Scott, Bronwyn, How to Sin Successfully

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Scott, Bronwyn, How to Sin Successfully (The Rakes Beyond Redemption, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  How to Sin Successfully (The Rakes Beyond Redemption, Book 3)

Author:  Bronwyn Scott

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Abduction; Child Abduction; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Riordan Barrett: Last Rake Standing

With his comrade rakes-in-arms succumbing to respectability, anyone might think that wicked Riordan Barrett is next. But such happy endings aren’t for him—the whole of society knows there isn’t a redeemable bone in his sinfully sexy body.

Suddenly Riordan finds himself not only an earl…but father to two young wards! His only experience is in the art of irresponsibility.

This rake needs help—and hiring a young, pretty governess won’t be such a hardship!

Sweet, innocent Maura Caulfield is the only lady in London seemingly unaware of Riordan’s disreputable ways. But it won’t stay like that for long. He’ll show her just how much fun sinning can be…

Author Note

Welcome to Rakes Beyond Redemption.  If this is our first look at the series or your last because you’ve been with us the whole way it doesn’t matter!  Each of the three books stands alone quite well.  But why miss one when the series features three sexy men?  If you’re just joining us, let me catch you up.

The premise of the series is to explore how three second sons are transformed by family or personal crisis from their fast-living, hard-loving lifestyles to being men who take pride in their families and position in society.  Really, the ultimate Regency make-over.

In Book One, How to Disgrace a Lady, Merrick finds himself at the heart of a wager that compromises the honour of a lady.  In Book Two, How to Ruin a Reputation, Ashe must rise to the challenge of meeting the conditions of his father’s will in order to save the earldom.  In Book Three, How to Sin Successfully, Riordan has instant fatherhood thrust upon him when he inherits two young wards.

Enter Maura, governess number six.  She enchants both the children…and Riordan!  But in order to hold true to her principles Maura knows she’ll have to  resist the charming Earl – unless he can convince her one can sin successfully.

Happy reading!

Bronwyn

PS.  It’s the gentlemen who get all the action in Rakes Beyond Redemption, but it’s the ladies who set the ton on its ear next, in my forthcoming duet. Stay tuned for more about two women who redefine what it means to be a lady.

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Warren, Linda, All Roads Lead to Texas

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Warren, Linda, All Roads Lead to Texas (Home to Loveless County, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  All Roads Lead to Texas (Home to Loveless County, Book 3)

Author:  Linda Warren

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abduction; Child Abuse; Domestic Violence; Parenthood

Blurb:

Running away or running home?

Callie Lambert flees New York with her three young siblings for the small Texas town where she was born, waiting for the day their abusive stepfather is put in jail and it’s safe to return to the city.

The four of them quickly become attached to Homestead and its people – especially Sheriff Wade Montgomery, a man who knows what it’s like to lose everything. But what will happen when he finds out Callie’s secret? Will he turn her in, or help her at the risk of losing his badge?

No matter what the future brings, she’s made a promise to bring the kids back home…but what if they’re already there?

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Homestead, Texas.  Never heard of it?  Well, you’re in for a treat.  This is the third book in a series called Home to Loveless County.  The books, about a fictional town in the Texas Hill Country, are written by Roxanne Rustand, K.N. Casper, Roz Denny Dox, Lynnette Kent and me.  I had a great time brainstorming with these wonderful authors.  Please don’t miss any of these exciting stories!

To save the dying town of Homestead, the mayor comes up with a land giveaway program.  New residents arrive weekly in search of a new beginning, a new life.

Callie Lambert was born in Homestead, and when she needs a safe hiding place, she returns to her roots as an applicant for the Home Free Program.  But Callie is a fugitive.  She’s kidnapped her brother and sisters from an abusive stepfather.  Now all she has to do is stay hidden until her case can be heard.

To do that she has to avoid the handsome sheriff, Wade Montgomery.  But he keeps checking on callie and the kids, and against her better judgment she’s drawn to the tall, lanky Texan.  What will Wade do when he discovers her secret?  Turn the page and find out!

I hope you enjoy your visit to Homestead, Texas.

Warmly,

Linda Warren

PS – you can email me at Lw1508@aol.com or send me a message on Facebook, www.facebook.com/authorlindawarren, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/texauthor, or write me at P.O. Box 5182, Bryan, TX 77805 or visit my website at www.lindawarren.net.  You mail and thoughts are deeply appreciated

Warren, Linda, A Texas Family

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Warren, Linda, A Texas Family (Willow Creek, Texas, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  A Texas Family (Willow Creek, Texas, Book 2)

Author:  Linda Warren

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abduction; Parenthood

Blurb:

A Texas-size secret…

Nine years ago, Jena Brooks fled Willow Creek, Texas, as a frightened teenager. Now she’s finally found the courage to come home, and this time she’s not leaving without her baby. Memories of Asa Corbett stealing her newborn child still haunt Jena to this day. Unfortunately, her best chance at finding her baby is Asa’s eldest son, local cop Carson Corbett.

Trusting a Corbett again isn’t easy, but they’ll need to rely on each other completely to face their pasts and discover the truth. Together, Jena and Carson have a chance to heal old wounds and unite their families for good… if the truth doesn’t first tear them apart.

Dear Reader,

I love secret-baby books.  There.  I’ve admitted it.  I enjoy all the tension and complexity the theme brings to a story.  And the tumultuous emotions.  I love reading them and writing them.  Saying that, I also have to admit out of thirty-three published books I’ve only written two secret-baby books.  A Texas Family is my third.

The idea for this book came to me a few years ago when I was in the hospital.  With nothing to do but lie in bed, I watched a lot of soap operas, which I don’t normally do while I’m at home writing.  Of course, I got pulled into a storyline.  A girl had gotten pregnant when she was about fifteen or sixteen.  She had carried the baby to term, but her father had given it away because he said she was too young to raise it.  Years later, she comes back to her hometown a strong, mature woman determined to find the baby who had been taken from her.

As with soap operas, they go and on, and once I was home I had to stop watching and go back to writing.  But that story stayed with me and I knew I had to write my take on it, Texas-style.  There are a lot of twists and turns and if you like a tearjerker, you’ll love this book.  So come join Jena Brooks as she goes home and meets Carson Corbett, who will risk all to help her.

Don’t miss A Texas Hero (July 2013), the first book in my Willow Creek, Texas series.  A Texas Child will be released in December 2013.

‘Til next time, with love and thanks,

Linda Warren

PS – you can email me at Lw1508@aol.com or send me a message on Facebook, www.facebook.com/authorlindawarren, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/texauthor, or write me at P.O. Box 5182, Bryan, TX 77805 or visit my website at www.lindawarren.net.  You mail and thoughts are deeply appreciated.

Warren, Linda, A Texas Child

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Warren, Linda, A Texas Child (Willow Creek, Texas, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  A Texas Child (Willow Creek, Texas, Book 3)

Author:  Linda Warren

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abduction; Injury; Parenthood; Self Esteem; Violence

Blurb:

To save a child

Regret. Assistant District Attorney Myra Delgado knows all about it. She’s spent seven years regretting a foolish betrayal of her ex, Levi Coyote. But now Myra needs Levi, a private investigator, and the stakes are bigger than their history—a baby has been kidnapped. And only Myra is brave enough—or crazy enough—to go after a Mexican drug lord and attempt a rescue.

Levi might not be able to forgive her, but he can’t let Myra face the danger alone. As they work to save an innocent child, he learns a shocking truth about their shared past. If they make it through this, he and Myra just might get a second chance at not only love, but family.

Dear Reader,

A Texas Child is the third book in my Willow Creek, Texas series.  In the first two books – A Texas Hero (July 2013) and A Texas Family (October 2013) – I shared how the ideas for the stories were born.  A Texas Child was a little different, created by pure imagination and a little luck.  Myra Delgado is a character from The Texan’s Bride (Harlequin Superromance, October 2011), and Levi Coyote is a character from Her Christmas Hero (Harlequin American Romance, December 2010).  Both have very strong personalities and I knew one day I would write their story.

First, I had to have a way to bring them together.  Second, I needed a plot.  Myra is an assistant district attorney and Levi is a private investigator.  They both work in law enforcement, so I started by giving them a past.  Voilà!  That worked.  I still needed a plot.  One day on the news was a story about a woman who’d married a man from Mexico and he’d taken their child and disappeared.  She couldn’t get the law to help her, because the man was the boy’s father.  My imagination wheel began to spin and I thought I could work that in as part of the plot.

Believe me, it wasn’t easy.  My editor suffered through many emails and talks about how the story wasn’t working.  At times, I wanted to admit defeat.  Miraculously, I finished it.  Now you’ll be the judge of whether it works or not.  I have to say, though, that after all the frustrations and changes, I like this story.  I hope you do, too.

Until the next book, with love and thanks,

Linda Warren

PS – you can email me at Lw1508@aol.com or send me a message on Facebook, www.facebook.com/authorlindawarren, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/texauthor, or write me at P.O. Box 5182, Bryan, TX 77805 or visit my website at www.lindawarren.net.  You mail and thoughts are deeply appreciated.

Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Son’s Tale

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Son’s Tale (Comfort Cove, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  A Son’s Tale (Comfort Cove, Book 1)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abduction; Parenthood

Blurb:

Twenty-five years ago… a mysterious crime was committed in Comfort Cove, Massachusetts. Frank Whittier was accused—but never charged. And it ruined his life.

Now… Cal Whittier, Frank’s son, is determined to protect him, to safeguard his father’s identity. After years on the run, they finally have their lives on an even keel, with Cal teaching at a college in Tennessee. Two things could change all that.

First, a cop in Comfort Cove starts looking into the case again. And second, Cal gets involved with single mother Morgan Lowen. He has plenty of reasons to avoid her—not the least of which is that she’s an adult student in one of his classes. And in Cal’s situation, any relationship is risky. Still…it could be the best risk he’s ever taken!

Dear Reader,

I was lucky growing up.  I had great parents.  My mother was there-always.  She cooked and cleaned for us, bandaged bruises and kissed away tears.  She also taught us.  She stood for right and good and kindness.  She didn’t tolerate lying or meanness.  She was strict with us…and she spoiled us.  She woke us up in the morning; each of us kids had our own personal welcome to the day.  She was at the door telling us goodbye when we left for school.  And there waiting for us when we got home.  She was our sounding board and our listening post.  She is still a voice in my head that I take with me every place I go.

And my father-he was the one who told us (and showed us) that we could be anything we wanted to be.  We could do anything we wanted to do.  We just had to put our minds to it.  Stay focused.  He was not a lazy man and he did not tolerate laziness in others.  He was goal oriented and demanded the same from each of us.  My father gave me the stick-to-it-iveness to reach my goal of becoming a writer for Harlequin Books.

And that brings us to comfort Cove, a small coastal fishing town in Massachusetts.  Something happened in Comfort Cove that changed the lives of two sets of parents and children.  In a Son’s Tale we meet Cal and his father, Frank.  How far will a father go to give his son a good life?  And how far will a son go to protect the father who sacrificed so much for him?  Do we ever quit owing tjose who gave us life?  Or serving those to whom we gave life?

I don’t have all the answers, but I am very happy to be bringing you the story of one father and one son.  I care very much about these men-and about the woman who enters the son’s life.  I hope you do, too.

Watch for A Daughter’s Story, coming in October 2012 from Harlequin Superromance.  I think mothers and daughters are even more complicated than fathers and sons!

As always, I love hearing from you!  You can reach me at staff@tarataylorquinn.com.  Or at P.O. Box 13584, Mesa, AZ 85216.

Tara Taylor Quinn

Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Daughter’s Story

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Daughter’s Story (Comfort Cove, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  A Daughter’s Story (Comfort Cove, Book 2)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abduction; Stalking

Blurb:

You can’t change the past but you can choose the future!

Twenty-five years ago… Emma Sanderson’s life was completely overturned. Her baby sister was kidnapped, right there in Comfort Cove, and her family fell apart.

Now… Emma lives quietly, cautiously. Until suddenly she finds out that the cold case involving her sister’s disappearance has been reopened. Then, she ends her engagement—and meets another man. Chris Talbot shares her intense unexpected attraction, and their hours together mean more than anything she’s ever experienced.

Despite that, she’s uncertain about a relationship with him. He’s a man in a dangerous profession, a man who makes his living from the sea, and there are reasons, good reasons, for Emma to keep her distance. But that night could have lasting consequences…

Dear Reader,

Ever wake up and look at your life and wish some things were different?  I have.  And sometimes still do.  And then what?  You shrug and go on with your routine, your day.  Most of the time, you’re happy.  Or at least content.

But what if…

What if you decided that the things you wished were different were going to be different?  What if, instead of shrugging and going on with “normal”, you made changes?

What if gets me every time.  Meet Emma Sanderson.  She’s a high school teacher with a mortgage and family responsibilities.  She can’t just change any of those things in her life.  Truth is, she doesn’t really want to.  She likes teaching and loves her family.  But she wants more.

A Daughter’s Story is about that more.  It’s about having the courage to make changes where you can-even in small ways.  It’s about daring to want and to reach for what you want within the realm of who and what you are.  It’s about taking what you have and doing something to make it even better.

A Daughter’s Story is about finding answers.  And…as always with me, it’s about love.

By the way, I’d really like to know what you think happened to Claire.  Write to me at staff@tarataylorquinn.com!  And watch for The truth About Comfort Cover, coming in January 2013.

Tara Taylor Quinn

Gardner, Darlene, The Truth About Tara

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Gardner, Darlene, The Truth About Tara,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  The Truth About Tara

Author:  Darlene Gardner

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abduction; Down’s Syndrome; Foster Care

Blurb:

Tara Greer’s world is fine the way it is—even if some details of her childhood simply don’t add up. Life on the beautiful Virginia coast with her mother and young foster brother are all she needs. What she doesn’t need is gorgeous stranger Jack DiMarco’s suspicion that she was stolen as a child. Because if he’s right, the truth would devastate her family.

Steering clear of Jack is the easy answer, right? Wrong! The sexy, compassionate on-the-mend baseball player is everywhere she turns…exactly where her heart wants him. But their future seems unlikely when being with Jack means facing a reality that could cost Tara everything.

Dear Reader,

Websites of missing persons are filled with images of people who have disappeared, never to be seen again by their loved ones.  Way too many of these missing persons are children.

The Truth About Tara grew out of a what-if.  As in, what if a woman looked eerily like an age progression photo of a missing child, but didn’t want to know if she’d been abducted?  What if she was desperate not to be the face on the milk carton?

Out of those questions, the character of Tara Greer was born.  Milk cartons don’t typically depict the photos of the missing anymore, so Jack DiMarco comes to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to check out a tip for his private investigator sister.

I took a research trip to the Eastern Shore to check out the setting for this book.  It’s lovely and serene, a peninsula of land surrounded by salt marshes, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  It makes perfect sense that Tara would love her life there.  I hope you enjoy “visiting” the Eastern Shore as much as I did.

So is Tara a missing person?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Until next time,

Darlene Gardner

 

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