Robinson, Lauri, Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret

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Robinson, Lauri, Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret

Author:  Lauri Robinson

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Revenge

Blurb:

A ghost of Christmas past…

Heiress Sara Johnson is shocked when the stepbrother she believed was dead returns to Colorado to claim his inheritance! It might be the season of goodwill, but Crofton Parks seems determined to destroy his late father’s empire.

Sparks fly as Crofton and Sara are forced to work together, and soon she begins to uncover the secrets behind his disappearance and need for revenge. But a far more unsettling discovery is the desire he awakens in Sara. This roguish rancher might just claim her heart by Christmas!

Author Note,

Ideas for stories come to me in many ways.  I dedicated this book to one of my granddaughters because she was the inspiration for Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret.  While she was at our house one day, we watched a cute cartoon about a little girl whose mother married a king, turning the little girl from a commoner to a princess overnight.  I found that concept intriguing, and that gave birth to Sara Johnson Parks, a girl who was born in a dirt dugout in Kansas and didn’t own a pair of shoes until she was five, when her mother married a lumber baron.  Upon the death of her stepfather, Sara becomes the richest woman in Royalton, Colorado, but that is also when Crofton Parks appears.  The stepbrother she believed had died as a child.

I hope you enjoy Sara and Crofton’s story!

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Robinson, Lauri, The Rebel Daughter

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Robinson, Lauri, The Rebel Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Rebel Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 3)

Author:  Lauri Robinson

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Guilt; Loss; Prison

Blurb:

For every wild child…

No more watching from the sidelines for Twyla Nightingale: her feet are firmly on the dance floor! She won’t let anyone sour the delicious taste of freedom—especially not Forrest Reynolds, back in town after all this time.

…there’s a guy who thinks she’s the bee’s knees.

Forrest didn’t expect a warm welcome from the Nightingale sisters, not after their lives had been so dramatically upturned. But seeing the challenge in Twyla’s eyes, Forrest takes this rebel for a wild dance she won’t forget!

Author Note,

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!  A time in America when almost every citizen broke the law and new freedoms were discovered.

The Twenties were a period of change.  Cars became more affordable to all classes of life, motorcycles grew increasingly popular, and flyboys – those who had learned to fly during the war – brought that skill home.  All of this, along with electricity, telephones and Hollywood, created new lifestyles and attitudes.

Welcome to the third book in my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties mini-series!  The Rebel Daughter is Twyla’s story.  She embraces all changes to society wholeheartedly; however, being the daughter of a well-known bootlegger restricts her freedom.

A rebel at heart, Twyla has grown tired of living in the state’s largest speakeasy and not being allowed to attend the lavish parties.  When the opportunity to step out of the shadows arrives she takes it – but discovers going up against mobsters might be more than she can handle.

Good thing Forrest Reynolds has returned home.  Twyla needs someone to catch her when she falls.

I hope you enjoy Twyla and Forrest.  They are two of a kind.

Happy reading!

Robinson, Lauri, The Forgotten Daughter

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Robinson, Lauri, The Forgotten Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 4), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Forgotten Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 4)

Author:  Lauri Robinson

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Human Trafficking; Gendered Expectations (Women); Prison; Prostitution

Blurb:

Often the quietest people…

Josie Nightingale has always been the odd girl out. While her sisters swoon over guys, she’s busy trying to change the world! Which isn’t easy with Eric “Scooter” Wilson watching her every move.

…have the biggest secrets!

She may be out of his league, but the day Scooter rescued Josie from jail and discovered her secret, he vowed he’d do anything to protect her. And if keeping Josie safe means not letting this stubborn dame out of his sight—then so be it!

Author Note,

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!  A time in America when almost every citizen broke the law and new freedoms were discovered.

Significant change during this time period was the catalyst to bring about a new breed of women.  The right to vote, and opportunities to attend college and to pursue careers paved the way for younger women to embrace who they were.  They flaunted the liberation of their generation and emphasised the separation of past rigid lifestyles with newfound hairstyles, fashion and actions.

Josie Nightingale is The Forgotten Daughter in this, the fourth book in my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties mini-series.  Unlike her sisters, Josie doesn’t concern herself with fashion, make-up or fancy parties.  She embraces the concealment living that the resort provides.  It’s allowed her to pursue another interest – that of helping others.  Under the ruse of attending ladies’ aid meetings she sneaks north once a week to pass out condoms to women working the docks in Duluth.  All goes well until she’s arrested and has to call Scooter Wilson to get her out of the hoosegow.

My heart went out to Scooter from the get-go.  He has his hands full with Josie, but he’s the right man for the task.

I think this was the hardest book for me to write in his series.  I knew it was the end of my visits with the Nightingales – for now.

Robinson, Lauri, The Bootlegger’s Daughter

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Robinson, Lauri, The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2)

Author:  Lauri Robinson

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Alcohol; Gendered Expectations (Women); Murder; Revenge

Blurb:

Of all the speakeasies, in all the world…

Mysterious city slicker Ty Bradshaw might have won her father’s trust, but everyone knows Norma Rose is the true boss of Nightingale’s resort. And it’ll take more than that charming smile to shake the feeling that Ty is not all he seems…

He walks into hers

Ty is a federal agent on a personal mission of revenge. But he hasn’t figured on falling for a bootlegger’s daughter. Suddenly, flirting with headstrong Norma Rose seems far more exhilarating than chasing gangsters!

Author Note,

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!  A time in America when almost every citizen broke the law and new freedoms were discovered.

When I started researching the first book in this series I was amazed by how deeply embedded Minnesota was in the illegal moonshine business.  Decades before Prohibition hit, the University of Minnesota had perfected a corn hybrid that flourished in Minnesota’s shorter growing season.  They named this hybrid ‘Minnesota 13’.

Minnesota 13 was also the name given to the whiskey moonshined from this same corn.  A hub of farmers distilling, selling and transporting Minnesota 13 was formed in Central Minnesota, the whiskey became known worldwide, and it was highly sought-after for years.

The Bootlegger’s Daughter is the second book in my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties mini-series.  Norma Rose is the oldest Nightingale sister, and very protective of her siblings and the family business Nightingale’s – a resort that caters to those with money to spend.

Bootlegging Minnesota 13 is part of the family business, and where there are bootleggers there are prohibition men ready to take them down.  Norma Rose recognises Ty Bradshaw as an agent as soon as she sets eyes on him, but when he comes to her rescue she has some hard decisions to make.

I hope you enjoy Norma Rose and Ty’s story, and reading about this time period that brought more freedom and independence for women.