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and after Karma Visited…

Dave was working late that night doing a double, he was covering someone else’s shift. Maybe that was a good thing, Donna had already raised his suspicions and it wouldn’t sit well that she had continued to avoid Annie. He would want to investigate, he would want to know what Donna’s story was. Annie was getting curious too, but she was determined to handle it her way. Annie was sure that Donna wasn’t a widow, she just wasn’t sure what was going on and why the woman was so scared of the police.

Sighing loudly she plopped down in the old recliner where she loved to study; she was annoyed because she was letting herself get too wrapped up with what was going on with her tenant. Her gaze settled on the coffee table where Dave left one of the books that he bought online about astral projection. Until now she only practiced the exercises when he was there, she still frequently traveled in her dreams but none of those were really controlled.

She wondered how many dreams belonging to other people she shared. It was hard to forget the sexy dream on Dave’s couch or his angry dream about his ex. She would have to learn to get more control of those travels also, the last thing she wanted to do was intrude on other people’s personal thoughts. Annie couldn’t help the grin that came to her face as she thought of Dave’s acceptance of all the strange baggage she brought with her. She didn’t think she could be so calm if the situation were reversed.

“What the heck,” she spoke to the empty room, “I’m not frightened anymore.” There was a tiny tremor to her voice as she reached to pick up the book. Annie opened the book to one of the exercises and read it quietly as she walked to her bedroom; then she put the book down on the bed and sat cross legged next to it just the way she did when she practiced with Dave. She held a modified Lotus pose and focused on breathing easily, she felt each breath cleansing the path it took, until she felt completely relaxed.

Annie piled a few pillows and laid down facing the ceiling. With her eyes closed she continued to relax her body until she felt close to drifting off to sleep. Her body began to tingle slightly as she relaxed her muscles and felt as if only the bed was keeping her at that time and place. Holding herself in that hypnagogic state between consciousness and sleep, Annie concentrated on her inner self. She believed she could make the transition on her own, Dave had helped her learn how to do that.

The vibrations in her limbs were growing stronger and now was when she had to free her mind of everything except where she wanted to go. It would be fun to pay a visit to Dave at work and surprise him by telling him she was really awake. He had worked with her so seriously and he was so patient, she was sure he would be happy to know how much progress they were making. Annie was sure she would succeed. She almost lost her control when she chuckled about this strange hobby the couple shared. Releasing a slow deep breath, she gently brought herself back to the transition phase.

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She heard barking. It was really more like a whining. Annie was in a white room, there were no windows or doors, the room seemed to go on forever. She turned and watched a shadow in the distance running towards her. Slowly the shadow took on the form of a dog and it came closer, the whining grew louder and more pitiful.

She knelt to greet the pup and stretched her arms out. It was a medium sized brown dog and she was horrified to see blood dripping from its body. The closer the dog came, the more it bled. She could feel her tears falling as her arms wrapped around the dog and she saw the dog’s blood on her arms. He rested his head on her shoulder and howled in pain. His paws began to slip out from under him and the whining grew weaker. Annie tried to find the source of the blood, there was just too much.

The dog slumped against her bent knee and looked at her. His eyes were filled with blood and she swore that there were tears. She cried harder as the dog’s panting grew slower and he laid on the white floor in a pool of blood. The dog stopped panting and was still. Annie tried to wake him but she knew he was gone.

Annie woke with a loud gasp. There were tears on her cheeks. She looked at her arms, even though she could feel the blood there was none. Her arms were clean. She had to catch her breath before she could even stand.

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Karma Visited

Within the Law

A Chaunce of Riches

Hostage Heart

Bartlett’s Rule

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Courage of the Heart

Final Sin

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Amnesie
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What happens to love when life changes? Two women in love,
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Believing in Santa
by Chelle Cordero

Dini didn’t want to think about her past and Seth wasn’t thinking about anything but his past. They’re thrown together as Santa and his Number One Elf at the homeless shelter. Her past is catching up to her, and Seth may risk his future to protect her.

Cora’s Crossing
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Two young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.

First Christmas: A Holiday Short Story
by Lauren Shiro
Darryl is coming home from the military. Corrine has changed… grown… become a woman he barely knows… a woman who amazes him at every turn. He’s coming home for their first Christmas… together.

Holiday Happiness: A Short Story
by Chelle Cordero
A short story about finding holiday happiness when you didn’t realize it was right there with you all along.

The Holiday Secret
by Neva Squires-Rodriguez
When Evaliz’s parents send her to New York to visit her sister, Tatiana. After Tatiana reveals a shocking secret, Evaliz wonders how her life will ever be the same. 

Home for the Holidays: A Holiday Short Story
by Charmaine Gordon
Eight year old twin sisters were placed in a private religious school
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Jock Talks…Outlandish Happenings
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Jock Stewart has chosen to make his stand for old-fashioned reporting at the Junction City Star-Gazer, a newspaper that—while run by fools and buffoons—knows the difference between real news and “stuff that sounds like real news.”

Jock Talks…Strange People
by Malcolm R. Campbell
The stories in this book represent a selection of the good, the weird and the absurd of investigative reporter Jock Stewart’s Night Beat columns.

Jock Who? Jock’s Holiday Musings
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Jock Stewart, known for his wit and sarcasm, shares a few satirical news stories he’s written about this holiday.

Moonlight and Ghosts, a short story 
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Randy and his friend, Alice, have heard ghost hunter claims that an abandoned psychiatric hospital is haunted. The haunts point Randy and Alice to a crime in progress and there’s not much time to save the victim.

Nightlife: Stories from the Shadows Short Story
by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard
Seattle Homicide half-vampire Detective Lilah Evans gets called to a dead body. She must find out if there’s a connection to a missing girl, and do her damnedest to solve the crime, all while protecting her secret.

Romancing the Grinch
by Tamara Philip

Lenora Winslow absolutely despises holiday cheer. Logan Darling thrives in the festive season. When the two meet by chance on Christmas Eve, will love be in the air or will it be a case of the winter blues?

Scarlet’s Tears, A Short Story
by Angela Kay Austin

When you lose everything you love, how are you supposed to believe it won’t happen again?

The Smoke that Thunders: A Piet van Zyl Adventure
by Paul Zunckel

For Piet and Peggy, taking care of their friends’ daughter for a few days should be easy… until thunder rolls across the African sky, sending out a warning to those who would care to take heed.

Trajectory
by Lauren Shiro

Joe Davis has spent the last four years of his life behind a
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Until the Ambulance Arrives
by Chelle Cordero

Until the Ambulance Arrives gives information for
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Romance Category
Angela Kay Austin‘s Rumer;
Charmaine Gordon‘s Housebroken;
Lauren Shiro‘s Pianissimo;
Neva Squires-Rodriguez‘s In Too Deep;
Tamara Philip‘s The Trouble with Playing Cupid

Mystery Novel
Malcolm R. Campbell‘s Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire;

Young Adult
Malcolm R. Campbell
‘s Emily’s Stories

Romance Short Stories
Charmaine Gordon‘s River’s Edge Trio
Chelle Cordero
‘s Holiday Happiness

Non-Fiction Article
Chelle Cordero‘s Can We Talk?

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Chelle Cordero‘s Within the Law;
Neva Squires-Rodriguez’s In Too Deep

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Novels by Chelle Cordero
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2   by Chelle Cordero  ~  In celebration of Volume 1 going to print edition due to demand, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing have put together another complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. Includes more than 50 brain-starting exercises and prompts to help you get those words on paper.
Hyphema    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma… Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day    by Chelle Cordero  ~  A complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. In the Bonus Section of this book you’ll find more than 50 brain-starting exercises to help you get those words on paper.
His Lucky Charm    by Chelle Cordero  ~  What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas… this time it follows Brandon and Caitlyn across the country and into a world of espionage and danger. The one thing that Brandon knows for sure is that he can’t afford to lose his lucky charm, Caitlyn.
Common Bond, Tangled Hearts    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. When Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies.
A Chaunce of Riches    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for a rich widow and her kid, but he never expected to be working for the woman who had abandoned him just when he had needed her the most. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man instead of Ben. Or that her husband had been murdered…and Ben was the prime suspect.
Hostage Heart    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents’ home and livelihood… An errand for her boss – a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers – a kind man who tried to help her … a man who isn’t all he seems…no, he is so much more
Final Sin    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Deputy Sherriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full… investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…
Courage of the Heart    by Chelle Cordero  ~  COURAGE OF THE HEART shows us that sometimes love is the only cure for the very deepest of emotional wounds. The story of the two lovers takes a series of unexpected and fast paced turns where lives, sanity and love are put in jeopardy. Their commitment to one another results in a spirit that binds them together and helps them to overcome physical and emotional dangers.
Within the Law    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Tom gave up on ever falling in love again the day that he buried his high school sweetheart and fiancé. He started a career in law enforcement just so that he could find her murderer and rapist. Just when he is about to see justice done, he meets Alli Davis-the defense attorney for the murdering rapist who took his love from him.
Bartlett’s Rule    by Chelle Cordero  ~  Bartlett’s Rule shares the story of Lon and Paige’s love affair; a romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.
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