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Meet Monday- Marie Lavender Interview and Spotlight.

Meet Marie Lavender! A little about the author- At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a…

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Vote for BLUE VISION!

My first sci-fi romance, Blue Vision, has been nominated for the P&E Readers’ Poll. Yay! 😀 You can vote now in one of two categories, Romance or Science Fiction & Fantasy…

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Que Sara Sera Review: 3.75 stars for Blue Vision by Marie Lavender

Blue Vision Author:  Marie Lavender Genre:  Science Fiction, Romance Synopsis: Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bil…

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Solstice Rocks!

Just signed two book contracts! 🙂

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

Just wanted to pop in here and tell you that my publisher rocks!

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Why? Well, because they accepted two more manuscripts from yours truly.

So, that’s a historical romance/family saga, Upon Your Love, coming to booksellers soon, as well as a sci-fi romance, Blue Vision! Woo hoo! It’s all very exciting, don’t you think? 🙂

Upon Your Love is the third and final book of the Heiresses in Love Series.

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The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?

Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets…

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Teaser from BLUE VISION, a work in progress…

Recently, I’ve been working on something that isn’t quite what I usually write. Blue Vision is a paranormal/sci-fi romance. In any case, it has been a blast to write and I can’t wait to share this snippet with all of you. Bring on the romance, right? Hmm…what should I choose to show you? This one should do just fine.

Here is the teaser:

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The cold air practically cut through her pea coat now. Brooke shivered and just as she drew her coat tighter against her, she saw a sudden bright light in the sky. It streaked down, nearly at an angle, like a beam shooting down from the heavens. It was a bright green color and its descent was fast, too quick to discern the source. It went straight into the middle of the forest, then everything was dark once more. Just as she narrowed her eyes, straining to see better, the earth moved. She felt the tremor beneath her feet and at the railing under her grasp.

Thrown off balance, she fell back on her rump. After the initial shock wore off, she laughed, righting herself. Almost sure she had imagined the light, she suddenly saw a bright green glow coming from the woods to her right. Curious, she left the deck and entered the cabin once more.

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She dialed Helen’s number using the landline in the kitchen, then sat down at the table there. “Yes, I’m calling from cabin 13. This might sound silly, but I think we just had an earthquake.” She paused for a moment. “You didn’t feel anything? But, I’m certain there was something. And the green light. No, of course I haven’t been drinking. I didn’t know there was any wine here.” She sighed. “Well, all right. Thank you.” She hung up, then stood, wrapping her arms around her trembling body. How could she be the only one who noticed it? “I know I didn’t imagine it.”

Brooke went to find a flashlight in one of the kitchen drawers and when she located one, she left the cabin, descending into the woods in the direction of the green glow. She was aware of it from a distance and as she trudged through the snow, scaling the slope of land, she thought she could hear a humming sound, almost mechanical. She pushed on, aware that her legs were quickly becoming numb and the wet snow was inching its way into her boots at a maddening rate. She pushed forwards, intent on finding the source of the light. Then everything went dark, including her flashlight.

She froze. A string of curses left her as she beat the infernal flashlight against her thigh. The battery rolled around in the chamber, but nothing else happened. There was complete darkness surrounding her. She strained to see the light that had been there just moments before, but to no avail. Nothing was there. And she couldn’t go further without seeing ahead of her. She didn’t want to stumble or injure herself if she headed back to the cabin. She certainly didn’t want to die on the ground in the forest in the middle of winter.

She shivered, pulling her coat tighter, but it did little to protect her from the icy cold. Suddenly the green light returned and it was just ahead. She pushed forward, trekking through the calf-deep snow in her awkward boots and short skirt. “Hello?”

As she neared the green ray of light, she saw a figure looming before her. It was shrouded in black. Startled, she screamed, tripping over her own feet. She landed face first in the snow. Coughing, she struggled and then eased back on her heels, trying to push herself up. She felt an arm around her, lifting her, assisting her. When she regained her footing, she whispered, “Thank you.”

But, there was no answer. She swung to see who it was, but no one was there. She turned back and saw the figure standing several feet away once more.

“I’m sorry to have startled you.”

Brooke laughed nervously. “I didn’t expect to see anyone else out here. No one believed me. But, I know what I saw. I came to see about the light.” Aware she was babbling and probably sounded like a loon, she clamped her mouth shut, crossing her arms over her chest.

“What…light?”

She frowned and pointed at the green beam of light just ahead, beyond the trees.

“You saw nothing.”

Her eyes narrowed. “What do you mean? It’s right there! Just look.”

He stepped closer to her, enough so that she could see his upper body and face. He was tall, his shoulders broad and his physique muscular, his shoulders wide like a football player. His hair was cropped short at his skull and dark brown. His eyes were so dark, practically black as he stared down at her. And there was a bluish tint to his skin. Her gaze widened as it traveled down. He was naked. Holy crap, he was really naked. Her breath caught at that discovery and her heart began to race wildly.

“You saw nothing,” he repeated, lifting her chin with one finger as he looked into her eyes.

She shivered, and then blinked. His eyes were electric blue now. Jesus, maybe she was losing her mind. People’s eyes didn’t shift color like that.

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“Can you resist romance?” Dual Blog Multi-Author Book Giveaway

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 “Can You Resist Romance?” Dual Blog Giveaway

 

Most readers of this blog are probably like me. They love romance! And what better time to celebrate romance than around Valentine’s Day? With the flowers and chocolates, the jewelry and cards, and even the personal gifts from your honey make the day a little sweeter. As you already know about me, I found it somewhat natural to combine my love of “love” with my love of books and writing.

Well, it has happened again! This time, we’ve combined our efforts with the Writing in the Modern Age blog to give the best romance giveaway ever! Forty-one authors teamed up with our two blogs, and with an offering of over 150 donations, you can’t exactly go wrong with that. This also goes along with the I Love Romance Blog’s one year anniversary. So, it’s all very exciting!

In keeping with our romance theme, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re hosting a dual blog book giveaway here and on Writing in the Modern Age. Readers can leave a comment at the end of the post about their preferred genres or romance subgenres, and the best contact email to reach them on. We promise not to spam, and will only contact you if you won a prize.

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“What’s the catch, Marie?”

No catch. We simply want to reach people in the best way we know how, and why not do it through a book giveaway? Also, who doesn’t like a little romance in their fiction? 😉

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As aforementioned, the rules are fairly simple. Just leave us a comment! Give us your preferred subgenres of romance (feel free to say if there’s one you don’t like), and we also need a way to reach you in order to send your prize along. Give us your best contact email. It is very hard for me to hunt people down via social networking to inform them that they won a prize so do give us a way to reach you. Also, please don’t list just one book title you want from the list. That’s not fair to other readers who might want to compete for a prize as well. You can, however, tell us if you already have one of the books in the list. Give us a good variety for your genres! You may discover a new favorite author!  🙂

The participating authors in the event are talented, lovely people whom I am lucky to have run into during my author journey. Thank you all for donating these wonderful prizes! I couldn’t have done this without you.

Readers, below I have included a list of the donations, as well as links to the authors’ Amazon pages so that you can learn a little more about them. We are so happy that you stopped by the I Love Romance Blog today to take a look at this special giveaway. The contest will run for a full week. After that, winners will be chosen. Enjoy!

 

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Here is our full list of donations:

Prize #1

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Title:  The Brede Chronicles, Book 1

Author:  P.I. Barrington

Format:  paperback

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  Sci-fi/romance

Blurb:  Half-human Alekzander Brede is a law unto himself…or so he thinks. Elektra Tate, the street orphan who loves him has other ideas. When she betrays him for no apparent reason, he vows to punish her one way or another. Taking the one thing she treasures most—their son—begins a cat and mouse relationship spanning two planets and costing possibly his life. Elektra will stop at nothing to save her son but can she overcome Brede’s twisted idea of vengeance?

Prize #2

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Title:  Destiny of Kings 

Author:  Fiona Tarr

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  5

Genre:  historical fantasy with some romance

Blurb:  The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess Jezebel.
Martinez, the King’s general, must choose between the life of a young shepherd boy who is like the son he never had or the man who is his King and lifelong friend.
The One True God has shared a prophecy with the old seer Samuel, while the little Holy man Narayana claims the Universe has called him out of meditation to restore balance.
Francesca, the Priestess, carries the burden of responsibility until her faith is rocked, her heart opened and her resolve challenged.
Inspired by authors such as David Gemmell & Raymond E Feist; where each novel is a self contained story within an interconnecting series.

Prize #3

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Title: Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2: Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Recipes

Author:  Belinda Y. Hughes

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  cookbook (for romantic dinner)

Blurb:  Kids eating veggies with enthusiasm? Husbands eating meatless and loving it? Menopausal women thinking clearly again? What’s going on here?
Discover healthy vegetarian recipes for biscuits, omelets, oatmeal, beans, pasta, potatoes, rice, sandwiches and desserts/snacks. Empower your kids to eat healthier and become more self sufficient in the kitchen. Fruity Patooty Burrito is a quick and easy after-school snack your kids can assemble themselves from pre-chopped ingredients and seasonings kept within easy reach. Ease the ups and downs of menopause with Kiss Your Brain Biscuits, featuring soy flour.
You’ll also get vegetarian nutrition tips from my team of international experts: Rebecca Subbiah, RDN (UK & USA), EmmaCarder, RD (UK), Lauren O’Connor, RD (USA), Cynthia Strawson, MSc, Nutrition & Metabolism (Canada), Dan Hanley of The Gay Vegans blog (USA) and Andrea Zeichner of Cook Easy Vegan blog (USA).
So dive in, the food is just right!

Prize #4

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Title:  I Love Your Cupcakes

Author:  Olga Núñez Miret

Format:  ebook (mobi or epub)

Number of copies: 

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  If you are nuts about TV cookery programs and think chocolate is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, keep reading…

I Love Your Cupcakes is a “sweet” romance, a virtual fantasy high in calories and a fun adventure. Dare to give it a bite!
Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only ever talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love?
With dogs, fire trucks, London double-decker buses, school buses, artists, chemists, engineers, architects, intrigue, scandals, bigamy, and lots and lots of desserts… I Love Your Cupcakes is a romantic comedy with a sweet heart. You will find baddies, crooks, goodies, odd balls and flawed but endearing characters. More than anything I can promise you good humor, friendship, smiles, sense of community, heart and plenty of cakes. Try it! I’m sure you won’t be able to stop once you give it a bite!
I hope you come to love Dulce, Adelfa, Storm and their friends as much as I do. And if that is the case, please let me know. I wouldn’t mind writing some more adventures about them and baking more cakes!

Prize #5

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Title:  Click Me Happy!

Author:  Olga Núñez Miret

Format:  ebook (mobi or epub)

Number of copies: 

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Do you believe in love at first sight or first click? Do you think your life should be a romantic novel? Would you like to be able to choose the ending? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions or feel intrigued by them, this novel offers you a unique opportunity. You can choose what kind of ending you want: unhappy, happy or neutral.

Lilith, the protagonist, does not believe in all that ‘romantic nonsense’. When her boss and friend, Debbie, asks her to create a digital books section for the library where they both work she triggers a series of events that shake all of Lilith’s strongly held beliefs.
Her dislike for social networking is put to the test and despite her love for privacy and technological naïveté she manages to make a number of virtual connections. The most interesting one, without a question, is Zane, a talented and attractive author and painter. Their friendship quickly develops into something else. But, what exactly? Lilith doesn’t have a clue.
A bet with Rowena, her childhood best-friend, offers her an opportunity to test her feelings for Zane and their relationship and a meeting, ‘real’ this time, is organised in the gorgeous setting of Bermuda.

At that point, you, the reader, have the choice. Do you want the story to end up happy ever after? Do you think there’s no chance for them? Or maybe you believe that there has to be more to life than romantic stories and a neutral ending or new beginning is more true to life? You can pick and choose your ending, or you can read all of them and choose your favourite, or even create your own and let me know. I’d love to hear from you! (I leave you links to contact me at the end.) Don’t be strangers!

Prize #6

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Title:  No Distance Between Us

Author:  Young 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  4

Genre:  memoir/gay historical romance (1960s)

Blurb:  This provocative story is about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.
It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

Prize #7

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Title:  The Salty Dog

Author:  Debbie White 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Libby (a big-city girl) and Luke (the big dreamer) give up the city life to move to a small fishing village, where he buys and operates a commercial fishing boat and she runs a small diner that the locals love. The two of them are determined to live out his dream, when an event even Libby could not have prepared for leaves her running both businesses with the help of a friend. The Salty Dog is about a strong, independent woman who, when faced with hard times, never gives up – even when it comes to love.

Prize #8

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Title:  Passport to Happiness

Author:  Debbie White 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  To escape the often lonely and boring reality of living in a small rural town, Jessica finds comfort in reading about the many places that exist beyond her small corner of the earth. When she joins the State Department and travels abroad looking for adventure, she gets more than she imagined was ever possible. Passport to Happiness is a story of strength and determination, while exploring new places, but it’s also about finding love and happiness – no matter where you hang your hat.

Prize #9

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Title:  Wicked Takeover

Author:  Tina Donahue 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  erotic romance, contemporary

Blurb:  She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor, and the hunk who comes with it.

Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate job, her long-absent father just left her a struggling tattoo parlor along with the virile dude who runs it. Dante’s sinfully hot with a killer smile and inked biceps. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash.
Dante sees the heat in Lauren’s eyes despite her conservative appearance. He recognizes the dynamite woman she could be if she’d just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.

Prize #10

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Title:  The Yearning

Author:  Tina Donahue 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  erotic romance, paranormal

Blurb:  To break this curse, they’ll have to turn the heat up. Way up.

Jasmine Dante prowls Key West’s nightlife, fighting a losing battle against a jealous rival’s curse that forces her to seek carnal pleasure, no matter the danger. Weakened from lack of sleep, driven by insatiable lust, she spots a man who stirs her desperate craving, and begins yet another dance of seduction.
Except the dark stranger who returns her direct stare is no ordinary lover. Inside his powerful body lies a raw sexuality that just might be enough to break her curse. There’s only one way to find out: imprison him in her bed and feed on his passion.
Former U.S. Marshal Mike Stearn is many things, but he’s no woman’s sex slave. The deadly telekinetic power he ruthlessly suppresses comes alive again at Jasmine’s touch. Beneath her bold, potent sensuality he senses vulnerability and desperation. He may be in handcuffs, but she’s the one who’s enslaved.
As Mike resurrects his power to free himself so he can find the curse’s source and defeat it, Jasmine revels in his masterful rule. Her ravenous yearning evolves into rapture as she surrenders to his hunger, her darkest needs—and the emotional connection that lies beyond. Unless the curse takes her life first…

 

Warning: Tons of steamy sex, smoldering passion and a to-die-for love story with a hot Alpha hero who finds himself imprisoned by one sultry and desperate babe.

Prize #11

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Title:  SiNN

Author:  Tina Donahue 

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  erotic romance, romantic suspense

Blurb:  She’s every man’s carnal fantasy…and the target of one’s revenge.At a gentleman’s club, Lea dances as SiNN, her body bared and vulnerable to her male partner, her features hidden behind a mask. To the men watching, she’s a sensual enigma, submissive and seductive with no face, name or history. Not even Lea knows her real origins. But a man from the past does, and he wants her dead.Not on the watch of U.S. Marshals Jake Gabriel and Toby Quinn. Commanding and decisive, Jake not only wants Lea’s safety, but to have her naked and yielding beneath him. To Toby, she’s all he should resist but cannot. Protected by them at a secluded estate, Lea’s drawn to their potent masculinity and raw lust. Inviting desire and an emotional connection, she submits to both, surrendering to their shameless hunger along with her own wanton needs.All while a killer edges closer…

Prize #12

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Title: Confounding Cupid

Author:  Susan Mac Nicol

Format:  ebook (mobi, PDF or epub)

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  Valentine’s romance

Blurb:  Coworkers Leigh and Ryan are perfect for each other, but why should that make things any easier for Gerald, a hapless Cupid-in-training eager to earn his wings?

Prize #13

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Title:  Cassandra by Starlight

Author:  Susan Mac Nicol

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  A London woman is swept off her feet into the glamorous yet surprisingly dangerous world of an up-and-coming star of stage and screen.
TO CATCH A RISING STAR
Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true romance will always find its happy ending.

Prize #14

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Title:  Together in Starlight

Author:  Susan Mac Nicol

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  CASSIE & BENNETT, ACT TWO
Bennett Saville is sexy. At the peak of his career, the English star of stage and screen is everything a woman might desire, as fiancée Cassandra Wallace well knows. Together they’ve seen the world, from L.A. to Shangri La, yet shadows persist even in the spotlight. At home they face lust, greed, and ghosts from their pasts—and that’s off stage. There is also “The Val”. The aged London theatre holds a mystery four centuries old, cast in starlight and waiting to be revealed. Intensely personal, impossibly passionate, the play must go on…and Cassie and Bennett must face it together.

Prize #15

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Title:  The Scale

Author:  Mika Jolie

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Twenty-seven year old, African-American, Minka Greene has to endure watching her twin sister marry the man she loves. Her weight is up, and her confidence is down. Not exactly the ideal time to meet the real man of her dreams.
The Scale opens in Martha’s Vineyard with Minka attending Keely and Blake’s engagement party at Martha’s Way, the beautiful inn owned and operated by the tall, blond, tattooed man with the piercing blue eyes. It just so happens Jason Montgomery is also Blake’s childhood friend and the best man. Dealing with a whirl of emotions, Minka faints in Jason’s arms.
When she wakes up naked in Jason’s bed after a night of passion, the Vineyard confirmed bachelor struggling with his own demons and the woman filled with self-doubt and pining for another man are joined in an experience that will change their lives.

Prize #16

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Title:  Need You Now

Author:  Mika Jolie

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Elementary school teacher Liliana Serrano has never been one to let others determine her future. Whether it’s her pack of three overly protective brothers or her Puerto-Rican, American heritage, she stands on her own. Which is exactly how she entered her arrangement with Adam Aquilani. The hot formula one driver is aloof, detached and not interested in relationship. After a cheating fiancé, no strings attached sex was just what she needed.
Except one year later, they’re still hooking up and things aren’t so clear cut anymore. Especially when a surprise pregnancy enters the picture.
Adam is determined to marry Lily and raise their child as a family. But Lily refuses to settle for anything less than love.
As the two go on a journey of discovering, secrets are revealed, testing the strength of their connection. Can they learn not to give the past the power to define their future?

Prize #17

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Title:  Snowburn

Author:  E.J. Frost

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  5

 

Format:  paperback

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  sci-fi romance

Blurb:  I’m the biggest monster on the planet.
Hale Hauser is a Company killer. Perfectly engineered, highly trained, superbly effective. But when ordered to assassinate his own kind, Hale rebels, and the Company buries him in a hole so deep that no one has ever escaped.
After escaping, Hale hides on Kuseros, a backwater Colony on the Deep Frontier. He begins a new life as Sandringham Snow, pilot and smuggler. Hired by Kez, a local runner, to retrieve a box of black-market glands, Hale follows her through the maze of strange loyalties and twisted customs of Kuseros’ underground gangs. In payment, he takes the one thing only a woman can give him, and discovers the one thing his new life is missing.
But Kez has a secret, which will threaten them both. To protect her, Hale must unleash the monster. Can he control the killer inside long enough to discover the truth before it destroys them? Or will he lose everything just as he’s found it?
WARNING: contains graphic violence and explicit sex, including bondage, spanking and paddling.

 

Prize #18

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Title:  Neon Blue

Author:  E.J. Frost

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  5

Genre:  paranormal romance

Blurb:  My name is Tsara Elizabeth Faa, and I have a demon problem. A very serious demon problem. My ex-best friend has summoned an incubus, and left me to deal with him. Now he’s after my soul.
Thing is, the more time I spend with him, the more I want to give it to him.

Prize #19

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Title:  Upon Your Return

Author:  Marie Lavender

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  historical romance, Victorian

Blurb:  Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.
But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society

Prize #20

Upon Your Honor

Title:  Upon Your Honor

Author:  Marie Lavender

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  historical romance, suspense, Victorian

Blurb:  Deception is a dangerous path…
New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancé, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be.
Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.

Prize #21

Magick and Moonlight

Title:  Magick & Moonlight

Author:  Marie Lavender

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  romantic fantasy, contemporary

Blurb:  Messing with free will is always a bad idea…
Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. But, instead he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not?
Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she has to do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a love spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned – she ends up falling for Ethan.
To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her, his “love”, is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the spell will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

Prize #22

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Title:  Second Nature

Author:  Marie Lavender

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  paranormal romance, urban fantasy

Blurb:  She never expected it…
Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.
She was unlike any other…
Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.
Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?

Prize #23

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Title:  Alien Manifesto

Author:  T.W. Embry

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  sci-fi with some romance

Blurb:  When orphaned ex-Navy S.E.A.L. Thomas Scott decides upon a life of crime, he does not expect to be recruited to join an elite Special Forces operation charged with stealing an alien artifact. Especially a mixed-species alien team headed by inter-galactic billionaire Snarth. The close-knit team soon becomes Tom’s family in more senses than one, which complicates matters when the mysterious artifact turns out to hold secrets that may plunge the whole of the known universe into a devastating war…

Prize #24

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Title:  Charlotte’s Restrained:  The Accidental Stalker

Author:  Celia Kennedy

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  romantic comedy

Blurb:  Charlotte’s Restrained, a comical fictional tale of what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide.
While vacationing, Charlotte has a chance encounter with a celebrity famous for his lead roles in romantic comedies. Unfortunately for Charlotte, lighthearted banter develops into tabloid fodder. With her career, friendships, and new found romance all impacted, Charlotte sets about dealing with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame.

Prize #25

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Title:  Venus Rising

Author:  Celia Kennedy

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  romantic comedy

Blurb:  Akshaya Bertrand is a Professor of Art History at an elite college in New England. The patina of the ivy league campus is the perfect canvas for the exotic beauty from India. It is also an environment that Akshaya can safely navigate. A small world that she has minimized and made manageable.
Dr. Jared Harrison, a journalist who has been based in the Middle East, has accepted a position as a guest lecturer at the college where Akshaya teaches. Arriving just in time to attend a faculty mixer, he catches a glimpse of Akshaya Bertrand. Immediately, he learns from those who have tried and failed, that the beautiful professor, compared to Lakshmi, Venus and Aphrodite, is an enigma, a seductive sculpture behind a wall of glass.
While searching for a way to slip past her armor and into her life, Jared confronts the images and tragedies imprinted on his psyche by those left behind in the war torn world of the Middle East. Akshaya and Jared find themselves drawn to each other, hoping to find compassion, someone they can expose their inner demons to.
Funding from the college provides an opportunity to combine Akshaya’s love of art with Jared’s resources as a war correspondent. Together, they travel to Afghanistan and India, where both finally face the past that has shaped them and the present that defines them.
Amongst beauty and poverty as well as war and friendship they find the answers to their individual truths.

Prize #26

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Title:  Shelton in Love

Author:  Dianne Hartsock

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary gay romance

Blurb:  Shelton’s falling quickly for his sexy roommate, but can he forget the pain of past rejections and give Nevil what they’re both aching for?
Shelton is falling hard for his best friend and roommate, finding Nevil’s dark good looks and moments of gentleness almost impossible to resist. But Nevil is more interested in affairs of the body than the heart. As Shelton’s desire for the man grows, he wonders if he can change Nevil’s mind. But does he even want to? Nevil might not stay, once he learns Shelton’s secret, and then his loneliness would be complete.

Prize #27

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Title:  Stuck on Rewind

Author:  Dianne Hartsock

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary gay romance

Blurb:  Can Ashton let go of his jealousy and be the friend and lover that Lance needs?
Ashton has been in love with his best friend for years, watching him grow from a pretty high school boy to the gorgeous erotic dancer at the club where they both work. The problem is that Lance enjoys the attention of a variety of men while Ashton wants him for his very own.
After a day spent denying his attraction for Lance, standing by while their friend Trey openly flirts with him, Ashton decides it’s time to make his move or risk losing his man forever. Once Lance knows how he feels, he’ll realize they should be together. Or is it already too late?

Prize #28

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Title:  When I See Your Face

Author:  Devika Fernando

Format:  ebook (PDF, mobi or epub)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Cathy has had enough. Having run away from her abusive husband, she tries to pick up the broken pieces of her life in a remote village, focusing on her dream to start her own cake business. Finding true love is the last thing on her mind. When she comes face to face with a man who looks exactly like the one she is struggling to forget, life throws the biggest challenge yet at her: Should she give in to his charm and care or is history going to repeat itself?

Prize #29

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Title:  Kaleidoscope of Hopes

Author:  Devika Fernando

Format:  ebook (PDF, mobi or epub)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  High hopes mean big disappointments. Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss – a handsome, secretive widower with a child – moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom again, but both of them are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?

Prize #30

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Title:  Sikkiyn

Author:  Chris S. Hayes

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  sci-fi/romance

Blurb:  Captain Johan Larsen is in serious financial trouble. His ship, the Valkyrie, is decades old and falling apart. In a desperate ploy to get the funds he needs, he agrees to a risky but lucrative transport contract. His cargo: an accused assassin en route to trial, to be delivered to the other side of Confederate space, cash on delivery. His money problems will be over once he delivers her alive to her destination—provided that the killers pursuing them don’t succeed and that his passenger doesn’t murder him herself. And then there’s the fact that he’s stupid enough to be falling in love with her.
Okay, so maybe he’s in more than financial trouble.

Prize #31

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Title:  Ascent of the Fallen

Author:  Rebecca L. Frencl

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  paranormal romance/urban fantasy

Blurb:  Free will is ever our blessing and our curse . . .

Rue has stood over human souls in judgment as a guard at Hell’s Gate for millennia. He has seen the worst humanity has to offer. In response to his harshness, Heaven’s Princes have sentenced him to life among humanity until he regains his compassion. He finds not only compassion, but love. Now he must choose: his new-found life with humans or return and share his compassion with his brother judges.
He has been dropped feet first into a game between the powers of hell and the might of heaven. He’s a pawn who must choose—temptation or righteousness, mortal love or immortal indulgence? A war is about to begin with earth as the battleground and the souls of humanity as the counters. Rue is the first of heaven’s chosen soldiers, if only he chooses the right path.

Prize #32

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Title:  Ribbons of Moonlight

Author:  Rebecca L. Frencl

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  time travel romance

Blurb:  

Emma Sanders:
She’s a damsel in distress—a 20th century miss dragged back to the 18th with no way home and no idea how she got there in the first place.
Connor MacAllister Kane:
He’s the reason she’s in distress–a British highwayman, and a minor noble with not much more to his name than a title and a Robin Hood-like charm who robs the wrong coach.
Now, Captain Nelson Rawlins of His Majesty’s Royal Dragoons, a former childhood friend of Connor’s who sacrificed friendship for duty is on the hunt for the Highwayman and traitors to the crown. The longer Emma stays in Connor’s time, the more she’s drawn to him and drawn into his troubles. She and Connor find themselves struggling to stay one step ahead of the Captain and his corrupt Commander and keep Connor and his roguish cousins from the hangman’s noose. As the Commander’s grip on the countryside tightens, the people need Connor even more, but Rawlins is hot on his trail and there’s a traitor in their midst. Can Emma use her twentieth century wits to keep both Connor and her heart safe?

Prize #33

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Title:  Burning Spiral

Author:  Edita A. Petrick

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:

Blush: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic). A trip to the morgue in the middle of the night is routine work for Detective Sergeant Caroline Osych of the Chicago Police Department. The problem is that lately, every murder victim heading for the morgue is a young man named Michael who drives a Japanese import. The killer’s MO is troublesome too—five pounds of flesh vaporized from victims’ chests and a fluorescent map tattoo on their faces are not everyday occurrences. Caroline must deal not only with the string of bizarre murders but a vengeful ex-husband, his alcoholic heiress child bride, a manipulative and sleazy FBI inspector and an enigmatic soldier with sexy blue eyes. The stark realization that the killer is not her contemporary is not nearly as terrifying as the seeping suspicion that the final and ultimate target may be her children, living with their father and his new wife.

Prize #34

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Title:  Cold Scheme

Author:  Edita A. Petrick

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:  

Blush: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic). When Meg Stanton walks out of a convenience store to find a dead man sprawled across the hood of her car, she thinks he’s been shot. It’s the worst assumption she’s ever made in her ten-year career as a cop. Forty-eight hours later, a hotel waiter drops dead while serving the CEO of the third largest national bank. Meg suspects the victims are links in some kind of scheme…but she has no idea she is its key element. And then her daughter’s father reappears in her life… Publisher Note: This book was previously published elsewhere.

Prize #35

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Title:  Fire Angel

Author:  Susanne Matthews

Format:  ebook (mobi or epub)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:  A malicious serial killer is out for revenge in Paradise. Using fire as his weapon, he strikes at random, and the bodies are piling up.

Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and afraid to trust his instincts. When the police ask for his expertise in identifying the killer, he agrees knowing this is his chance to prove he can still do the job.
Sixteen years ago, fiercely independent Alexis Michaels escaped an abusive uncle and a deadly fire to become one of the country’s top fire and arson investigators. Her uncanny ability to put herself in the arsonist’s place is the skill they need to find this maniac. She reluctantly accepts the assignment and returns home to lead the hunt for the killer, knowing she will have to confront the unpleasant memories.
When Jake discovers that his new partner is the girl who haunted his dreams all these years, he finds himself enthralled, but memories of his dead wife make him doubt his emotions. Alexis has few pleasant memories of Paradise, but Jake is one of them. Undeniably drawn to him, she longs for a deeper relationship but believes he isn’t ready to move on yet.

 

Until they catch the killer, they must set aside their conflicted emotions and work together. The clock is ticking, and the killer has made it clear: Alexis is next.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Prize #36

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Title:  Echoes of the Past

Author:  Susanne Matthews

Format:  ebook (mobi or epub)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:  Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfill her destiny?

Prize #37

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Title:  Just for the Weekend

Author:  Susanne Matthews

Format:  ebook (mobi or epub)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  It’s time to play with the grown-ups.

Kindergarten teacher Cleo James needs a change. Three years at her widowed dad’s beck and call are enough. A weekend in Vegas at a sci-fi convention with her best friend will do for now, and the hot guy who wants to spend time with her only adds to her excitement. After all – it’s just for the weekend. What can possibly go wrong?
Multimillionaire Sam Mason is sick of gold diggers. He’s looking for someone who’ll fall for him, not his wallet. When he meets a shy, green-skinned slave girl, she pushes all his buttons – the best part is she has no idea who he is and mistakenly believes he’s a Chippendale. Between the sexual attraction and too much alcohol, he wakes up married to his green-skinned beauty, but the bride has vanished. Finding her will be a lot harder than he thinks.
Sensuality Level: Sensual

Prize #38

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Title:  The Temple of Indra’s Jewel

Author:  Rachael Stapleton

Format:  ebook (epub, mobi or PDF)

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  romantic fantasy/time travel

Blurb:  Sophia Marcil awakens from a snorkeling accident in the Lérins Islands to find herself in the chambers—and the body—of a nineteenth-century princess. In a confused state and with no idea of her whereabouts, Sophia embarks on a desperate quest for answers, hoping she can find her way back to her fiancé, Nick, and her true identity.
After she finds a diary in an antique desk, Sophia follows a clue that leads her to a questionable alchemist, who relays the history and magic of the mysterious amethyst she inherited from her great-grandmother—the only possession that made the leap through time with her and perhaps the only thing that can prevent her from becoming a pawn in a murderous plot for the throne.
Using her inheritance, Sophia races through time to the twenty-first century to solve the mystery of her family’s past. But once she is there, she unearths a dire warning about a curse that clings to her heirloom, leading her down a dangerous path involving two men from different times and ultimately puts her life at risk.
In this tale of obsession, greed and passion, a woman on a journey through time struggles to regain a family heirloom and control its magic, hoping to break the curse before it breaks her.

Prize #39

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Title:  The Celtic Knot:  Suit of Cups

Author:  Shannon MacLeod

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  paranormal romance

Blurb:  Sometimes, love lasts lifetimes.
Lily’s whole life is planned out. She’ll live, if not happily, at least ever after. Working as an insurance agent with her college sweetheart and longtime boyfriend, Lucas, she’ll eventually marry him and together they’ll take over the family agency. Then she and Lucas will start raising little insurance agents of their own. But something is missing…
At her best friend’s urging, she decides to do one last wild thing before committing her life to a future of policy endorsements–she takes a part time job reading tarot cards at a local Renaissance Faire theme park. Lucas is completely unimpressed and disdainful of her fascination with the mystical, but has no doubt she’ll settle down once they’re married. Enter Ian Kelly, mural painter, actor and…witch. He and Lily have a chance meeting at the park, and the attraction is immediate. They have a history…a lot of history. Several lifetimes of it, in fact, and their business together is unfinished.
All three have secrets, one of them deadly. Add in heaping helpings of magic, mayhem, Cuban sandwiches, one large Irish family and one very demanding feline for a story of love so strong, it’ll take more than one century to contain it.
CONTENT WARNING: Language, suggestive scenes.

Prize #40 

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Title:  The Gypsy Ribbon:  Suit of Wands

Author:  Shannon MacLeod

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  paranormal romance

Blurb:  Rock hard, play hard, love harder.
Internationally known wild child James Kelly is a filthy rich rock star, devilishly handsome, with silicone beauties aplenty to grace both his arm and his bed. He has it all. Or does he? What he wants most is a real woman to tell him no once in a while…and thanks to his inherited precognition, he knows her when he meets her. But the vision of his future is shrouded in darkness and shadows.
Tarot reader Lisbeth Vargo works at the local renaissance faire. She’s still stinging from her last bad relationship when her best friend marries James Kelly’s brother. After being paired up in the wedding party, sparks fly between Lisbeth and James. Even her tarot cards tell her he’s the one, but is the interest of a “bad boy” something she can take seriously?
Sometimes falling in love takes a leap of faith. Occasionally it needs a push off the cliff. James is more than happy to give Lisbeth that needed shove, but will his love save her…or get her killed?
CONTENT WARNING: Irish mischief, smokin’ sex, creative uses for ice cream and bad gypsy accents.

Prize #41

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Title:  Rogue on the Rollaway

Author:  Shannon MacLeod

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  3

Genre:  paranormal romance/time travel

Blurb:  Hell hath no fury like a faery scorned.
A man out of time. Enchanted by a jealous faery, 13th century warrior and druid Faolan MacIntyre has his work cut out for him. In order to break his curse, he must entice a woman to fall in love with him. His love comes at the highest possible cost, however…for the woman.
A woman alone. Rebuilding her life after an ugly divorce, merchandising director Colleen O’Brien lives vicariously through movies and romance novels. When the sexy bespelled Scot crash lands in her living room unannounced, her resolve to never love again is sorely tested. After admitting her love, Colleen finds herself in 14th century Ireland. Now she’s scared and alone, until Faolan finds her and they are both pursued by their jealous enemy.
Thrown together by destiny but held together by love, Faolan and Colleen must work together if they are to survive. But for two headstrong people–a man accustomed to giving orders and a woman who refuses to take them–it’s much easier said than done.
CONTENT WARNING: Faery magic gone awry, a plucky Irish heroine and a hot Highlands badass clad in a very small towel.

Prize #42

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Title:  Jesse’s Find

Author:  Penny Estelle

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  historical romance,Western

Blurb:  Jesse Mason is bone tired and just miles from home when a strange sound drifting with a Kansas wind catches his ear.
He spies something hiding in the tall grass. His temper sizzles at the sight of a horse, dead from exertion, and is ready to string up the cowboy that has done this. What Jesse finds is no cowboy at all, but a woman who has been shot and an infant, both, he fears will not make it to his home alive.
Jesse didn’t ask for this, but he knew he couldn’t turn his back on them. What he didn’t know was somebody wanted that woman dead and didn’t care who else had to die to get that job done.

Prize #43

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Title:  Justice Comes to Salina

Author:  Penny Estelle

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  historical romance,Western

Blurb:  Black smoke billows and a whistle blares, as the steam engine pulls into Salina, Kansas, delivering the town’s new school teacher, Victoria Stone.
The people of Salina are caring and do all they can to make Victoria feel welcome and her students are finding their way into her heart. Then there’s the town’s sheriff, Jim Timmons, who is getting under her skin and turning every emotion she has inside out.
But the truth is, Salina didn’t pick Victoria – She picked the town of Salina. And in her bag, Victoria isn’t toting books and school supplies. There is a score to settle in Salina, Kansas, and nothing or nobody is going to deter her from putting things right.

Prize #44 

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Title:  A Float Down the Canal

Author:  Penny Estelle

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  middle-grade romance

Blurb:  Twelve-year old Pam Simpson gets dumped on when her mother is called into work. She must cancel her plans for the mall to babysit her younger brother and his friend and take them to the public pool. To make matters worse her cousin, Candy, is also coming over for the day. She doesn’t even like Candy!
Much to Candy’s dismay, transportation to the pool is on inner tubes, floating down the canal. One thing leads to another and it is Pam who, once again, must save the day.
When things couldn’t seem worse, the day takes a drastic turn for the better and it is Candy, and the float down the canal, that makes this the best day of Pam’s life!

Prize #45

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Title:  Unglorious War

Author:  Maxine Flam

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  unlimited

Format:  paperback (U.S. resident only)

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  historical romance

Blurb:  Unglorious War is a love story that takes place during the Vietnam War between a wounded ex-POW Special Forces Officer and the Navy Nurse who rehabilitates him. Share their passion, share their love, share their faith journey as they question their choice to be career military personnel during a difficult time in American history.

Prize #46

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Title:  Crewel Work

Author:  Natalie Alder

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  The key to a successful horse farm is the trainer. At Bridgeton Pass, J. P. Ryan is that key. William Becker is determined to protect his farm and keep Ryan on the job.

That goal is threatened by two things – a sinister act by another employee and the fact that his only daughter has fallen head-over-heels in love with J. P.
Becker can’t allow either of those things to threaten his legacy.
Audra grew up around the handsome trainer and fell in love with him at a distance, enchanted by his kindness and honesty. When they began stealing private but innocent moments, she found that she didn’t want to live without him. Audra is heartbroken when she has to choose between honoring her father and pursuing love.
J.P. wants Audra by his side, but he finds himself with a hard decision.
He is forced to choose between his career and the love of his life. Between the problem caused by the troublemaking barn hand and the frustration caused by his desire for Audra, J.P.’s job has become a ‘crewel’ work.
The story of the Becker family is woven as an intricate Tapestry. It is beautiful as a whole, but like any tapestry, you have to turn it over and look at the back side to see how the threads of love and family relationships are woven together into one intricate whole.
Welcome to the Tapestry series.

Prize #47

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Title:  J’s Closet

Author:  Ryan O’Leary

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  erotic romance

Blurb:  J’s Closet: Volume 1 includes 7 short stories about Travis and his wife J thus far.
No head games, just fun games. Come along with J and her swoon-worthy husband Travis, as this sexy married couple explores the contents of J’s extensive wardrobe. Whether they’re in Travis’ Charger, on a beach in Mexico or at a hot yoga class, J’s got the right outfit to make Travis sit up and beg.
*Content Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+

Prize #48

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Title:  Kiss a Frog

Author:  Scarlett Jade

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  romantic comedy, contemporary

Blurb:  Lily Halloway had been best friends with Abby Killian and Laura Monroe since before she could remember. Even though they had their differences, their love of romance novels brought them together monthly for their book club. They decided to read a popular erotic romance and see if their lives changed in the month before Lily’s thirtieth birthday. The quest was an easy one. Kiss all the frogs you can and try to find a prince.
Simple, right?
What Lily discovers is that finding an eligible bachelor under forty is nearly impossible, and after a couple laughable sexcapades, she’s ready to give up. She agrees to one more date with a co-worker’s brother, only to prove she can get a boyfriend before they can.
Meeting Luca De Soros, the sexy FBI agent for a blind date propels her on a crash course with danger. Lily can’t stay away from his heat, even though she knows she can be burned in the process. Luca is everything she ever wanted in a hero, but time might run out for her to be saved.
Will she be able to see if happily ever after can really happen, or will she miss out on her thirtieth birthday altogether?

Prize #49

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Title:  True Love’s Fire

Author:  Sable Hunter

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  erotic romance, Valentine’s themed

Blurb:  Continuing the Hell Yeah! Series with book 12
While vacationing at a cabin in the Ozarks, Scott Walker – Austin neurobiologist, gets snowed-in and has to be rescued by local, Lia Houston. She brings him food, helps him fix his heat and tries to get his car on the road. A monster storm has paralyzed the mountain and as she’s trying to chain his car to her truck, a huge ice-covered limb falls, crushing the front of her pick-up and almost flattening Scott. If she hadn’t moved fast, he’d be a memory – but the brave action on her part comes with a price, she’s injured and stuck with Mr. Know-It-All until the weather abates. Scott doesn’t believe in love, much less love at First Sight. So when he meets Lia, he welcomes the attraction, but fights the tenderness with every breath in his body. Join Sable Hunter as she chronicles their journey from lust to love with a lot of fireworks in between. They meet at the dawn of the New Year, and by Valentine’s Day the fires of True Love are burning bright.
**Content Warning: Contains explicit scenes, details and language. Intended for 18+ Audience

Prize #50

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Title:  Exposed:  The Education of Sarah Brown

Author:  Michele E. Gwynn

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  erotic romance, suspense

Blurb:  The Dangers of Sex
Sarah Brown sets out on a journey to sexual self-discovery and falls face first into danger. In Barcelona, Anthony de Luca, an author and photographer unleashes the full force of his charm that threatens to steal her heart, a prize he openly admits he doesn’t want. Still, she can’t resist him, and finds herself experiencing the heights of ecstasy and the lows of heartbreak as her lover leaves without a word. In Berlin, Paul Christiansen, a handsome Dutch lothario with a sordid past works his wiles to seduce her body; while in the shadows, a predator stalks a young boy close to Sarah determined to get what he wants or kill anyone who gets in his way. One of her two lovers has led a dangerous criminal straight to her door, but which one? And who can she trust? Will Sarah survive or will she lose both her heart and her life to desire?

Prize #51

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Title:  Hiding Out

Author:  Nicole Andrews Moore

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:  Samuel Davenport runs his family’s New York based advertising agency. His brother, Adam, runs from responsibility and anything remotely boring. And his temp, Haley, runs so she’ll never be caught and hurt again. She moved to the city New Year’s Day to hide and recover, to build a new life far from her past. In an effort to lie low, Haley never expects to be more than a temp. What begins for Sam as an excuse to get to know her better, ends up being an opportunity for advancement and excitement for Haley. When Sam tries to uncover all of Haley’s mysteries, he exposes her hiding place, endangers her life, and threatens to destroy any chance of them ever having a future together.

Prize #52

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Title:  Shadow in Glass

Author:  J. Rose Alexander

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  romantic sci-fi/fantasy

Blurb:  Every little girl dreams of waking up a Princess…

…the reality, Carrie finds out, isn’t exactly a fairy tale.
Carrie Whitmore, aspiring journalist, wakes up after a building collapse to find herself in a world where she is a spoiled, bratty princess engaged to a self-indulgent egomaniac. She has no college education and no friends at all. Carrie finds out that “she” wants nothing to do with the crown after the death of her brother and is happy being bitter, cruel and reclusive.
But that’s the old Princess Barbara, lost in the tragic accident that slipped Carrie into the Princess’s life. Carrie must change the way the people of the Nation perceive her. Her journey to learn who she is in this new world and to deal with the twists and turns of her unwillingly adopted life will change her perception of everything and everyone around her.
And maybe, just maybe, she’ll get the fairy tale princess ending every little girl dreams of.

Prize #53

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Item:  swag pack

Author:  Susan Stoker

Prize #54

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Title:  Eyubea Girls

Author:  Palessa

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  historical romance

Blurb:  Graham Tate-Fuller needs a wife. Not just any wife. One who is young enough to take on his education mission to the African continent and not ask too many questions about his past.
Lisbette Caldwell is just seventeen, a young woman who isn’t ready to give up her tomboy ways. She dreams of playing football and becoming a teacher just like her father. Through a series of circumstances beyond her control, Lisbette marries Graham and embarks on an adventure in Eyubea, a small independent township in southern Africa which managed to escape the colonial rule that overtook many other African nations.
There Lisbette settles into her new life as an assistant teacher to a small group of young girls who will have no choice but to become wives and mothers. It’s a simple enough task that will turn into a fight for their lives as Graham’s past catches up to them and Lisbette faces the dark side of marriage in a land not her own.
Set in the early 1900’s, Lisbette is forced to take a stand for herself and her Eyubea Girls against stacked odds, even if it means losing the life she’s come to love. With the help of new friends and a will to carve out her own place in the world, she searches for a way to live life on her own terms in a place she will come to call home.

Prize #55

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Title:  Becca’s Dance

Author:  Jordyn Meryl

Format:  choice of ebook or signed paperback

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  The journey of life is not about the path traveled, it’s about the dance.
Remember your first love? The itching in your palms to touch that person, the churning sensation of your stomach when you kiss, or the promise of forever love? A summer romance had all the possibilities for Becca and Clay. But a tragic accident killing two of their friends, sent Becca running away to build a sheltered life, protected from pain. Clay tried to drown his pain in booze and other women, but failed. Each picked mates for reasons other than love.
Twenty years later their paths cross as Becca tries to escape from the shame of a divorce, and Clay is living life as a single father to six grown boys.
In the small community of Lester Lake, love, fate and star-crossed lovers work towards rekindling a first and only true love.

Prize #56

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Item:  set of three books (When Dreams Change, When Dreams Collide & When Dreams Die)

Author:  Jordyn Meryl

Format:  choice of ebooks or signed paperbacks

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  


WHEN DREAMS CHANGE –

A small quaint Italian cafe on the shores of the Mediterranean was the dream for Jessica. Failing to realize her husband’s ambitions were another woman almost blew her plans apart. Stepping in as her bartender, Alejandro helps save her when he becomes not only her rescuer, but a man who brings out hidden feelings of desire. When her wayward husband returns, Jessica faces the decision of her future.
WHEN DREAMS COLLIDE –

Dreams Collide when two different visions are on a crash course to success.

Roberto and Emily are on a collision course from the moment they meet. Dumped at the altar, Emily is not looking for love in any way, shape or form. Escaping the gossip and pity looks, she searches out her cousin, Jessica in Italy. Happening upon the small, personal law office of Giordano, while a Harvard Law School graduate, she asks if she can clerk for him. The simple life appeals to her. In walks Roberto, hot, handsome and full of charisma Roberto. Emily feels there is no future for them as he is on the high road to international success and the life she chose to walk away from.
WHEN DREAMS DIE – Your heart never forgets when dreams die.

Some people fall in love at first sight, some fall in love only once. Sophia and Fernando fell in love as children and their love only grew. Sophia left motherless at a young age, always felt secrets were being kept from her. Her father is distant, her brother unreachable. Fernando is her one and only friend, family and love. When they can finally marry, Sophia wants to build a life of a home, children, full of laughter. The truth of why her mother left, threatens to destroy all her dreams. Can she stop the destruction rushing towards her? Or will her dreams die?

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Title:  Solitary Dreamer

Author:  Linda L. Picl

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Everyone felt sorry for Carrie Lawson. She was a sweet woman who had nothing but a deadbeat husband and a dream of a writing career. Happiness was something she had to fight for but when she met Logan Franks, a local firefighter, her love life became a whole lot warmer until her very existence was almost snuffed out by a person she thought she’d never see again.

Logan Franks is hot, and not just in looks. Being a volunteer firefighter doesn’t just mean being on a calendar or turning girls on…it’s dangerous work. Sometimes you have to go in and save everyone, sometimes even your worst enemy. But Logan is above all that, he will save everyone he can.
He and Carrie will fight for a life together, no matter what, even if the chances are high it will all blow up in their faces.

Prize #58

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Title:  Old Town Nights

Author:  Linda Lee Williams

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  paranormal romance

Blurb:  When Abby Lawrence shows a house to Ambrose Slater, she’s unable to resist the handsome, sensitive hybrid-vampire, who is a powerful mortal. As she witnesses the deterioration of his brother’s marriage to a regular woman, Abby must decide if she can embrace the vampire lifestyle or give up the only man she’s ever loved. Ambrose must choose whether to risk losing Abby’s love or setting her free, even if it kills him…
Can a vampire baker and a spunky realtor make their relationship work? Or will their quirky families and the odds against them doom their love affair?

Prize #59

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Title:  New England Nights

Author:  Linda Lee Williams

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  paranormal romance

Blurb:  All is not what it seems to be on the eastern seaboard…
Abandoned late at night, Norah Sheridan shows up on Geoff Hammond’s doorstep, leaving him no choice but to take her in. Attracted to Norah, Geoff risks breaking every promise he’s made to his dying mother. Will Norah care that the handsome, renowned painter and his other artistic friends are vampire-human hybrids, pursuing their talents in Bridgeport, Connecticut? Or will she fall in love with him despite herself?

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Title:  Life Begins at Sunrise

Author:  William H. Joiner, Jr.

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  5

Format:  paperback

Number of copies:  5

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Vane Carson was a good-looking young man with a hard edge and a soft heart. Follow his adventures as he leaves college for the chance to train bird dogs. From apprentice to partner, he masters the business and learns what it takes to be a man, all through the excitement of field trials.

Vane’s quest to overcome betrayals and anger is a mythic story of inspiration as he finds true love—and God’s forgiveness—through the touch of an honest young woman.
Can a white man find love with a black woman in a prejudiced society?
Can a black man find love with a white woman surrounded by bigotry?

Prize #61

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Title:  Till Heaven Then Forever

Author:  Linda Heavner Gerald

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  5

Genre:  inspirational romance, contemporary

Blurb:  Till Heaven Then Forever is a story about an older man and a younger woman. Deeply entrenched in the world, surrounded by wealth, they ‘had it all.’ Or did they? Their desire was to remain together until death, but that was becoming increasingly harder in their world. They found the way, the only way, for a couple to remain together here on earth and then forever. This is a compelling story that will draw the reader into island life in the Bahamas. Yet, even living in paradise cannot prevent the pain that every couple encounters—pain so strong that it often tears apart even the most loving. Lily and Brian find the key to Till Heaven Then Forever.

Prize #62

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Title:  Conquering Your Goliaths:  A Parable of the Five Stones

Author:  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Format:  paperback

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  Christian fiction with romance

Blurb:  David gathered 5 smooth stones to meet and defeat Goliath. What did these stones represent and how can you use them to conquer Goliaths in your own personal quests? Ms. Virginia Bean will show you how.
Travel with her on her own personal journey. See what she does. Learn how she grows. Discover what she becomes.
“Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones” is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you from God, a power that must ultimately be unleashed to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what he wants for you. Come…

Prize #63

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Title:  The Feast:  A Parable of the Ring

Author:  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Format:  paperback

Number of copies:  1



Format:  audiobook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  Christian fiction with romance

Blurb:  Virginia had experienced the power and direction of the five stones; now, she would need to use them again.
For entirely different reasons.
Keeping her marriage together was not the only thing on her mind. Having a child wasn’t going to happen in the usual way, and Virginia was determined that adoption was the answer. If she did all of the right things, said all of the right words; if she remembered the five stones in her journey to get her child, God would surely have to answer her.
It wouldn’t be too difficult.

Prize #64

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Title:  Valerie’s Retreat

Author:  Joseph M. Rinaldo

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  4

Genre:  romantic suspense

Blurb:  Be the first to experience the new genre – Movie Novel!
More entertaining than an iPhone.
More captivating than an iPad.
More thrilling than…you get the idea.
You’ll see the movie playing in your mind as you read. Today’s fast-paced society demands this new entertaining genre.
Valerie’s Retreat is proud to be a pioneer in this new genre. Of course, the story is what matters…
Valerie, a middle-aged woman, leading an average life as a head teller at a bank finally finds her soul-mate, Franco. He’s sixteen years younger and studying for a Ph.D. in Archeology, but they click. Suddenly, the evil hand of fate causes their lives to fall into a downward spiral. They lean on each other. Trying to find happiness they happen to commit a little crime – make that a little felony, and dash out of the country. Now they’re happy – mostly.

Prize #65

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Title:  Kisses from the Heart

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Mindi Adams is a feisty, fun-loving pretty young woman, who is quick witted and sharp tongued at times. After catching her boyfriend cheating, she packs his things and ousts him from her home. She is fine after he goes, realizing that although the relationship was comfortable, there were no fireworks. Her entire life changes the night of the storm, when a prison bus is forced into a swollen creek and overturns, releasing twelve prisoners. One of them is in Mindi’s house!

She is terrified at first, but soon realizes that he is not the monster she believed him to be. In fact, she believes he is innocent of the murder charge that convicted him, and she becomes determined to help him prove that innocence. She helps him devise a plan and in the process falls in love. Something goes wrong and he is captured and taken into custody. Now Dan has the proof he needs but it is ignored, until the entire city goes into an uproar. Eventually the real killer slips up because of the pressure and duress and Dan is freed. He does not go back for Mindi right away, because he wants to have something to offer her. She about gives up hope, but Dan arrives just in time, and they share kisses from the heart.

Prize #66

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Title:  Maddie’s Garden

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Growing up in an unstable home, and then being tossed into the home of her estranged father and his new family, Maddie knows how it feels to be unwanted. All she longs for is a normal family where there is love, peace, and harmony. When she finds the twins hiding in her yard, her heart opens up and love spills all over them. They are running away because their widowed father is going to marry a woman they hate, and they claim she hates them, too. Maddie is taken in by the twins, and soon becomes good friends with their father. She steps in and helps out when he asks her, and she is glad to do it. When Adam has set a date for his wedding, he backs away from Maddie, hoping to give his future wife a chance to bond with his children. It is then that Maddie realizes that she is in love with Adam, and her heart breaks. Maddie isn’t the only one who is sad. The twins are devastated and resort to drastic measures to get Maddie back. In spite of their sad little faces, the wedding day arrives, and it is up to Adam to make it right.

Prize #67

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Title:  Second Chances

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Melanie Thomas believes that sometimes people who are down on their luck just really need that little boost upward to improve their quality of life; and she can provide that. Since she started her tee-shirt embossing shop she has made a difference in her employees’ lives by giving them a new lease on life–hope–a second chance. Her employees are grateful and dedicated to her, but someone else wants her property for his own purpose. Things start happening after he approaches her with an offer to buy her building–an offer she immediately turns down. When inspectors start showing up, Melanie believes it’s a ploy to force her to sell and she silently laughs about it. But when the building burns, she knows exactly who to accuse. It hurts because she was falling in love with him. It seems everyone needs a second chance now and then. 

Prize #68

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Title:  Going Home

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  2

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Fifteen years ago Cassie fled her hometown, taking with her an undeserved bad reputation and a broken heart. She reluctantly returns for her father’s funeral and comes face to face with the one who broke her heart. This encounter sends her packing again, only this time it’s not so easy to just leave and forget. Her visit opens old wounds, stokes old flames, and uncovers lies and deceit. It’s showdown time!

Prize #69

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Title:  Consequences

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  We all must take responsibility for our choices, and be prepared for the consequences. But what if the consequences affect someone else?
Trent is growing up and he desperately wants to know his father. His mother does not know what to tell him, since he was the product of a one night stand. When Trent starts acting out and getting into trouble, his mother makes a promise to try to find the man who fathered him. The search ends in a life changing event, and many people are affected, including Lindy and Ricky DeCelli. Lindy (Riley, then) suffered Nelson’s brutal attack as a teen (Choices); and then Lindy and Ricky both went through hell when Nelson kidnapped their daughter (The Bushes are Red). Nelson paid the consequences for the first crime and is now paying for the kidnapping. Unfortunately, Trent is, too.

First there were choices to be made, and then came the consequences that lead to the next generation.

Prize #70

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Title:  Perfect

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  

Katrina: Beautiful, bright and talented, she grew from a beautiful child into a beautiful woman. As the youngest in the family she grew up with two adoring, protective brothers. They, as well as everyone else recognized that she was special—perfect, actually.

Nathan: A handsome replica of his father, he grew up to be exactly what his father had hoped for—the perfect son. He was the source of his parents’ pride. His brother was the opposite end of the spectrum. Suffering from mental problems, Steven’s actions cast a shadow over the family for much of Nathan’s childhood and adolescent years.

Katrina and Nathan: A wicked twist of fate brought them together, and they are perfect for each other. Their life is beautiful—perfect. Another wicked twist of fate tears them apart. Or does it?

Prize #71

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Title:  Choices

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Lindy and Ricky are young and in love. Lindy is pretty, blond and petite, and is still grieving over the loss of her mother and sad because her father ignores her. Ricky, tall, dark, and extremely handsome, still misses his father who died suddenly from a heart attack when Ricky was thirteen. Since he just can’t get along with his nagging mother, she sends him away from Chicago to live with his uncle in Pittsburgh. On his second day in a new school, he meets Lindy, and from the moment they meet they are dazzled by the strong electricity between them. By the end of the day a strong bond has already begun to form between them. Their relationship is challenged by many adversities, but through it all, the bond only becomes stronger and makes them even more determined to be together. Ricky’s Uncle Nick loves both Lindy and Ricky, and recognizes that their love for each other is very real. He becomes a strong ally in their corner as they challenge the rest of the world defending their love and the right to be together forever. This is the first book of the trilogy, followed by The Bushes are Red and then The Full Nelson.

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Title:  The Bushes are Red

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  fiction with some romance

Blurb:  Lindy and Ricky are all grown up and have children of their own. Through hard work, perseverence and determination they have made it! They are living the American dream, surrounding themselves and their two children, Samantha and Michael with love and comfort, and a safe environment. Still wildly in love with each other, Lindy and Ricky focus on their family and a lifestyle that provides their children with security and the knowledge that they are loved. Their house is full of love and happiness until….Samantha is gone!

Where? Who took her? Why?

Lindy and Ricky’s emotions go on a wild rollercoaster ride as they face every parent’s worst nightmare. They are grateful for the love and support of their family and friends who rally around doing whatever they can to help, because Lindy and Ricky can only focus on one thought: They have to get Samantha back! The only clue they have to go on is that Samantha is somewhere where the bushes are red.

Prize #73

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Title:  The Full Nelson

Author:  Carole McKee

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  contemporary romance

Blurb:  Nelson Sutter grew up hard. Although faced with a cruel and unloving mother, he did his best to make his father proud, promising to always do right and to stay out of trouble. He kept the promises he made to his father until he came across his one and only weakness—Lindy. Lindy—everybody’s sweetheart—an angel that everybody loves. Now as Nelson faces prison for the next twenty years of his life, he wants his turn. He wants to tell his story to the world.

Prize #74

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Title:  The Gangster’s Kiss

Author:  Ginger Ring

Format:  ebook

Number of copies:  1

Genre:  historical romance, suspense

Blurb:  John O’Malley’s sister is missing. All the clues of her disappearance lead to Hayward County, Wisconsin and the crooks and questionable sheriff that reside there. Pretending to be one of them, John takes a job as bodyguard for the sheriff’s beautiful sister, Grace. It seems like the perfect way to investigate their crimes and corruption, but when someone threatens to kill Grace, the job proves harder than he thought. Is she an innocent witness to a crime, or just as guilty as everyone else?

Grace Sullivan just wanted a normal life: find a good man, get married and have a family. She has had enough of looking the other way while her brother hides behind his sheriff’s badge to conduct shady dealings. Hiring a gangster named John to watch her is the final straw. When a face from the past threatens her life, she is forced to put her life in John’s hands, but as time goes on, all she really wants is to be in the gangster’s arms.

 

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