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Definition of the "Novella Genre": A novella ebook fits in between a short story and a full-length novel. Unlike a short story, a novella has room for plot development, character growth and change, and more conflicts. However, unlike a novel, the novella typically does not have multiple perspectives, is not split into chapters, and does not have the luxury of in-depth subplots. Novella ebooks are meant to be consumed in one sitting and take a great deal of dexterity and skill in the author drafting them.
Examples of bestselling and famous novellas are John Steinbeck (The Pearl), Stephen King (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption), Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and Animal Farm (George Orwell).
This story doesn't begin with my death. It begins with someone's else's.
Antonio is sick of his mother's drunken, abusive boyfriend, and when Dave starts acting strange following the disappearance of a young woman, Antonio suspects he's responsible.
But when he confronts Dave about the murder, Antonio finds himself facing down the barrel of a gun.
Waking up dead was not part of his plan.
With a Reaper at the gates and a gravestone at his back, he'll risk his afterlife to catch his killer.
The Lost Great Dane is the first novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.
While looking for a lost cat, Alex finds a weak and injured Great Dane. The dog has no collar, no tags, and no microchip. And the only person looking for him is a man who might have murdered his own wife.
Within 24 hours, Alex has a hunted dog, a cryptic message, and a hitman on her tail. She realizes the only way out of this mess is to solve the mystery of the lost Great Dane.
Newly-minted Fairy Godmother, Fenella, wants nothing more than to complete her first Happily Ever After under the guidance of the mentor, Lachlan (also a Fairy Godmother).
But everything Fenella tries seems to lead to disaster and in the end, even her fairy god-daughter Letty resents her efforts to help.
Letty just wants to marry her beau, Captain James Stirling. But her father is opposed to the match - to the point where he forbids Letty from even seeing James.
How can Fenella fix things and give Letty the Happily Ever After she deserves?
Follow your heart to find your desire
Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her third season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find the handsome lord apparently falling for her. With time running out, should she accept his suit and risk falling in love despite herself?
Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost three thousand pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him ten thousand more pounds for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Miss Locke long enough to charm her into marrying him. But can he avoid falling in love himself?
Trixie is finally living her dream of opening a bookstore called Read Wine, but someone doesn’t want her to succeed. Can she figure out who is standing in her way before her dreams go up in smoke?
In this Read Wine series prequel, Trixie is ecstatic that she is about to reach her lifelong dream of owning a bookstore, which will also have coffee, baked goods and a wine bar. It's everything she loves, all under one roof. To make it even better, she's doing it with her best friends, Sally and Cora.
Just when they think they are close to opening Read Wine, strange things start to occur. Someone trashes their store mere days before they are to open. Then Sally gets stranded when someone puts sugar in her gas tank. And the competition in town is not happy another coffee option is opening.
Who has it in for them? Is someone trying to sabotage Read Wine?
Do you love cozy mysteries with quirky, strong female leads that just can’t keep their noses out of police business? Is a bookstore that carries coffee and wine your idea of heaven? Then the Read Wine series is for you!
Cursed to live within the glass walls of a greenhouse for her entire life, sixteen-year old Rose has finally reached her breaking point. She had to escape before she lost her mind. But life outside the protective glass was filled with perils of its own.
When she met Gabriel, she thought she’d finally found a savior. But neither was aware of what lurked inside him. Someone was pulling the strings from the shadows. With darkness on the horizon and danger lurking around every corner, Rose must escape the greenhouse, but at what cost?
If you like devious nymphs, bloodthirsty curses, and fairytales with a dark twist then check out “Spellbound,” the first in the Spellbound mini-series.
Trigger warning- The main character does deal with abuse in the book.
An irresistible affair that started with a kiss. TIDES OF DESIRE, the steamy Christmas sequel to TIDES OF PASSION!
The feisty beauty who imagined a solitary life…
Spirited physician Macy Dallas is fervently committed to medicine, but a troubled past has kept her from committing to love. She’s never experienced ardent yearning for a man until she kisses Caleb Garrett…and her awakening passion is impossible to resist.
The jaded man who vowed to protect his heart…
A gifted boatbuilder who is dedicated only to the sea, Caleb doesn’t believe in the power of love. A wretched childhood has governed his life until he doesn’t believe he has anything to offer. A beguiling puzzle, Macy challenges his fears, and he considers giving in to their explosive passion. Even though he knows he’s not the man she deserves.
An irresistible affair that started with a kiss…
As they match wits in a tempestuous dance, their fortifications begin to crumble, revealing not only a fiery attraction but a deepening love. Soon, what should have been a simple seduction becomes deliciously complicated…as they must open their hearts or lose the one person they are desperate to possess.
Praise for Tracy Sumner's novels
"The immediate, sizzling attraction between Zach and Savannah was very hot!
I don’t know what I enjoyed more: their fierce disagreements or their passionate love-making."
—When Pen Met Paper
“The dialogue is witty and hilarious!”
—The Reading Haven
"It has been awhile since I came across a full-length historical that just popped…this one had just a little something extra that made it special. Witty, sweet, well-written. I was knocked off my rocker more than once. You bet I’m going to be reading from this author soon."
“Terrific dialogue…and hot loves scenes. If you haven’t read
Tracy Sumner before, Tides of Passion is a good place to start.”
—All About Romance
TIDES OF Love, Book One in the Seaswept Seduction Series (NOAH)
TIDES OF PASSION, Book Two in the Seaswept Seduction Series, (ZACH)
The Toughest Mission of His Career... Her
The Christmas season isn’t looking great for April Gareaux. Her job is uninspiring, her engagement is off, and she has nowhere to live. Certainly her family would take her in, especially Leslie and Grady Roberts and their circle of friends who have become her extended family. But it’s time she stops relying on them.
Then comes an extraordinary offer – spend the holidays in Washington, D.C., with King Jozef of Bariavak as his possible long-lost granddaughter. Even more extraordinary is the man behind the offer and the one who will be beside her through the coming weeks, diplomatic security agent Hunter Pierce.
This is the last assignment Hunter would pick. Determination and grit have moved him beyond his past in Bariavak. Yet, here it is standing in front of him again, refusing to be ignored. … Just like his reactions to April. How can he fight what he’s feeling when they’re together all the time.
King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. Now, comes this lovely young woman bringing joy to his holidays. How can he resist dabbling in some royal matchmaking. Wouldn’t it be delightful if he could give April a Christmas gift she will never forget… Her Prince for a Lifetime
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The Christmas Princess, Book 5 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romantic comedy that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.
"The interaction between April and the King was very touching. The chemistry between April and Hunter was sizzling. I didn't want to quit reading to go to sleep." ... "Hooked from the start." ... "another fantastic book in The Wedding Series" -- from Amazon reviews
5-Star Praise for The Wedding Series:
“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!”
"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming."
“Fun and serious all at the same time. ... Really enjoyed this series!”
"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.”
Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!
Prelude to a Wedding*
The Runaway Bride
The Christmas Princess
-- Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)
The Surprise Princess
-- Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)
The Forgotten Prince
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess (Books 4-5)
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess (Book 6)
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince (Book 7)
If you like wedding romance stories, try McLinn's Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells
And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!
What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Summer)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter
A novella prequel to the edgy Heavy Influence Trilogy about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
17 year old high school senior, Jake Masters, front man of a rising rock band, finds new interest in his younger freshman next door neighbor Alyssa Montgomery. Their relationship breaks hearts; stirs jealousy and band infighting. When they’re brought to new found awareness of body and soul, will rightful boundaries be crossed? Will the right decisions and choices, which are detrimental to the band and its future, be made through the haze of infatuation? Will Jake’s absences on the road lead to another filling his shoes? Jake and Alyssa’s lifelong friendships are strained and tested; secrets are kept, admitted and shared. Family bonds are broken, as others grow stronger. Who knew a first love could cause so many problems? Then again, in their eyes, there are no problems as long as they’re together. In the end, will his new found muse bring down everything he’s worked so hard to achieve or will she inspire positive creative change; that will carry him and his band to stardom.
A thought-provoking tale, with a bit of fun:
A raindrop has seen the rise and fall of civilizations and survived deserts of ice and sand. However, despite all of her adventures, she has lost the magic of being alive. That is, until a gust of wind—or perhaps a twist of fate—sends her face-to-face with a lowly rock. But what good could possibly come from a conversation with a rock? Turns out, this is no ordinary rock. This particular rock watches the world around him evolve in the most astonishing of ways, and he can almost touch the hand wielding such bewildering and obvious might. From their sudden encounter, two things spark between them: a friendship and a spiritual quest.
In this lighthearted romp through a serious world, a Rock and a Raindrop explore the many ways—always subtle and often clever—God reveals Himself to us through nature. Along the way, they explore the notion that we are fledgling spirits in a decidedly material world, and contemplate the wonderful and rather extraordinary implications lying therein. This delightful story is perfect for birthdays and other occasional gifts.
What readers said
Anurag is a disturbed young man drudging along in an unhappy marriage for the last five years. To make matters worse, he has developed insomnia. As he sits awake every night, he reminisces and recounts memories, in a diary, that are too dark to share with anyone in person.
The diary gives him a release but he remains oblivious to the potential consequences of the diary becoming public, considering the inconceivable confessions he has made to it.
A string of women seemed to have been able to find love and comfort, at various times, in this abominable man. But does Anurag himself believe that there is still some good in him?
Can a man this far resigned to life have any hope of redemption? Can he find any reason to finally commit to making a change?
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE USA TODAY BESTSELLING ALEX CRAFT SERIES!
Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she's on good terms with Death himself, nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life.
Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why....
Join three amazing couples who look for love in a small town as they overcome obstacles and find their happily ever after.
The Heartsong Cowboy
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.
Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.
Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?
The Heartbroken Cowboy
Love isn’t found at the bottom of a bottle…
Johnson O’Neill joined The Heartsong Ranch to escape his addiction. One night at a friend’s wedding, stress causes him to fall off the wagon and into the arms of the woman of his dreams.
Debra Donahue lost her husband to alcohol then pulled herself up by her bootstraps becoming a million-dollar selling real estate agent. One night with a sexy cowboy and a bottle of whiskey, Debra falls hard.
Can an alcoholic cowboy and a brokenhearted woman find love despite their fears? Or will the bottom of a bottle claim another happily ever after?
Claiming a Cowboy’s Heart
Even broken souls deserve a second chance at love….
Elementary Teacher, Michelle Alt has faced untold trials in her life, yet she continues to do what’s right to make things better for the next generation.
Cowboy Veterinarian, Preston Hall has lost everything in order to follow his dreams and return to his grandfather’s small-town practice.
Recognizing each other’s pain, these two broken souls come together to heal, but fear and misunderstandings send their blossoming relationship into a tailspin. Will they be able to put aside their pain to find the love of a lifetime?
An interplanetary crime syndicate.
A debt, long overdue.
An assassin gone rogue.
Love. Revenge. Betrayal.
Although he knows it will mean the end of his relationship with both the Crime Syndicate and his long-time lover, Captain Victoria Maruska, Damian can’t let sleeping dogs lie. After overcoming his captain’s well-intended efforts to hold him back, Damian sets off to exact his revenge on the man who had once left him to die on the barren wastelands of Earth. . . .
Victoria may not know where to look, but she knows she has to find him. Following Damian’s disappearance and the not-so-mysterious murder of one of his superiors, the Syndicate has called Captain Maruska’s loyalty into question. As a result, she has been assigned the unenviable job of leading a task force to hunt him down. . . .
On the outs with his lover and on the run from trained killers, Damian DuFonte is . . .
An Assassin Marked.
Michael Shipley experienced the wonders of ancient Rome, slept his way through Greece (No I mean he really was sleeping...) and now it’s his time to shine in Cairo, Egypt...
Having survived the breakup of the century that was ten months ago, yet felt like yesterday, he decided to go it alone and explore the world (okay so a very small area:) by taking an international cruise!
So he signed up for a private tour group. And there he was, tall, brown haired-blue eyed god, charismatic and oh so cute in glasses. They were on the same tour bus in Rome, but tall and blue eyed was with some cute girl. Michael could dream right?!
Imagine his surprise when blue eyed sat down next to him on their way to Cairo. With a smile that could light up New York City, the man extended his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Brian..."
Two strangers exploring Ancient Egypt together. Where will fate lead them...
Stand alone novelette
– MM Contemporary Gay Romance, heat level low, HEA: Happily Ever After
~ 15,000 words
How far will you go for love?
From a pregnant fairy godmother to a child bitten by a werewolf, a fallen angel to a mail-order witch, these six fantasy short stories & novellas, connected by magic, will be sure to leave you feeling satisfied.
Fangs & Fairy Dust: An Angels of Sojourn Spin-Off Novella
After eighty years, Ryker returns to Dubuque, hunting down a rogue vampire once again…only this time, the vampire didn’t break his heart.
Aliza is just a normal human trying to say goodbye to the past, but after a brutal attack, she never expected her goodbye to begin an unimaginable future.
The Mail-Order Witch (short story)
The magic in our world is dying. Ettie, one of the last of the pure-blooded witches, gives up on love and embarks on a lonely journey as a mail-order bride to save it. Is the man she's marrying everything she hoped for or is he hiding a secret…
Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother’s Journey… (novella)
Even being the best fairy godmother in all the land, Ciera’s been hiding a secret. Not only is she pregnant, but she’s magically pregnant with a human child.
Humans are not allowed in the fairy realm. Period. That includes half-fairy/half-human babies. The only solution is to give the baby to its father before the Fairy Council finds out her secret.
Finding the father should be easy. How many men named John could possibly live in this place called Chicago?
The Enchanted Apothecary
A grieving shopkeeper becomes suspicious of a mysterious man who keeps visiting her apothecary shop.
One Possible Future: An Angels of Sojourn Short Story
Jocelyn learned not to ignore a vision. Eight years ago, her disregard of a premonition cost her fiancé’s life.
Now, her visions bring her to a fallen angel who is in desperate need of help after losing his wings. The problem: he doesn’t want assistance.
Unwilling to carry any more guilt, Jocelyn insists on helping him, even if it puts her own life in jeopardy.
Bitten: An Angels of Sojourn Spin-Off Short Story
A desperate mother struggles to protect her son.
Dav might be a prince, but he's still a bastard. Not the kind where mama had him out of wedlock, but the "I screwed over my brother and tried to take his crown" kind of bastard. Yeah, that kind. The kind I ought to hate.
So why am I letting him get close enough to affect me this way? Why does my breath catch in my throat and my heart skip a beat every time he's near?
Why does my body crave his touch, when everything inside is screaming the exact opposite?
Run, Cat. Run.
Cat is nothing like my usual kind of lover. She's blonde, for starters. Quite stocky. And short. And she doesn't seem to mind getting her hands dirty.
I need a woman I can be proud to show off to the family, and then tame her into submission in the bedroom.
I need anyone but my new bodyguard, Cat.
So why can't I stop obsessing over a woman who clearly thinks I'm worth less than the dirt on her scuffed ex-Army boots?
Maybe I should bed her anyway. Scratch the itch. Get these wild thoughts of her out of my system for good.
Come, Cat. Come.
A sizzling new stand-alone romance in the Rich & Royal series by a USA Today bestselling author. If you enjoy steamy royal scandals, billionaires and bodyguards, then you'll love this one! Guaranteed happy-for-now ending.
Julia Ashland walked away from Mitch Osborn when a scandal rocked her world following the diving world championships. Now she’s face to face with him again at the biggest event of her career. Not only must she fight her attraction to him, she has to fight to prove she earned her position on the diving team.
Mitch Osborn is the darling of the swimming world. Attending one of the season's most important event, his focus is on increasing his personal gold medal tally not rekindling a relationship with Julia—the woman who publicly humiliated him with another member of the swim team.
Now thrown back together in a high pressure competition, will their competitive natures take hold or will they be fighting to win each other’s hearts once more.
Two next-door neighbors vying for the same job...who will win? And who will lose their heart?
Archer Bailey has already lost one job to Emersyn Enders, so he deliberately doesn't tell her about the cowhand job up at Horseshoe Home Ranch. Emery's temporary job is ending, but her obligations to her physically disabled sister aren't.
Archer is beyond angry when he sees Emery at the ranch, but things go from furious to fun when the owner of the ranch announces a contest to see which cowhand applicant can earn the most stars by Christmas. Whoever does will win the job.
Will Emery and Archer be able to navigate the ranch, their close quarters, and their individual circumstances to find love this holiday season?
Read all the books in the Gold Valley Romance series by USA Today bestselling author Liz Isaacson:
1. Before the Leap
2. After the Fall
3. Through the Mist
4. Between the Reins
5. Over the Moon
6. Under the Bridge
7. Up on the Housetop
8. Around the Bend
In these ten elegantly written short stories, Caitlin Hamilton Summie takes readers from WWII Kansas City to a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood in New York, and from the quiet of rural Minnesota to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geographical boundaries that shape our lives as well as the geography of tender hearts, loss, and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the defining nature of place, the need for home, and the hope of reconciliation.