Determined to qualify for the fire department's grueling physical, former marine Jessie Sullivan never gives up, despite the pins in her leg. The last thing she needs is a tall, incredibly hot action movie star sharing her gym...and who makes her want to trade in her reps for some sexy physical activity. Of the naked kind.
Blake Johnston is more than just a Big Screen Sex Machine, and he's willing to prove it. Especially to a spirited and sexy ex-marine like Jessie. But when a harmless dare leads to sizzling fireworks, Jessie and Blake's workout ends up generating some serious heat between the sheets. And it's more than Jessie could have imagined. Much, much more.
But flings don't last forever. And in two weeks, Jessie will have to say goodbye to her red-hot Christmas fantasy...
A movie star and a wounded vet. The difference here is the Movie Star is Blake an Action Hero restless to be more than just that in the film industry. Jessie, a wounded war vet with survivor's guilt. A no strings holiday affair while Blake is at the resort for his sister's wedding, both realize they want something more but can they trust each other enough to take those steps A heartwarming, emotional and sensual read.
Born in the Netherlands, Christine moved to Canada where she spent her formative years. Then she married her Texan Alpha Physicist, moved to the United States and she has lived both south and north of the Mason Dixon line. Now Christine resides in Alabama with her husband, two insane cats and her wonderful daughter. She enjoys finding the silly in the serious, making wine out of sour grapes, and giving people giggle fits along with heartfelt hugs. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world, cooking gourmet food, and desperately seeking a corkscrew.
Is it really possible that somewhere in time, the perfect paradox could be created? Does romance really stand a chance, and could it ever flourish amidst so many intricacies and broken lives? How can a nineteenth-century governess unknowingly cause so much devastation?
As Nell’s world opens up, we follow her on a complex journey, on which she discovers love, loss and betrayal, and is forced to play a dangerous game from which there appears to be no escape.
An intricate family plot slowly begins to unravel, in which she finds herself centre stage. She was never supposed to leave Haunchcroft estate, and he will do everything in his power to keep her there…
Could a possible rip in time be the salvation that Nell seeks?
“I find you disturbingly beautiful,” are the contradictory words bestowed upon the governess by her master.
Mr Buchannan’s infatuation is a shadow from which Nell cannot escape. The feelings he holds for her are not reciprocated, and though his lust soon turns to love, Nell’s feelings towards him turn to hatred. Dreams and a love of literature are Nell’s only escapism from the downtrodden life she leads as a governess in the nineteenth century.
One night, an intruder on the estate catches Nell off guard, but she gives chase; a decision that leads her through an opening in time between the centuries, where she finds equality, true friendship and a completely different outlook on life.
Despite using this to her advantage to escape the advances of her unwanted suitor, she is somewhat perturbed when she unexpectedly finds him at her side in the twenty-first century. Will love conquer all, or will time always stand in their way?
Laura Wells is a swimming teacher, with a love of books, animals and, of course, Jane Austen. Once a national swimmer, she now runs three swim schools of her own. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and two mad Shiba Inus. She lives in Staffordshire, England.
Judy Wells works at a school; in her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and novels, and spending time with her animals. She also lives in Staffordshire, England.
Laura and Judy are a mother and daughter duo; with Judy's love of poetry and writing and Laura's ideas, they work extremely well together. Time-travel and historical romance novels are their passion, and they hope that after you have read their books, you will feel the same.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: January 2, 2015
Number of pages: 325
Word Count: 120,000
Cover Artist: Marianne Nowicki
Steam up your snowy nights with this new anthology of six deliciously sexy romances by the following bestselling and award-winning romance authors: FROSTED, by Katy Regnery GROUNDED, by Kate Forest MELTED, by Jennie Marts REKINDLED, by Susan Scott Shelley SMITTENED, by Jamie Farrell SNOWED, by Veronica Forand
FROSTED (Katy Regnery) – When Grace Luff's children send her to a Silver Wings weekend at a luxury resort, they are hoping that the 56-years-young widow will meet a man to lift the loneliness she's endured since the passing of her husband over three years before. Grace, who barely remembers how to date, doesn't expect to meet anyone special, so she’s surprised that the owner of a local ski rental shop, Tray Bradshaw, makes her heart leap with interest and attraction. When a rogue snowstorm traps the pair in an abandoned cabin, they'll get to know each other, and discover that it's never too late to change...or fall in love.
GROUNDED (Kate Forest) – Biologist Julia won’t tolerate another frigid Chicago winter studying the frozen Great Lakes. But with every hour of her flight delay, her chance on a research voyage in Florida slips further away. Jeremy must get to Florida to sever the noose-like obligations of his family's boating business so he can become curator of a Chicago museum. Stuck in an airport, waiting out the snowstorm of the century, can two travelers headed for opposite paths find love while trapped in Concourse B?
MELTED (Jennie Marts) – Painful memories from long ago resurface when Emily Wells travels to Colorado to clean out her family’s vacation cabin for its new owner. Strongest among them? Her recollections of Logan Chase, Emily’s first love, to whom she gave her heart one magical summer, only to have it broken when she never heard from him again. Logan had never forgotten that summer romance and can’t believe it when he finds Emily packing up the little cabin that he has recently purchased for renovation. Despite the passage of years and their stormy history, Emily and
Logan can’t deny the fierce attraction that still sizzles between them…Will one snowy night together be enough to melt her frozen heart and give them both a second chance at love?
REKINDLED (Susan Scott Shelley) – Actress Gemma Norwood and carpenter Adam Hudson are thrown together four years after a gut-wrenching break-up. Both are looking to make major changes in their lives, but after one kiss, rekindling their relationship is all that matters. When family obligations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities threaten to tear them apart again, the warm glow of a happily-ever-after seems as impossible as starting a fire in a snowstorm.
SMITTENED (Jamie Farrell) – Dahlia Mallard is determined save her ice cream shop by getting country music superstar Billy Brenton to attend her risqué flavor-tasting event. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond. The more she gets to know Mikey, the more she wants to save him from his bad boy ways. When he discovers she’s using him to get to Billy, will she still be able to have her ice cream and eat it too?
SNOWED (Veronica Forand) – Lorena Rubio’s life is turned upside down when she’s kidnapped by Andrés “Con” Conesa, right hand man for the drug lord who murdered her sister. Con, who is deep undercover for the FBI, must keep her at a cabin in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains until the rumor that she’s provided specifics about his drug cartel to the police is confirmed or denied. Their attraction ignites in the middle of this frozen hideaway, but Lorena is unwilling to offer her heart to a criminal. When the cartel boss arrives and wants Lorena put on ice for snitching, Con must decide whether or not to blow his cover for the woman he craves beyond reason.
*All stories included in Snowy Days, Steamy Nights are either short-story or novella length, giving readers the perfect opportunity to “meet” a new author or enjoy a sweet treat from a present favorite.*
To pre-order your copy of Snowy Days, Steamy Nights,
Buy link : http://www.amazon.com/Snowy-Days-Steamy-Nights-Come-ebook/dp/B00PWQ8B8A
It's finally here! Burnout, Shauna Allen's prequel
to her new Jack ‘Em Up series is now available for purchase!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Temptation of First Love…
Travers is a lot of things—rebel, grease monkey, tortured poor boy with a
painful past. But the one thing he knows he’s not, is worthy…of success, of
love, of a second chance.
certainly not worthy of Delilah Jackson.
has the perfect life. Daughter of the Sheriff and County Judge, she has it all.
Except the one thing she needs most…unconditional love.Is her attraction to Blake a fluke? A way to
breach the confines of her suffocating existence? Or is he The One?
fateful encounter changes everything...
two collide, sparks fly, but their differences threaten to break them.
resident bad boy and princess of Baybridge find their way? Or will the pain
separating them kill their love before it starts?
On autopilot, I grasped his warm hand and stood
until we were face to face and body to body. He released my hand and cupped
both sides of my face tenderly. “Please tell me you know what you’re saying.
What you’re getting yourself into.”
I breathed in his air. Desire and confusion
crowded every cell, but I could only listen to my heart. “I do.”
If it was possible, he moved in even closer, his
body heat whipping up my chest. “Do you?”
I bit my lip and nodded. “I think so.”
“And what’s that?”
With a tortured groan, his lips slammed into
mine, giving me no room for thought. He consumed me, worshipped me with his
mouth. And I dove right in.
We couldn’t get close enough as I tried to
inhale him. He was so dark, so tempting, so perfect.
He finally drew back, his hands still on my
cheeks, his fingers forked into my hair. “Delilah.” The way he said my name was
like a warning. “Understand something right now . . . if you mean that, if
you really mean it, then you’re mine. All mine.” His forehead
tipped to mine. “I’m not sure I could let you go now. I’ve never had anything
as perfect as you.”
Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central
Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three
awesome teenagers, including one she’s about to send off to the Air Force. She
is the award-winning author of the Cupid Chronicles series, including Charlie’s Angel and Cupid’s Last Stand. Shauna also writes emotional Contemporary YA
novels as SC Montgomery, works as a freelance editor, and is personal assistant
to two NYT Bestselling authors. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard
Book1: July 23, 2014
Book 2: August 28, 2014
Book 3: October 24, 2014
Book 1: Predator & Prey
Lily works the night shift at a radio station, taking calls from forlorn and damaged souls who can't sleep. She knows their pain and they find solace in her comforting words. The city is ruthless; nameless creatures roam the streets and prey on the lost and innocent.
As she leaves work one night at the crest of dawn, Lily comes face-to-face with depravity. She is a survivor at heart, but she is unfairly outnumbered and surrenders to her fate. From the shadows an ally emerges, the mysterious and alluring, Wolf. After coming to Lily's aid, he takes her to shelter.
The immediate danger has passed, but the incident is far from over. Wolf tells Lily she is not prey, and sets off into the night with her by his side to set a wrong right. What she sees when entering the dark heart of the city will change her existence forever. Has Wolf taken on a force too big? Will Lily survive the night?
Book 2: Beast
It has been days since Lily killed the vampire responsible for her brutal attack. Now she and Wolf have been summoned by the Society to answer for her actions. Standing before the Regent, she learns she has tipped the human and supernatural scales. A new vampire is required to restore balance.
When she hears the penalty for her crime, Wolf protectively steps in and accepts a dangerous task in exchange for her freedom. He must find the rogue vampire who has been slaughtering citizens in their territory or risk losing Lily to the Society. And he only has days to do it.
As the night of reckoning fast approaches, Lily finds an unlikely advocate in a centuries-old, seductive vampire named Athene who gives her an ominous warning. Athene knows secrets about Wolf she won't divulge, which only complicates the mysterious revelation Lily has recently discovered about herself.
Screams, growls, and cries echo throughout the darkest, desolate streets of the city. The final showdown determines who is predator and who will become prey. One thing remains certain-no one escapes the night unscathed.
Beast is the much anticipated sequel to Predator & Prey by James D Horton.
Book 3: Control
Two weeks have passed since Lily became a vampire and things couldn't be worse. She is starving, out of control, and Wolf has vanished. Her maker, Athene, is patient, but fails to help Lily tame the beast within. After Lily's introduction to Society goes horribly wrong, she is sent to train with Griogar, a narcissistic vampire with questionable tactics.
A powerful member of Society, John Genosoa, has secretly arranged for Wolf's mate to return. The distraction works. Wolf and Luna's reunion is passionate, yet laced with memories of insurmountable loss. Even so, neither is able to refuse the animalistic magnetism drawing them together.
When Lily reaches a new low during a session with Griogar, Wolf reappears. She's furious, but vulnerable to his charm and follows him beneath the City. Lily finds out Wolf has spent ages chasing a legendary tale of transcendence and discovers who has been keeping him away.
Lily is forced to put aside her heartache when Genosoa's plan threatens the City's inhabitants. Genosoa's magic is strong, but not strong enough to keep the existence of vampires a secret from humans. He needs souls to sacrifice.
Wolf, Lily and Luna are dispatched by the Keeper and must act fast to stop the killing of innocents. Screams of agony and a scene of destruction greet them, but they are confronted with a much more sinister obstacle and it's too late to turn back. What begins as a battle turns into an all-out war for their very survival.
Ancient histories are told, myths are revealed and dangerous paths are taken in Control , the highly anticipated third installment in the Predator & Prey series by author James D. Horton.
Guest Reviews by Brenda Smith
Predator and Prey
As many, I dont really care for short stories, they just dont have *meat* to them. I feel that Mr. Horton used this book to find his wings. What I mean by that statement is that his dialog with Lily and Wolf was sparse, but his writing style for description was very good. It was almost like he knew just how to hide his talent, so he could jump out and knock your socks off when you least expect it. He had me thinking that this was his first attempt at writing a paranormal. I am all for a change of the usual vampire, werewolf etc. But a few things just did not work for me. But I read on, and went back a few times just to make sure that I did read that few paragraphs right (that I didnt put words in on my own) it made me chuckle, thinking nice try, man, but that just does not work for me as a paranormal reader. But: then I stopped and said to myself, be fair, read it again. And am I ever glad that I did, because I saw that Mr. Horton has a fantastic talent, he drew me right into the city, Lily's job, her late night walk to her car. and everything else that went on in the story, he had me right there. Expected the un-expected from Mr. Horton, I promise you will not be disappointed. Thank you very much Mr. Horton for happy hours of reading. I have a new fav para author. Happy Reading
Beast I have spent days thinking of the series, what I wanted to say in the reviews of each of them, and I tell you in all honesty, I didnt want to take the time to write a review on Beast, only because I'am chomping at the bit to get to writing the review for book 3: Control. I know that it is so bad of me, but I cant help it. Beast was very good. Once again Mr. Horton hid his writing talent. And he was able to jump out when you least expect it and knock your socks off. Mr. Horton introduced some great new characters. More of the workings of the Vampire Society, Lily still trying to get closer to Wolf, and Wolf trying to keep his distance, not because the does not care about Lily, because he does, he just does not want Lily to live like he does. I was once again impressed by Mr. Horton, he had me right there in the middle of the story, I love an author that has that gift. Give Beast a read, I don't that you will be disappointed. Thank you again Mr. Horton for great reading enjoyment. Happy Reading. Control I devoured this book. It was fantastic. Mr Horton, showed a hint of a writing skill that I knew was going to be beyond belief. In Predator & Prey, he showed that first hint. In Beast, Mr. Horton showed more, think of it as a small taste of a Death by Chocolate Cake, it gave that rush, and left you craving more, and as I have stated in my review of the previous books, he did it, he KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF with Control. *Standing and giving Mr. Horton a huge ovation shouting Bravo*!!!!!!
Control started with a story from Greek mythology, ( it ties in later in the book). Poor Lily, I cried when Wolf hurt her in book 2, I wanted to stick my hand in his chest. But she was saved by being turned. My heart went out to her, she was so lost without Wolf. She didnt understand why he just vanished out of her life. Lily had Athene ( her maker) and that pain in the behind *Council* deciding her fate, she was to be trained by, ummm I really am not sure just was the guy was,he was just a strange Vamp. But he did give Lily a special gift in one of her training sessions. (opps, no spoilers...sorry).
There were some very unique plot twists, that I thought were brought in at perfect times. People introduced into the story line without missing a beat. Everything just flowed so perfectly, that my socks just went flying right off my feet, I was so impressed with Mr. Horton's writing skill.
Oh yes, we can not forget the little *political intriques* who would have thought that Katherine, maybe had a heart after all.
The battle to save innocents, was omg!!!!!! killer, the detail that went into the discription of Wolf, Lily, and Luna trying to save the innocents was beyond words, Mr Horton drew me right in to the battle, I was actually ducking to avoid flames and falling bricks and stuff, it was unreal, I was hollering,*look behind you, duck*, to Wolf, Luna and Lily. It takes a very special talent to be able to draw the reader into the story.
I wish I could give Control more then 5 stars, it was without a doubt, one of the best paranormal books, I have read in a long time. Please read Control, I have no doubt that you will enjoy it.
Hats off to Mr. Horton, superb job on the series. I'am happy to say that I have added you to my fav authors list. I hope that will be a book 4, I would really like to see where Lily goes. Thank you for such a fantastic series. Happy reading.
James D Horton is the breakout author of the Predator & Prey series which features an urban fantasy setting with a paranormal romance story. Lily is the star who falls in love with enigmatic Wolf, who is not a nice vampire. The story starts in Predator & Prey, continues in Beast (Predator & Prey, #2), and in the newly released Control (Predator & Prey, #3).
James is also the author of two popular non-fiction books which focus on relationship advice presenting the successful actions that he and his fiancé use to make their relationship better every single day with their six children.
He is currently working on the next installment of the Predator & Prey Series.
He lives in Lamar, MO with his fiancé and their children, plus the ever annoying Spock, a Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua.