Heart & Soul Series, Going Live

The Heart & Soul series is a multi author series. Six books by six different authors, all taking place the same week at the same location. If you pre-ordered the first two books of the series, you’ve already received your books and I hope you enjoyed them. On Friday, May 24th, my book, Cali’s Cravings, which is book three, goes live.

Cali’s Cravings by Anna Kristell

If you didn’t pre-order it already, let me tell you a little about it.

You’re invited to an all-inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax and let nature take care of your mind, body, and soul. And its gift to you in return is LOVE!

Cali George is appalled when her younger sister books the two of them for a week at a Wellness Spa and Resort in the mountains of Tennessee. She hates health food and anything to do with outdoor activities. Since her latest breakup, six months ago, she works around the clock, eats junk food and is content to run around with no makeup and her long blonde hair in a ponytail or a messy bun. Her sister, on the other hand, is her polar opposite, always has been, and won’t rest until she transforms her sister and changes her bad habits.

But, when Cali is looking over the spa’s brochure and spots a photo of the resort’s hot events manager, things may be looking up. And when the man himself, Austin Butler, introduces himself to her, the week is suddenly looking better to her every minute.

It seems as though it’s love at first sight for both Cali and Austin, but could Cali be mistaken? Is Austin a player? Cali may be headed down another path of heartbreak if a certain rich female guest has her way.

And here are the buy links.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Calis-Cravings-Heart-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYGDFVV

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Calis-Cravings-Heart-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYGDFVV

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Calis-Cravings-Heart-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYGDFVV

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Calis-Cravings-Heart-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYGDFVV

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/calis-cravings-anna-kristell/1130690459?ean=2940161173466

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cali-s-cravings

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anna_Kristell_Cali_s_Cravings?id=0LiODwAAQBAJ

Be sure to read the rest of the books in the series, too.

Love Hooked, Book One

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2TL5ZcH
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130556084…
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-hooked
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-hooked/id1452349076…
Google: https://play.google.com/…/de…/Jeannette_Winters_Love_Hooked…

Morning Elixir, Book Two
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NV3D7GG
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NV3D7GG
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NV3D7GG
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NV3D7GG
Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130632031…
KOBO https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/morning-elixir
Website https://lenalanenovels.com/books/heart-soul-series/

Loving Pierce, Book Four
Amazon US https://amzn.to/2EFpY6f
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Apple Book http://ow.ly/hmXv30nPBV8
Barnes & Noble http://ow.ly/jSIp30nPC5K
KOBO http://ow.ly/yYAR30nPC6I
Google Play http://ow.ly/4ANU30nPC8V
Website https://elizabethlennox.com/loving-pierce/

Catching Chase, Book Five
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF73GZS
Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130763770…
KOBO https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/catching-chase
Website www.annewelchauthor.com

Cuddle Buddies, Book Six
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Apple Book https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cuddle-buddies/id1454862725
Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130754785
KOBO https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cuddle-buddies
Google Play https://play.google.com/…/de…/Lizabeth_Scott_Cuddle_Buddies…
Website https://www.lizabethscottbooks.com/cuddle-buddies/

Heart & Soul Series, Book Six

Well, it’s finally here! Book six, the final installment of our romantic comedy Heart & Soul series. This one, Cuddle Buddies, is written by the fabulous Lizabeth Scott and is now available for preorder.

And Lizabeth is having a giveaway on her facebook page!

Go to her page and like, comment and share on her promo post for a chance to win a signed copy!

https://www.facebook.com/LizabethScottAuthor/photos/a.1431726700402730/2243228932585832/?type=3&theater

Let me tell you a little about her story.

PREORDER NOW!

You’re invited to an all-inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax—let nature take care of your mind, body, and soul. And its gift to you in return, is LOVE!

Computer software whiz Declan Arnault finds himself in the wilds of Tennessee on a parental mandated vacation simply because at thirty-four he chooses to work eighty-hour work weeks. His parents would rather he marry and provide them with even more evil grand-spawns than they already have.

While his father insists Rossen’s Mind Body & Soul Resort isn’t a camp, Declan begs to differ. Any place that offers fishing and hiking as “must do” activities is a camp! And he doesn’t do “nature” or “outdoor activities!”

Professional snuggler Zoe Daniels has never seen anyone that needed a comforting hug more than the awkward, fumbling, and totally irresistible man who took an unexpected dunk in the lake.

When she discovers her new client is the same man she’d lusted over, her professionalism is challenged in more ways than one. How can she lie in bed with her arms wrapped around him and NOT want to climb his body?

Some things she just can’t control. But she will. Because it’s her job. He’s a job. And only a job. Well…until he’s not.

This book is part of the multi author Heart & Soul Series
Love Hooked – Jeannette Winters
Morning Elixir – Lena Lane
Cali’s Cravings – Anna Kristell
Loving Pierce – Elizabeth Lennox
Catching Chase – Anne Welch
Cuddle Buddies – Lizabeth Scott

PREORDER NOW!
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07PSBX1PC
Apple Books – http://bit.ly/getcuddlebuddies
B&N – http://bit.ly/BNcuddlebuddies
Kobo – http://bit.ly/Kobocuddlebuddies
Google Play – http://bit.ly/cuddlebuddies-GP

Want to check out other books by the six authors in this series? Well, you can. Below is a list of their websites.

Heart & Soul Series Book Five

Heart and Soul series promoAs promised, I’m back with the information for book five of our multi-author romcom series, Heart & Soul.  Catching Chase, by Anne Welch, is now available for preorder and will be delivered to your e-reading device on June 7, 2019. Here is a little about Anne’s book. This gal really knows her romcom, having written both satire and romance in the past.

Blurb for Catching Chase:

You’re invited to an all inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax and let nature take care of your mind, body and soul. And its gift to you in return is LOVE!
Victoria “Vic” Brice breathes photography and longs to have her work displayed in a gallery. Much to her mother’s dismay, she spends her time shooting tourist photos at her struggling downtown Nashville studio instead of working at the family business. Will Vic give up her dreams to make her family happy, or will one phone call change her life forever?
Trevor Chase was living his dream of being the starting quarterback for Nashville’s professional football team. But when he begins playing harder off the field than on, he stands to lose everything. Longing for more than drunken nights and one-night stands, with a push from his older brother, he agrees to a week of reflection and relaxation at Mt. Montoya to get himself back on track. Will he be able to change or get more than he bargained for?
The last thing either one expected was each other. Will Trevor go back to his playboy ways, or will Victoria be able to catch Chases heart.

Buy Links:

Catching Chase, Book Five
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07PF73GZS
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF73GZS
KOBO https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/catching-chase

Next week, the sixth and final book of the series goes up for preorder and I’ll have all the information for you right here, so please check back for Lizabeth Scott’s Cuddle Buddies.

Heart & Soul series, Book Four

Heart&Soul Promo 2

Book four in our Heart & Soul series is now up for preorder! Don’t miss this great RomCom series of six books for $0.99 each! This one is Loving Pierce, by Elizabeth Lennox.

This week, I’m going to give you all of the links for the four books already up for preorder in case you’ve missed any of them.

Look what is up for pre-order….. Book Four… Loving Pierce
Are you as excited as I am?
Amazon US https://amzn.to/2EFpY6f
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Amazon Aus https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07PFF5LTJ
Apple Book http://ow.ly/hmXv30nPBV8
Barnes & Noble http://ow.ly/jSIp30nPC5K
KOBO http://ow.ly/yYAR30nPC6I
Google Play http://ow.ly/4ANU30nPC8V

And here’s a little bit about book four, Loving Pierce, by Elizabeth Lennox:

CEO Pierce Rossen doesn’t believe in love. It was an irrational emotion and he prefers to deal with logic and data. But when Kaitlin comes back into his life after six months apart, he can no longer fight the attraction between them. And new revelations about his past teach him that three little words aren’t bad.

Mystery writer Kaitlin Hawley had fallen fast and hard for Pierce the first time around. And when she spotted him again this time, she knew that she hadn’t ever gotten over him. But would he accept her words of love this time? Was he ready?
Or had his past destroyed any chance that the big, tall, dynamic man could ever love her?

Next week, Catching Chase by Anne Welch goes up for preorder. Watch for the links!

 

Heart & Soul Series, Book Three

Well, as promised, here I am again. This week, my book, Cali’s Cravings, is available for preorder. Here is all the info.

Preorder now for only $0.99

Cali’s Cravings

Order now for $0.99 and receive it on your reading device on May 24, 2019.

You’re invited to an all-inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax and let nature take care of your mind, body, and soul. And its gift to you in return is LOVE!
Cali George is appalled when her younger sister books the two of them for a week at a Wellness Spa and Resort in the mountains of Tennessee. She hates health food and anything to do with outdoor activities. Since her latest breakup, six months ago, she works around the clock, eats junk food and is content to run around with no makeup and her long blonde hair in a ponytail or a messy bun. Her sister, on the other hand, is her polar opposite, always has been, and won’t rest until she transforms her sister and changes her bad habits.
But, when Cali is looking over the spa’s brochure and spots a photo of the resort’s hot events manager, things may be looking up. And when the man himself, Austin Butler, introduces himself to her, the week is suddenly looking better to her every minute.
It seems as though it’s love at first sight for both Cali and Austin, but could Cali be mistaken? Is Austin a player? Cali may be headed down another path of heartbreak if a certain rich female guest has her way.

Next week, I’ll tell you about book four, Loving Pierce, by Elizabeth Lennox.

 

Heart and Soul Series Book Two

Last week, I revealed the secret project I am honored to be a part of, The Heart and Soul Series. Six authors, six novellas. This week, book two is up for preorder, Lena Lane’s Morning Elixir.

Preorder now and it will be delivered to your reading device on 5/17/19.

 

Here is the information for Book Two.

Morning Elixir

You’re invited to an all inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax and let nature take care of your mind, body and soul. And its gift to you in return is LOVE!

Ronaldo Rodrigues loves living art, and body painting is his passion, he just wishes more people were aware of it. An upcoming art event—and competition—on Mt. Montoya could be his chance to make it big and be recognized around the world. His only problem is a feisty woman who’s determined to sabotage his appearance to the event.

Banker Reena Flores is in desperate need of a vacation, and her brother is sweet enough to offer her a nice getaway, at a steep discount. There’s no way she can pass it up. What he fails to mention is the rabbit food and excessive encouragement for wellness that comes with it. Her goal of leisure is quickly hijacked into an escape from active relaxation exercises—and a hunt for iced coffee.

Their expectations for the trip are quickly destroyed. Could a week change their future in ways neither expected? But more importantly, will their passion become the morning elixir they both need?

Heart and Soul

Remember the secret project I mentioned the other day? Well, I am writing a story in a series with five other authors. The first one, written by the awesome Jeannette Winters, went up for preorder last night! There will be a new book available for preorder each week for the next six weeks. Then, every week, beginning on May 10, for six weeks, the preordered books will be delivered to your reading device. These are RomCom stories that take place in an inclusive mountain resort and spa, over the span of one week. You will laugh, you will cry, before you rejoice with each of these couples. I hope you enjoy our surprise for you! I’ll post the information about each book as it becomes available, so check back next week for Lena Lane’s, Morning Elixir.

Here is some information about the series and the first book, Love Hooked, with buy links.

Love Hooked

You’re invited to an all inclusive mountain resort and spa. Come and relax and let nature take care of your mind, body and soul. And its gift to you in return is LOVE!

Mike Poole lives on his fishing boat, Big Bites. There’s no better place to be other than on the ocean. When fire strikes and his boat a total loss, he’s out of excuses and agrees to meet his sister for a long overdue vacation. But the joke’s on him, because she never shows.

Shalynn Hunt is tired of rejection letters. One way or another, she would make her dream of being a Feng Shui consultant a reality. All she needs a one large client. Posing as a guest, she gathers her research to show them what needs to be changed. But she finds herself out of her element, and life seems to have its own plans for her.

Mike and Shalynn never expected a week on Mt. Montoya to distract them from what’s most important to them, their careers. Can they resist the forces of nature or will they find themselves hooked on love?

Pre-order now!
Heart & Soul Series

Love Hooked available for pre-order!
RomCom novellas

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2TL5ZcH
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NLJH2WS
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130556084…
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-hooked
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-hooked/id1452349076…
Google: https://play.google.com/…/de…/Jeannette_Winters_Love_Hooked…

 

Dallas Fire and Rescue Kindle World

Hello again! I am back with some exciting news!! Last week, my first kindle world book was released! That’s right, the amazing Paige Tyler invited me, along with several other authors, to join the world she created. For my Fab Five readers who didn’t want the series to end, I wrote a bonus novella, crossing over some of my characters from the “Fabs” series with the characters in Paige’s world.

My title is “Dallas Hot” and I’m going to share a little bit of it with you today. If you followed the series, you’ll remember Shane and Chloe’s twin daughters, Mary Kate and Angie Beth. Well, in Dallas Hot, M.K. and Beth are all grown up. This story is about them; it’s mainly Mary Kate’s story, but in May, I’ll be writing another one, and it will be Beth’s story.

Here’s the blurb for Dallas Hot:

Mary Kate O’Grady is at loose ends, working in her family’s downtown restaurant while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. Until the night a sexy Dallas firefighter saved her life, then it all became crystal clear.

While her family is busy rebuilding, Mary Kate is pursuing her future. A new career was always the plan, but a romance with her rescuer, Braydon Butler, definitely was not.

As the two become closer, the investigator’s report comes back and the result is arson. Mary Kate discovers the culprit and his motive is shocking. She has the grim task of telling her family of her findings and it could ruin her relationship with her twin forever.

How can she find the happiness and fulfillment she has longed for if her sister isn’t there to share it with her?

See, all grown up…

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the story:

Mary Kate O’Grady sighed as she stood up from her seat in the break room. She tossed her trash away and carried her dishes into the kitchen. Resigning herself to another boring evening working in her family’s downtown Dallas restaurant, she squared her shoulders and started to walk out into the dining room. She was on waitress duty that night, and the place was busy. Truth be known, she would like to be anywhere but here.

“Better put a smile on that mug before you go back out there,” her twin sister, Beth, said from her place in the kitchen, where she was putting the finishing touches on one of their mother’s famous desserts.

“Easy for you to say, you love this place,” she retorted.

“M.K., I know you don’t like working here, but it’s a darn good thing you have this to fall back on until something more to your liking comes along. Just try to go with the flow, what do you say?”

“You’re right; it’s just that I want so much more in my life. I crave excitement and adventure. You’ve always loved this place. Even when we were kids, you wanted to be here. It doesn’t matter if you are cooking, waitressing or hostessing, you thrive on it. I don’t, I just…don’t.”

“I get that. We may be twins, but we are nothing alike, that’s for sure. I see myself running the family business someday, with Alex. You can’t wait to get out of here.” Beth shook her head.

“I have to go. You and Alex make the perfect cousin team, and I’m sure that, one day, you really will be running this place with him, if not running one of the other restaurants in the chain. Hell, you’ll probably be running the whole chain. Later, sis,” she said as she headed toward the swinging door that separated the kitchen from the dining room.

Dark-haired, brown-eyed beauty, Mary Kate, made her way back to her cousin, Alex, to let him know that she was back from her break. Alex was the stepson of her Uncle Ryan and had been managing the restaurant in Dallas for several years. He and his wife, Chelsea, both worked there, as did Ryan, his wife, Katy, and Mary Kate’s parents, Shane and Chloe.

It was truly a family business, built from scratch by Ryan, Shane and Chloe, many years before. Chloe was an excellent cook, and when she and Shane decided to open the original restaurant, they invited Ryan to move out from Indianapolis to join them in the venture. Having just lost his first wife in an accident, he welcomed the change. The place was such a success that, a few years later, the trio decided to expand. The family now owned a chain of restaurants across the country. Of course, the fact that all three of the offspring were a part of the business thrilled the family. Mary Kate did not intend to make it a lifelong career, though. How her parents would react to that news when the time came for her to move on, she didn’t know. She only knew that she had to get out. She had to find something else or she would go crazy.

Alex smiled at his younger cousin. “I hope you had a nice break, because this place is hopping tonight. I have four tables ready to seat in your section.”

Pasting a fake smile on her pretty face, she replied, “Okay, let’s get going, cuz. You get them seated and I’ll be around to take drink orders.”

The rest of the night passed in a blur. After those four tables of patrons were gone, more arrived. At the end of the evening, while she was counting her tips, she decided it hadn’t been a wasted Saturday night after all. She had raked in quite a pocketful of cash. Of course, even though the patrons who frequented the establishment were known to tip well, it was always a shock to her when the actual totals were tallied at the end of a long and tiring night.

She walked into the kitchen, where her twin was finishing up. Beth looked exhausted.

“Sis, are you okay? You don’t look like you feel well.”

“I am just tired. I’ve worked seven days without a break. At least, I have the next two off. As soon as I finish cleaning up for the night, I am going home to a nice hot bath and bed.”

“Why don’t you go on and let me finish for you?”

“Are you sure? I would have thought you would be out the door by now.”

“I haven’t worked seven days in a row. Now, go on. You know I don’t offer often, so better take me up on it.”

“I think I will. Thanks, sis.” Beth untied her apron and tossed it into the laundry bin. She hugged her sister and whispered, “Love you; I’ll see you at home later.”

Both girls, although in their twenties, still lived at home. Neither of them was ready to move out. Beth was seeing someone, but it wasn’t serious. Mary Kate was about as picky about dates as she was about her job. Until the right one came along, she would continue to live at home and work in the family business.

She finished cleaning the grill and talked to the others who were still lingering in the kitchen as she worked. When the kitchen was once again spotless, she said goodbye to the other workers as they trickled out, one by one. The only person still in the building was Alex. As general manager, he always stayed until everyone else was gone.

“Hey, Mary Kate, you about ready to head out? It’s been one busy night, and I, for one, am ready to call it a day,” he said as he walked into the kitchen.

“Sure, I’ll walk out with you,” she said. “Just let me grab my things from my locker.” She went into the break room and grabbed her purse before joining her cousin, who was waiting by the back door.

Alex walked her to her car before he got into his own vehicle and pulled out of the lot. Mary Kate waved goodbye to him as she fumbled in her purse for her cell phone. She knew her friend, Julie, would still be up, and she wanted to make plans with her for the following week. Finding a mint in the jumbled contents, she unwrapped it and popped it into her mouth. Where was that darn phone?

She emptied out the contents of her leather bag onto the passenger seat. There was no phone. Putting everything back in, stopping to pitch some old receipts into the trash, she finally had her purse back in order. “Nothing like cleaning out my purse at midnight in the parking lot at work,” she grumbled aloud as she opened the console in her car to see if she had left her phone there before work. No such luck, she thought as she realized that she must have put the missing phone in her locker after she had last used it on her break. Damn! She was going to have to go back in and get it. She was off until tomorrow night, and she just couldn’t do without her phone until then.

Looking around to make sure no one was lurking in the lot or the area nearby, she carefully got out of the car and ran to the back door of the establishment. Fumbling with her key, she finally unlocked the door and went into the break room. It was eerie, being in here alone after hours, with no one bustling about. She walked into the break room, located just off the kitchen, and unlocked her locker. Sure enough, her cell phone was sitting on the shelf. She hadn’t noticed it when she had grabbed her purse in haste earlier. She sat down at the table and dialed Julie’s number. I might as well call her now, before I go back outside, she thought as she waited for her friend to answer.

“Hey, M.K., what’s up? Did you just get off work?” Julie asked when her voice came on the line.

“Yeah, a little bit ago. I had to come back in and get my phone. Dumb me, I forgot it in my locker.”

Julie laughed. “Sounds like a typical M.K. thing to me.”

“Very funny, Jules,” she retorted. “Sorry to call so late, but I figured you were still up.”

“You know it. I got in from a date a while ago. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this one again. Can you say boring with a capital B?”

“You seem to have a lot of those. You need to be more selective, like me.”

“If I was as choosy as you, I’d never go out,” her friend replied with a giggle.

“True, that may explain my lack of a social life these days,” Mary Kate agreed. “Anyway, all that aside, I am off Thursday and Friday this coming week. Think you could swing a few days off and join me for some fun?”

“I am off on Thursday every week, so I can use a vacation day for Friday. What did you have in mind?” her friend asked with interest.

“I thought maybe we could head down to San Antonio Wednesday, after work. I am on day shift that day. Head back Friday night. Just a short girls’ trip,” she said.

“Sounds like a plan to me. I haven’t been down there in ages. We can do some shopping, go to the Riverwalk, and relax.”

“Exactly what I was thinking.”

“Make the plans, I’ll put in for the day off on Monday morning,” Julie said with enthusiasm.

They chatted for several more minutes before Mary Kate announced that she had better head home before her family started to worry.

“I sent Beth home a while ago and she’ll be freaking out,” she explained to Julie.

“Tell her I said hey, I haven’t seen her in a while.”

“I will tell her. She’s always working or out with the new guy in her life. I don’t see much of her anymore, either, to be truthful.”

She ended the call soon after that and picked up her purse and keys. Glancing around, making sure she had everything this time, she went to the door of the break room.

“Ouch!” she exclaimed when she touched the doorknob. Why was it so hot? She quickly looked down and saw it. But not before the smell of the thick smoke assaulted her nostrils. Smoke! But how? She had just come in a few minutes ago, hadn’t she? Had she lost track of time while talking on the phone?

Frantically looking around the room, she spotted a blanket in the corner. Thank God, someone had left it there! She quickly ran to fetch it and carried it to the sink. Wetting it first, she placed it under the crack in the door to keep the smoke out. She felt the door. It was scorching hot! She dialed 911 and waited nervously for the dispatcher to answer.

“What is the nature of your emergency?” a voice asked after the second ring.

Mary Kate hurriedly told the voice on the other end of the line the nature of her dilemma and her location. “I-I had to come back in for something I forgot. I made a call, and I guess I lost track of time. I didn’t realize anything was wrong until I got ready to leave again.”

“You are alone?” the woman asked.

“Y-yes, I am trapped in the employee break room, off the kitchen. Apparently, the fire is in the kitchen. I can’t get out. Please…send someone. My parents and my aunt and uncle are the owners. The O’Gradys, you need to contact them. Please, help me!”

“A unit has already been notified. They are on their way. Is there a window in the break room?”

“Y-yes, but it’s a very small one. It’s up high; I don’t think I can climb up there.”

“Stay put, help is on the way. Stay on the line with me until they arrive, miss.”

“I need to call my dad,” she protested.

“No, I need for you to stay on the line with me, please, Miss O’Grady. Help is on the way.  Someone is notifying your family as we speak. Please, remain on the phone with me.”

“Okay,” Mary Kate said in a low voice. She had never been so frightened in all her life.

“Now, I need for you to remain calm. Is smoke coming into the break room now?”

“N-no, I put a damp blanket under the door.”

“That’s good, quick thinking.”

“Shouldn’t I try to go out there? There is a fire extinguisher by the door. If I could get to it, I could…”

“Absolutely not, do not try to be a hero,” the dispatcher advised. “Stay where you are until help arrives.”

In the distance, Mary Kate heard sirens. She listened as they got closer and closer, screaming to other drivers to get out of their way. She said a silent prayer that they would get to her in time and that they would save her family’s business. She felt guilty about her lack of enthusiasm for her job earlier. Even if she wasn’t cut out for a life in the restaurant business, it meant everything to her family. Please, God, make them hurry.

“I-I can hear the sirens,” she said into the phone.

“Good, they should be there in another two minutes. Just try to remain calm.”

She got up and walked over to the door. Tripping over the legs of the chair in her haste, she went down. Hitting the floor with a thud, she groaned. The smoke was beginning to seep in, in spite of the blanket she had placed under the door. Her face was now parallel to the door…

 

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“Who could be calling this late?” Chloe asked sleepily as she heard her husband, Shane, answer the phone. “Are the girls home?”

“I see. Thank you, we are on our way. Oh, have you notified my brother?”

Chloe sat up in bed, wide-awake now. When Shane hung up the phone and turned to her, she asked, “What is it? What’s happened?”

“We have to go, now! The restaurant is in flames, and Mary Kate is trapped.”

“What? How can she be trapped? What is she doing there alone? Where are Beth and Alex?”

“I don’t know. Ryan and Katy are on their way there and probably Alex. Get dressed and see if Beth is here. There is no time to waste.”

Chloe O’Grady hurriedly changed into a pair of jeans and threw on a sweatshirt. Running a brush through her short blonde hair, she joined her husband and daughter in the hallway, a few minutes later.

“Beth, thank God you are okay! Why was your sister still there?” she asked as she hugged her daughter.

“S-she offered to finish cleaning up for me. I was so tired, I didn’t argue with her. But I don’t understand how she is trapped. Alex always waits until the last worker leaves. I can’t imagine that he left her there.”

“We don’t have time to speculate about it. Come on, we have to get downtown,” Shane reminded them as he headed down the stairs.

When they arrived at the scene, the rescue squads were there. The firefighters were already dousing the flames, and an ambulance was waiting.

“What is going on?” Shane asked one of the rescue workers. “I am Shane O’Grady, one of the owners. I was told that one of my daughters is inside.”

As Shane spoke with the worker, Chloe spotted her sister-in-law, Katy, coming towards her. Katy hugged her and said, “Alex says that he walked Mary Kate to her car and made sure she was safely inside before he left. The only thing that makes any sense is that she must have gone back inside after he left.”

“Where are Alex and Ryan?” Chloe asked.

“They are up there, as close as the firefighters will let them stand. They are waiting for word. Come on, I will take you to them.” Katy turned to her niece. “Come with us, honey.” She pointed to where the men were standing.

Shane soon joined them as they waited for what seemed to be an eternity. Flames shot through the roof of their beloved business. None of that mattered to any of them right now. None of the O’Grady family would breathe easily until they saw Mary Kate exiting the building safely.

“Stand back, folks,” one of the firemen said. Chloe watched as the men did their jobs. Nervously, she glanced back to the entrance.

“If Mary Kate is in the break room, shouldn’t we be waiting around back?” she asked suddenly.

Shane spoke to one of the men in charge. He shook his head. Shane returned to the group and repeated what the man had said to him. In a solemn voice, he said, “They say we must stay here. It’s much too dangerous for us to be back there, since the kitchen is where they believe the fire originated. We have to do as they say. I’m sorry, baby, we have to wait here…and pray.”

The seconds slipped away, each one of them knowing that the longer they waited without seeing their beautiful daughter, the slimmer the chances became of her being rescued in time. Shane put his arms around his wife as she cried softly into his chest. Ryan pulled Beth close and comforted her as Katy went to other friends and employees who had arrived on the scene.

And then, Shane gave a shout as he saw a man, dressed in fire gear, walking around the side of the building. In his arms, he carried a woman, her long dark hair blowing in the breeze. Shane started to go towards them, but the workers held him back.

“Sir, please, let him get her to the ambulance. The rescue team will assess her condition.”

No one was stopping Chloe. She broke free from her husband’s grasp and ran to the ambulance to see her daughter.

The entire original Fab Five series of nine books is now available as a box set, too, so you can catch up, if you have yet to begin the journey. Here is the buy link.

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLES…Help us help others.

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GENRE : Contemporary Romance : Anthology

AVAILABLE : November 27, 2015

Celebrate this holiday season with 11 of your favorite romance authors. Meet all new characters and catch up with some of your favorite and most beloved characters in all new stories. All proceeds of this year’s anthology will be donated to a Nationally Recognized Children’s Research Hospital.

Will be available for pre – order at the sale price of $0.99. Sale price will last until Tuesday December 1, then will be full priced at $2.99.

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MEET THE AUTHORS


Alisa Mullen – A Chosen Christmas

Aoife Flanagan turns to Lizzie O’Malley for the perfect Christmas gift for Seany Boy Ford. This story accompanies Unmarked: Sean’s Story.

A. Mullen

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Amanda Lanclos – Unexpected (A Wounded Souls Novella)

Declan and Heather Jackson have had their share of bad luck in life, but going through it together was the best part of it all. But, their lives are about to to be forever changed when some unexpected news is delivered on Christmas Eve.

A. Lanclos

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Anna Kristell – Wendy’s Wish

Wendy has one Christmas wish, to reunite with her true love. Brennan is the hottest thing in country music today. When they meet again, will he remember a promise he made?

A. Kristell

Anna Kristell is a small-town gal from southern Indiana with a passion for romance. She has lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas, but returned to Indiana in 2005. An avid romance reader since her teen years, it has always been her dream to create love stories of her own.

Anna is the author of the Fab Five series, a continuing dramatic romance series depicting the lives of five women and their families and friends.

She is also the author of several other romances, including The Promises Trilogy, Abraham’s Soul and a short ghost story from Mystic Books, The Legend Of Blackhawk Manor. Anna’s spicier side writes as Isabella Kole.

When she is not writing, Anna can be found at her day job in the billing department of a local community mental health center, reading, traveling, or spending time with family and friends.

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ISABELLA KOLE


Anne Welch – Carolina Hope

Erin is running from a lost love, Ben. When she comes face to face with him, can they pick up where they left off or will a secret tear them apart again?

A. Welch

Anne grew up in a very small town in South Carolina, where as a kid, she always loved to read books, make people laugh and write songs. After having success in her home state she decided to pursue dreams of becoming a writer and moved to Nashville, TN. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or searching for a husband. She loves spending time with her friends, nieces, nephews and her two fur babies. She enjoys making people laugh so if you would like please feel free to follow her on Twitter @merri_aw or on Facebook.com/itsanannething. Or visit my website at www.annewelchwrites.com. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Arden Aoide – A Tale of Josephine Hildegard

Josephine Hildegard has secrets. She can’t remember them. Dr. Tesla Sorelle is a brilliant cutting edge researcher comfortable in his world of medical science. Until Josephine illuminates everything. Literally.

A. Aoide

Obstinate Insomniac, Introverted Anarchist, Juvenile Humorist, Anglophile, Red Lipstick Fetishist, Hedonist, Cat Herder, Lazy Housekeeper, Foodie, Philosopher, Mother, Lover, Compiler of Lists…

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Brenda Kennedy – A Country Christmas (A preview to Forever Country)

Professional boxer Abel Kennedy returns to his country roots for the holidays. His plan is to leave right after Christmas —until he meets the unforgettable Savannah Mae. Does he return to his luxurious life in New York, or does he stay and help the poverty-stricken town where he was born and raised?

Brenda Kennedy

First and foremost I am a wife, mother and grandmother.

I am also a nurse and a new author.

I moved to sunny Florida in 2006 and never looked back.

I love fresh squeezed lemonade, crushed ice, teacups, wineglasses, non-franchise restaurants, ice cream cones, boating, picnics, cookouts, throwing parties, lace, white wine, mojitos, strawberry margaritas, white linen tablecloths, fresh flowers and Pinterest. I also love to read and write and to spend time with my family. My books thus far, have been inspired by the things I love and the people who influence me, every single day to be a better person.

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DB Jones – Struggling to Hold On (A preview to Holding Onto Us)

Tommy was the only man that Devyn had ever loved. But according to her parents, Tommy was from the wrong side of the tracks and not good enough for their daughter. Even when Devyn became pregnant, her mother and father struggled to come between them until one fateful night that changed everything.

DB Jones

DB Jones is the author of the popular Seasons of Passion Mystery Series. She also writes Young Adult Fantasy, which includes The Willow of Endless Waters Trilogy, a vivid fantasy of a young woman’s challenges between two worlds.

Before writing she and her husband composed and recorded melodic flute music for over 30 years until he passed away in 2002.

DB’s love of the creative side of life led her into music, painting and then writing.

She only anticipated writing the one story that had lain in the back of her mind since childhood, but once she started hammering away at the keyboard, many other characters screamed to have their spot-light on the page.

Her first novel was the beginning of a Fantasy trilogy, Willow of Endless Waters, but it did…moreDB Jones lives in the hills of Virginia and sits at her desk overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains where she loves writing. Her series are packed with mystery, intrigue, passion, suspense, and murder. She also writes for the young adult and young at heart through her vivid fantasy worlds. She says the diversity of genres challenges her imagination.

Before writing she and her husband composed and recorded melodic flute music for over 30 years until he passed away in 2002.

DB’s love of the creative side of life led her to music, painting and then writing. She only anticipated writing the one story that had lain in the back of her mind since childhood. But once she started hammering away at the keyboard, she discovered there were many other characters screaming to have their spotlight on the page.

Her first novel was the beginning of a Fantasy Trilogy, Willow of Endless Waters, but it didn’t take long after that until she burst onto the pages of Mystery and Crime Fiction.

DB loves sitting on her patio sipping wine with friends and family and watching her Koi rambling in and out of the many caves and grasses that fill her pond.

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Kimberly Kennedy – A Holiday – holic and the Humbug

Nesha Brown, a true Christmas cermudgeon, is having a terrible day, highlighted by a dive into a snowbank with her car. Can her mother, a true holiday-a-holic and a sexy small town man with a heart of gold teach her there’s magic to be found around Christmas time?

K. Kennedy

Kimberly Kennedy has always been a creative soul, bouncing back and forth between various crafts and arts. The only one she kept bouncing back to was writing. Being an only child meant creating her own worlds, full of characters that were a combination of people she knew and quirky qualities she thought more people should have. She now lives in Denver, a real life romantic heroine, still trying to find love, one written word at a time. While she waits on prince charming, kissing a few frogs along the way, she’s having a blast vacationing, writing, trying out the amazing culinary and beer centered landscape that is Colorado, loving the mountains, and motoring around in her little grey Barbie car convertible.

Kimberly Kennedy, a real life romantic heroine,

Finding Romance, One written word at a time.

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Lacey Black – Trust Us : A Christmas Novella

Maddox and Avery Jackson escape the snow and cold of Rivers Edge and head for a mini-Christmas getaway of warm sun and sand. But what happens when things don’t go as planned, and some quiet time alone is anything but?

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Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages.

Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014. It spent six weeks in the top 100 in contemporary romance on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers for e-books, and reached #42 on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for Free e-books as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. Fight Me, Expect Me, Promise Me: A Novella, and Protect Me were each Amazon Best Sellers in both contemporary romance and romance categories.

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Randi Alexander – Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain

Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk in person. Is she back to ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? Sybil has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back. Will his fierce pride keep her from spending Christmas with the man she loves?

R. Alexander

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander spends her days deep in cowboy country, writing irresistibly seductive and emotional love stories that sweep you off your feet and leave you breathless with passion. Her smokin’ hot romances bring you heroes who’ll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them.

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Vicki Green – Hoped (Sequel novella to Trusted)

A sequel novella to Trusted (Touched #3), Harley faces the death of his beloved wife two years later. Believing she was his one and only, can miracles happen more than once in a lifetime?

V. Green

Vicki Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and currently resides in Olathe, Kansas. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, they share their home with their fur babies. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Vicki enjoys reading Romance books which is what inspired her to begin writing. As a reader, she loves being taken away, to some other place and time, falling in love with the characters. She has always admired Author’s dedication and hard work. She had a dream that played out for over a year, came home one day after work and decided to put it on a word document to see how it read and that became ‘My Savior Forever’, the beginning of her Forever Series, her first book, and that’s where it all began.

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It’s An Anne Thing!

Anne's book coverToday is release day for my dear friend, Anne Welch! Her first book, a funny and entertaining little piece of work has hit Amazon and made its way onto the kindle of a lot of folks. As many of you know, Anne is also my PA. We’ve taken some very interesting road trips together to various parts of the country to attend author events and I’ve visited her several times at her home near Nashville, Tennessee. She talks about some of these trips in her book. Oh yeah, there’s an entire chapter about me. Now Anne knows a lot of people and some of them have also found their way into her stories, along with her “houseboys,” which if you follow her on Facebook, you’ll be quite familiar with . 🙂

I was amazed when we attended RT in NOLA this past May at the way Anne set up court each night in the hotel lobby bar. Honestly, we got there early in the evening after our day’s events were over and she chose a table. Authors, aspiring authors, bloggers, editors and readers flocked to her table. We were “the” table. Even the staff catered to us, letting us order things not on the menu. Everyone loves Anne! We had so much fun that week. Many of my street team members were there, and meeting them for the first time was something none of us will ever forget.

In August, we traveled to Houston for the Indie Mashup. Since my family lives near Dallas, my mother, brother and niece made the trip over for the day. OMG, my niece and Anne are like besties now!

I could go on and on about some of my experiences with this wonderful lady but you need to read her book to find out more. I’ll be visiting her Facebook release party in a little while and giving away some ebooks of mine as prizes. There will be a lot of guest authors and plenty of prizes, including a kindle fire. Please join us. https://www.facebook.com/events/317480051790068/?ref_notif_type=plan_mall_activity&source=29 

Here’s a little info on her book for you:

http://www.amazon.com/Its-Anne-Thing-Welch-ebook/dp/B00OW7MQSG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415749984&sr=8-1&keywords=It%27s+An+Anne+THing

From my early days, I’ve enjoyed good-looking guys and making people laugh. So combine stalking hot guys and keeping the cutest ones for houseboys with my quick wit and you have “ It’s An Anne Thing.”
Read about some of my real life shenanigans and laugh. If I put a smile on your face, I’ve done my job.

Anne and AnnaAuthor Bio
Anne grew up in a very small town in South Carolina, where as a kid, she always loved to read books, make people laugh and write songs. After having success in her home state she decided to pursue dreams of becoming a writer and moved to Nashville, TN. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or searching for a husband. She loves spending time with her friends, nieces, nephews and her two fur babies. She enjoys making people laugh so if you would like please feel free to follow her on Twitter @merri_aw or on Facebook.com/itsanannething. Or drop her a line at itsanannething@yahoo.com. She loves hearing from her readers.

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I’m heading over to the party now so please come join us for lots of shenanigans, Anne style!