A collection of 3 standalone Clean & Wholesome Western romance short stories with guarantee HEA and no cliffhangers. Hoofbeats as Heartbeats She was a lady, and he was not a gentleman. That’s all there was to it, in the eyes of Grace. She had followed her family to America, in the hopes of success and striking it rich. And yet, things weren’t quite as easy as they seemed. Gone were the frills they were accustomed to, traded in for leather boots. Horses, too, were a part of the equation, but as adorable as they were, they were turning into quite the problem. Cookie wouldn’t cooperate, and at the risk of potentially losing her sister’s horse, Grace set out to look for a horse trainer, without much hope. But then she met Smoky, and he had stepped in and offered his help. And, in the words of her sister Jo, her mother, and father, he’d turned out better than they’d all expected. And though she had been dubious at the start, Grace couldn’t help but find herself slowly roped in to the carefree, happy-go-lucky cowboy more and more. Pieces of a Heart Martha is a young woman living on her own and also taking care of her farm. She is waiting for her husband James, a soldier fighting for the Union, to return from the war. She leads a hard, lonely life on the land, but the thought of his return gives her courage. But then, one cold evening at the start of her third winter alone, she hears someone knocking on the door. It’s James, but he is not the man she said goodbye to, three years ago. He seems distant and easily upset, he’s lost a lot of weight, and he suffers from nightmares. Can Martha cope with the sudden return of her husband after so long, especially when he seems to have changed so much? And when James reveals a secret to Martha that threatens their renewed life together, will their marriage be able to survive? When Two Hearts Meet Private Brian Campbell is ordered to relocate to a fort somewhere in the west. A Private of the union army, he's serving with the utmost pride and honor. However, after almost two years on the front lines, he's also exhausted by having to spend his whole time trying to survive. So, his relocation coincides with a time for changes. After getting to the fort, wanting to celebrate their time off, Brian and his company visit a saloon. There, Brian meets Jane. Jane is a saloon dancer, a woman who tries to seduce men with her passionate dancing. What happens when those two people meet? And what will happen between them when a great opportunity is presented to Brian, an opportunity that entangles his sense of duty with his love for Jane?
“I'm in love, and I've never felt so wonderful.” Brice followed suit. “I'm in love, and I'
ve never felt so miserable.” They crossed their bottles at the neck in a toast, and
drained them dry. • • • She wasn't taking his calls. He'd been trying for a couple ...
Author: Lotchie Burton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The chase is on in the bedrooms and the boardrooms in this value-priced set of spicy romances. These savvy women aren’t ready to give their hearts away, until their sexy alpha heroes show them they’ll do whatever it takes to win them. Prelude to a Seduction: Successful, handsome, charming businessman David Broussard has one flaw: his reputation as a love-’em-and-leave-’em ladies’ man. His natural pheromones attract women in droves, until he sets his sights on Sarona Maxwell, who knows her own worth in this game. She’s planning to watch this hunt from the sidelines…but that’s not a move the heart allows when it comes to seduction. Nothing’s Sweeter than Candy: Brice Coleman has long enjoyed the spoils of the battle of the sexes, one female conquest at a time. That’s until he meets Candace Brown, who, after two failed relationships, no longer believes in Prince Charming. What’s a guy got to do to heal his woman’s broken heart? Sensuality Level: Spicy
Was this love? Could it really happen this fast? According to popular fiction it did.
Those stories had to come from somewhere, they couldn't all be based in wild
imagination. Maybe love could happen that fast. Maybe she was destined to be ...
Author: Leslie North
Publisher: Leslie North
When Chance, a strikingly handsome ex-FBI agent, strides into Rachel's chaotic life he brings an overwhelming sense of calm and control. After Brianna and Trent's baby has been returned, Chance decides to check in on Rachel and discovers her struggling to look after the twin boys on her own. What starts as trying to help her out soon turns into much more.. Rachel is trying desperately to smother her feelings for Chance. He is the gorgeous ex-FBI agent with the most piercing blue eyes she'd even seen. Plus he can change a diaper and bake! She feels so safe and secure when he is around. But she knows she must shut him out - she doesn't have a choice. In Rachel Chance finds everything he wants in a woman. She is intelligent, strong, and beautiful - even with a few extra pregnancy pounds. But she doesn't return his attraction, in fact she tries to push him away! Chance is a man used to getting what he wants, and he isn't going to take no for an answer. However, he may finally have met his match.. After her husband is killed in Afghanistan, Rachel is reluctant to move on. It would be a disgrace to her husband to sleep with another man. But she has never felt this way about someone else before - not even her husband. The passion and emotions she feels when Chance is around are indescribable. She is stubborn though. She refuses to submit to her desires and keeps pushing Chance away. But will she be able to stop herself forever?
“Because I wantthe commitment, thekids,the whole deal. Iwant you, Georgette. I'm
in lovewith you andIthought that you loved me too.” She paled with
thosewordsand stepped back again. “Love?” she tested the word, praying that it
Author: Elizabeth Lennox
Publisher: Elizabeth Lennox Books LLC
As a southern belle, Georgette has certain standards she must maintain. But when Dylan walks into the ballroom, all of her southern manners and poise are unable to hold up under his heated stare. She can’t believe a Yankee could break through her walls so completely, but she must maintain her distance. She has goals of her own and she can’t let some man, no matter how delicious he might be, interfere with those goals. Dylan can’t believe that the lovely lady is even trying to ignore her passionate side. She is sensual and funny, intelligent and passionate. And when they touch, they set each other on fire. So why is she running away from such a perfect union?
Maddie Archer is an intern at the University of Texas athletics department in Austin. Like most young women, she is on the lookout for a boyfriend, someone with whom she can share her life and interests. Unfortunately, Maddie doesn't like athletes, and they are the boys she is surrounded by! Jake Roberts is a brash, handsome kicker for the college football team. He is a game changer and a football hero on campus, and as such, he can have any girl he wants. That is, any girl except the object of his desire: Maddie Archer. When his overly confident approach fails to woo her, Jake resolves to win Maddie's heart. As he begins to open up to her, he discovers that he is not the person he thought he was. Maddie goes along with their friendship, unaware that her own attitudes are changing as well. The big game against the university's bitter football rival is coming soon. What will be more important to Jake, the team or the girl?
There was , of course , nothing to identify Cyril with the man she had announced
her intention of seeking out and compelling to love her , the “ luckless victim " “ reluctant lover , " as they had agreed to call him ; but it was undeniable that Myra
Now, let's move on to the third feeling I mentioned . . . love. Why should love
surface in meditation and be transferrable to patients? While it is certainly
possible to love someone or something without becoming enlightened first, love
Author: Paul Breer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Th e Reluctant Savior Rafer Alexander is the sole survivor of a plane crash over Sikkim in which his two parents and brother have been killed. After trekking down the mountainside, he is rescued by monks from a Tibetan monastery where he learns to deal with his grief through meditation. When a new friend develops cancer, Rafer takes his practice deeper, eventually discovering the ability to heal. Th rough trial and error, he expands his healing ability to include paranormal feats like psychokinesis (which he parlays into a fortune in Las Vegas), confl ict resolution (which he uses to help win historic agreements in Jerusalem and Kashmir), and thought-transmission at the U.N. (which brings a president to his knees). In a fi nal, concealed experiment he even attempts walking on water. In time his successes evoke a variety of responses. Some see him as a magician; others are convinced he is the Second Coming of Christ. Still others fear that he is the Antichrist warned about in the Bible. Through it all he eschews any suggestion of divinity, remaining true to the belief that he has done nothing more than what all humans are capable of doing.
Jill Elizabeth Nelson is an author to watch in the realm of Romantic Suspense!”
SUSAN MAY WARREN, award-winning author of In Sheep's Clothing “If you love
feisty heroines and heroes with heart, you'll love Reluctant Runaway as much as
Author: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Museum security expert Desiree Jacobs is back in this sequel to Reluctant Burglar, and only she can unearth the horrifying secret that links together stolen Indian artifacts, a murdered museum guard, a missing woman, and a baby in danger. Desiree "Desi" Jacobs doesn’t mean to get in danger’s path. Really she doesn’t. But when a friend is in trouble you don’t just walk away, no matter what your overprotective FBI agent boyfriend says. So when Desi and Tony’s date at a presidential ball is interrupted by a frantic Maxine Webb, Desi doesn’t hesitate to jump in. Soon Desi is neck-deep in a confusing array of villains. Did Maxine’s niece run away or was she taken? Is she still alive or the victim of a perverse ritual? And who wants her infant son--and why? Then Tony’s organized crime case collides with Desi’s investigation, throwing them both into the path of something dark and sinister. Something that craves blood. From the streets of Desi’s beloved Boston to the mountain desert of New Mexico, Desi and Tony must rely on God to thwart unseen forces and save a young woman and her baby from a villain more evil than any of them can imagine.
Anyone who's going through a similar experience will not merely read, but will recognize, this book. "Moving. Eloquent...Words that resonate powerfully on the page.": Kaity Tong, Broadcast Journalist, WPIX-TV, New York.
Author: Yvette Nachmias-Baeu
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Defining what it means by "in sickness and in health," the author takes her readers on an introspective journey that begins in serenity and then hits and unexpected fork in the road where the sign reads Cancer and the arrow points down. The book is dedicated to the husband she lost but it might have been written for all loving wives who must follow the same path--from the hospital corridors, through the mapless mazes of grief, and then finally into a new and resilient recovery. Anyone who's going through a similar experience will not merely read, but will recognize, this book. "Moving. Eloquent...Words that resonate powerfully on the page.": Kaity Tong, Broadcast Journalist, WPIX-TV, New York. "A wonderful memoir that poses the essential questions we all ask when we lose the people we love." -Dee Ito, author of Without Estrogen
Love. You. and. Zelig. Look, I-I love you. I know that o-only happens in movies,
but... I do. —Gil to Cecilia in The Purple Rose of Cairo Allen's implicit self-
appointment as a devotee of the goddess of love in Mighty Aphrodite—his
Author: Peter J. Bailey
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Biography & Autobiography
For three decades, no American filmmaker has been as prolific -- or as paradoxical -- as Woody Allen. From Play It Again, Sam (1972) through Celebrity (1998) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year, yet in many of these films Allen reveals a progressively skeptical attitude toward both the value of art and the cultural contributions of artists. In examining Allen's filmmaking career, The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen demonstrates that his movies often question whether the projected illusions of magicians/artists benefit audience or artists. Other Allen films dramatize the opposed conviction that the consoling, life-redeeming illusions of art are the best solution humanity has devised to the existential dilemma of being a death-foreseeing animal. Peter Bailey demonstrates how Allen's films repeatedly revisit and reconfigure this tension between image and reality, art and life, fabrication and factuality, with each film reaching provisional resolutions that a subsequent movie will revise. Merging criticism and biography, Bailey identifies Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as a key to understanding his entire filmmaking career. Because of its focus upon filmmaker Sandy Bates's conflict between entertaining audiences and confronting them with bleak human actualities, Stardust Memories is a central focus of the book. Bailey's examination of Allen's art/life dialectic also draws from the off screen drama of Allen's very public separation from Mia Farrow, and the book accordingly construes such post-scandal films as Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite as Allen's oblique cinematic responses to that tabloid tempest. By illuminating the thematic conflict at the heart of Allen's work, Bailey seeks not only to clarify the aesthetic designs of individual Allen films but to demonstrate how his oeuvre enacts an ongoing debate the screenwriter/director has been conducting with himself between creating cinematic narratives affirming the saving powers of the human imagination and making films acknowledging the irresolvably dark truths of the human condition.
'I don't love him,' Abby said quietly. 'Well, you can't love Sam! You barely know
him!' 'No. What happened to the man you were in love with?' Her mother flushed,
fiddled with her spoon. 'He went off with someone else. It was a long time ...
Author: Emma Richmond
Mission: marriage! Abby Hunter wasn't very experienced at the flirting game. She was probably the only twenty-eight-year-old virgin in the history of the planet! But she didn't want to be. Especially after she'd met sexy tycoon Sam Turner. He was a walking temptation—and he'd made her an offer she knew she should refuse. Sam Turner didn't believe in love or marriage; all he'd offered Abby was a temporary affair—no strings attached! Could she ever persuade this reluctant groom to take a chance on love?
For the same reason that there is all the difference in the world between being in love with being in love and being in love with someone who is in love with you. At
times, they may appear identical but the former will never surprise us nor draw ...
Author: Ian G. Wallis
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
Illness tends to be viewed in a negative light as something to be avoided at all costs. Yet most of us become ill at some point and many will suffer prolonged periods of failing health. In this insightful and entertaining book, Ian invites us to accompany him through one such experience and to discover how, despite its debilitating effects, illness can yield a deeper appreciation of living as well as of those who share our journeys. Here is an honest, amusing and, at times, profound account, full of wisdom, humanity and faith.
And like most twelveyearold girls, I fell in love with not only the music, but also the
musician. Thinking that Fernando was still alive, my heart was melted like butter.
With eyes closed, smile on my lips, playing music that came from Fernando's ...
Dear Reader, I love fairy tales—and I especially love it when they are given a
twist: when the characters choose their own way rather than following the path
laid out for them by their fairy godmothers. Clara might spend her whole life
Author: Jessica Gilmore
"It's like a fairy tale…" Castor Rafferty, London's notorious vice-CEO of glamorous Rafferty's Stores, might have a reputation to uphold, but he's determined to protect his independence. He needs a convenient girlfriend, but his reluctant Cinderella—gorgeous single mom Clara Castleton—doesn't seem to be falling for his charms! Clara isn't looking for Prince Charming—only for a life where she's in control. But there's something about Raff that makes her want to open her heart…and to believe in a happy ending after all!
That's reality.” She shook her head and glared at the ceiling. “I can't believe I'm so
stupid.” “The only stupid thing you've done is convince yourself that you don't love
me. But we both know the truth. That kiss proved it.” “That kiss was a mistake.
Author: Syndi Powell
A SECOND CHANCE AT TRUE LOVE Five years ago, Rick Allyn was publicly humiliated when he had his heart broken on the reality dating show True Love. Convincing him to sign up for another round of punishment isn't going to be easy. But with the show's ratings plummeting, producer Elizabeth Maier will have to persuade him to agree…or she'll be putting in a job application at Rick's small-town diner. Elizabeth is confident this season will be different. With his prominent family, boyish charm and good looks, Rick is the complete package. Finding his soul mate shouldn't be hard. However, as filming continues, she's beginning to suspect that the perfect woman for Rick is her. That leaves Elizabeth with a tough choice: her job at True Love or a shot at the real thing.
The following work has become a reality only through the love, support,
dedication, and vision of those who surrounded me. I can never say enough
thanks to those who nurtured me along my path of questioning and discovery. I
must first ...
Author: Blake Shipp
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In this stimulating analysis, Shipp provides the reader with an introduction and critique of literary-rhetorical analysis as well as an in-depth treatment of the triple account of Paul's Damascus Road experience in Acts. Luke used the repetition of the Damascus narrative as a literary device identifying Pauline disobedience and resistance and the transformation of these characteristics. With the first Damascus narrative, Luke provided the reader with a paradigmatic image of resistance transformed. . . . Luke used the Damascus narratives and these themes to bracket the 'Paulusbild,' fashioning the trial narrative into an extended period of transformation of Pauline resistance. Beginning in 19:21, Paul resisted the leading of the Holy Spirit and his appointed location of witness. He was an intentionally forceful actor resisting God. God bound this intentionally forceful actor in chains. In this opening scene of the 'Paulusbild' Luke included the second Damascus narrative (21:33--22:24a). The themes emphasized in the narrative were those of Saul intentionally resisting gospel expansion and God's subsequent overcoming of Saul. Saul was physically restored through Ananias but not fully transformed. He is not yet an empowered and intentionally forceful witness. At the end of the 'Paulusbild,' as Paul is headed to Rome, Luke included the final Damascus narrative (25:23--26:32). Paul was headed to Rome, but not in the freedom intended by God. He remained in chains because of his own actions. Thus, his character was one of tension. The Damascus narrative that Luke included demonstrates Saul's intentionally forceful resistance to the gospel. However, the vacating of power and overcoming of Saul is suppressed, and the theme of the transformation of resistance to empowered witness is emphasized. Nonetheless, the character of Saul in the speech does not match the character of Paul in the narrative. Tension remains, but the projected direction of transformation is evident. Paul is headed to Rome. The 'vision of grace' has effected a transformation in Saul but not yet in Paul. If the trajectory of transformation continues, then Paul should once again be an intentionally forceful, empowered witness for the gospel when he arrives in Rome.Ó --from Chapter 5
At first glance, the story may appear quite simple: in the Amores, the narrator
starts out as a nervous and reluctant love elegist before developing into the more
competent and confident teacher of the Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris.
Author: Rebecca Armstrong
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Ovid devoted about half of his poetic career to the production of several collections of amatory verse, all composed in elegiac couplets. Indeed, his irrepressible interest in love, sex and elegiac poetry is one of the defining features of his entire output. Here Rebecca Armstrong offers a thematic examination of some important aspects of the Amores, Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris. Starting from an investigation of the narrator's self-creation and presentation of other characters within his amatory verse, she assesses the importance of mythical and contemporary reference, as well as the influence of the erotic on Ovid's later works. By looking at the Ars and Remedia alongside the Amores, the continuities and contradictions in the poet's elegiac outlook are revealed, and a complex picture is formed of the Ovidian world of love. Ovid's erotic works present the reader with a glimpse inside the minds of both poets and lovers, mediated through eyes which are frequently inclined to comedy and even cynicism, but always sharp, perceptive and above all fascinated by human behaviour.
Praise for Reluctant Burglar “Newcomer Jill Elizabeth Nelson has crafted a fast-
paced, captivating tale peopled by characters you not only care about, but would love to have in your circle of friends. (Especially on those days when crazed ...
Author: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Surrounded by no good options, much less safe ones, Desiree Jacobs knows that no matter what she must protect her father's reputation and his legacy. If Desiree Jacobs knows anything, it’s art. Her father, whose security company is internationally renowned, taught her everything he knew. Most of all, he taught her about honor. Integrity. Faith. So surely God will forgive her for despising the one man--Special Agent Tony Lucano, who's determined to destroy her father’s good name? Agent Lucano knows that Hiram Jacobs is an art thief. But what he can’t figure out is Desiree. Is she an innocent victim…or a clever accomplice? When Hiram is murdered, along with his company, he leaves Desiree a hidden container full of stolen paintings. But she can’t believe that her father was a thief! If it were true, it would destroy their business, cost people their jobs, and embarrass international museums that have been displaying clever forgeries. No, she must figure out why her honest father would turn criminal herself. Even if it means facing down a ring of cutthroat art thieves…or accepting help from the man she most distrusts. With danger at every turn, can Desiree trust God to guide her down the right path?
Books by C. J. Chase Love Inspired Historical Redeeming the Rogue The Reluctant Earl C. J. CHASE likes to make her characters solve mysteries, wrestle
with the difficult issues of life and faith, and fall in love. All wrapped up with a
Author: C. J. Chase
When Julian DeChambrelle discovers governess Leah Vance in his bedchamber looking for political information, he offers to pay her handsomely for relaying false information.
Sometimes, I thought the real and only purpose for a life, any life, is to live, to love
, and to learn. If ever there was a life where this is true, this must be it.Putting
aside all my disbelief of, and apprehension towards this life, and knowing that I
Author: A. J. Aaron
Publisher: A.J. Aaron
Past lives and past mistakes echo themselves for over five hundred years until an ancient agreement with the Archangels manifests itself to remind Leyna and Sevilen of their destiny. This is Leyna and Sevilen's last chance to reunite and achieve the divine levels meant for them. Engulf yourself in this tale of romance, denial, disbelief, and shattering of paradigms among an outrageous cast of characters. Experience what it's like to become a god in this blend of fantasy, comedy, mystery and romance. This book is the first in this fantasy series about two pragmatic people. Sevilen, an engineering trained manufacturing executive and Leyna, a high powered executive are dumped into a world of magic where they gain abilities to create and destroy universes or, just throw a bolt of lightning or change into another body. Enjoy the comedic antics of the diverse and colorful characters as they become as familiar to you as your best friends, on their journey to their destiny. Science, beliefs and real life references will make you wonder, could this really happen? In a world of instant gratification and multitasking, appears a work of art in the detailed pictures the reader creates in their minds as they flow through this tale, vividly told. Taste the food, hear the music, be with them whether in Ohio or, Prague. The characters literally come to life before your mind's eye and when you walk the streets you'll be looking to catch a glimpse of one of them since you'll know them each so well.