The Icebound Series

Behold dogsleds and penguins. Howling winds and cold, pitiless wastes. This is Antarctica, where the intrepid inhabitants of the frozen ends of the earth battle the terrain, and each other, to find love—in a past much like that of the early 1900s.

All Mouth and No Trousers

Amidst the scientists and explorers at the British Antarctic base in 1900 there are a few women who serve as maids, cooks, and nurses.

Then there’s Electa Yellowsmith.

The beautiful blonde secretary has no problem attracting male attention, but she’s got her eye set on Commander Gorge Elderbatch. He may yell like a longshoreman and drink like a fish, but Electa likes the cut of his jib, and the idea of being an officer’s wife.

Gorge has enough trouble with ice crevasses, blizzard forecasts, and upcoming polar expeditions without his smart-mouthed secretary defying him at every turn. What could a looker like her want with a grump like him, anyhow? Especially since he’s sworn off women after his disastrous divorce.

Gorge may be as dense as an iceberg, but Electa hasn’t yet met a man she couldn’t charm. Though if that doesn’t work she has plenty of schemes that just might. The result is a comedy of errors and explosions in a frostbitten frontier.

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Whiter Pastures

Reluctant spinster Florance Barton fled to the British Antarctic base to escape a scandalous love affair, among other things. Amidst the handful of other women there, Florance is the perfect chambermaid, meek, mild, and forgettable. No one has a clue that she’s also a novice spy.

When handsome young Handy McHanagan arrives at the base, he sets everyone agog. He’s charming, artistic, and … an accomplished gardener. His arrival may just be a mistake on the part of naval command. Or is it something more sinister?

Killer seals and subzero ice storms and aren’t the only danger in Antarctica: a enemy spy is on the loose. Florance has been ordered to choose between queen and country and her heart. Because penguin is off the menu now–and murder is its replacement.

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The Authors of XC Publishing Aim to Please

Five humorous short stories make up this collection by Deborah Ochery, Janet L. Loftis, and Xina Marie Uhl. Here you’ll find a quirky mix of romance, science fiction, and fantasy that’s sure to amuse as well as intrigue you. The best part of all? It’s FREE.

Episode 1: Deborah Ochery
Adventures in Speed Dating: Speed dating! Where the best your city has to offer steps forth to WOW you in ninety seconds or less! Kendra is not impressed.

Episode 2: Janet Loftis
The Human Jean Gnome Project: a hospital laboratory, a dwarf, a confused intern, and puns!
Yeah, But Can It Drive a Car: Aliens fly millions of miles just to navigate California freeways. This involves much driving like Starsky and Hutch.

Episode 3: Xina Marie Uhl
A Fairy Tail: A lustful knight and a shape-changing unicorn compete to win the hand of a damsel who’s not in distress in this fantasy romp.
Out of the Bag: Jason the cop makes an intriguing personal connection in this short, short, short story.
Bonus excerpt from The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior, a hilarious look at humans’ eccentricities from a cat’s point of view.

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Cover art for The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior

“At last, a manual that unravels the tangled inner workings of human beings, allowing you to subjugate them better than ever before!” — Catsweek

As cats, adoration is our birthright. Humans have proved this by worshiping us as gods since the days of Ancient Egypt. But despite the superiority, brilliance, and regal bearing of the feline race, our companion humans continue to frustrate us with their bizarre actions and incomprehensible desires — until now. In The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior, eminent humanologist Professor F.L. Uffy reveals the mysteries behind the lumbering, gigantic oafs we lovetolerate so much. Keep this guide on paw to help you solve some of your most difficult human-related issues.

  • Recognize warning signs for impending conniption fits
  • Learn how to chase away unwanted romantic attachments
  • Implement tried and true techniques to increase your food supply
  • Wake your slumbering companion at your favorite hours —2 am – 5 am

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