Date Published: January 29th, 2021
He’s ready to be a better man…
Chase Collins started the summer a brooding, broken man. He was content keeping to Wild Horse Ranch, where he could tend to horses and stew in peace. When Samara Grant reentered his life, she changed everything, and now he wants to prove to her—and himself—he can be the good guy he always hoped to be. What he doesn’t know is that it’s darkest before the dawn…
She’s done running from the past…
Only a summer in Lutton, Texas. That’s what Samara Grant told herself when
she arrived. Now months into living in the small town, she’s carved out a
life for herself managing her grandma’s B&B, riding horses and falling
in love for the first real time in her life. After so many years spent
running, she wants happiness, but unfortunately her tragic past is back to
He’s not letting things go that easily…
Reed Ward is supposed to be the guy who has it all. He comes from the most
prestigious family in Lutton. He’s handsome. He’s charming. He always gets
the girl—so why is it that he’s on the sidelines watching his life go up in
smoke? His family’s torn apart, his ranch is no longer his, and the woman
that’s supposed to be his wants his best friend. One things for sure: he’s
not going down without a fight…
Samara opened her eyes to spot Reed across the room.
But he wasn’t approaching her to give an update as she had hoped. He was headed for the door marked Exit with a lighter and pack of cigarettes in his hand. Samara followed him.
“What’s going on?” She came up from behind at a fast stride and stopped in front of him for the opportunity to glare. “How are you out here smoking when Gramps—”
“You handle stress your way. I’ll handle it my way.” Reed lit up, one hand cupped around the side of his mouth as the other lit the cigarette. He spent a second inhaling, closing his eyes as if savoring the feel, touch, and taste, and then blew smoke. “Gramps had a stroke. The doctors are still with him. It’s not looking good.”
“What does that mean—not looking good?”
“It means what it sounds like it means. It means the docs haven’t told me shit. Nothing but vague pleasantries,” snapped Reed. Irritation was scribbled on his face, his skin unusually pale with splotchy red on his cheeks. “So here I am—out here trying to keep a hold on my sanity. Might want to think next time you jump to conclusions.”
Samara frowned, her glare softening. “Sorry. I shouldn’t’ve… It wasn’t my… I’ll go.”
She had no clue where she was headed as she turned and moved toward the nearby parking lot, but far away from Reed seemed like a good idea. For once not because he’d pissed her off or disgusted her; for once because she’d been wrong about him. Reed was worried about his grandpa and she felt like shit for thinking anything different.
A hand enclosed around her elbow and held her back from taking more than a couple of steps. Reed had reached out and grabbed her to keep her from leaving. When she glanced at him from over her shoulder, another look she had never seen from him was on his face. His brows were knitted and he had a sober expression on his mouth, his eyes pinning hers.
“Gramps would want you here. You should stay.”
“Gramps is unconscious right now.”
“Then I want you here,” he said. He hadn’t let go of her arm. “Remember all that ’bout getting through this together? I meant it.”
Samara slowly nodded, unable to think of anything to say, an odd buzzing in her ears. Reed seemed to know what she needed to calm her nerves. He held up his half-full pack of cigarettes and she obliged, taking one and lighting up.
About the Author
Mila Nicks is on a mission to pen heartfelt and entertaining love stories
featuring women of color.
When she isn’t writing diverse love stories, you can find her
globetrotting, sampling new cuisines, and spending quality time with her
spunky pet Chihuahua, Zayden.
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Crime Fiction Mystery Thriller (with some Romance)
Date Published: April 11th 2018
What would you want the world to give you if you discovered the cure for cancer? Jeremy Ceremony thinks he’s done just that, and he wants cash. Some people are calling him ‘Jermy Cer-money’ because of it. Strangely, Melia has never heard of the man, but several people she does know, love, and care about are afflicted by the disease and she would really like it if none of them died. Well, some do and some don’t. Why that should be is a mystery. It’s also a mystery that Salford seems overrun by people with grudges, eager to settle scores and balance the books, maybe quickly, while they are still alive. If only Mickey was here to help her, but Melia is alone – not for the first time – facing a terrifying old adversary, someone whose feelings for her have only just been realised. What is she going to do, now and in the future? Some people say she needs to move on, and apply for that top job at the Unit. But for the life of her, Melia can’t seem to make up her mind about anything. Maybe Deputy Director Caulfield will have to do the thinking for her. (If only he would stop finding bombs in bags, life would be so much simpler – and last longer.)
The Vicar had been talking to Melia in her office, a small room near the front door. She was about to lead the younger girl out when the phone rang.
She had to pick it up. It could be an Emergency, she was thinking.
It was. Someone was dying.
Melia was still sitting in the chair across the desk from her interviewer. She didn’t know whether to stand, or wait. She had secured her first objective – getting accepted in the church – and was happy to move on, doing whatever was needed to feed and provide bed places for a dozen homeless people. It was a good cause. She was happy to help.
The Reverend Karney was growing increasingly agitated. Her voice was rising, in pitch and mood.
“No, he is NOT here,” she snapped. “I don’t know where he is. He should never have given you this number! It’s completely unacceptable. Yes, I know what you would have read online. Jeremy does that. He works online. No, he doesn’t work here. He comes to our Monday morning group, that’s all. I can’t tell you any more. Really.”
Melia found herself becoming concerned. She had only just met this older woman, but she felt confidence in her. She seemed to know what was right, what was needed. Why was she being harassed? It sounded awful.
“No, do NOT get on a plane!” the priest insisted. “He can’t help you. It’s not real. Yes, that is my opinion.”
She was shaking when she put down the phone. There seemed to be tears in her eyes.
Melia did the only thing she knew how to do – she walked round the desk and put her arms around the other’s shoulders. She held her tight, as she had held her colleagues when things went wrong and there was nothing else to do.
The priest, on the verge of tears, didn’t actually cry. If anything, she seemed to be getting angry.
“Irresponsible!” she snapped. “Completely irresponsible. He has no right to be saying these things.”
Melia guessed it had nothing to do with the Homelessness Project. This was something completely different.
Perhaps that was why the Vicar was so upset. She needed to be focussing on the homeless and was being distracted.
“Maybe tonight,” the priest said unsteadily. “In the coldness and dark of the early hours, I’ll tell you the whole story. A parishioner, a member of the congregation, is a trained engineer. He believes he has found a device, a concoction of wires and probes, that has miraculous properties. It can do all sorts of magical things. It can heal and repair.”
Melia looked interested. Something new? An invention?
The Vicar explained: “Jeremy says it can cure cancer.”
They both looked at each other, weighing that up, thinking through the ramifications.
But the priest really was annoyed. “That call was from a man in Texas,” she stormed. “He said he had read Jeremy’s web page. He wanted to know if I could ‘verify’ the claims – if I could ‘guarantee’ a cure! I said I couldn’t. He said he was ‘prepared to get on the next plane’. I can’t have that. I can’t have invaders from all around the world – “
She was lost for words. Horror and concern flooded her face and she looked about to explode.
It was a poignant moment for Melia.
She could have told her new ’employer’, if they had known each other well enough, that yes, most people called her Melia, but her given name was Amelia Hartliss, and her friends, as well as a few enemies, liked to call her ‘Heartless’. It was a good joke, and mostly, quite appropriate. When she was busy, doing her job, Melia had no time for unnecessary emotions. She was a consummate professional, able to concentrate on the job in hand, doing what needed to be done.
But here, now, in this struggling, small church, in a suburb that was deprived and in need of regeneration, Melia felt herself overwhelmed by surges of unexpected doubt, fear and despair. People with cancer, facing death, were willing to fly half way across the planet in search of treatment? What a horrible position to be in.
Melia, ‘Heartless’ to the world, found herself strangely moved.
About The Author
Well, he says he was born in absentia (the small town on the Bay of Biscay), beside the dock of the bay, but moved to England when young, and not yet able to navigate astutely. His family settled in the West Country of England, near a cross culture called Temp Chelney, where his father became a map maker and mushroom farmer.
When the borders were changed in the 1980s, Mike packed a service record and moved to an apartment in the nearby city of Bristol. This is where he first got involved in folking, flaking and faking. Later, he became disenchanted.
You can find Mike Scantlebury on the internet.
It’s @MikeScantlebury on Twitter and ‘mikescantlebury99’ on Facebook. And, surprise, ‘mikescantlebury’ on Linked In.
If all else fails, try him at home (he may not be in): http://www.Salford.me/
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PORTRAYAL BY A. R. THOMAS
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Lily Spencer is finally getting her life back on track.
She’s making a name for herself in the art community and letting go of the past.
That is until Jace Bennett comes into her life, the cocky architect is everything she has promised herself to stay away from.
No matter how hard she resists him, he is just as determined to show her what irresponsible feels like.
A man like Jace is used to getting his own way.
But with Lily he is out of his depth.
She is the only woman who is happy to see the back of him.
The further from him she goes the harder he tries to win her over.
It’s never as simple as winning.
Not when their pasts are hanging over them…
Meet the Author
A. R. Thomas is an Author from England who writes contemporary romance with an edge. After being an avid reader (and away with the fairies) for years she realized she needed more than to be on the receiving end of a good book, she wanted to deliver one. What started as a hobby soon became an obsession, and as they say the rest is history.
Angsty, edgy, romance heavy . . . the perfect recipe for any love story, right?
A. R. Thomas lives with her son, and when she’s not supporting him from the sidelines at his latest sporting event, she is usually, lost to the thought of a book. She manages to make the most innocent of things sound dirty; it’s both a gift and a curse, but thankfully her friends encourage her.
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Six Word Stories, Book 2
Poetry, Short Stories
Release Date: February 18, 2021
Publisher: Hebe Publications
Six Word Story is a collection of stories, jokes, memoirs, and poems, all written in only six words.
Find horror, romance, thriller, hilarity, and tragedy all bundled in a few tiny words.
This collection of micro-fiction gives readers a chance to get an instant dose of story.
Six Word Story by Doug Weller includes the winner of the 2020 Six Word Wonder Contest, with over 1000 stories were entered. As well as publication, the winner receives a $50 prize as the Six Word Wonder 2020.
This is the follow-up book to Six Word Wonder by Doug Weller. Over 500 six word stories to surprise, entertain, and amuse.
@SixWordWonder has over 10,000 followers. You can find out more at dougweller.net
Here are a few six word stories to spark your interest:
– Undertaker paused when he heard tapping
– Today, I remembered I had dementia.
– Slowly completed her father’s bucket list
– Dear diary, he’s outside the door. . .
These stories and many more are played out over ten movements in Six Word Story.
Release Date: June 18, 2020
“Six words to tell a story.
Not three, or eight, or twenty.
You may ask – is six enough?
Well, trust me, six is plenty.”
A collection of over five hundred stories, each one exactly six words long. Some stories are funny, some poetic, some vulgar, and some are a little disturbing. Each story has been lovingly crafted to amuse and entertain you in six words.
Doug Weller’s Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram.
Now, for the first time, Doug brings his best tiny stories together in one collection.
Unlocking the cage, she stepped out.
Cupid. Tomorrow, aim for his head.
Home alone, but toilet just flushed.
Baby loves whining. Mother loves wine.
…reader. I’m a very gifted mind…
I poured two glasses… then remembered.
Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to enjoy these Six Word Wonders.
About The Author
Doug Weller is a writer of psychological thrillers and creator of the Six Word Wonder. His mission is to entertain, educate, and amuse.
His new book, Six Word Story, bring stories, jokes and poetry together. Each written in only six words.
Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram @sixwordwonder
You can find Doug at https://dougweller.net