Sasson, Sophia, The Senator’s Daughter

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Sasson, Sophia, The Senator’s Daughter (State of the Union, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Senator’s Daughter (State of the Union, Book 1)

Author:  Sophia Sasson

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Interracial Relationship; Parenthood; POC

Blurb:

He can play the game, but she’ll make the rules

Political science professor Kat Driscoll will not be “handled” by anyone. Certainly not by Alex Santiago, the suave, savvy and handsome campaign manager for Senator Roberts, the man recently revealed to be her father. Alex clearly sees the sudden revelation of his candidate’s long-lost daughter as an unfortunate glitch in their race for reelection. One that needs to be carefully spun and managed. But Kat isn’t about to play along, or comply with Alex’s ridiculous attempts to make her more media friendly. He’ll have to deal with the real Kat. And maybe, in the process, she can discover the real Alex…

Dear Reader,

As a resident of the Washington, DC, area, I am constantly fascinated by the family lives of elected officials and those around them.  I see Capitol Hill staffers work themselves to the bone, sacrificing friendships and love because they believe in their leader.  While TV shows sensationalize political deal-making, the staffers who advise our elected officials are no different from you and me.  They make tough calls, and sometimes they make mistakes.  For the most part, they’re trying to do the right thing.

The Senator’s Daughter is the story of Katerina Driscoll, who has lived her life in the shadow of her obligations until her father’s identity brings her into the political limelight.  It’s also the story of Alex Santiago, a first-generation American for whom politics is about power; the power to change lives and to change how the world sees people like him and his mother.  The book is about confronting the inner demons that keep us from being happy, set in the midst of Washington, DC, politics.

I am tickled to share my hometown with you.  To get free book extras, including some Washington, DC, insider information, visit my website at sophiasasson.com.  I love hearing from readers, so please find me on Twitter (@SophiaSasson) or Facebook (SophieSassonAuthor), or email me at Readers@SophiaSasson.com.

Enjoy!

Sophia

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Riker, Leigh, The Reluctant Rancher

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Riker, Leigh, The Reluctant Rancher,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Reluctant Rancher

Author:  Leigh Riker

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Parenthood

Blurb:

She can’t stay for long

She just needs a place to hide. Now. Pregnant and on the run, Blossom Kennedy jumps at the opportunity to work as a caregiver to an injured, elderly rancher. While she tends to the man, his handsome grandson takes over at the Circle H. Logan Hunter is tough, loyal and a wonderful father to his young son. But Blossom needs a port in a storm more than she needs love, and soon enough she’ll be moving on. Unless she’s somehow stumbled into the exact place she and her unborn child are supposed to be…by Logan’s side.

Dear Reader,

How much fun can a writer have?  I loved fitting all the pieces together for The Reluctant Rancher.  As a bonus, I got to write about cowboys – always a favorite!

In his “real life,” Logan Hunter is a test pilot who needs an upcoming promotion with higher pay so he can fight for custody of his younger son.  But when the grandfather who raised Logan gets hurt on the family ranch, Logan becomes a temporary cowboy again.

He’s not looking for love.  And Blossom Kennedy, the caregiver he hires to help out, is clearly on the run.  She won’t stay long and neither will he.  But, of course, love has its own plans for these two.

I hope you’ll enjoy this ride on the Circle H ranch, where the buffalo still roam.  And there’s more good news:  The Reluctant Rancher is the first book in my new miniseries, Kansas Cowboys.

Happy reading!

Leigh

Rolofson, Kristine, The Husband School

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Rolofson, Kristine, The Husband School (Willing to Wed, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Husband School (Willing to Wed, Book 1)

Author:  Kristine Rolofson

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Parenthood; Recession

Blurb:

Turning bachelors into Casanovas, one cowboy at a time…

Meg Ripley may run the local diner, but she has never been one to get involved in the small-town craziness of Willing, Montana. Now suddenly she’s entangled in it? In addition to harboring a pregnant runaway, she’s been enlisted to transform scruffy bachelor cowboys into husband material for a reality dating show. Including her ex-boyfriend, and the only man she’s ever allowed herself to love, Owen McGregor.

Owen is still devastatingly handsome, and the passion between them hasn’t faded with time. Unfortunately, neither have the issues that drove them apart. But that doesn’t mean Meg is ready to turn him into the perfect man for someone else! Because despite their past, Meg suspects that Owen is still the one.

Dear Reader,

I’m so happy to be writing again!  I took some time off from my computer to plan weddings, experience the thrill of being an adoring grandmother, travel and learn to play the violin.  I even went to Blue Grass Camp!  I also sewed twenty-eight quills (but who’s counting?).

The Husband School was inspired by a stop in a small Montana town during one of my husband’s and my annual cross-country road trips.  Combine our love of small Western towns with the memory of running a café ourselves plus the many “what if” questions a writer naturally generates, and with a little luck and a whole lot of time, a story was born.  This story.  About a little town trying to save itself and its way of life.

I once lived in a town so small that when I went to a yard sale, the woman running the sale knew what I was going to buy before I got there.  She was right!

I hope you enjoy Willing, Montana, and the people who live there.  The world needs more love stories, good neighbors and happily-ever-after romance.

Love,

Kristine Rolofson

www.KristineRolofson.wordpress.com

www.WelcomeToWillingMontana.wordpress.com

Rock, Karen, Someone Like You

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Rock, Karen, Someone Like You, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Someone Like You

Author:  Karen Rock

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; PTSD

Blurb:

You can’t program love…or can you?

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?

Dear Reader,

Romance is a tricky thing to find.  It can lurk in the most unexpected places, like right beneath your nose!  Such was the case for me and my husband of twenty years, Greg.  We were friends for a long time, and I often wished I could meet someone like him to have as a boyfriend.  Then one day it dawned on me.  I’d already met that person.  Greg!  It’s funny how once you’ve put someone in a category like “friend” it’s hard to take them out of it.  There’s fear that maybe they won’t fit as well in the new category “partner”, so many of us wait, reluctant to risk ruining the relationship and losing that person altogether.

It takes a big leap of faith and bravery to move your relationship out of the “friend zone”.  But when it pays off, you have both your best friend and the love of your life.  I recently asked, “What are your tips for lasting love?” in our Wholesome Romance:  Mills & Boon Heartwarming Goodreads group.  I was amazed at how many of our fantastic group members (and it’s an open group, so please join us!) responded by saying that friendship was a key ingredient to long-term happiness.

When I wrote Someone Life You, I drew on the idea that although there is fear and trepidation in moving beyond friendship, it is the best predictor of lifelong joy.  My main characters, Kayleigh and Niall, have been best friends since childhood.  They have a special bond neither wants to put at risk by following their hearts.  Yet finding true love takes real courage, which is, ultimately, the heart of this novel.

I would love to hear from you.  And about your own love stories.  To contact me, please email karenrock@live.com.  Thanks!

Karen

Rock, Karen, A League of Her Own

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Rock, Karen, A League of Her Own, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  A League of Her Own

Author:  Karen Rock

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

Dear Reader,

Growing up, I sported scraped knees instead of bows, spent my days prowling through the woods playing “war” rather than dressing up dolls and learned to shoot BB guns before mastering the art of mascara application.  Never a “girlie girl,” I still fell head of heels for Mills & Boon romance books in my preteen years and am thrilled to write for this wonderful company.  I’ve never questioned those different sides of me, and accept that I’ll always be as excited to watch a ball game as I am to watch The Bachelor.

A League of Her Own is dear to me because Heather embraces her competitive, sports-loving side, as more and more women are doing today.  When I watch or attend games, I hear women cheering as loudly as the men.  I enjoyed writing a romance for female sports enthusiasts, like me, who have sentimental hearts – even if we yell for blood when our team loses a run/basket/touchdown/goal.  I’m excited to showcase strong female characters like Heather, and give readers a different kind of romantic heroine that they can relate to and root for in the story.

I would love to hear from you about your favorite sports experiences and teams as well as your thoughts about the novel.  To contact me, email karenrock@live.com.

Thanks!

Karen

Fox, Roz Denny, An Unlikely Rancher

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Fox, Roz Denny, An Unlikely Rancher, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  An Unlikely Rancher

Author:  Roz Denny Fox

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Grief; Guilt; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Can she save the ranch–and keep his love?

Jenna Wood had her new start all planned out when she bought an ostrich ranch in New Mexico. But from day one, nothing is quite what she expected–especially her tenant, Flynn Sutton. Jenna’s daughter, Andee, adores Flynn and his sheepdog, Beezer, but Jenna’s not so sure. She feels a connection, but Flynn’s a pilot, just like her late husband, and his work brings up painful memories. Still, when someone in town seems to have a grudge against Jenna, Flynn is there to protect her and Andee. Together, they’ll find out who’s trying to intimidate Jenna, and why. And along the way, the three of them just might become a family…

Dear Reader,

Parts of this story have percolated in my mind for quite a while.  There’s an ostrich ranch off the highway between Tucson and Phoenix.  A few years ago the ranch was in the news.  Hot air balloons taking off from an empty field frightened the birds, and many were hurt when they broke down fences.  I wanted to feature an ostrich ranch in a story, but I didn’t want them hurt.  I decided to set my story in a neighboring state.  I wanted my main characters to love animals.  And because An Unlikely Rancher is a love story, I decided my ranch owner, who isn’t looking for love, falls in love accidentally.  I hope Jenna Woods and her daughter Andee’s second chance at happiness with ex-military flyer Flynn Sutton is a story that touches your heart.

Sincerely,

Roz Denny Fox

Curtis, Melinda, Summer Kisses

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Curtis, Melinda, Summer Kisses (Harmony Valley, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Summer Kisses (Harmony Valley, Book 2)

Author:  Melinda Curtis

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abandonment; Grief; Loss; Recession; Stroke; Unemployment

Blurb:

Her carefully crafted facade is unraveling…fast

Rebecca MacKenzie’s career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories…and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached.

Flynn Harris, her new patient’s grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion–and worst of all, his kisses–are more than distracting. They’re dangerous. Because she’s teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And…staying.

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Harmony Valley!

Things aren’t as harmonious here as they once were.  Jobs have dried up and almost everyone under the age of sixty has moved away, leaving the population…well, gray-haired and peaceful.

Enter three young men – Flynn, Slade and Will – friends, newly minted millionaires and hometown success stories.  Flynn Harris is balancing the trio’s new winery against the needs of his stroke-burdened grandfather while caring for his young nephew.

Now that Flynn’s wealthy, all kind of people show up to try to take advantage of him and his family,  Flynn is especially suspicious when Becca MacKenzie, caregiver in need of a job, conveniently shows up on his doorstep.  Becca is smart, pretty and opinionated – and once his grandfather meets her, no one else will do.

If only Becca didn’t have a secret that could break Flynn’s trust.  I hope you enjoy Flynn and Becca’s journey, as well as the other romances in The Harmony Valley series.  I love to hear from readers.  Check my website and sign up for email updates.  Or you can chat with me on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor), or on Twitter (MelCurtisAuthor), and hear about my latest giveaways.

Melinda Curtis

Vastine, Amy, The Girl He Used to Love

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Vastine, Amy, The Girl He Used to Love,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Girl He Used to Love

Author:  Amy Vastine

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Accident; Bereavement; Guilt

Blurb:

The past will always be between them

He swore he’d never return home. Then a flat tire lands Dean Presley back in Grass Lake, Tennessee, and he’s forced to confront the woman he left behind. Faith Stratton was once the love of his life. Now her gifted brother could be the rising Nashville star Dean needs for his struggling music label. But it means taking Sawyer away from the horse therapy farm that Faith’s so proud of. That won’t be easy, especially since those old feelings that started all the trouble… Well, let’s just say he can’t go back there, because he doesn’t want to relive the memories of the terrible accident that drove them apart.

Dear Reader,

There is nothing more iportant to me than family.  I have two younger brothers whom I have always felt the need to look out for, even as they have grown into men with their own families.  So I can relate to Faith Stratton in so many ways.  Faith and her brother, Sawyer, have relied on each other since they were little.  When their father died and left them in charge of running his horse farm and equine therapy center, their need to watch out for one another only grew stronger.

Dean Presley understands the importance of being there for a sibling, as well.  Only, he’s struggling with the guilt of not being there for his sister when she needed him.  Twelve years ago, Dean left Grass Lake, Tennessee, wit no desire to return.  He’d rather stay away than face the reminders of what was lost there.  His new responsibility is to his record company, Grace Note Records.  And what Grace Note needs is some new talent.  Talent that Sawyer Stratton has in spades.

The Girl He Used to Love is a story about knowing not only when to hold on and when to let go, but what to hold on to, as well.  I love my brothers, but I know I have to let them make their own way in this world-even if I am the older and wiser big sister.

I hope you enjoy this first story in the Grace Note Records series.  It’s bound to be a bumpy ride, but the happy-ever-after is always worth it!

Xoxo,

Amy Vastine

Quinn, Tara Taylor, For Love or Money

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, For Love or Money,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  For Love or Money

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Addiction; Bereavement; Depression; Down’s Syndrome; Guilt; Parenthood

Blurb:

There’s no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention.

As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can’t afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.

Dear Reader,

As I write to you to tell you about For Love or Money, I’m deeply into book two in this new miniseries!  Family Secrets is turning out to be all I knew it could be.

Family Secrets is a reality-competition cooking show.  Contestants compete with their secret family recipes.  The show runs in segments with four regular competitions in different categories.  And then the final round.  Each book is one of those segments.  Other than the host, you see all different people, with completely different stories, in each book.

This miniseries isn’t only about secret recipes.  In every novel, you’ll find lives changed by a family secret.  A secret that, though maybe kept with the best of intentions, is powerful enough, damaging enough, to affect the lives and hearts of all those who didn’t know.

During this opening segment, you’re going to meet a very special little boy.  Dawson was inspired by a young man who captured my whole heart the first time I held him more than a decade ago, a close family member who brings a precious and unique joy into any space he occupies.  He is wanted, adored and protected by all members of his family.  Dawson and his experiences are completely fictional.  The joy he brings is not.

I love to hear from my readers.  Please find me at Facebook.com/tarataylorquinn and on Twitter, @tarataylorquinn.  Or join my open Friendship board on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/tarataylorquinn/friendship!

All the best,

Tara

www.tarataylorquinn.com

Myers, Cindi, Her Cowboy Soldier

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Myers, Cindi, Her Cowboy Soldier,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  Her Cowboy Soldier

Author:  Cindi Myers

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Bereavement; Injury; Parenthood

Blurb:

Can she open her heart?

The Hartland Herald isn’t exactly the big leagues. But for army widow Amy Marshall it’s the first step to a career that will allow her to support her young daughter and start a new life in the city. Unfortunately, writing a story that will get her noticed requires stepping on a few toes. Josh Scofield’s toes, to be exact.

Sure, her article was less than flattering. She probably shouldn’t have suggested the injured veteran got his teaching position unfairly, but a real reporter can’t pull punches. And she hadn’t pegged the former military man as someone who cared what other people thought.

As she digs deeper, though, Amy realizes there’s more to Josh than just a good story. But it will be hard to win his trust, and is there any point when she doesn’t plan on sticking around?

Dear Reader,

I love small towns.  I grew up in one, and I live in one now.  Close communities-whether small towns or a neighborhood in a big city-become like extended families.  They can be a great source of support, or of annoyance, since it’s hard to be anonymous when everyone knows you and your business.

Hartland, Colorado, isn’t a real place, but it’s patterned after small towns I’ve known, and I think it’s the perfect location for a romantic relationship that’s aided and abetted by the extended family of friends and neighbors.  My heroine, Amy, has never really known a true home, and she isn’t sure what to think about the interest the people of Hartland take in her.  Josh, my hero, grew up in Hartland, but he’s not that comfortable with close scrutiny either.  These two have a lot to learn about themselves and each other, and I hope you’ll enjoy their journey.

I love to hear from my readers.  You can contact me online via my website, www.cindimyers.com, or write to me in care of Harlequin Books, 233 Broadway, Suite 1001, New York, NY 10279.

Cindi Myers