Prior to becoming a USA Today best-selling author, Nicole Demery originally
told stories as a literature and history instructor while working on her Ph.D. in early American Studies.
When not writing, she spends time with her three children, her husband, a brooding scientist, and daydreaming about her next novel.
Nicole writes books that combine the fantastical with the historical, plus a solid dash of romance. Her characters explore the ins and outs of history and myth while remaining as real as anyone you might meet.
Mia snapped her fingers, zapping Georgia and me out of our trances. “Ladies, focus. Do you know him?” She stuck her hands on her hips, her white jersey top lifting above her black shorts to expose her belly ring.
I bobbed my head. “Yep.”
“Well,” she said. “Who is he?”
He’s the boy next door who makes my palms clammy, my belly tingle, and my brain a pile of mush.
Colton Caldwell stood with his brown eyes wide, frozen in place as though someone had stopped time. He looked like a Greek god, taller, brawnier, and dreamier than I remembered. His wavy brown hair was longer than before and skirted his shoulders. His thighs were thicker, his arms more muscular. Instantly, the butterflies in my stomach took flight, flapping their wings, wild and crazy.
Georgia was telling Mia all about Colton as he strutted up to me, his swagger screaming hot.
“Skye?” My name rolling off his tongue was pure heaven, and he smelled like sandalwood as he towered over me.
I considered myself tall for a female at five foot seven, but Colton was well over six feet.
I was going to faint.
With his long fingers, he took my right hand. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. Can I take a look?”
He could do whatever the hell he wanted to me.
My chest rose and fell as I struggled for air. At any moment, I was afraid I might throw myself at him or run my hands through his thick, damp hair.
Breathe, a quiet voice in my head urged.
Mia and Georgia’s voices were muted even though they were tittering and chatting about the statue state I was in.
“You should get this cleaned up,” Colton said in his smooth, delectable Southern accent. “I think I have a first-aid kit in the truck.”
I sighed. I would need more than a first-aid kit to break the magical spell he had on me.
“Are you back for your senior year?” Georgia asked Colton.
“Something like that,” Colton replied, not looking at Georgia but at me.
I was hypnotized by the one guy who could tell me the Earth wasn’t round, and I would believe him.
Locks of his hair fell forward, creating a curtain around his strong, angular jaw, shielding us from everyone near us. Suddenly, I felt as though he and I had been transported to a secluded place, where it was just the two of us.
My heart pitter-pattered at a rapid rate.
“Come with me,” he said.
Georgia grabbed my skateboard, her pink painted lips splitting into a brilliant smile, her eyes alight with mischief. If anyone knew how I felt about Colton, it was my bestie. She and I used to sit on my porch and watch him cut the grass. We were lowly freshmen then, as was Colton, but man, he’d been the hottest guy in school.
Mia said something, but I tuned her out as I followed Colton like a puppy. He led me to the passenger side of his truck.
Most guys in school drove trucks—in the South, souped-up trucks were like Mercedes cars. The girls in school—the rich girls, anyway—drove expensive convertibles. I didn’t keep track. Dad had an old Toyota that was officially mine since he couldn’t drive anymore, but frankly, I preferred to get around on my skateboard.
I finally swallowed the dryness in my throat and attempted to speak. “So…”
Colton opened the glove compartment and took out a first-aid kit. “I stopped at your house earlier. Sorry to hear about your dad.”
And just like that, the lust tethering me to him snapped. A rush of sadness blanketed me.
Kindra Mason was the one in the family that no one thought would amount to anything, except she did. Growing up, she would endlessly cause trouble from sneaking out with her high school sweetheart, blowing up mail boxes to stealing from the local stores. Upon barely scraping by graduation, her family cut her off and she left Sunnyville in hopes that a change of scenery would make her a better person.
When she got on her own, she realized that she wanted to show everyone that she could do better, that she could be better. And she did, but she didn’t tell anyone.
She has two things planned as soon as she gets home:
1. Rid herself of the title of ‘black sheep.
2. Get Rogan Quinn, the love of her life, to fall in love with her all over again.
But Rogan won’t let go of the past when it comes to her. Can she make him see that she’s changed?
in between. Writing has always been a passion and Tarrah loves to share her words, her characters and
the world that they live in with her readers. Tarrah enjoys creating characters that you can be friends
with, so get ready to make some new friends.
She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but living in beautiful San Diego with her family, while
working in Program Management within the social work field.
A fun and emotional opposites attract office romance that will speak to your heart.
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Title: My Saving Grace
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Grace VanRyan has her life mapped out.
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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of thirty-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
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Eva is a native Scot but lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, and a whizzy little fur baby with the most ridiculous ears. She first fell in love with British literature while majoring in Linguistics, 17th Century Poetry, and Shakespeare at University. She is an avid reader and lifelong notebook hoarder. In 2014, she finally put her extensive collection to good use and started writing her first novel. Now writing in three sub-genres of romance, Eva is currently working on some exciting new projects for 2021.