What kind of shadow does a family secret cast over the child?
Mark Aherne is a middle-aged, married man living in Chicago. He's estranged from his parents in Boston, his father having bullied and belittled him throughout his childhood.
One Sunday he receives a desperate phone call from his sister who has been caring for their parents for many years. She needs help: his parents are sick and have started drinking again. Mark soon finds himself back with his sister dealing with their parents' loss of independence.
While caring for his parents, he remembers the past when he dealt with his father's emotional effect on him and the family. His memories include many childhood events that filled him with guilt and a sense of separation.
As he slowly comes to understand his family's dysfunction, he discovers secrets in his parents' lives that led to their own unhappiness. With his mother's dementia and his father's stubborn isolation, Mark fears his own aging as he learns to lay to rest the experiences of his childhood.
Friendless and destitute, Miss Violet Carlton has no choice but to seek work in London’s most notorious brothel, The House of Pleasure. She steels herself for her ultimate ruin at the hands of her first customer, only to be offered a reprieve in the form of a position as the gentleman’s mistress—in name only. Grateful for his benevolence, Violet agrees to the proposition and enjoys the life of a pampered courtesan—until her dashing rescuer puts her heart in jeopardy. Violet’s growing desire for the gentleman must be squashed when she discovers he belongs to another woman.
Tristan, Lord Trevor enters the House of Pleasure bent on a final night of carousing before donning the leg-shackle of marriage. To his shock, he recognizes the woman in his bed as a lady of the ton and resolves to save her from life in a brothel. After whisking her away under his protection, Tris endeavors to find her a husband, to secure her future and stem his own intense longing for the beautiful woman. With growing anguish Tris fears he can never make Violet his own for the impediment of his coming marriage pales in comparison to the secret he must hide from her or risk her loathing him for the rest of their lives.
Klickitat and other stories (K.A.O.S) features four thriller tales about ordinary mountaineers in the Pacific Northwest thrust into extraordinary circumstances. This debut collection from author Mark Jenkins folds modern day mountain climbing into the speculative wilderness of fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction.
K.A.O.S. begins with the novelette Heavywater, which follows a vulcanologist trying to find his way home after a glacier fall in the central Alaskan wilds drops him in unfamiliar territory, without GPS.
In the short story Klickitat, a husband and wife climbing team are confronted by a long dormant stratovolcano waking under their feet, and something else; deeper.
Protectors, is a tale about a solo-climber's life-changing discovery of a powerful artifact at the site of a decades old plane crash in the Olympic Mountains.
K.A.O.S. ends with the novelette Signals: an unlikely pair discover they are the only people in the remote town of Whittier, Alaska not mysteriously put to sleep during a dark winter storm—and must team up if they hope to outwit an armed group of marauders prowling into town.
This is Part 1 of a 4 part novel about a woman born in the backwoods in1900. In those days, women couldn’t vote, drink in public, or speak their minds outside of their homes. Most women anyway, but one thing for sure, Margaret Rose Nolan, wasn’t most women. Born into north Appalachian's piedmont, she knew what she wanted, and it wasn’t to live in the backwoods of Alabama surrounded by poverty and ignorance. She didn't care what women were supposed to do or what others thought of her; she followed a single-minded purpose -- create opportunities for the things she desired. If getting what she wanted required manipulating men, then that was too bad for them. It wasn’t her fault men liked her, but she used it and used it well. In those days, women called her a Jezebel. She called them ignorant. She moved from moonshine to champagne, from rowboats to cruise ships, from foolish foothill suitors to society's elite, usually at the expense of others, even her own children.
Pat Conroy, my first cousin, and I spent time in our grandmother’s ‘big house’ in Atlanta. Pat and I traveled together to Piedmont, Alabama, to research our family history. I spent many summers visiting with the people who knew Margaret when she was young. Much later in life, our ailing grandmother came to live with my wife and me for more than a year. She regaled us with tales of her life. This book is a fictionalized account of her life. She lived the life as told, but just like her, the story has to have some lies and exaggerations, or it wouldn’t be our grandmother.
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One night was all we had before Ace left the country. But that was enough to conceive his baby. I thought I’d never see him again – but now he's back and turns my life upside down.
He's a gorgeous soldier on a mission to save the world.
I'm a waitress that's just trying to make ends meet.
Yeah, we come from completely different worlds.
Yet, we share one unforgettable passionate night together.
I give him my number, but he never calls.
Instead, he goes to a war-torn country saving lives.
And now, two years later, he’s back.
A smoking hot firefighter in our small town.
When he walks into the sports bar where we once met, he nearly sets me on fire.
It’s how I feel when I’m with him — safe and protected.
I even wonder if I should tell him that the sweet little girl I take care of is not my niece.
She’s our precious daughter Luna.
The butterflies in my stomach tell me to give our family a fresh new chance –
but then the fear of losing everything makes me doubt if I should ever see him again.
I’ve been burned before. Can I really trust that Ace will stay with me this time?
"One Hot Daddy" is a stand-alone second chance romance, between enemies who become lovers, with a baby surprise and a guaranteed HEA you don't want to miss! No cheating. No cliffhangers. Includes a preview of "Unexpected Heat".
My crappy year just got better.
How much better?
About six feet is my guess.
I got jilted at the altar.
Had to move back home.
To be seen as a child and coddled by my parents.
I’m trying to lay low, but fate has its own idea.
My brother’s best friend, hunkier than ever.
He’s running a bar now, looking like sin.
Off-limits and the juiciest forbidden fruit I ever saw.
He’s easy to talk to and makes me laugh.
But my ex hurt me so bad I’m scared to try again.
Not to mention my brother would be furious.
I’m in his bed and loving it.
Keeping secrets from my family.
It’s all going to blow up in my face,
But I can’t resist him.
When all hell breaks loose over our secret affair,
I find myself keeping an even bigger secret from the man I love.
A secret that could leave me with nothing.
Sammy is a prep school kid struggling with teen love and bullying. Sara is a shaman’s daughter, an outcast, and a sociopath. They are identical best friends existing in different centuries. These ruthless killers are also immortal.
Written by USA Today Bestselling Authors K.L. Middleton and Cassie Alexandra
I didn't think there could be anything worse than losing my parents... until I changed schools and became the target of the A-squad - the cruel and popular a-holes of Diamond Lake High. The worst of the group? Chase Adams. An arrogant, rich, hell-raiser who gets his thrills by street racing, partying, and playing games. This year he and his crowd have it out for me.
They think they can shake me. Ruin me. Break me.
What they don't realize is that I've already been to hell and back.
If I have to return, it won't be alone.
A new adult bully romance featuring snobby, power-hungry, dangerous teens against the girl who refused to bend.
A beautiful house. A new beginning. The almost perfect neighbours…
When newlyweds Jane and Alex Clarke move into an idyllic house on the quaint Bristol Lane, they are excited for a new beginning in what will be their ‘forever home’.
And when an elderly neighbour welcomes them, she soon becomes a friend. But she grows a little too interested in the couple next door as she sits watching them, day in, day out, from the rocking chair in her window.
Alex says it will be fine. After all, she’s a lonely widow who just wants some company. But when she invites Jane into her home, who knows what she’ll find there…
A dark and gripping domestic thriller, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Paula Hawkins.
** Praise for The Widow Next Door **
‘This was a showstopper. I couldn’t put it down, and never wanted it to end. Will be looking for L.A. Detwiler’s next book!’ NetGalley reviewer
‘This creepy thriller had me twisted up in knots of suspense … Fans of B A Paris will love this one!’ NetGalley reviewer
‘It has me hooked from cover to cover. Such an incredible read!’ NetGalley reviewer
‘This book was twisted and brilliant. It gave me chills down my spine.’ NetGalley reviewer
‘A great book to read on the sofa with a cup of tea while it storms outside. I really love domestic psychological thrillers and this book did not let me down!’ NetGalley reviewer
‘Creepy. Thrilling. Suspenseful. I could not put this down!’ NetGalley reviewer
Jessica Stafford was thrust into unwilling notoriety ten months ago, after her last interscholastic debate. Overnight, she became a spokesperson and celebrity for kids everywhere; that’s when all her problems began. Jess was never out to seek fame, what she wanted was to secure the voting rights for fourteen year olds in the next presidential election.
Scarsdale, New York, March 2041, we meet our protagonist as she’s presented with her latest challenge. How to stop The World Chancellor from removing kids’ sense of freedom; his ideas are nefarious. He plans to deactivate the implanted nano technology in everyone under the age of eighteen.
Jessica’s fears, insecurities and a strong desire to help, enter a battle of their own until her trusted friends convince her that dethroning this ghoul is the opportunity of a lifetime she’s been waiting for. The world’s nemesis is solely focused on setting back the clock of progress by overpowering international leaders and disempowering kids worldwide.
They must act quickly before they lose their life-enhancing capabilities. The enigmatic Tomas, has been working behind the scenes to support Jess with the help of her best friend, the indispensable multi-talented Jasmin. Military genius brothers Josef and Stefan, agree to join forces in what was expected to be a brainstorming session. Dahvid, a soft spoken, brilliant tech broker and young mystic, transforms the meeting into a life-altering event as soon as he makes his appearance. Once media sensation, singer/songwriter Sahrit shows up, Jess has no choice but to agree to lead the group. Together, they devise a master plan where music, technology and mysticism will come together to repair the world.
One gains strength from the light. The other devours the night.
Tasked with policing supernaturals found on the wrong side of the Veil, Valkyries have protected Earth from otherworldly influences for centuries. Enhanced by the energy of the Sun and its golden rays, Odin’s elite warrior maidens have long been feared and respected by those who have crossed into this world from other realms.
The hunter becomes the hunted...
Despite her cocky, crass façade, Bryn knows she’s in over her head when she emerges from her crashed Bifrost Jumper to find herself the target of an aggressive Vampire strike team. Without her sisters, her magical weapons, or her powerful tech, fighting even a single Vampire in the dark is a certain death sentence. If the Valkyrie can’t reach the safety of her ship by dusk, she’ll have to face them all.
Bryn will need more than her sassy spirit and Valkyrie strength if she hopes to survive the night. Will the chance meeting of a mysterious young woman, and the help of a cunning rogue Vampire, give her the edge she needs?
★ • ★ • ★
Valkyrie vs. Vampire is an action-packed adventure with a strong female protagonist. It contains elements of both science fiction and fantasy, some sassy butt-kickery, a touch of romance, and a sprinkling of humor. I hope you enjoy it!
⚠ • WARNING: This book contains situations that some readers may find triggering. The story is intended to be fun, but it does contain strong language and violence (shooting firearms, as well as direct physical violence). There are sexual overtones (M/F and F/F), and moments of mind-control (vampiric compulsion).
After six years of focusing on her career, Natalie Armstrong craves the peace and tranquility that only Sapphire Bay can give her. But returning to her grandparents' cottage isn't as easy as she imagined. No one told her about her houseguest or the unexpected changes in the small town she calls home.
Gabe Lanigan is a former NYPD detective. His new career as a bestselling crime writer has brought him everything he didn't want--fame, fortune, and a deep distrust of strangers. When Natalie arrives in Sapphire Bay, their unlikely friendship sparks into something he never expected. But he needs to be careful. The real reason he left New York City is closing in fast and Natalie is standing in his way.
FALLING FOR YOU is the first book in the Sapphire Bay series and can easily be read as a standalone. Each of Leeanna's series are linked so you can find out what happens to your favorite characters in other books. Happy reading!
Praise for Leeanna Morgan's books:
"I am addicted to Leeanna Morgan's books! The only problem with them is that I hate coming to the end of one, and can't wait for the next good read. I love how she weaves the characters together, and draws you right into their lives. If you haven't discovered her, please do give her books a try. You won't be disappointed, except for not having found her sooner!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down. I purchased it today and finished it just now. Captivating story from beginning to end. Definitely a five star book."
Other Contemporary Romances by Leeanna Morgan:
The Montana Brides:
Book 1: Forever Dreams (Gracie and Trent)
Book 2: Forever in Love (Amy and Nathan)
Book 3: Forever After (Nicky and Sam)
Book 4: Forever Wishes (Erin and Jake)
Book 5: Forever Santa: a Montana Brides Christmas novella
Book 6: Forever Cowboy (Emily and Alex)
Book 7: Forever Together (Kate and Dan)
Book 8: Forever and a Day (Sarah and Jordan)
The Bridesmaids Club:
Book 1: All of Me (Tess and Logan)
Book 2: Loving You (Annie and Dylan)
Book 3: Head Over Heels (Sally and Todd)
Book 4: Sweet on You (Molly and Jacob)
Emerald Lake Billionaires:
Book 1: Sealed with a Kiss (Rachel and John)
Book 2: Playing for Keeps (Sophie and Ryan)
Book 3: Crazy Love (Holly and Daniel)
Book 4: One And Only (Elizabeth and Blake)
Book 1: Safe Haven (Hayley and Tank)
Book 2: Just Breathe: (Kelly and Tanner)
Book 3: Always (Mallory and Grant)
Book 4: The Promise (Ashley and Matthew)
Book 5: Coming Home (Mia and Stan)
Book 6: The Gift (Hannah and Brett)
Book 7: The Wish (Claire and Jason)
Book 1: Falling For You (Natalie and Gabe)
Book 2: Once In A Lifetime (Sam and Caleb)
Book 3: A Christmas Wish (Megan and William)
Book 4: Before Today (Brooke and Levi)
Book 5: The Sweetest Thing (Cassie and Noah)
Book 6: Sweet Surrender (Willow and Zac)
Santa's Secret Helpers:
Book 1: Christmas On Main Street (Emma and Jack)
Book 2: Mistletoe Madness (Kylie and Ben)
Book 3: Silver Bells (Bailey and Steven)
Book 4: The Santa Express (Shelley and John)
This is Part 1 of a 4 part novel about a woman born in the backwoods in1900. In those days, women couldn’t vote, drink in public, or speak their minds outside of their homes. Most women anyway, but one thing for sure, Margaret Rose Nolan, wasn’t most women. Born into north Appalachian&
After six years of focusing on her career, Natalie Armstrong craves the peace and tranquility that only Sapphire Bay can give her. But returning to her grandparents' cottage isn't as easy as she imagined. No one told her about her houseguest or the unexpected changes in the small town she