Green, Sherelle, Waiting for Summer

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Green, Sherelle, Waiting for Summer,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Waiting for Summer

Author:  Sherelle Green

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

A love worth waiting for 

Walking in her sisters’ successful footsteps is a tough act to follow. But Summer Dupree has high hopes for the new Bare Sophistication lingerie boutique slated for a grand opening in Miami. Then she spies a familiar face. Up-and-coming fashion photographer Aiden Chase brings back cherished—and painful—memories. And now her childhood confidant and fiercest protector is determined to take their former relationship to a new intimate level.

In the magic city to pursue his dreams, Aiden isn’t letting Summer slip away again. He can’t change the past—or events that altered his best friend’s life forever. But he’s ready to create a future together. Even when an unexpected threat resurfaces, Aiden won’t give up this time without a fight. Can he turn his long-simmering passion for Summer into a love story for the ages?

Dear Reader,

When I was initially creating the Dupree sisters, Summer was the sister I was ready to write about first.  Winter, Autumn and Summer are each unique in their own way, but Summer proves that sometimes you have to take a deeper look to understand what someone is going through.

I experienced a range of emotions while writing Summer and Aiden’s story.  I laughed.  I cried.  I jumped for joy after writing some scenes, while breathing a sigh of relief for others.  I’m a huge fan of friends-turned-to-lovers story lines, so I knew Aiden would be perfect for Summer.  They both have experienced disappointments and endured setbacks that have altered their friendship.

Danni’s story is next and will release in spring 2017.  I can’t wait for readers to meet the real Danni Allison.  Be prepared for a few surprises you won’t see coming!

Much love,

Sherelle

authorsherellegreen@gmail.com

@sherellegreen

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Yaye, Pamela, Mocha Pleasures

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Yaye, Pamela, Mocha Pleasures,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Mocha Pleasures

Author:  Pamela Yaye

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

Trusting in the sweetness of love 

Jackson Drayson has never been one to stick to the rules—or resist a dare. So when he’s challenged to jump-start a patisserie that rivals his cousins’ shop, Lillian’s of Chicago, he’s all in. Between his good looks, captivating manner and newly discovered gift for innovative cake designs, Jackson is soon winning over legions of customers, including Grace Nicholas. The willowy, reserved master baker is also Jack’s chief competition—and the one woman who seems immune to his legendary charms.

The delectable desserts she creates at her family’s leading Seattle bakery are all the temptation Grace needs in her life. A lover’s betrayal has made her wary of trusting another man. But Jackson can be so passionately persuasive…until Grace is accused of stealing his shop’s top secret recipe. Torn between loyalty and love, will Grace make the decision that can assure her a lifetime of sinfully sweet pleasure?

Dear Reader,

Have you ever felt an immediate connection to someone?  Mind-blown chemistry you couldn’t deny or control?  That’s what happens to Jackson Drayson when he meets Grace Nicholas.  His plan?  To win her heart.  But things go awry during their first date.  He burns dinner, then accidentally locks them in the bakery freezer.  Though all isn’t lost.  Jackson has seduction on his mind, and will stop at nothing to prove he’s the only man she needs.

Grace is torn.  Should she remain loyal to her family or follow her heart?  It’s an impossible decision to make, and secretly dating Jackson – her father’s sworn enemy – only complicates matters.  The dreamy baker is sweet and romantic, charming, too, and his kisses are as scrumptious as his pastries.  Grace and Jackson are a perfect match, and I think you’ll agree.

I enjoyed writing this series with my Kimani sisters, Yahrah St. John (Cappuccino Kisses), and Jamie Pope (Love and a Latte), and I’m eagerly looking forward to our next one!  🙂

All the best in life and love,

Pamela Yaye

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  😉

Monkou, Michelle, One to Win

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Monkou, Michelle, One to Win,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  One to Win

Author:  Michelle Monkou

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

He let her slip away once…  

Detective Fiona Reed lives a life far from the privilege of her family’s vast media empire. But forging her own path came at a cost, and an invitation to her family’s estate in the Hamptons is just the thing to help Fiona heal from her emotionally draining job. When sensual Leo Starks returns to her life, he’s no longer an intern, but now a brilliant lawyer who reawakens her deepest desires.

Ever since his fling with Fiona, Leo has been secretly in love with the beautiful officer of the law. Yet he can’t let his feelings for her wreak havoc with the job he’s been hired to do. But when a shocking revelation threatens to engulf the Meadows clan in scandal, can Leo protect the woman he’s determined to fight for?

Dear Reader,

With each story in The Meadows Family series, I fall in love with this family all over again.  It’s Fiona’s turn to decide what is important in her life.  I hope you enjoy this romantic journey that strums on heartstrings and invites you to fall for this winning couple.

At the time of writing this, the announcement of David Bowie’s death had hit the airwaves.  A true pioneer and participant of life and music was gone.  But one of the most memorable parts of his life was his love for Iman and the beautiful courtship of his soul mate that led to their marriage.

The power of love is magical, lasting and transformative.

I hope you also feel the magic with One to Win.

Peace,

Michelle

Monkou, Michelle, The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch

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Monkou, Michelle, The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch (Ladies of Distinction, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch (Ladies of Distinction, Book 5)

Author:  Michelle Monkou

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Violence; WOC

Blurb:

After a daring rescue, basketball star Naomi Venable accepts Zack Keathley’s invitation to spend a week recuperating at his sprawling country estate. The sexy millionaire could have his pick of any woman in the world. But once he sets his sight on Naomi there’s no way she can resist this rugged alpha male’s charm.

Dear Reader,

Want to know what makes The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch special?  This book closes my Ladies of Distinction sorority series and launches my new Millionaire series filled with sexy, brooding heroes.

Set against the backdrop of Washington and Haiti, this whirlwind romance captures all the elements of a great romantic story – including a hero with a mysterious past wanting to trust his heart, and a fiery heroine who wears her heart on her sleeve and staunchly goes after her goals, even if they are in the distressingly sensual form of Zack Keathley, a true Kimani hero,

I chose Haiti as the hero’s birthplace to present the cultural richness of the country and the warm spirit of its people in this romance.  Then the earthquake hit, causing a devastation to the people and infrastructure there.  So a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to a Haiti relief effort.

Hope you enjoy,

Michelle Monkou

Lister, Sheryl, Places in my Heart

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Lister, Sheryl, Places in my Heart,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Places in my Heart

Author:  Sheryl Lister

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; PTSD; WOC

Blurb:

He’s got all the right moves

Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her…

Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her, he has to show her the man he can be away from the pitch and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.

Dear Reader,

I had a blast writing Morgan and Omar’s story!  Morgan loves all things football (as do I).  So of course she couldn’t resist Omar Drummond’s offer or the man himself.  But he’s having a little trouble keeping things professional, too.  Any guesses as to who succumbs first?

In this story, I touch on PTSD and its effect on Omar’s family.  In my research, I came across many stories from veterans and their family members, ranging from heartbreaking to hopeful.  I also had an eye-opening conversation with my army veteran sister, who graciously shared part of her story.  I hope you will consider donating to your local veterans organization.

Thank you for all of your emails and messages.  I love hearing from you!

You all have asked about Brandon’s story.  He’s up next and I can’t wait for the woman who can take his mind off work.

Much love,

Sheryl

Website:  www.SherulLister.com

Email:  sheryllister@gmail.com

Facebook:  author Sheryl Lister

Jackson, Brenda, Bachelor Unforgiving

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Jackson, Brenda, Bachelor Unforgiving,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Bachelor Unforgiving

Author:  Brenda Jackson

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Infidelity; POC; Revenge; WOC

Blurb:

Passionate payback

They say living well is the best revenge. Virgil Bougard has other ideas. Four years ago Kara Goshay believed a vicious lie about him and ended their relationship. And even after her apology, Virgil is still bitter. He intends to get even with Kara when his family’s firm hires her PR company to revamp his playboy image. But faking a liaison with Kara for the media backfires when the line between fantasy and reality is blurred by strong sexual attraction.

Kara wanted forgiveness. Instead she’s deep into a heated affair with the powerful, charismatic man she can’t resist. The man who claims he’ll never forgive her, especially when a secret enemy puts her professional reputation in jeopardy. Stakes are high—but so is their searing desire, a connection so intense it could possibly tame this elusive bachelor at last… 

Dear Reader,

I’m so glad to bring another Bachelors in Demand novel to you.  We’ve already seen four bachelors happily married off, and now there are only two remaining.

I guess you can say that I saved the best two for last…

Bachelor Unforgiving’s hero is Virgil Bougard.  There is nothing worse than an affair that goes bad.  Especially when a trust factor is involved, it could make things even worse.  Kara Goshay finds out the hard way that when it comes to making a mistake, some men can be unforgiving…like Virgil.  However, Kara is convinced that love can hide a multitude of faults, and one should be forgiven for their mistakes.  The problem is trying to convince Virgil of that.

I hope all of you enjoy reading Virgil and Kara’s story.

Happy Reading!

Brenda Jackson

Hill, Donna, Saving All My Lovin’

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Hill, Donna, Saving All My Lovin’ (Pause for Men, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).

Title:  Saving All My Lovin’ (Pause for Men, Book 2)

Author:  Donna Hill

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Parenthood; POC; WOC

Blurb:

With a new job at Pause for Men spa and wealthy Sterling Powers in her bed, Ann Marie Dennis is about to realize her goal – the perfect life. Then fate intervenes and her grown daughter moves in, crowding her once-empty nest. Next Ann Marie’s ex shows up claiming he wants her back.

And just like that Ann Marie’s picture-perfect life falls apart.

Now she hopes a trip home to Jamaica will help her reconnect with her only child and put her ex-husband out of her life for good. But can she count on the support of her girlfriends and her new beau to make things work out?

Dear Reader,

Thanks for joining the ladies once again as they prove that the “forties are fabulous!”

Having the opportunity to write the Pause for Men series allows me to explore all the aspects of my characters – Barbara, Ann Marie, Stephanie and Elizabeth – and to find new and exciting romantic adventures for them to embark upon.  The real treat is to be able to showcase mature women and kick to the curb the notion that young women have all the fun.

Although my ladies do have “drama” to deal with, they find a way to make it all work out.

Stay tuned for If I Were Your Woman (Kimani Romance, February 2007), which will feature Stephanie and Tony, the decisions they must make and the obstacles that they must overcome.  The other ladies will definitely be there to support Stephanie as all four women share an ever-changing future filled with adventure!

Until next time,

Donna

Hill, Donna, Love Becomes Her

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Hill, Donna, Love Becomes Her (Pause for Men, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).

Title:  Love Becomes Her (Pause for Men, Book 1)

Author:  Donna Hill

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women); POC; WOC

Blurb:

Fate has one last zinger in store for Barbara Allen. His name is Michael Stevens, he is a basketball millionaire, he’s little more than half her age and he wants to spend the night!

Does Barbara dare throw convention to the wind and enjoy her very own boy toy?

It’s a decision she’ll need the help of her three best friends to make. But as the trio weighs in on whether Barbara should or shouldn’t, they come up with an outrageous plan that will mean a life change for them all.

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for choosing Love Becomes Her, the first book in the Pause for Men series.  I do hope you enjoyed meeting Barbara, Stephanie, Ann Marie and Elizabeth and the men who love them.  Whoever said that moving past forty was time to turn in your pumps, haven’t met “the girlz”!

I had a great time crafting their stories and hopefully bringing you some moments of entertainment and enlightenment.  Each of their stories is about taking a stand for yourself and not being afraid when confronted with the obstacles that life throws in your path.

Stay tuned for the next installment, Saving All My Loving, which will feature Ann Marie and her dilemma when her estranged husband, Terrance Bishop, wants to come back in her life.  There are more twists and turns in store for Barbara, Stephanie and Elizabeth, as well.  But, of course, I can’t give it away.  You’ll have to read the book!

Donna Hill

Girard, Dara, Round the Clock

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Girard, Dara, Round the Clock (The Black Stockings Society, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Round the Clock (The Black Stockings Society, Book 3)

Author:  Dara Girard

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; WOC

Blurb:

Anna Marie has spent too long trying to please everybody else. Now, thanks to an unexpected inheritance, she’s got a new lease on life. Her first step? Accepting the invitation to the Black Stockings Society. Still, the scandalous fishnets she receives in her first package must be a mistake. Anna Marie would never wear something so outrageously sexy to a meeting with her lawyer…would she?

In high school, Desmond Rockwell was a rebel barely aware of Anna Marie’s existence, or the fact that she had a major crush on him. But he can’t ignore the bold, seductive woman who has come to him seeking legal advice, unleashing a sizzling attraction that proves that some things are definitely worth the wait…

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the fourth book in The Black Stockings Society series.

Have you ever wanted something so bad you’d do nearly anything to get it?  That’s the question Anna Marie Williams faces when she gets a chance to meet and seduce her high-school crush, bad-boy Desmond Rockwell.  Fortunately, Desmond is willing to be seduced and has a few moves of his own.  However, there’s a snag…

A big one.

But with the help of the Black Stockings Society, Anna Marie realizes that getting the man of your dreams is one thing, but keeping him is something else – something worth fighting for.

I hope you enjoy Anna Marie and Desmond’s story.

You can find out more about this series and learn about my other titles on my website, www.daragirard.com.

All the best,

Dara Girard