Fiber artist Tanya Beals desperately wants to sell something at the local craft show.
Unfortunately, no one wants to buy the unique pieces she sells.
So Tanya comes up with a plan that involves her gorgeous best friend, a handsome stranger and a little white lie.
But Tanya soon discovers that art, like life, isn’t always what it seems…
A short story.
Travel writer Daniella Duvall thrives on adventure, but when her plane spirals out of control in midair she wonders if those days are over.
Until a tall, dark stranger who both infuriates and attracts her, comes to the rescue. When he disappears after the emergency landing, Daniella senses a story and becomes determined to track him down.
Hannah needs money
Amal needs a lawyer
Soon they’ll learn they really need each other
Hannah Olaniyi needs money fast to save her family home from foreclosure. So, for a large fee, the desperate attorney takes on a seemingly unwinnable case.
Notorious playboy, Amal Harper, can pay whatever Hannah asks. He needs someone willing to take on a powerful family with lots of connections.
Her best mistake?
Widowed civil engineer, Cheryl Whelan, likes to speak her mind. Especially about her annoying tenant, toy designer, Bryant Hill.
However, when she says something that causes Bryant’s fiancée to dump him, Cheryl scrambles to fix the damage. Her husband’s illness left her drowning in debt and she needs the extra income.
So she makes Bryant a promise...
Claudia Madison loves the single life. The bestselling author looks forward to hosting a new TV show featuring romantic destinations for singles like her. The only problem? Her cohost, Peter Warren, the gorgeous bachelor she almost married.
Peter takes pride in being a leading authority on staying single.
Divorced romance novelist, Noreen Webster, has given up on love and thinks heroes can only be found in books.
But when she takes her sister’s place to deliver a package to a Caribbean island, the North Carolina native begins to change her mind once she meets the handsome and dashing Michael Vaughn on the cruise there.
Housewife-turned-superstar-novelist, Suzanne Rand, hardly resembles the frumpy, brokenhearted woman she used to be when she returns to North Carolina to sell her family home. Now wiser and independent, she arrives with no plans to stay.
Rick Gordon hopes to change her mind.
A name that once inspired the fantasies of men and the envy of women
A mysterious, elusive international icon of exquisite beauty
A woman named Monica Dupree who disappeared years ago.
She now lives a quiet life buried under secrets that continue to haunt her.
Trent Brewster thinks nice guys finish last.
He sets out to prove it by betting his cousin that he can win over any woman within a month by acting like his womanizing brother, Xavier.
When he spots Dr. Erin Freeman at a wedding reception, he decides she’ll make the perfect target.
But Erin proves to be a bigger challenge than he expected.
And soon Trent fears he may win a bet but lose his heart…
In this five story collection, love—maternal, romantic, and familial—comes with a cost.
Meet a woman who learns the power of fear in “The Reason Why”; another discovers the price of ignoring her heart in “The One Certainty”. A mother’s secret becomes revealed in “Dorcas” and a woman faces her trust issues in “The Neighbor”.
Carolyn Thomas only wanted a pack of gum.
She didn’t want another date with the nice guy who had asked her out or to notice the child in the crowded convenience store.
A child with frightened eyes. A child who reminded her of herself.
Carolyn wanted to leave the store and forget them both.
But Carolyn wouldn’t get what she wanted…
A short story about the unexpected consequences of one look.
Will she risk her heart again?
Successful businesswoman, Michelle Clifton, knows the pain of loss. She lost her parents to illness and the man she loved left her. Now she may lose the one thing she holds dear: her business.
When Michelle receives a notice that her lease won’t be renewed, she fears that her wealthy and powerful estranged husband, James Winfield, may be behind the threat.
Tony Blake likes to follow orders. The former soldier finds comfort in rules and working for respected businessman, Alex Carlton, gives him that.
Unfortunately, he can’t fight his fierce attraction to Alex’s fiancée, Gabriella Duvall, a beautiful woman he must escort to events when Alex can’t attend.
And his latest task may be his undoing.
School. A time of transformation and confusion.
In this five story collection meet an overweight teenager desperate not to ruin his grade point average in “Gym Class”; a college student facing a difficult choice in “Lola’s Decision.” Follow a high school student as he uncovers a dark community secret in “Blind Eye” and two other tales.
Candice prefers fantasy to real life.
She fantasizes about a better life but mostly about the stranger she sees at the library.
The stranger fulfills all her dreams. Until one tiny action threatens to change that.
Forcing her to face reality in a way she never thought she could.
Flashy playboy Jackson Fortune never expected to wake up with a wife. But when she arrives at his apartment one morning he can’t ignore her.
Toyin Jacobs planned to quietly annul her secret Vegas wedding to Jackson. But when her nosy sister discovers the truth and posts it online, Toyin rushes to warn him.
Nine-year-old Damion Herold can see and feel sounds.
That makes him different from everyone he knows. It also makes him want his parents to stop fighting.
He wants silence, more than anything, and makes a wish for Christmas.
A wish that comes true.
But not in the way he expected…
A fantasy holiday story of loss and renewal.
Call center operator, Krista Nichols, loves coming to the rescue of others. So when she meets a stranger in the woods, she is eager to help him.
Except the stranger isn’t a person.
And she may not be able to help.
A reality that may free or haunt her for years to come.
A fantasy story about letting go.
Straight-laced businessman, James Fortune, always does the right thing.
So when his reckless twin brother, Jackson, gets cold feet the day of his wedding, James decides to pretend to be the groom to protect his family’s name and honor, until his brother comes to his senses. However, his new bride, Ava Hughes, is also not who she seems.
Paul Gibbons didn’t like cats.
But the skinny cat on his doorstep looked near death and its haunting green eyes pleaded for his help.
He wanted to turn away. He needed to protect his secret.
However, he couldn’t look away and he let the cat in.
A decision that could cost him his life or be his salvation.
A fantasy story about facing one’s destiny.
High schooler Ayo Davis watches the clock.
He makes every second count—from the time he wakes up until he goes to bed he stays on schedule.
Until he finds a dead body.
The fallout ruins his perfect timetable and forces him to look beyond the clock and face what he didn’t want to see.
A short story about taking a stand.
A lesson in love?
Jodi Durant lives a lie. When she gets a promotion at work, she fears that her lie will be discovered and get her fired.
An invitation to join the Black Stockings Society, promising her a new life, comes just in time.
However, her membership comes with a price—revealing her secret to a man who could destroy her life.
Or give her the lesson she always needed.
She thinks he’s a cad.
He thinks she’s a witch.
Until one little deception forces them to see each other in a whole new way.
Maid of honor Bianca Olade loves weddings.
She looks forward to attending her cousin’s big event except for one thing: She hates Broderick Radford, the best man, a celebrated photojournalist known for his reputation with women. She tries her best to keep her distance.
Harmony Ellis has a problem and it comes in the form of her mysterious new neighbor, Miss Octavia Newberry.
This attractive young woman appears to have set her eyes on Harmony’s eligible son, Ray. But Harmony has already selected the daughter-in-law she wants.
However, she’ll soon learn that the lady next door is full of surprises.
A short story set in Hamsford.
Beth Wilcock lives in fear.
Someone keeps calling and leaving threatening messages.
The phone calls started after a simple car accident.
An accident that will escalate to something much worse.
A short story about choices.
An angry, overweight teen writes letters to her former best friend when her friend goes missing.
The police think she may know something about the disappearance.
She doesn’t think so.
But soon her letters reveal she knows more than anyone ever suspected, especially herself.
A short story about friendships and keeping secrets.
Jean Livesey-Chee worries about her brilliant but rebellious student Sabina Chase.
Every effort to guide and help the high school senior use her talent is met with disdain.
Jean despairs that she will never reach Sabina and that failing her will have far reaching consequences.
But one day Sabina will teach Jean a lesson she never knew she needed.
“You can practice on me…”
Eight years ago, Clarice Yates, put her dream of being a masseuse on hold when a family crisis forced her to take care of her mother.
Now the accountant feels stuck in a job she can’t stand. But when she helps a handsome stranger in a medical emergency she gets to put her dormant massage skills to the test.
And discovers that once isn’t enough.
Mariella Duvall does not take orders. She gives them.
A former model, she now works behind the camera as a photographer and likes to be in charge.
Unfortunately, her latest dream project may be derailed by Ian Cooper. The brash, arrogant, although handsome, man who hired her. Mariella wants nothing to do with a man who tries to keep her in line.
Microbiologist, Dr. Naomi Mensah, always gets into trouble due to her absent-minded ways. She finds herself in trouble again at her cousin’s wedding, when she loses an expensive necklace down a grate while walking to her car.
When a mysterious stranger offers to help her retrieve it, she feels relieved.
Until he asks her to make him a wild promise...
On the verge of losing everything, Isabella Duvall decides to sell her beloved home to keep her family together.
Fortunately, wealthy Alex Carlton comes to the rescue and agrees to buy the extravagant house.
But Isabella’s sisters don’t want to leave. So the eldest devises a plan: Charm the handsome bachelor and become his wife.
“You saved our lives…”
Jobless, broke and facing foreclosure, Kate Elliot tries to end her life several days before Christmas, but wakes up in a strange room with no memory of how she got there.
Everyone in the Stokes family of Winterwood Lane considers her a hero. Except Evan.
After a bitter betrayal he does not trust her or anyone.
Can two broken hearts find joy during the holidays?
After a long day, Anita Cross just wants to enjoy a hot latte in her favorite coffee shop.
But when she sees her new neighbor, a mysterious man whose name she can’t remember, she senses that means trouble.
In minutes she discovers just how much when he approaches her table and demands she leaves with him for her safety.
But can she trust him?
Anna Marie Williams dreams of two things: Telling her boss to shut up and one night with her high school crush Desmond Rockwell. But the shy human resources employee doesn’t expect either to come true until she receives a surprise inheritance and an invitation to join the Black Stockings Society.
When Tanna Ariyo gets dumped at her twin sisters’ wedding, she throws caution to the wind and asks a handsome stranger for a simple request.
She expects him to turn her down.
Soon an evening she’d thought would be a disaster turns into something more. And before she knows it, Tanna finds herself falling for a man who could either break her heart or give her unexpected pleasure…
Get comfortable in your favorite reading spot and dive into these ten stories featuring different holidays.
Christmas is highlighted in the story of a jaded singer who learns to renew her joy in music in “A Song to Remember” and a new father and husband struggles to create the perfect holiday in “The Perfect Christmas”.
This collection of stories is sure to delight.
Mother-to-be Tamara Cole doesn’t know what to think when her husband gives her an empty box on Christmas Eve.
Except he says it’s not empty.
And he’s not the only one who says so.
A fantasy short story about choosing what to believe.
Dara Girard is an award winning, national bestselling author of more than thirty novels and many short stories including “A Fortunate Mistake” and “The Special Guest”
Biologist Brenda Everton dedicates her life to her work.
When an important project needs funding, an invitation from the mysterious Black Stockings Society comes just in time. She puts on a pair of sequined black stockings to convince her ex-husband, wealthy entrepreneur Dominic Ayers, to help her for the sake of scientific research— nothing more.
Celebrate love and the magic of the holidays in this short story collection.
Discover what happens when a woman asks a stranger to help her fool her neighbors in “The Special Guest”. Find out how one woman copes with going to a dreaded party in “New Year’s Surprise”. See a new husband and father struggle to create the perfect holiday for his family in “The Perfect Christmas”.
Andrea Harnett, a successful working woman, believes in the strength of her marriage.
Until she finds something in her drawer that shakes her to the core.
Soon she starts to question everything she knows about love, her husband and herself.
An emotional short story from national bestselling author Dara Girard.
Will this Cinderella get her happily ever after?
Dog groomer Yvette Coulier dreams of living like her wealthy clients. Tired of being overlooked and chased by men who want fun and no commitment she wants a change.
When she receives an invitation from the mysterious Black Stockings Society, she catches the eye of the wealthy Nate Blackwell
Mary was a little lamb…
Mary Reyland wants revenge against Edmund Davis, the man who cost her a promotion. Tired of being taken for granted and overlooked, she eagerly puts on a pair of sexy fishnets for her next business meeting…
...Until she decided to take control
The look of love?
Professional organizer Caryn Chandler thinks her life is perfect.
Until her new perm makes her hair fall out, she breaks up with her boyfriend and she bumps into Adrian Everett. The man she’d left standing at the altar eight years ago.
When an invitation from the Black Stockings Society arrives promising her a second chance at love, she jumps at the chance.