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Author: Crista McHugh

Growing up in small town Alabama, I relied on story-telling as a natural way for me to pass the time and keep my two younger sisters entertained.

I currently live in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with my husband and daughter, maintaining my alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while I continue to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

I am an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the FF&P, Greater Seattle Chapter, ESPAN, Passionate Ink, and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), Absolute Write, and Romance Divas.

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The Queen B* and the Homecoming King - The Queen B*, #3

The Queen B* and the Homecoming King
  • Number: B015YGB1SO
  • Release: 2015-12-01
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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The Queen B*, Alexis Wyndham, has only three rules when it comes to dating the star quarterback, Brett Pederson:

1. No obligations to spend every waking moment with each other.

2. No public displays of affection while at Eastline High.

3. And absolutely, under no circumstances, will she ever go to the Homecoming dance.

But as her life is completely upended time and time again, she begins to wonder if some rules are meant to be broken.


The Queen B* Strikes Back - The Queen B*, #2

The Queen B* Strikes Back
  • Number: B015P8GYRE
  • Release: 2015-09-29
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Alexis Wyndham isn’t quite sure what to think about her “friendship” with star quarterback, Brett Pederson. Sure, he has more intelligence than the entire football team combined. Not to mention that fact he’s a great kisser. When he asks her to help him with his college admission essays, she isn’t sure if he’s doing it to spend more time with her or if he’s just using her for her brains. But after her nemesis, Summer Hoyt, makes it clear she’s not finished chasing after Brett, Alexis begins realize how hard she’s fallen for Brett. Now the war is on, and the head cheerleader will find out why she should never take on a Queen B*.


Confessions of a Queen B* - The Queen B*, #1

Confessions of a Queen B*
  • Number: B00X734R10
  • Release: 2015-07-28
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she's carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.

Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.

Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.


Falling for the Wingman - The Kelly Brothers, Book 3

Falling for the Wingman
  • Number: B00IQS91X0
  • Release: 2014-03-01
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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The third book in a contemporary romance series that's a sexy, modern twist on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister...

Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind—to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama less than a week before Kourtney is about to marry another man. Now he’s out to win her heart again and gets some unexpected assistance from her younger sister, Alex.

...And Lord help the sister that comes between me and my man

Alex Leadbetter has always thought Caleb was too good for her manipulative, social-climbing sister. She had assumed Kourtney’s identity to write letters to him and keep his spirits up until he returned home to the hard truth, never expecting to fall in love with him along the way. After he shows up in town, she convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new — her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, her deception may leave them both grounded.

Warning: Contains a hero who'd do anything to win the heart of the woman he loves (including enduring a pinched bottom), a heroine who's turned on by a 660-4 pack, a small southern town full of busy bodies, and classic muscle cars.


The Sweetest Seduction - The Kelly Brothers, #1

The Sweetest Seduction
  • Number: 9781940559919
  • Release: 2013-12-26
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Lia Mantovani has created one of the hottest restaurants on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, but all that could disappear if she loses her lease with Kelly Properties. Having had her dreams ripped away from her before, she’ll do everything in her power to keep her restaurant. Her fate hangs on the whims of the frustratingly handsome Adam Kelly. Adam has spent years trying to convince world famous chef Amadeus Schlittler to open a restaurant in Chicago, but he wants the prime location held by Lia. Business has always come first… until sparks fly when Adam meets her. When things get hot outside the kitchen, though, they’re both in danger of getting burned.


Deception's Web - The Dezian Empire, #3

Deception's Web
  • Number: B00H6T5MHE
  • Release: 2013-12-07
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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A soldier looking for redemption falls into the arms of the empire's Black Widow...

Galerius, former Captain of the Legion, is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering who is behind the failing barrier. A series of anonymous letters all point to Hostilius, governor of Lucrilia, but Galerius thinks he'll learn more about the plot by seducing the governor's thrice widowed daughter, Claudia. Although he warns himself not to fall into snare of the empire's most deadly temptress, one kiss leaves him begging for more.

Claudia has spent years as a pawn in her father's political games and longs to break free of his rule, even it means betraying him to the emperor. When Galerius arrives in Tivola, she's not sure if he's there to aid her father or stop him. She willingly submits to his seduction, despite their class differences, in order to find the truth. What she doesn't expect to find is a man who indulges her secret fantasies, satisfying her in a way none of her previous husbands did, and treats her as something more than a conquest. As time runs out to thwart her father's plans, she must decide if she can trust Galerius not only with her life, but her heart.

Warning: this is a sexy book!


Poisoned Web - The Dezian Empire, #2

Poisoned Web
  • Number: B00GKZNFZ6
  • Release: 2013-11-17
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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The fate of the empire hangs on one slave breaking her silence...

As the Deizian Empire prepares for the upcoming wedding of Emperor Titus Sergius Flavus and Azruha, one mystery remains unsolved--the sudden and unexplained death of the former emperor. And as her wedding gift to Titus, Azurha wants to give him answers. She suspects an unknown poison was involved, and her search for the truth enlists two unlikely allies.

Modius Varro's thirst for knowledge caused an uproar in Emona three years ago and exiled him to the border town of Madrena. But when Titus falls victim to the same poison, his expertise in medicine becomes essential in solving both the riddle of the former emperor's death and finding a cure to save the current one. His search leads him to far reaches of the Alpirion realm, to an ancient culture shrouded in secrets, and into the arms of one slave who must break her silence to save the empire.


A Soul For Vengeance - Book 3 of the Soulbearer Trilogy, Final Book

A Soul For Vengeance
  • Number: B00CQN3O66
  • Release: 2013-05-10
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Nothing stirs up Chaos like Vengeance...

When Prince Kell returns to Ranello, he finds his homeland in ashes. The invaders from Thallus destroyed everything he held dear, leaving him heir to a throne he can’t claim. The thirst for vengeance consumes him and drives him right into the arms of the most unlikely of rebel leaders.

Zara has fought for months to keep the hopes of the Ranellian people alive. Finding Kell is just the thing their dying rebellion needs. But as she tries to soothe Kell’s bitterness and turn him into the leader he’s meant to be, she finds herself desiring the one man she believes she’ll never have. A man whose heart was broken by a yellow-haired witch named Arden Soulbearer.

This book needs to be read in order. Book 1 A Soul For Trouble. Book 2 A Soul For Chaos. (Fantasy with Some Romantic Elements)


A Soul For Chaos - Book 2 of the Soulbearer Trilogy

A Soul For Chaos
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00A9ADZ9O
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Life is dull without a little Chaos.

Trouble is more than just a nickname for Arden Soulbearer. It seems to follow her wherever she goes. And no one knows this better than her protector, Devarius Tel’Brien.

Dev thought that by moving Arden to Gravaria so she could learn how to control Loku, the chaos god whose soul inhabits her body, life would be simpler. Wrong. Not only is he continually torn between his duty and his growing feelings for the Soulbearer, but he also has to contend with the rival prince who wishes to claim her heart. Adding to his problems, a group of powerful mages have banded together to rid the world of the disembodied chaos god once and for all. Of course, that means they have to destroy Arden in the process.

Book 2 of the Soulbearer Trilogy. This book needs to be read in order. Book 1 A Soul For Trouble.(Fantasy with Some Romantic Elements)


Tangled Web - Diezian Empire

Tangled Web
  • Number: 9781620610312
  • Release: 2012-10-16
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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The deadliest assassin in the empire just got too close to her target?

Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge?seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs.

Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors?magic he must wield if he’s to protect his people?but his father’s death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors’ wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin.

More than just Titus’ ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision?complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.


A Soul For Trouble - Book 1 of the Soulbearer Trilogy

A Soul For Trouble
  • Stars
  • Number: B007QYEPYK
  • Release: 2012-05-01
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.


A Waltz at Midnight

A Waltz at Midnight
  • Number: B006IIX0VO
  • Release: 2012-02-27
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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New York, 1866

When her mistress receives an utterly unromantic letter from a potential suitor, servant Susanna Parkwell is asked to craft an appropriate response. Though hesitant to take part in the deception, Susanna agrees, never dreaming the scorned suitor will write back.

Theodore Blakely abhors being pressured by his family to marry, but he's intrigued by the witty refusal he receives from "Charlotte". After exchanging more letters, Ted believes he's found a soul mate in his thoughtful and understanding correspondent, and asks permission to formally court her.

Though racked with guilt over her lies, Susanna can't resist the opportunity to meet Ted in person. So she poses as Charlotte at a holiday ball, where she vows to tell him the truth. But when the clock strikes midnight, will Susanna have the courage to reveal her identity and risk losing the man she loves?


The Tears of Elios - The Elgean Chronicles

The Tears of Elios
  • Number:
  • Release: 2011-12-01
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Shape-shifters’ Rule #1: Don’t let the humans know you still exist.

Rule #2: If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Some rules were meant to be broken…

Ranealya ruthlessly plays by the rules and has outlived most of her race because of it. If she wants to survive, she’ll have to stick to them, especially with a genocidal tyrant hell-bent on destroying all the non-humans in the realm. But everything falls apart when a human saves her life.

Gregor knows he’s inviting trouble when he helps a wounded shape-shifter, but he can’t pass up the opportunity to study one before they become extinct. She disturbs the quiet order of his scholarly existence, vexes him in more ways than he can count, and encourages him to break enough of the kingdom’s laws so that not even being the king’s cousin will save his head. The problem is, he’s already lost his heart. 


Angelic Surrender - The Kavanaugh Foundation, Book 2

Angelic Surrender
  • Stars
  • Number: 978-1-60928-111-3
  • Release: 2010-07-20
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Length: Category
 
Heaven doesn’t want him. Hell is afraid of him. She can see right through him…
 
If the abrupt appearance of Will Vassago on her couch is any indication, knowledge of Anjali’s rare ability to see past demons’ disguising glamours has spread far beyond the Foundation. One thing that hasn’t changed since she accidentally touched him two years ago—his unnerving affect on her hormones.
 
Officially, Vassago needs Anjali’s help to find an escaped Skinwalker demon. He’s also got some not-so-official plans for their down time, but if her sensitive gift reveals who he really is—a fallen angel—any chance to fan the embers of desire between them will be lost.
 
Anjali tries to get their assignment over with before she loses control entirely. With every encounter, the unquenchable fire in her body burns hotter. And Vassago is startled to realize when he almost loses her to the rifts of Hell he has already lost his heart.
 
Then they discover the Skinwalker is only the tip of the iceberg. If they can’t get a lid on the situation, Manhattan will suffer a fate worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, and not even Vassago’s celestial sword will protect Anjali from the Angel of Death.
 
Warning: Contains an OCD demon hunter, a naughty angel with voyeuristic tendencies, bedtime wrestling over who gets to be on top and a very inappropriately used sari.


Heart of a Huntress

Heart of a Huntress
  • Stars
  • Number: 978-1-60504-890-1
  • Release: 2010-02-23
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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As one of the oldest surviving vampire hunters in the Foundation, Lana has learned the toughest lesson: success comes at a price. So while the yummy stranger she bumps into at Caesar's trips all her temptation switches, duty comes first. Better to be alone than to gamble with someone else's heart-or her own. Although maybe a one-night stand won't hurt.
 
Byron has set a one-way course for revenge against the Vegas vampire who murdered his uncle. When he collides with Lana, though, her scent calls to him like a potent aphrodisiac. The only explanation: she's his true-mate. And the timing couldn't be worse. He can't afford any distractions-not to mention it'll be hell convincing her to love someone who sprouts fur and fangs every full moon.
 
One drink together turns into a daring night of passion. Their erotic interlude ends abruptly with the news that Lana's partner has been abducted by the very vampire Byron seeks. Now Byron has no choice. He must reveal what he is and risk a rejection that could spell his own destruction.
 
Warning: Contains a hot and steamy taxi ride, wild sex you want to sink your teeth into, and a shower at the Venetian that may need to be closed for repairs until further notice.


Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes
  • Stars
  • Number: B004XDVVEY
  • Release: 2011-04-19
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Andy Rodriguez has always desired his partner, Emily Hawkins, but the memory of his former lover’s murder five years ago still haunts him. Em doesn’t know he’s a shape-shifter, and he has no plans to drag her into his world where a war between true shifters and werewolves constantly wages. All that changes the night a werewolf attacks Emily.


Provoking the Spirit

Provoking the Spirit
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B0087B78E0
  • Release: 2012-05-29
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh
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Remy Robicheaux didn’t know that when he bought his home, it would come with a ghost. Anxious to get rid of the spirit, he calls his little sister’s best friend to help him. Instead of the gawky teenager he once knew, he finds himself face to face with a temptress.

Ainsley Brennen enjoys being an amateur ghost hunter, but when her high school crush calls her to help him figure out the strange activity in his house, her feelings for him are resurrected in a way that makes her knees weak. In an effort to get to the bottom of the haunting, she discovers there’s more than one way to provoke a spirit.

***WARNING - this is a SEXY SHORT STORY***

This title has been previously published and has been revised and re-released by the author.


Danni's Boy

Danni's Boy
  • Stars
  • Number: 978-1-60659-183-3
  • Release: 08/16/2009
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Phaze Books
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# of pages or word count: 30 pages
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance
Heat rating: 3 Novas
 
Danni comes home to find her boyfriend has left her for a man. When her friends take her to a bar to cheer her up, she is instantly attracted to a handsome stranger named Ryan. One night of passion not only helps her rebound from her heartache, but also gives her the confidence to start something new.


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