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Super organizer Ellie Avery could really use some Christmas cheer when Gabrielle Matheson, a grinchy professional rival, sets up shop in the same small Georgia town. But before the halls are even halfway decked with holly, someone uses Ellie's terrifically tasteless white elephant swap gift as. . . a murder weapon Ellie's now a suspect. Besides playing Mrs. Santa for her Air Force pilot husband and their two kids, shielding her eyes from the garishly over-decorated house down the street, and helping a client who's a hardcore hoarder, Ellie also has to solve this ho-ho-homicide. . . and find a killer who wishes her a very deadly Christmas. Don't miss Ellie Avery's great tips for a relaxed and stress-free holiday season "Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery series is a winner. Rosett always delivers a terrific mystery with believable characters and lots of heart. The insider look at the life of a military spouse makes this series a fascinating read. I look forward to each new book. " --Denise Swanson, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime mystery series. "Sara Rosett once again presents readers with intriguing characters, a strong setting, more than a dash of humor and a suspenseful plot that ably keeps us guessing until the end. No mean achievement Yet, what places her sleuth, Air Force wife Ellie Avery, at the top of my list are the poignant descriptions of what military families face every day, bringing an essential reminder of their sacrifices to us all, especially at this time of year. " --Katherine Hall Page, Agatha Award-winning author of "The Body in the Boudoir"Praise for Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery Mysteries"Some cozies just hit on all cylinders, and Rosett's Ellie Avery titles are among the best. " --"Library Journal""Charm, Southern sass, and suspense abound. . . delightful. " --"Fresh Fiction""Intriguing characters, a dash of humor, and a suspenseful plot that keeps us guessing until the end. " --Katherine Hall Pag
Scottish midwife Ellen Nicholson is over the moon when things go from professional to personal with dreamy doctor Sean Jamieson! Then her world crashes down when she discovers the baby she's carrying could put her life at risk. But when she looks into Sean's gorgeous eyes, something tells Ellen they'll hold out for a Christmas miracle-together.
It's always the season of hope and romance in Eternity Springs, a special town where lost souls and lonely hearts find an angel's touch. Now New York Times bestselling author Emily March has written a wonderful eBook original novella, in which Christmas brings a family reunion and a family wedding. Newly engaged to her college sweetheart, Molly Stapleton has one wish for her holiday wedding: get her estranged parents back together. Three years ago, a family tragedy drove Emma Stapleton away from her husband, Jared, and their sprawling Texas ranch. Time, false pride, and unhealed hurts have only widened the divide. But Molly, with the help of some very special people in Eternity Springs, has a plan. As Emma and Jared arrive in this magical town to share Molly's happiness, they meet face-to-face, heart to heart. Will they accept this last chance to renew their promises of love--and cherish the gift from the daughter who loves them both? Includes a special preview of Emily March's forthcoming Eternity Springs novel, Lover's Leap!
A Christmas Elf?It happened to Josh Larkland every year. He'd be happily running his multimillion-dollar company, when the whole world would just go...nuts.It meant only one thing...Christmas!Not that Josh really minded Christmas-he liked his family, he just didn't know them very well. People kept inviting him to parties. Sometimes they had too much eggnog and gathered around the piano and...sang. This year his mother insisted on a personal present for everyone!The solution was to get his very own Christmas elf-Amanda of A&B Executive Services. Amanda shopped, she arranged parties...she made the holiday season magical. The mischief, however, began when Josh kissed her under the mistletoe...and wanted more-a lot more. Was it just Christmas spirit, or would his feelings last?
It was supposed to be a family vacation. That's why Dr. Adam Varner grabbed his brood and hit the road, hoping to find a way to reconnect with his daughters and son. On the way, he rescues stranded pet sitter Brenna Pierce. . . and feels another kind of connection. And then there's the amazing way she's bonding with his kids. Brenna didn't come home to her small Georgia town looking for a family. In fact, the Mistletoe native is a lot more comfortable relating to pets. And, appealing as she finds the sexy surgeon, she can't afford to get attached to someone who's just passing through. Is Brenna the woman Adam didn't know he was looking for? Can she help him turn a temporary stay into something more. . . permanent?
MAIL-ORDER MURDER... As if baking cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa's Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously close to the truth, she's about to receive a present from Santa she didn't ask for--a killer who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself.
'Tis the season to be daring! This Christmas Olivia Wishart is determined to throw off the shackles of her past and have fun. And nothing says fun like a glamorous Christmas party! So, wearing a brand-new red dress and some seriously high stilettos, nervously clutching a glass of champagne, she's finally ready to start living life to the max.... Olivia had thought that pre-party nerves would be the only thing to get her heart racing...until a view even more spectacular than the glow of Sydney Harbor catches her eye. The drop-dead-gorgeous man with the steely black eyes is everything Olivia has ever wanted-and this Christmas she's not going to wait meekly under the mistletoe!
THE BODINE FAMILY CHRISTMASBy Marta PerryLeft at the altar on Christmas Eve, Annabel Bodine has lost her holiday spirit. When her big brother brings home handsome Coast Guard buddy Travis McCall, can she summon the courage to open her heart to love for the holidays-and maybe for a lifetime?THE GINGERBREAD SEASONBy Betsy St. AmantAllie James returns to her hometown in need of a holiday job. Never did she expect old boyfriend Jordan Walker to hire her as his secretary! Years ago Jordan shredded her heart like wrapping paper. Now he must convince Allie that all he wants for Christmas is her love.
His former wife is on his flight home for the holidays? Divorced dad Tom Wallace knows their young daughter is behind this coincidence. He also knows Norah Wallace still makes his heart skip a beat. When a snowstorm strands the trio in the airport for the weekend, Tom rediscovers how truly blessed he used to be. Once they're finally in Wisconsin for Christmas, two sets of grandparents are suddenly generous with the mistletoe. One kiss leads to another. And soon the entire family has the same sweet Christmas wish.
After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters. Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer's hands, and by posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain. Overnight, Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers, including one she does not expect -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his "mistress". He is everything they say he is... arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.From the Paperback edition.
[From the back cover] "I'LL BE YOUR MISTRESS- FOR A MILLION DOLLARS For years, model Briana Davenport fought temptation-in the form of a six-foot, blue-eyed seducer. Jarrod Hammond was her employer's sworn enemy and, as such, off-limits to her...and her bed. Then her father needed a cool million to bail himself out of trouble, and Briana had no choice but to turn to the Australian businessman. But after one mind-blowing night as his millionaire mistress, how could Briana ever walk away?
Italian tycoon ditches brand-new bride!On their wedding day, Molly and Sholto had separated. The split made newspaper headlines, though no one ever guessed why their marriage wasn't consummated.Molly had vowed that no pressure or price would persuade her to share Sholto's bed, but she knew her brother owed him a lot of money.... Sholto struck a deal: he would settle the debt if Molly moved in with him-and he would get to enjoy his wedding night after all.Then Molly found herself with a new dilemma: she was Sholto's ex-wife and mistress...and soon she would be the mother of his child!
As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of "The First Elizabeth", Anne Boleyn "was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Ms. Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and political nuance should well serve". Indeed, Carolly Erickson could have chosen no more fascinating and appropriate a subject. Alluring and profoundly enigmatic, Anne Boleyn has eluded the grasp of historians for centuries. Through her extraordinarily vivid re-creation of this most tragic chapter in all Tudor History, Carrolly Erickson gives us unprecedented insight into the singularity of Anne Boleyn's life, the dark and overwhelming forces that shaped her errant destiny, and the rare, tumultuous times in which she lived.
The darkest hours of the night bring the deepest passions... Haunted by rumors following her husband's suspicious death, Aurelia St. Harlow has withdrawn from society. To secure her family's future, there's only one man who can help. And that man demands payment-with a kiss! Lord Stephen Hawkhurst finds the troubled beauty impossible to resist. But Aurelia is suspected of treason and, as England's greatest spy, Hawkhurst must uncover her every secret. As the truth unfolds, so does their desire. Drawn together in the dark of the night, they unleash passions neither has ever experienced before....
DESCRIPTION: An illuminating biography of Anne Bradstreet, the first writer--and the first bestseller--to emerge from the wilderness of the New World. Puritan Anne Bradstreet arrived in Massachusetts in 1630, 18 years old and newly married to Simon Bradstreet, the son of a minister. She was accompanied by her imperious father, Thomas Dudley, and a powerful clutch of Protestant dissenters whose descendants would become the founding fathers of the country. Bradstreet+s story is a rich one, filled with drama and surprises, among them a passionate marriage, intellectual ferment, religious schisms, mortal illness, and Indian massacres. This is the story of a young woman and poet of great feeling struggling to unearth a language to describe the country in which she finds herself. And it also offers a rich and complex portrait of early America, the Puritans, and their trials and values; a legacy that continues to shape our country to the present day.
The whole world was interested in Sheikh Raschid Al Kadah and Evie Delahaye. Despite fierce opposition from their families, their passionate, high-profile affair has lasted two ecstatic years. But Raschid was expected to marry an Arabian princess, Evie's mother was pushing her towards a member of the English aristocracy -- and time was running out. Then Evie discovered she was carrying Raschid's baby. . .
There was only one way for Mikayla to clear her fathers debt to powerful tycoon Rafael Velez-Aguilera: by offering herself in exchange! She knew it was crazy - Rafael had his pick of glamorous women, and Mikayla was a virgin. . . . But Rafael was intrigued by Mikaylas proposal and immediately presented her with a contract of her duties as his mistress for a year! Top of the list was sharing his bed. What had Mikayla let herself in for? Rafael was an intensely sensual man, and once hed made love to Mikayla, he might never let her go. . . .
Tudor England, 1588Lady Jayne Boleyn lives in disgraced exile, far away from the scandal that destroyed her reputation. She would do anything to return-even seduce a daredevil captain and spy on enemy forces with only her barely controlled Fae powers to protect her.The Spanish dons resent pirate Lord Calyx's leading role in their impending attack on England, but his rivals would kill him outright should they ever learn he's not only half-Spanish-he's also half-human. On the lookout for spies who might unmask him, Calyx's suspicions settle on Jayne...but so do his lusts.Duty demands Jayne and Calyx be enemies, but fate has made them loyal lovers. Together, they may thwart the combined malice that threatens to alter the fate of Europe. But as a final confrontation looms, Jayne must choose between her long-cherished redemption and the precious, newly discovered secrets of her heart.Book three of The Magick Trilogy.97,000 words
Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited ten years to satisfy her revenge against sensual, mysterious Garrick Northesk. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. And now she intends to return the favor-by finding thetrueheir to the duke's title and disinheriting Garrick. Yet when a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Her reputation utterly compromised, Merryn is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear: accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.
Drew Cummings more than lived up to his reputation for being incredibly sexy. He' d misjudged Eve, though, believing her to be a calculating gold digger chasing after his wealthy nephew... .So when Drew began seducing Eve himself, was he simply protecting his family fortune? Why else would he be interested in shy little Eve? There was no denying he wanted her... but was he looking for an affair-- or something more permanent?
October 8, 1871--One small spark ignites the entire city of Chicago, sending its residents into panic. But amid the chaos, a case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected new love. As the historic fire ignites across town, Kathleen O'Leary finds herself dressed in borrowed diamonds and silk, enjoying a lavish masquerade. The penniless maid has caught the eye of Dylan Francis Kennedy, the rich, handsome gentleman all of high society has been speculating about. The night feels alive with magic. . . and ripe with promise. Then fire sweeps through the city, cornering the young lovers with no hope of rescue. Desperate to share their last moments together, Kathleen and Dylan impulsively marry. Incredibly, they survive. Now, as the fire burns down to cold ash, Kathleen must tell Chicago's most eligible bachelor that he has married a fraud. But the joke's on her. For this gentleman is no gentleman. While Kathleen had hoped to win Dylan's love, he had planned only to capture her heart and steal her fortune. Dylan Kennedy--con artist, gambler, and ne'er-do-well--has been unwittingly caught in his own game. Now the real sparks are about to fly.
Conrad Quentin was equally famed for his ruthless business deals and devastating good looks. Sephy encountered the full force of these charms from day one of her new job as Conrads secretary! Sephy didnt want an office affair, but Conrad proposed a deal: if she agreed to date him, hed be the perfect gentleman - until her temporary contract with him ended. Then he planned to make her his mistress, or more. . . .
A proper lady would never let herself become his mistress . . .
Amaris Martin, naughty, bawdy career mistress, looks upon seduction as her business. Ambitious to advance her career by trading up as mistress to increasingly wealthy and powerful benefactors, Amaris relishes her sense of control over her millionaire lover through her irresistible sexuality. . . and her willingness to do anything to satisfy his desires. Here are three of Amaris's intoxicating erotic adventures in one package. Bundle includes Favor Me, Mile-High Mistress and Mistress Menage.
Welcome to the private files of Nora Sutherlin, The Mistress.Kingsley Edge, owner of the 8th Circle BDSM club and Nora's occasional lover, has ordered her to compose client profiles so the other Dominatrixes in his employ can learn from her expert erotic encounters. She's the best Dominatrix at the club and her clients always leave satisfied, no matter how unusual their requests may be. And The Mistress's first five cases are anything but vanilla....The young actress known as "America's Sweetheart" who definitely isn't innocent.The ex-Dom whose wife wants to experience the pleasure of domination-if Nora can convince him to trust his wife's desires.The rock star who says he's researching a music video, but whose arousal makes Nora determined to prove he's a sub.The special client who's secretly a Switch like Nora, both dominant and submissive, and only comes to her when he wants pain.And the woman with a very unique request, who Nora will never see in her dungeon again....Explore more of Nora's erotic world in The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz, the latest novel in the Original Sinners series.
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