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New Release ~ The Son of a Gambling Man by Jordan Meryl – ONLY 99¢ for a Limited Time!!

Please help me welcome Jordyn Meryl, who is sharing her latest release…

I am one of those old aspiring authors who started late in life on a lifelong dream. The Son of a Gambling Man is my tenth published book. I decided to indie publish because I wanted to get in the game. Being a genre jumper, I just believe there is always a love story. I do write with a bit of spice. Check out my author page on Amazon- http://amzn.to/1KVNXrM Give me a try and leave an honest review. I really would like to know what you, the readers think.

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1800 New Orleans was a time of change for the city on the Mississippi River. August Decoudreau and Isabella Greenwood grew up in the shadow of the very prestige and legal prostitute establishment of The House of the Crescent Moon.

Isabelle’s mother, Stella, was one of the girls of the house. The Madame of the House treated her girls well and protected them. But it only took one despicable customer and a bad judgement call to turn the lives of everyone in a different direction.

Isabelle is sent off to an all girl’s school and August joins his father, a gambler, to travel on the riverboats of the Mississippi River.

Will the two lovers find a way back to each other or be forever separated?

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 “Earth and Water, Fire and Air,
            Carry us, carry us, carry us there.” 

In a small opening in the middle of the dense forest, a woman with shadowy black eyes, her arms lifted to the star-filled sky, danced under the full moon. Her body jerked in rhythm to the ceremonial music in her head. As she chanted words in a foreign tongue, a small fire in the rock pit fought for its life. Suddenly it busted into a blazing inferno, its flame licked at the sky.

Lucinda, as the people called her, smiled as the heat hit her face. She had come because a friend of hers had just given birth to a son.

August was his given name, August Reynaud Decoudreau, such a big name for such a small being.

The Voodoo queen was known the city over as the one to safeguard a child’s destiny. For August, the son of a gambler, was cursed already from the abandonment of his father and the battles for survival of his mother.

The mother had shown up at Lucinda’s door three months ago, sick and already heavy with child.

Suddenly the midnight sky turned dark from the rapidly rolling clouds, flashes of lightning lit up the night. Lucinda understood. This child would face many struggles and complications. Being a child born under the sign of Leo, the lion, who was ruled by the Sun and fed by the element of fire, he would overcome them, fight to right them and carry on.

To help him she bestowed upon his inner self a boldness to always walk strong and confident. A fearlessness to believe that good overcomes evil and sensitivity to love completely and honestly.

“Hear me night sky. This child is blessed among men to follow the path of righteousness. Do not forsake him as he was sent by the gods and will live in the realm of light and good.”

The thunder rolled over the valley. Lucinda went to her knees, letting the soft, gentle rain cleanse the core of her existent. She believed in this child.

August was sent here for a reason and she would see that he was protected.

Thanking the spirits of the night, she rose and went back to the city.

The city of sin and ruin.

New Orleans.

And the House of the Crescent Moon.

I am extending the sale of $0.99 until Sunday October 9th for the ebook in all formats. http://amzn.to/2clZlZH

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JORDYN MERYL

Once living under the guise of a passive, quiet, school librarian, books and kids were the passions which kept her mind fresh.  One day she decided to spread her wings and live the dream of her heart. As she sits in front of her computer, her fingers bring to life the voices in her head. But it is when the night muses visit Jordyn, her spirit rises up to wrap around the stories that float in her dreams.  Land locked in the mid-west she envisions days on a white sandy beach with a laptop to write all her tales.  Crossing many genres she spins chronicles of love in Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Historical and Fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of revealing true feelings.

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/jmdragonfly/

Website-www.jordynmeryl.com

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A Plethora of Holiday Stories for 99¢ Each! – Plus, a $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I’m happy to share several holiday stories that are on sale for only 99 cents. With TWENTY-SIX 99 cent books, you get enough reading material to take you all the way through the cold, holiday season. AND, some of these bargains are multi-story sets. So, settle in, get cozy, shop, and enjoy!

**** The first 5 commenters will win their choice of any 3 of these holiday stories!!

As a little bonus, I am giving away a $20 gift card. All you have to do to enter is sign up for the Novel Notes Authors Newsletter. It’s a multi-author newsletter, from myself, Kathy L Wheeler, Diane Burton, and Leah St. James, with great bargains, fun articles, and book recommendations. Each month we give away a $25 gift card. Click on the image to be taken to the sign up page. Once you receive your ‘Please confirm your subscription’ email, forward it to me at AliciaMDean@aol.com and I will enter you in the contest. (I will verify that the winner actually confirmed their subscription)  Winner will be drawn on December 17th. 

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Now, for the holiday bargain books: (Click on the covers to be taken to the Amazon buy page. Make sure they are actually 99 cents…I cannot guarantee they will be)

 

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An anthology of 8 Christmas Romantic Suspense stories. My story is The Twelfth Day:

A decade ago, she was the lone survivor of a serial killer attack on her family. Now, two weeks before Christmas, someone is sending her threatening messages related to the 12 Days of Christmas. Is her new love behind the twisted countdown to Christmas day?

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Being dumped by your gorgeous fiancé is bad enough no matter when it happens, but he did it at Christmas time! Marley thinks she’ll never get over it, but Rob Travers disagrees. He sets out to win Marley’s heart, well aware that when she finds out about his past, she may turn her back on him forever.

Find Elaine Cantrell here: http://www.elainecantrell.com

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Are you on the Naughty List? Thirteen Naughty Holiday stories to warm up
your winter. Including paranormal, historical, sci-fi, and contemporary
romance from bestselling authors!

Find the Naughty Literati here: http://naughtyliterati.com/

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Naughty Chances: Take A Chance On Romance. Seven naughty winter stories
including Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Holiday, M/M, M/M/F,
Military, Paranormal, and Shapeshifter romance from bestselling authors!

Find the Naughty Literati here: http://naughtyliterati.com/

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When spirited Victorian debutante Felicity Reginald masquerades as the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty at a Christmas house party, she never imagines the danger and romance that will follow–and neither does dashing, obstinate Sir James Darrington.
Find Amanda here: www.amandadewees.com

 

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While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream. Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he’ll be there when she wakes up?
Find Elysa Hendricks here: http://www.elysahendricks.com
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It’s beginning to look at lot like Romance in this charming story of an unlikely minister, the woman he loved but left behind, a special child and a town that might finally bring them all home.

Find Annie Jones here: https://www.facebook.com/anniejones.author

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On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.

Find Elysa Hendricks here: http//:www.elysahendricks.com

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When the holidays get you frazzled, relax with a bit of murder and assorted mayhem in 13 cozy holiday mysteries from bestselling and award-winning mystery authors Lois Winston, Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino (also known as Ada Madison, Margaret Grace, and Jean Flowers,) Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. Includes link for free bonus material crammed with recipes, craft tips, projects, and more.www.loiswinston.com
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As the eldest daughter, Lady Estella must protect her sisters so that they will marry well. When a strange knight arrives demanding a wife, Estella has to step up. Even though he has a hidden agenda, is she smart to risk her heart as well?
 
Find Dana Here: www.dana-dangelo.com/ 
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Seventy years ago, a collie mix brings two hearts together in war torn Italy. Will their story help their grandson find his own Christmas love? 
 
Find Aubrey Wynne here: Aubrey Wynne

 

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It’s the season of second chances in this heartwarming, contemporary holiday romance where two single parents find each other—and another chance at love—in the most unexpected of places!

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It is the event of the season—on Twelfth Night, the Dunsmuirs have invited the cream of London society to celebrate the marriage of Lady Claire and Andrew Malvern. Captain Ian Hollys brings his fiancée Alice Chalmers to London to attend and to meet his family—people who cannot see past her flight boots to the woman who stands by his side as an equal.
 

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When a happy-go-lucky reindeer-liberator is stranded, half-frozen, at Three River Ranch, the lonely sheriff who arrests, er, rescues her finds his quiet Christmas hijacked by a blizzard, a crackling fire, candles, carols, and an irresistible stranger…who might be a felon.

Find Roxanne Snopek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoxanneSnopekAuthor
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Heartbroken and confused, Brinn Bartoli returns to her hometown to run her family’s bakery. Tyler Emerson’s ex-wife left him and their daughter for a big-city life and another man. Can Christmas Magic help Brinn & Tyler find their way to a forever love?
Find Maggie Here: www.maggiemarr.net
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Valerian Caine leaps at the chance to take on his human form, even though he’ll be transported ahead a hundred years–after the duel that killed him. He has until Christmas Day to end the family feud he launched and ensure the happiness of the Caine and Sevaric descendants.. But standing between him and his goal is the obstinately unhappy and acerbic Gwen Sevaric–and his surprising desire to be forever the one who makes her smile. 

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Jasmine Landers is about to be married for the first time to the man of her dreams. Handsome groom Monte Davis is on a business trip in the northeast. Guests have arrived and food has been prepared, but will Monte make it in time for his Christmas Eve wedding?
Find Jamie Jones here:  http://jamiejonesauthor.com/
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Jasmine & Monte Davis have built a home together as well begun building a life, but the illness of Jasmine’s only living relative has cast pallor over the season. Will Jasmine’s Christmas spirit be broken? Or will the true meaning of giving touch their lives?
Find Jamie Jones at: http://jamiejonesauthor.com/
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A prodigal son’s trip home for Christmas leads to the discovery of startling family secrets, someone in need of his protection, and the realization that he never stopped loving his best friend’s widow.
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Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
 
Find Amber Polo Here: http://amberpolo.com/ 

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Gemma and Chris were childhood best friends until their lives took separate paths, both leading to heartache. Fifteen years later, a surprise reunion at Christmastime offers them a second chance at happiness.

Find Susan here: www.susanrhughes.weebly.com

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During a raging snowstorm, ER doc Jake Whitloch finds a woman consumes his thoughts despite that two carat diamond sitting on her ring finger.

Find Laura Haley-McNeil here: https://www.facebook.com/LauraHaleyMcNeil/

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Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. Will their Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart, and will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn Liam’s life upside down? 

Find Beth Barany here: http://author.bethbarany.com/

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On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son arrive in Riverton. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her. Then she sees Luke Kalli and wishes she hadn’t come here at all.

Find Alice here: http://www.aliceorrbooks.com

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A desperate bachelor enlists his neighbor to pose as his wife to appease his mother, whose dying wish is to see her son married—and producing grandchildren. At first, his plan appears to be a success. That is, until he discovers Mother has a few deceptive plans of her own…

Find author here:  www.deniseannettedevine.com

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She escaped to the mountains to avoid Christmas and the memories of her ex-boyfriend. What she didn’t expect was the danger lurking outside her log cabin, or the sexy landlord who would become her savior. As the danger increases, will she survive the season and allow love to restore her holiday spirit?
 

There you have it…a humdinger of a bargain…grab them while they’re on sale. And Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

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Wednesday’s Want, Wed, Waste: Australian Actors

Hello and welcome to my version of the game, ‘F*@#’, Marry, Kill. This week we are WWW’ing Australian actors (Hmmm….I guess for people who live in Australia, they’re simply ‘actors’.)

Myself and some of my friends are sharing our Want, Wed, and Waste choices from this week’s list:

Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Guy Pearce

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Click on book titles below to learn more and to be taken to a buy link

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Me (Alicia Dean). Author of two Vampire Diaries Kindle Worlds books: What the Heart Wants and Divine EnemyWhile Damon and Stefan try to control Elena’s blood-lust, the race for the cure takes a shocking detour

Want: This is tough, but I’ll have to say Guy Pearce. He’s sexy and an incredible actor. I have to think of him in movies like Memento rather than Lawless, because then I would definitely want to waste him. Over and over. But that just shows what an amazing actor he is.

Wed: Hugh Jackman. He’s also sexy, and a great actor, and he’d probably make a better husband than Guy Pearce (I’m just going by instinct but if my husband instinct was all that honed, I probably wouldn’t be divorced :)) The most recent movie I saw of his was Prisoners. And if I were going to have a husband and if we were going to have a child kidnapped, I can’t think of anyone else I would want as the father. Freakin’ awesome movie, if you haven’t seen it. Not crazy about the end, but nothing’s perfect, right? (PLEASE no spoilers if you comment on this – I’ve seen it but I hate spoilers so much, I don’t even want others so see them!)

Waste: Dangit…it will have to be Chris Hemsworth. This was really, really tough. I couldn’t use a pic from Thor or Snow White and the Huntsman, or I definitely could not have wasted him. He simply lost the draw, and while he’s gorgeous and sexy and adorable, he hasn’t been around as long as the other two, so he doesn’t have their ‘staying power’. 😉 Yet. I’m willing to give him the test of time.

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Linda Carroll-Bradd, author of sweet contemporary Gingerbread Wishes.

Want: Chris Hemsworth, droolworthy in his roles in Thor, Avengers and Snow White and The Huntsman. I just love brooding he-men.

Wed:  Hugh Jackman, because he appears to be a real gentleman and devoted to his family.

Waste:   Guy Pearce, probably I’m reacting to his depth as an actor but his depictions of dark characters makes me believe he’s not the nicest person in the world.

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SILVER JAMES, author of THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC, When guilt and innocence come to play in the French Quarter, it’ll take Sade’s brand of crazy to sort it all out, Website: http://silverjames.com

Silver is offering a free digital copy of THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC in the winner’s choice of formats!!! – Please be sure to leave your email address in the comment section.

Want: Chris Hemsworth- OMG! Talk about man candy! I want to tangle my fingers in his hair and explore his abs with my….well, nevermind! Suffice it to say that this guy can use his hammer on me. Any. Way. He. Wants!

Wed: Hugh Jackman – I’ve crushed on Hugh since forever. Whether he’s the Wolverine or Curly in Oklahoma, or the man out of time in Kate & Leopold, I melt whenever he appears. He’s such a romantic. And darn if he isn’t a family man to boot. Sadly, I’d have to fight his wife for him, but I think I can take her! 😉

Waste: Guy Pearce – Poor Guy. I have to waste someone and the other two choices are no brainers for me. So, Guy? Sorry, but you’re the odd man out.

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M.J. Schiller, author of TRAPPED UNDER ICE, They come from two separate worlds. Will they be able to bridge the gap?  Website: http://www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Want: This was a no-brainer for me. Chris Hemsworth is scorching hot! So hot, I don’t think I could marry him because we’d never leave the bedroom and might, quite possibly, starve.

Wed: Definitely get the Hugh Jackman appeal, too. It’s the intense eyes, if you ask me. He also just seems like a stand-up kind of guy. And if you had any problems, he could just go all Wolverine on them, which is a plus.

Waste: Guy Pearce. I had to Google this one. He has a lot of different looks, this guy! Some I found very appealing, some…not so much. So, because I had to look you up Mr. Pearce and go to all that effort typing your name into the search field, I’m gonna have to waste you. Sorry.

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Qwillia Rain, author of Looking At Rose: Poker Posse 1 Website: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

Want: Chris Hemsworth…he looks good in and out of jeans and armor , and the things I could do with that cape he wears as Thor, mmm. He just seems awful young to make it through the long haul (plus he did a great job playing Jim Kirk’s dad in the latest remake of Star Trek). I wouldn’t mind teaching him all the right moves. LOL

Wed: Hugh Jackman…the man is multi-talented. I actually got to see him perform as Curly in Oklahoma on the London stage before his debut as Wolverine in the first X-Men movie. He can dance, he can sing, and man oh man, he blushed every time Halle Berry had her top off in Swordfish! How sweet is that!? No worries of this man straying. Plus, even when he’s playing a shady character he’s an excellent anti-hero.

Waste: Guy Pearce…I have to admit he is a talented actor. I’ve enjoyed him in The Time Machine, Iron Man 3, and LA Confidential, but there’s just something about him that makes me feel like I should weigh everything he says and does against what his motivations and intentions are, plus his ability to make you truly despise how nasty and manipulative his characters are just make me want to take a shower and wash the “ick” away when the movie is over. He makes an excellent villain, and an interesting tortured hero, still, of the three he’s on the bottom of my list

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Kathy L Wheeler, author of Quotable (Now free!)  Website: http://kathylwheeler.com

Want: Hugh Jackman, but okay, I’ll take Guy Pearce for a want too. Because I’d rather marry Hugh Jackman and keep him for the long term.

Wed: Hugh Jackman, because he could sing to me every morning and every night and I want that forever!!!!

Waste: Chris Hemsworth is nice to look at but he has a baby face. I’m so sorry, Chris. I’ll have to waste you…

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Now we’d like to hear from you….which of these sexy Australian Actors would you Want, Wed, Waste?

Thanks for playing!

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New Kindle for Christmas? Four Ebooks ON SALE FOR 99¢ EACH!!! Ends 1/15/14

Through January 15, 2014, purchase these titles for only 99¢ each. Something for everyone: A Gothic Mystery, two New Adult Paranormals, a Suspense with Romantic Elements.

10. Lady in the Mist 7.26.12(Alicia Dean writing as Winter Frost)

Click here to purchase: Amazon

Blurb:

Upon her arrival in Shoal Harbor, Maine, Lily Jackson hears eerie moans that the locals claim are the ghostly cries of the unfortunate Breckenridge women. Running from loss and setback in Cincinnati, Lily needs the job as semi-psychiatric caregiver for Andrew Breckenridge, but the storm she has to weather from the oldest Breckenridge brother is severe. Clinton Breckenridge is a brooding man used to getting his own way, and he’s not convinced Lily is the right person to help his troubled younger brother.

Even as Lily starts picking up the pieces of Andrew’s tortured psyche and finding out his dark secrets, another mystery looms before her. Andrew’s lover has gone missing in recent months and no one knows what has happened to her, or if her voice has joined those of the other Breckenridge women. Before she knows it, Lily finds herself in danger—thrust directly into the eye of the raging storm.

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That night, I was in my room preparing for bed when a loud crack of thunder vibrated through the room. I rushed to the window, dread pounding through me at the sight of the darkening sky. Drops of rain shimmered on the glass, and a startling bolt of lightning illuminated the lighthouse. Something flashed in the top window of the tower, and I squinted through the darkness. Had that been a face? That was impossible. The weather was making me imagine things. Another enormous clap of thunder boomed, and I jumped back, dropping the curtain.

I shivered. Stop this. It’s only a storm. You’re inside. You’re safe. I made a concentrated effort to stop the trembles running through my body. Choosing a book from the nightstand, I settled in bed to read. No way would I be able to sleep until the storm subsided. I tried to focus on the novel, but the words might as well have been written in Swahili for all I understood.

My mind kept wandering to the weather raging outside. With a determined effort, I focused on the page I’d already read no less than five times.

A particularly horrendous blast of thunder made me let out a scream. The lights went out, and I was plunged into darkness.

I froze, my legs quaking so badly, I couldn’t climb from the bed. But then again, did I want to? Wasn’t this the safest place to be?

I tried to remember if I’d seen any candles in the bedroom, but couldn’t recall. The storm was frightening enough, but a power outage was terror-inducing. The only illumination was the occasional flashes of lightening across the draperies, which only intensified my fear.

Forcing my legs to work, I threw off the covers and stood. There had to be a candle in here somewhere. I was halfway across the bedroom floor, making my way through the dark toward the dresser, when a violent rattle shook the doorknob.

A scream left my throat. I couldn’t think straight. Terror sent blood rushing through my eardrums, and it was several moments before I recognized Clinton’s voice. “Lillian? Are you all right?”

On shaking legs, I rushed to the door, mindless of the dark. I jerked it open and summoned all my willpower not to launch into Clinton’s arms. In the faint glow of the flashlight he held, I could barely make out his silhouette, but just having another human in the vicinity eased my terror.

“The power’s out,” I said stupidly.

“I know. I’m sorry. There are candles in the bathroom.”

“I wasn’t sure where to look. And it was dark…” I shuddered. “Why are you here?”

“Drew mentioned your fear of storms. I wanted to make sure you were okay.”

“Thank you.”

“Let’s get those candles.” His touch landed on my arm, warm and comforting. He guided me to the bathroom where he released me and opened a cabinet. Several candles, some new, some already used were stacked neatly in place. He grabbed the nearest one. Resting the flashlight on the countertop, he reached into his pocket. Flame from a lighter touched the candle’s wick. He turned off the flashlight and slipped it in his back pocket. The flare wavered over his features, which were drawn into a look of concern I’d glimpsed only a few times.

“You’re shivering,” he murmured. He rubbed his hands up and down my arms. The friction of his touch sliding the silk gown along my flesh sent a skitter of desire over my spine.

I met his gaze in the candlelight. His eyes shimmered a golden green. We stared at one another for a few excruciatingly silent moments. He tugged lightly, and I was pulled against his chest. My bones turned to liquid, his touch leaving languorous heat in its wake. His hands slid upward, settling on my face.

“What am I doing?” he asked, his voice a tortured groan.

Before I had time to respond, he lowered his head and claimed my mouth. The kiss was gentle, his lips warm and coaxing. I opened to him with a small moan, linking my hands behind his neck. I pressed into him while a wave of undeniable yearning ached in my lower belly. Madness. This is madness, a voice whispered in my head. In spite of the truth in the words, I didn’t stop.

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Click here to purchase: Amazon

Blurb

Evil lurks beneath the surface in the beauty of the tropics…

After graduation from her small, Oklahoma high school, Liberty Delacort is looking forward to a fun-filled summer before college. But when the people she trusts the most betray her, and a letter arrives claiming her deceased father is still alive, she jumps at the chance to travel to an exotic island to meet him.

But her excitement is short-lived. Her father is dying, and he doesn’t want her around. And, in spite of its outward tranquility, the island is filled with danger and ominous secrets. The secrets soon begin to unravel, and she discovers she is a descendant of Van Helsing, the vampire hunter.

The one up side is her budding romance with the sweet and sexy Ryan Kelly. But even that is threatened when—in spite of her fear of him—she finds herself attracted to an insolent, formidable vampire. Her plan to stay away from him fails when she learns he is the only one with the ability to train her to fulfill her destiny—to save humans from a faction of vicious vampires.

Will her inexperience lead to her death—and the death of others—or will she rise to the challenge and realize her full potential as a Hunter?

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Eli moved closer until only a hint of space separated their bodies. “Liberty?” His raspy voice was like a caress over her flesh. A breeze wafted over her bare back, and she shivered. She waited breathlessly for his next words, his next move. “You find me irresistible,” he whispered, his gaze never leaving hers. “You’re helpless to deny me anything. Your knees are weak.” He stroked his finger over her shoulder, letting them trail down to the center of her chest, just above her breasts. “Your heart is pounding for me right now. All you can think about is what it would feel like to kiss me.”

She licked her lips, wishing her glass wasn’t empty. Her mouth was so dry, she couldn’t speak. But oh wow…was he ever right. She didn’t even mind his aggressive, unusual approach. Something about the atmosphere, about leaving behind the trappings of home. The memories of what Cam and Alyssa had done made her reckless. She took his glass from his hand without breaking eye contact. His eyebrows rose as he watched her take a sip of the strong liquor, whatever it was. It burned her throat and eyes, but she resisted the urge to cough. It had done the trick, and she was able to whisper, “Yes.”

The corner of his mouth quirked. He moved closer, brushed his lips along hers, just a tease. That was it? That was the kiss? She bit back a groan of frustration. Her body ached with disappointment. But he moved toward her again, his eyes searching, his lips a hairsbreadth from hers. He stroked a hand down the side of her neck. His touch sent a flash of fire through her veins. She nearly moaned in anticipation, in yearning to feel his mouth, firm and hot against hers. She braced herself. Something primitive deep within told her this would be the kiss to rival any other. She swayed, her lids drifting shut, every nerve in her body tingling…

A scream tore through the night, breaking the spell. Liberty’s eyes flew open, and she gasped.

Eli stepped back. “Dammit,” he bit out. He cupped her cheek in his hand. “Don’t forget where we were.”

Then he was gone. She could barely feel her legs. Were they still supporting her? What the hell had just happened?

She shook her head, then followed the sound of excited voices where the scream had originated.

A group of people had gathered around a gazebo at the back of the house.

Liberty pushed her way through the crowd. Ryan knelt in the center of the gazebo next to a bench where a girl lay still. Her skin was as white as the moon, blank eyes staring at the midnight sky.

Liberty was afraid to look, but somehow couldn’t help herself. She scanned the girl’s body from head to toe. No blood. Good, that was a good sign, right? But the girl looked so…dead.

“Son of a bitch,” a male voice shouted. “She’s been drained.”

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Blurb

One man can fulfill her destiny…the other can fulfill her fantasy.

To quell the rise of evil vampires, Liberty Van Helsing must embrace her newfound Hunter destiny. But she has a great deal to learn, and Eli Barkley—the vampire who has been teaching her—has already betrayed her once. Her goal is to shut Eli out of her life and become a better hunter on her own—and to focus on her new romance with hot Australian, Ryan Kelly, a human she can trust.

But when a rogue vampire begins savagely killing young women, the authorities insist Liberty work with Eli to find the murderer. Liberty must overlook Eli’s epic betrayal and find a way to get along with him if they are to stop the unknown maniac and protect innocent lives.

Yet, the more time Liberty spends with Eli, the more her unwanted attraction to him grows. She starts to question her feelings for Ryan—are they real, or could Eli be ‘the one?’ As Eli and Liberty delve further into the murders, clues surface that point to Eli as the culprit. Can she trust him now? Or will she have to plunge a stake into his heart, breaking her own, just when she’s learning to believe in him again?

Snippet:

“Rough night?”

Liberty jumped at the sound of Eli’s voice. Speaking of darkness and evil

She turned a glare on him. He stood directly behind her, hands shoved in his pockets, yet he’d been in the bar only seconds ago.

“Don’t do that,” she snapped. She looked back at the tiki bar. “How the hell did you…?” She shook her head. “Never mind. You’re a vampire. You move with the speed of light.”

He grinned and slanted his upper body toward her. “Yeah, but we’ve got all that darkness brewing inside. Ironic, isn’t it?”

She swung away from him and took hold of the door handle. “Whatever. I’m tired, so you’ll understand if I don’t feel like hanging out and bantering with you. Besides, your dates are waiting for you.”

“Jealous?”

She snorted a laugh. “No. Sympathetic. Better them than me.”

“Why is it I don’t believe you?”

“Maybe because you’re delusional?” She gave him an overly sweet smile before turning away to jerk the car door open.

“I see you’re still pouting because I didn’t tell you I was once a big, bad vampire.”

“It doesn’t matter. You warned me early on not to trust you. I should have listened.”

“And now you should put on your big girl panties and get over it. You’re a hunter, Liberty. You need to toughen up.”

Toughen up? Was he kidding? She’d risked her life last night, had worked her ass off training, and he was calling her a wimp. To hell with him. She started to slide into the car, but his voice stopped her.

“You can be mad at me all you want, but you can’t completely shut me out.”

“Watch me,” she bit out, not turning around.

“Let me ask you something. What difference would it have made if you’d known in the beginning?”

She slammed the door and whirled on him. “At least I’d have known who—what—I was dealing with.”

“Would you still have let me train you?”

“I’m not sure. But I had the right to know. To have all the facts before making that decision.”

“If you had chosen not to let me train you, how do you think you would have fared last night? Not knowing the truth was for your own good.”

She gave a bitter laugh. “Yeah, and I’m sure you’re all about what’s best for me.”

“Look, you’re going to have to put all that behind you. Like it or not, you still need me.”

“No, I don’t. I’ll keep practicing. I’ll be fine.”

“You can’t take that chance. If I hadn’t saved your ass last night, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

Just like him to throw that in her face. She huffed out a sigh of irritation. “Thanks, but from here on out, I can take care of myself.”

He stepped closer, backing her up to the door. The only way she could get away from him was to climb inside the car. But she didn’t.

“What’s wrong?” He raised his eyebrows, amusement lifting the corners of his mouth. “Are you afraid of me now?”

She tilted her chin up and met his eyes. Eyes that were molten grey in the semi-darkness. “Not afraid. Pissed off. There’s a difference.”

He chuckled. “Well, it’s nice to know I have an effect on you.” His gaze dropped to her throat. “Your pulse is beating like crazy. Right here.” He stroked a finger down her neck, sending heat skittering over her flesh. Damn him. She sucked in a breath and clenched her teeth.

“I can see it.” He dropped his hand, and his gaze locked onto hers. “No matter how much you’d like to be, you’re not immune to me, Liberty Van Helsing.”

She swallowed hard, trying to slow her racing pulse. “I need to get home. Let me go.”

His lips curved in a grin, and his voice lowered to a near whisper. “I’m not touching you.”

7. Death Notice 7.2.11

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Blurb

A killer has something to say—and he’s using her obituary column to get his point across…

When columnist Monroe Donovan receives an obituary notice with a date of death two days in the future, she dismisses it as a typo. Then, a second incorrect obituary comes in, and a woman whose name matches the name of the deceased is murdered—on the date listed in the obituary. Now, Monroe realizes that something much more sinister is happening. A serial killer is trying to communicate with her.

She turns to Detective Lane Brody for help, but her attraction to him is complicating her already complicated life. And when the killer turns out to have a disturbing connection to Monroe, complications turn deadly.

Snippet

I went to work early on Monday morning, before anyone else arrived. I wanted to look up some information from when Katie was murdered. Our computers held software that couldn’t be accessed from my home terminal.

I left off all the lights, other than the one directly above my cubicle. Sipping from the mug of hot, strong coffee I’d just brewed, I scrolled through the limited data available about the murder.

The only viable suspect they’d had was Cameron Cooper. He’d been twenty-one at the time. He’d served three years for a rape that occurred when he was a juvenile.

I did a search on his name. He’d be forty-six now. I wondered if he were still alive, if he were still in the area. Had the police looked at him for Maya’s killing two years ago? I hadn’t found anything to indicate they had in my two years of research. Hadn’t found anything to indicate whether or not Cooper was still around. Was he in jail now for some other crime? Maybe another rape? Once a rapist, always a rapist. The question wasn’t had he done it again. The question was, had he been caught and convicted.

Nothing came up on the search.

A noise sounded behind me and I turned. A figure lurched toward me from the darkness. I let out a scream.

“Monroe? Is that you?” a male voice said.

My heart pounded furiously, but I recognized him now. Adam.

“Yes, it’s me.”

“What are you doing here so early?”

He came closer and in the circle from the light above me, I got a better look at him.

His clothing was wrinkled, as if he’d slept in it. His face, however, looked like he hadn’t slept at all. Deep lines etched the sides of his mouth and dark circles surrounded his eyes, their vivid green now dulled. His hair was uncombed. He smelled of stale cologne and sweat. He squinted at me, blinking like he was coming out of a daze.

“I came in to do some research,” I told him. “What’s wrong? Are you okay?”

He peered at the computer screen. “What kind of research?”

Adam knew about Katie, but not everything. In the two years we’d dated, I hadn’t told him half of what I’d told Lane.

“It’s not important,” I said, minimizing the web site I had pulled up. I repeated my question. “Are you okay?”

He shook his head, shoving a hand through his hair. Shaking his head again, he stared at me. For just a moment, I saw a longing in his face. The old feelings I’d buried surfaced briefly, my body responding to the look in his eyes. I shoved them aside.

“Adam, has something happened?”

“Did you read yesterday’s paper?”

“No.”

“Tabitha’s best friend.” He sighed and dropped into the chair next to my desk. I waited for him to continue. After a long silence, he did. “Tabitha’s best friend was…murdered.”

“Oh, Adam. I’m so sorry.”

He nodded slowly, staring at his hands where they rested on his knees. “Murdered. Tabitha’s a wreck. We were up all night.”

“How did it happen? Do they know who did it?”

“Not yet. She was stabbed.” He drew in a shuddering breath. “Murdered,” he said again.

Not knowing what to say, I sat silently. Reaching out, I placed a hand on his shoulder. I could feel him tremble beneath my fingertips.

“I need a drink,” he said.

“It’s six-thirty in the morning.”

He gave a weak grin. “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” Leaning back in the chair, he closed his eyes. “I can’t believe it. Can’t believe Laurel’s dead.”

A chill weaved its way through me and I shuddered. “Laurel?”

He nodded. “Laurel Lohman.”

My blood froze. I couldn’t speak.

Laurel Lohman was the girl’s name. The one in the obituary with the wrong date.

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