“I know you don’t want me here.” Her voice emerged as quiet and exhausted as mine. “But I can’t leave. This job was my last chance. I don’t have anywhere else to go.”
Badge of Honor
Publication date: December 5th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Scars—a badge of honor denoting strength.
My hellish month is looking up!
I’ve scored a private nursing job.
No more sleeping in my car, stressing about my debts.
My patient is a military man. Gorgeous. Tattooed. Built. He’s also temporarily blind and tries to sack me during my first hour on the job.
I’m way past desperate, so let him try to banish me.
All I want is to recover and return to my men in Afghanistan.
The problem is without my sight, I’m helpless as a kitten.
My family treats me like a child. When they get tired of my temper, they hire her.
The woman is determined, I’ll give her that. But there’s something about her that intrigues me, makes my mind wander to kissing and pleasure and soft curves.
Too bad we have no future.
Contains a grumpy, injured military man, a scarred nurse, and a little small town instalove, which makes everything better.
“Hold still while I clean your face. You’re bleeding everywhere. I’m going to place my hand on your shoulder.” A verbal warning, so he didn’t freak at the physical contact. I continued to inform him of my intentions.
The tension left his broad shoulders, and his frown relaxed maybe a millimeter. Up close, he was a handsome specimen. More rugged than pretty, his skin a golden bronze from sun exposure. A shaggy beard framed his mouth and jawline, and he wore a pair of black shorts and nothing else. Tattoos curled across his biceps and decorated sculpted pectoral muscles.
“Are you staring at me?” he asked, his bandaged gaze turning in my direction.
“I’m a nurse.”
“It doesn’t feel like a nurse stare,” he muttered.
A snicker escaped me. “Hold the gauze to your cheek while I open the iodine.”
“It’s not that bad.”
“True, but you’ve bled over the sheets.” I seized his right hand and lifted it to his cheek.
“You’re bossy.” Now he sounded intrigued rather than grumpy.
“It comes with the job.” I deftly opened the iodine bottle and transferred the yellow liquid to a blob of cotton wool. An instant later, I lifted his hand and covered the wound with the pungent liquid.
“Don’t be a baby.” I lifted the cotton wool and applied a plaster covered with cartoon characters. “That should do the trick.”
“What have you done?” He’d heard the grin in my words.
“You’ve used my niece’s plasters,” he said after a long pause. He stood abruptly, anger and frustration returning to his features. “Dammit, I don’t need a nurse. Talk to Carolyn on your way out, and she’ll pay you for today. You’re fired.”
An incurable romantic and a lover of reading—romance, of course—it was inevitable India Lord turned to writing next. India writes sassy, steamy romances with strong alpha heroes, curvy heroines who are no pushovers, and a happy ending. A must, in India’s opinion.
When India isn’t writing, she loves to walk and explore the countryside. She’s also a dedicated researcher of cheese scones—her favorite treat to eat with a cup of tea.
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Publication date: January 10th 2023
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
He’s hostage to his past. Betrayal and death haunt former British Special Air Service captain Lachlan Mackay after a disastrous mission in the mountains of Afghanistan ends his military career. Now a civilian, his job overseeing security teams in Kabul brings the opportunity to topple a powerful warlord, avenge the dead, and free himself from the crushing guilt of trusting the wrong woman. However, his plans for revenge get derailed when someone from his past targets his beautiful new American colleague.
She has a secret that could destroy him. Sophia Russo wants to make a difference in the lives of the Afghan people. As the new director of Legislative Affairs at Landry Associates International, her job is to lobby Congress to support her company’s development projects in the war-torn country. But when her best friend’s father, a retired four-star admiral, tells her someone may be trafficking weapons to a warlord, she agrees to spy on the prime suspect, LAI’s head of Global Security. Lachlan Mackay is dangerously sexy and full of secrets, but after getting to know the Hot Scot, her heart refuses to believe he’s a criminal.
The past won’t stay dead. When Sophia is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse between Lachlan and an unknown enemy, she teams up with him to help prove his innocence. The tables are turned when their hunt for the truth makes them the hunted.
To save Lachlan, Sophia may have to betray him, and Lachlan is forced to do the one thing he swore he’d never do again.
Trust a woman with his life.
C.S. Smith writes steamy romantic suspense and paranormal romance featuring current and former special operations soldiers. She admits to having a thing for alpha males. The bigger and badder they are, the harder they fall!
While earning a Master’s in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, she worked in and around the Pentagon surrounded by good-looking men in uniform, including the one she eventually married.
Her career as a writer took off in 2018 when her youngest child learned to drive and her days of micromanaging a family of five were coming to an end. Now she manages her husband of over thirty years and the family rescue dog – a supposed Golden Retriever that DNA tests revealed is really a lab, chow, boxer mix.
Her debut award-winning romantic suspense series, Dìleas Security Agency, focuses on three former elite special operators in a brotherhood forged by betrayal, blood, and death. If you enjoy hot alpha men and feisty women wrapped up in storylines full of danger and intrigue, be sure to look for Near Miss (Book 1), Missing in Action (Book 2), and Missed Opportunity (Book 3), coming in 2023.
Publication date: December 19th 2022
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Professional baseball player Dan Pelameno struck out with the woman of his dreams. So, when she calls to set up an exclusive television interview with him, he jumps at the second chance to set things right. He let her slip away once, but he won’t make the same mistake.
Celebrity news reporter Kendra Star thought she had moved on from her ex, Dan until she had to see him again for a work assignment. When the encounter lands him a gig at her job, she promises to keep her distance from him and his charming ways. But the more she has to work with him, the harder he is to resist.
I jolted my head up to Jay, and he eyed me warily. “As I was saying, now that the whole fiasco with Melanie is over, CEN needs a new direction…a new angle. We want to listen to the viewers. We want to be more positive with our programming,” he said, standing up from his perched position on his desk.
He ran his hands over his mouth and jolted his eyes at the massive coffee stain on my dress. “You missed your mouth?”
“Ah, you could say that,” I said.
He walked over to the cabinet in the corner of his office and pulled out a handkerchief. “Here, take this,” he said.
I took the handkerchief and motioned to wipe my dress. “Thank you so much! I didn’t have any napkins in my office.”
Jay raised his arms, stopping me. “No, no, no. Don’t wipe the stain with it. Put it under yourself, so you won’t mess up my leather chair.”
“Oh,” I said, raising my backside slightly and placing it underneath me.
Once my embarrassment eased, I ruminated over the words he’d said earlier, “new direction.” I’d heard them before. Only last time, that direction hadn’t included me, but my replacement, celebrity slayer Melanie. She’d damaged so many of CEN’s celebrity relationships it was difficult to imagine a positive comeback.
Although, somehow, I’d managed to come back in more ways than one. During my prolonged stint of unemployment, my bill collectors started to call me more than my relatives. I couldn’t have that happen again. I shook my head and focused on Jay’s words as he dropped his hand from his mouth.
He hovered over his desk, then placed his palms down onto the surface as if steadying himself in front of me. I shifted in my chair under his gaze.
“Someone reached out to the director of programming and suggested we do an apology tour. So, now upper management wants us to repair the relationships that Melanie damaged,” he said.
“Yep, a series of intimate, heartfelt, sit-down interviews with each of the celebrities harmed to show them in a better light. But at the same time, it could also show CEN in a better light. In addition to fixing the relationships, of course. A second chance do-over of sorts.”
I nodded without hesitation or shame. I was a damn good interviewer, and I knew heartfelt. I wasn’t perfect, but I threw my heart into everything I did. “I can do that,” I said.
Jay smiled at me like a proud father and pointed in my direction. “I know you can. And there’s no one else I would’ve trusted to do it. We have to show everyone we’re still the same ole CEN.”
Moments like this were rare with Jay. They always made me think that if I worked harder, maybe I could have more of them. I mentally repeated his next statement in his hint of a New York accent because I knew it by heart.
“CEN is that old friend you can rely on to keep you up to date on trends,” he said. But, then, “Only now we keep you up to date on our friends.”
Hmm, that last part was new.
I nodded at his cringeworthy new phrase, attempting to detour him from the inevitable tangent that usually followed his “profound” statements. “So, who’s first on our apology tour?” I asked brightly.
“Well, the caller suggested Dan Pelameno.” He shook his head, then said, “The way we screwed over that guy’s marriage, I’d say I agree.”
I froze. Did he say, Dan Pelameno?
I stuttered, searching for my next words. “I — I think I read somewhere that Dan and his w-wife… ex-wife…are on good terms. So, it would probably be way more harmful to him to potentially rehash things with an interview.”
“Nonsense, it’ll be great. Our fans love Dan, and Dan loves the spotlight. So, just avoid harsh questions, and it’ll be fine.”
Jay raised his hand and closed his eyes before narrowing them on me intensely. “This is a crucial opportunity for this company and, quite frankly, for you as well. Show the execs why you were worth that raise. Get Pelameno’s number and schedule the interview with him personally. We can’t mess this up. The network took a hit with that Melanie bullshit. We need this. You need this.”
I nodded and rose from my seat. “Yes, Jay. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Defeated, I headed for the door, but Jay stopped me to say, “And Kendra?”
“Yes?” I asked.
“Shit, shit, shit,” I said, closing my door and pushing my back against it. I’d trudged the hall slowly, hoping for a distraction on the way, but, of course, my coworkers were nowhere in sight when I needed one.
I took in my office. It was still empty from the day I had to pack everything up in a box and carry it out. The fun knick-knacks and trinkets I’d collected during segments and guest appearances were still packed up at home. It was another reminder that my life had been completely thrown off kilter.
I tapped my head against the door. Dan Pelameno? Maybe there’s more than one? Surely not? Who am I kidding? There can only be one Dan.
Despite Jay’s directive, I didn’t need to search for Dan’s number. I already had it. I slid down the length of the door and stared at my phone over on the desk, working up the courage to call my ex. Well, almost ex…
Shellee holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She also has two minors in Women’s Studies and Political Science.
Shellee is an avid reader, and in her spare time, she can frequently be found curled up with a good book. She loves a wide variety of formats and genres. She also enjoys spending time with her brilliant daughter, Trinity, and her favorite pups, Myla and Chino.
The Mistress Contract
(Filthy Billionaires, #1)
Publication date: January 2nd 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
When college student Madeline Swanson stumbled into the wrong job interview, I immediately wanted her…on her knees.
My offer is simple–I’ll cover her tuition, living expenses and a generous shopping budget. In return, she signs a contract, making herself available at my request–on my arm or in my bed, fulfilling all my darkest desires.
She says no now, but I’ll pursue her relentlessly until she signs the contract. Then, not only will I make her mine, I’ll own her…
(Filthy Billionaires, #2)
Publication date: February 2nd 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
Lexi Anderson snuck into my hotel room and slipped into my bed, thinking I was someone else…
My first taste of her is explosive, and I immediately decide to make the naive, young college student mine, no matter the cost. Only then will she be under my control. Only then will she submit to me completely…
But she doesn’t know my darkest secret, and if I have anything to do with it, she never will.
Author of steamy dark billionaire romance. The higher the heat , the better!!
He was more than intrigued by her. Not only did he want to sweep away the sorrow he’d seen through her window that first night, but there was more.
Maybe he felt a little missed happiness himself.
Stained Glass Secrets and Star Wishes
A Christmas Cookies Novel
by Celaine Charles
Genre: Paranormal Holiday Romance
Ember McCoy, a young and stressed accountant, plans to spend Christmas alone at her family’s lakeside cabin. But after a mysterious man offers his kindness and time, she begins to reassess her fast-paced world. Holding a star-shaped, stained-glass cookie up to the light, she makes a wish. Is the glistening candy-blue center a hopeful sign there may be more to her existence than the long work hours draining the joy from her life?
Laiken Devere, an Ashrai water fairy, laments the passing of his grandmother and his future in the shadows of his older brothers. To honor his grandmother, he visits the human world above James Lake, asking the stars to reveal his destiny. But why would fate lead him to an impossible relationship with a human, especially the sorrowful young Ember he found by the lake?
Does Ember and Laiken’s future together now rely on stained-glass secrets and star wishes?
Celaine Charles lives in the Pacific Northwest where she teaches elementary school, writes fantasy fiction and poetry, and blogs about her writing journey on Steps In Between.
On the fiction side, Celaine’s YA Fantasy, Seam Keepers (The Wild Rose Press), released in May 2021, and won a first place golden award (in the category of YA/Sci-fi) through Moonbeam Children and Young Adult book awards, 2021. Her new adult, holiday, paranormal, romance novella, Stained Glass Secrets and Star Wishes, launches November 2022 (The Wild Rose Press, Christmas Cookies Series).
On the Poetry side, Celaine’s book, Colors Collected (Palmetto Publishing Group), debuted in August 2019. This book stemmed from her online poetry series, Colors, hosted on Channillo.com, and was awarded Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, and Best Poetry Series for the 2018 Channillo Awards.
Currently, Celaine is working on the sequel to Seam Keepers, entitled, Dream Keepers, and a brand-new YA Contemporary Fantasy, Life Song. She is always penning new poetry for no other reason than to cleanse her soul, yet she is also working to create a new collection and exploring a children’s book project, as well.
When Celaine isn’t writing, she is usually with her family, reading, watching movies, or taking walks in her beautiful home of Washington state. Nature is always her muse. She takes a million picture on every venture.
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She had long ago given up on finding her hero. He would make her believe in happy ever-after again.
There was a time, a very long time ago when I believed in fairytales and happily-ever-afters. Those dreams died a painful death he night my parents were murdered. I need to get close to Aries Borgia in order to get information about my parents’ murderer. What started as a sizzling affair on Aries yacht tuns dangerous when we are attacked.
I am the head of the Lionheart Syndicate and she is my fated mate. I know she is seeking information but I will do what is needed to claim her. I will teach her to believe in dreams again.
Can they find their happy-ever-after before the murderers strike again?
VMG 💯dle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Delta James DIDN'T Disappoint 🙅💯, period !. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2022 Verified Purchase THIS !?, Alliance Series was fresh, creative, individual, well developed, flowed in story symmetry. (👉 the connections from Serena's other sisters & bringing the end of their Parents murder / Their own Foster Care nightmares; FULL CIRCLE 💯💯) Well Done & Very Plausible. The AMATO SISTERS as well as each MFC ( FATED MATE) are TOP TIER !!😎👏. Smart, Kick Ass, Intelligent, Talented, Skilled, Professional, "Got My Own" & Beautiful, in their own rights. Alphas as well. Each MMC ( ALPHA SYNDICATE LEADER ) comes to know their mate's WORTH 💯. And vice versa.💯 The ALPHAS👑 don't DISAPPOINT either. The loyalties & unities come through as well. The Author has managed to "sprinkle" extra sassy, sarcastic yet humorous moments in each read, without sacrificing the HEAT 🔥🔥🔥, SMEXY 😜😜, & SWAG 😎💯. Those "sprinkles" ??, actually get "🤭 giggles". The backstory ( explaining more about Estella 😲) was good. DO NOT 🙅 SIDE STEP MS. JAMES' TRIGGER WARNINGS, "potential readers & purchasers👏👏💯💯. Everyone has "levels, boundaries, tastes, & limits" 💯💯💯. Knowing yours, you know how to proceed ???, or not🙅. Obey/ Play isn't the BOOK👈. However, this is the Author's "Genre". 💯 The entire Series is Good 👍👍.
Irene Talbert 5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES.... Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 15, 2022 Verified Purchase This is the third and final book in the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, betrayal, heartache, murder, justice, attitudes, obsession, confrontations, lies, rivalry/rivals, misunderstandings, alliance, miscommunication, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love. OMG! What a fitting ending to this series. All of the secrets are revealed about the death of the three sisters parents. In this story: the h is the youngest sister, a jewelry designer and has been claimed by the last of the Syndicate Masters. The H is head of the Lion heart Syndicate of Atlantis and a notorious gangster/arms dealer. They met at a photo shot on his yacht. Mates! Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
Jen B. 4.0 out of 5 stars Finally A Conclusion To The Story Of The Amato Sisters Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 17, 2022 Don't read this if you haven't read the prior 2 books. This wraps up a bunch of stuff and it completely overlaps the prior 2 stories. Serena isn't looking for a man. She wants to exact revenge on the people that destroyed her family and killed her parents years ago. In order to fund her revenge, she runs a jewelry business that is just starting to gain some recognition and success. Aries is the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. He is stunned to discover that he has finally found is fated mate and she's human! Right off the bat, you have to embrace with your whole self the idea that Serena is submissive and will just accept Aries as a dominant. Period. You have to just accept that they go from not knowing each other at all to love and devotion in an instant. Period. If you can't do that, don't read this. Serena is the youngest Amato sister and often feels like her sisters treat her like a baby. During the course of the author doesn't really give Serena room to grow because the suggestion is that she is already strong. Aries is more of a sketch than an entire character. I was glad that his time in the military was included in his character development. The reader doesn't really see him interact with his people so there is no sense of how he leads other than he's not his father or uncle. I felt like the author rushed one of the big conclusions of the story of the Amato sisters. Yay that they finally know who done them wrong all those years ago and everyone has paid for their crimes but it almost felt like an afterthought. I wanted the women to have their big BAM moment but instead, it was more of a reveal, reveal, reveal, and done moment. Another issue I had was that one of Aries' lieutenants really didn't like Serena at first. I wanted a moment of reckoning like her sisters got in their stories but all Serena got was the mention that the individual now likes her. Huh. Kind of lame in my opinion. So why did I give this 4 stars if I wasn't really moved? Simply stated, I wanted the solution to the mystery of the Amato sisters and the readers get that. Period. This story takes place in Italy and the Carpathian mountains. It includes mention of and cameos by characters from prior books/other series but it's all related. I will read move from this author in the future because I have thoroughly enjoyed other books even if this one fell a little flat in my opinion. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Redrabbitt VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2022 The story is part of the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. The story will mainly focus on Serena Amato and Aries Borgia--the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. The story will include cameo appearances by other couples from previous stories in this series, and behind the scene appearances of those from the previous series. The story has what we all come to know, love, and even expect within Ms. Delta James series, strong, dominant men and equally feisty females. You'll have power exchange, dominance, submission, control, and surrender. Secrets, mystery, suspense, good and evil, and shifters. I love the cat-and-mouse game between Aries and Serena--she thinks she can evade him, but she is definitely wrong. Serena: I think it would be best if I joined my friends. Aries: Unacceptable. This is better, I would prefer we have our disagreements in private, but be warned, if you misbehave in public, I will ensure your discipline is delivered the same way. Serena: You can't speak to me that way. Aries: I can and will when you're being unruly or are misbehaving. Serena: I don't know who you think you are. Aries: I am Aries Borgia, the Lion of Atlantis, your fated mate and the man who was born to tame you. Serena: You can't just unilaterally decide we're in a relationship. Aries: You'll find I can pretty much do whatever I like. The next time you raise a fist or a foot to me in anger, you won't sit down comfortably for a few days. In my lap or at my feet between my legs. Submit, Serena. You aren't to worry, Serena. Everything will be as it should be. No one will ever harm you again. There will be secrets and surprises with the mystery and unveiling of this story. Good and evil fight for power and control. Dominant men, who love their women, aren't afraid to allow those women a say, and even listen to their input. One thing they never will allow is for them to be in danger. Yes, more comes out about the murder and mystery of the death of the Amato sister's parents. Serena: You have things to do. Aries: Nothing is more important to me than my fated mate. Nothing. Serena: It's all so fast. Aries: It is, but that is usually the way of fated mates. It will be fine, Serena. You just need to trust that. It will be fine, cara. Serena: Because you want it to be? Aries: Because I will it to be. No fear, Delta keeps the pages turning, unraveling relationships, and mystery, while still allowing the characters to engage in power exchange while taking the reader on an erotic journey of shifters and their fated mates.
“Christmas has magic, James, or have you forgotten so soon our last year’s Christmas project?”
A Christmas Miracle
The Other Santa Book 1
by Anna Del C Dye
Genre: Feel-Good Christmas Miracles, Light Romance
Peace Towards Men
The Other Santa Book 2
Mario takes Angie, his daughter, out of Charleston to forget her beau’s sudden departure. On their way to Osage, they have an accident and meet the most interesting people in a quaint small town which is suffering from the depression’s pains and self-isolation. Will Angie be able to recuperate from her broken heart and the injuries from the accident in time to aid their new friends before they succumb to want and despair?