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November 2002 Issue

A Salute to Series and Short Stories!

Photos from the 2002 Romantic Times Convention
PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 8PM Eastern



It takes a special sort of talent to tell a rich and fulfilling romance in the space of approximately one hundred pages or less. Fortunately the paranormal genre is blessed with many talented authors who are up to the task. Here's are just a few of the amazing novella's they've written this year.

Though somewhat longer than Novellas, series romance authors still must work within the parameters of a word limit much smaller than that allowed for single title works. Here are just a few of the incredible stories offered in 2002.

SHORT STORIES & NOVELLAS

Echelon Press
March 2002
ISBN: 1590801202

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Treble Heart Books
April 23, 2002
ISBN: 193174226X

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My Nutcracker Soldier by Elizabeth Rose

Lana Davis has let the death of her husband taint her opinion of the holidays. Living in denial of the true spirit of Christmas, she's shut herself off to the happiness and magic of the holidays. But when one of her nursing home patients gives her a snowglobe and tells her not to shake it unless she wants magic to happen, her life changes. Now the nutcracker soldier inside the slowglobe has become real, and teaches her a very valuable lesson.

brakos@twilight.com by Linda Bleser

Roger Wannamaker spends his nights brooding over his lost vampire heritage. When he wanders into a role-playing chat room, he can finally become the man he was always meant to be - Brakos, King of the Vampires.

But when he meets the woman who would be his queen, can he tell her who he really is, or are they destined to remain online lovers only?

LTDBooks
October 2002
ISBN: 1553161092

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Amber Quill Press
October 2002
ISBN: 1592790682

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Small Magick by Liddy Midnight

Drey is descended from a long line of female mages, but she herself only commands SMALL MAGICK. Her aunt and grandmother have sent her off by herself to unlock the power they know lies within her. Frustrated with her inability to perform even the basics of magick, Drey finds solace outdoors, playing her pipes while the breeze tangles her hair and tugs at her skirt. She explores the mountain that looms above her cottage and finds an isolated meadow that long ago served a mage as a natural circle. With joy at her discovery surging through her, she casts the circle and raises power for the first time in her life. She also conjures a wind spirit and binds him to mortal form.

Cyrus believes she has called him to pleasure her and applies himself diligently to the task. Their mutual delight dissipates when they realize she has no idea how she called and bound him. Only the mage who bound him can release him. How can she reverse what she did unwittingly? While she works to devise a ritual that will return him to his world, Drey helps Cyrus explore the physical world while he shows her glimpses of his realm. To her dismay, she finds herself falling in love with him. That revelation makes her desperate to send him back to the skies. Desperate enough to apprentice herself to a powerful mage with an agenda of his own. Desperate enough to promise him anything in exchange for the knowledge she needs to free Cyrus.

McNamara's Ghost by Angelique Armae

Locked in a deadly battle with his evil warlock brother, immortal witch Hugh McNamara sacrifices his own life for the sake of protecting the ancient Irish Ogham Stones—the sacred script of Ireland's legendary hero. Defeated, Hugh is stripped of his immortality and ends up trapped in time as nothing more than a mere ghost. But when his once- beloved Julia returns to the place of his death, Hugh is stirred from a centuries-old sleep and vows to take back that which was once his—life, liberty, and love...

When parapsychologist Juliann Moss purchases an 18th century tavern in upstate New York, she expects to meet with the occasional bump-in-the-night. After all, she is also an immortal Irish Fairy Witch. But after vowing to give up magic centuries ago, being drawn back into the world of ghosts, warlocks, and ancient witchcraft is a bit more than she bargains for...

Dorchester
March 2002
ISBN: 0505524716

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Jove Pubns
April 1 2002
ISBN: 0515132764

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"The Day Her Heart Stood Still"
by Susan Grant
Andie never expects the man of her dreams to fall from the sky--but when he does, her mother will make sure the earth moves!

"Seeking Single Superhero"
by Julie Kenner
Jennifer Martin has always wanted to marry the man she loves, but her mom knows the only ones worth having are superheroes.

"The Awakening"
by Christine Feehan
A beautiful jungle explorer discovers her own wild side..

"Luisa's Desire"
by Emma Holly
A bloodthirsty beauty gives in to her darkest desires...

Imajinn Books
April 30, 2002
ISBN: 1893896099

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New Concepts
April 2002
ISBN: 1586085522

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Book One: REVELATIONS
by Katriena Knights

It all started with a Halloween party...

"Julian"
He seems like a not-so-ordinary guy, but he’s really a vampire. And Lorelei holds the key to his traumatic transformation, creating repercussions for the entire vampire community.

"Nicholas"
Killed at the teeth of Nicholas, Lorelei’s friend Dina comes back. But why? And how can they keep her from dying again?

"Lucien"
He’s 12,000 years old, with holes in his memory you could shove a velvet-lined coffin through. Still, he holds the key to Julian’s profound mysteries—and Vivian’s more personal ones.

"Lorelei"
When Julian changed, so did Lorelei. But how? What exactly has she become, and what does it mean for her future with Julian?

To some, shifting is a gift—to others it is a curse they are born to….journey to worlds filled with wondrous possibilities…and sometimes terrifying realities….

"Honor Bound" by Robin Bayne
Dek’s mission is to find and record deeds of honor during the civil war, but when his transporter is damaged, he finds himself trapped in the year 2000. Taken in by a strangely familiar woman, Dek soon realizes that he runs the danger of falling in love and revealing what he is.

"The Tower" by Jennifer Dunne
the new Baron of Kittern, General Bayard, discovers a woman injured during a hunt. Suspecting her to be harmed by rebels, he keeps her safely locked away in the abandoned tower in the center of his land, but as she recovers, he’s shocked when she reveals a strange power tied to the land.

"Demon Killer" by Myra Nour
Raped by a soldier of the demon race, a young woman has a child from their union. To her horror, he bears the mark of the demon, and her people will stop at nothing to kill it.

" Midnight’s Door" by Jane Toombs,
A hastily gathered coven performs a ritual on the ruins of the Volek mansion to open Midnight’s Door. What they didn’t realize is that they summoned something far more terrifying instead.

Jove
October 2002
ISBN: 0515133868

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LTDBooks
October 2002
ISBN: 1553165810

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Love, passion, and desire. It all begins with a kiss.

"A World Apart" by Nora Roberts
A ravishing medieval Demon Slayer arrive in twenty-first century New York to brave a strange new world--and a man who will be her destiny.

"Impossible" by Jill Gregory
The battle between two warring families becomes a battle of the sexes when a bewitching beauty finds herself kidnapped by her sworn enemy.

"Sealed With A Kiss" by Ruth Ryan Langan
Her father may have given her hand in marriage to a fearsome warlord, but it's his trusted warrior who captures her heart...

"Kiss Me, Kate" by Marianne Willman
A lovely American inherits an English manor and her dreams of romance come true when she meets an enchanted prince. But is he her one true love?

"Fly With A Dragon" by Rosemary Laurey
Selected as the virgin sacrifice to the ravening dragon, Myfanwy waits as Arragh, the Dragon of Cader Bala, approaches across the sacred grove. But Arragh comes not to destroy, but to carry her off to his home and fate far, far better than death


"Heart Of The Raven" by J. C. Wilder
Dani is a young woman who is sold into slavery to an Overseer of the Realm. As she is taken from the only family she's ever known, Dani makes the decision that no man, Overseer or not, could possess her heart. Little does she know that he holds the key to heart her, as she does his.

Zebra
September 2002
ISBN: 0821772643
352 pages

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Zebra
November 2002
ISBN: 0821773488
352 pages

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A moaning wind. A yellow moon. A black cat twining 'round your legs. No night is more bewitched than Halloween, when the mists of time shimmer and the doorways between worlds open. Gathered together in this captivating anthology are three haunting stories of love that surpass space and time—to live forever in your heart…

“Haunted Honeymoon” by Linda Devlin

Newlyweds John and Tessa Travis aren't going to let their arranged marriage stand in the way of the rest of their lives. Even if they don't have true love, they've got a dilapidated plantation house to fix up. But the melancholy ghost who refuses to leave won't stand for anything less than passion between them...

“Bewitching” by Sandy Moffett

Constance Sedgewick is quite happy running Salem's Academy for Young Ladies with her two elderly aunts, but they have other ideas—prompted by the onset of Constance's supernatural powers. To control her destiny as a witch, Constance needs the love of a man...by All Hallow's Eve.

“Citizen Daisy” by Deb Stover

Born the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Daisy Peabody is surely a witch. At least that's what the good folk of Crooked Creek think. When a man literally falls from the sky onto her property, they're sure. But who is the handsome stranger? And what magic has he wrought in Daisy's heart?

In these three sinfully delicious tales, there is nothing more seductive or magical than the comforts of food, especially when used to nourish the heart, stoke the flames of desire, and bring the spice of love to its fullest flavor…

"A Basket Of Magic" by Jo Goodman
When shy, quiet Abby Winslow travels to the isolated home of recluse Dylan Kincannon on a whim, she never expects to find the usually glowering mountain man desperately weak from illness. The poor man could perish unless Abby’s herb-infused goodies can nurse him back to health…and into her heart…

"The Magic Garden" by Hannah Howell
Scottish beauty Rose Keith knows people think her a witch. Some say that the delicious meals she prepares from her special garden can inspire rapturous passion. That must be why Sir Adair Dundas has asked for an offering of her legendary sweet tarts. But when the laird grows more interested in Rose’s womanly curves than her culinary skill, she can only wonder whether it’s witchcraft at work…or something deeper and far more enchanting…

"The Orange Tree" by Linda Madl
Lady Emmalyn is furious. She’d come all the way to the Isle of Sully to procure the Lord Hugh’s rare oranges, believed to be a potent aphrodisiac, as a wedding present for her daughter only to have the brooding knight refuse her request as ridiculous. A wager is called for: If Emmalyn can prove the oranges truly provoke intense desire, the knight must yield the fruit. It’s a challenge in which the seducer can easily become the seduced, and love may just take root…

SERIES PARANORMALS
A TALE OF THE SEA Series

Book 1: S.R. #1602
by Carla Cassidy
Silhouette
July 2002
ISBN #0373196024

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Book 2: S.R. #1608
by Melissa McClone
Silhouette
August 2002
ISBN: 0373196083

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Book 3: S.R. #1614
by Sandra Paul
Silhouette
September 2002
ISBN: 0373196148

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Book 4: S.R .#1620
by Lilian Darcy
Silhouette
October 2002
ISBN: 0373196202

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
by Carla Cassidy

"You're the one..."

Shy, scholarly Dr. Phoebe Jones blushed when sexy private investigator Kevin Cartwright uttered those words. But when the handsome ex-cop explained she was one of four lost siblings he'd been hired to find, she nearly fainted headfirst into his strong, sculpted arms.

Yet someone else was also after the beautiful doctor and her heirloom necklace — the key to her mysterious past. Suddenly she and Kevin were posing as lovers as they raced to the ocean to uncover the truth. But Phoebe's passionate response to "make-believe" kisses was anything but pretend...nor was her desire to hear the sworn bachelor say the most magical words of all....

IN DEEP WATERS
by Melissa McClone

Long ago and far away...

...there was a world filled with light and laughter and love. But quakes buried the land deep below the sea. Slowly the people adapted to their new world. But a civil war broke out, forcing the king of Pacifica to send his four children far away, each with a guardian and a piece of the royal seal.

Twenty-five years later, it was time for the siblings to be reunited-and reclaim what was lost. Natural beauty Kayla Waterton had always avoided the sea-she'd sensed its secrets...and its danger. But a chance-of-a-lifetime search expedition for a sunken ship could lead to answers about her mysterious past...and passion in the arms of modern-day pirate Captain Ben Mendoza.

CAUGHT BY SURPRISE
by Sandra Paul

HE'D MAKE HER PAY...

...for luring him to her ship and ahving her men imprison him. Yes, the beautiful American had sealed her fate, for Saegar the royal prince of Pacifica, would claim Beth Livingston as his wife, brand her with his passion and make her his forever...

What had her father's crew discovered? Whoever - whatever - he was, Beth knew the prisoner with the chiseled face and chest of a Roman warrior directed his anger at her, and if she didn't convince her father to release him, she would one day feel the full wrath of his fury - and his heart's desires....

FOR THE TAKING
by Lilian Darcy

To: King Loucan of Pacifica
From: your Loyal Subject Carrag

We joyously received your message that you have found three of the four lost royal siblings of Pacifica. But I understand the eldest, the beautiful Thalassa, is still missing. We pray you finder her and convince her to rule by your side. You say you desire a marriage of convenience only -- for the sake of restoring peace to our troubled land. I know Loucan, my dearest friend and king, you will try to bend her to your iron will if she refuses. But don't close our stubborn, wounded heart. As I recall, Lass is a gentle soul. Treat her kindly, and she'll be yours -- body and soul -- for the taking.


SOULMATES Collection

S.R. #1577
by Karen Rose Smith
Silhouette
March 16, 2002
ISBN: 037319577X

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S.R. #1584
by Diane Pershing
Silhouette
April 2002
ISBN: 0373195842

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S.R. #1589
by Stella Bagwell
Silhouette
May 2002
ISBN; 0373195893

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S.R. #1628
by DeAnna Talcott
Silhouette
November 2002
ISBN: 0373196288

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A HUSBAND IN HER EYES
by Karen Rose Smith

Long before Melanie Carlotti met the flesh-and-blood man, she'd memorized Zack Morgan's handsome, tormented features from her dreams. For the operation that had saved her sight had given her memories of another woman's family....

From the moment Zack hired her to decorate his business suites, she'd planned to tell him who she was. But best intentions bailed when she searched his shadowed eyes, kissed his commanding lips. And when his sweet baby sought comfort in her arms, Melanie nearly forgot the secret she'd vowed to reveal. A revelation she suddenly feared would cause Zack to send her away...before she knew why a stranger's gift had wedded their fates.

CASSIE'S COWBOY
by Diane Pershing

Cassie Nevins longed for someone to save the day, someone like Cowboy Charlie, the hero she'd created for her daughter's bedtime stories — and the hunk who'd starred in a few of her own not-so-innocent fantasies. Charlie followed the code of the Old West: Act honorably, work hard, tell the truth, and take responsibility.

So who was this stranger on her doorstep, looking exactly like her cowboy...right down to the dimple in one corner of his very kissable mouth? All Cassie knew was this Charlie could make all her dreams come true — including her deeply hidden desire for a happily-ever-after!

BECAUSE OF THE RING
by Stella Bagwell

She prided herself on her logic and quick wits — so why, when wearing her grandmother's ring, did Claudia Westfield have visions of an incredibly sexy, utterly captivating man? Determined to solve the problem, Claudia tracked down Hayden Bedford — her dream come to life!

Or was he? Her visions showed a man with an incredible yearning in his eyes — and Claudia seemed only to irritate Hayden! But as they searched for the truth, Hayden's glances turned to passion — and with the realization that Hayden closely resembled his grandfather they began to wonder if this time their love might stand a chance....

HER LAST CHANCE
by DeAnna Talcott

Mallory Chevalle came to Wyoming seeking a mythical horse — and found a tough, honorable cowboy who stirred her sleeping senses to life. The virginal heiress had assumed it was her fate to be alone forever, until Chase Wells — with his special horse, Peggy Sue — two-stepped into her heart. Mallory was convinced that destiny had played a hand in leading her to this remote place — and into Chase's strong, soothing arms.

But getting the stubborn rancher to believe their cosmic connection wouldn't be so easy. Legend had it, Peggy Sue could only be tamed by a chaste maiden — could the same be true about her owner?


FEAR FAMILIAR Series continued

H.I. #669
by Caroline Burnes
Harlequin
July 2002
ISBN: 0373226691

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H.I. #673
by Caroline Burnes
Harlequin
August 2002
ISBN: 037322673X

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FAMILIAR MIRAGE
by Caroline Burnes

Proud and fierce as the windswept sands he ruled, Omar Dukhan was sworn to protect his people and to guard their ancient secret. To keep lovely scientist Beth Bradshaw from exposing it, he became her desert guide. But when Beth's life was threatened, Omar swept her to his desert hideaway and into his protection — with a little help from a strange black cat!

Falling for her mysterious guide had been foolish. Falling for a desert king was hopeless. Yet Beth's desire for Omar knew no rules. Whoever he was, she was his to command — for as long as he kept her alive....

FAMILIAR OASIS (sequel)
by Caroline Burnes

Amelia Corbet rushed into the desert to save her sister and wound up a captive! But not for long. First a strange black cat appeared, followed by a dark rescuer with the eyes of a hawk and a fierce embrace that stirred her deepest longings. But was Harad Dukhan's intent to save her — or to capture Amelia for himself?

The city-bred beauty was a thorn in Harad's side — until he held her in his arms. Now he couldn't let her go. Amelia was a pawn in a deadly plot against his family. If keeping her near would save her life, this desert captive might yet become his desert bride!



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