White, Hope, Witness Pursuit

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White, Hope, Witness Pursuit (Echo Mountain, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Witness Pursuit (Echo Mountain, Book 5)

Author:  Hope White

Imprint:  Love Inspired Suspense

Issues:  Guilt; Murder

Blurb:

Guarding the Witness

When Cassie McBride discovers a dead body in a rental cabin, she quickly becomes the killer’s next target. Now the upbeat, chatty property manager is under the personal protection of police chief Nate Walsh—the living embodiment of the strong, silent type. Nate’s tragic past has taught him that a cop falling for a pretty witness can lead to disaster. Dogged at every turn by the murderer, Nate must stay focused and not let his growing feelings for Cassie interfere with his duty. If there’s any hope for Cassie—or a future for them—it’s going to take all Nate’s skill to not only keep her safe…but to keep her alive.

Dear Reader,

I’m so very excited to present to you the fifth book in my Echo Mountain series, featuring Cassie McBride and Police Chief Nate Walsh.  What a great couple!

Cassie is an optimist with a lighthearted nature who’s paired with Nate, the strong silent type who intimidates people just by looking at them.  Yet somehow, as Nate plays bodyguard for Cassie in the rugged Cascade Mountains, they help each other work through their personal struggles, and Cassie opens Nate’s heart to the concept of “grace.”

The emotionally guarded chief of police even challenges Cassie to speak her truth with love to her family, something she’s been unable to do.  She’d rather escape her hometown and travel indefinitely than tell her mom, brother and sister that their smothering style is driving her away.  But before she can speak her truth, Cassie must elude mob guys who think she has taken something oftheirs.  As Cassie and Nate spend time together, he feels saddened by the thought of losing her once the case is solved and she leaves town.  But if he loves her, he won’t hold her back from her dream of traveling.

The theme of speaking your truth with love is woven throughout the pages of this book because I feel it’s essential for healthy relationships.  I hope you enjoyed Cassie and Nate’s journey as they learned to come together and embrace truth and faith.

Peace,

Hope White

James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night

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James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2)

Author:  Sophia James

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Class Differences; Domestic Violence; Murder; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships.  Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion.

Forced by a snowstorm to spend the night together, these two lonely people seek solace in each other’s arms. The passion they unleash surprises them both. Then a new day dawns…

Author Note,

One Unashamed Night is the second book in a family trilogy about the three Wellingham brothers, Asher, Taris and Cristo.  Asher, the Duke of Carisbrook, appeared in High Seas to High Society, and I received many letters from fans who were fascinated by his younger brother, Taris, and wanted to read his story.

Well, here he is!  Lord Taris Wellingham is an intensely private man, and one who keeps the world at bay in order to preserve his greatest secret.

Cristo’s book is yet to come.  He has had only a vague mention so far, but as a spy for England in France he has his own demons and distance.

I’d like to dedicate this book to three wonderful women in my life:  Pat Rendall, for her insight into the world of darkness; my mother, Jewell Kivell, for enthusiastically reading the first draft; and Linda Fildew, my fantastic editor, for her patience with and belief in all of my books.

David, Kay, Safe in His Arms

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David, Kay, Safe in His Arms,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2007).

Title:  Safe in His Arms

Author:  Kay David

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Murder

Blurb:

Ninety percent of what every cop hears is a lie. And Daniel Bishop knows it. Which is why he’s surprised to realize he wants the beautiful Anise Borden to be telling the truth. Anise’s soon-to-be ex was shot as she hugged him goodbye. And that makes Anise the prime suspect. If she’s guilty, it’s Bishop’s job to put her away. But as he starts building his case, another body turns up. Is Anise a coldhearted killer? Or a potential victim? He has to find out before it’s too late for Anise… and his heart.

Dear Reader,

In Safe in His Arms, Anise Borden has two havens of safety – her friendship with Sarah Levy and her work.  Anise was raised by Sarah’s parents following the tragic loss of her mother in a house fire.  The two girls share a relationship that is special to them both.  As an adult, Anise finds peace by dedicating herself to her artistic creations, the shadow boxes she sells through Sarah’s art gallery.  When she is troubled or confused, she turns to these two outlets, sometimes consciously, sometimes not, for comfort and reassurance.

I believe everyone needs a place where they can go and feel safe, a refuge they can retreat to when the world becomes too difficult.  For some, that haven may be a physical location:  a quiet maze, the beach in winter, a church caught in the ritual of Sunday morning.  For others, it may be a state of mind.  They lose themselves in a good book or a movie.  Sometimes a daydream will suffice.  The luckiest of us have found this shelter in the arms of our loving families.

These sanctuaries aren’t just for adults, either.  Have you ever seen a toddler curled up and asleep under the dining-room table after a chaotic family feast?  They’re looking for a quiet place in the midst of confusion.  Even animals seek places of security.  My cats will sometimes hide under the bed when the doorbell rings.  They aren’t sure who’s coming, but they do know where they’ll be safe.

In our ever hectic, ever chaotic life, these sanctuaries, be they imaginary or real, are more and more necessary.  They keep us sane and balanced.  I hope you Anise’s journey to that realization in Safe in His Arms, then go on to find your own special place.

Kay David

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.

Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Secret

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Secret (Dark Seas, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Siren’s Secret (Dark Seas, Book 1)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Murder; Violence

Blurb:

Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual …and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?

Fulford, Joanna, His Lady of Castlemora

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Fulford, Joanna, His Lady of Castlemora, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  His Lady of Castlemora

Author:  Joanna Fulford

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Loss; Murder

Blurb:

The Betrothal Bargain

The infamous Lord Ban has lost all in the Northumbrian conflict, and now this battle-hardened warrior must turn his thoughts to producing an heir. But only the very desperate would align her fate with such a man.…

Almost broken by the violent ravings of her first husband, the recently widowed but ever beautiful Lady Isabelle is left with no dowry and no hope for the future. Believed to be barren, she is forced into a secret betrothal to the powerful Lord. On one condition—she must be with child before the wedding vows are spoken…

Fossen, Delores, Six-Gun Showdown

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Fossen, Delores, Six-Gun Showdown (Appaloosa Pass Ranch, Book 5), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Six-Gun Showdown (Appaloosa Pass Ranch, Book 5)

Author:  Delores Fossen

Imprint:  Intrigue

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Murder; Parenthood; Stalking; Violence

Blurb:

“I’m not dead.”

The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch—out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it’s Jax who’s risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that’s primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.

Winters, Rebecca, Beneath a Texas Sky

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Winters, Rebecca, Beneath a Texas Sky,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2002).

Title:  Beneath a Texas Sky

Author:  Rebecca Winters

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Convict; Murder; Prison

Blurb:

Dana Turner is an astronomer; she’s also an ex-convict. Deliberately framed for a murder she didn’t commit, she spent seven months in prison. On her release, she came to Texas to work at an isolated little observatory in the Davis Mountains. She has no interest in people—only in stars.

That changes when she meets Jace Riley. For the first time in a long time, she’s attracted to someone. More than attracted. But, despite her feelings, she has some questions about Jace, a man who shows up in her life with astonishing frequency.

Jace has questions about her, too. He’s a Texas Ranger working undercover, searching for two cop-killers. He’s traced them this far, to the town of Cloud Rim, where they simply disappeared. He finds himself wondering whether the beautiful and mysterious Dana Turner has anything to do with his case. And hoping she doesn’t…

Dear Reader,

I’ve heard people say, “There aren’t any mountains in Texas!”  Well…I’m here to tell you that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.  The Rocky Mountains definitely run through the western part of Texas.  In fact, the Davis Mountains of the Lone Star State have been nicknamed “The Texas Alps”.

On top of Mt. Locke at 6800 feet where the air is dry and clear sits the McDonald Observatory owned by the University of Texas at Austin.  This area is renowned for having one of darkest skies in North America and is therefore perfect for viewing the heavens.  I’ve modeled my own fictitious setting after this one.

My hero, Captain Jace Riley of the Texas Rangers, is truly a hero.  Rangers have a heritage that can be traced to the earliest days of Anglo settlement in Texas.  They’ve often been compared to four other world famous law-enforcement agencies:  the FBI, Scotland Yard, Interpol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Prior to the Civil War, there was a real Texas Ranger with the first name Jace and another whose last name was Riley.  I liked both names so much, I put them together to create my hero.  Former Captain Bob Crowder has described the Rangers this way:  “A Ranger is an officer who is able to handle any given situation without definite instructions from his commanding officer or higher authority.  This ability must be proven before a man becomes a Ranger.”  I think you’ll agree that Jace Riley is a perfect example of that.

I hope you’ll enjoy Jace’s story-and his romance with Dana Turner, first introduced in My Private Detective.

Rebecca Winters

P.S.  If you have access to the internet, please check out my website at http://www.rebeccawinters-author.com

Cooper, Inglath, A Year and a Day

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Cooper, Inglath, A Year and a Day,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2005).

Title:  A Year and a Day

Author:  Inglath Cooper

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Murder; Parenthood; Rape

Blurb:

She has the life most women dream of

Too bad for Audrey Colby it’s all a facade. Her seemingly devoted husband is really a monster. Their high-society “friends” protect his ugly secrets. The mansion they live in is just a gilded prison for her and her son, Sammy. Everything hinges on escape. One day, Audrey decides she and her son need to escape. She’s had enough. If only Nicholas Wakefield would stop interfering.

Former state prosecutor Nicholas has seen his share of violence perpetrated against women. He knows there are some injustices he can’t make right, like the unsolved rape and murder of his teenage sister. He failed her. But he won’t fail Audrey…

Dear Reader,

Audrey Colby is a woman who took a wrong turn early in her life.  Ignored that little voice of doubt that bid her to take a second look.  We’ve all done it.  It’s just that some bad decisions put us in worse places than others.

Like most of the choices we make, the picture isn’t black and white.  Audrey has a son whom she loves heart and soul.  And she’s determined to give him the life he deserves, a life free of the awful things he’s seen from his father.

I once heard someone living in a difficult situation asked why she stayed, why she didn’t leave.  Her answer?  “At least this devil I know.

That’s the tough part.  Prying ourselves out of the familiar, even when it’s bad, and flinging ourselves into the unknown.

I think of my own life as a tapestry, countless threads of good and bad woven together.  It would be impossible to pull one thread without changing the landscape of the entire thing, making it something other than what it is.  Maybe the challenge then is to find peace with the choices we’ve made, and go forward with experience as a beacon to light our path.

I love to hear from readers.  Please visit my website at www.inglathcooper.com.  Or write to me at P.O. Box 973, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

All best,

Inglath Cooper

Cassidy, Carla, Confessing to the Cowboy

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Cassidy, Carla, Confessing to the Cowboy (Cowboy Café, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  Confessing to the Cowboy (Cowboy Cafe, Book 4)

Author:  Carla Cassidy

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Murder; Parenthood

Blurb:

Someone is killing waitresses at the Cowboy Cafe. Three women are dead, and Sheriff Cameron Evans means to find out why. But as he works to solve the case, the hunky sheriff must push beyond his feelings for the cafe’s owner. There’s a murderer on the loose. Passion has no place here.

For Mary Mathis, the crime is personal. Not only are the victims her employees, they may be a sign of something deeper. Eight years ago she came to Grady Gulch fleeing a violent past that has scarred her for life. Now she has to discover if that history is dooming the women who work for her. She already knows it has made new love impossible; no matter what she may secretly desire.

Dear Reader,

It’s always with a bit of sadness that I come to an end of a series, and I especially hate to say goodbye to all the people of Grady Gulch, Oklahoma, and the Cowboy Café.

There’s nothing better than small towns that enjoy a sense of community pride, places where neighbors help neighbors without any expectation of repayment.  My heroine, Mary Mathis, lands in Grady Gulch with secrets that threaten both herself and her son, secrets that she hopes nobody ever learns.  Sheriff Cameron Evans is a man on a mission, wanting to discover everything he can about the lovely Mary who owns and operates the Cowboy Café.  But when her secrets explode, death and destruction follow and Mary must learn to trust the very man who could destroy her.

I hope you enjoy this last book in the Cowboy Café series.  Who knows, maybe someday in the future we’ll come back to visit.

Happy reading!

Carla Cassidy