Best of
Short-Stories

2020

The Drowning Faith


R.F. Kuang - 2020
    A collection of scenes from Nezha's point of view throughout the first two novels in the trilogy, and in an opening scene of the final novel in the trilogy.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies


Deesha Philyaw - 2020
    The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church's double standards and their own needs and passions

The Office of Historical Corrections


Danielle Evans - 2020
    With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief—all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history—about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.In "Boys Go to Jupiter," a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral. In "Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain," a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend's unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the eye-opening title novella, a black scholar from Washington, DC, is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.

A RomaJuliette Christmas Special


Chloe Gong - 2020
    This takes place four years before the events of These Violent Delights, so there are no spoilers.“The year was 1922, and nothing was impossible.”

Broken


Don Winslow - 2020
    In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.

Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You


Adam Kay - 2020
    Contributors include Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Kate Tempest, Lee Child, Tanni Grey Thomson, Bill Bryson, Trevor McDonald, Jack Whitehall, Michael Palin, Stanley Tucci and many, many more.All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects and the Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In 'DEAR NHS', 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the National Health Service has been there for them and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day - selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now.They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.This audiobook features readings by: Mary Beard, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Coles, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Naomie Harris, Si King, Joanna Lumley, Alexander McCall Smith, Trevor McDonald, Michael Palin, Kate Tempest, Stanley Tucci, K.T. Tunstall, Jack Whitehall, Jacqueline Wilson, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more.A minimum of £1.61 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.08 will be paid to the Lullaby Trust.RUNNING TIME ⇒ 5hrs.©2020 Orion Publishing Group (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Another Moment in Time: A Collection of Short Stories


Susan Stoker - 2020
    But when he asks what he can do to help, he’s even more surprised by the answer.Best Christmas Ever- When Chris and Sienna meet during an accident in Texas, the perfect strangers soon discover they’re inexplicably linked…in more ways than one. Coincidence? Perhaps. Or maybe the makings of their very own Christmas miracle.First Kiss- Annie Fletcher is far more tomboy than girly-girl; Frankie Sanders has a disability most boys don’t have to endure. But in each other’s eyes, they’re perfect—and the teen sweethearts have waited nearly a decade for their first kiss.If they can find more than a few minutes alone during his holiday visit, Frankie and Annie’s Christmas promises to be the most magical ever.

The Cool Aunt


Ilona Andrews - 2020
    This is the bonus short story from Arabella’s point of view.

Feliz Naughty Dog


Roxanne St. Claire - 2020
    But when her friends decide to team up with their boyfriends, the ever-helpful Dogmothers enlist the new kid in school as Pru’s partner for the contest. And that means good-girl Pru has to spend the entire day with the broody, moody, and crazy cute bad boy Lucas Darling, and his chaos-causing greyhound, Tor.As if that wasn’t enough holiday havoc, Pru and Lucas have to accompany the grannies on a secret mission to check out a man Yiayia has met on an online dating service. Gramma Finnie is convinced Aldo Fiore is a mobster, Yiayia thinks he’s her dream man, and Pru just wants to be sure her great-grandmothers don’t get themselves arrested — or worse. There’s no telling what could happen when the Dogmothers spy on an eighty-year-old who might be playing a rather flirtatious Santa at the mall…or might be hiding from the Feds.But no one expected the real trouble to come from Tor, the former racing dog who causes mayhem and mall madness. As Pru and Lucas attempt to control Tor, supervise the Santa Stalking, and knock out a few random acts of kindness…they also give in to a delicious little Christmas crush that just might lead to some magic under the mistletoe this year!

Short Stack


Lily Morton - 2020
    Follow them through awkward marriage proposals, birthdays, a fraught babysitting job, and a very drunken Eurovision Song Contest party.It includes stories previously written for her website and readers’ group, along with deleted scenes and four brand new and exclusive short stories - Bad Valentine, Marrying Jude, Babysitting Billy, and House Hunting.

The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction


Neil Gaiman - 2020
    An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon JamesSpanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers. A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories. Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.

Cut Short


M.W. Craven - 2020
    An airfield that, during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, was known as the killing field . . .In Why Don’t Sheep Shrink?, a global pandemic forces Poe and Tilly to self-isolate together. Things don’t go well. They’re bickering and on the verge of falling out until Poe finds an old case file: a locked room mystery he’s been mulling over for years. Step forward, Tilly Bradshaw . . .Dead Man’s Fingers sees Poe, Tilly and Edgar, Poe’s English springer spaniel, enjoying a picnic at a nature reserve. When Edgar chases a rabbit, and Poe and Tilly chase after him, they stumble upon a twenty-year-old mystery, a mystery that couldn’t be solved until now . . .

I Have Lived and I Have Loved


Willow WintersJenna Hartley - 2020
    Top Shelf Romance is proud to present a collection of happily ever afters in collaboration with a cause dedicated to providing stories for those in need.100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.These best selling romance authors have graciously donated their stories for this collection:Willow Winters, KA Linde, Skye Warren, Carrie Ann Ryan , Nikki Ash, Jennifer Bene, Marni Mann, Melanie Harlow, Amelia Wilde, Livia Grant, Tia Louise, Jenna Hartley, Aleatha Romig, Dylan Allen, Ella James, Nana Malone, Harloe Rae & JD Hollyfield.Here’s to happily ever afters. All of them.

We Jace you a Clary Xmas


Cassandra Clare - 2020
     Awake Jace's first meeting with Clary in City of Bones, from Isabelle's point of view 2. When Midnight Comes Jace's view of his first kiss with Clary 3. Because It Is Bitter The scene that takes place during pages 170-174 of City of Ashes, in the chapter ​The Seelie Court​, here from Jace’s point of view. Boy, is Jace bitter here. 4. Jace POV Manor Scene Over the years, many people have asked for this — Jace’s point of view of the “hot and heavy” scene in THIS GUILTY BLOOD, Chapter Nine of City of Glass. I’ve taken a few liberties here — the scene goes on a few moments past what happens in the printed version of CoG — but then so did the original draft! 5. The Act of Falling Jace’s perspective on the alleyway kiss in City of Fallen Angels 6. Our Waking Souls Jace and Clary connect during a trip to Faerie, takes place during Lord of Shadows 7. A Long Conversation Jace and Clary marriage proposal, take one. 8. A Love That Never Tires Jace and Clary marriage proposal, take two.

Joy To The World


Jodi Taylor - 2020
    Not quickly enough as far as she's concerned but far too quickly according to Russell.Father and daughter are at odds and suddenly the outlook is very dark indeed. That is until Thomas comes to the rescue.Everyone should have their own giant invisible golden horse . . .

Dying with Her Cheer Pants On


Seanan McGuire - 2020
    Cheerleaders are seriously injured and even killed at a higher rate than other high school sports. Their stunts are performed in skimpy uniforms without the benefit of proper safety equipment…and yet they love them, glittery eyeshadow, spirit bows, and all.And then there are the Fighting Pumpkins, who take that injury rate as a challenge. Students of Johnson’s Crossing High School, they answer to a higher calling than the pyramid and the basket toss, pursuing the pep rally that is rising up against mysteries and monsters, kicking gods with the pointed toes of professional athletes chasing a collegiate career.Meet Jude, half-vampire squad leader; Laurie, who can compel anyone to do as she asks; Heather, occasionally recreationally dead; Marti, strong enough to provide a foundation for any stunt; Colleen, who knows the rule book so well she may as well have written it; and Steph, who may or may not be the goddess of the harvest. The rest of the squad is ready to support them, and braced for the chaos of the big game, which may have a big body count. Prepare to jump high, yell loud, and look pretty with the Fighting Pumpkins, those glorious girls in the orange and green, whose high kicks could still be enough to save the world.And if they’re not, it isn’t going to be for lack of trying.Dying with Her Cheer Pants On includes three stories appearing for the first time anywhere: "Tryouts," "Trial by Fire," and "Compete Me."

Mr Portobello's Morning Paper


Amanda Prowse - 2020
    Free from the wearying monotony of marking until the early hours and swallowing the disappointment of trying to educate disinterested young minds, she embraces her new life.Still in the throes of grief, having recently lost both of her parents, Sophia is delighted by the daily visits of Mr Portobello, the shop’s former occupant, and their unexpected friendship blooms into something beautiful. In the process of learning about the eccentric eighty-year-old, Sophia learns as much – if not more – about herself. Mr Portobello makes her question her life, her choices and even how she grieves for those she has lost.This new story with a warm vintage feel brings to mind the age-old saying: Be careful what you wish for…

Graceful Burdens


Roxane Gay - 2020
    For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

If It Bleeds


Stephen King - 2020
    Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds— each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places.A collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider.News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realizes there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins 'If It Bleeds' , a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case.Dancing alongside are three more long stories - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat' .The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.

Where I Come from: Stories from the Deep South


Rick Bragg - 2020
    From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin' and The Best Cook in the World, a collection of irresistible columns from Southern Living and Garden & GunCelebrated author and newspaper columnist Rick Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with "eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well" (USA Today) and written with honesty, wit, and deep affection.A collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns--from Bragg's love of Tupperware (his mother preferred margarine tubs and thought Tupperware was "just showing off") to the decline of country music, from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck to the best way to kill fire ants--Where I Come From is a book that will be treasured by fans old and new.

The World’s Worst Parents


David Walliams - 2020
    

Buried


Jeffery Deaver - 2020
    The Gravedigger is a serial kidnapper who taunts the police with riddles. The other puzzle is his motive, which Fitz is determined to piece together. When an eyewitness to the latest abduction leads Fitz closer to the facts, he realizes that the last great story of his career is not at all what it appears to be.Jeffery Deaver’s Buried is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold


Bolu Babalola - 2020
    Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places.With an eye towards decolonizing tropes inherent in our favorite tales of love, Babalola has created captivating stories that traverse across perspectives, continents, and genres.

Fairy Tale of London


Cassandra Clare - 2020
    Celebrate their union with this short story, originally released as bonus content in the special first edition of Chain of Gold, now available as a free e-book for your enjoyment.Art by Cassandra Jean.

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena


Ron Rash - 2020
    Two of the stories have already been singled out for accolades: "Baptism" was chosen by Roxane Gay for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2018, and "Neighbors" was selected by Jonathan Lethem for The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. And in revisiting Serena Pemberton, Rash updates his bestselling parable of greed run amok as his deliciously vindictive heroine returns to the North Carolina wilderness she left scarred and desecrated to make one final effort to kill the child that threatens all she has accomplished.

Lou in Lockdown


Jojo Moyes - 2020
    JoJo Moyes revisits the beloved character from her Me Before You trilogy exclusively for Penguin UK.

Summer of '79: A Summer of '69 Story


Elin Hilderbrand - 2020
    This "Summer of '69 story" by Elin Hilderbrand will be published in print in spring 2021 as part of a Dorothea Benton Frank tribute anthology. Get it now in digital form, for a limited time!

Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction


James Rollins - 2020
    The discovery of secrets known only to the native tribes of Arizona threatens to unleash an ancient force that could irreparably alter the future. It also forces Tucker to make a terrible choice that will shatter his relationship with his soul-bonded companion Kane. As these partners learn, nothing remains buried forever and old debts must be paid, no matter the cost.Other stories—each with an introduction by James Rollins—are just as compelling, offering broader insight into this acclaimed master’s fictional universes, including:“The Pit”: a young dog is kidnapped and brutalized into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. But can this tortured monster find redemption and a path back to the boy who first raised him with love and compassion?“Tagger”: A pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries.“The Devil’s Bones”: In this jungle adventure—the first joint story from Rollins and Steve Berry—Commander Gray Pierce and Cotton Malone must work together using their unique skills to survive a deadly threat.The stories “The Midnight Watch,” “The Skeleton Key,” “Tracker,” and “Kowalski's in Love” shine light into some of Sigma Force’s secrets. Who were these characters before they were recruited by Sigma? What solo adventures did they experience? How do these short adventures tie into the larger Sigma universe? Rollins offers some clues.And rounding out this collection are a pair of entertaining stories “Blood Brothers” and “City of Screams” that complement The Order of the Sanguines series.Filled with adventure, intrigue, history, and speculative science, Unrestricted Access demonstrates Rollins’s remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.

Ranger


Frankie Love - 2020
    Written by four of the most trusted names in short and steamy romance, each book will get your motors revved and your hearts racing. Guaranteed.XO, Frankie, Dani, Olivia, and HopeMake sure you check out the other books in the Heartlands MC Series:Ranger by Frankie LoveChain by Dani WyattKillian by Olivia T TurnerSaint by Hope Ford

Going Down Again


Carly Phillips - 2020
    What he misses is being alone with his wife. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, he can’t think of a better gift than a vacation to the exclusive island of Eden where sensuality reigns. But no sooner do they arrive than he realizes something is bothering his beautiful wife. Can he seduce Lexie into a revelation, and if so can he handle what she has to tell him that will upend their already chaotic life? *A complete stand-alone for people who haven’t yet read GOING DOWN EASY but a special treat for those who want to revisit a favorite couple.

Juice Like Wounds


Seanan McGuire - 2020
    All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never infallible)—but occasionally we get another window into our heroes' world. In Juice Like Wounds we once again get to meet Lundy, and some of her companions. Lundy's main adventure is detailed in In an Absent Dream (which is nominated for a Hugo Award, this year!) and you should definitely read that. Before or after this tale is up to you. Remember: side quests are fun. For the reader, at least...

The Unbreakable B


Jocelynn Drake - 2020
    Get ready for one crazy afternoon!

Lunchtime Chronicles, Issue 21: My, My Sweet Potato Pie


Sonja B. - 2020
    On a whim, I took the advice of my best friend, Tangy, and moved to the small country town of Leesbough, where she resides. The townspeople welcome me with their southern hospitality, which I wasn’t used to. I instantly fell in love with my new home and community. The only thing that was a mystery, was my elusive neighbor, Andrew Peterson, who lived down the dirt road from me. Tangy and others warned me not to interact with him because he’s known as the town recluse. However, when that handsome mountain of a man with a scruffy beard and long hair showed up on my doorstep holding a sweet potato pie, all of their warnings went out the window.Andrew PetersonYeah, I’ve been watching my sexy new neighbor since the day she moved in. I’m not a Peeping Tom! When she wears those short shorts and tank tops to tend to her garden, I’d be crazy to look away. I catch her staring in the direction of my place, but she can’t see me as I admire her from afar. I know the folks in town have told her to steer clear of me, and she should. When I caught a glimpse of her crying on her front porch, I wanted to do something to take the tears away. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I say the way to a woman’s, is with my sweet potato pie.

Tiny Love Stories: True Tales of Love in 100 Words or Less


Daniel Jones - 2020
    Told in voices that are honest, vulnerable, tender, and wise, here are 175 true stories that are each as moving as a lyric poem and convey a universally recognized feeling, all in fewer than one hundred words. There are stories of love found and love lost, and the sometimes rarest of loves, self-love. Stories of romantic love, brotherly love, platonic love. Stories of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, strangers who dream of what might have been. And the oldest story of all—boy meets girl—their tale ends happily ever after, even though along the way the boy became a girl.

Hearts and Stones (Celta HeartMate)


Robin D. Owens - 2020
    Passage Through Stone:In the UStates Colorado Area, Levona Martinez is determined to find a berth on the starship, Lugh's Spear, and escape the psi mutant ghetto for a new life on a new planet. But she's missed her chance and the ship is full. The leaders might not consider her worth taking, but what about Pizi, her prodigy cat?Celta, a place of magic, telepathic animal companions, and adventure! Five stories highlighting some fan favorite characters:Homing Stone: As his magic emerges through fever fugues, nobleman Holm Holly fights death duels in the Downwind slums ... and catches the attention of blacksmith Rand Ash, who needs a noble to help him with his revenge on an equally noble family ...Fractured Stone: Struggling with his disinheritance and the loss of his identity, Holm Apple strives to make a new life in a new city with his HeartMate and their Fams.Hidden Stone: Garrett Primross didn't expect to be hired by a Cat, let alone two of them, and their idea of payment doesn't match his. When a GreatLord appeals for Garrett's help, he's reluctant to take the case, but finds that solving the mystery unexpectedly leads him to inner answers.HeartStones: Losing his sight and psychic power, treasure hunter Zane Aster wants to make one more score. He discovers a House on the cusp of sentience, but missteps might trigger their deaths.Stone in Zanth's Paw: It's time for the best FamCat on the world of Celta to return the irritating sea turtles to their mother in the ocean. Perhaps time to learn a big lesson, too.

Post: A Short Story of No Consequence of All


Shea Serrano - 2020
    POST is a story about a group of friends, two of whom experience a collision two years apart.

Legal Love


C.L. Cruz - 2020
    I’m happy with what I have—a small apartment, a bicycle, and a job at the biggest law firm in Fairview. Last time I stepped outside my comfort zone, I ended up abandoned on my wedding day. So I don’t take risks, not anymore. Not until I meet Owen Carmichael, a young, hotshot attorney with a panty-melting smile who makes me want to put it all on the line. Owen My life is all about taking risks, climbing the ladder, searching for the next big opportunity. When stress lands me in the hospital, I get transferred to the Fairview branch of our law firm to try to slow me down. I’m sure I’ll hate it, until I meet her. Dot Brightly. Young, cheerful, and curvy, the opposite of everyone I’ve ever dated and exactly what I need in my new life. Now I just have to convince her that loving me is a risk worth taking. This is a Sweet, Steamy Short Story Romance. No Cliffhangers. This is the first in the Vincent Street Valentines series, written with Liz Fox. If you love short romances with insta-love, steamy sex scenes, and a sweet love story, then this is the book for you.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption


Stephen King - 2020
    

COVID-128


Marissa Meyer - 2020
    It was really fun for me to hang out with these characters again for a little while, and I hope you'll enjoy it!"

Sleepovers


Ashleigh Bryant Phillips - 2020
    We meet a runaway teen, a mattress salesman, feral kittens, an elderly bachelorette wearing a horsehair locket, and a little girl named after Shania Twain. Here, time and memory circle above Phillips’ characters like vultures and angels, as they navigate the only landscape they’ve ever known. Corn reaches for rain, deer run blindly, and no matter how hungry or hurt, some forgotten hymn is always remembered. “The literary love child of Carson McCullers and John the Baptist, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’ imagination is profoundly original and private," writes Rebecca Lee. Sleepovers is the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, selected by Lauren Groff.

A Phoenix First Must Burn


Patrice CaldwellJustina Ireland - 2020
    A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Right on Time


Liz Fox - 2020
    No Cliffhangers. This is the first in The Right Men series. If you love short romances with insta-love, steamy sex scenes, and a sweet love story, then this is the book for you.Dear Reader,This series is loosely based on actual experiences I had during my years of being a curvy, single woman. The first scene in this book? Yep, it happened to me. But with these stories, I get to write what I wish had happened. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.hugs,Liz Fox

Crossing Into Brooklyn


J.A. Armstrong - 2020
    She spends her days creating fantastical realms full of magic, elves, and other mythical creatures. It’s not unusual for her characters to find true love. But Carter has lost faith in finding her Happily Ever After. Aside from her doubts about finding real-life love, Carter’s greatest nemesis is the chaos on her desk and in her computer files. Her best friend, Ali, thinks she has the solution: hire Brooklyn Brady to “organize” Carter’s life. Carter is skeptical. Brooklyn’s picture and her online profile pique Carter’s curiosity, and she agrees to meet Brooklyn in New York.A coffee meeting followed by a marathon dinner pave the way for a working relationship between Carter and Brooklyn. Brooklyn Brady quickly captures more than Carter’s interest. Leaving old wounds in the past and taking a chance with someone new isn’t in Carter’s plans. Brooklyn’s unassuming nature, her intelligence, humility, and her honesty test the limits of Carter’s resolve. The question for Carter is whether she can allow Brooklyn to clear more than the chaos from her desk. Can Brooklyn resolve the turmoil in Carter’s heart? Will Crossing Into Brooklyn finally help Carter find her Happily Ever After?

Brambles


Intisar Khanani - 2020
    It's a tale of courage and consequences, and a choice that can never be undone.A short story prequel to her multi-starred fantasy, Thorn, Intisar Khanani's "Brambles" gives Alyrra's account of what really happened all those years ago, and how a few critical days turned her life into a daily fight for survival.

A Very Montgomery Christmas


Carrie Ann Ryan - 2020
    Between family dinners, various cheese boards, late nights, and dramatic announcements, the family that has stayed together no matter the cost proves just what makes them special this holiday season.

Forever Her Cowboy


Lucy Darling - 2020
    Who knows, maybe I am, but not when it comes to my Noelle, my little sister’s best friend. I’ve been patient. I’ve followed the rules. I’ve waited for her. But now I’ve come to claim what’s mine.My family has plenty of deep roots, put down for generations. Now, I’m ready to lay down some of my own. I may be the clean-cut cowboy to everyone else, but that’s the last thing I want to be when it comes to my Noelle. She needs to know how I burn for her, how I’ve thought of so many delicious ways to make her say my name.Soon enough she’ll see the part of me that I’ve saved for her and only her. Soon enough she’ll realize that she’s my life, my love, my everything. I’ll stop at nothing to make her mine.Author Note: This is a stand-alone sweet romance with no cheating and an HEA.

Lost and Found Pieces 2


J.M. Madden - 2020
     In Return of the Warrior we’ll catch up with Mac and Roz from Flat Line as she struggles to regain balance and maybe take a step forward in her life. In A Family Affair Aiden has a surprise for his big brother John Palmer, but he’s left reeling when the tables are turned on him… In Oh, Louie, BB Jones takes a sick puppy into her heart and home, and struggles to feel secure while Lincoln is deployed, especially when faced with an unexpected gift. Raine Walters fights to bring the holiday spirit to the tortured men that the Dogs of War have recovered in Christmas Raine. Lost and Found Series Reading Order The Embattled Road- Prequel- 0.5 Embattled Hearts- Book 1 Embattled Minds- Book 2 Embattled Home- Book 3 Embattled SEAL- Book 4 Embattled Ever After- Book 5 Connected Novellas- SEAL’s Lost Dream- Book 2.5 Her Forever Hero- Book 3.5 Unbreakable SEAL- Book 3.6 Embattled Christmas- Book 3.7 Loving Lilly- Book 4.2 Her Secret Wish- Book 4.3 SEAL’s Christmas Dream- Book 4.7 Mistletoe Mischief- 5.1 Lost and Found Pieces 1- Book 5.2 Lost and Found Pieces 2 Connected Spinoffs- The Lowells of Honeywell, Texas Forget Me Not- Prequel Untying His Not- Book 1 Naughty by Nature- Book 2 Trying the Knot- Book 3 The Dogs of War- Genesis- Prequel Chaos- Book 1 Destruction- Book 2 Retribution- Book 3 Catalyst- Book 4

Hot for the Navy SEAL (Hot for Heroes, #7)


C.L. Cruz - 2020
    It is the 7th book in the Hot for Heroes multi-author series.McKennaMy life is quiet and predictable, and I thought I was okay with that.I’ve never been a risk taker, so even I’m surprised to find myself on a boat that won’t start as a dangerous storm approaches.When a sexy man dives in to save me, I try to ignore the attraction between us.Channing is sexy, serious, and strong enough to throw me over his shoulder—if I let him.Do I keep playing it safe or is it time for me to risk it all and jump into the deep end?ChanningAfter twenty years as a Navy SEAL, I’ve finally retired and am figuring out my future.Being a hero will always be in my blood, though.When I see someone in need during a hurricane, I can’t help but swim to the rescue.But McKenna isn’t the average damsel in distress.She’s independent, stubborn, and makes me want to ride the waves of her curvy body.My next mission? Convince her that what we have is strong enough to weather the storm.

Rescue Me


Cathy Bramley - 2020
    Sure, the inner circle of people she opens up to is small - but it's perfectly formed of people she loves. And when your heart is broken, feeling safe means everything. It's not a time for risks.But life has a surprise in store for Fearne - a hairy, scruffy, messy one. Soon Fearne finds herself saving the day, and getting rescued right back...You'll also meet the characters of Cathy's upcoming new four-part ebook serial, MY KIND OF HAPPY - which follows Fearne on her search for true happiness.

Keeping Liberty (American Heroes #2)


Loni Ree - 2020
    A man is murdered as she watches from her hiding spot. She's left terrified and fears her life is about to end. Then Special Agent Wade Houston enters the picture.Ever since Wade Houston's promotion, his days of working alongside his agents in the field are over. That all changes the day Liberty Thomas’ life is threatened. Once he gets a peek at the terrified witness, he falls hard. There's no way Wade is going to let someone else protect the woman who owns his heart.It only takes one look for Wade to know that Liberty is more than a job—she's his future. This hero is going to do whatever it takes to protect his girl. After all, Wade plans on Keeping Liberty for life.

Boss Daddy (A DILF for Father's Day #4)


Megan Wade - 2020
    Turns out the college fund she's been relying on, barely has enough in it to put gas in her rust bucket of a car. Cue meltdown.With community college her only option, she gets a job at the new bar in town where dancing on tables is not only allowed, it's encouraged.It doesn't take long before the owner, Noah Stanton, is noticing the new girl on the floor. Strong, protective, and mature in years, the staff like to call him daddy, but he's far from the daddy-type, preferring to keep his distance and focus on business before pleasure. He's a single dad and an ex-military man who keeps his business and personal life as far away from each other as possible.But when Tilly finds another way to make her college money by auctioning off something precious to her, Noah can't help but get involved.Maybe he likes being called daddy, after all...Boss Daddy is short and steamy romance that is part of the DILF for Father's Day collaboration with some of your favorite instalove authors. As always, this Megan Wade book comes with her ‘Sugar Promise’. High heat, low drama, guaranteed

Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep


Kathryn Nicolai - 2020
    Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, in Nothing Much Happens, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories.Already beloved by millions of podcast listeners, the stories in Nothing Much Happens explore and expose small sweet moments of joy and relaxation: Sneaking lilacs from an abandoned farm in the spring. Watching fireflies from the deck in the summer. Visiting the local cider mill in the autumn. Watching the tree lighting in the park with friends in the winter.You'll also find sixteen new stories never before featured on the podcast, along with whimsical illustrations, recipes, and meditations. Using her decades of experience as a meditation and yoga teacher, Kathryn Nicolai creates a world for you to slip into, one rich in sensory experience that quietly teaches mindfulness and self-compassion, soothes frayed nerves, and builds solid habits for nurturing sleep.A PENGUIN LIFE TITLE

Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl


Christina BoydBeau North - 2020
    “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter, January 1813―and we think so too!

Extra Scenes


S.A. Chakraborty - 2020
    Some were pre-order bonuses, fluff written during the Covid-19 quarantine, or old scenes that got cut from the final book script.As a treat for readers in the lead-up to the publication of The Empire of Gold, S.A. Chakraborty compiled these scenes into a 181-page PDF and released it on her website in May 2020.

Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard, The Early Years


Joe R. Lansdale - 2020
    Master storyteller Joe R. Lansdale has cooked up a passel of tales for you about the unlikeliest duo East Texas has to offer.Hap Collins looks like a good ol' boy, but from his misspent youth on, his best compatriot is Leonard Pine - black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Inseparable friends, Hap and Leonard attend family gatherings, climb into the boxing ring, get in bar fights, and just go fishing - all while confronting racism, righting wrongs, and eating copious, delicious food.Chock full of Lansdale's unique blend of humor, ferocity, and insight, Of Mice and Minestrone delivers five never-before-seen (plus one perhaps familiar) Hap and Leonard stories, a selection of the boys' favorite recipes, and an introduction from New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Kent.So come discover the legends of Hap and Leonard, created by Joe R. Lansdale his own self, and featured in the by Hap and Leonard TV series starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire), James Purefoy (The Following), and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).

Double Barrel Horror: Highway Hunger / Motel Madness


Calvin Demmer - 2020
    Two Twisted Tales from author Calvin Demmer."Highway Hunger" pits a young road worker against an urban legend with a taste for living flesh."Motel Madness" is the last stop on the way to another world, where they'll be expecting you.

Sugar Rush


Erin Nicholas - 2020
    He’s always been there for her, no matter what she needed. He's loaned her money, let her borrow his car, and told her the truth about her bad haircuts.Surely, he do her this one favor.Yeah, it’s a big one. But she really needs to get rid of her V-card and she can’t ask just anyone to help her with that. She needs one night and a little coaching from a guy she trusts. Heck, she'll take twenty minutes if that's all he's got. She’s got the chocolate pie and the pink lingerie and…she really hopes he can take it from there.And that this isn’t the worst idea she’s ever had.A prequel to Sugarcoated, book one in the Hot Cakes series.

Halloween Treats


Sandra R. Neeley - 2020
    Come see the changes that have taken place since the last time we visited with them. Kids have gotten older, there are new members of the clan to meet, and new accomplishments to cheer. It’s always been said that life is what happens while you’re busy making plans, and this applies even to the members of Kaid’s mix-matched clan of shifters. In this novella, lovers of Avaleigh’s Boys will find a slice of life from each character and their families. Are you ready to visit with some old friends for a little while?

Catawampus Christmas Carol


Ann Charles - 2020
    Rather than enjoy some drinks in front of a warm fire with her friends, contracted Slayer Clementine Johanssen has her horse saddled and weapons packed to head out into the hills and hunt down some deadly scallywags—alone. When her friends catch wind of her intentions, they set out to waylay her long enough to change her way of thinking … in spite of her mule-headedness.Reminiscent of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this catawampus tale will add a heartening dose of fun and camaraderie to your holiday!Note: This is book 3.5 of the Deadwood Undertaker Series*(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Jack West Jr and the Chinese Splashdown


Matthew Reilly - 2020
    A special prequel to The Two Lost Mountains from Australia's favourite novelist and the author of both the Jack West Jr and Scarecrow series.When a satellite hunter intercepts a top-secret transmission from the Moon, his old friend Jack West Jr is his only hope...

Cupcake (Sweet Curves #10)


Megan Wade - 2020
    They’re not my life. But they’ve certainly become my daily bread. As the salesperson for a pop-up cake stand, I get a bonus every time I sell those sweet little suckers out. And I do. My grandfather says I could sell sand in the desert if I had to. And I suppose I could—if it meant putting food on our table and keeping a roof over our heads. I do what I have to to make ends meet.That’s how I meet him.Drake Grant. Blue eyes, salt and pepper hair, and a smile that almost makes me forget my name.He buys the final box of cupcakes at a ‘bargain’ price. And when I see him again the next day, I think it’s because he did his math and realised that was no bargain at all.I couldn’t be more wrong.Turns out he owns a big chain of car detailers, and he wants someone to join the sales team for his line of custom products. He offers me a job. A job that could change my life.Now I just have to try not to fall in love with my new boss.Shouldn’t be too hard…Note: Get your cupcake in a plate, because this quick and cheeky read is over-the-top, and oh, so fun. It’s filled with tension-filled moments and frustrated sighs between a curvy girl and the hottest CEO you’ve ever seen.

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby: A Holiday Single Dad Romance


Sandi Lynn - 2020
    

Seedlings


Nalini Singh - 2020
    New short story about Tamsyn and Nathan before they have their cubs

Testing the Waters


Jane Fox - 2020
    But the hot swim coach at the local high school just might change my mind.Jack: I'm distracted the second Tessa sits in the stands. But I need to keep the focus on my swimmers, not on the gorgeous new reporter. It can't be that difficult--can it?Sometimes matchmakers needs a little help. That's why Mona Zaftig has recruited Zara and Krissa to assist in matching couples. They'll learn the ropes as they work to help alpha men find the curvy women of their dreams!Each book in the series is a complete, standalone story.This is a sweet but sexy short story romance, complete with insta-love and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. If you’re looking for an escape from everyday life with an alpha older man and the curvy BBW younger woman that he loves, this is the book for you!

Krista's Escape


Gemma Jackson - 2020
    There is a feeling of oppression in the air. People no long stop to chat with their neighbours. Young men she grew up with are joining Hitler’s Youth – becoming disruptive bullies.Then Krista overhears a conversation that will change her life. She must escape. Without a plan and with no time to think, she hides in the back of a car driven by an Englishman – and finds herself being driven through France into Belgium and finally sailing to Great Britain.Will this new life be any better than the one she left behind?

The Awkward Black Man


Walter Mosley - 2020
    The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley’s most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.Mosley presents exceptional characters as they struggle to move through the world and navigate relationships, and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these remarkable black people. In "The Good News Is," a man’s insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly," previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company—a solitary job for which he is overqualified—and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

Loving My Best Friend


Roxy Reid - 2020
    Loving My Best Friend is a stand-alone novel with no cheating, no cliff hangers and a sumptuous happily ever after.

So We Can Glow: Stories


Leesa Cross-Smith - 2020
     Teenage girls sneak out on a summer night to meet their boyfriends by the train tracks. A woman escapes suffocating grief through a vivid fantasy life. Members of a cult form an unsettling chorus as they extol their passion for the same man. A love story begins over cabbages in a grocery store. A laundress' life is consumed by obsession for a famous baseball player. Two high school friends kiss all night and binge-watch Winona Ryder movies after the death of a sister. Leesa Cross-Smith's sensuous stories will drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days, the intense friendships of teenage girls, and the innate bonds felt between women. She evokes the pangs of loss and motherhood, the headiness and destructive potential of desire, and the pure exhilaration of being female. The stories in So We Can Glow--some long, some gone in a flash, some told over text and emails--take the wild hearts of girls and women and hold them up so they can catch the light.We, moons --The Great Barrier Reef is dying but so are we --Unknown legend --Low, small --A tennis court --Tim Riggins would've smoked --Surreptitious, canary, chamomile --Winona forever --Girlheart cake with glitter frosting --Fast as you --Chateau Marmont, champagne, Chanel --Bearish --All that smoke howling blue --Pink bubblegum and flowers --Knock out the heart lights so we can glow --Get rowdy --Re: little doves --Out of the strong, something sweet --The lengths --Small and high up --Small are dark, some are light, summer melts --Bright --Dark and sweaty and dirty --Home safe --Teenage dreams time machine --Rope burns --Get Faye & Birdie --The Darl Inn --You should love the right things --And down we go! --Crepuscular --Stay and stay and stay --Two cherries under a lavender moon --When it gets warm --Boy smoke --Dandelion light --California, keep us --Cloud report --Downright --You got me --Eine kleine nachmusik --A girl has her secrets --Vincent

Sweet Romance: An Anthology


Elana JohnsonJenna Hendricks - 2020
    Love, laughter, and occasional tears - no need to turn on the Hallmark Channel this winter. Snuggle up with this feel-good anthology instead!Warning: reading this anthology may cause cravings for cider sugar donuts, French toast, pimento cheese, cherry cola, and maple syrup ice-cream, as well as happy ever afters

Kaylee


Kali Hart - 2020
    An Instalove Enemies to Lovers Curvy Woman RomanceKayleeMy busy day at the bakery was going great.Until he showed up.Moody, rude, impatient, and hotter than the ovens.Dang it, why does he have to be so attractive?If I never see him again, it’ll be too soon.Except when I make a cupcake delivery and get a flat tire, he’s the one to come to my rescue.NikI feel guilty all day for being rude with the curvy beauty at the bakery.I was in a hurry and running late.It’s no excuse for how I acted, and I want to make it right.Imagine my surprise when I find her on the side of my road with a flat tire.The very least I can do is get her out of this flash flood.But having her in my house has its own set of problems.Now all I want to do is get her out of those wet clothes and into my heart.

Hot for the Sergeant (Hot for Heroes, #4)


Liz Fox - 2020
    It's Book 4 in the Hot for Heroes Military Romance Series.PresleyI’m finally free.My youthful mistake signed the divorce papers and I’m ready for a night of celebration.What I’m not ready for is the reappearance of my longtime pen pal.Kevin is sexy, tattooed, and I want to ship him first class mail straight to my bedroom.But am I ready to take another chance on love?KevinAs a sergeant in the military, fighting for freedom is what I do best.When I get some time stateside, I have one goal—to meet up with an old neighbor and friend.Through the years, her letters have kept me saneNow, it’s my turn to be there for her.Presley is sexy, smart, and makes me want to stand at attention.But can I convince her to reenlist her heart?This is a Sweet, Steamy Short Story Romance. No Cliffhangers. If you love short romances with steamy sex scenes and a sweet love story, then you’ll love this book.

Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir


Kao Kalia Yang - 2020
    Lined with church thrift stores, boarded windows, and prostitutes leaning against streetlights, the sidewalks were thick with bloody, discarded needles. Today, University Avenue is a bustling commercial center, a hub of Halal butchers, Mexican carnicerias, grocery stores selling delicacies to new arrivals from Ethiopia and Bosnia, Iraq and China. A dying strip of America has been revived by the stateless.As the country's doors are closing and nativism is on the rise, Kao Kalia Yang—herself a refugee from Laos—set out to tell the stories of the refugees to whom University Avenue is now home. Here are people who have summoned the energy and determination to make a new life even as they carry an extraordinary burden of hardship, loss, and emotional damage: Irina, an ex-Soviet, who still hoards magical American fruit—bananas!—under her bed; the Thai brothers of Vinai and their business selling purified water to gullible immigrants; the Kareni boys, who have brought Minnesota to basketball glory.In Yang's exquisite, poetic, and necessary telling, the voices of refugees from all over the world restore humanity to America's strangers and redeem its long history of welcome.

Brighton Rock


Lily Morton - 2020
    Charlie Sunshine Short StoryThere is a free short story ‘Brighton Rock’ which is available for subscribers to my newsletter.

The Stars and Everything in Between


Victoria Lee - 2020
    They have a house in Lakewood, they have a dog and jobs that don’t involve killing people and maybe, just maybe, a chance at a happy endingBut Lehrer’s trial is fast-approaching, and with it comes all the dark memories Noam and Dara have tried so hard to bury. Can their relationship survive the truth about what happened to both of them in Level IV?

On Dublin Street: The Bonus Material


Samantha Young - 2020
    Finally, all of those bonus scenes are now available in one novella. On Dublin Street: The Bonus Material includes:Joss and BradenTwo shorts - An On Dublin Street Christmas and An On Dublin Street Halloween.Five fan-favorite scenes from On Dublin Street re-written from Braden's perspective, two of which have never before been published.A never before published Braden "Before Jocelyn" scene.Jo and CamA fan-favorite scene from Down London Road re-written from Cam's perspective.The never before published cut prologue.Olivia and NateTwo fan-favorite scenes from Before Jamaica Lane re-written from Nate's perspective.Hannah and MarcoA fan-favorite scene from Fall From India Place re-written from Marco's perspective.Shannon and ColeA fan-favorite scene from Echoes of Scotland Street re-written from Cole's perspective.Grace and LoganA fan-favorite scene from Moonlight on Nightingale Way re-written from Logan's perspective.Also part of the paperback edition, On Dublin Street: The Novellas.

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe: Quick Reads 2020


Milly Johnson - 2020
     It’s three weeks before her wedding to ’Steady Freddie’, one of the kindest men on the planet.  But something is worrying Lara. Her friends say it’s wedding jitters, but she isn’t so sure.  Fifteen years ago the love of her life, Danny Belfont, walked out on her three weeks before their wedding and she has never been able to fully get him out of her heart.   Then, on the overnight ferry, Lara finds out that Danny is playing in the onboard band and he spots her in the crowd. Will she meet him the next night to talk?   As the wonderful city of Amsterdam works its magic on Lara, she tries to sort out her thoughts.  And if fate has brought Lara and Danny back together … is it really for love or for something quite different?

A Broken People's Playlist


Chimeka Garricks - 2020
    From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the alleyways of the waterside. A Broken People’s Playlist is a mosaic of stories about living, loving and hurting through very familiar sounds, in very familiar ways and finding healing in the most unlikely places.The stories are also part-homage and part-love letter to Port Harcourt (the city which most of them are set in). The prose is distinctive as it is concise and unapologetically Nigerian. And because the collection is infused with the magic of evocative storytelling, everyone is promised a story, a character, to move or haunt them.

His Apple Sauce (The Secret Sauce #4)


Frankie Love - 2020
    Getting attacked by a bear wasn’t a part of the plan when I went on a hike —but what’s even less expected is finding this forbidden fruit in the kitchen of the closest farmhouse.Eve is everything I want but can’t have.It’s not just her ripe innocence that tells me she’s off-limits…She’s Amish … with plenty of curves hiding behind her apron.But I want to taste more than the apple sauce she’s cooking.I want all of her.But even out here in the country, nothing’s quite as simple as it seems.Dear Reader,Yes, this is a thinly veiled Amish-romance.Yes, I understand your hesitation.But trust me.This is over-the-top and filthy-sweet in the yummiest way.I promise.xo, frankie

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex


Tamsyn Muir - 2020
    For the bookish academics of the Sixth, every secret is a mystery, and every mystery is a puzzle to be solved or a paper to be published. Deep in the bowels of their house, one such secret is about to reveal itself. The study of the famed academic Donald Sex, sealed since the moment of his death, is about to open, and archivists are ready to dissect what he left behind. They are not ready for the macabre surprise that awaits them.Enter Palamedes Sextus and Camilla Hect, age thirteen.

Instantiation


Greg Egan - 2020
    “Instantiation” is a collection of eleven science fiction stories by Hugo Award winning author Greg Egan: • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine” • “Zero For Conduct” • “Uncanny Valley” • “Seventh Sight” • “The Nearest” • “Shadow Flock” • “Bit Players” • “Break My Fall” • “3-adica” • “The Slipway” • “Instantiation”

Man Glitter


Marika Ray - 2020
    My reputation is in tatters from my stint in the big city. I have an urgent care to build in this small town and I won’t let anything stop me from building a new life. Not even that awful saw going in the middle of the night next door. Not even my gorgeous neighbor covered in sawdust. Nope. I’m a goddamn professional.CharlieI’m doing just fine on my own. Got my wood working, my dog, and a steady supply of moonshine. The last thing I need is a hot neighbor with her panties in a twist wreaking havoc on my bachelor life. But she barrels in anyway, making me cut my hand wide open, stitching me up, and living with me until I heal. It would have been torture if teasing her hadn’t become so much fun. Can opposites get along when forced to live together in a small town named Hell?

Licked (Getting Dirty Series, #3)


Tory Baker - 2020
     Forever. I lived a simple, quiet life. I always figured love wasn’t for me. That was until Berkley Jennings walked into the front door of our family restaurant. She took my breath away and the moment our gazes locked on one another, everything changed. A small twist of fate had me saving her life that day, but I think in the end she saved mine. Now, I know what I want. I can see my future laid out in front of me, and all of it revolves around her. She’s everything to me and I won’t stop until I prove to her that we are meant to be together. Tory’s serving up another helping of over the top alphas who love to get dirty. Ryder might like to spoil his woman by cooking her dinner and a dessert she loves, but he’ll be the one licking her…plate clean. As always with a Tory book, you get, spicy heat, insta-love, and a safe, happily ever after. Enjoy!

Instant Obsession (A Best Friends Duet Book 2)


C.M. Steele - 2020
    

The Forest Is Crying


Charles de Lint - 2020
    

Insta Lovers


J.L. Beck - 2020
    Five steamy-novellas that will melt your panties and your heart. Each book contains an alpha hero, a heart-warming heroine and a happily ever after that will leave you deeply satisfied. Included in this boxed set is: HIS GIFTShe was brought to me as a gift. One Valentine’s Day. Completely naked, besides a shiny red bow that was wrapped around her slender middle. The moment I laid eyes on her... I wanted her. Every single inch of her body and every dark corner of her mind. I wanted it all. RUNAWAY BRIDEEscaping the church is easy, but figuring out where to go from there is impossible. And then she runs into him, a ruggedly handsome man with eyes that pierce her soul. Instantly, she’s drawn to him.THE BILLIONAIR'S NANNYWhen Cassie shows up at the home of the Barnes twin’s she’s not sure what to expect. Why do these brothers need a live-in nanny, and how the hell is she supposed to live with them when she can barely handle looking at them? ON THE RUN I still don’t quite understand how I ended up running from the cops that night.Well… at least I have a hot as hell convict in tow.TAKING WHAT'S HISHer daddy owes me a half million dollars, but I’m taking her in instead. She’s an innocent in this evil war, but I can’t let her go.

Secret of the Season


Shawn McGuire - 2020
    After days of decorating, the house is perfect. Well, except for the glittering aluminum tree Lucy hates but her husband adores. It’s a silly thing, really, but when surrounded by two thousand acres of pristine pine forest, a silver tree just doesn’t feel right. So Lucy and her best friend Dulcie head out with their kids, Dillon and Briar, in search of a proper Yule tree. But partway through their journey, Lucy makes a chilling discovery. A stranger is stalking them through the woods. And help is an hour away.

Starlight


Hannah Lee Kidder - 2020
    From bestselling author of Little Birds, Hannah Lee Kidder's Starlight touches your heart before taking a bite with twelve pitch-dark fantasy, horror, and contemporary short stories.

The Invention of Love


Sara Schaff - 2020
    A college student finds her voice as an artist through a tiny lie. A woman grieves her mother's death by shopping for houses she can't afford and will never live in. Against the backdrop of the 2016 election, a copywriter contends with misogyny in the workplace by using that very misogyny against her incompetent male boss. Nostalgic for the women they were or might have been—or still might yet become—their stories illuminate the moments where everything changes—even when what changes is how we must see our futures.

Off the Naughty List


May Sage - 2020
    She has an awesome mom, a great godmother, and of course, Ben. School girls are quick to remind her that he’s not her dad, though.When she gets in trouble and the headmaster demands to see her parents, she calls Ben, guessing he’d tell her off less than her mother would.She certainly didn’t expect to get a hot dog, a walk in the park, and a proposal out of it!Off the Naughty List is a Scrooge follow up short story.

St. Mary's and the Great Toilet Roll Crisis


Jodi Taylor - 2020
    A short story, dedicated to NHS workers, inspired by the recent toilet roll crisis.

The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature


Christopher Slatsky - 2020
    A father's desperate search for his missing child leads to a cosmic haunted realm. A woman returns to her childhood home to find a past preserved in a semblance of life. A young man and his canine companion find themselves in the heart of an occult government exercise deep within a Pacific Northwest forest. An elderly man is subject to mysterious experiments as he descends into dementia. And, in the title novella, a forensic anthropologist is called to the site of the mass suicide of an anti-natalist cult intent on communicating with Nature.

Heathens Ink Shorts and Bonus Scenes


K.M. Neuhold - 2020
    The men of Heathens Ink Tattoo Studio have a lot to work through, but they always do it together.If you have never read any of the Heathens Ink series, STOP now and go grab Rescue Me or the Heathens Ink box set. This short ONLY contains bonus scenes that are meant to be read as part of the series, not stand alone content. The bonus scenes contained here are all part of the Heathens Ink box set as well.❤ Madden and Thane's first date night after their babies are born❤ When Owen became a Heathen❤ Nox enters a tattoo competition❤ Gage and Beck's little man is born!❤ Wyatt gets his first tattoo❤ Out of Focus- the short story of Liam's graduation from high school. You won't want to miss this special moment!❤ Dear Cupid- Royal and his men are ready for Valentine's day, and it's going to be a steamy one!

He's Come Undone: A Romance Anthology


Emma Barry - 2020
    But he's never faced demands like those heaped on him by Kristy Kwong, the diva who's haunted his dreams for two decades. Kristy's got her own secrets--the debilitating stage fright that's kept her from performing publicly for years to start--and this concert is the last chance to save her career. But can he locate her lost passion without losing his precious control?"Unraveled" by Olivia DadeMath teacher Simon Burnham--cool, calm, controlled--can't abide problems with no good solution. Which makes his current work assignment, mentoring art teacher Poppy Wick, nothing short of torture. She's warm but sharp. Chaotic but meticulous. Simultaneously the most frustrating and most alluring woman he's ever known. And in her free time, she makes murder dioramas. Murder dioramas, for heaven's sake. But the more tightly wound a man is, the faster he unravels--and despite his best efforts, he soon finds himself attempting to solve three separate mysteries: a murder in miniature, the unexplained disappearance of a colleague...and the unexpected theft of his cold, cold heart."Caught Looking" by Adriana HerreraWhen best friends Yariel and Hatuey's gaming night turns into an unexpected and intense hook up, Hatuey can't wait to do it again. Yariel is less certain--the major leaguer might seem to all the world like he has a heart of stone, but he's been carrying a torch for his friend for years, and worries this will ruin the most important relationship in his life. That means Hatuey has to do all the work, and he's planning to give it all he's got. Yariel may be the one hitting home runs on the field...but Hatuey is playing a game of seduction, and he knows exactly how to make Yariel crumble."Yes, And..." by Ruby LangWhen rheumatologist Darren Zhang accidentally sits in on acting teacher Joan Lacy's improv class, he's unprepared for the attraction that hits him--and he's a man who likes to be prepared. Joan is caring for her ailing mother and barely has time to keep up her art, let alone date. But as the pair play out an unlikely relationship during stolen moments, they both find themselves wanting to say yes, and... much more."Tommy Cabot Was Here" by Cat SebastianMassachusetts, 1959: Some people might accuse mathematician Everett Sloane of being stuffy, but really he just prefers things a certain way: predictable, quiet, and far away from Tommy Cabot--his former best friend, chaos incarnate, and the man who broke his heart. The youngest son of a prominent political family, Tommy threw away his future by coming out to his powerful brothers. When he runs into Everett, who fifteen years ago walked away from Tommy without an explanation or a backward glance, his old friend's chilliness is just another reminder of how bad a mess Tommy has made of his life. When Everett realizes that his polite formality is hurting Tommy, he needs to decide whether he can unbend enough to let Tommy get close but without letting himself get hurt the way he was all those years ago.

Christmas Kisses


Aria Cole - 2020
    Needing to escape the pain of her past and the memories that still haunted her, she packed her bags and headed to Lodge mountain. It was a job, her own kitchen, and a new beginning; she never expected the unexpected flood or to fall in the arms of her competition.Everett Winters loves his little hometown, but he'd always wanted to see the world. So he started a fast-paced life in New York City, but he came home to save his family business when tragedy struck. He never expected to be competing with the French Resort down or falling for the sweet celebrity chef that worked there. Warning: This book is filled with cheese and Christmas cheer. Come fall in love at Lodge Mountain.

The Knight Before Christmas


Sierra Hill - 2020
    A break down. And the mountain man who came to her rescue.After suffering through an unexpected divorce, the only thing Ivy Foxx has on her Christmas list this year is some downtime in her newly acquired mountain home in Knight’s Falls. Walking away from her three-year marriage was tough enough but nothing compares to the loneliness of spending her first holiday alone. Or the fear of her unknown future, which is as scary as her car breaking down on the icy mountainside during a blinding snowstorm.The only thing working in her favor this Christmas Eve is the silent and surly mountain man who comes to her rescue. A knight-in-shining armor he is not. But one can’t be too picky when there are no other options.Anderson Knight may be the town’s only towing service, but it doesn’t mean he has to enjoy dealing with customers, especially ones who interrupt his Christmas Eve solitude. Even on the best of days he can be a grouchy bear, but on a night when his lost love still eats him alive, he’s a beast. And even the pretty female stranger in need of assistance may not be able to break through that ice.But it's the time of year when the magic of the holidays and the Christmas spirit intervenes, connecting two lonely and broken hearts together under the unlikeliest of Christmas Eve circumstances.

All the Acorns on the Forest Floor


Kim Hooper - 2020
    A woman coming to terms with the truth behind her adoption. A husband trying to save his marriage from the despair of infertility. These are just a few of the stories in All the Acorns on the Forest Floor, a book about the lengths we go to for the love of our children, our spouses, our mothers, our daughters.All the Acorns on the Forest Floor is a book of connections between people, connections lost and found, across time and space. There are stories of women who never became mothers (by choice or by fate), women who became mothers in unexpected or nontraditional ways, and women who gave up or lost babies. There are emotional aftershocks with each character's personal earthquake, aftershocks that shake their lives and force them to consider who they are, what they want, and how they love.

Why Visit America


Matthew Baker - 2020
    So they vote to secede, rename themselves America in memory of their former country, and happily set themselves up to receive tourists from their closest neighbor: America. Couldn't happen? Well, it might, and so it goes in the thirteen stories in Matthew Baker's brilliantly illuminating, incisive, and heartbreaking collection Why Visit America.The book opens with a seemingly traditional story in which the speculative element is extremely minimal--the narrator has a job that doesn't actually exist--a story that wouldn't seem much out of place in a collection of literary realism. From there the stories get progressively stranger: a young man breaks the news to his family that he is going to transition--from an analog body to a digital existence. A young woman abducts a child--her own--from a government-run childcare facility. A man returns home after committing a great crime, his sentence being that his memory--his entire life--is wiped clean.As the book moves from universe to universe, the stories cross between different American genres: from bildungsroman to rom com, western to dystopian, including fantasy, horror, erotica, and a noir detective mystery. Read together, these parallel-universe stories create a composite portrait of the true nature of the United States and a Through the Looking-Glass reflection of who we are as a country.

F*ckface: and Other Stories


Leah Hampton - 2020
    A ranger working along the Blue Ridge Parkway realizes that the dark side of the job, the all too frequent discovery of dead bodies, has taken its toll on her. Haunted by his past, and his future, a tech sergeant reluctantly spends a night with his estranged parents before being deployed to Afghanistan. Nearing fifty and facing new medical problems, a woman wonders if her short stint at the local chemical plant is to blame. A woman takes her husband’s research partner on a day trip to her favorite place on earth, Dollywood, and briefly imagines a different life.In the vein of Bonnie Jo Campbell and Lee Smith, Leah Hampton writes poignantly and honestly about a legendary place that’s rapidly changing. She takes us deep inside the lives of the women and men of Appalachia while navigating the realities of modern life with wit, bite, and heart.

Smart Ovens for Lonely People


Elizabeth Tan - 2020
    A Yourtopia Bespoke Terraria employee becomes paranoid about the mounting coincidences in her life. Four girls gather to celebrate their underwear in ‘Happy Smiling Underwear Girls Party’, a hilarious take-down of saccharine advertisements.With her trademark wit and slicing social commentary, Elizabeth Tan’s short stories are as funny as they are insightful. This collection cements her role as one of Australia’s most inventive writers.

Biker Beauties Volume 2


Audrey Carlan - 2020
    With a degree in library sciences and a will to live life on my own terms, I crossed the pond and headed for the West Coast. I ended up in Grant’s Pass Oregon as the county’s much needed librarian.I was amazing at two things in this life. Books and blowjobs.Men were a fun past time, nothing but scratching a physical itch when needed. Until I attended a Hero’s Pride MC party and met Tank. The man was massive, and I wanted nothing more than to climb him like a tree. Turns out he was into fiery redheads with one thing on their minds.We swore no strings attached.Until we met up again and he decided he wanted another taste. The man had serious ability in the bedroom so I gave it to him. Again. And again. The lines between our no strings started getting knotted up with every new day.Then someone started threatening the old ladies and Tank became more than my shag buddy, he became my protector. When the world around us got truly scary Tank decided things between us were going to change. Forever.I wasn’t ready to be a man’s girlfriend or anyone’s old lady. My Romeo in jeans and leather had other plans for his silk and stiletto wearing Juliet.In the end, I feared star-crossed lovers weren’t meant to be.He believed otherwise.Biker Boss (Biker Beauties #4)I needed to escape. To Run. Hide. Whatever it took to get away from my ex and his hold over my life. Being a female in law enforcement had never been easy. Until the day I got an offer that gave me a chance to disappear. I took the leap without a moment’s hesitation. Over the past few months, rogue bikers had been assaulting, violating, and vandalizing the Hero’s Pride MC’s women and their businesses. My role was to go undercover as the Enforcer’s old lady and serve as bait to draw out those responsible and bring them to justice. I would live in the same house as Derek “Champ” Layton, a handsome, huge former pro boxer, and pretend he was my man. I had to let him hold me in public, ride on the back of his bike, and stare at me with those soulful eyes as though I was the very air he needed to breathe.There was nothing fake about Champ… or his touch, his kiss, his everything. Champ made it clear from day one that nothing between us would ever be pretend. He was in it for more than the case—he was in it to win me. What he didn’t seem to understand… I was no prize.