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Happy Holidays!!!


Many are already celebrating their holidays or have already celebrated. Many others are just rolling into their season. For all and any, may your holidays be awesome, bright and filled with laughter and moments that take your breath away!

Here’s my last post about previously released books for this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the many books Vicky Burkholder and I have available.

Kissinger Kisses

There are four books in this series and it’s one of my favorites EVER! We start with Claudia, move to Chelsea, zing back to Zoe and then end with an anthology that ties up all the friends of these amazing women. I hope you enjoy!

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This is a short post…


Me again! And while it is a short post, it’s really not short in length but more about shorts! So here we go…

Vicky Burkholder and I both has written several shorts over the years and thought we’d showcase them all together.

The Ink Mysteries are up first from me.

Wicked InkWicked Ink

Garrett Blackwell is not a superhero, and his tattoos aren’t just ink. They’re the weapons he uses to hunt those who hurt the innocent as he tries to atone for his dark past of violence and crime. And he pays a price every time he uses his gift to summon the darkness around him.

Dory Miller has lived beside Garrett for two months and is torn by her feelings toward her sexy, reclusive neighbor. He’s the hottest man she’s ever met, but as more women in her building become targets of a stalker, she doesn’t know who she can trust—especially after she finds Garrett bleeding from a knife wound. Despite her fears that Garrett might be the one responsible for the violence, she feels compelled to help heal his wounds.

Garrett reluctantly lets her, and is shocked to discover that she can heal not only his physical wounds, but also the darkness brought by his powers. But if letting her in means putting her in danger, Garrett may have to keep his distance to keep her safe.


Protective Ink_FC (2)Protective Ink is the second short story

Friends. Allies. Lovers?

Jackson Freeling lost his sense of purpose when he left the marines. Lissa McLaughlin gave him a new one: protecting a man with the ability to forge weapons from his tattoos. Together, they defend the innocent from the criminals vying for control of their city’s drug trade.

Lissa inked those tattoos. After watching her friend risk losing a piece of himself every time he used his powers, she decided to suppress her own strange gift. But, without quite understanding how, she has given Jackson a tattoo that lets him become invisible….

While Jackson and Lissa do their best to save their ally, they also fight the growing passion between them. Everyone they care about is in danger. And they have to decide whether their feelings for each other are a strength or a deadly weakness.

You can get them both at Harlequin!

Then there’s the ones we each wrote for an anthology together. The First Sentence

FirstSentenceCoverThe premise: That if 5 authors start with the same sentence, they will all write vastly different stories. The results: made of awesome. From contemporary to futuristic, these novellas have a little bit of everything, but most especially—love-filled happy endings.

Get it now before it’s no longer free (as of January 1)





Vicky has shorts that are very enjoyable!

finderskeepers_CoverFINDER’S KEEPERS: Private investigator Dean White doesn’t believe in the supernatural, and he spends his time hunting down and exposing those who claim to have such powers. Maggie Daniels is next on his list. But Maggie turns out to be a very real witch … and she’s not the only one! When a not-so-friendly witch sets her wicked plan in motion, Dean will have to suspend his disbelief if he and Maggie are going to survive. Finders Keepers is a delightfully charming short romance from author Vicky Burkholder. 

Buy it at Liquid Silver or Amazon


whosyouralpha_CoverWHO’S YOUR ALPHA?: Sunny Clark always thought she was the only shape-shifter in the town where she grew up. When she returns to the mountain community for her high school reunion, she is shocked to find that nearly the whole town can turn into one thing or another, including her teen crush, David Maxwell.

David has always known it was Sunny he wanted, but she wasn’t like him and the others. She couldn’t shift. At least, he never thought she could until it was too late. She left town and took his heart with her before he could let her know how he really felt. Now she’s back and he can’t lose her again.

Unfortunately, there are others in town who aren’t so happy to have Sunny back, and another man is determined to have Sunny for his own. But Sunny is no longer the shy little puppy she once was, and the pecking order is about to change. With sides being drawn, the real question becomes: Does Sunny want David enough to change her entire life?

Buy it at Liquid Silver or Amazon

perf5.000x8.000.inddLast but not least 🙂 My Valentine’s Day short: One Kiss

The last place Lorena Weber wants to be on Valentine’s Day is a singles party thrown by her newlywed best friend. But how can she say no? She’ll give it an hour—two, tops—and then she’s heading back to her normal life. But she didn’t plan on seeing the one man who had turned her world on its side New Year’s Eve with one kiss that opened doors she had firmly locked.

Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He’ll stay for an hour at most and then he’ll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year’s Eve magic or something more.

You can get it here!

Enjoy these quick reads that pack a punch 🙂

Books: D.R. Grady!


The Nerd Who Spied Me

The Nerd Who Spied Me coverThey’re confident in their secret operative abilities, but maybe not so much in their relationship goals.

Cian Hunter is tasked with the impossible: find Verity Wellington and bring her home safely. His survival is not guaranteed.

Everyone in their business knows Verity is perfectly capable of getting herself home, since she’s the gut-them-first-and-ask-questions-later type of operative. She also has the advantage of knowing where she is, which would be helpful.

He accepts the assignment, aware two operatives are better than one when dealing with the nebulous factions who lurk in the shadows. Plus, the chance to get close to Verity to see if his attraction to her is more than a fleeting interest is too good to pass up. Provided she doesn’t gut him first.

Cian is confident in his secret operative abilities, despite wishing to leave them behind. However, his relationship goals leave something to be desired. If he can figure those out… he might stand a chance of getting them both home alive.


While he slammed the trunk lid, she snatched the keys. “Oh no.” His protest fell on empty space.

She climbed inside the cockpit and rubbed greedy hands over the rich leather, openly lusting after his car.

“You cannot—” His denial cut off when she came close to drawing one of her weapons on him.

A wise man learned when to just shut up. He shut up.

An unknown driver, driving his car. His baby.

Cian studiously tried to ignore the nervous sweat coating his body. His stomach rolled in a nauseating way.

She fired up the engine. It responded with the throaty throttle of a magnificently engineered masterpiece.

Verity’s eyes narrowed as though she had enjoyed that.

His muscles all clenched, but maybe not for the reason he kept trying to convince himself.

With the ease of someone familiar with manual transmissions, she shifted into reverse and handled the clutch, brake, and accelerator with the skill of someone who had done this before.

He still shut his eyes. Call him a wimp. Call him weak. It didn’t matter.

People, other than his sister, who had proved herself worthy, were not permitted to drive his car. Cian didn’t even trust his brother-in-law, a man who probably had owned a car just like this at some point in his life.

The man was twenty years older, so he must be adept at manual transmissions.

Jay still wasn’t allowed to drive this car.

Verity slid the gearshift into first and took off with the smoothness of a professional. His eyes popped wide as she powered through the gears more competently than him.

Her motions were fluid and light, with a poetic control. This car had been made for her.

He gaped.

She braked with buttery softness, pulling up to traffic lights with perfect timing, shifting as though one with the car. Curves were no problem for this dynamic duo. Woman and car took each with confidence and ease of movement so artistic his heart expanded.

His companion didn’t once ask for directions, but all too soon pulled into the driveway again and parked with an understated flourish.

“I want a car like this.”

“You’re the best driver I’ve ever driven with.” Including myself.

“I enjoy driving. Especially a machine like this one.” A covetous caress across the dashboard, and he swallowed.

2014-author-piccropD.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.


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Twitter: @drgradybooks

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady


Google+:  D.R. Gradybooks

Other works by D.R. Grady

The Morrison Family Series:

The Nerd and the Marine

The Corpsman and the Nerd

The Nerd and the SEAL

The Nerd’s Pocket Pets

Shadows and Spice

Macy’s Parade

Bad Nerd Rising

Bad Nerd Falling

Nerds on Fire

Nerds Unite

The Trouble with Nerds

The Nerd who Spied Me

Free Short Stories:

Math Nerds and Mechanics

Tall Golf

The Me Series:

Treasure Me

Save Me

Trust Me

Heal Me

Love Me

The Dragon Chronicles Series:

The Dragon Chronicles Book 1: Learning

The Dragon Chronicles Book 2: Shifting

The Dragon Chronicles Book 3: Healing

For additional buying options and updates, please visit her website-




Backlist Fun!


Hi there!

Here I am again, spotlighting another series that I write. Thanks for reading!

Mel Hargrove owns a junkyard, but not a normal junkyard, just filled with discarded washing machines and tires. Of course not! In Mel’s junkyard every single thing there has a ghost attached to it. They’re wily, they’re sometimes helpful and always fun! So jump in to the Adventures in Ghostsitting series with Mel and her boyfriend Becker. You’ll love Mel’s sense of 80s style and Becker’s attempts at keeping sane in this wild world he’s just been introduced to.

The first three are individual short stories. The Wild Rose Press then very awesomely allowed me to have them put out in one paperback titled Adventures in Ghostsitting Volume One. I recently contracted a full-length novel in this series with Mel’s cousin as the lead character. It’s called Having A Ball! and will be out next year, followed by three more shorts which will then be put into another volume.

Get ready to laugh, gasp and cheer with Mel as she tries to wrangle her ghostly charges and stop otherworldly crime in her small town. Enjoy!

Adventures in Ghostsitting web page


Recap! The Ivy Morris Mysteries


Hi everyone!

Vicky and I thought we’d showcase our backlist over the next few weeks in case you’ve missed any of them or are looking for a holiday gift that won’t do you wrong (like Spaceballs toilet paper or the latest trend in neck scarves). So last week she posted about her Futuristic Romances and this week it’s my turn to talk about Ivy 🙂

The very first book came out in 2005. I continued the series for five books until 2009. Unfortunately the original publisher shut down but very fortunately The Wild Rose Press was willing to take a chance on them and put them all out again along with a brand new sixth book!

Ivy will always be my true love. She makes me laugh, shake my head and sigh in wonder. If you haven’t already, you should give her a try. Here are the covers and a link to my author website for your choice of buying options 🙂 Have a great day!


SUPER RELEASE DAY!!! Cremains of the Day!




The day is here and I’m feeling fine! Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered and for those who are reading. I hope your day is fabulous. I’m going to try not to break the internet with checking my rankings but I make no promises…

I’m going to go do a little dance now 🙂 See you on the flipside!


Edited to, you know, post the link of where you might buy it if you’re so inclined. Thanks to Natalie Damschroder for pointing out that it’s not here and posting it in the comments for me!

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Cremains of the Day


We’re In This Together: Celebrating Writers Who Persevere


Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger.I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!


Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

If so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.


We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!

If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!).

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca