1. CASANOVA EXPOSED, Contemp Romance says

    Goodbye dignity.
    Hovering over a toilet in a stall with her borrowed cocktail dress squeezed between her knees to keep it from falling in had to be the final nail in Kate Vernon’s dignity. Normally she didn’t eavesdrop, but when juicy gossip paid the bills…
    “I don’t know why you’re bothering with Mark Stanton,” the woman by the mirror said in a bored and jaded tone.
    “I’m going to have him again,” the other woman said, her voice smug as if she knew a secret the rest of womankind didn’t.
    Mark Stanton was one of the reasons Kate had infiltrated the closed party at Madness, the hot nightclub of the moment. Hollywood A-listers and spoiled rich girls vied for the opportunity to mingle with Mark and his entourage, so Kate’s editor expected a spectacularly sordid story, preferably about Mark.

  2. CHIME, YA Sci Fi says

    I opened the pantry to get a box of cereal, and my brother’s AK-47 fell over with a clang at my feet. I jerked out the magazine, pulled the bolt to check the chamber and popped out the round.
    “Mom, Nicholas left his AK loaded again,” I said and set the weapon on the stainless steel counter.
    Nicholas skidded into the kitchen, sliding on his socked feet. “Why’d you have to tell, Chime? You leave your throwing stars in that drawer.”
    I poured a bowl of cereal and said, “Because Mom won’t let me keep them in my room anymore.”

  3. Midnight's Balance, Paranormal Romance says

    “If you take another Instagram snap, I’m going to feed you to the alligator.”

    She didn’t acknowledge the threat, but waved glitter tipped fingers in my direction, and continued tapping her phone in a blaze of glory.

    For the first time in 300 years, I was struck speechless by a familiar…on her first day no less.

    I snatched the slim rose gold device from her palms, and a full two seconds passed before its absence registered.

    Kids these days owned multiple electronics branded with the same tiny apples, which made me wonder if Hades himself might discover the logo stamped on their souls when they selfied their way to the Underworld.

    When Marina reached out to snatch the phone from my hands, I stepped backward and smirked as she smacked face first into the wards guarding my threshold.

    Instead of stopping, as I expected, she delved her fingers through the invisible sheild and ripped it open, like split mesh on a sceen door.

  4. HIS DARK TEMPTATION, Paranormal Romance says

    Dorran took a step into the hotel room situated above one of the taverns in the Temple Bar District and cursed every undying god he knew of.

    He had been searching for his female, his mate, for almost a thousand years and she had been in this very room within the last twenty-four hours.

    And he had missed her.

    Roaring so that the generic decorations and frames on the walls rattled, he placed his palms flat against the door frame and hung his head, taking in deep breaths of the scent that electrified each and every hair on his body, that set fire to the blood rushing through his veins.

    She smelled like sea spray and a sky full of heavy rain clouds and her absence opened up a yawning ache where his heart should be.

    Eyes slanting open with an eerie glow he caught in the small mirror above the dresser, he took in another strong breath and didn’t conceal the satisfaction of knowing his female’s pleasure-drenched scent. She had been alone when she’d touched the hot place between her legs, and for that he might thank the gods he’d just cursed.

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