To Say Goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler

Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible.

Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?

Targeted Audience: Adult readers/ Over 21

Author Bio:
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.

Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My husband is my everything, and I'm not afraid to admit that.
He is my rock when I feel like giving up or like I can't go on.
He is my source of laughter when everything's falling apart.
He is my fighter when something isn't fair.
He is my cheerleader when I feel like I'm losing.
He is my righter when I am wrong.
He is my focus when I lose sight of the bigger picture.
He is my reminder to go with the flow.
He is my shield from the painful aspects of life.
He is everything to me.
As a writer, I look for ideas that spark emotion. I want readers to feel every word of my writing. I want them to laugh with the characters, but I also want them to cry. Life isn't perfect, and neither is love. Sometimes it is the biggest source of pain.
To Say Goodbye came to be mostly out of fear…the fear of losing my husband. I got to thinking what life would be like if I were forced to face it without him, if tragedy struck. I thought about how hopeless I would feel, how I wouldn't ever know if could go on.
To Say Goodbye, in many ways, is a projection of one of my biggest fears. However, it's also a hopeful story. It shows that the human spirit is capable of amazing feats. The human heart, too, is able to achieve unimaginable triumphs.
Sophia's story is a story I hope I never have to live through. However, her story is also a reminder that even in our broken times, love both past and present can carry us through.
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Bring Me Back by Micalea Smeltzer

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
I could have put the typical blurb here.
Boy meets girl.
They fall in love.
Live happily ever after.
The end.
But this isn’t THAT story.

Targeted Audience: Adult romance readers

Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Website(s)
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Social Media:
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A Weight Relieved by S. E. Cyborski

After a string of spectacularly failed relationships in college, Daniel Walker convinced himself it was far better to be alone. However, his younger sister Rebecca, a private investigator who sometimes worked with his clients at the Targe Agency, saw the weight of that loneliness crushing her brother. She decided take matters into her own hands by finding someone who could be a match for him. Luckily, she wouldn’t have to look far; the detective she consulted for in the NYPD, Lynn Cook, was just the person she was searching for. Now the question was, could she get the two of them together?

Targeted Audience: anyone over 21

Author Bio:
I am a freelance writer. My first series, The Accidental Heroes Chronicles, is published through Amazon Kindle. The first two books are available as ebooks or paperbacks. I love writing and reading and have been doing both for as long as I can remember. I finished my first novel in 2012. It was the same year I started participating in NaNoWriMo and I've participated and won every year since.

Website(s)
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The Billionaire’s Christmas Virgin: Prelude to Billionaire Unknown – Blake by J.S. SCOTT

FREE PRELUDE

readers of The Billionaire’s Obsession series!

Meet the young, idealistic Blake Colter, long before he became a US senator, and his steamy first encounter with his heroine!!!

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It’s Christmas Eve, and what in the hell am I doing? I’m looking for an eighteen-year-old spoiled brat in the middle of a blizzard. It’s not really how I pictured my winter break from college, that’s for sure.

Harper Lawson was a brat as a child, and she’s never really grown up as far as I’m concerned. Running away from her wealthy parents’ home just goes to prove she’s still the immature female I knew when I was a kid.

But when I finally find Harper in a homeless shelter, she turns my world upside down. She’s not at all what I expected, and when two of us are stranded together overnight in a rundown motel, everything I thought was true suddenly becomes false.

Years have gone by without us seeing each other, but when we meet again, sparks fly, and Harper threatens to turn my whole world upside down on one very snowy Christmas Eve.

Targeted Audience: ADULT ROMANCE OVER 21

Author Bio:
J.S. "Jan" Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She's an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can't seem to write them any other way! She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
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Social Media:
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When You’re a Stranger by Akash Justin Ovian

Rodney is an unemployed graduate who was recently evicted by his landlord. He believes his life is being crushed under the anxiety caused by his education loan. He finds comfort and strength in his chronic alcoholism and strongly holds on to his crystallized idea that love is nothing but a fancy word used by society to rationalize the raw animalistic drive of sexual attraction.

Prisha is a passionate street artist who relies on sensuality and marijuana to channel her creative energies. She is also a lesbian who is struggling to define her identity in an evolving but insensitive generation of human beings.

When these two people meet over a dangerous dance of whiskey and vodka, they begin to discover the complicated art of forgetting the past and ignoring the future. It doesn’t take long for their stubborn faith in the predictability of life to change into a painful pursuit of affection, belonging, and sexual identity.

Targeted Audience: 18-40

Author Bio:
Akash Justin Ovian was born in Bangalore, India and began writing fiction at the age of seven. He has spent several years studying the roles of egotistic thought and self-gratification in human relationships. He harbors unquenchable passions for Beat Poetry, Eastern Philosophy, and Indian spirituality. His work ranges from eccentric beat poetry to, what he terms, ugly romantic fiction. He is a sincere advocate for the liberty of the human spirit and reflects it, uncompromisingly, in each of his works.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I missed my train one winter morning when I was traveling from Indiana to Wisconsin. I noticed that there were five others who missed the train and were stranded in the station along with me. I suddenly noticed how alienated people are from each other. I came to see how disconnected we feel from strangers and how many times we miss such important opportunities to meet wonderful people in our lives. The entire novel came rushing into my mind as I managed to reach Wisconsin by the end of that day. I told myself that I will write something that can depict the adventures that people can find when they loosen themselves and open up to strangers.

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Prodigal: A Second Chance Romance by Pippa Prince

A Broken Heart…

After all these years, I’m still the girl with a hopeless crush on the town bad boy.

Zack Carpenter has returned… to make me his.

But times have changed. I’m a little older and a lot wiser. I won’t come running every time he flashes that sexy smile.

Zack burned me once – I won’t let him burn me twice. Yet all it takes is his touch and I’m in over my head.

Again.

A Second Chance…

I left Shiloh to slay my demons, to protect Liz the only way I knew how.

She’s all I’ve ever wanted. The girl I couldn’t forget. I’ve returned to Shiloh a changed man and I’m here to win her back.

Liz McAllister was the stuff of fantasy ten years ago. Now, despite the fragile look in her eyes, she’s a thousand times more beautiful. Curvy, sexy, she’s fast becoming my obsession.

I won’t rest until she’s mine once more.

*Note: PRODIGAL is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed HEA. Intended for mature audiences only.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
Pippa Prince hails from the middle midwest where she divides her time between chasing her young children, writing sexy romance, and watching classic movies.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up in a small town, attended church, heard the stories in Sunday School. Pretty standard midwestern US youth. The story of the prodigal son always interested me — he took his inheritance and squandered it, abominably. When he returned home, utterly penniless, his father welcomed him with open arms and a party. The important part wasn't the money — the important part was family. Of course, in PRODIGAL, 'family' means the hero and heroine, but the moral is the same.

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No Honor Between Brothers by Deborah Tadema

Everyone has at least one weakness. Mitch Wilder’s is women. He has always been fussed over, coddled and protected by them. As a teenager he was the star football quarterback, always surrounded by girls, as he used his good looks and popularity to his advantage. By thirty-nine years of age, he hasn’t slowed down. Mitch still sneaks from bedroom to bedroom.

When his father dies in 1967 Mitch’s world starts to fray at the seams. His father’s will states that Mitch has inherited the shipping company, which Mitch has been running for eight years, ever since his father retired. But up until then the company had remained in his father’s name. While the inheritance isn’t a surprise, the stipulation that Mitch must hire his stepbrother, Tom Fleming, is. On top of this, Tom will own half the company within five years. If this doesn’t happen the company will be sold and the proceeds will go to charity. Mitch sees no choice but to hire his brother.

Other than the fact that Mitch hates Tom, he has also discovered that Tom had an affair with the woman Mitch loves, Claire Lester. He comes up with a plan: to convince Claire to marry him and keep her away from Tom.

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Deborah Tadema received a diploma in “Short Story and Fiction Writing.” Following this, she completed three levels of a creative writing course. She currently belongs to a writing group and has her work critiqued on a regular basis.
Deb grew up in Port Stanley, Ontario, the eldest of six children. She met her first husband in high school, moved to St. Thomas and had two daughters. Many years later she gained two stepsons when she married her current husband. They have nine grandchildren. Deb and Harold now live near the village of Bayfield.
Aside from working in manufacturing positions, Deb has worked in retail and in a garden center. Now, she spends a lot of time devoted to her writing.
Author of White Clouds On The Horizon, Taken Twice, and No Honor Between Brothers. Soon to come, Abandoned Honor.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I loved how much trouble my characters got into. This book shows of everyday struggles with addictions. Everyone has some kind of addiction. Whether they are aware of it or not. I thought I'd show some in this book.

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Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer

I’ve learned that not everything is what it seems. If you start to look too close, you uncover things people don’t want you to see. It’s why I hide. It’s why no one knows the real me. But he sees me. He sees the darkness in my heart but he’s not afraid, because he’s like me. They say opposites attract, but we’re proof that like-and-like are a far more potent combination.

Novalee Clarke is hiding from a past she wants to leave behind, and Jacen Kensington is running from his.

The thing about hiding and running is eventually the thing you’re trying to escape catches up to you.

And when it does?

It changes everything.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life.

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Valentine’s Pets & Kisses 2 – A Boxed Set of Eight Sweet Romances by Victoria Pinder, J.L. Campbell, Jade Kerrion, P.C. Zick, Sydney Aaliyah Michelle, Caroline Bell Foster, Tina D.C. Hayes, Jeanne Bannon

Cuddle up with a heartwarming collection of dog tales, kitty and horse stories, and true love with these all-new sweet romances penned by USA Today and international bestselling authors.

Victoria Pinder — Keeping the Spy
A retired CIA spy returns to his hometown and finally works up the nerve to go after the girl he’s dreamed of since high school. Her beloved dog and the target on her back complicate this Valentine’s Day.

J.L. Campbell — Cupid’s Gift
Heartbroken single parents, Melanie Peterson and Bryce Nevers, aren’t looking for love. Cupid has other ideas plans when he turns things upside down after Bryce’s goofy dog blasts through Melanie’s office, leaving behind mayhem and a reminder that love can show up in unexpected ways.

Jade Kerrion — Nurtured
High-flying corporate lawyer, Nicole Lefton, has neither the space nor time for distractions, but a car accident saddles her with the unexpected company of a large dog and the attentions of a handsome vet.

P.C. Zick — Love on Trial
Lawyers arguing a case on opposite sides disagree on most everything, except the love they both feel for their dogs, a Boston terrier and a Jack Russell terrier. Loneliness and their dogs bring them together in a surprising way on Valentine’s Day.

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle – Your Loyal Fan
A year later, Noah, Callie, and their little dog Nip are in relationship bliss, but a Valentine’s Day weekend in Los Angeles stretches their loyalties. Is their bond strong enough to survive the celebrity wedding of the century?

Caroline Bell Foster — The Kitty Effect
Stumbling across an abandoned cat and her kittens, Mateo and Willow have to embark on a crash course of parenthood in more ways than one.

Tina D.C. Hayes — Sweethearts and Paw Prints
Kaylee fears losing the two guys she loves with all her heart: Carter to another woman and her Yorkie to his previous owner.

Jeanne Bannon — Love Bites
Jack has a tried and true system for determining whether he will continue to date a woman. He brings his dates home to meet his dog, Phil. But none have yet to pass the Phil Test.

Targeted Audience: adult

Author Bio:
Victoria Pinder: USA Today best-selling author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels. She has written sixteen books, seven novellas and two short story collections.Her novels include the Island Adventure Romance series, which currently has five exciting, stand-alone stories and features feisty women and determined men. Campbell's mission is to write stories that entertain and educate readers. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.
Jade Kerrion is the author of the Double Helix series, which has won a total of eight science fiction awards, including the Gold Medal in Readers Favorites 2013. Her Guild Wars fan fiction was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time.
P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. Currently, crafting fiction—mostly romances—occupies her time.
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.Sydney's novels tackle that dramatic world that is college and professional football and she writes heroines that love their men and the sport that they play.
Caroline Bell Foster was born in Derby, England and with her family went on a six week holiday to Jamaica. She stayed for 18 years! Ever the adventurer Caroline bought her first pair of high heels in Toronto and traded her pink sunglasses for a bus ride in the Rift Valley at 18. She wrote her first short story on that bus and had it published the following year in a local newspaper.Caroline has always written in one form or another from a very young age. She started her first diary at age 7 and short stories and articles kept her occupied throughout her teens. Feeling the restrictions of short stories for newspapers, Caroline switched to full length novels letting her creativity flow.
Tina DC Hayes writes romantic suspense and cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. She lives down a little country road in western Kentucky with her husband and four children. A few pampered pooches and two parrots keep her company while they stand guard against writer's block. In her spare time she reads, hangs out with friends and family, watches movies, plays guitar, and indulges her inner Foodie in the kitchen and by chowing down at cool restaurants. Currently up to her elbows in diapers, she's an expert at 4 a.m. bottle feedings and Patty Cake.
Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years as an editor and writer. Come visit her website www.jeannebannon.com.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The whole set was inspired by the romance authors who are featured here and by the popularity of last year's first Valentine's Pets & Kiss boxed set. I wrote Love on Trial as a love letter to one of my favorite cities, Chicago. I chose a Boston terrier and a Jack Russell for my pets because two of my friends had both of these dogs, and I fell in love with their personalities. I remember visiting my brother in Chicago and taking many long walks with him and his dog along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston and at the dog park near the zoo. The rest of it was simple.

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Crashing Into Me by R.L Jackson

A year after being left at the altar, headstrong E.R Nurse, Lana McKenzie is finally piecing her life back together. Tired of dealing with seeing her ex and his new girlfriend at every turn, she longs for blissful solitude and can’t wait to enjoy a peaceful vacation alone in the mountains. However, her plans go awry when a rude stranger literally embeds himself into her life and mind.

Handsome, wealthy, and troubled, Kayden Capshaw is struggling with the death of his brother, while also trying to escape the claws of his controlling mother. In his grief, the last thing Kayden wants to deal with is the fallout from his last run in with the law. Yet, he also longs to get to know the woman now snowed in with him at the house on the hill.

The ice between them thaws every minute they spend together, and they find that they have more in common than they realize. Will they find a way to make it through, or will it all, like the snow, melt away?

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
R.L Jackson resides in sunny south Florida . She writes and enjoys reading Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian and Thriller novels and is always exploring new ideas and genres. She’s an avid movie lover, ruthless supporter of all things creative and loves taking readers on epic adventures.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book based on my personal experiences, as well as those I know. I believe this story has depth that goes far beyond your typical Romance and will force those reading to think, feel and to take chances. Everyone deserves a second chance.

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