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ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE: A MULTI AUTHOR ANTHOLOGY
This sweet fairytale retelling collection contains over 10 novellas from best-selling authors.
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HORSES, HOUNDS & HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Escape with over 20 Historical Romance stories with all the feels!
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This sweet romcom collection contains over 20 original historical romance novellas from best-selling authors.
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A STOLEN HEART
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THE HEART OF THE CAPTAIN
Michael & Jolene Perry
James LaTierre wants nothing more than to distinguish himself in the British Navy, and when a battle catapults his rank from second lieutenant to captain, he’s well on his way. But he returns home to a Britain who has just declared peace, and suddenly, his entire future is on the line.
Sarah Taylor is the daughter of a merchant who relies on his abilities to get French goods in a time of war, for the majority of his income. With possible peace on the horizon, he wants nothing more than to marry her to a wealthy man—just as he did with her older sister. But Sarah sees her sister’s misery and is determined to put off a match for as long as possible.
When James and Sarah meet, neither has a notion of romance, but they find friendship with their shared uncertainties about their futures and even deeper connections as Sarah learns more of war and James learns more of a woman’s place in 1801 British society.
A shared journey to London catapults them from friendship to romance, but just as something like hope takes hold, Sarah is whisked to Bath and James loses his commission in the Navy. With no established connection, they’re cut off from one another in a time of peace—will their newfound romance be enough to hold their hearts until they can find one another once again?
CINDERS LIKE GLASS
A classic Cinderella fairytale with a Victorian Twist.
With her guiding hand, Lady Ada turns the mundane into the magnificent, lumps of charcoal into beautiful sketches—and second-hand clothes into gorgeous gowns. Only her debilitating stutter is beyond reach.
When her cruel brother is accused of treason, he threatens her—she must help him, or be thrown into an asylum, claiming her stutter as evidence of an unsound mind.
Like a rabid dog, the Duke of Girard is consumed with uncovering the traitorous plot surrounding Lady Ada’s brother. She holds the key to solving the mystery, but is unable to speak.
He’s determined to interrogate the woman, but the longer he’s in her company, the more kind he becomes. With Lady Ada’s brother on the loose, can the Duke of Girard win her trust—and her heart—in time to save the queen?
THE BROKEN PANTHEON
After being crippled during temple guard training, eighteen-year-old Hagano has settled into the lowly position of a courier. During the festival of his god, Ecret, Hagano witnesses the emergence of a creature made of bone, shadow, and rust. The once banished Sylph King has returned, leading an attack against Ecret.While Hagano fights for his life, he sees the impossible--the death of his immortal god. His faith shatters. The world crumbles. His hope dies--until an unexpected gift from Ecret leads Hagano on a path to fulfill his god's dying wish.
A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast
Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?
16-year-old Yara is locked inside a bamboo hut, sentenced to starve to death in order to save her island. As she weakens, a storm protects the island inhabitants from ravenous monsters emerging from the deep.
The village shamans cast stones to divine Yara’s successor in the year to come. The lot falls on Yara’s best friend, Nika, who refuses to let the ancient tradition take hers nor Yara’s lives.
As the days without food take their toll, the truth surfaces. Nothing is an accident and the tradition was built on lies. Yara journals her investigation into the Rainbringer history—until an unseen hand starts writing back.
Immortal men like Rhys Glyndwr belong to forgotten fables—along with his reincarnating wife—but instead, they haunt the mind of a modern scientist, Isla Belle Thorne. Like an old blanket, visions of the healer servant and his wife, the daughter of a duke, have comforted Isla Belle, the only constant in her unstable childhood.
When her mother is hospitalized for a mental breakdown, Isla Belle fears for her own health and keeps the visions a secret. As Isla Belle starts her new job at a renowned medical organization, she comes face to face with Rhys—the same man from her visions.
She’s told an impossible tale of a love that death cannot kill. Surrounded by science but faced with an implausible legend, Isla Belle must decide what to believe and what to leave behind.
"A hauntingly romantic debut" Esther Hatch, author of A Proper Scandal & A Proper Charade
"Clarissa Kae entraps readers with her exquisite writing and master storytelling. I couldn’t stop reading." Jess Heileman, author of Abigail
"Eerie. Inspiring. Masterful." Adam Berg, cofounder of JK Studios!
Can enduring love heal her shattered soul and his broken body?
In their small agricultural town, Scarlett’s family is the picture-perfect variety. The mother encourages juvenile delinquents at the local detention center and her father coaches the church’s youth group.
All is right until Scarlett lets a shameful secret slip. Blaming her for the indiscretion, the family silences Scarlett’s accusation but the arrival of a new high school student threatens the delicate balance.
Everett’s giant frame and fractured skull are compliments of his father, but his world shifts after an accidental touch from Scarlett. Starved for affection, they forge an inescapable bond. Their relationship is encouraged by Everett’s grandmother, Marjorie Ashley, a woman with an unnatural gift, the ability to witness painful memories of those around her.
Fifteen years later, Marjorie is fading, her impending death a blow to Scarlett. Everett enjoys a flourishing legal career while Scarlett writes weekly investigative articles—keeping her own secrets hidden. An old police report is found in Marjorie’s house, revealing a web of deception spun by Scarlett’s family.
The deeper Scarlett digs, the more unsettling the discoveries. No longer aided by Marjorie’s gift, Scarlett is given an impossible ultimatum, she must choose between the family who raised her and the man who loves her—or risk losing both.
The Bristol Sea divides Cornwall and Wales—and sings an enticing tale to Sienna Rothesay, a British born, American raised photographer. Since childhood, she’s fought the temptation of its siren song, with only broken bones and scars to show for giving into the whispers of the waves. Scorned by her family for her injuries, she confides in her adoring grandfather—the lone family member who hears the music with Sienna.
When Ioan Morgannwg, an enigmatic neighbor from her British days calls her home to help with her failing grandfather, Sienna is faced with an old myth that hints at a nefarious secret, linking her ancestors with Ioan’s. As her grandfather's mind deteriorates, he obsesses over the siren song. Time slips away as Sienna rushes to solve the puzzle before her grandfather dies, burying the secrets with him.
Family against family, father against son—a gripping tale of betrayal is revealed to Sienna, forcing her to question everything she knows, about herself, about her family and especially about love.
A Victorian twist on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew just in time for the holidays.
Lady Elsie Bevue has spent the last two years in Wales, a supposed punishment for slapping an earl, her mother’s beau. Unrepentant, Elsie explores the countryside on horseback, riding astride like a gentleman—not at all like the demure lady her family demands of her.
Mr. Fitzburgh Smith is determined, both in his bachelorhood and business acumen. While the titled peerage struggles with the mercurial economy, Fitz has come into his own, rising from a lowly yeoman to a powerful man of finance. His success allows him to turn the tables on his childhood bully, Elsie’s brother—a man whose gambling debt has reached obscene levels.
Without warning, her family arrives on Elsie’s doorstep—the earl in tow. After purchasing the local bank, Fitz calls on the Bevue estate to give Elsie’s brother a gentleman’s warning. His visit rekindles his hidden tenderness for Elsie and encourages her defiant behavior. Her lack of decorum reignites the earl’s wrath, threatening her family’s already tenuous future. Fitz and Elsie form an unlikely bond but both must relinquish their pride before the earl exacts revenges—or lose their chance at freedom, and love.