Yardley, Cathy, The Driven Snowe

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Yardley, Cathy, The Driven Snowe, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Driven Snowe

Author:  Cathy Yardley

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Cancer; Child Abandonment; Gendered Expectation (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Angela Snowe is definitely driven—she’s shifting gears and moving into the fast lane of life. And she’s starting with gorgeous Josh Montgomery. Angela’s claiming Josh for one night of no-holds-barred sex. No more Miss Nice Librarian—she’s going to make all her fantasies come true…. Or rather, he is…

Josh Montgomery was known as the hot corporate tycoon who could find his way around the bedroom—and the boardroom. But he’s having trouble finding his way around how he feels about Angela. Her sexy proposition shocks him…even if it is the sweetest deal he’s ever heard. But will only one taste satisfy his explosive desire?

Dear Reader,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be writing for the new Blaze series!  This line gives authors the opportunity to mix mind-blowing passion with tender romance in the best possible way!

I’ve always been intrigued by how people view sex and love differently – and how some people think they can keep the two separate.  Take Angela and Josh, my characters from The Driven Snowe.  Angela Snowe thinks that she can “experience” the passion of sex without being bogged down with the commitments of a relationship.  Ordinarily Josh Montgomery would agree with her, since he’d been practicing that very belief for years.  But with the right people, sex is not only an integral part of a relationship, but can be a doorway to the kind of love that most people only dream about.

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.  Better still, drop me an email at catyardley@aol.com, and let me know what you think!  And check our the Blaze website at www.try-blaze.com.

Cathy Yardley

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Wilson, Scarlet, The Prince She Never Forgot

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Wilson, Scarlet, The Prince She Never Forgot, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Prince She Never Forgot

Author:  Scarlet Wilson

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Bereavement; Cancer; Grief; Loss; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Ten years after therapist Ruby shared an unforgettable kiss in Paris with a stranger, he shows up on her doorstep – and reveals that he’s a prince! Duty has kept Prince Alexander away, but now he can make their dreams come true…

Blake, Maya, The Di Sione Secret Baby

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Blake, Maya, The Di Sione Secret Baby (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Di Sione Secret Baby (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 2)

Author:  Maya Blake

Imprint:  Presents (Modern)

Issues:  Cancer; Parenthood;

Blurb:

“This antique box can be my wedding gift to you.”

Charity CEO Allegra Di Sione can’t fail in her mission to retrieve her grandfather’s beloved box from Sheikh Rahim Al-Hadi, which is why she gets caught in Rahim’s sumptuous bedroom trying to steal it!

Seducing the gorgeous sheikh is her only chance at escape! But when Allegra slips away the next morning, she’s unaware she now carries something infinitely more precious—and that when Rahim finds out, he’ll have no choice but to make his enticing thief his queen!

Zachary, Mia, Afternoon Delight

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Zachary, Mia, Afternoon Delight,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).

Title:  Afternoon Delight

Author:  Mia Zachary

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Cancer; Child Abandonment; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Rei Davis has earned a reputation for being a man-eater in the courtroom- where she’s not afraid to issue harsh decisions- but an ice princess in the bedroom- where she’s afraid to ask for what she wants. A one-year breast cancer survivor, Rei believes she has a second chance so she’s not going to waste any of the time she’d been given. She’s determined to fulfill as many items on her Life List as she can, including seducing a sexy stranger. At a nightclub, she does a little dirty dancing with a hot blond that leads to even hotter kisses up on the darkened balcony. But as much as Rei enjoys the moment of abandon, fantasies need to remain just that.

Chris London is a success professionally- he runs Lunch Meetings, the hottest dating service in San Francisco and most of his clients have found their happily-ever-after. Personally, though, he can’t seem to make a relationship last longer than a month. When his father walked out, he’d shattered any illusions Chris had about love and marriage. He’s pleasantly surprised when Rei calls him to finish what they started. They meet at a hotel where they agree there will be no strings or complications. Afterwards, he doesn’t really expect to see her again. So he’s stunned when Rei walks into Lunch Meetings. The compatibility software declares Rei and Chris a perfect match, but can he convince Rei that they have a future together?

Dear Reader,

The original title of this story was You’ve Got Male because I wanted to explore the phenomenon of email communication and online dating.  But, as often happens to me, the lighthearted romp I had in mind segued into an exploration of how to find and accept love.

Neither Rei Davis nor Chris London believes in love.  They don’t trust that it will last, and thing “happily ever after” is only for other people.  At least, until they find each other.  With the help of instant messages, a fantasy brought to life and a few leaps of faith, both of their wishes will come true, because love and forgiveness have the power to heal.

I wish you happy reading and I wish you joy,

Mia

P.S.  You can contact me via my website, www.miazachary.com.  I’d love to hear from you.

Weber, Tawny, A SEAL’s Kiss

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Weber, Tawny, A SEAL’s Kiss (Uniformly Hot SEALs, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  A SEAL’s Kiss (Uniformly Hot SEALs, Book 4)

Author:  Tawny Weber

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Cancer; Parenthood

Blurb:

Subject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer Aiden Masters

Current Status: On leave

Obstacle: Deploy “Mission: (Fake) Engagement”…without actually falling for his fiancée!

The goal of Mission: Engagement is simple—a fake engagement concocted to bring happiness to Sage Taylor’s ailing father.

The Rules:

1) Treat it like a military mission

2) Keep the truth undercover

3) The “engagement” lasts as long as the professor’s health depends on it; and

4) No sex…especially with each other!

But the incredibly spirited (and a touch quirky) Sage has never been one for rules. Especially when they involve Aiden’s rock-hard navy bod and a ton of smokin’-hot sexual attraction. Which means in order to seduce this sexy SEAL, she’ll have to completely outmanoeuvre him…

Dear Reader,

I am so excited to share Sage and Aiden’s story with you for so many reasons.  I’ve always loved fake engagement stories, and even more, friends-to-lovers stories.  A SEAL’s Kiss is both, with a whole lot of sexy SEAL fun thrown in.

One of my favourite parts of this book is the opening chapter.  Wedding after wedding after wedding, not only were they fun to write, they were the perfect impetus for Sage’s frantic claim that she, too, was getting married.  After all, when all your friends are getting married, they tend to look around to see who is left, and immediately go into matchmaking mode.  Aiden only goes along with Sage’s fake engagement claim out of loyalty to her father, but quickly finds himself in love.

I loved putting Sage and Aiden together.  These two are complete opposites who find out that they are more alike than they’d ever imagined.  I hope you enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And if you’re on the web, I hope you’ll stop by and visit!  I’ll be sharing insider peeks, recipes and contest fun for this story and other on my website at www.tawnyweber.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TawnyWeber.RomanceAuthor.

Happy reading,

Tawny Weber

 

Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party

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Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1),  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1)

Author:  Jennifer Hayward

Imprint:  Modern (Presents)

Issues:  Anorexia; Body Image; Cancer; Divorce; Eating Disorder; Infidelity

Blurb:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?” 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to. 

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Dear Reader,

This story begins on a cold winter day with a cup of coffee, a newspaper and a real-life party that sparked a tale that just had to be told.

On the front page of my newspaper that morning was the story of a lavish divorce party a Manhattan billionaire was throwing to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage.  The embossed invitations, the incredibly civilised approach to the end of a union due to irreconcilable differences fascinated me.  What would bring a couple to this point?  Why would anyone want to end their marriage in front of family and friends?

I started to wonder-what if the billionaire didn’t really want a divorce?  What if what he really wanted was his wife back and this was the only way he could get her in the same room with him?  What if they were madly in love but the very act of being together destroyed them?  Could this marriage ever be saved?

My billionaire became sexy Italian wine magnate, Riccardo De Campo, and his feisty, on-the-run wife, Lilly.

I’ve dreamed of writing romances for as long as I can remember, but the story of Riccardo and Lilly’s tempestuous relationship was special.  It got me out of bed one night to write the first chapter when I was knee deep in another book and wouldn’t let me go until I’d written ‘the end’.

I entered Riccardo and Lilly’s story, The Divorce Party, in Harlequin’s 2012 So you Think You Can Write contest hoping others would love it as much as I did.  Never dreaming the De Campos would capture the imagination of so many people and win me the publishing contract I’ve always wanted.  Every minute of that journey was magical.

I’ve had a hard time letting Riccardo and Lilly go.  I hope you do too.

Enjoy!

Jennifer

Girard, Dara, A Gentleman’s Offer

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Girard, Dara, A Gentleman’s Offer (The Black Stocking Society, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2008).

Title:  A Gentleman’s Offer (The Black Stockings Society, Book 2)

Author:  Dara Girard

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Assault; Cancer; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Dog groomer Yvette Coulier dreams of living the life of the wealthy clients she services. Tired of rich men who want fun & games but no commitment, she’s thrilled to get an invitation from the Black Stockings Society. When she wears her sexy sheer stockings to work the next day, she catches the admiring eye of Nate Blackwell.

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the second book in The Black Stockings Society series.

What would you do with a million dollars?  That was the premise on which I based A Gentleman’s Offer.  Does money really change people, and can true love rise above deception?

Artsy Yvette Coulier and straitlaced Nate Blackwell answer this question for me.  Both characters provided me with ample space to introduce adventure and romance.  Nate learns that Yvette is more of a lady than she seems and Nate proves to be just the man to make all of Yvette’s dreams come true.

Both learn the magic of love.

I hope you enjoy Yvette and Nate’s story.  If you’d like to learn about my other titles, please visit my website at www.daragirard.com.

All the best,

Dara Girard

Oliver, Anne, Mistletoe Not Required

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Oliver, Anne, Mistletoe Not Required,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Mistletoe Not Required

Author:  Anne Oliver

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bereavement; Cancer; Foster Care

Blurb:

Tis the season to be daring! 

This Christmas Olivia Wishart is determined to throw off the shackles of her past and have fun. And nothing says fun like a glamorous Christmas party! So, wearing a brand-new red dress and some seriously high stilettos, nervously clutching a glass of champagne, she’s finally ready to start living life to the max…. 

Olivia had thought that pre-party nerves would be the only thing to get her heart racing…until a view even more spectacular than the glow of Sydney Harbor catches her eye. The drop-dead-gorgeous man with the steely black eyes is everything Olivia has ever wanted—and this Christmas she’s not going to wait meekly under the mistletoe!