Priya is a typical modern-day woman in India. Independent and full of life, she spends her days at her job working hard to secure a better life for herself. She also has a close connection with her mother, who dotes on her daughter endlessly.
But her work life and home life collide on one disastrous day. When Priya becomes a victim of sexual abuse in the workplace, she hides in fear and humiliation only to realize that she’s pregnant. Devastated and wishing to run away from the shame, she seeks refuge in her mother who in return can’t hear the news and dies of a heart attack.
Devastated by the loss of her mother, Priya nevertheless decides to make the best of her situation. She decides to continue with the pregnancy. She eventually gives birth to a son and raises him by herself. The pain that resulted in her son’s birth has transformed into the all-consuming power of a mother’s love. Priya knows that her son means everything to her, and nothing can stop the special bond they share… until one day.
That’s when her abuser, Vijay comes storming back into Priya’s life. In the years that he’s been away, he’s been through his own struggles, losing his entire family in a devastating tsunami. A broken man, he comes back to plead for Priya’s forgiveness. When she comes face to face with her abuser, waves of the exploitation come flooding in. But she can’t let go of the past that easily, even though their son is a shared reminder of their bond. Vijay knows it will take a lot to change Priya’s mind. So, he returns one day with a priceless gift in his hands – one that could change Priya’s life forever.
A Priceless Gift is a stunning and lyrical tale of two Indian families torn apart by hate and anger while seeking redemption through love and forgiveness. Author Hemalatha Gnanasekar crafts this compelling story with three-dimensional characters that speak to the heart of the human experience. A story rooted in India, yet shared by diverse cultures across the world, A Priceless Gift proves that life doesn’t always proceed as planned. Because when a heart is closed off from betrayal and pain, sometimes the only cure… is to open it up.
We are in the midst of a true “Game of Thrones”, or “Contest of Power” and THEY have subverted our destiny. THEY have stolen our future. This game is unimaginably ancient, the endless ruins pockmarking the Old World and Fertile Crescent is testimony as to their successes. THEY celebrate the high score they ranked up through the Millennia. It is time to learn their rulebook. Know the strategies of the Game and finally change the score. “Varangian” is a fantasy exploring whether heroism is enough to save a society peeling apart from decadence and treachery.
BYZANTUM–the once crown jewel of the civilized world is now a mere hedonist’s playground. Her most able general and statesman, Almuric Agricola, discovers this terminal decadence is engineered by a near-omnipotent shadow group having infiltrated the corridors of power and bent on the slaughter of the citizenry before seizing the Capitol. Almuric attempts to oust this indomitable evil, yet is branded a madman and exiled by a traitorous bureaucracy to a mountain fortress in the desert. Whispers reach the Capitol that Almuric is harboring a mysterious princess of tremendous interest to the clandestine group and that he also employed the services of an infamous Varangian guardsman–a giant Northman mercenary. Like moths to the flame their forces coalesce upon his desolate fortress. Almuric and his barbarian axe-man are waiting–and the desert shall be awash with blood to determine who gets to keep the jewel that is Byzantum.
Bella Rushdale has returned home still unwed having eloped with Viscount Marlinscar, and she’s now engaged in a scandalous liaison with the Marquis of Pennerley. Remote Yorkshire society is outraged!
Something ought to be done.
Even the untrained observer can see there’s something deliciously perplexing about the relationship between Bella and the two rascals responsible for her disgrace. As rumours of unnatural activities, forbidden pleasures and the inevitable repercussions abound, Bella vigorously resists her brother’s attempts to strong-arm her into wedlock. But, all too soon everything gets out of hand, putting Bella at risk of losing far more than her reputation. Can three people whose lives and hearts are so inexorably bound forge a lasting bond? Or is their love as ill-fated as society would have them believe?
Find out, in this tale of forbidden love between a marquis, his mistress, and the man they both once loved.
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The Serpent’s Kiss is a Regency-set historical romance with a high heat including M/F, M/M and M/M/F interactions. Those of a timid or nervous disposition are warned against indulging.
Locked behind the massive gates of an unforgiving beast’s estate, Benella encounters the beast and starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.
Eleanor Talbot, newly widowed after the Battle of Blore Heath, meets Edward, Earl of March.
It is a time of trials when the Lancastrians and Yorkists fight for supremacy…and the throne of England.
The Talbots are staunch Lancastrians; Edward is the Son of York.
The Battles of Mortimer’s Cross and the bloodbath of Towton lead to Edward taking the crown.
A secret marriage is hatched between the young King and Eleanor, but the “secret queen” is never announced to the Council.
King Edward’s womanising reaches new heights as, within a short time, his eye falls on another widowed beauty, Elizabeth Woodville, whom he also marries in a private, hidden ceremony.
Mortified by all that has happened, Eleanor seeks atonement in religion,…but will her past catch her up?
Will the secret remain secret?
A story of love and lust spanning two families, the Talbots and the Woodvilles, and two women both similar and yet very different. One who became Queen of England, and one who might have been.
When Katharina Simeon makes a secret promise, she never stops to wonder what consequences may come of it. Yet 200 years later, far from her home in 18th century England, that very promise is carried across time and the Atlantic to rest upon her descendant…
Melissa Benjamin discovers her eleventh great grandmother’s journal while researching her senior history project. Sent down a path she never imagined venturing, Katharina’s intriguing story leads Melissa on a quest to find the parents she’s never known even as she unravels a secret spanning generations. During her search, history buff and schoolgirl crush, Tom Berington, offers to help… but will his aid come at a price too high to pay? And what secrets of his own is Tom hiding?
The Songbird and the Secret is a blend of historical and contemporary Christian fiction sweeping from 18th century England to pre-Revolutionary America, onward to life today. As the reader discovers Katharina’s thrilling story along with Melissa, a mysterious tale weaves together the lives of these two women separated by hundreds of years but joined through an ancient family secret. When each is faced with heartrending disappointment, will she cling to the one who loves her unconditionally?
Trained since childhood to hunt blood drinkers, Leotine is sent on a mission to destroy the elusive Cyprian Augustus. The cunning blood drinker has converted or killed many hunters who have tracked him. Will the vampire or the huntress win their deadly game of lust?
Note: Handsome Bastard was previously published. This is a re-edited version and contains two additional scenes.
As Natividad Johnston approaches her 17th birthday, there is nothing she would change about her life. She moves easily between the cultures of her American father and her Mexican mother. She navigates the divide between the freedom of ranch life and the constraints of being a proper young woman. But it’s a time of change in the Arizona Territory, with rumors of rail lines and statehood, and when Nattie pulls a stranger from a flooded river he brings a challenge she never expected.
Tamara Ledbetter, dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England, to research her ancestors. A trip first planned with her soon-to-be ex. While in a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together to read what’s beneath, faints, and awakes in 1789. Certain she’s caught in a reenactment, she fast discovers she’s in the year of the French Revolution, grain riots in England, miners out of work, and she’s mistrusted by the young farmer, Colum Polwhele, who’s come to her aid. Can a sassy San Francisco gal survive in this primitive time where women have few rights? Could she fall for Colum, a man active in underhanded dealings that involve stolen grain, or will she struggle to return to her own time before danger stalks them both?
What lengths would you go to for love? A terminally ill heiress trying to make the most of what little time she has left and a suave mobster on the run from the executioners electric chair, meet and fall in love on a trans-pacific crossing from San Francisco to Tokyo, each without knowing the other’s tragic secret. Little do they know, they are each journeying toward their doomed fate while cheerfully masquerading under ballroom lights, breezy late-night dinners, cocktail conversations, and a whirlwind shore excursion in Hawaii. Along the way, they encounter a cast of characters who help bring them together and who seek to drive them apart. Communicating their innermost thoughts and desires through letters slipped under each other’s cabin door, their bond becomes deeper than anything that they have ever known. The clock is ticking… they have weeks to find happiness in each other’s arms.
Euphemia Fortescue ran away from an arranged marriage ten years ago, and since, she has suffered the whims and trials of false friends and twisted lords. But since becoming a housemaid for Harcourt Sinclair, she has found some semblance of peace and purpose.
Harcourt Sinclair has been planning his revenge for twenty years against those peers of society who took everything from him. But his single-mindedness will cost him, unless he can learn to trust his least expected saviour…
Both live in the shadows, and know all too well the cruelty of those in power. The darkness in their hearts means they can never love – doesn’t it?
A tale of redemption, adventure, secrets, desire, and love in Regency London.
This bundle contains three volumes. One novel starts where the previous one ends, so you keep yourself immersed in the times and in the saga that begins when Lenny and Natasha first meet. Follow them from the US to England to France during WWII.
The Music of Us
Dancing with Air
Marriage before Death
Would you show mercy to the lover who deserted you?
Finley Helmer thought he had it all when Elina Clemence invited him into her bed. When circumstances forced them apart, he vowed to return to her as quickly as possible. He never imagined it would be years before he would be reunited with the woman he loves, and in the process he would be thrown into a world of smuggling black opals, drugs, and aboriginal slaves.
Elina was ripped away from her home and the man she loved when her father took her to Australia to start a new life. He promised her beauty and opportunity. Instead, she found herself forced into a marriage with a cruel and abusive man, who has a grown daughter who’s determined to destroy her.
When her husband dies, leaving Elina his fortune, constant accidents follow her, threatening her life. Elina is a profitable shipping tycoon, with control over most of the town’s supply. But despite her powerful position, her heart still aches for the man she once loved who disappeared from her life without a trace.
Finding themselves passionately reunited, Finley and Elina discover the cruelty that tore them from each other. As they search for answers, they uncover the unrelenting wrath and vengeance of an opium addict who will stop at nothing until she has possession of the black opals she thinks they are hiding.
Can Finley and Elina escape the horror that seems to be following them, or will they fall victim to the greed of an addict? And can they find the courage to once again trust each other with their hearts?
England, 1859. When ex-army captain Justin Thornhill places an advertisement for a wife, the mysterious lady who answers isn’t quite what he was expecting. “For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry…an excellent series launch.” -Publishers Weekly
Lady Tabitha Pemberton wants nothing more than to enjoy her first season without becoming attached, but when Lady X writes of a forbidden tryst between Tabitha and Colin Brooks, the earl of Harcourt, everything changes. Now Tabitha must choose between her reputation and her desire to remain unattached.
Jeremy Spencer is just nineteen-years-old, and planning a long-awaited trip to the continent. He’s blindsided when his father informs him that he arranged his marriage years ago, and the wedding will take place in a week. Maybe the news would have gone over better if his bride wasn’t a thirteen-year-old girl.
Anne Jones had a happy childhood until her Papa became ill. Afraid of leaving her alone he contacts his old friend, William Spencer, to see if the betrothal between their children is going to be honored. He needs to know that Anne will be cared for before he dies.
The two will wed and then separate immediately after. They’ll be apart for more than five years. Anne will finish her education, and when Jeremy doesn’t return, make plans to go on with her life. She hopes she never sets eyes on Jeremy Spencer again; she just needs him to sign the annulment papers.
Jeremy is angry when he leaves for his tour of the continent, and vows not to return until the marriage can be annulled. He spends the next five years doing what young men do, because he never expects his marriage to last.
Jeremy finally returns with the intent to end his marriage, but one look at Anne makes him change his mind. He’ll have to work hard to get her to forgive him. Anne is smart, strong-willed, and not afraid to stand up for herself. She refuses to listen to Jeremy’s excuses or apologies, until he turns her over his knee and spanks her, and she agrees to give the marriage a chance.
Can Anne forgive and the two find happiness together?