people could win a LOT of books. This time around, we’re doing it your way. And, by the way, we thought our Christmas giveaway was pretty humongous, but this time we have TWICE as many books to give away! One person will win ALL the digital/ebooks that are being donated. Another person – someone in the Continental U.S. – will win all the paperback and hardcover books being donated.
But, we still want to have a few more prize winners so we’ll be giving out surprise-filled Grab Bags to at least two more winners. The Grab Bag winners will also have to be in the Continental U.S. because, frankly, overseas postage is more than we can afford. If you’re outside the Continental U.S., please mention it in your comment. We’ll be sure to include you in the Digital/ebook prize drawing. If you’re in the U.S. and would prefer digital/ebooks, please mention that in your comment.
All you have to do to enter this giveaway is to post a comment here. If you’re too busy to do it today, no worries – you can add comments until Wednesday, February 25. We’ll do the prize drawings on Thursday, February 26 and the winners will be announced on Friday, February 27. Good luck!
|The heir to Tiffany’s jewelry empire is left without a staff when glassworkers go on strike just months before the opening of the much-anticipated 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and his hyped mosaic “Tiffany Chapel.” Desperate and without another option, Tiffany turns to a group of female art students to finish the job. Flossie Jayne answers the call, moving into a New York City boardinghouse with high hopes of making a name for herself as an artist and defying those who say that the work can’t be completed in time—least of all by a set of young, inexperienced women. As Flossie flouts “polite society’s” restrictions on females, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?“Whodathunk a renowned and talented man like Tiffany would take credit for work done by women? Yet that’s exactly what he did—and history scholars just now found out about it. Turns out Tiffany had an entire department of women who designed and made some of his most famous and iconic lamps. These women were known as Tiffany Girls, and as soon as I heard about them, I knew I wanted to fictionalize what happened to one of them. Flossie Jayne’s story comes out this May—but one lucky winner here at RU will get an ADVANCE copy! Good luck!” – DeeAnne Gist|
| Could she defy her king for love?England 1453: King Henry VI sends Sir Nicholas Gray to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, she yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control.Nicholas has no interest in marriage, but can’t deny he’s attracted to Amice. He’s surprised to finally find in Castle Rising a place he feels at home. A kiss sparks desire neither can ignore, yet serving opposing factions seeking to govern England threatens to pull them apart.At court, the king and queen reject Amice’s pleas and choose a new husband for her, a highly-ranked lord who’ll provide connections and coin for the king’s depleted coffers that Nicholas cannot. How can she follow the king’s command when she’s a scribe for his rival? How can she marry another man when she’s falling in love with Nicholas?
“Hello RU readers! Happy reading today and throughout the year.”
– Ruth Kaufman
|Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O’Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets.Now Max is home for Kevin’s funeral—after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. She’s finally prepared to come to terms with the loss of his friendship, but she’s not prepared for Kevin’s sister to stubbornly insist that he didn’t kill himself. Or for an elderly couple to accost her at the airport, begging her to look into another murder at Max’s old high school. Max is more interested in the cold case at her alma mater than in digging around Kevin’s troubled life, but she agrees to do both. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hit far too close to home. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that someone will do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.|
|DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXASAssigned to San Antonio’s Violent Crimes unit, Lucy Kincaid joins a team of seasoned veterans and newer agents for a task force called Operation Heatwave. It’s supposed to be a simple sweep of known offenders with outstanding warrants. But when Lucy and her team try to bust two local brothers for jumping bail, she walks into a hotbed of pure evil. Their names are George and Jaime Sanchez. They are charged with murder, drug trafficking, and worse. And one of them is still out there.THE HEAT IS ONAs Lucy races to capture Jaime Sanchez, more shocking evidence comes to light. The brothers have been using their basement as a holding cell for children they kidnapped for the cartels. When George agrees to turn on his brother, he is murdered behind bars. Now Lucy has no choice but to go outside the law. Enlisting the help of her boyfriend Sean Rogan and his mercenary brother Kane, she will risk her career—and both of their lives—to bring down a crime lord’s empire…before more innocent lives go up in flames.|
|Four months ago, a black magic coven summoned the Seven Deadly Sins from hell then quickly lost control. Former witch Moira O’Donnell and her lover, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper, captured two of the demons, but the remaining five Sins disappeared. Now, whoever gets near the demons becomes infected with an insidious urge to act out on their deadliest sin—with horrific results.Moira will do anything to find and imprison the remaining demons. Unfortunately, there’s no rulebook to follow, only her gut instincts … and they’re telling her something is very wrong in Santa Louisa, the small California town where the demons were first released. Fights are breaking out day and night, friends are turning on friends, and the jails are full. She wants to stay and help Sheriff Skye McPherson find the cause of the violence, but when a demon hunter goes missing while pursuing one of the Seven, Moira’s the only one who can find him.While Moira is tracking one demon in Canada, Rafe and Skye battle another in Santa Louisa. With every victory comes many more defeats, and Moira quickly realizes that someone—or something—doesn’t want her to return to Santa Louisa. The body count rises, demonic hot spots pop up throughout the world, and the people closest to Moira are in the most danger. When one of their own succumbs to one of the Sins, Moira fears they’re too late … and the end of the world is already here.“Greetings from Allison Brennan! … It’s sad, I know, but I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolate don’t do it for me … I greatly appreciate a daily act of kindness that shows love throughout the year. Because that’s what makes the “happily ever after” last forever.”– Allison Brennan|
|Cupid's Busted Arrow follows the rekindling of young love. Nelly Steeple, aka Cupid, has dragged the happy couple back together. Shes ready to retire and Giselle Baylors and Matt Halls nuptials are blocking her way to a perfect record. Matt dumped Giselle right before their high school prom. She has gone on to found a leading computer software company. He has gone to war in Afghanistan as a photo journalist. Their lives collide at their ten year reunion. Nelly needs a wedding by the end of the year or she has to sign up for another century of nudging couples into marital bliss. If she sees one more mermaid wedding dress or eats one more chicken Kiev, shell hurl. After a Shakespearean themed party, tattoo sightings, a secret child, physical therapy, and shots of tequila, Giselle and Matt are no closer to the altar. The nuclear option may be deployed once Nelly has the right coordinates to cure heartbreak and bruised feelings. "I've published fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance, all with humor and hot guys. I've been a follower and contributor to RU for a long time. Always an excellent source on all aspects of writing." - Mary Jo Burke|
|A reputation at risk…What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed – until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins…“Happy Valentine’s Day, Romance University gals and fans! What could be better than reading some luscious romance on this most romantic day of the year? Whatever you plan, may all your dreams come true!”– Anna Campbell|
|In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner . . .Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti’s stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It’s the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge.Diplomatic security service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather’s older brothers. Though Brody never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.Staying at Vic’s guest house makes it impossible to avoid running into a Sloan at every turn—especially Heather. Seeing her again has affected Brody more than he wants to admit. But Heather is wary of Brody’s sudden interest in her, and she suspects there’s more to his homecoming than he’s letting on . . .“I’m delighted to provide a copy of my new Swift River Valley contemporary romance, ECHO LAKE, for the Romance University Blog’s Valentine Giveaway. Like Heather Sloan in ECHO LAKE, I come from a big family and grew up on the edge of the Quabbin Reservoir in western Massachusetts. So when you read Heather’s story—and how she meets Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock while she is renovating a country home on the shores of Echo Lake in fictional Knights Bridge—you will see what I saw growing up with my three sisters and three brothers. My mother still lives on our family homestead where I set my friendly little town. Happy Valentine’s Day!” – Carla|
|Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson’s Bay, her small, close-knit Wisconsin hometown.An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson’s Bay. Lucy, meanwhile, got out and never looked back. But now, to meet the terms of Alice’s eccentric will, Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister’s cottage—and begins to see the town, and Alice’s life, anew. Alice’s diverse group of friends appears to have little in common besides an interest in quilting. Yet deep affection for Alice united them, and soon Lucy, too, is brought into the fold as they share problems and stories. And as she finds warmth and support in this new circle, Lucy begins to understand this will be her sister’s enduring gift—a chance to move beyond her difficult past, and find what she has long been missing . . .“Early in our marriage, my husband and I were fortunate to spend a couple of years living in Wisconsin—our first son was born there! During those years, we visited picturesque, colorful Door County many times. When I was thinking about where to set my novel about two sisters, one who can’t wait to get away from home and one who can’t bear to leave, the Door County peninsula instantly came to mind. And I will be touring in that area—and other destinations in the Midwest, as well as on the East Coast—in Glinda, the Glamper. For a schedule of my tour stops, visit www.MarieBostwick.com.”– Marie Bostwick|
| Subject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer
Current Status: On leave
Obstacle: The one girl who was off-limits…Where Navy SEAL “Bad Ass” Brody Lane goes, trouble follows. Being run out of his hometown years ago for misbehaving with Genna Reilly—the sheriff’s daughter—was one thing. Now Brody is about to step into real danger. Not the suggestive letters he’s been exchanging with Genna, but the kind of trouble that can send a soldier home injured and broken inside…Genna’s entire life has been orchestrated by her family. The right job. The right friends. Enough! Brody’s return offers the promise of lust-filled pleasures. Of flesh teased and tasted. She’s not expecting to find a soldier with distant eyes who has secluded himself from the world. But this good girl knows exactly how to bring a bad boy back to life….Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.www.TawnyWeber.com“Sending Valentine’s Wishes to everyone!! I hope your holiday is filled with chocolate kisses and happy hugs. ” – Tawny
| Three Bliss County women—girlfriends for life—have made a pact—to find husbands—the right husbands.
In this second book in my Brides of Bliss County series, set in picturesque Wyoming, jewelry designer Melody has always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police. They had a hot romance going when she was in college—she even proposed! But Spence, thinking she was too young, turned her down. Now they’re thrown together during their friends’ wedding, and it’s obvious the attraction is still hotter ‘n blazes. But Spence is a notorious charmer, who’s earned the reputation as a ladies’ man. Not exactly husband material, in Melody’s eyes. As for Spence, he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet . . . there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.“For me, the setting of a book is like a character—what about a place is unique and influences what characters do, how they feel, their outlook on life. A trip to exquisitely beautiful Jacksons Hole with my niece and valued assistant, Jennifer, was all it took for the Brides of Bliss County stories to start spinning in my mind. Too, Melody is a jewelry designer. I’m an amateur artist—of late I’ve been fascinated with gemstones and jewelry. You know what they say—there’s a little bit of the author in everything she writes. Enjoy, my friends!”– Linda Lael Miller
|When Emily discovers that Walter, a stranger, recently had a heart transplant, she suspects he received her fiancés heart, an organ donor killed ten months earlier.Emily is devastated when Jonathan, her fiancé is killed in a motorcycle accident two weeks before their wedding. He was a talented painter, poet and a loving, gentle spirit so it wasn’t surprising that he would be an organ donor. Emily is a waitress at Pete’s Diner. One day, Walter, a stranger starts coming to the diner every afternoon for apple pie and coffee. He’s a quiet man in his forties and just writes in his black notebook. Emily becomes fascinated by him and gradually discovers he had a heart transplant and learns how different he was before his operation, how he drank and was abusive to his girlfriends. He tells her how he now wants to write and paint and how he was drawn to this town. She isn’t certain, but wonders if by some miracle, the love of her life has returned.|
The awakening of his dragon soul twin, Llewlyn, brought Dragshi Lord Branin near-eternal life, but not happiness. As a dragshi, he can take on dragon form and know the freedom of flight, however, both are the last of their kind and have waited millennia for their mates. The firebrand raider, Lady Broch is more than willing to fulfill that position — with or without Branin’s willing cooperation.
When a faint thought impinged on Branin’s mind, hope for an ending to eons of loneliness soared. Plagued by doubts because no signs of a dragon shifter’s birth have been seen, Branin searches the world for the mysterious girl he only knows by the name, Anastasia.
All that stands between happiness and a lifetime alone is destiny—and Broch.
“A wish this Valentine’s Day. May you find your true love, even if he can turn into a dragon.”
| Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all”.Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction, and soon Casey is having the best sex of her life—on a mountain, in the lake, all over her cozy cabin. But as their weekend fling turns into something more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains or the man she wants as hers. Smart, sweet and blisteringly hot, Above All is about getting lost…and finding yourself right where you belong.
“Have a sexy, romantic, heartfelt, silly, chocolate-filled, wine-soaked, swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day — and every other day!”
The last place Pia wants to be is on a family vacation in a sleepy Cornish village. She’s anticipating two weeks of mind-numbing boredom. Then she meets Trey, a local boy. He’s absolutely gorgeous. The trouble is — he knows it. He’s arrogant and egotistical, and Pia intends to avoid him at all costs.
But Trey is not the kind of guy who gives up easily. When he sets his sights on Pia, her resistance is futile.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
– Michelle Abbott
Named for the Goddess of Desire, can she dream of lasting happiness with only one man?
Selene Pertunda has no trouble attracting a man. She just can’t seem to find the right one. From abusive husband Robert to tattooed bad boy lover Kevin, Selene draws men to her like bears to her honeypot. The problem is that none of them proves to be a good fit.
Sure she will never find a shared happiness, Selene has no way to suspect she’s drawn the attention of a powerful goddess. So she scoffs at the idea that the handsome man who begins to play a large part in her life could be her destiny. After all, what could worldly, educated Beck McNeal want with a small-town divorcée like Selene?
Selene and Beck try to their best to resist the inexplicable mutual magnetism flaring between them. But can two ordinary people avoid the decree of the Goddess of Desire?
Getting it Right is sweet and steamy and a bit of paranormal all wrapped up for you for Valentine’s Day. Best wishes to all from Selene and Beck, and good luck to all who enter to win!
– Christi Williams
A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an equally unusual imagination and sense of humor.
SA Ellie Conway works serial crime cases. When someone tries to kill her, it becomes obvious it’s linked to her after-hours pursuits in cyberspace.
Matters become complicated when her assailant is found dead in the trunk of her car.
Despite a plethora of crime scenes, no evidence can be found to identify a motive or the perpetrator.
The death toll rises and eventually includes those close to her. A chance remark provides the first real clue to unraveling the killer’s twisted goals.
“Happy Valentines Day from down here in New Zealand. Cheers,”
|Grace Powell awakened one day with no memory of the previous eight months. Now a relentless enemy hunts her, but she has no clue why. Terrified to trust anyone, Grace has no one to turn to. Except for the sexy stranger who appears out of thin air — literally.David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect Grace, yet now he’s a stranger to her. If he can’t stir her memories, and the secret power buried inside her, they may both fall prey to an invisible foe. The passion flaring between them gives him hope they might save each other. But will unearthing the truth about Grace’s past destroy them both?Willpower is the first book in the award-winning Psychic Crossroads series.“May you celebrate a current love or the promise of romance to come. Happy Valentine’s Day!”– Anna Durand|
|“Debut author Allure launches her Meeting Men series of erotic romance collections with this sizzling and sensual medical-themed trio of stories. Readers will cheer on these strong women as they take the initiative, seeking (and finding) both sexual satisfaction and emotional fulfillment,” says Publishers Weekly. In “The Intern,” the temperature of Dr. Lauren Marks’ office quickly rises when her new medical intern Courtney turns out to be a passionate and sexy young man. He’s single, she’s single—and they’re both wildly attracted to each other as they struggle to remain professional. Between flirting and fuming, their inferno culminates with them hot, naked, and on top of her desk one Friday afternoon. In “My Doctor, My Husband, and Me,” Valerie realizes all of her fantasies when her sexy surgeon and her loving husband team up to offer her some extra-special treatment. Together, the three new friends-with-benefits begin exploring the exciting world of ménage. Lastly, Nikki Woods gets more than she bargained for in “Seize the Doctor” when the hot guy she met at the bar last night walks into her exam room wearing a white coat. Dr. Hunter Sterling can’t take his eyes off her all but gift-wrapped in a sheet, but nothing happens until Nikki decides to seize the day—carpe diem style—and seize the doctor. The doctor will see you now…and they’re all handsome, hunky, and eager to meet you.“I hope you enjoy a little fantasy “me time” this Valentine’s Day—with one of my sexy doctors or the special “care giver” in your life.”– Kate Allure|
Annie Campbell’s predictable and cozy life gets turned on its side when her son’s prodigal father returns to town. Then an old enemy shows up and the outcome will not only place her in danger, but their son as well.
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and has seen his share of violence in the eight years he’s served Uncle Sam. Floundering, he returns to his hometown to regain his bearings, bitter and disillusioned.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?<“Valentine’s day has always been one of my favorite times of the year. For one thing, there are stands filled with roses everywhere you look. Then there’s the chocolate J And of course, most importantly, there’s the general feel of love that fills the air. Food for this romance writer’s heart. Have a very happy Valentine’s everyone!”
– Jacquie Biggar
| Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?
“I hope all RU readers have a romantic Valentine’s day.”
|The problem with being reborn from the ashes is, you have to die first.After the loss of his wife and child in a plane crash, former NYC firefighter Sebastian Martin is nearing alcoholic oblivion when his brother offers him a last-chance job opportunity as an insurance fraud investigator. Despite his reservations, he soon discovers he has an instinct for the job.A move to Dallas, where he learns it’s okay to be alive, proves to be his salvation. Investigating fraudulent claims for a dead child and another for a missing husband, in Honduras, leads him to murders, international car thieves, and torture at the hands of a former KGB agent.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this Valentine Promotion. Give the fact that Firefall is a thriller, it’s going to be a bloody, but satisfying, celebration.
|Oastomin, a university freshman and the newest Crimson Knight, consents to rigorous training so he can follow in his father’s footsteps and be accepted among his peers. A few months into his preparation, his dad, King Natro of Jacmuir, dies. Oastomin soon discovers his father’s power came at the high price of a long buried secret.
Seventeen year old Maia has a daily habit of pushing the “gray” boundary between right and wrong, but when she secretly rallies college-aged young men to undermine her father’s petitions for an alliance, her parents deliver a harsh punishment. Maia is forced to leave home but she decides to use her eviction as the perfect time to learn the secrets of the Crimson Knights.
Oastomin and Maia must decide if they are willing to sacrifice their principles in order to preserve their way of life. They will discover if it’s possible to slide across a moral line and openly challenge their parents’ expectations, while trying not to be held accountable for their powerful fathers’ mistakes.
JACMUIR: TRUST STAINED LIES was inspired by answering the youth’s demand for more inspirational stories featuring multicultural characters transitioning into adults.The diverse, intelligent young adults in this series are forced to challenge their belief systems and deal with the fundamental core tenets of trust and loyalty within modern monarchies.
Readers will understand that although men and women mature physically and become more capable in their practical lives, many fail to achieve emotional maturity.
If you’ve ever been betrayed and wished for friends that would have your back when your world fell apart, then please read JACMUIR: TRUST STAINED LIES.
I hope you’ll be entertained as you explore the brotherhood of the Crimson Knights and watch these young people navigate the burden of living up to powerful parental expectations.
“RU visitors and contributors, I’m wishing you all the romance and happiness your hearts and hands can hold. I hope you’ll continue to visit Romance University to strengthen your craft as writers or to broaden your mind as readers. Let’s embrace and promote romance in all of the wonderful literary genres.”
For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land where magic is real. They and their Protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood, a group of exiles who want to return to Lemuria and take control of the gateway between realms. Phoebe, Keeper of the ruby key, lost her lover and Protector, Ryan, to murder. The Powers That Be saddled her with a dorky salesman. That is, until Zack arrives on the scene. With his Scandinavian good looks, he is the essence of what a Protector should be, but he is a loner and wants nothing to do with magic. Magic is what got his brother killed. Phoebe wants nothing to do with him as a protector, but he draws her in ways Ryan never did. Edward is the epitome of a British gentleman and shows Phoebe the genteel side of life, but Edward has a past, and an agenda. He is the leader of the Brotherhood and if he controls Phoebe, he will control everything—and destroy it all. The past, present, and future all come crashing down to one moment. Only Phoebe can make the choice—and her choice will determine the fate of several worlds. They lost the battle once before. This time, will love really conquer all?
“May all your days be filled with love and magic. Happy Valentine’s Day!”
– Vicky Burkholder
|He’s the perfect catch…for now! When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She’s had epic passion—and problems!—with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair.Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business—even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy’s determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won’t go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!“Wishing you a fabulous Valentine’s Day, filled with love and happiness with your own Perfect Catch. And if you haven’t caught him yet, get your glove ready – because I wish you happy catching!” Hugs, – Anna|
Unexpected Valentines is a collection of short romantic reads – stories to make you believe in love.
Love can be found at the most unexpected places, with most unlikely people. Your heart might be searching for love but when it finally hits, your heart shies away from committing.
What are the barriers that keep two people away, even when perfect love is just within reach?
Explore the ways love can be discovered. Celebrate romance with this quick read, ideal for romance fiction lovers.
Stories in this collection: Unexpected Valentine, The Magic Within, Love at Loggerheads, Chained to Shadows, Right or Wrong, Coffee and Clashes, Hooded Desire.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.
“I’m totally the wrong person to compose a message about Valentine’s Day. I find the commercial aspect of it so annoying that I do my best to ignore it. (However, if my loved one did something really special—like book a trip to London—I might condescend to accept a Valentine’s Day present. Just saying.) Regardless, I absolutely love romance, and I’ll get mushy about any holiday if it makes a good story. If you like Valentine’s Day, I wish you a superbly romantic day! (And if you’re like me, I wish you the best of luck ignoring it.)”>
– Barbara Monajem
|Just weeks ago, Levi Walsh became the proud part-owner of Beaux Hommes, a bar featuring the sexiest exotic male dancers in the city—including himself. But as Levi, a financial whiz in his own right, goes over the books, he realizes something is definitely not right. And then the IRS comes knocking on his door.IRS investigator Harper Banks is determined not to notice that Levi is hot, ripped and seriously sexy. Her job is to investigate dirty businesses, not indulge in even dirtier pleasures. But even as his skilled seduction melts her rigid self-control, Harper is certain of one thing: Levi is lying to her. Which means she’ll have to strip him down…and pull him under!|
|Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus. Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.“Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Romance University readers! I hope your day is full of love and happiness and of course heaps and piles of books.”– Heidi Cullinan|
|Jocelyn Pearson is determined to spend her last month as a twenty-something doing everything she’s too busy or scared to try. Her imagination runs wild and then fixates on Ian Baird. He’ll be working at the Langston Museum for a short stint as a consulting curator. He’s Scottish. He believes sex is fun to be had. He’s the perfect choice for a fling. She only has to get him break his rule about sleeping with co-workers. Seducing a man was on her bucket list…Ian is no one’s fool and knows exactly what Jocelyn wants—him. If she didn’t work for the Langston Museum, he’d be more than happy to oblige any and every fantasy she desired, but she’s the curator. She’s sweet, inexperienced and well liked by everyone including the museum owner and director. Ian can’t risk losing such an important contact for his consulting business. Not even when everything within in him craves a taste of her.When Jocelyn sets her sights on him, there’s no way Ian can deny her. They agree their affair will end in thirty days. No emotions, no entanglements, just sex. The closer the end date looms, they start to question if it’s possible to walk away. They’ll either have to come to terms of what they’ve become or stick to their original agreement.“I hope you are sharing this day with someone you love. If not, that’s why God made chocolate.” – Melissa Blue|
|When lives collide, and time runs out, will there be one final chance for redemption?Damaged by childhood trauma and a series of tragedies and disappointments, Aden Cassalotti, financially and emotionally insolvent, finds solace in a crack pipe. The marijuana and magic mushroom operations in his fertile hometown no longer rake in enough to sustain him. His lifelong friend and business partner, Noel Schuurman, also relies on the much-needed income. Aden’s neglect and detachment has a profound effect on Noel. The brooding recluse becomes dangerously deluded and volatile. Noel has killed before and, with escalating pressures, not even his mother and sister are safe on their isolated plot. Aden accepts employment with a ruthless criminal enterprise in an urban slum where dope and flesh are pedalled. On a grisly errand to remove a corpse, he encounters Mandipa Ndlovu, who, starved and beaten, is being held with other sex slaves waiting to be sent to work. Kgotso and Senatla Shelile hail from the same home town as Aden. Having grown up together they share an intimate bond. The search to find Mandipa, Kgotso’s abducted girlfriend, leads the Sheliles into the underbelly of Johannesburg. When fate throws the three men together in a Hillbrow strip club, the potential peril is heart-stopping. Although this book deals with many gritty social realities faced in South Africa, and, in fact, universally, it is also a story about one man’s determined and desperate race to save his true love.
Strap yourselves in for a thrilling ride!
|Be careful what you wish for…When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up….Because the stars aren’t benignReeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends — and even the paparazzi! — quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Hope you have a lovely day filled with romance! – Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae|
|Parking meters, the bane of every driver’s existence, could prove fatal for Teller, an award-winning investigative journalist. Returning to his home town after a twenty-year absence, Teller investigates the mysterious appearance of the Meter Mangler, a hooded vandal who is trashing parking meters. The Mangler is fast becoming a local hero to the town, a town being crushed beneath the oppressive thumb of the Department of Parking Enforcement.With the death of his best friend, Teller turns his attention to the secretive DPE, a government entity which has enacted Draconian measures against anyone unfortunate enough to need a parking space. Commuters are in an uproar, businesses have fled and the downtown shopping area is a ghost town. The people are up in arms. The town is a powder keg.As parking meters spring up everywhere, and uniformed thugs cruise the streets in Cushman carts like hungry wolves seeking prey, Teller struggles with the ghosts of his past and his growing attraction to his blue-haired lodger while staying one step ahead of a growing threat to his life.“May you find love between the lines.” – EJ Knapp|
|Shotgun, Wedding, Bells (Book #11 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series/Release Date Feb. 14, 2015) –A very pregnant Kiki Lowenstein and her fiancé Detective Chad Detweiler are trying to race the stork to the altar. But their vows are interrupted by a shoot-out. With the help of her nanny, Bronwyn Macavity, Kiki vows to track down the man who ruined her wedding and put her family at risk. Even a big belly bump won’t stop this intrepid amateur sleuth! Special Bonus: Along with Shotgun, Wedding, Bells comes Tear Down and Die (Book #1 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series). The two books will load as one *big* book!Dear Valentine, I’m sweet on you! To prove my love, I’m giving away two “copies” of Shotgun, Wedding, Bells (Book #11 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series/Feb. 14, 2015 release) in e-format. As a super-special sweetener, each copy of Shotgun, Wedding, Bells will include a copy of Tear Down and Die (Book #1 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series/86 five-star reviews on Amazon) in e-format. I don’t want anyone to die of a broken heart, so I’m also giving each and every one of you a super-special Valentine’s Day gift. I want each of you to have a FREE copy of Ink, Red, Dead (Book #3 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series/45 five-star reviews in Amazon) in e-format. To claim your FREE book, just email my assistant, Sally Lippert (SALFL27@att.net). Sally will send you an e-copy of Ink, Red, Dead absolutely FREE. And that’s not all. As a special treat, Sally will add you to our email newsletter at no charge. The newsletter will keep you informed so you can join us for great events like the online tea party we just held with Jessica Fellowes, niece of Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey. Jessica shared all sorts of inside information about this hit TV series. She also gave away a signed copy of her book, A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey.– Joanna Campbell Slan|
|Tear Down and Die (Book #1 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series—4.8 out of 5 star average with 86 reviews on Amazon)First in a new series. A spin off from the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries. After her parents die within six months of each other and her son goes off to college, savvy entrepreneur Cara Mia Delgatto decides to construct a new life for herself. A road trip leads to her grandfather’s home on the picturesque Treasure Coast of Florida, where she impulsively snaps up a “tear down,” a building scheduled for the wrecking ball–only to discover it’s already occupied by a fresh corpse. While Detective Lou Murray tries to nail the killer to the wall, Cara Mia enlists the help of two new friends to open a store specializing in one-of-a-kind, recycled, and repurposed items. But before she can get down to brass tacks, Cara Mia decides to help Lou figure out “whodunit,” because she’s been painted into the picture as one of the prime suspects. To make matters more complicated, tensions are building with Cooper Rivers, an old boyfriend. Cara Mia wonders whether her second chance at love will pan out–or if her carefully constructed fantasies will lead her to a new life behind bars. Includes Crafts–Skye Blue’s Sparkling Votives and Recipes–MJ Austin’s Pineapple Casserole, Skye Blue’s Broccoli Soup, and Cara Mia Delgatto’s Clams in Garlic Wine Broth. Plus a bonus excerpt from “Kiki and Cara Mia’s Holiday Celebration.”|
A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…
Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?
Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.
Wishing each of you the joy of love in unexpected moments this Valentine’s Day and the luxury of reading romance in a comfy spot, with your favorite hot beverage and a chocolate treat close at hand!
With love & best wishes~
|The Daddy SurpriseSince the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he’s the biological father of a four-year-old girl and everything changes.Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there’s Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous—especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget .Hi, readers! I love this quote about love: “You don’t need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely”. Wishing you the best this Valentine’s Day ~ Kristina Knight|
|Most people consider Mackinac Island a paradise that harkens back to a genteel bygone era. But for Byrony Long, paradise turns into a nightmare when her half-sister Jessica is found dead near Mackinac’s Grand Hotel.Convinced Jessica was murdered, Byrony hires private investigator Tate Madison to help her find the truth. But the more secrets they uncover, the higher the danger mounts around them. With the killer poised to strike again, will Byrony or Tate be the next victim?“Heat up your Valentine’s Day with a hot, romantic mystery — Dead Girl in a Green Dress.”– Loucinda McGary|
|Three fun, sexy books bring you high fashion, high romance and high intrigue. In Palm Springs Heat, Lara infiltrates the Fast Lane entertainment empire and finds nothing is as it seems. Malibu Bride spotlights Sushma, Lara’s nemesis, with new revelations and new love. San Fernando Dreams features brassy Douglyss–and connects all three heroines in a surprising gamble. Each book features sly laughs at the rich and famous as well as its own HEA.“Enjoy Valentine’s Day your way, whatever way that may be.” – D.C. Thome|
Samantha’s life is perfect – great clothes, great job, great boyfriend – until she finds her boss wants to shag her and her boyfriend is shagging someone else. But at least the clothes are still fabulous – and even more so if you’re a dog. Leaving town after dispensing some well-deserved revenge, Sam carves out a new career for herself in canine haute couture.
Sam thinks she’s invincible, until she runs into a macho Italian with a penchant for garlic and an appendage named after a popular luncheon meat. By the time she’s finished with him, he’s only good for sandwiches.
Set in Melbourne, Australia, in the late 1970s, before email, mobile phones, FaceBook and Twitter, and before platform shoes and flares became retro, it was also a time when The Pill had become freely available to single women who took up the challenge of a changing world with gusto and maybe not a lot of forethought. Samantha takes up this challenge with more gusto and a lot less forethought than most.
Now if you could just sort out her love life.
A mix of comedy, romance, sex and violence, This Girl’s Abroad also covers the correct technique for defrosting a dead pug.
“Love is a very precious thing. When you find it, hold on tight and treasure it.”
– Andrene Low
|In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl. Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack. He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-wife, a sugar mama into BDSM, a passion for cooking and chronic dependencies he needs to feed. He cleans pools to maintain this chaotic lifestyle. Spinning about in a Large Hadron Collider of his own making, the particle known as Jack is about to collide with a particle known as Sarah.“Wishing all the Romance University readers a very romantic Valentine’s Day, and everyday.” – DJ Swykert|
|Temptation 101…Newly crowned psychologist Justin Maxwell is celebrating his last night as a stripper before he starts his career. Then he spies her in the audience—Grace Cooper. He’s wanted her for years, but as his student, she’d been off-limits. Now Justin has only one goal: sweet, irresistible seduction.Grace is through skirting around her fierce attraction to Justin. She’s leaving Seattle in two weeks, so why not allow herself one mind-meltingly hot night with Justin? But no pleasure comes without cost. And indulging in their insatiable desire for each other could cost both of them their futures…|
|Some men know how to wear a suit.He knows how to take it off…Eric Reeves is the CEO of a real estate development firm that’s on the cusp of a huge breakthough. Soon, he’ll taste the first fruits of true success—or watch his dreams go up in smoke. But first he has to earn a living…by becoming Dalton Chase, the most sought-after stripper at Beaux Hommes, one of Seattle’s most exclusive adult clubs.Cass Jameson hires Dalton for her best friend’s bachelorette, but from the moment he steps through the door, his eyes never leave her. Dalton is hot, ripped and exactly what Cass needs to let off a little steam. Nothing can stop the primal need between them—to touch, to taste, to take…and to want more. Nothing except their real identities.|
|Diners, Dives and Dead Ends: As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and a pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose goes from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.|
|His Every Need, the first book in The Beauty and the Brit series.When Allie Campbell’s father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, she pleads for more time to pay off the loan. But Trevor refuses to acknowledge his own family, so he’s completely unconcerned with hers. Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, so he teasingly tells her to move in with him and cater to his every need. To his amazement, she agrees…“Happy Valentine’s Day, RU readers—may it be filled with love and romance!” – Terri L. Austin|
|For a boy to learn of the pleasures and pains of adult life, all it takes is One Hot Summer…John Burton is seventeen, it’s the long hot British summer of 1976 and his life is about to change, in ways he has carefully planned, and ways he cannot yet know, as he embarks on a roller-coaster journey to maturity by way of music, cars, love, sex, friendship, rivalry, guilt and death.John’s world is populated by those who have helped mould his character. His parents, proof that opposites attract; Penny, his girlfriend, evidence that persistence can sometimes pay off; his grandmother, incorrigible and unshockable; Craig, his best friend, confidant, and sounding board; Alan, who holds a secret only John knows; Katie, object of John’s pubescent fantasies; Deborah, who collects underpants; Graham, the first local to embrace punk; Dino, John’s rival in love; Sandy, the dog; and other bit part players.A story of teenage obsession and insecurity; of sensual experience and terminal embarrassment; of learning about life whilst still fighting to understand oneself. “Roses are red, violets are blue, a book is a love that will always stay true.” – Ian Barker|
|A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic – and deadly – New Mexico desert….The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends – a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?This is book 1 in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico. (The Mad Monk’s Treasure was originally published as Rattled.)“Happy Valentine’s Day! May your year be filled with love in all forms, from romance to family and friendship to a passion for your life.” – Kris Bock|
| American figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in the United States, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is paired with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to be confronted with their past…never mind share the ice with her.When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”- Charles M. Schultz.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and Happy Reading!
|It’s the best arrangement possible: a friends-with-benefits relationship with the man she’s had a crush on for over a decade. Morgan Landry’s commitment to her career, coupled with her goal of NEVER being like her mother is what has her going back to Bryan Curtis for more and more…and well, even more. The biggest challenge is keeping it from their coupled-up friends, including her overprotective brother, who are all on the road to marriage, the one destination Morgan has no intention of reaching. When the arrangement sprouts some complications and Morgan starts failing tests and running away from her job, she does her best to deny the true beat in her heart.Chief Petty Officer Bryan Curtis is married to the navy. He’s seen too many marriages fail because of the demands of the military to crave that kind of commitment. Because he likes women, his shallow reputation of pursing blondes has earned him the title of man-whore, a moniker he’s never minded until he crosses the line with Morgan. His loyalty to Morgan’s older brother – Bryan’s best friend – continues to eat away at him, but not enough for him to walk away from the women he’s craved for over a decade. Bryan keeps the secret to keep her in his bed, but when his heart gets involved, he has to own up to his feelings and hope it doesn’t ruin his friendship with his best friend or have Morgan jumping ship.|
|Jared of Alexandria shuns both his Roman and Hebrew blood, a curse that’s kept him on the fringes of society, to become a powerful and successful merchant prince. When his trading empire is threatened by an unknown enemy who not only wants to see him ruined but dead as well, he uses every means to put an end to it. He turns to a beautiful barbarian seer, a slave with hair the color of firelight and eyes that shine like emeralds only to be betrayed into a fate worse than death—slavery.Bryna of Eire lives each day burdened by the yoke of Rome and her own guilt for leading her beloved brother and clansmen into Rome’s clutches. She curses the gift of sight which her master exploits, keeping her under lock and key, telling fortunes and fattening his purse. When an opportunity to be freed of her confinement comes, Bryna takes it, though her instincts warn that lying to the sensual, golden-eyed man that plagues her visions risks her very soul.Betrayed into slavery, Jared labors under the lash envisioning revenge on the seer who sent him into this hell. But when fate throws Bryna into his arms, he finds exacting vengeance on his enemy a different matter. As they escape, evade bounty hunters and face their pasts, Jared must battle not only his enemy but his heart. Can the differences that separate them draw them together to save their lives and their love? Happy Valentine’s Day! Love through the ages is a well known saying and The Patrician brings a HEA to the Roman world. Enjoy!– Joan|
Scientific testing has determined that thirteen-year-old Ezekiel Emanuel is destined for a long but loveless life. Too bad even the fragrance of a female sends a shock wave straight to his underpants.
In the face of this sexual tsunami, his self-obsessed mother discovers the Zimbalist Holistic Recliner, which gives refuge in an oasis of improved rememories.
His distant father and stepmother, a former dominatrix who becomes the target of his awkward affection, add to Ezekiel’s confusion.
Will Ezekiel, obsessed with Charlotte, find the proof that his life will not be empty of affection?
Will dad’s version of The Talk calm Ezekiel’s storm? Probably not, but a midnight rendezvous just might.
| The streets of Savannah have stories to tell…
One determined Alpha male. A woman whose faith in love is shattered. Tantric sex. Could be a disaster or maybe a path to healing.What happens when your romance novel fantasies collide with your reality? Forty-something Cullan Davis almost has it all. Loving family, friends, successful business, community activist – and no sex life.A chronic, disfiguring skin disease and past abuse left physical and emotional scars that prevent her from believing in relationship possibilities. Resigned to being alone, she compensates by living vicariously through the heroines in her beloved romance novels. When her real-life lust from afar notices her, panic sets in. She cannot possibly get involved. Her scars are too deep. No man wants a self-proclaimed freak, do they?Royce Jacobson is a wealthy philanthropist, single parent of a twenty-year-old daughter and womanizing player. Practicing his own version of tantric sex, he subscribes to the love ’em and leave ’em satisfied mentality. He wants to add Cullan to his conquest list but discovers vulnerability in her, touching a part of him he didn’t know existed. She’s an enigma. And Royce excels at solving puzzles. He’s convinced tantra can break through her reserves… if only she would cooperate.Flawed self-perception, meet ancient sexual practices. Boom.*A complete novel with no cliffhanger. Link to the music playlist on my website and listen while you read!*Contains explicit scenes and language.
|Being unable to age is only the beginning.Laura Dantonville is shocked to learn her strange genetic mutation, is linked to a dark family secret—a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman ancestor into a vampire. Now that she has come of age, she is the key to breaking that curse. But she’s also the prey of rogue vampires who inhabit the city’s frightening and violent underworld, as her blood gives them the ability to daywalk. For her protection she’s assigned a guardian—the handsome, sexy and dangerous Alec Munro.And he wants nothing to do with her. If not for her family, Alec Munro would never have been transformed into a vampire. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows his own fated role in breaking the curse, and the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.To the Brethren, the ending of the curse spells disaster. Among a powerful few malice grows . . .|
|Hell on wheels meets hell in high heels.Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.Too bad romance is just for books.
Get you love on with the Carolina Bad Boys for Valentine’s Day! Happy, sexy reading.
|Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. Her family exiled her long ago for her lack of mage power. But Bronte hides a secret. She’s a syphon mage, able to drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. Now she lives among the Nons–powerless humans, the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her back to society to plead for the body’s return, she encounters the one man who knows her secret.Colonel Vincent Rallis won’t let his syphon escape this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not and convince her they belong together. But Vincent’s help has a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable witch-hunt and trial are bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents. May you syphon the song of love and magic this Valentine’s Day – Anise Rae|
|Escaped gladiator Kedric wants revenge on the Hyborean rulers who bred him for blood sport and genetic experiments. Nothing will stop him from conscripting warriors into his army. But when Myia, a spiritual healer with a body made for sin, infiltrates his soul, Kedric must choose between attacking his brutal enemy or surrendering his heart to Myia’s love. “Wishing the RU community a Valentine’s Day rich in love, laughter, and happily ever afters.” ~K.M. Fawcett|
|When Ellie moved to the SpiralStone retreat center to figure out her life, she expected peace, quiet, and spiritual practice. She had no idea that the two sexy men running the kitchen would seduce her…much less at the same time. Kyle and Jake turn out to be wilder than they seem and Ellie finds herself wrapped up in devastating magic. She must choose: stay with Jake and Kyle and risk who she has been, accepting the dangerous world of shapeshifters? Or leave them and risk madness, or worse?“Those werewolves are everything you’d want for a sexy Valentine’s Day weekend. Romantic, attentive…and they cook. I just finished the sequel novella, Werewolves with Chocolate, which I’m offering free for subscribers to my newsletter. May Valentine’s Day bring you romance, chocolate, and lots of awesome books to read!” ~ Shauna Aura Knight|
- Rie Warren presents: Sometimes a Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
- What If and Why? by Tawny Weber
- Creating a Relatable Heroine with Author Tawny Weber
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