Lantern Slides from Old Bohemia by Avis Black

Paris, the late 19th-century. The Emperor of France is assassinated, and the painter Martin Grandjean discovers a conspiracy to restore the Republic and joins it. Barricades go up and civil war erupts as Revolutionaries and Monarchists battle on blood-soaked streets. In the midst of the conflict, Grandjean meets a mysterious young man by the name of Ari and falls in love with him, only to see Ari taken prisoner by the Monarchists. In his misery, Grandjean knows he should forget Ari, yet the painter refuses to do so. He must find Ari, win his love, and make a life with him despite all obstacles. However, not even Grandjean is prepared when he discovers his friends, his family, and the Government have become his enemies, all joined together to destroy him for his forbidden passion. Continue reading

Innocence (Shadow War, book 1) by C. Nault & M. Findley

With a lifelong interest in martial arts, Rachel Flanagan is intrigued by the prospect of taking parkour classes. That is, until the sexy, infuriatingly arrogant instructor asks her if she’s taking a flyer for her brother! Annoyed, Rachel signs up, only to be drawn into a weeks-long flirtation with Adam Black, who hides more secrets than she can imagine.

Things are finally starting to heat up when a band of killers, intent on eliminating Adam, interrupts them at the worst possible moment. In between Adam’s loft and the rooftops of St. Louis, Rachel stumbles into the middle of a war between two shadowy societies with the future of humanity at stake. Will she choose to trust Adam, or will she fall prey to those who covet her newfound knowledge?
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Look Away Silence by Edward C. Patterson

Martin Powers wanted an ironing board for Christmas. Instead, he got . . . Matthew Kieler, a non-returnable gift, but a gift that kept on giving. Chance encounters are sometimes the ones that most change our lives. He sold Matt a tie, but got more in the bargain – more than most people would want and more than anyone deserved. Although these lovers may not have had the pink American dream, they had it better than most, even as they faced a crisis that would change us all.

Look Away Silence is a romance set in the time of AIDS, when ignorance could spell trouble and often did. It encompasses the author’s experiences in volunteer community service and personal friendships during a tragic period in American history. The novel is dedicated to the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, the NAMES Project and to the author’s own fallen angels. “Mothers, do not shun your children, because you never know how long you have to revel in them.”

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Charisse by Fay Lamb

Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection.

Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay. Continue reading

Señorita Rani by Aditi Chopra

Rani, a traditional girl of Indian origin meets a Panamanian hunk named Carlos Morales on a Caribbean cruise line. Carlos finds Rani’s innocence very attractive and manages to woo Rani in spite of her initial reluctance. The story takes a different turn when Rani learns that Carlos is already married and has a seven year old son.

Rani comes from a traditional Indian background and it remains to be seen if her love for Carlos will stand the test of time and tradition.

Señorita Rani is a novelette that will capture your heart.
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Love Finds the One by Nicole Smith

Cody Grainger was looking for ‘the one.’ The arrival of Julia Tremaine to Sully Point, brought his search to a sudden halt. As Julia, an ad exec, recuperates from a case of burn-out, Cody is there to help in every way. Even as the possibility of love blooms, Cody and Julia find that sometimes it takes more than love to find a happy ending. In this novel of love’s discovery, will Julia find a way to make a life for herself? Has Cody found his one true love? Sully Point is once more the scene of love finding its way. Continue reading

The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown

Emma Carrington, a foundling servant girl, becomes the companion of the Countess of Holmeshire. She has eyes for the young Earl of Holmeshire, but he has been long engaged to a London lady by arrangement. Emma is given training and dragged along into polite society where she receives a rude reception. Mysterious strangers, a missing bracelet and humorous relationships mix in this clean, Austen-inspired, upstairs-downstairs tale. Continue reading

Love in the Times of the Macrobiotic Müsli by Cora Buhlert

A Romance of the Counterculture

West Germany, 1982: Hans-Dieter and Katrin, both active in the peace and environment movement, meet at a protest march against a new nuclear power station and manage to fall for each other, while fleeing police truncheons, tear gas and water cannons.

Navigating the intricacies of romantic and sexual relationships is tricky in an era where the personal is political, heterosexual penetrative sex is tantamount to rape and he who sleeps twice with the same woman is already part of the establishment. But hormones will not be denied and so Hans-Dieter and Katrin embark on the adventure that is love in the times of the macrobiotic müsli.

Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual activity using both bad nuclear war metaphors and the sort of words some people might consider crude. Continue reading

With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both. Continue reading