Musings: An Argyle Empire Anthology – Great Stories for a Great Cause!

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About Musings
Seven friends inspired to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in crisis.
 
Seven authors with a love for storytelling.
 
Nine original stories with themes every reader will love.
 
Comedy. Romance. Suspense. Fantasy. Drama. Prose.
 
Individual reflections combined into an eclectic collection.
 
All proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Covenant House, in loving memory of Terry Aisenstein. 
 
Foreword by Sylvain Reynard.
 
Musings Included:
Kris Babe: Walking After Midnight
Shari Ivey: Stranger in a Stranger Land
Jennifer Locklear: Aurora
Morgan Locklear: House Rules
Tara Severance: Slash Pine
Susan K. Swords: Better Than Yes
Susan K. Swords: Everyone Deserves an HEA
Becca Vry: Hopescapes
Morgan Locklear & Susan K. Swords: STUD
 

 

About Covenant House PA


Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program for young people in desperate situations age 21 and under. Our goal is to help homeless young people become healthy, happy, responsible, productive, and ultimately independent adults.Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program of transformative change, an opportunity to move forward, often from lives of trauma and neglect. From the very first moment, we approach our young people with unconditional respect and support. We strive never to turn anyone away.

( as described on Covenant House Pennsylvania’s website )

 
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NEW from Carly Phillips: The Hot Zone, 4-Book Series Set!

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Hot Stuff (Hot Zone Book 1)

He’s about to find out …  She’s not just one of the guys.

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle’s firm, The Hot Zone.

Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She’s naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she’d better hold on tight if she doesn’t want to lose her heart.

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Hot Number (Hot Zone Book 2)

Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.

But the star publicist is looking to prove she’s also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.

Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can’t help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian’s past returns, threatening their future.

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Hot Item (Hot Zone Book 3)

Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family’s top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she’s forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super-agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.

Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!

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Hot Property (Hot Zone Book 4)

Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public’s adoration. But this hot property’s lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can’t spare.

Now it’s up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.

Amy finds it’s easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper’s refusal to put his own needs first, she’s starting to think that life in the fast lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming…

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at carlyphillips.com.

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The Trident Security Series by Samantha A. Cole: Re-release & FREE Offer!

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Leather & Lace: Trident Security Book 1

Kristen Anders is starting her life over again after divorcing her cheating husband. An author of several ‘vanilla’ romance novels, she spiced up her latest one involving BDSM and it became a best-seller. Now she’s researching the subject for her follow-up book and manages to get a tour of the elite, private sex club, The Covenant, and runs into the one person she never expected to see there.

Devon “Devil Dog” Sawyer is intrigued by a cute brunette he meets at a friend’s Irish pub and does something he hasn’t done in over twelve years. He asks her out on a date. While it might seem strange to most, Devon’s only relationships since he was twenty-four have started and ended in the same place–a BDSM club.

What was supposed to be a single weekend of mutual pleasure and dirty sex, turns into something more. But while they fight their growing connection, a killer has Devon in his sights and Kristen may end up as collateral damage. Will they survive with their lives and hearts intact?

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His Angel: Trident Security Book 2

The ‘Sexy Six-Pack’ is back! The men of Trident Security are ex- Navy SEALs, hardened warriors with hearts of gold. Angelina ‘Angie’ Beckett has been waiting a long time for Mister Right. Unfortunately, all her boyfriends have turned out to be Mr. Wrong. None of them have been able to hold her interest for long and give her what she craves in a relationship. That is, until she meets her new neighbor’s boss.

Ian Sawyer stopped believing in ‘soul-mates’ after his fiancee walked out the door ten years ago without a backwards glance. Now, he needs for a woman to spell out exactly what she wants from him. When he starts to fall for the woman he’s protecting, he can’t help but wonder when she’ll realize that love is not enough for a lifetime of happiness.

When trouble knocks on Angie’s front door, she puts her life in Ian’s hands. His security team is determined to keep her alive at all costs, but will someone die in her place? And when the smoke clears, will Angie walk out of Ian’s life forever?

Warning – 18+ Contains elements of BDSM, hot sex and even hotter Doms!

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Waiting For Him: Trident Security Book 3

The Sexy Six-Pack returns with more teamwork, more suspense, and, most of all, more hot and steamy romance!

Twelve years ago, eighteen-year-old Ben ‘Boomer’ Michaelson’s world had fallen apart. Not only had his best friend, Alex Maier, been killed, but Alex’s family had perished as well, including his seventeen-year-old sister, Katerina. The car accident occurred less than thirty-six hours after Ben and Kat had declared their love for each other, leaving him devastated at the loss of the only woman who’d ever held his heart in her hands.

After spending the past twelve years with her father in the Witness Protection Program, Kat finds herself all alone in the world. The last thing she wants to do is put her high-school sweetheart in danger, but he’s the only person she has left who she trusts with her life. They need to find out who is after her and why. She just hopes they are both still alive when the mystery is solved.

Ben, now a former Navy SEAL working for a private security company, is shocked to find his new client is a ghost from his past. He knows he can’t refuse to help her, but when it’s over, he will have to let her go. She deserves better than the man he’s become.

Will Ben and Kat survive? Or will he once again have to bury the only woman he’s ever loved?

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Not Negotiable: A Trident Security Series Novella – Book 3.5

Shelby Whitman beat cancer several years ago, but the resulting physical and emotional damage left her feeling like less than a real woman. The comfort she found in the BDSM community brightened her world again, however, she kept the Doms at a distance. Play was fine. Relationships were not. And that was fine until Master Parker caught her eye. Now, her cancer has returned and she refuses to be a burden to anyone…especially the one man who has crawled his way into her heart.

Parker Christiansen has craved the perky sub for as long as he can remember, but Shelby has refused to negotiate a scene with him and he has no idea why. When he finds out she is secretly going through chemotherapy, he insists that she move in with him. She needs a Dom to take care of her and he is more than up for the task.

Can Parker convince Shelby that he loves her no matter what and if they only have this time together, they should make the best of it?

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Topping the Alpha: Trident Security Series Book 4

Trident Security operative, Jake Donovan, has been a member of the BDSM lifestyle since his teenage years. Starting as a submissive, he eventually became a Dom, but a brutal incident, years ago, changed Jake’s life forever. Unable to shake the ghosts of his past, he’s avoided giving his heart to anyone for sixteen years. Until Nick.

Navy SEAL, Nick Sawyer, knew it was probably a bad idea to get involved with his brothers’ friend and employee, but there was something about Jake that drew him in. While his brothers also owned a private BDSM club, The Covenant, Nick never understood what attracted people to the lifestyle. He had nothing against it, but it just wasn’t for him. Until Jake.

An old missing person’s case has Jake running to rescue a teenage girl and Nick volunteers to watch his back. But when things go awry, Jake must confront his past, before he can ever think about a future…one that, hopefully, includes Nick.

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Watching From the Shadows: Trident Security Book 5

Sexy Six-Pack is back! Retired Navy SEAL, Marco DeAngelis is now an        operative at Trident Security. He’s also a Dominant in the BDSM lifestyle. After a neglected childhood, he is determined to stay single and childless for the rest of his life. But unbeknownst to him, one night of shared grief and comfort with  his deceased sister’s best friend changes that forever.

Harper Williams had always found her best friend’s brother attractive and the more she got to know him, the more she liked him. But Marco has made it perfectly clear a wife and children aren’t for him, even if he no longer has a say in the latter. If he didn’t want to be involved in his child’s life, then that was his problem. When Harper is left unconscious after a violent home invasion, the two are thrown back together and become embroiled in a web of lies and deceit of someone else’s making. Will they lose their baby…and their lives?

 

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Meet Samantha Cole

Logo for Samantha A. ColeSamantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who is thrilled to add author to her list of exciting careers. She has lived her entire life in the suburbs of New York City and is looking forward to becoming a snow-bird between New York and Florida someday. Her two fur-babies, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their mom to take a break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, which is the best way to deal with a stubborn case of writer’s block.

An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.

While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have been completed, the seven novels and two novellas have brought many opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more characters and stories to love. Look for her upcoming Trident Security Omega Team series, Doms of The Covenant Novella series, Blackhawk Security series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several stand alone projects.

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The Full Circle Series, by Casey Peeler – A Full Series, A New Cover Reveal!

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FULL CIRCLE – THE COMPLETE SERIES 

 

By Casey Peeler

 

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ABOUT FULL CIRCLE

Charley Rice has the guy all the girls want, but when swimming star, Dylan Sloan shows his true self, it’s Charley that pays the price.

Cash Montgomery comes to her rescue but Charley knows she needs to stand on her own and leave the small town of Grassy Pond to rediscover the girl she once was.

When Dylan resurfaces in her life she must decide if she will reveal the truth or keep Dylan’s secrets to herself. But if she reveals the truth will anyone be left standing by her side?

 

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EXCERPT

As the bell rings for class, I cross my fingers that Dylan isn’t in it.  Taking my seat, I watch the doorway for any sign of him.  As the tardy bell rings, I know I’m in the clear.  This pattern continues until lunch.  Walking to the cafeteria I hear his voice but can’t see him.  I can feel my heart beginning to thump harder and harder in my chest.  When he comes into view, I think about avoiding him, but realize that will only show weakness.  I look his way as he gives a sly grin.  No words are exchanged, but I know that I will find a new route to the cafeteria for the next one hundred and eighty days.

After arriving in my final class of the day, I watch the clock, the hands move closer to three o’clock and as soon as the bell rings, I grab my bag thankful that the day went smoothly.  I breathe a sigh of relief that Dylan acted as if our breakup was just a typical breakup, and didn’t make a scene.  As I make my way to the parking lot to meet my sister I notice Piper is at my side as we cross the parking lot.

“Girl! It’s day one and I’m already ready for summer!” she says.

“Me too!  Can you believe they made us start on a Friday?  Craziness!”

“I know right?  What you got planned tonight?”

“I think Cash and I are just gonna go fishin’ tonight.  Why?”

She starts to laugh.  “That what they call it these days?”

“Piper, you know better than that!  We’re just friends.  He’s been there when I’ve needed him.”

As Piper begins to flex her biceps she says, “Char, I know I don’t have big strong muscles but I could been there more when y’all broke up.  I mean that’s what friends are for.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.

Growing up Casey wasn’t an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.  That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.

When Casey isn’t writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.

 

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Heart of Stone (The Stone Series, #1) by Dakota Willink: New Cover Reveal!

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Title: Heart of Stone

Series: The Stone Series

Author: Dakota Willink

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New Cover Reveal: January 16th

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About Heart of Stone…

Front Cover, Heart of Stone by Dakota WillinkKrystina Cole was a girl on a mission.  She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side.  She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon.  She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes.  She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined.

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted.  He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life.  But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn.

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets of their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise.  Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit.  But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

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An Excerpt from Heart of Stone…

After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler.  I perused the selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.

Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she prefer?

I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular wine preference.  However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.

She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room table.  She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of the design.  She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair, seeming completely at ease.  And in that moment, I realized that she had never before looked quite like that in my presence.  She had never appeared so completely relaxed.

So unguarded.

I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face.  Seeing her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many smart remarks and witty comebacks.  Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was uncomfortable.  If that were truly the case, then I would need to take corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d never get through the weeks ahead.

Weeks?

Since when do I think long term about these things?

The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the idea of her being here more regularly. In my space.  With me.  It was a distressing sort of feeling.

This can all go to shit at a moments notice.  Take it one step at a time.

A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window.  Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at ease.  Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving her what she’s been asking for.

Full disclosure.

Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight.  She would know exactly who and what I was.  She would either run, or she would stay.  If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.

Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection.  Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling.

Sweet.  Like her.

I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room, focused on the mission ahead.  I could only hope that Krystina would keep herself open to what I had in mind.

Meet Dakota Willink

Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance.  She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper.  Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book.  Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings.  By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat.  During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.

Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.

Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.

In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town the next day, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.

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After her parents died during her senior year of high school, Alexa Morgan is completely alone in the world—except for her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Devin, identical twins Becca and Jessa, and Sebastian, a mysterious associate of her father’s.

Upon graduation, Alexa wants nothing more than to move on with her life, go to college, and forget all the hard and hurtful things from her tragic past. But when her first love, Ethan, shows up on her doorstep—the night before she’s supposed to meet Devin in Miami—it kicks off a whirlwind of events that threatens the good and stable things she’s worked so hard to achieve.

Ethan and Alexa shared one night of passion before he disappeared, leaving her bewildered and confused. But now he’s back, declaring that he loves her and that the only reason he left was to protect her from his malicious stepmother, Olivia.

In her heart, Alexa knows she loves Devin, but her attraction to Ethan is so strong she can’t help but be drawn in by their shared chemistry. Meanwhile, the threat of Olivia lurks around the edges, casting a menacing shadow over everything and everyone Alexa loves.

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T. R. Cupak was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She now lives in a quiet town south of where she grew up with her husband and their shihtzu Harley. She is obsessed with cars, especially fast ones, and enjoys her music louder than anyone should. When she’s not at work or busy writing, you can find her curled up, reading and enjoying a fabulous glass of wine or a Dirty Shirley.

Despite her lifelong love of literature, Cupak lost touch with her creative side in her early twenties. Her passion for reading was rekindled six years ago, however, and in 2013 she started journaling. This practice helped Cupak hone her creative aspirations, and soon she saw her characters come to life. She has rediscovered her passion for storytelling and wants to share her words with everyone who wants to read them.

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FAA2 Author Spotlight: Books and More from Indie Author S. H. Pratt

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Although Foster An Author Week (FAA2) is coming to an end for another year, there’s still plenty of time to discover author S. H. Pratt! Check out a few more of her romantic standalone novels, stick around for a short interview, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Books, Books and More Books…

With four series and eleven books to her credit, S. H. Pratt has quite a collection of sweet, sexy romantic titles to choose from. Check out today’s featured novels, one of which is #FREE on most platforms!

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The Gentleman’s Lady

Book Cover, The Gentleman's Lady, by S. H. PrattKatherine Delaford had had enough.

She’d had enough lies; enough cheating; enough abuse and she was finished with men. When her second marriage ended with an extended stay in the hospital after nearly dying at the hands of her ex-husband, she swore off men and vowed never to trust another one with her shattered heart. Using her anger and mistrust as her most powerful weapons, Kat succeeds in keeping her vow… until Paul Morgan, with his quiet temerity and gentle gallantry, turned her life completely upside down.

Paul Morgan was no stranger to trouble and had been dealt his share of misery and then some. Life had taught him that people were not to be trusted and that he could only count on himself. So in an effort to avoid more misery, he withdrew into himself, keeping people at arm’s length… until he met Kat Delaford. Paul could no more explain why he was drawn so inexorably to the angry and hostile woman than he could have changed the past that haunted him. He was simply unable to resist the urge to be with Kat.

Drawn toward the light of friendship and sincere kindness, Kat found herself letting go of her anger and allowing Paul to lead her into the warmth that he offered. When Paul saves Kat from her abusive ex-husband, she comes to understand that Paul’s past looms heavy over him and Paul, when faced with dealing with his past or losing Kat, struggles to accept the help and support that she offers. Can they overcome their respective pasts and reach for the love that is offered, or will the past destroy their love before the gentleman can be with his lady?

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Reader Reviews…

“It grabbed and held my attention from the first chapter. It’s a story of two wounded, troubled souls who find their way to each other, falling in love against all odds when neither thought love or forever was possible. S. H. Pratt throws in some amazing twists and turns to keep the reader always wondering what will happen next. Definitely a highly recommended read!”

“This is one of my favorite love stories!! I can see my self reading it again and again and never get tired of it!!! Once again you aim to please us, your readers, with such a wonderful lovely story!!!  Five ????? cause can’t give you more!!!! ❤️❤️❤️”

Shy of Tomorrow

Book Cover, Shy of Tomorrow, by S. H. PrattCircumspect… Reserved… Shy…

To call Kylee Anne Davidovich any of those would be an understatement. Bookish and quiet, the librarian was content to remain that way. Bullied and tormented by vain and jealous sisters; misused and abused by the opposite sex, Kylee had found a warm haven in her job and her books. Supported by her best friend, Marin, and surrounded by the books she loved, Kylee didn’t need more… Until Mr. Hunk.

Jeremy Campbell knew the devious side to women, knew how they hunted and trapped the men they preyed on. Hiding scars from the woman who still haunted him, the semi-retired computer analyst, studiously avoided serious relationships and the most dangerous trap of all… love.

From the moment Jeremy saw Kylee working at the Timberland library, he knew she was different. Roaming the shelves of romance books where he could watch the beautiful librarian, Jeremy tried to find a way into Kylee’s world. Unsure of Jeremy’s intentions and unwilling to allow herself to be used again, Kylee struggled against her desire to believe that he was really interested in her. After learning the true depth of her sisters’ pettiness, Kylee takes a chance with Jeremy, but in a moment of unguarded honesty, her faith in him is pushed to the breaking point.

Heartsick and broken, Kylee works to overcome her shattered dreams with Marin faithfully at her side. Horrified and tormented by his past, Jeremy breaks the one promise that he swore to Kylee. Can Jeremy put his ghosts to rest before he loses Kylee forever or will he always be one moment shy of tomorrow?

Shy of Tomorrow is a standalone novel & #1 the Campbell Family series.

Photo of a couple hugging, with a quote from Shy of Tomorrow, by S H Pratt

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Reader Reviews…

“This book had me sucked in from the first page and I felt like I had to hold my breath until the very end!”

“Sigh. What a beautiful story. This is a story about a very shy librarian who doesn’t realize how beautiful or special she truly is until she meets a handsome, charismatic man who shows her how true love can transform her into the butterfly. Get ready to meet your next book boyfriend and thank me later.”

An Interview with S. H. Pratt

I know it’s like asking which one of your kids you love the most — but I have to ask. Is there ONE male and/or female character that holds a special place in your heart, and if so, why?
Spencer St. George (The Artist’s Touch Epic) is my favorite male character. He’s cautious yet bold. He’s unafraid to be himself but unwilling to share himself until he’s completely sure of the other person’s intentions. He’s sweet and sensitive but has a fair few flaws. I will say of my WIP, Kameron Campbell (brother of Jeremy in Shy of Tomorrow) runs a close second.
Of my female characters, I love Fiona Harper (Crazy Mountain Series) because she is so beautifully broken and intensely strong yet capable of admitting her weaknesses and mistakes.
Let’s chat about any (or all!) of your upcoming releases (or works-in-progress). Will there be a Pictures of Love book to complete Adam’s story?
Yes, there will be two more Picture of Love Series books. The Art of Forgiving is being written right now along with it’s twin book, This Crazy Life, the third and final Crazy Mountain Series book. It takes a lot longer to write these books because they take place concurrently and I have to be careful with the interweaving of storylines. I also have Kameron Campbell’s story in the works, which will be the second of three Campbell Family stories that will be standalones in their own right but all connected by the triplets. And I’m working on a novella collection with a talented group that is set in my fictional town of Peace, Montana. But these are just a few of my 14+ WIPs. 
Who are some of your favorite authors? Is there ONE book or series that you’d gladly read over and over again?
In my own genre, I love to read Alice Clayton, Jamie McGuire, Kallypso Masters, and Sylvain Reynard to name a few. And I’m more of a highlight reader after I’ve enjoyed a book in its entirety. I enjoy rereading my favorite scenes rather than the whole book.
Name three items on your bucket list, including one place you’d love to visit.
Oh boy…
Well, the place I’d most love to visit is Ireland, and I certainly wouldn’t complain about seeing Scotland and the rest of Europe. LOL
I’d love to make one of “the lists”. You know, New York Times Bestseller or USA Today Bestseller.
And I’d love to meet Julie Andrews and/or Carol Burnett. (I say and/or because they are great friends and it would be awesome to meet them both at the same time.)
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received? How has it impacted your work?
I met Jamie McGuire when she was at the University of Washington for a book signing. She said that editing was the key. Her words were to edit until you were cross-eyed and ready to destroy the manuscript then edit some more. Every time I finish a manuscript, her words began repeating in my head. As human as I am, I try with everything I have to give my readers a well edited book every time.

ICYMI – More About S. H. Pratt

Goodreads logo for S. H. Pratt, AuthorA native Montanan, currently living in Olympia, Washington, I am the mom of three profoundly gifted children who take my lack of sanity as a challenge to make me sane.

I began writing in high school. I stopped writing to pursue my education but quickly realized I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up… I still don’t know. So I decided to find a “real job”. Over the course of the next twenty years, I tried everything from barista, to a restaurant manager, to a purchasing agent and an administrative assistant to the owner of a fire truck construction company and everything in between.

I returned to writing in 2012. By the time I worked up the nerve to attempt self-publishing, I’d amassed a stack of rejection letters and seven complete manuscripts. The first three books that I wrote after ‘growing up’ a bit were published in paperback only and only to those who special ordered it. It will never be printed or released again due to the nature of my mental state when I wrote it. I was in a very bad place, emotionally, and those three books were my therapeutic catharsis. The first book I wrote and subsequently published was Always My Love and it was more of a homecoming, the characters involved, a withdrawn and wary writer (see what I did there?) goes back to her version of “home” which is her best friend/cousin. I wrote the cousin based on my own best friend/cousin and from there I wrote of new beginnings with the cousin’s friend who gives the author a reason to see “home” differently. It was another way to heal emotionally.

I prefer to write contemporary romance with a heavy emphasis on psychology and the emotions of my characters. I feel that if my reader can feel what the character feels and can identify with it, I’ve done my job. After Always My Love, the books that I’ve written have been a different sort of therapy. They touch on issues such as: spousal abuse, cheating, date rape, PTSD and a myriad of other hot button topics that I’ve seen first-hand in my life via my siblings and other experiences. I love to do the research involved with deep psychological issues and creating the character that everyone loves to hate. The stand alone book I love the most is Shy of Tomorrow. It just touches a place in my heart where books live as it’s about a librarian who finds more than she bargains for in the aisles of the library. One other thing that I simply love to write about is multiples. So far, five of my eleven books have either twins or triplets, with six more WIPs actively being worked on with twins or triplets. As for a muse… life inspires me.

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