Overcoming fear–Guest Cheryl Yeko, Author & Acquiring Editor

Cheryl is a wonderful inspiration with a great sense of humor. I’m thrilled to have her as my guest today. Please welcome her to Magical Musings!

Hi, Mary. Thank you for inviting me to visit with you at Magical Musings. I thought it’d be fun to talk about my editor experiences with Soul Mate Publishing, and how it led me to join Toastmasters to overcome my fear of public speaking.

pic0I signed my debut novel with Soul Mate, Protecting Rose, in 2011 and it went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Romantic Suspense.

Shortly after, Debby Gilbert, Senior Editor and founding member of Soul Mate, approached me and asked me to come onboard as an editor, which I agreed to. I started out as a copyeditor, but moved quickly to an acquiring editor.

Today, I’m a senior acquiring editor, and still occasionally take on a copyedit here and there, depending on my workload. I also have my hands in the administration side of Soul Mate, including Newsletter creation and Cover Art Coordinator. It all keeps me very busy!

I love what I do!

pic1As an acquiring editor, I have attended conferences and taken pitches. Although I was at first very nervous, it became easier and I signed some really good authors from these pitch sessions. Here’s a photo of me at my first editor panel. I was so not prepared for this, and had no idea I was even on the editor panel until I walked into the room. Let’s just say I was scared shitless. But everyone told me I did okay. LOL. I’m taking them at their word.  {Mary says: She did great!}

I also routinely conduct pitch sessions on blogs and at Savvy Authors online pitching. Recently, Debby asked me and Senior Editor Char Chaffin to attend RT, to not only take pitches, but also hold a Soul Mate Spotlight. I decided it was time to perfect my public speaking skills (or lack thereof) and overcome my stage fright. So, I joined up. My first six months I just sorta sat there, too nervous to do any speeches. But I was learning nevertheless just listening to the wonderful speakers.

I felt totally out of my element in this setting with these highly trained business professionals who were looking to become more proficient in their careers. Before I quit my job to write and work full time with Soul Mate Publishing, I was a legal assistant. A great job, yes, but it required no public speaking. So, this was quite a change for me.

After a good, long while, my fellow members began to gently nudge me to step forward and take a chance. Although I’d completed some member rolls, such as vote counter or word master, small things that didn’t require me to stand in front of the group and talk, I hadn’t done any speaking per se. Unless you counted Table Topics. That’s where they ask you to stand, giving you a question you’re supposed to answer in a story format, lasting between 2-3 minutes. Well, let’s just say I did not excel in this role. LOL. I hated it, and was always nervous.

I continued to attend the meetings, determined to succeed. I even managed to walk away with the best Table Topics ribbon once. But, of course, the question was, “You’ve been given an award. Roleplay your acceptance speech for this award.”

This was easy. I just pretended I’d won the RITA. It was great!

After about eight months of sitting on the sidelines, learning, I finally gave my Ice Breaker Speech and walked away with my first Best Speaker Ribbon. I was super thrilled. It took a while before I worked up the courage to do another speech. But right before I went to the Romantic Times convention, I practiced the Soul Mate Spotlight presentation on them, with PowerPoint visuals, and it went very well. I received a lot of great feedback that helped me perfect the presentation for RT.

Then, just last month, I gave two more speeches, and again walked away with a Best Speaker Ribbon on one of them. Seems everyone loved my speech on Sentence Structure and Punctuation. Who knew English grammar could be so entertaining!

I’m feeling more comfortable now, and have actually begun to look forward to attending the meetings, instead of dreading it. Now it’s just a matter of finding the time to prepare the speeches. Oh, yeah, I forgot. Since I’m a writer they asked me to write the introduction for their website, and somehow that escalated, and now I’m Vice President of Public Relations for my club. They recently approached me and asked if I was interested in considering this position on a national level…I’m thinking about it.

So, I’ve gone from knee-knocking afraid of public speaking, to taking Best Speaker awards, and holding a leadership role with the club. How’d that happen? Crazy! But, I’m having fun…and isn’t that what life is really about.

pic2When I’m not working for Soul Mate, I’m writing. I have two new releases coming up. A steamy short story, Christmas Eve Surprise, is due for release in November, along with seven other stories from outstanding Soul Mate authors titled, Sizzle In The Snow.

I created a fun little book trailer for this anthology and would love to share it with you.

pic3I just completed my ninth novel, Between Midnight and Dawn, and it’s due for release in early 2016. So look for it! 

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Something for you this holidays

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photo credit: Thanksgiving via photopin (license)

If you’re like me, this is an insanely busy season. Those hams and turkeys don’t baste themselves. The gifts don’t magically wrap each other, and it is a sad truth that the Decorator Elves exist only in fairy tales.

You do all that. You work hard during the holidays, making November and December a magical, fun, spiritual and warm family time.

But who makes the holidays magical for you?

We’d like to help. Starting the end of November, a dozen authors are banding together to give away 60 ebooks. Then from December 1 we’re hosting a bash with 12 Days of 99c Ebooks–with a grand prize $50 Amazon/BN egift cerificate! Treat yourself right this holidays.

Making the holidays heartwarming are USA Today bestselling author Edie Ramer, USA Today bestselling author Dale Mayer, and Amazon bestselling author Leigh Morgan.

Making the holidays magical are international bestselling author Michelle Diener, and the wonderful Elle J Rossi and S.C. Mitchell.

Making the holidays romantic are New York Times bestselling author Jayne Rylon, New York Times bestselling author Izzy Szyn, bestselling author Jodi Redford, and the awesome Roxy Mews.

Making the holidays fun are bestselling author Zoe Dawson, me, and the always-hilarious SL Carpenter.

Hope you’ll join us to get your gift of a little extra warmth and sparkle this holiday!


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It’s almost time – Now You See Her… coming November 17th!

This series has been a wonderful ride for me. From the first book, Tuesday’s Child that was a final four entry in the Kensington / RT Reviews a few years ago to book 7, Eyes to hte Soul being a top finalist in the 2015 Digital awards in Horror/suspense, the series continues to attract new readers.

Now it’s time for book 8 in the series. Now You See Her… releases on November 17th!!!

I only publish these books every 6-9 months apart as they are deep and twisted with convoluted plots. They are also a lot of fun to write. :)

Now You See Her R0.0


Energy. The life force of good … and evil
And sometimes evil is stronger.

Tia spent years imprisoned in a ‘special’ program. When she finally escaped, she ran as far away as she could. But it wouldn’t leave her alone.

Only one person can help her. Stefan. But when she contacts him for help, she gets more than she bargained for. Six weeks later, she awakens from a coma to find more problems than ever – and she’s still being hunted.

Dean, moonlighting as a guard at the hospital, finds himself in an impossible situation. His belief system is stretched out of control by someone whom he can’t forget … and can’t believe. Until he has no choice.

With everything on the line, Tia and Dean must work together to solve the problem that has somehow – in a very unique way – entwined them both.

Available on November 17th at

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!


inabadway_200In A Bad Way (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 4)

by Karin Tabke

“Tabke’s edgy and delicious tales hold a top spot on my must-read list!” —Sylvia Day

“No one writes hot cops better than Karin Tabke!” ~ Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivans series

Special Agent Flynn Ryker meets his match when Wild Style, a sexy little stripper with a big secret lands in his lap, literally.

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks

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InTheCards_600x900In the Cards

by Nicky Charles & Jan Gordon

ONLY 99c! Christmas novella.

There are regulations governing the relationship between a guardian angel and their charge, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. So what happens when a guardian angel falls in love with his current assignment? And when the human returns those feelings, how many rules will that guardian angel break in order to save his love? Alex and Emma are caught between two worlds. Will their love be enough?

“In the Cards” is a Christmas novella by Jan Gordon and Nicky Charles, both of whom are venturing into new ground with this angelic tale.



51+7grGl-QL._UY250_The Hanover Square Affair 

by Ashley Gardner and Jennifer Ashley

London, 1816

Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended.

His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey’s search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld.

He deals with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier’s life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer making new friends–from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.

Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.

Amazon | BN | iBooks | Kobo | Google | OmniLit

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51gEh-peqxL._UY250_Keep the Promise

by Cyndi Faria


“[A] wonderful short story! Cyndi Faria crafted a lovely romance that’ll melt your heart…”

Clayton has a real mess on his hands. Not only have garden vandals threatened the Remy Estate’s Valentine’s Day celebration, but Clayton’s girlfriend Sarah has proposed marriage despite knowing he doesn’t believe in lasting love.

By hunkering down in the garden all night, Clayton hopes to solve one of his problems and catch the vandals in the act. Instead, will Clayton finally face his fears and become a man worth loving?

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

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51eGCPnauwL._UY250_Loose Screws, Dusty Deals Mystery 1

by Rae Davies & Lori Devoti

Lucy Mathews, crime reporter turned antiques dealer, avoids confrontation like a home perm. She even lets a cat shove her around.

When Lucy trips over the body of a buckskin-clad relics trader, her ex-boss asks her to cover the story. She tries to tell him no, but old habits die hard and soon she finds herself directly in the path of a killer and the exasperating, if attractive, detective in charge.

Can Lucy catch a killer or is this the last confrontation for her—period?

Barnes & Noble     Amazon    Smashwords

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Drawing Inspiration from Myth and Legend: Guest Post by Monica Corwin

King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin

King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin

As a writer sometimes finding inspiration is difficult. Whether it is because you got a little too much of the mundane during the day (“Mommy I dropped my tablet and broke it for the second time.”) or because you are just too tired to turn turn your brain on. I’ve found reading/researching myths and legends from various cultures to be a jump start when I write.

This may be more true for the resident paranormal, supernatural, or most fiction (sorry non-fictioners) writers out there. As humans we like to explain things. Myths and legends, fairy tales, and creation stories –they are all ways that we came up with in order to explain how stuff works, for example: Zeus’s lighting bolts, the sun setting and rising with Apollo’s chariot. Variations in these stories also offer further reading, for example: thunder and eclipses.

Even if a story is less than supernatural simply the drama of some tales can help lead to that familiar jolt of an idea. Above all stories are about people. We create people on the page and, poke them with stick, and politely ask them to dance (okay sometimes not so politely). These situations are often rife with drama and interesting relationships.

Life and death are two topics that have fascinated humans since the beginning and that fragility we all share is a contributing factor. The gods and goddesses of the underworlds, the afterlife, etc are all excellent topics for inspiration because we are naturally curious about such things. And when we begin reading them that part of our brain that say “hmm interesting…” comes to life affording that opportunity for the Muse to strike.

The Wild Hunt...an inspiration for my new book

The Wild Hunt…an inspiration for my new book

So the next time you find yourself lacking inspiration to weave a tale take a look at Wikipedia or Google and just allow yourself to tumble down the rabbit hole. Even researching urban legends and folk tales centered around your ethnicity or region can offer new pieces of inspiration. You might be surprised where you end up.

You can see this practice in action in my novels. On a Red Horse, King Takes Queen, and Heart and Souls are three paranormal romance novels inspired by that little spark of the macabre at the center of every myth and tall tale.



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thoughts on creativity…

images-3One Year I decided to break out of my safe, and scrimping lifestyle and splurge on a trip to Italy to study Jungian thought. It was magical.

One of the presenters was Makoto Fujimura, an abstract artist who is so talented and a warm and inspiring person just to be around.

He described creativity as looking at the world through the eyes of love, filtering it through your sense, and giving it a tangible form.

I love this! It speaks to me of how important it is to connect to myself.  And that when I find this connection I can share it with others and find real connections outside myself. This frame of mind changes the way I enter a conversation, the way I face my day, the way I write my story lines, and even the role I see myself playing in my life.

What does it mean to see the world through the eyes of love? It seems quite abstract to me at first. When I decide to do this I shed my critical eye, I give up on judgement. It is a state of mind where I am much more willing to receive and see where it will take me. I am willing to feel what naturally arises and share that through words or actions. This is the mindset took me to Italy.

So many people say “I’m not the creative type.” This seems crazy to me.  Enjoying life is a creative act. It begins by shifting your gaze to the eyes of love. I think this is the underlying message that many of the women are bringing to the consciousness of their man who is wired to fight fear.  Actually, a sensuous man can bring this out in a career driven woman as well.  It is these opposites that inspire the awakening to love and creativity.

My favourite movie that thrives on this theme is You’ve Got Mail. I can watch that film over and over again because I love the way Tom Hanks sees value in Meg Ryan and allows that to cause him to grow.  He sees the world through the eyes of love and he gives it a tangible form by cleaning up his life becoming the man she needs.

It’s not really a pattern until there are at least two versions so here is another example: In Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly sees the world with an open heart and it makes her heart ache. Undaunted she creates a glamorous version of her life which gets her into wacky situations but ultimately leads her to love.

What will you do today to view the world through the eyes of love?



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Again with the Series…Some Just Can’t Get Enough

When has a series run its course?  How do we know that it’s over or that there needs to be more?  What is it about a series that attracts readers?

First let’s talk about what makes up a series.  To me, a series is an ongoing story that involves either a single character, multiple characters or a single storyline all through several volumes of books.

Trilogies, for example, would not be categorized as a series.  They are a set.

Spin-offs, like Doctor Who and Torchwood, so secondary characters then get their own series. But, some spin-offs might be reimagined tales such as Pride and Prejudice vs. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which are normally just a reimagining of a single tale, or set of stories.  Some people will count a spin-off as a branch of the original series, but many truly are their own series or just a one-off.


People love to be emotionally stimulated.  They want to invest in a character or storyline and watch it develop.  If authors are clever enough, they can keep that character interesting and keep that storyline fresh throughout many novels.  Sherlock Holmes, for example, is a series that depends a great deal on characters to keep people interested.  Between 1887 and 1927 Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 60 stories of our beloved Sherlock.  We see a continued love of Sherlock and interest in his adventures through reimaginings or adaptations in movies and television series.  Sherlock, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller prove that some series can thrive far beyond the books, and beyond the life of the author.Elementary






Ian Fleming died in August of 1964.  He wrote 12 novels and two short stories for his infamous James Bond 007 character.  James Bond 007 novels- In Order.  But, as you know, even after Fleming’s death, readers couldn’t get enough of the UK secret agent and several other authors have continued the series and we will see James yet again on the big screen this coming weekend in Spectre.  There are now over 50 books in the series, many of which were turned into movies.







There are many more long-running series:.

The Boxcar Children 125 books

Choose Your Own Adventure 185 books

In Death has 50 books in the seriesIMG_2204

Perry Mason has 82 books

La Compagnie Des Glace by French novelist George-Jean Arnaud -98 books

Hardy Boys 190

Nancy Drew 175


While researching for this blog post I found an incredible list of prolific writers.  There are writers all over the world who write series.  The idea of series writing has been around for decades.

Prolific writers

Christine Feehan with over 70 books total

Nora Roberts with over 200 books total

Philip M. Parker 200,000 books

Dame Barbara Cartland 722

German novelist Prentiss Ingraham 1000 novels


I think people love to see growth in a character.  We want to believe that our story, our personal story, continues and we grow and our lives remain an on-going adventure.  We choose our companion, be that James Bond or Eve Dallas and they travel our journey with us, perhaps with a bit more excitement and adventure than what we want for ourselves.  We invest in them.  We love them.  We are fascinated with them.  And we feel satisfied knowing that “the end” just means “until we meet again”.

What series do you love?  Have you invested in a series and hope it never ends? What authors do you feel write wonderful series books?  Are there some series that you think SHOULD come to an end, and if so, why?



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Twisted Gratitude

Happy November! Though I try to embrace gratitude every day, it’s now the month where social media will be full of what everyone is grateful for. I’ll be honest, while I love the concept, I do get bored with seeing the same things on everyone’s list—the “automatics,” like family, health, friends, etc. So let’s just assume that those are a given, and let’s go beyond the obvious to off-the-beaten-path gratitude.

The heater I'm grateful for. (And yes, that's a non-working fireplace behind it.)

The heater I’m grateful for. (And yes, that’s a non-working fireplace behind it.)

Top 10 Things I’m Grateful for That You Won’t See on Everyone Else’s List:

  1. Cake. No wait, I know it sounds commonplace but this cake is not. I follow the autoimmune protocol diet—no grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, sugar, nightshades, etc.—so I can promise you there isn’t a single dessert in any grocery store, health food or otherwise, that I can eat. And I’ve mostly learned to deal with that. Until my birthday came around. I wanted CAKE, dammit. So with a little searching (and a test run the week before), I found a cake recipe I can eat. While people with sugar-numbed tongues (i.e., the entire world, and I used to include myself in this category) would probably not love it, I did. And it made my birthday extra happy.

2. Portable heater. I live in Wisconsin. My office is in the basement. Enough said.

3. Dyson. Our family has four cats. I would cuddle up with this super-powered vacuum at night if I could.

4. Sleepovers that end. As I’m typing this, my 14-year-old son’s birthday sleepover is winding down. Just two more guests waiting for rides. They’re awesome kids, but Mama needs her peace.

5. Boys old enough to rake. One upside of having teenagers. :)

6. Sarcasm. It feeds the soul.

7. Amazon Prime. Sure, Amazon may end up taking over the world, but let’s face it—they kind of deserve to.

8. Island Life. I’ve already confessed to being an HGTV junkie, and this show is one of my favorites. Because some people in some places get to live on islands, and if I can’t do it myself, I might as well sit down and watch a show about it and PRETEND I can for thirty minutes at a time.

9. End of mowing season. This one pains me, because summer is by far my favorite season. One of the highlights of summer is that I move my editing office outside. Unfortunately, our dear 90-year-old neighbor seems to be a combination of OCD and forgetful because he mows his lawn every day. For hours, because he is permanently bent at such an angle that he can’t move very fast, especially while pushing a mower. I give him big-time credit for being active, but the sound of the lawn mower after the first two hours… Well, don’t be surprised if my contemporary romance novels morph into murder mysteries.

10. Bacon. Because…just bacon.

Anyone else have some unique gratitude points to add? The more creative the better. :)

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Review: More Than One Night by Nicole Leiren

unnamed-12About the Book:

Title: More Than One Night (Heroes of the Night, #1)
Author: Nicole Leiren
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC received from Author

Book Summary:

The Few. The Strong. The Brave.

Melodie Alexander, a children’s librarian, prefers to live life between the pages of a book. But when the death of her best friend prompts her to step out of her comfort zone, she finds herself directly in the path of self-proclaimed bad boy, Daniel Bresland.

Daniel knew how to be a solider. Life after war? Not as easy. He served his country in Afghanistan, both in the military and as a private contractor, but fighting the war came at high personal cost. Now he’s determined to keep his relationships “casual” in order to protect his heart and prevent anyone from getting too close.

A chance encounter between Melodie and Daniel on a flight to Dallas proves that opposites really do attract. But when scars from the past threaten their new relationship almost before it starts, Daniel must decide if he can risk opening his heart again to convince Melodie he wants more than one night.

My Thoughts:

Simply wonderful. That is how I would describe More than One Night by Nicole Leiren. It was a lovely contemporary romance that had my attention from beginning to end. I fell in love with the heroine, Melodie and felt I could relate to her on so many levels. When a character makes me want to be a better version of myself, I always call that a win. The hero, Daniel, wasn’t too shabby himself, but he did do some very male things in the book.

Melodie and Daniel meet on a plane. It’s definitely fate that put them next to each other and they listened and went with it. Daniel more than Melodie, but she was convinced to see what was between them. I thought Leiren did a fabulous job with the storyline. It wasn’t the cookie cutter romance that was predictable. I enjoyed how the author wove not only the love story between the couples but their own personal challenges into the plot.

Daniel and Melodie experienced ups and downs in their relationship just like most of us experience in real life. Just when I thought they had it it under control and their happy ever after was in sight, something else came up and proved another hurdle they must jump through. Because of this, it was a book that was hard to put down. I wasn’t sure what to expect regarding the heat level of the book and Leiren did a great job with the intimate scenes. To match the flow of the book and the characters, Leiren allowed just enough detail and left other parts behind closed doors.

The additional characters in the story such as the family members, added a lot to the story. Some of them made me want to reach in and slap them and others just had me smiling every scene they were in. I always enjoy children in books, as they bring such an innocence and usually steal the scenes. The family members proved to be some of the biggest individual battles but also ones that brought Melodie and Daniel together to teach them how to work as a team.
If you are looking for an entertaining contemporary romance that shows that each of us deserve love, regardless of what emotional baggage we might bring, this book is for you. More Than One Night is a fresh, heart-warming contemporary romance sure to pull in from the beginning and won’t let your heart go until the very end.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Four stars

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!


51cQ1PczZoL._UY250_Dark Heart of Magic

by Jennifer Estep


As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there’s no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he’s my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot of winning what’s supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious “accidents”, it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone’s going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing’s for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else …

Amazon Kindle / Amazon print / Barnes & Noble / Books-A-Million / iBooks / IndieBound /Google Play / Kobo

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51H86VFO+zL._UY250_Until Proven Innocent

by JB Lynn

Seven years ago Kimberly Richard was convicted of a murder she didn’t commit.

Six years ago she escaped from prison and lived on the run every since.

Now her conviction has been overturned and she’s returned home to try to rebuild her life.

When a storm washes a school van into a raging river, Kimberly and private investigator Cooper Washington jump in and save the kids and driver…but one child is missing. Was she ever even on the school bus? If not, who took her?

Kimberly’s chance at a “real life” is jeopardized by the ghosts of the past and the suspicions of the present.

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51sTGwQVBZL._UY250_The Hitwoman Hires a Manny

by JB Lynn

Inept hitwoman Maggie Lee has a lot to juggle.

She’s about to start a new job, her niece, Katie, who she is responsible for, is finally coming home from the hospital, and her ever “helpful” aunt has hired someone to help with her care.

Fresh out of the Navy, Angel Delveccio is not anyone’s idea of a typical nanny.

Which is convenient, considering Maggie’s life is anything but typical.

With the help of her snarky lizard, moody cat, and goofy dog, Maggie tries to solve the cold case of her sister’s disappearance, while contending with the present day threat of a violent ex-con, all while playing instant “mom” and trying to ease Katie’s transition into her new home.

Can Maggie juggle it all? Or will all of these distractions prove to be deadly?



513OvrXUBNL._UY250_Midday Masquerade: A Shute Pond Novella (The Shute Pond Series)

by Leigh Morgan

Thanks to an ancient curse, for Primrose Scott, finding love and not keeping it, could prove deadly. So, Prim chooses to hide behind the fire burning within her, behind her plain exterior and “not interested” vibe. Keeping herself in check, and potential loves at bay, is easy, if less than satisfying, until she meets Lorcan Flynn.

Lorcan Flynn loves hard when he loves, without thought and without fear – at least he used to. Left broken from his first wife’s defection, Lorcan fled Ireland and settled far away, from Dublin’s busy streets, in Shute Pond, Wisconsin. It is there he practices his eco-architecture and creates leather masks he is compelled to bring to life by a cloaked woman who haunts his dreams. Lorcan is content in his quiet life, until he meets Primrose Scott.

Can two lost people conquer a curse? Can a mask help release their inner desires? With a little push from a long-dead fallen faerie, two interfering demi-faeries, and one Irish father, will Primrose and Lorcan shed their masks and find happily ever after? Will they find a way to conquer fear, open their hearts, and let love in?



51iEf-+zjvL._UY250_The Accidental Demon Slayer

by Angie Fox

New York Times bestseller!

It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer—and all hell is after her.

Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin, needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn’t work how dangerous could a little seduction be…?


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Mistress of the WindMistress of the Wind

by Michelle Diener

Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . .

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . .

She’s clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he’s taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid’s response.

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . .

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.


On sale until November 7th.

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