FOURTEEN ALL-NEW, SWEET VALENTINE ROMANCES Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties! Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES -- an anthology of fourteen sweet romances from USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors -- and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and sweetheart. Her Perfect Catch - K.L. Brady Years of faithful dog-sitting pays sweet dividends when a struggling sports writer scores tickets to the Super Bowl and encounters her favorite football player.
Mack the typing Jackapoo plays a key role in this story and he was inspired by a real life dog and a cartoon dog. I consider myself to have two dogs--one real dog (Buddy an 220 pound English Mastiff who thinks he's a 12 pound puppy) and one Facebook dog--Charlie, the cutest Jack-a-Poo in the world who belongs to my author-friend. Mack was inspired by my favorite cartoon character Snoopy (Peanuts--I wear a Snoopy watch daily) and my FB dog. I told my friend I was using Charlie as inspiration for the pet in my story and asked her for the breed; I knew he was a mix but didn't know what. She gave me the breed--part Jack Terrier, Part Toy Poodle--and a thumbs up. Anyway, Mack is the character in the story that makes things go "boom." But he's so cute, how can Mel get mad at him?
In Her Perfect Catch, a story about a struggling female sports writer who uses a male pen name to be taken seriously -- Jet is one of the heroes. He's a star NFL wide receiver who is bearing the brunt of one of my main characters scathing articles and she has given him the nickname "Thirteen" for reasons related to his catching performance during the NFC Divisional Championship. If you want to know what that means, of course you have to read the book. But this story does delve a little into my perceptions about how athletes handle media pressure, especially when they've had some "issues." (As an aside, the story's team is the fictional Washington "Warriors" but I take full credit for predicting their success if they make it past the wild card round this week.)
My novella, Her Perfect Catch, is part of a Valentine's Anthology I joined with 13 other authors. It was inspired by my experiences as Washington Redskins fan and football lover. Most of the time when guys are holding conversations they kind of look through me as if I don't know anything when I probably know more about sports than they do. Kind of ticks me off. So this story is a tribute to all those girls. My character Melanie is a female sports writer who takes on a male pen name so she'll be taken seriously. When she gets tickets to the Super Bowl and has a chance encounter with her favorite NFL star, her work has consequences she never anticipated.
Pride & Prejudice with an Urban Teen Twist... Ever been a stand out who doesn’t fit in? Ever dream of finding the prince charming who can see beyond your clothes, hair, and shoes, to fall in love with the real you? Meet basketball phenom Liz Bennett, a clever tomboy who believes her first impressions are never wrong. She dresses down and lives her life under the radar in the high school social scene to keep her name out of the gossip mill. With two trouble magnet kid sisters and a mother obsessed with protecting her virginity, she's already dealing with more drama than an Emmy-winning daytime soap opera. She’s also unlucky in love…at least until two popular new guys enter her life and the sparks begin to fly. Trent Whitman, Liz's hot new admirer, pursues and woos her with his silver tongue and hazel eyes. He turns on the charm, and Liz believes she’s finally met “the one.” Darcell Williams, on the other hand, is a star football player, who sticks his cleats in his mouth from day one. When Liz sizes them up, she decides Trent is a dream and Darcell is a devil reincarnate. During the Back-to-School dance, Darcell spews an oh-no-he-didn't insult that—in her mind—confirms she’s right about him from the first moment they meet and their feud is on and popping! But when a Bennett family crisis reveals Darcell's and Trent's true colors, will Liz's pride prevent her from accepting each for who he really is?
One of my favorite books EVER is Pride and Prejudice. Took me years to read it because I didn't think I could relate. But I found that humor and the human experience translate across time and ethnicity. I wanted other black teen girls to love it as much as I did. So I decided to do a retelling with Liz as a very smart tomboyish black teenager suffering from esteem issues--who in a series of twists is thrust into the lives of two boys. And the mother is obsessed with saving her girls' virginity rather then marrying them off. An interesting twist for a new day.
"Hilarious! Readers will love Charisse and the funny way she relates her life story... Her “self talk” makes the story even funnier..." RT Book Reviews Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . . She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit and a low tolerance for BS. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best, she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players—and, after 39 years, she's ready for a change. A holiday meltdown following a breakup with yet another Mr. Wrong prompts her to read a magazine article that holds the promise of changing her forever. Just five simple steps to transform her tedious love life to the stuff of legends. Her hilarious attempt to follow the illuminating wisdom snares her romantic life into entanglements she can’t imagine how to escape, but it’s her twenty-seven-year-old secret that threatens to keep her from finding "the one." Charisse learns the hard way: Your past can be the anchor that holds you back...or the fuel that propels you forward. Will her questionable choices seal her fate?
The only thing more depressing than being single during the holiday is breaking up right before or during a holiday--especially Christmas or New Year's Day. That's where we meet the main character of The Bum Magnet, Charisse, smack dab in the middle of a hilarious depression. What I love about this character is that she's going through what only can be described as relationship hell but she views everything through a hilarious prism. Her self talk is as funny as the situations she finds herself in. It makes Charisse one of the most relatable characters you'll ever read.
Publisher's Weekly hailed K.L. Brady's work "comic and charming..." Romantic Times Book Reviews called her novel The Bum Magnet "Hilarious!" Her new romance promises to be one of the funniest books of the year. If she's addicted to beginnings, how will she find her happily ever after? Miki Vincent's entire life stalled because she's addicted to the beginnings of things, especially relationships. She relishes in the emotional highs, first hugs, first kisses that new love brings. But sex always ruins it. That's why abstaining during the first three months of a relationship was supposed to help land her down the aisle with Mr. Right. Miki finds out the hard way, Mr. Wrong can wait that long, especially if his ultimate prize is her inheritance. One assault charge and depression later, Miki devises the Honeymoon Plan, guaranteeing her a lifetime of firsts and zero heartaches. But following her own rule sends her life into an out-of-control spiral. A new pursuit and a string of sexy suitors offer her the opportunity to jumpstart her life and test her new strategy. The only problem? It just might work. Miki's best friend Pam, a repressed artist, struggles to keep her honeymoon alive but she can no longer ignore the blatant evidence staring her in the face: Her husband is having an affair. A different kind of "honeymoon plan" designed to free her from her troubles, and a chance meeting with a handsome artistic stranger, help reignite her passions. But will they destroy her marriage in the process?
I love writing romantic comedies because the genre allows you to take painful situations and turn them on their heads to make them funny. In this story, the main character, Miki, learns the hard way that sometimes when you're on an express trip down to rock bottom, sometimes you're doing your own digging. Miki's hands are dirty and she's in a rush to get to rock bottom which begins with her FIRST trip to court. When Karma offers her a chance at revenge on an ex-boyfriend and she exploits that opportunity to the fullest, it's just the first step of many in the wrong direction.
AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW NOVEL FEATURING THE HIGH-SPIRITED HEROINE FROM THE BUM MAGNET! Charisse Tyson is about to say “I do” . . . But could the smart, sassy, curvaceous bride-to-be, who’s more than paid her dues with a string of worthless ex-lovers, have good reason for second thoughts? What if her fiancé, Kevin Douglass—the gorgeous FBI agent who rescued her from a con artist boyfriend and promptly swept her off her feet—turns out to be like all the others? Rissey’s worst nightmare comes true when, one week from their wedding day, they hit a major bump in the road—a baby bump, that is. Kevin reveals that a one-time liaison with his former FBI partner produced a lot more than a one-night stand. Thrown into a tailspin, Rissey turns to her beloved top-shelf vodka and her best friend Lamar, who makes no secret of his desire to replace Kevin. With her own family in upheaval when the father Rissey has never known enters her life and Kevin desperately trying to make things right, time is running out . . . will she and Kevin survive the drama and make it down the wedding aisle?
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