PlayingWithFIre

Playing With Fire: The Battle of the Bands

A Starstruck novella
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Coming February 22, 2018

It's the Battle of the Bands, but the real battle is in their hearts.

USA Today Bestselling author Mary Hughes brings you in intimate glimpse into musicians' lives in an electric story of music, passion, family, and rivalry, with flashes of her signature humor. Clumsy but smokin' fiddle-player Shivawn Kelly meets hot bass guitarist Connor Chase and lightning attraction strikes. But their bands are adversaries in the first Starstruck Battle of the bands. Only one can win.

Shivawn fervently hopes it's her family's céilí band, but Connor's rock group might just be better. His music stirs her soul even as his lithe body stirs her interest. But her da forbids her to even go near "that eejit boy".

Connor needs the win for his band to trust him again, but Shivawn and her music light his heart with joy. Yet when he tries to connect with her, she rebuffs him. He respects her need for distance, though it's tearing him up inside.

And then he overhears a rival band plotting—and he's afraid their target is Shivawn. He may have to defy her wishes, her father, and his even own band to keep her safe.

Welcome to STARSTRUCK, a showplace for talent, a playground for love. A collection of contemporary novellas that will leave you breathless and craving more.








Assassins Bite

Bad Boy Billionaire's Lady


Lovless Brothers Book 1
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$0.99 through January 27 ONLY
Coming January 22, 2018

Elizabeth Rothschild promised a dying man she’d protect his charitable legacy. But how, when the greedy, manipulative sharks on the board want her out?
And now the biggest shark of all, the Lovless heir, is coming home.

Landon "Rebel" Lovless is a bad boy, a billionaire by virtue of being his grandfather's heir. The Navy SEAL wants nothing more than to get back to his team, but lovely Elizabeth Rothschild brings out a protective streak in him.

The loner and out-of-sync boy who left is not the stunning man who strides into the board meeting. He shocks them all by barking orders and commanding them to a team-building exercise on a tropical island. They're getting their hands dirty constructing a house. But as Reb, Elizabeth, and the board members toil side by side, will it build their camaraderie—or only put them close enough for someone to stick in the knife?


Read Chapter One on my blog.






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Hot Chips and Sand


A Romantic Adventure
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When Skyler Jones is kidnapped, she manages a heart-pounding escape, only to be cornered in the hotel room of a lithe, enigmatic man. The kidnappers burst into the room, but the man hides Skyler by covering her body with his—and kissing her. Her kidnappers are thrown long enough for the man, known only as Cliff, to race Skyler through narrow streets and hide her on a boat going home.

Skyler thinks her troubles are over, but Cliff is really Sir Humphrey Hawkesclyffe, genius inventor of the next gen supercomputer. He’s zeroed in on Skyler—he says for heading his software development team, business only. But as they work together, Skyler starts to fall for the lonely boy genius who's become a rugged man of action.

He seems to fall for her, too—at least their sizzling kisses suggest more than simple chemistry. But is Cliff just mixing pleasure with his business? And then the kidnappers come back for round two...but it's not Skyler they've come for this time.

Thanks to EJR Digital Art for the gorgeous cover!

HC&S GP PD


"
Well, even in the worst situations, Mary Hughes can make me laugh. Hot Chips and Sand had a little of everything … a hot male (with secrets), an alpha female (who had self-esteem issues), a madman, a kidnapping and then, of course, love." ~Kitty Angel, Guilty Pleasures Reviews


Assassins Bite

Cin Wikkid


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**Now on audio book!** Amazon | iTunes | Audible

From award-winning USA Today bestselling author Mary Hughes comes a fairytale romance with a twist.

THE WRONGED DAUGHTER
Cinderella hungers to escape from under Widow Wikkid's grinding thumb. But to snare a plum job at Prince Industries, Cin desperately needs her degree, and she can't wrap her mind around tax accounting.

Then scarred but sexy Rafe Montoya ignites her imagination with his brilliant tutoring—and, as they work together in his cozy apartment, he sets her body on fire. She thinks he's the one for her, until he starts pushing her to attend Gideon Prince's marriage-mart ball.

THE HANDSOME PRINCE
Rafe is really Gideon Prince, head of Prince Industries. He must name his bride by his April first birthday or suffer the loss of his family fortune.

Rumors say he's still single because women love his money and looks, not him. Is he lonely or just another duplicitous tycoon?

THE GLASS SLIPPER TEST
Hopefuls flock to Prince's birthday ball, but only the woman who is kind, wise, and generous will win his heart. Is it Cin, or will her stepmother, as she always does, snatch the prize for her own daughters?

And on the night of the ball, when Cin discovers Rafe’s true identity, can she even accept his final test?

Warning: Rags-to-riches fairytale meets the texting generation. Stepsisters who are a blush-brush shy of a full makeup set, and a ball gown built like a tank. Contains material intended for mature audiences. Reader discretion advised.

Purest Delight



Read an excerpt here.
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Assassins Bite

Falling on for the Billionaire


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Can tripping over your own feet lead to falling in love?

Media superstar and billionaire Zan Sinclair runs with a rich, exclusive set, thanks to his hit communications show, Revealing Secrets. But he’s tired of high-gloss, meaningless dates. He just wants to meet a nice girl—like shy Dr. Vicky Brooks, sister of his international model ex-girlfriend, Ronnie.

He texts Ronnie to arrange a casual meeting at the CommuniCon convention in Kansas City. Problem is, Ronnie gets the wrong idea. She thinks Zan wants to get back together with her.

When Vicky’s twin wants help winning back an ex-boyfriend, kindhearted Vicky can’t say no. But Ronnie’s ex is Vicky’s longtime crush, smart, sexy Dr. Alexander Sinclair. Now the safe-from-afar crush is shockingly real, making her heart pound, making her want…more.

Now Vicky has to overcome her her sister's misunderstanding—and her own feet—to win Zan's love.

Thanks to EJR Digital Art for the beautiful cover and Blue Otter Editing for the final polish!
Harlie Recommended Read




Read the first chapter here.
"Zan is a great hero… I love Ms. Hughes writing. This is my first true contemporary from her and it won’t be my last." ~Harlie, Harlie's Books

"Escape for a couple hours…I highly recommend this book." ~Amy Brantley, A Girl and Her Kindle

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Edie and the CEO


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Edie Rowan is passionate about workers’ rights, wanting her Sixties protester grandparents to be proud of her. But championing the little guy gets her in trouble with sexy CEO Everett Kirk. Kirk is Mr. Ultra-Executive with his expensive hand-tailored suits and his eyes the steel blue of a finely tempered sword - but for the intriguing contradictions of his neat ponytail and square workman’s hands.

Edie’s latest disaster, a teambuilding exercise gone facepalm wrong, leads to a knockdown drag-out with rival manager Bethany “The B” - or add the “Itch” - Blondelle. The incident is the last straw for Kirk. He sends Edie to management camp and to her shock, announces he will drive her there himself. She wonders why he would want eighteen hours of enforced intimacy with her, even as she’s dazzled by his sparkling white smile and killer dimple.

Everett walks away from the confrontation with a headache. For years he has protected Edie from the fallout of her righteous crusading, but this may be the last time. A corporate backstabber is trying to eject Everett from his job. Even so, he’s looking forward to spending time on the drive with Edie, attracted to her sunny red curls, fiery personality, and fine dark eyes.

Then a snowstorm forces them to seek shelter in an empty mountain cabin. Edie thinks she will take the lead in wilderness survival but Kirk proves more durable than his Italian loafers and silk sweater would suggest. The extended stay rubs them together in all sorts of ways, kindling emotional and physical flames. But when their corporate shells burn away, what secrets will be revealed?

Sensuality Level: Sensual
AJ Recommended Read

Reviews for Edie and the CEO

AJ RR"Edie and the CEO by Mary Hughes is a pure delight. The dialogue is fresh, fun, and witty, the suspense is just enough to pique your curiosity, and the love is so endearing that it will make your heart sing…This is one magnificent story that you don’t want to miss. Bravo Ms. Hughes! You’ve hit a home run with Edie and the CEO and I’ll definitely be recommending it to my friends." ~AJ For Blackraven's Reviews







Purest Delight"I have come to associate the writing of Mary Hughes with being fun, exciting and a little naughty. Edie and the CEO was no exception. A little mystery, a little fun and a whole lot of love." ~Kitty Angel for Guilty Pleasures Book Review




"…from the get-go, I was laughing out loud…continue to gush over this book…" ~ Dee's Book Blog

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"Sexy, fast-paced and fun." ~Amy Brantley, A Girl and Her Kindle




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