Kirst, Karen, The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins

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Kirst, Karen, The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins (Smoky Mountain Matches, Book 9),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins (Smoky Mountain Matches, Book 9)

Author:  Karen Kirst

Imprint:  Love Inspired Historical

Issues:  Child Abandonment; Orphan; Parenthood

Blurb:

Holiday Baby Blessings 

Convinced that Allison Ashworth deserves better, Sheriff Shane Timmons has always tried to remain aloof around his childhood companion. But with Allison in Gatlinburg for the holidays, insisting on caring for two motherless babies, Shane feels obliged to help her. How can he keep his distance when she and the children are quickly becoming the family he never dared to wish for?

As a girl, Allison was drawn to the wary yet handsome Shane, who never seemed to look her way. But in spending time with him and two sweet babies, she might yet find a chink in the confirmed bachelor’s armor. Every shared moment gives Allison hope that this Christmas, her dreams of motherhood—and a life with Shane—may finally be coming true.

Dear Reader,

I hope you enjoyed Shane’s story.  As the good sheriff has appeared in nearly all of my Smoky Mountain Matches books, doubts regarding God’s love.  While it’s easy for Shane to believe in a divine Creator, he struggles to accept that God could truly care about him.  His spiritual journey was a challenge to portray, and I pray I succeeded in meshing it seamlessly with his flourishing relationship with Allison.

For information about my other books, please visit my website www.karenkirst.com.  You can find me on Facebook and on Twitter @KarenKirst.  If you’d like to email me, my address is karenkirst@live.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

Merry Christmas,

Karen Kirst

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Southwick, Teresa, Her Maverick M.D.

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Southwick, Teresa, Her Maverick M.D. (Montana Mavericks:  The Baby Bonanza, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Her Maverick M.D. (Montana Mavericks:  The Baby Bonanza, Book 2)

Author:  Teresa Southwick

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Child Abandonment; Infidelity; Loss

Blurb:

Rust Creek Ramblings

I’m sure you’ve heard there is a new doctor in town. Sexy Jon Clifton looks more cowboy than paediatrician, he’s good with kids and dogs, and what we all want to know is: Why is this man still single?

Though there are plenty of ladies in Rust Creek Falls who would like to change the confirmed bachelor’s status, Dawn Laramie alone seems to be immune to his charms. The dedicated nurse works side by side with Dr. Jon day after day, intent on keeping things professional…and distant. Meanwhile, we here at the Gazette can practically hear the tension thrumming between these two. Our diagnosis? A classic case of lovesickness with an age-old cure! But will the doctor’s proposal heal Dawn’s wounded heart?

Dear Reader,

I’ve written before about my four brothers and how close my bond is with them.  We also had a sister and lost her to cancer a number of years ago.  I miss her very much and regret not being able to share with her all of life’s highs and lows the way only sisters can.

In Her Maverick M.D. sibling relationships play an important role in getting the hero and heroine together.  Paediatric nurse Dawn Laramie and her sister, Marina, shared a childhood that didn’t include their father because mostly he stood them up for Christmas, birthdays or even visitations.  The experience cemented their loyalty to each other – and also made it difficult for Dawn to trust a man with her heart.  But her sister is the one who encourages her to keep an open mind about a happy-ever-after.  Dr Jonathan Clifton is more geek than smooth-talking charmer.  He’s more into logic than complicated feelings, and reluctant to jeopardize the work environment with romance…until some sage advice from his brother tips the scales towards love.

The relationship between Dawn and Jon was so much fun to write, but I also found a wonderful connection to other characters in the book.  And for me it was lovely to put on the page the girlie bond of sisters that I missed out on with my own.

I hope you enjoy Dawn and Jon’s story as much as I did writing it.

Happy Reading!

Teresa Southwick

Curtis, Melinda, Summer Kisses

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Curtis, Melinda, Summer Kisses (Harmony Valley, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Summer Kisses (Harmony Valley, Book 2)

Author:  Melinda Curtis

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abandonment; Grief; Loss; Recession; Stroke; Unemployment

Blurb:

Her carefully crafted facade is unraveling…fast

Rebecca MacKenzie’s career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories…and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached.

Flynn Harris, her new patient’s grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion–and worst of all, his kisses–are more than distracting. They’re dangerous. Because she’s teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And…staying.

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Harmony Valley!

Things aren’t as harmonious here as they once were.  Jobs have dried up and almost everyone under the age of sixty has moved away, leaving the population…well, gray-haired and peaceful.

Enter three young men – Flynn, Slade and Will – friends, newly minted millionaires and hometown success stories.  Flynn Harris is balancing the trio’s new winery against the needs of his stroke-burdened grandfather while caring for his young nephew.

Now that Flynn’s wealthy, all kind of people show up to try to take advantage of him and his family,  Flynn is especially suspicious when Becca MacKenzie, caregiver in need of a job, conveniently shows up on his doorstep.  Becca is smart, pretty and opinionated – and once his grandfather meets her, no one else will do.

If only Becca didn’t have a secret that could break Flynn’s trust.  I hope you enjoy Flynn and Becca’s journey, as well as the other romances in The Harmony Valley series.  I love to hear from readers.  Check my website and sign up for email updates.  Or you can chat with me on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor), or on Twitter (MelCurtisAuthor), and hear about my latest giveaways.

Melinda Curtis

O’Keefe, Molly, The Temptation of Savannah O’Neill

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O’Keefe, Molly, The Temptation of Savannah O’Neill (The Notorious O’Neills, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Temptation of Savannah O’Neill (The Notorious O’Neills, Book 1)

Author:  Molly O’Keefe

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abandonment; Estrangement; Guilt; Infidelity; Parenthood; Self Esteem

Blurb:

A family’s bad reputation is tough to shake off. Just ask Savannah O’Neill. Despite her straitlaced job as a librarian, despite her living a private life, the O’Neill family wildness still sparks town gossip. And the arrival of Matt Woods–sexy handyman and complete stranger–isn’t helping.

Watching him work makes Savannah long to take a trip into indulgence. That’s so not a good idea–she’s been there before and still hears the rumors. But Matt is much too delicious for this O’Neill to resist. It’s a shame there’s more to Matt than being good with his hands. Because when his true reasons for seeking her out are revealed, he could become another affair Savannah lives to regret.

Dear Reader,

I have wished, more times than I can count, that I was Southern.  Not just so I could have an heirloom pecan pie recipe, though that would be fantastic.  And not just so I could say “bless your heart” and have it mean the many nice and not so nice things it seems to mean when Southern women say it.  But so I could walk around in a slip like Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Rood and not catch pneumonia.

But I am not Southern.  I am from the Midwest and I moved to Canada.  But my Deep South fantasies are now being played out on the page in this very fun new series – The Notorious O’Neills – about a Louisiana family plagued by family secrets, stolen gems and broken hearts.

I am often asked what inspires me about a certain idea, and I usually say something lame, such as love is always inspiring.  But here is the truth:  I love the heroes.  I love torturing them, redeeming them; I love taking their shirts off.  Heroes are why I adore romance novels.  As I started Savannah’s book, I swore this book was going to be about her.  And how could it not?  A betrayed woman, locked up in a prison of her own making, she was a heroine I could sink my teeth into.  But then onto the page walked Matt Woods.  And I was totally intrigued by the question, what makes a good guy go bad?

I hope you enjoy the first book in this series.  Please drop me a line at www.molly-okeefe.com.  I love to heart from readers!

Happy reading,

Molly O’Keefe

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.

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

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.

Lang, Kimberly, The Privileged and the Damned

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Lang, Kimberly, The Privileged and the Damned (The Marshalls, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  The Privileged and the Damned (The Marshalls, Book 1)

Author:  Kimberly Lang

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Blackmail; Child Abandonment; Embezzlement

Blurb:

Introducing The Marshalls… A rich, powerful family: if the U.S. had a royal family, this would be it!

Running scared, Lily needs a fresh start– and, fingers crossed, she’s found one. After all, why would any of her new employers, members of the hot-shot Marshall dynasty, even think to look beyond her humble facade?

Until she catches the roving eye of infamous heartbreaker Ethan Marshall…

A fling with one of the Marshalls is a bad idea–especially for a girl with a scandalous past. But Lily is terrifyingly susceptible to Ethan’s lethal brand of high-class charm…

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

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