WhiteFeather, Sheri, Lost and Found Husband

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WhiteFeather, Sheri, Lost and Found Husband (Family Renewal, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Lost and Found Husband (Family Renewal, Book 2)

Author:  Sheri WhiteFeather

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Adoption; Bereavement; Grief; Interracial Relationship; Parenthood; POC

Blurb:

For waitress Dana Peterson, it’s now or never. For a year, she’s flirted with her regular diner customer, widower Erik Reeves. Who cares if he’s a little older? He’s yummy! So she takes the plunge and asks him out—on Valentine’s Day, no less. 

Against his better judgment, Erik lets this ray of sunshine into his life. But things quickly spin out of control and now Dana’s pregnant. Erik will do the right thing and marry her. But can he retrieve his heart from the lost and found to give this feisty beauty the love she truly deserves?

Dear Reader,

Have you ever wondered how books are titled?  Who comes up with the name and how it’s decided upon?  Mostly it’s up to the author to make suggestions, then it goes to editorial, where they either chose a title from the list the author submitted or make new suggestions, based on the marketing of the book.

Thinking up titles has always been a challenge for me.  I never seem to have just the right one floating around in my head.  I appreciate that it’s not solely up to me.  Some of my favourite titles were created by editors or marketing executives.

But I have to say, Lost and Found Husband came naturally to me for this book.  I titled the first book in my Family Renewal duet lost and Found Father because the hero in that story had given up his baby daughter for adoption and was being reunited with her eighteen years later.  In this book, the hero (who is that child’s adoptive parent) was once a happy and well-adjusted husband who’d tragically lost his wife.  Now he is in a position to be a husband all over again, to start fresh, to regain the joy that he’d lost, only with someone new.

So…I give you Lost and Found Husband, a book with an emotionally wounded hero and the lovely young woman who helps him find his way back home.

Hugs and Happily Ever after,

Sheri WhiteFeather

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Winters, Rebecca, A Marriage Made in Italy

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Winters, Rebecca, A Marriage Made in Italy,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  A Marriage Made in Italy

Author:  Rebecca Winters

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Adoption; Emotional Abuse; Parenthood

Blurb:

Single dad Leon Malatesta is determined to keep his baby daughter out of the headlines. So when a mysterious beauty starts asking questions, the brooding Italian’s protective instinct goes into overdrive. But when this stunning stranger turns out to be an innocent, Leon knows Belle brings with her the possibility of a new future…if he can convince her he wants to marry her for love!

Dear Reader,

About a year ago I was watching a documentary about adoption.  It followed the lives of two different women who’d been adopted and wanted to meet their birth mother.  In both cases the reunions brought joy to begin with.  The birth mothers now knew what had happened to the baby they’d had to give up.  The birth children now had answers about their origins and the family they came from.  This documentary picked up on their lives five years later.  In the first case, both parties had kept up a relationship.  In the second case, neither party continued to stay in contact.  The documentary discussed the reasons why and why not.

I found it so fascinating that the idea for a story began to grow in my mind and became A Marriage Made in Italy.  In this love story I have incorporated some of the things I learned in the documentary about the expectations of the adopted child in relation to the adoptive parent, as well as to the birth parent, with all their attendant intricacies.

Enjoy!

Rebecca Winters

Hannay, Barbara, Adopted: Outback Baby

6904522.jpgHannay, Barbara, Adopted:  Outback Baby,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2008).

Title:  Adopted:  Outback Baby

Author:  Barbara Hannay

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Adoption; Parenthood

Blurb:

Their parenthood surprise…

Single, independent Nell Ruthven thought she’d missed her chance to be a mum when, aged nineteen, she was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Now, Nell’s discovered she has a tiny grandson in need of care. And the baby’s grandfather, cattleman Jacob Tucker, is in town…

At thirty-nine, this couple never thought they’d be parents, let alone grandparents! They never even thought they’d see each other again. But taking care of baby Sam together gives them a second chance—maybe even a second chance to fall in love?

Dear Reader,

I eventually married the lovely man who was my boyfriend when I was nineteen.  But most young people of that age move on to form new relationships, and the old boyfriends disappear, never to be heard of or seen again.

In many cases, that’s probably a good thing.  But I’m sure there are occasional wistful memories when some women wonder What if…?

What if I saw him again after all these years?  Would he recognise me?  Would he have changed?  Would there still be a spark?

What if…? Is the question writers ask all the time.  It’s how we come up with stories.  So I guess it’s hardly surprising that we love reunions.  They’re so brimming with tension and questions and romantic potential.

When I first started on this plot possibility, I never dreamed I’d end up writing about Nell and Jacob being brought together by a twist of fate to care for their baby grandson!  But the temptation to try something quite different is ery alluring, and I was delighted that my editor loved the idea too.

I hope you enjoy Nell and Jacob’s journey to happiness.

Warmest wishes

Barbara

Dyson, Lisa, Catching Her Rival

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Dyson, Lisa, Catching Her Rival,  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015).

Title:  Catching Her Rival

Author:  Lisa Dyson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Adoption; Bereavement;

Blurb:

Allie Miller’s life is a little crazy at the moment. She just found out she has a twin sister, she’s been working day and night to get her PR business off the ground, and now her heart’s decided to fall for her biggest professional rival, Jack Fletcher.

But Allie is used to life’s challenges and intends to face this one—this very handsome, very charming one—head-on. However, when Jack suggests they be just friends, Allie is thrown for a loop. Lusting after the competition is one thing, but being his pal is nearly impossible…especially when she realizes she wants much more.

Dear Reader,

Setting-it’s an unsung hero.  Many times you don’t even think about it because it’s such an essential part of a story.  Can you imagine sex in the City taking place in a small Wyoming town?  Or Downton Abbey in the Caribbean?

Catching Her Rival is set in Rhode Island and surrounding states.  I lived near Newport, Rhode Island, for several years, and if you’re familiar with the area, you’ll notice some elements of my story are accurate and others aren’t.  The wedding at the beginning takes place at a historic, entirely fictional Newport mansion.  I took bits from several actual mansions and created Bellevue House.  The street that Charlotte and Jack live on is based in reality.  Thanks to Google Maps, I found a narrow street with houses in the Point neighbourhood of Newport that fit what I pictured in my mind.

I hope you enjoy Allie and Jack’s story-not just the setting!

Please visit my website, lisadyson.com, or send me an email at lisa@lisadyson.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading,

Lisa Dyson

Crosby, Susan, A Family, At Last

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Crosby, Susan, A Family, At Last (Red Valley Ranchers, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  A Family, At Last (Red Valley Ranchers, Book 2)

Author:  Susan Crosby

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Adoption; Bereavement; Child Abandonment; Divorce; Parenthood

Blurb:

When Karyn Lambert appears on Vaughn Ryder’s doorstep, claiming to be his little girl’s aunt, he can hardly turn her away. Instead, the guarded rancher invites her to stay, and soon they’re engaged in a battle of the sexes, each trying to prove how good they are with little Cassidy…as well as fighting the raging attraction that blooms the instant Karyn steps over the threshold!

For years Vaughn has been focused only on being the perfect father. Now the bubbly personal shopper has taken hold of his heart, and he wonders if they might be able to create the perfect family for Cassidy—and each other. Not just out of blood connections—but out of true love…

Dear Reader,

A Family, At Last is the second book in my Red Valley Ranchers series, and feature another Ryder brother, Vaughan, who is about as opposite of my heroine as anyone can be.  Does that stop them from falling in love, or do their differences enhance the relationship?

Since this is a romance novel, the answer is clear, but how they get there, how they learn to embrace each other’s differences, is the fun part.  Plus, at the heart of the story is six-year-old Cassidy, who was doing fine with just her father but who blooms when Karyn Lambert comes into her life.

I love these kinds of transformations, whether adult or child.  I hope you do, too.

Susan

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

Logan, Nikki, Slow Dance with the Sheriff

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Logan, Nikki, Slow Dance with the Sheriff (The Larkville Legacy, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  Slow  Dance with the Sheriff (The Larkville Legacy, Book 2)

Author:  Nikki Logan

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Adoption; Animal Cruelty; Eating Disorder; Guilt;

Blurb:

When New York came to Texas…

Ex-ballerina Eleanor Patterson is the darling of Manhattan society – until she discovers her pedigree background is a lie. So she heads to sleepy Larkville for answers….

Sheriff Jed Jackson never expected to rescue a stunning woman from a herd of cattle, or to be so fascinated by the vulnerability beneath Ellie’s tough city veneer. Yet watching her unwind is irresistible, and as he helps her learn to dance again he wants to give both Ellie and himself a new beginning…

My Dear Fabulous Reader,

This story challenged my ideas of what makes family, and made me look closely at my own life.  It’s a hard thing not quite belonging.  Being the half- or step-sibling.  You’re on foot in and one foot out all the time.  Never quite fitting.  And whether or not you acknowledge it, and whether or not those around you mean it, there are always subtle ways that’s reinforced.

So imagine what it would do to you if it was your primary family you felt you didn’t belong in.  And never understood quite why.  For thirty years.

Meet Ellie Patterson.  Days before this story begins, dancer Ellie discovers that the man she thought was her father is not, and that she has a whole second family in small-town Texas.  Despite the fact she’s never left New York, she jumps in a rental car and heads south to find the family she never knew she had.  She’s more than ready to leave money and privilege behind in exchange for people who she might fit with.

Except then she meets Jed … a man who’s learned to live with his own demons.  And for the first time family isn’t the biggest thing on her mind.

This was a hard story to write, but the more I got to know Ellie and Jed (and Deputy!) the more I grew to love and understand them.  When ‘the end’ came it was quite hard to let them go.

I hope you enjoy meeting them as much as I did.  Enjoy!

Nikki