Wedding Tales continues the magic of the inspirational love story told in Mary Sullivan Esseff's previous book, The Butterfly & The Snail. On January 29, 1966, as Rebecca Butler and Khalil Khoury exchange vows, an unexpected blizzard piles up snow so deep that it shuts down the East Coast for a week. Snowed in family members pass the time by sharing tales of why their ancestors emigrated to America. Wedding Tales, Book One: Love's Journey contains stories of Rebecca's German and Khalil's Lebanese ancestors who underwent religious persecution, murder, and treachery that forced them to leave their homelands.
Wedding Tales, Book One: Love’s Journey provides stories of Rebecca and Khalil’s ancestors who overcome great hardships while they display courage and fortitude in the face of horrific events. In the late 1800s, Rebecca’s German ancestors experience murder and attempted rape by the son of a wealthy German nobleman. Khalil’s Lebanese forbears face massacre resulting from marauding renegade soldiers during the last years of the Ottoman Empire.
Despite how terribly they are injured, we learn how both sets of ancestors forgive those who wronged them. The ability to forgive their enemies seems almost miraculous. Is it this forgiveness that enables their ancestors’ to survive and grow as they face the inevitable hardships in their new lives in North America?
The account does not end here. In the sequel, Wedding Tales, Book Two: Honeymoon Caper resumes the suspense-building saga of Rebecca and Khalil on their honeymoon as well as the ongoing journeys of their predecessors’ journey to America. In Wedding Tales, Rebecca and Khalil display the strength and resiliency of their ancestors.
Although these events took place over a hundred years ago, the same issues are evident in the world today: the plight of immigrants fleeing from terror in their homelands, facing cultural differences in the new world, overcoming prejudice and intolerance, finding employment that pays a living wage, and more. Anyone who experiences intolerance or prejudice, whether as an immigrant or a native-born citizen, will identify with the struggles of Rebecca and Khalil and their ancestors. Readers are sure to gain invaluable insights from how the characters resolve and overcome adversities.
Friday nights are about fish and chips, not finding sexy boys on your doorstep, particularly when the boy in question seems so lost.
Jack’s been Amy’s customer for years so they’re not exactly strangers, but he’s stunned when he finds himself homeless and she offers him a place to stay.
Amy’s desperate for change. Fed up with fulfilling her father’s expectations, she’s struggling to see a way out without letting him down. Suddenly faced with more issues than she can cope with, Amy turns to Jack for comfort. But as they get closer, and Jack’s troubles get deeper, he’s reluctant to make promises he can’t keep.
One lonely boy, trying to do the right thing.
One girl used to pushing her dreams aside.
Two hearts struggling with life and love.
Things are about to get all kinds of MESSED UP and MAGIC.
In the arms of an outlaw, she found the freedom to live out her wildest fantasies. Don’t miss this scorching erotic romance from New York Times bestselling author Opal Carew, now available for the first time as a complete novel!
When Laurie is kidnapped by bikers, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. From the moment she meets Steele–their sinfully sexy leader–she can’t deny their fierce attraction. Even though she’s completely at his mercy, his eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang know she’s strictly hands off. But the more time she spends with Steele, the more her body insists she wants his powerful hands all over her.
Now she’s about to discover a new life on the open road…and what it means to be part of a gang that shares everything. At first their wanton lifestyle shocks her senses–but once she’s had a taste of life on the edge, will she ever want to leave?
A history professor in a tweed jacket, a cheeky Goth chick, and a pipe-smoking, book-hurling ghost. Put them all together in an antiquated library and, well…
Professor Jack Wood’s silver-streaked hair definitely ages him, and he can thank Killer Dawn for that. He won’t be falling into the love trap again anytime real soon. But this new librarian has him curious, with her head-to-toe black Goth garb, piercings, and a defiant attitude to match. Definitely not his type of girl, but still…
Abigail Stryker’s got her work cut out for her. The last two librarians didn’t last a month before airborne books chased them off. But Abby’s determined to make her new life a go – and to stay as far away from older men as possible. Once was enough. Might be tough to do when the library’s best patron is none other than dreamy-eyed Jack Wood. And it seems the eccentric ghost may have taken a shine to her as well.
Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation’s earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father’s plans for peace, this young girl takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. Eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of tremendous nobility, courage, and heart.
Told in first person, in a voice brimming with compassion and wisdom, Favorite Daughter, Part One provides a compelling look at the early days of one of the most remarkable legends in American history.
Editor’s Choice Award Winner, 24th Annual San Diego State University Writers’ Conference
When ozone levels plummeted, the world changed. There’s no going back.
This is a world where sunshine can kill. Where there are heavy steel shutters on every window, and underground tunnels for safe passage. Where citizens nourish themselves with synthetic vitamins and rationed food, living a life in darkness, never seeing the sun.
This is the only world that eighteen-year-old Manda has ever known. As this strong, passionate girl struggles to bloom in a hard and unforgiving world, she finds a single comfort; Jordy, a man who delicately shows her how beautiful life can be. But then the letter comes.
Everything is changing, all over again.
Manda will soon be evacuated from her home, transported across the country to a place where the days are shorter, where it still rains, where the sun is less deadly. There’s only one catch; Jordy may not be going with her.
She bides in agony, fighting to fit as much living into her last few weeks as she can, while she waits to learn if she will soon lose the only man she’s ever loved.
This book is a collection of romantic, sentimental short stories. It is a collaboration with artist Larissa Makeeva. Her fascinating art helps to color up the narrative and the characters in charming bright tones.
The stories range many genres from comedy to drama. They are nostalgic and dreamy but by no means they are fantasy or fairy tales. These stories center around ordinary people who are swept away by love and passion. It is all truth. Adventurous and glamorous things might happen to everyone. They happen to all of us although sometimes we just don’t realize.
Marissa is shaken when her bad-assed biker ex-boyfriend begins to stalk her. After receiving an invitation to an exclusive resort called Eden, she jumps at the chance to get away.
But even in paradise, she can’t escape the man from her past. As he’s closing in on her, a passing stranger on a motorcycle pulls up and orders her onto his bike. Frightened and willing to take any chance to flee her dangerous ex, she does as he says.
Her knight in supple leather manages to lose her ex and take her to a secret hideaway, but now she finds herself overwhelmed by his potent masculinity and submitting completely to his authoritative commands.
Killer didn’t want to be her saviour. He had problems of his own. But once Marissa’s under his protection, he will do whatever he can to keep her safe. Even force her to face her deepest fears.
Do you remember when you knew you were falling in love?
Do you recall the thoughts, feeling and emotions you experienced when falling in love?
We have all read or hear love stories at one point or another, but this love is story is very different.
In this five part star-crossed love story, author Leonard Belmont takes us on an emotional journey with his automatic writings of the life of a young couple from the moment they laid eyes on each other.
Nobody wants to talk about them, but there are events that occur in our lives that become deep dark secrets we hold inside. And they dramatically influence who we are and how we experience the world.
Such is the case for seventeen year-old Nicky Young who was raised by an alcoholic father and disengaged mother. While Nicky tries to make her way into the world she is confronted by the demons of her dysfunctional and sometimes violent upbringing.
As a young child, Nicky witnesses her older sister having her head slammed into a bowl of creamed corn by her father and then yanks his belt from the loops of his pants and begins to relentlessly beat her sister. It is experiences like this that ravage her self-esteem and make trusting men next to impossible…until at 17, Nicky meets Ryan Tilton, a high profile professional baseball player eight years her senior, who expresses an interest in her.
While she is interested in Ryan, Nicky questions his ulterior motive for wanting to be with an inexperienced girl. Is this man a scoundrel or does he genuinely care about her? Nicky is torn between protecting her vulnerable heart and wanting to trust Ryan and develop a relationship. Ryan brings his own demons to the party – losing his father at the age of fourteen, his early fame and a sexual partner from his past who will not leave him alone.
Will their young, uncertain love be enough to help them open their hearts and experience intimacy they both crave so deeply or is Nicky and Ryan on a collision course for failure?
Loosely based on the author's life growing up in San Francisco, this inspired work of fiction deals with the disturbing secrets siblings share, the dance between love and protecting one’s heart, and the innate desire to connect with another even when it means risking everything.
The first installment in an upcoming trilogy from fresh, new author Tegan Nichols!
Allison White had just graduated college, left her long-term boyfriend, and had no prospects for a job that could drag her out of her mundane lifestyle. When her friend Laura needed her to be a temporary replacement at GRC Management Consultants, it sounded like a chance to make some contacts, get a good reference, and make some easy money as the Personal Assistant to Gabriel Carter. The next three days turned into a personal, professional, and sexual awakening that questions everything Allison thought she knew about herself and her body. Could trusting her desires and letting down her guard change her entire life for the better, or will this be a mistake that breaks her heart and ruins a friendship?
Martin and Sarah Hamilton live a charmed life on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. A known author, Martin works on a new novel around their summer schedule of leisure.
From a hotel visit near the Florida beaches to a lavish party hosted by the unforgettable Evelyn Carradine, this debut from Ethan Bailey demonstrates how love, fiction and reality blend to tell a more truthful story of the world. Tomorrow is an elegant and timeless expression of the modern Deep South, destined to become a classic.
Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.
But Kari doesn’t know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache.
Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She’s found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to keep her emotions in check.
Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but steamy sex is not enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her medical career is five hundred kilometers away from the hometown that he loves, and the life that he once chose over her.
What Once Was Perfect is a short and sexy contemporary romance novel set in Wardham, Ontario, a fictitious small farming community on the shores of Lake Erie.
Annora is willing to do anything to save her father from the dark eros of an evil witch-mother and two demonic step-sisters. It’s a perilous task, battling such awful magic, but she doesn’t have to face danger alone; a fairy man waits to make all Annora’s wishes come true–for a price. This is not Walt Disney’s Cinderella, dear reader. This is As You Wish, a Cinderella story from author A. Violet End.