Two brilliant minds. An advent calendar. One impossible assignment. Dr. Alice Thompson discovers a covert strategy to create diplomacy with the most reclusive nation on the planet. She needs all the help she can get.
They met at the United Nations, two people from different worlds. Peter Matthews is D.C. born and bred. Since the tragic death of his wife two years before, he has become the most eligible bachelor on the planet. Genny Beauchamp is a French-Vietnamese beauty, with an intelligence that dazzles Peter.
Agent 'Beat' Belfour comes under fire when trapped on the wrong side of a coup in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau. A routine diplomatic assignment shifts to place the Ambassador's life in her hands. Frank Adams' only weapons to save her are: the President's strategic skills, the dedication of the U.S. Army Night Stalkers helicopter regiment, and a past history with Beat that changed his life and his heart.
A foodie Christmas romance in Seattle! The best time for two hearts to awaken to life's possibilities! Maria Amelia Avico Parrano is beloved by all: her son, his restaurant staff, and the people drawn to her love of life and Italian pastries in the heart of Seattle's Pike Place Market. Yet after years of warming the hearts of others, Maria wants to cook up a little heat for herself. Until she meets a man who offers so much more. Hogan Stanford has hidden in his high-rise condo, watching the world pass by far below. The merest glimpse of Maria draws him back to life again.
Valerie Lambert dedicated every moment of her life to chasing her dreams of space. When she didn't qualify as an astronaut, she become NASA's spokeswoman. But cutbacks are hell and she's been grounded on the Oregon Coast. Now it's up to her to save the world. But how can one woman do that? Crowdsource the planet? Maybe a glass artist named Dag Cole can give her a hand...and a heart.
Katrine Feinberg is an acclaimed artist. Her mother's death reveals a true surprise. She, too, was an artist, in her youth. A new technology offers Katrine the chance to go back and live for a time in her mother's memories. A chance to learn how art could be lost. But can she handle the truth when she chooses to relive the day?
"Solar Stupid": "Somehow 'stupid' compresses the closer ya gets to the sun. And if ya' gets close enuf, the oddest darn things start into making sense."
"The Interview": When you're right for the job, even if they don't want you, it might be worth forcing your way in.
"Little Songs from the Heart": A planet's pain can only be borne by the singers of the soul. But what happens when the singer's heart can bear the anguish no longer?
An apocalyptic story of New York... New York City is still there, but no one can enter. No one except the best pilot on the planet, his copilot, and a flight of hopefuls. Those who enter the city become geniuses or idiots... or worse. For ten years, Trevor Hollman has beaten the odds and flown the hopefuls into the city and the survivors back out. Today, he'll find out how it all began. If he can survive this journey Inside the Sphere.