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The new Sheriff in Trouble, Texas, had a lot to prove. The last thing needed was a gorgeous CIA analyst getting in his way-at Christmastime no less! Trouble's newly minted sheriff, Garrett Galloway, is determined to move on from his traumatic past. But when Laurel McCallister tracks him down and begs for help, he can't say no to the smart, beautiful CIA analyst. She's desperate to find the assailant who killed her niece's family-and now wants her dead. On the run, Garrett, Laurel and her young niece escape to a Texas ranch, but danger follows. Garrett's courage lessens Laurel's initial distrust of the mysterious lawman and sparks fly in the remote cabin. Now he must succeed for more reasons than avenging Laurel's family.
Not only is Julian Dare dashing and wealthy, but he's the heir to an earldom. So what do you get a man who has everything? Innocent and comely Verity Ewing plans on giving Julian her heart--the most precious gift of all.
At Christmastime, as young girls are disappearing, Rose is having disturbing dreams that reveal where their dead bodies can be found.
Meet the young Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force. Christmas Eve, 1988. Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called out on a freezing night to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighbourhood, The Devil's Pocket. There, with the rest of the city celebrating, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner's shadow to outwit a terrifying predator on the same vicious city streets he will later revisit with his future partner, Jessica Balzano. This ebook-exclusive short story also includes the opening of Richard Montanari's terrifying new novel, The Doll Maker.
Warm up with these sweet and sexy holiday tales of love and romance...Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. NorfleetSmall town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home--along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it--and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him--until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her....Mistletoe Lane Regina HartBenjamin Brooks's marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair--with his boss. Now he's returned to Trinity Falls to start a new job--and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won't let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she's determined to help Ben heal--through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well....His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher MelloBianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina. But she's not at all prepared for her father's golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday-loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season...
EYE WITNESS In steamy New Orleans, three people witnessed the same crime, testified against the same man and were then swept into the Witness Protection Program. But now there's new evidence, and these three witnesses are about to come out of hiding... When silver-wrapped chocolates began mysteriously appearing, Cori St. John knew they were messages from her husband. He'd vanished the same day Cori witnessed a brutal murder--an event that forced her to change her identity and introduced her to sexy federal marshal Joey Tio. Now only Joey can keep her safe--because he fears the woman he's coming to love has been betrayed and lured into a deadly trap...
Three Zebra Christmas romances: A Highland Christmas (Cameron); Sara's Gift (Henry); When All Through the Night (Sumner).
The one sale he couldn't resist...As soon as rancher Jon Sinclair put down his twenty dollars at a kissing booth, florist Anne Hyden knew she was in for it. Mr. Sex-in-Pants certainly wasn't the type to settle for a quick little peck. But Anne wasn't expecting to actually swoon in the guy's arms.Unfortunately, Anne had a problem. She had a heart condition that ensured her life was as dull and safe as it could get-and Jon was hardly "safe." In fact, he was just the sort of guy to make a girl's heart give out altogether. And she still owed him nineteen more kisses....
A mistletoe kiss to change her life... Ethan Caversham has always avoided Christmas. But when he hires Christmas-loving Ruby Hampton to transform an English castle into a luxurious festive resort, that's about to change! Ruby longs for the perfect Christmas with the perfect family but it's always been slightly out of reach. Now, though, her new boss is sending tingles up her spine with every stolen kiss! If she can just convince Ethan to let go of his past, perhaps this will be the year all her Christmas wishes come true...
Festive family recipes, gifts from the kitchen and sweet Christmas memories...share the joys of the season! Includes chapters like Chilly-Day Soups, Cookies by the Dozen & Gifts in Good Taste.
After her in-laws paid her to disappear, single mom Meara Hayden moved to Mackinaw Island to start over. With her faith and her son's enthusiasm, she knew she could do it. But she never thought one simple kite would lead her to love again. Jordan Baird felt as aimless as the kites he made. After losing his family, he led a reclusive life. Then, unexpectedly, a mother and her special son made him see new possibilities, the happiness of love and faith. Did Jordan dare dream of the riches life had to offer?
Santa and Mrs. Claus must rush to find a home for a foundling kitten named Cookie. Santa would love to keep the kitten, but he's allergic--and there's a little girl out there with the perfect home. Readers familiar with Pulver's Christmas for a Kitten will delight in Cookie's further Christmas Eve adventures.
Single mom Louisa Austin's young son, Tyler, has Asperger's syndrome, and ever since the day her ex-husband bailed out on the both of them, she's vowed never to risk Tyler's happiness again. Brooding emergency physician Dominic Hurst doesn't do relationships-not anymore. But he's drawn to courageous nurse Louisa, and when her son starts riding at his stables, Dom forms a heartwarming bond with the troubled little boy. If the good doctor can put his heartache behind him and get down on one knee, he'll bring a Christmas miracle to this nurse-in-a-million and to a little boy in need of a friend-and a father. . . .
REBELS & ROGUES SINNER OR SAVIOR? Nick DeSalvo: Ex-cop. Full-time rebel. To protect a friend, he took the rap for something he didn't do. T.J. Amberley: Proud. Fearless. Sexy. Vulnerable. She's been searching for Nick for a long time.... The only thing T.J. wants for Christmas is Nick DeSalvo. She's going to make him pay for his part in her brother's death. But it isn't long before T.J. realizes she's in over her head. Especially in dealing with a gorgeous ex-cop with an attitude. When the true culprits come onto the scene, T.J. finds herself on the run with Nick. And the last thing on her mind is getting even...
Her Only Hope For The SeasonWith their father gone this Christmastide Bronwyn de Breton and her two younger sisters are utterly vulnerable at unprotected Hunswick Castle. And their troubles are compounded when a fearsome knight arrives on the king's orders to take Hunswick as his own-and the youngest de Breton daughter as his wife. Is A Man She's Never MetBronwyn would never let her little sister be forced to marry a man as rough and wild as the new lord is whispered to be. Yet someone must form an alliance with him or all of Hunswick will be at risk. So she steps forward pretending to be her own sister. And A Love She Never ExpectedBut the new lord is not so easily fooled. He knows Bronwyn is not the woman he has promised to marry. And yet no matter how duty-bound he may be there is no resisting the golden-haired beauty who so fearlessly gives herself to him. . . and awakens a passion unlike any he's ever known. . . Praise for Michele Sinclair"Sinclair. . . carries readers into the hearts and minds of her hero and heroine. "-Romantic Times on To Wed a Highlander"Sensual and humorous a winning combination that everyone can enjoy. "-Hannah Howell New York Times bestselling author on The Highlander's Bride
Christmas Ladies-3 Full-Length Holiday Regencies by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes Three luminous holiday tales of romance, passion, and dreams come true, from Grace Burrowes' enormously popular Windham series.LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISHCraving a bit of peace and anonymity, Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster. With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened. It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true.LADY LOUISA'S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT'Tis the Season for Scandal...Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution. But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both.LADY JENNY'S CHRISTMAS PORTRAITWhat soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham wants for Christmas is the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire-or so she thinks. Elijah finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny's career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.
K. O. is a young single woman who works at home as a medical transcriber and writes Christmas letters for those who would rather delicate that annual chore. She is outraged at Dr. Wynn Jeffries who recommends that parents of toddlers bury Santa Under the Sleigh. Her neighbor LaVonne reads fortunes in kitty litter and raisin bran and all of the men in her life are cats. Jeffries' father, Moon Puppy, is an ex hippie, a widower who employs drama and exaggeration to get attention. Adorable twin girls gone berserk with too much freedom and several innocent house pets swept along with these characters down a slapstick path to romance make for humorous, heart-warming Christmas reading.
Who doesn't love to open the mailbox during the holidays and find a newsletter? Whether it's a juicy missive from a college roommate inadvertently revealing her husband's wandering eye, a self-congratulatory account of a cousin's rise to power at the local fast-food joint, or a mind-numbingly detailed account of a year's medical ailments (including photos) from a coworker, they're always entertaining. Christmas Letters from Hell skewers holiday letters of all shapes and sizes, from the ones that come crammed with cheesy graphics or written from the perspective of the recently neutered family dog to those filled with stories of "perfect" family vacations that were clearly anything but. Here Santa uses his holiday letter to let the elves know that he'll be outsourcing to China effective immediately; a bipolar mom tells two very different versions of the year's events; and Osama bin Laden touches base with his high school host family in Minneapolis. Christmas Letters from Hell serves up a steaming, savory blend of the holiday cheer, humor, and twisted truth in our well-intended attempts to stay in touch gone horribly, horribly wrong.
In "Caterpillar Kisses," Naman shares the small but inspiring lessons she learned from her students as a kindergarten teacher. Now, in her first work of fiction, Naman evokes that same warmth and tenderness in stories set during the holiday season and centered on the lives of ordinary women.
Dear Reader, When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate. What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers. As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy. Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it (perhaps a dozen), but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight-fisted miser into a penitent, "giddy-as-aschoolboy" man with love in his heart. I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person. That's what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas -- a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your hearts. Merry Christmas
This beautifully illustrated book looks at Christmas traditions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that have become a big part of how Christmas is celebrated today. Topics include how Santa came to be, the use of candles, why angels are a part of Christmas, Santa's workshop, elves and reindeer, parades, and much more.
Christmas whispers of wistful longings and warm family celebrations-the Savior has come. But the story isn't finished. "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men" will only be a wish and a vision until the Prince of Peace finally rules our world. The lights, the singing, the gift giving, and the joy foreshadow an eternal morning together in His presence. Through her artwork, her creative retelling of the Nativity, and her tender reflections of the Christmas season, Joni Eareckson Tada invites the reader to consider anew the Son of God, who is the wellspring of every joy, the fulfillment of every longing. Take time this Christmas season to step outside the clamor and excitement. Visit the stable and ask God to speak to you in the quiet and serenity and stillness. . . Never stop believing that He will fulfill His promise to live among us in unveiled majesty and splendor.
THE PETS WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS "What kind of cat burglar brings her kitties?" groused tough state policeman Mike Burnette. Then Mike learned that his irrepressible intruder was actually Casey Crawford, his new--unwelcome-- housemate...for the entire holiday season. Bah, humbug! The rugged Scrooge warily tolerated caroling Casey's enthusiastic Christmas spirit, and stared in disbelief as she and her feline companions mesmerized his dog, enchanted his neighbors and even tried to "transform" the resident Grinch! Mike knew there was no such thing as love or happiness for a lifetime. But somehow, with Casey cuddled beside him, it was hard not to wish upon his special star...
A heartwarming collection of festive short stories for the holiday season--only available on eBook. Can the sisters, Dolores and Genevieve, finally break free from their mother's powerful grip? Can Larissa learn to embrace the endurance test that is the Office Christmas Party or will this year's be too much to handle? Can Alice open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn't want this Christmas? And when mysterious Madame Lucia sets up shop with her crystal ball above a travel agency, will the staff be convinced that fate really can play a hand? Full of charming, witty, and uplifting tales of life, love, and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, Christmas Magic is a delightful collection of tales--all told in Cathy's warm and engaging voice.
Subject: Captain D. C. Campbell, Military Police.Current Status: A little bored...but not for long!Mission: Getting his hands on a priceless stolen diamond.Obstacle: Trying to keep his hands off his sexy new partner, Fiona Gallagher.Fiona has never been into Christmas. Having grown up in a series of foster homes, she has no use for Santa...at least until she meets the hottie St. Nick delivers just in time for the holidays--Captain D. C. Campbell.Technically, they're supposed to be working together to find a stolen diamond, one reported to have the power to bring lovers together. Well, they might not have the stone, but Fiona and D.C. aren't having any trouble getting together--in every sexual position possible!But it's only a holiday fling, right? It is--unless Fiona's Christmas Male can convince her he's the gift that keeps on giving....