Lane, Elizabeth, The Ballad of Emma O’Toole

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Lane, Elizabeth, The Ballad of Emma O’Toole,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Ballad of Emma O’Toole

Author:  Elizabeth Lane

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Gambling; Gendered Expectations (Women); Orphan; Parenthood; Revenge

Blurb:

High-stakes marriage..

After he shoots a man, the stakes for gambler Logan Devereaux have never been higher. On trial for his life, he’s offered a shocking alternative form of restitution…marriage to his victim’s pregnant sweetheart!

Beautiful Emma O’Toole has sworn vengeance against him – and when a newspaper man puts her tragic story to song the whole nation waits to see what she’ll do. Their marriage is the riskiest gamble Logan’s ever taken, but he’ll put everything he’s got on the line for a chance at winning Emma’s heart.

Author Note,

This is a ‘Book of My Heart’.  In the years that passed between its beginning and its publication the story never left me, and I never gave up on it.  Seeing it in print at last, and being able to share it with you, is a very personal joy.

Park City, Utah, is an hour’s drive from where I live.  Cradled by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, its history is as spectacular as its setting.  My own pioneer great-great-grandfather directed the first settlement of the high valley – then known as Parley’s Park.  Its progression from farming community to silver mining boom town, from crumbling backwater to world-class ski resort and home of the Sundance Film Festival, is a true American saga.

The Ballad of Emma O’Toole is set amid the silver boom of the 1980s that brought wealth-seekers from all over the world.  Young Emma O’Toole is determined to make a better life for herself, but her beauty is offset by every possible strike against her.  She’s orphaned, impoverished, and pregnant by a nineteen-year-old boy as poor as she is.  Fate and tragedy intervene to thrust her into the reluctant arms of gambler Logan Devereaux, a cynical man with a dangerous past.  Can such an unlikely pair find happiness together?  I hope you’ll be cheering them on, as I was, all the way to the end of their story.

I offer you this book with a piece of my heart.  Enjoy.

Rice, Heidi, The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant

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Rice, Heidi, The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2008).

Title:  The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant

Author:  Heidi Rice

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:   Child Abandonment; Gambling

Blurb:

It was mortifying!

How had Kate ended up in hotel tycoon Zack Boudreaux’s office in nothing but her underwear? Zack appeared to assume the worst and Kate could hardly blame him. But she had no clothes, passport or plane ticket home. She would have to hope Zack could help her….And he did. First with a bathrobe, and then with a job. She’d be at his beck and call as his very personal assistant…

Dear Reader,

With Mills & Boon celebrating their centenary this year, I wanted a really special love story for my first book of 2008.  While it didn’t take me quite 100 years to create Zack and Kate’s story, it seems the two of them have been waiting to have their story told for almost as long.

It all began four and a half years ago, when my best mate Catri and I were on one of our biannual road trips to America.  We were staying at the fabulous Flamingo Hotel in Vegas when I got the inspiration for Zack Boudreaux.  A gorgeous ex-gambler turned hotel tycoon, Zack was a guy who knew something was missing from his life, only he didn’t know what-and it was frustrating the hell out of him.  Unfortunately, it frustrated the hell out of me, trying to think up a heroine for Zack, so he got left to brood alone for several years.

Then last year Catri and I started planning a trip to California, and I discovered Big Sur.  Its raw, timeless, elemental beauty captivated me, and had Kate Denton popping into my head.  Smart, sassy, impulsive and fiercely independent, she was the perfect woman to captivate Zack, show him what he was missing-and then drive him nuts while he tried to grab hold of it.

After finally finishing Zack and Kate’s story, I went to Big Sur and watched the sun set over the Pacific.  It lived up to all my expectations.  I hope this story does the same for you-and helps to keep Mills & Boon’s torch burning bright into their next century.

I love to hear from readers, so if you want to chat about Big Sur, or Vegas, or even my latest book, you can contact me through my website at www.heidi-rice.com

Cheers

Heidi x

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, Night Games

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Perry, Lisa Marie, Night Games (The Blue Dynasty, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Night Games (The Blue Dynasty, Book 1)

Author:  Lisa Marie Perry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:   Gambling; Gender Expectations (Women); POC; WOC

Blurb:

No risk, no reward in the game of love

Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City’s delights by night, Nate Franco’s life is one to envy.  But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that.

Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger.  She’s the daughter of his team’s new owners-and his rival for the top training job.  To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate’s prepared to play a little dirty.

Charlotte works hard to make her mark in a male-dominated sport.  On the field, she and Nate are the picture of professionalism.  In the bedroom, she’s risking everything for their breathtaking forbidden affair.  But is Nate just using her so his family can reclaim the team-or will they be able to look beyond the passionate games to embrace real love?

Dear Reader,

Growing up a single-minded book lover, I resisted the appeal of American football.  I really did put up a good fight.  But since I come from a home filled with athletics and sports fanatics, one can guess how long that defiance lasted…

A battle on the gridiron has the power to turn strangers in the stands into friends or rivals.  Men become warriors.  Fans become an incredible force that urges them toward greatness.

But there’s more to football than games-especially for the Las Vegas Slayers.  The ambitious, sexy and vivacious Blue daughters are putting their stamp on the very male world of football.  In Night Games, competitive Charlotte Blue and jaded Nate Franco take risks, break rules, give in to passion and set off a chain of events that shake up Sin City.

I’m excited to introduce you to The Blue Dynasty, and I hope you’ll enjoy Charlotte and Nate’s story.

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