Ochre Lucas ought to stand out—he’s a brilliant environmental scientist, six-foot-five, and Fae-human mix who has to hide his pointed ears—but compared to his sisters Scarlet and Azure, Ochre has always felt lost and overlooked. But when Azure sends Ochre on a mission to save the life of Anna Allanach, a shifter wolf from Virginia, Ochre finds himself attracted to Anna in a way that makes him willing to risk everything for her to notice him. Years earlier, Anna Allanach received a reading from a fortune teller that said the path to true love lay with Liam Grayson and she believed it… right up until the day that Scarlet Lucas, Ochre’s younger sister, became Liam’s mate. Since then, Anna has been on a mission to help wolves connect with human mates, but the deeper she delves into the magic that now separates the wolves from humans, the more at risk she becomes. Anna only trusts her friend the witch, Charlie Peters, but when Charlie goes missing, Anna must turn to Ochre for help. Ochre and Anna hunt for Charlie, but soon find themselves on a desperate mission that could change the lives of Supernaturals everywhere. With lives on the line, Ochre realizes that he’s going to have to tread a new path if he wants to save the girl of his dreams and the future.
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Bethany Maines, a native of Tacoma WA, is the award-winning author of romantic action-adventure tales that focus on women who know when to apply lipstick and when to apply a foot to someone’s hind end. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel. You can also catch up with her onTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, and BookBub.
Eight years I’ve lived in Hell. Eight years their faces have plagued me. Eight years the darkness has consumed me. Eight years the demons have haunted me. Loud and demanding to be set free.
Zane Savage has struggled to make peace with his past and leave them behind him, but that’s the thing about secrets—nothing ever stays buried.
Kennedy Donnelly has followed the rules her whole life and been the perfect Irish princess. The one night she decided to break free of her family name and be wild left her with more than she bargained for.
She’s everything he didn’t know he needed. The one who silences his voices. They’ll be sorry they ever touched her.
Ruthless is what he’ll become to save her. To save them. And no mercy will be given.
***This book is part of a connecting series and contains mature/graphic subject matter. Please see author’s note for TW/CW. For readers 18+***
About the Author: Christine Besze is a writer, reader, mother, wife, and lover of all things wine. She lives in her own world of crazy most days, because the voices inside her head hold some great conversation. When she does have to come back to reality and act like an actual grown-up, she spends her time with her handsome hubby Z, their two gorgeous gingers and their mini-herd of German Shepherds. Born in sunny Southern California, she recently made the big leap with her family to the East Coast and couldn’t be happier. You’ll still find her in flip-flops—with a full glass of wine—all year round.
Knight Reed is a devil heir with a chip on his shoulder. The arrogant a-hole I love to hate.
His name may be Knight, but that armor is black as coal. He’s a beautiful god with a wicked heart. I know because my mom used to work for his family. An act of brutal violence in the woods and he gets my mom fired, ultimately leaving us homeless. That was the last time I saw him face-to-face.
At least, until recently.
He’s frat boy royalty at my new university, a campus god amongst the rich and elite. There’s little interest in a freshman like me.
But then I cross him, putting an end to me being invisible here in his world.
At a party, I see something I shouldn’t have seen. Now, suddenly, the campus god has me tackled on a bed with his hand around my throat. He tells me to forget what I witnessed. Do that or the end result will be bad for me. He’s hellbent on crushing my little dove wings and all I see is that cruel boy from the woods that day.
When it comes to Knight, I can’t seem to stay out of his way or keep my trap shut around him, no matter how hard I try. He tells me my little mouth will get me in trouble, but I think he’s wrong.
I’m not afraid what will happen if I spill his secrets. What terrifies me is how badly I want to see what might be beyond all that coal-black armor…
It’s possible that, to some small measure, I’m tempted to give in to the only devil I’ve ever known.
The dark knight himself.
“I’m going to have fun breaking you, beauty queen.”
They call him kingpin. A blond titan with the looks of a god, the wealth of a king, and the influence of the mob. Lance Johnson is the guy you go to when you want anything on Woodcreek University’s campus.
And I mean, anything.
He’s got more than one dean in his pocket, as well as nearly all the university’s staff—the professor I’m a TA for included.
He’s got grown men and respected scholars by their balls, but he doesn’t have me.
I have a direct hand over his academic future and not only does he know that, he gets off on it. He tests me in any ways he can. He plays with me and pushes our boundaries to the point of their brink. He doesn’t care that I control his grades.
And definitely doesn’t care that I have a boyfriend.
He says I’m nothing but a perfect, little beauty queen. A plaything he can’t wait to break. He sets his sight on me and I’m a target of the most powerful man I’ve ever seen.
He has to be if I let him kiss me.
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A night with a handsome stranger should have been the best one of my life.
But it turns out he wanted so much more from me.
Stepbrother nightmare. That’s Jaxen Ambrose.
He’s beautifully vicious, lethal, the villain, and I’m nothing but the plaything that gives him his high.
He says I must pay for my sins. I do that or he’ll end me. He’s got it in his sick mind I’ve done something to him. That I’ve taken something from him but I’m no thief.
The only thief is him. My enemy, my obsession. He involved me in his wicked game without me even knowing. Before he was cruel, he was kind, a stranger who’d been gentle and sweet. I even believed him capable of love.
Only, that love turned out to be what I should fear most, his wickedest play of all. It’s true that his cruelty could break me.
But his love could destroy me.
“What do you say, Jersey girl?”
He asked me that over a deep dish, a man I met at a wedding when I’d been trying to forget the epic disaster that was my life. He was too young, but I was hurting, sad, and recently divorced. Basically, the trifecta for bad decision-making.
Did I mention I’m divorced?
Because I am, and he made me laugh. God, did he make me laugh and I didn’t do that. Not anymore. My ex-husband stole something from me I could never get back, and my pizza companion was there to offer an alternative. A night with him to forget old wounds from the past.
And I’m totally not a terrible person because he was running from something too. We both were. Two strangers drowning in the sea of our own pain. He had a past and a woman he was trying to get out of his mind, and I had a trauma that needed the same prescription.
One night to forget all the crap and the people who came before. One night of rash decisions. One night with a beautiful man who made me smile. Made me laugh.
He’s in his twenties.
I’m in my thirties.
Ramses Mallick may prove to completely unravel me.
It’s only made worse that he’s my student.
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ABOUT EDEN O’NEILL
Eden O’Neill is a vegan millennial who loves all things romance! She also LOVES Disney, The Mandalorian, and pretty much all things nerd-gasm. Her books are about fierce ladies and the alpha a-holes they love to hate.
I learned the hard way that actions have consequences. One misguided night has left me with both physical and emotional scars. I’d hoped transferring colleges would help me heal, but I never expected him to be my remedy.
Hudson Wright looks at me like I’m another trophy to win. A challenge. A game. I should hate him, and I definitely shouldn’t trust him.
The truth is, I’m caught up in his storm.
For the first time in almost a year, I feel alive. When he’s near, sparks ignite under my skin. They’re addictive and make me ignore all warning signs and doubts.
The star quarterback may be used to winning, but I can play games too.
He promised he’d chase me and I promised to run.
The only question is, what happens if I let him catch me?
USA Today Bestselling author Kayleigh King is a writer of contemporary and paranormal romance. She writes love stories that will stick with you, almost like they’re haunting you.
She’s a Diet Coke and cold brew addict, sharing music is her love language, and she seriously lacks a filter. Anything she thinks, she usually says. And if she doesn’t say it, her facial expressions will say it for her. Currently residing in Denver Colorado, you’ll never find her on a snowboard since she avoids the snow like the plague.
Want to chat about books, music, or life in general? Make sure you join her Facebook reader group and follow her on Instagram. Her DMs are always open to her readers.
Greer Rivers is a former crime fighter in a suit, but now happily leaves that to her characters as a romance author! A born and raised Carolinian, Greer says “y’all”, the occasional “bless your heart” (when necessary), and feels comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life.
Greer adores strong, sassy heroines and steamy second chances. She hopes to give readers an escape from the craziness of life and a safe place to feel too much. She’d LOVE to hear from you anytime! Except the morning. She hates mornings.
Title: Never AgainAuthor: Leaona Luxx
Genre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: April 27, 2022Cover Designer: Pixie DustHosted by:Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
Not a lot can be said that isn’t already common knowledge. Lucas Stone is arrogant, egotistical, and an overall smartass. One could say I know him well.
Or I used to anyway.
He was the boy next door until he got his big break with an underwear ad on a bus, leaving me behind for the big city lights. .
It feels like a lifetime ago.
One before college, my husband Joe, and one horrible night that left me a single mom with a farm I can’t afford, a teen son on the verge of becoming a man and a seven-year-old drama queen for a daughter.
Now Luke’s coming back.
He’s hoping to repair his image and salvage his career, and it just so happens I need a farm hand. Still stinging from his betrayal, I’m not so sure how this is gonna work out because old habits die hard, and Luke comes with a multitude of them.
But the thing is…. back home, he’s still just the guy next door and I’m learning to never say Never Again.
Leaona (LEE-aw-na) Luxx was 47 when she decided to start playing with the voices in her head and give them their own world. A wife and mother, she was inspired to write at a young age, drawing from real life situations, she depicts a world where love, life, and redemption can be found. Her stories feature a family and their friends in a town set around Cherry Grove, S.C.
Once her second book was released, she was crowned with the title of ‘Queen of Redemption’. Many readers thought after meeting her most wretched characters they wanted to give them a second chance and felt as though they were talking to their best friends.
Leaona’s debut, Cherry Grove, released on June 22, 2016. Her books follow a family and their friends in a world built for her Redeeming Romances. Although the stories are all standalone, you’ll love finding old and new characters with every book.
Thanks to an object Nora, 17, inherits from her mother, everything in Nature, the trees, the water, even frogs come to life in a new way that shows Nora not only the interconnectedness of all things but the grave danger the physical world is in, thanks to the destructive ways of humans.
This new superpower only makes Nora’s battle to save her murdered father’s tree farm more complicated. Now she not only has enemies in the human world but because of the object she possesses which is sacred to the world of frogs, she has enemies there too. Chief among them is Ranya, Queen of Frogs, who sees Nora as a threat to her reign. Her son, the frog prince Azzie, however, takes a different view and proposes something audacious—something that might save both worlds.
But the cost of Azzie’s request, to Nora, is high and under the light of the pink moon she must decide—will she put aside her own wellbeing to help, or will she stand aside and watch our ecosystem crumble?
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Luanne C. Brown fell in love with nature as a kid, camping with her family around the Midwest. When her family emigrated to Canada to start a commune, her love for the forest deepened, because that’s where she’d escape to avoid doing chores.
As a college student, she did a stint for the Research Board of Canada in the mountain lakes in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. There, the frogs serenaded her to sleep every night and told her their deep dark secrets. One of these secrets gave birth to a retelling of the frog prince tale.
In the subsequent decades, Luanne has worn many hats, most of them with fountain pens sticking out of the brim. When she’s not volunteering her time for various causes or daydreaming about her next story, she works as a freelance senior copywriter for high tech companies in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.
Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two children, six grandchildren, and a mini-Aussie Shepherd, named Linka.
This is the second book in the Aberrations Series, a collection of ten new, short stories to tease and tickle.
How would you feel if you came face to face with a contract killer? I did, and it formed the basis for my title story .
But then, most, if not all of my yarns have a foundation in something I’ve heard, read or personally experienced.
I’ve kept a diary, for example, but have not had as macabre an experience as the old man in my tale, Dear Diary .
One might wonder, for example, whether, given the chance, the leopard might ever change its spots? Read my take on it and find out for yourself. This story was based on an actual event involving my wife, when she was just six years old. Her mother was so appalled by what happened, she refused to ever speak about it, or hear about it for the rest of her life.
I am not, and have never been a Gigolo, but decided to have our hero from Book 1 meet his comeuppance in Book 2 when he meets a Courtesan, who tumbles his well-kept secret. It’s all there for you to appreciate.
In this second Book in the series, I’ve also looked at taxidermy, car crime and conditions under which an innocent journalist might be tortured and imprisoned in Vietnam? All based on personal experience, or else events
I’ve read about in the press which struck me as being worthy of a view to be expressed in a short story .
These are just a few tasters of a collection of tales I hope you’ll enjoy reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.
About the Author
My inspirations have come from real people, events or situations that have presented themselves. Titles like, I am a Contract Killer, I am a Gigolo, Death Zone, License to Kill, are all based on my own lifetime experiences, questions asked, incidents occurring.
Let me be reassuring, thus-far, nobody has been murdered on my watch. But the notion gave rise to the impetus to write my first murder mystery, The Lyme Regis Murders. Could I make the jump after years of writing macabre short stories to a full length drama? That familiar beating in the gut, said, ‘Yes, try it. Give it a go.’
And so to that cosy coastal town where nothing untoward ever happens. Or perhaps it does. The author seeks to shatter notions, change people’s perceptions, spoil long held views. That was my intention in entering into the world of crime thrillers. I’ve found that ‘nice’ people are not always what they seem. The helpless can be transformed into the most dangerous, the most dangerous become the most harmless. It’s all up to the writer and what they’re hoping to achieve.
For me there have been 10 children’s books, 4 books of short stories and so far, three novels, with a fourth in the mixer.
Whilst a short story might be written with a flurry of adrenalin in the space of a few hours, a book will need more than just a flash of creativity. It will need perseverance, discipline and dogged determination.
But then, isn’t that what is required of every ambition?