Harley Easton and Marie Piper are our attending authors.
Kick off the holiday season with this sexy collection of five brand new romance novellas.
Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton
Writer Tessa Hazel can’t stand the cold, so when her agent banishes her to a Colorado ski lodge in January, she’s far from happy. To make things worse a surly hotel worker and her favorite frienemy are working to keep her out of the arms of a sexy ski instructor. Will a little extra snow fix everything or cause Tessa a major meltdown?
Body Heat by CM Peters
Whether it’s in the green valleys of Ireland or the cool land of Maine, love can bloom and wither as fast as a snowflake. Is it a good omen when two lonely hearts meet on a stormy night? Can they make it through when everything pulls them apart?
Off-Season by Marie Piper
Winter in a rafting town means blessed solitude as far as Eva is concerned, until sexy rafting guide Charlie shows up on New Year’s Eve. If the two of them can survive an ice storm, a bear, and each other, they just might realize they’re perfect together.
Finding Home by Sienna Saint-Cyr
When Marina scheduled her long overdue vacation to Leavenworth, Washington, all she’d wanted was a chance to sip her tea in the adorable Bavarian village and forget about her ex. But her plans quickly went awry when a hipster in a beanie stormed into the teashop demanding his rental manager fix her mistake… for she’d rented his cabin to Marina, while he’d planned to be there.
Damsel by Stephanie Bissette-Roark
Cassandra never wanted to return to that old, converted barn atop the hill. But when her estranged father leaves it all to her in his will, she journeys home to discover if any part of her broken past still remains. She didn’t expect to find Ethan Bailey waiting for her, a strange man who kindles in her powerful—but unwanted—feelings of familiarity. When a treasured childhood toy transports her into an imaginary world, Cassandra will come face-to-face with a man that looks just like Ethan, but whose medieval garb tells a different story. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, will her new companion bring healing love and open her heart in the real world or will the monster of her past consume her?
All proceeds from this collection will go charities that support mental health research and aide.
I was gifted this book by the author after winning it in an author takeover.
Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton
This was a sweet and quick read. The story is about an author who along with her rival are checked into a ski resort for the weekend of writing and working.
Tessa is none to thrilled for the burly lumberjack, Bryce, who seems to keep judging her but is thankful for the hot as heck ski instructor, Kevin….or is she.
It seems our burly and grumpy lumberjack has a few secrets in the closet in regard to Tessa and her writing.
The story made me laugh at the antics of our rival author because who doesn’t love to see an enemy get their much deserved paybacks! But seeing the connection between Bryce and Tessa develop and the ending chapter was a sweet ending to the story.
Off-Season by Marie Piper
This story was probably my favorite of the set of stories.
Eva was left her uncle’s diner in a small rafting town. Eva is quite happy to live her life in solitude because she doesn’t feel she is good enough to be with the person she really desires. Her fear and insecurity make her push him away at every turn.
Charlie is the owner of the main rafting group in the area and he is head over heals for Eva. He has no idea what he did in the past to make her run but he is dead set on claiming her for the new year.
The couple have major issues because Eva thinks so many wrong things about Charlie is doesn’t really believe him when he tells her the truth. When a scary situation with Charlie makes Eva run to help him, she slow opens her heart to what he might be….a really good guy.
I really enjoyed seeing Eva open up to Charlie and seeing him help her overcome some of her insecurities within herself.
Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She’s worked at a major theme park, found expert witnesses for legal cases, been a guest lecturer at a well known national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, she’s become an author specializing in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction.
The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie’s short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies.
The brand-new western romance series, THE GILDED BRIDES, will kick off on Novermber 13, 2018 with the release of HIS BLUEBIRD BRIDE.
When Marie isn’t writing, she’s likely out exploring the Windy City, gathering more books for her towering hoard, or happily drinking coffee and wasting her time on Twitter
Releasing April 1st
1001 Dark Nights Press is excited to present the winners of the 2020 short story challenge…
When we started 1001 Dark Nights back in 2014, it was with the goal of discovery—creating a way for readers to find new-to-them bestselling authors and fall in love with their stories and their worlds.
This year, we held a contest where romance authors could submit a short story to be included in a 1001 Dark Nights anthology, and we were blown away by the results. We received hundreds of entries, and while we wish we could include everyone, we’re thrilled to introduce you to these thirty-six incredible authors:
Fiona Archer ~ Louisa Bacio ~ Laura M. Baird ~ Kait Ballenger ~ Asa Maria Bradley ~ Eden Bradley ~ Boone Brux ~ C.G. Burnette ~ Cara Carnes ~ Caraway Carter ~ Sierra Cartwright ~ S.A. Clayton ~ Katana Collins ~ Janie Crouch ~ Patricia D. Eddy ~ Zoey Ellis ~ Zoe Hill ~ Sara L. Hudson ~ Tracey Jerald ~ A.D. Justice ~ Terri E. Laine ~ Michelle Mars ~ Gina L. Maxwell ~ Kayt Miller ~ Dani René ~ Gen Ryan ~ Blue Saffire ~ Ella Sheridan ~ Mayra Statham ~ Delancey Stewart ~ Jen Talty ~ Mary Ting ~ Reina Torres ~ Magan Vernon ~ Jennifer Woodhull ~ Khloe Wren
We hope you love the stories as much as we do. If so, we encourage you to check out the other books by these wonderful authors. Each and every one is unique and special.
Review by Twinsie Angie
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I need more!! This was a great introduction to Fiona’s writing for anyone who has not read her stuff. But for crazy fans like me….we need more!!! LOL
Gabe and Kayla dated years ago but Gabe walked away due to her brothers’ pressure and fear of hurting her himself. Now Kayla is all grown up and working in his home to help him with this business. Gabe is not about to let the “one who got away” get away again. Thankfully Mother Nature helps in his plan and they are forced to confront the past before building a future!!
Fiona Archer is an Aussie author who writes contemporary romance spiced with suspense. Her books feature masterful alpha heroes teamed with sassy heroines who limit their submissive side to the bedroom.
Her favorite hobbies include watching Nathan Fillion on television, shopping for that ever-elusive perfect shade of lipstick, and drinking iced coffee.
Bru Baker is the attending author.
Title: Bad, Dad, and Dangerous Anthology
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
When the kids are away, the monsters will play.
School’s out for summer, and these dads are ready to ship their kids off to camp. Not just because their kids are monsters—whose aren’t?—but because they’re ready for some alone time to let their hair down and their fangs out. You see, not only are the kids monsters—their dads are too.
Even the most dangerous of creatures has a soft spot. These bad, dangerous dads love their kids to death, but they need romance.
Every year, for a few short weeks, these hot men with a little extra in their blood get to be who they truly are. And this year, life has a surprise for them. Whether they be mage, shifter, vampire, or changeling, these heartbreakingly handsome dads might be looking to tear up the town… but they’ll end up falling in love. All it takes is the right man to bring them to their knees.
KISMET & CADAVERS BY JENN MOFFATT
Thomas Anders is prepared for two weeks of alone time, or as alone as he can be living with his daughter’s sentient undead cat, running the family occult shop, and keeping San Diego safe from the strange and supernatural. What he doesn’t expect is for KJ Beshter to arrive in his shop bearing a gift card Thomas’s daughter cast a spell on. Thomas has met her handsome magic-sensitive teacher before, but now that Star is moving up a grade, he can cross that line. It would be perfect timing if something wicked didn’t want to sink its claws into KJ too….
MONSTER HALL PASS BY BRU BAKER
White-collar dad Hugh Whitby dotes on his adopted daughter, but she’s away at camp. Now it’s time let the vampiric urges he so tightly controls run wild and take advantage of his monster hall pass to feed on criminals. But when fae prince Rykoff of Harlow interrupts Hugh feeding, he catches Hugh’s daughter’s scent and vows to avenge the fae youngling he believes Hugh has captured.
Hugh had no idea his daughter wasn’t human, and it rocks the foundation of his world. He must convince Rykoff that the fae youngling in question is safe with her vampire dad and can prosper in the mortal realm—or risk losing her forever.
WOLF AT FIRST SIGHT BY RHYS FORD
SFPD Lieutenant Joseph Zanetti has spent years protecting his city, and from the looks of St. Connal’s Pub and its bad-boy owner, Levi Keller, the place is a hotspot for trouble and violence. Joe’s problem? Levi is delectably hot, with secrets Joe can’t wait to dig into.
As a Peacekeeper for paranormals, wolf shifter Levi doesn’t need the complication of a hot cop sniffing around his pub when he’s just sent his teen son off to summer camp. He’s busy brokering a peace agreement between two warring factions. When Joe stumbles into Levi’s world, both plunge into a situation neither one of them was ready for—falling in love.
ELF SHOT BY TA MOORE
All Conri wanted was to drop his kid off at Changeling camp, find the nearest halfway nice hotel, and enjoy a week of uncomplicated debauchery. It should be simple. It doesn’t work out that way.
When a local girl disappears, the neighborhood quickly lays blame at the well-guarded gates of the camp. With his son incriminated, a mystery to solve, and a malevolent pocket of the Otherworld to navigate, Conri will need all the help he can get—even if it does come from a distractingly pretty, tightly wound Iron Door agent who doesn’t trust Conri to be on the right side.
Head: Bonus scene: Trying not to vamp out at a PTA meeting
Thanks for joining me on today’s tour stop for the Bad, Dad, and Dangerous anthology. I teamed up with Rhys Ford, Jenn Moffatt, and TA Moore to imagine a world where dads who spend most of the year doting on their kids–baking cupcakes for the PTA and restraining their baser urges–can let their hair down for a few weeks while their kids are at summer camp and embrace their inner monsters.
I introduced my character Hugh from Monster Hall Pass at my last tour stop, and gave readers a taste of his interactions with his daughter, Ruby. Today I’m going to share a bonus scene that gives you a seat at the PTA meeting he references in the excerpt in my last post. Because it’s got to be hard to be an energy vampire on a good day–and any day you’re at a PTA meeting is most certainly not a good day.
Bonus prequel scene to Monster Hall Pass:
“I don’t care if you’re going to be recovering from surgery, Lila, you’re the chair of the games committee. You have to be at International Games Night.”
Hugh’s mouth watered as he breathed in the spicy scent of Lila’s anger. It was surprisingly nuanced, considering who it was coming from. He’d been on several PTA committees with Lila over the years, and the woman had never been anything but kind and accommodating. Too accommodating, in his opinion. Which is why the PTA president seemed to have no problem insisting she come run the school’s games night fundraiser a week after she scheduled to have major surgery.
“I won’t even be able to stand unassisted at that point, Beverly. I’m happy to help organize everything I can before the fundraiser, but I can’t be there in person to help that night.”
Hugh fought the urge to take a deep breath and savor the anger and irritation that was building in the room. PTA meetings were always an exercise in self control for an energy vampire like him. He fed off negative emotions, and any gathering that involved Beverly was guaranteed to have the auras of half the parents in the room lit up like Vegas.
“I’m happy to oversee the games the night of the festival,” Hugh chimed in, cursing himself for volunteering as soon as the words crossed his lips.
He was already in charge of organizing food trucks for the event, and he’d gotten his own tongue lashing from Beverly earlier in the meeting because he hadn’t managed to book the kinds of food she thought they should have. Beverly had ridiculously out-of-touch ideas considering this was a games night fundraiser at an elementary school. He doubted there’d be much demand for tapas or the weird raclette truck that he could smell from a mile away, but he’d majorly scored and the Kona Ice truck was going to kick back a percentage of sales to the PTA.
“If Lila wants to keep her position as fundraising chair on the board she’ll attend herself,” Beverly snapped.
Hugh shot Lila an apologetic glance, nearly swallowing his tongue at the way her aura glowed. He’d heard of being incandescent with rage, but she actually was. Her normally peaceful aura was shot through with reds and blacks that he normally associated with rapists and murderers. That was interesting.
But it wasn’t doing good things for his hunger. He needed to feed, and not at the PTA meeting. As much as he’d love to literally suck the meanspirited wind out of Beverly’s sails, he couldn’t risk exposing his vampiric nature or putting his daughter at risk.
So he settled for sneaking his phone out under the table and shooting off a quick text to the babysitter who was with Ruby right now.
Something came up. Any chance you can keep Ruby overnight? I’ll pay you double your rate.
He tried his best not to feed around home, but if he didn’t deal with this hunger spike soon he could seriously slip up. And as much as he could ill afford to pay a fool’s ransom to the babysitter to keep Ruby, he also couldn’t afford to lay waste to the PTA.
No matter how much that bitch Beverly deserved it.
Dreamspinner Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bad-dad-and-dangerous-11769-b
Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.
Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
Review by Twinsie Tenise
for Monster Hall Pass by: Bru Baker
I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
Hugh is raising his adopted daughter on his own. He can’t wait to drop her off at summer camp. Its his one time a year, to take care of his own needs. You see, Hugh is a vampire, and he needs to feed.
Rykoff is in the human world on a mission of his own when he comes across Hugh. Things with the 2 of them start off rocky due to Rykoff’s preconceived notions. The 2 of them must work together to save the day. The question is– will they be able to set their differences aside to get the job done?
Monster Hall Pass was a quick, fun read within the Bad, Dad, and Dangerous Anthology. I enjoyed the story. Bru Baker is a new to me author but I will definitely be reading more books from her after finishing this one.
JM Walker is the attending author from this anthology
As the entire world is impacted by COVID-19, a group of talented Canadian authors and authors with Canadian roots have come together to bring you short stories in multiple genres, each one surrounding essential workers.
All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to a Canadian charity that provides relief during the pandemic.
Join 30 True North authors and allow yourself to be captivated from a social distance.
Geri Glenn, C.A. King, Cameron Allie, V.J. Allison, Cassia Brightmore, AW Clarke, M. Jane Colette, Allison M. Cosgrove, Tricia Daniels, Carey Decevito, Gillian Jones, Andréa Joy, Jean Kelso, Bethany-Kris, JA Lafrance, C.J. Lazar, Sue Langford, K Logan, Leah Negron, Lorne Oliver, DD Prince, Jennifer Rose. Crystal StClair, P. Stormcrow, Kadian Tracey, Maria Vickers, J.M. Walker, Scarlett Wells, Tracy Willoughby
Review by Twinsie Angie of JM’s book
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I have always been interested in Ryder after meeting him in a Meadows book. I gotta say he did not disappoint. We knew he loved his sisters, family, and friends. We know he loves his country and serves proudly in the military. But getting to KNOW him was amazing even if this was a little tease before the real story happens.
Clara was a great addition to the family we have all come to love. She fits in with the rest of the strong women in the families. Her love of The Dove Project and the women it serves plus the people who run it shows. She takes pride in what she will soon bring to the program herself after school.
The duo is a perfect match in so many ways. They are both independent and strong people, but both are looking for someone to love them for who they are.
Their date and morning following the date sets up for what will be a strong relationship. The ending chapter is setting the stage for all they will need to overcome to achieve all they both want in the future novel.
“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron
Twinsie Jo’s Review:
Well this anthology is definitely not for the faint of heart. While I was one of the contributing authors, I decided to read the rest of the stories and wow. Just wow. I gasped so many times, I lost count. I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I love horror stories just as much but these stories blew me away.
If you love horror stories, this is definitely the anthology for you! I even messaged Emery LeeAnn after finishing her story, Stella, and asked her for more. If you loved the movie, “I Spit On Your Grave”, you’ll like this little book.
These stories are gruesome and have people getting revenge in the most depraved way possible.
Enjoy and happy reading! Oh and don’t forget to turn on the lights.
Healing With Words, host of Writers on the River, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading.
Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment.
Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.
A huge thank you to Eric McKinney, Jon Salvador, and JM Walker!
The image was donated by Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography .
Cover Model is Jon Salvador.
Cover created by JM Walker with Just write. Creation and Services.
Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories
Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories is an anthology of from the authors of Writers on the River. Love and life get another chance in these tales that will warm your heart and make you fall in love again.
The proceeds of this anthology will go to Thistle Farms, a non-profit organization located in Nashville, Tennessee that helps women survivors of violence, sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
Some stories guaranteed are by the following authors with many more authors joining mission:
Watch the Writers On the River Facebook Group for more details.
Watch the Take Two Anthology Facebook Page for more details.
**Attending Author List Subject to Change**
💀 Scream Queens: A Horror Anthology for Put The Nail In It💀
About: Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
In our world, there’s No Escape from the Silence. You can try Breaking Glass, but once you are Suspended in Blood there’s no way out. Hopefully, you have an Alibi when you run away from the Silent Screams that fill the night.
Scream Queens is a horror anthology raising money for #PutTheNailInIt, a charity focused on helping domestic violence victims. Now get ready to dive in, and Hush Little Baby, don’t say a word. Stella will read you a horror tale.
I receive this book from the author for an honest review.
Holy Mother….I cant even begin to discuss this story with you until I say BE READY!!
This story is about 2 girls who find themselves in a bad situation. They are kidnapped and will be sold over and over and over. Seems like bad luck until their circumstance change. Yo. It’s a crazy game changer that happens!!
Seriously, I don’t even know what to say in this review because I don’t want to give any of the twists away but DAYUM I was kicked off my arse. I knew JM WAS twisted and yet I had no clue she was THIS twisted!!
J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.
“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron