BABY, IT’S HOT OUTSIDE, A Contemporary Romance Collection from The New Romance Café – Happy Book Birthday!

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BABY, IT’S HOT OUTSIDE

A Contemporary Romance Collection from The New Romance Café


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It’s getting HOT in here …

This multicultural charity anthology has something for everyone: enemies to lovers, swoon-worthy athletes, vacation romance, insta love, fake relationships – take your pick or read them all!

All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This summer read is available for a limited time only, don’t miss it!

BUY LINKS:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096THQTVW
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B096THQTVW

Available in KU

INDIVIDUAL STORY BLURBS

Ignite – Kenna Shaw Reed

She. Hit. Me.

My first day in town and my ute is wrecked. I’m here to play football, not play fireman. Rylee’s sexy, sassy and knows her way around cars. But I’m not looking for the perfect woman— even if she crashed into me.

He’s not my type.

I’m done with footballers. I’m done with sexy AF men who can have any woman they want. I’m done. Except, Ethan is more than a footballer. He’s more than his billion-watt smile. But if he’s not ready to be part of our town, then we have nothing to ignite.

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Say You’re Mine – Charlotte O’Shay

Skylar: I’m not the type of woman who kisses strangers in bars. But if you met this guy—the one with a shiner on his sculpted cheekbone and a New York City sized chip on his massive shoulders, if you looked into his turbulent eyes—you’d understand. He figures I’ll tumble into his bed—because I kissed him without knowing his name. But one stolen kiss is all I’ll take because this bad boy will never be satisfied with a woman like me.

Finn: Actions speak louder than words and I’ve learned to let my fists do my talking. Schoolyard bullies who ridiculed my stutter only made that mistake once. These days women want my tatted-up fighter’s body more than romantic words I can never give them. But when a sleek uptown woman comes on to me in a bar, everything changes. Now I have to find the words to make her mine.

When serendipity brings them together, will they have the courage to say yes to forever?

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Segments From A Secret Summer – A. Perveen

Meet-cute with a namesake stranger was the last thing on Tamanna Shaikh’s mind when she’d reluctantly boarded the plane to get to her ex-husband’s cousin’s destination wedding. Her mother was cross with her, the last two books hadn’t sold well, and inspiration was playing hard-to-get. Could spending time with her intriguing co-passenger raise the temperature enough to help unfreeze that cold, colossal bitch? Ah, well, no harm in trying…

As a successful, exclusive event planner, Armaan Jatoi loved weddings. Good thing his clients didn’t know he hated marriage. Having witnessed the train wrecks on steroids that counts as marital bliss for most people, a lasting relationship was the farthest thing he wished for. But casual flirtation with a gorgeous namesake wedding guest? Count him in. Only, the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to turn away…

She spins dreams from truths. He dresses up lies for a living. Can love be born in a place that was dismantled before they met? No place like a desi summer wedding to find out.

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Summer Vacation Blitz – Jackie Paxson

Ellie Franklin is a devoted elementary school teacher. Her whole life revolves around her school year and her garden. On the last day of school, her best friend offers her a free two-week trip to Fiji.  At first, she’s reluctant but when she glimpses what her future could be she jumps on the opportunity. What could possibly happen on a two week vacation?

Lucas Stallworth is a star football player and a hopeless romantic.  In one swoop, his heart and dreams of his own happily ever after are shattered. To break Lucas out of his stupor, his best friend arranges a vacation/training excursion to Fiji. A reluctant Lucas drags himself to the sunny beaches.

When Ellie and Lucas have an unconventional meeting, the sparks fly along with some choice words. Can two people really fall in love in two weeks or will reality crush their romance before it’s really begun?

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The Way You Drive Me Crazy – Olivia Hardin

Can a simple drive lead to something as crazy as love?

Lacey isn’t adventurous.  She’s not a wild child and crazy isn’t what she does. She’s certainly not the kind of girl who gets into a car with a total stranger to go off on a wild goose chase. But losing her dad changed things and she’s been on a mission. So, if hitching a ride with a cute mechanic from Simoneaux Bayou is needed to track down the last mysterious piece of her genealogy… well, a girl’s gotta do at least one crazy thing in her life, right?

Luke is just a grease-under-the-nails diesel mechanic.  A mechanic who just happens to be the favorite nephew of one Betty Ruth… as in Betty Ruth’s Country Store.  In his aunt’s eyes, he can fix just about anything, so it’s not that unusual for him to get a call about “pretty little girl” who’s car is broken down out at Simoneaux Bayou. But this girl is all woman and its hard to keep his eyes off of her long enough to get a good look at her busted transmission.  And when Aunt Betty tells him he has to drive the girl to Lafayette… well, he’s not gonna argue over getting to spend a few hours alone with the best looking girl a mechanic like him has ever seen, is he?

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Challenging Helen – Susanne Ash

Sparks fly when an disorganized wedding planner has to rely on the help of a new competitor with a hidden agenda.

Event planner Helen Williams’s day goes from bad to worse when the venue for the biggest wedding of the year falls through. Ethan Shaw is the new competition, but to her surprise, he comes to her rescue. But there’s a catch: they have to work together. Which wouldn’t be a problem, if she didn’t feel so attracted to him.

Ethan Shaw lost a big promotion to nepotism and he’s out for revenge. He needs Helen’s help to get close to one of her clients. A client who can help him get a foot in the door back home and show his old boss that he’s made a big mistake. The problem? He likes Helen and using her for his own gains is becoming harder by the day.

How will Helen react when she discovers Ethan’s secret agenda? Is the deception something they can overcome to find their happily ever after?

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Queen of Hearts – L.D. Wosar

Radio talk show lonely hearts advisor, Darinda Levian, tells her callers to open themselves to love.  However, her track record with men is anything but romantic; it’s an epic fail.

Jeffery Halohan, confirmed bachelor, thinks Darinda’s lonely heart spot on the radio is fluff.  They have a friendly competition on the radio station. His failing financial advice show versus her matters of the heart. They make a deal to engage in a fake relationship for one month to help boost his ratings.

Is this agreement business as usual or will love blossom at the end of the month?


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PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Kenna Shaw Reed

Kenna lives in the land down under with most of her books set in Sydney or the south coast of Australia. She writes from experience of past loves and lovers. Of broken hearts and redemption. Of women who get the man (or men) they deserve. Kenna lives with her darling hubby, two children and two dogs who love her, and a cat that refuses to acknowledge she exists.

Facebook | Instagram | Website

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Charlotte O’Shay

The only thing award winning author Charlotte O’Shay loves more than reading steamy romance where happily ever after always wins is writing them. Charlotte lives with her IRL hero, Mac, in the West Soho section of Manhattan where walks along the Hudson Riverfront serve up fresh story ideas every day. Charlotte loves to talk all things romance at:

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook  | Bookbub

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A. Perveen

A. Perveen is a South Asian introvert who daydreams about love-myths, monsters, and magic during her day job and binge-watches period dramas at night. When she’s not writing romance, she’s either having imaginary conversations with fictional characters over chai or chatting up the stray cats in her backyard. She spends most of her life reading steamy books, humming off-key old Bollywood songs, and sighing over gardening blogs because she loves plants and has a knack for killing them.

You can follow her at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/A-Perveen/e/B08R44J192
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20234394.A_Perveen
FB: www.facebook.com/A.PerveenAuthor
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/saraab.e.sukhan/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/aperveen1
Blog: www.sarabesukhan.com

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Jackie Paxson

Jackie lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, three kids and two crazy fur babies.  When she isn’t writing, she’s busy irritating her colleagues at her day job.  Most of her one-liners they have heard during work hours.  She’s an avid reader who had a blog for more than seven years.  Her love of reading and writing goes all the way back to her days reading Sweet Valley High while pretending to clean her room.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jackiepaxsonauthor
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jackiepaxsonauthor
Newsletter:  www.jackiepaxsonauthor.com

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Olivia Hardin

Olivia Hardin always realized how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings.  She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about one out of five projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny, and their two rescue pups, Bonnie Sue and Heidi Ho.

Facebook  | Bookbub | Goodreads

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Susanne Ash

Susanne Ash writes sweet contemporary romance. When she’s not busy putting pen to paper, she loves to cook, knit, and head out exploring with her husband and daughter. She lives close to the beach in beautiful South Carolina. You’ll find that her novels’ settings are often a fictionalized version of her surroundings and the places she’s visiting with her family.

For more Palmar Island stories, check out her other books on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Susanne-Ash/e/B07TFTMD5D

Sign up for her newsletter and get a free sweet romance novella at https://www.susanneash.com/news

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L.D. Wosar

LD Wosar writes Western Fantasy. She’s from Olympia, Washington but currently living in Las Vegas and works in the Gaming Industry. She’s written the Western trilogy, Kit Weston Chronicles, A Capot Adventure Series, a time-travel adventure, Relic, as well as her newest Jaded Vamp series. Writing is her obsession, which she spends all of her free time writing stories with a Paranormal flare.

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/L.D.-Wosar/e/B081DD1WHP
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ldwosarbooks
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LdWosar
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19390914.L_D_Wosar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldlegendarylitcrew

TWELVE DAYS OF KISSES by The New Romance Café – Featured New Release

TWELVE DAYS OF KISSES

A New Romance Café Anthology

Twelve Days of Kisses, the latest contemporary anthology of short stories for charity from the authors at The Romance Café is now available!

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHC5WM3
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KHC5WM3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55725322-twelve-days-of-kisses

Release Date: 10 November 2020

Charity: Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Group: This anthology is brought to you by The Romance Café, a community of romance novel fans and writers, born out of the desire for a safe space to discuss our shared passion for romance, as well as empower and support authors of the genre. Join us every day for your dose of romance in the Café:

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SPARKLING ROMANCE WITH A SPRINKLING OF HOLIDAY MAGIC AND A TOUCH OF SASS AND SPICE.

Breast cancer affects one in four women. Here’s your chance to read a swoon-worthy book and help other women at the same time.

Curl up in your comfy chair in front of the fire and know that every book purchased, and every page read raises money for breast cancer research.

This winter romance collection has it all:

Small towns
Multicultural couples
Hawaiian escapes
Hot surfers
Firefighters – ooh!
Delectable bakers and cakes
And a touch of noir

Grab Twelve Days of Kisses for romance with all the feels.

***ALL proceeds go to fund research in the fight against breast cancer. ***

STORIES

Mugshots & Candy Canes
a Blue Blooded Brothers Christmas novelette
By Sofia Aves

Ally royally screwed up her job as an Internal Affairs officer in Melbourne, interrupting Cal and Danny’s investigation. 

When her boss offers her a second chance, she jumps at the opportunity to make up for her mistake. The catch? She’s going undercover to audition for a place in the task force she deceived. Cal’s team is the best there is, and if Ally wants to resurrect her career, she needs to have this job completed by Christmas. 

Brett Walker is her point of contact within the small time drug racket. Sexy as hell with an easy going smile, he’s a crook and she can’t trust him. 

But as they work more closely together, Ally suspects there’s more to his story, and she’s determined to discover who he really is. 

Cake Decorating for Beginners
By Danielle Bellwood

Rachel is a hard-working woman with a singular mission: to save her custom cake business. Recently divorced, and drowning in a sea of debt, she decides to tackle the annual Texas National Wedding Cake Show competition for the chance to win a $100,000 grand prize. But it’s not all gumdrops and lollipops in San Antonio, TX. The competition is stiff; famous bakers and designers from all across the country will be entering cakes fit to grace the covers of magazines. Add major distractions like a sexy Texan and an overzealous family, and Rachel will have her work cut out for her. 

Aloha Christmas
*a second chance romance, with a little help from Santa*
By Aubrey Brandon

Kate Harmon is in Hawaii for her best friend’s Christmas wedding. As maid of honor, she’s determined to make sure everything is perfect. The only problem is the best man, Nick Reed. Kate and Nick spent two perfect days together, or at least they seemed perfect, until he dumped her by voicemail and she never saw him again. 

Can Kate make it through three days in paradise with the man who broke her heart? Or is there a chance that Santa might work some Christmas magic, and deliver the best gift of all?

Callum’s Awakening 
A Billionaire’s Holiday Romance (MM)
By Leila Coltyn

Can a broken young billionaire with a history of being used for his fortune move past his distrust of men?

The holidays have made Callum even crankier than usual. Unbidden memories haunt him as he arrives at a festive resort for his brother’s wedding, and his irritation only intensifies when he agrees to share a cabin.

Finding himself paired with Ryker in a secluded cabin, Callum uses snark and sarcasm to keep Ryker at arm’s length. It takes being snowed in together during a blizzard for the patient tattoo artist to warm Callum’s heart.

Her Christmas Angel
A Delsey Dozen Novelette
By Zoey Fox

Can a tragic fire really help to rekindle an old flame?

Anabelle Delsey plans to spend Christmas with her family, celebrating their plans to renovate the family’s 100-year-old farmhouse when tragedy strikes. 

An accidental fire destroys the Delsey home, landing both Anabelle Delsey and her younger sister Emma Delsey in the hospital. The fire destroys not only the house, but also precious family heirlooms left behind by Anabelle’s late mother. Her favorite heirloom, a Stained-Glass Angel Tree Topper, survives the fire but is badly damaged. Will Anabelle’s ex-boyfriend, Caleb Lenox, and her older brother, Trenton, be able to step in to save Christmas?

Joyeux Noël, Elinor
Inspired by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book 1 of Christmas With The Scrooges
By Élodie Garroway

Christmas is a fucking humbug.

Elinor Scrooge’s antiques business is failing, her evil stepmother Joann Marley is dying, and her fiancé might as well be a ghost. But Elinor is given a chance to at least save her business when her stepmother promises her two thirds of the estate at the time of Joann’s passing. All she has to do is stay at the estate through Christmas. No big deal, Christmas is only a few weeks away…

Only it becomes apparent once she arrives that Elinor has to save more than just the antiques. Suddenly she has a few weeks to pack up and renovate the crumbling estate, keep her best friend away from her baby brother, avoid an old childhood friend who makes her want more, and try not to help her stepmother into an earlier grave.  Will Elinor be able to make it to Christmas? Or will she find herself with an uncertain future?

Changed in Time for Christmas 
by Liz Martinson

Opposites attract, so they say. It certainly happens between Jake and Emily. One of them used to casual affairs and being laid-back, and the other used to commitment and having her life carefully planned out.

But it seems it’s easier for Emily to drop the control and accept uncertainty than it is for Jake to understand his shallow relationships might be a thing of the past and he needs to understand commitment isn’t a ten-letter word.

An unexpected event puts their love to the test. Can it withstand the upheaval? And can Jake be saved from the near catastrophic results?

Baking a Living
By Molli McBeal

Clara is broke and forced to take a job catering her ex-boyfriend’s wedding until a ray of hope comes in the form of the ex’s brother, Garret who suggests she dump the wedding gig and cater his Christmas party instead. The catch? He wants edibles!

Clara has never been good at letting loose, so the idea of experimenting with drugs sends her for a loop. Running out of options, she decides to take a leap—and with Garret’s help, she discovers that the beauty of life lies somewhere between right and wrong. 

Naan but you
By L.S. Ram

She’s avoiding reality. 
He’s done with her secrets.
And together? Love just doesn’t seem to be enough.
At least, not anymore.

Many years and one engagement later, things have been less than ideal between Riya and Ethan. One Indian and one Korean, they knew from the beginning that certain secrets and issues were inevitable. For instance, besides his family and a select few friends, no one else knows of their couple status.

However, after seven years together and hopes for marriage? The excuses are starting to get stale. 

He’s been patient for a long time, allowing her to make all the rules. Meanwhile, her solution was playing dumb.  

But if Riya’s resolve doesn’t bypass her fears in time for Christmas? Perhaps only a certain miracle could keep these two together. 

Step Into a Very Noir Christmas
By Sydney Woods

Crime Noir … With a peppermint twist!  Step into a cheesy modern homage to a fun classic genre.

Phoebe was a dame that could take care of herself.  Although she was smart enough to know when she needed help, and there was only one person she could trust.  A stoic PI named Reece, who joins her in solving this Christmas caper.  It’s unfortunate, for her that the heat between them is still palatable and he’s still a hot…potato.

Will they pull it together and solve this nutcracker of a case or get burned by the yule log fueled by desire?

THE KISSING TREE Book Blog Tour Mini-Reviewapalooza – Review & Giveaway

THE KISSING TREE

Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love

KAREN WITEMEYER, REGINA JENNINGS, 
AMANDA DYKES, and NICOLE DEESE

Genre: Christian / Romance / Anthology
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: October 13, 2020
Number of Pages: 400

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In this Texas-sized romance novella collection, courting couples, decades apart, leave a permanent mark of their love by carving their initials into the same oak’s bark. 

Regina Jennings: “Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts” When a young man from her past returns and upends their small town with a new invention, schoolteacher Bella Eden is reminded of the heartbreak she suffered years ago under the old oak tree. When her job is on the line, can she trust the man who disrupted her life to help her fight for a brighter future?

Karen Witemeyer: “Inn for a Surprise”
Determined to keep love alive for others, Phoebe Woodward builds an inn that caters to couples. When her father sends a property manager to help make it a success, she finds her whimsical vision thwarted by his stodgy practicality. Finding the right blend of romance and reality is a challenge, and her spinster heart may be in for a surprise. 

Amanda Dykes: “From Roots to Sky” WWII airman Luke Hampstead found comfort in letters from the sister of a lost compatriot. When he visits Texas to thank her, he discovers her constructing a project with surprising ties to his letters . . . and that she herself is even more surprising. While a promising opportunity awaits him elsewhere, will what they’ve shared be enough to give their future flight?

Nicole Deese: “Heartwood” Abby Brookshire’s world is turned upside down when the historic tree she’s strived to preserve as the head groundskeeper at the Kissing Tree Inn is put in danger of removal. Making matters worse, the only way to protect its legacy is to partner with the man she’s been ignoring since he left town years ago. Will she have the courage to move on from the past and start a new beginning?

 

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With its four delightful, heartwarming, and romantic novellas,  The Kissing Tree is one of my favorite books of 2020. Easily in the Top 20 of the 160 titles I’ve read so far.

Four excellent stories of love spanning generations. Three historical, one contemporary. One special tree at the center of them all. Related storylines, seamless integration of elements from one story to the next, cohesive execution. Each time I finished a story, I’d say it was my favorite. In the end, I couldn’t pick one. I choose all four. 

Broken Limbs, Mended Heart by Regina Jennings tells the story of how the stately live oak in Oak Springs, Texas became The Kissing Tree through Bella Eden and Adam Fisher. The pairing of schoolteacher and modern farmer is something I don’t read often and I’m long past the point of being able to relate to characters in their early 20s, but this sweet story appealed to me because Ms. Jennings created a lovely tale of young dreams being fulfilled and of a community coming together to welcome an innovation after initial skepticism.  

Inn For a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer had me laughing with the rivalry between romantic innkeeper-wannabe Phoebe Woodward and practical self-made businessman Barnabas Ackerly. I love their conversations and the way their contest showed them how well they complement each other’s styles. Opposites do attract and with parental matchmaking at work, these two have their happily-ever-after. Barnabas’ nicknames for the inn are some of the highlights of this story. I also like the cameo of Bella and Adam from the first story to establish continuity. 

Phoebe’s line really resonated with me: “I refuse to settle for anything other than soul-stirring, fully reciprocated love.”

From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes is both light and deep. I always have a soft spot for military romance and this story of pilot Luke Hampstead and Hannah Garland, the woman he’s been corresponding with, induced me to both laughter and tears. Hannah’s vibrant personality matched Luke’s quiet steadfastness perfectly. As in the previous story, I love it when the couple works together to achieve a common goal. This time, on building the cottage inspired by Danny’s letters and Luke’s drawings from Europe. 

Heartwood by Nicole Deese gutted me. The only contemporary story of the collection, this second-chance romance between Abby Brookshire and Griffin Malone is the most relatable to me. Like Abby, I too lost my father to illness and that letter she wrote him had me bawling. While tears-inducing, this story managed to also have light moments and it ends the series on the right note. That of hope and strength in community and love. 

This is one of my favorite quotes- “When things feel completely out of my control, my options become very simple: I can either tighten my grip and hang on no matter how much that hold might hurt myself or others, or I can open my fist and trust in a process much bigger than myself … and let go.” 

 

The stories have an awesome sense of place. I actually looked up “Oak Springs, Texas” and “The Kissing Tree, Texas” on the internet with the intention of visiting them when it’s safe to travel once more. Alas, they’re only in the imagination of four talented authors.

Thanks to Lone Star Lit and Bethany House for giving me an early copy to review this wonderful book. 

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist, and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

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Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author  Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She’s a former English teacher and the author of Whose Waves These Are, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, as well as three novellas.

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Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. Both of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she’s not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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BIG CITY HEAT: A High-Rise Romance Anthology

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BIG CITY HEAT

A High-Rise Romance Anthology

The heat is rising. And the champagne is on ice.

Love contemporary romances in the Big City? Say yes, and you’ll love this collection of hot and steamy stories set in city high-rises, each perfect for reading in one sitting.

Within these pages, find an exotic cocktail — billionaire, fake, curvy women, older men, interracial, LGBTQ, straight, office, mafia … and much, much more.

Get these HOT stories from the TOP stories of some of the biggest, sexiest city high-rises.

A portion of net proceeds goes to the Equal Justice Initiative.

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STORY DESCRIPTIONS

 

The 57th Floor – Hazel Storm
When a client meeting sends matchmaker, Madelyn, hurtling to the high-rise office of CEO Peter Waring, she doesn’t expect to be blown away by this way-too-hot older man. But hookups with clients aren’t allowed, and now, Madelyn has to find Peter the perfect match.

A Change of Plans – PE Kavanagh
Ways to make the best of a NYC blizzard:
1. Take shelter in a luxury penthouse
2. Stock up on all your favorite snacks
3. Get stranded with your big sister’s best friend, who happens to be the woman of your dreams

A Hole – Phoebe Alexander
With meddling friends and myriad misunderstandings, can Ace and Ella find their happy ending? Or will Ella just become the punchline of Ace’s next joke?

The Wolf of Wall Street – Lucy Eden
CEO, Luis Pine and Executive Assistant, Aurora Douglas have a million reasons to keep their relationship strictly professional, except for one … fate.

44th & Blue – Jodi Payne
When Benjamin Waters’ law firm moves to the 44th floor of a Midtown high-rise, the last person he expects to encounter is his casual hookup, Cole Turner. Cole is working on the finishing touches to the office space, wearing a sexy tool belt and threatening to disrupt Benjamin’s carefully compartmentalized life.

Courtney – Jayce Ellis
Courtney intends to relax, relate, release, when he comes home after a decade abroad. When he meets Tracey, his plans abruptly shift, and now getting to know the cautious, but sinfully gorgeous man is the only thing on his mind.

The Right Note – Bree Kraemer
In a high-rise in Chicago, Eliza and Henry are unaware that the other even exists. Until music brings them together.

Felling Bechet – Stella Williams
Bechet Cross seems the perfect fling for Isis Hale. No strings, no games, until he fell.

Asylum Club – Aidy Award
I need this job at the infamous Asylum Club, but I don’t submit for anyone. Not even the sinful billionaire owner whose dominant side drives me crazy in all the hottest ways.

The Glass Tower – Emily Gray
While Zel Thatcher dreams of escape from a glass prison, Regina Prince restores the passion for music he thought was lost. Can they overcome his uncle’s malice to find love and a fairytale ending?

Make Me Beg – Moni Boyce
Teagan Palmer hates Reid Beckett. Unfortunately, the sexy, ruthless fixer is the only one standing between Teagan and the hit on her life. An enemies to lovers, mafia romance.

Global City Tryst – Maida Malby
One alluring French-Filipina beauty. One sexy US Air Force officer. One torrid weekend tryst.

Lust at first sight strikes Maddie Duvall and Aidan Ryan in Manila. A day at the beach with friends and family does not give them an opportunity to succumb to their mutual attraction. Both single and available, they agree on a secret weekend affair. No strings, no promises. Satisfy their desire for one another and they’re done.

Or so they say.

Global City Tryst, a Carpe Diem Chronicles novelette, is the prequel to Singapore Fling.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

HAZEL STORM
Hazel Storm writes stories about love between characters with conscience. Over the past two decades, she has been vegan, raw vegan and vegetarian. She loves hot yoga and cool martial arts.
Learn more and join Hazel’s newsletter here: www.hazelstorm.com 

PE KAVANAGH
PE Kavanagh writes smart and steamy contemporary romances with a splash of suspense and a sprinkle of magic. She’s committed to the life-changing powers of true love and great orgasms. www.pekavanagh.com

PHOEBE ALEXANDER
Phoebe Alexander writes bodypositive, sexpositive erotic romance and lives on the East Coast with her husband, sons and multiple fur babies.
Learn more and join Phoebe’s newsletter at www.phoebe-alexander.com 

LUCY EDEN
Lucy Eden is the nom de plume of a romance-obsessed author who writes the kind of romance she loves to read. She’s a sucker for alphas with a soft gooey center, over the top romantic gestures, strong & smart MCs, humor, love at first sight (or pretty damn close), happily ever after & of course, dirty & steamy love scenes. www.lucyeden.com 

AIDY AWARD
Aidy Award writes curvy girl romance, about real love, and dirty fun, with happy ever afters because every woman deserves great sex and even better romance, no matter her size, shape, or what the scale says. www.aidyaward.com 

 

JODI PAYNE
Jodi Payne’s addictions include nonfat lattes, tequila any way you pour it, Broadway and live music. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies as they stumble along the path to their happily ever after. www.jodipayne.net 

JAYCE ELLIS
Jayce spends her days divorcing “happily married couples” and her nights writing about people like her: Black, queer, fighting for their happily ever afters, with her husband and two turtles by her side. www.authorjayceellis.com 

BREE KRAEMER
Bree Kraemer writes contemporary romance, sometimes with a lot of hot, steamy sex and sometimes with just a little. She lives in Ohio with her husband and 3 kids, All of which are teenagers and make her want to pull her hair out. Hence her use of the F-word and the drinking of margaritas. www.BreeKraemer.com 

STELLA WILLIAMS
Stella Williams is a Blogger, Booktuber, and Romance Author, who lives in Washington State. She has a degree in Anthropology from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Stella prides herself in using her studies to create diverse worlds and characters for her novels. Her latest project is a magical paranormal romance series entitled “Secret of Ceres.” www.serpentinecreative.com 

EMILY GRAY
Emily Gray is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. While ensuring her characters get their HEA, she lives on coffee and chocolate.
www.emilygray.org 

MONI BOYCE
Moni Boyce is a writer, filmmaker, poet and author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She considers herself a bookworm, film buff, foodie, music lover and an avid world traveler having visited 33 countries and counting. www.moniboyce.com 

MAIDA MALBY
Maida Malby cooks up multicultural, foodie, international contemporary romance stories filled with sizzling heat, mouthwatering spice, and a whole lotta love.
She is a member of select writing groups and romance book clubs. Her To-Be-Read Mountain and book reviews are featured on her website www.maidamalby.com

CARPE DIEM CHRONICLES Paperback Collection

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The first three books of Carpe Diem Chronicles (Boracay Vows, New York Engagement, and Singapore Fling) are now all available on paperback. As a special treat for those who order the set, I’m giving a bonus swag package containing:

  • Carpe Diem Chronicles Books 1, 1.5, and 2
  • a Carpe Diem Chronicles tote bag
  • Mama Sita’s Adobo and Chopsuey/Pancit Canton sauce mixes to make some of the Filipino dishes from Boracay Vows
  • Mama Sita’s Caldereta sauce mix to make the Irish-Filipino fusion dish Guinness Caldereta featured in New York Engagement
  • Asian Home Gourmet spice pastes for Hainanese Chicken Rice and Singapore Laksa, dishes highlighted in Singapore Fling
  • a handmade charm bracelet that can also be a fancy bookmark
  • Madeleine perfume bottle
  • bookmarks and postcards

The entire package is worth $88 and you can have it for only $39.99. Order here:

Carpe Diem Chronicles Paperback Collection

Signed copies of Boracay Vows, New York Engagement, and Singapore Fling plus a swag package. Inclusive of tax and US shipping.

$39.99

 

LOVE IN BLOOM: A Spring Romance Collection – Release Day Review

LOVE IN BLOOM

A Spring Romance Collection from the Romance Café

20190307_025744352_iOSWhat do vampire warriors, cosplayers, FBI agents, dog trainers, and steampunk pirates have in common? They’re all in grave danger of succumbing to a springtime romance.

From the talented authors of the Romance Café, an all-new collection of nine sassy and spicy short stories.

Whether you like historical, contemporary, or paranormal, friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, or second-chance romance, the Love in Bloom spring anthology holds something for you.

Available on Amazon:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07P6FHS1R
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P6FHS1R

 

 

REVIEW

20190226_151835487_iOSLove In Bloom is a fabulous mix of stories from all over with no two alike except for being set during spring. The nine tales ran the gamut of romance sub-genres: from Victorian historical steampunk to multicultural contemporary to paranormal/fantasy.

There are a couple of standouts, a few solid ones, and a handful of promising stories that could use better editing to make them shine.

My top two are Cosplay by Thyra Dane and Love Is In The Airship by Catherine Stein. The first is a cross-cultural romantic comedy of errors that shows the differences between Americans and Norwegians at the same time that it celebrates how love can bridge two cultures together. Ms. Dane had me laughing out loud which put me in the perfect mood for the rest of the stories. It didn’t hurt that the theme of the cosplay is Beauty and the Beast, my most favorite Disney movie ever.

Airship is equally delightful. It is imaginative and exhilarating with wonderfully fascinating characters and heart-pounding adventures. Most of the action happens thousands of feet above the ground. How fun! Incredibly creative, it is a joyful read.

Buy it for the charity, read it for entertainment. 👍🏼👍🏼

More about The Romance Café:

This anthology is brought to you by The Romance Café, a community of romance novel fans and writers, born out of the desire for a safe space to discuss about our shared passion for romance, as well as empower and support authors of the genre. Join us every day for your dose of romance in the Café:
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Thyra Dane:
Website: https://thyradaneauthor.com/
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S L Hollister:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjlhollisterwriter/

Miranda Jameson:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mirandajamesonwriting/

Suki McMinn:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suki-McMinn-167521896754455/

Rachell Nichole:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachellNichole/

Catherine Stein:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catsteinbooks/

Jess Taylor:
Email: 1brokegirl1981@gmail.com

Lara Temple:
Website: www.laratemple.com
Facebook (Author page): www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor
Twitter: @laratemple1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple

Anna Volkin:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/avolkin/

MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC: A Paranormal Romance Sexy Shorts Collection

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MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC

A Paranormal Romance Sexy Shorts Collection

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Put 13 wickedly talented authors together into one collection and what will you get?

MOONLIGHT and MONSTERS and MAGIC, oh my!

Find tales of shifters and witches, ghosts and mythical creatures, and even an angel or two in this supernatural anthology of paranormal romance stories, featuring award-winning paranormal romance author, Linda G. Hill.

Treat yourself to a phenomenal read!

 

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SYNOPSES

DIWATA by Zara M Baily

With his life at stake, Comandante Julio Gomez arrives in the Philippines, hoping to reverse a century-old curse that a mountain nymph placed on his ancestor. Julio doesn’t expect to meet the woman from his troubled dreams.

A woman whose fate is intrinsically linked with his. For in her hands lies his salvation …

Or his eternal damnation.

LOVE OUT OF THE ASHES by Tabetha Waite

For years, Markus Henley has been haunted by a recurring dream—a sensual vision of a mysterious woman. He finally encounters her on a fateful trip, but not everything is as it appears …

Tormented by a terrible tragedy that has broken her spirit, Laura Tipton feels she has nothing left. Then Markus arrives to awaken her spirit. In more ways than one.

HONEY AND HER GRUMPY BEAR by Taylor Morgan

Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…

Everett’s spent his life mistrusting humans. The last thing this shifter needs is a week with his sister’s sweet-as-honey best-friend underfoot. As his desire surges, he resolves to push Honey away—for good.

This man is just right.

 Mari’s living her dream: opening a café in a small Tennessee mountain town. The only thing left on her list is her dream man. Lucky for her, she’s now living with him for a week. And she knows just how to trap a hungry bear.

When this bear reveals the truth of his growly nature, will Goldilocks run away?

SWAN SONG by Everleigh Allen

During Liah’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, things begin to get weird. Even as she becomes more isolated, a magical world opens up to her.

Torn between Fiachra and his mesmerizing voice, and the mysterious and handsome Eóghan, Liah finds herself seemingly trapped in a world where nothing makes sense.

Meanwhile, someone is out to get her. But who?

HEART OF STONE by Emmaline Warden

As a lady’s maid, Annie craves stability and security. But she knows her destiny is greater than her reality.

When Theo approaches her, claiming to be her soulmate from a past life, she is left questioning and afraid. Can she accept that there is a world larger than her own guiding her existence? Will she take the leap of faith and believe in the magic that made Theo appear?

THE SECRETS OF HICKORY HOLLOW by Belle Langtree

A royal warlock and his playboy minion need the help of two sisters in order to save their clan from a wretched curse. Through true love, rooted in two separate worlds, a magical prophecy unfolds.

True love is the cure for any curse. True love and tree nuts, that is!

LEAVING LIMBO by Lucinda Cox

Jaxx Carter, ghost hunter, needs a legitimate haunting to establish his career as an Internet star. Too bad he doesn’t think ghosts are real.

Enter Burroughs Manor, an unexplored estate with ties to Jaxx’s family. A tall, dark stranger awaits him there, to give him a night he’ll never forget.

THE DOCTOR AND THE WOLF by Chele MacCabe

Jake Campbell knows at five years old that Ashley Jerome is his one true mate. When she leaves for medical school, he and his wolf are devastated.

When Ashley returns to open her practice, Jake makes up mysterious ailments just to see her. On the day she falls into his arms—with the help of her best friend—Jake and Ashley immediately make their first date.

But when the big and bads show up–what will a doctor and her wolf do?

WHITE by Sera Taíno

Thiago undergoes open heart surgery, but complications arise.

At the same time, Clara is involved in a catastrophic car accident.

What happens when you meet your soulmate on the brink of death? Hovering on the precipice, does love stand a chance?

FORTUNE FAVORS THE FELINE by Elizabeth Langley

What would you do if you got exactly what you wished for?

What if your best friend wasn’t who you thought he was?

Olivia has looked for true love her whole life. She just didn’t know it was always there, right by her side … demanding to be fed.

When a birthday gift leads her in a familiar, yet different direction, will Olivia let down her guard and let love win?

MISS CARLISLE by Emma Brady

On a pitch-black night, a country doctor comes across a place of mystery and magic. He becomes trapped inside a manor house during a storm with a beautiful young nurse he can’t resist, and the troubled spirit of Lady Winship, lurking in the shadows.

The elements of horror and romance come together in a dark love story that will haunt you.

SAVING FAITH by Allegra Johnson

In a modern world where the Salem Witch Trials exist, Faith is a witch being hunted.

Gabe is an investigator sworn to hunt her down. Perhaps their relationship was doomed from the start.

But when Faith drinks her mother’s potion and disappears, Gabe’s true hunt begins, this time for love.

PIXIE by Linda G. Hill

Merryn, a pixie temporarily exiled, wakes up to an unfamiliar world.

Ivy, a lonely young widow, has a decision to make concerning a suitor who misses the mark in every way.

When Merryn stumbles into Ivy’s life they dance around each other, knowing he will soon disappear.

Can they resist? Yes. As long as they never touch.

 

REVIEWS

“This was a wonderful book for those who love paranormal romance. Ghosts, magic, shifters, witches, and more are all here in these pages.”

~ Paranormal Romance Guild

“Sexy, fun, and easy-to-read anthology with several five-star stories. Diverse authors, varied stories and styles. Something for everyone. A great read.”

~ Amazon Customer

“Fun and sexy with a variety of heat between each story. There should be something for every kind of romance reader in this collection.”

~ Romance Reader

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Zara 2Zara M Baily writes multicultural romance short stories that are erotic, paranormal, fantasy, and perhaps also historical in the future. One thing is for certain: Zara doesn’t do, and won’t ever do, sweet. Or clean. Her sexytimes may be dirty at times, but they’re always, always consensual and responsible.

Follow Zara here:
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Facebook Author Page: ZaraMBaily
Goodreads: Zara_M_Baily
Instagram: zarambaily

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Tabetha Waite is the award-winning author of the Ways of Love historical romance series. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She loves to hear from her readers!

Follow Tabetha here:
Website: authortabethawaite.wix.com/romance
Facebook Profile: tabetha.waite
Facebook Author Page: totallytabetha
Instagram: tabethawaite
Twitter: @totallytabetha

 

View More: http://maggieburnettphotography.pass.us/2018-8-cw-headshots-2018Taylor Morgan has always had a penchant for fairy tales—and not the Disney sort. Currently, she is creating tales that feature heroes who are more likely to hide in the woods than ride off into the sunset, and the heroines who claim their hearts. Taylor lives in Alabama with her husband, daughter, and dog. If missing, she’s probably holed up with a new book, a blanket, and a glass of wine or a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Follow Taylor here:
Facebook: tmsorenson
Instagram: booksandbevvys

 

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Everleigh Allen writes creative stories with a mysterious, mythical, magical, and racy edge. Her tales bring her readers into worlds that she wants to visit herself.

She lives in Texas with her husband, three of her four children, and a zoo of animals. She is also a sculptor and artist in multiple mediums. A writer of fiction that has been featured online for years, the MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC anthology is Everleigh’s first published work.

Follow Everleigh here:
Facebook Profile: AuthorEverleighAllen
Facebook Author Page: EverleighAllenAuthor
Instagram: everleighallen

emmalineEmmaline Warden lives in Colorado with her husband, four Chaos Makers, and a menagerie of animals. Her love of romance began with an accidental copy of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Dream a Little Dream, and a trip to D.C. When she is not writing, she can be found outdoors with her kids, at the dog park with “her boys,” or with her nose buried in a book.

Follow Emmaline here:
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Instagram: authoremmalinewarden
Twitter: @emmaline_warden

Lorey (2)Belle Langtree’s passion for hot, sexy romance began in the late seventies, after reading The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Over the years, her book club friends encouraged her to write her own love stories. Belle lives in the great State of Michigan with her loving husband of fifty happy years and their wild and crazy rescue pup named Faith Fu Fu.

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Instagram: loreyfrazher
Twitter: @LFrazher

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Lucinda Cox lives in Los Angeles with her family and five houseplants. She writes about love, because love is all you need.

Follow Lucinda on:
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Chele (2)Chele MacCabe has spent the last several years learning to string words together to tell stories. After all that practice and playing with her favorite fandom, she is ready to share her imagination with the rest of the world. She lives in the mountains with her mister, the short and the medium sized ones, and the critters that have found their way into their lives.

Follow Chele here:
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Sera.pngSera Taíno was born to Puerto Rican parents in New Jersey. She writes romances featuring the kinds of women she grew up around. Sera currently lives in Florida with her husband and two sons, and teaches English Lit by day. A voracious reader as well as an avid outdoors person, she’s often torn between curling up on a sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book, and taking off for a long run on the trails around her house.

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Twitter: @serataino

Elizabeth Langely Bio photo (1)Elizabeth Langley has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Her love of romance novels started in her early twenties and has continued throughout her life. She is currently working on a few contemporary novels that she hopes to release within the next year. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, one bonus child, three neurotic cats (one of which is probably an alien disguised as a cat), an energetic Corgi, and a homicidal rabbit.

Follow her on:
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Emma Brady is a mid-western author of historical romance, set primarily in the Victorian period. She loves Gothic stories and has always loved Wuthering Heights. Her favorite part of Halloween is getting to dress up and pretend to be anything she likes.

Follow her on:
Facebook: hotbooklover

 

AllegraAllegra Johnson is an up-and-coming indie author who enjoys writing steamy love stories. She can be found stumbling throughout Romancelandia, figuring out this author thing one book at a time.

You can follow her amusing adventures in writing and learn more about her books at:
Facebook: stumblingauthor
Instagram: allegra_johnson
Twitter: @Allegra55302863

 

LindaLinda G. Hill has been writing out-of-this world romance stories since she was a child. Living vicariously through the characters in her head, she’s experienced the kinds of love that mortals only dream of. In reality, she’s just a mom, an author, an editor, and a couch potato if there ever was one.

Linda’s published works include the award-winning Gothic paranormal romance novel The Magician’s Curse, and its sequel, The Magician’s Blood, as well as All Good Stories, a romcom novelette, and several short stories published by Transmundane Press and The Phoenix Quill.

You can find Linda at the following:
Website: lindaghill
Facebook: lindaghill.fiction
Twitter: @LindaGHill 

 

SHAMROCKS, SHILLELAGHS & SHENANIGANS, A St. Patrick’s Day Sexy Shorts Collection

In Boracay Vows, Krista got flustered when she opened one of Blake’s gifts – a set of books by one of her favorite authors. They were the author’s first foray into erotic romance. Later, the books served as inspiration for the lovers’ newfound intimacy.

The Shamrock’s Fourth by Zara M Baily, one of the twelve stories in this new anthology SHAMROCKS, SHILLELAGHS & SHENANIGANS, is a sample from those erotic novels.

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The Shamrock’s Fourth is the story of submissive Fiona Tay. She signed a contract with Mr. H. O’Brien, not knowing that there are three of them who answer to the name – The Shamrock Trinity. She can handle one Dom or two. For three, she needs Luck. (m/f, m/f, m/f, mmm/f)

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The Shamrock’s Fourth has a light BDSM theme and is for adult readers only.

A gift from the OSRBC Writing Group, SHAMROCKS, SHILLELAGHS & SHENANIGANS, A St. Patrick’s Day Sexy Shorts Anthology, is FREE from the following etailers:

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Boracay Vows is still FREE on Kindle Unlimited until the end of March.