Not Well Behaved Women: A Steamy Romance Anthology

Not Well Behaved Women: A Steamy Romance Anthology

Publisher: ‎Swoon Worthy 
Publication Date: ‎August 16, 2022
Genre: Romance, Romance Anthology, Charity Anthology

Book Description:

She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to take it.

NOT WELL BEHAVED WOMEN is a romance anthology with stories ranging from steamy to downright scorching! 

Deliciously dark, heart-pounding romantic suspense, swoon-worthy sports romance, unpredictable alpha shifters, mysteriously dark vampire lovers, or ghost encounters. Whatever you’re in the mood to read, you’ll find your next steamy romance in this collection. 

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A.C. James

A.C. James writes paranormal romance books for adults and erotica, including Eternal Ever After (rebranded as Eternal Lover), which was featured in the bestselling Spice Box anthology. Her Ever Dark Immortals series, which begins with Eternal Lover, has been described as “brimming with sensuality” and “romantic and sizzling hot.” The Isle of Horse Shifters series starts with Ride: Awakening, and is “lighthearted” that is a “joy ride from beginning to end.”

Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a USA Today bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction many years ago. Her short fiction has appeared in many webzines and anthologies. Her books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality.

Bianca Sommerland

Bianca Sommerland, author of the award winning Dartmouth Cobras series, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. After hitting the USA TODAY Bestsellers list, and being invited to teach several classes on writing in the sports and BDSM genre, they retreated to their writing cave and can still be found there, doing what they’ve always done. Which is writing whatever the characters tell them to.

When not reading neurotically or writing as though the fate of the world rests on their keyboard, they are either watching hockey or teaching their children the beauty of a classic, steel pony while reminiscing about their days in Auto Body Mechanics. Their dream is to one day own enough land to park a few junkers on so they can work on restorations in their spare time. They also wants a pony. And while we’re sharing their wishlist, owning a tank is somewhere around number 5. Not that they would use it unless there’s a zombie apocalypse, but they do like to be prepared.

Their time is balanced with utmost care between ‘normal’ family life, and being lured into the fictional realm where their characters reside. For the most part, they succeed.

Blair Babylon

“I’m passionate about books and literature. The best books are intense, enthralling stories that readers can get lost in for days. Books delve into what it means to be human and connect us to each other. Books allow us to live all our possible lives. Books open us to loving each other and the world more. I write intense, deeply imagined romance novels for serious readers because the world needs more love.” ~~Blair Babylon

Blair Babylon is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, suspenseful romance.

Raine Miller writing as Brit DeMille

Brit DeMille is the alter ego of New York Times Bestselling Author, Raine Miller, having an absolute blast writing books quite different from what she writes as Raine.

Stories about sexy billionaires (millionaires make the cut too) who fall in instalove with young women who may or may not be virgins, and then go on to make adorable babies together are her favorite themes. In addition to the billionaires, hot hockey players are at the top of her list of favorite heroes, along with royals and ex-military bodyguards.

You can find more of her stories online at

Candice Gilmer

It took getting grounded for Candice Gilmer to realize her imagination was much more interesting than the real world. She started writing out imaginative stories in high school, and published her first book in 2008. Since then, she’s published 30+ books, hit the New York Times and USA Today lists, and written about everything from small-town salons to sexy aliens on other worlds. And her imagination isn’t done yet.

Carrie Lomax

Carrie Lomax is the bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She also writes angsty new adult fantasy romance under the pen name Joline Pearce. Growing up rural Wisconsin, she spent a lot of time roaming the woods and fantasizing about new places. Adventures took her to Oregon, Michigan, and after a stint teaching in France, she moved to New York City, where she stayed for the next 15 years. There she acquired a pair of graduate degrees, a husband and a career as a librarian. An avid runner, reader, and cyclist, she lives in Maryland with two budding readers and her real-life romantic hero.

Cathryn Fox

Cathryn Fox is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with having books on the best sellers list at both and Barnes & Noble.

Beginning her writing career with Ellora’s Cave, she also has titles with Avon Red—Harper Collins, NAL—Penguin Group, Spice Brief—Harlequin, and recently signing with Samhain Publishing. Her romance storylines have reached compelling imagination with genres in contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, and more.

Demelza Carlton

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. 
The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed her suspense thriller Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.

Elizabeth SaFleur

Elizabeth SaFleur writes award-winning, luscious romance from sexy romcom to steamy contemporary on a wildlife-filled “farmette” she shares with her husband and one very spoiled Westie. When not immersed in books she can be found hiking or drinking good Virginia wine—not necessarily in that order. Find out more:

Lauren Hawkeye writings as Jessa Kates

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though she’s the only one who is surprised. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, two young sons, pit bull and two idiot cats.

Monique DuBois

Monique DuBois loves creating hot stories about strong women and sexy men that will keep you up late at night…in more ways than one.

Kate Richards

USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. She would gladly spend all her days in the mountains, but she’d miss the beach…and her very supportive husband’s commute would be three hundred miles. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, and whether her characters live BDSM, ménage, GLBT, spanking, or any other kind of lifestyle, it’s the love, the joy in one another, that counts.

Kate Rudolph

Kate Rudolph is an USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal and sci-fi romance who lives in Indiana. She loves writing about kick butt heroines and the steamy heroes who love them. She’s been devouring romance novels since she was too young to be reading them and had to hide her books so no one would take them away. She couldn’t imagine a better job in this world than writing romances and sharing them with her fellow readers.

Kris Jayne

Kris Jayne is a devoted writer, reader, and traveler. She spends her days blissfully sweating out the writing process in the Dallas area with her dogs, Otis the Shih Tzu, Rocco the Terrier, and Red the Foxy Mutt.

Her passion for writing is only matched by her passion for the adventures of travel. In 2008, she let a friend talk her into sleeping outside for the first time in her life when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

P.S. If you’re buying her a gift, she has a penchant for single-malt Scotch and scarves.

Reina Torres

Reina loves to write the Romance that she reads. Heat to Sweet. Contemporary to Historical. Paranormal to … um Normal. Military, First Responders, & More. Always with an HEA because we all deserve it.

Tami Lund

Romcom. Mafia. Suspense. Shifters. Vampires. Demigods. Demons. Dragons. Witches. And more. Tami Lund writes it all. With wine.

Zoey Indiana

Zoey started creating her first fictional planet where amazing creatures roamed at age ten; determined to prove love could be found in the stars. She listens to eclectic music, practices Krav Maga, and takes on home improvement projects for fun.

Hunted – A Vampwitch Novel by Kathleen Harryman

Hunted – A Vampwitch Novel
Book One
Kathleen Harryman

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: February 2021
ISBN: 978-1637603239
Word Count: 73988
Cover Artist: Kathleen Harryman

Tagline: Loving a werewolf is complicated. When everyone wants you dead, complicated is easy.

Book Description: 

Secrets can kill you…

For twenty-five years, Alice Quinn, believed she was human. That was until a fire demon killed her mother, and her father walked back into her life. As a vampire, being dead is not an acceptable reason for staying out of Alice’s life. 

Forced to accept her heritage and the dormant power she possesses as half-vampire and witch, Alice becomes submerged into a world of danger, where deadly forces threaten to strip away her humanity.

Stuck with a newfound family that doesn’t understand her. A ghost who doesn’t want to be dead, and a grumpy gnome, sent by her grandfather from Faerieland, to spy on her, life is more than challenging.

Alpha werewolf, Ethan Jefferies, has a choice, bring Alice back from the Ghost Plane or allow her to die. Ethan’s wolf has its own agenda, claiming Alice, he binds them together. But Alice wants more—she wants the man. 

Excerpt One:

“You sure that’s him?”

Polly leans over me, “yep, that’s him alright.”

The man doesn’t fit my preconceptions of a thief. Money drips off him. From the expensive cut of his trousers to the confident manner in which he strolls down the street.

Polly’s vibrant red hair flies about her face. I can taste her excitement as it floods her system. Her pink neon leggings clash with her lime-green coat and vivid orange gloves. Not quite the getup for prowling about undetected. It is, however, conservative for Polly.
No one wears colour like Polly Palmer. She’s the vivacious member in the Palmer clan. Her older brother Richard is a lawyer. His jollity left when he hit puberty. Ben is a computer nerd who has a knack for making me feel uneducated. It’s not my fault he talks gibberish.
Polly and I have been friends since nursery. Her fashion sense and easy-going nature haven’t changed at all.

She’s a remarkable lady and friend.

“Look at the brazen bugger, Alice.”

Gripped within the soft leather of his gloves is the package containing the stolen antique.

The box might appear plain, but what’s inside will set you back a small fortune.

“Right, remember the plan, and stick to it.” Shadows prevent my stern glare from reaching her.

“I still don’t understand why you can’t just zap him.” My eyes roll at her words.

“Pol, I’m a Vampwitch, not a superhero. I swear you watch too much TV.” Polly flashes her teeth at me.

Six weeks ago, I found out I wasn’t human, thanks to a fire demon called Aeden. For twenty-five years I have been oblivious of the preternatural DNA within my makeup. It’s fair to say I am not dealing well with my newfound knowledge. Deception and lies hurt when uncovered.

Unable to kill me, Aeden, the candy-floss-haired monster, killed my Mum. Grief is a hard emotion. It requires acceptance in order for the person to move on. Time is also a factor, allowing the mind and heart to heal. I am in a place right now which won’t grant either. This, I blame on my father, Nathaniel, and take out on my half-brother, Julian, as he is around more than my father.

Throw in the fact I have little control over my new powers, being part vampire, part witch with a dash of fae isn’t helping the situation. Like I said, lies and deception hurt.

As the first of my kind, no one knows what to expect. I have no desire to wrap my mouth around someone’s neck and suck out their blood. A plus for me. The dormant vampire is awake and its effects on me are startling. I now possess enhanced hearing and sight. And speed and strength. There is also a need to feed on violence and strong emotions, or anything else that increases the tempo of the heart.

The witch stuff I remain uneducated about and unstimulated to find out more. I know it involves a lot of studying.

Mum’s death has changed me. I no longer dream of finding my dad alive and full of regret. Instead, I harbour feelings of resentment and wish he had stayed dead, rather than undead. I now have more relatives than I can shake a bat at, and all have my best interest at heart. It’s an appalling way to say, control you.

My tears hadn’t dried on my face when Nathaniel, Julian, and Mum’s sister Dot, informed me of my lack of humanity (supernatural birthright).

As the only daughter of a single parent, with no relatives taking them for trips to the ice-cream van or park, I find my present situation overwhelming and unwelcome.

The time for additional family sailed with Noah and his arc.

What puzzles me is their reaction to my unenthusiastic response and open hostility. They were ill-prepared for my anger when I found out the truth. Their confusion at my emotional discord leaves me baffled. What did they expect?

My attitude isn’t helping my relationship with my brother, Julian.

As a master vampire, he’s used to obedience and hates the constant challenges I raise.

Announcing my supernatural status to my best friend, sent him into a frenzy of frustrated anger. How was I supposed to know that ‘not telling anyone’ also included Polly? We share everything.

To maintain family life balance, as we all live at Roseley, Julian and I have reached a mutual understanding by agreeing to disagree.

“Your eyes are sparkling green and gold fire.” Polly’s words yank me back to the present.

“Sorry, I was thinking.”

“You know what I’ve told you about that. It’s dangerous.”


Polly’s sense of humour and breezy outlook never alters. Julian will lock us up in separate cages if he finds out we’re prowling the streets with a death threat hanging over my head.

Polly nudges me. “It would be good if you could zap him.”

“Even Vampwitches have their limitations, Pol.”

“It wouldn’t happen to Supergirl.”

“What about kryptonite?”

“She can still zap.”

Mr Hobson Solicitor is inching closer. “Hm… right, time to go.”

Polly grabs my arm as I move out from the shadows.

“Be careful, Alice.”

I flash her a toothy smile. “I might be no superhero, but I’ve got some awesome moves.”

Running at a speed too quick for human eyes, I make a beeline for the thief. We collide, hitting the rain-soaked floor. The guy groans as I let out a scream of surprise – playing the part of the unsuspecting victim. The solicitor is on top, so there’s no argument of whom ran into whom.

“What happened?” His voice is like velvet, a good reassuring quality for a man in his profession.

You walked into me stupid! is what I want to say.

Instead, I let a flicker of a smile cross my lips, my brows furrowing. “I think you tripped us up.”  

I arch my eyebrows, wondering when he’s going to move, so I can get off the damp stones. The hat I’d been wearing is dancing across the cobbles, and I am blinded by a mass of black curls, as the wind plays with my waist-length hair.

A flicker of surprise lights his face. “Sorry, I didn’t see you.”

“Well, I was there. Large as life.” My arms float in the air and I sound grumpy. “If you don’t mind moving so I can get up.” Dampness is soaking through my coat into my jeans, causing me to shiver.

Vamps are cold-blooded creatures.

As a living vampire, low-body temperature makes your teeth rattle. Winter is a season of dread and rattling bones.

“Oh! Y- yes sorry.”

Polly slithers from the shadows in exaggerating moves and exchanges the boxes. She throws me a thumbs up, and a big grin, hopping from foot to foot as she disappears down the street.

About the Author:

Kathleen Harryman is an award-winning storyteller and poet, living in historically rich city of York, North Yorkshire, England.

Kathleen was first published in 2015, a romantic suspense, The Other Side of the Looking Glass. Since then, she has developed a unique writing style, which readers enjoy, and is now a multi-published author of suspense, romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, historical romance, paranormal romance, and poetry.

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Hidden in the Dark

Hidden By The Dark 
Pine Creek Thriller 
Book One
J.C. Moore

Genre: Thriller/Horror
Publisher: MissingStarBooks  
Date of Publication: June 8th 22
ISBN: 9798834386896
Number of pages: 225
Word Count:  57000
Cover Artist: J.C. Moore

Tagline: Something terrifying has awakened in the mountains…

Book Description: 

A sheriff and his deputy investigate several brutal murders in a coal mining community where fear and terror have struck. As the investigation continues, they piece together a shocking and terrifying puzzle that leads him to believe that the murders may be the work of a serial killer.

Or is it someone from out of town? Or worse yet, is there something even more sinister?

The murders seem to have no pattern or motive, leaving them struggling to find answers. With time running out, the sheriff must find the killer before he strikes again.

If you are a fan of Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Stephen King, or Michael Crichton, you will love Hidden By The Dark.

This book is the first in the Pine Creek Thriller series.

About the Author: 

J. C. is a published songwriter, father, husband, IT guy by day – but also moonlights as a professional musician. He reads anything from classics to modern literature and pulp books. He is particularly fond of horror and science fiction. J.C. is a fan of movies and writing that allow for the expression of characters’ inner lives, as well as the idea that there are good people in the world who embody qualities such as kindness, empathy and compassion. He resides in upstate NY.

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