Description : National bestselling author Hannah Reed brings mystery lovers the first Scottish Highlands mystery, in which a young writer finds herself swept up in a murder amidst the glens and lochs… After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama… The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?
Description : Growing up in the 1950s was not Ozzie & Harriet and Father Knows Best for Linda C. Wisniewski. Unlike the characters on her favorite TV shows, Linda learned to be quiet, atone for the sins of others, and just plain suffer as a way of life. Only when she came to terms with her Polish Catholic heritage, her physical deformity, and her widowed mother did she find inner peace and the keys to her own happiness. Readers of Angela's Ashes and The Joy Luck Club will enjoy this mother-daughter saga from sorrow to love. Author Susan Wittig Albert calls Off Kilter "a splendid first memoir about the difficult business of finding balance in our lives. Funny, honest, deeply moving, Off Kilter reminds us just how hard it is to adjust to the physical pain, the emotional loss, and even the surprising beauty of being fully who we are."
Description : James Kilter has few illusions about himself. Maimed in a boiler accident when young and routinely reviled by those he encounters, he’s no prize for any woman. He’s content working security for a good friend until he sees Catherine Delaney disembark from an airship one May afternoon. Her fragile beauty calls up all his protective instincts. But will she accept a monster as her defender? Having traded her own safety to save her young sister, Cat Delaney has landed in the hands of a ruthless, wealthy man who intends to use her as a pawn to his avarice. Alone in a strange city, she has nowhere to turn except to the very man hired to keep her from running. Can she trust James, with his ruined face and crusader’s spirit? Dare she give him her heart?
Description : Eric attends a Scottish Country Dance class with his friend Amara to help her hook up with her crush-of-the-month. But the computer science grad student abandons his wingman duties when he finds himself interested in their dance instructor, Rob. Eric swears that's not just about how great Rob's legs look in a kilt. Soon he's scoping out Rob's Facebook page and following him to the local Highland Games in hopes of scoring a date. Previously published by Torquere Press as part of the Plaid Nights anthology, July 2015.
Description : Fire Down Below Brash entrepreneur Roan McAuley has no problem getting naked. But being the only one in the room dropping kilt and giving plenty isn't his idea of fun--even if it's for the "Men of the Highlands" calendar and a good cause. However, getting feisty photographer Tessa Vandergriff all hot, bothered, and hungry is proving irresistible. . .even though she's not his type. And even if the sizzling attraction between them is changing everything this roguish playboy thinks he knows about lust. . .and love. Praise for Donna Kauffman and Her Novels "Give me more." --Linda Howard on The Charm Stone "Whimsical and sexy." --Jennifer Crusie on Your Wish Is My Command "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich
Description : Off Kilter Bundle Off Kilter Fire Down Below Brash entrepreneur Roan McAuley has no problem getting naked. But being the only one in the room dropping kilt and giving plenty isn't his idea of fun--even if it's for the "Men of the Highlands" calendar and a good cause. However, getting feisty photographer Tessa Vandergriff all hot, bothered, and hungry is proving irresistible. . .even though she's not his type. And even if the sizzling attraction between them is changing everything this roguish playboy thinks he knows about lust. . .and love. Praise for Donna Kauffman and Her Novels "Give me more." --Linda Howard on The Charm Stone "Whimsical and sexy." --Jennifer Crusie on Your Wish Is My Command "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich A Great Kisser Buckle up. Enjoy the view. Jake McKenna fixes planes, not people. Compared to an engine, humans are high-maintenance and unpredictable--which is why Jake has zero interest in indulging his sister's request that he play tour guide and rent-a-date to her boss's visiting stepdaughter. Still, Lauren Matthews is nothing like the uptight, reed-skinny workaholic he expected. She's curvy--deliciously so. Funny. Open. And convinced that there's more to her mother's hasty marriage to the local mayor than meets the eye. Leaving her fast-track Washington career is the most impulsive thing Lauren has ever done--right until the moment she arrives in Cedar Springs, Colorado. Everything about sexy, enigmatic pilot Jake tempts Lauren to unleash her inner bad girl and let him take her places she's never been. . .even as her snooping around town provokes some extremely hostile reactions. At this altitude, losing your head is easy. Trusting your heart can cost you everything. . . Let Me In He's bringing anything but peace and quiet. . Tate Winslow is done with all the guns, the adventures, the brushes with death. All she wants is to be left alone. So when her enigmatic ex-boss shows up on her doorstep barely alive, she really tries not to care. He's all alpha male, the baddest of the bad--and a threat to her hard-won peace in more ways than one. Tate is the only lead Derek Cole has on a case that could blow the intelligence world apart--if it doesn't kill him before he can figure it out. She was his best agent, but she's in hiding and he's gone rogue, and he's starting to think of her in a very nonprofessional way. In fact, he wants Tate like he wants his next breath, but he's already risking his life and his career. . .does he need to put his heart in danger too?
Description : Petting ZooA talking cat. A magical giant salamander in a Japanese spring. A life changing pet rabbit, acquired under duress. A rottweiler living at the construction site of a space colony. A super-intelligent squirreligator. The shaggy dog story has come back from the groomers, and it's not happy. Undead AmericaWhat the world needs now is another collection of zombie stories, and these brief vignettes breathe new life into the undead, so to speak. Strange factory workers, a newly-awakened suburbanite, Three Rules for survival, and a not-so sweet Mommy's Girl will feed your nightmares and maybe even tickle your exposed and broken funny bone. Haunted HolidaysThree young girls have Halloween adventures. An NSA analyst has a Thanksgiving dinner he will never forget. A woman finds her husband still believes in Santa Claus. Santa Claus himself takes a woman on a journey to the dark side of her family to right an old wrong. Seems like something srtange is always going on during the holidays.
Description : 28 classic couthie nineteenth-century full colour photos with ridiculously modern comments - in Scots, with additional anecdotes in English.
Description : Connecticut, proclaimed often by visitors as solely a rest stop along the highway from New York to Boston, is known primarily for its bedroom towns, cows, and strip malls, but it is so much more than that. From tales of its haunted history, curious encounters, and forgotten places, Connecticut is "full of surprises" and worth investigating whether you are a local or an out-of-towner. Nooks and crannies are inhabited by ghost towns, large man-beasts, and inbred creatures with oblong heads. Folk artists who created religious sanctuaries out of trash are just some of the oddities you will see. Visit abandoned Norwich State Hospital and Daniel's Village, hear stories of demonic possessions, and discover the mysteries of Plum Island and the lore of Pirate treasure and witchcraft. Whether you know it as The Nutmeg State or The Constitution State, you will see the State of Connecticut in a whole different light.
Description : Merriam Webster defines horror as, "something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock." In our second anthology, we hope to do just that! Whether drawn by a cursed house, the dangers of getting a tattoo, or the fear of the dark, we hope you find a sliver of horror on these pages. The Alabards are writers of all ages, from all walks of life. We hope you enjoy our offering.