Lohmann, Jennifer, Love on Her Terms

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Lohmann, Jennifer, Love on Her Terms,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Love on Her Terms

Author:  Jennifer Lohmann

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Depression; Grief; HIV; Suicide

Blurb:

If only attraction always led to happily ever after…

Mina Clements wants to grab life with both hands. With a fixer-upper and a fresh start in Montana, the graphic novelist is ready to do just that. Plus, having handsome handyman Levi Pardo next door could be a bonus… But even though sparks sizzle when Levi helps with her renovations, the widower’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Still, he’s much more than the neighbour who looks good swinging a hammer. He’s a man she wants to trust with her biggest secret—one that can either bring them closer or wreck the new beginning they both need.

Dear Reader,

Love in Her Terms is one of those books that was born from many places yet somehow came together perfectly.  There’s no question this book is influenced by the many times I’ve watched the 1966 movie A Man and a Woman (my mom’s favorite).  And for years I’d wanted to write about a young woman who moves in next door to a cranky widower.  She brings new sparkle to his life, but she has a chronic illness, and my hero’s not sure he can handle it.  Of course, the heroine’s illness kept alluding me.  Then while ruminating on a different novel where the heroine has HIV, a friend asked on Twitter if there were any heterosexual romances where one character has HIV.  I knew then that I had to put the two idea together!  Sometimes – okay, often – authors need a friendly push.

My heroine, Mina, is also a graphic novelist so I can’t resist recommending Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics:  The Invisible Art.  It’s a wonderful exploration of the art form whether you’ve read comics and graphic novels or are new to the format entirely.  Some of his theories make my jaw drop in awe.  And seriously, if you do pick up the book and want to talk about it-shoot me an email!  And for a real-life love story similar to Love on Her Terms, read Blue Pills:  A Positive Love Story by Frederik Peeters.  It’s Peeter’s graphic novel memoir about falling in love with an HIV-positive woman, who also has an HIV-positive son.  As a librarian and book lover, suggesting books is one of my favorite pastimes, and hese are two good ones!

Love on Her Terms was a powerful book for me to write and I hope it’s just as powerful for you to read.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns: Dex

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Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns:  Dex (The Mighty Quinns, Book 26),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Mighty Quinns:  Dex (The Mighty Quinns, Book 26)

Author:  Kate Hoffmann

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Bereavement; Depression; Grief; Guilt; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Just the right touch…

With her career on the line, Marlie Jenner is determined to make a top-notch documentary about beloved Irish author Aileen Quinn. Which means she needs a top-notch filmmaker; she needs Dex Kennedy. Dex is talented, well respected and Irish. He’s also hotter than hell. And when they meet, he looks as if he wants to eat Marlie right up.

Marlie does look delicious, but after a fatal accident during the shooting of his last documentary, Dex refuses to work on another film. Marlie has some very persuasive techniques, however, and after one seductive, drugging kiss, Dex is hooked—on the film, on Marlie, on the prospect of living again. But every documentary takes on a life of its own. And this one promises an ending that none of them could ever have anticipated…

Dear Reader,

It’s hard to believe I’m finishing up another set of Quinn books.  This series was really fun to write and I spent more than a few hours wondering what I’d do if some distant relative left me a million dollars.  Not too much time, though, since I know I don’t have any wealthy relatives out there.

Though I’ve had a chance to giveaway a lot of Aileen Quinn’s money, I think there might be a little more left in the bank account.  Who knows what Quinns might be found in the future?  The Mighty Quinns:  Dex is my twenty-sixth story about the family.  I think there might be a dew more stories left to be told.  Stay tuned!

Best,

Kate Hoffmann

Carter, Lisa, Falling for the Single Dad

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Carter, Lisa, Falling for the Single Dad,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Falling for the Single Dad

Author:  Lisa Carter

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Bereavement; Depression; Grief; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Finding Her Way Home

After fifteen years away, Dr. Caroline Duer is nervous about returning to her hometown. The veterinarian might be able to save stranded sea turtles, but she can’t convince her dad of her good intentions. And when Caroline meets darling Izzie Clark, she encounters similar suspicion from the young girl’s father. Former coast guard commander Weston Clark had his life upended by Izzie’s mother. He won’t go through the same pain again. But Izzie isn’t the only one tumbling head over heels for the enigmatic Caroline. And if she can release the pain of the past, she just might be the missing piece Weston and his daughter have been searching for.

Dear Reader,

Years ago, a teacher friend gave me a nautilus shell.  This friend struggled against the darkness and battled sadness, but told no one.  Tragically, one day he chose to end his life.  I’ve since pondered the meaning behind the unique design of the nautilus.  This story is an outgrowth of that takeaway.  I believe it is important to talk about depression to combat the lie that we are alone.  I hope this story illustrates the truth that it’s okay to ask for help.  Life is often hard, but God is always good.

Like King David, the prophet Elijah and the Apostle Paul, Caroline struggles with depression.  She grapples with the implications of her family heritage.  If Caroline’s story describes your current situation, I pray you will seek the advice of a medical professional and wise, spiritual counsel, too, so that you might partake of the richer, fuller, abundant life God desires for you to experience.  Life is worth living.

During the writing of this story, I’ve cared for my aging father, who suffered with advanced Alzheimer’s, and I’ve pondered the legacy I will one day leave my children.  My father’s homegoing occurred on February 12, 2016.  I don’t know what the future holds for you or me.  But I’ve learned that I must trust in the God who holds us – our hopes, our dreams, our loved ones and our lives – in the palm of His hand.  The safest place we can rest.

Why?  Because you and I, we are His beloved, cherished, always precious children.  Ultimately, a heritage of faith is the best legacy I’ve inherited from my family.  Like the multichambered nautilus, I hope the cross section of your past will encourage you as to how far you’ve traveled.  And inspire you as to how far you may yet go.

I hope you have enjoyed taking this journey with me, Caroline and Weston.  I would also love to hear from you.  You may email me at lisa@lisacarterauthor.com or visit www.liscarterauthor.com.

Wishing you fair winds and following seas,

Lisa Carter

Andrews, Beth, The Marine’s Embrace

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Andrews, Beth, The Marine’s Embrace (In Shady Grove, Book 6),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Marine’s Embrace (In Shady Grove, Book 6)

Author:  Beth Andrews

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Amputee; Body Image; Depression; Parenthood; Self Esteem

Blurb:

If only he had something to give her…besides love

He’s only looking for a room and a fresh start, but Zach finds more than he’d bargained for when he checks into Fay Lindemuth’s bed-and-breakfast. The single mom intrigues him with her quiet strength and gentle beauty. He knows he should keep his distance from Fay and her young sons. Not only is she still hung up on her ex-husband, but as an ex-marine, Zach Castro has no idea what he can offer them. No matter how much he begins to feel for her…

Dear Reader,

I read my first Harlequin romance as a teenager and from that point on, I dreamed of becoming a Harlequin author.  Now here I am, releasing my eighteenth book for Superromance, and I couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you so much for allowing me to share my stories with you.  Here’s to many more happy endings!

If you’ve read my books before, it’s probably clear that I’m a big believer in second chances.  I believe that if a person sincerely wants to overcome their past, they will-but it won’t be easy.  A point that was very much brought home in The Marine’s Embrace.

Fay Lindemuth and Zach Castro are both at turning points in their lives.  Fay, who was introduced in the very fist InShady Grove book, Talk of the Town, is a single mother struggling with depression trying desperately to overcome past mistakes and move on.  Zach comes to Shady Grove to work for his brother so he can figure out what his future holds after losing his arm and leg while serving in the marines.  They don’t complete each other so much as they help each other heal.  Zach gives Fay the strength to see herself as so much more than her illness and her past choices.  Fay and her sons accept Zach into their hearts and show him how much brighter his future will be once he includes love and family into his plans.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed writing Fay and Zach’s story-especially being able to bring Fay’s story full circle and give her a well-deserved happy-ever-after.  I’ve loved writing the In Shady Grove series and being able to return to Shady Grove time and again.  This series has been very near and dear to my heart-thank you for being a part of it!

 

For more about futur releases and a listing of all my books, please visit my website, www.bethandrews.net, or drop me a line at beth@Bethandrews.net.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Reading!

Beth

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

McKellen, Christy, Bridesmaid with Attitude

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McKellen, Christy, Bridesmaid with Attitude,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Bridesmaid with Attitude

Author:  Christy McKellen

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Depression; Suicide

Blurb:

What’s a bridesmaid to do?

Head bridesmaid Emily Applegate is furious when Lord Berkeley cancels her best friend’s wedding venue. But gorgeous Theo is adamant that the wedding won’t happen at his estate… unless Emily makes a trade. But is Emily willing to play the Earl’s fake fiancée? Especially when there’s absolutely nothing fake about the sizzle between them…!

Dear Reader,

This is the second part of the first duet I’ve ever written-and I had so much fun with it!  After she made a rather striking appearance in Fired by Her Fling, as Lula’s best friend, I was desperate to give Emily her own happy-ever-after, and in Bridesmaid with Attitude I got my chance.

Emily is the epitome of an anti-heroine:  she’s bolshie, a little on the self-centred side, and very determined to get what she wants-no matter what it takes to get it.  And I love her.  She’s had a very tough upbringing, but she hasn’t let it beat her down, and even though it’s made it hard for her to let people get emotionally close she lives her life to the max.

In order to force her out of her self-protective bubble she needs a hero with a determination to equal her own-and in Theo she finally meets her match.

These two challenge each other in ways they’ve never experienced before, and through dogged persistence-and some truly testing events-together they finally manage to overcome their worst fears and emerge on the other side as stronger, more confident and much happier people.

I hope you enjoy their journey as much as I did.

With best wishes

Christy x