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Hot Heir

 

Title: Hot Heir
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy

 Release Date: August 31, 2018

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If I had to pick a bride of convenience, my first choice would NOT be
Peach Maloney.
My fiftieth choice would NOT be Peach.
Top spot on my list of occupational hazards? Yes. 
Royal pain in the ass?  Yes.
A bride of convenience? No.
But I’ve unexpectedly gone from royal bodyguard to monarch, having
inherited a crown that was stolen from my family long before my birth. The
kicker of this unexpected royal gift? In order to take the throne I must find a
wife.
Have I mentioned Peach would NOT have been my hundredth choice?
But I’ve no other options, and she needs a favor that my new position
can fulfill quite nicely. So we’ve agreed to play the doting newlyweds out in
public.
In private, though, our rules are simple:
No touching.
No talking.
And certainly no sex.
I should have known better than to marry a rule-breaking pain in the
arse.

 

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Author Bio
Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to
escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning
toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading,
writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be
productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.
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Bunt

 

Title: Bunt

Series: Minnesota Moose #1

Author: J.C. Thompson
Genre: Sports Romance

Cover Design: Cover Couture

Release Date: September 21, 2018
Blurb
Zoe Parks learned the hard way that nothing
sticks the first time. Everybody is always looking for the next best thing.
That’s how Zoe knew minutes before she was supposed to be married that the
first engagement was all wrong. If the first engagement isn’t right, how can
the first marriage, especially if it happens when you’re on what was supposed
to be your honeymoon?
Alex Pedroza knows that being the new guy on
the team means putting up with whatever the guys dish out. That’s why Alex
can’t go home without the wife he thought he was going to have when he returns
from the offseason. Can he convince the woman he married while trying to forget
the one he didn’t to come home and play the part just until the divorce is
final, of course?

 

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Thompson is a lover of all things books, coffee, and wine related. When she’s
not writing she can likely be found curled up with her dogs and a book. J.C.
grew up in the Pacific Northwest, recently relocating to Middle Tennessee with
her husband, two kids, and small zoo.

 

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Out of the Dark

 

Title: Out of the Dark

Series: Out of the Dark #1

Author: Arlene Gonzales
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: November 15, 2016

 

Blurb
Alexis flees from a horrific tragedy, but cross-country may
not be far enough.
Aiden is instantly drawn to the sweet girl with the emerald eyes and Sparks
start to fly.

Aiden tries to convince her that she’s different than the other girls he’s been
linked to, but things don’t go as planned.

 

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Title: With You

Series: Out of the Dark #2

Author: Arlene Gonzales
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 31, 2017

 

Blurb
With her best friend Shannon by her side, Alexis finally
felt like she was moving on. Now Frank—the man who murdered her family—has
returned, and Shannon is nowhere to be found.
Aiden found everything he ever wanted in Alexis and after years of living the
playboy lifestyle and dealing with demons of his own, he has found true love
with Alexis.

After an accidental injury sends Alexis to the hospital, the man responsible
turns up right under their noses and with help from Alexis’s deceitful nurse,
Alexis is kidnapped.

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Title: Following the Light

Series: Out of the Dark #3

Author: Arlene Gonazales
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 13, 2018

 

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His past is ugly, but their future is beautiful…In front of thousands of fans in Times Square, Aiden and Alexis pledge their
love forever.

Alexis is the envy of every woman in the world.

Behind closed doors, Aiden struggles with the scars of abuse, a past so violent
he’s afraid to open up…even to her.

Someone else knows his secret, however, and they can’t wait to see the couple’s
perfect love—and Aiden’s illustrious career—in ashes.

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Title: Together, Forever

Series: Out of the Dark #4

Author: Arlene Gonzales
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 4, 2018

 

Blurb
Together Forever is the fourth and final book in the series
Out of the dark by Arlene Gonzales. 
 
What would you do, if you suddenly found out that the life you have been
leading was all just a dream? 
 
Would you take a chance on the love you knew in the deepest part of your heart
was real? 
 
Would you do everything in your power to make that dream a reality?

 

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Arlene is a single mother of three, lives in South Central
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and weekends let’s her imagination go wild. She loves bringing characters to
life through words. Had always wanted to write ever since she was young but
kept putting it on the back burner. One day during a long drive with her son
Erik, he asked her. What are you waiting for mom? Thank you for that push Erik.

 

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Confessions of a Klutz by Abigail Davies

 

 

Release Date: September 26, 2018

 

Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs

 

Synopsis

 

Confession One: I was a klutz. I thought I’d grow out of it, but evidently I didn’t. It’s not fun to look like a fumbling toddler when you’re twenty-six.

Confession Two: I had a standing appointment at the local ER. It wasn’t by choice that I knew all the doctors names—it was necessity. But that was about to change. Confession Three: I hated the sun yet I lived in LA where it always shone. I supposed that was one plus to being sent to New York for the next eight weeks. That was until I got there. Arm veins, dimples and, THE sexiest voice known to man were my weakness, and he had every single one of them. Confession Four: He was my new boss. I could control myself though, right? The city of dreams… a klutz’s worst nightmare. Eight weeks. A klutz. And a drool worthy boss. What did you get when you crossed a klutz with a GQ model lookalike? I was about to find out.

 

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I placed the champagne flute on a table and snatched another one from a server’s tray. I couldn’t remember how many drinks I’d had, but I had a nice buzz going on.

 

I’d been on my own for the last hour while Axel talked to some new business partners or something or other. I had no idea who they were exactly, just that they could be important.

 

I didn’t expect to be abandoned as soon as we got here. Especially not after I’d spent the whole day having my hair and makeup done, and definitely not while I was wearing my trusty little black dress. Thank God I’d been able to not wear my sling and only my brace underneath.

 

I knew a total of one person, and he was currently talking to a woman with legs as long as the stupid skyscrapers in this city. Ugh.

 

Downing this glass, I then plucked another one off a tray and maneuvered through the crowd and over to Axel. Her hand was pressed against his chest. Any other person wouldn’t see how uncomfortable he was, but I saw the way his eyes crinkled at the corners and the way he tried to step back from her when she leaned toward him. She followed. Of course the crackwhore followed.

 

Maybe I’d had one too many drinks because the jealous monster was coming forth and there was nothing I could do to stop her. I stepped beside Axel, looking crackwhore right in the eyes. I turned to face him, resting my hand on his bicep and cooed, “Hey, baby,” way too loudly. He frowned down at me with questions in his eyes. Lifting up onto my tiptoes, I whispered, “Go with it if you want to get rid of her.”

 

He turned his head, his lips centimeters from mine, as his eyes flashed. “Hey.” His arm slid around my waist as he pulled me closer. My glass toppled between us, but neither of us looked away. “Where have you been?”

 

“I…” I flicked my gaze over to crackwhore, seeing the sneer on her face. Yeah, bitch, you wish you were in these arms.“I had to freshen up.” I bit my bottom lip. “I forgot to wear panties.”

 

Why. The. Hell. Did. I. Just. Say. That?

 

His hand trailed down my back and stopped on my ass where he splayed his warm palm.

 

“Well, I guess I’ll go and…” I blocked out crackwhore, basking in the feel of him. I heard her footsteps as she walked away, but Axel didn’t let go.

 

“You’re playing with fire.”

 

“I’m a pyromaniac.”

 

His breath quickened, and he yanked me closer as his fingertips dug into my ass. “Careful, Vi. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you wanted me.”

 

Leaning my head back, I looked up at him as I lifted onto my tiptoes. “Who said I didn’t?”

 

Great. Now horny Vi had made an appearance.

 

We both stared at each other, promises being made that shouldn’t be considered. But would it really be so bad? I’d be back in LA soon, and he’d be here. We wouldn’t see each other again, so one night of him ripping my clothes off couldn’t hurt, right?

 

He ducked his head, took a deep breath, and ran his nose along my neck and up to my ear where he whispered, “You have one chance to tell me you don’t want this. Say it now, because if you don’t, I won’t be able to hold myself back.”

 

I moaned as he trailed kisses along the soft skin under my ear. “I want this. I want you and your arm veins.”

 

“My arm veins?” he asked, chuckling but still planting soft kisses along the side of my neck. Could you die from kisses?

 

“Mmm-hmm.” I traced my fingers along his arm, though I couldn’t see them through his jacket. “I want them.” He pulled back, his dark-blue eyes nearly black as I continued, “I want you.”

 

I looked around the room, wondering if we could leave right now.

 

Axel’s nostrils flared when I stepped back and out of his arms. I gave him a coy smile, sunk my teeth into my bottom lip, and sauntered back another step, loving the sexy vibe I was giving off. That was until my foot wobbled. My eyes widened as I imagined a repeat of the bar happening, but I didn’t fall this time. Instead, I was pulled into a pair of strong arms.

 

“You’re a danger to yourself.”

 

I laughed. “I know. But you wanna have sex with this danger.”

 

He chuckled along with me, shaking his head. “What will I do with you?”

 

I glanced up at him and placed my drink on the table I nearly tripped over. “I can think of many things you can do.” I waggled my brows up and down. “They involve my lady garden and your member.”

 

He choked out a sound I’d never heard before. “Don’t ever refer to them as that again.” He pulled back, taking my hand and leading me out of the room.

 

“Channel and rod?” I asked.

 

His head reeled back as we collected our coats. “Definitely not.”

 

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Abigail Davies grew up with a passion for words, storytelling, maths, and anything pink. Dreaming up characters–quite literally–and talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for her. She finds it fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone reads and interprets a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has found the passion that she always knew was there. When she’s not writing: she’s a mother to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as she believes that it’s a magical thing, or getting lost in a good book. If she’s doing neither of those things, you can be sure she’s surfing the web buying new makeup, clothes, or binge watching another show as she becomes one with her sofa.

 

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Pulling Strings

Title: Pulling Strings
Series: Young Spades #1
Author: Riley Long
Genre: NA M/M Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2018

 

Aristotle “Ari” Dineen, Jr. thinks he doesn’t deserve love. Ari has bipolar disorder and parents who don’t understand his challenges. Falling in love isn’t on the playlist for a guy like him, someone running from his past and so uncertain about his future.
 
Shane Beckett doesn’t have time for things like love. He’s busy – giving music lessons, finishing his senior year, and oh yeah, he’s the lead singer of up and coming indie rock band, Young Spades.
 
A cup of beer, a music history class, and a pack of cigarettes changes everything. 
 
As Ari and Shane are about to find out, despite having a lack of time or the confidence to believe they can make it work, love has a way of pulling them in and rocking their worlds.
 

CHAPTER ONE

Ari played with the brown pillow in his lap, sliding his thumb over the tag before giving the zipper a tug. He sighed.

“What do you think?” his therapist, Hannah, a short woman with a mane of black curls, asked.

Ari snapped to attention. “I, uh, I don’t know.” He rubbed the back of his neck. Truth be told, he hadn’t really been paying attention.

“I think it would be good for you,” she said, pointedly, 

It took him a minute to mentally track back to what Hannah was talking about, but eventually he called it up. Ari nodded. “Fine. I’ll do it. But I don’t want to.” 

“We know that isolating yourself make the thoughts worse. Go out. Make friends. You just might have a good time.” 

Mentally, Ari was rolling his eyes. “I hear what you’re saying. I’ll go, I’m just saying I don’t have to like it.”

“You’re right, you don’t.” 

“I’m not even out to my parents yet. What’s the point of trying to date?” 

“You don’t have to be out to your parents until you’re ready. And as we’ve discussed, new experiences can be healthy. Let me know how it goes.” She stood and went to her appointment book. “When would you like to come back?” 

Ari pulled out his phone and made an appointment with her for the following week. 

“Have a great time, Ari,” she said as she walked him out. “See you soon.”

Ari plodded back to his dorm, the gray Colorado sky matching his mood. He hated living in the dorms, and felt like practically the only junior doing so, but at least he had Liam. His roommate was great, much to Ari’s relief. He’d had a string of shitty ones, too, especially before being diagnosed. And now that he was getting himself stable—mostly—it was nice to have someone he could trust. 
When he made it to their shared room, Ari found Liam sprawled on his bed, reading. His shoulder-length blond hair was pulled back into a ponytail, and he was wearing flannel, as usual. Liam had slipped out of the room that morning before Ari was conscious, so they hadn’t seen one another all day.

“What up, Lee?” Ari asked as he entered. 

Liam rolled onto his back. “Aristotle! How’s it going?” Liam was the only person other than Ari’s parents who could get away with calling him Aristotle without getting their ass kicked. And with a name like his, Ari had plenty of experience in ass kickings, both receiving and giving.

“Good. Just got back from therapy. Apparently I’m going with you tonight.” 
Liam sat up suddenly, closing his book. “Hell yeah, you are!” 

“So, what do I need to know about this thing?” 

Liam grinned, rubbing a hand along the stubble on his square jaw. “Nothing, my man. It’s a party. Wear clothes. Drink beer. Make friends. If you’re lucky, hook up with someone.”

“Yeah, I’m sure it’ll just be crawling with guys to hook up with.” 

Liam shrugged. “The Kappas are a pretty open minded frat. They have a few gay brothers. You never know. Plus, there’s always Shane.” 
The blush flooded his face almost instantly. Shane. Tall, thin, with tousled dark hair, soft brown eyes, and perpetually tanned skin, Shane definitely was what Ari was looking for. He may have been the subject of a few fantasies, even. When he’d found out Shane was gay, the fantasies intensified, not that Ari would ever actually do anything about it. 

Shane and Liam had been in a band together for a couple of years, and Ari had the pleasure of meeting him when he came to collect Liam for practice. Shane had also done homework with Liam a couple of times in the cramped dorm room, and Ari had a habit of excusing himself when they did. He was afraid he’d say something stupid and miserable and embarrass the shit out of himself. 

So yeah, Shane.

Ari cleared his throat and licked his dry lips. “Shane’s going to be there?” 

“Damn right. The whole band is. Shane, Ellie, even Trick.” 

Trick was Liam’s nickname for Patrick, the fourth and newest member of their band. He played … something. Ari wasn’t sure what, exactly, because he’d never bothered going to a show, despite Liam’s repeated invites. 
“Trick, too, huh? I didn’t think this would really be his scene.” 

Liam laughed. “No, not really, but we managed to pry him away from the art studio for the night.” 

“Sounds good.” 

“What do you say we play a little before we head out?” Liam held up a video game controller.

Ari glanced at his phone. They had hours before they needed to leave, and it wasn’t like there was much else to do. He’d already unpacked his meager belongings the day before, there was no homework, and his volunteer shifts at the crisis center didn’t start until next week. Spring semester was barely underway.

“Sure.” They’d be able to pass the time blowing up virtual adversaries and hoarding gold. He let himself get lost in the game, not thinking about his stupid therapist or the stupid party or Shane being there. He didn’t want to think about anything, just for a while.

#

Shane strummed his guitar absentmindedly. 

“Shane, get your ass ready,” Ellie called from the bathroom. 

He sat the instrument on the dark blue blanket covering his bed and ambled into his tiny apartment bathroom. Ellie’s round face was close to the mirror as she carefully attempted to get what she called ‘the perfect cat-eye.’ He wasn’t entirely sure what the perfect cat-eye looked like, but whatever. He couldn’t believe she hadn’t poked her eye out with that thing yet.

“I am ready. It’s you who’s taking forever.”

Ellie snorted and eyed him in the mirror. “You’re wearing that?” 

Shane shrugged. “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing?” 

“Dude, you look like a TA or something. You don’t need a button down to go to a frat party. Go put on a t-shirt. That black one looks good on you.”

“Which black one?” 

“The plain black one. V-neck. You wore it the other day.” 

“Fine, fine.” Shane headed back into the bedroom, yanking his shirt off over his head. For two years, he’d known Ellie, and for two years, she’d been giving him shit. He rifled through a pile of clothes until he found the aforementioned black v-neck and sniffed it. It smelled clean, so he tugged it on. 

Ellie emerged from the bathroom, head held high in triumph. “How’s this look?” 

“Um, you’ve got swoopy things?” He gestured towards the corners of his own eyes. “It looks good, El. You know I don’t know shit about makeup.”

“Yeah, yeah,” she said, holding up a stick of something in her right hand. “Now come here, let me make you look pretty.” 

“Wait, what?”

“Guyliner,” she said, closing in on him.

“What? No.” He swatted her away, but she was relentless. 

“Yes. You’ll look hot. Sit.”

He sat, sighing. “Fine.” He had a habit of giving in to Ellie. It was a good thing, really. They’d only known each other since the end of freshman year, but became fast friends bonding over shared interests in music theory class. They had created Young Spades together, and it would be nothing without Ellie’s driving force behind the drums. The band was the sanity-saving force he’d needed and without it, he didn’t know how he would have made it through the past few years, despite Ellie’s militant, unforgiving style when it came to running the band.“Okay, look up,” she murmured as she approached his eye with the pencil. “Thanks for coming to this thing with me,” she said, placing her free hand on his cheek.

“No problem.”

“I think it’ll be good for you, y’know? To get out of the house. No, don’t look away.”



“I get out of the house.” He went to class, gave music lessons to middle schoolers, and was in the band.

“No, you know what I mean. You need to get out more. Be social. Have a life.” 

Shane pulled his head away from her hands, eyes narrowed. “I have a life.” 

“That’s not what I meant. A social life. Aside from the band. You need to date.” 

“And I’m going to find a lot of gay guys at a frat party?” He relinquished control of his head back to her, and she went to work on his other eye.

Well you’re not going to find any gay guys giving music lessons to children.”“Good point.”


Ellie straightened, appraising her work. “Perfect. You look totally hot. If I didn’t know better, I’d hit on you myself.” 

Shane pushed himself off the bed and headed to the bathroom to take a peek. He glanced in the mirror, surprised by how much bigger and more open his eyes looked. And, sure, if asked, he would probably agree that he did look pretty hot. From the other room, Ellie’s phone chirped. 

“Okay,” she called out. “It’s eleven. Let’s get going. ”

Ugh. It was so late. Luckily, the semester didn’t start for a few days, so he’d have time to recover, but seriously, who in their right minds went to a party at almost midnight?

“Now don’t rub your eyes or you’ll look like a raccoon, okay?”

Shane nodded and made his way to the bed. He picked up his guitar again and returned it to the case. He tried to mentally brace himself for this party. He wasn’t much of a partier, but he couldn’t convince Ellie otherwise. She was determined to get him out more. She claimed, with this being their senior year, he needed to think about more than just the band and graduating, and had spent the entire fall semester attempting to get him to come to more parties. Finally, he’d caved, so here he was, wearing eyeliner and a black v-neck and wondering whether he’d be better off sleeping so he could get up early and work on the song he’d been writing. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, he figured, so he’d decided to just go with it. Besides, maybe he’d meet someone hot, blow off a little steam, and be more focused when he did get back to writing. After all, it had been a very long time since he’d slept with anyone. 

“Ready,” he said.

“Great! Liam’s already there.” Ellie grabbed her phone and tucked it into the pocket of her skintight jeans. She led the way out of Shane’s bedroom, through the living room, and onto the third-floor landing, which he could easily see from his bed with both doors open. He picked up his own phone and followed close behind. 

 

Riley Long is a wife and mother living a quiet life in Virginia, with her husband, son, and very silly Pit Bull puppy. She passes her evenings writing, reading, and watching bad television (or not so bad television). For fun, Riley participates in NaNoWriMo, GISH, and reads with her book club, the BAMFs. She likes things with silly acronyms. The craziest thing Riley has ever done involves lots of butter and a time lapsed video.



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Styx’s Stand by FG Adams

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Pete “Styx” Fuller is sworn to fight a war far from home. His orders are simple: defeat the enemy, protect his brothers-in-arms, and live to see tomorrow. But when a spirited beauty saunters into his sights, Styx knows she’ll be a guest in his bed. The hunger between them is as powerful as any directive from his command.

Savannah Brushard isn’t shy about feeding her eclectic taste in men, but there are rules. Never the same man twice, and never get involved. And while her current assignment as a nurse isn’t complicated, her desire for the devastatingly sexy soldier threatens both her career and her heart in ways she never imagined.

What happens when hunger, desire, and need control your every thought, your every action?

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The Wizard’s Gift

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Date Published: 6/30/12
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The last of an ancient group of wizards leaves a gift to the newly arrived race of men. It is revered and cared for by a line of priests until it is stolen, and the high priest and his sovereign murdered by a king who believes himself destined to be a great wizard. But from ancient writings the high priest had discovered that the gift is not benevolent as was thought. This forces the son of the high priest, unexpectedly elevated to his father’s position, and the young prince who is equally suddenly King, into a race to find the gift before it can be used as that may cause the destruction of the world. Accompanied by the retired captain of the palace guard they hope to speed their journey by crossing the Wasteland, a seeming desert, which is fabled to be populated by monsters, and from which no visitor has ever returned. In the course of their adventures they are hunted by dog faced men and captured by slavers, but the young prince truly becomes a king, and the priest discovers that he has a destiny that goes beyond the bounds of his world.
Excerpt
“My Lord” he said, the words finally exploding from his lips.
“Stay and be easy” Caran Tuith said. “Tell us what happened to you. You were hurt in your boat and drifted out to sea?” he tried to help the man’s memory.
Once more a startled and worried look came onto his face. He stared for what seemed an age into the Prince’s eyes and then slowly began to shake his head.
 “No my Lord. I was injured before I reached the boat. I was wounded in the fighting.” His voice was steady but still weak and low.
At this revelation all of the men became attentive, even Janorin seemed to recall his thoughts to the present.
“Fighting?” said the ship’s Captain “What was this, some seafront brawl. An argument over fish?”
Again the man shook his head. “No sir. Fighting with the soldiers who came into the city. We tried to defend ourselves but there were too many, and they came in complete surprise. “ Once more he raised his hand to the wound on his head. ”I thought that I was killed when I saw that sword swing at my head. Then I woke the next morning alive, I do not know what saved me, maybe the power of the Gift.” He looked over at Bataan, realising now who he was.
Caran Tuith was now on his knees next to the man, and the others had crowded in closer to him to hear his weak voice.
“The city was attacked, by whom? Where were the Palace Guard?” he looked quickly at Janorin and saw shock and disbelief in his sallow face.
“I do not know by whom my Lord” the man continued “They were short men with cruel eyes. They came as if by magic. No one saw them and then suddenly they were all around and inside the city. They seemed to want to kill everyone. During the day I was in fear of my life. I could hear yelling in some language I had never heard before. And screaming, I heard lots of screaming. I was so weak that I could not move from where I had fallen, but by the power of the Gift they did not see me. That night I managed to crawl along the back ways down to the harbour. There were fires everywhere. The invaders in their green tunics were looting the houses and shops. I thought once or twice that I saw our soldiers stop them, but they seemed to be with them, only different, taller men.
When I reached the harbour it was night and I thought that I would surely be seen, but there was no one on the quays that I could see, so I got down into the nearest boat and set it adrift. I knew that the tide was ebbing and that it would take me out into the open water. I had not thought beyond that. The last thing I saw as the cobble cleared the quays was the sun rising behind the city and smoke filling the sky everywhere. From the city and the palace.”
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Michael Waller is British and was born in the industrial north of Yorkshire. After being asked to leave school by his Headmaster he began a varied work career. This went from Chemist to Dog Catcher with stints as a Bingo Caller and door-to-door Insurance Salesman in between. For twenty years he worked in the oil and chemical industry which took him to the Middle East and finally the USA where he is now retired and living in upstate New York.
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Title: Awakening the Bear

Author: Catherine Vale

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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When his beast awakens, all hell will break loose.

Homicide Detective, Ben Walker thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until a murder investigation sets him on the wrong side of the Stonewall Gang. Then he finds himself pinned down in an alley, fighting for his life.

When he awakens, he is a very different man. In fact, he’s hardly a man at all. A beast lurks beneath his surface, desperate to come out and play. Before too long, he finds himself drawn into a world where the lines between myth and reality are blurred.

But there’s one thing Ben knows for certain. The mysterious redheaded beauty that shows up at his door isn’t your everyday woman. She’s a rogue were-bear, a wild shifter, and one of the most intriguing creatures he’s ever laid eyes on. There’s just one thing standing in his way. And it smells like murder.

If you love riveting storytelling, sensual alpha shifters, and paranormal romance that never quits, then you’ll love Awakening the Bear.

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem and paranormal romance.

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