The Playboy’s Pretend Fiancée

When elderly Aunt Wanda announces she has cancer, Sawyer must wed in order to fulfill her dying wish and to receive his inheritance.

Stephanie accepts the playboy’s proposal hoping to bring his aunt peace, but soon reality blurs and pretend feels real.

Can they keep appearances up while keeping their feelings at bay and will Wanda figure out it’s a ruse?

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“This list of items will belong to Mr. Sawyer Hickey if he follows these two stipulations.”

Sawyer nervously stared at his boots. Wanda squeezed his hand. “Don’t worry.”

Warren peered over his reading glasses. “One—Mr. Hickey must marry in order to receive the Cummings’ manor house and the acreage surrounding it. Two—Miss Malone will be allowed to live on the premises until Sawyer marries or she decides to move out.”

Sawyer glanced up and met Stephanie’s gaze. “What the hell?” he mouthed. Stephanie shrugged, blushing again. 

Nan came in carrying a glass and pill case. “Time for your medicine and a rest.”

Wanda yawned, then tried to stand. The fuzzy peach blanket fell to her stocking feet and she swiveled off balance, stooping for it. Sawyer caught her elbow and helped her into the bedroom. Stephanie brought the blanket and laid it on the foot of the bed.

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“Good night, Aunt Wanda,” Sawyer said, then kissed her cheek.

Nan waved them out of the room. “Goodnight, y’all.”

Warren handed them each a packet, then closed his briefcase. “My card is stapled to the top. Call if you have any questions or when you get engaged.” Warren winked as Sawyer threw his hands into the air.

“Married! I can’t believe her,” Sawyer groused. “It can’t be legal.”

“It isn’t,” Stephanie hissed. She put a finger over her mouth and motioned to the hallway.

Sawyer followed her as she continued down to the kitchen. “Your aunt only wants what’s best for you,” Stephanie said, hugging herself.

“What’s best for me?” Sawyer slammed a fist on the table. “I don’t think so.”

Stephanie’s sad eyes turned hard. She jumped in front of him, poking him in the chest. “You listen to me, Mr. Hickey. Your aunt is dying, and she doesn’t want you to be alone. Can you think about someone other than yourself for once?”

Words left him. He rubbed his face. The sweet smell of coconut caught his attention and calmed him. “You’re right.”

Stephanie’s eyes widened. “I am?”

He touched her face. She stepped back, bumping into the island.

Sawyer sighed. “I’m sorry, it’s just…” He turned around and glanced out the window. “I just found out about the cancer and now this—stipulation.” He shook his head.

“It’s fine.” She touched his arm. “It must be a shock.”

“Would you care to go to Hammered? I need a beer and to talk this thing out,” Sawyer said, throwing her a hopeful side-glance.

Stephanie had her bottom lip between her teeth. She sighed and finally mumbled, “I don’t know.”

“I’d really like to hear how the interesting caveat of Miss Malone living at the Cummings’ house came about.” Sawyer crossed his arms.

Stephanie blanched and sighed again. “Fine.”

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Here We Go Again

Lynette Dart had no intention to see her first love again. There are too many painful memories and a secret. But when Les  returns to Fortuna, her heart aches to rekindle the relationship.

Les Moore hadn’t planned on bumping into his ex let alone rescuing her. Yet holding her once more feels right, even if seven years ago she’d abandoned him in his hour of need.

Can Lynette and Les put the past behind them and find their happily ever after?

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“Oh, heavens be praised, look at what just walked in. Mm-hmm.” Bunny hummed, scanning Les from head to boots.

“That’s my ex,” Lynette mumbled. 

“Honey, why did you let that hunk of man-meat go?” Bunny asked.

“It’s complicated. We were young for starters.” Dredging the past up was not an option. “How do you like this color?” Lynette asked, directing the discussion away from the large tattooed man hovering by the reception desk.

Lynette applied the clear coat to Bunny’s nails, then led her to the nail dryer. “Thank you for stopping by, Bunny. I enjoyed our conversation.”

“Likewise, honey.” Bunny lowered her voice, “That boy’s gaze hasn’t left your body since he came in. There might still be something there. Just sayin’.”

Lynette returned polish to the shelf, then wiped down her station. Les approached her table and stared at a bottle of polish remover.

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“Not now,” Lynette mumbled. “I’m working. Can’t this wait?”

Les tensed, meeting her gaze, red-faced, and appearing constipated. “Another seven years?” He took a step closer.

Lynette couldn’t breathe. His bulk invaded her space, hogging the air. She clamped her shaking hands in her lap.

“I need to know one thing, Lyn. Why did you abandon me? Why did you give up on us?”

She studied her knuckles, tears filling her eyes. Lynette shook her head, her raven locks curtaining her face. “Please leave,” she croaked. “I can’t do this.”

“Why are you afraid to confront what you did?” he growled.

His words stabbed her heart. Lynette balled her fists, jumping to her feet. Her chair rolled across the room and slammed into the wall. White hot anger fueled her wrath. “What I did? How about what you did? You’re the one who ruined everything by getting arrested and going to jail.”

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Dragonfly Wishes

A Fairy Tale Retelling

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Editions:Paperback: $ 8.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1947561113
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 101

Once upon a time there was a fisherman and his wife… Scratch that…

Once upon a time there was a fashion designer and a dragon shifter from another world…

Arianna Travers creates clothing that brings joy to others. Haunted by her mother’s disappearance and tormented by her overlording step uncle, Arianna desires to escape reality even if it’s only through the tip of her charcoal pencil.

royal of Ellehcor, Kyan the dragon shifter spies the forlorn beauty through a magical window to another world. To meet her face to face, he leaves the sanctuary of his home realm and enters the portal, transforming into a dragonfly.

go as planned when Kyan becomes entangled in spider silk. Arianna discovers the little blue dragonfly and rescues him. As a reward, Kyan offers to grant her wishes, but before Arianna can make a wish, the Overlord steals it from her.

As Kyan and Arianna’s relationship blossoms, so does the breadth of the Overlord’s wishes. Kyan strives to save Arianna from her uncle and his devious plans, but what can a dragonfly do?

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My governess, Elyse, discovered the portal high in a tree and swore me and my brothers to secrecy. “A gateway to another world,” she’d called it. The view had looked much like our kingdom, with towering trees and a grassy meadow sprinkled with yellow buttercups, but the silver dragons never flapped their wings, and instead of breathing fire, they left smoke trails. 

The small shimmering portal smelled of magic, but since it was high in a crook of a tree trunk, it remained unnoticed by most. Fascinated with the view, I visited the forest daily and climbed the tree. My brothers knew my routine, but only one suspected my true interest. Arianna.

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The first time I entered her world, I had hovered near her prone body. When she glanced up, she had wiped the tears away and smiled. “Hello there,” she had greeted. She’d stretched out her hand and I floated over, landing on her finger.

Ever since that initial visit, when she saw me, she called me friend. 

“I’m careful.” I nodded to my older brother. “She does not know what I am or where I come from.”

“It’s a shame she doesn’t follow you home,” Jett said, walking toward the clearing. He stretched his arms out, then shifted. With his wings tucked to his side, he arched his neck so his amber eyes gazed into mine. “Come fly with me,” his deep voice rumbled.

“How about this evening?” I replied as he unfurled his wings. Jett nodded his colossal head and lifted into the air.

As soon as my brother was out of sight, I climbed the tree and settled into my spot, gazing once more through the hole at the lady in another world. Arianna had dried her eyes and opened her ever-present sketchbook, once more escaping to into her own altered reality. As a smile replaced her grave expression, my heart raced, surveying her classical elegance. The line of her jaw, her small upturned nose, and sensitive silver-gray eyes all appealed to me and my dragon.

My dragon wanted to fly to her and protect her, but as a dragonfly I wasn’t sure I could.

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Who’s the Fairest?

A Sisters Grimm Anthology

Sisters Grimm
Editions:Kindle: $ 0.99 USD
ISBN: B08B2NKV44
Paperback: $ 20.00 USD
ISBN: 979-8698733959
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 622

Once upon a time…

There were two brothers who collected tales from their homeland and put them in a book. Stories of magical creatures and horrible fates. Princesses who fell under enchantment and princes who came from the countryside to save them.

These are not those stories.

And we are not those brothers.

This time, it’s the Sisters turn to spin nine tales that will delight and terrify you. If you were looking for those classic stories you heard in your childhood, look again, because these stories aren’t like any you’ve heard before.

Maidens turning into flowers, and soldiers brought back to life by a snake’s whim, these stories are filled with a dark romance that you can only get when you reimagine those classic Fairy Tales.

Here’s your chance to find out if all Fairy Tales end in: Happily Ever After...
Or if their fates are sometimes a little bit Grimm...

Andi Lawrencovna, Rochelle Bradley, Isobelle Cate, Hope Daniels & Alicia Dawn, Jennifer Daniels, SE Winters, Genevieve Gornichec, Shaunna Rodriguez, Kali Willows

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Reviews:Rosie LaTray Pomerville on Amazon wrote:

A very interesting , unusual, fairy tale spin. These individual stories by various authors is unique in it own right. It will keep you interested in their storyline, while your mind is thinking of the fairy tale you heard as a child. It is a very interested book. I would recommend it to everyone.


 

Beauty from Ashes

Authors & Dancers Against Cancer Anthology

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Editions:Paperback: $ 25.00 USD
ISBN: 979-8668014750
Pages: 754

Published July 27, 2020 for charity. Available in paperback and ebook for three months.

Beauty from Ashes
Authors & Dancers Against Cancer Anthology
19 Amazing Authors, Different Genres, & One Great Cause

Penny Anglene-Zeke -Ink Fusion Book 3
C.J. Baty- Why Me? Why Now?
Rochelle Bradley- The Playboy's Pretend Fiancee
Chelsea Camaron- Beauty In It
Ruth A. Casey- The Red Slippers
Aliya Dalrae- A Dance for Lily Rose
AJ Downey- When the Stars Align
R.S. James- It Begins With You
Mandi Konesni- Of Strength & Courage
Victoria Perkins- Suffers' Land
Ember Phoenix- Lulu's Broken Melody
Vera Quinn- Healing from the Destruction
Jaime Russell- Fight Like A Girl
Miranda Shanklin- Mystical Dancer
Parker Stevens- To Dance Again
Chianti Summers- Promise To Dance
Darlene Tallman- Cupcakes, Kisses, & Miracles
CJ Warrant- Four Days

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Reviews:garlicklynne on https://www.bookbub.com/books/beauty-from-ashes-authors-dancers-against-cancer-anthology-by-rochelle-bradley-and-chelsea-camaron wrote:

I love anthologies! I get to catch up with authors I know and I get to meet new to me authors whilst donating to a fantastic cause and this anthology ticks all those boxes and more.

What a heartbreakingly beautiful anthology! Each story within individually, deserves five stars for the emotions that they all evoke. By the time I was spent! Promise to Dance by Chianti Summers, to name just one of these amazing stories made me feel EVERYTHING!!

Congratulations to everyone involved!