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#SoCS – Dressed

I got dressed today! That’s a big deal some days since I don’t have to go out to work. Today I took Alex to see Maleficent 2. We both enjoyed it a lot! Alex was literally sitting on the edge of his seat through the battle scenes, and at times I closed my eyes because the cinematography made me feel sick, but it was well worth it. And the costumes! If they don’t win an Oscar, I’ll be surprised.

Speaking of costumes, Halloween. I’m going to let Alex go out trick or treating one last time this year, and that’s it. He’s nineteen years old. And although he’s still very much a kid, I’m tired of the whole thing. I’ve been dressing kids up for the last twenty-five years. Or at least this will be the 25th. Costumes are so expensive! At least when you don’t have any talent for making them.

There’s a Halloween thing going on tomorrow at the local mall–it’s iffy whether we’ll go. Alex is terrified of people in masks (which creates another issue for trick or treating that I’m getting tired of). We’ve already missed one Halloween party this year because of that particular fear of his. He wouldn’t even go to school if they were allowed to wear masks on Thursday. I’d hoped he’d get over it as he got older, but no.

The push and pull is real. Much like the push and pull of trying to get last year’s costume on. Ha ha.

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I’ve been published … again!

Moonlight, Monsters & Magic has been my labour of love over the past six weeks. From writing what turned out to be a delightful little romance story about a Pixie who gets temporarily exiled, to copyediting an amazing collection of short stories … I can’t believe the day is finally here to share it with everyone!

You’ll find the link to purchase it from your favorite e-book distributor under the picture below, as well as at the end of this post.

I can’t wait for you to read it!

 

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Moonlight, Monsters & Magic

A Paranormal Romance Sexy Shorts Collection

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What do you get when you put 13 wickedly talented authors together in one collection?

MOONLIGHT and MONSTERS and MAGIC, oh my!

Find tales of shifters and witches, ghosts and mythical creatures, and even an angel or two in this supernatural anthology of paranormal romance stories, featuring award-winning paranormal romance author, Linda G. Hill.

Treat yourself to a phenomenal read!

 

 

 

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Synopses

 

Diwata by Zara M Baily

With his life at stake, Comandante Julio Gomez arrives in the Philippines, hoping to reverse a century-old curse that a mountain nymph placed on his ancestor. Julio doesn’t expect to meet the woman from his troubled dreams.

A woman whose fate is intrinsically linked with his. For in her hands lies his salvation …

Or his eternal damnation.

Love Out of the Ashes by Tabetha Waite

For years, Markus Henley has been haunted by a recurring dream—a sensual vision of a mysterious woman. He finally encounters her on a fateful trip, but not everything is as it appears …

Tormented by a terrible tragedy that has broken her spirit, Laura Tipton feels she has nothing left. Then Markus arrives to awaken her spirit. In more ways than one.

Honey and her Grumpy Bear by Taylor Morgan

Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…

Everett’s spent his life mistrusting humans. The last thing this shifter needs is a week with his sister’s sweet-as-honey best-friend underfoot. As his desire surges, he resolves to push Honey away—for good.

This man is just right.

 Mari’s living her dream: opening a café in a small Tennessee mountain town. The only thing left on her list is her dream man. Lucky for her, she’s now living with him for a week. And she knows just how to trap a hungry bear.

When this bear reveals the truth of his growly nature, will Goldilocks run away?

Swan Song by Everleigh Allen

During Liah’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, things begin to get weird. Even as she becomes more isolated, a magical world opens up to her.

Torn between Fiachra and his mesmerizing voice, and the mysterious and handsome Eóghan, Liah finds herself seemingly trapped in a world where nothing makes sense.

Meanwhile, someone is out to get her. But who?

Heart of Stone by Emmaline Warden

As a lady’s maid, Annie craves stability and security. But she knows her destiny is greater than her reality.

When Theo approaches her, claiming to be her soulmate from a past life, she is left questioning and afraid. Can she accept that there is a world larger than her own guiding her existence? Will she take the leap of faith and believe in the magic that made Theo appear?

The Secrets of Hickory Hollow by Belle Langtree

A royal warlock and his playboy minion need the help of two sisters in order to save their clan from a wretched curse. Through true love, rooted in two separate worlds, a magical prophecy unfolds.

True love is the cure for any curse. True love and tree nuts, that is!

Leaving Limbo by Lucinda Cox

Jaxx Carter, ghost hunter, needs a legitimate haunting to establish his career as an Internet star. Too bad he doesn’t think ghosts are real.

Enter Burroughs Manor, an unexplored estate with ties to Jaxx’s family. A tall, dark stranger awaits him there, to give him a night he’ll never forget.

The Doctor and the Wolf by Chele MacCabe

Jake Campbell knows at five years old that Ashley Jerome is his one true mate. When she leaves for medical school, he and his wolf are devastated.

When Ashley returns to open her practice, Jake makes up mysterious ailments just to see her. On the day she falls into his arms—with the help of her best friend—Jake and Ashley immediately make their first date.

But when the big and bads show up–what will a doctor and her wolf do?

White by Sera Taíno

Thiago undergoes open heart surgery, but complications arise.

At the same time, Clara is involved in a catastrophic car accident.

What happens when you meet your soulmate on the brink of death? Hovering on the precipice, does love stand a chance?

Fortune Favors the Feline by Elizabeth Langley

What would you do if you got exactly what you wished for?

What if your best friend wasn’t who you thought he was?

Olivia has looked for true love her whole life. She just didn’t know it was always there, right by her side … demanding to be fed.

When a birthday gift leads her in a familiar, yet different direction, will Olivia let down her guard and let love win?

Miss Carlisle by Emma Brady

On a pitch-black night, a country doctor comes across a place of mystery and magic. He becomes trapped inside a manor house during a storm with a beautiful young nurse he can’t resist, and the troubled spirit of Lady Winship, lurking in the shadows.

The elements of horror and romance come together in a dark love story that will haunt you.

Saving Faith by Allegra Johnson

In a modern world where the Salem Witch Trials exist, Faith is a witch being hunted.

Gabe is an investigator sworn to hunt her down. Perhaps their relationship was doomed from the start.

But when Faith drinks her mother’s potion and disappears, Gabe’s true hunt begins, this time for love.

Pixie by Linda G. Hill

Merryn, a pixie temporarily exiled, wakes up to an unfamiliar world.

Ivy, a lonely young widow, has a decision to make concerning a suitor who misses the mark in every way.

When Merryn stumbles into Ivy’s life they dance around each other, knowing he will soon disappear.

Can they resist? Yes. As long as they never touch.

 

About the Authors

 

Zara 2Zara M Baily writes multicultural romance short stories that are erotic, paranormal, fantasy, and perhaps also historical in the future. One thing is for certain: Zara doesn’t do, and won’t ever do, sweet. Or clean. Her sexytimes may be dirty at times, but they’re always, always consensual and responsible.

Follow Zara here:
Facebook Profile: zaram.baily.3
Facebook Author Page: ZaraMBaily
Goodreads: Zara_M_Baily
Instagram: zarambaily

 

 

 

 

Tabetha (2)

Tabetha Waite is the award-winning author of the Ways of Love historical romance series. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She loves to hear from her readers!

Follow Tabetha here:
Website: authortabethawaite.wix.com/romance
Facebook Profile: tabetha.waite
Facebook Author Page: totallytabetha
Instagram: tabethawaite
Twitter: @totallytabetha

 

 

 

 

View More: http://maggieburnettphotography.pass.us/2018-8-cw-headshots-2018Taylor Morgan has always had a penchant for fairy tales—and not the Disney sort. Currently, she is creating tales that feature heroes who are more likely to hide in the woods than ride off into the sunset, and the heroines who claim their hearts. Taylor lives in Alabama with her husband, daughter, and dog. If missing, she’s probably holed up with a new book, a blanket, and a glass of wine or a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Follow Taylor here:
Facebook: tmsorenson
Instagram: booksandbevvys

 

 

 

 

 

Annie

Everleigh Allen writes creative stories with a mysterious, mythical, magical, and racy edge. Her tales bring her readers into worlds that she wants to visit herself.

She lives in Texas with her husband, three of her four children, and a zoo of animals. She is also a sculptor and artist in multiple mediums. A writer of fiction that has been featured online for years, the MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC anthology is Everleigh’s first published work.

Follow Everleigh here:
Facebook Profile: AuthorEverleighAllen
Facebook Author Page: EverleighAllenAuthor
Instagram: everleighallen

 

 

emmalineEmmaline Warden lives in Colorado with her husband, four Chaos Makers, and a menagerie of animals. Her love of romance began with an accidental copy of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Dream a Little Dream, and a trip to D.C. When she is not writing, she can be found outdoors with her kids, at the dog park with “her boys,” or with her nose buried in a book.

Follow Emmaline here:
Facebook: emmaline.warden
Instagram: authoremmalinewarden
Twitter: @emmaline_warden

 

 

 

Lorey (2)Belle Langtree’s passion for hot, sexy romance began in the late seventies, after reading The Flame and The Flowerby Kathleen Woodiwiss. Over the years, her book club friends encouraged her to write her own love stories. Belle lives in the great State of Michigan with her loving husband of fifty happy years and their wild and crazy rescue pup named Faith Fu Fu.

Follow Belle on:
Facebook: lorey.frazher
Instagram: loreyfrazher
Twitter: @LFrazher

 

 

 

Raine

 

Lucinda Cox lives in Los Angeles with her family and five houseplants. She writes about love, because love is all you need.

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Twitter: @coxwrites

 

 

 

 

 

Chele (2)Chele MacCabe has spent the last several years learning to string words together to tell stories. After all that practice and playing with her favorite fandom, she is ready to share her imagination with the rest of the world. She lives in the mountains with her mister, the short and the medium sized ones, and the critters that have found their way into their lives.

Follow Chele here:
Facebook: Chele MacCabe
Tumblr: chele20035 
Twitter: @chele20035 

 

 

 

 

Sera.pngSera Taíno was born to Puerto Rican parents in New Jersey. She writes romances featuring the kinds of women she grew up around. Sera currently lives in Florida with her husband and two sons, and teaches English Lit by day. A voracious reader as well as an avid outdoors person, she’s often torn between curling up on a sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book, and taking off for a long run on the trails around her house.

Follow Sera here:
Facebook: seratainowrites
Goodreads: sera_taino
Pinterest: serataino
Tumblr: serataino
Twitter: @serataino

 

 

Elizabeth Langely Bio photo (1)Elizabeth Langley has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Her love of romance novels started in her early twenties and has continued throughout her life. She is currently working on a few contemporary novels that she hopes to release within the next year. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, one bonus child, three neurotic cats (one of which is probably an alien disguised as a cat), an energetic Corgi, and a homicidal rabbit.

Follow her on:
Facebook: lizlangleyauthor

 

 

 

 

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Emma Brady is a mid-western author of historical romance, set primarily in the Victorian period. She loves Gothic stories and has always loved Wuthering Heights. Her favorite part of Halloween is getting to dress up and pretend to be anything she likes.

Follow her on:
Facebook: hotbooklover

 

 

 

 

AllegraAllegra Johnson is an up-and-coming indie author who enjoys writing steamy love stories. She can be found stumbling throughout Romancelandia, figuring out this author thing one book at a time.

You can follow her amusing adventures in writing and learn more about her books at:
Facebook: stumblingauthor
Instagram: allegra_johnson
Twitter: @Allegra55302863

 

 

 

 

LindaLinda G. Hill has been writing out-of-this world romance stories since she was a child. Living vicariously through the characters in her head, she’s experienced the kinds of love that mortals only dream of. In reality, she’s just a mom, an author, an editor, and a couch potato if there ever was one.

Linda’s published works include the award-winning Gothic paranormal romance novel The Magician’s Curse, and its sequel, The Magician’s Blood, as well as All Good Stories, a romcom novelette, and several short stories published by Transmundane Press and The Phoenix Quill.

You can find Linda at the following:
Website: lindaghill
Facebook: lindaghill.fiction
Twitter: @LindaGHill

 

 

 

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63. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Thursday, November 2nd, 3:00pm
Jordan and Brandon

 

Brandon: How’d your date with Marissa go Tuesday night?

Jordan: We did the whole dress-up thing and walked around the block with her little sister.

Brandon: And? Was it fun?

Jordan: Other than the fact I had to walk around on crutches?

Brandon: Kinda gets in the way of holding hands, I guess.

Jordan: Uh … yeah.

Brandon: What’d you dress up as?

Jordan: An injured basketball player, what else? Went well with the cast.

Brandon: And Marissa?

Jordan: (smiles) A nurse.

 

Next stop: Friday, November 3rd, 2:00pm

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62. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language

Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm
Andrea and Lacey

 

Andrea: So you’ll never guess what I heard at work.

Lacey: What?

Andrea: Christmas music. One fucking day after Hallowe’en. Can you believe it?

Lacey: No way!

Andrea: I wouldn’t have even noticed it if this guy hadn’t been whistling to it when he came in.

Lacey: Like he …

Andrea: … liked it or something. Exactly! I mean, who likes Christmas music the day after Hallowe’en? Like, we haven’t even got all the decorations down. But at least the guy was hot.

Lacey: Pfft. Too bad.

Andrea: What do you mean “too bad”? (shrugs) I flirted with him a bit.

Lacey: No!

Andrea: Yep. And I asked him out. We’re getting together next week.

Lacey: Seriously? What are you gonna do if …

Andrea: If he starts whistling Christmas music again? What do you think? Dump his ass!

 

Next stop: Thursday, November 2nd, 3:00pm

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One-Liner Wednesday – Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin?

I know I’m a day late for pumpkin day, but this thing is still sitting in my kitchen and I figured if I’ve got to keep looking at it, you should too. Alex HAD to have it, so for $1, it came home with him. The pictures are actually flattering.

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61. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, October 31st, 10:00pm
Mortimer (and Hillary)

 

Mortimer sits at the window. Hillary takes the seat beside him.

Mortimer: I used to drive this bus.

Hillary: I beg your pardon?

Mortimer: I was a bus driver. This used to be my bus.

Hillary: That’s nice.

Mortimer: Yes, back in nineteen-seventy-three.

Hillary: I didn’t think the bus was that old.

Mortimer: (smiles) She looks good for her age, doesn’t she?

Hillary: I guess.

Mortimer: A girl died on this bus. Right in the seat across the aisle, as a matter of fact.

Hillary: Huh.

Mortimer: Her boyfriend stabbed her seventeen times.

Hillary: That’s awful. Were you driving the bus that day?

Mortimer: I was. It was a horrible thing indeed. In fact it was Hallowe’en night. Forty-four years ago today.

Hillary: (stares over at the second seat on the left) Creepy. You must have nightmares. (turns back to look at him) I …

Mortimer is gone.

 

Next stop: Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm

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60. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, October 30th, 6:00pm
Drommen (and Edward)

 

Drommen sits by the window. He gestures to Edward to sit beside him.

Edward: What do you want?

Drommen: Hey, Sparkles. I have something that you don’t have.

Edward: You’ve got nothing I want!

Drommen: I bet I do.

Edward: You can’t possibly. I have everything I need. Tomorrow night is my night! I will roam the neighbourhoods with my own kind, take from virgins …

Drommen: You’re going to steal candy from little kids?

Edward hisses through plastic fangs.

Drommen: Okay, I get it. But I’ve still got something you don’t have.

Edward: (snorts) I don’t think so.

Drommen reaches into his pocket and pulls out a lunch bag with a pair of panties in it.

Edward: Whose are they?

Drommen: Bella’s. She gave them to me.

Edward: (eyes wide with shock) She did not!!

Drommen: She did. Here (he opens the bag a little) smell them.

Edward sticks in his nose, takes a big whiff, and sneezes, causing his teeth to shoot down the aisle.

Edward: PEPPER!

Drommen: (laughing) Who’s the darkness now?

Edward: CURSE YOU!! (stands) I’LL GET YOU FOR THIS, SWINE!!

Edward retrieves his teeth and gets off the bus.

 

Next stop: Tuesday, October 31st, 10:00pm

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