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An Uncommon Love (Romantic Realms Collection 2) by MJ Schiller

Princess Adriana had her life all figured out…
Or, to be more precise, she had her life all figured out for her. Before she was even born she was betrothed to Garin, and that was perfectly acceptable as he became her childhood friend, and then, eventually, the person she would swap kisses with inside the palace gardens. She never questioned it, never had a reason to, until the day a commoner was brought before her father, the King, to be punished.
…until the day her eyes conncected with blacksmith Seth Hobb’s across a stone courtyard.
When he creeps into the castle at night to thank her for freeing him, they begin to build a relationship with one another that is often as explosive as it is endearing. But fate ends up separating the two and they must undertake a long and arduous journey to be reunited.
But with everything against them, can an uncommon love like theirs survive?
Even then, can Adriana make Seth see her for herself and not as the princess he imagines? And if she does, will she ever be able to convince her father that, despite his objections over Seth being a commoner, there is nothing “common” about him at all?
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What happens when a fiercely loyal widowed half-Ute cowboy meets a fiery redhead with an Irish temper to match? Cassidy O’Hanlon – Cassie, to her friends – has set aside her Chicago career for six months to train racehorses for her dad after his stroke.
Furious the interloper has shipped in a ringer from the Chicago circuit to his Wyoming turf, Rancher/trainer Clint Travers sets out to put her in her place. Sparks fly immediately, but after their rocky start, the two quickly forge a passionate relationship, and he follows her to Chicago.
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When Bill takes a pony trekking holiday in the West Yorkshire Dales, he gets more than he bargained for. While staying at a farmhouse with his guests, he is granted an unexpected surprise when the farmer’s wife strays into his shower. Their romance becomes quickly complicated by the lady’s teenage daughter and the sudden return of her former husband. Though local society can be spiteful, all good romances have a happy ending, so get out your box of tissues.
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Dangerous Addictions by Naomi BellinaWant some free books? Nab a few good reads on #FreeBookFriday Naomi Bellina #RLFblog

With the aid of an inexplicable but opportune super-power, he’s determined to conquer any hurdles to gain back his freedom. Except one hot mess of an obstacle he can’t get around.
A terrorist attack poisons the water and leaves hundreds of thousands of Americans dead. Countless more are left with diminished brain function. As the government seizes control, order is restored in the country but freedom is taken away. A nation is quarantined, all citizens regulated to stay within the borders.
For Riley, a genius hacker, that lack of freedom, particularly travel restriction, is not acceptable. When he suddenly develops a bad-ass power and learns he can manipulate electricity, he sets out to use that power to gain back control. The discovery of a murder forces Riley to team up with Danika, an enigmatic woman with her own freaky power and scary secrets. When they find that the dead scientist was working on a machine to uncover more people with superpowers, the adventure begins as they attempt to track the device.
Death and danger shadow the pair as they travel to the waterways of Florida, the mountains of Colorado and places in between. With each of them following their own agenda but compelled to work together, they search for answers in a world shaped by devastation, and discover love, and buried pieces of themselves along the way.
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Rob had all but given up on himself. A convict doomed to suffer for the rest of his life, he kept to himself… until he saw her…
Diamond
A dame like no other and one he found himself obsessed with possessing.
Diamond In The Rough is a story of chances, stealing, and love inside the City of Detroit and a man where all hope is gone.
Can one woman change his destiny?
Or will loneliness take over and leave him hopeless?
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Guest Post with Naomi Bellina

Do werewolves get old?
One of the best parts about reading
paranormal books is seeing how each author creates her world. You have to make
rules for your kingdom, then stick with them. Supernatural beings can have many
characteristics. How can they be killed? What are their weaknesses? Their
strengths? Do they live forever?  I want
my were-creatures to age. Yes, they live longer, healthier lives than humans
but they do grow old. And it sucks! That’s one of the themes I had big fun
playing with in Sins of Long Ago.
Imagine you’re an alpha werewolf,
used to being in charge, to getting what and who you want. One day, you start
to notice lines on your face that weren’t there yesterday. You move a little
slower in a fight, want to come in sooner from a moon run. You’re aging, like you
knew you would, and like us regular old mortals, you start to think about
serious shit. The fun and games of youth are over and your thoughts turn to the
future. To family, friends, and maybe leaving behind some kind of legacy.
I had a challenge with one
particular scene in Sins. My editor
asked me to change it, because it made Vincent, my hero, look kind of sleazy.
The scene is important because it helps show his vulnerability when he’s
treated differently than he expects, due to his “mature” nature. I rose
to the challenge and came up with a great compromise that my editor and I both
loved. Vincent keeps his morals intact but I still got to make him suffer a
little at the hands of a wily woman.
I hope no matter what your age, you
enjoy reading Sins of Long Ago as
much as I enjoyed writing it.

About the Book

Title Sins of Long Ago
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Naomi Bellina
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Werewolves and humans don’t mix.
Until danger forces an alliance and desire demands satisfaction.
Leading his pack of werewolves
keeps Vincent plenty busy, and now with a predator out to harm them, life is
more perilous than ever. The last thing he needs is a woman to complicate
matters, especially one who sets his body and soul on fire. She’s a human and a
witch — totally the wrong woman for him. Even if he could take a mate for his
own, he refuses to put her in the danger his life has become. No way can they
ever be together. Werewolf-style love is fine anyway. No permanent partner, no
bullshit, no heartache.
Genevieve has never known true
love. Cursed by an enraged woman long
ago, females in her family are doomed to go insane if they fall in love. Life
has been fine without a man around– until a hot werewolf drops in and captures
her heart. Though they have plenty of obstacles to overcome, Gen knows they can
work past them. Tell that to Vincent, as he struggles with old pack rules about
love, sex, and consorting with humans.
As Vincent searches for a killer,
deals with death among his own, and tries to keep his hands off Gen, she
attempts to end her family curse. Together, they must find a way to break free
from the sins of long ago.

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About the Author

Naomi lives in sunny
Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for
various fiction and non-fiction markets but is drawn to romance because her
characters insist on canoodling and falling in love. So she lets them. Her
interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and creating
healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible.
Her motto:  Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!  

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Ruled by the Moon
by Naomi Bellina 

By Naomi Bellina

I’m minutes away from hopping on a plane leaving St. Louis Missouri.
I’ve been visiting my mom and sister and I’m waaaaaay past ready to go home. For
one thing, I’m freezing my butt off! Time to get back to Florida. I grew up in St.
Louis and I knew without a doubt, it was not the place I wanted to spend the rest
of my life. Now before you St. Louis dwellers start blasting me for picking on your
city, let me say, there are many wonderful features of this area. Fans love and
support their sport teams, for sure. St. Louis offers a wide variety of good food
and entertainment, a fantastic highway system, nearby wineries to make you drool
and the most beautiful autumns you’ll ever see.
But not for me. I longed for something more in whatever place
I lived. I can’t describe what that something was, but knew I’d recognize it when
I felt it. In Ruled by the Moon, magical people such as witches and werewolves are
drawn to Nocturne because of powerful ley lines that run through the area. I’ve
always been fascinated with ley lines so I did some research and found they could
very well be running through my fictitious Midwestern United States town. Check
out this Google
page for some great maps of ley lines. They’re everywhere! According to Wikipedia, ley lines are
“…supposed alignments of numerous places of geographical and historical interest,
such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords.”
I believe they’re spots that contain certain kinds of power.
On this visit to St. Louis, I checked in to see if I could feel
energy from that strong line running through Missouri. Nope. At least not anything
I could pick up. Or maybe, the energy that flowed was exactly what I found unpleasant.
Maybe it affected me on some level I wasn’t even aware of. I live in Florida now
and though there are many qualities I love about this state (it’s soooooo much better
to be here in February), it’s still not quite my perfect home. I’ve always been
drawn to mountains and after a recent visit to Taos, New Mexico, would love to explore
that area. Maybe one day.
How about you? Do you have a place that resonates with your soul?
Thank you so much for visiting today.

About the Book

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A psychic vet, a secretive werewolf, a menace stalking the shifters.
Welcome to Nocturne.
Dylan is a werewolf with a problem. He shifts at the new moon
as well as at the full moon. He was born a werewolf, not made like most shape-changers
and due to these unique traits he’s avoided joining a pack and has given up hope
of having a normal life. Morgan is a veterinarian, ready to be on her own for a
good long time after leaving a cheating, spineless husband. She has a plan for her
life that doesn’t include a bossy, furry man.
Both are drawn to Nocturne, a town filled with magic due to a
strong convergence of ley lines in the area. Morgan and Dylan recognize a connection
when they meet, but neither one is looking for romance. After a harrowing encounter
with a panther shape-shifter, they must combine forces and work together to uncover
a menace that threatens the town. If they can learn to trust each other and let
their guard down, they have a chance to solve the mystery and open the door to love.

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About the Author

Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a
magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is
drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love.
So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and
creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible. Her
motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

Author Social Media

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In Cancun
, In Cancun Book 1 by KaLyn Cooper … A sexy former SEAL and beautiful
Mayan anthropologist find more than they bargain for when they team up to complete
a decades old family treasure hunt in Cancun.

Just a Holiday Fling,
Pine Lake Book 1 by Tiffany Marie … She just wants to get through the holiday
season. He wants to celebrate. She just wants a fling. He wants forever.
A holiday memory from
author Naomi Bellina:
My dad played the violin and I played
the piano, so one year we decided to record some Christmas carols. We had one of
those flat recorders with a cassette tape (giving away my age here!) and we spent
a few evenings on several memorable recording sessions. It’s not all that easy to
play along with another instrument. You have to get the timing just right and eventually,
we did.

Naomi Bellina and Father
A few nights before Christmas, my
brother, sister, mom and dad and a family friend piled into the Volkswagen and drove
around our neighborhood singing along to the carols. I doubt anyone in the houses
could actually hear the music and I’m pretty sure we sounded like a chorus of cats
in heat yowling at the moon, but all I remember was how much fun we had.
I still love Christmas music and have
assembled a nice collection. I think of my dad when I listen, and picture him playing
the violin in heaven.
Wolf
At the Door
, Snowdonia Wolves Book 1 by Sofia Grey … An icy road, a wounded
wolf, and a haunting lover she only meets in her dreams all weave together to thaw
Lillian’s frozen heart.
All He Wants for
Christmas
by Trista Ann Michaels … Trapped in a mountain cabin over the holiday,
sparks will fly and passion flare.
All He Wants
for Christmas

A holiday memory from
author Tami Lund:
I met my hubs, Chris, on May first,
at a party, through a mutual friend. At the time, I lived on the other end of the
country, and had gone home to Michigan to visit friends and family. When our mutual
friend mentioned that I was from out of town, Chris jokingly asked, “Would
she be interested in a one-night stand?”
(This is a funny remark because first,
Chris is *not* that kind of guy. And second, at the time, well, I… was that kind
of girl. Or at least was open to the option. Hey, we’re only young once….)
By the end of the night, he’d fed
me cheesecake, given me a heart-pounding kiss, and we made plans to see each other
again the next day. We then proceeded to spend every day of the rest of my vacation
together, discussing potential bridesmaids and groomsmen (nope, not kidding), meeting
his parents, and getting the approval of his best friend. Apparently, Chris didn’t
have a great track record when it came to dating…
When I left to go home to Louisiana,
I had Chris’ demo tape in my bag (he was a television editor/producer), which I
gave to the general manager of a local television station. (I worked at a nonprofit,
doing PR at the time, and the GM was on my board of directors.) He called Chris
and set up an interview. The week of Memorial Day, Chris flew to Louisiana, interviewed,
got the job, and went home and put in his two weeks’ notice.
Two weeks later, he moved to Louisiana…
and in with me. Yep, six weeks after we met. I told him I didn’t “play house,”
though, so if this thing was going to work, I needed to have a ring on my finger
by the end of the year. Christmas would be good. In fact, I informed him, just one
tiny box under the tree would be perfect. Nothing else. Hell,
we couldn’t afford anything else anyway.
Two days before Christmas, I came
home from work to find several boxes under the tree, all addressed to me, and none
were appropriately ring sized. Talk about depressed. I didn’t even want to go out
that night, even though my best friend was in town, and we’d made plans with a small
group of friends to go to a local karaoke bar.
We ended up going anyway, and I drowned
my sorrows in wine …. Until shortly before midnight, when the karaoke DJ summoned
Chris, and then someone placed a chair in the middle of the dance floor, and then
my friends herded me to the chair… And halfway through singing Just The Way You
Are by Billy Joel, my soon-to-be husband dropped to one knee, whipped out a ring
box and proposed.
That was sixteen years ago this Christmas.
Disenchanted Christmas

Cleopatra’s
Dagger
by MacKenzie Reed and Rae Monet … The jeweled dagger of Cleopatra and
the planet Earth during the busy Christmas season… ho ho oh no!

Disenchanted Christmas
by Sandra Sookoo … Bethany needs a Christmas miracle. What she gets is a proposition
from a rich gentleman!
The Zebra Wore
Red Stockings
by Pepper Espinoza … It’s their first Christmas together, and
she wants everything to be perfect—the sort of special holiday she never had before.
A holiday memory from
author Sharon Callender:
I was an awkward twelve year old struggling
with a boatload of insecurities. Even though I was painfully shy, I still managed
to become a member of the school’s traveling chorus. This particular year we were
asked to sing at a local nursing home. For some reason, the thought of singing there
terrified me.
When performance day arrived and I
stepped off the yellow school bus, my stomach knotted up. As I entered the lobby,
the antiseptic like odor, the faces of the residents, and the lit Christmas tree
in the room all overwhelmed my senses. Then something happened that changed everything.
A tiny, frail woman in a wheelchair smiled at all of us and said “thank you
for singing here today.” We hadn’t even sung a note yet and she was thanking
us. Her simple words erased my fears. None of this was about me, it was about them.
The traveling chorus had an assignment
and it was spreading holiday cheer. I’ll never forget the sheer joy on the faces
of the residents as we performed our rehearsed songs. It was the coolest feeling
in the world to be part of such a simple act of kindness wrapped up in the gift
of song. Because of this one moment in my life, the holidays have become a season
for giving back and helping those in need. There are so many ways each of us can
make a difference all year round and sometimes what we consider to be the smallest
gift can be the greatest one. Happy Holidays!
Believe

Ghost of Christmas
Past
, PSI Crops Book 1 by Xakara … In a snow-bound cabin, they must face the
truth of the past, the secrets of the present, and the hope of the future.

Believe
by Megan Slayer … Long distance relationships are never easy, especially at Christmas
time.
Jessica’s
Wolves
, Wolf Masters Book 3 by Becca Jameson … A traumatic childhood has left
Jessica Murphy in complete denial of her true self.
A holiday memory from
author Tara Quan:
Airport Haute Cuisine
Because of my husband’s career, the
holidays for me are synonymous with travel–the international kind. While I wish
I could enjoy the same level of comfort during my various flights as the heroines
in my romances, I’m usually among the majority of weary travelers flying coach.
More often than not, my airport meals were eaten standing up or seated on my carry-on,
with one hand precariously grasping a cup of coffee.
That said, airports are where I’ve
had some of my most memorable meals. The first was after my flight to Bangkok. Once
I was done hugging my parents, I made a mad dash to an airport restaurant and ordered
some mango and sticky rice. By Thai standards, the desert was serviceable at best.
But after a year of deprivation, the fruit tasted like heaven. (Sorry America, your
mangos do not taste like they do in Asia. There is no competition. None!)
The second time airport food had the
White Castle effect (Harold and Kumar reference) was at London Heathrow during my
first trip out of the U.A.E. While I love Abu Dhabi, I am very much partial to pork
products. After close to a year of making do with chicken sausage, turkey bacon,
and fake pepperoni, my taste buds were dying for a taste of home. The moment I reached
my layover spot, I made a mad dash to a place where I could order a proper (and
extremely unhealthy) breakfast.
My most memorable airport meal to
date, however, was actually a flat white in Wellington International Airport. Prior
to this trip, I had been in Pakistan for six months, and our health unit strongly
advised against anything but UHT milk (which tastes like colored chalky water).
Words cannot describe how divine that cup of milky coffee, paired with a proper
scone, tasted after my very long flight.
One thing all these meals taught me,
however, is that the holidays aren’t about specific dates in the year or a particular
location. They are about sharing the things we enjoy with the people we love, wherever
and whenever that might be.
The Promise

A Clockwork Christmas,
The Blackwell Legacy by Nina S. Gooden … Sorcery, danger, and a mysterious stranger
will make this Christmas one Olyve will never forget.
The Promise
by Tory Richards … This holiday season, Ryan will learn he can keep his promise
and still have his heart’s desire.
Lucky
Enough
, Whisper Hollow Book 1 by Kelli Evans … He’ll need more than luck to
find his happily ever after.
A holiday memory from
author Annette Mardis:
If any kid deserved to get a stocking
full of coal it was my brother, the Christmas I was in fourth grade.
After all, it was his fault I spent
much of that Christmas Eve night in the emergency room.
He didn’t mean to hurt me, but that’s
little consolation when you’re hurtling out of a tree on a direct path to the hard
ground below. It wasn’t how I envisioned passing what started out as a rather ordinary
and even a little bit boring day.
Like most children, my brother and
I thought Christmas would never come each year. The wait seemed interminable. We’d
both outgrown our belief in Santa Claus by then, but Christmas remained a magical
time for tidings of great joy, presents piled beneath the tree and family gathered
around an overloaded dinner table. Even when my family didn’t have an abundance
of material riches, we had a bounty of blessings.
That Christmas Eve day, though, the
hours passed as swiftly as a slug sliding along a sidewalk. The neighborhood was
quiet and my older brother and I had nobody to play with but each other, always
a recipe for some bickering and a crying jag or two. Paul is only 18 months older
than I am, but in those days he was, well, let’s call it husky, while I had the
physique of Olive Oyl, minus the clown-shoe-sized feet.
One of our favorite pastimes was climbing
the big tree in our backyard. Paul had nailed seating platforms at different spots
among the branches, most about midway up. Being a typical big brother, he often
had little patience where his younger sister was concerned. And on this particular
day, he seemed determined to take his usual needling to a higher level.
No matter where I settled in the tree,
he rousted me out of my spot. “Move, I want to sit there,” he’d insist,
and I’d scramble to another platform. And then he’d want me to leave that seat,
too. I don’t remember how many times he did that to me, but finally I’d had enough.
Now in hindsight, I should’ve said
something like, “Okay, fine. If you want to be like that I’ll just go do something
else.” But common-sense, discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valor decisions often
don’t occur to children, and I was no exception, especially on this day. And so
when my brother ordered me off yet another platform, I refused to budge.
He demanded at least once or twice
more and I continued to defy him. Growing ever more frustrated, he reached out and
shoved me as he ordered me to move one last time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t hanging
on and went sailing backwards out of the tree.
As I fell, my lower half thankfully
caught up with the top part of my body because instead of hitting the ground head
first, I landed on my back. I must’ve blacked out, at least briefly, because I had
visions passing before my mind’s eye, but they weren’t scenes from my life. Oddly,
enough, they were images from a circus, of all things. I had no clue what it meant
then or now. To be honest, circuses creeped me out a little. But that’s a story
for another day.
The next thing I knew, my mom knelt
by my side with a stricken look on her face, asking me if I was all right. She’d
been in the kitchen when she heard a thud and looked out the window that overlooked
our backyard. I can only imagine her panic when she saw me lying as still as death
on the ground.
By the grace of God, I didn’t break
my neck or my back, either, and except for a very sore shoulder I seemed no worse
for the wear. My mom still hoped to go to midnight Mass, as was our Christmas Eve
custom, and she insisted on washing my hair in the kitchen sink while we waited
for my father, a police officer, to get home from work. I could’ve done without
the jostling, but I didn’t intend to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus with
unkempt locks.
As the afternoon wore on it became
evident that my right shoulder suffered the brunt of the impact. It had swelled
to softball size by the time my father walked through the door, and it was obvious
I needed an X-ray. So off to the hospital we went.
Now bear in mind that by now it’s
early to mid-evening and—this being the 1960s—most businesses had closed for the
holiday and people were hunkered down at home, theirs or someone else’s, knocking
back eggnog and nibbling on candy canes. (Or whatever else people did on Christmas
Eve before 24-hour stores and the Internet.) I remember having to wait while they
summoned a doctor to come talk to me and my parents.
The verdict: I’d broken my shoulder.
The solution: taping my arm to my stomach, wrapping my upper body mummy-style so
the only movement I could manage was to wiggle my fingers.
Despite being in pain, I still wanted
to go to midnight Mass. I loved everything about it: seeing the luminaries lining
the street leading to the church; singing Silent Night and other beloved yuletide
hymns; being wedged, warm and cozy, in the pew between my parents; hearing the scriptural
reading of the nativity story.
Some Christmases in Florida are so
warm that everyone’s in short sleeves, often with legs bared, but that year it was
chilly outside. I’d looked forward to wearing a long-sleeved shirt beneath my new
red-plaid jumper, but being taped up like that limited my wardrobe choices. Whatever
I selected needed to button up the front so I could leave one button undone and
stick my hand out the opening. Finally, after much consternation and gnashing of
teeth (my mom’s, not mine) we decided on a summer-weight dress in pastel green.
Despite having looked forward to midnight
Mass and insisting I didn’t want to miss it, I was miserable once we were seated.
The pews felt even harder than usual, and rubbing elbows with anyone on my right
side was a painful proposition. The Catholic worship ritual of stand up, sit down,
kneel sapped the last of my strength, and I slunk back into my seat. I couldn’t
wait to hear the priest dismiss us with the traditional “Go in peace.”
My parents always allowed us to open
one small present on Christmas Eve after Mass. But I had little enthusiasm for that
privilege on this night. I went through the motions, eager to hit the bed, close
my eyes and, hopefully, find relief from the ache in my shoulder.
I don’t remember the rest of our Christmas
celebration that year, but I’m sure I wasn’t in my usual festive mood. The years
have taught me, however, that it was but a small inconvenience in the grander scheme
of things.
Naughty and Nice

Better
Not Cry
by H.A. Fowler … Jenna’s holiday plans take a startling turn when
she finds herself in the company of a hot, sexy faerie.

Naughty
and Nice
by Robin Danner, Pepper Espinoza, and Lisa Maire … For most, Christmas
is the time of happiness and good cheer, where people are a little nicer, a little
kinder.
A holiday memory from
author KaLyn Cooper:
The following is a true story. On
December 9th, Macho Marine and I will celebrate our 36th Anniversary. That’s a lot
of Christmases. The following will always be the most memorable.
Thirty years ago while Macho Marine
was the active duty Captain in charge of a Marine Corps Reserve Center in central
Virginia, his Marines handled everything for Toys for Tots. After collecting all
the boxes filled with new and used toys, they would set up tables in the drill hall
and sort everything. Social Services and churches would send people over on the
Saturday before Christmas to “shop” for the free toys. The day after the
big event, we boxed up the very few remaining toys, most worse for wear, and loaded
them into the trucks to be donated to an orphanage.
Snow spit from heavy gray clouds as
the ancient car—which had seen better days two decades before—sputtered through
the gate. The driver’s door groaned as it swung open.
“I promised I’d ask,” the
haggard woman told the children. “Wait in the car.”
Hopeful faces pressed against the
closed windows as the woman limped toward the pickup truck we were filling with
boxes of unchosen toys. Her worn bedroom slippers whispered as they slid across
the pavement. Biting wind plastered her thin cotton dress against her frail body.
She wore no makeup. Only the lines and dark circles of a tired woman colored her
face.
“Excuse me, gentlemen.”
She caught sight of me and added, “Ma’am.” She looked down as if embarrassed,
then over her shoulder at her car. As though the children had given her strength
to continue, she asked in a quiet voice, “I know I shouldda been here yesterday,
but, you see, my car didn’t start, so I borrowed my sister’s today.” She didn’t
make eye contact with anyone, but shot nervous glances at the Marines in utilities
who were now drawn to the situation.
She stepped back, and stood silently
for a long minute.
Macho Marine and I exchanged a look.
With seven years of marriage behind us, and six years dating before we stood in
the church and pledged the rest of our lives to each other, neither needed to say
a word. We stopped loading and approached her.
“Can I help you, ma’am?”
Macho Marine asked in what was his gentle voice, which in reality was a fraction
less commanding than usual.
She flinched. I gave him “that”
look I’d perfected early in our marriage that clearly said dial it down, Marine.
He tried again. “I’m the captain
in charge.” He pulled me next to him. “And this is my wife, KaLyn. What
can we do for you?”
Relief washed over her pale face.
Another glance back at the car was all it took. “Do you have any toys left?
I know I should have been here yesterday—”
“Yes, ma’am. We do.” Macho
Marine’s eyes scanned the car. “How many children do you have?”
“Six,” she proudly answered,
then hurriedly said, “but if I could just get one toy, they can all share it”
My heart broke.
“No, ma’am.” Full command
had returned to my husband’s voice. “We can’t allow that.”
I watched her whole body and spirit
collapse in on itself.
“We have plenty of toys for your
children.” He wouldn’t let her leave with just one toy. “Do you want to
pick them out, or do you want the kids to do it?”
“Well…I…uhm—” she stared
at the car.
“Usually the kids pick the toys,”
he added helpfully.
She flicked her hand and car doors
flew open. The rag-tag children poured out to join their mother. The hand-me-downs
they wore had been reused far too often, none seemed to fit their scrawny bodies.
Each overly-polite child hesitantly
chose one toy from those remaining on the tables, and returned to their mother’s
side.
“Thank you so much.” She
gathered her children and turned to leave.
“What about your other toys?
You get four each, you know.” Macho Marine lied and defied his men to argue
with him.
For the next fifteen minutes, the
Marines assisted the children, opening boxes and guiding them to age-appropriate
toys. By the time they left, their arms overflowed. The Marines kept slipping them
more and more toys. With the names, ages and address in hand, a requirement for
participating, we watched the smoke-spewing car leave…filled with happiness.
Three hours later, the woman met us
at her door, butcher knife in hand. It was her only weapon in the uninsulated shack
half-way up a mountain on an unplowed dirt road. The old iron cook stove served
as heat source and for food prep. It was a scene that belonged fifty years earlier,
not in the mid 1980’s when every home had a microwave and central heat.
We carried in bags of groceries and
wrapped toys for each child. One of the Marines was also a fireman, and he’d brought
coats and boots from their service project. Another had gotten a tree donated from
a closing lot, and nailed two boards to the bottom so it stood relatively straight.
The woman, beside herself with joy,
hunched in a kitchen chair and wept. While the children helped place boxes under
the tree, and I filled her nearly-bare refrigerator.
With hugs and handshakes, we left
them to celebrate a truly joyous Christmas.
Sometimes Santa Clause wears the uniform
of a United States Marine.
Flight
of Her Life
by Diane Saxon … Accident-prone Bailey must negotiate her way
through a snowbound airport, a cancelled flight, and a blackout to get to her own
engagement party.
If Only
by Lisa M. Owens … A poignant tale of second chances, and a woman’s fight to find
her happily-ever-after.

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Spotlight on Authors

TD Hassett

T.D. Hassett, romance
author, grew up certain that life should be like a romance novel, lots of passion,
some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. Her newest release,
Darling’s Desire, Love and Music Book 2 is a contemporary, romantic suspense. www.lsbooks.com/darling-s-desire-p916.php
… “The naughty and nice of romance says it all.”

M. S. Kaye A transplant
from Ohio, she resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, Corey, where she does
her best not to melt in the sun. Her newest release, Kindling the Past is a contemporary,
paranormal, romantic suspense. www.amazon.com/-/e/B00F1OTYCK … “M. S. Kaye
has multiple published books under her black belt. Find suspense and the unusual
at www.BooksByMSK.com.”
Tami Lund has published
multiple books, a few of which have won awards. Her newest release, Dawning of Light,
Lightbearer Book 2 is a fantasy, paranormal, shifter, romantic suspense. Now available
for pre-order http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php
“Want to know what’s happening next?” http://www.tamilund.com/
Allison B. Hanson
Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense.
She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides and reading. Her newest
release, Blackout is a paranormal, romantic suspense. http://www.allisonbhanson.com/ www.amazon.com/dp/B00OUD6BRY
Vicky Burkholder No
matter the age or genre, all of her books have a touch of romance in them and have
to have a happily ever after ending. Her newest release is The Ruby Key, Crystal
Keys Book 2 is fantasy, demons, magic, paranormal romance. www.lsbooks.com/vicky-burkholder-c430.php
… “The Ruby Key: They lost the battle once before. This time, will love really
conquer all?”
Betty Bolté historical
and paranormal romance author, writes stories featuring strong, loving women and
brave, compassionate men, with a touch of paranormal. Her newest release, Remnants,
Ghosts of Roseville Book 2 is a paranormal, ghost, witches romance. www.amazon.com/author/bettybolte
“Remnants (Ghosts of Roseville Book 2): Love is never lost; it sings you home…”
http://www.bettybolte.com/
Michelle Hoppe
Michelle Hoppe first
discovered a love of writing in a high school creative writing class and has been
putting pen to paper ever since. Her newest release, Tipping the Scales, The Zodiac
Connection is a contemporary, fantasy, romantic comedy. http://experiencetheunexpected.blogspot.com/p/book-shelf_12.html
“From romantic comedy and chic lit to paranormal and contemporary, Michelle
writes hot, sexy, erotic romance with an edge.”
Naomi Bellina She
became a romance author because her characters insist on falling madly in love.
So she lets them. Her new release, Ruled By the Moon, Nocturne Book 1 is paranormal,
shifter, magic, romantic suspense. http://amzn.to/1tpS6LI
… “A psychic vet, a secretive werewolf, a menace stalking the shifters. Welcome
to Nocturne.” http://www.naomibellina.com/
Laurel Richards writes
sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and the occasional funny mystery, all with various degrees
of romance mixed in. Her new release, Wild Side is a contemporary, shifter, paranormal
romance. www.lsbooks.com/wild-side-p906.php
… “Laurel Richards, author of sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and the occasional
mystery, all with various degrees of romance mixed in. Imagination gone wild.”
http://www.author-laurelrichards.com/
Allie Ritch is a multi-published
author of erotic sci-fi and paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and
enjoys entertaining others through storytelling. Her newest release, In Season,
Children of Nanook Book 2 is a paranormal, shifter, science fiction romance. www.lsbooks.com/in-season-p805.php
… “Allie Ritch, turning up the heat on sci-fi and the paranormal for erotic
romance that’s out of this world.”
Jocelyn Dex is a multi-published
author, her romances include humor, lust, love, and four-letter words on the way
to a Happily-Ever-After. Her new release, Lying for Love is a contemporary romance.
http://amzn.com/B00O0F4VHE  … “When a lie leads to a beautiful friendship,
the truth could open the door for everlasting love, or it could rip them apart forever.”
Tara Quan
Tara Quan Inspired
by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic
contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her newest release
Catching Red, Undead Fairy Tales Book 2 is a post-apocalyptic, zombie, paranormal,
urban fantasy. www.taraquan.com/catchingred
… “Globetrotter & author. Romances with a pinch of spice, a smidgen of
humor, and several helpings if of sex.”
DawnMarie Richards
writes what she most enjoys reading: sweet love stories with a whole lot of spicy
in all the right places. Her new release, Aaron’s Will, Legacies Book 1 is a contemporary,
romantic suspense. www.amazon.com/author/dawnmarierichards
… “DawnMarie Richards … cultivating a sexy mind!”
Annette Mardis Her
characters are the type of people you’ve worked with or lived next door to, and
the plots are filled with the dramas, disappointments, joys, passions and humor
of every-day life. Her newest release, Shore Feels Right, Gulf Shore Book 2 is a
contemporary romance. www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFBXJIU
… “Romance with a lot of heart and a touch of humor.”
Elle Rush likes to
write smart heroines, funny dialogue, and alpha heroes who are a little scared of
the women they’re falling for. Her newest release, Drama Queen, Hollywood to Olympus
Book 2 is a contemporary romance. www.amazon.com/dp/B00M6IT9XS
… “Live. Love. Laugh. Read romance. Elle Rush – writing smart, funny women
and the men who love them.”
Diane Saxon Characters
have always been in a corner of Diane’s mind, securely tied down while she worked
long hours in a serious job, now she is letting them have their own way. Her newest
release, Flight of Her Life is a contemporary, cowboy, Christmas, romantic comedy.
www.amazon.com/dp/B00GW9GNFO
“Romance to read with a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate and a sense of humour.”
Rosanna Leo
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published,
erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books who lives and breathes paranormal
romance. Her newest release, Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters Book 5 is a
paranormal, shifter, contemporary, romantic suspense. www.lsbooks.com/rosanna-leo-c216.php
… “Star-crossed lovers are my specialty.”
Lynn Rae enjoys incorporating
her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the
naughty bits). She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances. Her newest
release, Future Prospect, Love Under a New Star Book 1 is a science fiction, romantic
suspense. www.amazon.com/dp/B00NEN6RMA
Jessica Cale is a
historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. She kidnapped
(“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying
her happily-ever-after with him in a place where no one understands his accent.
Her new release, Tyburn, The Southwark Saga Book 1 is a historical, gothic, romantic
suspense. Now available for pre-order at: www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php
Sharon Callender Her
stories are a delicious blend of spicy and sweet, with a sprinkling of suspense
and adventure, and of course, a happy ending. Her new release, No One to Trust is
a contemporary, romantic suspense. www.amazon.com/dp/B00OV6JRG2
… “Can you find love when there’s no one to trust?”
Layne Macadam An avid
reader of all genres, she particularly likes a happily-ever-after ending so is constantly
on the lookout for a good romance story. Her new release, Desire Unleashed, Desire
Book 1 is a contemporary, military, uniformed heroes, romantic suspense. www.lsbooks.com/layne-macadam-c364.php
K.D. Friedrich By
day, she crunches numbers, but by night, she’s busy creating interesting worlds
and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. Her new release,
Cross My Heart is coming to Liquid Silver Books on January 15, 2015. “Endless
romance, timeless passion.”
Daisy Banks writes
sensual and spicy novels in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. Daisy
uses a fresh and lyrical voice to weave a compelling and magical spell for readers.
Her newest release, Valentine Wishes is a contemporary, fantasy, romantic comedy.
www.lsbooks.com/daisy-banks-c365.php
… “Fairy wishes are hot, but Poppy’s aim is not!”
KaLyn Cooper melts
fact and fiction together with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Her newest
release, Christmas In Cancun, In Cancun Book 1 is a contemporary, romantic suspense.
www.lsbooks.com/kalyn-cooper-c443.php
Villette Snowe is
the girl who makes the best dirty jokes that so few people hear, the girl who rarely
looks you in the eye but scares you when she does and you don’t know why, the one
writing the intense romances you won’t admit you read. Her new release, Love Me
Not is a contemporary, ménage romance. www.lsbooks.com/love-me-not-p912.php
Laura Jardine studied
engineering and worked in mineral exploration, but always wanted to be a writer.
She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend, and despite living in Canada her whole
life, she hates winter. Her new release, Not for Me, Toronto Book 1 is a contemporary,
romantic comedy. http://laurajardine.com/books/
… “She’s found the perfect guy … for her best friend. He’s found the woman
of his dreams … but she’s trying to fix him up with someone else!”
Haley Whitehall writes
historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. A good book, a cup of coffee, and
a view of the mountains make her happy. Her newest release, Wild and Tender Care
is multi-cultural, historical, western romance. www.lsbooks.com/wild-and-tender-care-p914.php
… “Will the cruelty of the small western town tear them apart?”
Lynn Tyler An Amazon
bestseller and a strong believer in happily ever after, Lynn writes predominantly
male/male paranormal romance. Her newest release, Pierce’s Choice, Pack Mates Book
5 is a GLBT, M/M, paranormal, shifter romance. www.lsbooks.com/pierce-s-choice-p965.php
… “Because happily ever after can be sexy too…”
Amy Quinton Author
and full time mom living in Summerville, SC, she enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy,
historical romances. Her new release, What the Duke Wants, Agents of Change Book
1 is coming to Liquid Silver Books January 26, 2015. “What happens when a staid
duke meets an accident-prone lady from trade? Anything.”
Rhonda L. Print is
the author of several published romance novels. Her newest release, Shadowwalker,
A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel, Book 5 is a contemporary, paranormal, shifter, romantic
suspense. www.lsbooks.com/shadowwalker-p918.php
… “Escape to love, romance, intrigue and adventure with a bite of paranormal
at www.RhondaLPrint.com.”
K. Vale is an author
of erotic romance of all stripes, from hetero sci-fi to hot manlove. Her newest
release, Hard Act to Follow, Shooting Stars Book 3 is a contemporary, GLBT, M/M
romance. www.authorkimbervale.com
… “Come for the sex. Stay for the story.”
Emma Weylin loves
to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. She believes love can and does
conquer all things. Her newest release, Going Under, Secret Blood Book 3 is a paranormal,
shifter, romantic suspense. http://emmaweylin.com/secret-blood/going-under
Jeanne Barrack Her
love of all things Irish and Israeli color much of her writing of other worldly
realms. Her newest release The Game is a contemporary, ménage, GLBT romance. Now
available for pre-order: www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php
S.E. Babin has a passion
for writing romance, urban fantasy, and mystery novels with a paranormal twist.
Her newest release, The Hunt for Snow, Fairytale League Book 1 is a fantasy, paranormal,
adult fairy tale. www.lsbooks.com/s-e-babin-c480.php
Skye Jones is an erotic
romance author who loves a sexy, tortured hero. Her new release, Claimed By Love,
Wild Hunters Book 1 is a paranormal, shifter, ménage, romantic suspense. Now available
for pre-order: www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php
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Don’t Say No 
I read a book some time ago that featured taggers, or graffiti
artists. I found the subject fascinating and had to do more research. According
to an article at the Center
for Problem-Oriented Policing
, there are four major types of graffiti, all problematic
and some gang related. Then there are other articles like this one at Smashing
Magazine
, that portray graffiti as art. Check out the examples they show here,
or these by female
street artists.
I wouldn’t mind having some of this artwork on the building
at my business.
If I did decide to decorate the outside of my shop, how would
I go about finding a graffiti artist? An Internet search brought up a Facebook page, a Tumblr page, and many
more sites all over the world. Not too many in my area, but I’m sure I could hunt
one down, possibly listing themselves as a mural artist.
Beautiful as it is, sometimes the pictures are done without permission.
In Don’t Say No, unwelcome graffiti is painted all over the outside of a spa on
grand opening day. Curse words, not beautiful pictures. My hero and heroine come
up with a creative solution to solve the problem.
Have you ever seen graffiti that you’d like painted on your walls?
Thanks so much for reading.

About the Book

Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun
Amber’s life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then
fired from her job. When she’s hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes
this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.
Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa
he’s purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then
he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming
attracted to his sexy spy isn’t part of the plan.
Amber can’t see how she fits into Jaeger’s world, and he’s too
uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out,
but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she
can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?
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About the Author

Naomi Bellina
Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a
magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is
drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love.
So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and
creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible. Her
motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

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