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Recalling the great muckrakers of the past, an outraged team of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the disasters of wrongful convictions.
Long thought to be statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, wrongful convictions—we are just beginning to learn—happen with frightening regularity. But very few people understand just how they happen and, more importantly, the consequences. Now, the groundbreaking anthology Anatomy of Innocence tells the extraordinary stories of more than a dozen innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, miraculously, being exonerated. Here, each “exoneree” is paired with a high-profile mystery and thriller writer (including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie King, S. J. Rozan, Brad Parks, and others) to produce a unique collaboration. By joining such master storytellers with exonerees, and with the inclusion of additional reflections from Barry Scheck and Scott Turow, Anatomy of Innocence presents the tragedy of wrongful conviction with a stark and fiery clarity.
Insight is coming!
This thought-provoking anthology offers a close examination of the psychology behind the intricate narrative and compelling characters in author George R.R. Martin's bestselling work, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the the popular HBO TV series based upon his books, Game of Thrones.
In Martin's richly detailed world, deceit, manipulation, and greed rule the day, and almost everyone fights for power over the realm or simply over their own lives. How do love and hate, good evil, need and greed, altruism and narcissism drive the very best and very worst human behaviors? With no moral boundaries honored, the psychological games played by the series' conniving protagonists are seemingly limitless. Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors explores motivations, relations, personality disorders, psychopathy, trauma, and much more. What kind of person can survive the game of thrones, much less hope to win?Contributors include:Colt J. Blunt * Jenna Busch * Josué Cardona * Erin Currie * William Blake Erickson * Wind Goodfriend * Jonathan Hetterly * Stephen Hupp * Mark Caldwell Jones * Lara Taylor Kester * Dana Klisanin* Travis Langley * Jordan Gaines Lewis * Martin Lloyd * Kyle Maddock * Patrick O'Connor * Janina Scarlet * Jay Scarlet * Laura Vecchiolla * Dave Verhaagen * Dawn R. Weatherford
A Pink Suitcase brings together a talented group of daring women as they journey across the globe on adventures that are as unforgettable as they are moving. These intrepid explorers take on the world with wide eyes, an open heart and a woman's point of view. They tackle Mother Nature, dive into other cultures and try new things. And in the process, they learn not only about new people and places, but uncover their own hidden strengths.
* Join a hitchhiker in Samoa on an unusual search
* Sail the world with your family and a finicky cat
* Learn to smile in the Outback, even after great loss
* Take a walk in India guided by starlight and a stranger
* Comb the Chinese countryside for a mystery man
* Cook up good memories with a chef in France
* Hike 1,400 miles of the Appalachian Trail
* Use travel charades to get around in Russia
* Run the race of your life in French Polynesia
* Find hope and giggles with the Hill Tribes of Thailand
* Watch out for bears in the Canadian back country
And many more...
A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel includes stories from 22 top travel writers from around the globe. The book was compiled and edited by Janna Graber, an award-winning American travel journalist and TV producer.
Bernadette Murphy, Katie Hammel, Nadine Michèle Payn, Leslie Stainton, Jill Boyles, Devyani Borade, Celeste Brash, Claire Ibarra, Amy Laughinghouse, Mary Ann Sternberg, Diane Selkirk, Maggy Whitehouse, Maya Kroth, Nancy McCabe, Josalin Saffer, Gabriella Brand, Sandell Morse, Dorothy Maillet, Gina Kremer, Suzanne Kamata, Sally Wendkos Olds and Janna Graber
A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel is the third book in the World Traveler Tales series. For more information, see WorldTravelerPress.com
For every supermodel, there are thousands of women who have heard “Why don’t you just eat less?” far too often. Except as comic relief or the unattractive single BFF, those women’s stories are never told. Crossed Genres Publications presents Fat Girl in a Strange Land, an anthology of fourteen stories of fat women protagonists traveling distant and undiscovered realms. From Guatemala, where a woman dreams of becoming La Gorda, the first female luchador, before discovering a greater calling in “La Gorda and the City of Silver”; to the big city in the US, where superhero Flux refuses to don spandex in order to join her new team in “Nemesis”; to the remote planet Sidquiel in “Survivor”, where student Wen survives a crash landing, only to face death from the rising sun. Fat Girl in a Strange Land takes its characters – and its readers – places they’ve never been. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Sabrina Vourvoulias – “La Gorda and the City of Silver” Lauren C. Teffeau – “The Tradeoff” AJ Fitzwater – “Cartography, and the Death of Shoes” Josh Roseman – “Survivor” Brian Jungwiwattanaporn – “The Right Stuffed” Katharine Elmer – “Tangwystl the Unwanted” Bonnie Ferrante – “Flesh of My Flesh” Rick Silva – “How Do You Want To Die?” Nicole Prestin – “Nemesis” Anna Dickinson – “Davy” Jennifer Brozek – “Sharks & Seals” Barbara Krasnoff – “Marilee and the SOB” Anna Caro – “Blueprints” Pete “Patch” Alberti – “Lift” Cover art by Lili Ibrahim
The latest volume of the prestigious anthology series, published annually across six decades!
The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America® . The editor selected by SFWA's anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is American fantasy writer Kij Johnson, author of three novels and associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.
This year's Nebula winners, and expected contributors, are Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, and Aliette de Bodard, with E.C. Myers winning the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.
From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…
20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground - the forest.
Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.
Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.
Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness is the next in the exciting anthology series that began with Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us.
Little Red - Tysche Dwai
There's something wicked in the woods tonight, and Red's about to find more than she bargained for in Grandma's bed.
Butterfly - Decadent Kane
The devil's finally caught up with them and Lacey must pay his dues to save the demon she loves.
One Way to Say Goodbye - Robin S. Crawford
There are many ways to say ?goodbye,? but you can only do it once.
Last Kiss - D. F. Krieger
If you had only hours left with your loved one, would you make them count?
No Change in Policy in Room 8 - Torie James
In the dark of night, two strangers discover it's not the beast under the bed that needs to be fed but the one on top.
The Dark Man - H.K. Sterling
What if the world was a simple game of dice or cards? Would you be willing to risk it all for love?
Blindfold - Jay Wilburn
Hiding from each other and the monsters outside in the world, Tracy and Paul will find out new truths from their game through the wall.
Dangerous Desires - Jen Bradlee
Writing about dangerous men is one thing. Finding yourself face to face with one, well, that was another matter entirely.
Three Little Men - Dianne Hartsock
Renting a secluded cabin for Valentine's Day is Billy's idea. One that goes terribly wrong.
Awaiting Our Reunion - Christine Morgan
A haunting story of patience, perseverance, remembrance, and the tragedy of lovers torn apart.
Rhythm and Blues - Brantwijn Serrah
At the music festival Ronnie meets her black-magic boy; between heights of ecstasy and terror, he has a proposition to release her from all her sorrows.
Tempting Sin - Shelli Rosewarne
Sin is designed to be tempting, and sometimes not even an angel can resist.
Rebirth with a Rose - Kera Faire
These Roses are black. What should I do? Rebirth could be mine, At the expense of you.
Invoking Ostara - Lisa A. Adams
Macey has trained extensively to complete the sacred ceremony of invoking Ostara, but when madness ensues and threatens her lover, will Ostara hear her pleas?
Spider Prince - Iyana Jenna
After thinking he was abducted by the monster spider, Ghaelt, Aleich Rhaydyn woke up to something entirely different.
Stormy Night in Old Town - Kelly Ryan
A freak snowstorm brings Amber into the arms of the man who has haunted her dreams, Damian, or is it something else bringing them together?
Aphrodisiac - Roni Sharpe
A supernatural predator is drawn to a human female while on his way to a meeting, creating a unique experience for them both.
Siren's Call - Shelli Rosewarne
When Ciaran meets the mysterious Rae, he is convinced she is his dream woman. But what will he have to do to keep her?
Feral - Decadent Kane
Is it enough to give up one soul in order to save all of the rest?
The Shed - Brantwijn Serrah
Rebekah can't sleep—not with the screams and cries of pain coming from her neighbor's shed at night. What dreadful secret can he be hiding?
Under the Shadow of Wings - H.K. Sterling
Love between Gods and Super-humans can be a dangerous thing.
The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.
Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.
But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.
Ten favorite Olivia tales in one beautiful book—a great value, and a great gift!
This storybook treasury includes ten bestselling adventures starring the ever-imaginative Olivia in a 9 x 9 paper-over-board treasury: Dinner with OLIVIA, OLIVIA and the Babies, OLIVIA Opens a Lemonade Stand, OLIVIA and the Haunted Hotel, OLIVIA and the School Carnival, OLIVIA Cooks Up a Surprise, OLIVIA Leads a Parade, OLIVIA the Princess, OLIVIA Builds a Snowlady, and OLIVIA Meets Olivia. Featuring eye-catching foil on the cover and charming antics throughout, this deluxe collection of Olivia stories is a must-have for any fan!
OLIVIA™ Ian Falconer Ink Unlimited, Inc. and © 2013 Ian Falconer and Classic Media, LLC
The fantastic, the supernatural, the poetic, and the macabre entwine in this incomparable culmination of storytelling. Imaginative stories of wit and intelligence weave through vivid landscapes that are alternately wondrous and terrifying. As major literary figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?from Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Edith Wharton to Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde?these masters of English and American literature created unforgettable tales where goblins and imps comingle with humans from all walks of life.
This deftly curated assemblage of notable classics and unexpected gems from the pre-Tolkien era will captivate and enchant readers. Forerunners of today’s speculative fiction, these are the authors that changed the fantasy genre forever.
HARK! to the sounds of battle. Mighty men and women who take their destinies with the strength of their arm and the sharpness of their blades. These are tales of warriors, reavers, barbarians, and kings. Lands of wonder populated with monsters, black-hearted sorcerors of Stygian power, and heroes who have blood on their hands and on their steel.
This is SWORD AND SORCERY.
Edited by James R. Tuck, acclaimed author of the Deacon Chalk Novels, the Sword volume features tales from the following authors:
G. Gerome Henson
John F. Allen
David J. West
Alexis A. Hunter
James R. Tuck
Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.
This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that's one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.
Featuring essays and interviews with:
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
Kevin J. Anderson
James Patrick Kelly
Gordon Van Gelder
John Joseph Adams
Lucy A. Snyder
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
This edition also includes several full page illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson.
From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the megapopular fantasy novels of today, this quintessential anthology of epic fantasy is adventurous storytelling at its best. With rich and vibrant world building, readers are transported to antiquated realms to witness noble sacrifices and astonishing wonders. Gathering a comprehensive survey of beloved stories from the genre, this compilation includes stories by such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Tad Williams. Inspiring and larger-than-life, these tales offer timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil and express mankind’s greatest hopes and fears.
Blood, sex, and love.
You shouldn’t always run away from things that go bump in the night…
Evernight presents thirteen erotic vampire tales to sink your teeth into. Follow the moon’s glow through the shadows and let these delicious immortal alphas show you just how satisfying eternal life can be.
Be Warned: menage sex (MFM & MMF), anal sex, forced seduction, BDSM.
13 Author Erotic Vampire Anthology
Chatting with a Vampire by Thayer King
Blood for Blood by Robin Badillo
Soul Reunion by Naomi Clark
Blood Bond by Annalynne Russo
Haunted by Melissa Hosack
Once Upon a Fantasy by Hennessee Andrews
Fly by Night by Vanessa Devereaux
Fangs for the Memory by Rebecca Brochu
Eternally Theirs by Lani Rhea
Living the Dream by Doris O’Connor
The Last Hallow’s Eve by Jean Maxwell
13 Raven Road by Misty Burke
The Red Dress by Ella Grey
When the blood moon coincides with Halloween, the forces of darkness unite to wreak their evil spells. Will this All Hallows Eve bring joy or sorrow? Curses abound and destiny calls, as a vampire watches over his human. Devils atone to the moon, and shifters hunt their mate on land protected by a powerful white witch. An angel takes human shape to protect the gypsy girl he loves, and a black widow hunts her prey in human form.
In these five chilling and sexy tales, is love enough to break the cycle? Or is all lost under the orange glow of the menacing sphere in the sky?
Be Warned: multiple partners, anal sex, spankingDoris O'Connor
Playfully mashing up the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology, this entertaining and edgy new anthology is the third installment in a bestselling steampunk series. Featuring a renegade collective of writers and artists—from beloved legends to rising talents—the steam-driven past is rebooted and powered by originality, wit, and adventure. Lev Grossman offers a different take on the Six Million Dollar Man who possesses appendages and workings from recycled metal parts, yet remains fully human, resilient, and determined. Catherynne M. Valente explores a new form of parenting within the merging of man and machine while Cherie Priest presents a new, unsettling mode of transportation. Bruce Sterling introduces steampunk’s younger cousin, salvage-punk, while speculating on how cities will be built in the future using preexisting materials and Jeff VanderMeer takes an antisteampunk perspective as a creator must turn his back on an utterly destructive creation. Going beyond the simple realms of corsets and goggles, this engaging collection takes readers on a wild ride through Victoriana and beyond.
The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:
With so many mystery novels to choose among, and so many new titles appearing each year, where should a reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems?
In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . .
Have you ever imagined a place where women can experience their ultimate sexual fantasies with men who step right out of a dream? The Women’s Executive Club, fondly referred to by its patrons as The Bordella, is where your fantasies come to life. In Book One of Two, enjoy these six tempting stories from ladies of “the Club”:
The Masque Ball
If Music be the Food of Love
Ghost of a Chance
True heroes who will win your heart.
Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these stories by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of man every woman wants to love. They'll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They'll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they'll risk everything.
All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams goes to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans' medical research.
Among them, the authors of SEAL of My Dreams have won dozens of writing awards including multiple RITAs from Romance Writers of America. Their nearly 600 published novels have sold at least 25 million copies worldwide. The SEAL of My Dreams roster includes many of the best-known authors in modern romance fiction. In addition, many have strong family connections to the servicemen and women of our nation's military, and many specialize in novels featuring heroes and heroines from all branches of service. Visit the authors at www.sealofmydreams.com.
Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.
Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.
All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Layla Hunter's Story - Dark desires; forbidden pleasures; an unholy affection.
Lilura had been a solider, existing for the sole purpose of battle, her heart as cold and empty as her bed. Perhaps it was her blood lust that drew him to her in the first place, but her conquests had become a thorn in his side.
Asmodeus, the Demon Prince. Spellbound by the Warrior Witch, not with magic but with unearthly desire, his intent was to destroy her; hold her captive, break her will, and rid himself of her once and for all.
Neither one of them could have expected Lilura’s captivity would shift the boundaries of who was the captive and who was the master as they embarked on a journey of dark desires, only to discover an unholy affection.
Werewolves have recently become popular figures in romance, especially the steamy subgenre of "paranormal romance." Independent publisher Circlet Press, known for specializing in blends of the erotic with the fantastic, pushes that mainstream idea one step further, beyond romance into the erotic, and beyond wolves to other were-creatures. With Like Tooth and Claw, Circlet looks into the fantasy potential of other intriguing animals.
The six stories in Like Tooth and Claw feature a wide variety of shapeshifters, from seal-like selkies to lions, but editor Joy Crelin says one theme remains constant, and it isn't just sex. "It's self-discovery. Through their transformations into animals that walk, crawl, swim, or fly, the characters always end up learning what it means to be human."
Like Tooth and Claw is available for purchase from Circlet.com, Amazon's Kindle Store, BarnesandNoble.com, Fictionwise, and other online retailers.
This is Erotic Fiction...not a romance!
“Turn me on in 50 words or less and I’ll follow you home,” writes editor and erotica aficionado Alison Tyler about her collection Got a Minute? When it comes to a breathless, clothes-in-a-heap romp or a naughty tease before the elevator doors slide open, who hasn't fantasized about quickies? Readers join in the fun when the lovers in Marie Potoczny’s “The Other Side of Sleep” revel in the delicious pause between sleep and waking. Sharon Wachsler’s “Perfect” is a love story that happens to include ropes, rough play, and butterfly pillows. Proving that a slow hand is not always better, these intense encounters deliver scintillating thrills in as little as 75 words. Fast and ferocious, the 60 short and spicy stories in Got a Minute? rev readers’ motors and leave them aching for more. When it comes to hot sex, who doesn’t have a minute?
# of pages or word count: 230 pages
Genre: Yaoi BDSM M/M erotic romance anthology
Heat rating: 5 Novas
Lemon Kisses contains four tales of love, lust and passion between beautiful men. Two friends explore their darkest fantasies. A young man becomes a hero and finds true love in the most unexpected way. A wealthy record executive risks everything for a pair of soft lips. And a group of models with an ancient secret join together to realize their power and defeat a deadly enemy.
Includes "Your Fantasy or Mine" by A. Steele, "Amorela Veritath" by Eon de Beaumont, "Bitter Fruit" by Imari Jade, and "The Daemon Within" by B.J. Franklin
This is Erotic Fiction...not a romance!
For readers who crave stories of uninhibited, unrepentant sex between women, Lesbian Lust delivers. This is real lesbian sex: sensual, inventive, and nothing less than breathtaking. Butches abound, baby dykes learn important life lessons, femmes and fatales bring each other to the brink. In "The Office Grind," by R. G. Emanuelle, a stressed-out businesswoman loses herself and her heart in the startling green eyes of a sleek butch in a bar. Gill McKnight's "Beach Moth" tells the tale of a tall, dark, and handsome stranger who offers her hand to a femme abandoned on vacation. The ultimate in eroticism, the relentless, raw stories of Lesbian Lust leave no fantasy is unfulfilled.
This is Erotic Fiction...not a romance!
Orgasmic springs from a delicious idea — a book of erotica that explores every possible type of orgasm. This highly original concept could only have come from the delightfully dirty (and brilliant) mind of Rachel Kramer Bussel. Oral sensations, digital delights, tricks with toys, and the old bump and grind are all featured, along with many more imaginative ways to bring a lover to climax. By taking the reins, one woman finds pleasure on top; an experimental lover discovers ecstasy with a remote-controlled vibrator; body and soul merge in multiple orgasms through tantric sex. Orgasmic covers it all, from the familiar to the uncharted, opening up a Pandora’s Box of scenarios and techniques to bring readers to new heights of pleasure.
Something Wicked and Wanton This Way Comes
Award-winning novelist and erotica writer Kristina Wright goes over the river and through the woods to find the sexiest fairy tales ever written. Playfully seductive, supernaturally sensual, and darkly erotic, Fairy Tale Lust showcases clever twists to classic tales and introduces new stories inspired by the ever-popular genre. Here, a walk in the forest is likely to lead to an erotic encounter with a mysterious stranger or the silver light of a full moon might illuminate an orgy of sensual delights. Top erotica contributors deliver sizzling work, including Janine Ashbless, Delilah Devlin, Shanna Germaine, and Saskia Walker.
Also includes stories by Andrea Dale, Craig Sorensen, Justine Elyot, Louisa Harte, Alegra Verde, Allison Wonderland, Kristina Wright, Jeremey Edwards, Aurelia T. Evans, Carol Hassler, Alana Nöel Voth, Michelle Augello-Page, Charlotte Stein, and A.D.R. Forte.
Edgy Erotica for Women
"These fast girls speak to me on many levels. I admire them, respect them, marvel at them, raise my eyebrows at them, want them." —from the Introduction
Fast girls don’t mind being the girl everyone is talking about, as long as all eyes are focused their way. They are wanton, daring, shameless, and bold. Fast Girls celebrates the girl with a reputation, the girl who goes all the way, and the girl who goes after what she wants–and gets it! Featuring writing by Kayla Perrin, Tristan Taormino, Donna George Storey, Saskia Walker, Kristina Wright, and others, Fast Girls is a racy, provocative collection of erotica by the cream of the crop of female erotica writers. They take readers on unexpected journeys...with explosive results.
Also includes contributed stories by Jacqueline Applebee, Angela Caperton, Suzanna V. Slate, Lolita Lopez, Andrea Dale, Susie Hara, Jennifer Peters, D.L.King, Cherry Bomb, Isabelle Gray, Charlotte Stein, Elizabeth Coldwell, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Tess Danesi, and Tenille Brown.
"There is something irresistible about a crush, about wanting someone you can't have, seeing someone you can't touch; about unrequited desire and how it quickly grows..." —from the Introduction.
Even girls who prefer guys remember their first girl crush—that physical and emotional fascination with another woman. Who hasn't wondered, What if I acted on my desire, what if I flirted, what if I teased? What if I provoked?
In the steamy stories of Girl Crush, women satisfy their curiosity about the erotic possibilities of their infatuations. Delilah Devlin's "The Out-of-Towner" is a tale of attraction between total opposites. In Rachel Kramer Bussel's "Great Lengths," an unrequited crush on a fiery, flaming hot redhead finally evolves into something more. G.G. Royale's "An Introduction" follows a nice Indian girl on the eve of her arranged marriage as she wanders into a bondage bar. For some, a crush is a passing whim, for others it's just the beginning. In Girl Crush what happens next may take you by surprise.
With contributions by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Teresa Lamai, Shanna Germain, Gabrielle Foster, Angela Caperton, David Erlewine, Vanessa Vaughn, Heidi Champa, Kris Adams, Melissa Gira Grant, Julia Peters, Lori Selke, Delilah Devlin, Kirsty Logan, Geneva King, Carrie Cannon, Annabeth Leong, G.G. Royale, Evan Mora, Cheyenne Blue, Jennifer Geneva, Gina de Vries, and R. Gay.
With their own demise staring them in the face, the characters in Apocalypse Sex decide to do one thing: have the best sex of their lives. These stories include a range of settings, tones, and sexualities, but they share the feeling of freedom that impending death can provide. And, of course, they share the desperately intense kind of sex that you can only have if you think it might be your last.
In J. Daniel Sawyer's “Buried Alive in the Blues,” a woman finds a speakeasy at the edge of the world, where she discovers the answer to her lover's mysterious death, she witnesses a stage show that no one will ever see again, and she finds a new lover and a hope for redemption.
Elizabeth Coldwell's “Expiry Date” imagines a world where debtors literally explode if they can't pay their debts. A woman has 24 hours to find money or die. She has one last chance to have the sex she's always been afraid to try.
Elizabeth Schechter writes “Darkest Night” from the perspective of a sentient ship's computer who watches her captain's love-making with curiosity and a little envy. When there's a problem with the air onboard, the captain runs a simulator that allows him and the computer to do what she's always wanted.
In the lighthearted “Invasion!” by Beverly Langland, Frank and Martha have always had a flirtatious relationship, but they've never gone further because Martha is married. When Martians attack Earth, Frank and Martha finally get their chance, and when they find a scared young girl, they get the chance to do what they've never imagined.
In “Fences,” by David Hubbard, a virus threatens the entire human race. The X virus can takes years to kill a person; it's already killed Jeremy's lover, and Jeremy himself might die any day now. Jeremy uses the time he has left to seduce the straight guy next door. It won't be easy, but he has nothing left to lose.
When the apocalypse looms, you can choose to die or you can choose to live. In these life-affirming erotic stories, inhibitions are cast aside and fantasies are fulfilled as the doomed desperately search for a way to forget the world, and for sex to remember forever.
Think all faeries spend their days picking flowers and dancing in circles? Think again!
We bring you tales of urban conflict, of lurking assassins, of defenders of the home front. Eternal battles…between good and evil, right and wrong, Seelie and Unseelie…fought by timeless warriors whose battle cries echo throughout both history and legend.
Discover fae fighting the good fight with every turned page.
A WAC pilot and her leprechaun guardian get a bit of their own back in L. Jagi Lamplighter’s A Not-So-Silent Night.
Refugee recruits from Daemor defend the base camp from gators and mongers in Patrick Thomas’s The Size of the Fight in the Solider.
Elaine Corvidae treats us to a new glimpse of the realm of the Shadow Fae as an assassin stalks Pook, the Unseelie king on the Seelie throne, in Field of Honor.
And in David Sherman’s The Price of Friendship a simple Nix gives Viking warriors a lesson in unconventional warfare.
Each story in this collection follows a fine warrior—and fae—tradition. Protect your own, avenge your fallen, and put the bullies in their place. So get ready to declare your allegiance, because…
By Land, Air, or Sea, the battle lines are drawn…Which side are you on?
This book is part 3 of the Bad-Ass Faeries series
Violet is a trained sex educator and lectures to human sexuality students at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, and to trainees at the national sex crisis and information hotline San Francisco Sex Information. She lives in San Francisco. Visit her at tinynibbles.com.
by Imogen Edwards-Jones ( Editor) , Kathy Lette ( Editor) , Jessica Adams ( Editor) , Maggie Alderson ( Editor)
"An unashamedly sexy collection" (Glamour) featuring today's top female writers hiding behind naughty pseudonyms.
A unique and sexy collection of bedtime stories by bestselling, award- winning, and well-known novelists delivering the goods under their X- rated pseudonyms. So who's who? We're not telling. After all, a woman should have at least one good secret.
Feturing Adele Parks, Ali Smith, Bella Pollen, Chris Manby, Daisy Waugh, Emma Darwin, Esther Freud, Fay Weldon, Jane Moore, Joan Smith, Joanne Harris, Justine Picardi, Louise Doughty, Rachel Johnson, Santa Montefiore, Stella Duffy, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Jessica Adams, Kathy Lette, and Maggie Alderson.
The history of the walking dead is a long one.
Since before man walked the Earth, the dead have been with us.
Rotting, decrepit animated corpses have existed, and in many places, have helped create the evolution of the very history we all know as fact, but yet they have always remained hidden from mankind as the sands of time flowed through the hour glass.
From Egypt, to London, to the first moon landing, to the old West; zombies have been a part of our culture, our very lives, though each time it has been erased, eradicated from our history.
Perhaps in these lost tales of our past is the hope for our future.
In these stories might very well be the answers of what to do when the zombie apocalypse finally arrives. So read these tales quickly and learn from them.
For even in the past, the dead walk, and if they did once before, it's a fact they will do so again.
The only question is: When will that be and will you be prepared?
With stories by Tony Schaab, Jose Alfredo Vazquez, David Bernstein, Mark Rivett, T.W. Brown, Nickolas Cook, Mark M. Johnson, Spencer Wendleton, Eric S. Brown, Anthony Giangregorio, Kevin James Breaux, G.R. Mosca and Lee Clark Zumpe.
Reclaimed by his wealthy uncle, former Shawnee captive Corwin Whitfield finds life with his adopted people at an end and reluctantly enters the social world of 1764. His one aim is to run back to the colonial frontier at his first opportunity–– until he meets Uncle Randolph’s ward, Dimity Scott
Tory captain Dr. Nicholas Clayton discovers stolen military secrets on a severely injured female spy. When her wounds heal, Holly Masters must decide if she can kill the man who saved her life.
While pretending to be a male soldier, farm girl Sara Brewster falls for a handsome Union army surgeon. When her secret is revealed, will a lavish Christmas Eve ball work in her favor--or will her heart be broken?
Southern belle Marybeth Dawson discovers Santa Claus can’t cross the Mason Dixon line--but handsome Union soldier, Trevor Sutton can.
When a strong willed upper class New York girl falls for a dashing, compassionate stable boy, it will take a Christmas miracle to bring them together. Thankfully, true love is on their side. All reformed prostitute Eva Baird wants for Christmas is to have her daughter back in her arms. But gun-toting outlaws, spiteful in-laws, and a sweet-talking stranger with arresting gray eyes threaten to turn her dream into a lump of coal.
For twenty-three years, the Writers of the Future contest and its sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, have been awarding prizes to new science fiction writing and drawing talent. The contest is judged by major science fiction writers and artists, creators who have proven to be gifted and successful. One must wonder, then, why the resulting anthology is so uninspired. Several titles have interesting premises, such as Aliette de Bodard's Obsidian Shards, a religion-steeped mystery set in the ancient Aztec empire, or The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom by Andrea Kail, featuring a correspondence between Abraham Lincoln and Tutankhamen, which is intriguing but tries too hard to make a point at the end. Many pieces, however, are a little too reminiscent of older, better-crafted works of science fiction. The illustrations are likewise a disappointment, although their lackluster appearance might stem from being reprinted in black and white in a mass-market paperback format. They offer little to the stories they illuminate and are not even laid out before the story they accompany, even though the contest rules state that the illustrations are selected based on the judge's "personal opinion on the extent to which it makes the judge want to read the story it illustrates." Rules and submission information for both contests are included, so libraries with avid science fiction writers or artists might consider steering them toward this book, although they are the only likely readers. Reviewer: Snow Wildsmith
Mistletoe Fangs - Susan Blexrud
Dr. Laura Marsh, a pregnant vampire, seeks therapy to overcome a recent trauma -- but is her creepy doctor interested in more than her well-being? Will evil intercede, dashing the promise of a Christmas baby?
The Office Party - Bill Haworth
An office Christmas party is hijacked by the newly appointed manager, to celebrate his promotion. A blizzard traps the revellers in the freezing, dark office. An old cleaning lady intervenes -- but is she all she seems?
A Special Christmas Gift - Kate Hofman
Glenda has a very special Christmas gift for her lover, who has finally succeeded in finding her again.
Peace on New Earth - Miriam Newman
On the planet Megasta, colonists live in an uneasy peace with native tribes, until the advent of Terran fever threatens their tenuous coexistence. Can the efforts of a medical technician from old Earth and her love for a
Megasti man avert bloodshed between their 'people?
Clap Your Hands...NOW! Because you better believe the world is full of Bad-Ass Faeries!
Toss out your childhood notions of faeries that are all goodness and light. No golden pixies clothed in gossamer, dancing on the wind, here to make the rainbows shine and the birds sing. These tales are of faeries on the raw edge, battle-worn and in black leather, with a glimmer of darkness in their eyes, if not their very hearts.
From the meanest city streets to one dusty, disturbing saloon, on the wing or the back of a Harley, no matter where you look, they are headed your way, trailing attitude, bodies, and a dust devil of magic in their wake.
Good or bad or just plain rotten, you’ll never look at faeries the same way again.
This book is part 1 of the Bad-Ass Faeries series
Do you like to Dance with Danger? Well now's your chance!
Don't worry about things that go bump in the night; count yourself lucky if these fae give you that much warning. In the finest tradition of the original Bad-Ass Faeries, the twenty tales in this collection delve into the darkest corners, exploring every tough and terrifying aspect the legends of faeries ever claimed...and then some.
Lose yourself in twisted tales of homicidal faerie clowns, one man's gladiatorial stand against Earth's overlords, and a desperate mother's confrontation with the fiercest pirates above the Seven Seas...not to mention dry land. Read on in fascinated horror as a faerwolf is born, and unwise parties-of-the-second-part come to rue deals made with a different kind of devil. Here is where you discover just how many faerie tales never even get a glimpse of Happily Ever After...
Forget about misunderstood; these faeries are Just Plain Bad!
This book is part 2 of the Bad-Ass Faeries series
This exciting follow-up to the wildly successful Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance contains 30 short stories of hot blood, midnight pleasures, and inhuman passions. Containing the best names in the field, such as Eileen Wilks, Caitlin Kittredge, Jennifer Ashley, Dawn Cook, and Diane Whiteside, this compilation is sure to arouse attention.
SEVEN SINS is an anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins, written by seven of DCL's writers --
The bonds of love...
The bonds of matrimony...
The bonds between husband and wife...
Let's face it—some bonds are made to be broken.
Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle.
Never before published stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, and others.
Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts at war with humanity or as noble creatures capable of speech and mystically bonded to the warriors who ride them, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. In modern times, they can be found far from their medieval settings in locales as mundane as suburbia or as barren as post-apocalyptic landscapes-and in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire with legendary tales that will consume readers' imaginations.
With original stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams as well as tales by Naomi Novik, Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.
Now in Hardback 2009 and Paperback 2010.
Can a simple crocheted snowflake contain magic? The Sullivan sisters think so. On Christmas Eve, 1958, Great Aunt Maude gives a unique snowflake ornament to each of them: Allegra—thirteen, Sonata—twelve, Melody—nine, and Carole—eight. Years later, they learn she might have crocheted a little something extra—a bit of magic and wisdom—into their gifts. In Snowflake Secrets, each sister, now grown, uncovers the magic of her unique ornament. As they confide their revelations to each other and their dying mother, they discover the secret they all share. Every narrative is unique and told in a different voice by four authors: Allegra by Lorna Collins; Sonata by Christie Shary; Melody by Luanna Rugh and Carole by Sherry Derr-Wille. Yet all their stories are woven together into the tapestry of Snowflake Secrets, an inspirational tale of family, love and finding that special joy that makes life worth living.
Vampires are ever young, ever beautiful, and ruled by the cravings of the flesh. In Boys of the Bite, the gay male side of the vampire's legend is explored in every erotic possibility. From historical settings where vampires move through high society to modern vamps you find at the all-night laundromat, these lusty men know how to hunt, whether for love or just a midnight snack.
Mixing stories by gay male authors like R. R. Angell and Ken Panadero with some of Ravenous Romance's stars of m/m romance like Ryan Field, Boys of the Bite gives every reader plenty to get his or her blood pumping.
From a farmer at war with Nature's creatures, to dangerous doings when the henhouse goes on-line, to the hazards of keeping company with a book wyrm, here are ingenious tales that will make readers laugh or cry—or double-check to make sure that their windows and doors are firmly locked against the things that prowl the night.
The autumn weather might be cooling things off, but you won’t need that sweater – we promise our erotica will warm you up! This time of year involves metamorphosis, from the changing of the fall colors to the places between, where the world wears thin and the strange and unusual happens. Join your favorite eXcessica authors in this sexy, sometimes spooky, seasonal anthology, bringing you the best of all things autumn! (Includes stories by Marshall Ian Key, Vivian Vincent, J.M. Snyder, Amicus, Varian Krylov, Giselle Renarde, Kenn Dahll, Sandra Fowke, Molly Wens, and Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine.)
Length: 100 pages
Heat Index: Erotic Romance
Like a God’s Kiss combines the epic and the erotic, the mythological and the real, to culminate in seven engaging and steamy short stories. With protagonists ranging from heroic Hercules to arrogant Arachne and plots ranging from the well-known to the never-before-seen, readers will discover all new aspects about their favorite mythological characters, and will be introduced to a few new ones as well.
Cruising by JP Bowie
Adam Brenner is looking for a life change...
Adam Brenner is looking for a life change when a long-time friend and associate, Tom Hathaway, offers him a position as casino manager aboard The Maid of the Seas, a luxury cruise ship out of Port Canaveral, Florida.
Trying to leave behind haunting memories of an alcoholic boyfriend on a path to destruction, Adam succumbs to the Latin charm of Vittorio Borghese, the ship's architect. After a night of hot sex, Adam thinks he might have found the one to help him forget the misery of the past, but Adam soon discovers that life on board a floating resort has its drawbacks to go hand-in-hand with the perks.
Maximum Exposure by Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason
A secret pleasure denied could be the end for long time lovers Rob and Max, or will mistrust do it first?
Rob Jenkins is worried. The relationship he's been in for six years has become a little stale and not very intimate. He loves Max more than anything, but the man's sexual fetish of 'doing things' in public never interested him.
While Max is away at a two-week business conference, Rob concludes that in order to save their relationship, he needs to make some choices. He surprises Max with a weekend visit and the offer to play a 'game'. Will the sexy scenarios be enough, or will they merely expose the flaws in their relationship?
Yes! by Kim Dare
Can Andrew really spend twelve hours saying no to everything Stephen offers him? It's not going to be easy, when all he wants to say is - Yes!
Andrew likes sex. If someone he's attracted to wants to have sex with him, he's not going to say no to them. That's not a character flaw, it's just common sense.
Stephen seems to think otherwise. He's sure Andrew is incapable of saying no to a cheap thrill. But, at the same time, he's more than happy to provide Andrew with the prefect opportunity to prove him wrong.
Sorry Charlie by Ashley Ladd
Charlie's dad wants to make up after a seventeen-year family feud...
He's overjoyed, excited, and nervous as hell that his father is finally accepting his sexual orientation and speaking to him after a seventeen-year family feud but Charlie can't understand why his long-term partner Jonathan is acting jealous and clingy, when he should be happy for him or at least supportive.
Jon's afraid Charlie's family will hurt him again and he doesn't know if he can mend Charlie's heart if it shatters a second time or stand by and watch while Charlie sets himself up for more heartbreak.
Heat of the Night by SL Majors
Bad boy Stephen Powell has finally met his match in Dakota Youngblood, a sexy Alpha and older man who shows Stephen a thing or two in the heat of a hot summer night.
It was supposed to be punishment...
Last week he'd been living the high life in Monte Carlo, and now, after yet another brush with trouble, ultimate bad boy Stephen Powell has been banished to Wyoming, which might as well be the middle of nowhere.
Stephen wasn't expecting to fall in love with the wild land or with its untamed rancher, Dakota Youngblood, a man as rugged as the mountains he calls home. Youngblood sizzles with intensity and teaches the brash younger man a thing or two about life, about passion, about commitment...
One Night Stand by Cassandra Gold
Can a one-night stand lead to lasting love?
Photographer Tom Garner is finally ready to date again after the death of his partner. On his first night out, he meets sexy Ian. Unfortunately for Tom, Ian isn't looking for a relationship.
Ian Abernathy has been burned by love one too many times. His new rule, one-night stands only, seems to be working well—until he meets Tom.
Welcome to Broad Horizons: the world's first and only strictly GLBTQ BDSM entertainment facility. It's opening night and the owners, Dani and Maryanne, want to invite you inside for a first hand look at what they've created. With ten themed bondage rooms, a main stage with several smaller performance areas, a second level observatory, two bars and a dance floor, plus a few extra surprises, your pleasures are only as limited as your desires. Tonight's event is invitation only so bring your RSVP, your proof that you're over twenty-one years of age, and your imagination because this evening almost anything goes.
Elements: scenes of intense BDSM of various GLBT pairings
The darkest hour is before the dawn... headlines a sinful new anthology where the dark and light sides of desire collide...
Embrace the darkness and experience the light in this all-new anthology filled with touching stories of happily ever after alongside smoldering tales of irresistibly dangerous, otherworldly passion. From bewitching emotions and untamed desire to dazzling romance and tantalizing sensuality, these novellas explore the complex facets of the human heart—both the light side and the dark.
A mouth-watering anthology from the creators of the popular online destination for women's erotica
The naughty masterminds behind OystersandChocolate.com serve up a tasty anthology like no other.
It's for readers who crave the classic, creamy taste of smooth vanilla...for readers who like the sting of a bittersweet whip of black licorice...for readers who delight in a cocktail with a dirty twist...for readers who prefer the succulent taste of a sweet-scented oyster.
From the premier source of boundary-pushing erotica comes an anthology that dares to cross the spectrum of sexuality and sensuality—from the tenderly romantic to the totally taboo. Whatever you're craving, Oysters & Chocolate fulfills every desire, no matter how decadent, how wanton, or how delicious.
An anthology of sensory delights, packed full of BDSM stories - one story for each sense: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, and extra-sensory!
Voyeur by Sierra Cartwright
Marnie Branning lives out her fantasies in a safe way, attending a bondage night at an elegant country estate strictly as a voyeur. But one man, strong, sexy, dominating Zachary Denning sees what she tries to keep hidden, that she's secretly a submissive, in need of a strong, firm hand...his hand.
Under his unyielding tutelage, Marnie learns about herself, about what it means to be submissive.
And now, instead of being a voyeur, she'll learn what it's like to be watched, as her Dom becomes the voyeur...
Carnal Caresses by Desiree Holt
When Bree Sullivan bid on one night at the House of Five Senses, little did she know that touching could be so erotic and carnal - not only what she touched, but the things that touched her.
Bree Sullivan bid on one night at the infamous House of Five Senses on a dares. Not that Bree didn't enjoy en erotic lifestyle, but the things that went on between the members of this exclusive club were beyond carnal. Approaching her experience with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation, before the night was out she learned exactly how stimulating the sense of touch is - and how many things could touch you and take you to a new world of carnal pleasures.
Welcome to Paradise by Ashley Ladd
Determined to live life by her own rules, Jordan's more than ready to devour two yummy men, what her religious father thinks, be damned.
Eager to escape the bitter cold of the frigid Northwest and especially her strict, overzealous religious father, Jordan seeks a new life in sunny Florida at a resort called Paradise. When she meets the proprietors, Evan and Chris, she's ready to try new, titillating things with the yummy pair, even blindfolded BDSM and especially ménage a trois. She reasons that if the men in her father's religion can have more than one wife, she certainly can have more than one husband.
Spiced Vanilla by Victoria Blisse
Chocolate, cakes and domination, what more could a girl want?
Emma hadn't stepped out of her flat in six months. When she did it was the smell of a local patisserie that lured her down the street. Every day she walked to Jacques to admire the cakes and enjoy their scent, then she discovered Jack.
Jack, the patisserie owner and baker is just the dominant, commanding man she wants, but can she learn to accept her submissive nature? Will she indulge her appetite for sexual spice and ignore her good girl guilt or will she resist the temptation and regret it forever?
Sweet Urges by Jessica Jarman
After lusting after her friend, Jace, for years, Carly summons up the nerve to seduce him. But what if the experience isn't what she imagined? Can she hang on to their friendship after a night in his arms?
Carly has a mission - seduce her friend Jace Thomas. For years, she has wanted him. His dominating ways in the bedroom don't deter her in any way. In fact, she craves discipline and punishment at his hands.
While attracted to Carly, Jace has vowed never to act on that attraction, certain she would want nothing to do with his preferences in the bedroom. When Carly sets out to seduce him, he gives in to temptation, but holds back. He is shocked when Carly is furious with him afterwards.
Unsure how to act after their night together, the two friends avoid each other. Can they repair their friendship and go back to the way things were? Will that be enough for Jace and Carly?
Whispers by Kim Dare
Charlotte is more than happy to offer her master her body, her blood and her submission. But her mind is her own, if he really is listening in on her thoughts, he has to stop - Right now!
As soon as Zachariah feeds from Charlotte's blood, he begins to hear her thoughts whispering into his mind. A rare blood bond forms between them and Zachariah is thrilled. He's sure the bond and his new insights into Charlotte's mind will solve all their problems.
Charlotte was ready for her master's bite to hurt - she was looking forward it. She thought she was ready for anything else too, but she wasn't ready to let her master into her mind. The bond isn't the solution to anything. The bond is the problem.
Zachariah has to solve a whole new set of problems if he's going to prove he's the master Charlotte's always wanted, and Charlotte has to learn to do something she's never done before - trust a master with her mind.
When shapeshifters mix it up with threesomes, you can be sure that sparks are going to fly. That's the idea behind Shifting Them, a collection of ménage shapeshifter stories that mix the boys with the boys with the girls, from big cats to wolves and beyond.
From the glamorous world of modern-day magicians to a futuristic universe filled with danger, the stories in Shifting Them will sweep you away into a whole new universe, where wolves scrabble about on city streets, where snake shifters plot from their nests, where a seemingly innocuous dog helps to make sparks fly between humans. Whether it's fur or fangs, these very human creatures have a wild side, one that excites and amazes.
Mix the shifters' inherent sexiness with a threesome, and you've got a volatile, romantic combination. With stories from C.C. Bridges, Anah Crow, Dianne Fox, Kiernan Kelly, J Rocci, and BA Tortuga, the raw, animal magnetism of Shifting Them proves that adding a third person -- in life and in bed -- can make for a happy, and hot, ending.
Christmas . . .
A time for happiness...a time for joy.
A time to wish . . . a time to dream.
A time to remember . . . a time to love.
A time to hope for the love of your life . . . your soulmate.
The holidays makes love shine its brightest -
Like flames of Gold.
Holidays bring magical memories and open the heart to all things bright and beautiful...especially romance. There's no season like it...
o better time to find Love Under the Mistletoe.
But don't let it not being Christmas stop you from buying this exceptional book. The stories - though holiday themed - will delight you all through the year.
Deborah MacGillivray, Leanne Burroughs, Patty Howell, Rebecca Andrews, Isabel Mere, Amber Dawn Bell, Erin E.M. Hatton and Jill and Julia offer up eight tales of romance designed to please every taste.
A time of love. A time of miracles.
A time when children visit Santa and dreams come true.
A time when they can come true for adults, too.
If only they will believe.
Sleigh bells...jingle bells...silver bells.
Love and Silver Bells - what a magical combination.
Stormy Weather By Chrissy Munder
Meteorologist Grant Singer is sick of dates who only want to bed the TV "weather guy". But the matches from the online dating service he signs up with are even worse. In fact, the only thing that makes the endless dinner dates bearable is Craig, the cute waiter at his favorite restaurant. Luckily for Grant, Craig never misses one of his forecasts...
Score Two For the Good Guys By Maria Albert
Cat is convinced her physical therapy client, civilian hero Jeremy Masterson, would be the perfect match for her big brother, Detective Rick McFarlan. The trick is hooking the tough cop up with the gentle social worker without arousing her wary brother’s suspicions that she’s matchmaking again. With the help of some friends, the two men are introduced at a party, and sparks fly. Unfortunately, instead of lighting a fire, Rick manages to go down in flames. Will Jeremy give Rick a second chance to prove that Cat was right after all and Jeremy is the soul mate Rick never expected to find?
Exiled from his native land for his politics - and his preference for men - Kelan is looking for a new start in America. The last thing he wants is to get entangled with a gang of thieves the minute he steps foot on the New York City docks. But pickpocket Midge thinks the handsome Irishman is just what the gang - and especially their leader, Toby - needs.
Some Delay Expected By Sean Kennedy
Kyle hates when his best friend Missy tries to set him up - which doesn't stop her from doing it anyway. So maybe he was less than fair in dismissing Sam as a loser after a single cup of coffee. When a winter storm strands the two college students on the Amtrak train on their way home for the holidays, the least he can do is give the guy a second chance, right?
Hot Property By S. Blaise
Robbie's mother has her heart set on a match between her son and his childhood playmate Jamie - who Rob can't even remember! He's far more interested in his new real estate client, the delectable Jay Grant. Is it possible that mom really does know best?
Waves of Love By John Simpson
Ken is so happy with his lover, Jack, that he wants his friends to be happy too. Setting up Jerry and Dale on a vacation cruise, he can't resist tagging along himself to give love a little push. He never dreamed he'd enjoy matchmaking so much!
Thirty By Zahra Owens
In Mallick's world, life begins at thirty - the age when he's through working and ready to meet his life mate. But even though Varr is a Matchmaker himself, they seem to have little in common. Could the match be a mistake, or is Varr the man he's ready to Bond with for life?
All-new from the top names in mystery and fantasy- including a never-beforepublished Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris!
This follow-up to Powers of Detection showcases bestselling and award-winning names from Simon Green to Laurie King to Sharon Shinn-with original stories featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantastical realms. From video game characters seeking civil rights and a cave dragon loan shark pondering an investment, to Santa Claus's Australian vacation and an enemy of Sam Spade's out for revenge-plus visits to the Nightside and Sookie Stackhouse's hometown- these stories will take readers around the world on a magical mystery tour.
Warrior Lover by Marianne LaCroix
June 6, 1944 - Belle is part of the French Resistance, fighting for freedom from the Nazis that have taken control of her country. She feels most comfortable with a rifle in hand, and earns the respect of the Allied Forces, always sure of her actions. That is until Lieutenant Colonel A. Riese appears on the French shores for the long awaited invasion.
Ares wants to take part in this war, and he wants to win. When he encounters Belle, he can't resist this mortal woman with the face of a goddess and the heart of a warrior. Will the mighty Ares, Greek god of War, be defeated by love?
Oh My God by Ashlyn Chase
The Greek God of wine, women, and party, falls off a balcony during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Now he has amnesia. All he knows is that they call him ‘Big D,' and he's a party animal who drinks too much and ought to give up alcohol for Lent.
Mandy and Brandy flashed Dionysus right before he fell. They're nice enough to take him to an AA meeting, and then back to their homes until he recovers his memory. Fortunately, they're not too nice to be naughty. They all agree that replacing a bad habit with a healthy one is the key to sobriety, and what could be healthier than sex? Will he come between friends before they know who he is? Will Zeus separate all of them, forever?
Fate Unbound by Isabelle Drake
Forced to leave her homeland of ancient Greece, Taryn must search modern day LA for the one man who will tame her wild heart. The Oracle has dictated that she must submit to all men who approach her. In doing so, she will find the single man who desires submission to her, then, and only then, may she return to her beloved home.
Adrian, frustrated by being forced live as an unrecognized son of Zeus, seeks his fate from The Oracle. The Oracle has a dictate for him as well, he must be patient, accept what comes to him, and never act on his own desires—especially those of the flesh. In doing so, he will, when the time is right, receive the recognition as Zeus's son.
Apollo's Choice by Sascha Illyvich
After gaining in popularity to the point of causing the other gods fear on Olympus, Apollo is banished to a different time and world by Hera. Cursed to remain in 1990's in the body of a bass player for an up and coming grunge band, Apollo must figure out a way to return to Ancient Greece and restore his powers.
Only a beautiful redhead crosses his path and forces him to choose between his former home and his heart.
Possessing Poseidon by Annmarie Ortega
Her secret refuses to stay in the past.
The ancient Greek god Poseidon falls in love with Beth, a woman who is on the run from her dangerous past. Beth only knows her lover as Den, and it's not until the past collides with the present will she learn the secret truth of Den and his own mysterious past.
Lander's Moon By Eden Robins
Free-spirited healer Selena Alvarez has a thing for bad boys. Yet she never imagined spending her Christmas vacation running through a snow-blanketed forest from a violent and abusive boyfriend, or being saved by recluse Lander Paletsos, a hunky shapeshifting immortal with an attitude. Snowbound in Lander's castle in the woods, they soon discover whether a beautiful healer's spirit is enough to mend the heart of a deadly beast.
Paradise Designs By Ariana Dupre
Tara Simms is determined to create a new beginning for herself this holiday season. She's purchased a new condo on Miami Beach in the ultrachic Paradise Designs Resort and Spa where there is no chance of paranormal activity. She's looking for a new man and thinks that David Blake, the lead realtor at the high-rise, is a good prospect.
When Tara sees the spirit of a murdered woman enter her condo she freaks out. David offers his protection and his apartment. Together Tara and David must solve the murder and help the spirit into the light.
Vampire's Christmas Carol By Karen McCullough
Can Christmas Eve be any more fun? On her way home, Carol's car slides into a ditch in a deserted area. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire.
To Michael, Carol is the bait in a trap. In an effort to hold on to his soul, Michael has resisted the urge to drink human blood for almost a century. Now he hovers between human and vampire. If he doesn't drink human blood before the night ends, he'll die. Carol is pure temptation to him, the Christmas present from hell…or heaven.
Four authors of erotic romance present wild and irresistibly dangerous fantasies in this sensational anthology of lust and lingerie…
Unwind with Jasmine Haynes…A woman arrives at the perfect solution for exploring sensual freedom: open herself up to an amateur photographer with no limits—and an uncensored appreciation for the female body.
Come undone with Jaci Burton…Sixteen years is a long time to carry a torch for your ex. It’s high time they act on long-dormant desires and reignite the flame that still burns inside them both.
Let loose with Joey Hill…What does a hiker do when he comes upon a girl wearing only ivory panties, and stretched out invitingly on the warm leather seat of a Harley? Anything she tells him.
Submit to Denise Rossetti…As the laces of a stunning ruby-trimmed corset tighten, so too does the grip of an inescapable sorceress’s curse—one with the power to transform any woman into a dominating femme fatale.
The day he’d kissed Ava by the lake, almost yielded to his need for her and taken her as his woman, had haunted Con for years, but once he’d discovered what he truly was, the dark side of his nature, Con knew she could never be his. He couldn’t trust himself with her, and she, if she knew, could never accept what he was.
Rating: Spicy/Carnal. Dress-ripping. Dark, tortured hero.
Return to a town of bewitching seduction and sensual demons. There's a spellbinding witch of love who wants to make one man hers; a vegan having trouble adapting to vampirism; Satan's emissary, who is looking for steady work in Colorado; and angelic triplets feeling a wee touch of the devil.
One neck. Two sets of bites. Or bruises. Maybe hickeys. What more could a guy, or girl, ask for? Three lovers, three hot bodies; if you love ménage stories, then Love Bites has it all. From modern day working folks to werewolves and vampires to rock stars, the men and women of Love Bites generate enough heat to make us sweat, to keep us warm on even the coldest night.
Soap stars get busy in Camren August's Plus One. Erin O'Riordan's Oliver's Famous Clam Chowder sends a pair of werewolves to a vampire for the ultimate eating experience. C.C. Bridge sends grad students clubbing with hot results in Catseye, and in Birds of a Feather, by Dianne Fox, more than one unusual shapeshifter finds out that love comes in all shapes and sizes.
Tilt-A-Whirl Kisses, by Vic Winter proves that husbands and wives can have the same first love. Vampires play a hot game of one-upmanship in BA Tortuga's Marked. Quittin' Time, by BA Collins, has co-workers making nice in their time off, and Giselle Renard shows just how tempting it can be to find love in a coffee shop. Two hot guys and one smokin' girl will leave their mark on you! Read Love Bites today!
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'Maggie's Menage' by Lacey Thorn
Maggie had spent a lifetime trying to win the love and affection of her father, but nothing seemed to work. Now he was asking her to seduce and marry one of two men that he had selected for her...for the good of the family name and company. But Maggie has other plans. Plans that will leave both men thinking of her as something other than a wife, and leave her father's plans for marriage in ashes.
Alex and Patrick were there to investigate Dom Houston and through the carelessness of his assistant managed to get in to see the man himself. But it was the blonde haired beauty that commanded their attention from the get go. And when she arrived at their hotel room later in the day, neither was willing to walk away. If Maggie wanted a m‚nage then they were more than willing to give it to her.
But for two of them it would be more than they could have ever imagined.
'Boy Toys' by Brynn Paulin
Dana's job title is scientist not babysitter. She's irritated when her boss slates her to accompany department bad boys, Christopher and Jason, to a meeting in London on her weekend off. Since her job transfer to England, she's hidden her attraction to the much younger men. Unfortunately, the attraction seems to be growing every day and every night she fantasises about them. Three days virtually alone with them will be no fantasy and might instead be an embarrassing disaster. But...
Jason and Christopher have had their eyes on Dana since she joined their department. Through a little finagling they've arranged for her to be part of this trip. They're sure her project is a spot on compliment to theirs and her presence will be an ideal addition to their bed. Now all they have to do is convince her that the bad boys will make her perfect boy toys. Forever.
'Best Mates' by Ashley Ladd
Lovers Alec Russert and Kevin Cosby feel horrible for their best mate, Jennica Chapman, when her current beau dumps her. And yet, they're glad he's out of her life.
Unfortunately, thirty-six year old Jennica thought this was her last chance to have a baby, and she's much more upset about this than losing the boyfriend. As Alec is feeling his biological clock also, he suggests to Kevin that they help her out of her predicament.
But, they're the ones in for a shock when Jennica tells them they may be too tame for her sexual likes. It turns out that Jennica is a submissive and she loves to be bound and spanked by her master. The shock wears off quickly when Alec and Kevin decide that Jennica will like two Dom masters much better than one.
Soon they realise their best mate really is their best mate, and that she's always owned their hearts.
'The Wager' by Dakota Rebel
Menage-a-Trios with a twist, and a vampire bite.
A weekly game of Billiards between a couple becomes interesting when the stakes get raised to include a pair of friends in the payoff.
Sadie and Will are vampires who have a wager based on a weekly billiards game they play. Their stakes are always sexual and this week will be no different. But for this week's wager they decide to include a couple of their friends, Dave and Tony, in the payoff. If Will wins, he gets to watch Sadie have sex with their friends while he watches and gives instructions as to what he wants to see. But if Sadie wins, she wants to instruct their friends on what to do to Will.
The the game begin!
'Four Play' by Desiree Holt
How many is too many, or is it not enough?
She loved the m‚nage that her lover Michael Collins had introduced her to, but now here they were, spending a week at Duncan MacLaughlin's cottage in Scotland and Holly Martin wasn't sure she was ready for the surprise he promised her.
No details, just a wide grin. The surprise turned out to be Jim Grainger, a friend of Michael and Duncan's, who was as much into a foursome as the other men. With all that testosterone flowing around her, and three very gorgeous and sexy men to play games with, Holly suddenly realises she loves a sexy numbers game.
'Monsoon Fever' by Lisabet Sarai
Divine temptation lies in wait in an ancient and mysterious land.
In their first years together, Priscilla and Jonathan enjoyed a marriage based as much on physical passion as on love. However, the travails of business and the tribulations of the Great War have taken their toll. When Jon's father dies in faraway India, the couple travels to the father's isolated Assamese tea plantation to settle his affairs. Far from the bustle and distraction of London, left alone to endure the monsoon rains while Jon struggles to complete the final harvest, Priscilla realises how much she misses Jon's touch.
Anil Kumar arrives with business documents for Jon to examine. The charismatic native enchants both Priscilla and Jon with his god-like beauty and charm. In separate incidents, each of them succumbs to Anil's lustful attentions. Will the illicit desires excited by the handsome Indian be the final stroke that destroys their marriage? Or the route to saving it?
Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join "this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well." (Publishers Weekly) In Wizards, today's master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were. Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.
Earthly Pleasure By B.J. McCall
Renee Tremaine maintains a sanctuary, a place for celestial warriors to rest and recuperate on Earth. A late-night summons from a wounded warrior sends her rushing to his aid, but this wounded warrior demands more than medical assistance and his mission will change her life.
Chosen by the Celestial Council to seed the female called Renee, Itan intends to perform his task well and complete his mission. When his Earth duty transforms into heavenly pleasure this battle-hardened warrior is destined to lose his heart.
Erotic Sacrifice By Cynthia Rayne
As reparation for the Salem Witch Trials, the locals have made a pact with demons. The Dark Lord, the demon leader, demands a young woman. The Carnal Sacrifice will be used in a magical sex ritual that will bind the natural and supernatural worlds.
Mesmerized by the prospect of sexual pleasure and the chance to become better acquainted with the Dark Lord, Bronwyn volunteers to become his plaything for the night. But the bargain does not only involve her body but also her heart.
Note: This story contains group sex scenes.
Hot Under the Collar By Katie Blu
Emma Leeds can't get sexy Reverend Johns out of her mind since he appeared in her church a few months ago. If her bakery has upped the day-old bread donations, surely it's a coincidence.
Undercover cop Eric Johns has noticed the hot woman who gives donations selflessly. When the drug ring he's trailing uses the bakery as its hub, will Emma be able to prove her innocence while keeping the man she has come to love?
Incensed By Kate Hill
Cyril allegedly matches soul mates through the use of magical incense, but Cori doesn't believe it. When she challenges the handsome fraud to find her soul mate or admit his hoax, they're in for a surprise. Cori and Cyril are meant to be together, yet in spite of the pull between them, she is restrained by ghosts from her past. Only by allowing him to take control will she experience the pleasures she has denied herself. Cyril is willing to master his feisty mate and in doing so finally come to terms with his own tragic past.
Making the Madam By Delilah Devlin
Newly widowed Merry Winslow treks west to claim an unexpected inheritance. Upon arriving, she discovers she inherited a brothel! Rather than being dismayed, Merry's intrigued, thinking it the perfect way to shed the shackles of propriety that have subdued her wild and impulsive nature. Only problem is, she needs to learn to manage her new business. Nathan Boone is amused by Merry's determination and knows the perfect way to begin her instruction. When he opens the peephole for Merry to peer inside as one of the brothel's "soiled doves" pleasures a customer, he reveals the passion hidden beneath Merry's "widow's weeds".
The Emissary By Jenna Reynolds
In the far-distant future, Shina, a courtesan-in-training, is eagerly awaiting the ceremony whereby she will lose her virginity and become a full-fledged courtesan. But that ceremony may be delayed because the Hegemony has encountered its first alien race, the potentially hostile Kjartans.
The Kjartans send an Emissary to the Hegemony. Upon his arrival he requests the services of a courtesan. A virgin courtesan. Shina is chosen for the assignation. She will be the first human to have sex with an alien. Will she be able to please him? And, most importantly, just how inhuman will he prove to be?
Author(s): Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Rosemary Laurey, Kay Stockham, Toni Blake, Lucy Monroe, Dianne Castell, Patricia Sargeant, Luanne McLane, Karen Kelley, Janice Maynard and J.C. Wilder
Twelve all-new stories of women’s resilience, empowerment, and fulfillment, by bestselling and award-winning authors. In this engaging anthology of never-beforepublished stories, twelve authors are united by their unique visions of the female experience… A young woman is torn between the security of her fiancé and the excitement of an old flame…a desperate wife is forced into the workplace for the first time in her life…an ambitious professional woman finally finds the courage to take control of her career—and her man…an emotionally fragile divorcee finds resolve in the ethereal visitations of an archangel... These are just some of the women who discover and rediscover their own wonderfully fallible but ultimately strong selves in the shadow of love— romantic love, platonic love, new love, and lost love. Readers will be touched, inspired, charmed, and entertained by these original stories of disparate longings, unsettled lives, and the power of love.
Pleasure Master by Angelique Anjou (Futuristic Romance): The alien artifact that plows into their newly completed space station contains more than just the 'remains' of a dead alien. Legion is stirring and not even Medical/Science Officer Anya Rambo can resist the golden god, last survivor of an alien race. Debt of Honor by Elizabeth Batten-Carew (BDSM/Contemporary Romance): Angelica couldn't believe that hopping off a plane during a refueling stop to search for one-of-a-kind souvenirs could lead
Believing in Dreams By Chris Grover
Nicole James has always believed in dreams. So after her mom dies and she dreams about a house she's seen in an old photo and an elderly woman who beckons to her and says "Nicole! Finally! I was so worried you wouldn't get here in time," she has to check it out.
Enigma By Sheryl Hames Torres
When Brace Adams stumbles upon a grisly murder scene, he never expects to doubt the guilt of the prime suspect, nor does he expect her to capture his heart. Blind Amy Cassidy has been waking up beside brutally murdered men since she was five years old, with no memory of how she got there or what has happened. Can Brace protect Amy from the force that is controlling her life or will he become the next victim?
Get Out or Die! By Kim Cox
Lana Malloy's Private Investigating-Mediator business is booming. Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband and learns of a frightening ability she wasn't aware she possessed — an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand if she's not careful. Knowing this next case will be more difficult than anything she's ever faced, Lana struggles for control when she encounters an angry ghost who doesn't want to leave and who doesn't want the occupants of the house to stay. Does she have other abilities she can rely on to save her?
'Neath Hallowed Halls and Ivied Walls By Maureen McMahon
Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield come together again to attend the funeral of their beloved Harvard history professor, Bertram Donelson. Stacey's emotional stint as a reporter in Afghanistan and Peter's exhausting high-profile business takeover make them even more vulnerable to the romantic chemistry that's always been between them.
Little do they know their old alma mater holds an evil and deadly secret that will propel them into a whirlwind of ghostly, shocking and even deadly experiences. Will this adventure be enough to finally bring their love to fruition?
Restless Spirit By Elizabeth Delisi
Laura St. Clair lost her eight-year-old son to a rare disease and lost her desire to live along with him. When she tries to reach the spirit of her son with a Ouija board, she makes contact with something…but what? Can the mysterious entity she's tapped into bring her news of her son, and if so, what will he expect from her in return?
Publisher Note: This anthology was previously published elsewhere.
Six Phaze favorites guarantee to enthrall with this sizzling collection of erotic shorts. Featuring: To Have and To Hold by Yvette Hines: Kelli Delaney spent the last year planning for the perfect wedding. What she didn't plan for was getting to the altar and not having a groom there waiting for her. Dumped and pissed, Kelli decides she's still going to have her honeymoon and eat her cake too. When she meets up with her college crush, Will Robertson she finds herself submitting to a passionate weekend she couldn't have arranged for in her wildest dreams. Continuing Education by D. Musgrave: By day, Stephanie Barrett is a high school English Teacher. By night, she's the Grand Mistress of a dungeon club, without a submissive to call her own. When she spots Nicolas Adamson, back in town from college, she remembers the strong feelings she had for him, but never acted on. A plan forms in her mind, to lure him into her lair. Thus begins the realization of her longest held fantasy--to find a submissive of her own. Sam the Man by Jude Mason: Sammy Nicholson was the epitome of what we all might think of as 'flaming' gay. Small, well dressed in outrageous clothing, he loved to shock and tease. But Sammy was much more. A part time hospice worker, he fell for a client's husband and after some soul searching, the man tumbled for him as well. When the wife finally passes away, guilt sets in. Can Sammy's special kind of love break down the barriers Greg has set up for himself? Precious Things by Augusta Li: Yaoi/Fantasy/BDSM: Far in the future, civilization has collapsed and people have gathered in walled City-States for protection from the dangers lurking in the Wastelands outside. Leaf is content in his role as slave-boy to his beautiful and enigmatic Master, Leannan. But when an associate from Leannan's past arrives, the secure routine of Leannan and Leaf's life is disrupted, and Leaf must confront truths about his Master he'd rather not know. He must find the strength to do what he dreads most: act alone, without his Master's guidance. Statues by Jessie Verino: Alexandria Darnoud values her privacy as much as her art collection. Her living art collection. Rumors run wild throughout New Orleans about her hedonistic, invitation only, parties. Dante is a report working undercover as one of her statues in order to break the story of his career. Tough, take no prisoners Alexandria, has a secret she dares not even acknowledge to herself. She wants to surrender her hidden passion to a man who can take control, and Dante is her man of choice. But will Dante give up his story, his career, to keep Alexandria tied to his bed?iSUBmiT by N: A perfume might be bottled eroticism, but iSUBmiT is more. iSUBmiT is bottled darkness. And to learn how to sell the darkest of erotic promises Svetlana must first experience them. She must go to So-UnReal-Ism…
What newly married couple doesn't dream of a romantic retreat where they can escape the world for a while—but what happens when supernatural forces intrude on their wedded bliss? Nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors answer that question in this all-star collection of supernatural stories. Can a vampire-hunter enjoy her honeymoon when she’s just learned that her new hubby is a werewolf? How can newlyweds focus on their wedding night when their honeymoon suite is haunted by feuding ghosts? And what’s a wizard to do when a gruesome monster kidnaps the bride on her way home from the wedding? With so much otherworldly mayhem awaiting our newlyweds, will they ever get around to the honeymoon itself? Find out in…My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.
Let's face it, 40 is the new sexy! And Phaze is celebrating with this sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, and always passionate collection of mature heroines who set out to prove that once you crest the hill, you begin to pick up a little speed. Features stories by Robin Slick, Victoria Blisse, Fenner Jeckyll, Jalena Burke, N.L. Belardes, N, Missy Lyons, Shanna Germain, Rebecca Adamsi, and Belinda Franklin. Get ready for the second exciting volume in this series: 39 and Still Holding!