Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain Madman Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia's presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost cerntainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable dangerÑand instead detour directly to her bed.
Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.
Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy's group home, works two jobs yet still can't make ends meet. He's lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition.
Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.
In crystalline prose, both beautiful and devastating, this "major realist talent" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) considers the issues transforming ordinary people's lives—the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, the devastating scars of war—creating an extraordinary contemporary portrait that is also a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.
On opening night, a chance encounter with billionaire Prescott Borden and his supermodel girlfriend changes their fortunes. Tiffany stumbles into the arguing couple headed out of their hotel suite. The pretty playwright is mistaken for the “other woman” by the notorious cover girl. All the tabloids have a field day with the fierce attack, caught by security cameras.
Now they have the world’s attention and Prescott takes an interest in the head-turning writer. He charms Tiffany into allowing him to manage the media inquiries, with a hidden agenda of clearing his own name. She’s infatuated and agrees to attend the premiere together. Sugar is shocked. Her newspaper is at risk and he’s bad news. Their charismatic personalities clash, while the sweet natured Tiffany tries to please both, to no avail. Their banter heats up and heightens the sexual tension simmering between them.
Despite the disagreements, the show is a huge hit. The press loves the playboy and playwright pairing. Everyone expects favorable reviews, but instead a new video tape surfaces. One that will cause a tabloid frenzy and force the rivals to partner up in the most unexpected way.
Personal tragedy convinces half-werewolf Alexa York to get away to the town of McCormick, Pennsylvania where she's charged with protecting Dr. Aiden Joss, physician to the supernatural community. Not only does she need the money, she needs the distraction. Unfortunately, she gets it in spades when Joss's personal issues and a myriad of dangerously sick patients make her new job nearly impossible.
A mysterious disease is running its way through the New York Order of the Amazons and leaving bodies in its wake. The same warrior who had chosen her clan over Joss has asked for his help. Even though the disease is real, Alexa has reason to believe his ex's sincerity is not.
Given the other numerous problems she has to deal with that are outside of her job description, Dr. Joss might be the biggest threat to his own safety. But, protecting him comes first. That’s difficult to do when his efforts to find an antidote put everyone in his remote clinic in danger, including Alexa.