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Strange Lake Falls is back for a third installment! Welcome author KD Jones…

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The infamous KD Jones recently revealed that she has an alter ego! Originally released under the pen name DJ Cruz, the Strange Lake Falls is a journey in paranormal romance with every possible reason to fall in love. Check out the newest release: Strange Lake Falls Vampire Mistress, and go back to pick up the first two Strange Lake Falls stories today!


Welcome to Strange Lake Falls. Population 5,100 and growing. The air is clean and the sky is clear blue. Small businesses keep this town going. And the residents are a mixture of humans, vampires, weres, and witches. Stop by for a visit.

Strange Lake Falls Vampire Mistress

By: KD Jones

SLFalls 4Lila Draken is a 2000-year-old natural born vampire. She is one of the last born of pure blood vampire parents. She is considered royalty among the existing vampires, Mistress of her Clan. But she doesn’t feel royal, she feels out of place. She awakens after centuries of a self-imposed sleep and comes to the small town of Strange Lakes Falls to seek out her future. Little does she know that her past and future will collide, nor does she see the danger that will come from that collision. In the center of all the chaos is a tall, dark, and handsome werewolf that she can’t ignore.

Laws Carrington is back in Strange Lake Falls and he is shocked at the changes he finds. A new pack and a new Alpha have taken over the town. Not only that, but the wolf pack shares the town with a vampire clan, which was almost unheard of in his time. He plans to challenge for his old position as Beta, and is looking forward to resuming his normal life. At least he thinks he is, until a sexy female vampire shows up needing protection. The attraction he feels is taboo. A werewolf can’t mate with a vampire. But his wolf has other ideas.

They come from two species that have warred with one another for centuries. They both must learn to overcome their prejudices and fear to find common ground. Will they be able to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and dangers that surround them? Can they overcome their misgivings and let their hearts rule?


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Book 1:

Strange Lake Falls Vampire

SLFalls 2In one night, Jackie Copley-Tegan’s normal ordinary life turned upside down. Her teenage daughter, Samantha, falls for the wrong guy, which nearly ended in tragedy. Both mother and daughter thrust into a new and unfamiliar world where werewolves and vampires are thriving among humans.
Jackie will have to draw on every bit of strength she has in order to protect her only child, and learn how to cope with the changes in her life. Amongst the chaos a single piece of stability in the form of a young-looking, gorgeous five hundred year old vampire, rattles her to the core, and leaves her wondering just where her place is now.
Adrian Belliveau rarely finds a reason to enjoy his life anymore, so when the pretty woman who is meant to be his mate enters the picture he embraces his destiny with open arms. They both will get more than they bargain for, as they combat lust, love, and jealousy to put down roots in an ever-changing world.


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Book 2:

Strange Lake Falls Werewolf

SLFalls 3Mary Mags McGregor is an ordinary woman who married her high-school sweetheart, and stayed at home to raise her son. After losing her husband to cancer, and her son to college life, she did a short stint in the working world trying to keep busy. It didn’t take her long to find herself unemployed, lonely, and nursing an unhealthy fascination with the local werewolf Alpha.
As one of the oldest pureblood Alpha werewolves left, Alpha Eric Nelson has an obligation to ensure that his lineage continues by mating a female werewolf. Unfortunately he faces two big obstacles; female werewolves are extremely rare and therefore hard to find, and his wolf has grown attached to a human female.
While fighting their attraction to each other, Mary and Ric become entangled in a political tug-of-war. Face to face with the very real possibility of losing Ric forever, will Mary be able to leave her comfort zone and admit her feelings, or will she hide behind Ric’s familial duties? And when he’s forced to choose between Mary, and his pack, how will Ric prioritize for his future? Together they will find out if true love really does conquer all.


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Avery Gale is Taking Out The M.O.B.

Think you are going to plan drama-free nuptials?  Here’s to your delusional fantasy.

Avery Gale
Taking out the Mother Of the Bride and Other Christmas Wishes centers on the heir to a Russian mob dynasty who’s beautiful bride-to-be is nearly perfect…
Juliana’s only fault?  Her mother.
This is a short and humorous look at a groom whose penchant for nonviolence wrecks challenges him as he tries to deal with his wicked future mother in law, and his family and friends see him as an embarrassment to criminals everywhere because he doesn’t simply take her out.
The sex is hot…the setting is snowy…and the humor is biting.

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The secret is out! Honor James is also writing as…


Hello my lovelies, I would like to first and foremost thank my lovely host for having me on their blog today. My name is Honor James, and I am a romance author. I know, I know – shocker right? Today though isn’t about the Honor James name, or the books under that name. Today I’m here to introduce, and better acquaint you with my other pen name, April Zyon.

Under the April Zyon pseudonym I write for both Evernight Publishing, and Secret Cravings Publishing. For some you may already have known, for others this will be a little bit of a revelation. I felt it was time now that I have some books out, and making their own way under April’s name, to let everyone know. It also makes it a lot easier to interact with folks if I’m not having to hopscotch around from account to account to chat with all my readers, but can centralize a little more for the everyday things while still maintaining separate accounts for the specific publisher, book related items.

With all that said I’d like to introduce you to my two series. Just a taste mind you, to give you an idea of what they are about without overloading you.

From Evernight Publishing is the Massey, TX series. This series revolves around the fictional town of Massey that is about two hours south-west of Dallas. Give or take a bit, after all it is fictional. The series core is based around the Carver family, seven kids in total – yup, seven. Mama Carver was a very busy woman for a while there. Each of the Carver kids has gone out in the world, and now that they are older they are starting to come back to the place of their birth. But it isn’t only the Carvers, we also have the Hollisters, and some military friends of the oldest Hollister kid. Lots of trouble, plenty of hot sex, and of course cowboys. After all, what’s Texas without a bunch of hot, sexy, half naked…uh, cowboys?

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From Secret Cravings Publishing I have the Guardians of the Light series. This is a series that is more fantasy based, with a Goddess giving longevity to select warriors of history who may were taken too soon, yet had proven to have what it takes to win against the growing Darkness. These warriors are reborn to fight back the Evil, and one day find the ultimate reward. They also have some interesting times when the Thirteen Vestal Virgins are once again reincarnated. Unfortunately the Darkness wants these Thirteen as well, and aren’t afraid to kill half of mankind to get them for their own purposes. The Guardians of the Light series has it all, hot studs of history, sexy women with kick ass (and mildly terrifying) abilities, bad guys out to dominate humankind, and a Goddess that occasionally likes to have a say in things. At least for a time.

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If either of these series has caught your curiosity you can check them out on the April Zyon website for character details, blurbs, and excerpts. I also have a page for my WIP’s that you are welcome to also take a look at for whatever my mind has cooked up.

Last thing before I let you all get back to whatever fantastic book you’re reading. I am continuing to write as Honor James, and will for many, many, many books yet to come. I’ve shifted my focus a little though for my Siren specific books, which is another reason for my April Zyon persona. It allows me the freedom to write all over the map in the hopes that all my readers can still find something of mine to read, and enjoy.


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Bryce Evans – Cravings – Read an Excerpt!

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Alpha City, Book 2

By Bryce Evans

Zoey Malone has it all. Her best friend is now her sister in law, and her partner in a new and thriving business, she’s treated like a princess by the members of her pack, and she’s found the man she wants to give her heart to in Kayden Lynn, Alpha of the Panther Pride. When business takes her to sunny Las Vegas and puts her in the path of Alpha wolf Johnny Ringo; she has to make a decision between the guaranteed security Johnny offers, and a deep soul-stealing love with Kayden.

Forced back to her hometown, and hurt by the man who’s held her heart for years, she and the rest of the Malone Pack are threatened by outside forces. Will Kayden be the man she knows he can be, and come to her rescue, or will his pride put an end to their future before it starts?



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Zoey pulled her dress down for the hundredth time. She loved the dress, but it showed more leg than she wanted it to. Damn Donnie! He had talked her into buying the dress saying that all the men would be looking at her, and she would have plenty of dates after tonight. Still, uncertainty crept up inside her. She lacked the most important skill a woman could have when it came to men, and that’s self-esteem.

Tonight was the night. She had promised London that she would flirt and have some fun by putting herself out there and allowing everyone to know she is on the market.

Zoey slowly opened the door to the Rusty Nail Pub. She had been here hundreds of times, but tonight was different. Tonight she was a new woman with a new dress and a new attitude. Only thirty seconds in the door, and she wanted to throw up. Everyone seemed to turn and gawk at her when she finally entered.

Donnie ran up to her grabbing her hand. “Now, don’t you look slutty?” Stopping mid stride, Zoey looked up at Donnie panicked.

“What? You told me to wear it. You said it looked good on me.” Zoey couldn’t help the hysteria coming out of her mouth. Her eyes widened, and her body went into flight mode, but before she could run out, Donnie got into her face whispering. Even over the music, she could hear what he was saying to her.

“You look great, Zoey. That dress is fantastic and makes your legs look like they could wrap around a man’s body for days. So stop and listen to what I’m saying. Yes, people are looking at you. They are checking you out and liking what they see. If I weren’t gay, I would take you outside and fuck you on the hood of my car. That is what I’m trying to say.” Zoey stared up at her friend and couldn’t stop the giggles as Donnie’s comment sunk in. Then Donnie started laughing with her.

“You whore.” Zoey snorted out.

“You slut.” Donnie responded, as he broke out in a fit of giggles with Zoey.

“What are you two laughing about?” London asked as she walked up to her two best friends.

“Nothing. Just getting our little girl here in the right frame of mind.” Donnie looked down at Zoey. “Now, think like a wolf looking for their prey, and walk like you own this damn place. Let’s head for the table and get this evening started. Capiche, my little wolf?”

Zoey nodded and pushed her shoulders back with confidence. As she walked toward the Alpha’s table, she swayed her hips provocatively. She could see people had stopped talking and watched her walk past, especially the men. The only attention she wanted tonight was not even at the table. He wasn’t even here tonight.

She hated that about herself. She heaved a sigh and scanned the pub a little more looking for Kayden.

“He isn’t here yet,” London whispered in her ear. Zoey shrugged trying to act as if it didn’t bother her as Nolan Banks pulled a chair out for her.

“Now, now, what do we have here?” Nolan teased. “I don’t believe we have met yet, Miss?” Zoey smiled as Nolan acted as though she was a stranger.

“My name is Zoey Malone, and what is yours, big boy?” Zoey teased, and then winked at him. Nolan was the best, and he made a tense situation into a bearable one.

“Well Ms. Malone, how about we dance? With a dress like that, I think you need to be center of attention tonight. Well?”

“Shut up, Nolan. That is my sister you’re talking to. I know you are going to say something, and it’s only going to piss me off.” Ryder interjected.

Ignoring her brother, Zoey extended her hand to Nolan. “Well, kind sir, I would love to dance with you.” She did feel special as Nolan escorted her out to the dance floor when a fast song came on. The stars must have been in line because Kayden walked through the door with none other than Jena Carnes. He hadn’t seen her yet, but she saw him. Putting on a show, Zoey did things with her body that she didn’t know she had in her. Dancing at home in front of the mirror doesn’t count. Tonight was her night to shine, and make Kayden Lynn jealous as hell.


Zoey watched as Kayden and Jena sat at the Alpha’s table. She could see Kayden look at everyone, but nobody was talking. All eyes were watching Nolan and her on the dance floor, except her brother, that is. He had his face in his hands. Kayden’s eyes followed their gaze, and she knew the moment he saw her. His eyes turned bright green, and she could actually see steam come out of the man’s head. She laughed to herself because this was exactly what she wanted. His expression was worth every damn dime she spent on her dress.

She continued to watch Kayden, even though he didn’t know she was watching him. He stood up mad as hell and thundered over to Ryder’s side. She couldn’t hear what he was saying, but he was pointing a lot at her and Nolan.

Giggling to herself, Zoey felt powerful for the second time in her life. The first time was when she beat the shit out of Penny Sanders. This was the second best.

Slowing down, the song turned into a slow one. Nolan pulled her body into him holding her close. “Did he notice?” Nolan whispered in her ear.

Zoey acted as if she didn’t know whom he was talking about. “Who?”

“Come on, Zoey. I have known you your whole life, and as soon as Kayden Lynn saw you grow your hair out in the tenth grade, he was smitten with you. He doesn’t talk about it, but we all know. Did he see your dance moves?”

She was hesitant to answer him, but the look on Nolan’s face told her he wouldn’t let it go until she did. “Yes.” Zoey answered. “Is he pissed off?”

Nolan twirled her around and glanced back at the table.

“Oh yeah, he is good and pissed off now. Let’s see what we can do to make him even more pissed.” Nolan replied, and then flipped her backwards kissing up her neck.

The growl could be heard over the music as Kayden stomped over to her and jerked her away from Nolan. “What in hell do you have on?” Kayden’s expression was angry, but instead of yelling at him, she just smiled and looked down at her dress.

“You mean this old thing?” Zoey’s hands stroked down the short dress then looked around at all the men in the room. “I think it is doing exactly what I want it to do.” Zoey winked at the table of bears that were eagerly watching her.

Nolan laughed as he took her hand and escorted her back to the table leaving Kayden on the dance floor fuming. Zoey didn’t look back at Kayden. She couldn’t. If he wanted her, then he would have to fight for her. He couldn’t act as if he liked her one minute, then act as though she wasn’t there the next by bringing a women she hated the most to their table. How his mind worked made no sense to her.

Kayden approached the table and sat down hard beside Jena. The look on the woman’s face was priceless. Apparently, Jena knew something was going on between Zoey and Kayden, so she made her move.

Leaning over, Jena whispered in Kayden’s ear then licked it. Everyone at the table was watching the interaction between Kayden and Jena. Zoey kept telling herself to look away, but she couldn’t stop staring.

“Zoey, you look great tonight, sweetheart,” Brody King suggested, bringing everyone’s attention away from Jena’s show.

“Why thank you, Brody,” Zoey smiled back at the grizzly bear. Brody King was forever surprising her. He would take her on rides around the forest on his back and show her things in the forest she would have never seen even in wolf form. He had a kindness that none of the others had. Even though he was the biggest and scariest of all the Alphas, he was by far the most gentle and sweetest of them all. Brody was the one who looked after her the most, and she loved him like a big brother.

Pulling her out of her memories, Brody stood up, went to her side, and held out his hand. “Let’s dance, sweetheart.” Zoey smiled, reached out to curl her fingers around his, and followed Brody to the floor.

“What’s going through that head of yours, sweetheart?” Brody asked. She felt so little in his arms. His hands were massive as he held on to her. She could always talk to Brody. He never judged her even when she was wrong.

A moment of silence followed before she spoke. “Everything, I guess.”

“Kayden?” Brody answered.

Zoey’s eyes widened in surprise. “Why…do you think that?”

“We all see how he looks at you. He always has. Now he looks at you in a different way. You’re the person he wants the most, but he thinks he doesn’t deserve you.” Zoey gasped not believing what she was hearing.

Sputtering her words trying to form a sentence, Zoey asked, “Why…why would he think that, Brody? I’m just a wolf. Nobody special. He’s an Alpha and needs a strong mate, one who can give him whatever he needs. I…” Self-doubt surged forward as she spoke. Here she was again letting all the stuff Jena said about her get into her head. It was hard to shake the years of bullying that made her feel so small. It was such a hard habit to break.

“You remember the day I took you to Pier’s Point?” Zoey nodded, thinking back about those fun days. “That day meant a lot to me. I finally talked you in to jumping off that cliff into the water. It was wonderful to finally see the smile that came on your face when you came up out of that water. You looked like you were on top of the world. You went for it even when you thought you might get hurt. That is the Zoey Malone I know. The one who needs to see just how important she is to her family and friends. If Kayden can’t see that and if he thinks you’re not good enough, then he isn’t the man I thought he was, and you’re not the girl I know you are if you allow him to get away with it.” Tears ran down her face as she listened to the giant tell her how important she was. Brody knew how to touch her heart.

“I just…” Zoey tried to talk but couldn’t come up with anything logical.

“Now, let’s have some fun tonight, and when a man asks you to dance, don’t think about it; just go for it. She isn’t important to him. We all know that, and what is amazing, she knows it too. Now, the playing field is even because Jena knows how important you are to him, and you have an advantage there. Have fun, Zoey. Stop looking at him for once, and let him chase you,” Brody explained, then twirled her around until she couldn’t stop the laugh that came out of her mouth.

She could feel the tension ease from her shoulders. For the first time in her life, someone told her how it really was, and she finally got it. Brody was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you paid attention. He was a freaking genius, and she was going to follow his directions to a T. She felt happy and relaxed when she looked up at Brody. It looked like he was nodding to someone then quickly glanced around the room. She made sure she didn’t look back at the Alpha’s table when Lex Crenshaw walked up to her.

“Can I have the next dance, Zoey?” Lex asked. Zoey liked Lex. He was kindhearted too, until you pissed him off. It must have been something about the bears because most of them were sweet and gentle unless you were their prey or made them angry.

“Sure Lex, if Brody doesn’t mind.” Lex and Zoey both looked up at the Alpha.

“As long as you take care of my girl here. You know I think of her as my sister, right?” Brody’s voice was higher as he said the last part.

“Yes sir, Alpha.” Lex replied and held his hand out for her. Kissing her on top of the head, Brody walked off leaving her with Lex.

Zoey did what Brody suggested and danced with almost every bear in the room and a few wolves. She laughed at how the bears joked with the other wolves when they tried to dance with her before the song ended. It was all in fun, but she enjoyed the attention.

Finally, near the end of the night, Zoey informed Lex that she needed a break, and he escorted her back to the Alpha’s table. Pulling her chair out for her, Lex kissed her hand and walked away.

It was hard, but Zoey never looked over at Kayden. She sat and made conversation with London and Donnie the rest of the night.

Leaning over, Zoey whispered in Donnie’s ear, “I need to go to the bathroom. I will be back in a few minutes.”

“Do you need me to go with you?” Donnie asked.

“Nope. I think I can handle that on my own.” Zoey got up and slowly walked to the bathroom talking to friends as she passed their table. She walked into the stall and did her business. She felt free for the first time and was actually having fun. She righted her dress and opened the stall door. Figures, it couldn’t last long as she stared at Jena Carnes and one of her friends standing by the sink, waiting for her no doubt. Zoey walked over to the sink and started washing her hands.

“Do you really think a man like Kayden Lynn would want someone like you?” Jena remarked. Instead of immediately responding, Zoey took her time washing her hands. When she finished, she could see Jena struggling to react but didn’t touch her. She knew if she did, she would be disciplined by the Alpha.

Without looking at her, Zoey spoke with self-confidence. “You know, Jena, this isn’t high school anymore and what Kayden does isn’t my concern, but don’t worry, Sugar, I’m positive he wants you for one thing and one thing only.” Zoey leaned closer and commented, “The Alphas talk about you when they are together.” Zoey continued to walk toward Jena who had never seen her do this and apparently, it was unnerving her, so she backed up a step. “They talk about the ‘sure thing’. They say you’re only useful for a fuck and not a good fuck at that. They also say you’re not the mating kind, just the fucking kind.” Zoey tossed the paper towel in the trash can and started to walk out.

Finally, she had enough of Jena telling her what a low life she was. Tonight was the last night she would ever take shit from Jena Carnes again. She heard Jena make her move and was prepared for her. Zoey turned around and blocked the punch Jena was throwing. Jena thought that she could hit her with her back turned, but Zoey had continued her training and flipped Jena, launching her against the door, knocking it down in the process. The noise was loud as Jena and the door flung against the outside wall.

Zoey could hear people running toward the bathrooms. Apparently, the noise was louder than she thought. Looking back, Jena’s friend was wide-eyed and stepped back away from her.

“Oops.” Zoey showed the wolf her teeth then walked out.

Stepping over the moaning Jena, Zoey walked down the hallway with a half smile on her face. London, Ryder, and the entire table of Alphas were looking down the hallway as she walked toward them. Kayden’s eyes were wild-looking as she approached him.

“Kayden, your date is lying on the floor. You might want to go and pick her up.” With that statement said, she continued to walk back to the table where Brody was still sitting with his hands crossed over his chest. She could see the smile widened as she sat down.

“You know Brody, I think we need to go back to Pier’s Point soon and go swimming. Would you be up for that?” Brody laughed and stood up from the table.

“I think that is a wonderful idea, sweetheart. Let’s blow this joint and go get breakfast somewhere. I think you did all the damage you can do tonight,” Brody suggested. Donnie ran back to the table as Zoey picked up her purse.

“I’m coming with you guys. I think the party is over here,” Donnie muttered, then turned and looked down the hallway snickering.

“Let’s go eat. I’m starving,” Zoey sang in a giddy voice as she took Brody’s arm and walked out of the bar.


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Happy Halloween Picture Capture! Read your favorite authors scenes, and get in the spooky spirit!

Capturing the moment is every author’s goal. We want to express emotions so clearly that the reader’s impacted when they put the book down. So I’ve brought you a collection of authors who are all using the exact same photograph as inspiration for a short scene. They are capturing the picture with their words. These short scenes are NOT part of a book…yet, but they will give you great insight into the authors head!

As always you’re welcome to give it a go and post your story scene in the comments, in fact, I encourage you to try it! Here’s how to do it…

2014 - 10 October

Use the prompt to write a 350 word scene.

No limitations.

No restrictions.

Let your imagination go wild.

Alongside every entry, is the authors contact links, and most recent book cover.

If you like what they did, please leave a comment or even better, buy a book!

So, here is what the authors came up with this month….





Lori KingMistress Hedonism 200x300

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“What if you don’t make it back to the gate in time?” Mia tried to ignore the sense of foreboding that filled her chest making it hard to breathe, as she waited for the full moon to appear overhead.

“I’ll make it.”

“But what if you don’t? Gavin I can’t do this without you.”

Gavin’s arms went around her instantly stopping the panic that was building inside her. “Stop doing this to yourself. You’ll be fine, with or without me. If something goes wrong, go to Nan. She’ll help you because she knows how much I love you. I have to do this, Mia. I have to know.”

She knew that. For weeks they’d been planning this night down to the final details, and now they waited outside the stone circle in the hopes that the gate to the nether would open. If all went well Gavin would cross the bridge to the other world and retrieve their sister Sia. If all didn’t go well… Mia shook her head, forcing the negative thoughts out and focused all of her mental energies on being positive. This would work. It had to.

“There it is. Now remember, we have to direct all of our magic into the stone and say the spell together.” Gavin instructed for the umpteenth time.

“I know, I remember.” She turned and reached for Ryan’s hand, linking him to her and Gavin. As Gavin’s best friend, Ryan was the only other person in the world who knew the secret of their magic, and even though he was a poor substitute for their sibling in their magical triad, Mia was relieved as hell that he’d agreed to help them.

The bright white light of the moon enveloped them, making their surroundings seem both magical and erie.

“Now, Mia.” Gavin said sharply, and together with Ryan helping form their circle they began to chant…




Amy J HawthornAmy J Hawthorn

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RIP. Rest in peace. What a fucking joke.

Mac stood, hidden in a copse of skeletal trees. He shook his head over the tombstone’s inscription and watched the couple walk away arm in arm.

Was it a blessing or a curse for Tom Barker to believe the best of his younger brother when, in fact, the man beneath the tombstone hadn’t been worth the dirt covering him, let alone tears.

Mac would know. He’d been the one to end William Barker’s life. If he could, he’d end it again. But the gratifying violence wouldn’t bring his Cecelia back.

Damn, but she was sweet. Vibrant and beautiful. She’d been everything he’d wanted in a woman when he’d never, ever expected to have light of any kind in his life. Each time he closed his eyes he saw the bright honey of her hazel eyes as she’d laughed at him the first time they’d met. The pure joy in her laugh had lanced right through him, shattering the brittle ice encasing his black heart.

She’d called him silly.

Mac Harrison Silly. No one in this life had ever called him silly. He didn’t have a single humorous bone in his body. He lurked in the shadows, walked through the night, and dealt in death.

Yet Cecelia had called him silly because he hadn’t understood why something so simple as a chocolate bar could make a person happy.

When they’d taken her, they’d not only taken the light from him but from the entire world and as she’d shown him, the world needed more of her light.

William Barker had been a low-ranking pawn and he’d died a sniveling coward. He’d known nothing but it was no matter. He’d find her. If he had to raze the city, he’d find her.

Hell, if he had to set fire to the earth, he’d find his Cecelia and lay waste to those who’d taken her. And if she’d been harmed, vengeance would go beyond the mortal realm of Earth and into the darkest depths Hell. Without her, he was already there.




Mackenzie WilliamsMackenzie Williams

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Jason paced back and forth in the damp grass. He could smell the newly fallen raindrops but none stuck to his black shoes. He watched the crowd file in between the rows of trees. Most of the women were holding handkerchiefs to their faces. The men all whole stoical masks.

He stopped walking when he saw his ex best friend, Adam, come onto the scene. Adam wore a black suit, just like all the others. He walked with his hands in his pockets and followed the rest of the mourners down the grass lane.

Jason had to fight the urge to walk straight up to Adam and punch him in the face. That thought made an annoyed grunt raise from the back of Jason’s throat. The two men had been like brothers. They met in boot camp and had fought alongside one another. All that meant nothing now. Not nothing, worse than nothing. Adam had betrayed Jason the moment he started sleeping with Jason’s true love.

Adam gently pushed his way to the front of the crowd to stand next to the newly dug grave. Jason stood silent, as did his ex comrade, through the entire funeral and burial. Long after the priest stopped talking and after the last crying family member was gone, the two men still stood, motionless. Both just staring at the new tombstone.

“I’m sorry I didn’t do more.” Adam spoke but there were no tears.

“You’re fucking right you’re sorry!” Jason shouted.

Adam blew a kiss towards the gravestone and shook his head. With one last sigh, he turned and left. Jason watched but did nothing. He didn’t know how long after that moment he stood in the trees. Hours, days, weeks? Never moving, never speaking. Finally, it happened. Mary came forward, looking just like the angel he knew she was.

“I’ve missed you, Jason.” She brought her ghostly hand up and touched his cheek.

“Me too, baby.”

“Adam was always sorry about your death, you know.”

Jason ignored the comment. They held hands and started to walk down the row of trees. Together, again.




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My mother used to say, the best way to say something unsettling is quickly – just put it out there before you have a chance to second guess yourself. So here goes: I’m dead.

Not what you thought I was going to say, right? I know, it came as a surprise to me too. One minute I was standing at the aisle ready for my forever, about to marry the tall, dark and handsome Aiden, and the next thing I know I’m in some other dimension.

I was shocked too. I was also pissed that my pretty white (I wasn’t a virgin but hey what bride is) wedding dress was exchanged for some ugly black robe. Black is really not my color, it washes me out. Unfortunately everyone here wears them.

At least that’s what Owen tells me. He’s tall and dark too. And he’s also a death dealer.

There I go again, blurting out information. He’s a death dealer, I’m a death dealer, bla bla, we’re all death dealers. Again, this is from Owen. I’ve never met anyone else. It’s just been me and him here since my wedding day and the day I died.

He was the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes. I had closed then at the aisle expecting a kiss from my almost-husband. Aiden was a great kisser – this I’ll admit, but there was something different about this kiss. It lit up my body in a way I’d never felt, and certainly never expected whilst in the house of the Lord. Honestly, it may have been the best kiss of my life.

Yet when I opened my eyes, it was Owen’s lips that were pressed against mine. It was his electric kiss I had felt.

I screamed.

“Calm down” he instructed.

It was impossible not to freak out. “What am I doing here?”

“I think I called you here.” He held up his hands in defense. “Unintentionally I swear.”

My chest began to heave, moments away from a full-scale panic attack. “Where the hell am I?”

“Exactly” He frowned. “We’re in hell.”




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Mary screamed as the coffin lowered into the ground. She wasn’t dead! She couldn’t be dead. They were burying her alive! Stop!!! Please stop!!! But no matter how loudly she screamed, the dirt kept dropping onto the top of the casket.

Eventually, the sounds of the dirt stopped. Only her cries echoed inside the elegant coffin. Her tears soaked the satin below her head, her tear ducts empty. She closed her eyes, resigned to the fact she would die of suffocation deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

It was the breeze stroking the wetness of her cheeks that brought awareness. Drying her tear stains cheeks while dappled sunlight danced on her eyelids, causing strange patterns of light and dark.

Lifting her eyelids, she squinted into the sunlight. Above her, trees swayed in the breeze, leaves dancing to the joyful tune of the forest surrounding her. It looked to be a beautiful summer morning in the woods of her childhood. A shadow stood beside her, a hand held out to help her up. She raised her own hand, blocking the sun to see who stood above her. John! Oh my God, John!!!

Her husband of seventy years gently held her upraised hand and raised her to her feet. But it wasn’t old John whom she’d seen pass into the next world a couple years ago. It was John from their youth; young, virile, handsome in his tailored dark suit. As she reached her feet, she realized she was in her favorite white dress, the one she wore on their first date. As she looked where she had been laying, the headstone she had purchased for John and her to share at the graveyard sat there. But instead of having their names and dates on it, it only read “RIP.”

“Mary, my love. I know you have a lot of questions and I’ll answer them all. But to help you understand now, know this. You must pass through Mother Earth to reach the next life. Come my love, let me take you home.”

And with that, Mary and John walked into the light…




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Gilly peered through the portal into the outer realm. The woods looked scary, but it was the only time the veil was thin enough between the realms for her people to pass through. It was these annual visits that made Gilly’s otherwise mundane life as a starship lab technician exciting. On this night, known in the earthly realm as All Hallows Eve, she and her people would gather on their home planet of Merr and pass through the portal.

“You think he’ll be there?” Her friend Jolie asked.

“He has been for the last two years,” Gilly said uncertainly. He was an alpha werewolf; a powerful male, and would eventually find a mate. She could never be that mate. Her people were forbidden from remaining for more than twenty-four hours. If she stayed, her people would come for her and she’d be punished severely – a few dozen years in confinement on one of the prison ships that orbited their dead moon. He would be welcome on Merr, but she would never ask him to give up everything for her.

One by one, her people filed through the shimmery portal and went their way. Gilly found herself alone in the woods. Her heart sank as she realized the man she’d been looking forward to seeing was absent. She took a step back toward the portal.

“Leaving so soon?”

She turned with a gasp to see Lux dressed in a sharp suit. He grabbed her, lowering his mouth to hers.

“I thought you wouldn’t come,” she whispered.

“Tomorrow when the moon rises in the sky, I want to come with you.”

“You do?”

“You don’t have a male in your own realm do you?”


“Then it’s settled. Tonight we’ll say farewell to my pack and tomorrow we’ll start the next chapter of our life on Merr.”

They sealed their declaration with a kiss and headed into the darkness to say goodbye. She’d always dreaded the rising of the moon, but she eagerly looked forward to it. It was the first night of the rest of their lives, after all.




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Misty fog surrounded the grounds as the evening sky continued to darken. The atmosphere became eerie as the animals of the night woke from their daily slumber. Eye’s glowed from above as they watched the forms below them. Silvia turned her attention towards the ongoing noises, her eyes glowed a bright red as tears of blood trickled from her eyes. Sending a warning to the animal’s above to stop there annoying noise’s. Silvia mourned the loss of her brother, hitting a point where it was becoming too much to bare. Suddenly there was nothing, silence had filled the air. She let out a small sigh of relief before cuddling the strong masculine creature standing close, her mate. As they stared intently at the large block of cement in front of them, a permanent reminder that the person buried here was no longer part of this world. A sign for those that walked the grounds of the cemetery that the form buried here was once loved by many and missed by all.

“All will be right, I promise you this.” Silvia’s mate assured her.

The grief of her brothers passing had become overwhelming, her body shook with shock, constantly reminding Silvia of the memories that led to her brother’s sudden passing.

She grabbed her partner’s hand pulling him away, begging to leave the gloomy surroundings of the cemetery. He willingly followed her lead as they walked the hidden path. The further away they became the more relieved Silvia felt as if she had jut escaped the nightmare she had experiences the past few days, as it hit the darkest, coldest part of the night. Thicker fog seeped along the ground making it almost impossible to see, protecting the secrets that may occur during this time. The soil beneath the headstone began to move as the ground shook, parting the soil. A hand broke free from its underground prison, awakening the un-dead and allowing them to walk the earth once again.




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“Hand it over Angelique. I saw you snag his soul, it doesn’t belong to you,” Damian said holding out his hand.

Angelique pouted, her red lips forming a pretty bow. “It’s just one teeny tiny soul, can’t I keep this one?” She ran a scarlet fingernail up and down his damp, navy blue suit jacket.

“No. This was a good man, he died protecting the woman he loved. His soul will be taken to a place where he will know peace.”

The woman dug into the pocket of her long white coat and pulled out a perfect silver orb. She turned it over in her hand. “But it’s so pretty, it sparkles more than the others.”

“That’s because the souls you usually handle are covered in a fine layer of grim and smut. This one is pure. There aren’t too many men like him out there anymore. It’s a shame he had to die so young.” He plucked the orb from her hand. Her eyes flashed a molten gold color, before she quickly hid her anger.

“Let’s make a bet,” she said as a devilish smile graced her lips.

Damian shook his head. “That seductive smile may work with others, but not with me. You’re thousands of years too young to trick me into giving up this soul.” Though he spoke with a smile, his handsome features had hardened.

Angelique stamped her foot. “You can’t be older than me!”

Damian chuckled and kept walking. Cursing Angelique followed him until they reached a fork in the road, one led upward to a hill, the other downward towards a dark valley.

“Trot back home and tell your master you failed. These group of men belong to me. I was kind to you, I won’t be so kind to the next thief.”

“My master will definitely hear about this. Those souls hold more value than you could possibly know,” she hissed.

He smiled at her. “I know more than anyone, the value of these men’s souls. The group of men you have targeted are mine to protect, they are true warriors.”

“My master will destroy you.” Her eyes were no longer seductive but filled with hate.

“He could not destroy me in Heaven and he cannot destroy me now. You know me as Damian, but I have another name.” He turned his back to her and began walking up the sunlit hill.

“Who are you?” she whispered stepping back defensively.

He stopped and without turning spoke a name that had her racing into the shadows.





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“Do you know what I love the most about you?” Bryan asked as he shrugged his suit jacket on.

Noelly smiled over at him as she slipped the strap of her blood bra over her shoulder. “The little I do with my hips when I’m riding you?”

“Well yes, but that’s not what I was thinking of…” His mouth dried out when she bent over to step into the red g-string he’d removed with his teeth earlier. Her ass was lush, creamy and as red as her panties and bra. He was sorry to see it disappear underneath her pristine white dress. His formerly sated cock jumped at the idea of her stretched out across the bench seat of his truck, her face in his lap as he pulled up the back of her dress to smack her ass and make her moan.

“You were saying?”

Her question jolted him out of a pleasant mental image he planned to make a reality. Wrapping his fingers around her hand, he brought it up to his face, brushing his lips against the soft skin of her knuckles.

“You are the only woman who can still surprise me. “ Keeping a firm grip on her hand, he supported her as she lifted each foot and slipped her heels back on. “I distinctly remember you saying you wanted to dance on that old bitch’s grave in a red dress.”

She winked saucily over his shoulder, “The horizontal mambo is a kind of dance.”



Thank you so much to all of the authors who participated! I hope you’ll encourage us by letting us know if you would like us to continue our specific stories. Just leave a comment for us in the comment section. We’ll be back November 30th with another one!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance! ~ Lori


Watching Sin is FREE!

The first story in the popular Fetish & Fantasy Series, Watching Sin is now completely free on Amazon, All Romance, and Smashwords! Grab your copy now and free your fantasies! A Fetish & Fantasy Short Story1 - 200x300

12 books on sale for .99!!! JK Publishing is supporting Breast Cancer! #savethetatas

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JK Publishing is hosting an event throughout the entire month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Featured titles offered at .99 with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Awareness Susan G. Komen fund will be offered each week. We will also be giving over a thousand prizes away each day with informative facts and preventive methods in the fight of breast cancer. Join the fun and help save the Ta-Ta’s!

Books on sale for a short time only! Be sure to grab them all while you can!

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Desolation by KD Jones and a chance to support Breast Cancer Research!

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KD Jones is back with a new book in a brand new series! The biggest question I had to ask is: How is this new book different from your others?

“Desolation is different from what I have written before. The main difference is that most of the story is taking place on Earth. This story is one of those that have haunted me endlessly until I finally started to write it. I like the message that this story promotes. That even in times of desolation, there can be hope.”


Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. M/F

Maggie James was sixteen years old when the Earth self-destructed. She’s spent the years since fighting to protect herself and the band of subway-dwelling misfits who took her in. Every day is a struggle to survive, and she’s seen the best and the worst of humanity. Hope seems lost until a tall, gorgeous hunk of a man from another world appears out of nowhere.

Captain Liam Estros a soldier for the Drastan Nation who has been sent to investigate a mayday call over five years old. Believing the detour a waste of time, he doesn’t take the hunt for survivors seriously until he’s captured and taken hostage by a small human woman.

In a world torn asunder by ignorance and violence, some will always revel in the chaos, preying on those just trying to survive. Heroes will rise from the ashes, and hope will come from the stars. Two hearts and two species. They must both overcome terrible odds to find love in desolation.



earth evolution FINAL cover NEW“Mmm . . . oh God, yes.” Her head tilted back and she felt the ice cream and chocolate slide down her throat.

“I like the sounds you make,” Liam said. He was fighting every instinct he had to take her in his arms and claim her. The sounds she was making reminded him too much of the noises he imagined she would make during sex. Every moan seemed to stroke his shaft. He moved closer, taking the spoon so that he could feed her the cake and ice cream.

“Do you like that, Maggie?”


“Do you want more? You have to ask me.”

“Please, give me more Liam.” Her eyes seemed to glaze over.

“Take it from me, Maggie.” Liam put a spoonful of ice cream in his mouth and leaned over to kiss her.

The flavor combination of Maggie and sweet ice cream was his undoing, and hers.

“Liam, I want more.”



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Release day! Mistress Hedonism (Fetish & Fantasy 3)

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Ana Gregory and her submissive Foster Craft are happy together. They enjoy a relationship that indulges their hedonistic desires, as well as gives them the security of a partner in real life. Until another submissive shines a light on the cracks in their foundation by asking to join their pairing.

Foster’s in love with Ana, and he would do anything to please her, but sleeping with a man who hurt them both is a huge test of trust; even if he wants the man in question, with every fiber of his being.

Four months ago Wyatt Marks made a huge mistake, but it brought him to some life-changing realizations. Now he has the opportunity to right his wrongs with Ana and Foster, as well as indulge the secret fantasies he’s hidden from himself all his life.

When the triad comes together the fires are hot, but will they all get burned in the process? Or will this one night of pleasure, fulfill a lifetime of fantasies for all of them?

Warning: Adult Themes-For Mature Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. F/M/M, graphic language, consensual BDSM, spanking, public sex, M/M intercourse, HEA.


“Say it. And be clear about what you’re saying because I’m walking a tight rope here between punching you in the face before walking out that door, and…” Foster’s voice drifted off, but Wyatt could see the spark of desire in his glare. The fire of hope lit in his chest, and he stepped closer to the other man, their bodies nearly touching.

“I want you. I fucked up, because I was scared of the fact that I wanted to fuck you, and be fucked by you.” Wyatt murmured. His mouth was so close to Foster’s that he knew the other man could feel the heat of his breath against his lips, and he watched with glee as Foster’s tongue darted out to lick his lips.

The temperature in the small room spiked, and Wyatt’s heart raced in his chest while he waited for Foster to respond. They exchanged breaths before their lips met as though magnets drawn by a force of nature. It was his first time kissing a man, and he was pleasantly surprised to find it was no different than kissing a woman. Harder, and more passionate perhaps, but the mechanics were the same.

From the moment they made contact, Wyatt took control of their lip lock, pressing Foster backward until his ass hit the counter again. Once he could go no further, Wyatt added his hands into the mix, gripping Foster’s face in his big palms, and holding him in place while their tongues danced sensually. Exploring each other, and finding a new sexy way of speaking without a word.

Behind the zipper of his jeans, his cock was hard as stone, and his balls were burning. He could feel the long length of Foster’s erection pressed against his abdomen, and when Foster’s hands came up to explore the bare skin of his chest, he groaned his approval. Before he could duplicate the gesture, a soft knock on the door startled them both and they jerked apart, panting for air.

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September Picture Capture! Flash Fiction with heat… #PictureCapture

Capturing the moment is every author’s goal. We want to express emotions so clearly that the reader’s impacted when they put the book down. So I’ve brought you a collection of authors who are all using the exact same photograph as inspiration for a short scene. They are capturing the picture with their words. These short scenes are NOT part of a book…yet, but they will give you great insight into the authors head!

As always you’re welcome to give it a go and post your story scene in the comments, in fact, I encourage you to try it! Here’s how to do it…2014 - 9 September

Use the photo prompt to write a 350 word scene.

No limitations. No restrictions.

Let your imagination go wild.

Alongside every entry, is the authors contact links, and most recent book cover.

If you like what they did, please leave a comment or even better, buy a book!

So, here is what the authors came up with this month….

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Trying to focus on reading the map was difficult with Kayla sitting so close. Her scent filled his nose making his cock ache, and every time her arm brushed his he wanted to jump out of his skin. But as much as he wanted her; fear kept him from opening his mouth. She was his best friend. His only link to the past that he kept close. What if she didn’t feel the same?

“I think if we take the trail through the ravine we’ll make it to the peak by tomorrow afternoon. That will let me get some great photos in the woods as well as some at the top. Then we can take the cliff trail back and stop by the river for a few shots there.” Kala spoke as she ran her fingertip over the crinkling paper, indicating the places she wanted to go. Mark’s eyes followed the pale pink tip of her finger wondering what it would feel like to have her stroke it over his body so gently. “Mark? Is that alright?”

The question startled him, and he jumped, and met her questioning gaze. “Yeah, that’s fine. Whatever you think. You’re the photographer.”

She smiled at him and giggled, “I’m getting smarter in my old age though. I’ve learned to trust my models to give me their opinions.”

“Well my opinion, is that we do whatever you want to do. I’ll just stand there and look pretty.” He teased back. She pushed him with her shoulder.

“That’s right, I forgot. You’ve got the easy job.”

Laughing, he wrapped an arm around her, and pulled her close, trying to ignore the jump in his heart rate and the thickening behind his zipper. “I didn’t see you carrying the tent on your back uphill for the last five miles.”

“And you won’t see me carrying it for the next ten either.” She said with a snort as she elbowed him lightly, and they began to tussle playfully. As they laughed and wrestled she ended up underneath him, her beautiful brown hair loosened from her ponytail and her smile turning her full lips up at the corners. In an instant the mood shifted, and the air crackled with sexual awareness around them.



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She could feel the sweat pouring down her forehead as she looked up at the hot sun, she felt a relieving breeze flow through her sweat soaked hair, cooling her off almost instantly. She looked to her side and smiled, remembering why she was doing this.  Her husband had been away on deployment for six months now and he had just barely come home, so they were hiking up to a hidden hot spring for the weekend, so neither of them would have cell phone reception so they wouldn’t be bothered, at all.  She had been looking forward to this since the day she read his last letter.

Last time he came home on deployment they both were receiving phone calls as if they were the last people left on earth for people to bother, and they barely got any time alone, either people needed her and Kurt to go help them, or they wanted to come over, this time was definitely going to be different. Kurt set his bag down and pulled out a map to make sure they were going in the right direction.

After checking all the landmarks they had passed and looking at the compass to make sure that they were going the right way he passed her a bottle of water. She smiled warmly then took a big gulp of the water.  “Let’s go.”  She said as she stood.  She walked up to him and kissed his lips briskly, she missed the way she felt when she kissed him.  She started jogging, knowing that they were only a mile away now, after a long ten mile hike, just seemed to drive her to go faster.

She couldn’t wait to be alone with her husband, completely alone, where no one could disturb them. When they got there, the distance they had come was all worth it and the journey itself was a wonderful experience with her and Kurt.  She stripped her clothes off and tested the water, before she dove right in.  Kurt followed right behind her.



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Watching as Blake stared at the map in front of him, hoping to find a path home. Darkness was drawing near. Linda secretly hoped that they would be forced to spend the night. She watched closely as his muscles flexed slightly with every move he made. Her heart began to race as heated images filled her mind, fantasy’s overwhelming her imagination.

“I’m unsure which path is the best to take in order to get home safely.” He said, interrupting Linda’s intimate thoughts.

“Oh, well it’s close to sunset, should we camp here tonight? Maybe plan the best path home together?” she asked, her heart almost stopped beating as she desperately waited for his reply.

“I think you are right. It’s best we take our time, I’d hate to send us in the wrong direction.”

Linda glared at Blake; shock took over her ability to react. Tears of joy began to form as she attempted to gather herself. Blake proceeded to light the camp fire. Linda couldn’t wait any longer to make her move. She made her way inside the tent, closing the zipper behind her. She made her way to her suitcase, grabbing out her sexiest lingerie. Placing the silky garment over her head as she struggled to place the tight material over her body. She checked her hair and makeup before making her way outside. She posed the best she could beside the tent, presenting herself to Blake. Praying he would respond by ripping her clothing straight off her body.

“Blake” She said in a seductive voice.

“Hmm?” he replied, enchanted with the burning fire before him.

“Blake, I have a gift for you.” She announced.

Blake’s eyes widened at the sight before him, he stood instantly. Taking one step at a time, he slowly unbuttoned his top as he made his way towards Linda. Her smile widened at his response, her eyes darting towards his crotch noticing the large figure forming in his pants. Once Blake was close enough she launched towards him, jumping into his arms. He held her tightly against his body.




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Lindsey was pissed. She came on this camping trip with her daughter, a good mother/daughter bonding trip right? But the moment she arrived she was met with nothing but resistance from the camp leader, Derrick Mayfield. He had always been able to push her buttons.

She went to school with him and he was always bothering her. When she was a junior in high school things changed. Derrick was busy playing football and dating the cheerleaders. Casey started dating Tom Walsh, the jerk she would later marry and divorce within a year of marriage.

It had been over five years since she had seen Derrick. He returned from college with a debutante he met. They had two little girls. Then his wife up and left him. He got his divorce decree a few months ago.

Derrick made an announcement. “Okay girls, time to go out and find firewood. Leaders Marsha and Dan will go with you. I’ll stay here with Mrs. Walsh and set up the rest of the tents.”

What the hell? She didn’t want to be alone with this guy. She tried to hide her expression as she looked down at her beaming daughter. “Be careful and listen to the camp leaders.”

“Okay Mom. See ya later.” Her daughter bounced off with the rest of the camp leaving Lindsey alone with him. Ignoring him, she went to grab one of the tents not yet put together.

“Lindsey, I think we need to talk.” Derrick said from right behind her.

“Can you grab the instructions over there and help me with this tent?” She didn’t want to talk.

He grabbed the instructions and knelt down beside her. “These are ridiculous instructions. Who the hell can read this shit?”

She grabbed the instructions from him. He tried to grab them back. She shoved his shoulder and he shocked her by pulling her into his arms.

“What are you doing?” Her heart was racing and her breathing was erratic.

“Something I should have done years ago.” He leaned down and kissed her.

Oh God yes.


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Cory pointed at the map but the last thing he cared about was the blue spot beside her finger. A fine wisp of hair pulled free from her ponytail and teased the skin below his ear. The scent of honeysuckle filled him until all he could think about sampling a kiss to see if she tasted as sweet as she smelled.

“Hello? Mike? Are you there?” Her amused voice broke through the fog.

“Yeah, I’m here. So what’s the plan?” Another breeze blew through, this one harder than the last.

“I think we should follow the right fork on the trail down to the lake.” Low thunder rumbled in the distance while he squashed the urge to confess he’d follow her to the ends of the earth. But he couldn’t. On a search as important as this one, there was no room for emotion or lust. Certainly, not both.

“Why do you think we should try that path?” He focused on the reason they’d come to Poppy Mountain.

“I think everyone’s over thinking this. These are scared teenagers who don’t have a lot of experience in the outdoors. I think we need to look at the easier routes.”

Another gust of wind grabbed at the corners of the map and pulled. The air filled with dampness and thunder rumbled louder.

He hated the worry he heard in her voice. Cory might be tough as nails on the outside, but on the inside, she had the softest heart he’d ever known.

“You know this mountain better than anyone. If that’s where your gut’s pulling you, that’s where we’ll go. You want to pack up and keep moving, don’t you?” He saw the fight in her blue eyes. Worry for the lost teens and the need to find them battled with the knowledge that they had to stop for the night.

“It’s beautiful, but this mountain’s deadly. It’ll be dark soon.”

“Storm’s coming. Get inside.” Forget waiting. She needed his touch now. If taking her here and now would banish the demons in her eyes, he’d break every rule in the book.



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Sherry crawled out of the tent quietly and stretched her arms above her head. The sun was just below the peaks to the east as she straightened her back prior to reaching inside the tent flap for her backpack. She pulled a breakfast bar out and ate it while watching the sunrise. The air was crystal clear, if a tad chilly, at this altitude and the sounds of the natural world coming awake brought a smile to her face.

The sky lightened to purple, then pink, then burst into a bright yellow blaze as the sun crested the mountains. Closing her eyes she soaked in the warmth, thankful for another day. Only two more days left on this trip, then it was back to “real life” and all that entailed. Treatments would start next week and she hoped and prayed she would be strong enough.

“Mornin’ my love.” Sherry jerked slightly as his deep husky voice sounded next to her ear and his hand touched her cheek. Turning her head, she looked into his deep brown eyes and smiled.

“Morning sleepy head. You need to get up and get moving, we’re burning daylight!” She tried to laugh, but his lips captured hers in a tender, loving kiss. His lips had always been a weakness of hers, being both soft and velvety but hard and demanding at times.

James groaned and moved his head back. Even being freshly awakened, he was sexy as hell to her. He was her world, and she had to keep tamping down her fears.

“We need to decide which trail to take back down the mountain, so grab me a bar, a bottle of water and the map. If we get half-way down today, I’ll cook dinner tonight.”

Sherry handed him breakfast and spread the map out while he ate. After debating the best route down, they packed up camp and started out.

Sherry hoped his treatments went well. She couldn’t live alone if he died of breast cancer…



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Brett unfolded the map. “Just to the west of the creek is the claim I want to buy.”

Dianna smiled. She was learning that when Brett was interested in something, there was no containing his excitement. It was charming actually, and was the opposite of the meek IT guy he was at work. She had seen him every morning for the past six months. At first he would just look at her and blush. Slowly she got him out of his shell. They had become friends and recently he had revealed to her his dream of buying his family’s former land claim.

When he had mentioned that he camped out here on the week-ends — just him, the stars and his big dreams — she knew that this would be her opportunity to finally spend some time alone with him. He had been surprised when she had asked to come along with him today, but had agreed and picked her up just after dawn.

They had driven the few hours up to this area and set up their tents. Although he loved the land, he was content to view it from afar.

Just looking wasn’t enough for Dianna. She wanted more.

“Where you’d like to build a house?” Dianna leaned forward, her hand bumping against his as she helped smooth down the map.

“Right here, there’s a big tree that throws perfect shade.”

“Here?” Dianna reached out and touched the map. This time her hand lingered against his. She was rewarded by his sharp intake of breath.

He turned and looked her straight in the eye. Usually he looked away from her, but not this time.

“What do you think Dianna? I’ve saved up enough now for the down payment.”

“It’s beautiful. I would love to live here…if you’d have me.” She swallowed his shock by pressing her lips against his.

Brett hesitated just a second before leaning into the kiss and closing his eyes. Soon he was pulling her closer and gently massaging her tongue with his own. Mousy IT guy no more, his hidden alpha was finally released.



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“Come on David, you have been looking at that map for over an hour.”

“I know what I’m doing Becky, damn it I know how to read a map,” He grumbled.

Sure he does I thought. We had at least set up base camp. Why did I decide to come with him anyway? Oh yeah, It was supposed to be a bonding weekend to rekindle the flame.

It was not working; neither of us had been trying for months now. We were more friends than lovers and I think we both new that.

I glanced at my watch and guessed we had another two hours before sunset, standing up I stretched.

David did not even glance up from the map.

“I think I will go for a walk and explore the area for a little bit, while there is still light. I won’t go far, and I have my mobile.”

“Sure,” he muttered.

Not even a good bye or be careful. I sighed.

I know he cared, but things had become so strained that, well I was starting to think this whole trip was a bad idea.

If we even made it through the night without falling out, I would call it lucky.

I began to wonder aimlessly, always keeping the camps location in the back of my mind.

The sound of rushing water lured me and I ended up next to the river. Well at least we had a plentiful supply of water.

Disheartened I sat down on the grassy bank, watching the water flow past. It was peaceful here, just the sounds of nature.

That was until I heard the sounds of crying.

“What in the world?”

I rose to my feet and began to look for whatever was making that sound. I swear to God it sounded like a kid.

There were bushes not twenty feet from me and when I parted them, there was a toddler. She was naked and tears tracked her face.

“Oh my God,” I whispered.

She startled and before I could blink a wolf pup was scrambling away from me.

“What,” I gasped.


Thank you so much to all of the authors who participated! I hope you’ll encourage us by letting us know if you would like us to continue our specific stories. Just leave a comment for us in the comment section. We’ll be back on Halloween with another one!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance! ~ Lori


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