Goodnight, Linda, Lone Star Dad

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Goodnight, Linda, Lone Star Dad,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Lone Star Dad

Author:  Linda Goodnight

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Addiction; Chronic Pain Management; Drugs;

Blurb:

The Secret Next Door

Nurse Gena Satterfield knew raising her rebellious nephew, Derrick, would be tough, but moving to Gabriel’s Crossing was supposed to help ease the transition into their new reality. That was before she realized her new neighbor was Quinn Buchanon—her teenage crush, the town’s onetime star quarterback…and Derrick’s father. Her sister’s dying wish was that Gena keep this secret. Yet watching Quinn connect with the boy and penetrate his angry walls, Gena begins to see him in a whole new light. Now, torn between the truth and the promise she made, Gena has to follow her heart. And hope they can all heal together…as a family.

Dear Reader,

Some years ago, a minister of my acquaintance required post-op pain medication, a perfectly legitimate use of strong narcotics.  Unfortunately, after a time, this man became addicted to the pills.  When he could no longer get the pills, he began to use illegal drugs to ease his pain and feed the addiction that had taken hold of him.  He lost his ministry, his family and eventually his life.  No one who knew him could believe this had happened to such a good, God-fearing man.  But it did.

With Quinn Buchanon’s story, I wanted to address this real issue that is sometimes considered taboo in Christian circles.  The truth, of course, is that Christians are humans subject to the same fragilities as everyone else.  Our victory is that we have a means of escape, a Savior if we reach out to Him and ask for help.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Lone Star Dad, and if you or someone you love struggles with a drug problem, please reach out.  Hope in Jesus is waiting.

Linda Goodnight

www.lindagoodnight.com

Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep

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Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Kids on the Doorstep

Author:  Kimberly Van Meter

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Assault; Child Abandonment; Child Abuse; Parenthood; PTSD; Therapy

Blurb:

John Murphy gets the shock of his life when he finds three abandoned girls on his doorstep. Once he takes them in, it isn’t long before the little tykes bring out his fiercest protective instincts. So when their mother shows up at his Emmett’s Mill ranch, he’s ready to do battle.

Except Renee Dolling isn’t what he expects. She clearly loves her girls and wants to make up for past mistakes. John wants to trust her, but he’s got the girls to think about. Unless Renee can prove she’s the mother her daughters deserve…and the woman this solitary rancher needs.

Richards, Penny, Wolf Creek Wife

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Richards, Penny, Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek, Book 5)

Author:  Penny Richards

Imprint:  Love Inspired Historical

Issues:  Alcohol; Addiction; Divorce; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

A Marriage of Inconvenience!  

After a storm strands her overnight in Will Slade’s cabin, Blythe Granville’s reputation is in shambles. The townspeople doubt that she was innocently nursing him back to health after saving his life. Now Blythe must accept Will’s proposal: a marriage in name only to save her good name. But the former socialite is determined not to fall for her new husband…even if she’s drawn to the gruff stranger who’s vowed to stand by her, in sickness and in health.

Will never wanted to remarry after his ex-wife betrayed him. But now he finds himself hitched to a city girl who has no idea how to keep a house…but is somehow chiseling her way into his heart. As Blythe melts Will’s crusty facade, though, they’re discovering that this most unexpected union might just lead to true love.

Quinn, Tara Taylor, For Love or Money

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, For Love or Money,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  For Love or Money

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Addiction; Bereavement; Depression; Down’s Syndrome; Guilt; Parenthood

Blurb:

There’s no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention.

As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can’t afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.

Dear Reader,

As I write to you to tell you about For Love or Money, I’m deeply into book two in this new miniseries!  Family Secrets is turning out to be all I knew it could be.

Family Secrets is a reality-competition cooking show.  Contestants compete with their secret family recipes.  The show runs in segments with four regular competitions in different categories.  And then the final round.  Each book is one of those segments.  Other than the host, you see all different people, with completely different stories, in each book.

This miniseries isn’t only about secret recipes.  In every novel, you’ll find lives changed by a family secret.  A secret that, though maybe kept with the best of intentions, is powerful enough, damaging enough, to affect the lives and hearts of all those who didn’t know.

During this opening segment, you’re going to meet a very special little boy.  Dawson was inspired by a young man who captured my whole heart the first time I held him more than a decade ago, a close family member who brings a precious and unique joy into any space he occupies.  He is wanted, adored and protected by all members of his family.  Dawson and his experiences are completely fictional.  The joy he brings is not.

I love to hear from my readers.  Please find me at Facebook.com/tarataylorquinn and on Twitter, @tarataylorquinn.  Or join my open Friendship board on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/tarataylorquinn/friendship!

All the best,

Tara

www.tarataylorquinn.com

Ashton, Leah, A Girl Less Ordinary

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Ashton, Leah, A Girl Less Ordinary,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  A Girl Less Ordinary

Author:  Leah Ashton

Imprint:  Romance (Cherish)

Issues:  Addiction; Bereavement; Body Image; Bullying; Child Abandonment; Drugs; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Eleanor has worked hard to transform herself from the lonely girl she once was. Switching braces for a breathtaking smile, dowdy clothes for fabulous dresses, and heartbreak for flirty, fun-only dates, she’s now “Ella.” But one man can see the real woman beneath.

Fiercely private billionaire Jake Donner has never forgotten Eleanor, and he’s shocked to see how she’s changed. Sparks begin to fly as old memories haunt them—for the innocent attraction they once resisted is all grown up and won’t be denied again…

Dear Reader,

I’ve always loved stories where the heroine was an awkward ugly duckling who grows up to become a stunning, successful swan.  Of course-she then meets a fabulous, drop dead gorgeous man and they both live happily ever after!

That’s how this story started, with dorky Eleanor in her school uniform crystal clear in my imagination.  But then I thought-what if my hero isn’t quite so perfect?  What if he was an outcast in school, too?  And that’s how Jake was born-brilliant, geeky, reclusive Jake.

Later it became clear that Eleanor and Jake had a past-in fact, they were once best friends!  Back at school they’d believed it was just the two of them against the world.  But then something went very, very wrong…

I hope you enjoy Ella and Jake’s story, and the sparks that fly as they’re thrown together after more than a decade apart.

I love to hear from readers.  You can contact me via my website:  www.leah-ashton.com, or email:  leah@leah-ashton.com.

Leah

Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  More than a Fling?

Author:  Joss Wood

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Bereavement; Drugs

Blurb:

Be careful what you wish for! 

It’s time for Lu Sheppard to get back in the game—fact. After ten years of playing mom to her younger brothers the boys have left home and she’s determined to make up for lost time! Item number one on her list? A man to have some fun with! 

Rugby coach Will Scott is just what Lu needs to ease herself back into the dating game. Only in town temporarily, king of the fling…he’s perfect. But his kisses are so electric that remembering they have an expiry date is getting harder. Suddenly Lu starts wondering…maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Dear Reader,

I am so enjoying the Modern Tempted series, and I wait in eager anticipation (as I’m sure you do too) to download the new releases every month.

Rugby is a big deal in my part of the world, and we are passionate about our national team the Springboks.  I was watching a post-match interview by one of the coaches and I thought, Mmm-hmm…he’s pretty cute.  I love being a romance novelist, so admiring handsome men can be classified as research!  What if he were super-hot and an ex-bad boy of rugby made good…?  And the story started to take shape in my head.

Will comes to Durban on a three-month contract to be the caretaker coach of the city’s superstar Stingrays rugby team.  Lu, with the twin brothers she raised now at university, is at a loss about what to do now.  She wants to revive her flagging career, and by meeting Will manages to land a job as the Stingrays’ press photographer.  Will, challenged by his best friend Kelby to do something other than bundle a woman into bed and then walk, thinks that Lu would be goof dun to hang with, to help him pass the time in a foreign city.  Lu, who has been dared by the twins to have some fun, thinks that Will would be the perfect companion to ease her into a new life without the daily responsibility and company of her brothers.

They both think that they can ignore the fact that their hair almost catches on fire from the sexual heat they generate … ha-ha-ha!

As per usual, I had the best fun writing this book, and nothing makes me happier than to guide two sexy, headstrong people to their happy-ever-after.  Enjoy!

With my very warmest wishes

Joss xxx

Quinn, Tara Taylor, Once a Family

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Once a Family (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Once a Family  (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 2)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Addiction; Bereavement; Domestic Violence

Blurb:

There’s truth-and then there’s love

Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women’s shelter in California.  She’s called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she’s been abused-by her brother, not her boyfriend.  It’s Sedona’s job to sort out truth from lie.  She soon discovers that’s not an easy task, especially once she meets Tanner Malone.  Because despite herself, she’s attracted to him.

Tanner has always protected his younger sister-but she’s lying about him.  And he’s falling for Sedona.  Between them, maybe they can figure out why Tatum’s doing this.  Maybe then he and Sedona will be free to love each other…

Dear Reader,

Life, in all its messiness, is a miracle.  We have to be willing to stay on the ride, sometimes just holding on, when the road gets bumpy, in order to avail ourselves of the perfect moments.

And sometimes we need a safe place in which to take a time out.

The Lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe, is one of those places.  The Stand is going to be around for a long time.  You’ll have many opportunities to stay here with me.  And to experience some perfect moments while you do-you know the kind, where you escape into a story, experience a whole other world, maybe find some meaningful titbits that somehow apply to your life, all without leaving your chair.

I hope you’ll also see the perfection in messiness.  The value in the struggle.  Families are tough.  Maybe more than anyone else, we trust our family members to have our backs.  To love us no matter what.  And with that trust comes the capacity for great pain – if our trust is broken.  If family members aren’t who we think they are.  And we understand, too.  We know that family is heart.  And heart is the one thing we can’t ever completely walk away from.

So we run to a place like the lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe and pain can be healed.  Come on in.  Get comfortable.  And be prepared to find family and love!

I’m a spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (www.thehotline.org. 1-800-799-7233), and I also work with an organization called Chrysalis (www.noabuse.org).  Chrysalis has several shelters and they offer certified counseling for victims and for abusers, as well as legal aid and financial aid for those starting over.

I love to hear from readers.  You can reach me at www.TaraTaylorQuinn.com.

Tara Taylor Quinn

Quinn, Tara Taylor, Child by Chance

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Child by Chance (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Child by Chance  (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 4)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Addiction, Adoption, Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Parenthood, Therapy

Blurb:

Will her secret tear them apart?

At sixteen, when Talia gave her son up for adoption, she knew she was making the right decision.  Now, as an adult, she’s come home to Santa Raquel, California, where she volunteers at The Lemonade Stand and provides art therapy at local schools.  One of her students is a troubled boy named Kent-the son she gave up all those years ago!

She meets his widowed father, Sherman, and they develop an intense connection through their shared concern for Kent.  But Talia wonders if the secret she’s been keeping might drive away the man she’s starting to love.

Dear Reader,

Once, many years ago, I wrote a story with a heroine who’d been a prostitute-Her Secret, His Child.  Back then, I got handwritten fan letters in the mail and I answered every one of them.  (I kept them, too, in notebooks that are now filed on a shelf.)  After Her Secret, His Child was released, I was astonished to get letters asking me if I’d ever been a prostitute.  A resounding no!  But parts of me are in all my books.  And I look back at that book now and realize some of the feelings-of not being good enough, of being used rather than cared about-resonated with me.

Child by Chance is the story of an ex-stripper.  I’m just going to say it right out-No, I have never been a stripper.  The closest I got to dancing was ballet class, for five years, three times a week.  And I never once, ever danced onstage.

But I learned to respect the physicality of dance.  The athleticism of dancers.  I learned about dedication.  And I learned about finding my centre and “pulling up”.  Talia, the heroine in Child by Chance, knows all these things.  But this isn’t a story about dance.  It’s a story about life’s tough choices.  About making mistakes.  And making amends.  About accepting the lemons life hands you and making lemonade.  It’s a story of heart, redemption and the true meaning of love.  All kinds of love.

I’d really like to hear what you think about The Lemonade Stand and this series, Where Secrets Are Safe.  You can reach me at staff@tarataylorquinn.com.  And if you like friendship stories, take a look at The Friendship Pact.  I tried something different, and the verdicts are in!  I’d be thrilled to hear yours, too.

Tara Taylor Quinn