Smart, Michelle, Claiming His Christmas Consequence

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Smart, Michelle, Claiming His Christmas Consequence (One Night With Consequences, Book 24),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Claiming His Christmas Consequence (One Night With Consequences, Book 24)

Author:  Michelle Smart

Imprint:  Presents (Modern)

Issues:  Parenthood; Revenge; Self Esteem

Blurb:

“You have one new message…”

“Know this, Catalina. You might be a princess, you might be wearing my ring, you might have taken 200,000 euros of my money…but you are carrying my child, and I will find you.”

Catalina had never stepped out of line, until one stolen Christmas night of irresistible passion with French billionaire Nathanial Giroud changed her life forever.

Now, hidden in the Pyrenees, Catalina is determined to protect the small life growing within her from the anguish of her own royal upbringing. Even if she has to defy the husband she so desperately craves!

When one night…leads to pregnancy!

Schield, Cat, The Black Sheep’s Secret Child

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Schield, Cat, The Black Sheep’s Secret Child (Billionaires and Babies, Book 74),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Black Sheep’s Secret Child (Billionaires and Babies, Book 74)

Author:  Cat Schield

Imprint:  Desire

Issues:  Parenthood;

Blurb:

A second chance with her son’s secret father!

Widow Savannah Caldwell faces the challenge of her life: begging Trent Caldwell—her former fling and late husband’s brother—to save the family’s ailing music business. That she’s still attracted to Trent makes things hard; that Trent is her son’s secret father makes things impossible!

Trent is fiercely proud of making his own fortune, despite his controlling father. And he’s always believed his brother got the girl who should have been Trent’s. Now he’ll have the family business, and his brother’s widow in the bargain. But will their romantic reunion be waylaid by Savannah’s shocking baby secret?

Dear Reader,

I’m delighted to be back in Las Vegas for The Black Sheep’s Secret Child, and it was nice to revisit some characters from my original Las Vegas Nights series to see what they’re up to.  I’d like to thank my senior editor, Stacy Boyd, for suggesting a series set in the fascinating world of Vegas nightclubs.  The first book in the Club T’s Las Vegas Nights series, which is also a Billionaires and Babies novel, is both a reunion and a secret baby story.  I hope you enjoy Savannah and Trent’s second chance at love.

Happy reading,

Cat Schield

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

Roberts, Alison, Their First Family Christmas

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Roberts, Alison, Their First Family Christmas,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Their First Family Christmas

Author:  Alison Roberts

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Parenthood

Blurb:

Her Christmas past becomes her Christmas present!

When Dr. Emma Matthews was entrusted with the guardianship of her best friend’s daughter, she promised that every Christmas would be special But this Christmas Eve, Jack Reynolds – her old flame and Lily’s uncle – has walked back into their lives.

Both Emma and Jack still bear the scars of this time last year. But now Jack wants to start again:  being there for his adorable niece, picking up where he and Emma left off, and giving them all the family Christmas they deserve!

Riker, Leigh, The Reluctant Rancher

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Riker, Leigh, The Reluctant Rancher,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Reluctant Rancher

Author:  Leigh Riker

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Parenthood

Blurb:

She can’t stay for long

She just needs a place to hide. Now. Pregnant and on the run, Blossom Kennedy jumps at the opportunity to work as a caregiver to an injured, elderly rancher. While she tends to the man, his handsome grandson takes over at the Circle H. Logan Hunter is tough, loyal and a wonderful father to his young son. But Blossom needs a port in a storm more than she needs love, and soon enough she’ll be moving on. Unless she’s somehow stumbled into the exact place she and her unborn child are supposed to be…by Logan’s side.

Dear Reader,

How much fun can a writer have?  I loved fitting all the pieces together for The Reluctant Rancher.  As a bonus, I got to write about cowboys – always a favorite!

In his “real life,” Logan Hunter is a test pilot who needs an upcoming promotion with higher pay so he can fight for custody of his younger son.  But when the grandfather who raised Logan gets hurt on the family ranch, Logan becomes a temporary cowboy again.

He’s not looking for love.  And Blossom Kennedy, the caregiver he hires to help out, is clearly on the run.  She won’t stay long and neither will he.  But, of course, love has its own plans for these two.

I hope you’ll enjoy this ride on the Circle H ranch, where the buffalo still roam.  And there’s more good news:  The Reluctant Rancher is the first book in my new miniseries, Kansas Cowboys.

Happy reading!

Leigh

Reisz, Tiffany, Her Naughty Holiday

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Reisz, Tiffany, Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work, Book 2)

Author:  Tiffany Reisz

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Parenthood; Self Esteem

Blurb:

A feast she wasn’t expecting!

Clover Greene would sooner crawl into her oven than host family for Thanksgiving dinner. Yet another annual ritual of too much food, served with a side of criticism over “Clover’s Bad Life Choices.” This year, she needs to distract them all—with a handsome fake boyfriend. And she has the perfect guy in mind.

Contractor Erick Fields is the poster boy for sexy single dads, and Clover has been secretly crushing on him for ages. She certainly wasn’t expecting Erick to agree to her insane charade…or to add lots of hot, wicked sex to the deal. If they can pull it off, the worst Thanksgiving ever might give them something to be really thankful for!

Dear Reader,

When my husband and I moved out to Oregon, one of our first trips was up Mount Hood to check out the famous Timberline Lodge (as seen in The Shining), to Mount Hood National Forest and Lost Lake, which is the most photographed spot in the entire state.  Upon arriving at Lost Lake on a fine October afternoon, we realized why.  The view of the top of Mount Hood is glorious, and on a clear day you can see the snow-capped volcanic peak reflected in the deep dark blue waters of the lake.  I’d never seen anything like it before.  It was utterly romantic.  And when a romance writer sees a place that beautiful and that romantic, she has to write a book about it.  In fact, I wrote three books about it, and this is number two in the Men at Work trilogy of books set in and around Lost Lake and Mount Hood.

I hope you enjoy Her Naughty Holiday, featuring Clover Greene, who owns and operates a highly successful garden nursery, and Erick Fields, the father of Clover’s teenaged assistant, Ruthie, who is determined to get her nagging family off her back about her personal life this Thanksgiving.  Meanwhile Ruthie wants a cool stepmother and has decided Clover’s the woman for her.  But is Clover the right woman for Erick?  We’ll see…

Happy Reading!

Tiffany Reisz

Unofficial Ambassador to Mount Hood, Oregon

Minton, Brenda, The Rancher’s Texas Match

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Minton, Brenda, The Rancher’s Texas Match,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Rancher’s Texas Match

Author:  Brenda Minton

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Abandonment; Bereavement; Grief; Parenthood

Blurb:

A Rancher’s Mission

As a volunteer at the Lone Star Cowboy League Boys Ranch, Tanner Barstow helps the troubled young residents turn their lives around. When a local rancher dies and leaves his large property to the boys ranch, Tanner finds himself spending a lot of time with Macy Swanson, whose orphaned nephew, Colby, lives at the ranch. Tanner’s attracted to the newcomer, but she doesn’t fit his plans. Macy longs to have Colby come home with her, but the former city girl worries she won’t be the mother he deserves. Can Tanner help her see that the future she and Colby need is right here—with him?

Dear Reader,

I’m so glad to have another opportunity to participate in a continuity.  Lone Star Cowboy League:  Boys Ranch takes you to Haven, Texas, deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country.

The characters in this book quickly became special to me.  There were moments that their journey took me by surprise.  I hope that you’ll love Macy, Tanner and Colby as much as I do and that the lessons they learn about grief, faith and finding peace will touch your heart and life.

I know from experience that there are so many children in placements like the LSCL Boys Ranch.  They’re waiting to go home, waiting to find homes and trying to find peace.  If this book touches your heart, then allow your life to touch the lives of those children in the foster care system.

Brenda Minton

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

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