The perfect read for the holiday season! Check out The Truth About Elves by Etka R. Garg!
The Truth About Elves
Publication Date: October 2021
Genre: Holiday Romance
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner
As a bartender in Las Vegas, Curtis seems to have the dream life. He’s single, lives close to the Strip, and only has to worry about when to pick up the next extra shift. No one knows the truth about what happened ten years ago, and no one knows how he spends three months every year: as a part-time elf for Santa Claus.
When Curtis went to the Arctic Circle the first time, he thought he could escape the unthinkable. Now, the anniversary of the worst day of his life is coming up, and he’s been asked to do the unbelievable. If Curtis wasn’t a man of his word, he would turn his back on the whole thing. But Mr. C. took Curtis in when he had nowhere else to go, and now the boss is calling in a favor—the kind that will make Curtis face the memory of the unimaginable.
If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday magic is real, come find out. Embrace the season and the power of forgiveness along with Curtis as he discovers The Truth About Elves.
Since starting in niche publishing in 2005, Ekta has written and edited about everything from healthcare to home improvement to Hindi films. She became a freelance editor in 2011 to cement her essential belief that words can change people and the world. A writing contest judge, podcaster, and reviewer, Ekta blogs original fiction, book reviews, and parenting adventures from The Write Edge.
Happy publication week to author Cassandra Diviak! Both books in the Laws of Love duology are now available!
Love on the Docket
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Enemies to Lovers
Publication Date: November 20, 2023
A prosecutor. A defense attorney. An unexpected love story of second chances and taking risks.
JANUARY QUINN has lost her groove. Her career as a prosecutor crossed the five-year mark, and she questions whether applying for an internal promotion in the office is worth her time. Her social life consists of bad double dates with old friends and solitary hours spent with her dog. But when she uncovers an unresolved bucket list from her late mother, she resolves to get her groove back and live life fearlessly as her mother would want for her.
How to do that? Scoring the coveted promotion. But beyond the internal office competition, the universe seems keen to throw her into the path of her least favorite defense attorney more often than desired—Dean Yearwood.
DEAN YEARWOOD has everything all figured out. Within the year, he expects to make associate at one of the best criminal defense firms in the state. His social life keeps him satisfied, and he makes enough money to live the dream. However, his family worries about his lack of a romantic relationship and intentions of finding someone. Dean has no intention of changing his mind unless he meets someone who checks off all the boxes.
Yet, the one woman who comes remotely close hates his guts with a fiery passion, too much of a risk to gamble on. Dean swears the feeling is mutual because January and he would rather die than imagine each other as anything but opponents on opposite sides of the law.
But when their paths continue to intersect in meaningful ways beyond the courtroom, the lines between enemies begin to blur. Whether the mutual hatred can stand will be left to the jury of their hearts.
Love thicker than Water
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Enemies to Lovers
Publication Date: November 20, 2023
When a charming attorney encounters a newly single woman saddled with the difficult task of guardianship, he must do whatever it takes to keep the line friendly.
NINA BYNDEL struggles to see the silver lining in the cards she’s been dealt. After losing her sister in a freak accident, Nina is appointed the guardian of her young niece. That, coupled with a broken engagement to a fiancé she swore would be her forever, Nina knows that her life will never be the same.
But when she learns of her estranged family’s intentions to sue her for custody of her niece and their underhanded intentions for doing so, she prepares to fight. She won’t allow the family that turned their back on her sister when pregnant to take her niece, which leads her into the life of one Cole Yearwood.
COLE YEARWOOD is the last man standing in his family—the last one without a life partner. He feels the pressure to find someone, enhanced by his older brother’s wedding fever, but isn’t sure where to start. However, his life is taken over when Nina consults his office for help.
Nina is a dream girl, but Cole knows that neither she nor he should step past a professional line. Yet, he and Nina keep finding their way back to one another in everyday life. Neither are looking for something serious, so being friends seems harmless enough.
But will they stay “just friends” as the court battle for Nina’s niece brings them closer than they’ve been to anyone in a long time?
Cassandra Diviak is an indie fantasy and romance author, writing in the new adult demographic. Her debut series, The Shadow and Soul Series, is available for purchase now on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.
We are thrilled to share this stunning cover with you all today! Crimson Promises is Jocelyn Bleu’s debut novel!
Expected Publication Date: December 27, 2023
Genre: Romantic Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Secrets untold. A stranger’s allure. A choice that could ignite a war of worlds.
To escape her dangerous secret, Aurora James flees to Arch Cape University. When she meets Bennett Caelum, her life takes an electrifying and terrifying turn. Bennett is alluring and aloof. As a fallen angel with his sights set on revenge, Bennett has managed to keep a safe distance while guarding Aurora’s angelic gifts and protecting secrets of his own.
Aurora doesn’t know that the very past she is running from is Bennett’s sworn duty to protect.
A fiery attraction ignites between the two, threatening to sway Bennett from his path of vengeance. Aurora is forced to decide between two worlds as she discovers more about her abilities.
Linked by a prophecy as old as time, unexpected truths could spell downfall for all. But sinister forces lurk in the shadows, intent on claiming Aurora, as decisions kindle the flames of war.
All is fair in a battle of secrets and betrayal. The only way to survive is freedom or death.
Jocelyn Bleu is a tea, matcha latte, notebook collecting kind of girl. She can be found binging
Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, or Friends. When she’s not reading or writing, she is with her
family or friends or walking (most likely to get some source of caffeine).
She has a master’s degree in creative writing and a bachelor’s degree in history. She is
obsessed with all things supernatural, and anything JRR Tolkien related.
Nice Victorian ladies don’t run off to find legendary lost cities.
Empire of Shadows (Raiders of the Arcana Book 1)
Expected Publication Date: April 2, 2024
Genre: Historical Fantasy/ Gaslamp Fantasy
Nice Victorian ladies don’t run off to find legendary lost cities.
One trifling little arrest shouldn’t have cost Ellie Mallory her job, but it’s only the latest in a line of injustices facing any educated woman with archaeological ambitions.
When Ellie stumbles across the map to a mysterious ancient city, she knows she’s holding her chance to revolutionize Pre-Colombian history. There’s just one teensy complication. A ruthless villain wants it, and Ellie is all that stands in his way.
To race him to the ruins—and avoid being violently disposed of—she needs the help of maverick surveyor Adam Bates, a snake-wrangling rogue who can’t seem to keep his dratted shirt on.
But there’s more than Ellie’s scholarly reputation (and life) on the line. Her enemies aren’t just looters. They’re after an arcane secret rumored to lie in the heart of the ruins, a mythical artifact with a power that could shake the world.
Between stealing trousers, plummeting over waterfalls, and trying not to fall in love with her machete-wielding partner, will Ellie be able to stop the oracle of a lost empire from falling into the wrong hands?
Empire of Shadows is the first book in Jacquelyn Benson’s smart, swashbuckling Raiders of the Arcana series. Read it now and dive into a rip-roaring historical fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Romancing the Stone and The Mummy.
Who loves a cozy mystery? Then check out Claire and the Missing Heir by Amanda Nelson!
Claire and the Missing Heir
Publication Date: June 19, 2023
Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Romcom
When Mr. Johnson, the abrasive and crotchety bank manager who was almost universally disliked, is found dead in his house under suspicious circumstances. Best friends CC and Claire decide the new sheriff doesn’t know enough about small towns, and the people who live there, to solve the case. They begin asking questions, and generally annoying the sheriff, but one person points the finger at another until there are no answers, just more questions. With lots of reasons to want Mr. Johnson dead, what finally caused somebody to kill him? Could somebody they know really be a killer?
Claire’s inability to keep her thoughts to herself cause hurt feelings, hilarity, and bodily harm wherever she goes, but that won’t stop CC and Claire from trying to find who might be a murderer. Nor do the sheriff’s hopefully idle threats, and pointed statements, to keep out of his investigation. As far as Claire is concerned, he doesn’t have much of an investigation.
To make matters worse every time Claire and the sheriff are in the same area, he ends up injured. She didn’t mean to hit him with her car, or slap him, or hit him with a door, or feed him dog biscuits, or run over his foot, or … well you get the idea. A smart person would avoid the walking hazard that is Claire, but the sheriff keeps turning up wherever Claire goes. Is it a coincidence, or something more? The sparks and injuries fly as Claire and the new sheriff both try to solve the suspicious death of Mr. Johnson.
Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda Nelson. However, it was not always something she thought she could make a living with. After years of teaching elementary school, she finally sat down and wrote her first book. A cozy mystery about best friends solving a murder in their small town.
Since turning her passion into a profession she is never happier than when she sits down at her desk and puts the opening words to a new book or story on paper.
Amanda lives with her husband of over 20 years, her two grown children, and a lot of pets. When not writing she likes to spend time with family and friends, walk on the beach with her dogs, read, and take photographs.
Follow Amanda on Amazon for notifications when new books release and connect with her directly at amandanelsonauthor.com.
The queen and her friends threw me into the dark pit three years ago, and I sought a way out, having used the power and life force of the others who were also thrown in. Today, I am free and planning my vengeance against her and the others.
In a supernatural world filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, and angels, I will have my revenge against them. I am the epitome of evil and didn’t die like they thought. There’s a third prophecy with a nice little catch! This prophecy is meant for me; my revenge will turn the tables on the queen and her friends. I will turn them all against her, and according to the prophecy, the avenging angel be mine. Forever. As for the others, they will serve me.
It’s time for me to rise, beginning with the birth of a new hunter, new demons, and an angel that will be mine. Vengeance against the queen will be mine.
Rise of the Hunter is the fourth book in the Blood Prophecy series and is the first book of a new trilogy for the Tall Dark Man. It is full of dark magic and vengeance with a twist of good vs. evil but will good win this time? This supernatural book is set in the modern-day world between supernaturals to control the world and unleash evil as the world prepares for peace.
The Tall Dark Man called forth his witches of great power. He called upon their spirits, regardless of flesh and blood. He owned their souls, and because of that, they lived to serve only him. Thirteen powerful witches stood before him. His coven. Tapping his right fingers on the stone armrest of his throne, his left hand cradled his chin. His chin, left crooked from falling in the pit, never straightened and distorted his face. As he looked over towards his coven of dark witches, he watched them as they bowed in reverence to him.
“My coven. I call upon you to create an army of demons from that stone. It is the oldest stone and can be bent to obey my will. Create this army using that stone as it holds the strongest and hottest fire in the world. It is a volcano fire. Give this army strength, cunning, and power, for it will have to rise against the queen, the angel Zaraquel, and the witch. This army can’t be destroyed except by one word. I will give you that word when it is time.”
The witches stood whispering in front of him. One of them dared to speak.
“And what names shall we give these demons? To know one’s name is to command it.”
“When the demons are ready, I shall name them myself. This way, there is only one master. Do you remember Krieg, the Stone Demon? These need to be even more vicious. Krieg was the perfect Stone Demon, but a vampire and his witch wife destroyed him. Raise my army or suffer my wrath. When you have succeeded, I have more tasks for you in the days ahead.”
The same outspoken witch came to the Tall Dark Man and bowed to him. “Yes, lord. Your wish is our command.”
He saw all the witches standing before him, bow in servitude, and retreat to create his army. However, the Tall Dark Man summoned one witch back to him. She was a dark-skinned woman, and he admired her beauty. She was one of his favorites because, despite her physical age, he ensured her youth and beauty. The witch would lie with many men and bear their children, instructing all of them about dark magic, and causing speculations during the trials. He saved her after her time in jail by replacing her with a demon molded into her image. The Tall Dark Man wasn’t about to let anything happen to his witch after the Salem Trials. Not as strong as his sweet Elizabeth Hexham… Her loins bore him many demon sons and daughters.
She asked, “Will we create stone demons, or will there be more?”
The Tall Dark Man smiled and shifted his position on his throne. Motioning her to come forward, he grabbed her breasts and titillated them, stimulating her body in response to him. He watched her close her eyes and sway her hips, spreading herself open to him. His witches knew his needs and when to service him. This was one of those times… He grabbed her hair and pulled her head back, her back arched.
“You, my sweet Tituba, shall give birth to a hunter. A hunter whose only purpose is to kill the queen and bring me the avenging angel. He will rise from your womb. He will kill the queen and her pets and bring their lifeless bodies to me so that the coven can raise them from the dead and command them to serve me. Only the angel will be left alone.”
Tituba nodded and replied, “I am honored, master. Will this hunter succeed? The last failed miserably, and you were in a terrible rage of anger.”
Scratching his chin, he thought for a moment and answered her. “Yes, because through him, all the demons and beings that serve me will follow his command while he is on his mission. He won’t be alone. Be calm. I won’t make that mistake again. Now, concentrate on something else, my sweet.” Then, he covered her with his body and implanted his seed into her womb.
Barb Jones is an award-winning supernatural thriller/horror author, living in Florida. While she is an accomplished IT professional by day, she fulfills her passion for writing supernatural thrillers by night. Born and raised in Hawaii, Barb deeply connects to legends, the supernatural, and all things that go bump into night. Her Hawaiian heritage plays a significant part in a lot of her writing. Her family roots return to Ancient Hawaii, involving a royal lineage and being descended from a long line of kahunas.
Not everyone likes to read light beachy reads in the summer so we recommend Wolvercraft Manor by Cas E. Crowe! Read on for more details!
Publication Date: May 27, 2023
Genre: Paranormal Thriller/ Gothic Horror
A bride. A groom. A deadly curse.
Forced to attend her brother’s wedding, Saige Wolvercraft returns to her ancestral home, the house where her mother took her own life. Wolvercraft Manor is haunted. Or at least it is for Saige. The rest of her family thinks she’s nuts—a diagnosed handful. Worse, her ex-boyfriend and successful rock star, Jasper Young, is attending the wedding, and he’s the only one who believes her.
When Saige learns that a string of family deaths has occurred in the house over the last two centuries, she realises the supernatural is involved with the manor’s dark history. Not only does her bedroom window opens mysteriously on its own, but cries echo from the attic, and a seance goes disastrously wrong.
After a storm moves in, cutting off the family’s contact with the outside world, the bride starts behaving strangely. It’s time for Saige to investigate. The problem is she needs Jasper’s help.
As Saige and Jasper are drawn closer together and uncover more of the house’s secrets, they learn that something evil walks Wolvercraft’s halls… and it’s coming for all of them.
An admirer of all things spooky and quirky, Cas E Crowe’s fascination for fantasy, horror, and paranormal stories began when she was little, after her grandfather recognised her unusual interest and built her a haunted doll house to stage her own stories. She has self-published two young adult dark fantasy novels and has plans to write an anthology of haunted house horror novels.
…remember, not all girls are made of sugar and spice. Welcome to the tour for House of Sticks, the sequel to House of Straw by Marc Scott. Read on for more details!House of SticksPublication Date: February 2022
Genre: Psychological Thriller
They are united now, two sisters who were kept apart by the cruel twists in their lives. And, despite the fact these siblings grew up at the opposite end of the social ladder, they have discovered that they share an unbreakable bond. It is like a modern-day fairy tale coming to life.
However, the pathway to their shared happiness is littered with misgivings and depraved memories from which they can never escape. Brianna is still haunted by the tragic death of her twin brother while Poppy finds it hard to let go of the ghosts of her abusive childhood.
It seems that the forces around them will never leave them alone. Neddy, a ruthless drug dealer is hell-bent on revenge. A worried mother who is desperate to unlock the darkest of secrets. A stranger with tattooed fingers who must face retribution for his evil sins. These women must be strong to survive.
But remember, not all girls are made of sugar and spice. Be prepared! This is not a fairy tale…
Liver and Lights never did visit Lucy on that bitter cold and frosty night, but the myth was enough to buy the silence of at least a dozen of the victims of the sadistic caretaker. A lifelong warning that would forever disturb the minds and souls of even the strongest of them.
The loud commotion at the back gate that night was that of Lucy’s father, who, following his release from prison, had driven south from Cumbria for eight hours in heavy snowstorms to be re-united with his daughter. The pair enjoyed a hearty breakfast the following morning before driving up to Kendal in the north of England. Life returned to normal, or at least as normal as it would ever be for young Lucy.
She never did tell her rescuer about the atrocities that went on behind closed doors in that Childrens Home. She feared that if she did, her father would over-react, as he had done with the ‘touchy-feely’ teacher at her school and beat the living daylights out of Sean Donovan. She did not relish the idea of her father going back to prison. But neither Lucy nor her father were surprised when they discovered that the Bluebridge Childrens Home was closed some years later, following several abuse allegations against members of its staff. Justice final caught up with the wicked caretaker more recently when a Paedophile Hunting Group caught him red-handed grooming two thirteen-year-old girls. He has served almost two years of the seven-year sentence he received for his crimes and had recently been placed in the isolation unit of the prison for his own safety.
Lucy Jones had carried the unwelcome burden of being an exceptionally pretty child. Her shiny blonde hair, silky soft skin and piercing blue eyes made her stand out in a crowd. It also made her a target for every sick pervert that crossed her path when she was placed into the care system. However, the girl had coped better than most did and is now a strong-minded survivor of the torturous nightmares she endured during those eighteen months.
She is twenty-seven years old now and is married to the manager of a clothing store. She lives two streets away from her doting father who visits her at least three times each week. She is a mother herself, twice over, two daughters, one of which she named Poppy, in memory of a brave young girl who had once put her own safety at risk to protect her.
She never fails to read her daughters bedtime stories, telling them tales of handsome princes and fairy queens who live idyllic lives in beautiful surroundings. But sometimes, just sometimes, when she slips those magical books back into the drawer, it all comes back to her. She remembers Donovan’s frightening tale of his phantom accomplice Liver and Lights. And on those nights, she will always watch over her children until they are soundly asleep. Occasionally, she finds herself caught up in the moment. And on those nights, she can be seen staring out of her children’s bedroom window, up at the surrounding darkness, shouting a few words she keeps locked away inside her head.
Available on AmazonHouse of StrawPublication Date: November 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Traumatised by the tragic death of her twin brother, Brianna falls into a state of deep depression, isolating herself from the world and all those that care about her. When a twist of fate reveals that she has a half-sister she finds a new purpose in her life and sets out to find her sibling, desperately hoping she can fill the void left in her world.
Poppy has not enjoyed the same privileged lifestyle as her sister while growing up. Abandoned into the care system at the age of eight, she has encountered both physical and sexual abuse for most of her life. Passing through the hands of more care homes and foster families than she can remember, the damaged product of a broken upbringing, Poppy has never found a place to feel truly safe. Kicking back at society, she turns to drug abuse and acts of extreme violence to escape from reality.
When the two siblings are finally united, they discover that they have much more in common than their DNA. Their paths are shrouded with sinister secrets of betrayal and regret and both girls share a deep-rooted hatred for one of their parents. As the dark truths of their lives are unveiled they realise that nothing can ever be the same again…
CW: Dark chapters involving child abuse and brutality, adult themesAmazon
About the Author
Marc Scott was born and raised in the heart of the East End of London. He spent more than 25 years working in the video and film industry, including a 12-month spell on a project in Los Angeles. More recently he has been involved with assisting at the rehabilitation section of the UK court service, working predominantly with young offenders. It was here where he met the people that would inspire him to write his first novel House of Straw.
He is unapologetic for the dark backdrop and raw brutality in his books. ‘You can’t sugar-coat some of these damaged individuals that live in a broken society and make excuses for them.’ he says. ‘Not everyone wants the chance to redeem themselves.’
His gritty writing style has earned him much praise from reviewers and bloggers. The second book in his trilogy, House of Sticks, will be available later this year. A story that Marc describes as, ‘An even darker and more twisted journey into the depths of depravity.’
Marc lives in Halstead in England. He has a son and two daughters, who, he says, have given him the proudest moments in his life. He lists his favourite author as Kazuo Ishiguro, and his favourite book as ‘Birdy’ by William Wharton. He sums up his reading choices with a method which he applies to his own works. ‘When I read a book, I want to feel like a bystander, watching on, as an ‘extra’ as everything unfolds. If any of the characters in the book are bland and don’t affect you in some way, the author has wasted an opportunity.’
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We are happy to share Denise Roma’s novel Grace Summit with you all today! Read on for more details!
Publication Date: September 2022
Genre: NA College Romance/ FF Romance (slightly literary bent)
Ann, Amelia, and Jackie arrive at Grace Summit Bible College with their own particular heartbreaks. Ann is lonely and hungry for belonging, Amelia is broken from abuse and separation from her child, and Jackie is searching for friendships to sustain her.
Ann and Amelia find the connection they seek in one another, but they must navigate the college’s religious mandates and eventually, the passage of decades. It is during those passing years that Jackie comes to understand the influence Amelia’s and Ann’s love story has had on her own life.
Grace Summit explores the lives of women coming of age in the late ’80s, navigating their places in a changing world. Giving each woman a voice to reflect on her story, it weaves together attraction, love, religion, and finally, aging, illness, and loss. It’s an achingly beautiful novel that spans cities and lifetimes, capturing the intensity of first loves and women’s friendships.
You can find Denise Roma’s poetry in After Hours, a Chicago journal of literature and visual art, and short fiction in the online literary journal Thread and the New Town Writer’s Off the Rocks magazine. Grace Summit is her first novel.
Denise lives in the Chicago area with her family. She loves reading, writing, dancing in land or water and early morning air.
Welcome to the tour for Scale by L.R. Friedman, the second novel in The Blaze Legacy series. Read on for more details and visit one of our Instagram hosts for a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
Scale (The Blaze Legacy #2)
Publication Date: January 16th, 2023
Genre: NA Dark Romantasy with Dark Academia elements
🌟 Dark Portal Fantasy 🌟 Secret Societies 🌟 Adult Dark Academia 🌟 Dual POV 🌟 Slow Burn 🌟 Morally Grey Characters
The Revered have returned.
Struggling to confront burning truths, Kyleigh must keep her identity a secret or risk endangering everyone. As she and Dru navigate her awakened magic and new role within the kingdom, self-doubts emerge, threatening to pull them apart.
Aislin is discharged from her assassin duties, only to find herself tethered to another master when a small favor comes back to haunt her. A familiar enemy re-enters her life, complicating things further and conjuring feelings she can’t ignore or trust.
The restoration of power in Celaria rouses a dangerous foe. Now, two warring kingdoms with a heated past must form a tenuous alliance.
Secrets will be unmasked.
Hearts will be measured.
What are they willing to sacrifice to heal a decade of scars?
Scale is the second book in The Blaze legacy, an NA/Adult Dark Portal Romantasy that is full of magic, mythical creatures, delicious tension, and spice that builds through the series. It contains some explicit content best suited for readers over the age of 18.
Genre: NA Dark Romantasy with Dark Academia elements
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2023
A hidden portal isn’t something most students bargain for when they enroll at Halston University.
When a mysterious black envelope arrives during freshman orientation—one inviting Kyleigh Roberts to the school’s prestigious secret society—she immediately feels an unexplainable pull to pledge.
What Kyleigh doesn’t realize is that getting closer to the answers she’s been searching for will force her further from everything she’s ever known.
She plummets into a dark realm full of magic and twisted creatures that once only lived in her bedtime fairy tales. Grappling with explosive powers that begin to emerge, Kyleigh stumbles into a stranger—a woman with glowing eyes who claims she can help.
Since Aislin discovered her gift, she’s been nothing more than a weapon—one wielded by criminals. The idea of freedom has always been just that, an idea. A luxury for those who don’t possess her talent for delivering a swift and merciful death. But for the first time, she’s given a shot at the freedom she’s craved for years.
The catch? She must use her gifts one final time to carry out a mission fueled by revenge against the man least deserving of her mercy.
When Kyleigh and Aislin’s stories become entangled, the two women from worlds apart must find a way to join forces against a vengeful king or risk remaining pawns in a deadly game played by those in power.
The Blaze Legacy is a NA/Adult Dark Portal Romantasy series containing content best suited for readers over the age of 18.
Author L.R. Friedman loves curling up with a cup of coffee while diving into her fantasy and paranormal romance worlds. A Virginia native, she currently lives in Texas with her husband and three children.