The author of Edge of Midnight and August Unknown, Ava Bradley loves edge-of-your-seat thrillers, but believes every story is better if there’s a guy who gets a girl in the end. To Ava, a book without a Happily Ever After is like a cake without frosting.
Guilt drove Meadow Massaro away from her sisters. Their psychic abilities put them in the hideous minds of psychotic killers; hers lets her see visions from the innocent she has vowed to protect. She left to find her own path and use her ability on her own terms, successfully hiding from authorities until the dramatic rescue of a child puts her in the FBI’s sights. The agent sent to find her is top-grade eye candy, and for the first time, Meadow is hiding her abilities from a man she’s attracted to not because of the inevitable freak-out when he discovers what she can do, but because he already knows about her gift and wants to exploit it.
Special Agent Parker Glinn has been on leave for the last two years, emotionally shattered after the murder of his wife. Transferred to Intelligence, his assignment—find a psychic vigilante roaming the streets of San Francisco—is supposed to be a gentle re-entry to field work. But when a killer from his past follows him across the country, Parker is at risk of drowning in the mire that nearly claimed his sanity—and his life—two years earlier.
To save one child, she must risk the life of another...
Hired to transport a donor clone across the country for the heart transplant needed to save her nephew’s life, private detective Fallon Monroe never expected to be hunted by terrorists, dirty cops, and vigilantes. Her attraction to the mysterious soldier who saves her life doesn’t help matters. She’s been down the “married man” road before, with disastrous results.
To survive his future, he must accept his past...
Special Ops soldier John White has only just awakened from a coma when a terrified woman bursts into his hospital room, followed by two terrorists who want to kill her and the child in her care. Before he remembers what put him into a coma he’s on the run with beautiful Fallon and her strangely advanced clone child, unwilling to think too hard on exactly what he was doing in a hospital devoted to cloning studies.
Seven years ago Lily Brent believed she donated a kidney to her estranged sister. But when Lily is called across the state to identify her sister’s body and take custody of the child she never knew her sister had, the past starts to look foggy. To make matters worse a madman is hot on her trail, willing to use deadly measures to get the child back.
When a woman with a small child crashes her car into his remote mountain gas station, closely followed by an assailant with a silencer-equipped pistol, Miles Goodwin is forced to come out of his self-induced emotional coma to save their lives. Three years of inactive duty seem like they never happened as the ex-cop springs into action. All at once he’s a police officer again, but Miles hasn’t recovered from the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter. He isn’t prepared to take on a beautiful woman and a golden child who remind him of the family he lost.
Six-year-old Annie is delightfully well behaved, twice as mature and intelligent as most children her age. But she’s never eaten a hamburger, watched Sesame Street, or heard of Tinkerbell, and Lily and Miles witness strange occurrences that make them believe the private research facility where Annie was raised is doing more than routine medical studies.
Originally titled "The Midnight Effect".
The night Victoria Conrad runs away doesn't turn out at all like she planned. After being accosted by two ruffians, she is rescued by the Earl of Carlisle's coachmen and taken to his country house--only to discover she is his prisoner! The doors aren't locked but the winter is severe, and she is prevented from walking to freedom by the snow.
Horribly scarred from painful injuries, Alastair Saville returned from the war a broken and lonely man, the last heir to an earldom he doesn't want. The previous earl and his son, Alastair's uncle and cousin, perished aboard a ship lost in the channel, but it is the wrongful death of Alastair's beloved sister that sets his misery afire and makes him seethe for revenge. Alastair kidnaps Victoria to prevent her marriage to Ellison Montgomery, heir to the Montgomery barony, whom he blames for his sister's death. Alastair intends to bring the man to ruin through poverty and scandal, but once he has Victoria as his unwilling guest she ceases to serve as an anonymous tool in his quest for vengeance. She is vivacious, outspoken and alluring, and she brings light into Alastair's shattered existence.
But Alastair is a dying man, and has only these last few days to enjoy her company as he dreams about life as a man whole, and what might have been.
After being jilted at the altar by her fiancé, Virginia Montgomery quit her job and moved a thousand miles away to manage Hotel Amore on Little West Cay, hoping she’d never see that no-good coward Thomas Bennett again. But Fate and Mother Nature conspire and whip up a little Valentine’s Day magic to bring Virginia and Thomas back together.
You know what they say; Fate doesn’t take no for an answer, and it isn’t nice to mess with Mother Nature.
My name is Mystic. I’m a private investigator-slash-bounty hunter in a world gone sick. Eight years ago, a swiftly moving parasitic virus turned eighty percent of the population into brain-dead, flesh-eating monsters. It was like any zombie movie you’ve ever seen, and then again, it wasn’t. With their food source threatened, vampires came out of the closet and established a shaky alliance with us surviving humans. Yeah right. Not in this lifetime, thank you very much. Before anyone ever knew vampires truly existed, I saw one murder my mother. I will never trust a vamp, let alone allow one to dine from my vein.
Now my boss expects me to team up with one to find some lost kids who’ve been kidnapped by their money-extorting mother. Christophe is as hot as a cherry pie baked in summer, but a vamp is a vamp. Still, I need the perks that come with the job. So shoot me, I accepted the assignment. A girl’s gotta eat.
If I can only stick to the case without getting my jugular—or any other body parts—penetrated, I might come through this in one piece.
Jessica Jeffries hates Christmas. With all the commercialism, stress and chaos, there are a lot of people who feel the same way. But Jessie has more reason than most for hating it. She’s been robbed, dumped, caught pneumonia, broken her leg, and this year she ran over Santa Claus with her truck.
Tom Dunham’s holiday is turning out to be pretty awful. Not only is he suddenly responsible for a six-year-old daughter he hasn’t seen since infancy, but Amy holds him personally responsible for uprooting her, making it impossible for Santa to find her on Christmas morning.
Things go from bad to worse when Tom’s car breaks down on a freezing mountain road, but he gets a reprieve when a young woman who looks more like a Victoria’s Secret model than a tow truck driver comes to his rescue. Suddenly things are looking up—until she runs over an old man with an eerie resemblance to St. Nick.
Warning: One Snowy Night Before Christmas might just make you believe in Santa Claus again. If you’re a fan of Donna Kauffman, Jane Graves and Jill Shalvis, this Christmas story is sure to make you yearn for eggnog and gingerbread cookies.
**Contains sexual content; this story is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
Length: 35,000 words (approximately 100 pages)
Jessica picked up her radio handset and called in, to Hazel no doubt, telling her she’d picked up “the ducks.” The radio crackled in response, but Tom couldn’t make out any of the words. Jessie dropped the microphone back in its holder and looked past him at Amy again. “That hot chocolate getting you warmed up?”
Amy nodded. “Uh huh.”
Glory be, a response. Followed by another uncomfortable silence. Jessie slowed the truck for a tight S-turn.
“How’d you get stuck working through the holidays?” Even before he finished asking the question, he knew it was a mistake. He was intrigued by this delightful contradiction of beauty and strength and had lost control of his mouth.
“Don’t celebrate Christmas,” she answered simply.
“Are you Jewish?” Shut up, Dunham.
She glanced at him. All the sarcasm was gone, as was the glimmer in those vivid green eyes. Now they were cool, like the ocean under a stormy sky. “No, I just hate Christmas.”
Amy shot her a surprised look. “How can you hate Christmas?” Her already shrill voice hit a high-note, as though it were the most outrageous thing she’d ever heard.
For a moment Jessie’s hardness faltered. Her eyes were almost sad. No…hurt was a better way to describe them. “I’ve just had a lot of bad luck at Christmas, that’s all.”
As she looked at the road again, her face suddenly registered shock. “Oh my God!” She hit the brakes, sending the truck sliding to a stop, but not fast enough. Whatever was in the road, it made a sickening thud as it impacted the front grille.
Theresa “Tess” Jackson has come to Creekbend, California to live a quiet life as the new schoolteacher. The secluded mountain town is a perfect place to hide from her twin brother’s gang of outlaws. But when she finds an injured man unconscious in the creek behind her tiny cabin, her life is anything but quiet. And when she learns he is a United States Marshal, Tess fears her masquerade will soon be uncovered!
When Dillon Cade awakens in a strange bed, wounded from a shootout with one of the outlaws he’s tracking, he never dreams the pretty young schoolteacher who rescued him is the sister of the gang’s leader. She’s sweet and kind and mysterious and frustrating all at the same time, and though he’s vowed not to stop his hunt for Blade’s gang until he’s found revenge for the murder of his wife and daughter, he can’t help his attraction to the plucky young woman. Yet at the same time, he can’t stop the nagging suspicion there’s something familiar about her…
Trey Janssen only wants to settle his late mother's affairs and get back to San Francisco, but he finds himself trapped in the town Christmas literally threw up on when he's arrested for drunk driving—right after a Dickens in the Park actor proclaims he'll be visited by three spirits.
The ghost from his past turns out to be Celia Brown, the innocent Girl Next Door he deflowered before leaving town on a football scholarship. Now he's hoping for a repeat or two of that night, because pretty Celia Brown has something all the nameless, faceless, one-night stands of his wild pro-athlete lifestyle didn't—but it will take ghost number two and ghost number three to show him exactly what that something is.
Warning: Once Upon a Christmas Carol will make you crave eggnog, sugar cookies, and a kiss from your sweetie under the mistletoe. If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond and Nancy Warren, you won’t want to miss Pamela Fryer’s magical romances set in the mountain town of Welcome, California. The people who live here have a special affinity for Christmas, which might be why they get magical visits from very special characters who touch the lives of those needing a small amount of help during the holidays.
The first halfway decent guy to come along in eons...and he's from another planet.
Private Investigator Brooke Weaver hopes she can slip into her Oregon hometown, find her client's missing teenage daughter, and be on her way again before anyone notices. Not likely.
Within forty-eight hours she encounters her ex-fiancé, the three dirty cops she testified against, and a drop-dead gorgeous FBI agent hunting a gigantic, mutated spider. He's the hottest thing with muscles she's seen in a long time, but he keeps making strange references like "your planet," and "my home-world." To make matters worse, he expects her to lead him into the sewers to find his escaped creature. Brooke doesn't want any part of giant insects from South America or secret agents or very dark, haunted sewer tunnels. Most of all, she wants no part of her dying hometown and the ghosts she left buried here.
But a sexy hunk in a clingy shirt, she might consider a small part of.
By saving her world, he saves her life.
Interplanetary Alliance Lieutenant Jager Tolon is hunting the vicious Black Tetra, a parasitic man-eater that crashed to earth in an unmanned pod after escaping the ship it annihilated. Jager pursues the creature into an empty building and is about to kill it when a meddling woman warrior shoots it with a crude earth weapon, sending the creature fleeing.
But not only is the earth woman strong and courageous, she is the most beautiful female he's ever seen, and he can't stay mad at her long. Forbidden to marry or even dally while on leave, he does not yearn for what he cannot have, but Brooke stirs a need in him so primal he's powerless to resist. She's free to love and marry as she chooses, yet has not. Dare he hope she had been waiting for someone better? During their brief time together, Jager allows himself to imagine Brooke as his own, even as he knows they can never be.
Danger lurks in a past she can't remember
She doesn't know what happened the night of the storm, why she was walking along the highway without ID, or why she has a fading tan line on her wedding ring finger, but a dark and terrifying presence haunts the edge of her memory. Before she can start a new life with the wonderful man who came to her rescue, she must remember what in her past might take her away from him.
Heartache lies in a past he can't forget
Blaming himself for his late wife's death, Geoffrey Barthlow has only begun to scrape together the pieces of his shattered life. When Jane Doe "August" falls into his world, he sees the opportunity to help her as a chance to heal his own soul. But as he finds himself falling for the beautiful mystery woman, he knows his heart is once again at risk; she has another life somewhere that she will eventually remember.
The heiress of Montague Shipping sets out across Chesapeake Bay to attend a party, but instead finds herself shanghaied by a vengeful thief intending to use her ship—and her jewels—to break a prisoner out of Devil’s Island!
Jewel thief Christian De la Croix has spent his life plotting revenge against the double-crosser who left his father to die on French Guiana’s brutal Devil's Island prison twenty years earlier. But when a letter comes revealing his father is alive, Christian’s quest turns into a rescue mission. There is no one better to help him than the betrayer himself, shipbuilding magnate Edmund Montague. Christian plans to steal Edmund’s private luxury vessel to sail there, and the necklace his father paid for with his life to buy his freedom. Accidentally kidnapping the man’s spoiled daughter is just a lucky accident, and Christian enjoys the many opportunities he finds to annoy her. Unfortunately, she finds as many ways, if not more, to annoy him right back.
Adriana Montague prayed for a way to escape her impending marriage to an arrogant and conceited man she doesn’t love, but never expected it to come in the form of a vengeful thief who steals her ship and kidnaps her. Christian blames Adriana's father for his family’s misfortunes, and boldly claims he’s robbing her and sailing to South America! But Adriana has a few tricks up her sleeve, and though she’s glad to be granted a temporary reprieve from her wedding, she’s not about to let their voyage resemble a pleasure cruise.