Goodnight, Linda, Lone Star Dad

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Goodnight, Linda, Lone Star Dad,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Lone Star Dad

Author:  Linda Goodnight

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Addiction; Chronic Pain Management; Drugs;

Blurb:

The Secret Next Door

Nurse Gena Satterfield knew raising her rebellious nephew, Derrick, would be tough, but moving to Gabriel’s Crossing was supposed to help ease the transition into their new reality. That was before she realized her new neighbor was Quinn Buchanon—her teenage crush, the town’s onetime star quarterback…and Derrick’s father. Her sister’s dying wish was that Gena keep this secret. Yet watching Quinn connect with the boy and penetrate his angry walls, Gena begins to see him in a whole new light. Now, torn between the truth and the promise she made, Gena has to follow her heart. And hope they can all heal together…as a family.

Dear Reader,

Some years ago, a minister of my acquaintance required post-op pain medication, a perfectly legitimate use of strong narcotics.  Unfortunately, after a time, this man became addicted to the pills.  When he could no longer get the pills, he began to use illegal drugs to ease his pain and feed the addiction that had taken hold of him.  He lost his ministry, his family and eventually his life.  No one who knew him could believe this had happened to such a good, God-fearing man.  But it did.

With Quinn Buchanon’s story, I wanted to address this real issue that is sometimes considered taboo in Christian circles.  The truth, of course, is that Christians are humans subject to the same fragilities as everyone else.  Our victory is that we have a means of escape, a Savior if we reach out to Him and ask for help.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Lone Star Dad, and if you or someone you love struggles with a drug problem, please reach out.  Hope in Jesus is waiting.

Linda Goodnight

www.lindagoodnight.com

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Abduction; Drugs; Identity; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Deep in the bayou, a strange and beautiful world of merfolk exists…

Mermaid Jet Borsage never fit in with her own kind. Her dark hair and eyes set her apart from the other merfolk. Which was why she fell for the wrong man, and why she is still paying the price. One that has made her unwilling to trust any man. Until she meets Landry Fields…

Agent Landry Fields is investigating Jet’s former boyfriend, but he knows Jet is hiding something, as well. At first he believed the beauty was involved in her ex-boyfriend’s dangerous undersea excavations. But when he realizes he is falling for a real-live mermaid, Landry’s by-the-book beliefs are rocked. Now can he save Jet and her clan from modern-day pirates to claim a future with the feisty beauty?

Hauf, Michele, Moonlight and Diamonds

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Hauf, Michele, Moonlight and Diamonds (The Saint-Pierres, Book 7), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Moonlight and Diamonds (The Saint-Pierres, Book 7)

Author:  Michele Hauf

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Drugs; Self Esteem

Blurb:

The most precious prize…

Werewolf Stryke Saint-Pierre knows Paris socialite Blyss Sauveterre must be handled carefully. She once used their sizzling attraction to steal an infamous diamond – and he won’t risk her manipulating him again!

Blyss cannot let the brooding werewolf know that these heists pay for an elixir to keep her wolf at bay… and they’ve kept her safe until now. When her latest raid puts a pack of deadly demons on her trail, Blyss knows Stryke is her only hope. On the run and in danger, dare Blyss let her inner wolf run wild with the one man who’s ever got close to her heart?

Dear Reader,

Another brave and fearless hero.  Another smart heroine who falls hopelessly in love.  Another paranormal romance story that I couldn’t resist writing because I love to write stories I love to read.  And in doing so, I hope you, the reader, will fall in love too.  Stryke Saint-Pierre is one of Blu and Creed’s grandchildren (their story was Her Vampire Husband), and I’ve paired him with a woman so completely opposite his down-to-earth, practical werewolf self I wasn’t even sure I could find a way to make them fall in love.  Fortunately, magic sometimes happens on the page, and I promise you a happily-ever-after.

And guess what?  This story marks my fiftieth story for Harlequin!  How cool is that?  I’ve been writing for this publisher since my first fantasy that I wrote for Luna, then I tried out a few Bombshells before landing in the Harlequin Nocturne line, of which I hope to write another fifty books or more.  And it wouldn’t be possible without you, the reader, who devours all things vampire, werewolf, faery and witch.  You read the weird stuff, and I love you for that.

Happy reading!

Michele Hauf

Watt, Jeannie, Cop on Loan

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Watt, Jeannie, Cop on Loan, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2008).

Title:  Cop on Loan

Author:  Jeannie Watt

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Drugs; Work-Life Balance

Blurb:

Playing bodyguard to a vigilante librarian–excuse me, library technician–is not the career move Tony DeMonte had in mind when he came to this town. On temporary loan, the big-city cop figured he’d take it easy, maybe watch the grass grow.

Not with Jasmine Storm colliding into danger every other day. Getting mixed up with a failed drug bust is just the beginning. Now she claims there’s an intruder in her house. Which leaves Tony no choice but to…move in. Jasmine and her cat get the protection they need, and Tony and his dog get a roof over their heads.

But he can’t stay forever–despite one attractive library technician’s attempts to make him see that a solitary life is a lonely life…

Lacombe, Lara, Enticed by the Operative

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Lacombe, Lara, Enticed by the Operative (Doctors in Danger, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  Enticed by the Operative (Doctors in Danger, Book 1)

Author:  Lara Lacombe

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Abduction; Drugs; Hostage

Blurb:

On a medical mission to South America, Dr. Olivia Sandoval hardly expects to be threatened by a drug cartel. To save lives, Olivia agrees to transport drugs for them. When DEA agent Logan Murray appears as her partner-in-crime and rescuer, Olivia’s relieved…and drawn to her knight in shining armor.

Logan jumps at the chance to guard a beautiful woman and bring down a drug ring. After all, neither he nor Olivia are looking for forever love—just justice. But one kiss changes that as they go on the run. When taken hostage in the jungle, they must not only defeat the enemy—but also escape with their lives!

Dear Reader,

I love to travel!  I’m lucky enough to have visited the rain forest twice-once in Central America, and once in South America.  Both times, I was awed by the magnitude of the forest, and by the sheer number and variety of plants, animals and insects, all of them fascinating and not nearly as interested in me as I was in them.

I really enjoyed revisiting the forest while writing this book.  Olivia and Logan got up close and personal with the jungle, which only makes their lives even more complicated.  I hope you enjoy reading about their adventures!  I know I’d love to hear from you-feel free to email me and tell me your favorite vacation spot!

All the best!

Lara Lacombe

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

Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  More than a Fling?

Author:  Joss Wood

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Bereavement; Drugs

Blurb:

Be careful what you wish for! 

It’s time for Lu Sheppard to get back in the game—fact. After ten years of playing mom to her younger brothers the boys have left home and she’s determined to make up for lost time! Item number one on her list? A man to have some fun with! 

Rugby coach Will Scott is just what Lu needs to ease herself back into the dating game. Only in town temporarily, king of the fling…he’s perfect. But his kisses are so electric that remembering they have an expiry date is getting harder. Suddenly Lu starts wondering…maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Dear Reader,

I am so enjoying the Modern Tempted series, and I wait in eager anticipation (as I’m sure you do too) to download the new releases every month.

Rugby is a big deal in my part of the world, and we are passionate about our national team the Springboks.  I was watching a post-match interview by one of the coaches and I thought, Mmm-hmm…he’s pretty cute.  I love being a romance novelist, so admiring handsome men can be classified as research!  What if he were super-hot and an ex-bad boy of rugby made good…?  And the story started to take shape in my head.

Will comes to Durban on a three-month contract to be the caretaker coach of the city’s superstar Stingrays rugby team.  Lu, with the twin brothers she raised now at university, is at a loss about what to do now.  She wants to revive her flagging career, and by meeting Will manages to land a job as the Stingrays’ press photographer.  Will, challenged by his best friend Kelby to do something other than bundle a woman into bed and then walk, thinks that Lu would be goof dun to hang with, to help him pass the time in a foreign city.  Lu, who has been dared by the twins to have some fun, thinks that Will would be the perfect companion to ease her into a new life without the daily responsibility and company of her brothers.

They both think that they can ignore the fact that their hair almost catches on fire from the sexual heat they generate … ha-ha-ha!

As per usual, I had the best fun writing this book, and nothing makes me happier than to guide two sexy, headstrong people to their happy-ever-after.  Enjoy!

With my very warmest wishes

Joss xxx

Perry, Lisa Marie, One More Night with You

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Perry, Lisa Marie, One More Night with You (The Blue Dynasty, Book 5),  (London:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  One More Night with You  (The Blue Dynasty, Book 5)

Author:  Lisa Marie Perry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:   Bereavement; Drugs; Gambling; Guilt; Injury; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Loving him is a dangerous job…

Former DEA agent Josephine de la Peña loved Zaf Ahmadi once-and she’s got the bullet scar to prove it.  No wonder she holds a grudge against her hacker ex.  But now, just as Joey’s preparing for a new job with the  Las Vegas Slayers, Zaf reappears, insisting she’s in danger.  The sexual pull between them is still as intense, and liable to hurt more than any gunshot.

Even if Joey could forgive him for the botched drug bust that got her injured, Zaf can’t forgive himself.  Obsessively hunting for the criminals who killed his cousin warped his judgement.  To protect Joey, he suggests he pose as her boyfriend.  As long as he can keep emotional distance, he can keep her safe.  Until the case presents him with a choice:  pursue the vengeance he craves-or tru to turn one smoldering night into so much more…

Dear Reader,

So we’ve reached the end.  I say goodbye to a cast of complicated and fascinating strangers who allowed me to create their glamorous, gritty world with all the sincerity and energy my heart can hold.

One More Night with You is the final book in the Blue Dynasty series.  Josephine de la Peña has been waiting perched on the sidelines as everyone around her found their happily-ever-afters.  It was my duty to give her something she doesn’t quite believe in:  a happy ending of her own.  She and her hero, Zaf Ahmadi, break the mould of my books on a multitude of levels.  They demanded nothing less than an explosively powerful and sexy conclusion.  This story is my gift to them, and it’s a bittersweet farewell to characters who’ve become as real to me as friends.

Thank you, dear readers, for taking this journey with me.

XOXO

Lisa Marie Perry

Perry, Lisa Marie, Mine Tonight

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Perry, Lisa Marie, Mine Tonight (The Blue Dynasty, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2015).

Title:  Mine Tonight  (The Blue Dynasty, Book 4)

Author:  Lisa Marie Perry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:   Bereavement; Drugs; Gambling; Injury; Mental Illness; POC; Self Esteem; Sexual Abuse; Suicide; WOC

Blurb:

The night that changed everything…

After being dumped by her fiancé and losing her shot at TV stardom, Bindi Paxton just wants to get out of town.  But there’s no escaping the past-not even on the beautiful Seychelles Islands.  And when her attraction to former Las Vegas Slayers heir Santino Franco culminates in a night of sizzling passion, she has to fight her feelings for a man who could hurt her deeper than any other has before.

Santino came to the islands to find the man responsible for the injury that ended his pro-football career.  Ending up in bed with Bindi is a mistake they both regret.  Except he now needs her help to find his fugitive father.  And-heaven help him-he’s starting to fall for the stunning Sin City reporter.  He can’t change their history…but he’d give anything for one more night, and maybe forever, in her arms.

Dear Reader,

Ever want to get away?  Perhaps to distance yourself from a less-than-ideal situation?  Or to just see something new?  Many attribute my insatiable wanderlust to personality traits and astrological characteristics.  When travel isn’t an option, writing is.  New characters often take me away and invite me into their worlds.  And sometimes we become so tight so quickly that I bring them back with me.

Which is why Mine Tonight is Bindi Paxton’s story.  If you read Night Games, then you know Bindi well.  Or you think you do.  She’s waited impatiently for me to reveal who she truly is.  Despite her gritty past and damaging mistakes, she’s a beautiful person deserving of redemption-much like Santino Franco.  Bindi and Santino can’t seem to escape themselves, each other or what awaits them within the Blue Dynasty.

May this book take you away.

XOXO

Lisa Marie Perry

Perry, Lisa Marie, Just for Christmas Night

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Perry, Lisa Marie, Just for Christmas Night (The Blue Dynasty, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Just for Christmas Night  (The Blue Dynasty, Book 3)

Author:  Lisa Marie Perry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:   Child Abuse; Drugs; Foster Care; Gender Expectations (Women); POC; WOC

Blurb:

A red-hot holiday

Pro football publicist Martha Blue has something to prove.  To protect the image of the Las Vegas Slayer-and stay employed-she has to shed her party-girl reputation.  Fast!  So no more mistakes.  No further scandals.  And absolutely no falling for the one man who can give her everything she wants…and nothing of what she needs.

Danger and desire never mixed well for undefeated prizefighter Joaquin Ryder.  A friend of the Blue family, he’s a man who knows his boundaries…boundaries he has secretly crossed only once before.  Now that he’s back in Sin City to train for the biggest fight of his career, he can’t afford to let a sexy distraction like Martha put him against the ropes.  Revisiting their sizzling past is something he isn’t willing to risk-until a steamy Yuletide encounter, where for just one night, they’ll surrender completely…

Dear Reader,

Sleigh bells.  Crisp, pine-scented breezes.  Mistletoe.  These are all tiny somethings I adore at Christmastime.  Beyond that is what I treasure most:  hope.  During my journey with Just for Christmas Night, I lost someone who was precious to me-and I spent countless hours grieving.  In myriad ways, I still am.  But I believe in little miracles, in hidden blessings and holiday magic.  I believe that on the other side of the unknown and the unexpected, of changes and surprises, are hope and opportunity.

The wildest of the Blue daughters, freewheeling flirt Martha, has plans for herself.  But as her life jumps the rails, she gets a spectacular holiday surprise of her own:  brooding boxing champ Joaquin Ryder.  Watching Martha and Joaquin figure each other out showed me just how steam the holidays can be!

Here’s to hope, opportunity and little miracles.

XOXO

Lisa Marie Perry