Beacon Award WinnerLories Award WinnerAs break-ups go, Alissa Lindley's break-up with her husband, Thomas, was pretty bad. She's pretty sure it was at least as fraught with gossip and rumors as Nicole and Tom's, as public as Diana and Charles', as ridiculous as Burt and Loni's, and maybe even as tragic as Ann and Henry's. Ann Boleyn has the edge in Alissa's opinion because she actually dies while Alissa just wanted to. Discovering your husband's infidelity by being diagnosed with an STD can do that to a girl. This break-up leads inexorably to a break-down for Alissa, involving the very public destruction of a fax machine. (It really was asking for it). Alissa's left trying to find her balance again and feeling like she's having to do it in high heels.
Melina Markowitz, messenger for the underworld, delivers the goods for the supernatural beings in our midst--no questions asked. It's more than a job; it's a mission. Safety be damned. Melina's missing friend, Paul, could just be taking a little werewolf "me time," but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul's wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn't explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina's nerves--or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing. The clues lead Melina to a mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer and patterns for Norwegian doilies--finally bringing her to the realization that she may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.
Messenger Melina Markowitz delivers the goods for the otherworldly beings in our midst--no questions asked. It's a job and a mission, one that puts Melina in the line of fire when things go wrong... When a delivery leads to a dead man, Melina's cop boyfriend, Ted Goodnight, starts grilling her about her latest job. But Melina doesn't know who sent the package or what was in it. That's not the way she works. What she does know--that Ted doesn't--is that this isn't the first time this has happened... There are two men who have bitten the dust after a delivery from Melina. As she tries to put together the pieces of this puzzle, she discovers that the two victims share common friends, common unexplained absences, and a common crime. Now, dark forces from the local community have been unleashed, drawing Melina into the web of a powerful woman, her voodoo, and her vengeance...
Messenger Melina Markowitz, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures, must find an envelope stolen from her--or watch out-of-control Chinese vampires take down rival gang members in an all-out street war.
Out with the old, in with the new, and on with the party! Maybe it's just another midnight...or maybe there really is magic in the air when December 31st becomes January 1st, and confetti kisses and champagne toasts kick off a new year, a new romance, a new look, a new attitude. Celebrate the start of something new with In One Year and Out the Other...a sparkling collection of all new stories by today's rising fiction stars: Cara Lockwood puts self-improvement to the test with 528 resolutions -- not least of which is "Do not sleep with married men" -- in "Resolved: A New Year's Resolution List"...Pamela Redmond Satran instructs a single mom in the fine art of partying like the boys (have lots of sex, don't worry that you're too fat) in "How to Start the New Year Like a Guy"...Diane Stingley shows a twentysomething why there's more to life than waiting by the phone for a New Year's date in "Expecting a Call"...Megan McAndrew seizes the day -- or just a very special one-night stand -- for a single food stylist hungering for more in "The Future of Sex"...and more great tales from Kathleen O'Reilly, Beth Kendrick, Eileen Rendahl, Tracy McArdle and Libby Street.
Six authors. Six voices. Six genres. One winter season. Once Upon a Kidnapped Santa Delilah Dawson What happens when you mix a baker, a kidnapped Santa, a remote cabin and a snowy Christmas Eve? A recipe for the best sexy Christmas Day ever! Fire and Fruitcake Eileen Rendahl A new story from Eileen Rendahl's award-winning Messenger series. It's baby's first Hanukkah and Melina and Ted have their hands full figuring out what to expect when you're expecting a fiery conflagration when they get a call about a mysterious creature stuffed full of fruitcake and up to no good. Hearts Wide Open Elizabeth Maxwell Julia Orchard has never worried about karma. She's young, beautiful and living large in New York City. Sure, she's done things in the name of success that she's not proud of, but who hasn't? Then during the biggest pitch of her career, the ghost of her dead husband appears with a message: you have until Christmas morning to pay your debts or face an uncertain future. As Julia races against the clock, she begins to realize there's power in small acts of kindness and facing life with your heart wide open. Orion's Mirror Evelyn G. Walker People do change. As Halley is headed home for the holidays after her first semester in college, she knows this to be true. But will her family and closest friend treat her just the same? Not Even a Mouse Spring Warren It's the darkest, coldest time of year and Ned is making a killing selling high octane cordials to make the prairie holidays merry and bright. He decides to make one more stop at a little house with a light in the window before heading home on the night before Christmas. The Merriest of Murders Kris Calvin A California senator's holiday party might be just the place for lobbyist Maren Kane to put a bad break-up behind her and meet someone new. Until Santa turns up dead in the senator's pool and Maren's a suspect! Agatha Christie meets House of Cards under the mistletoe.
"Chloe Sachs runs out on her wedding -- and ends up finding herself. A surprisingly moving, engrossing read."- People MagazineBecause sometimes the craziest thing you've ever done turns out to be the sanest. Chloe Sach's groom brings his foot down on the linen-wrapped glass and instead of hearing a satisfying crunch, they watch in horror from under the chuppah as the glass shoots across the room, bounces off a wall, and rolls unbroken to a stop. Chloe hears a voice inside her head that says "run". After years as the sane person in her wacky, mixed-up family, who knew that the first time she heard a voice in her head, she'd actually obey it? Complete with etiquette tips for the runaway bride, Un-Bridaled is a quirky, heartwarming tale that follows its heroine as she learns that sometimes the right path is not down the aisle and that the craziest thing you do can sometimes turn out to be the sanest.
call her crazy With half her immediate family having been committed -- mentally speaking -- why can't Chloe Sachs commit? After all, she's always been considered the sane one in the family. But seconds before becoming Mrs. Mark Hutchinson, Chloe leaves her handsome, successful fiancé at the altar and tears down Interstate 505 in her red Ford Frontier. Maybe it was the heat of a California June wedding. Maybe it was when a family tradition went awry before hundreds of shocked guests. Or maybe it was because she heard a voice telling her in no uncertain terms, Run! but just call her... Now Chloe has no Plan B, two kooky dogs, one angry ex, and a truckload of wedding gifts to return. Taking refuge at her grandmother's, Chloe helps her renovate a bungalow that's been in the family for years -- and unearths some surprising secrets. She also discovers that leaving her heart open may invite some very intriguing guests -- like the beguiling veterinarian she can't get off her mind. And with her family and friends' help, Chloe realizes she's truly free...to follow her heart wherever it takes her.
Rumor has it... ...that the Zimmerman twins, Ginger and Cinnamon, are the hot hair-stylists in Santa Bonita. Their Do It Up salon has been swamped ever since hometown-Hollywood-star Courtney Day had her wedding hair done there. Now the sisters know every secret of every bride-to-be that crosses their threshold: does she or doesn't she, will she or won't she, how often, and with whom? What happens at Do It Up stays at Do It Up -- until Craig Esposito strolls into the salon with the latest wedding party. Cinnamon's dazed reaction suggests there's something only she knows about this handsome cousin to the groom -- making Ginger wonder if he's the mystery father of Cinnamon's young daughter (which should kill her attraction to him, but doesn't). Now the sisters' own secrets are the subject of small-town gossip...and Ginger is about to tease out some surprising truths about her family, her town -- and herself.
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