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Authors: Melinda Barron

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BOOK: Come As You Are

While taking an early morning swim, Michelle has an encounter with a gorgeous man she thinks is a new muse. But this muse is different than all her others. For one thing he’d not Charles, her current muse. For another, he’s interested in Michelle, and not her heroine. Not that Michelle’s complaining. This new muse provides powerful stimulation that make Michelle’s senses roll. She’s just sure exactly what’s happening when he appears.

Placed under a voodoo spell, Sebastian Maddox has been asleep for 186 years. He wakes for one hour each morning, in time to see the sunrise. He thinks the beautiful woman he fins on the beach is a figment of his imagination. Until he touches her and finds out she’s very real. Once he convinces her he’s not crazy, he’s more than happy to share his morning sojourns with her. But he wants more, and he knows she does, too.

Can Michelle help break the spell and wake Sebastian?


The Dance
by James Goodman

Nearly a decade ago, Detective Tom Wiley worked a case that continues to haunt him to this day. But while the nature of The Puppeteer’s horrific crimes will always remain in Tom’s memory, it’s the guilt of not catching the serial killer before he vanished that still weighs heavily on his heart.

Now the eight years of peace and quiet since the vicious killing spree has come to an abrupt and gruesome end.

The Puppeteer is back.

With the unwanted help of his newly assigned partner, Detective Anna Perez, Tom will stop at nothing to end The Puppeteer’s latest reign of terror. But as the detectives follow the trail of bodies, they quickly realize that The Puppeteer may not be their deadliest enemy, and they’re up against something far more sinister than the twisted workings of a serial predator.

Can Tom and Anna survive this world of insanity and death, of love and loss, of myth and magic, where the lines between good and evil are hard to discern? Or will they be forever swept away in
The Dance?


Eyes of the Dead
by Aleka Nakis

What would you endure to find the cure for the disease that killed your mother? Exposure to venomous snakes? Raging rapids without a life jacket? Drug lords who dab in sex trafficking?

Would you relinquish control and trust your life in a dead man’s hands?

Tiffany Jensen, a young breast cancer researcher, confronts her greatest fear and flies on a plane to a foreign country alone. Venturing into the dangerous terrain of the Mayan jungle, she is willing to do just about anything for the cure.

Antonio Francisco Fernandez,
Agent AFFCROC, is open to only one possibility: getting Tiffany out of his territory and safely back to the States. Will his insistence deny her success, or struggling to find her way, will she come face to face with the eyes of the dead?


Tuttle’s House of Horror
by James Goodman

Tyler Duke has a plan. With the help of his closest friends, he will open the doors to the infamous Tuttle House on Halloween and provide a weekend of thrills and chills for curiosity seekers. Why is the house infamous? It was the sight of the largest mass murder in the history of Northeastern Oklahoma.

If all goes well, Tyler and his friends will earn enough money to spend spring break in Cancun, but unbeknownst to them, someone has taken up residence in the old mansion, and he has a plan of his own.

Bobo hopes the weekend brings people in droves. Nothing would make this twisted clown happier than to put gaping smiles under the faces of the house’s patrons. If he can just maintain control of his inner demon until the grand opening, it will be his greatest achievement: a night so brutal even the Fallen will take notice.

Will Tyler and his friends discover the killer in their midst before it’s too late? Or will they become the main attraction in
Tuttle's House of Horror?







Find Melinda Barron’s
Desires of the Lamp Tales



Wish Me Up, Rub Me Down

With no love life to speak of, BBW Anya Bartholomew lives only for her job. This dedication has paid off. As a successful advertising agent, she has risen in the ranks of her firm to be the top money-maker.

But at the insistence of her two best friends, who claim she needs a break from work, Anya takes a weekend vacation to the small town of Pleasant, Maine. While shopping at an antique shop, she rubs a lamp that looks as if it could belong to Aladdin himself.

Things will never be the same.

Back at work on Monday morning, Anya finds that her boss has given her a new account…for a lamp factory. However, her clients—two very handsome, very sexy men—are more than what they seem.

They’re Pleasure Djinn. And they have come to fulfill five of Anya’s most secret sexual wishes.


Aliya Baban and the Cave of Pleasure

Advertising agent Aliya Baban is beautiful with a capital B. Unfortunately, she’s also a witch with a capital B. In her twenty-eight years of life, she’s managed to offend almost every woman she has ever met.

But she doesn’t care, really. That’s just the way life is.

When her boss tells her to get the
Cave of Pleasure
account, or else get a new job, Aliya takes her party invitation—and the strange lamp she’s received—and attends the nightclub’s grand opening, ready to do battle for her livelihood.

Matuse is more than just the owner of the
Cave of Pleasure
…he’s a pleasure djinni. And Aliya has rubbed his lamp. For the next thirty days, she belongs to him. Though he intends to bring intense pleasure to her body, it’s also his job to make sure his “she-devil” changes her wicked ways.

Will Matuse be able to help Aliya overcome her painful past? Or will Aliya fail to make the five heartfelt apologies she needs to make to the five women she has hurt the most.


To Rub, Honor and Obey

Moreen McGee is a perfect example of how poor decisions made in youthful rebellion can haunt someone for life. Now on probation for ten years, she serves her court-ordered community service at a center for troubled teens, in the hopes of stopping other kids from taking the wrong path.

But when one of her young charges pickpockets a wallet from her high school nemesis, Aliya Baban, Moreen decides to put the illicit skills she learned as a teenager to good breaking into Aliya’s apartment to return the stolen wallet, thus keeping the kid who stole it out of trouble and out of jail.

However, once she’s in the opulent Manhattan flat, Moreen can’t resist the urge to take one small token from the woman she still blames for her own downfall—an old, neglected oil lamp that she’s sure Aliya will never miss.

Moreen accidentally summons a gorgeous demon-turned-pleasure djinni named Paran...and he’s not too thrilled with the theft of his property. Moreen has rubbed his lamp, the contract is sealed. For the next thirty days, she belongs to him. And Paran intends to use this time to help his little felon learn some very important lessons, including the true meaning of the words


Smoke, Fire and Desire

Scientist Rhylie Dawson works hard, but when it comes to play she’s pretty reserved. Until her friends take her to the
Cave of Pleasure
in New York City. She’s there to celebrate her birthday, and maybe, just maybe, get lucky.

What Rhylie doesn’t know is the
Cave of Pleasure
is run by Pleasure Djinn, and they’re eager to show her that there’s more to life than just work. On stage in front of a bevy of male dancers, Rhylie is told to choose one for her special birthday dance.

She picks the fireman, and quickly learns that where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and a great deal of desire.




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