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Like Slow Sweet Molasses by Mickie Sherwood

Like Slow Sweet Molasses

by Mickie Sherwood

Red Rose Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-1-4543-0256-8

Teacher Angela Munso has lost control—of her spiraling life. She can control the fallout of recent news from whose loins she sprang as easily as she can her heart’s pitter-patter for arrogant Lt. Brock Alexander, whom she now wants to hate. Will love intervene and school their arrested hearts?

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Louisiana Hot Sauce by Mickie Sherwood

Louisiana Hot Sauce
by Mickie Sherwood

Red Rose Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-1-60435-675-5
Print ISBN: 978-1604358124

Reclusive songstress Mesha Rayburn’s horrible secret keeps her shattered heart under lock and key. Can helicopter mechanic Jack Connolly break in to make the necessary repairs?

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The Day After by Stephanie Burke

The Day After
by Stephanie Burke

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-4543-0125-7

To the world, the Holidays are a time for joy and celebration. But for Tavin, a deer shifter enlisted to help Santa deliver his holiday it’s the day after is his favorite time. Reunited with his true elven love, together the two of them experience the full force of holiday magic and miracles, and prove that the day after brings the most joy.

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Cat's Paw by Stephanie Burke

Cat’s Paw
by Stephanie Burke

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-4543-0108-0

When she inherited the house, she never new it came with its own protector. Now he needs to know if she can accept the cat’s paw and everything that goes along with its exotic curse.

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Nicked Hearts
by Mickie Sherwood

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-4543-0026-7

K.C. Montreaux crashes the men’s room and straight into unsuspecting Nick Hart. Good deeds cloak his deceit from the Mainland to Maui. Will K.C. snuff out their combustible emotions like hushed Haleakala? Or will she forgive his misguided lies?

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Dragon Star by Stephanie Burke

Dragon Star
Dragonish Series, Book 1
by Stephanie Burke

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-60435-011-1
Print ISBN: 978-1-60435-952-7

As a foundling, she has always struggled to save her own life. Now she is the future mate of a strange man, a submissive for breeding purposes, a desired and treasured female, and the fourth in an all male family quad that just didn’t make sense to her.

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Cherry Crush by Stephanie Burke

Cherry Crush
Silk Feathers, Book 1
by Stephanie Burke

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-60435-327-3

In the face of danger, angst, and a paranormal passion, Chan will prove himself to be the perfect man (kind of) Marlena’s dark defender, and the only male to ensure that her cherry is well and truly crushed.

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My Son by Angela Kay Austin

My Son
by Angela Kay Austin

Red Rose Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-1-60435-793-6

Kelly Ann Mitchell discovers this the hard way that sex, liquor, and men are not always a good thing. Charles Mitchell failed his family, his daughter, once. He’s determined not to do it again. Jerry Harte must pay for what he’s done, and Charles will be the one to make sure he does.

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Susanna’s Heart
by A.M. Wells

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-60435-699-1

Susanna Moore thought she’d found the man of her dreams, until she caught him in bed with her sister. Rancher Noah Weber vowed to never involve his heart again when it came to women until meeting Susanna. Will these two lovers find their happily ever after?

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Hate was an emotion Susanna Moore had embraced and come to know well over the course of the past nine months. She hid it well beneath a facade of false happiness, plus one too many glasses of Christmas cheer. The emotion aptly equated with the smiling couple standing just a few feet away. In the midst of the Moores’ Christmas Eve gathering, they chose to announce their impending marriage.
While everyone gathered around to congratulate and toast the couple’s future happiness, Susanna stood off to one side, an almost-invisible observer of the scene that played out before her. It was a game she’d often played as a child to cope with her sister Kara’s never-ending need to be the center of attention.
Susanna wandered over to the fireplace. Absently, she picked up a childhood photo of Kara and her. There was a time when she truly adored and worshiped her big sister. In her eyes, Kara could do no wrong.
That is, until she witnessed just how cunning and cold hearted her sister could be. When Kara set her sights on becoming the future Mrs. Lawrence Albright, a minor detail like Lawrence being Susanna’s steady boyfriend of almost two years wouldn’t stand in her way.
All Susanna’s dreams of living happily ever after with Lawrence were shattered the night she entered his apartment, climbed the stairs, and found him fucking her sister in the same bed where he’d made love to her countless times before. The confrontation that followed was ugly and ended with Susanna cursing them both before retreating in tears.
Over time, Susanna came to realize Kara’s betrayal had been deliberate, calculated even. Though Susanna cared deeply for Lawrence, he hadn’t broken her heart. Her sister had. She glanced over at both Kara and Lawrence once more, and her blood ran cold as she fought to tamp down her anger.
“I still think you should have put a beat down on her trifling ass.”
Susanna inclined her head to find her cousin Tasha standing behind her and sighed, “Wouldn’t have solved anything.”
“So you’re going keep on pretending to be okay with what she did to you?”
“Tasha, lower your voice. Someone might hear you.” Susanna quickly glanced about the room before dragging her cousin off into her father’s study. Once behind the closed door, she rounded on Tasha. “I told you, I never want Mom or Dad to know what happened.”
“I don’t get you, Susanna. You didn’t do anything wrong. Why are you protecting her?”
“She’s still my sister,” Susanna replied. “Besides, it wasn’t just her. If Lawrence had really cared anything about me, he wouldn’t have been so easily led astray. It’s over and done with. I’m fine.”
“Bullshit,” Tasha shot back. “You’re not fine, Susanna. Seriously, have you taken a good look at yourself in the mirror lately? When was the last time you got a good night’s sleep? Something inside you is broken. It can’t be fixed by pretending it never happened.”
What was the use in continuing this pretence of normalcy? Susanna dashed away the lone tear that now trickled down her cheek and sniffled. Tasha knew her too well. “You’re right, I’m not fine. I can’t eat or sleep. My work is suffering. I’m so damn sick of carrying around this hatred, of being angry all the time. It’s too much. I can’t—no. I won’t go on like this. I’ve got to take back control of my life.”
“You know I’m here for you, Susanna. Have you thought about maybe getting away?”
“Yeah, I know.” Susanna embraced her cousin. “Thanks, Tasha. And yes, I have been thinking about going away for awhile now. What I need is some distance, time away from all this drama. It’s only going to get worse now that…”
“Girl, you do what you have to. How long are you planning to stay away?”
“I don’t know, six months, a year. Depends. However long it takes.”
“I can help you out if you run low on cash.”
“No, I’ve already got that covered. Like I said, I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.”
“Call me if you need anything, day or night.”
“I will.”
“I mean it, Susanna.” Tasha pulled Susanna into another hug. “I’m gonna miss you.”
“Me, too,” Susanna returned the hug before taking a step back. “But I have to do this. My life has been in limbo long enough, I can’t move forward until I come to terms with what Kara…” Susanna shuddered then struggled to take air into her lungs. She didn’t want to give in to the tears of anger, hurt, and frustration yet again. To go on wallowing in abject misery would not solve or change what was now in the past.
No more, Susanna silently resolved.
Why wouldn’t they stop laughing? Tears streamed down Susanna’s face as the bodies lay there. Naked bodies tangled in the sheets, still clinging to each other. She screamed for them to shut up, but they wouldn’t. If anything, her outburst only caused them to laugh harder, louder.
Then there was the matter of the gun in her hand. She’d no idea where it came from.
Or why she was now pointing it at them. It all seemed so surreal. An eerie quiet consumed the room as she squeezed the trigger. Their bodies jerked as bullets ripped their flesh apart. Blood splattered the white sheets. She fired the gun repeatedly until the clicking sound of the empty chamber echoed in her ears.
The gun slipped from Susanna’s hand as her arm fell limply to her side. She approached the bed and peered down at them. Their lifeless eyes stared back at her. The realization of her sin turned Susanna’s mouth up into a sneer. “Not so funny now, huh, bitch.”
The sound of Susanna’s own blood-curdling scream woke her. Bolting upright, she frantically reached out to switch on the bedside lamp. Tears—those damn tears again—streamed down her face. Perspiration covered her body.
“Focus, breathe,” she chanted repeatedly. Her eyes darted about the room for something, anything, to quell the turmoil raging within her. Air. She needed to escape before the darkness consumed her yet again. Throwing off the covers, she pulled on a pair of sweats, sneakers, and a cap before leaving the cabin.
The cool early morning air felt invigorating as she jogged along the dirt path. One obligatory phone call to her parents was all it took to wipe out almost two months of uninterrupted solitude. An innocent remark from her mother reopened the old wound. Through some supreme effort, Susanna remained composed while her mother chattered away, relating all the latest news of her sister’s upcoming wedding. That little tidbit of information served to effectively knock down the wall of isolation she’d built around herself since her arrival in this peaceful North Georgia mountain town.
Susanna remembered her parent’s quite vocal objection to her relocation. They did not understand why she wanted to leave their small town, much less the state. The fact that she was twenty-seven years old didn’t matter to Bill and Frances Moore at all. In their minds, she would always be their baby girl. After growing up in her parents’ home in Boiling Rock, Illinois, then moving to her tiny apartment only two blocks away, Susanna insisted it was past time for her to spread her wings. Finally they relented and gave her their blessings.
On New Year’s Eve, Susanna set off on her cross-country journey to Georgia. Two days later, when she pulled onto the gravel drive, she felt like she was coming home. Seeing the cabin for the first time, surrounded by its panoramic mountain views, took her breath away.
Susanna didn’t take long to adjust to her new surroundings. Winter weather in Georgia she found mild compared to the below-freezing temperatures of Illinois for this particular time of year. Spending her days hiking about the countryside or exploring the town revitalized her spirit and reignited her creative muse. Now she was back at work again, doing what she loved. Yes, coming here was exactly what she needed to find her way back to her old self.
The nightmare had been the first she’d experienced since taking up residence in the cabin.
Picking up her stride, she ran to extinguish the past and bring her focus back to the here and now. Still, she wondered if she would ever truly be free of the past. Could she find happiness again? Susanna doubted she could ever open her heart to another. But neither did she wish to spend the rest of her life alone.
She smiled ruefully, recalling the care package Tasha had stashed in one of her suitcases. The brightly wrapped package contained scented bath oils, votive candles, a box of condoms, and a note.
Just in case. Never know what or who you might run across.
Always be prepared,
Love T.
So like Tasha.
The gesture had caused Susanna to do something she had not done in long a time: burst into laughter.
What on earth would she need with a box of condoms in the middle of Small Town, Nowhere? Still, her cousin’s thoughtfulness did help to lighten her dark mood.
Susanna now slowed her pace and took stock of her surroundings. If she kept going, she would end up on the main road to town. I’d better turn around and head back.
Out of the darkness, a horse suddenly appeared on the path. Susanna screamed, stumbled backwards over a fallen tree branch and landed on her backside. Instinctively, she covered her head then curled into a protective ball as the horse reared backwards on its hind legs.
“Whoa, Blue, settle down,” a booming, masculine voice commanded the massive beast. The rider managed to get the animal under control. He then dismounted the horse.
To Susanna, his shadowy figure loomed large and imposing, like the horse he now stroked and soothed. The darkness made it impossible for Susanna to discern his features as he spoke to the animal in a slow, smoky drawl that floated then evaporated into the cold winter air.
Leery now, she observed him withdraw a long object from his saddle bag. She shrank back, regretting being so impulsive as to leave the safety of the cabin. She couldn’t move as the sound of his footsteps drew nearer. As he stood over her, she opened her mouth, but no sound escaped when he raised the object in his hand.
Susanna tensed just as she was hit dead on in the face—by a bright beam of light.
“You wanna tell me just what the hell you’re doing out here?”

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