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Four all-new stories featuring handsome heroes who can possess a woman's heart and satisfy her late-night yearnings.
She was born to save what he is sworn to destroyA lapsed Wiccan, Indira Simon doesn't believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns on her wrists, she's forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father Thomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches-and Indira's sacred calling.Yet there's something even Tomas doesn't know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose between saving the life of the woman he's come to love-and saving the world.
A dedicated doctor struggling to raise money for a much-needed community health clinic, Lucinda Brightwater is beginning to feel as though time is her enemy. Besides the clinic, she desperately wants a child, but how likely is that for a single thirty-four-year-old who works long hours--with no man on the horizon? So when a man who's hard to resist makes her an offer that's hard to refuse, Lucinda agrees to marry Holden Fortune for one million dollars. The notorious bachelor needs a "respectable" wife in order to claim his inheritance. Lucinda needs her clinic. The terms? One year. In name only. No strings. No strings, maybe, but there's a lot of heat, making it hard for cooler heads to prevail, especially since it appears Luanda's other dream is now on its way....
Spellbinding paranormal stories by four stellar authors that will send shivers of desire down your spine. In "Tempting Fate" by Susan Sizemore, Desiree dreams she spent a passion-filled night with sexy rock star Jon Coyote...and that he told her he was a vampire. But when Desiree discovers she is mysteriously pregnant, her erotic fantasy takes a strangely realistic turn. An angry ghost is haunting Caroline's house in "The Darkness Within" by award-winning author Maggie Shayne. But when sexy private investigator Jim Lipton offers to help discover what is going on, Caroline suspects that he has a personal interest in her ghost -- and in her. In "Cobwebs Over the Moon" by Lori Handeland, Manhattanite Carly Kelly is pursued by werewolves across the wintry Alaskan wilderness, and only ruggedly handsome soldier Dylan Shepard stands between her and death. Lycanthropy takes an exotic tropical twist in "Crazy for the Cat" by Caridad PiÑeiro. When scientist Jessica Morales travels to the Amazon jungle, she discovers that beneath the savage grace of her local guide, the handsome Javier da Costa, lurks a hidden wildness that is as tempting as it is dangerous.
DANCERS IN THE DARK by Charlaine HarrisDancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old vampire. But when she acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust.HER BEST ENEMY by Maggie ShayneKiley Brigham refuses to believe there's a ghost in her house, but when an unseen hand leaves a bloody message on her mirror, she's forced to turn to local psychic Jack McCain. As the two work to uncover a long-buried secret, Kiley finds that she's haunted not by spirits, but by thoughts of Jack....SOMEONE ELSE'S SHADOW by Barbara HamblyMaddie Laveau worries about her young roommate, Tessa, when she stays late to practice ballet in the old Glendower Building...and when Tessa goes missing, Maddie enlists mysterious tenant Phil Anderson to help. But is Phil the white knight she needs, or the predator she fears?
Now in trade paperback for the first time--the New York Times bestseller featuring today's most popular authors. Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today's hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch's desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you've never been before.... Out of this World Featuring: #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb--with a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton--with an Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter tale and New York Times bestselling authors Susan Krinard Maggie Shayne .
TIME AFTER TIME...Esmeralda Montoya would never understand the strange magic that had saved her from certain death in the Old West. All she knew was that she had been swept through time, into a world unlike any she had ever imagined--and into the arms of a man unlike any she had ever known....But she could not surrender to the wildfire passion that raced through her whenever this man from the future touched her. For Elliot Brand was her sworn enemy, and she must keep all the secrets of her heart from him--even the knowledge that she was carrying his child....This family was born, bred--and bound to be wed--in Texas!
The holidays always seem to bring out the best in everyone, with heartfelt hugs for long-missed friends, sincere smiles in the spirit of the season, and a feeling of magic in the air... An Enchanted Season Here is a collection of paranormal romances celebrating the holidays as never before. From a shape-shifting leopardess who wants a pack-mate to be her soulmate to a surprise snowstorm that brings a surprise gift, these all-new tales by Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Jean Johnson will stir your spirit in all the right places. The Magical Christmas Cat Four top-selling authors have a special gift for you this year: holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four stories--including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds--this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night. Featuring stories by Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Linda Winstead Joens. Hot for the Holidays Four bestselling authors invite readers to spend the night with these novellas spiced with sexy romance and paranormal passion. So come in out of the cold and experience the thrill of a soul-stirring new tale of the Breeds from Lora Leigh, a return to the beguiling world of the Mageverse from Angela Knight, and two more mesmerizing and unexpected stories of sensual surprises and seasonal spirits from Anya Bast and Allyson James.
Foretold centuries ago, it is a destiny they cannot escape... The immortal Vlad Dracul has wandered for centuries in search of the reincarnation of his wife, Elisabeta. Now he believes he has found the woman possessed by his beloved's soul and is prepared to make her his for all eternity. Tempest "Stormy" Jones has long sensed the other, someone inside her fighting to take control, a feeling that burns stronger when the dark prince is near. As Stormy denies the passion between herself and Vlad, she must resist allowing Elisabeta to take over and claim him as her own. When Elisabeta discovers Vlad's feelings for Stormy, her wrath knows no bounds. She demands that her destiny be fulfilled, leaving Vlad tormented by what was...and what could be. Now only he can choose who will live...and who will die.
While researching the New York underworld for her newest novel, writer Toni del Rio witnesses a mob hit. Undercover FBI agent Nick Manelli knows if he doesn't hide her quickly, they'll both be dead, so he takes her to the only haven he knows--his place. Reissue.
Dori Stewart's six-figure Manhattan job has vanished, and her lover and friends have vanished with it. She's scraping by as a waitress and awaiting the day she can return to New York in triumph. Maybe a ritual on the winter solstice can renew her wavering faith. What she needs is just the right candle. . . and Jason Farrar, an old boyfriend, by her side.
Former Secret Service agent Alex Stone was the best of the best, so impersonating missing foreign dignitary Thomas Barde seemed easy. Convincing the world that rough-and-rowdy Melusine Brand was actually Katerina, Thomas's ultra-feminine bride and the president of Tantilla's beloved daughter, was another story. And while Alex was no stranger to difficult assignments, hiding his history with Melusine bordered on impossible. Physically, Melusine could have been Katerina's twin, but the resemblance ended there-something Alex was grateful for when their simple plan turned dangerous. As they tangled with terrorists in the Texas desert, Alex wondered not only whether a future without Melusine was worth living, but would they survive to see any future at all?
Through the eyes of a killer... Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders-crimes she soon learns are all too real. Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.
LONG-LOST HEIRESS...After witnessing a brutal crime, Jasmine Jones left town with nothing but her seven-year-old son and the building blocks of a whole new identity. And although she hadn't meant to deceive the close-knit Texas Brands, claiming to be their long-lost relative, Jenny Lee, was her only chance at survival. Jasmine thought her secret was safe-until one Brand started asking questions....COME HOME?Luke Brand recognized fear, and this woman was practically shaking in her stilettos. But the woman's blinding beauty and her desperate pleas for protection soon obscured Luke's quest for the truth. Luke knew protecting her was only asking for trouble, but sometimes a Brand's gotta do what a Brand's gotta do.
From the bestselling author of "The Gingerbread Man" comes this tale of a trusted journalist being blackmailed with information from her past. When the blackmailer is found dead, a new faceless enemy wants more than money. Original.
Utanapishtim has paid dearly for the sin of creating the vampire race-imprisoned in a living death for centuries, driven to near madness. With a single white-hot glance, he immolates his descendants...and the vampire Armageddon begins.Beautiful and deadly Brigit Poe, not wholly vampire but fiercely loyal to that shared bloodline, is called into action. She abhors yet cannot deny her destiny: to vanquish the once-great king of the immortals and save the vampire race.Two warriors, equally matched in power and determination, are soon locked in an unwinnable battle, only to discover a passion so shocking it threatens every truth they've ever known-even as they must face one final battle that seems fated to end in death and heartbreak for them both.
Book 5 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night Series THE RAVINGS OF A MADMAN...OR THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH? Morgan DeSilva made her name by turning a lunatic named Dante's ancient journal of his life as a vampire into a bestselling novel. But even as her professional star climbed, she was falling prey to a mysterious wasting disease made worse by her disturbingly erotic dreams of Dante, who haunted her nights as if he were really there. Because he was. Dante recognized Morgan as one of the Chosen, destined to die without the gift of a vampire's kiss. Only if he saves her can they escape the implacable enemy stalking them both. But can he trust her with immortality, with his love...with his life? Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series: Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight" Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows" Twilight Hunger Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight" Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella "Before Blue Twilight" Prince of Twilight Demon's Kiss Lover's Bite Angel's Pain Bloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise" Twilight Prophecy Twilight Fulfilled
He is every woman's fantasy, yet he remains alone and untouched. His world is one of secrecy and solitude, darkness and danger. Now one woman has found his journal. She has told his secrets. He must stop her, and there is only one way. . . When struggling screenwriter Morgan DeSilva uncovers the ancient leather diaries in the attic of an old house in Maine, she is swept into the seductive world of a long-dead madman who had believed himself a vampire. Now, though Dante's story has made her rich and famous, Morgan is wasting away. At night she dreams of him, an erotic fantasy so real she can see the marks on her neck, feel her life's blood draining from her. Almost as if he were real. . . He comes to her at night. Watching her. Wanting her. She is one of The Chosen. She can be his, if he desires. And he desires it so much that he is filled with a terrible fear. He knows that his kiss can save her from destiny's curse, and from the enemies who stalk them both. But to save her, he must trust her. With his life. With his love. With the promise of immortality.
Book 3 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night Series Master of the Damned... Damien was the master of shadows, the greatest of his accursed kind. But now his power is threatened by his passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood, a passion that could easily prove fatal. Shannon Mallory had been drawn into Damien's circle of darkness by suspicion and her search for the truth behind the legends that swirled around him. But it wasn't suspicion that kept her close, or even fear--it was pure, stunning desire... Enjoy the special bonus novella "Beyond Twilight. "He was a vampire hunter bent on vengeance--and drawn to a forbidden love. Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night: Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight" Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows" Twilight Hunger Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight" Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella "Before Blue Twilight" Prince of Twilight Demon's Kiss Lover's Bite Angel's Pain Bloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise" Twilight Prophecy Twilight Fulfilled
Master of the damned There could be no doubt that the one called Damien was the master of shadows, the greatest of his accursed kind. But now his ancient mantle of mystic power was threatened by a terrible weakness--a fatal passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood. . . Suspicion had first drawn Shannon Mallory into the darkness, in search of the truth behind the legends that swirled around this man--if man he was. But it was not suspicion that kept her there, or even fear--it was pure, stunning desire. . . For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life. . . eternal love.
Book 2 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night SeriesTo Love Her Could Destroy Them Both...For centuries, Roland de Courtemanche had spurned Rhiannon, banishing her to eternal darkness, eternal loneliness. But now the man she loved and the boy in his care are in deadly danger. She has no choice but to risk her heart and warn him.It takes all Roland's strength to resist Rhiannon, but he has no choice if he is to protect both himself and the boy he had promised to protect. If he succumbs to his desire and then casts her away, he might as well drive a stake through her heart...exactly what the avenging mortal on their trail has in mind for them all.Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series:Twilight PhantasiesTwilight MemoriesTwilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight"Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows"Twilight HungerEmbrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight"Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella "Before Blue Twilight"Prince of TwilightDemon's KissLover's BiteAngel's PainBloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise"Twilight ProphecyTwilight Fulfilled
Eternally entwined. . . Roland de Courtemanche had rejected Rhiannon's affections for centuries, banishing her to exist alone in eternal darkness. Yet now the man she loved and the boy in his care were in serious danger. For Rhiannon to stay away was impossible. . . Resisting Rhiannon took strength--strength Roland needed in order to protect his young ward. Yet to succumb to his desire and then cast her away would be to drive a stake through her heart. . . exactly what the avenging mortal on their trail had in mind for them all. . . For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life. . . eternal love.
Book 1 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night SeriesThe Thin Line between Love and Death...In two centuries of living death, vampire Eric Marquand had learned to live with the cruel fate that had condemned him to walk forever in shadow, forever alone. Then he found the woman he knew was meant for him--and understood that to possess her was to destroy her. Against all reason, Tamara Dey saw clearly that her destiny was eternally entwined with Eric's and that she must not only accept but welcome the terror and splendor of the vampire's kiss. She trembled at the thought of spending eternity in his arms, but was her trembling born of desire...or fear?Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series:Twilight PhantasiesTwilight MemoriesTwilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight"Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows"Twilight HungerEmbrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight"Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella "Before Blue Twilight"Prince of TwilightDemon's KissLover's BiteAngel's PainBloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise"Twilight ProphecyTwilight Fulfilled
In two centuries of living death, Eric Marquand had never once cried out against the cruel fate that had condemned him to walk forever in shadow. But then, he found the woman he knew was his chosen one--and understood that to possess her was to destroy her. . . Tamara Dey trembled at the aura of dread and despair that enshrouded this creature of the night. And yet, against all reason, she saw clearly that her destiny was eternally entwined with his, and that she must know--even welcome--the terror and the splendor of the vampire's kiss. . . For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life. . . eternal love.
According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe - part human, part vampire - believe that they are that chance. In truth, the key lies with reclusive - and mortal - scholar, Lucy Lanfair. As Armageddon approaches, anti-vampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of. But Lucy soon realises that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands, and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war, but to save James from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die - and so will her heart. Is the power of their love strong enough to save the world?
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