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Defiance and Redemption

 


Literary Fiction

Publisher: Clara Publishing/ Spiro Books



Life As a Roller Coaster

Eva and Victoria’s grandfather tells them that life is like a roller coaster ride.

Sometimes things are great and you feel the joy of the heights and sometimes you face the overwhelming down turns. Hold on tight because everything passes!

This will be a hard lesson for the young women to learn for they will be challenged by love, passion, scandal, loss of fortune, and their hard-earned freedom.


About the Author

Maria J. Andrade was born in Ecuador, South America, and raised in New York and California. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. As a licensed therapist and writer, Maria has been diving into other people’s minds and her own, through dreams, poetry, and books for over three decades. She traveled with the Four Winds Society where she studied and was initiated into Andean shamanism in 1990.

Before Maria retired as a therapist, she specialized in women’s issues and founded the Wise Women’s Circle a ritualistic and transpersonal study group that continues today. The women support each other through life’s challenges and in the growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Maria Andrade’s books for children and adults is found in a variety of genres. This is an unforgettable first novel that reflects her imagination and creative storytelling.


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Science-Fiction

Date Published: 09-06-2021

Publisher: Markosia Enterprises



Biochemist Anushka Mahto flees the lab where she works, stealing the mysterious substance she has been experimenting on. She accidentally contaminates herself while disposing of it, in an attempt to protect the world at large from its potentially harmful effects. On the run from her unethical boss, Anushka must learn to control her multiple new powers while being hunted by lab security chief and former lover, Charlotte. She calls on her sister for help, but Jhanvi is reluctant to open old wounds by allowing Anushka back into her life. When an alien named Ergo comes onto the scene, Anushka suddenly finds the fate of humanity resting in her hands. Can she navigate the complex problems in her personal relationships and also prevent an interstellar war?



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Annie Percik lives in London, where she writes novels and short stories, whilst working as a freelance editor and proofreader (https://alobear.co.uk/?page_id=778). She writes a blog about writing on her website (https://alobear.co.uk/), which is where all her current publications are listed, including her debut fantasy novel, The Defiant Spark (http://getbook.at/DefiantSpark) and her sci-fi second novel, A Spectrum of Heroes (https://amzn.to/3xnJ9eb). She also makes a media review podcast with her husband, Dave (https://stillloveit.libsyn.com/), and publishes a photo-story blog, recording the adventures of her teddy bear (https://aloysius-bear.dreamwidth.org/). He is much more popular online than she is.


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“The Captain’s Kidnapped Bride”

The Captain’s Kidnapped Bride debuts October 1 at the discount price of 99c on Kindle (regular price $7.99)

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Title: The Captain’s Kidnapped Bride Author: Abby Rice Genre: Historical Romance The last thing Hetty Pritchard ever wanted was a husband. Until a joke-gone-wrong lands her aboard an unfamiliar schooner headed for Jamaica — with the Captain himself snoring in the bunk beside her. Now a ruined woman, Hetty has no choice but to accept the grouchy mariner’s reluctant solution: a temporary fake “marriage.” Purely for show, of course. And if navigating a ship-full of men, pulling off a fake relationship with a total stranger, and making her way back home weren’t troubles enough? Add in troubling wisps of ‘second sight.’ And an unexpected simmering attraction to her new, fake husband. A stand-alone sweet historical with touches of the paranormal, and a heart-tugging HEA ending.    

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Adventure really ought to be my middle name. I’ve ridden cross-country on a motorcycle; crewed on a real-life square-rigged ship; built and rehabbed houses/apartments; and helped seek justice for crime victims as a District Attorney. Nonfiction is where I cut my writing teeth, in over 200 magazine stories. (As you probably guessed, natural health was one of my fave topics!) That led me into books. Take a peek at those and my rollicking history blog on www.Clairitage.com. These days when I’m not dreaming up new stories about heroines, health, or history, I’m lending a hand to my garden-crazy husband, or scanning 1860s newspapers for bits of forgotten gossip. Hope you’ll give Abby Rice a quick ‘like’ on Facebook! And follow me on Goodreads (under my non-pen name, Karen Dustman). I love hearing from readers! If you’d like to connect, drop me an email at: AbbyRiceRomance@gmail.com  

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The Rescue by Julie Weaver

The Rescue
Julie Weaver
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

One night. One Christmas wish. One killer on the loose.

Unlucky in love, Lilly Hart regrets volunteering to cover the New York CIA intelligence desk on Christmas Eve. That is until field operative Dylan Fox—the swoonworthy spy she’s spent far too many hours daydreaming about—dials in requesting her assistance. But before Lilly can explain his life is in imminent danger, their call is cut short, and it’s up to Lilly to dash through Manhattan and find him before it’s too late.

Dylan Fox can’t believe his luck when a gorgeous brunette crashes into him on the sidewalk and drags him into a crowded, dark bar. But when he realizes it’s none other than Lilly Hart, the intelligence analyst with the sweet voice he’s fantasized about for three long years, he thinks all his Christmases have come at once. Although, with an assassin on their heels, it could be a rendezvous to remember for all the wrong reasons.

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Damn, his long legs and bulky shoulders filled out that suit in the best possible way. I’d spent far too many lonely nights fantasizing about what lay beneath it. Asking myself life’s most meaningful questions like, did he sport a six-pack or an eight? And what would it feel like to run my fingertips over the expanse of his muscular chest and lower? Much lower.

Wow. Could the timing of my inappropriate thoughts be any worse?

But… Dylan was staring right at me.

At me!

The skin around his eyes tightened, and a small smile appeared on his lips.

Did he recognize me? That didn’t make sense. And yet his grin grew wider and his eyes never left mine as he came closer.

A horn blasted nearby, dragging me from my hot guy stupor. I needed to get a grip on myself. We weren’t out of danger yet.

Remembering my training, I searched the crowded sidewalk for the German assassin.

Nothing.

No—wait. Half a block away on the other side of the busy street. The man wore a knit cap and gray coat, but I recognized the black turtleneck. It was Schmidt, and he was coming this way.

Shit.

Okay. Plan B.

I just wished I knew what that was.

Schmidt had almost reached the corner when a troop of roaming carolers blocked his path. Man, I’d never been so glad to hear Silent Night in all my life.

My gaze came back to Dylan’s—yep, still staring at me. As we were about to cross paths, I lunged for him, latched on to the lapels of his jacket and shoved him toward the entrance of the Irish bar on the corner. His eyes widened in playful surprise, and I had to believe he allowed me to push him into the bar because he was twice my size and more than capable of shirking my grip.

Inside the low-lit bar, a U2 cover band played to a packed crowd. Body heat warmed the venue, and the malty aroma of spilled beer hung thick in the air. Dodging drunken revelers and their unsteady Guinness glasses, I dragged Dylan to a dark corner at the back of the bar and pressed him against the wall. Holding him pinned in place, I peered through gaps in the crowd, hoping to catch a glimpse of Schmidt in the window as he continued past.

Warm hands slid under my jacket and curled around my waist. My gaze shot to Dylan’s, and I sucked in a sharp breath.

His thumbs stroked tantalizing circles over my hip bones. “Technically, it’s not Christmas for another four hours, but I’ve always been a fan of unwrapping one gift early.”

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Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary and historical novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Originally from Dubai, she now lives in Western India with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky. She loves to hear from readers. So do give her a shout if you’ve read any of her books.

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Short Stories

Date Published:10-01-2020


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He’s done it again!

Dru Richman, winner of the National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts writing contest, is releasing a new collection of short stories that stretch the mind and warm the heart.


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A little older and a lot grayer but still pushing on.

During the days of the past thirty years, Dru has been a mild-mannered Macintosh computer maven. His company, Mac Help Desk [www.machelpdesk.com], continues to provide on-site Support, Sales, Training, and Service in the Macintosh and iDevice environments.

For more than fifteen years, Dru has been part of an international writing group called Brainz. Each month the group is charged with writing something — prose, poetry, short story, a song, screenplay — anything really, based on a one-word topic. Previous topics have included: mourning, fear, scars, numbers, and flying. Many of the stories in this book are generated from that group.

Dru lives in Richardson, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), with wifey Ava, and their four-legged love child, a standard poodle named Jacob.


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Why Do You Cry, Sad Ghost?

 


Children’s Picture Book

Release Date: September 15, 2021

Publisher: Reginetta Press



A Halloween picture book for art lovers. In clever rhyme, Sad Ghost visits the rooms of his home, always with a tear in his eye. Hauntingly drawn, Why Do You Cry, Sad Ghost? displays Celia Jones’ gift for whimsy and detail.

Inspired by the author-illustrator’s love for all things Halloween – and by a treasured family Halloween figurine – this artfully drawn picture book is full of details to delight children and the adults who read with them.

With a mouse hiding on every page and visual references to popular culture, these finely crafted images and poignant text deliver a Halloween treat to readers.




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Author and artist Celia Jones is a Rural Postal Carrier. She also delivers her artwork, in the form of graphic art, book cover design, and book interior design. Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jones earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her specialty is painting in oils.


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Lillian and the Italians by David Gee

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Book Title: Lillian and the Italians

Author:  David Gee

Publisher:  The Conrad Press

Cover Artist: Charlotte Mouncey

Release Date:  April 11, 2021

Genres: 1960s Mafia Romance/Romance Thriller

Tropes: Bi-guys and their parents

Themes: Mother comes to terms with finding her son is bisexual

Heat Rating:  2 flames       

Length: 101 000 words/ 366 pages

It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Venice, Amalfi – secrets and danger

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Looking for her wayward son in 1960s Italy, an English widow encounters revelations and begins a dangerous romance.

In Venice Lillian Rutherford meets the ex-gigolo who has shared the last four years of Andrew’s life; his disclosures force her to confront a side of her son that she never suspected – he is bisexual. Going on to Amalfi, she meets the charismatic Prince Massimo Monfalcone, whose gay playboy son is being held to ransom in Corsica with Andrew. Massimo distracts Lillian with his life story: his first wife was murdered in a Sicilian blood-feud; his second wife killed herself because of his infidelity. As they wait for news of their sons, a bond grows between Lillian and the Prince…

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Massimo led her across to a wooden bench overlooking the steps down to the platform of rock and the barely whispering sea. ‘I love this house,’ he said as they sat down, ‘but the Amalfi coast doesn’t have much to offer the boys compared to Sardinia or some of the other jet-set hang-outs. Positano used to be chic but it’s become very touristy.’

‘At their age a touristy place ought to be what they’d want: discotheques and bars.’ 

‘Fausto’s happier in a crypt full of old ledgers, and Fabio prefers to be seen where it’s fashionable to be seen. If he was hanging about in low dives with working-class types and slumming tourists I’d be worried about his security. There’s safety in numbers with his rich society friends, but I do worry that he may acquire a taste for dangerous vices.’

Lillian took a deep breath that owed nothing to the steps. She said: ‘I hope Andrew won’t be a bad influence on him.’

Massimo stared deep into her eyes. He said: ‘On the contrary, he may be a better influence than some of the crowd he usually hangs around with. Your son has a certain amount of culture and sophistication. Perhaps some of that will rub off on Fabio.’

‘Have you met my son?’

He nodded. ‘At Fabio’s birthday party in Siena last April. I didn’t stay long, I didn’t want to spoil his fun with his young friends, but, yes, I met Andrew. He has a lot of charm and although he pretends to be shallow and cynical, I could see that he was a man of sensitivity and deep feelings underneath.’ He paused, still looking at her. ‘The sensitivity he gets from you, I’m quite sure. The shallowness is, I think, a thing of his own making. His looks come from his father’s side, I guess, but there’s something that connects you and him just as there is with me and Fabrizio although he’s the image of his mother. That something, that connection, is what has brought you to Italy. I would go to the ends of the earth for either of my sons.’

A driver tooted his impatience on the next headland. Lillian’s eyes were filmed with tears which she managed not to shed. ‘We’re keeping them waiting,’ she said, gesturing at the group of men at the car.

‘They are paid to wait,’ he said bluntly. ‘This is an important moment for you, for us.’ He took her right hand and held it between both of his. ‘Lillian, if you need to cry, you should cry. There can be no shame between us, the parents of two difficult sons.’

Freeing her hand, she took another deep breath. ‘My son is homosexual,’ she said, meeting his penetrating gaze.

‘I know this,’ he said.

‘He’s more than twice the age of your – Fabio.’ The boy’s name was finally fixed in her mind. ‘He may – corrupt him.’

Massimo smiled into her eyes. ‘My dear Lillian, it’s possible that my useless son will “corrupt” Andrew, who has given up the practice of interior design to go sailing with him. My son too seems to be homosexual. Of course at seventeen he may grow out of it, although I think not in his case. It’s a disappointment, but there are worse things he could be.’

‘I can’t think of many,’ said Lillian wretchedly.

He mocked her with a gentle laugh and patted her hands. ‘By the time I was seventeen I’d made love to every available girl in our village as well as some of their mothers and even some of their brothers.’ Lillian, with an effort, managed not to look shocked. ‘I was lucky,’ he continued. ‘Girls were supposed to be virgins until they married, but a surprising number of them were available for the grandson of Don Massimo Monfalcone. For many Sicilian boys to this day homosexual activity is one of the more respectable ways of acquiring a bit of experience before marriage.’

Lillian supposed he was hinting at some form of degeneracy that was thankfully beyond the reach of her imagination. ‘I shouldn’t be telling you this,’ he apologized. ‘I’m trying to make the point that boys do things they mostly grow out of. I did. Andrew apparently hasn’t. Maybe Fabio will, maybe he won’t, but whatever happens I don’t think your son will have much to do with it.’

‘Between you and Carlo I seem to be getting a whole new sexual education at the age of fifty,’ she said.

He laughed again. ‘Is that how old you are? One would never think so.’

About the Author 

David Gee has worked in London and the Persian Gulf. His previous novels include Shaikh-Down and The Bexhill Missile Crisis, a prequel to Lillian and the Italians. He lives on the UK south coast near Brighton. His website and blog are at: www.davidgeebooks.com

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Happily Ever After by Cheryl Holt

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Happily Ever After
By Cheryl Holt
Historical Romance

CHERYL HOLT takes readers on a new and fun journey to the seashore, where she delivers another thrilling story of passion, drama, and love forevermore…

James Covington is an explorer who’s been away from England for years. After a catastrophe at sea, he’s returned to find himself presumed deceased and his world completely changed. He’s inherited the family’s earldom and is the new owner of the seaside resort town of Baywick, built to entertain the rich and glamorous of High Society. But he’s weary and suffering quietly over his failed expedition. He’d like to simply sail away to a spot where he can be alone with his tormented thoughts.

Miss Emily Shaw is a poor cousin with no dowry or prospects. She’d like to marry and have a home of her own someday, but she can’t imagine how it would ever happen. She’s accompanied her cousin to Baywick, where they will spend the summer, reveling as if they are wealthy ladies of leisure.

When Emily meets James, sparks fly and romance sizzles. But he’s a handsome, dashing earl, and she realizes he would never stoop low enough to love her. Yet she just might be the woman who could help him to live Happily Ever After…
 
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CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author who has published over sixty novels.

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre. For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.” She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at http://www.cherylholt.com.


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