Kirst, Karen, The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins

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Kirst, Karen, The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins (Smoky Mountain Matches, Book 9),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins (Smoky Mountain Matches, Book 9)

Author:  Karen Kirst

Imprint:  Love Inspired Historical

Issues:  Child Abandonment; Orphan; Parenthood

Blurb:

Holiday Baby Blessings 

Convinced that Allison Ashworth deserves better, Sheriff Shane Timmons has always tried to remain aloof around his childhood companion. But with Allison in Gatlinburg for the holidays, insisting on caring for two motherless babies, Shane feels obliged to help her. How can he keep his distance when she and the children are quickly becoming the family he never dared to wish for?

As a girl, Allison was drawn to the wary yet handsome Shane, who never seemed to look her way. But in spending time with him and two sweet babies, she might yet find a chink in the confirmed bachelor’s armor. Every shared moment gives Allison hope that this Christmas, her dreams of motherhood—and a life with Shane—may finally be coming true.

Dear Reader,

I hope you enjoyed Shane’s story.  As the good sheriff has appeared in nearly all of my Smoky Mountain Matches books, doubts regarding God’s love.  While it’s easy for Shane to believe in a divine Creator, he struggles to accept that God could truly care about him.  His spiritual journey was a challenge to portray, and I pray I succeeded in meshing it seamlessly with his flourishing relationship with Allison.

For information about my other books, please visit my website www.karenkirst.com.  You can find me on Facebook and on Twitter @KarenKirst.  If you’d like to email me, my address is karenkirst@live.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

Merry Christmas,

Karen Kirst

Ferrarella, Marie, The Cowboy and the Baby

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Ferrarella, Marie, The Cowboy and the Baby,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Cowboy and the Baby

Author:  Marie Ferrarella

Imprint:  Western Romance

Issues:  Orphan; Parenthood

Blurb:

The wrangler’s special delivery…

When the father of her baby bails, Devon Bennett finds herself in a difficult position. As in “giving birth in a truck on the side of a road” difficult. Devon’s never felt more alone, until a hunky cowboy rides in to save the day.

Deputy Cody McCullough can’t shake the feeling that Devon and her baby still need him, and not just because they’re staying at his ranch. It’s obvious that the single mom’s heart has been broken before and trusting this cowboy lawman doesn’t come easily. But Cody will do whatever it takes to make Devon feel safe again…and to see that her heart finally has a home.

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to Forever, Texas.  I have a brand-new family for you, the McCulloughs, three brothers and a sister.  Orphaned at a young age, they learned early on to depend upon one another and also on the kindness of others, such as Miss Joan, the hard on the outside, soft on the inside owner of the diner, the town’s only restaurant.

This first book belongs to Cody, the third brothers.  While all four McCulloughs live on the family ranch and pitch in to make a go of it, three of them are branching out.  In Cody’s case, he became a deputy sheriff, taking Alma Rodriguez-Tyler’s place when the latter retired to raise her children.

Growing up on the ranch, Cody had more than one occasion to assist when one of the horses had a foal or when one of the cows had a calf.  All that came in handy on the morning he came across Devon Bennett, who had pulled over to the side of the road in her beat-up truck because she was in labor.  Drawn to the vehicle by her screams, the young deputy had no choice but to help.  And once he helped that young life come into the world, he felt honor-bound to make sure that everything else went well for the infant, as well as the baby’s mother.  Come see what happens next!

As always, I thank you for reading one of my books, and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you someone to love who loves you back!

Love,

Marie Ferrarella

Lane, Elizabeth, The Ballad of Emma O’Toole

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Lane, Elizabeth, The Ballad of Emma O’Toole,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Ballad of Emma O’Toole

Author:  Elizabeth Lane

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Gambling; Gendered Expectations (Women); Orphan; Parenthood; Revenge

Blurb:

High-stakes marriage..

After he shoots a man, the stakes for gambler Logan Devereaux have never been higher. On trial for his life, he’s offered a shocking alternative form of restitution…marriage to his victim’s pregnant sweetheart!

Beautiful Emma O’Toole has sworn vengeance against him – and when a newspaper man puts her tragic story to song the whole nation waits to see what she’ll do. Their marriage is the riskiest gamble Logan’s ever taken, but he’ll put everything he’s got on the line for a chance at winning Emma’s heart.

Author Note,

This is a ‘Book of My Heart’.  In the years that passed between its beginning and its publication the story never left me, and I never gave up on it.  Seeing it in print at last, and being able to share it with you, is a very personal joy.

Park City, Utah, is an hour’s drive from where I live.  Cradled by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, its history is as spectacular as its setting.  My own pioneer great-great-grandfather directed the first settlement of the high valley – then known as Parley’s Park.  Its progression from farming community to silver mining boom town, from crumbling backwater to world-class ski resort and home of the Sundance Film Festival, is a true American saga.

The Ballad of Emma O’Toole is set amid the silver boom of the 1980s that brought wealth-seekers from all over the world.  Young Emma O’Toole is determined to make a better life for herself, but her beauty is offset by every possible strike against her.  She’s orphaned, impoverished, and pregnant by a nineteen-year-old boy as poor as she is.  Fate and tragedy intervene to thrust her into the reluctant arms of gambler Logan Devereaux, a cynical man with a dangerous past.  Can such an unlikely pair find happiness together?  I hope you’ll be cheering them on, as I was, all the way to the end of their story.

I offer you this book with a piece of my heart.  Enjoy.

Justiss, Julia, Stolen Encounters with the Duchess

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Justiss, Julia, Stolen Encounters with the Duchess (Hadley’s Hellions, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Stolen Encounters with the Duchess (Hadley’s Hellions, Book 2)

Author:  Julia Justiss

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Class Differences; Infidelity; Orphan

Blurb:

She would rather burn in his presence than pine in his absence

Faith Wellingford Evers, Duchess of Ashedon, is tired of society’s endless gossiping about her failings and her late husband’s infidelities. Seeking escape one night, she’s attacked by ruffians, but is saved by an unlikely figure from her past!

Having risen from penniless orphan to Member of Parliament, David Tanner Smith is no longer the quiet boy Faith once knew. With the first spine-tingling kiss, their old friendship is transformed. And in its place is an explosive mix of illicit encounters and forbidden desire…

Author Note,

For both readers and writers, sometimes secondary characters get stuck in our heads.  Intrigued by the  glimpses we’ve been given of them, we want to know their whole story.  Where did they come from and what will happen to them?

Such was the case with Davie in From Waif to Gentleman’s Wife.  An orphan taken in by an elderly widow, he comes involved in the lives of Sir Edward Greaves and Joanna Merrill, the penniless governess who ends up on Ned’s doorstep.  When Davie saves Joanna from danger, a grateful Ned takes him under his wing, impressed by the orphan’s courage, ingenuity and intelligence.

By the time I’d finished Waif I knew he would grow up to be a Parliamentary leader, instrumental in moving England towards a ore egalitarian future with the great Reform Bill.  I also knew that he would fall in love with Faith, the youngest Wellingford daughter – sister of Sarah, heroine of The Wedding Gamble – a girl far above his station.  But how could they find a happy ending?

In Stolen Encounters with the Duchess, Davie has become that leader, and is still in love with the girl he met when he was just beginning his career.  When they meet by chance ten years later he is an influential force, while Faith is a new widow, estranged from her family and Society.  Although painfully aware that she is still far beyond his touch, David vows to reawaken in her the joy, optimism and self-confidence years of being a scorned, neglected wife have crushed.  But love is a force that resists being contained…

I hope you will enjoy Faith and Davie’s story.

Gibson, Rhonda, A Pony Express Christmas Bride

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Gibson, Rhonda, A Pony Express Christmas,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  A Pony Express Christmas

Author:  Rhonda Gibson

Imprint:  Love Inspired Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Orphan; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Mistletoe marriage of convenience…

When Jake Bridges suddenly finds himself the guardian of his orphaned niece, he knows he needs a wife. What does a stock tender at a pony express station know about raising little girls? A marriage of convenience to the child’s caretaker is the most practical solution.

A mail-order marriage seems like Leah Hollister’s last chance to know the simple joys of family life. But then she receives word that her would-be groom is dead. Now Jake proposes she marry him. She knows love isn’t necessary. Yet the more she learns of sweet Molly’s kindhearted uncle, the more she dreams of a true partnership with the man who has unexpectedly captured her heart.

Dear Reader,

When I was researching the Pony Express, I came across a letter from a little girl who asked if there were any girl Pony Express riders.  The gentleman who answered her letter said, “not that history recorded but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.”  that got me to thinking, and Josephine’s story was born.  I enjoyed telling Thomas and Josephine’s love story.

Thank you so much for reading Pony Express Christmas Bride.  I hope you are enjoying reading this miniseries as much as I am writing it.

Warmly,

Rhonda Gibson

Thomas, Rachael, To Blackmail a Di Sione

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Thomas, Rachael, To Blackmail a Di Sione (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  To Blackmail a Di Sione (The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 3)

Author:  Rachael Thomas

Imprint:  Presents (Modern)

Issues:  Bereavement; Blackmail; Orphan

Blurb:

“When you’ve finished making offers for the bracelet, I have a proposition for you.”

Billionaire Liev Dragunov has spent a lifetime plotting revenge against those responsible for his family’s ruin. Finally he has the way: Bianca Di Sione.

She’s denied their obvious attraction and coolly rebuffs every request to work for him—until he finds her weakness: a diamond bracelet she desperately needs!

Bianca must become his fake fiancée if she wants her trinket! But the taste of revenge isn’t as sweet as desire, and Liev discovers that she is innocent in more ways than one…

Dear Reader,

I was really excited to be part of The Billionaire’s Legacy and with authors I’ve loved reading for a long time.  In fact, it was an honor.

I fell in love with my hero, Live, and really enjoyed writing his and Bianca’s story, set against the backdrop of a city I have always wanted to visit.  When I did, I was totally swept up by it and didn’t want to leave.

I hope you enjoy meeting Live and Bianca as much as I did.

Happy reading.

Rachael

xx

Beckett, Tina, Winning Back His Doctor Bride

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Beckett, Tina, Winning Back His Doctor Bride (The Hollywood Hills Clinic, Book 8),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Winning Back His Doctor Bride (The Hollywood Hills Clinic, Book 8)

Author:  Tina Beckett

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Abandonment; Orphan

Blurb:

The one that got away

Dr James Rothsberg, renowned plastic surgeon and owner of The Hollywood Hills Clinic, is famous for his control. But then he finds himself working with beautiful Dr Mila Brightman—the woman he left at the altar six years ago.

Drawn together again by an orphaned patient, it’s not long before the lingering chemistry between them explodes. Now James must decide whether to run again, or fight for the woman he never stopped loving!

Dear Reader,

Have you ever done something to protect a loved one?  Something that hurt so deeply you thought you might never recover, but you did it anyway?  Not everyone has had to make sacrifices like that, but I think most of us are willing to if it means the securty and happiness of that other person.

This is the position that James Rothsberg found himself in when he unexpectedly fell for Mila Brightman.  Only once he dropped the axe on their relationship he never expected to see her again.  Years later Mila is back in town, and the two are forced to work together for the benefit of their community.  And in doing so they fid old feelings resurfacing at the worst of times.

Thank you for joining James and Mila as they struggle to get past old hurts and uncover secrets they thought long buried.  And maybe – just maybe – they’ll rediscover love along the way. 

I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I loved writing it! Enjoy!

Love,

Tina Beckett