A collection of stories by Evangeline Anderson, Ann Cory, Sierra DaFoe, Karen Erickson, Elaine Lowe and Joanna Wylde
Garnets or Bust by Joanna WyldeTessa Marasdottir has just one goal.Money.And now she's found a way to get it.Cerulean star garnets are her ticket to a better life, and she won't let anyone get in her way. Unfortunately, Daaron Von Saur'rel can't let her keep her gemstones, no matter the cost. He has people to protect, and a vision of the future that can't be stopped. Killing Tessa is the best way to protect his interests - but he can't bring himself to do it. Not when he can't stop lusting for her.Now Tessa and Daaron find themselves locked in a battle of wills neither can afford to lose. Lives depend on them, and the only way both can win is through a marriage of convenience. It's garnets or bust.Publisher Note: Though this book can be read as a stand-alone volume, it is part of the Saurellian Federation series.Virgin Jewels by Karen EricksonThe Virgin's Blood necklace is legendary. Simple in appearance, it wields a sexual power only its true owners can experience.Hannah doesn't understand why the newest acquisition at her family's jewelry store makes her ache so deliciously. When Colin visits the shop and tells the necklace's erotic tale, Hannah's further enflamed - for the necklace and the man.Borrowing the necklace, she has mind-blowing sex with Colin, the power of the stones overwhelming. But for normally shy Hannah, the experience is bittersweet. Her alluring aggressiveness isn't real - it's the Virgin's Blood Jewels. She can't keep the necklace, and fears she'll lose Colin without it. But Colin knows more about the jewels than he's telling.Seeds of Garnet by Elaine LoweMatrissa Prospera is tough - she has to be to have lived her entire life on a spacecraft. Now she's trapped planetside, kept prisoner by the only man who can make her melt with desire. Lithos I is known for the quality and quantity of the gems it produces, and mining has made this planet and its mysterious inhabitants very, very rich. Irav Tok is tall, dark and hard as rock, literally.