Sexual awakening can be messy business.
Tillie Bishop never knew her father, and when her mother abandons her, Tillie quickly becomes streetwise. But even in Calgary, forces of the coming 1960s—a decade of rebellion, discovery, and upheaval—already are at work within her. As a Canadian Girl in Training, she’s tried to follow their Christian guidelines, but she prefers to make up her own. She smokes cigarettes in the church bathroom during the group’s meetings and plays kissing games afterward with neighborhood boys. Barely a teenager, glamour becomes her new guiding star, and she fantasizes about a future of dating men and having sex.
At seventeen, during a stay in Toronto, she becomes a band groupie and throws herself into the “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll” scene—just what she she’s been looking for. Then, seeking more adventure, she moves to San Francisco, drawn to its psychedelic night life, leading to a deeper downward spiral. However, Tillie’s grit and ability to face life’s challenges are inspiring, the seeds for later discovering her artist self.
Tillie takes readers on a wild ride through a period of riotous personal and cultural change. Join her if you dare!
"In Confessions of a Canadian Girl in Training, Lily Iona MacKenzie has created a child who will be a seeker has done so with compassionate understanding of this character’s confusion. Tillie is not just any child. The hard-scrabble life Tillie and her mother lead is set primarily in Calgary, Alberta, with a brief time on a prairie farm. MacKenzie knows the landscape she is painting, from the Canadian cities to the prairie “flatter than their dinner plates” and the endless sky.
She takes her reader to the down-on-your-luck Calgary hotels, the Calgary Zoo, and the Stampede, with both the excitement of the rodeo and the sordid underbelly of the midway at night. But Tillie hungers for more adventure and spends time in both Vancouver and Toronto before she turns eighteen. Eventually, she “escapes” to San Francisco. This is the story of a journey, and Lily Iona MacKenzie navigates it expertly. She knows her craft.
—Betty Jane Hegerat, Canadian author of Odd One Out, The Boy, Delivery, A Crack in the Wall, and other memorable books
“Tillie was born as innocent as any babe, but her life wasn’t meant to follow the typical path of other girls. With the era of free love, hippies, and drugs looming, she finds herself on a train to San Francisco and a path to self-destruction. Lily Iona MacKenzie deftly takes readers into that throbbing, psychedelic world of drugs, booze, and one-night stands where they will root for Tillie as she struggles to find herself. You will be swept along as she learns that true happiness is seldom found amid the glitter and grime. It’s hiding somewhere else … in plain sight. A well-written and visceral story.”
—Janice Gilbertson, author of Summer of ’58, Canyon House, and The Dark Side of Gibson Road
I was obsessed from the beginning.
And once I have an obsession.
It's best you don't get in my way.
I tried to stay away.
He was the one who was whispered about on the streets.
The viper that, once he had a taste, would hunt you down and collect you.
And Lucas liked to collect things.
One of those things was me.
Sinful Hands is Book 1 in the Chanel & Lucas duet, and is part of the Chained Hearts Duet world.
The world owes you nothing.
It took losing the woman I loved and facing the paralyzing task of moving on without her for me to truly understand that.
Consumed by regret and razor-sharp memories, I’d resigned myself to a life of loneliness until a survivor from the same plane crash that took my fiancée stormed into my life.
Remi Grey was chaos and sunshine, fire and freedom. With her in my arms, I began to believe that fate had other plans for me.
But as secrets of the past exploded around us, it seemed the only thing fated about our relationship was that I had been destined to lose her from the start.
The world owes you nothing. But for Remi, I would risk it all. No matter the cost.
“The wicked, the damned, the unsavable... St. Catherine’s was the home for tainted young women.”
They said they could cure my addiction. They promised that with the help of the lord I’d be cured and be reborn again as a new woman.
I’d no longer be a disgrace to the McKinney name.
I’d finally be saved.
But then like a storm, Arsen came along and ruined everything. A fallen angel with demons of his own, we were destined for chaos.
But he didn’t come here for me.
He came for answers...for the truth of what really happened and instead we found something far more sinister going on behind the doors of St. Catherine’s. It’s halls were scattered with secrets and covered in lies while it’s walls were tainted in blood.
We soon unraveled the depraved web of deceit that lurked within the shadows of the school.
A sickening truth that would tarnish St. Catherine’s reputation and destroy the lives of the young women in it.
Tucker Ashford has forgotten who he was. The former rock star – Tucker Ashe – turned social media sensation knows exactly where life took a U-turn. Problem is, he’s convinced it’s too late to circle back. When he needs a ride from Chicago to California for his daughter’s wedding, an eight-state journey with a quirky woman is more than he bargained for, but quite possibly the chance he needs to rewind time.
Mae Fox is ready to discover who she is. After two decades of marriage (gone wrong), motherhood (still going), and a not-so-small business (going quite well), she’s looking for the adventure of a lifetime – alone. However, her well-planned escape of come-what-may down the Mother Road is slightly detoured when she’s asked to haul a grumpy silver fox across the country.
The highway is a melody of cheesy sight-seeing stops, nostalgic locations, and a playlist that rocks as two lonely hearts take a road trip down the path of second chances and the possibility of love over forty.
Falling in love could be the biggest—and best—mistake of her life...
Former Marine Charlie Ravenel devotes her life to protecting women. A job that's left its mark on her—body and soul. When she's not working, she's safe hiding in the shadows. Alone. But when a young celebrity finds herself tormented by a dangerous stalker, Charlie vows to keep her safe.
One problem. She'll just have to avoid her client's sexy co-star—the alluring one who seems so intent on breaking down Charlie's defenses...
No one really knows Daniel Pierce. They think they do. Millions want him. But no one knows what's beneath his heroic veneer. He doesn't let them. Until her.
Charlie, with her arousing smile and razor blade tongue, attracts him like no other. He'd do anything to ease her pain, to make her his. How can he lure her into giving him a chance?
If Charlie has any hope of overcoming the demons of her past in time to save the girl, she'll have to trust her gut...and Daniel. But what if trust is a luxury she just can't afford?
PIERCE HER, book 1 in the COME FOR ME series, is a steamy, hot, romantic suspense read featuring a strong, kickass heroine who just happens to fall for Hollywood's sexiest man alive.
From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ashley Jade comes an edgy, enemies-to-lovers standalone romance about mistakes, forgiveness, and second chances.
He was the talented bad boy everyone wanted.
I was the irrelevant geek everyone hated.
He was the sun...drawing all of us in.
I was a black hole...taking up space.
He was destined to be a star.
I was destined to remain an insignificant no one.
Until he made me believe I was special...
And then he destroyed me.
I never thought I'd see Phoenix Walker again after he broke my heart, but fate had other plans.
One tour. Eight weeks. Forty shows.
Countless opportunities to make him pay.
The world thought he was a God...
But I knew the truth.
Cameron Cox has mastered the art of keeping secrets. His talent for computer hacking means he's been recruited for highly classified jobs since leaving the military. He travels the world, risking his life. But his biggest secret isn't from a government job or a foreign spy.
It's Maggie O'Callaghan.
He's loved her from afar, always standing by as the friend. He's been her rock through the hardest days of her life. But after his dangerous past comes crashing into his life and threatens the only woman he's ever loved, he has a choice to make.
Give up the secrets and win her heart.
Or watch Maggie walk away with his.
“I loved you then,
I love you now,
and I’ve loved you every single day in between.”
Jameson Taylor is a nomad. A drifter. A memory collector.
Or, at least, that’s what’s become of her life ever since she was forced to leave pieces of her fractured heart behind.
“This is the fault in our fate, our one undoing:
All he’s ever wanted is my happiness,
even when it costs him his own.”
Holden Eastwood is resentful. Angry. But most of all, hurt.
Torn to pieces by the girl who left him, he struggles to find forgiveness in the organ she once broke.
When a tragedy forces them to face the aftermath, Jamie seeks acceptance, while Holden searches for answers.
What they find, instead, are remnants of their love.
Fragments of forever.
And parts of a puzzle that will lead them to the truth…
A truth that might shatter them to pieces.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Nikki Ash comes Only Ever Yours: a standalone, insta-attraction, age gap romance.
Desperate times call for desperate measures—like pretending to be my best friend and posing as a millionaire’s escort for the night.
I thought I had nothing left to lose, only I didn’t take my heart into consideration. What started as a one-time date turned into so much more in the blink of an eye. Because Isaac is used to getting what he wants, and even after learning the truth, he wants me. Unconditionally.
Even though my heart is on the line, I find myself falling in love with him. But all too soon, I learn that loving a powerful man like Isaac can be dangerous. And despite how careful he is with my heart, it’s still capable of breaking.
From the moment we met, she’s taken up residence in my head and in my heart. I’ll do everything in my power to make her mine. But first, I need to secure a second date.
It’s more than chemistry. My parents had this too. She’s the one. Marriage, babies, forever... I want it all with her, and in return, I’ll give her the world.
When the unimaginable happens, love and loyalty are put to the test. But I’ll move heaven and earth to protect Camilla... even if it means breaking her heart.