This is a fun month of New Releases including two anthologies you won’t want to miss!
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MELANIE, by Wendy May Andrews
Two challenged hearts. One true love?
The death of her mother left ten-year-old Melanie Jones with too many responsibilities. Raising her younger siblings under the weight of her father’s unkind words filled her with insecurities. Despite those early years, she’s determined to make a new life for herself. Moving far away from home, she boards a train to escort the latest load of orphans to Missouri.
Abandoned by his wife then widowed, Cole Miller is forced to raise his daughter on his own. Though his sister is supposed to help, she’s more liability than asset. When a beautiful newcomer arrives in town, her doubts and insecurities leave Cole uninterested. He’s had his fill of women like his wife and sister.
When Melanie steps in to help Cole with his daughter, he’s able to see beyond her timidity and discover her beautiful and gracious soul. Will his discovery be enough for him to let go of his own uncertainties? Is Melanie ready for a family of her own?
HOW A STAR SHINES, by Rachel Eliker
Superstar Kiki has it all…except someone to love.
Kiki Loveless is the queen of pop music and has done it all on her own, without a man’s help. So, when her record label hires a bodyguard, she’s determined to protect her independence by driving him away. She soon realizes that might be a challenge since her new bodyguard is Josh Coleman, a hunky former classmate who’s surprisingly persistent.
As much as she wants to hate having him around, she can’t. He helps navigate cringeworthy paparazzi photos, handle vain male co-stars, and hold back rabid crowds who would do anything to have a piece of Kiki.
When Kiki’s ex shows up, he makes it clear he’d love nothing more than to see Kiki fail—even if it means dragging Josh down, too. With so much at stake, Kiki must decide if keeping her spot at the top of the pop charts is more important than risking it all on love.
LOYAL TO THE END, by Jessica Joiner
(A Scott McCully Espionage Adventure, Book 5)
Scott is forced to decide who he can trust, and choosing wrong could cost him more than just his life.
With the Snake’s threat ended, Scott McCully tries to piece together his shattered life and focus on his high school graduation. But SATURN isn’t sure the danger is gone, warning Scott that the real threat may come from the people he loves – perhaps even within his own family.
Now he’s on the run from SATURN and the very people he thought he could trust, as well as the terrorists who are trying to kill him.
Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Scott finds himself questioning everything and everyone he knows. He can’t survive long on his own, but placing his trust in the wrong hands could have dire consequences.
THE CASE OF THE VERY BAD CAT, by Perry Elizabeth Kirkpatrick
“I’m Mia. I know how to write. Why’s that a big deal? Because… I’m a cat.”
After nearly being discovered by the scientists from Caput Laboratories and having to fake her own death, Mia has been lying low. As Christmas approaches, she gets herself temporarily adopted by College-Guy, also known as Tommy.
Something is afoot in the neighborhood, though, and when Mia is accused of leaving dead mice and birds on the neighbors’ doorstep, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. But even the mystery isn’t what it seems.
Will Mia be able to solve the case of the Very Bad Cat? Will she be able to return home so Keith doesn’t spend Christmas all alone?
A GOOD GIRL, by Janice Magerman
Being popular and part of a social clique at her high school, seventeen-year-old Charlotte turns a blind eye to bullying by her own group of friends, until the unimaginable happens. Two deaths in one night.
Guilt ridden, she seeks out a friendship with one of the boys her friends consider the lowest of the low, whilst carrying a secret so painful, she can’t even confide it in her best friend. She has a difficult decision to make, keep her secret hidden or reveal it. Could her decision ultimately mean the end of her perfect family–the one thing Charlotte doesn’t want?
THE PRINCE’S PRETEND ROMANCE, by Rachel Meyers
Can a prince win over the woman of his dreams…when she thinks he’s engaged to someone else?
Laid up with a broken leg Prince Nico Constantin is grateful for the chance to escape his royal duties, and his royal identity. As a prince, his whole life is already mapped out so he is enjoying both temporary anonymity and the potential for a new relationship when his so-called fiancée shows up and orders him home.
Despite her better judgment, nurse Maria Fortuna was fast falling for the mysterious Nico, but all that changes when she discovers he is a prince, and engaged to a princess! Angry and hurt, she accompanies the royal party home only to ensure Nico’s recovery continues, and to take up an opportunity to travel, which she has always longed to do. She can’t help but fall in love with the handsome, charming prince, especially when she discovers his engagement is merely a pretence. His life at the palace, however, is all too real. Can this couple from two different worlds ever stand a chance of finding happiness?
SECRETS IN OUR CITIES: A PARANORMAL URBAN FANTASY ANTHOLOGY
The real world and imagination collide in this international collection of paranormal urban fantasies.
Some cities are inhabited by lycanthropes: a werewolf-turned-private-eye takes on a kidnapping case that upsets his plans for a simple life; a vegetarian werewolf must join forces with a local pack to save their city; and a twenty-something lycan thinks she’s the scariest monster in town until she meets a necromancer.
Children are often the center of paranormal activity: a troop of Mountain Gals on a camping trip runs afoul of a witch; a high school outcast pairs up with an angel to guide ghosts to their final rests; a young fae intelligence agent is placed on his first undercover assignment at a high school; and a little girl rattles a zombie-run pub for supernatural clientele when she accidentally begins haunting it.
These young urbanites are more than they seem: a kindhearted girl changes her life forever when she offers shelter to an injured hellhound; a runty dragon dwells in the sewers plotting revenge while dreaming of reliable takeout; and an ordinary detective must team up with a young hotshot magician to solve a mysterious disappearance.
Step across the paranormal divide with these ten short stories, and you’ll never look at your hometown the same way again.
PAW, CLAWS, AND MAGIC TALES
There’s just something magical about cats.
Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It’s easier to answer what cats aren’t than what they are.
In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the mysterious cat like the elusive little red dot it is. Curl up with sixteen stories all featuring our furry, frisky, fabulous feline friends. Inside, you’ll find adorable house cats, majestic big cats, and imperious cat-dragons. You’ll meet cats who are their owners’ protectors, who help them find true love, and who tackle the challenges of caring for their clumsy human companions in hilarious, heartwarming, and harrowing ways.
This fifth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy features new and returning authors, dedicated to giving you the best in cat-related fantasy fiction.
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