Jared (Jay) Swagger has a pretty good life. He’s a great lacrosse player, he has an amazing girlfriend, and a secret world he gets to have adventures in. However, after Holly Fitts kisses him after his team won the lacrosse match, his girlfriend, Avery Noble, refuses to speak to him. And when adventure calls for a Truth Wizard in Afflatus, Avery leaves Jared behind. Jared is heartbroken. But the next day Carson, the crown prince of Afflatus, tells him that Avery has gone missing and that Jared needs to find her and rescue her from the land of the dwarves. Jared’s good friend and teammate, Garon Miller, tags along and he learns a lot about himself too. Most importantly, it is important to be true to ourselves. Once in the land of dwarves, they find that the evil spirit Depravity has been at work, stirring up dissension and war. The only way to bring peace is to find Avery and recreate the Circle of Trust. But this becomes increasingly difficult because they find out that Avery is seriously injured, and the Molpen, part mole, part human, beings are trying to stop them. Can Jared find Avery, restore her to health, and save the dwarves before Depravity accomplishes his goal to total annihilate the dwarves?
Triumph or tragedy? For seventeen-year-old Nash,
the summer was both.
At first, leaving his friends in Portland to live in the woods seemed like a horrible idea. Who lives without television, video games, and the internet? But, with patience and guidance from his grandfather, the beauty of nature casts its spell, and Nash flourishes like the garden under his care. But when Nash is arrested and accused of murder, he is paralyzed by fear and doubt. Did he make the biggest mistake of his life? He must decide whether to tell the truth about what happened, or say nothing and let a jury decide.
The days went by quickly with my two best friends by my side. I was healthier than I’d been for a long time. The doctor even authorized the removal of my neck trach. When I wasn’t trying to catch up with work from class, I enjoyed a little downtime with Jen while Sara caught a few zees on the mattress in the corner of the room. Jen and I liked watching movies on her phone. One evening, we were following a television show where contestants had to make meals out of a random section of items, like hot dogs with caviar and cotton candy. Though my cystic fibrosis usually did a number on my appetite, I watched the chefs at work, marinating and grilling. One chef even wrapped his cut of meat in puff pastry. I was becoming genuinely hungry. On another preparation table, the contestants were forced to cook bison with quinoa, saffron cookies, and guava.
“Sean, if you stop drooling on my shoulder, I’ll get you a candy bar.”
“I want to try bison someday. I think it would be like beef but better.”
“Same here, except that I hate the idea of death; I hate giant roasted animals—”
“What, like blue whales? Mammoths?”
Jen rolled her eyes. “No, I mean whole chicken, whole fish, or whole anything-that-looks-like-a-corpse. I love how dead cow is called beef, and the dead baby cow is called veal. Helps us humans forget they were ever living creatures, or that they’d ever experienced thought or emotion.”
“Fish is fish and chicken is chicken,” I pointed out. “And thanks to you, I’ll have to fall asleep contemplating the deep thoughts of farm animals.”
“Sorry, not sorry.”
“I really want to try bison. How are you with steaks?”
Jen smiled. “Okay-ish. I guess I’ll take a vow to eat bison with you someday.” She ran her fingers through my hair. Jen’s face was already so close to mine. She turned and our lips touched, once then twice. I closed my eyes. I had kissed a lot of girls, but Jen was different. Her touch was pure love. “Open your eyes, Sean,” Jen whispered, caressing my face. “I want to see those beautiful eyes.”
I obliged, cupping her face as our lips met for one long sexy kiss.
What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change his life. It will also change Catherine’s. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.
Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in happily ever after — not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home.
Authors Note: The Osprey Cove Lodge series is uniquely written, spanning seven geographic locations from the scenic Canadian region of the Rideau lakes to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. An interesting web of mystery develops as the characters’ lives intertwine. The setting for The Osprey Cove Lodge series was born from my love of the beauty of this region in Canada. The description of the lodge is so beautiful and inviting that you will want to pack your bags and head there. The series is written in a continuing fashion; please be sure to read the books in the order written.
Becklan Crestemere isn’t just any immortal Prince lingering between the void of life and death. He’s the most sought after bachelor in Crobania with a duty to his kingdom. But this duty comes with a price, along with an abrupt end to his bachelorhood. He must take a wife. As his uncle, the King, prepares to retire the throne, Becklan agrees to an arranged marriage until he’s gifted a blood-doll, his mate. With his future hanging in the balance, Becklan’s world shifts into a lust-fueled pandemonium while trying to save a kingdom from inevitable ruin. Audrina Henry suddenly becomes his obsession and the answer he’s been searching for all along. He doesn’t just want her blood, he want’s her in his bed, for good.
Set on the shores of Lake Superior, Wreck follows high school junior Tobin Oliver as she navigates her father’s diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Steve’s life as a paramedic and a runner comes to an abrupt halt just as Tobin is preparing her application for a scholarship to art school. With the help of Steve’s personal care assistant (and family friend) Ike, Tobin attends to both her photography and to Steve as his brain unexpectedly fails right along with his body.
Tobin struggles to find a “normal” life, especially as Steve makes choices about how his own will end, and though she fights hard, Tobin comes to realize that respecting her father’s decision is the ultimate act of love.
Leaving the Army behind, Chase McConnell works for a fellow military buddy at ARC Angel Protection. When strange notes start to arrive at the New York office, and one mentions him by name, he’s sent there to work a case. But he arrives to find the note isn’t the only thing he has to confront when he comes face to face with his estranged childhood best friend…and his biggest regret—his friend’s kid sister, Lizzie—the woman he scorned almost a decade ago.
Thanks to traumatic high school experience involving her brother’s best friend, Lizzie Foster has been battling self-esteem issues and anxiety for years but living in a bubble isn’t living and she’s ready to move forward and make a difference. When a new job opportunity arises at her brother’s workplace, Lizzie eagerly accepts the position. Too bad her brother neglected to mention her partner for her first case is the guy who broke her heart and stole her self-worth.
Their only hope in solving the case lies in their ability to face their past to work together as a team. Confusing notes, lack of leads, and a strong attraction top their list of challenges.
Now the chase is on to convince Lizzie he’s sorry for his juvenile actions of the past. But when she turns up missing, he vows to find the woman he loves so he can spend the rest of his life showing her just how much she means to him.