If you haven't yet read my multicultural romantic comedy Operation Owl, now would be a great time to give it a shot. Decadent Publishing has included Maya and Zack's story as part of the Red Book of Grown-Up Fairytales. This 99cent box set has quite the line-up of feisty heroines, including Jessica Subject's alien princess, Lara Nance's accidental android, Sara Daniel's estranged wife, Eva Lefoy's sassy wolf shifter, and, of course my super-nerdy wallflower.
At less than a dollar, this collection of happily ever afters is hard to beat. To tempt you even further, here's the un-redacted version of the teaser above.
Hesitating at the threshold of stalker-like activity, the logical part of his brain made one last-ditch attempt to stall his fingers. This wasn’t acceptable behavior, not by any stretch of the imagination. He should wait and see what happened. If push came to shove, he could always abandon his post and knock on her door.
But he’d been sitting there for ages, an abnormal amount of time for anyone to spend in the bathroom. She could have passed out in there, and then where would they be? His brain’s paranoid frontal lobe ended up winning the battle. He needed a quick peek, a brief glance to confirm her location. If the trick gave him a glimpse of her in the shower, the curtain would obscure his view. If he saw even a hint of skin, he’d shut the damn feed off. No harm could come of this.
He accessed her webcam and turned it on. As luck would have it, the computer was angled at the open bathroom door, the only part of her apartment he couldn’t see into from the street. With the wall-to-wall mirror completely visible on screen, it wouldn’t be hard to ascertain her presence. A few keystrokes allowed him to enhance the high definition feed and zoom in. A light coating of condensation blurred the reflection by a fraction, but the open doors allowed most of it to dissipate. The reflected image was clear enough to make out shapes and colors.
The footage presented a profile view of Maya lying in a bathtub. Since he could only make out her face, neck, and left arm, he didn’t see an immediate need to cease and desist. Her head rested against the tub’s lip, cushioned by her long, dark hair. With her eyes closed and lips parted, he couldn’t tell if she was conscious. What if she had slipped in the shower and hit her head?
He cranked up the microphone’s sensitivity. The great thing about modern-day computers was their much-improved capability to process audio and video. As soon as she made a sound or moved, he’d stop watching.
A soft, throaty moan crackled over the speakers. Her left hand lifted in the air before clenching over the side of the tub. Her back and neck arched.
Slapping down his laptop screen, Zack leaned back against the leather headrest and massaged his temples. Struggling not to draw any conclusions, he muttered, “Don’t go there, man. Just don’t go there.”
Red Book of Grown-Up Fairytales
These are the red hot fairy tales Granny would have warned you about ... if she hadn't been so distracted by the big bad wolf's seduction. Move beyond the Grimm Brothers and saccharine sweet animation for fairy tales that will make your heart pound and your temperature rise.
ONCE UPON A MARRIAGE BY SARA DANIEL
Before Armina Keer can have the baby she dreams of, she needs her estranged husband Ian to sign their divorce papers. Putting everything on the line for a second chance, Ian must convince her their love is worth saving, and Armina must decide if love is worth sacrificing her dreams.
A RIDDLE FOR LOVE BY LARA NANCE
Dr. Avar Elsier has spent the past ten years developing the ideal human-like android for his company. In his spare time, he’s created the perfect persona for his dream woman that only needs the right body to make her real. When an emergency forces him to insert his “woman” into a unit designed for a high-paying customer, he falls in love and cannot bear to let her go. Will he find a way to make their love last and escape from Mars before his secret is discovered or worse, the woman he loves is lost forever?
Accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker turns to his best friend for help. Wanted by the NSA and unable to shake the memory of a kiss they once shared, Zack and Maya must outwit the US government to find their happily ever after.
DARKEST MAGIC BY EVA LEFOY
Nik Epperstein’s alpha lost his mate two years ago and took an evil witch as his new bride. Ever since then, Eli’s leadership has become violent, bordering on insane. When Eli attacks him, Nik’s healing powers mysteriously vanish. He can’t defend himself, nor protect the wolf he secretly loves. Only through the help of a foul-mouthed witch and an overly-dramatic dwarf will he save her – but their assistance comes at a price.
THE STAR PRINCESS BY JESSICA E. SUBJECT
In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.