Lena doesn’t love Declan. He may be a doting, beautiful, blue-eyed vampire, but he was also the creature who murdered her twenty years go. She hasn’t exactly been impressed with her mundane two decades as an immortal either. Running away, she spends one day in the human world away from Declan, and everything she thought she knew about him, her existence, and herself changes.Lena hates everything about being a vampire—the dull, torch-lit castle she lives in, her meddling immortal family, and especially her stalker-like sire Declan. After two decades of being miserable in this pseudo-life she can't remember choosing, Lena discovers her escape has been within her reach all along. As Lena runs from the only reality she knows and tries to survive in the modern human world, she learns the real reason she was made immortal and that nothing about her existence, her family, or her sire is as simple as she thought. One day on the outside begins a chain of events that will change Lena in ways she could never have imagined.
A handful of soldiers make their way through the wilderness in the year 2142 to reach Olympia, the abandoned capital of the fallen state of Washington.In the fallen state of Washington lies a deserted city, Olympia. Empty buildings wait in the frost, pillaged at the end of the 21st century, back when the place tried to survive after the Dissolution of the Union. The city is dead now, and only a handful of elite soldiers have dared make their way through the wilderness to obey orders, to retrieve something rare and precious in the heart of this accursed ruin.
THEY’RE LIVING LIFE TO THE EXTREME…AND BURNING UP THE COLD MOUNTAIN NIGHTS
Only total desperation could reunite Dianna Kelley with Sam MacKenzie, the irresistible bad boy she walked out on ten years ago. But the fearless firefighter with the awesome wilderness skills is the only one who can take her where she needs to go. It’s a gamble—tracking down her endangered sister while keeping Sam and their undeniable attraction at arm’s length. Not easy when they’re trekking into a remote corner of the Rockies, where she’s got to trust her former lover with her life.
Despite their past, Sam never could refuse a damsel in distress, especially one who has haunted his dreams for years. He’ll help find her sister and get Dianna out of his system once and for all. But soon it’s hard to tell whether the greatest threat is from the rushing rapids, the deadly enemy on their trail, or the passion that’s sending them straight into the line of fire….
You could be in one of these stories.There is Gabby who inherits a cat and a new life. Itzy loses her job because of “hands on” kind of boss and finds her mother’s killer through her new job. Aileen finds strength in her loved ones’ when her son goes to jail for murder and Nelson wins the lotto. Each of the fourteen stories is a pleasure read and short enough to be read in one sittingThe game of Life has a way of sneaking unusual plots on us that change life’s direction. It must be played out like the last act of a Broadway play. There is no blueprint and the outcome is uncertain, the players are all there waiting to play their part while anticipating the next move. Most players don’t see what's coming and reject the concept. If they were asked, it’s just Life playing games
Two humorous short stories. In A Fairy Tail, Sir Craig desperately tries to rescue his beloved from a fiendish sorcerer, but Boots, a shapechanging unicorn, has other ideas. Out of the Bag features a moment in Jason the cop's day - with surprising results.This light-hearted short story duo is sure to make you smile, chortle, and outright laugh. A Fairy Tail follows the desperate adventures of Sir Craig as he works to rescue his beloved from a fiendish sorcerer. However, Boots, a ragged young man who has a habit of shapechanging into various creatures including a unicorn, is a rival for fair Gregoria's hand. Will Craig rescue Gregoria? Will Boots get to eat apples out of Gregoria's hand? Or will darker forces intervene to keep these lovers apart? Out of the Bag is a short short story, but long on imagination. Jason the cop expects a normal day on the force, but a chance encounter on a breaking and entering call changes everything.
When you’ve cracked up like Aunt Helen, what you need is a weekend with an irrepressible child like Stephanie Falls. She’ll remind you of what it means to be truly alive. Stephanie makes a monkey of everyone, including her doting grandparents, but her joy for life unburdens the troubled mind of her aunt. A heart-warming, original tribute to the importance of finding the child inside us all.Stephanie Falls, age eight, spends a weekend with her grandparents along with her Aunt Helen, who is recovering from her nervous breakdown after dropping out of economics graduate school. Trapped in a mansion full of creepy artifacts and unappreciated art with her depressed aunt, Stephanie plays with the world. An excursion to march in a Mountain Man parade ends badly for Grandpa Drummond when Stephanie torments an organizer. Her antics inspire Helen to begin life anew with zeal and confidence.
*“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.” *
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.
She is no longer free.
Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.
There are no rules. Only payments.
An anthology of quirky short stories including: Uncertain Trysts, His Faithful Companion, Big Paper Skeleton, Fantasy Artifact, Genuine Aboriginal Democracy, Mother's Woman-Marine Bra, Work Out Your Own Salvation, Consciousness Raising, Metamorphosis of Me, Snake Dance Disaster, and On the Rio Mayo.When Luke Wright moves to the desert oasis LeVir Lake with his mom and sisters, he does not expect much excitement—-the town isn’t even on any maps. But when his new (and, coincidentally, extremely sexy) neighbor Jan informs him of the strange laws he has to live by in order to “survive” in LeVir Lake, Luke begins to comprehend that his family has not moved to any typical small town. Life becomes even stranger when Luke meets the decadent LeVir clan—-especially the gorgeous daughter Colette, who has a knack for getting what she wants, and who takes an instant liking to Luke. The longer Luke lives in LeVir Lake, the more he understands why the strict town laws are in place, and the more he realizes the LeVirs are much more than what they seem. They have a plan for humankind, and it involves Luke's soul. But how do you choose between good and evil when both sides want you dead?
In the future, Nuclear War has ravaged the planet. Beset by hurdle after hurdle, Slade Meechan crosses the world to fulfill his government-issued mandate. But what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? Slade will have to use all of his skills and all of his connections to stay ahead of the one who wants him dead. But is there more to the story?The first book of a bold new trilogy by up-and-coming author A. J. Leavens. In the future, Nuclear War has ravaged the planet. Slade Meechan, an Emissary for iCorps embarks on a Delivery to find Randy Herman - a man who's escaped from a Penal Territory. Beset by hurdle after hurdle, Slade must reach his Target before time runs out. His journey sends him far from his home, and into a land outside the Government. Accompanied by a loyal and mischievous Diplomatic Corps officer, and an array of mechanical gadgets, Slade crosses the world to fulfill his mandate. What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? Slade will have to use all of his skills and all of his connections to stay ahead of the one who wants him dead. But is there more to the story?
When Syri Moro is called from the Gardens of Virtue, she knows exactly what it means. Her husband-to-be, Rayden Oshier, is finally ready to take her as his bride. But when she is brought to his large starship, she is surprised to find nothing is the way she imagined.When Syri Moro is called from the Gardens of Virtue, she knows exactly what it means. Her husband-to-be, Rayden Oshier, is finally ready to take her as his bride. But when she is brought to his large starship, she is surprised to find nothing is the way she imagined.Rayden has been missing for several years, gone to explore a new planet. And his father, Ruler of the Elementas, has been found poisoned in his suite.If Syri can’t find Rayden in time, his bloodthirsty cousin will take over as ruler of the Elementas and claim her as his mate. Something she can’t allow, because it would mean the extinction of an entire intelligent species. So, as a last resort, she’s been given the task of finding Rayden.Syri doesn’t know the powerful forces working against her, or that danger shadows her every step. All she wants is to find Rayden and save her people. But when she finally sees him again, while consumed by the uncontrollable need fueled by her mating frenzy, will she be too distracted to see the truth until it’s too late?Can they fight their needs and triumph against evil to save themselves and the people of Earth? Or will the mating frenzy overcome them?**** “The Two Pawns” is Part One of a 5-part serialized novel. ****Check out the entire series:Book 1- The Two PawnsBook 2- The Reluctant KingBook 3- The Empty ThroneBook 4- The Villain’s GambitBook 5- The Throne Reclaimed
Clarissa Farrell awakens one morning with the certain knowledge that a friend has died. Coincidental dream or precognition? Investigating the phenomena leads to recognizing more of her own uncanny perceptions. But when an interested reporter turns out to have fraudulent motives, she is left to question all of her new found abilities.Clarissa Farrell awakens one morning with the certain knowledge that a friend has died. Was it a coincidental dream or precognition? Investigating the phenomena leads to recognizing more of her own uncanny perceptions. But when a reporter interested in her story turns out to have fraudulent motives, she is left to question all of her new found abilities. Looking ahead, she faces a choice: retreat to her old safe ruts or jettison her middle aged holding pattern.
Aileen knew her son Bobby had always been a rebel and hated authority growing up. . But at 29, he found a woman she hoped would settle him down. Until the phone call came, saying that he had killed the mother of his children during one of their many violent fights when the knife she threatened him with with was turned on her during the struggle, causing her death.The day of Bobby's sentencing came and she arranged to work the evening shift at the Horsey. She refused Joyce's offer to accompany her to the courthouse. It was Aileen's intention of getting through the ordeal as quickly as possible with a minimal amount of stress. Flashbacks of Bobby's earlier years haunted her. All her efforts to help him ended in failure. She had asked herself many times where she went wrong, but deep down, she knew she hadn't. There were just those people who chose a different path than the one you hoped they would take.
She has been bucketed by two large Swabbies. She had forgotten it was the 1st of the month, and was caught for relocation. Worse, once the Swabbies find out who she really is, she makes a quick decision to run into Tunnel W. The tunnel is home to some of the city's most lawless Relos. The Swabby High Commander has ordered her capture, and the Relos are depending on her to get them out of Tunnel W.She has been bucketed by two large Swabbies. She had forgotten it was the 1st of the month, and was captured for relocation. Worse, once the Swabbies find out who she really is, she makes a quick decision to run into Tunnel W. The tunnel is home to some of the city's most lawless captives called Relos. The Swabby High Commander has ordered her captured. The Relos in Tunnel W are depending on her to get them all out of Tunnel W.
For the first time in months, I'm coming in from the darkness, away from my shadows, to find closure. He has tried to make me into a victim, but I didn't listen. I rarely do, anyway.Now, I'm going with the flames, because I can't do this alone.For the first time in months, I'm coming in from the darkness, away from my shadows, to find closure. He has tried to make me into a victim, but I didn't listen. I rarely do, anyway.Now, I'm going with the flames, because I can't do this alone.I'm going with the flames is a Fantasy short-story.It was inspired by the prompt of Goodreads user "Auntie J" in "Goodreads Friends with benefits".
A society maven with a small dress factory uses intimidation to sell her leftover squaw dresses.Luke Fletcher asks himself one simple question. Is she worth dying for? His answer is yes.When Hannah Walker rolls into her new town on fumes, she doesn’t expect her past to catch up to her so quickly. But the moment her card is declined for a lousy cup of coffee, she realizes nowhere is safe, and her life on the run has just gotten more complex.Luke Fletcher has made it his mission in life to protect. When he meets Hannah Walker, she makes it clear that his services aren’t needed and neither is he, but there’s something in her eyes that tells another story. Once he begins investigating the woman with many names, he realizes one thing is clear. Whoever, she’s running from won’t stop until she’s dead.Determined to gain Hannah’s trust and break down her walls, Luke begins to share his own history, but where that leads could cost them more than their hearts as the sins of others threatens to destroy them both.