CrossReads Short Takes
A Wish For Adam Kincaid
by Kelly Hunter
All single mother Billie Temple wants for Christmas is to trade her hectic Sydney lifestyle for simple country living and a place to call home. All widowed cattleman Adam Kincaid wants is for Billie and her son to go away.
Moving to the small town of Inverglen to run the local pub gives Billie the fresh start she’s been looking for, but her new landlord Adam is less than accommodating. He questions her career choices, her ability to live without neighbours in his rustic little farmhouse rental on the hill, and most of all he questions his ability to keep Billie and her young son safe.
With Christmas looming and danger circling, Adam has two choices. Open his battered heart to them and risk losing all, or send them away …
A Light in the Dark
by Becky Doughty
On stage, Tish Ransome sings about heartache and passion, betrayal, and about love gone wrong… but she knows very little about any of it in real life. The rockstar princess who swears like a pirate—literally—is loved and adored by family, friends, and fans alike, and her world is filled with good things, her future bright.
Behind the scenes, however, trouble is brewing. When Tom, her best friend and co-founder of the Marauders, tells her he’s leaving the band after graduation, Tish must find a new wingman to step into Tom’s hard-to-fill shoes. The moment she hears Sebastian Jeffries play, she knows he’s the one.
Yet with Sebastian comes a taste of the things Tish only writes about, and she can’t resist the lure of the tortured artist. Sebastian, likewise, is drawn to Tish’s brilliance, but like a moth that hovers too close to the flames, is he killing himself just to be near her? Can Tish save Sebastian before it’s too late, or will he pull her down into the darkness with him?