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.


Amazon Author page:

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

What if….


Many times authors are asked “Where do you get your ideas?”. The simple answer is… everywhere. The hard answer is…everywhere.

A little explanation. An author is open to possibilities from everywhere. A newspaper headline. A bit of a song. A snippet of an overheard conversation. A beautiful sunrise. The ideas are everywhere. It’s what you do with them that makes you an author…or an artist…or a musician…. And no two authors (artists, musicians) will do the same thing with the same idea.

For most authors, once we’ve gotten that snippet, we start playing the “What if…” game. Take my first series, “Gambling on Love”. I took a bit of a news story – the horrific practice human trafficking – and played “what if…” What if this was still going on a hundred (or more) years in the future? What if the low lifes that do this are in outer space, on space stations and other planets. What if a friend or relative of a cop was taken? And so on. And thus, Gambling on Love was born.

The story I’m working on right now – a romantic suspense – is based on the titles and lyrics of two songs from Sarah McLachlan: “I Will Remember You” and “In the Arms of an Angel”. I love her music and the emotions it evokes. And the ideas it gives me.

For my Pride series… What if there really were people who could change their shape? They’d have the same problems humans do, but they’d have the the additional problems of keeping their animal selves hidden from the world (or risk becoming lab specimens). What if…they purchased a large tract of land somewhere remote and developed their own town(s)? What if not everyone who lived there was happy with the setup and the rulers? Thus… “Lion’s Pride” series. Currently it’s only two books, the the third will soon be coming. 🙂

And that is where authors get their ideas. From everywhere.

lionsheartLION’S HEART – Book 1 in the LION’S PRIDE series.

Facing a lonely existence after the death of her mother, Healer Selena is startled when two strangers show up on her doorstep. One is badly injured, beyond her help. It is the injured man’s companion who draws her notice. She wonders how much her mother had to do with bringing him here. After all, Selena’s mother was a witch. The ruby she enchanted before she died is glowing, telling Selena that this man is her chosen mate. But he’s a shapeshifter, a being she has learned to distrust.

Tristan had been against the journey with his godfather, Jacob, but a promise is a promise. An attack by outlaws sealed his fate. Injured and on the run, they come upon a secluded cabin and a beautiful woman. When she shows powers that go beyond the imagination, he is certain he’s been bewitched, but for some reason, he doesn’t mind as much as he thought he would. When he finds out she is actually the daughter of his mentor, he knows there are forces at work that go beyond the realm of normalcy. His lion recognizes her as his mate, it takes the man a little longer.

from Amazon                                                                From Liquid Silver Publishing


Stefan the Black, alpha of the northwestern territories, needs a strong mate. It’s the only lionschoice600x900way the prides and packs will continue to follow him, but he hasn’t found the right one yet. Then Dr. Malena Troutman literally runs into him and he and his beast know that she is the one.

The problem is convincing her.

Malena wants nothing to do with prides or packs. As a half-breed—part witch, part shifter—she’s been shunned by both shifters and witches alike. But her beast wants Stefan, and so does the human part of her. Still, can she trust him not to turn her away, especially once he learns her secret?

But Stefan has more than a few secrets of his own, not the least of which is … he’s also got magic running through his blood. It’s up to him to convince the packs and prides that their prejudices are hurting the prides. Ruling a large area of multiple packs and prides takes a lot of balancing—funds, people, emergencies, and more. But with Malena by his side, Stefan turns things around and both beasts find contentment.

From Liquid Silver Publishing


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!

Gambling on Love Futuristic Romances


I have a three book series out – three novellas, really – that can be purchased separately, or as a single print book. If you like a little science fiction with your romance, you’ll love the Gambling on Love series.

The first book is: The Turn of the Card: Jess Windemere’s father lost her in a game of theturnofthecardcards. Sent to a distant planet to be bound to a stranger, she is determined to regain her freedom. The Turn of the Card Book 1 of Vicky Burkholder’s new romance series, Gambling on Love, is a rollicking space adventure you won’t want to miss. When the turn of a card can seal your fate, you better stack the deck!

Jessica Windemere loses her freedom when her father bets her in a poker game. But she isn’t willing to accept her fate without a fight. To have her revenge, she first must survive an unknown world while contracted as some stranger’s wife. She wants nothing more to do with men until a huge, dark god rides into her camp. Can she risk losing her new love on the turn of a card?

Kiernan Randall is on his way home from a trading mission. The group of abandoned women he finds were definitely not expected, especially their feisty red-haired leader. She is contracted to his enemy, but gives herself to him and firmly entwines his heart. Can he trust her enough to let her wager their future together on her skill with cards?

From Amazon

From Liquid Silver Publishing

Second Book: Lovin’ the Odds: Catch her, kill her, or kiss her? So many choices, so little time. But Carter Jamison has to decide one way or the other what to do about Sabrina lovintheoddsRutledge. Wounded, hunted, and stranded on a desert planet, they will need to put their distrust aside and work together to survive. Vicky Burkholder brings you Lovin’ the Odds Book 2 of her action-packed romance series, Gambling on Love.

It’s Carter Jamison’s job to catch Sabrina Rutledge and return her to her boss, dead or alive. What he hadn’t counted on was falling for her, again. She’d broken his heart once. Could he forgive her and save her? Or would he turn her over to the tyrant who owned her and walk away? When Sabrina sees who’s come after her, part of her is happy, another part is dismayed. He’d burned her once. Would he help her now? Or turn her in?

Both Carter and Sabrina have been lied to, manipulated, and used. Trust is not something either one does easily. With assassins after them, injured and stranded in the middle of an alien desert, they will need to learn to trust each other as they once did in order to survive. But can they do so before nature and her boss take care of them both?

Content Notes: Spicy, Space Opera, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction


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Third story: Queen of Hearts: When Amanda Ki left him two years ago, Adam Chalmers accepted a transfer as far from home as possible. Now she’s back in his life, on a mission to help him find his sister’s kidnappers. With danger and political intrigue surrounding them, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to work together in order to queenofheartsfind the truth … and maybe a second chance at real love. Vicky Burkholder takes you on an action-packed romp through space in Queen of Hearts, Book 3 of her sci-fi romance series, Gambling on Love.

Adam Chalmers has one hard and fast rule when it comes to passengers on his ship—no lone women. Ever. But when Admiral Keeley Reed of Fleet requests a special service from him, he can’t very well refuse. Adam nearly refuses as his “cargo” approaches him. Amanda Ki. The woman who’d tugged at his heart two years ago. But she’d left him without a word and he’d been transferred as far from her as possible.

However, if he doesn’t take her on, the kidnappers who took his sister may get away because she has a way to find the answers he’s been seeking.

Tiny, silver-eyed Mandy is part Halo, a race of warriors known for their deadly ferocity. When Adam left her, she suspected her mother, queen of the Halo world, and Admiral Keeley of setting their separation up. But Adam is her true mate, and she can prove it. Unfortunately, he’s an undercover Fleet agent, and she’s heir to the throne of the Halo world. It will take the two of them working together to overcome politics, danger, and each other in order to have a chance at real love.

Content Notes: Spicy, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Aliens, Action, Adventure


Liquid Silver

The whole anthology all in one: Gambling on Love: Three books in one, space adventure romance: The Turn of the Card: When the turn of a card can seal your fate, you better Gambling on Lovestack the deck! Lovin’ the Odds: Catch her, kill her, or kiss her? So many choices, so little time. Queen of Hearts: Adam Chalmers has one hard and fast rule when it comes to passengers on his ship—no lone women. Ever. But for Amanda Ki, he might consider it. Gambling on Love is an anthology of three space adventure romances that will set your universe on fire.


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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