Hardy, Kate, Her Real Family Christmas

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Hardy, Kate, Her Real Family Christmas, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Her Real Family Christmas

Author:  Kate Hardy

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Bereavement; Divorce; Foster Care; Grief; Parenthood

Blurb:

Dr Stephanie Scott’s smile can light up a room and she certainly catches the eye of single dad and obstetric surgeon Daniel Connor! But getting close to him and his little girl isn’t an option for recently divorced and heartbroken Stephanie. She’s long since felt she’ll never fit into a family.

But spending time with Daniel and his cute daughter Mia, opens Stephanie’s eyes to the possibility that her longed for wish — a family of her very own — might just come true this Christmas…

Dear Reader,

I rather like stories where the hero and heroine teach each other to trust again and/or love again.

My heroine doesn’t think she’ll ever fit into a family because she’s never had one – except in-laws who didn’t ever accept her for who she was.  This is where my hero and his daughter come in.  They need to learn to love again and open their hearts – which is what she does for them.

This idea actually started last ear, when I got my twice-yearly cold.  It always turns into a horrible croupy cough, nobody in the house gets any sleep for about a week, and I can’t nag about homework because I lose my voice (that bit is popular and almost makes up for the lack of sleep).  I was having a bit of a pity party on Facebook about it when one of my readers emailed me and suggested I got checked out for reactive airways.  I looked up the condition (which I don’t have, by the way – I’m just prone to croup), and thought it would be a great way for my hero and heroine to meet…  (A special thank you to Pat Amsden for the lightbulb moment).

I also love writing about Christmas.  The season’s one of my favourites, with its chance to spend some real quality time with my family.  (And I admit I love all the sparkling lights and the special ornaments on the tree.  And now my littlest is old enough she helps me find the perfect presents for her dad’s and brother’s stockings).  When my children were really small, one of our favourite Christmas traditions was taking them to see Santa.  So I couldn’t resist getting my hero and heroine to take his daughter to see Santa – and that of course, led to finding out what she really, really wanted for Christmas.

Oh, and there are the scallops.  My daughters and I discovered them while I was writing the book, played around with different ways of cooking them, and thought it should be this book’s recipe.  🙂  Enjoy!

I’m always delighted to hear from readers, so do come and visit me at www.katehardy.com.

With love

Kate Hardy

Laurence, Andrea, Saying Yes to the Boss

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Laurence, Andrea, Saying Yes to the Boss (Dynasties:  The Newports, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Saying Yes to the Boss (Dynasties:  The Newports, Book 1)

Author:  Andrea Laurence

Imprint:  Desire

Issues:  Bereavement; Foster Care; Grief;

Blurb:

What happens in the office stays in the office?

Real estate CEO Carson Newport is determined to build a children’s hospital to honor the single mother who’d raised him and his brothers. But when his PR director Georgia Adams finds the perfect place to build, she must convince a lecherous business rival to give up his bid for the land. Carson doesn’t exactly like the idea of her getting close to the enemy, especially as his own feelings for her are heating up during those long hours at the office! But will an explosive family secret prevent him from getting to know Georgia much, much better?

Dear Reader,

When I was asked to participate in this series, I was told that my story would be the first.  It made me a little nervous.  What if my book was boring and no one read the rest of the series?  What if I made a change that screwed up my fellow authors in later books and they all hated me?  Let it never be said that I’m not a worrywart.  I stress out about everything, as many authors do.  But thankfully, there was little for me to be concerned about.  This is a great story and it didn’t require me to change things later in the series.

The Newport brothers are a force to be reckoned with, and I was very happy to have Carson’s story.  As the youngest, he’s never really felt like he belongs.  No one understands how that feels more than his public relations director, Georgia.  As a foster child, she’s never had a family of her own but she’s found something close with her coworkers at the Newport Corporation.  She’s made a great life and a career for herself and she isn’t about to risk it, even for the attentions of her handsome and charming boss.  That just spells disaster.

Carson isn’t the kind that takes no for an answer, however!  Once his lips touch Georgia’s, there’s no going back.  That’s where the fun begins.  If you enjoy Carson and Georgia’s story, tell me by visiting my website at www.andrealaurence.com, liking my fan page on Facebook or following me on Twitter.  I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy,

Andrea

Thompson, Vicki Lewis, Cowboy Untamed

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Thompson, Vicki Lewis, Cowboy Untamed (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Cowboy Untamed

Author:  Vicki Lewis Thompson

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Foster Care

Blurb:

Potter Sapphire Ferguson had one rule: no more artists. There have been too many disappointments and too many heartbreaks. That is, until she sees wildlife metal artist Grady Magee welding a sculpture of wolves, and Sapphire’s self-control is completely incinerated. Whoa, Nellie. A cowboy with an artist’s soul…and a hard, sexy body. How can she resist?

Sapphire tells herself it’s just sex—incredibly and unbelievably intense sex—between two consenting adults. No love and no getting hurt. Except that Grady isn’t just an artist. He was raised at Thunder Mountain Ranch, and he’s all cowboy. He’s playing for keeps…and he’ll have to prove to Sapphire that he can have an artist’s soul and a cowboy’s heart.

Dear Reader,

Oh, these Magee brothers!  In Cowboy After Dark, I fell in love with Liam and figured his younger brother Grady couldn’t possibly be as endearing.  Was I ever wrong!  Please don’t ask me to pick my favorite Magee brother.  I doubt you’ll be able to, either, after you meet Grady, the cowboy turned metal artist.  I guarantee he’s hotter than a blowtorch!

Like Sapphire Ferguson, I have a weakness for creative men because they’re creative in…well, everything they do, if you get my meaning.  Grady’s sculptures of majestic creatures like eagles and wolves are crafted with recycled metal, which makes him both artistic and ecologically aware!  Not only that, but he gets hot and sweaty doing it.  Sculpting, that is.  What did you think I was talking about?

Okay, I don’t blame you for going there.  The minute you get a glimpse of this tall cowboy with his muscles and slightly shaggy haircut, you’ll be ready to trade places with Sapphire.  And when you find out Grady’s plan to make a sculpture for Rosie, his foster mom, your heart is gonna melt.

Welcome back to the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood!  This amazing band of men each experienced a tragedy that landed them in foster care, but they were all lucky enough to find a home with Rosie and Herb at Thunder Mountain Ranch.  Their days at the ranch taught them the cowboy way and forged an enduring bond, although love doesn’t come easily to guys with emotional scars.  Join me for another story featuring the awesome cowboys who call themselves the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood!

Creatively yours,

Vicki Lewis Thompson

 

Cassidy, Carla, Colton Cowboy Hideout

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Cassidy, Carla, Colton Cowboy Hideout (The Coltons of Texas, Book 7),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  Colton Cowboy Hideout (The Coltons of Texas, Book 7)

Author:  Carla Cassidy

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Foster Care; Parenthood; Witness Protection

Blurb:

After years in hiding, Josie Colton has her life back. But to settle a family promise, she must find an old clue buried at the Colton Valley Ranch. She enlists the help of ranch foreman Tanner Grange—in exchange for working as his twin toddlers’ new nanny. On their search, the single dad soon begins to lasso Josie’s heart.

Tanner agrees to assist Josie and is alarmed by how the Colton beauty fits so perfectly into his life. He’s got his hands full investigating the disappearance of his boss and caring for his little girls. When it’s clear someone will kill to stop Josie from uncovering the clue, Tanner vows to protect her…for life!

Dear Reader,

I love the Coltons series, and Colton Cowboy Hideout introduces a new branch of the family.  You know there’s going to be plenty of drama and danger when the Coltons are in the house!

After the patriarch of the family, a billionaire baron, goes missing the finger-pointing begins among his children and stepchildren.  Everyone appears to have a motive…except Josie Colton and Tanner Grange.

Josie has come to the Colton Valley Ranch on a mission and circumstances instantly throw her together with ranch foreman Tanner.  The attractive Josie is the last thing Tanner, single father to twin girls, needs in his life.  But, when danger appears, Tanner swears to keep her safe and then tell her goodbye.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing sexier than a hot cowboy who loves his children and protects his woman…unless it’s the hot Italian man I married.

Happy reading!

Carla Cassidy

Wood, Joss, More than a Fling?

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Wood, Joss, More than a Fling?,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  More than a Fling?

Author:  Joss Wood

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Child Abandonment; Foster Care;

Blurb:

“I will consider doing the campaign–seriously consider it–if you sleep with me.”

When Ross Bennett has the not-so-enjoyable pleasure of hearing those words come out of his mouth, he realises he must have left his pants in charge. Because the woman sitting opposite him may be seriously gorgeous, but this is serious business–not some sleazy backroom deal! Until Ally floors him by agreeing to his terms….

Ally Jones may find Ross utterly irresistible, but that can wait: she has a thing or two to teach him first! Her first lesson? Everything comes to those who wait…

Dear Reader,

I have a crazy life.  I have a day job, I write, and I run after my two very busy, sociable children.  Like millions of woman the world over I am a master juggler, and I like to think that most days I have a reasonable balance between working and writing and being an involved mum.  But I have to admit that while  was writing More than a Fling? I frequently dropped the balls of my life and as a result felt stressed and on edge.

And that’s why I found the character of Ally so easy to write.  It’s easy to lose your balance and become super-involved in your career (or your children, or both) and forget to feed your soul.  Showing Ally the error of her workaholic ways was fun, and as I got her life on track mine became easier too.

Ross is the exact opposite of Ally, and it’s through him that she realises her job isn’t everything, and that love and fun are far more important.  Love and fun are always more important.

Wishing you happy reading!

With my best wishes

Joss  xxx

Rice, Heidi, Public Affair, Secretly Expecting

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Rice, Heidi, Public Affair, Secretly Expecting (Brody Brothers, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2009).

Title:  Public Affair, Secretly Expecting (Brody Brothers, Book 2)

Author:  Heidi Rice

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:   Estrangement; Foster Care

Blurb:

The shop assistant and the superstar…

Mac Brody’s Hollywood life is far removed from his turbulent youth — and that’s how he likes it. The legendary bad boy refuses to be judged by Juno Delamare for declining his brother’s wedding invitation …

… and a scorching L.A. affair!

But he can’t get feisty Juno out of his head! So he goes to the wedding — to strip away her defences and her sexy bridesmaid dress. When their steamy night hits the headlines, Mac sweeps Juno away for a two-week affair … Soon Juno realizes she has more than memories to hold dear!

Dear Reader,

I love it when I’m in the process of writing a book and a secondary character yells, ‘Hey, what about me?  Don’t I deserve a story of my own?’  So I was chuffed to bits when Juno Delamare did exactly that as I was writing her best mate Daisy’s story in Hot-Shot Tycoon, Indecent Proposal.

At the time, Juno didn’t even have a second name; she was just Daisy’s cautious, earnest, tomboy friend.  Juno had been hurt badly once, and it had made her prickly and pessimistic and extremely wary of good-looking men.  But her honesty, her fortitude and her emotional integrity instantly engaged me.  And so, as Daisy’s story unfolded, Juno began to insist I find her a man of her own who could coax her out of her cocoon.

Then, lo and behold, Connor Brody-Daisy’s hero-mentioned he had a long-lost brother.  Now, while at first this seemed a remarkably lucky coincidence, I quickly realised Juno had not had a man as dangerous as Mac Brody in mind when she had asked me to find her one true love.  Would she be able to cope with this brooding Irish bad-boy-turned-Hollywood-star who had sealed off his heart at an early age and seduced women only to discard them the instant things got serious?  And then I thought, What the hell?  I’m the author here-not her.  I’ll chuck Juno in at the deep end and see if she floats.

I hope you get the same kick out of watching her-and indeed Mac-struggle to survive the emotional tidal wave that promptly knocks them both flat.  Feel free to let me know on heidi@heidi-rice.com

Cheers

Heidi

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

Oliver, Anne, Mistletoe Not Required

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Oliver, Anne, Mistletoe Not Required,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Mistletoe Not Required

Author:  Anne Oliver

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bereavement; Cancer; Foster Care

Blurb:

Tis the season to be daring! 

This Christmas Olivia Wishart is determined to throw off the shackles of her past and have fun. And nothing says fun like a glamorous Christmas party! So, wearing a brand-new red dress and some seriously high stilettos, nervously clutching a glass of champagne, she’s finally ready to start living life to the max…. 

Olivia had thought that pre-party nerves would be the only thing to get her heart racing…until a view even more spectacular than the glow of Sydney Harbor catches her eye. The drop-dead-gorgeous man with the steely black eyes is everything Olivia has ever wanted—and this Christmas she’s not going to wait meekly under the mistletoe! 

 

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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