Lacey, Helen, Date with Destiny

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Lacey, Helen, Date with Destiny,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Date with Destiny

Author:  Helen Lacey

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Accident; Bereavement; Breakdown; Emotional Quotient; PTSD

Blurb:

Financier Grace Preston did fourteen-hour days in New York City. She didn’t do small towns in Australia. Not since she’d fled almost twenty years ago. But when a personal trauma sent her home, with a secret she couldn’t reveal the last person she needed was her first love.

Local cop Cameron Jakowski had loved Grace for most of his life. But he wanted marriage and family and she didn’t. He was small town, while she was big city and lived half a world away. But for now she was right here walking, talking temptation. One he managed to avoid until he made one mistake. He kissed her. And reawakened the passion that could change their lives forever.

Dear Reader,

I’m absolutely delighted to welcome you back to Crystal Point and to my fourth book for Harlequin Special Edition, Date with Destiny.

I’ve had so many emails from readers asking when the beautiful but emotionally closed off Grace Preston will get her happy ending.  I knew it would take a special kind of man to break down her walls and really see the woman most believe is a workaholic ice princess who doesn’t need anything or anyone.  But local cop Cameron Jakowski isn’t fooled, and of course he turns out to be just what she needs!  As they’ve known one another since they were children, he’s more than capable of dealing with her reticence and coolness.  Their journey really is about second chances and the value of family, and of course, love.  I hope you enjoy Grace and Cameron’s story and I invite you to return to Crystal Point in the near future.

I love hearing from readers and can be contacted ia my website at www.helenlacey.com.

Warmest wishes,

Helen Lacey

London, Stefanie, Breaking the Bro Code

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London, Stefanie, Breaking the Bro Code,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Breaking the Bro Code

Author:  Stefanie London

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abuse; Domestic Violence; Emotional Quotient

Blurb:

Elise Johnson has more important things to concentrate on than men…saving her struggling ballet studio for starters! So when gorgeous Col Hillam–her brother’s best friend–saunters back into her life, she’s none too keen. He might be proposing a purely professional arrangement, but the last time they got carried away by their crazy attraction it ended in disaster!

Col knows Elise is off-limits, but it only makes her more tempting…. With chemistry this hot, surely that bro code is now null and void…?

Dear Reader,

Family is something that’s very dear to my heart.  When I was growing up my parents instilled into me and my little sister a very strong sense of what it means to be part of a family-the give and take, the responsibility and the reward.  I’ll be honest:  in my teenage years it drove me nuts!  But I never lacked a shoulder to cry on, a hug to ease my sadness or a high-five to congratulate me on a job well done.  Looking back, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

When I started writing Col and Elise’s story I wondered what it would be like for two people with very difficult family lives to come together.  Elise grew up in a home where her family members didn’t demonstrate their love, or any type of strong emotion for that matter.  Col, on the other hand, came from an abusive home where strong emotions (of the worst kind) ruled.

Writing their story was not easy, and I might have shed a few tears along the way, but I hope you love watching Elise and Col learn to trust in one another as much as I loved writing about it.

With love

Stefanie

Knupp, Amy, Because of the List

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Knupp, Amy, Because of the List,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2011).

Title:  Because of the List

Author:  Amy Knupp

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Emotional Quotient; Injury

Blurb:

Taylor McCabe likes equations. They make sense. But one buttoned-up computer whiz plus an injured army pilot simply does not add up. It’s time to get over her childish crush on Alex Worth, her brother’s best friend, and find a husband. Enter The List—Taylor’s ten must-have traits for a viable suitor.

But her plan goes awry when Alex insists on vetting each contender. The way he dismisses them feels like the actions of a protective boyfriend. Strangely, his attitude makes her even more attracted to him. Too bad he doesn’t meet even one of her requirements…

Dear Reader,

When people ask me what kinds of books I like to read, I usually answer romance and military nonfiction.  Sometimes they give me an odd look at the combination, but then I’m used to odd looks.

I especially love reading romances that have a military hero.  I finally decided I’d try my hand at writing one, and Alex Worth was born in my imagination.  He’s a tough, competent, been-through-hell-several-times-overs guy whose helicopter was shot down in combat.  His best friend was killed in the crash, and Alex is left, seriously injured, to live with the aftermath.  Ever conscious of his duty, he feels obligated to watch out for his best friend’s youngers sister, Taylor McCabe.

Most of the heroines of my books have been self-confident, sometimes mouthy or witty (at least in their minds), socially adept people-the type of woman Alex Worth would normally go for.  I thought it would be fun to give him the exact opposite.

Taylor is a super-intelligent, socially challenged computer and math geek who never knows what to say, especially around the sexy, virile helicopter pilot.  To add to her unease, she’s had a crush on Alex since she was a teenager.

I hope you enjoy reading how the army pilot and the computer geek fall in love, because I had a great time writing their story.  Please feel free to write to me at amykrupp@amykrupp.com.  Learn more about my books and writing life at www.amykrupp.com.

Thank you for picking up Because of the List!

Best wishes,

Amy Knupp

Hunter, Kelly, Cracking the Dating Code

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Hunter, Kelly, Cracking the Dating Code (The Wests, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  Cracking the Dating Code (The Wests, Book 2)

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bereavement; Emotional Quotient

Blurb:

Poppy West, genius and legendary code-cracker, needs a hideaway. Her borrowed desert island seems perfect—until she discovers the owner is the most dangerously sexy man she has ever laid eyes on… Now she’s out of her depth!

Sebastian Reyne never intended to teach Poppy all the delightful, enticing mysteries of flirtation. Poppy needs a nice man, not a rogue. A patient man, not one who can’t be controlled. But her clueless attempts at cracking the dating code bring out the rescuer in him, the teacher in him, even the gentleman in him. For a while.  Until Poppy’s skills start to exceed his own.

 

Andrews, Amy, Girl Least Likely to Marry

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Andrews, Amy, Girl Least Likely to Marry (The Wedding Season, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Girl Least Likely to Marry (The Wedding Season, Book 2)

Author:  Amy Andrews

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Emotional Quotient; Infertility

Blurb:

Talk nerdy to me…

Samuel Tucker is absolutely the last person scientist Cassie Barclay would ever date. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s also far too cocky for his own good and thinks that Pi is a tasty afternoon treat. So when he asks her to dance at her friend Reese’s non-wedding she’s wondering why on earth she says yes! 

Tuck is used to people assuming he’s all brawn and no brain, and amuses himself by winding Cassie up. But when he finally takes her to bed, suddenly it’s Tuck who can show Cassie a thing or two! Can he convince her that love and sex have nothing to do with logic and everything to do with chemistry?

Dear Reader,

I’m so excited to be involved in my very first Modern Tempted continuity and to have worked with three authors who are not only wonderful writers bu absolutely fabulous women!  Writing a set of linked stories especially when each writer is separated by vast amounts of land and/or ocean can be challenging, but I think I can speak for all of us when I say we had a lot of fun during our online brainstorming sessions.  I know for me there was something beautifully symbiotic about the depth of friendship between our four fictional friends and the way our friendships deepened over the course of the continuity,

I had a great time writing Girl Least Likely to Marry, affectionately known to us and those who follow me on twitter, as the #jock and the #geekgirl.  But, I have to tell you, it was much more difficult than I ever imagined.  As someone used to writing heroines with emotional depth, Cassie was a true challenge because, while she had IQ to burn, her EQ was practically non-existent.  It took me quite a while to get a handle on her and I think I only really managed it by getting inside the hero’s head.  Tuck, in his laid-back Texan way, totally got Cassie.  And getting to know him gave me a way to understand her.

I think out of all my heroes, I love Tuck the most.  And that’s not just because he’s the kind of guy that belongs on a billboard advertising underwear (you know the kind, right?), but because his utterly alpha competitive spirit refused to let Cassie settle for the half-life she’d accepted as her lot.

I really hope you enjoy Cassie and Tuck’s story about two people who weren’t looking for love but found it anyway!

Love,

Amy