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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hard Rock Improv COVER REVEAL



Rose Alton had her future all planned out: excel at her career, find love, make a family and get rich. Then she got fired. Now after years of 90-hour work weeks she’s living out of her car and struggling to hold it together. Convinced she’ll turn it around any day now, keeping up appearances is her highest priority, but when Manny Reyes, her sister’s friend and drummer of the band The Lonely Kings, discovers her deception her secret is out… or so she thinks. To her surprise, Manny offers to keep her secret and invites her to Hawaii where the band is shooting their latest video. Rose hates to be anyone’s charity case, but with nowhere else to go and needing a vacation she reluctantly accepts and is whisked away to the island paradise. Rose soon discovers Manny isn’t like anyone she has ever met, rock star or not, Instead of lavish hotels, fine dining, and parties until the break of dawn, when not on the set Manny prefers illegal camping, playing for change, and smoking out with the local hobos on the beach, and as Manny’s guest Rose is stuck tagging along. But as Manny teaches Rose how to slow down and break some rules, she realizes she can’t control everything…least of all her heart.
Reading Order
Hard Rock Arrangement (The Lonely Kings #1)
Hard Rock Remix (The Lonely Kings #2)
Hard Rock Improv (The Lonely Kings #3), cover designed by Cover It! Designs
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About the Author

Ava Lore was raised by hadrosaurs and lives to corrupt the innocent. When not writing erotic romance, she spends her time thinking about writing erotic romance and drinking enough iced coffee to kill a musk ox. She lives in Texas and is the curator of one kid, one husband, one dog, one garden, and a million knitting and spinning projects. Ava yearns for you tragically. Please email her at authoravalore@gmail.com and let her know what’s on your mind!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Art of Appreciation by Autumn Markus

Title:   Art of Appreciation
Author: Autumn Markus
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Publication: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing


Abby Reynolds is burned out.
Since clawing her way into a great position at a Boston museum, she’s been saddled with a scheming intern and a nagging boss. She’s scuttled her own painting dreams, her cat refuses to be box trained, and now the most boring man on the eastern seaboard just told her, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Her bestie Sarah offers a much-needed escape: a summer of sand, sea, and younger men in Santa Cruz…
Hot young bike racer Jason is sexy, unattached, and completely ready to spend a summer in uncomplicated flirtation. Since Abby has decided love is off the table, he seems like the perfect match.
Then she meets Matt. Sculptor, surfer (and age appropriate), he’s everything she gave up wanting and then some. He’s a grown-ass man with his own life issues: does he want to sculpt for love or for profit?  What about that twentysomething model who’s always clinging to him? Is he ready to let a woman invade his Fortress of Solitude?
Abby has to decide whether she’s satisfied with leaving behind the idea of Mr. Right and settling for Mr. Right Now.
Grown up love.  It’s complicated.

Author Profile

author picAutumn Markus traveled far and wide as a military brat, but her heart was always in the American west, where she was born. She hikes, reads and writes there still, along with snuggling her husband, four children, and a horsedog. She freelance edits for other authors, reviews Women’s Fiction for the New York Journal of Books, and is the author of the contemporary romances Cocktails & Dreams and A Christmas Wish. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel

The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 3
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 3
  • Sex = 5

Total Score

The Gist of the Thing

On the run from a dangerous ex, Indigo is captured by pirates. 

Technical Details 

  •  Published by  on December 7, 2013.
  • I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.
  • 204 pages
  • Contemporary romance
  • Criminals of the Ocean #1

    Back Blurb

    Indigo is running, she has no other choice. She's done something bad, and there only way to escape it, is to flee her home, and her country. She sets out on a luxury Yacht, to take her to another country with her best friend Eric. But she runs into a problem. 

    The Yacht catches fire. 

    She ends up stranded in the ocean, terrified, and scared of the uncertain. Until they show up. The pirates. Terrified, Indigo and Eric have to face the reality that this might be the end for them. These are pirates, they are the criminals of the ocean. What chance have they got of surviving this nightmare?

    Then she lays eyes on Hendrix. He's the Captain, he's gorgeous, rugged, and mean. He's planning on keeping her to repay his debt to another man, by selling her. Now Indigo has a crazy ex after her, as well as a pirate she can't seem to get out of her head.

    Come on this heart wrenching, dark, angsty and dangerous adventure as two people so opposite, find something so beautiful.

    What I LIKED about this book.

    Hot sex and crazy action. 

    What I DISLIKED about this book.

    Heavy on the coincidental meetings. For such a big world, people pop up at the mention of their name. 

    Full Review

    Despite the coincidence issue, which really wasn't an issue for me but rather an observation, I liked the plot. It was action packed and had lave hot sex. Bella Jewel is a great descriptive writer. After reading the first half of this book before the pirates pick Indigo up, I decided I need to carry large quantities of bottled water and economy size SPF 1000 sunblock. She described such a painful lost at sea scenario. Very impressed with her skill as a writer. 

    I came to this book after reading her motorcycle club series. Ms. Jewel is branching out from the MC guys and on to high seas criminals. Sometimes I worry a writer can only work within their niche. Ms. Jewel does just fine in the switch. Hendrix is more of a criminal than the MC boys ever were but she still manages to make him a sympathetic and likable anti-hero. 

    There is a suitable end to this story but also a mini cliffhanger of sorts to open the door for the characters in the next book. Sign me up!

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    Monday, December 16, 2013

    Discovering Lucy Cover Reveal

    Title: Discovering Lucy
    Author: Laura Dunaway
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Expected Release Date: February 2014
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    After three long years of living in a hell she never could have imagined, Lucy Jane Simmons courageously escapes to New York City for a fresh start. A new beginning...
    When Lucy meets Knox Taylor, the intoxicating man in the business suit, everything she thought she knew about relationships changes. He is strong, seductive and makes her feel safe. But can she open up enough to let him in?
    Will Lucy Jane escape the scars of her past? Can Knox give her the future she ultimately deserves? A story of rediscovery...

    About the Author

    Laura Dunaway has been married to her prince for 17 years and together they are raising three amazing kids. While she's always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn't until this past year that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, Distorted was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she'd written The End. When she's not busy shuttling her kids to lessons and practices and making dinner, she's busy behind her computer writing her next book, Discovering Lucy, which will be out winter of 2014.

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    Friday, December 13, 2013

    Sadie by E.L. Todd

    The Run Down

    • Hero/Heroine = 4
    • Supporting Characters = 4
    • Plot = 4
    • Setting = 4
    • Originality = 4
    • Romance = 4
    • Sex = 4

    Total Score

    The Gist of the Thing

    Virgin and one night stand alpha fall in love. Much misunderstanding on the road to HEA. 

    Technical Details 

    •  Published by Createspace on December 6, 2013.
    • I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.
    • 300 pages
    • Contemporary romance

      Back Blurb

      **This full-length, 70K novel is the first in a series about the alpha males, the first one being Ethan, but it has a happily ever after for him and Sadie, the object of his obsession. Don’t worry kids, there’s no cliffhanger, so read on and enjoy!**


      "Be my first last."


      A beautiful girl with a selfless heart, Sadie Montague enjoys her time alone, reading in her apartment or working in the bookstore her father owns. Male attention is something she never expected, nor did she think she deserved it. When she finally goes out on the town with her girlfriends, she’s immediately taken with Ethan. She is drawn to him as he stares at her with a hungry expression. She isn’t the kind of girl he thinks she is and she tells him that repeatedly. It doesn’t make a difference. She already belongs to him. She never had a choice.


      Monogamy isn’t on his list of exciting hobbies. On the town with a different girl every night, getting laid is always on his mind. When he meets Sadie, he completely changes. Her beauty and intelligent mind immediately capture him. He possesses her and controls her, but his usual dominance only pushes her away. Her sassy wit and strong attitude makes him step back. If he wants to keep her, he has to play this out in a different way. A successful business man and self-proclaimed bachelor, his life is turned upside down. Sadie will be his one way or another. She just needs to deal with it. 

      Will Sadie tame this alpha male or will she let him dominate her?

      What I LIKED about this book.

      Alpha male and a bad boy redeemed. 

      What I DISLIKED about this book.

      The Alex story felt unresolved. 

      Full Review

      I won't say Ethan cannot be a total asshole. He really can. Sadie can be indecisive saying one thing and doing another. Guess what? They are meant to convey human characteristics. I thought they did it well. Would I do well in a relationship with either of them? No, but they are not dating me. 

      I liked Ethan and Sadie. They were flawed, made mistakes, and fell completely in love with each other. 

      The sex is hot. They are a couple of firecrackers in the sack. I love the dog too. I really hope the dog is based of a real pet. 

      Buy It

      Wednesday, December 11, 2013

      Changing Course Cover reveal

      Title: Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1)
      Author: Aly Martinez
      Genre: Contemporary Romance
      Expected Release Date: January 29, 2014
      Cover Designer: Ashbee Designs

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      I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was 21 years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.
      I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.
      It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?
      **Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.**

      "Sarah, don't do this. Damn it! Stay with me." I reach over and gently brush her blood soaked hair off her forehead. Even in this horrific moment, I'm in absolute awe of how beautiful she looks. Bleeding and broken, unmoving in my arms she is still the most mesmerizing woman I have ever laid eyes on. Deep down, I know this just the husk of my wife. My Sarah would never have done this to herself. More importantly, she never would have done this to me. Maybe it takes this level of madness, but I finally realize that I have lost her completely.
      Whether she lives or dies, Sarah is gone. This is not the woman who made me laugh more in seven years than the rest of my life combined. She definitely isn't the woman who I spent years planning a future with, a future that now no longer exists. I feel a heavy weight in my chest at my silent confession, but oddly enough I also feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. I have watched this woman disintegrate in front of my eyes for almost seven months; everyday losing her a little more. The light in her eyes fading, while piece by piece and bit by bit, she lost grip of reality. Mentally, emotionally, and now physically, she's left me.
      My Sarah died seven months ago on her way home from dinner, and I will never see her walk back into my life. Suddenly, I can't breathe. I'm terrified, and not only because Sarah might finally succeed in taking her own life. I'm paralyzed by the realization that my life is spiraling down in a free fall headed straight for misery and the only thing I can think to do is anchor myself to this dying woman. I love Sarah with all my heart, but I am clinging not to the woman in my arms but rather to the life I thought we were going to have together. I have to accept that she isn't there anymore. Her heart might still be beating but the bloody, confused, emotionally lost woman I am holding now is only the shell of my first and only love.
      "Where the fuck is that ambulance!" I yell as loud as my cracking voice will allow. Stroking the little bit of her unmarred skin that I'm able to reach, I whisper in her ear, "Hang on baby." Then I repeat the one sentence I have said almost daily since the tragic event that stole her from me. Maybe I say it for her, maybe just for me, but I know it is the biggest lie I have ever uttered. "Just hang on baby, it's all going to be okay."

      About the Author
      I’m a 32 year old wife and stay at home mom to four kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. My life is crazy, which is probably why I drink entirely too much wine. Oh who am I kidding, I had a love affair with wine long before the kids came along.  I was born and raised in Savannah Georgia, but we recently moved to Chicago. Let me tell you, this southern girl was not ready for the cold weather up here!
      I’m an avid reader, but I haven’t always been that way. A few years ago my sister loaned me her Nook Color, and it changed my life forever. In the span of about two years, I read over 500 books. My newfound love of reading led me to start a book blog with two of my best friends. (Insert shameless plug here: WhiteZinBookends.com). Through WZ Bookends, I've had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing authors, bloggers, and readers out there. Now that I have taken the leap into writing my own book, they’ve all shown me endless amounts of encouragement and support.
      While driving home from Walmart one day in late October, a story embedded itself in my head and would not let go. It spiraled out of control until I finally opened my laptop and started writing. This journey has been a wild ride filled with tears, hand cramps, and tons of laughs. I love company, so follow me at one of the social links below and join me aboard this crazy train!

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      Tuesday, December 10, 2013

      Playing for Love at Deep Haven COVER REVEAL and Excerpt

      Book Synopsis

      Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history…

      …the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget.

      When a booking mistake at Deep Haven Cottage strands them together at a rental house on the Maine coast, the rocker and the writer are suddenly thrown back together after ten years apart. While Violet will do almost anything to prevent history from repeating itself, Zach wants to show her that her heart will be safe with him this time. But can Violet give him a second chance? And will Zach truly be able to change history?

      Playing songs, playing for keeps…Playing for Love at Deep Haven

      Author Bio

      KATY REGNERY, winner of the 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 Maine RWA Everything But the Kitchen Sink contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. 

      As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec. 

      Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones. 


      “I have a room at the White Swan on Tuesday," Violet explained. "This is only temporary, Zach. Just for a few nights. I’m not staying.”
                  His heart sank like an anchor in the harbor. He wouldn’t have much time with her, after all. The disappointment constricted his chest and he clenched his jaw, grinding once, twice. She stood watching him with wide, challenging eyes, not moving from her position against the door. He took a step toward her, brushing his thumb over his lower lip as his eyes connected with hers.
                  “Violet.” He took another step, then another, until he stood in her space, directly in front of her. She didn’t try to slide away, but her breathing changed and her chest lifted more rapidly. He leaned forward and she blinked at him once from behind those big old glasses that made her look so familiar, it hurt his heart. Made it ache like something bruised or sprained or sorely out of use. He reached up and tucked one stray hair back behind her ear and she broke eye contact with him, holding her breath, looking down.
      “Stay,” he whispered, his finger lingering on the hot skin behind her ear. “I just want to get to know you again.”
                  Her mouth formed an “O” as she let out a soft, unsteady breath. When she raised her eyes, they were glassy, glistening and exhausted, and he longed to open his arms to her but he didn’t. He didn’t want to do anything to make her uncomfortable, to scare her away.
      Take it slow. He could hear his sister’s voice in his head, though his whole body rebelled against it after waiting almost a decade to see Violet’s face again.
                  “Why? What’s the point, Zach?” Her expression tried to be nonchalant, but she couldn’t conceal the hurt and anger that flared up behind her eyes, coloring her cheeks a deep red.
                  And just like that, his strategy turned on a dime. To hell with scaring her away. If her face told him nothing else, it told him that she still felt something for him, too. And if he only had three days with her, taking it slow wasn’t an option, was it?
                  “This is the point,” he murmured, bending his head to kiss her.
                  He placed his palms on her cheeks as he had that night so long ago when she had returned from the bus station. He pressed his lips against hers and was shocked by the familiarity of her after so many years, as if the part of his brain wired for Violet was suddenly tripped like a circuit breaker, turned on, alive.
                  To his everlasting gratitude, she stepped toward him, not away, and whether it was deliberate or unintentional, he didn’t care. She flattened her hands on his chest as he parted the seam of her lips with his tongue, tasting the lip gloss he had noticed before. Cherries or strawberries or some other -erries, it was light and sweet, but the inside of her mouth tasted better. Tasted familiar, like college Violet, like the girl he’d loved. His tongue found hers, lightly touching, then swirling around it, as his hands slid from her face, over the contours of her neck to her shoulders, down her shoulder blades to the small of her back, where he locked his fingers, pulling her away from the door, closer to him.
                  This was exactly how it had felt that weekend, only they were both older now, more experienced, more mature. He’d been a boy kissing a girl that weekend and tonight he was a man kissing a woman. His whole body responded to having her back in his arms, tightening, hardening, wanting more from her, more from this woman who had haunted his dreams for way too long.
                  She moaned or sighed or whatever it was it sounded like fucking heaven in his ears – an unexpected A-flat – and he tilted his head, repositioning his mouth over hers so their lips were flush and he had full access to her, full contact, full—
                  He wasn’t expecting her to suddenly push him away and he was surprised by the amount of force she used. He stumbled back once, opening his eyes and touching his thumb to his lip reflexively.
                  Her chest heaved up and down and she covered her mouth with her hand, working her jaw. Her eyes were fierce and furious when she finally lowered her it, after swiping the backs of her fingers over her lips, rough and angry.
                  “Don’t. Ever.” Her nostrils flared and her eyes churned with emotion. “Do that again.”
                  She held his eyes until he nodded once, then she walked by him, up the stairs like a queen, leaving him hot and bewildered on the cold marble landing below.

      Wednesday, December 4, 2013

      Shelter You COVER REVEAL

      Title: Shelter You
      Author: Alice Montalvo-Tribue
      Expected Release: January 2014
      Cover Designer: Distorted Edge Design
      Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions



      She's mine.
      That was my first thought when I held my baby in my arms at seventeen. I didn't care that I'd already promised to give her to a wealthy family.

      She is mine.
      I ran away from that hospital, from that family, from the very life I knew. My plan was to start my life over with what little money I (have/had?), determined to make something of myself despite the odds.

      Then Logan Tate entered my life.
      Gorgeous and controlling, he claimed he was trying to help me, and that he didn't care that I was another teenage pregnancy story.
      But I don't trust him. I don't trust anyone. And if Logan knew the real secrets and lies I was keeping inside, he wouldn't dare try to shelter me.


      I look up at her with tears in my eyes. If not for this kind woman, I’d be handing Lily over to her adoptive parents in a matter of hours. It may seem cruel of me to have promised to give my baby away to a couple who desperately wants one and then to just pick up and run away, but none of this was my choice.
      Four months before my high school graduation I found out that I was pregnant, as you could probably imagine for a seventeen year old to hear that she’s going to become a mother is shocking and scary. So I did what I thought would be the right thing, I went to my parents and asked for there help. Their solution? Hide my pregnancy until after graduation and then keep me a virtual prisoner in my own home until I gave birth.
      When I expressed to them my desire to keep my child they gave me an ultimatum, give the baby up for adoption, or keep the baby but leave their house with absolutely no financial help from them. What else could I have done? I had no choice but to agree to their demands and I thought I could do it. I thought I could go through with it until I held her, my Lily, and I knew that giving her away would literally kill me—would make it difficult to go on with the knowledge that she was out there in the world somewhere, living a life apart from mine. Because of this, I made her a promise and I’ll die before I break that promise.

      About the Author

      Alice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.

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      Monday, December 2, 2013

      Unholy Nights Release Day

      Title: Unholy Nights, a Twisted Christmas Novella
      Authors: Linda Barlow, Andra Brynn, Carly Carson, Alana Albertson, Kara Ashley Dey, Cherie Chulick and Nicole Blanchard
      Genre: Holiday Romantic Novella
      Release Date: December 2, 2013
      Hosted By: Miss Construed

      Synopsis: Featuring novellas from popular authors Linda Barlow, Andra Brynn, Carly Carson, Alana Albertson, Kara Ashley Dey, Nicole Blanchard and Cherie Chulick.

      Buy it HERE!

      A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Linda Barlow

      It’s Christmastide, but Holly Mathers can’t seem to get into the spirit. She’s been obsessing for weeks over a hook-up gone wrong with the hot, green-eyed Will MacIvey, who’s treating her like the ghost of Christmas past. When she and her roommate are invited to a Winter Solstice celebration by their faculty advisor, Holly is thrilled to learn that Will is going to the party. Holly’s roommate has procured a sprig of enchanted mistletoe that she plans to use to steal a kiss from the sexy professor. When she chickens out, Holly decides to try the spell on Will, hoping that a kiss under the mistletoe will remind him of the steamy night he seems to have forgotten. But magic always comes with a price…

      Author Bio: Linda Barlow lives in New England with her mysterious spouse (who sleeps during the day, which has often made her wonder if he's a vampire) and their equally enigmatic and nocturnal cat.

      In the Bleak Midwinter by Andra Brynn

      In the bleak midwinter…

      With no money and nowhere to go, Ayla MacFarlane’s first midwinter break from college returns her to the decaying house she grew up in–and to the shadow of her father, whose perverse obsession with her made her years there a misery. Now under her father’s control again, Ayla knows that if she leaves once more it will only be a matter of time before their father turns his sights to her little sister Julia…

      “There’s a boy in the woods…”

      But the hunted are not always without protection. While Ayla has been away, Julia has made friends with a mysterious boy in the woods that surround their property. Certain he is up to no good, Ayla sets out to confront him, only to find a beautiful young man who speaks in riddles and makes her heart race. What is stranger is that he knows things no human should know, and he tells Ayla that he can help her…for a price.

      The hunt is on…

      As the solstice nears, the time of reckoning is at hand. Will Ayla have the courage to reclaim all her father stole from her and protect her little sister, or will she be be a slave to her fear, and lose her chance to save herself forever?
      Author Bio: I write books. Obsessively. And I read books. Not quite as obsessively as I'd like, since there are all these books I have to write, you see. One day I will take a book vacation and do nothing but read my TBR list.

      Love Charm for Dakota by Carly Carson

      Nantucket is the home of hedge fund titans, old money and hidebound tradition. Habits are comfortable, and the habits of the rich are very comfortable. Into Cabot Saltonstall’s sedate world blows Dakota Bishop, possessor of a wild spirit and a magical love charm. Cabot’s blue-blood family history includes an ancestor who resigned from the Salem Witch trials, because he refused to believe in witchcraft.

      But Cabot is all too willing to be bewitched.

      Dakota can’t stay still long enough for anyone to tie her down, nor is Cabot the right kind of guy for her. If only he’d have sex with her so she could get him out of her system. Why does he need to be so traditional with his emotions and plans for the future?

      Does she know enough of witchcraft to overcome the spell of the accidentally cast love charm?

      Author Bio: Carly lives near Nantucket Island, where the Christmas Stroll is an annual event. Having found her own Prince Charming at a young age, she's never needed a love charm, but please join her as she tells the tales of other women who've used a bit of magic to find true love.

      The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson

      Five years ago, Cambridge Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier vanished after performing The Nutcracker. Despite extensive city and statewide searches, no traces of them, besides their ballet slippers, were ever found. Every year since, another member of the cast has gone missing after closing night: the Mouse King, an Arabian Dancer, The Dew Drop Fairy, a Flower. Nieves Alba, who as a thirteen-year-old played Clara in the first ill-fated performance, is now cast as the Snow Queen. On closing night, every police officer in Boston surrounds the theater, determined to catch the perpetrator whom they’ve dubbed “The Nutcracker.” Can Nieves break the curse or will she be the next victim of America’s favorite ballet?

      Author Bio: Alana Albertson never was fortunate to get cast as the snow queen though she did play the soldier. She has extensive collections of snow globes and nutcrackers but none of them have ever been enchanted.

      How Lovely Your Branches by Kara Ashley Dey

      Recluse, Katie Crowe, has observed the world from a window in her father’s loveless house. With the death of her father and the departure of her only friend, Katie sees no point in venturing out. Then a new neighbor and his three female companions take up residence across the road in the very house her friend had vacated four months ago. Gabe’s eyes hold a promise to Katie when she gazes into them–a way out of her lonely prison, if she could but step beyond her threshold. Something holds her back: Though the past and its people seem far from her now, the trees still know her haunting secret.

      Author Bio: Kara Ashley Dey is a writer of UF and Sci-Fi Romance. Her alter ego is an abbynormal cg artist.

      The Perfect Gift by Nicole Blanchard

      Sera Flaherty would rather take lumps of coal and be committed to the naughty list for life than admit that she has a role to play in her failing marriage. She deludes her way into a negative bank balance and is left with no chance of getting her husband Spencer a present. When faced with the reality of their relationship, Sera finds she’s willing to sacrifice anything to fix her mistakes and find her husband the perfect gift…even if doing so will cost more than she bargained for.

      Author Bio: Nicole Blanchard loves receiving gifts from strangers so long as they don't come with an ominous warning or risk of dismemberment. She also enjoys taking full advantage of the fringe benefits of being on the naughty list in her spare time.

      Until the Twelfth Night by Cherie Chulick

      Lady Elizabeth Darling has fled her overbearing family to spend the holidays with her late husband’s Aunt at Scarsbury Manor in the hills of Herefordshire. What she hoped would be a quiet Christmas quickly turns upside down as strange sightings begin to stack up and rumors fly that the great house is haunted. She tries to stay out of the drama, but when a young maid who also lost her lover in tragic circumstances asks for her help to move forward she drops everything to come to her aid. With age old traditions underway and a diverse guest list including the handsome and outspoken Captain Wolfe on the premises, can Lady Elizabeth heal both their hearts and find love before it’s too late?

      Author Bio: Cherie Chulick will not be spending her Christmas holiday at a haunted manor, but she does keep an eye out for the occasional ghost. Fortunately the glow of her Kindle seems to keep them at bay.

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