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Dust Jacket Short Story Journal is a quarterly published magazine, with both print and digital editions, that features the best in new and innovative short fiction.
Jon Archer wants to get home to his comfortable bed. He’s on his way to it, in fact, when he suddenly and inexplicably finds himself standing in the middle of a desert. Life deals him three more strange hands in the form of a talking goat, a British-speaking spider, and when he thought things couldn’t get weirder, a space man. Life can be a bizarre ride sometimes, and the proof is in these three life forms desiring to get to their own home.
My name is…was Dimitri Volkov.
Until she broke me.
The love of my life destroyed me. She filled me so full of bitter hatred, it is all that I taste. It’s all I breathe.
Five years I’ve worked for this moment. Five years I’ve dreamed of revenge.
I will possess her.
I will consume her.
I will steal away everything she holds dear.
Then when she needs me the most, when she is desperate, scared and alone like I was all those years ago…
I will destroy her.
Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, this is a full-length standalone contemporary romance for adults.
Bonus! Love Sprung From Hate, a full-length romantic suspense, is included as at the back of this ebook as a thank you.
I’m Hollywood’s most sought after movie star and model. Well, I was until my other, more unsavory labels started putting me out of work. When my agent pitched me his fix, I thought he was crazy. No one would believe L.A.’s most eligible bachelor has finally settled down. But the next thing I know, some wannabe actress is moving into my place, getting under my skin, and driving me mad.
But when she lets slip that she’s more innocent than she looks, my irritation turns to lust. I can’t get her out of my head. I can’t stop fantasizing about all the ways I want to strip her naked and make her mine. Our relationship might be fake, but these feelings are real.
She was supposed to be my salvation. I can’t help but wonder if she’ll be my undoing…
It’s been a tough year. There are only so many rejection slips (and cheating exes!) a girl can take. But then I land the role of a lifetime: be Tate Gunner’s girlfriend.
Yes, I’m aware his gaze melts the clothes right off women, and sure, he’s Hollywood’s most notorious playboy with an ego to match. But I’ll handle him. I’m Charlotte Laine, and I don’t swoon in the presence of every jaw-droppingly handsome, chiseled-from-marble A-lister.
So what if my heart hammers when Tate locks eyes with me? Or that my body catches fire when his strong arms pull me close? Or even that my mind goes to very naughty places when his hot lips meet mine? This is a job and nothing else. It’s not like I’m going to fall in love with my fake fling. No way. Not this girl.
Maybe this girl…
*Full-length, standalone romance. No cheating. No cliffhanger. HEA guaranteed.
They say life imitates art, but can you imitate love? For twenty million dollars, I’m going to try.
When my boss calls me into her office, I think I’m about to be fired. It’s much worse…
Piper quit and I’m next in line for her job. I should be happy, right? Wrong.
I have to make the ask tonight at The Met’s gala…and the donor is one of New York’s finest…AND if I blow this proposal, I can kiss my career at The Met goodbye.
Except that Mr. Infuriating has a proposal of his own. And he won’t take no for an answer.
I can hardly stand to be in the same room with him as it is, so how am I going to convince all of New York City that we’re madly in love?!
But when his hands go around my waist…and his chiseled jaw grazes against my cheek…and he takes my lips with his…
I know I’m in big trouble because I’m about to break rule number one:
Don’t fall in love.
When I’m not busy running my family’s billion-dollar company, I’m busy living up my title as New York City’s most valuable playboy. Work hard, play harder.
Apparently, I’ve been playing a little too hard because my father drops a bomb on me: I have to wife-up to fix my image for his mayoral campaign or be fired as CEO.
After an infuriating encounter with a sexy, dark-haired vixen at The Met’s gala, I think I’ve met my match. I give her an offer she can’t refuse.
Until she does. Again and again. But I’m nothing if not persuasive.
It’s only five months of monogamy hell with Ms. Vixen, and then I can go back to being New York City’s most eligible bachelor. Simple enough.
At least…I thought it would be that simple. I never expected to forget that we weren’t real. I never expected to crave her touch, her laugh, her kiss.
I have to stop these feelings. I have to hold back. Because if I don’t, then I risk losing my head and my heart…
I didn’t know she was a detective, the only daughter of the Chief of Police. I didn’t know he was a mafia Prince, heir to the Tyrell’s bloody empire. It was only supposed to be one night. God help me, I can’t stop thinking about that night. So when she walked into the interrogation room, my heart almost stopped. I can’t believe he might have tortured and killed someone. I have to avoid her at all costs. I will be his downfall. So begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, of blood and lust, of love and duty, and of an attraction so fierce the consequences are inevitable… Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.
Since her father’s sudden death, all Evie wants is comfort and security for her family. Especially from dragon cagers. The two-tongued serpents are said to take the shape of a man, woo their ill-fated victims, and then devour them whole. But no one ever told Evie she could be kindred to the creatures.
When Evie is framed and exiled, a cager called Lachlann discovers her roaming in the barren dragon country. Now, while being hunted by the same slayers seeking his magic-imbued heart, Evie must put her trust in Lachlann and seek out his clan for help. Only then will they discover what ancient blood flows through her veins.
After her father’s invention earns her family millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida. Uprooted from the place she loves, Teisha now lives in a broken home full of secrets and lies.
Following the death of Teisha’s grandmother, her fractured family is replanted in rural England, where a kingpin and his clan are laying in wait. What ensues is a dangerous game that brings their house to its knees, as the family’s wealth begins to disappear.
When her father develops a mysterious illness, Teisha turns detective to unravel the truth. Escaping onto the streets and stumbling into the foster care system may be her only hope of survival.
*Named Best Story of the Year by Fantasia Reviews!*
Only those who possess wild eyes, an impulsive heart, and a wandering spirit hunt for the Theater of Secrets—and once they witness the darkest of magic, they don’t return.
It promises to change your life forever—but is the mysterious Theater of Secrets legend or something more? Tasked to answer that very question, Daisy Darling sets out to uncover the truth and is thrown headlong into a life where inexplicably strange and dark things happen nightly. A life of deception and uncertainty. A life in the spotlight as the theater’s ringleader.
As Daisy assumes her new role, she not only discovers a surprising connection between herself and the previous ringleader, but also the haunting truth behind the theater’s limitless power. Determined to expose the theater and foil its wicked plan, Daisy must first embrace her heritage before she can defeat the dark forces at play.
I’m Alexander Volkow and I’m going to avenge my brother.
Since my father’s death I’ve only loved one thing, my big brother Konstantin. Kon and his marine buddy, Billy, were running a shady drug business overseas when they went AWOL together. I’ve followed their trail to Alabama, either I’ll locate Kon or get revenge on Billy for betraying him, but all I’ve found in Crossroads is a cold trail and Billy’s fiancée. Polly Anna might offer me the payback I’m looking for with her hot little body. The problem is her sexy snort might lure me back for more—I’ll do anything to get my brother back—even pretend to fall in love.
I’m Polly Anna Coots and I’m looking for a way out.
Escaping Crossroads is the only way to survive Billy, everyone thinks he’s MIA and no one wishes it’s true more than my battered body, but someone’s been stalking me. If it’s Billy and he’s back, I’ll end up dead when I tell him I won’t be his wife. All I need to make my getaway are the profits from my organic cotton crop, but Alexander Volkow is the only man who’ll buy it and he wants more than a business deal. I’ve been with a possessive, domineering man before—there’s no way I’m getting in bed with a secretive Russian playboy—especially one who’s after something more than another notch in his bed post.
Can either one of us get just close enough to get what we want from the other without the strong attraction between us igniting?
Welcome to Crossroads, Alabama where secrets have a way of catching you in a web of your own making.
Sound like a good read? Check out the first book in the Alabama Secrets series, Just in Case.
Fourth book in the Jersey Short Mystery series and a 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Awards Finalist!
Buckle up for hours of laughter, romance, and excitement with this Jersey Shore Mystery. When handsome detective, Bryce Kelly, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself on the run and in hiding. Can amateur sleuth, Chelsey Alton, and a few quirky friends help him find the real killer and prove his innocence before it’s too late? If you love mysteries, don’t miss this humorous whodunit!
Grab the box set of Jersey Shore Mystery series books 1-3!
A sniper wreaks havoc on the Fourth of July in Charlotte, shooting into a crowd gathered for a concert in a park. At the same time and only yards away, a second shooter kills a retired, decorated military officer. The FBI is sure the shootings are a joint venture, carefully planned out. However, Homicide Detective Chris Lagoni is determined to prove his own theory: that the attacks are unrelated. Before he can, he must gain the cooperation of his suspect, Megan Moore, to lead him to the second shooter. Lagoni wants to believe she has no knowledge of the crime, but her actions and her words say very different things. Will she finally help him or sabotage the case and his career? It’s a risk he must take, especially since she has captured his heart. The police and FBI are in a race against time to find the shooters and prevent a bigger attack that could claim even more victims.
Investigative reporter, Jamison Jackson, likes to go after the tough issues. She never backs away from a story that will expose greed and corruption. Tough minded and stubborn, Jamie takes risks and collects enemies along the way — a consequence she accepts willingly. But when she is framed for murder, she is forced to go on the run to escape the killer who will do anything to retrieve something she might not even have. She must trust her former boyfriend, Homicide Detective Chris Lagoni, to clear her name, and the man she has fallen in love with, Brennan McKeever, to save her. But first, Brennan must find it in his heart to forgive her for a truth she buried behind her lying eyes.
Faith desperately tries to hold on and fit into the mold of the “typical” college student, but her life quickly spirals out of control when visions of a dark past consume her. When these repressed memories begin to resurface, she relives the devastation of dealing with abandonment, death and betrayal. Faith soon realizes she never did escape the dangers of the past, her battles are real and present. With a sadistic stalker lurking around campus while she painfully struggles to hold onto her newfound romance, Faith finds herself fighting to survive all over again.
Harmony’s Song: A Dragon’s Brood Tale (The Dragon’s Brood Cycle)
Life is hard for Daniel and the other kids who struggle to live on the streets of Ravenhold, a seaside city allied with the sorceress Marianne and the kingdom of Seven Skies. There is seldom enough to eat, and the nights are cold, but Daniel finds warmth and friendship when he meets the enigmatic Harmony. Their special bond, coupled with the mystery of Harmony’s past, sends Daniel from his life on the streets to the wider world beyond in this short story prequel to Haven Lost and the Dragon’s Brood Cycle.
Like the sound of this? Be sure to read the first book in Josh’s Dragon’s Brood Cycle series, Haven Lost.
From the author of Gray Girl—Honor isn’t always black and white, comes this thrilling sequel: Area Bird—Duty doesn’t always follow the rules.
Jan Wishart is back in her second year at West Point. Triggered by her former roommate’s sudden resignation, Jan’s mission becomes finding out what’s happening to women at the academy. She discovers a systemic problem that has been ignored and perhaps cultivated at the highest levels. In order to fulfill her duty, Jan must break with tradition and the longstanding culture of the United States Military Academy. Her coming-of-age year is thrown into further chaos by the death of a classmate. Yet not everything is as it seems. Once again Jan’s worldview is about to be upended by the secrets of West Point.
Check out the first book in the Gray Girl series, too!
In the almost three years since Emma, Human Resource professional by trade and writer at heart, moved to Los Angeles from Sweden it has been anything but smooth sailing. When she was offered a new job Emma thought she had finally found the security she’d been looking for since moving to the city of her dreams.
The bliss is short-lived as Emma struggles to adjust in her new role and environment. She fails to learn how to play by the unwritten rules and office politics of corporate America, leaving her defenseless against a new boss who soon makes it clear that he wants her gone. After having put her writing before her HR career for so long, Emma knows it was just a fluke when she was hired and is determined not to let it slip away. But she cracks under the pressure and is ultimately fired. Will she be able to dig herself out again? Or has she peaked at 27? More importantly, will she survive in the city that represents everything she has dreamt of becoming?
Two version of Fate Accompli: Clean and Spicy!
Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.
The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.
Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.
She knows he could destroy her.
She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…
A romantic suspense novel set in San Francisco, 1989. Twenty-eight year old Blis Dumas’ peaceful life and sense of security becomes the target of a well-crafted scheme. Blis Dumas fears a repeat of the 1950-60s, redevelopment that took place displacing primarily African-American residents from the Western Addition’s Fillmore District, their “Harlem of the West.” Her world crumbles as she is notified that her own Victorian home, inherited from her grandfather, is in jeopardy of demolition by the San Francisco Redevelopment Bureau and she must sell to them…or so she thinks. She uncovers family secrets that reveal her problem is much closer to home.
Blis fights to save the home she adores; fights the temptation of an incorrigible former lover; and fights the threat to a tender, new, budding romance. Blis loves San Francisco, but like any love relationship, it is where her emotions will be tested, where passions will live and die, and where people are not always as they seem. QUIVER OF THE PURE HEART will appeal to readers that appreciate domestic settings to illuminate the universal themes of forgiveness, compassion, and letting go.
In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.
Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.
And it burns every time she does.
But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.
Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.
Something was mysterious about the new girl. She was different, and Alex couldn’t figure out what it was – until he followed her home. Then everything changed.
Could the folklore of Meadow Brook Falls be true? Could this red-haired, sweet beauty be more than just human? She certainly bewitched him. And when push comes to shove, Alex is ready to defend her to the death.
Will the dark forest put an end to both their young lives? Will it be the beginning to a dark reign of terror no one can control? Or will it be the beginning of innocent romance, a new world of light?
Alex is running out of time to save his red-haired love. And little does he know – the world is running out of time, too.
Elisa Tinsley only wanted one night of passion from the handsome, powerful, and wealthy state Senator Carson Royal. What was intended to be a one time fling turns into something more complicated when Elisa discovers she’s pregnant. Her plans to keep not only her marriage intact but the baby’s paternity hidden from her husband combined with Carson’s decision that he wants Elisa for himself leads to a course of events which could be more than what either of them bargained for.
Right or wrong, a series of fragile relationships collide through chance, coincidence, or fate.
Twelve years ago, Kirk made an innocent but terrible mistake. As he faces down another night of tormented dreams, he struggles to shake the scars he still bears.
After sixty years as man and wife, Ira and Betsy’s love is as vibrant as it was the day their eyes met across a dusty country parking lot. Now, disease and willful destruction tear away at everything they’ve built together.
Just sixteen, Megan is at war with the world, especially her mother, who flounders in a failing campaign to keep her daughter from making the same mistakes she did at that age.
Robin, a career-driven woman with an unwavering, take-no-prisoners attitude – despite the ultimate sacrifice she made as a woman – finds her husband Rick, who has opted to coast (and flirt) through his own career, frustrating at best.
Wes and Trish were once high school sweethearts and now have a teenager of their own. They cherish their daughter, but that’s not enough to keep them from growing apart. And now, the fate of their family hangs on the success of one big score.
By eighteen, Jo-Ann was alone and pregnant. Twelve years later, she’s about to discover that the reward for a good deed doesn’t come without loss.
This novel reveals the intersection of the lives of a group of very different people, illuminating the shocking ramifications of life, love, and loss in a crazy, mixed-up world.
Shirin Reyes, a legendary rogue assassin, has come out of the cold with a vengeance in this thrilling action novel of the year. In a world where the hunter becomes the hunted, Shirin finds herself torn between her all-consuming vendetta and the consequences her actions have on those she cares about.
Unrelenting. Unstoppable. Uncompromising. Shirin ruthlessly hunts down each target, working her way to the top, never realizing she has penetrated the inner sanctum of a covert operation – entangled within an explosive web of scandal, treason, murder and government corruption.
Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos.
It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother, who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her family’s distance.
So what has Chloe cringing in fear?
It’s a love that defies reason. It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love?
It’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect, but apparently she was when she was “Amanda” in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see, doesn’t remember, and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the ability to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember.
And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality.
They stare at her. Point at her face. Shout insults encased in cruel laughter toward her. Yet, despite it all, Amy shines beautiful. In this heartfelt memoir Amy endures multiple surgeries for her bilateral cleft lip and palate—including a grueling cranial facial surgery at age sixteen just as her older sister Jeannie, a model, competes in a national pageant. When she reaches her private breaking point as the girls around her start to date, she prays just one boy will see past her face of scars and into her heart—and choose her. What happens next shocks the entire student body, and has all of the girls wishing they could trade places with her.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Fields has always lived by the rules set up by her foolishly overprotective mother. As a result, she doesn’t go to school, she’s never been kissed, and almost everything she knows about life is what she has learned from old movies. But now there’s this Joshua guy. He’s quirky, and he’s tall, and he uses “romantic” and “old-fashioned” in the same sentence.And there’s Mrs. Wheeler, an eccentric retired Hollywood costume designer and Ruby’s new best friend.When Mrs. Wheeler ends up in the hospital only a couple of days after telling Ruby her long-kept secret, Ruby decides to break her mother’s rules and embark on a journey that will change her life forever.This heartfelt story will appeal both to young readers and adults who still remember the pain and beauty of growing up.
Three hundred of years ago, a group of heroes imprisoned a dark god in a hell dimension known as the Void.
Since then, the people of Maghe Sihre have lived in relative peace. Now, a secret war starts at the edge of civilization.
A young man from Earth, Tadgh Dooley, is burdened with a dangerous and impossible power. He is fod sel-onde, born with the ability to warp the fabric of reality. An unknown force draws him to Maghe Sihre and, in doing so, cracks open the Void.
Can Tadgh gain control over his power before it’s too late? And what does the appearance of the Sword of Kassandra mean for the people of Maghe Sihre?
Aidan Connor is a globetrotting American photojournalist. Burned out from a disastrous assignment, he turns up on the Tokyo doorstep of his old college friend, Mima. He soon learns that Mima’s past (and his own) have become present.
A talented artist, Mima is struggling to make it on her own. Two of her oldest friends, Sora and Eko are also battling a peculiar form of social injustice: they are branded “Parasite Singles” because both still live at home despite being in their early thirties.
Aidan knows everyone has a story: a brilliant painter, Sora suffers from mental illness. Eko, who appears to be the poster child for the term, also has a dark past.
As he remakes himself, Aidan is reminded of what kept him close to Mima all these years. He also sees what keeps Mima, Sora, Eko and Mima’s old love so close as well…one thing never dies.
Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.
The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.
But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.
…some people will do anything for revenge. A tough PI struggles to track down a vengeful serial killer only to discover that the murderer holds the key to her secret magical heritage.
This is Book One in the YA13 paranormal/mystery series Dangerous Magic by Judy Teel. “Expect action, on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the perfect touch of romance.”
At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills. Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it’s time for Jan to grow up.
Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it’s time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she’ll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?
From the time college co-ed Arielle Lloyd had been young, she had been able to hear the thoughts and feel the pain of certain others, and those she comes to think of as her special group. One friend’s dabbling with spells and magic showed her the power of love that can endure beyond the grave. But another friend’s terrifying encounter with a warlock left Arielle wary of those who claim otherworldly powers. On holiday in the south of France, a chance encounter could change her mind. Or could cost her life.
A Cinderella Heiresses Novella. When a hard-nosed CEO must get married or lose everything, she hires her womanizing best friend to teach her about men. But as the lessons progress, so does her alarm as she finds herself falling in love with him.