When things seem really challenging, sometimes it takes a small step forward to turn things around. Right now, we are facing just such a time. But each one of us can do something, even a small thing...
Ava faced a horrible loss but rather than hide, she takes up arms and sets out to make things right.
"From the first blows dealt at the champion contest, readers will be hooked on Ava's quest to avenge her father and clear the reputation of her village. This neo-medieval, dystopian genre blender will keep readers wondering what's next for Ava long after they've turned the final page." Colleen Clayton, YA author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
"You'll want to fight alongside Ava, cheer for her brave warriors, and join the adventure of a lifetime in this exciting debut novel." Abigail Drake, Best-Selling Author
Sixteen-year-old Ava Phoenix’s unlikely defeat of the grand praetorian’s son in a fighting contest triggers her father’s murder and an official decree to destroy her village. Together with her first love, Beau, she races across a post-apocalyptic landscape to save her village while being hunted by her dystopian world’s deadliest teenage warriors.
Heart-rending loss, romance, and an unjust world combine to create a heroine who rises above violence even as she dispenses justice. Ava the Brave shows how a warrior’s heart can be lost and rediscovered even in the most savage of lands.
“Pick up your sword, get your knives, get your butt in the saddle, and get rid of the attitude—it’s time to go.”
Ava looked up into the barn’s rafters and exhaled in frustration. “But why do I—”
Her father held up his hand. “We’re not going over this again, Ava. You’re sixteen. You should’ve gone last year.”
Ava pressed her lips tight. She shifted her gaze to the rest of her team, the Braves, hoping for their support. They stood next to their horses and stared at the ground. Her father was their coach, so no one was going to say a word, even though she’d told all of them she didn’t want to fight in the champion contest. She set her jaw, wishing she didn’t have to go. But wishing hadn’t changed a thing in the past, and it wasn’t going to change anything now.
The days would still be unbearably hot.
Drought would still plague the world.
Rain would still be as rare as a cool breeze.
And the most dangerous teenage fighters from every team in the Reserve would still battle every year in the champion contest.
She shook her head. Water was the reason. Or more precisely, the lack of it. That was why they had this stupid contest—to protect the water of their homeland, the Reserve. The champion contest was where they crowned the best teenage fighters, inducted them into the Reserve’s Elite Guard, and then sent them to lead the defense of the border wall. According to her father, it had been going on ever since the water wars started generations ago, and it all made sense. If the wall fell, the people of the world would come pouring over like locusts to suck their land dry. The contest, the wall, and protecting their water were all that stood between life or death for the people of the Reserve. She had no argument with any of it.
Except for the part where she had to fight the Reserve’s best teenage warriors.
About the Author:
Jules Adrienn is the Young Adult fiction-writing alter ego of an award-winning author from the Midwest. She’s a world traveler, a homebody, a belly-laugher, a bawler, a lover, and a fighter. Stay tuned in to her latest adventures in writing (and life)—she’s always up to something.
(Phoenix Agency – Contemporary PNR Suspense - MF)
by Tina Donahue
A lifesaving gift…a plan for domination and death.
Within her unique DNA, Kimana holds the means to cure any illness permanently, a talent she’s used on those in her Shoshone community. When the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical concern accidentally discovers what she can do, he fears the end to disease and his profits, and wants her dead.
As a member of the Phoenix Agency, Lucas arrives to protect Kimana from those set on her destruction. Ex-military intelligence, he’s seen a lot but no one like her, a woman seemingly born for him, her presence needed in his life, her gift as unique as his paranormal talent. To Kimana, he’s the man she’s been waiting for.
Together, they battle an adversary driven by insatiable greed who’ll stop at nothing to take what he wants. When her and Lucas’s lives are at risk, her gift can only save one before draining her life force and threatening her existence.
A sacrifice she’s willing to make for Lucas.
A distressed or weary sigh wafted into this room from the kitchen.
The narrow doorway leading into it didn’t allow much view, simply a counter and low cabinets painted a sunny yellow, long female legs dangling over them.
Lucas dipped to the side to see more.
Kaku slipped her arm through his. “My granddaughter’s in the kitchen. We’ll talk there.” She pulled him toward it and leaned close, her mouth near his ear. “I’m afraid she was against you coming today, but I insisted.” Her voice lowered to a whisper. “You’ll have to win her over, though I’m sure you will.”
Another matter Dan had failed to mention.
Considering Poca followed them, Lucas spoke as quietly as she had. “Are she and the officer married?”
“Heavens no. I’m not certain they’re even friends any longer.” She pulled him inside the kitchen. “Kimana, please get down and greet our guest.”
Lucas hoped she would since every word he’d known had drifted away. His pulse ticked up, and his cock thickened.
Given her long legs, he guessed her to be five-eight or so standing. A good height to match a tall man. Youth blessed her pretty features, telling him she was, at most, late twenties. She’d worked her glossy black hair into a long braid that hung over her narrow shoulder. The script on her T-shirt read: Bossy Jerk Meet A PO’D Feminist — Let’s See Who Wins.
Little wonder she and Poca weren’t buddies any longer.
Lucas fought a pleased smile at her fire and tightened nipples. Those babies poked her smooth cotton top, the fabric hugging her like skin. The same for her fashionably ragged jeans.
He liked her cowboy boots. Referring to them as cowgirl wouldn’t have been right for such a spirited woman. One he was eager to meet and win over, as Kaku had said. “Hi.” He held out his hand. “I’m Lucas Byrne from the Phoenix Agency.”
She frowned at him then gave it to Poca.
He pushed past Lucas, knocking his shoulder to reach her side. “I’ll get rid of him. He and that damn agency won’t bother you—”
“Why are you still here?” Her scowl worsened. “No.” She lifted her hand before he could answer, protest, or draw his gun. “Why did you bother coming over? Kaku didn’t send for you and I sure as fuck didn’t.”
“Kimana.” The old woman sagged. “Must you use such language?”
At the admonition, regret rose in her dark-brown eyes, love and respect quickly replacing the first emotion.
Lucas’s dick hardened further. A curious though reasonable response. Her gutsy side was something, the feminine part even better. There weren’t many men he knew who could resist her soulful gaze, Poca included.
The poor guy edged toward her.
Her hard look not only stopped Poca but encouraged him to retreat to a far corner where he stayed. For the moment.
She gave Kaku a remorseful smile. “Sorry. I’ll be better. Mr. Byrne.” She didn’t come down from the counter, join him, or shake his hand. “You shouldn’t have come. I don’t need your help.”
He kept his manner non-threatening and gracious. “That isn’t what I heard.”
About the Author
Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist who writes romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three were named finalists in the EPIC competition. One of her erotic contemporary romances was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Two of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Another two won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
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While life seems like a fantasy movie already, it's fun to escape into another world. Author Kristy Centeno writes amazing paranormal romances featuring kick butt females. Crossed- a prequel to her Keeper Witches series is a wonderful read as the heroine meets a demon.
Bryn McCaskey lived by simple rules: kill demons, never use magic against school bullies, and avoid running her mouth in front of her Grams.
It all seemed easy enough to follow.
Until Rhyzel Connor rolled into her life.
Suddenly everything she thought she knew about demons is put to the test as she finds herself teaming up with the most unusual of teammates to save a fellow witch from a hit.
Only problem is she doesn’t know how trustworthy Rhyzel is.
When magic is involved a good outcome isn’t always guaranteed and Bryn will have to put her neck on the line to get to the bottom of the well, even if it means unmasking Rhyzel and everything he stands for in an attempt to solve the biggest mystery she’s ever come across.
About the Author:
Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids, a quartet of noisy parakeets, and a spoiled puppy. When she’s not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.
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Back when I was a kid, my grandmother had two books titled Love Is... These books featured the Charlie Brown characters and funny sayings. The one I remember the most is about Love Is a Warm, Wet puppy nose. When the world is falling apart, such as it is these days, we need to bathe ourselves in love.
Romance novels are guaranteed a happy ending, a happily ever after. They bring the main characters (of any gender, time period or age) together. No matter what that couple faced- evil mistresses, ex-wives or post-apocalyptic zombies- they find happiness.
Today, Laurel Houck's latest book releases. It is a tale of first love but also shows just how much love means to each of us. The love of a parent, the love and loss of a loved one, and the surprise of a stranger's love.... all important to our lives.
Love is a River will keep you reading all night as you wonder about Jack's motives. Just who is he and what does he want?? Grab a copy today!
Love dies with Abby’s father. The return of her mother after a twelve-year absence brings more grief. And the move to a dilapidated house along the Youghiogheny River bike trail is an exile.
When blond, blue-eyed Jack rides into Abby’s life, it’s like the sun has been restored to her world. Bit by bit, hints of a darker side to his personality appear. She struggles to deny them, even while her best friend, Morton, grows increasingly mistrustful of the handsome stranger.
Abby uncovers a mystery from the Civil War era in a nearby cemetery, which brings her only moments of peace. Cool caresses and the whispered call, “Abigail…“ send her digging into the past.
But as Jack’s motives become ever more unclear, the love Abby hoped for seems impossible. And leads her to a life or death choice. Will love be her salvation … or her demise?
“What the hell?”
At the sound of Jack’s voice, Abby darted behind a tree and stood very still, back pressed into the rough bark, waiting for an opportunity to escape. She chanced a glance behind her.
Silas hovered in the air, his hair blowing straight back from his face. Resignation and anger moved through his eyes as he raised both hands and dove for Jack.
Jack’s eyes widened. He covered his head with both hands, submission and protection in one gesture. When nothing happened, he slowly dropped his arms. “I don’t know what you are. Maybe I’ve lost my mind. But nothing can hurt me any more than I’ve already been hurt. All the power of this world or any other can’t stop me.”
He took a swing, his fist going straight through Silas. “If I can’t hurt you, I'm betting you can’t hurt me, either. I have a mission. And I will not fail.”
Mournful, as if an orchestra of violins were playing in a minor key, Silas moaned. “Keep yer filthy hands off her. She don’t belong to you.”
Jack laughed. “Either I’m hallucinating, or you’re a pathetic ghost. She can be all yours as soon as I send her your way.”
Silas flew into Jack but made no physical contact with him. He returned to Abby and gazed into her eyes. “I’m guessin’ I kin touch only you—because we got one heart. I failed you again, Abigail.” With a caress to her cheek, he disappeared into the mist.
Available in Ebook and Print
About the Author:
Laurel has been writing since the age of six, when Crawls the Caterpillar inched across her lined notebook paper propelled by a fat yellow pencil. She has published magazine and newspaper articles as well as blog posts with AllthewayYA, seapc.org, and on her website. Her portfolio includes multiple children’s stories from picture books, to Middle Grade, to Young Adult. The Girl With Chameleon Eyes debuted with Inkspell Publishing in March of 2018.
In addition to writing, her passion is for travel to exotic locations around the globe. The people she meets, the places she visits, and the quirky way she looks at life all inspire her work. She loves complex characters and intricate plots that mesh into multifaceted books, melding romance, mystery, adventure, and history.
Laurel was a chosen participant at Better Books, a craft-based workshop near San Francisco. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has been a presenter at their Fall SCBWI Conference In Pittsburgh.
When she’s not deep into a writing project, Laurel is a medical missions’ nurse, traveling for Southeast Asia Prayer Center, Hope in Haiti, Caring Hearts, and Convoy of Hope. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their fur baby, Mable. All of that, plus she’s the world’s biggest fan of chocolate milkshakes and hugs.
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I have a thing for cowboys. Maybe it's their rugged good looks or maybe it's their amazing work ethic... it doesn't matter. :) They are amazing. Janalyn Knight has a cover reveal for her latest Western Romance series- The Howelton Texas Series. Yum!
Cowboy Refuge is a one click book! With a strong heroine and sexy cowboy, you'll want to stay up all night reading.
After suffering a devastating loss, the last thing Ward Ramsey needs is a woman and her child on his ranch. But the desperation in her eyes when she applies for the job is more than he can bear. He gives her two weeks to prove herself. That’s before he knows of the danger that follows her.
Hunted by a vengeful ex-con, ranch hand Jayme Bonner flees with her young son, finding sanctuary on a North Texas ranch. Ward, the crabby rancher who hires her, is none too happy with the fact that she’s a woman. As she proves she can handle the job, his opinion of her changes and so does their relationship.
As love blossoms and long-held barriers fall, danger draws near. When Ward is injured in the war the ex-con wages again her, Jayme decides it’s time to take the battle to the hateful man desperate to kill her.
The ex-con doesn’t stand a chance against a woman out for vengeance.
About the Author:
Nobody knows sexy Texas cowboys like Janalyn. From an early age, she competed in rodeo, later working on a ten-thousand-acre cattle ranch, and these experiences lend an authenticity to her characters and stories. When she’s not writing spicy cowboy romances, she’s living her dream—sharing her twenty-acres of Texas Hill Country with her daughters and their families.
Fans are invited to check out Janalyn on her website at janalynknight [dot] com, where they can sign up for her newsletter and keep up with all the latest happenings and upcoming releases. You can also connect with Janalyn on any of the following places:
I enjoy a series book because I've fallen in love with the characters and just can't let them go. When a favorite author writes more than one book, I automatically one click.
Author MO Kenyan has a new release in her New Yorker Series. In His Bed is a wonderful romp through a romance where things have gone wrong from the very beginning. Duke's relationship started with a mistake and things compounded. Now he's got to face up to the problem.
Out Now, In His Bed is book 6 in the New Yorker series, one filled with family, passions and squabbles. A perfect read for fans of contemporary romances. But don't take my word for it....grab a copy for your self.
Secrets always have a way of coming out.
Rayne had been lying to Duke since the moment they first met. It was too late to tell the truth now, so she kept up with the lies. That was until the lies forced her to leave town taking Duke’s son with her. It was only a matter of time before Duke found them, until then she would wait, guarding her secret.
Duke hated being lied to, especially by the people he loved. He didn’t even know what her real name was, or if she even really loved him. Duke was determined to search for the woman who stole his son and his heart.
Rayne couldn’t help but stare into his eyes as he leaned over and glared at her. His tone was clipped, filled with so much animosity it scared her. But there was something else in there that broke her heart. The sad look in his eyes that he had tried to hide behind the anger, the pain in his voice that sounded out his betrayal, even though he tried to act like he didn’t care. She lifted her hand to his face, just about to cup his cheek when he pulled back with a startled expression.
Duke walked away, leaving her alone with her guilt, her broken heart, and her sandwich. Rayne didn’t know what came next after this, but she was willing to stay for as long as it took either one of them to figure it out.
Her appetite gone, she followed Duke into the bedroom.
She walked in just in time to see him peel off his shirt and walk into the bathroom. She missed him, his body, and the way his back muscles would feel beneath her fingertips when he was on top of her as they made love. She longed to hear his heart beat when he head was on his chest, or how his voice rumbled when he laughed. She longed for everything that she had managed to bring out of him when they were together, things that she had now destroyed.
About the Author:
I just love to create stories.
I am an author.
Creating alternate realities helps me escape.
My imagination is my Fortress of Solitude, the place where I discover new things about myself, pretend that I understand what falling in love is and coming closer to discovering the true meaning of love.
I leave a piece of me in every story I write, but don't try to figure me out.
Connect with me.
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