What to Kill For by Hitomi Farrell

A single woman whose biological clock is ticking hunts for a husband in the “Land of Mr. Wrongs” also known as Los Angeles. “Fortunately,” she gets kidnapped by a Mexican mobster.

Shannon is just another single woman in Los Angeles who is desperate to find “The One.” She is a pretty, decently-educated Episcopalian princess, and—it appears—there is absolutely nothing wrong with her. What appears to be wrong is that her Prince Charming is ten years overdue, and more than fashionably late in making his appearance.

Meanwhile, Shannon gets kidnapped by a Mexican mobster from one of the most notorious crime syndicates in Mexico. It is payback for her boss’s corruption and wrongdoing in secret, criminal transactions. Shannon’s hope for her release is slim since she knows her boss couldn’t care less about her life. She must escape on her own and return to her everyday agenda of searching for her future husband. She has to hurry, too, because she’s running out of time!

What will happen to Shannon’s life now?

Targeted Audience: 21-50

Author Bio:
Hitomi Farrell began her writing career as a columnist for a major Japanese newspaper. Through considerable production work for film, TV, and other media in Los Angeles, and also working as a travel journalist, she gained extensive insight into storytelling, which inspired her to write books and screenplays.

She has written more than a dozen feature screenplays and three books thus far, and continues to write to this day.

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Hard Choices by Joan Farraneau

She was his first love. He was her plaything.

Ten years ago to the day, Sean Hartwood left Forton, Texas with a promise never to return. Now, despite his promise, he’s back, back to the one place he swore he’d never see again, back to the same tired streets where his heart was broken so long ago.

For ten years, Sam Atley has dreamed of picking up and leaving Forton. Married to an abusive alcoholic and stuck in a dead-end job at the local diner, she’s lost all hope of leading a happy life in this backwoods town where nothing ever seems to happen. That is, until one morning when a handsome, mysterious stranger appears in town. From the moment Sam sets eyes on him, she knows her entire world is about to change.

But can love flourish when secrets abound and the past comes crashing into the present? Sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple…

Hard Choices is a standalone 53,000-word novel complete with HEA.

Targeted Audience: 21 plus

Author Bio:
Joan Farraneau is a lover and liver of all things erotic. When she's not penning her next fantasy, she enjoys spending time with her rambunctious golden-doodle, eating copious amounts of grocery store sushi, and lying down for entirely too long and watching television designed to rot your brain. Her second full-length novel, Flash Photography, is in the works.

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Project Echo 31: There’s A Time To Love by E.D. Johnson

In this romantic sci-fi adventure, Luke must make a choice: Stop the marriage that ruins his life in two decades or give in to temptation and take the good times in between. Can he learn to live with the means justifying the end?Luke Summers is emotionally broken. His twenty-year marriage has just come to a bitter, heartbreaking end and he is struggling to find the will to put the pieces of his life back together with such a large section missing. Every problem he has known for years seems to be rooted in those damned vows of matrimony. If only there was a way to undo what was done so long ago…His friend is a physicist with a contract to change the world. He confides in Luke something as absurd as it is wondrous. “We have almost perfected the art of time-travel.”Seeing his chance to rid himself of the slow cancer that was his ruined marriage, Luke convinces his friend to show him the machine. His friend explains that time-travel only applies to the consciousness, and that it is far from an exact science. Midway through the explanation of the rules, Luke seizes his opening and starts the machine while his friend’s back is turned. He concentrates on the day he met Stephanie, his ex-wife. He sees a light at the end of this dark tunnel of pain and then…He blinks, disoriented. He sees the church. His tuxedo. His best man. He travelled back to their wedding day! Dazed but on a mission to stop the biggest mistake he ever made, he storms through the church looking for Stephanie. He is looking for his ex-wife, but he isn’t expecting to find his bride-to-be. There stands, not the woman who destroyed his life, but the woman he fell in love with so many years ago. He tries to stand firm and to complete his quest, but seeing Steph as she was then brings his buried feelings of love bubbling to the surface again. As he struggles to cope with his conflicted emotions, two shadowy figures appear on the horizon. They hold the contract for time-travel and Luke is breaking all the rules. You can never return to the past to alter it, only to relive it. He has told Stephanie, a resident of the past, about the existence of time-travel and now they both are in danger. As they struggle to make it to his trigger point so he can return to his time, the danger and the excitement drive them closer and closer together.Can the couple beat the odds and evade the Time Police? Will their newly rediscovered love prevail?

Targeted Audience: 21 and up

Author Bio:
Mr. E.D. Johnson is a native Texan reared in Okinawa, Japan and currently resides in Houston, Texas. He has a passion for social justice advocacy and is a firm believer in self-efficacy through economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. E.D. Johnson is an innovative, energetic, and successful entrepreneur. He is co-host of ’The Edifice Project’ an economic empowerment radio show designed to ’champion’ the lives of women, minority and small business entrepreneurs. The Edifice Project, operated under Stratified Community Development, Inc. a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, airs on 90.1 Pacifica Radio. He served as Executive Director for James Prince’s Prince Complex, Inc. and as a community outreach coordinator in Houston, Texas. Mr. Johnson served as an expert, special guest, and keynote speaker for Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit in Miami, Florida during the Hip-Hop Source Awards and in Houston, Texas during Super Bowl XXXVIII. As a successful grant writer he has received over $1.3 million in funds and in-kind contributions for community outreach and technology. Prior to graduation he was a Fogarty International Scholar in Epidemiology, where he was a part of a research team examining the Resistant Tuberculosis Endemic in The Dominican Republic. Mr. Johnson is a polyglot with a conversational command of Spanish, French and Japanese; and master fluency in English and Spanish. Mr. Johnson, a decorated veteran served in The United States Marine Corps’, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Division and station in Camp Pendleton CA. He received numerous awards and commemorative medals including the National Defense and Marine Corps Honorable Service Commemorative Medals. Mr. Johnson is an impassioned writer and has interest and a passion for being involved in multi-cultural pursuits. Mr. Johnson is currently a proud member of The United Nation’s Choir.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired by a dream in which I tried to travel back in time to undo my marriage to my ex wife. When I finally found her and went to break off the marriage I actually found myself falling back in love with her. When I woke up I was overcome with emotion because I was actually still in love with her. I tried to shake it off but it took several days to get over.

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30 Below by Wendy Stenzel Oleston

30-Below-Book-Final-REVISED-Cover-4-draftSex. Faith Quinn didn’t have much experience in that department, at least not until she met Lucas. But then again, a lot of things changed when he stepped into the picture. They fell in love the moment their eyes met and as wonderful as it felt, it also set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately change the quality of their lives forever. Honesty, trust and stress-free living become nearly impossible to find as this couple willingly steps outside God’s design for sex and marriage. This leaves them asking the question: what would things have been like had they followed the wise design of their loving Father from the beginning?

30 Below is the first in a series called “Degrees of Discernment” which follows Faith and Lucas through other life issues that cause their moral temperature to rise and fall.

($.99 is a Kindle sale price. Price goes to $2.99 on October 1, 2014)

Targeted Audience: 21 and up

Author Bio:
Wendy Stenzel Oleston currently lives in Janesville, Wisconsin, with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Brett and Caroline. She is a very proud recovering alcoholic who thanks God every day for the freedom she has found through Him. Wendy has a very specific goal in her writing: to give something of value to the world instead of taking something valuable away.

Wendy is a digital designer and enjoys running. Wendy loves to travel and has been all over the world. She is a dynamic public speaker and welcomes any opportunity to share her life story with those willing to listen.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a book with steamy yet respectful sex between a couple. I also wanted to show the contrast between jumping into a relationship without knowing a person and taking your time to let a relationship build naturally. In addition, I wanted to bring awareness to mental illness and how people who are afflicted can live perfectly normal lives and deserve love and respect just like anyone else.

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An Impossible Marriage by Meriel Brooke

Cover-An-Impossible-Marriage-10-SMALLSamuel Singleton, a farmer’s son, enlists as a teenager at the outbreak of the First World War, after which he goes to Malaya to start a new life as a rubber planter. He meets Ruth, an attractive and sophisticated woman. They marry, but the marriage is stormy, and Ruth has an affair with the young doctor on the rubber estate. His childhood sweetheart, Mary, realises that something is wrong when Sam does not send for her as promised. She has not told him that she is pregnant and attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge on Sam’s mare, Bella, but is saved by their neighbour, Richard Lewis. They bring up the child, Andrew, as their own. Sam and Ruth have a child, Stephanie, who is sent to school in England. While Stephanie is training to be a nurse at a London teaching hospital, she meets a medical student, Andrew Lewis, and discovers that they are neighbours. They fall in love and decide to marry. Sam’s parents then decide they must tell Sam that Andrew is his son and therefore Stephanie’s half-brother, and that Stephanie and Andrew must end their relationship.

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but it’s taken a long time and several careers to achieve this ambition.
I was born in Malaya, was sent to boarding school in England at the tender age of three, then to Canada during the war (Second, not First World War!), then Australia at the end of the war, then back to England where I finished my schooling at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
I qualified as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and worked for a plastic surgeon before following my heart and changing careers to act in film, TV and stage including the American Shakespeare Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. I wrote and directed several plays and was a member of the Directors’ Guild.
Some years ago I moved to Herefordshire and set up a small organic farm with my husband.
My first book, ‘Pot of Gold’, a humorous account of downshifting, was first published in 1997 and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary about our farm.
My children’s book, ‘Jacqueline Jackdaw’, is about a clever jackdaw who becomes friends with a young boy.
My first novel ‘An Impossible Marriage’, about a farmer’s son who became a rubber planter in Malaya,has just been published by Ex-L-Ence-Publishing. The story concerns the consequences to all involved after he deserts his childhood sweetheart and marries a more sophisticated woman. Years later, the offspring of his two relationships fortuitously meet. This was originally published under the title of ‘Blood Marriage’.
My second novel, ‘Sweet Mungo’, about a young actor, is now in the process of being published.
All my books are available on Amazon.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I started writing this book nine years ago and originally it was just a record of my father’s career (he fought in both world wars). Then I realised it would make a good story, and my first efforts were terrible, but nine years later I feel proud of it

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The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

1000x1600Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote my boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death. Somehow, that became a novel.

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Married in the Nick of Nine by Alretha Thomas

MarriedNickOfNine850-2Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months. When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a man—smart, successful, and available. There’s only one catch: He’s “GU” (geographically undesirable). Nonetheless, Cassandra falls in love with Nicolas and makes the uncharacteristic decision to move from Los Angeles to New York to be with him. But Cassandra gets a rude awakening when she discovers there’s something rotten in the Big Apple.

Targeted Audience: 21 and over

Author Bio:
Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming.
This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.
In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, “Daughter Denied,” was launched in 2008 and in 2011, Alretha launched “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” Her third novel, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” spawned a four-book series that has been acquired by Soul Mate Publishing. “Married in the Nick of Nine,” was released July 2, 2014.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a book about true love.

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Color Our Second Honeymoon Erotic by Claudia Pulcher

Color-Our-Honeymoon-cover-photo1Brand new! Now published for the first time, the story that 200,000 readers cheered-on as it posted chapter by chapter on Literotica.

“Color Our Second Honeymoon Erotic may freak out some readers, at first,” wrote one critic, “because Claudia Pulcher pulls you into wild erotic scenes of agony and ecstasy (never just one). In the end, though, this is a great love story. Leslie and Guy O’Brien are rewarded for taking crazy risks–and for their courage in casting off sexual convention–with the sexiest second honeymoon on record.”

And a reader wrote: “They do it! They do it as millions of men and women, finding themselves in once-wonderful sexual relationships that no longer make the heart race, have longed to do it: They face every fear, take every risk, to set loose their fantasies!”

Again and again, as their erotic encounters become almost surreal, like The Story of O on steroids, they ask each other where this is taking them. But they do not, or cannot, stop because all of it—the exhibitionism, the bondage, the lust unsuspected in colleagues or students or strangers, the beautiful bodies twisted in pain and equally unbearable pleasure—becomes an addiction. An addiction to living life on a level of sensuality now never absent, a sensuality that with unexpected experience takes body and imagination higher.

For the reader, Color Our Second Honeymoon Erotic is the same kind of journey as the arousal, anticipation, and sheer pace of living with Guy and Leslie and so many other red-hot characters mount chapter by chapter.

All of it comes alive with Claudia Pulcher’s exquisitely sensual style, high-definition imagination, humor, and unfailing insight into love as well as lust.

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Claudia Pulcher was born to a very wealthy, politically influential family in Rome. She became known as the most beautiful, desirable, and dissolute woman in the Rome of Julius Caesar. The great poet of the time, Catullus, fell hopelessly in love with her; she paid little attention to him, but he wrote his most famous poems about her, calling her “Lesbia” in his poetry.

You may have concluded, by now, that Claudia Pulcher did not write “Color Our Second Honeymoon Erotic,” recently published by Amazon.

I wrote it. But you don’t have to get much further than the first chapter to understand why I decided to us a pen name.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Not only is “Color Our Second Honeymoon Erotic” a shocking romance to be written by a woman; it is a book that many, many people will say should never have been published at all.

My husband and I, who live on Long Island in a very swanky seaside resort (surrounded by people much richer than we are!), thought and talked a long time about writing this story and publishing it. But, to us, this is a love story and a story about how a marriage was saved. It also is a story of how two people, married and in love, kept together the marriage and made it much closer without resigning themselves to the idea that sex is nice “but not like when we were younger.”

As I wrote this book chapter by chapter, with lots of comments and exhortations from my husband, we published it on the Web site Literotica. By the time we published the last chapter, more than 200,000 readers were reading the book and many, many were cheering us on.

We don’t think anyone has to do what we did to light a match to the fuse of their marriage and watch the fireworks. In fact, you can learn from us. And everyone’s fantasies will be different–but just as exciting!

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Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

For Long Islander Pam Smith, keeping house and staying beautiful dominate her daily routine as she awaits the return of her husband, Jack, every Friday evening. When he suffers a fatal heart attack on the train home from Manhattan, Pam’s exquisitely arranged life is catapulted into turmoil as she is forced to face the realization that her marriage is nothing more than a black hole plagued with cruel infidelity, abuse, and sexual deviance. Witness Pam as she graciously and gracefully accepts the foul world her husband’s “other life” forces on her previously immaculate existence. Come along for the ride of your life as you ask yourself this one question. How well do I know my husband?

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Suzanne Jenkins is the author of the Pam of Babylon series, The Greektown Trilogy. Alice’s Summertime Adventure, The Savant of Chelsea and Atlas of Women. Her short story Vapor will appear in Willow Review, Spring 2013. A retired operating room nurse after living in New Jersey, USA for thirty years, she’s now a resident of the west Michigan lakeshore where she lives in the woods with her husband, dogs and sheep.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had a fantasy about what I would do if I discovered my husband had been unfaithful and the idea that I could be forgiving to the other woman loomed large. I know I couldn’t do it, but Pam could. I took it to the limits of a human’s capacity for forgiveness.

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The Chronicles Of An Angry Bitch – The Marriage Files by Dominique Mahon

angrybitchThe Chronicles of An Angry Bitch- The Marriage Files is a series of three short fictitious tales from the encounters of the wives. These stories do not depict real-life events and all the characters are fictitious. These stories contain adult language and themes!

Can’t say you haven’t been warned!

Targeted Audience: 18+

Author Bio:
A mother of four daughters. I have written two books and learned a lot through my writing. My first book taught me to find my writing style and what authorship has to offer. My second book, The Difference From The Rich & Poor: Their Secrets To Inner Happiness, is currently available on Amazon. I just finished my third book; How To Achieve Your Riches, Wealth, & Happiness. I have taken another chance in the fiction genre with the release of my book

I possess a Masters of Arts, Bachelors of Science, & Associates of Science. I spent years in school, just to realize that I what I desired wasn’t in school. I gathered what I could in school and appreciate the privilege of having the opportunity to gain a quality education.

I enjoy writing, reading, and listening to music. I don’t believe in tailoring my writing to one specific genre. I believe my education has brightened my horizons, when it comes to limiting one’s self. My reading is like my writing. I don’t believe in limiting myself and exploring options. This world has a lot to offer, but only to those that seek to explore the hidden worlds.

I enjoy watching Scandal, SVU, 7th Heaven, and Judging Amy.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book out of determination to expand my writing into unknown territories. It was about challenging myself and my writing.

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