Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Frozen - A Romance Anthology

Title: Frozen - A Romance Anthology
Authors: Charmaine Pauls, Valerie J. Clarizio, April Marcom, Nancy Pennick, Christina Kirby, Rhonda Brutt, Nicole Angeleen, Tara Fox Hall, Elena Kane, Marilyn Gardiner, and Bess Kingsley
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The Ice Hotel Wedding Test by Charmaine Pauls
Jess and Derrick have been together for twelve years. When Jess finally gives Derrick an ultimatum, tie the knot or set her free, he proposes a bizarre test to decide their destiny.

Love Thaws a Frozen Heart by Valerie J. Clarizio
Casey is hell bent on getting Noah to sign divorce papers. Hiding out at his camp, Noah is hell bent on not signing. Procuring a snowmobile, Casey sets out in a blinding snowstorm to find him. After crashing, she is near death when Noah finds her. Will a few cabin-bound days cause either of them to change their mind?

Lord of Ice by April Marcom
Jack Frost gave his heart to Lilly the day she was born, making her the perfect leverage for a fire spirit whose heart is set on becoming Lord of Ice.

Frozen Moments by Nancy Pennick ('A Waiting For Dusk' story)
Drew keeps proposing. Kate keeps saying no. It’s their little game. Can the holiday season change that? Kate has lost her best friend, and Drew does his best to cheer her up in this delightful story of love and memories.

Frozen In Time by Christina Kirby
Lizbeth travels the world as a freelance photographer and answers to no one. After her last relationship, that’s exactly how she wants her life to be, easy and all her own. Jonas is staying at his family’s cabin while he deals with the loss of a fellow fallen solider. He wants nothing more than to be left alone and to avoid Christmas. Neither plan on spending Christmas with a stranger or finding the person who’s exactly what each other needs.

Frozen With Possibilities by Rhonda Brutt
A resort on the shores of Lake Superior in the middle of December was not exactly what Tiffany had in mind for a mid-winter vacation. But when she agreed to accompany her progressive grandmother on this frozen trip, she discovered that life is filled with possibilities, if you only go after them.

Frozen Heart Thawing by Nicole Angeleen
In the depths of winter, Thomas Everett grudgingly meets his betrothed, Nila Sarvani, the daughter of a powerful sheikh. The passion they share takes them both by surprise, but the ruthlessness of American business threatens to tear them apart. Nila must decide if her dreams can be realized if she allows herself to fall in love.

Frozen Dreams by Elena Kane
In a world surrounded by snow and magic, Cara finds herself grossly out of place. Ridiculed by all, she lives her life in terror from perpetual bullies until she runs into a stranger in town. Ben is everything she always wanted, but never expected. Better yet, he sees past her differences. Could Ben be her dream come true?

Her Frozen Heart by Tara Fox Hall
Alaric has always loved the winter season, second only to his love of spells and sorcery. When his beautiful neighbor Cassandra reveals she’s a natural witch, he’s instantly smitten, even as he despairs of attracting her interest. Is there hope for a magical couple who thrive in different seasons?

The Thawing of Holly’s Heart by Marilyn Gardiner
What happens when a single mother meets an old friend and, despite the conviction that she will never again open her heart to another man, finds herself falling in love?

Falling On Ice by Bess Kingsley
After the horrible year ice sculptor Sam McLeod has had, falling off a ladder at Nationals into the arms of her nemesis is the absolute last thing she needs. Or is it? 

Excerpt from Her Frozen Heart:

“I’m only asking because I’m worried about you,” he continued. “I want to help if I can.”

Cass’s lips trembled, her eyes already filling rapidly. “I need something to welcome me home,” she whispered.

Alaric went to her, putting his arms around her. Cass learned into him gratefully with a sigh.

“Who died?” he whispered. “Please tell me what happened that made you so afraid—”

“I should go,” Cass said abruptly, breaking free of Alaric’s arms. She darted from the room.

Alaric went after her. “Wait, Cass—”

She already had her coat half on and her boots. “I shouldn’t have come. I’m sorry, Alaric.”

“Don’t go,” he said, taking her by the shoulders. “Please, Cass. I want to be there for you. I—”

“No,” she said bitterly. She pulled back to look at him, her expression hurt and angry. “You know, I hate winter for the same reason I can’t trust men. Because you’re final. Because you die.”

She ran out of the house into the snow, ignoring his calls to return. By the time Alaric had on his gear to follow her, she was gone.

* * * *

“So her husband died?” Alexander said, looking at Alaric over their glasses of whiskey.

“I think so,” Alaric said glumly, wondering if asking Alexander over to get his advice had been a wise choice after all. “She didn’t say it straight out.”

“She’s locked herself in summer, surrounded by light, but her heart and soul are frozen. It’s just with fear instead of frost.”

“Very poetic, Alexander,” Alaric said sarcastically. “But what can I do to help her? It’s clear she needs my help.”

“Show her there’s nothing to be afraid of. That she won’t die, and neither will you,” Alexander offered. “Show her that there’s beauty in winter as well as summer. That it’s more than the season of death.” He drank the rest of his whiskey, then poured himself another. “I’m sorry I’m not more help, Ric, really. But I tend to stick to the ladies who want my company, and only need a little persuasion—”

Alaric didn’t answer, lost in thought. Show her the beauty of winter. But how?

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