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About Janet Walden-West
Janet Walden-West lives in the Southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print. A Weird Dog Show Chick in her downtime, she’s also a founding member of The Million Words craft blog, a 2X PitchWars alum and current Pitch Wars Mentor, and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes intersectional sexy-times romance, and boss-girl fantasy heroines.
Her debut multicultural contemporary romance, SALT+STILETTOS, is out now from City Owl Press, her urban fantasy short stories are available in multiple anthologies, and her Urban Fantasy Romance series, Region Two Series, is due out this Summer..
She is represented by Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency.
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He owns the spotlight, she lives in the shadows.
VEE: My only purpose? Keep lethal cryptids in check, and our Company existence secret.
Sometimes a girl needs a night of karaoke and tequila though. Instead, after a vicious new cryptid species crashes the party, I end up saving and carting home a way arrogant, way hot chef. With Bruce Kantor now a temporary roommate it seems like the perfect time to indulge my forbidden civilian fascination—especially the friends-with-benefits part. But the feelings he ignites threaten my oath and mission.
BRUCE: Damn right I’m the bad boy of the culinary world.
I live for the limelight, and the legions of #BruceTheBastard fans love my temper as much as my food. After stomping out of one high-profile gig, all I’m looking for are directions to my next. What I get is a giant Komodo Dragon-wannabe, and Vee Ramirez, the most infuriatingly irresistible woman to ever hit my radar.
Even if we survive the relentless monster on my trail, our future is toast unless I can convince Vee there’s more to life than the Company.
Trained from birth to defend humanity, the members of Company Alpha Cryptid Containment are the best of the best at what they do--protecting Region Two from that which goes bump in the night. But protecting their hearts? That's a whole different story.
Remember that way arrogant, way famous chef I rescued? Turns out, he’s my soulmate.
Despite Bruce’s lack of a filter, he’s actually fitting into Region Two’s rhythm—cryptids stalking the city, my team stalking the cryptids. My sisters mining our fav rom-coms for tips on meeting my civilian boyfriend’s parents.
So we’re blindsided when hit by a tragedy even Company resources can't combat, one threatening to shatter the team and my heart. Until I accidentally uncover an ultra-classified potential miracle. What the research points me to requires betraying the Company, my team, everything that makes me—me.
But if this deal with the devil saves Bruce? I’m okay with the sacrifice.
We’d fought a different kind of battle and damn well earned our fairy tale ending.
Except there were things Vee didn’t tell me. That there was a price for saving my life. That Vee’s the one who has to pay. When the Company discovers what she’s done, the verdict is treason, the punishment, death.
They’re about to meet Bruce the Bastard though and no power—human, government, or cryptid—can keep me from rescuing Vee.
Trained from birth to defend humanity, the members of Company Alpha Cryptid Containment are the best of the best at what they do--protecting Region Two from that which goes bump in the night.
But protecting their hearts? That's a whole other story.
Young and old, fearsome and powerful, they wield art, science, and magic to fight fate, deity, and death. These women are predators.
Predators in Petticoats collects twenty-five original tales of flesh, blood, and bone.
Featuring new stories by:
R. S. Belcher
Susan Griffith & Clay Griffith
John G. Hartness
Jody Lynn Nye
And introducing new stories by:
R. James Gauvreau
R. Z. Held
M. Lopes da Silva
Leann M. Rettell
Trading her red-dirt roots for the title of Miami’s go-to image consultant, Brett Fontaine refuses to let anything jeopardize her new life.
…Not an influential client-turned-stalker who’s up for parole…
…Not post-kidnapping panic attacks…
…And certainly not the stubborn, attention-phobic chef with the tempting tataus she’s been challenged to transform into a celeb in ninety days.
Will Te’o can almost taste the dream he sacrificed American Samoa, culture, and cherished family ties for—opening a four-star restaurant in the most cut-throat culinary location in North America.
Unfortunately, that requires navigating its equally ruthless social scene.
When his first public performance ends in a social media spectacle, his only option is turning to the stiletto-wearing nemesis who has invaded his kitchen.
Neither expected to share anything but barbs, yet somewhere between accidentally bonding over comfort food and office-wrecking sex, they’re named South Beach’s hottest pairing!
Until Brett’s stalker engineers an image-shattering reveal and the fallout trashes her reputation. She may be going down, but she’s not taking Will’s dreams with her.
Now Will is pulling out all his new skills and cooking up a last-ditch event. Will it prove to Brett that relying on the right person makes for the perfect recipe? Or will he be left heartbroken in the spotlight?
If you like Kristen Callihan, Nicole Snow, Negeen Papehn, or Penelope Ward, you’ll love this spicy romance with a dash of sultry, a pinch of intrigue, and a cup full of fun!
“Walden-West debuts with a delectable romance between a Miami image consultant and the rough-around-the-edges client she must polish before the opening of his South Beach restaurant…While the sexual tension between the leads sizzles from the get go, it’s the show of mutual support and respect that will make readers swoon.” — Publisher’s Weekly
What reviewers are saying:
★★★★★ “This opposites-attract romance is sultry, sexy fun featuring a yummy cinnamon roll hero who readers will fall for in an instant!”
★★★★★ “Fashion and food collide in this delicious opposites-attract romance!”
★★★★★ “With a fierce heroine and a swoon worthy hero I fell head over stilettos in love.”
★★★★★ “A gentle giant hero and food descriptions so exquisite my mouth watered for them both.”
It is also a tribute honoring Melanie Otto (AKA Melanie Griffin), one of the founding authors, who died unexpectedly in 2016. Melanie critiqued many of these stories at the Roaring Writers' annual writing retreats, and the authors will never forget Melanie's sparkling eyes and delighted laugh as she found passages she loved in each. With this collection, including stories by Melanie, the Roaring Writers share her light with readers everywhere.
Thanks to the generosity of their mentors and contributors, all profits from the sales of this anthology will be donated to help Melanie's lifelong partner defray medical and legal costs.