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About CJ Petterson
Author "cj petterson" is the pen name of Marilyn A. Johnston. She also writes under her own name as well as her maiden name of Marilyn Olsein. Marilyn loves to stretch her alter-ego writing skills and writes in multiple genres, from haiku and free verse to non-fiction and fiction to short stories and novels. She has served as a judge for Romance Writers of America's Daphne du Maurer contest and is a member of several writing groups, including Sisters-in-Crime. Marilyn once spent five-and-a-half-days white water rafting in Colorado. She also spent two days driving a doors-off, stick-shift Wrangler on a Jeep Jamboree off-road adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes over boulders as big as her living room. The protagonist in her "Choosing Carter" novel enjoys some of these same adventures.
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Hometown Heroes brings you five Christmas romances that celebrate everyday heroes.
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 Cajun Navy Relief, an organization dedicated to helping neighbors in distress.
“Courtship and Courage” by Carrie Dalby
Witnessing the race riots before the soldiers left for Cuba during the summer of 1898 didn't stop Claire O'Farrell from opening her heart, but it prevented her from wanting to share it. The stormy Mobile Bay winter proves the right catalyst for Joe Walker to prove his devotion to the woman he loves, though Claire is determined her choices have made her unworthy.
“When Time Stood Still” by Chelsi Arnold and J D Boudreaux
Jacqueline Jones needs a change. Abandoning her Upper East Side apartment, she’s looking for an adventure, or maybe a challenge that will make her heart race. Nick Lapointe, once a member of the Cajun Navy, bids the bayous farewell, seeking less destruction and more beauty in the world. Together in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee she has her hands full with the tall, handsome, and infuriating Nick. As for him, the five-foot-two beauty may be just what he needs, if he can survive “Hurricane” Jacqueline.
“Hobbes House Noel” by cj petterson
Merrill Cowper rents her beloved Hobbes House lakefront cabin to a stranger and becomes an unlikely hometown heroine when she saves his child from a watery death. This will be the year she learns that the best Christmas gifts don’t always arrive wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. Sometimes they don’t even fit under the Christmas tree.
“Talking in Code: A Christmas Homecoming” by E.A. Hale
In 1919, as a suffragette for equal rights, Evelyn Thompson arrives at the ammunition factory for her regular supervisor shift. She learns that she’s been terminated for the flimsiest of reasons: to make room for a war veteran whose battlefield heroics have earned him celebrity status in Oklahoma. When her father hosts a Christmas gala with the Choctaw Code Talkers as guests of honor, she is drawn to the courageous and dashing Lieutenant James Clayton, until she discovers that her job at the factory was handed over to him! An accidental explosion tears apart the factory but brings Evelyn and James together in a selfless display of heroics that has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with love.
“Safe Haven” by Jolie St. Amant
Letting go is never easy, and for Haven Cross, it’s almost impossible. Every year at Christmas, she returns to the Chateau Rouge and relives the moment her fiance’ proposed and the grief she felt when he was killed in action. This year, however, the enchanting hotel has other plans for her and for the charming musician, Chance Montgomery. Will Haven be brave enough to leave the past behind and embrace a new beginning?
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.
Have a slice of Alabama Literature. This collection brings you over 20 authors from the Gulf Coast in Alabama, including USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHORS Carolyn Haines and Craig A. Price Jr., Award Winning author Jodie Cain Smith and several others, including some first time publications.
This is a fantastic anthology with many types of short stories and poems included.
Authors featured: cj petterson, Candice Conner, Craig A. Price Jr., Joyce Scarbrough, Lady Lester, Frances Roberts, Ron Polizzi, Mavis M Jarrell, Dee Jordan, Oksana Leslie, Rachell Elaine Jackson, Carrie Dalby, Caren Rich, Isabella N. Jetten, Carolyn Haines, D Dean Carroll, Steven Moore, Ross Conner Smith, Christa Stanley, Jodie Cain Smith, Aleta Davis, and Jim Hancock.
This collection has been put together by the Mobile Writers Guild.
Death on the Yampa is a contemporary suspense/thriller talewith a touch of romance set in the high mountains of Colorado and Utah.
A woman and the man she loves are rafting the Yampa River through the delicious scenery of Dinosaur National Monument when they encounter her fugitive brother who's joined a terrorist group. She must confront the changing face of terror that never seemed as horrible as it does when the face she sees is that of her brother.
Her dream of realizing happily-ever-after turns into a nightmarish mélange of anger and terror—and she fears someone she loves will die
At about 66,000 words, Death on the Yampa is a thrilling and fast read, perfect for readers who want a taste of adventure, justice, and a satisfying ending.
(Sexual heat level: Behind closed doors.)
THE DAWGSTAR is a suspense/thriller with a touch of romance.
Protagonist MIRABEL CAMPBELL is a geneticist and amateur astronomer who wished for more adventure in her life. Someone should have told her to be careful what you wish for, because the mysterious twinkle she spots in the night sky catapults her into the treacherous world of international intrigue.
Mirabel is a little flawed—she's no longer a svelte twenty-something, hasn't been in a real relationship for a long time, and is a bit of a nerd. She's also sassy, clever, loyal, and determined to find who killed her friend and to stop the ticking of her personal doomsday clock.
ROBERT O'SULLIVAN, aka "Sully," is an exciting hero, a ruggedly handsome CIA agent with a bit of an Irish lilt in his words. The CIA thinks what Mirabel saw is a nanosatellite that the government is secretly testing. Worried her sighting could go public, Sully is sent to investigate. He draws the assignment because Mirabel is his ex-wife, the woman he still loves. On the flip side, Sully's a bit of a bad boy and a liar—all part of the job he says.
NIGEL SAINT JOHN is an international assassin hired by SOUJIRO ITOH to eliminate the perceived threats to his plan to exact revenge on the North Korean regime. Unbeknownst to everyone, Saint John serves two employers, one more anonymous than the other.
SOUJIRO ITOH is a sociopath with a twisted sense of justice. He wants the U.S. government to include in a proposed arms treaty with North Korea a requirement that the Pyongyang government apologize for wrongs done to Japanese citizens that date back to World War II. Itoh also has launched a secret nanosatellite, a bioweapon with which he threatens destruction of one of the world's most important food crops if his demands are not met.
MIIKO ITOH is a drug-addled ninja under the control of her brother, Soujiro Itoh. Soujiro uses her to help carry out his devious plans, including miscellaneous assassinations.
Brought together by a common peril, Mirabel and Sully rekindle their love in the midst of international, political gangsterism and 21st Century technology, where a sociopath's money can hire an assassin, turn friends into traitors, and threaten the world with a bioweapon.
Sensuality level: Behind closed doors.