Seventeen-year-old Christa Pierce has the perfect life. She’s rich, pretty, a slam dunk for valedictorian, and a star of the high school cross-country team. To the kids at school, she has everything. She is everything.
But it’s a lie.
The pretty face everyone sees is the mask her father forces her to wear. To hide family secrets that shine like bruises. To disguise what his cruelty stole from her, including the mother she never knew. It’s a face that fools everyone, even the man who keeps her in line with the back of his hand.
Now, Christa’s done with being afraid. She’s desperate to break free from the prison of her “perfect” life — and destroy her father. But then friends become pawns. Right and wrong gets blurred. Mind games play dark and twisted. Revenge takes a turn for the deadly.
DOLL PARTS : A SLIGHTLY DEMENTED AND SOMEWHAT HUMOROUS SHORT STORY
Creepy Thomas Wharton is searching for the perfect girl. Except she doesn’t exist. Yet. But with a collection of dolls and a satanic ritual, he’s about to change all that. What could possibly go wrong? Well, it turns out, everything.
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DEAD, STILL BREATHING
Owen Stanford isn’t a man who does things on a whim. So when the notion strikes him to drive over 200 miles to Ridley Mountain—a place he’s never been before—he wonders if madness isn’t far off.
The minute he steps foot in the small mountain community, he senses his presence isn’t welcome. The mountains don’t want him there. Their secrets want to remain untouched and buried. The people don’t want him there. Bloodlines run deep and outsiders aren’t to be trusted. The only soul who wants him there is the ghost of a dead boy who no one talks about. Owen wants to know why, but asking the right questions to the wrong people could get him killed.
HARMONY: A NOVELLA
After her loveless marriage of ten years comes to an end, Anna Lawson doesn’t know who she is or if she’ll find love again. As she’s moving her things out of the house she once shared with her husband, she finds her guitar — her first true love. Neglected for over a decade, its damage may be beyond repair. But the guitar just might be the very thing she needs to find herself again. And when she runs into the tall, dark, tattooed and handsome Derek Ramsey during a weekend getaway, she sees there might be some hope left for her after all.
Derek Ramsey has had his heart broken one too many times and can’t seem to let go of the past. He’s pretty much given up on ever finding love again. His life is all about work, music, and an occasional date. So, when his friend suggests he’s in a rut, Derek hates to admit his friend is right. And then he meets Anna.
Music brings them together. But the past keeps them apart. If they can’t learn to move on, they’ll never sing their happy ending.