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About Janet Raye Stevens
Meet award-winning author Janet Raye Stevens – mom, reader, tea-drinker (okay, tea guzzler), and teller of hilarious and sometimes totally true tales.
Derringer Award finalist and winner of RWA's Golden Heart® and Daphne du Maurier awards, Janet writes mystery, time travel, paranormal, and the occasional Christmas romance, all with humor, heart, and a dash of intrigue. She lives in New England with her husband, who's practically perfect in every way, and their two sons, both geniuses and good-looking to boot.
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We've gathered thirty-one original tales by New England authors or with a New England setting, ranging from the historical to contemporary, to noir, and everything in between.
Easy going event coordinator Katy Wilkins is called in to sub for her perfectionist sister at a Christmas Eve wedding in Portland, Maine. Nice guy chef Cole St. Onge takes over from his temperamental boss for the same event.
The problem? Each thinks the other is their prickly counterpart and anticipate fireworks when they meet. But it's the sparks that fly between them that's unexpected—and unwelcome. Katy's skittish after a bad breakup; left at the altar, Cole's sworn off women for good. They both vow to do their job and stay out of each other's way.
That plan goes awry as troubles mount. A sudden nor'easter blows in, forcing guests to stay home. Mix in a stressed-out bride, an accident-prone groom, a power outage, Katy's deejay ex making trouble, a matchmaking grandma, and lots and lots of mistletoe, and what's supposed to be a magical holiday affair fast becomes a Christmas disaster.
Forced to team up to put out the many fires, the blaze between Cole and Katy burns brighter as the evening wears on. Can they ignore their growing attraction and keep their relationship strictly professional? Or will they give in to the mistletoe and say I do to a Christmas kiss that promises more to come in the new year?
If you love a sweet and funny Christmas romance with a dash of mistaken identity, then this delicious holiday treat is for you!
Featuring stories by (in order of appearance):
Deborah Lacy & Pat Hernas, Michael Bracken, Warren Bull, Sharon Marchisello, Jacqueline Seewald, Anne-Marie Sutton, Aislinn Batstone, John Lutz & Josh Pachter, Jennie MacDonald, Gwenda R. Jensen, LD Masterson, Kate Fellowes, KM Rockwood, DG Crichley, Richard Lau, Janet Raye Stevens, Michael Brandon, Edward Ahern, Amy Ballard, Barbara Schlichting, M. M. Elmendorf, Nupur Tustin, Albert Tucher, Michael Guillebeau
HER MISSION: SAVE THE SOLDIER, SAVE THE FUTURE … EVEN IF SHE LOSES HER HEARTIt's 2015 and librarian Beryl Blue shelves books in her hometown library. Dull, but after being orphaned and years in foster care, she prefers the mild life.
Until a time cop from the future crash lands in her library with an offer Beryl isn't allowed to refuse—she must stop a rogue time traveler from killing a WWII soldier on leave and changing history forever. If she can't complete the mission, not only is the future screwed, but Beryl's own life will be in jeopardy.
Beryl has questions, lots of questions. Beginning with why she's the only person in all of time who can stop the assassin. She gets no answers as she's quickly whisked to 1943 and stranded there, tasked with keeping Sgt. Tom "Sully" Sullivan safe at all costs.
She soon learns two things: Sully's more than capable of taking care of himself and it's her heart that's in danger. The more time she spends with the sexy, stubborn sergeant, the more she comes to care for him. Beryl's lost everyone she's ever loved and there's no way she's going to open herself to loss again. Best to complete the mission, return to her own time, and never see Sully again. If she can get the job done.
With an assassin on their heels and all of history on her shoulders, Beryl scrambles to figure out how to protect a man who refuses to be protected—and keep her heart intact.
If you love time travel, a sparkling historical romance, tough guys and wisecracking dames, plus a dash of mystery, then this first book in the Beryl Blue, Time Cop adventures through time is for you!
(The first in a series)