Stella's published titles, upcoming releases, and works-in-progress
ON ICE The Arctic, Book 1
Released: October 6, 2023
The last thing Quinn Cooper needs is romance. Between her job and her dad’s diagnosis, she doesn’t have any extra time or need any added stress. She doesn’t have time for a hockey game either, but a favor finds her sitting in the stands as The Arctic takes the ice. Of course she’d end up sitting next to a man she can’t ignore, even if he’s cheering for the wrong team.
A long time ago Erik Varg was considered one of the hottest up-and-coming players in the juniors. Overnight his whole world changed and his dream slipped right out of his hands. He’s most avoided the sport since, but his brother is the new star forward on The Arctic and Erik has to show his support while in town. He didn’t expect to feel sparks for the woman in the seat next to him, even if she’s less than impressed by the whole game. Don’t most women love hockey?
When the KISS cam proves determined to catch them lip-locked, maybe that’s the push they both need. Lust at first sight is very real, even if they aren’t looking for any more. It’s just one kiss, one night of fun, then Quinn is back to her responsibilities and Erik is flying home. No harm, no penalty. Except they might have more in common than they ever imagined, and they might be exactly what each other needs. Too bad it’s just the right person at the wrong time.
TW: cancer (no death), childhood cancer (past, no death), amputation, depression, grief, anxiety. On-page descriptions of medical procedures & treatments, profanity, and sexually explicit content.
THE ESCALATION CLAUSE
Release: June 13, 2023
Eden Yates never expected to end up on the wrong side of the law. She’s a free spirit, not a criminal. But two months after her last relationship ends, she finds herself answering questions about her ex’s illegal dealings. Safe to say she isn’t interested in another relationship, especially one where she has to be someone she’s not. She’s spent years finding herself and if experience has taught her anything, being in a partnership always leaves one person broken.
Enter Ted Hughes. He’s a lawyer and as buttoned up as they come. Ted is looking for forever, but he just hasn’t found the right woman yet. It’s definitely not the free-spirited artist too naïve to realize that she needs an attorney. Of course he’s going to help her. Ted can’t walk away from a damsel in distress. It has nothing to do with how cute she is.
Eden doesn’t enjoy being in anyone’s debt. Ted helped her so she’ll help him. All he needs is a wedding date and who doesn’t love weddings? Aside from sizzling chemistry, they have absolutely nothing in common. There’s nothing for them to worry about, right? It’s one weekend away. They’ll even put it in writing. No sex, no feelings, just a favor for a favor. Maybe they both should have studied the fine print.
TW: drug use/sales, parental death (mention), death (side character), emotional abuse, On-page interactions with police officers, mention of cheating and murder, profanity, and sexually explicit content.
MOTHER KNOWS BEST
Release: February 28, 2023
AJ Mulligan’s life is at a standstill. She’s fat, her writing career hasn’t hit its stride, and between working long hours at odd jobs, writing into the wee hours of the night, and hoping she’ll catch a break sometime soon, there’s zero time left to focus on anything, or anyone, else. It’s been years since she broke it off with the only man she’s ever loved, and she still can’t bring herself to move on. When offered a job as a paid contestant on a reality dating show, AJ finally has the chance to earn some serious money and take a small vacation. All she has to do is make it into the top five and then go back to her everyday life.
Will Masters comes from old money and politics. Every facet of his life has been scripted, whether he liked it or not. Until AJ. She was nothing that his family approved of and everything he ever wanted. When she walked away, he stopped caring about what he wanted for his future. Now his mother has roped him into starring on a reality dating show. A show where his mother can choose the perfect wife for him. Will is perfectly content to go along for the ride. He never thought his ex would be a contestant vying for his affection.
AJ signed a contract, and she intends to honor it. The more she tries to avoid Will, the harder they slam back together. It’s possible she made a mistake all those years ago, but it doesn’t matter. AJ’s contract won’t let her win and Will’s mother wants her gone…too bad he didn’t get the memo.
TW: fatphobia (directed at fmc), food/eating comments, frank discussions of race/micro-aggressions. animal death (off page), childhood illness (no death), emesis, bullying, & sexism. Profanity, and sexually explicit content.
Release: November 21, 2022
The two constants in Maggie’s life have always been books and her anxiety. A close third is that she’s been in love with her best friend’s older brother her whole life, not that she’s ever told him. She prefers to keep her thoughts of love and desire in the stories she writes, and that works out well for her… until her readers find her first novel unbelievable and her characters devoid of any real chemistry.
So, what’s a writer with only fictional experience supposed to do? Fake it, of course. Dean is willing to fake a relationship to help her writing. Secretly, Maggie is hoping their time together will make him fall head over heels for her, but something is missing—the spark, the chemistry, the heat—and now she’s struggling to reconcile her longtime fantasy with reality.
Then there’s quiet, grumpy Mac. The more time Maggie spends with Dean, the more Mac appears in her life and her thoughts. She’s read this book before, she knows how it’s supposed to end, but all her carefully laid plans are unraveling. Her lifetime of romance novels never prepared her for this. Could it be that she doesn’t understand love at all?
TW: generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, purposeful misgendering of a side character &
homophobic comments (ch 7), emesis, bullying (past), profanity, and sexually explicit content.
NOT THAT KIND OF ICING
The Arctic, Book 2
Coming: March 1, 2024
Vic's Story from OI.
Hockey player X Team's social media manager
Blurb coming soon.
Planned: Summer 2024
Romy's Story from TEC
She falls first, he falls harder.
Blurb Coming Soon.
BLACK WITCH MOTH SEASON
Planned: Fall 2024
Tandy's Story from MKB.
Brother's Best Friend.
Going Back Home.
Now and Then Format.
Blurb Coming Soon.
Boudoir Photographer X Construction Worker
Black Cat FMC/Golden Retreiver MMC
Blurb coming soon.
THE ARCTIC, Book 3
Plus size Model FMC
THE TROPE PREQUEL NOVELLA
Audrey & Cal from TT.
Blurb coming soon.
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