For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice. What did she ever do to deserve this?
An unscrupulous arts dealer covets Gabriela’s work to the point of madness, Richard Harrison is willing to do anything to get her back in his life, and if Richard and Gabriela don't stop this new threat, their chances for a future together will go up in flames.
A LOVE IN JEOPARDY In 1993, artist Gabriela Martinez almost lost her life to a sociopath’s twisted vision. If not for Richard Harrison, the operative sent to protect her, she would have ended up dead. The dramatic showdown pushed them together, but there were too many obstacles temporarily pulling them apart.
A NEW THREAT After catching a glimpse of Gabriela’s new work, The Book of Hours, Arnold Wickeham has been like a man possessed. Now, he will do anything—anything—in order to claim it, and nothing, especially not Gabriela, will stand in his way.
THE PAST IS CATCHING UP Richard Harrison has never given up his true love, Gabriela. Now someone new is threatening her life, and he will risk everything to protect her. But the stakes are now higher, and there is much more to lose. And, if he doesn’t stay one step ahead of the danger, her life, but especially, their future, may very well go up in flames.
Set in California and London, The Book of Hours, the follow-up to The Coin, is a story about greed, obsession, family duty, and, especially, deserved second chances.
A young woman without prospects at a ball in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island is a target for a certain kind of "suitor." At the Memorial Day Ball during the Panic of 1893, impoverished but feisty Penelope Stanton draws the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women--the incorrigible Edgar Daggers. Over a series of encounters, he promises Penelope the financial security she craves, but at what cost? Skilled in the art of flirtation, Edgar is not without his charms, and Penelope is attracted to him against her better judgment. Initially, as Penelope grows into her own in the burgeoning early Women's Suffrage Movement, Edgar exerts pressure, promising to use his power and access to help her advance. But can he be trusted, or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife? During a glittering age where a woman's reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope must decide whether to compromise her principles for love, lust, and the allure of an easier life.
In Book One of the Shooting Stars Series, Catch a Falling Star, bestselling author Leah Downing introduces Lauren St. Germain, a Federal Investigator accused of assisting the Taliban in a homeland terrorist attack.
Scandal, mystery, and Hollywood's dashing leading man refuse to let her fade from the public's eye. Her relationship status? It's complicated...and that's not even the half of it!
KATHERINE O’REILLY grew up a dreamer, believing all the excitement and romance of her favorite films and books could be captured and lived. By age thirty-five, she is suicidal. Unloved by her mother and neglected by her father, she believed earning the devotion of an exciting and charming lover would validate her self-worth. After betraying her best friends to obtain the man of her dreams, he is lost. Disillusioned, the riding instructor gives up on love and dedicates her life to her students and focuses on her love of horses at an equestrian camp nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Years later, while fighting to keep her riding school, she gets a second chance at love. Can Katherine let go of her past in time to save her future? Set in the mid-1900s near a Blackfeet reservation in Montana and interwoven with themes of racism and American Indian theology, Through the Mist holds timeless lessons for women of all ages about self-worth, true love and letting go.
Ellie and Neil fell in love without remembering each other’s face. It all began with a book she had lent him. But not just a book, as she liked to say. It was Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, a novel that readers around the world have ranked second only to the bible in influencing their lives. And when Neil read the last page, feeling changed forever, he wrote to thank Ellie. And she answered, because in his words she glimpsed the tragic flaw in both their lives.
For both were trapped in unhappy marriages, Ellie with a little boy. Family, friends, work, disillusionment—such was their existence. Until their emails began. Suddenly each found his soul’s mirror-image. Platonic love they called it. But their hearts raced with desire to see the face behind the computer.
Their marriages began to unravel. The delicate, glass-blowing artist Neil had wed bloomed out of his shadow. But the wealthy antique dealer who held Ellie as his prize possession waved his wallet like a wand and cast chains of gold around her. Even Ellie and Neil, finally meeting, felt too much like strangers looking into the unfamiliar eyes of someone who had no right to know so much about them.
Would poems and philosophy be enough to bridge this gap between their body and soul? Would motherhood permit Ellie to seek her “happily ever after”? Would Neil risk dragging the woman he loves into poverty? Would the bitterness of the past destroy the dreams of their future? In this tale of self-discovery, the meaning of love is linked to the meaning of life, and the endless potential that happiness holds is revealed in looking glass reflections of all we dare to be.
When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life's experiences have molded you to be?
Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fashion goddess and spreader of good cheer to the world at large. But Fiona is hiding something behind her irresistible smile - something she's determined to keep to herself.
Mark Beckett doesn't do complicated. Saddled with lingering baggage from his childhood, Mark sails through life one girl at a time - with frequent gym breaks in between. He likes his life just how it is and doesn't see any need to change his work hard/play hard attitude.
When an unexpected blast from the past threatens to turn his family's life upside down, Mark finds help in the unlikeliest of places - specifically the pint-sized princess who has a knack for pushing his buttons.
Can you overcome your fears and embrace the happiness you might just deserve?
And, perhaps more importantly, can you really fall in love with someone who is so damn insufferable?
Find out in The Spark by Sylvie Stewart.
The Spark is the second book in the "Carolina Connections" series from Sylvie Stewart. Each book can be read as a standalone with a HEA.
This book contains adult language and sexual content inappropriate for readers under 18.
Following her heart Kate understood Robert was her destiny. What chance did she have against the sheer magnetism of his physical presence, the spell he cast upon her. She was enchanted by him with her eyes wide open and all she could think about is wanting more. She glanced down at the rings on her left hand. He was completely hers and she was completely his. Robert's intensity was nearly more than she could handle all while believing she won the jackpot with her gladiator of a husband. Kate didn't know a great deal about her dark mysterious knight. She sensed there were secrets behind all his extremes and it was going to be her mission to learn everything. The question was at what cost to her would his secrets reveal. . .
Kate met Robert when her world was falling apart. He was a driving force of nature--a gorgeous cop who demanded respect and turned heads--and he knew he wanted Kate from the moment he saw her. They were married after only a week of dating. Some said it was too soon, but Kate knew it was just right for her and her terminator of a husband.
It hasn't even been a year since their wedding, and it feels as though they've lived a million lives, filled with travel, romance, adventure, and amazing sex. Kate is finally starting to understand Robert's over-protective nature as she learns more about her dark knight's past. She is his hard won prize, and everything he does is for Kate and their future.
Then, a new arrival changes things. Kate's crazy Uncle Jack shows up in his usual manner, by surprise, and Robert proves to be a pup in this older wolf's presence. Kate can hardly believe how star struck Robert is over Jack. However, with Jack's training, Robert could become a super cop, so Jack decides to stick around--which might prove to be an advantage to Kate as she continues learning the secrets of the intense man she desperately loves.
I married my husband Robert only a week after I started dating him. Some people say that was too soon. I think it was just right. It’s been a trill for the most part learning and living with my terminator of a husband. Some days it’s more than I can handle only he seems to do a good job getting me through those rough patches. Roberts past is surfacing more and more the longer we are together. There are times I want to cry or scream as his history unfolds. I have to keep reminding myself.. It’s his past..
In this second book of the series, Henrietta and Clive delightfully rewrite Pride and Prejudice with a hint of mystery!
Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other’s family. “Difficult” because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant’s ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot.
As Clive and Henrietta attempt to discover the truth in the two very different worlds unraveling around them, they both begin to wonder: Are they meant for each other after all?
While their families feud, Atif and Amy fall in love and strive to surmount their conflicting religions, cultural backgrounds, and opposition from their families. In a small Maryland town, Atif, a premed student, and Amy, a high school senior, meet secretly as Atif answers Amy’s questions about Islam. Their attraction grows, and Amy tries to convert him to Christianity, while Atif believes that if they marry, she will convert to Islam. Atif’s father, an immigrant from Lahore, Pakistan and chief surgeon at a hospital, is leading his congregation in construction of a mosque, while Amy’s father, a decorated veteran of the Battle of Mogadishu who owns a large dairy farm, is opposed to the construction and heads a group doing everything they can to stop it. It’s about two young people in two families and two homes with two religions. Where do they belong?
“Masjid Morning is a Romeo and Juliet story set in present day rural America with characters struggling over questions of love, loyalty, and belonging. It makes one question whether community spirit can ever overcome the violence of our prejudices.” –Cynthia A. Snavely, minister
Carly Summit’s name couldn’t be more fitting, since in life she always lands on top. She grew up wealthy and privileged in a tony Connecticut town, opened her own gallery in New York City, and is about to make art world history displaying previously unknown works by a prominent twentieth-century painter. No wonder she possesses a can-do attitude that can’t be soured. Ford Sinclair is another story. A military career in war-torn Africa, where he witnessed unspeakable violence and suffering, has left him haunted and deeply cynical. Now he’s looking for a way to forget and a place to belong. He hopes to find both back home in St. Dennis.
Two classic TLC novels from Essence bestselling author DONNA HILL
The women who sell Tender Loving Care body products are hiding a secret: they are undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel—the flip-side organization of TLC Cosmetics. They have sworn an oath to never reveal their clandestine activities, so not even their closest family and friends know about their covert lives….
TEMPTATION AND LIES As CEO of an event-planning company, no one would ever guess that sultry siren Nia Turner is also an undercover agent for TLC. Living a double life can be stressful, especially when Nia begins dating sexy architect Steven Long. As their desire blossoms and their relationship grows, will the web of lies and scandal Nia becomes tangled in tear them apart forever?
LONGING AND LIES With her sensual looks and free-spirited ways, Ashley Temple is the perfect agent for TLC. But when she poses as part of a happily married couple along with FBI operative Elliot Morgan for her latest assignment, the stakes are sky-high. Ashley knows she's in deeper than she's ever been before…. How can she let Elliott go once he's taken their passion beyond the point of no return?
A war bride awaits the arrival of her GI husband at the platform…
A Holocaust survivor works at the Oyster Bar, where a customer reminds him of his late mother…
A Hollywood hopeful anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room…
On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell.
Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal….