Possibilities' by T.A. Chase When Dixon and Carson meet during a hurricane, neither imagined that moment would be the beginning of a new relationship. Dixon White owns Billy's Diner in Brevard County, Floridaright down the road from Patrick Air Force Base. He serves a lot of the servicemen and their families who live and work on the base and does it in honor of his brother who served as a SEAL until a motorcycle accident ended his life. When Dixon finds himself stuck in a broken down car just as a hurricane hits the area, he's not sure how's he going to get home. Master Chief Sergeant Carson LaSalle is headed to the base when he drives by Billy's Diner. He sees Dixon's car there and stops, checking to see if everything is okay. He takes Dixon home, but can't stop thinking about him. After the hurricane blows through, both men meet again and the sparks fly. Possibilities open up for them to have a chance at finding love. They just have to be willing to try. Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons' by Stephani Hecht Being apart from the one you love is the hardest thing to do, until you get them back to find they've changed PJ Ross Ervin is part of an elite force of recue men from the Air Force. Only the best of the best make it through the program and get to wear the maroon beret. As such, he is proud of what he does and is happy to serve his country. The one drawback is that it takes him away from his long-time lover, Aden. Thankfully Ross' deployment is over and he's coming home. Aden is excited to see Ross. But he can't help but notice that his partner is having trouble adjusting back into the civilian world. Plus, there is the looming danger that Ross could be deployed again at any time. Will Ross have to leave to serve his county once more? And if so, can the pair survive the separation yet again? Venetian Skies' by Morticia Knight No one wants to lose a love that's meant to be. Air Force test pilot, Chris Pierce, returns to Italy to discover that second chances are the sweetest. They had a love that was the real thing, but Chris, an Air Force test pilot, returns to Aviano Air Base in Italy to discover that the only man he's ever loved is still there. Yet wasn't that why artist Brandon had dumped him? Because he didn't want to be tied down to one place or one person? Brandon made a huge mistake. It wasn't until Chris transferred out of the local military base that he realizes what they had together was the real thing. Even though he's never settled in one place for very long, he couldn't bear to leave the town of Aviano where he and Chris were so happy together. Chris unexpectedly returns and Brandon is devastated when Chris rejects him out of anger. Can't Chris see how much Brandon has changed in the two years they've been apart? Second chances are the sweetest and love that's meant to be doesn't die. But when a MiG fighter jet gone rogue shoots Chris down, will their second chance be taken away forever? Se
NATIONAL BEST SELLER The Familiar Volume 1 Wherein the cat is found From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award-nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too--or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted. (With full-color illustrations throughout.) THE FAMILIAR continues... The Familiar Volume 2 Wherein the cat is hungry The Familiar Volume 3 Wherein the cat is blind The Familiar Volume 4 Wherein the cat is toothless The Familiar Volume 5 Wherein the cat is named
Lyris Radleck's normal school life is turned on its head when she learns that she's only half human. Worse, she has a destiny she never asked for and doesn't want: to save Dandelorn, her father's world, from a desolate fate at the hands of a vengeful goblin. Lyris refuses her assignment until a heart-wrenching event changes her mind. Lyris is challenged to survive in a natural world without stores or cellphone coverage - let alone electricity or running water. Plus, Lyris' older cousin Darla, who's completely human, has dropped into Dandelorn behind her, and Lyris is faced with the task of sending her home. However, Darla has fallen in love with the debonaire goblin and no longer wants to be rescued. Proving that the goblin would not only ruin Dandelorn - and the Earthworld - but her life as well, becomes Lyris' biggest challenge. Only wits and strength of character will make a difference and protect her from her darkest foe: herself.Excerpt...Darla stopped short, her face one big scowl. Dirt smudged her cheeks; water dripped from her hair; her sopping, navy skirt clung to her legs; and her mud-stained blouse had lost even every hint of its former whiteness. "What have you done, Lyris? Where are we?" Her voice wobbled, and I could tell there would be tears any second. "We're in Dandelorn. Where have you been? I've looked for you all day." Should I hug her or something? Not convinced that it would help, I just added, "I'm... so glad you're okay."With trembling fingers, she raked aside a clump of hair matted against her forehead. "If you really want to know, I... I woke up to cats screaming. Hundreds of them. I couldn't see them but they must've been... huge. Since then, I've been walking through a jungle... for hours. And I just fell into a pond of scummy water." She grabbed the edge of her skirt. "Just look at me! I'm covered in mud!""What happened to your blazer?""It... it must've come off inside that tornado.""Portal.""Whatever." She clutched the blue stones around her throat. "I keep seeing these funny bugs flying around... and...and there's a jaguar back there. And something else... like out of a nightmare. A scarlet animal... sort of. Horrible looking. Its fingertip lit up and twirled at me." A monster-in-the-closet type of fear glimmered in her eyes.Could only be Urzik. In which case, he was the one who'd zapped my friend Tam. "W-hat did you do?""Pushed him into the pond. He screamed, and so I ran." She slapped the mud on her blouse. "I thought I was gonna be lost in this awful place forever. When do we leave?"I suppose I couldn't expect her to say, "Gee, Lyris. Sorry I thought you were talking crazy." But it would've been nice. I scratched the itchy mark on my arm. "I tried to tell you that I was go-" "Where's a place to clean up. Where's the restroom?" We'd need to ease into this.
Rising Urban Books star C. N. Phillips delivers modern fairytales with an urban fiction twist. Maid for You: When Ava Dunning's mother is killed in a senseless act of violence, it feels like the world has ended. Now on her own, with the bills piling up, Ava is forced to take a job with a company called Maid For You. Trying to clock as many hours as she can, Ava jumps at the opportunity to do some overtime on the side, only to discover that she's bitten off more than she can chew. Just like that, she becomes a cleaner for King Dex, one of the most notorious kingpins on the West Coast. It's nothing for him to pay a couple thousand dollars for her to clean up his dirty work, and she's happy for the paycheck. Things become complicated when Ava discovers that King Dex played a part in her mother's death. Now Ava is set on revenge, but when she meets Charmont, King Dex's son, and falls head over heels, she must make the hardest decision of her life. Which half of her heart should she follow? Robin the Hood: There are many things that can happen when you make someone mad. They can hold a grudge, curse you out . . . or hire somebody to rob and kill you. Her name is Robin, and the hood claimed her long before she got into this business. She and her team of outlaws are hired by major hitters in the game to collect debts with either money or souls, plus tax for their own needs. When Robin is offered triple the usual rate to double cross the man she has fallen in love with, greed gets the best of her. When the hit goes wrong and her identity is exposed, Robin makes enemies that she thought she'd only see in her nightmares. Follow this grimey tale and see if this girl from the hood will find her way out of a sticky situation, or pay the ultimate price in blood.