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Dirty Deeds, Dirty Deeds Series Book 1

Revenge just got hot!

An Eye for an Eye
As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and staying alive to outsmart a killer has become her most important job of all.

A Game for a Game
Hardened homicide detective Kelly Riordan is convinced Eden Smith is hiding more than she’s willing to admit. Years on the force have taught him that nothing is what it seems, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to investigating the alluring owner of a revenge-for-hire business. But revealing her past could put everything Eden has worked for in jeopardy. And trusting a man like Riordan goes against the very instincts that have kept her alive this long.

 

  


Brenner Family Romance

A Million Reasons

True love does not exist…or so event planner Tessa Adams learns the day she gets jilted–twenty-four hours prior to walking down the aisle. One-night stands are much easier, and with sexy philanthropists like David Brenner, how can she resist? Now if she could just get rid of him. Had she known the biggest event of her career would be working for David’s father, she would have cut and run. Instead, she’s unwittingly become a part of his parents’ plan to destroy his life-long dreams. Will sacrificing her love protect him or be the ultimate betrayal?

Wealthy and gorgeous, David Brenner seemingly holds the world in the palm of his hand–his generous heart and infectious smile are just two in an endless stream of attractive qualities. But the one thing he wants, he can’t have–a repeat of the passionate night he spent in the arms of a skittish Tessa Adams.

His family’s far-reaching power threatens to crush their dreams. To prove his love, he would risk everything…but will the return of her ex-fiance be their final undoing?

 

 

 

All the Wrong Reasons

After two years stuck in a sexless, prearranged marriage, Marcus Brenner wants out, and the divorce papers in his hands are the perfect ticket…as long as he can up appearances and get through the weekend by spending the night in his soon-to-be ex-wife’s bed. Had he known Emily Eisold could be such a hellcat behind closed doors, he may have tried ironing out their differences years ago. But he can’t deny watching her work a bunch of stuffed suits at a board meeting proves even more interesting. Fascinating how easily the Eisold family ice queen can make a guy sweat.

Emily Eisold has spent her entire life being groomed for one thing—to diversify her dad’s holdings on the NYSE the day he marries her off to the highest bidder. The moment her father’s excessive lifestyle finally catches up with him, she’s never been more thankful she paid attention during her Ivy League education. If Marcus Brenner thinks he can seduce his way into her seat on the Board, the man’s about to be disappointed. She’s got a lot more at stake than simply closing the next deal. Now that she’s the boss, she’s never going to be a piece of arm candy again.

 

 

 

 

 

A Million (and One) Ideas

The dating pool in her mother’s uppity circle of friends is a yawn-fest, and Caroline Brenner isn’t about to marry some stiff only so her parents can earn a dividend on their bottom line. Thank God, her buddy Carter is willing to pretend they’re an item. Relying on their fake relationship takes a huge amount of pressure off. If only she could wrap her head around the panty-melting kiss he laid on her during her mother’s birthday party. Make-believe or not, letting Carter’s hands roam her body is enough to make a girl spontaneously combust.

Certain benefits come with being the single heir to a multi-million-dollar fortune. Benefits Carter Hearst is happy to exploit for as long as circumstances will allow. With Caroline Brenner watching his back, he’ll probably run out of steam sometime around the second coming. It doesn’t matter in the least if she wants to flirt up that asshole Will Dymant, even though she deserves way better than some slick liar who doesn’t give her enough attention. In fact—dammit—after having her in his arms, Carter’s starting to think she deserves the same guy she’s convinced everyone he’s become.


Redemption Ranch Romance

 

Jezebel’s Wish

A love story of redemption and second chances…

“The truth is that everyone, even you, despite your dark and painful past, deserves forgiveness, redemption, and most of all…love.” —Books4Juliet

Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel arrives at Redemption Ranch in an attempt to escape her past…except now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious, and knows how to push every single one of her buttons. Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to face-off with the most frustrating person she’s ever met, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet. Even one with disturbing blue eyes.


The Golden Key Series

The Golden Key Chronicles (Book 1)

The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart
When antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, purchases an armoire containing a hidden key and a “magic” mirror, she believes the handsome warrior prince on the other side has to be some sort of joke. But she can’t deny they seem connected by more than just the key and, as her love for Prince Caedmon grows, she agrees to join him in his realm. Prophecy intervenes in a way neither of them could have ever expected. Lost and alone in the Austiere Kingdom, Rowena struggles to find her place, and though she fights the heated advances of the dangerous Prince Caedmon, the attraction between them brings challenges much deeper than her troubled heart can recall.

After two torturous years held captive in the dungeons of Seviere’s Keep, Prince Caedmon returns home with more than just lash marks lacing his back. He now retains the secret behind the key, and is the only one who understands its grim connection to his beloved Rowena. Yet their enemies to the north are merely one of many obstacles determined to see them fail and, to escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon must flee to the future―the one place his worst fears are confirmed. Though Rowena’s memories have returned, everything he loves stands to be ripped from his grasp.

Join Caedmon and Rowena as they embark on an epic journey bound by fate, and struggle to unravel the significance behind an age-old prophecy in The Golden Key Chronicles.

 

The Golden Key Legacy (Book 2)

Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by her place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents’ bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.

One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street–sexier than hell and itching for a fight–he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck–an object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings. Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his bed–the one place he’s convinced she belongs.

 

 

 

 

The Golden Key Destiny (Book 3)

Wren Winters has always believed in magic. Then again, after being raised by a grandfather who claims to be a centuries-old wizard it wasn’t like she had much of a choice. As far back as she can remember, he’s been telling her she’s special, training her for a fated leap through time in hopes of rescuing some dude named Vaighn. And if that doesn’t work, no biggie. She’s got a few other tricks to up her sleeve. The key, the armoire…hell, she’ll alter the timeline of the entire Austiere Kingdom if she has to. Anything to stop that rat bastard from murdering her parents again…and again…and again.

Tormented by the devil, visited by an angel, Vaighn Austiere lost track of not only his unending days within the crystal caverns but the purpose behind his quest. To learn the woman who saved him cares not the cost has him more frustrated than her refusal to remain in his chambers. Wren Winters is more than a simple messenger. More than the product of two mingled bloodlines brought about by the key. To keep her close, he would gladly rewrite the future. The monster has awakened…and with it, Vaighn’s destiny at long-last has been changed.

 


Golden Key Destiny

COMING SOON!

Wren Winters has always believed in magic. Then again, after being raised by a grandfather who claims to be a centuries-old wizard it wasn’t like she had much of a choice. As far back as she can remember, he’s been telling her she’s special, training her for a fated leap through time in hopes of rescuing some dude named Vaighn. And if that doesn’t work, no biggie. She’s got a few other tricks to up her sleeve. The key, the armoire…hell, she’ll alter the timeline of the entire Austiere Kingdom if she has to. Anything to stop that rat bastard from murdering her parents again…and again…and again.

Tormented by the devil, visited by an angel, Vaighn Austiere lost track of not only his unending days within the crystal caverns but the purpose behind his quest. To learn the woman who saved him cares not the cost has him more frustrated than her refusal to remain in his chambers. Wren Winters is more than a simple messenger. More than the product of two mingled bloodlines brought about by the key. To keep her close, he would gladly rewrite the future. The monster has awakened…and with it, Vaighn’s destiny at long-last has been changed.


Golden Key Legacy

“You’ll fall hard and you’ll fall fast. The Golden Key Legacy is seductive, suspenseful, lyrical and incredibly compelling…”

USA Today Happily Ever After

Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by her place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents’ bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.

One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street–sexier than hell and itching for a fight–he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck–an object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings.

Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his bed–the one place he’s convinced she belongs.


Golden Key Chronicles

A RONE Award-Winning book and a Top Fantasy Pick of 2015 from Swept Away by Romance

The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…

When antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, purchases an armoire containing a hidden key and a “magic” mirror, she believes the handsome warrior prince on the other side has to be some sort of joke. But she can’t deny they seem connected by more than just the key and, as her love for Prince Caedmon grows, she agrees to join him in his realm. Prophecy intervenes in a way neither of them could have ever expected. Lost and alone in the Austiere Kingdom, Rowena struggles to find her place, and though she fights the heated advances of the dangerous Prince Caedmon, the attraction between them brings challenges much deeper than her troubled heart can recall.

After two torturous years held captive in the dungeons of Seviere’s Keep, Prince Caedmon returns home with more than just lash marks lacing his back. He now retains the secret behind the key, and is the only one who understands its grim connection to his beloved Rowena. Yet their enemies to the north are merely one of many obstacles determined to see them fail and, to escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon must flee to the future―the one place his worst fears are confirmed. Though Rowena’s memories have returned, everything he loves stands to be ripped from his grasp.

Join Caedmon and Rowena as they embark on an epic journey bound by fate, and struggle to unravel the significance behind an age-old prophecy in The Golden Key Chronicles.


Down & Dirty, Dirty Deeds Series Book 3

Every move she makes . . .
Tanner Jones is on a mission. One with more at stake than simply proving she’s worthy of heading up the revenge-for-hire company of Dirty Deeds. The last thing she needs is a babysitter, especially when it comes to the overbearing, broody Detective Ben Archer. Not while she’s busy getting up close and personal with Casper Addison, the third—and hottest—member of the original Dirty Deeds team. He’s promised to help her take down Chicago’s biggest gun runner. That is, if Ben doesn’t succeed in taking her down first.

He’ll be watching her…
The minute Tanner Jones starts warming up to Casper Addison, the sexy minx becomes Ben’s top priority. And not just because Ben can’t bear the thought of the stubborn beauty cozying up with a dangerous viper whose story has more holes than the scars riddling Ben’s body. But as soon as the savvy detective discovers the damning evidence, he’s kidnapped. And once Tanner comes to his rescue, Ben has all the proof he needs that Tanner’s the one woman who can help him destroy the monster who haunts his past—and the only woman for him.


The Story of Helios and Selene

The Story of Helios and Selene

A glistening panorama of infinite beauty adorned the sky. Wisps of white clouds drifted before a sea of shimmering pinpricks of light. “Look at all those stars,” she whispered.

“Helios’ diamond offerings.”

Frowning, Rowena lifted her head. What in the world was he talking about? “Excuse me?”

Caedmon searched her face a moment before a gentle smile lifted one corner of his lips. “When the land was young, long before kings held thrones or beasts foraged the woods…” He slipped the leather tie from the tail of her braid and gently unwound the tight weave. “Helios reigned the heavens, his radiant light all seeing, his strength far-reaching.”

Thick, blunt-tipped fingers speared through the sensitive hair at her nape. She shuddered and her eyes fluttered closed, her scalp tingling when he combed his hand through to the tips of her hair. Her nipples hardened against her chest plate. A spasm quivered low, grasping and aching for a sweet invasion.

“Yet the sun god was lonely. So he called upon his mighty power, and from the air he breathed to life nine goddesses to inhabit his realm.” A second thrust of his hand through her hair and her insides liquefied. He clenched his fingers, massaging her neck. She tightened her jaw. A muted buzz throbbed in her ears as a thrill washed cool and sleek down to the arches of her feet. “In their infancy, the goddesses were frivolous, prone to mischief and folly, and Helios soon determined none of them posed a good match for an ancient being such as he.”

A slight tug as his splayed fingers raked through to the ends, and her hair tumbled and feathered along her back. Her reasons for denying him blurred and weakened. Much more of his tender ministrations, and anything he asked she would freely give.

“An unforgiving god, Helios grew frustrated by his daughters’ constant pranks, and cast them from his side into darkness, dividing them for all eternity.” Caedmon extended his arm and pointed skyward. “There is Cassiel, goddess of the harvest.”

Rowena twisted her shoulders, a hand pressed to his chest as she squinted at the small cluster of stars in the shape of a sickle. She turned back to him with a smile. Never in her wildest dreams would she have guessed this seasoned warrior could spin such an enchanting bedtime story. “And so?”

His eyes softened near the corners, as if he recalled a time he’d once told her such fables before. And perhaps he had.

A warm hand pressed between her shoulder blades, and he urged her cheek to back his chest. “Over time, the great sky god regretted his impatience, and sought out his daughters in repentance.” His voice softened to a low murmur, vibrating against her cheek. All the worries she’d carried swirled into nonexistence and she lost herself within the gentle rhythm of his tale. “Helios chased after the night, growing ever closer, but his bright rays always alerted the nine to his presence, and his daughters fled from their father in fear.”

“Oh, that’s so sad.”

“Yes, but my tale has a happy ending. You must be patient.” A pair of supple lips pressed a kiss to the top of her forehead. She grinned and wrapped an arm around his waist, twining one of her legs through his. “The beautiful moon goddess Selene was aware of the rift between the mighty king and his daughters, for when he cast them out she had welcomed the nine into her realm, vowing to keep them sheltered from harm.”

“Uh huh, that’s because women are smarter than men.”

“Stop interrupting.” He smacked her bottom and she jumped, jerking her head up. One dark eyebrow rose, and he tsked three times, his palm rubbing the slight sting in her right butt cheek. “Be a good girl or I shall demand recompense for my tale other than a simple cozy by the fire.”

She narrowed her eyes at him even as excitement tightened her stomach. Her breath caught as she imagined all the titillating ways he might exact such a reward, and the eagerness with which she would strive to fulfill his every request.

“Finish the story.” Lips pursed against a rebellious smirk, she replaced her cheek to his chest. Evidently the man harbored quite the playful side, as well.

“The heart of the moon goddess grew heavy with sorrow, so she took it upon herself to visit Helios, intent to mend the schism between father and nine daughters. The moment she broke the horizon, he became enraptured by her beauty and blazed bright. With rays flaming, he raced across the sky, aimed for goddess, for he knew, at last, he had found his true love.”

Her cheeks lifted in a delighted grin. His story exactly mirrored the two of them, the way he’d chased after her during his homecoming celebration. She sighed. How like Helios and Selene they had been that night. “I love this story.”

Caedmon’s soft chuckle created the perfect bass undertone to the beat of his heart. His hand swept the length of her side and her eyelids fluttered closed when he squeezed her shoulder. “Mistaking his passion for rage, Selene grew frightened by his scorching advance, for she had not the occasion to meet so radiant a being, and fled in terror back to her throne.

“The sun god chased after her but, no matter his speed, the moon goddess evaded capture, gathering the night near. In desperate search of refuge, she hid her face behind the veil of her ebony cloak.”

A new moon. He was describing a new moon, the reason for its disappearance. Or perhaps, he was describing her. She bit her bottom lip and hugged him tighter still.

“Helios grieved for the pale goddess’ return. Forever lost to him was the splendor of his utmost love. In a fit of despair and self-loathing, he rent pieces of his being and flung them from far from view.

“Yet with his sacrifice, hope sparked anew. For when the glittering flames appeared in Selene’s realm, she risked a peek outside her dark shroud.”

Rowena rolled her head to the side. She blinked up at the night sky and, for the first time, imagined the glowing crescent of the waxing moon as a frightened goddess, peering out from behind an inky curtain, on the lookout for the fiery god who so ardently pursued her. Another roll of her head, and she pressed her lips to the soft fabric of Caedmon’s shirt, breathing the clean scent of him deep into her lungs.

Thank the nine he hadn’t given up on her. If not for his persistence, she’d be alone now, cold and alone. Fighting the same desolation she’d lived since the day he’d been wrenched from her arms.

“The eldest of the nine recognized Selene’s curiosity. So driven by love and the chance to earn her father’s favor, Fortuna perched on the cusp of both realms, awaiting the moment she could ensnare the sun god’s attention and convey the rending of his spirit had not been in vain.”

Yes, yes, she’d seen that star. The one hovering on the horizon right before nightfall.

“Helios’ desires flared and burned hot when he learned all was not lost, so he tore out his white heart, split the chambers in his fierce fist and tossed the embers toward his love, night after night, until his diamond offerings lay scattered at her feet, lighting all the dark corners of her realm.”

A tear crept past her lashes and she held a breath against the aching sorrow building in her throat. How much of this story was legend, and how much embodied the man in her arms? The similarities were too many to count.

“With each evening, as more and more stars appeared, Selene crept farther and farther from her hiding spot, until at last she stood, round and full, in awe of her sun god’s devotion.

“When next she broke the horizon, Helios remained centered, waiting, having learned patience should his love be quick to flee. As she slowly approached, her white pale to his fiery glow, they were joined as one and a vibrant brilliance bathed the land from sea to sea. Life sprang forth and prospered, abundance was made free. And from this, their eternal love, man was born.”

Rowena hitched a breath and held tight to his waist. Caedmon offered her that same patience even now. Even when she didn’t deserve it.

“Witnessing the divine proof of their union, the god and goddess rejoiced. Selene eventually made to depart back to her throne, though she vowed to return, as she has throughout the ages, so the two of them can be reunited and all creatures may bask in their love.”

“Oh, Caedmon.” Rowena sniffed and wiped another bloated tear from her cheek. “That’s beautiful.”

“Shhh, my love,” he whispered, rubbing her shoulder. “Sleep, now. You are safe. We have finally come home to one another’s arms.”

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Down and Dirty – Smartphone Background – Ben Archer

Description:

Almost too hot to handle! This freebie features Ben Archer, the broody Chicago detective determined to get our heroine, Tanner Jones, into his bed in Down and Dirty – Book 3 of A Likely Story series.

How to Download and Use Background:

  1. Left Mouse Click on the file of your choice above. A new tab/window should open.
  2. Right Mouse Click on the image that appears and from the context menu that pops up, select “Save image as…” (or similar phrasing depending on your browser).
  3. Save File in a location where you can easily find it.
  4. Transfer the file to your smart phone. There are several ways you can load the picture onto your cell phone and/or save it to your phone photos folder:
    • Mail it to an e-mail address you can access on your smart phone (e.g., Yahoo! Mail, setting up your phone’s e-mail to receive your personal e-mail account, the Gmail or Yahoo! apps, etc.)
    • Upload the picture to a photo website (e.g., PhotoBucket, Flickr, Google+ Photos, etc.), which can be accessed via the browser on your smartphone.
    • Add it to your Social Media photo albums (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Manually plug your smart phone into your computer and copy the image to your photos folder on your smart phone.
  5. Change your background image by selecting the new image you just transferred to your phone! (Please see your phone’s user guide for instructions – too many phones to link them here)