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Still a gamer - and still cool - Isabella lives in Georgia with her husband and a herd of rescue cats.
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Kyle Shepard has been smitten with Phoebe for years, yet she remains oblivious to his hints that he would like to be more than friends. With subtlety getting him nowhere, he must channel his inner ladies’ man - surely all of those reruns of Space Trek have taught him something - and ask her out.
Can Kyle convince Phoebe to take a chance on love? Can Phoebe bring herself to risk her heart in a relationship with a living, breathing man? Or, will they both get more than they bargained for when they discover that the lines between fantasy and reality can blur when romancing a nerd?
Homeroom Heroes brings you seven Christmas romances that celebrate our teachers and the compassion and dedication they bring to the classroom everyday.
From paranormal to contemporary to historical, there's something here to fill everyone with the spirit of the season.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Acadiana Writing Project.
Excerpts from Running on Empty and Once and For All by A.L. Vincent
Festival Acadien in Lafayette is a big fundraiser for the Acadiana Writing Project every year. These two scenes from the Bon Chance Boonie books highlight this event, the people, and the joi de vivre of the area.
“Saoirse’s Christmas” by Anita Harlan
In December 1919, WWI veteran Kenneth Adams became the new psychology teacher at Lancaster College in Pennsylvania. He believes this to be a standard new job when he meets an Irish immigrant by the name of Saoirse Kelly. Kenneth finds himself in the fight for his life over his heart and his mind this Christmas season.
“Natural Selection in Life and Love” by Carrie Dalby
Southern lawyer Sean Spunner falls for a trail-blazing Bostonian science teacher at a 1912 Christmas party. When Hattie Fernsby finds her job in jeopardy over a chance reference to Darwinism, Sean must work his legal magic to save Hattie’s career--and keep her from being run out of town.
“2:52” by Chelsi Arnold
Bethany Carter, a kindergarten teacher, is having one of ‘those’ days.
At 7:20, she spilt coffee all over herself.
At 9:36 she had to perform emergency surgery on Icky the Elf.
At 12:10 she discovered a mouse in one of her students’ backpack.
At 1:10 a student projectile vomited in the middle of the hallway.
At 2:00 her students never returned from P.E.
After the day she’s had, Bethany doesn’t believe things can get any crazier … Nothing could have prepared her for what happened at 2:52.
“The Substitute” by cj petterson
When FBI agent Aron Olsen is assigned to work undercover as a substitute adapted physical education teacher for physically and mentally challenged students, he knows he’ll need a lot of help. He is thrilled when his help appears in the beautiful form of first-grade teacher Melanie Andrews, who is also a Special Olympics volunteer. Together they learn to turn their can’ts into cans and their dreams into plans.
“F is for Family” by Isabella Norse
“Spontaneous” has never been a word used to describe elementary school teacher, Natalie Archer. Yet, here she is, taking care of a fellow teacher’s classroom pets during her Christmas break. Now her handsome new neighbor, Steve Rodgers, needs a last-minute sitter for his son, Evan. Agreeing to take care of Evan adds two males with a flair for impulsiveness to Natalie’s life—and she loves it. Maybe opposites really do attract.
“Saved by the Bell” by Jolie St. Amant
As a female football coach, Taylor Campbell has spent her career proving herself with no time for herself or a relationship. Making the state high school playoffs brings her to New Orleans and back to Luke Walker, her college boyfriend. The enchanting Chateau Rouge Hotel has a few plans to make sure these two former lovers have the chance to rekindle that old flame. Will Taylor win the playoffs and the heart of a certain brown eyed coach?
“Blooming Rose.” by Molly Zenk
Losing her job shouldn’t make her this excited. New York, 1888.
Finally Home brings you eight Christmas stories all about our four-legged friends and the special people who rescue them. From funny, to sad, to romantic, there’s something here to tug at everyone’s heart strings.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various animal rescue groups.
“For the Love of…” by Lee St. John
Adoption can be a process of heartbreak but also healing. Lee St. John has experienced both. As a mother of an adopted son and also an adopted pet, Lee shares her two journeys as they come to a juncture in her story, “For the Love of…”
“Oh, Henry!” by J D Boudreaux
Make no BONES about it. Sometimes it takes a CAT-astrophe to make us PAWS and look at our lives. Enjoy this TAIL that will remind us that sometimes what we need to feel is the ANIMAL touch.
“Grace Shadowed” by Carrie Dalby
During a 1906 Christmas party, sparks fly between a doctor and a debutante, but igniting annoyance isn’t what Dr. John Woodslow had in mind when he asks Grace Anne to dance.Grace Anne Marley is left in charge of her younger sisters while their parents are out of town, and a stray dog is the last thing she wants to deal with when there are parties and masquerades on the horizon.
After the injured dog wags its way into her heart, can Grace swallow her pride and reach out to the young doctor for help?
“Smokey Finds a Home” by Sharon Marchisello
Cast aside for not meeting a Siamese cat breeder's standards, Smokey was doomed to a short and meaningless life. But a Christmas miracle could bring him a place in a family after all.
“The Kitten in the Manger” by Isabella Norse
Holly Johnson has officially lost her mind. She, the self-proclaimed Queen of Social Awkwardness, has agreed to attend a Christmas party with Jeremy Barnes as their second date. Nothing short of a miracle can salvage this train wreck in the making. Fortunately, Christmas angels come in all shapes and sizes—some even look like kittens.
“A Rescue Before Christmas” by Amy Craig
First-year associate Kate agrees to dog-sit her mentor’s fox terriers, but falters when she finds a winsome stray dog at the end of his driveway. Torn between the dog’s sweet nature and her responsibilities to her mentor, she decides to take the animal to the shelter, but nothing goes according to plan.
When a tow truck driver rescues Kate and the dog from the side of the interstate, his laid-back charm prompts her to think about what she wants from life and what should happen next.
“Puppy Love” by cj petterson
Francesca DuBose is passionate about giving abandoned kittens a second chance at happiness. Her carefully curated life is disrupted when she becomes a foster hu-mom to a puppy with an amputated leg, and Cody Phillips, the man who broke heart, asks for a second chance, too.
“Saving Grace” by A.L. Vincent
Rescued in a New Orleans alley, Furby has been Grace's comfort and constant companion. After he is injured, his fearless personality and determination encourages Grace to let go of the past and embrace the future.
Sydney Hall has spent her life looking for love in all the wrong places. Her world falls apart when the man she thought was Mr. Right turns out to be Mr. Couldn’t-Be-More-Wrong. She needs to make some major lifestyle changes—if she can figure out where to start.
Kain is a werewolf afraid of the vulnerability that comes with life with a pack. Nevertheless, werewolves are made to protect, and his instincts kick into high gear when he meets a bruised and battered Sydney Hall. He is determined to help her see herself as the strong woman he believes she can be.
Friendship grows as two damaged people find hope in each other. Can Sydney and Kain maintain their promise to remain friends without benefits? Or, is love inevitable as two wounded souls learn to heal together?
But the arrival of Russell Phillips, widower, father, and the spitting image of Dot’s favorite actor, stirs emotions that she hasn’t felt in many years. Could love come knocking at this point in her life—and his?
Just when their friendship begins to blossom into “more”, Russell says something that might be impossible to fix. Will the memories of those they have lost keep each of them tied to their pasts, or can their budding relationship be SAVED BY THE BELLE…
Drew Pressley adores his neighbor. He and Zoe flirt, but whenever he tries to deepen their relationship, she changes the subject or runs away—sometimes literally. Will he ever be able to let her know how he feels without resorting to the use of tranquilizer darts to keep her from fleeing?
Finally, an unruly ladder and a tiny orange kitten bring their situation to a head. Will Zoe and Drew finally be together or are they destined to be friends without benefits? It’s meow or never!
Noah Townsend is a vampire with a broken heart. It has been two years since his wife's death, and he is still recovering. Instead of dealing with his grief, he has thrown himself into his duties as the head of a security firm that specializes in protecting paranormal beings and hiding their existence from humans.
Worlds collide when Noah saves Maggie from a werewolf attack. Can Maggie overcome her skepticism, and Noah his grief, in time to realize that they were made for each other? Or will the ripples started by Maggie's blog grow into a tsunami that will tear them—and Kudzu Korners—apart?
Dalton Freeman, laid-back rancher, receives a getaway to The Lodge as a gift from his brothers. The catch? The gift is only good during Valentine’s weekend. So what if all of his attempts at online dating have failed miserably? There’s no reason for his brothers to play Cupid. Really.
When these two strangers pretend to be a couple for a weekend, will it be a disaster or will fate - and a half-frozen kitten - lead them to the purrfect partner?
Nef, a stable hand, watches as Lillie sneaks into the castle stables to befriend the animals there. Intrigued by these glimpses into a softer side of this otherwise aloof and mysterious young woman, he suspects it will take more than sliced apples and cheese for him to win her trust.
An unwitting pawn in the political ploys of shadowy figures, Lillie must decide. Will she continue down the path chosen for her or will she turn her back on everything she knows to protect an innocent mark? Will Nef’s love be the key to unlocking an assassin’s heart?