Lizzie's Listening by MacKenzie Drew
5,330 words $2.50 Heat Level: 1 Flames
Eleven year old, Lizzie Harper is a family's worst nightmare. She is a compulsive killer and nothing short of a demon child.
When Rachael Barter applies for a housekeeping job and is hired, little does she realize she will eventually assume the role of surrogate mother to an evil child that has the same traits as Satan, himself…
“Lizzie…you come out here this instant or I’ll go get your mother,” she yelled as she approached the white gate enclosing the cemetery. A distant noise startled her. She gripped the fence and stood wide-eyed. “This isn't funny, young lady. You don’t scare me in the slightest.”
Of course, Lizzie did scare the hell out of her. Lizzie was a warped young soul, but none of it had to do with Rachael’s care. She taught her right, with morals and values; to respect others. Well…at least she thought she did.
“Misssssss Barter.” Lizzie poked Rachael on the back, causing her to leap forward. She jerked around, her hand across her chest. “Where have you been? And where’s Piper?”
Feels Like Old Times by Brady S. Sutton
5,150 words $2.50 Heat Level: 4 Flames
Feeling old. Lamenting your missing libido. But oh-so-much-more: missing the only woman you ever loved.
his is Christmas for Harry Bates. Until he meets Carla Long, a widow who refuses to hide her lust for life and love—and Harry Bates.
When Carla declares her desires, Harry realizes he wants this woman…in every way. But one question makes him hesitate: What would his late wife, Maria, say?
Sometimes he hated his wife for dying on him. But always he missed her. He often recalled sitting across the room, admiring as he stared at her. She would look up, blush, and wave him away. But he knew she’d loved it. Her laughter had been like chimes in a breeze. She had smelled like fresh air and tasted like dessert. In public she’d been modest and proper, but in private...God, he missed her.
She’d had a special way of letting him know she wanted him.
“Please give it to me, Harry,” she’d murmur against his ear. Every time, her soft breath had aroused him, made his mouth water and his body hunger for hers.
French Tickler (Naughty Ladies of Nice Series) by Sloane Taylor
13,400 words $3.95 Heat Level: 4 Flames
Lingerie designer Samantha Bradley is on the brink of major success. While having the time of her life in Nice she meets sexy Cisco Bernier, a man who turns her heart inside out and makes her body sizzle.
Despite being France’s key criminal prosecutor, Cisco’s success in relationships has been less than zero. When he meets Sam, his staid world goes up in flames.
But their happiness is short lived when his underhanded mother and her mob-connected father resurface to threaten their future. Can Samantha and Cisco find a way to make their passion for one another burn fiercer than the scorn of their meddling parents? Find out in this sexy new addition to the Naughty Ladies of Nice.
Samantha grinned, watching his eyes scale up her body. She couldn’t help but comment as she stared him in the eye.
“In case you’re wondering, I’m five foot eleven and one inch.” Some kind of gurgle came out of his throat, and she did her best not to burst out laughing. Men are so stupid.
She accepted her gnarled silk blouse that he had scrunched under his Italian leather shoes, then shrugged it on, all the while trying to come up with a way for him to invite her to dinner.
He’d been on the beach the last two days, always dressed in a different well-tailored suit and looking stiff as a judge. Didn’t matter. He turned her on like no other man ever had. And there had been quite a few in her young life.
Okay, Sammy girl, time to go for the gold.
“Monsieur, will you please recommend a good restaurant in the city?”
After a few gulps, he coughed and managed to regain control. “Mais oui, but there are a great many. Do you wish our famous seafood?” He frowned for a moment. She had the insane desire to wipe away the tiny lines over his brow.
“Or a different cuisine?”
“Seafood sounds wonderful.” She turned on her best smile. Food and men, always a winning combination. “Outdoor dining would be perfect.”
“Mademoiselle, our evenings are cold at night this time of year.” His eyes did another sortie to her pebbled breasts.
“There are one or two with good food that supply heaters.”
“You’re terrific and just what I want.” His black eyes smoldered. She feared her bikini would wash down her thighs from all the moisture dripping into it. “Which one is the best, and where is it?”
“Perhaps it would be more prudent if I showed you?” He wrapped his manicured fingers around her elbow.
Kidnapped by Rita Karnopp
65,300 words $6.95 Heat Level: 2 Flames
Laura and Aaron Palmer’s marriage is over, but they’ve got newly adopted daughter Amie to consider. If they split up now, young Amie could be taken away from them both forever. Life is complicated, but it takes a turn for the worse when Laura finds Amie’s picture listed in an ad for missing and abducted children. But are the people who claim to be Amie’s biological parents really what they seem, or is something more sinister at play? Alienated emotionally from each other, and paralyzed with fear, can Laura and Aaron find a way to save their marriage and protect their adopted daughter?
“She looks close to frozen already. Damn it, Black Angel, this isn’t right,” the man with a deep voice said. “I went along with some of your ideas, I admit that, but this is going too far.”
“Man, you ain’t got any idea what too far is. Try spending a few years with some good old boys in the slammer, then ya know what’s too far. ‘Sides, these folks know too much. Either they or you go down. What do ya prefer?”
Laura slowly opened her eyes to a narrow slit. She studied the rugged, thin, almost wolfish face of the man called Black Angel. She was surprised that he had pale skin and white hair. He was of brute stature and if she had to guess, at least six feet six inches tall. His black leather jacket and boots encrusted with silver studs made her think of a biker. She quickly figured it out: he was black-hearted and white like an angel. He was the kind of man who made his own rules and went his own way, the hell with everyone else.
“By the time they’re found, they won’t be tellin’ nothin’ to nobody.” Black Angel kicked the ground with his boot tip.
Museums Are Murder: A Short Cali Tates Mystery by Carol Shenold
11,085 words $3.95 Heat Level: 3 Flames
When Tali agrees to help her friends with the Love County Museum opening, she is expecting a pleasant time with familiar faces—just maybe not as familiar as her former lover, Aiden Courtland. To add to her worries, there has also been a murder. Things start to really heat up when Aiden reveals that a demon wants to cart Tali away to another world—permanently. Now she must face her own powers as well as a were wolf and a demon in order to keep her family safe.
“This…this Azo can simply show up from some other dimension and haul me off to hell to be his slave forever and there’s nothing I can do?”
Okay, that came out more high pitched and panicky than I’d planned.
“It’s why I’m here, Tali. To protect you, show you how to find and tap into power you can use to protect yourself.”
“Well, shit. It was bad enough when I realized everything from vampires to werewolves were real. And now you’re telling me I have to learn to use the essence of magic power to protect myself from the unseen things I thought were superstition? That’s got to be the biggest pile of crap I’ve ever heard.”
Lot 62: An Esther May Morrow Mystery by Arthur Everest
8,700 words $3.50 Heat Level: 3 Flames
Julie Blalock is approaching thirty and has an unfulfilling job with an accountancy firm. But she also has a secret—she was once an MI6 Agent. A personal tragedy forced her to quit eight years ago, but a chance offer to return for a one-time op is tootempting to ignore. Her mission: to pose as a rich socialite at Sotheby's, to gain critical intelligence during the most anticipated high-class auction of the year—Esther May Morrow's sale of antique treasures, featuring Lot 62, a prize that has even the Ministry of Defence worried. What secrets will Julie discover on her impromptu return to espionage?
“Anything else I should know?”
Northam replied, “Entwistle’s got a few final details. Just a sec.”
Maggie expertly applied cherry lipstick and a smidgeon of smoky eye-shadow. Next, elbow-length black gloves matched the dress and fit comfortably. Rich suede high heels—black, from Audley’s in London—also fit first time. Julie suddenly remembered the Service still had all her sizes from eight years ago. It made her realise how little she missed her privacy; a few days back, if someone in accounting had handed her a profile of her vital statistics, she’d have filed for breach of confidentiality. Now, even though they had her butt under close scrutiny and her breasts spilling out for all the world to see, Julie simply nodded. She had her second skin. And it was tough. The Service had given her that.
Carina and the Nobleman by Jannine Corte Petska
78,000 words $6.95 Heat Level: 3 Flames
Forced to the streets after her mother dies, Carina Gallo is desperate to survive and find her long lost sisters. Consumed with locating his missing brother, Count Luciano has forsaken his needs. When he catches beautiful and vulnerable Carina stealing from him, he takes pity and cares for her until she’s strong enough to work off her crime. Carina is forever grateful to Luciano, yet fears he will learn of her wicked secret and condemn her to burn. Will Luciano and Carina find a way to feed the mutual passions they share, or will heresy and obsession with lost family destroy them both?
Carina sighed inwardly, truly amazed by the beautiful sight of her first lover. Count Ruggero’s long, well-proportioned legs reminded her of sturdy pillars. Her gaze drifted over the healing wound on his forearm then shifted to the blaze of desire turning his eyes dark gold. A thrill shivered through her body…until their monumental differences returned to afflict her conscience.
“You know not what you are doing, my lord.”
“No, angel. I know exactly what I am about to do.”
“But you and I cannot. You are a count. I am merely a peasant.”
He propped his hands on his hips. “Think you it matters to me?”
“It should, my lord. I am not worthy of your attention, amorous or otherwise.”
He showered her with a promising smile and stepped forward to help her remove her chemise. “When you and I are wearing naught, tell me of our differences, save for the obvious.”
All she could do was tremble under his heated gaze.
Donnie Dare for Justice by Dee Kirk
21,900 words $4.50 Heat Level: 5 Flames
When sultry Donnie Dare discovers an old friend has been ruined by unscrupulous lawyers, she feels compelled to act. With the aid of a seedy private detective and some old friends from the adult film world, Donnie’s quest for justice leads her on a hilarious romp through the bedrooms of the rich and powerful.
Orgasm, whether self-induced or shared with others, is my life elixir, my magic fountain of happiness and well-being. There’s no better preventive medicine than an active and satisfying sex life and the big O will cure almost anything that ails you. I believe this as strongly as some folks believe in virgin birth. And I’ve got more proof than they have.