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Death and destruction haunts The Dark Duke.

Lady Lillian has no desire to marry. She’s seen quite enough of male domineering and shenanigans from the species, thank you. Then she enters into a false engagement and is surprised at her feelings for The Dark Duke, but she wants more than a traditional life of the wife of a duke.
The Dark Duke is bent on revenge for his father’s death, certain it wasn’t suicide. Then he stumbles across Lady Lillian—niece of the man responsible for it all.
He saves her from being shanghaied and finds himself enamored with her, despite who her family is. In a rash moment, he asks her to pose as his fiancé—without telling her why. However, he soon yearns for more than a false pretense. She is everything he has wanted and more.
But what if she learns his secrets?
Can he convince her to give him a chance, or will he lose out her to his revenge?

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Lachlann flees to Scotland to escape witch hunters, only to have one target him.

Lachlann has made a good life for himself in Scotland, learning to fight with a sword to back up and better hide his magical powers. But something or someone must have given him away because a hunter and his daughter have come asking pointed questions.

He adroitly sidesteps most of their questions, while preparing to run. He’d done it before, so this time should be easy, right? He might have thought so, but the hunter’s daughter, Isla, has claimed his heart despite him warding off love. Why his magic fails him now, he couldn’t begin to explain. But, can he risk death at the hands of her father just for a chance at her love?

Isla has spent years with her father tracking down dark witches…and not so dark witches…and rumors thereof. She has also spent those years trying to protect them from people like her father. She has a dark secret which could get her killed, one she wants to entrust to Lachlann, despite everything. Love hits her between the eyes the first time they touched, and now, she is stuck between her father and the man who stole her heart.

How can she choose between safety and her heart’s desire?

More, could she trust Lachlann with her secret?

Because, if she trusted wrong, the penalty was death at her own father’s hands.

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Nolan and Alexandria fight their sexual attraction, but can’t deny the pull of being mates, despite a serial murder investigation.

Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of werewolves, and lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Resevation, tracking the killers. He is attacked by the rival pack, only to be defended by another from that pack.
Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. Though trying to hide her ability to shift, she defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from the pack’s bully and escapes with Nolan. As if it wasn’t enough to be an outcast amongst her own, she now has the complication of having the rival pack being her mate. Together they must find the killer while facing an uncertain future.

Can they fight their attraction for the good of the packs, or is it too late to prevent war?

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In this behind the scenes short story, Fern, a werebear, has to save her daughter from a grizzly in an unusual state of mind. However, she’s too far away to get between the enraged bear and her daughter. A werewolf comes and helps them.

Fern is immediately attracted to Bill once she realizes he’s friend not foe. She invites him for dinner as a thank you, and learns more than she likes.

Bill, a park ranger and a wolf without a pack, has many things hidden. Can Fern and Bill start a relationship even if the wolf packs are on brink of civil war and the werebear clan would not approve?

Story should be read between book one, The Ulfric’s Mate, in the War of the Weres series, and book two. They will be featured in a later book.

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Lance and Lisa fight fall out from the pack’s joining after Nolan beats the Lupa. Can they overcome their respective pasts and the pack’s current infighting?
Lisa is still reluctant to trust after her experience with an unscrupulous lover. Becoming midwife to the pack whom adopted her after her lonely transformation is the only sensible solution for her, but she remains apart, sure people hate her for being an aswan. Then she meets her mate. Can she overcome her trust issues and help him with his healing from an abusive Lupa?
Lance helped bring down his Lupa, but he still has scars left from years of her treatment. He’d found his mate before, but had to leave her to protect her. Would she be able to forgive him now? Something evil is in the air and pushes his visions in a manner new to him. Can he interpret what they mean in time to save the packs, or will Lisa pay the price?
Nolan and Alex are still struggling to find the lupa who put so much pain and killed werewolves, but they are finding a stronger presence whom makes Roxy look like candy in comparison. Can they help Lisa and Lance even as they struggle to find Alex’s mother and save her from Roxy’s clutches without causing a pack war across the state?

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Natalie has resisted her call to mate, insisting she is too young, has too much she wants to do. A healer for her pack, she has seen too much injury of late. Then she becomes caught up in the crossfire of werecats and werewolves. Injured and scared, she isn’t ready for what her the secrets revealed.

Arthur has hidden his true identity for a long time. Can Natalie forgive him for his deception and for taking her from her family? More, will she be able to love him if he’s not a wolf?

This is short story which happens concurrent with book 3, scheduled for release Christmas, but is a stand alone story.

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As seen in the USA TODAY Bestselling box set, Empires of Shadow and Ash, comes Zombie Infestation.

Serena Rouge lives a double life. Writer, according to IRS. Trouble, according to the FBI.

Kick ass, rough, and yet, she can’t hide her vulnerable side when it comes to her kids. When the enemy threatens her kids if she doesn’t do exactly as they want, things go from bad to worse in a hurry.

A secret branch hiding behind the military is about to release the zombie virus as a a vaccination to the whole world. it’s up to Serena to shut down the operation with the help of FBI agent, Joseph…preferably without him becoming a zombie. But others in the FBI don’t want their mission to succeed. Without knowing whom they can trust, Serena and Joseph have to shut down the factory, without becoming zombie fodder.

But how can they when the zombies take orders from the leader?

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 Being eaten by squirrels was not part of his plan.

Seb, and insurance agent in Yakima, Washington, remembers too well when the zombie apocoalypse hit. It started like any other vacation, except that he’d finally convinced Karla she wanted to camp with him…

Seb, his son Jack and their girlfriends head up to the mountains to escape the heat. While up there, they are visited by one of Jake’s classmate’s who tries to eat Jake’s girlfriend like a raw shis kabob. More than a little concerned, they pack up to head back to town to report it and see what the hell was happening. When they make a stop on the way back, they discover zombies and don’t know where to turn.

They are forced to go on the run and find a place to hole up in until the madness of their small world stops. Too many of their friends and neighbors have already died. The news reports say it’s only happened in a few small pockets of the world and the government is already working on a cure.

But will it be soon enough for Seb and the small group, or will they lose more than he can handle?

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Succubus versus the devil’s son: who will win the fight for the soul mates’ souls?

Kristen and Ken, high school sweethearts, reconnect over a dead body who turns out to be Ken’s boss. Still, their feelings rise stronger than before.

Damian O’Brien’s personal mission is protecting soul mates. Hell likes nothing better than stealing the souls of humans who are soul mates to be severed for all time. Damian lives to thwart his father, the leader of Hell.

Fighting a powerful Succubus and her high-level demons forces Damian to work with his father and angels. Can he save the soul mates without losing the one thing that keeps him safe from his father’s clutches—Damian’s human soul?

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Branded a traitor, Victoria must find and take back the files that could destabilize the United States while living life on the run. When Mario is shot trying to escape with her, she must fight her own feelings as well. She had lost Mario’s baby on a mission that almost cost her, her life as well. She left him standing at the altar when she departed on another mission to capture those responsible without ever telling Mario about the loss. Now she has to tell him. However, in revealing her secrets, would he be able to give her a second chance at love?

As Kurt’s men chase them out of place after place, they begin to put the pieces together. But, can they stop long enough to track down the files before the information is used to undermine the government or they get killed?

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Chief Petty Officer John Riker has a problem—a dead body and no one for NCIS to blame but him. With blood covering his hands and uniform, he looks as guilty as he feels for being late and being unable to save his friend. And, if things aren’t bad enough, the NCIS in charge is his ex-fiance. While he hadn’t left her standing at the altar, he had broken it off hoping to save her the heartache of living alone while he served.
NCIS Special Agent Edith Jane Lancaster hates that Riker ends up being top suspect in a murder crime. Although, it does give her an advantage as she already knows his tells and his lies. Leaving her at the altar had been something he claimed to do for her so she wouldn’t be lonely, but that was all she’d been since he left—alone. Would her opinion cloud the subject? After five years, she figures she can be impartial.
Together, they have to find out who wanted to kill John’s friend in an elite Military move. Can Edith save John from the killer and himself? Can John ever forgive himself for leaving her? Will she? Or will they both die alone, with a killer running loose on the naval base?

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 Has Rick’s luck in love really changed?

Rick’s former fiancee belittled him and his work as not good enough, trying to make him quit his dream to be a househusband. A long engagement lost, and Rick is down on his luck. He meets two sensual people who inspire him. Will Nelda and Brian be enough to soothe the pain of his ego, or will he succumb to his former fiancee’s pleas to get back together?

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I’m walking to work when this car hits a bus and another car—except I’m the only one who can see it and the bus and passengers are fine. After I get to work, people start talking about this bus load of people who are dead or dying.
A little freaked over the incident, I go to the where they have the bus cordoned off. There, the driver of the car finds me, only it isn’t any human. It’s Death’s assistant. Turns out, I’m more than I knew and now that I’ve been discovered, there’s a lot of people out to hurt me. However, all is not lost as Death puts me under his protection.
Lucky me.
This is the first in a series of the chronicles of The Death Caller.

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 They say all’s fair in love and war – but what happens when duty and honor clash with desire? Find out in these short and steamy romances, involving servicemen and women.

All proceeds to Help for Heroes. 

Over A Dead Body – Leona Bushman

Chief Petty Officer John Riker has a problem—a dead body and no one for NCIS to blame but him. With blood covering his hands and uniform, he looks as guilty as he feels for being late and being unable to save his friend. And, if things aren’t bad enough, the NCIS in charge is his ex-fiance. While he hadn’t left her standing at the altar, he had broken it off hoping to save her the heartache of living alone while he served.
NCIS Special Agent Edith Jane Lancaster hates that Riker ends up being top suspect in a murder crime. Although, it does give her an advantage as she already knows his tells and his lies. Leaving her at the altar had been something he claimed to do for her so she wouldn’t be lonely, but that was all she’d been since he left—alone. Would her opinion cloud the subject? After five years, she figures she can be impartial.
Together, they have to find out who wanted to kill John’s friend in an elite Military move. Can Edith save John from the killer and himself? Can John ever forgive himself for leaving her? Will she? Or will they both die alone, with a killer running loose on the naval base?

A Chance at Love – Shelli Rosewarne

Corporal Aidan Hamilton has the unenviable job of telling his best friend’s sister that her brother isn’t coming back. This is slightly complicated by the fact that from the moment he meets Suzanne Kelsey he knows she’s everything he’s ever wanted. While Suzanne might need someone to lean on at the moment, can he convince her that what they have is more than a short term fling?
Suzanne had always told her big brother that being a soldier was too dangerous, so when she sees the uniformed officer in front of her house she knows exactly what he’s here to tell her. While Aidan may set her blood on fire, Suzanne has already lost one soldier she loved and she’s not prepared to trust her heart to another one.

Taking Pleasure Where You Can

Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.
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Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.

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