Rimmer, Christine, The Good Girl’s Second Chance

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Rimmer, Christine, The Good Girl’s Second Chance (The Bravos of Justice Creek, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Good Girl’s Second Chance (The Bravos of Justice Creek, Book 2)

Author:  Christine Rimmer

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Divorce; Domestic Violence; Infidelity; Parenthood

Blurb:

The Littlest Matchmaker Of Them All…

Quinn Bravo is a committed single dad—emphasis on single. The millionaire bachelor is focused on his four-year-old daughter and his fitness business. So while he’s intrigued by his beautiful new interior decorator, Quinn resolves to keep the chemistry at a simmer. Until one night together causes their attraction to burst into flame…

After her ex-husband betrayed her, local good girl Chloe Winchester returned to Justice Creek, determined not to risk her heart again. Still, maybe she can live out some teenage fantasies with sexy Quinn while redecorating his house. But first Chloe will have to avoid falling for one adorable little girl and the man of her dreams!

Dear Reader,

Chloe Winchester’s perfect marriage crashed and burned.  Now she’s back in her hometown of Justice Creek, Colorado, starting over and determined to get it right this time.

Single dad Quinn Bravo has no interest in chasing women.  He’s got an adorable four-year-old daughter to raise and a growing business to run.

Once upon a time, Chloe was the town golden girl.  Everyone knew she was destined for great things.  Back then, Quinn was an angry, troubled boy, the one everyone thought was “slow”, the one who was always getting in fights.  Chloe used to avoid him then – even if, secretly, he made her heart beat faster.  Quinn left town just after high school.

But now he’s back in justice Creek, too – and his house is just down the hill from hers.  Neither of them is looking for love or romance.  Chloe’s been burned too badly.  And Quinn just doesn’t have the time.

But it only takes one fine, forbidden night with Chloe to have Quinn thinking he’d better make time…

Happy reading, everyone,

Christine Rimmer

James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night

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James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2)

Author:  Sophia James

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Class Differences; Domestic Violence; Murder; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships.  Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion.

Forced by a snowstorm to spend the night together, these two lonely people seek solace in each other’s arms. The passion they unleash surprises them both. Then a new day dawns…

Author Note,

One Unashamed Night is the second book in a family trilogy about the three Wellingham brothers, Asher, Taris and Cristo.  Asher, the Duke of Carisbrook, appeared in High Seas to High Society, and I received many letters from fans who were fascinated by his younger brother, Taris, and wanted to read his story.

Well, here he is!  Lord Taris Wellingham is an intensely private man, and one who keeps the world at bay in order to preserve his greatest secret.

Cristo’s book is yet to come.  He has had only a vague mention so far, but as a spy for England in France he has his own demons and distance.

I’d like to dedicate this book to three wonderful women in my life:  Pat Rendall, for her insight into the world of darkness; my mother, Jewell Kivell, for enthusiastically reading the first draft; and Linda Fildew, my fantastic editor, for her patience with and belief in all of my books.

Hunter, Kelly, The One That Got Away

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Hunter, Kelly, The One That Got Away,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The One That Got Away

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  KISS (Modern Tempted)

Issues:  Child Abuse; Domestic Violence

Blurb:

“The man who’s always left her wanting more!”

Good job? “Tick.” Newly purchased apartment? “Tick.” Evie’s life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting.

Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He’s also the man who tipped Evie “over” the edge a few years back – she gave him everything, but he didn’t know when to stop taking.

Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie’s ever done. Until now. Because Logan’s back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever and this time he’s not going anywhere…

Dear Reader,

When it comes to reading and writing romance, I like my heroine smart, my heroes hot, the settings interesting, the story engaging, the romance intense and I do like to have a laugh.  Bonus points if the story makes me cry.  Harlequin’s new KISS series promises all that and more – in short contemporary romance form.  There will be four new KISS stories out each month, starting February 2013, and I’m thrilled that The One That Got Away is part of the launch lineup.

The One That Got Away is a reunion romance, of sorts.  When Logan Black walked out on Evangeline Jones all those years ago he thought he was doing the right thing.  He probably was.  But now he’s back and Evie’s grown into a strong and confident woman who knows what she wants, and she has never stopped wanting Logan.  All she has to do is persuade him to give her a second chance…

I love reader feedback – you can find me online at www.kellyhunter.net.

Dear Harlequin KISS,

You look so fresh and shiny and new.  I think I’m in love.  Here’s to a wonderful writing life together and a whole lot of happily ever after. 

XOX Kelly Hunter

Gold, Kristi, One Night with the Sheikh

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Gold, Kristi, One Night with the Sheikh (Arabian Heat, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  One Night with the Sheikh (Arabian Heat, Book 2)

Author:  Kristi Gold

Imprint:  Desire

Issues:  Bereavement; Class Differences; Divorce; Domestic Violence; Grief; Guilt; POC; WOC

Blurb:

“I Have Never Forgotten That Night.”

Once, he’d chosen duty over love. Now, to escape his guilt and grief, widower King Rafiq Mehdi searches out the comfort of his old flame Dr. Maysa Barad. Her passionate surrender makes him realize that Maysa is the woman he should have married. Instead, his marriage of convenience brought nothing but pain and heartbreak. Maysa—beautiful, devoted, compassionate—is now considered too independent to be a sheikh’s bride. Rafiq may be ready to defy his kingdom to have Maysa this time, but the truth about Maysa could turn Rafiq’s world upside down…

Dear Reader,

Each time I settle in front of my computer to begin a book, I always make lots of coffee, hide some kind of candy in my desk drawer and populate a music playlist with selections I believe best capture the mood of the story.  Of course, most of those songs are romantic ballads, a no-brainer when you write romance.  However, the tunes always vary in terms of genre – from country music to classical – because, simply put, I have extremely eclectic taste in music, as well as an affinity for all things chocolate.

I didn’t veer from my usual routine when I began One Night with the Sheikh.  After I’d decided where I wanted the story to go, I immediately went to work finding specific tunes that I felt would be inspirational.  I chose several songs by various performers, including Journey, Don Henley and New Age artist Constance Demby, by virtue of her hauntingly beautiful instrumentals.  But I have to admit, the two standouts on the list are “One of These Nights” by the Eagles and “Desert Rose” by Sting.  If you’re curious to know exactly what was filtering through my headphones during the love scenes, chances are it was one of these two songs.

When King Rafiq Mehdi and Dr. Maysa Barad are anywhere near each other, you can bet there will be a high level of chemistry, and they deserve background music to match.  After all, they’ve never forgotten that one incredible night they spent together years ago.  But sometimes one night just isn’t quite enough – even if it is forbidden.

Hope you enjoy the beautiful music Rafiq and Maysa make together!

Kristi

Warren, Linda, Texas Rebels: Phoenix

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Warren, Linda, Texas Rebels:  Phoenix (Texas Rebels, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Texas Rebels:  Phoenix (Texas Rebels, Book 5)

Author:  Linda Warren

Imprint:  Western Romance

Issues:  Divorce; Domestic Abuse; Domestic Violence; Parenthood;

Blurb:

The cowboy’s last ride… 

Once he gets over the shock of finding out he’s a father, Phoenix Rebel is ready to do right by his toddler son. The gorgeous barrel racer he runs into on the circuit could add a much-needed woman’s touch. There’s just one problem. She’s a McCray—a Rebel’s worst enemy.  

Rosemary could gaze into Phoenix’s warm brown eyes forever. And helping the sexy bull rider and his adorable two-year-old has ignited a fierce yearning in Rosie. Somehow she and Phoenix have to find a way to create their own family—even if it means leaving everyone else they love behind…

Dear Reader,

This is the fifth book in the Texas Rebels series.  If you’ve read any of the Rebel books, you know they’re about seven brothers dealing with life after their father’s death in the small town of Horseshoe, Texas.Phoenix is the youngest and their mother’s favourite.  He’s a carefree, fun-loving guy who doesn’t take anything too seriously.  Until he finds out he’s the father of a two-year-old boy.  Then he grows up quickly.  To complicate matters, he does the unthinkable:  falls in love with Rosemary (Rosie) McCray Wilcott, the daughter of the family’s archenemy.

Rosemary has had a difficult life.  Her father forced her to marry an abusive man.  After she divorces him, the McCray family disowns her.  She’s a loner and doesn’t allow anyone in until Phoenix breaks through her defences.  She wants to love Phoenix and his son, but there’s so much standing in their way.

This was an emotional story to write as Phoenix must fight for the woman he loves.  He goes against family and everything he was taught.  I had my doubts if there was going to be a happy ending for Phoenix and Rosie.  But love has a way of working miracles.  I love a story about a man who’s willing to risk it all for the woman he loves and I hope you will too.

Until the next Rebel book, with love and thanks,

Linda

You can email me at Lw1508@aol.com; send me a message of Facebook.com/lindawarrenauthor or on Twitter, @texauthor; write me at PO Box 5182, Bryan, TX 77805; or visit m website at lindawarren.net.  You mail and thoughts are deeply appreciated.

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

Essex, Vicki, Her Son’s Hero

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Essex, Vicki, Her Son’s Hero,  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2011).

Title:  Her Son’s Hero

Author:  Vicki Essex

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bullying; Divorce; Domestic Violence; Guilt; Injury

Blurb:

Unacceptable. Fiona MacAvery works very hard to help her son find nonviolent ways to protect himself from the bullying he can’t seem to avoid. She’s never believed in violence. Then along comes mixed martial arts champ Dominic Payette, and that’s who her son turns to for guidance?

Dom clearly has a heart under all those… gorgeous… muscles, but there are shadows, too. He’s fighting his way back toward a champion belt after putting an opponent in a coma. Fiona admires his dedication. She even admits that he’s shown her son how to be more confident. But act on this attraction between them? There’s no way she’s letting her guard down!

Dear Reader,

I’m so proud to join the Harlequin Superromance family with my first book, Her Son’s Hero.

This book was born out of my great respect for mixed martial artists and the controversial sport that has exploded in popularity over the past few years.  As I read about the lives, dedication, sacrifices and victories of these talented athletes, it became clear they were real romance-worthy heroes.  Some of them are a little rough around the edges, but most are good men with a great passion for what they do…plus they have fantastic bodies.  It’s kind of hard not to fall in love!

Fiona MacAvery would agree.  When pro MMA fighter Dominic Payette comes to town, she thinks he’s just a meatheaded testosterone-fueled brawler.  But as he teachers her young son karate-do and shows them both how to face their fears, he’ll pove to them exactly what kind of man he is.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this book, MMA or anything else that’s on your mind.  Email me at vicki@vickiessex.com.

Happy reading,

Vicki Essex

Cooper, Inglath, A Year and a Day

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Cooper, Inglath, A Year and a Day,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2005).

Title:  A Year and a Day

Author:  Inglath Cooper

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Murder; Parenthood; Rape

Blurb:

She has the life most women dream of

Too bad for Audrey Colby it’s all a facade. Her seemingly devoted husband is really a monster. Their high-society “friends” protect his ugly secrets. The mansion they live in is just a gilded prison for her and her son, Sammy. Everything hinges on escape. One day, Audrey decides she and her son need to escape. She’s had enough. If only Nicholas Wakefield would stop interfering.

Former state prosecutor Nicholas has seen his share of violence perpetrated against women. He knows there are some injustices he can’t make right, like the unsolved rape and murder of his teenage sister. He failed her. But he won’t fail Audrey…

Dear Reader,

Audrey Colby is a woman who took a wrong turn early in her life.  Ignored that little voice of doubt that bid her to take a second look.  We’ve all done it.  It’s just that some bad decisions put us in worse places than others.

Like most of the choices we make, the picture isn’t black and white.  Audrey has a son whom she loves heart and soul.  And she’s determined to give him the life he deserves, a life free of the awful things he’s seen from his father.

I once heard someone living in a difficult situation asked why she stayed, why she didn’t leave.  Her answer?  “At least this devil I know.

That’s the tough part.  Prying ourselves out of the familiar, even when it’s bad, and flinging ourselves into the unknown.

I think of my own life as a tapestry, countless threads of good and bad woven together.  It would be impossible to pull one thread without changing the landscape of the entire thing, making it something other than what it is.  Maybe the challenge then is to find peace with the choices we’ve made, and go forward with experience as a beacon to light our path.

I love to hear from readers.  Please visit my website at www.inglathcooper.com.  Or write to me at P.O. Box 973, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

All best,

Inglath Cooper

Cassidy, Carla, Confessing to the Cowboy

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Cassidy, Carla, Confessing to the Cowboy (Cowboy Café, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  Confessing to the Cowboy (Cowboy Cafe, Book 4)

Author:  Carla Cassidy

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Murder; Parenthood

Blurb:

Someone is killing waitresses at the Cowboy Cafe. Three women are dead, and Sheriff Cameron Evans means to find out why. But as he works to solve the case, the hunky sheriff must push beyond his feelings for the cafe’s owner. There’s a murderer on the loose. Passion has no place here.

For Mary Mathis, the crime is personal. Not only are the victims her employees, they may be a sign of something deeper. Eight years ago she came to Grady Gulch fleeing a violent past that has scarred her for life. Now she has to discover if that history is dooming the women who work for her. She already knows it has made new love impossible; no matter what she may secretly desire.

Dear Reader,

It’s always with a bit of sadness that I come to an end of a series, and I especially hate to say goodbye to all the people of Grady Gulch, Oklahoma, and the Cowboy Café.

There’s nothing better than small towns that enjoy a sense of community pride, places where neighbors help neighbors without any expectation of repayment.  My heroine, Mary Mathis, lands in Grady Gulch with secrets that threaten both herself and her son, secrets that she hopes nobody ever learns.  Sheriff Cameron Evans is a man on a mission, wanting to discover everything he can about the lovely Mary who owns and operates the Cowboy Café.  But when her secrets explode, death and destruction follow and Mary must learn to trust the very man who could destroy her.

I hope you enjoy this last book in the Cowboy Café series.  Who knows, maybe someday in the future we’ll come back to visit.

Happy reading!

Carla Cassidy

Andrews, Amy, How to Resist Temptation

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Andrews, Amy, How to Resist Temptation (Gold Coast Angels, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  How to Resist Temptation (Gold Coast Angels, Book 4)

Author:  Amy Andrews

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Guilt; Miscarriage; Parenthood; Suicide

Blurb:

Dr Cade Coleman wants to redeem his heartbreaker reputation. That’s why this drop-dead sexy playboy has moved to Gold Coast City Hospital, leaving a scandal in New York far behind him. Only the delicious Dr Callie Richards has him falling at the first hurdle!

Usually strictly professional, Callie’s encounter with Cade knocks her off her feet. Only he’s determined that there’ll be no re-runs. While she knows she should try to forget that amazing night, too, Cade — who’s so hot he should come with a health warning — is the ultimate temptation!

Dear Reader,

I hope you have been enjoying the Gold Coast Angels series.  Having been a part of a few continuities now, I can tell you without hesitation how very much I enjoy them.  It’s nice not to write in isolation for a change, to live in a world that you build together with your fellow writers, brick by brick, and where everyone knows you!

I hope you are buckled up for Cade and Callie’s story.  Cade was one of the secondary characters in the hugely successful New York City Angels series, and I know readers have been clamouring for his HEA.

The problem is both Cade and Callie have baggage-relationships that have broken them and made them determined to hold themselves back.  Their careers have taken priority in their lives and they like it that way!

But fate has different ideas for these two, and I hope you enjoy their dance as they realise that career is just one aspect of a whole life.  And that sometimes you need to give in to temptation and surrender to a higher power-love.

Happy reading!

Amy Andrews