House of Payne Trilogy
Published by: Stacy Gail
Category: Contemporary romance
Release Date: October 13, 2014
ISBN: 9781426898785
Length: 75,000 words
Type: ebook, novel

Life is supposedly what you make of it, but that's crap as far as 3D artist, Becks Delgado is concerned. She never wanted her brother to die in a car accident... or to be the one who was behind the wheel. Her external scars are nothing compared to the raw wounds inside, and there are times when death seems to be the only way to find peace.

Sebastian Payne took the concept of a tattoo parlor and transformed it into a sophisticated gallery of living art. House Of Payne now caters to the rich and infamous, has garnered a worldwide following and is run by Payne with an iron fist. He knows Becks is exactly what House Of Payne needs, but there's a problem. The accident that changed her life left its mark on him as well, and whether he likes it or not, it's time for Payne to put his House in order.

HOUSE OF PAYNE: Scout (Book 2)
Released January 29, 2015

Published by: Stacy Gail
Category: Contemporary romance
Release Date: January 29, 2015
Available at: AmazonAmazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo
Length: 95,000 words
Type: ebook, novel

There’s no doubt that Scout Upton earned her nickname. From the time she was a kid struggling to survive Chicago’s foster care system, she’s had an uncanny ability to scout out trouble. Now an integral part of House Of Payne’s dominance in the world of ink, her “trouble” radar triggers every damn time world-renowned fashion photographer, Ivar Fournier, comes around.

Former model-turned-photographer, Ivar is infamous for making or breaking supermodels, both on-camera and off. But when it comes to Scout, he can’t get a foot in the door. She doesn’t buy either his charm or his story of wanting to spotlight body art for his next exhibit. Maybe because that’s just what it is—a story. There's a world of darkness inside of him and it all stems from a past he needs to understand. Scout holds the key to that past, and if he has to break her apart to get it, that’s exactly what he’ll do.


A Bitterthorn, Texas Novel
Title: WHERE THERE'S A WILL (Book #4, Bitterthorn, Texas)
Published by: Carina Press
Category: Contemporary romance
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Google Play, Kobo, BAM
ISBN: 9781426899287
Length: 85,000 words
Type: ebook, novel

Miranda Brookhaven returned to Bitterthorn, Texas to fix the past. Years ago, her father used her teenage romance with Coe Rodas to steal the prototype for a groundbreaking new automotive invention. Now her father's dead, and thanks to the convoluted will he left behind, she's stuck in town until she rights the wrong that lost her the man she loved.

Coe learned early on that life never goes according to plan. His dreams of hitting it big vanished when Miranda all but invited her father to take the only thing of value he ever had. But now the once-pampered princess is holed up in a condemned trailer on the edge of town...and everything he thought he knew about her—and about what happened between them back then—seems completely wrong.

Miranda's determined to give back to Coe all that he lost. If she can do that, maybe she can move on from the past. But Coe seems to be more interested in their rekindled passion than claiming what she thinks he deserves. She's got sixty days to convince him to cough up evidence that he's the original inventor—after that, the only way to transfer the patent rights over to him would be to make him part of the family, and she's not sure her heart can take another hit.

85,000 words

A Bitterthorn, Texas Novel

Title: ONE HOT SECOND (Book #3, Bitterthorn, Texas)
Published by: Carina Press
Category: Contemporary romance
Release Date: August 4, 2014
ISBN: 9781426898785
Length: 64,000 words
Type: ebook, novel


Parker Radclyffe is up against a wall. Thorne Mansion, the mysterious Italianate castle she's come to Texas to restore, isn't the problem. No matter how intriguing the relic is, it's merely an ember compared to the blazing magnetism of its owner, Chandler Thorne.

When his family mansion burned down, Chandler had to watch over a hundred years of proud history go up in smoke. After more than a year, he finally has everything in place to rebuild, including a renowned conservation architect to oversee the restoration. But when he lays eyes on Parker he realizes he's gotten more than he paid for. Maybe more than he can handle.

Parker is a military brat who never sits still long enough to get burned. Chandler is her opposite, a man with deep roots and deeper family secrets. It won't be easy to find the common ground it takes to build a home together, but Chandler is a Thorne in every sense. He plans to stick with Parker until she sees that love is more than worth the risk.

64,000 words

Holiday Novella, part of GIFTS OF HONOR Duology
A Bitterthorn, Texas Novella
(2014 DABWAHA Finalist)

Title: STARTING FROM SCRATCH (Book #2, Bitterthorn, Texas)
Published by: Carina Press
Category: Contemporary romance, Holiday, Novella, Military Romance, Anthology
Release Date: November 21, 2013
ISBN: 9781426897474
Length: 36,000 words
Type: ebook, novella, audiobook


Christmas is the perfect time to start from scratch

Lieutenant Sully Jax saved his unit during an IED attack, but he couldn't save his marriage. He can't even remember it. Recovered from his injuries, he's come home to the family and friends he knows—and an ex-wife who's a stranger to him.

Lucy Crabtree was heartbroken last Christmas when Sully announced his plan to go on one last tour of duty, and devastated when he asked for a divorce after he awoke in the hospital with no memory of her. She's finally moving on from her hurt and from losing the man she loved more than anything, and her cookie-baking business is taking off just in time for the holidays. But now Sully's back, and she can't deny she still loves him. But how can she trust her heart to someone who breaks it every time she sees him?

Sully might not remember Lucy, but something inside won't let her go. With every bite of her cookies, he finds a new love for Lucy, and he soon realizes he wants to rebuild his life… with her by his side.

36,000 words

A Bitterthorn, Texas Book

Title: UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST (Book #1, Bitterthorn, Texas)
Published by: Carina Press
Category: Contemporary romance, Series romance, Sensual
Release Date: August 5th, 2013
ISBN: 978-14268-9589-0
Length: 63,000 words
Type: ebook, full-length novel, audiobook

Metal Mouth. Queen Geek. Dr. Payton Pruitt heard it all growing up. But she’s over it, and attending her ten-year high school reunion is the perfect way to prove it to herself. Even if there’s only one person she’s interested in seeing in Bitterthorn, Texas: Wiley Sharpe.

Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn’t live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But recent acts of vandalism suggest someone still sees him as a heartbreaker, and the reunion seems a likely place to find the culprit. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton—and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.

Payton is pleased the playboy she used to tutor has grown into an honorable man, but she’s too smart to fall for a guy with roots in a place she couldn’t wait to leave. But while Payton is an academic genius, Wiley is the one with the PhD in pleasure, and he intends to use it to convince her to stay…

63,000 words



Book 1 in The Earth Angels

Published By: Carina Press
Category: Paranormal Romance, Sensual, Angels and Demons, Novella, miniseries
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, B&N, Audible, Bookstrand, Google Play, ARe, eBooks. com, Kobo. iTunes
ISBN: 978-14268-9496-1
Length: 33,000 words
Type: Novella, ebook, audiobook


Book one in The Earth Angels

Investigative journalist Kendall Glynn is horrified when a friend and colleague signs off permanently during a live newscast, jabbing a pen into his jugular. Kendall's no expert, but judging by the strange white veil in the anchorman's eyes, she would swear he was a man possessed.

A descendant of the accursed Nephilim, Zeke Reece prowls San Francisco by night, keeping the city free from paranormal phenomena. But even he is no match for whatever malevolent force is behind a recent rash of murder-suicides. And when a beautiful tenacious reporter becomes the next target, Zeke has no choice but to stay close to her, until he can find the evil spirit and cross it over.

The closer Kendall gets to the truth, the more danger she's in. Fortunately, a sexy and mysterious masked stranger keeps swooping in to the rescue. Kendall's life depends on finding who or what is responsible for the killings, before it finds her.

33,000 words



Book 2 in The Earth Angels

Published By:
Carina Press
Category: Paranormal Romance, Sensual, Angels and Demons, Novel, Miniseries
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Available at:
Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, ebooks. com, Audible, Bookstrand, ARe, Kobo, iTunes  
ISBN: 9781426895029
Length: 55,000 words
Type: ebook, audiobook


Book two in The Earth Angels

Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships.

Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer's hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon's dreams for a year.

As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon's heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in…

Find out how it all began in Nobody's Angel, available now!

55,000 words
Book 3 in The Earth Angels
Published By: Carina Press
Category: Paranormal Romance, Sensual, Angels and Demons, Novel, Miniseries
Release Date: May 27, 2013
Available at: Carina Press, AmazonARe, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, ebooks. com, Kobo, Sony, Audible, iTunes
ISBN: 978-14268-9553-1  
Length: 63,000 words
Type: ebook, audiobook 

Book three in The Earth Angels

A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze—until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life—now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she'd left behind along with her real name and hair color.
Desires she can't deny even after she discovers Nate's no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate's going to have to earn Ella's trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time…

Go back to the beginning with Nobody's Angel, available now!

63,000 words


Book 4 in The Earth Angels

Published By: Carina Press
Category: Paranormal Romance, Sensual Romance, Angels and Demons, Novel, Miniseries
Release Date: March 31, 2014
ISBN: 9781426898099  
Length: 80,000 words
Type: ebook


Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami's best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive. Including stepping into a stripper's stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from "Hurricane" Kyle. After all, she can't get hurt if she doesn't care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he's a lover, not a fighter, and he'd much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita's. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He'll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can't do it alone.

80,000 words



Title: Zero Factor

Published By: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Special Theme: Cybershock Anthology

ebook Release Date: August 30, 2011

Anthology Print Release: 2012

Length: Novella


A Cybershock story.

Born a Psionic—a rare human prized by the government for her gifts—Agridome worker Via Brede lives by two simple rules: slip into stealth mode whenever the cybernetic-enhanced militia is near. And never remove the gloves that block her psychic ability.

During a routine delivery, a tear in her glove connects her with what should be her worst nightmare. A meched-out soldier with bulging muscles and a scarred face that makes her heart pound like a pneumatic drill. She also envisions his death in an attack that happens…now.

Locke’s typically ho-hum mission goes sideways when the stunning, green-eyed bubble farmer plants a sensual kiss that sets fire to every one of his remaining man-nerves. He also sees her vision. His own commander is about to kill him.

He needs Via to find out why. First step is to get her to Old Las Vegas—and do it without succumbing to a raw, sexual need that burns in him like fever. Getting there alive will be a snap. Getting her to trust him—and getting out alive—might be a little tougher.

Warning: This title contains mild violence, blow-your-mind Psionic sex, buns of steel (literally) and the usual hanky-panky at a bordello. Author is not responsible for side effects, including locked-and-loaded hunks taking your dreams by force.


A monster.

Huddled at the base of a jagged needle of a tower that overlooked the ruins of Old Las Vegas, Locke scanned the area with the rifle cradled in his lap. He wouldn’t sleep tonight. Though they were miles from where he had left the microchip stuffed down the gullet of a rat he’d managed to catch, he knew too well the colonel wouldn’t be fooled by that little trick for long. Sooner or later, the militia would pour troops into the older sectors and not stop until he was found.

But that wasn’t why he couldn’t sleep.

Curled up in a tight ball in the dubious shelter of the bike, Via shivered in the cold desert night. Though her agridome khakis were long-sleeved and covered just about every inch of her, they were no match for the bone-jarring chill of the nighttime desert. Even in sleep she looked miserable, and though Locke told himself that only her survival, and not her misery, was his problem, the signs of strain about her eyes and the way her arms wrapped about her body for warmth and comfort bugged the crap out of him.

Saving the life of a monster.

If he were honest about it, Locke had to admit there had always been a bad taste that lingered whenever his unit had been ordered to sweep for psionics. At the time he’d told himself he was helping these special citizens do their duty for their country, that they should feel grateful they had a unique opportunity to use their highly prized gifts to make UNAS stronger.

Now, all he could remember were their screams.

Maybe Via was right. Maybe he was a monster.

A small sound from Via brought his attention bouncing back to where she slept. On automatic he blinked into night vision, moving into Threat-Assessment mode, but it was unnecessary. Even if he couldn’t see her R.E.M and the twitching of her hands, the tense frown puckering her brow told him she was dreaming some seriously unhappy dreams.

No surprise there.

Another sound whispered from her, a whimper of fear, of pain. Locke was on his feet and crossing to her before he was conscious of moving. Keeping the pulse rifle within easy reach, he hunkered down behind her and curled his body against hers, spoon-fashion, and the delicious heat of her body soaked in through his fatigues like a longed-for dream.

Then she jerked to full wakefulness, and in a nanosecond he had a wildcat on his hands.

“Easy.” The heels of her boots kicked back against his shins so hard he suspected she would have broken bone had he not had his legs meched-out after losing one in battle at the beginning of his Lifer career. “Easy, Via Brede. It’s me, it’s Locke.”

“I know!” She threw an elbow that just clipped his jaw. “Let…go!”

“I’m not going to hurt you, you little hellion!” Holding on now because if he let go he was dead certain she’d run off into the night and get herself killed, Locke tangled his booted feet in hers and wrapped his arms around her fragile frame like a straitjacket. “You were having a bad dream and shivering, so I was trying to make you more comfortable, you read me?”

“I don’t like being touched!”

Especially if the one doing the touching was a monster. The words trembled on his lips, but since he couldn’t tell if the anger behind them was directed at her or himself, Locke remained silent, holding onto her until at last her struggles ran out of fuel. She lay in his arms as her hair tumbled over her face, exhausted and breathing hard as if they’d just had screaming, sweaty, scratches-down-the-back sex.

Locke slammed down hard on the wayward thought. If it had been any other woman, that probably would have been appropriate, but this was Via Brede, the woman he’d kidnapped and the psionic who was sorry he still breathed. He’d be a stone-cold bastard to think this could turn into anything remotely intimate.

But still…


Title: Best Man, Worst Man
Published By: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Length: Novella
Type: ebook


He’s the one problem she can’t solve. 

From hysterical bridezillas to grooms with sub-zero feet, renowned wedding planner Claire Pomeroy has never met a disaster she couldn’t handle. Then she runs afoul of her client’s not-so-best man, a devilishly flirtatious rogue with a killer smile and a chest as solid as a concrete roadblock. Yet their sparks of attraction only highlight his obvious quest—to make sure this wedding knot never gets tied.

 Confirmed bachelor Ryder Price knows one unshakable truth: marriage is nothing but a fairy tale. No way is he going to stand idly by while his wingman face-plants into the dreaded marital trap. But there’s a problem. A dark-eyed, dangerously curvaceous problem who’s bound and determined to pull this wedding off.

As her suddenly skittish clients teeter on the edge of cancellation, Claire challenges her nemesis to imagine long-term as something more than a quickie and a vague promise to call. Ryder counters with a challenge of his own. Let him give her a taste of just how fulfilling a little no-strings-attached passion can be.

Warning: This product contains cold feet, heavy petting, heavier breathing, and chocolate-covered fingers. To avoid a sweet-tooth side-effect, the author recommends having a chocolate-covered man nearby.


“Oh, I know what marriage is about,” he drawled. “But that heat doesn’t last.”

“Heat,” she repeated, the killer glower revving up again. “You mean sex.”

“I mean sex,” Ryder agreed succinctly. He turned to face her, one arm on the bar, while he braced his free hand against the back of her stool, and all at once her diminutive size had him feeling as masculine as any conquering barbarian. “I mean that slow, unending burn of animal awareness that throbs in your veins and heats up your insides until you can hardly walk right. I mean that edgy hunger that makes your eyes linger on the one person you can’t get out of your head. I mean the crazy relief of at last touching skin to skin, mouth on mouth, tongue against tongue and still it’s not enough to satiate the need. I mean this.”

He dropped his mouth to hers, but somehow he was the one who wasn’t prepared. Wasn’t prepared for the feel of her, the taste of her, the heavenly response that was all Claire. He may have been the one who started the kiss, but as his heart suddenly thundered in his chest, he was the one who was seduced.

The floor vanished from beneath his feet as her lips formed against his like melted wax, almost as if she had been waiting to fit against him. Her hand came up to flatten against his chest as if intent on pushing him away, but instead her fingers curled into the fabric of his shirt to pull him closer. Her head tipped back to complete the fit, and all at once Ryder found he could no longer think, or breathe, or move. This wasn’t just a kiss. This was the only real kiss he’d ever had in his life. This was…


He couldn’t have stopped the rumble of pleasure that escaped him if his life depended on it. Desperate, he plowed his fingers into her hair, holding her still as he deepened the kiss. Time and space faded away until he was only aware of Claire—her lips nuzzling with an ardent friction against his. Her body melding against him with an agonizing slowness. Her tongue, coy and seductive, stroking such an erotic rhythm against his that he trembled at her sensual prowess.


For a moment that lasted an eternity, she was all he knew.

From far away, Ryder heard a trembling breath as Claire slowly drew back, and in a disconnected way he realized it came from him. But it didn’t matter. When those melted-chocolate eyes were caressing him like a lover’s touch, nothing in the universe mattered except she keep looking at him.

“Well,” she said, and he almost hated her for sounding so damned unruffled. “If that’s what marriage is all about, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.”

(Now a 2013 EPIC Award Finalist!) 

Title: Crime Wave In a Corset
Published By: Carina Press
Category: Steampunk, Holiday, Caper, Sensual, Anthology
ebook/Audio Book Release Date: December 5, 2011
Available at: Amazon, Carina Press, Barnes and Noble, Books on Board, AReBooks, Kobo, iTunes
ISBN:  978-14268-9612-5
Length: Novella, 33K
Type: Novella, ebook, audiobook (anthology only)


Roderick Coddington is on a mission to make Cornelia Peabody pay. After identifying her as the thief who stole a priceless Faberge egg from his dying sister, he finds her and shackles a deadly timepiece to her arm. If she doesn’t return the egg by Christmas morning, she will die.

Normally seven days is more than enough time for Cornelia to carry out the perfect crime, but Roderick’s intrusion into her life is beyond distracting. He challenges her mind, and ignites her body with desire she’s never felt before. But worst of all, he threatens the independence she values above all else…

As Roderick spends time with Cornelia, he realizes there’s a lonely soul hidden beneath her beautiful but criminal veneer.  Falling for a thief wasn’t part of Roderick’s plan, but plans can change and he has no intention of letting another priceless treasure get away from him.

Her quick intake of breath was audible, but she couldn’t help it. In a night full of surprises, that was a lulu. “You want me to steal something for you?”

“Steal something back,” he stressed, his tone so cold it would have made the North Pole seem balmy. “An egg, to be precise. A very special, very rare egg. Now do you remember?”

Of course she did. It wasn’t every day she came across a magnificent Faberg√© egg with a surprise of a solid gold cherub hidden inside. It had been so heart-stoppingly beautiful she had almost kept it for herself.

He made a sound of impatience. “No need to answer, I can see you do. Which means we’re making progress.” With brisk efficiency he did something with the clockwork, then turned to pull her back. “Now that you know what I want, you need to understand what will happen to you if I don’t have the egg back by midnight, Christmas morning.”

Before she could ask what he meant, a sickening odor of ozone and smoke billowed out along with a harsh electric buzzing that made her eardrums quiver in protest. Right before her horrified eyes, the dressmaker’s dummy shuddered and jived while sparks flew in every direction. It toppled over even as it burst into flame before the buzzing slowly growled to a sullen end. Roderick was there in an instant with a pail of water, dousing it with motions both unsurprised and repetitive, and in the part of her brain that still worked Cornelia now grasped why the dummy was so scorched. Before locking his timepiece on her wrist, the ever-meticulous Roderick Coddington had tested his electrocution device over and over, just to make sure it worked. Just to make sure it could kill.

Just to make sure it could kill her.

“So there you have it.” Roderick turned to her with a vicious simile of a smile while smoke hung about them in a poisonous haze. “Tick-tock goes the clock, Peabody. You have seven days to right a terrible wrong. Or barring that, seven days to live. Either way I’ll be satisfied.”


(TRR Anthology of the Year Finalist;
Authors After Dark Bookie Awards: Anthology of The Year Finalist)


Published By:  Carina Press
Category: Steampunk, Holiday, Anthology
Release Date: December 5, 2011
Available at: Amazon, Carina Press, Barnes and Noble, AReBooks, Books On Board, Kobo, iTunes
ASIN: B005Z1C47Q
Length: 117,000 words
Type: ebook, audiobook


We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas

Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

Anthology includes:

Far From Broken by JK Coi

This Winter Heart by PG Forte

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail

Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz

Stories also available for purchase separately.


Published By:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Cyberpunk, Romance, Paranormal, Steamy, Anthology
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Available at: Amazon, Samhain, Barnes and Noble
ISBN: 978-1-60928-615-6
Length: 288 pages 
Type: Trade paperback

We have seen the future, and it’s armed and dangerous.

Ghost in the Machine by Barbara J. Hancock (DearAuthor Recommended Read)
We followed the rules, just like our parents taught us, but the Sweepers have taken my little brother. Then I meet him. He claims to be a rogue who can help me find my brother. Never talk to Shadows. But no one ever told me what would happen if I kissed one.

Zero Factor by Stacy Gail (LASR Book of the Week)
A premonition forces Via to reveal her carefully hidden psychic ability to the last man she should trust—a meched-out militia man who inexplicably makes her heart pound. Via’s sensual kiss sets fire to every one of Locke’s remaining man-nerves. He needs her, as a man, and to find out who wants him dead.

Gridlock by Nathalie Gray
Years have passed since Dante escaped the “foster care” that turned him into a killing machine, but the scars are still fresh.

When a job goes bad, Steel finds herself taken to the notorious Cardinal’s secret lair, which is filled with forbidden pre-Grid knowledge. Something about Steel calls to Dante, but trusting her could wipe out years of waiting for his one chance at revenge.

Warning: This book may cause fantasies of forbidden kisses from dark heroes. Contains violence, offensive language, several variants of the F-word, machines behaving badly, and buns of steel (literally). Authors are not responsible for locked-and-loaded hunks taking your dreams by force.

These novellas are also sold separately in digital format.


Published By: Carina Press
Category: Futuristic/Sci-Fi, Sensual Romance, Novella, Holiday, Anthology
Release Date: December 3, 2012
Available at:  Carina PressAmazon, B&N, Google PlayAll Romance eBooks, KoboAudible (anthology), iTunes
ISBN:  978-14268-9479-4
Length: 34,000 words
Type: novella, ebook, audiobook (whole anthology)


Reina Vedette chose principle over position when the Chicago police department ordered her to accept performance-enhancing body modifications or lose her rank. Demoted to a level one detective, Reina’s stuck chasing a bizarre, Grinch-in-reverse break-in case with fiery bod-mod enthusiast and level five top detective Edison Wicke.

Wicke has had his eye on Reina for ages, and as the two of them hunt down the benevolent burglar, they take turns warming each other with body heat in the subzero Chicago winter. Despite professional friction and their opposing views on bod-modding, Reina soon has to admit that she and Wicke are perfect for each other.

But when they track down their philanthropic quarry on Christmas Day, an unexpected glitch in a homemade android brings out Reina’s emotional side, and she and Wicke must decide whether love between a Neo-Luddite and a "walking toaster" is a gift that either of them can give.