Cynical single gal Larissa has been to too many weddings. Nonetheless, when her friend Malena asks her to be a bridesmaid, she’s a good sport, despite the floor-length aqua satin nightmare she’s made to wear.
Larissa has given up on the idea of ever walking down the aisle herself. These days, her idea of a perfect Saturday night is more likely to involve wine and on-demand movies than high heels and a push-up bra.
Enter Mark, the bride’s sexy single brother who sees something special in Larissa. Mark, the one man who has Larissa considering breaking her “no wedding hookups” rule. But will they share a night of fun or something more? With plenty of champagne and the blissful romance of a wedding, true love might just blossom.
Sheena loved Jared with all of her heart, but he jilted her the morning of their wedding – by text. Instead of being Mrs. Jared Langley, she’s still single and bitter about it. She’s trying to move forward, but it’s difficult when her best friend (who is marrying Jared’s brother) expects her to stay on in the role of maid of honor. It’s been three months since Sheena has laid eyes on Jared – the coward ran all the way to Alaska to avoid her. She’s stunned when the first thing he asks her when he sees her is if they can ever be friends. Uh. No.
Jared screwed up, bad, by drunk texting Sheena the morning of their wedding. Sure, she’d turned into a bridal terror with a five thousand dollar Vera something or other dress and a new penchant for cake. He’d felt lost in the marriage machine instead of being number one in Sheena’s world. He hadn’t wanted to break up, he’d wanted her to tell him she loved him. Jack Daniels had not been his friend, but damn, he’d been terrified of making a mistake. As best man at his brother’s wedding, Jared realizes what a fool he’s been – but can he make Sheena see how sorry he is for hurting her?
Maybe it’s too late…
Lucia Constantine learned at an early age how to run from anything touchy-feely. To say she had a troubled childhood was akin to calling the ocean wet. She’s learned to forgive her past through therapy and her art, but has yet to commit to a relationship. Until she meets Ronan O’Neill, who comes from a family rooted deep in tradition – and love. Is she too scarred to accept his proposal, or will she tell him to take back his ring, and his heart?
Celia Langford loses her perfect life in the ultimate betrayal. Her cheating husband is dead, leaving a mountain of debt and her confidence in tatters. A self-taught chef, she moves to South Florida and invests in her dream café, knowing if she doesn’t make it through tourist season, she loses everything.
Dax Smith, dive shop owner, is struggling to bring in enough business to cover his dying father’s medical bills while protecting his sister from the truth. Helping the independent new café owner is not on his agenda. Burned once, he knows better than to trust someone as polished as Celia, but he can’t seem to stay away.
Dax helps heal Celia’s wounded heart, daring her to believe in love.
Hawaiian born Karma Aneko, high-end divorce attorney, is pulled from the ocean just before drowning. Officer Joe Porter is on his third transfer since an undercover drug bust nearly killed him. A hero even when off-duty, Joe fishes the woman from the angry waves, knowing he’s caught trouble as soon as she spews salt water all over him. She never planned on being so close to the sea again, but Joe challenges her to take another look at her tormented childhood from within the safe circle of his arms. She is strong enough to accept his past while seeing the man he’s become. Their undeniable attraction overcomes logic, daring them to believe in love at first touch.
Franco Silva bought the puppy store to make his daughter smile. After the drug overdose of her model mother, he would do anything to ensure her happiness. He makes their vacation condo a full time residence. The ocean view brings Franco a small peace, though nightmares keep him up at night. Sara Murphy works for Animal Control, and does her best to protect animals at risk. She’s seen the worst in human nature. She’s got a wall around her heart, but will be the first person to champion the underdog. At first glance, Franco Silva is everything she despises. Suave, gorgeous and entitled. It’s only through his daughter that she sees another side. His passionate nature challenges her belief in what is safe, daring her to accept more than just enough.
After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon begins again aboard the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser inherited from her Gramps. Jolie dreams of owning a successful business charter, but she is one pinion away from losing everything she’s invested. She’s got the summer to come up with enough money to buy a new engine and she can’t afford any distractions.
Ex ski instructor Heath Hamilton comes aboard the Masquerade for his brother’s wedding party charter, angry at all he’s lost due to a random accident on the slopes. Excruciating pain keeps Heath from trusting that he will ever be whole again. Skiing is out of the question. Left with the pieces of who he used to be, nobody is more surprised than Heath when he accepts Jolie’s offered job as a bartender on the yacht for the summer.
Opening her heart is a risk, but Jolie recognizes in Heath a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances changed the planned course. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, knowing that life does not always go according to plan.
Teagan Becker comes home to save the family business, putting her dreams on hold for the holiday season. A professional video blogger, Teagan is determined to see the world without anything tying her down. No car, no apartment, and definitely no boyfriend.
Riley McSorley teaches music to fourth graders, glad for the steady job with insurance and a 401 K. Sure, he once wanted to be a rock star, but that was a childish dream. Now he wants a white picket fence by the sea.
Teagan offers him a part-time job at Becker’s Bakery over his school vacation, which saves her from getting behind on cookie orders. Side by side in the trenches, they realize that they are total opposites, but those differences create symmetry. Riley wants a girlfriend, to hang out at the beach and enjoy the tropics. She wants independence, and blisters under the sun. By New Year’s, Riley knows that Teagan is the woman for him, yet she can’t, won’t, give up her dream to travel Europe. Despite their great passion, unless they learn to compromise, their relationship will be lost.
Festival by the Sea is about Al Cooper, the chameleon ex-cop from Ambrosia by the Sea, and Darcy Smith, Dax’s little sister. This is a friends-to-lovers romance that had me laughing as I typed. Festival by the Sea is part of Summer Heat, an incredible boxed set full of new novellas.
In his wildest dreams Armand Vargas never imagines Zamira Caballero walking through the doors of his new dance studio. After a year of shared passion in Argentina, she’d chosen her ex-dancing partner instead of marriage and so Armand had returned broken-hearted to the states, leaving Zamira in the arms of another man.
Zamira realized her mistake immediately, but for two years Armand has refused any contact. She can’t heal, because he holds her heart. When she reads Armand’s advertisement for auditions to his dance company in the US, Zamira leaves everything she knows behind for a second shot at love. She knows Armand won’t want to see her, but Zamira has the talent he’s looking for. She and Armand used to set the dancing world on fire. Together, they can achieve anything.
Armand wants to send Zamira packing, but unfortunately, she’s the best. Armand’s rivals claim that he’s a two-minute celebrity with no talent and doomed to failure. He has more at stake than anyone knows, and must hire only the top talent for DanceFusion. Hanging up his dancing shoes, his goal is to create a legacy his family would be proud of. He tells himself that so long as he keeps Zamira at arm’s length, and remembers she can’t be trusted, his heart will be safe. But he’s never stopped loving her, and each moment they are together in the dance studio is torture.
Zamira claims to want another chance to be with him—Armand does not believe in second chances. And yet, for all his talk of trust, Armand is the one keeping a secret.
Zamira doesn’t give up on Armand, despite injuries, slander and sabotage. When she discovers he’s been hiding a one-year-old child from her, Zamira waves the white flag of surrender.
After planning the Wedding of the Year, Sinead Monroe faints and hits her head before she can walk down the aisle to marry Christian Sharp. They try again 3 months later and Sinead is a much calmer bride–until Christian and his car get hijacked and he’s a no-show, his life in danger. They decide to stop talking about wedding plans, which puts the family Christian wants on hold. A third opportunity arises for them to tie the knot at the prestigious Breakers hotel–but only if they can step in and be ready in two weeks. Sinead and Christian rally and nervously agree to try again. So what if summer in South Florida is hurricane season? The ceremony is cancelled and the two lovers wonder if they are cursed. Will the marriage they both want so much be the end of their relationship–or will the trials create a love to last forever?
Librarian/waitress Tamsyn Lee is all about accepting change, while Evan Hawke must do everything just the same in order to find his muse. He hopes the seaside grill he wrote his first mystery masterpiece in will kick-start his third book before his publisher drops him. Tamsyn has zero tolerance for divas, but she’s read Evan’s novel and knows he has the talent. Besides, helping him takes the focus off of spending Christmas without her family. Evan realizes he needs a miracle—could feisty Tamsyn be an angel in sneakers and a ponytail?
Six years ago, Zoe Clark married a military man for love, certain that Brayden Hamilton was her soul mate. Now he wants a divorce and feisty Zoe is not ready to give it to him, especially since she knows he still cares for her. She’s got the fight of her life to keep him.
Army Captain Brayden Hamilton has spent much of his six years overseas and he’s seen and done things that have changed him from the man Zoe fell in love with. Her smile keeps the desolation of the desert away but he fears his darkness will destroy her.
After an attack on the compound near Mosul, Brayden is injured and almost dies. He does not tell Zoe until he is back in the United States, deciding for her what he feels she needs to know. Zoe is furious—she knew what she was getting into when she married a man in the military. Zoe has managed the family Electric business, keeping them together after her dad passed away and she is capable of running her own life without Brayden’s direction. She wants to be a team but he is used to taking the lead. If they can’t find a way to compromise, love might not be enough to keep them together.
Leif Hendricks–property investor—is looking at the small seaside town with an eye to buy and flip some of the businesses. Through his business partner and friend, he’s heard that the flower shop might be up for grabs. What starts as a quest for profit soon changes as Leif realizes all the money in the world can’t buy love.
Evelyn Banner—florist—is unapologetically not a risk taker, preferring the path of least resistance. At 32, she’s got one marriage and one divorce under her belt. A hyper eight-year-old. An ex that has popped up like ragweed. A cranky cat that sneaks outside and brings her dead things in the morning. Her single mother and main emotional support is sick. Evelyn can’t take on One More Thing.
In the height of wedding mania, Leif enters the flower shop like a demi-god, complete with dark gold hair, broad shoulders and aqua blue eyes. Too handsome to be trusted, too rich to be real—yet something in his intense gaze dares her to believe there is more to his smooth smile.
Stakes are upped as Leif makes an offer for the property. Evelyn asks if he will keep the flower shop, and he says no, he plans to tear it down. She questions him about the other businesses on the block, but he has learned to ignore the little guy or he’d never make a profit. He offers her a position managing his adventure business, and she tells him where to stick his job offer. Suddenly, Evelyn must decide whether or not to buy the established flower shop from her retiring boss or be unemployed. Leif has to choose between the “right” thing, and his peek at happiness. Will their paths join, or lead them separate ways?
Medieval Historical Romance
It is 1192. Celestia Montehue is the odd-eyed misfit in a family of flame-haired goddesses descended from notorious Queen Boadicea. While her sisters are tall and beautiful, she, the eldest, is blond and petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing she has in common with the family legend is her magical healing ability. Constantly fighting for her place among her siblings, she refuses to settle for less than her due. Coming to accept no one will ever be able to love her for who she is, she vows never to marry.
Nicholas Le Blanc is a haunted man. Though trained as a knight under the Baron Peregrine’s name, his childhood in a monastery has convinced him he is a bastard. Then, on crusade, his caravan is ambushed; all men are lost and the sacred relic they carried is stolen. Nicholas is captured and suffers a year of torture, ultimately escaping . . . but only after being forced to kill a woman to win his freedom. Guilt poisons him as surely as the hidden wounds in his soul.
An arranged marriage does not bode happiness for the two tortured souls. Nor does Celestia’s new home, a broken down keep—haunted by the ghost of Nicholas’ mother, a suicide—and a stagnant green moat. Then a maid is murdered and a curse revealed. Worse, Celestia has fallen in love with her tormented husband. Will they both be doomed? Or is there healing, indeed, in Love’s Magic?
Galiana Montehue is beautiful, hallowed, and adored. Envied by her rivals and coveted by her suitors, this privileged lady of the manor enjoys the attention and esteem bestowed only on young women blessed with physical perfection. What more could a late-twelfth-century Welsh heroine need to shine at court?
Lord Rourke Wallis suffers a head injury at Galiana’s hands, rendering him blind and dependent. He never sees the beauty she curses with vehemence. Defending her twin brothers from Rourke’s drawn sword, she must live with the horrible debilitating consequences of her attack as she nurses the honorable knight. For the first time, she experiences a man’s sincere affection and genuine integrity.
In his dark and depressing internal prison, Rourke discovers a depth of passion impossible to find in the superficial realm of medieval fashion and visual charms. The gentle touch of her warm, delicate hands and the arousing lavender scent of her vibrant body awaken in Rourke a fervor he cannot deny. Galiana entices him like no other, drawing him into a tactile, sensual haven.
Yet the fulfillment of his desire must wait until the completion of his mission. Stolen from King William’s treasures, the magical Breath of Merlin must be recovered. This mysterious stone from antiquity contains supernatural power that royalty will fight to possess. Together they must unlock the secret to this dangerous, mystical gem, or face a future without the love they so recently discovered.
Ela Montahue is a talented sorceress with the ability to heal, but distressed over a complicated ancestral legacy. Long ago, a mystical woman known as Boadicea, the famed queen of the Iceni tribe, issued a difficult decree. As her descendant, Ela must wed for love, not practicality, or she will forfeit her supernatural power. In medieval England this is not a socially acceptable order to follow. For her family’s sake, she should marry Lord Thomas de Havel, a vile landholder with a cruel streak and a desire to see slavery reinstated—a man with good connections to King John’s court. This arrangement would put the Montehues in a safe position in the new regime. The stakes are high—her dignity, her pride, and possibly her life in childbirth. When Ela refuses this repulsive marital transaction, Thomas de Havel abducts her and wages battle against her father in retaliation. Only Osbert Edyvean, a knight with the highest creed—honor, faith, and logic—can save her and preserve her gift. A businessman for the Earl of Norfolk, Osbert has been paid to find Boadicea’s spear. Rather than bring back this obscure artifact, he rescues Ela, intending to take her to the earl and obtain his parcel of land. Wary of the supernatural aura surrounding this woman, the admirable knight fights his overwhelming passion for a beautiful lady he wants to protect . . . and love. This is Boadicea’s true legacy.
In Love’s Magic, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a family of flame-haired goddesses descended from notorious Queen Boadicea. Her only family likeness is her magical healing ability. An arranged marriage with Nicholas Le Blanc, who is haunted with the guilt of unspeakable actions on crusade, does not bode happiness for the two. Celestia begins to fall in love with him, but her new home, a broken-down keep, is haunted by the ghost of Nicholas’ suicidal mother. A maid is murdered, a curse is revealed, and the couple must discover if there is healing in love’s magic. In Beauty’s Curse, the beautiful, hallowed, and adored Galiana Montehue injures Lord Rourke Wallis, rendering him blind, unable to see the beauty she curses with vehemence. As she nurses the knight to health, she experiences a man’s sincere affection and integrity, and Rourke discovers a depth of fervor he cannot deny. Yet he must complete his mission to recover the stolen magical Breath of Merlin. Together, the passionate couple must unlock the secret to this dangerous, mystical gem or face a future without the love they so recently discovered. In Boadicea’s Legacy, Ela Montahue is a talented sorceress with the ability to heal. However, she must wed for love or forfeit her supernatural power. For her family’s sake, she should marry Lord Thomas de Havel. When Ela refuses, Thomas de Havel abducts her and wages battle against her father in retaliation. Only Osbert Edyvean, a knight with the highest creed, can save her and preserve her gift.
In 1147, Queen Eleanor and King Louis VII traverse to Jerusalem for the Second Crusade. Along with her fancy bedding and wine, the wily, young queen brings five lovely and talented women—spies identified by a signature garden scent. Among them is the beautiful widow Isabella de Lacey, aka Violet, whose duty is to infiltrate Emperor Manuel’s inner circle and skillfully extract information. Will he aid the queen’s cousin or betray the alliance for one with the Turks? To find out Isabella must woo the emperor’s man, Raoul, whose soul is as black as his eyes and passion both terrifies and captivates her. Set in Constantinople, this historical romance is the first in a series about the clandestine network of female spies beholden only to the powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Set in the winter of 1147, the second book in The Queen’s Guard series follows Lady Catherine le Rochefort, who was welcomed into the ranks of Queen Eleanor’s guard after escaping a deadly encounter. The French army makes its way through Asia Minor, with King Louis determined to recapture Edessa, a holy undertaking blessed by the Pope. After leaving Constantinople, Queen Eleanor waits with her guard and retinue in Nicea for King Louis to decide which route the caravan should take toward Antioch and her uncle Raymond’s palace. Eleanor caused trouble in Constantinople, so Louis asks his trusted friend Lord Payen de Montfer to infiltrate the guard and listen for dissent. Payen, whose painful past has taught him that beauty makes a man weak, does his best to ignore the fair Catherine, while Catherine tries to protect her deadly secret from the observant man. Catherine seeks only to reach Jerusalem, where absolution awaits, but soon she’s fighting her feelings for Payen. If the two give in to their attraction, Payen’s honor is at stake and Catherine fears she could lose her soul.
Western Historical Romance
It’s 1881 and Candice Crimson is no wilting violet to be married off for money without a fight. This penniless Boston Heiress packs her bag, and her maid, and takes the train to Washington Territory to claim her half of Crimson Gold Mine. Hoping that her new mining partner will be dazzled by the necessary drill she’s bringing, Candice is determined to make her fortune despite the gender barrier.
Braxton Dimitio’s college education didn’t teach him how to survive a winter in the mountains, subsisting on trapped squirrel meat while panning for gold shake. His family’s vineyard is bordering on bankrupt and it’s up to him to save the homestead. Easier said than done, due to his newly discovered claustrophobic streak and what he’s beginning to suspect are attempts on his life.
Braxton meets Candice and assumes she’s the new entertainment in town, she thinks he’s rude and arrogant and…intriguing. This unconventional partnership puts each of them in danger as they fight to protect the ones they love.
1881 Spokan Falls, Washington Territory
Kisses are the business of Silver Angel, talented trick rider and member of Tuck’s Troupe of Variety Players-but after ten years, Evangeline Watts longs to retire her silver spurs. J.J. Caldwell is a man of many secrets, hunting down a train robber before he loses the family ranch in Montana. Evading an ex-husband’s drunken temper, uncovering a notorious gang’s hideout and stopping a murdering thief become essential to their survival in this fun northwestern historical adventure. Evangeline and J.J. are not looking for love, but they get Hearts as Trump in this winning hand.
Just one spell. Problem solved. How hard can it be?
Rhiannon Godfrey is a psychic prodigy. Part scientist, part whatever, these five full-length novels follow Rhee as she figures out how to use her magick while navigating high school. Being a teenager is full of social wrong turns, complicated by popularity contests and homework. Add moving, ghosts and boys? Rhiannon does her best to be good, she really does, but…well, magick happens. Enjoy brand new, never released before content in this boxed set!
Just one spell. Problem solved. How hard can it be?
Rhiannon Godfrey is a psychic prodigy, but her parents don’t see things her way. They think she needs a “normal” high school experience—she wants to stay in trendy Vegas. In the small farming town of Crystal Lake, being Wiccan doesn’t exactly help the Godfreys blend in.
Beyond angry, Rhiannon neglects to inform her parents the farmhouse they just bought is haunted. Instead, she decides to use the resident ghost to prove that she belongs back in Dr. Richards’s Institute of Parapsychology. Not that dispelling ghosts is her area of expertise, but really, how hard can it be?
And then there’s Jared Roberts. Totally hot. For a cowboy, that is. Only problem? He comes with an evil twin sister, the shallow and popular Janet. Janet’s only goal is to make Rhee’s life miserable. So when she and her friends decide it’s time for a little payback, Rhee goes to her mother’s book of spells. Janet needs to be taught a lesson, and what harm can come from a few words?
Just one little spell.
What’s a girl to do when trouble finds her at every turn?
Being different is nothing new for Rhiannon Godfrey. Neither is hiding who she really is to all but a select few. So far she’s managed to walk that line, but now someone is spreading rumors that the Godfreys’ New Age store is really a front for witchcraft, complete with cauldrons and eyes of newt.
The whole town is turning against them—even Rhee’s boyfriend is suspicious. Then there’s her ex-crush Matthew, who just showed up uninvited on her doorstep carrying a single suitcase—and a heavy secret.
Rhiannon tries to be good, she really does. But it’s hard when trouble pounces at every turn, and her unsuccessful spells seem to prove that science is the only path to enlightenment.
Hiding her gifts and running from confrontation is easier than standing up for what she believes in. But this time, there’s more at stake. And the possibility she may have to find the inner strength to banish one friend in order to save another.
“Normal” is highly overrated. And as easy to lose as your balance…
At long last, Rhiannon is starting to fit into the ninth grade. She and Jared are starting to flirt again, and school is fine except for the mandatory student community service hours. She’s even learned to bank her psychic powers.
For the most part.
Then there’s Dane, the intriguing, infuriating guy who’s her community service student supervisor. He’s got “angry teen” down to a science. Without even trying, he slips past her emotional shields, challenging her to be the one thing she’s most afraid of—herself.
For Rhee, that’s as scary as the ghost haunting the silo behind Doyle’s ice cream parlor. A ghost that’s somehow connected to the shadows in Dane’s eyes. All she really wants is, for once in her life, to be normal. But for a girl like her, “normal” isn’t just an impossible dream, it can be downright dangerous.
Especially if it means embracing her gifts—and opening her heart.
Rhiannon Godfrey is spending New Year’s Eve worried her parents are going to divorce. Desperate to save her parent’s marriage, Rhee casts a prayer circle and wishes on Blue Moon Magick.
Wiccan Chalice is the fourth book in the Rhiannon Godfrey series. Rhee is a teenage psychic/scientific prodigy learning how to accept all aspects of herself as she embraces the Wiccan faith. She’s invited to star on Psychic Kids, a popular reality TV show, which will film in Crystal Lake. Researching ghosts for the show, Rhiannon finds some possibly damaging secrets about Crystal Lake’s founding members. She’s learned the hard way that secrets just won’t stay buried – but will she survive someone else trying to keep them hidden from the spotlight?
Rhiannon Selene Godfrey, part scientist, part paranormal prodigy, opens a box from a mysterious stranger to find three marble statues dating back to ancient Greece. J.W. of J.W.’s Magic Emporium sends a warning along with the Oneiroi, and writes Rhiannon that he chose her because of her skills at dream divination. They aren’t so great, leaving Rhee no choice but to cram in order to stop the dream demon’s pranks unleashed in Celestial Beginnings. Her mom’s New Age shop has become a haven for the angry spirits, who want Rhee’s help. She thinks. She calls upon her namesake, the moon goddess of Greek mythology, Selene, for guidance as she and her friends attempt to capture the demons, and resolve an ancient curse.
New Adult Paranormal
18-year-old Lolita Howard is one of the last uninfected humans on earth. Valdric has almost six hundred years of vamp-hood under his cloak when he faces evolution, or extinction. Bound by an oath, Valdric wants to save the world. Lolita just wants a boyfriend who doesn’t think of her body parts as appetizers.
Prophecy warns End Time is coming, bringing humankind’s destruction. Only Egypt’s feline goddess, Mother Mafdet, and her Bazmeht – cat-shifting guardians – her sleeping army, can defeat the snake-faction, the Uraeli. The goddess must be awakened before it is too late.
Mafdet’s sarcophagus is lost. Ages ago, near-discovery of the goddess’ sarcophagus forced the Bazmeht to move Mafdet to a different location. Clues placed in nine canopic jars were hidden around the world. Now… three of the jars are missing.
Shani Nebit is the youngest member of the Bazmeht. Her current assignment is to bodyguard nineteen year-old Joshua Johnson during his visit to Cairo. It’s easy for her to follow the Bazmeht rule of “no involvement” with clients. Josh is furious, believing the stories of old bloodlines and ancient enemies are Egyptian fairy tales designed to force him into accepting a bodyguard. An attack by the Uraeli snake-shifters changes his mind.
Josh must be protected while Shani follows clues from one canopic jar to the next. She must find Mother Mafdet and wake the goddess. Can Shani and Josh set aside their growing attraction, spiced by danger and a soul-deep connection, building between the two of them?
Coming of Age
Josh Grady is a screwed up teen about to get another chance. After stealing a car, wrecking it in a terrible accident that puts his best friend in a coma, he is given a lucky break he’s not sure he deserves. Instead of juvie, he’s sent to Shining Star Boy’s Ranch. Josh resents the rules, the counselors and the teachers, but most of all he hates the family atmosphere that reminds him of all he’s lost. Journaling becomes an outlet that leads to self discovery. After many mistakes, Josh realizes that the hardest lesson of all to learn is forgiveness.
A coming of age novel about a girl who has it all.
Stephanie Carter is a fifteen-year old freshman who has everything. Whether she’s studying, playing soccer or dancing, Steph gives it one hundred and ten percent. At home, she’s starting to feel the pressure as her family falls apart. Her mom is moody, her little brother is a mess and she’s not feeling like Daddy’s little Princess anymore. She feels the sting of his disapproval as her busy life takes her farther away from the family unit. Her mom accuses her of being a Prima Donna, and Steph comes to the startling conclusion that her parents have been fighting, a lot, about her. If they get a divorce, it’ll be her fault.
She masterminds a date for the upcoming dance, juggling her lead role in the musical as well as soccer championships. An ex-friend of their group sabotages Steph at every opportunity, but she just works harder to make up the difference. Her friends wonder if their exhaustion at the end of freshman year is worth it. It’s her job to keep everyone else motivated. Her stomach hurts and she can’t eat. If she isn’t perfect, she’ll fail. Not happening.
She gets injured in a soccer game and her doctor questions Stephanie’s rigid mind set. Stuck in a wrist cast, with her leg in a brace, Steph feels like her life is over. Especially since the injuries aren’t enough to bring her dad home, and her mom is acting crazy – which gets worse once the doctor diagnoses anorexia.
The disease, so sneaky she wasn’t even aware of it until her life started falling apart, is about control, about the illusion of perfection – and Steph needs to re-learn how to live.
The alternative is dying.
Adoption doesn’t end when the papers are signed — not for the birth mother, not for the adoptive mother and not for the adopted child. It is a decision with consequences that last a lifetime. While there are many wonderful books on how to adopt, when to adopt, making an adoption plan, and the like, ADOPTION IS FOREVER is at times humorous, sometimes gut-wrenching, but always honest.
“A refreshingly new look at adoption,” reviews Roger H. Rubin, Ph.D.
Horror anthology with chilling short stories about Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies in unusual settings with even stranger tales, all brought to you by New York Times best selling author, Heather Graham, and award winning authors.