Book One in a series: Lainey Harkin is a prosecutor who's on the rise. Sort of. Her boss handed her a gift - a felony prosecution before her first year anniversary. The perfect distraction from the search for her sister who left the family ten years ago.
But felony child abuse is not the case for Lainey to cut her teeth on. The case barely begins before heading south. The girl's father is not who he appears, the mother is insane and to top it off Lainey's instant connection to the abused girl, Ella, hinders her better judgment. Lainey Harkin hoped this case would propel her career and provide justice to an abused child. If the office investigator, Nick Rossi, could help her, it just might do that. Spending time with Nick is a distraction Lainey doesn't need but she must have his help and reluctantly asks him for it. She vows to keep her relationship with Nick professional, but ends up falling for him anyway. Lainey's faith in God is tested when she discovers that Ella's father is not Ron Michaels, a poor man in need of a public defender, but Vinnie Mancini, son of a powerful crime lord. The Mancini family has eluded prosecution for years which makes Lainey more determined than ever to put the abuser behind bars but the case takes on a life of its own. Disturbing events occur as Lainey builds her case against Vinnie and continues the search for her sister. Is she being targeted by a violent family or by someone who doesn't want her sister found?
While teaching an online class on how to pick up women, Guru Stan picks the wrong target. His pick-up, Raven, is a woman who has discovered a plot to remove surplus humans from the planet in order to pave the way for an automated society. Stan and Raven find themselves the only people who can save the 99.9% of humanity deemed surplus to the new society. To survive, Stan must use all the skills he has learned as a pick-up artist as well as confront the personal demons that shaped his life. The events in this book are an extension of our current world, with technological advances and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of humanity in favor of the corporate world's ultimate quest for efficiency. In the end Stan finds himself as the unlikely hero, tasked with standing up for the worth, the dignity, and the basic rights of all mankind.
When her sister disappears from a finishing school in San Francisco and a well-known detective agency proves unable to track her down, Victoria Bennett leaves Boston and boards a train for California, planning to enroll at the school herself in order to continue the search in secret. But traveling across the country in 1883 is not without danger, and when train robbers corner Victoria in her sleeping berth it is only through the boldness and quick thinking of brash, handsome fellow passenger Ben Hudson that she is kept safe. Though he does his best to convince himself that Victoria is far too prim and proper for his tastes, Ben cannot keep the beautiful, spirited young woman off his mind, and the day after their arrival in San Francisco he decides to call upon her. When he arrives at the finishing school where Victoria had planned to enroll, however, he is informed that no student there matches her description. Now certain that something is deeply amiss, Ben begins an investigation of his own. After being shown to her room on her first night at Miss Cora Holmes’ academy for young ladies, Victoria is shocked to awaken in an unfamiliar place. More disturbing still is the fact that she is naked, bound, and help. Her humiliation only increases as she is thoroughly and intimately examined in front of a room full of men, and her efforts to resist the shameful procedure merely earn her a stern punishment which leaves her bottom sore both inside and out. Victoria soon discovers that she has been taken captive for a very specific purpose. She will be trained not only to obey every command of her future master, but to beg for more as she is bared, punished, and made to please him in any way he demands. Once her training is complete, she will be put on display before an audience and auctioned off to the highest bidder. But when a man claiming to be a potential buyer turns out to be none other than Ben Hudson, does it mean that she badly misjudged his character, or can she dare to hope for rescue? Publisher’s Note: The Virgin Captive is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
Meet Zach. He’s young, smart, ambitious, energetic and sexy. After graduating high school, he heads to college with dreams of joining his favorite marching band, the Florida A&M University Marching ‘100’. His world changes the day he steps on FAMU’s campus. During his first semester at FAMU, Zach creates unbreakable bonds with select band mates that help shape the rest of his life. While Zach builds a secret relationship with a top ranking band leader, there is only one dude he really wants, but can’t have.
As a result, the two build a close-knit friendship that raises questions about their sexualities within the band. In balancing his new love life—in addition to class, the issues with his mother and the stress of band practice—he also deals with hazing, theft and a band director who does everything possible to make Zach’s life a living hell. Will Zach achieve his dream of joining this world famous marching band, or will he give into the pressure and quit? Will he overcome all the obstacles thrown his way and make it through the season? Will he make the final cut? Jaxon Grant, the author of the “Crimes of the Heart” and “Incidental Contact” trilogies, pens a coming of age tale, not just about band but the story of life. You’ll see these characters grow from college freshmen to men with families, and all the drama there within, as the Bandsman series spans fifteen years. In the first entry, join Zach and the crew as they lay the foundation for an epic eleven book series that you’ll never forget.
Nur wenige Eingeweihte wissen, dass unsere Zivilisation nichts als eine kollektive Illusion ist, in der die Menschen gefangen gehalten werden. In Wahrheit tobt ein geheimer Krieg in der phantastischen Realität hinter der Scheinwelt unseres Alltags.
Auf der einen Seite steht der babylonische Stadtkegel von Waylhaghiri, in dem alle Zivilisationsepochen der Menschheit übereinander geschichtet sind. Diese einzige Stadt auf der Welt lebt von der Perfektionierung der zivilisatorischen Ästhetik. Glamour, Moden und kalkulierte Manipulation sind bis in die Intimsphäre allgegenwärtig. In diesem System müssen die Bewohner ihren sozialen Status jeden Tag aufs Neue verteidigen. Auf der anderen Seite steht die umgebende Wildnis des Sumerlandes, in der Tiermenschen leben, die verspielt und kindlich, aber auch unberechenbar und grausam sind. Die jahrhundertealten, doch ewig kindlichen Herrscher beider Reiche, Prinz Zazamael und Prinzessin Serisada, kämpfen erbittert um die Vorherrschaft. Zazamael benötigt für die endgültige Dominanz seines Reiches – die in Form einer Emulsion von Traum und Wirklichkeit namens „große Fusion“ erfolgen soll – den „wilden Wein“ als rettendes Elixier. Auf der Suche nach dem „wilden Wein“ dringt er unter ständiger Bedrohung durch die sumerländischen Tiermenschen ins Herz von Serisadas Reich vor. Auf dieser Reise werden alle seine Gefährten einer nach dem anderen hingemeuchelt, wobei der Prinz das eigentliche Ziel des Attentäters zu sein scheint. Erst einen Schritt vor dem Ziel angekommen erkennt Zazamael, wer der Mörder ist.
Währenddessen gelingt es Serisada, als Spionin in Waylhaghiri einzudringen. Dort hat sie die schwierige Aufgabe, sich in der Zivilisation zu behaupten, ohne enttarnt zu werden. Zunächst gelingt ihr eine beachtliche Karriere als Designerin, bis es zu einem der regelmäßigen Zusammenbrüche der ästhetischen Muster in Waylhaghiri kommt, wodurch – wie jedes Mal – ein Teil der Stadt untergeht, indem er von dem tödlichen Silber bedeckt wird. Leider ist es der Teil der Stadt, den Serisada designt hat und in dem sie lebt.