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

Cassidy, Carla, Operation Cowboy Daddy

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Cassidy, Carla, Operation Cowboy Daddy (Cowboys of Holiday Ranch, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Operation Cowboy Daddy (Cowboys of Holiday Ranch, Book 5)

Author:  Carla Cassidy

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Interracial Relationships; Parenthood; POC

Blurb:

When a baby is abandoned on his doorstep, cowboy Tony Nakni is blindsided. He never wanted to be a father, but his ex-girlfriend is on the run and tells Tony he’s the only person she trusts to keep little Joey safe. Struggling with the infant, Tony turns to caring Mary Redwing for help.

Lovely Mary agrees to help care for the child, but a shared desire simmering between her and Tony soon intensifies the arrangement. As the search for Joey’s mom brings grave danger to their doorstep, his protective instincts emerge, unearthing the depth of his feelings. But can the rugged rancher save the family he’s falling for…before it’s too late?

Dear Reader,

Like my hero, Tony Nakni, I love autumn.  I enjoy the cool evening breezes, the changing colors of the tree leaves and that crisp, clean scent that lingers in the air.

However, for Tony autumn brings big changes when his ex-girlfriend drops off a baby and tells him the child is his.  Before he can ask any questions she’s gone, and the cowboy is left with the three-month-old baby.  In desperation he seeks the help of Mary Redwing, a woman who has secrets of her own.

Tony and Mary not only face an unexpected danger but also a surprising passion.  In order to protect the child, they will not only have to put their lives on the line, but also their hearts.

Oh, yes, I love autumn, especially when it brings a shout of danger and a whisper of desire.

I hope you enjoy reading Operation Cowboy Daddy, the newest book in the Cowboys of Holiday Ranch series.

Happy reading!

Carla Cassidy

WhiteFeather, Sheri, Lost and Found Husband

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WhiteFeather, Sheri, Lost and Found Husband (Family Renewal, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Lost and Found Husband (Family Renewal, Book 2)

Author:  Sheri WhiteFeather

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Adoption; Bereavement; Grief; Interracial Relationship; Parenthood; POC

Blurb:

For waitress Dana Peterson, it’s now or never. For a year, she’s flirted with her regular diner customer, widower Erik Reeves. Who cares if he’s a little older? He’s yummy! So she takes the plunge and asks him out—on Valentine’s Day, no less. 

Against his better judgment, Erik lets this ray of sunshine into his life. But things quickly spin out of control and now Dana’s pregnant. Erik will do the right thing and marry her. But can he retrieve his heart from the lost and found to give this feisty beauty the love she truly deserves?

Dear Reader,

Have you ever wondered how books are titled?  Who comes up with the name and how it’s decided upon?  Mostly it’s up to the author to make suggestions, then it goes to editorial, where they either chose a title from the list the author submitted or make new suggestions, based on the marketing of the book.

Thinking up titles has always been a challenge for me.  I never seem to have just the right one floating around in my head.  I appreciate that it’s not solely up to me.  Some of my favourite titles were created by editors or marketing executives.

But I have to say, Lost and Found Husband came naturally to me for this book.  I titled the first book in my Family Renewal duet lost and Found Father because the hero in that story had given up his baby daughter for adoption and was being reunited with her eighteen years later.  In this book, the hero (who is that child’s adoptive parent) was once a happy and well-adjusted husband who’d tragically lost his wife.  Now he is in a position to be a husband all over again, to start fresh, to regain the joy that he’d lost, only with someone new.

So…I give you Lost and Found Husband, a book with an emotionally wounded hero and the lovely young woman who helps him find his way back home.

Hugs and Happily Ever after,

Sheri WhiteFeather

Terry, Kimberly Kaye, Hot to Touch

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Terry, Kimberly Kaye, Hot to Touch,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  Hot to Touch

Author:  Kimberly Kaye Terry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Interracial Relationship; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Emogene Rawlings isn’t afraid to fight fire with fire. But when the feisty photojournalist heads west to tackle her toughest assignment yet, she ignites a blaze that may be too hot to handle. Rugged firefighter Shane Westwood is tall, dark–and dangerous. And he’s sending her heart straight into the line of fire….

Shane loves the wide open spaces of Wyoming, loves living a life of risk. And when the petite fireball who’s shadowing his every move enflames his deepest desires, the aroused smoke jumper is more than up for the challenge. But is Emogene ready for the most dangerous mission of all? To give in to the passion that’s consuming everything in its path–that will brand them heart and soul?

Dear Reader,

I’m very excited to introduce you to Shane Westwood and Emma Rawlings.  Writing their story was an absolute blast!  Shane is a smoke jumper used to fighting extreme fires in the West, and Emma is a photojournalist who is always after the most dangerous stories.  Yes, they are two hotheads!  Two stubborn people who fight against love, but when they finally start to give in, boy, do the fireworks start!  They took me from scaling walls, to jumping out of airplanes…to hot, sultry nights making love under a starlit sky.  I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I loved the West so much that I decided to stay there for a while.  Look for To Tempt a Wilde, book one in my new Wilde family spring.  I appreciate your support and will do my best to continue writing hot, sexy exciting stories featuring alpha men and the women they love!

Keep it sexy,

Kimberly Kaye Terry  😉

Shaw, Chantelle, Sheikh’s Forbidden Conquest

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Shaw, Chantelle, Sheikh’s Forbidden Conquest (The Howard Sisters, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Sheikh’s Forbidden Conquest (The Howard Sisters, Book 1)

Author:  Chantelle Shaw

Imprint:  Presents (Modern)

Issues:  Class Differences; Interracial Relationship; POC

Blurb:

Taming the playboy prince!

Sultan Kadir Al Sulaimar may be Europe’s most notorious playboy, but since his bride-to-be finally came of age, he’s sworn to be faithful to the princess he’s never met.

Yet when feisty helicopter pilot Lexi Howard saves his life, she turns Kadir’s regimented world upside down. His first duty must be to his country, but avoiding the sensual pilot is becoming increasingly difficult…especially now that she’s working for him!

Lexi’s disregard for his command is somewhat…refreshing. Can the desert king resist making her his final—and most forbidden—conquest?

Dear Reader,

Sisters often share a special bond of love and friendship – as I do with my own sister.  I am fascinated by this unique relationship, and decided to write a duet featuring two sisters.

However, when I thought of Lexi, the heroine of Sheikh’s Forbidden Conquest, I realised that her relationship with her younger sister Athena was complicated because Lexi was adopted.  A year later her adoptive parents had a much longed for daughter of their own, and made it clear to Lexi that they preferred Athena.

Lexi has demonstrated her bravery as an RAF pilot, flying rescue missions in Afghanistan, but sparks fly when she goes to work for Sultan Kadir Al Sulaimar in his desert kingdom of Zenhab.  The cultural differences between them are just one barrier they face, and they know they must resist the sizzling chemistry that ignites whenever they are near each other!

In my second book, shy Athena wishes she was as confident as her fiery sister.  Athena has been named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, but she feels she is a disappointment to her academic parents, who hoped she would follow them into a medical career.

At least her parents are pleased that she is engaged to English aristocrat Charles Fairfax.  But mysterious Italian playboy Luca De Rossi has other plans for Athena!

I hope you enjoy reading about the sisters’ journeys to finding true love!

Best wishes

Chantelle

LaBrecque, Jennifer, Northern Encounter

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LaBrecque, Jennifer, Northern Encounter (Alaskan Heat, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  Northern Encounter (Alaskan Heat, Book 2)

Author:  Jennifer LaBrecque

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Interracial Relationship; POC;

Blurb:

Native guide Clint Sisnuket is one of the hottest guys in Alaska! But he’s managed to keep a close watch over his battered heart…until he meets Tessa Bellingham. In the independent videographer, Clint finds the sexual soul mate he’d been dreaming of.  Too bad she’s got “temporary fling” written all over her.

Tessa’s in town to record native culture…but she can’t seem to turn her camera lens away from Clint. The strong, silent, sexy man can make her tremble with a single smoldering glance. And, oh, what he can do when he actually touches her! Still, even though she feels at home in his arms, she doesn’t fit into his world. And they can’t stay in bed indefinitely.

Or can they…?

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Good Riddance, Alaska, a quirky little town in the Alaskan bush where everyone’s story isn’t quite what it seems.  Founded twenty-five years ago by a Southern Belle transplant, Merrilee Danvers Weatherspoon, Good Riddance welcomes an assortment of folks from all walks of life.

Clint Sisnuket is proud of his Alaskan native heritage.  The land and his people share an important bond, which is what makes him the best guide in the area.  A man of quiet strength whose totem is the eagle, Clint protects the land, his customs and those under his care.  Clint deserves a special mate, but what happens when that woman doesn’t fit into his world?

I hope you enjoy your stay in Good Riddance.  Don’t forget to come back next month for a Northern Escape.

I always enjoy hearing from readers.  Please drop by and visit me at www.jenniferlabrecque.com.

As always…happy reading,

Jennifer LaBrecque

Duarte, Judy, Marry Me, Mendoza!

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Duarte, Judy, Marry Me, Mendoza! (The Fortunes of Texas:  Southern Invasion, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Marry Me, Mendoza! (The Fortunes of Texas:  Southern Invasion, Book 4)

Author:  Judy Duarte

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Interracial Relationship; POC; Prejudice

Blurb:

Second-chance sweethearts?

Nicole Castleton was a shrewd businesswoman with a Texas-sized stubborn streak. She needed a husband in a hurry, and no one but her ex, Miguel Mendoza, would do! Yet she had her doubts—sweet, sexy Miguel still shook her to the core of her expensive Castleton boots. And when it came right down to it, she still desired the man beyond words.

Was it a ghost standing on his doorstep? Or could this really be his Nicole? The girl who broke Miguel’s heart ten years ago was back—with a crazy proposal for a strictly business marriage! A desire for payback—and one last round of romance with the one who’d gotten away—tempted Miguel beyond any dollar amount. But this time, he wasn’t so sure he’d be able to walk away from the woman of his dreams…

Dear Reader,

If you’re a fan of the Fortunes of Texas the way I am, you’ll understand how happy I was to be asked to work on the 2013 series, The Fortunes of Texas:  Southern Invasion.  It’s always fun to work with other authors in creating a continuity series, but it’s also nice to return to Red Rock and revisit some of the characters who have become real over the years.

This time, I had the opportunity to write the story of Miguel Mendoza and his high school sweetheart, Nicole Castleton.  Ten years ago, Miguel and Nicole went through a devastating breakup, and Miguel left town to escape the heartbreak.  Now he’s a happy and successful sales exec for Home Run Records in New York.

But Nicole doesn’t let the distance stop her when she’s forced to find a husband – and fast!  She’s also prepared to offer Miguel a deal he can’t refuse.  Trouble is, the chemistry between them is even stronger than ever.  So find a cozy spot to sit back and enjoy another Red Rock romance.

Happy reading!

Judy

Crews, Caitlin, The Return of the Di Sione Wife

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Crews, Caitlin, The Return of the Di Sione Wife (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Return of the Di Sione Wife (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 4)

Author:  Caitlin Crews

Imprint:  Presents (Modern)

Issues:  Interracial Relationship; POC; WOC

Blurb:

“I’ll have the earrings now. Or are there more hoops to jump through?”

Dario Di Sione should be feeling triumphant—he’s about to fulfill his grandfather’s wish and retrieve the precious earrings, but all he feels is fury. The beautiful lawyer handling the sale is the woman who betrayed him six years ago…his wife!

Discovering Anais has kept their child a secret makes Dario determined to be the father he never had. But Anais’s return to his side casts a new light on past events, and now it’s not just the child he wants to claim!

Webber, Meredith, The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride

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Webber, Meredith, The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride

Author:  Meredith Webber

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Class Differences; Debt; Gendered Expectations (Men); Interracial Relationships; POC

Blurb:

Married to the Sheikh…

ER doctor Kate will do anything to save her family’s livelihood. So when the Sultan of Amberach offers her a lifeline in exchange for her working in his state-of-the-art hospital and marrying his nephew – gorgeous, brooding sheikh Dr. Fareed Faruke – it’s a deal Kate has to accept!

Fareed has always known he’ll never have a say in who he marries, but he’s shocked to see beautiful Kate behind the gold silk veil. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want – and yet the only woman he can’t seem to resist…

Dear Reader,

Books come together in many ways – a little bit here and a little bit there.  One of the ‘bits’ this time has now become legend in my family.  Some forty years ago my mother-in-law went to see a woman who read cards to tell the future, and this woman told her that if she went away on a trip with her widowed son and his two teenage daughters she’d never have to worry about him again.

That night the son in question phoned her from interstate, where he lived, to ask her to go to India with him and the girls.  She agreed – here was the trip the cards had foretold!  I joined their flight in far-off Western Australia as the tour leader, and that’s how I met my husband and the two teenagers who have become my very loved daughters.

It still gives me shivers up the spine when I realise just how little we know of the part fate must play in our lives.  I do hope fate is kind to you.

Meredith Webber

Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams

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Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1)

Author:  Sarah M. Anderson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Debt; Gendered Expectations (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; Interracial Relationships; LGBTQ; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Love is one unpredictable ride

Ride straight to the top of the rodeo circuit—that’s June Spotted Elk’s dream. Yes, bull-riding is a man’s world, but she won’t let anyone—not even a sexy, scarred stranger—get in her way.

Seasoned bull rider Travis Younkin knows what it’s like to make it to the top—and then hit the bottom. Back in the arena to resurrect his career, he can’t afford a distraction like June. No matter how far he’ll go to protect her from the danger. No matter how deeply the stubborn and beautiful rider gets to him…

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the rodeo, where dreams are made – and broken – in eight seconds in the arena on the back of a two-ton bull.

Men like Travis Younkin have been riding bulls for years – and Travis has the scars to prove it.  He’s trying to make his way back to the top of the bull-riding world, but there’s one rider who’s standing in his way – June Spotted Elk.

June was born to ride bulls.  The fact that she’s a woman in a man’s world doesn’t slow her down in the least.  She’s out to prove she can ride with the big boys – and she’s not about to let something like an old schoolgirl crush on her favourite rider, Travis Younkin, get in her way.

Travis knows how dangerous bull riding can be and he’s determined to keep June safe.  But when his concern turns into something  more, they’re both risking their rodeo dreams.

Rodeo Dreams is a sensual story about fighting for your dreams and falling in love.  I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!  This book will always hold a special place in my life because I sold it almost six years after I wrote it.  Rodeo Dreams is a real-life example of the power of perseverance.  Be sure to stop by www.sarahmanderson.com and join me as I say long live cowboys!

Sarah M. Anderson