Nelson, Rhonda, The Player

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Nelson, Rhonda, The Player (Men Out of Uniform, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).

Title:  The Player (Men Out of Uniform, Book 1)

Author:  Rhonda Nelson

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Guilt; PTSD;

Blurb:

There’s nothing like a man in uniform…or out of it!

Especially when he’s as hot as former Ranger Jamie Flanagan. After their last assignment went horribly wrong, he and his buddies needed to get out of the military for good. There was only one catch – that he and his pals promise their commanding officer one favour. Any favour.

Now tall, dark and sexy Jamie is a top security specialist…and the ultimate ladies’ man. So he’s more than a little surprised when he learns the colonel has set him up to protect his grand-daughter. Who would trust a player like Jamie with a gorgeous woman like Audrey? Then he learns his “mission” is to seduce her away from another man…

Dear Reader,

Welcome to my Men Out of Uniform trilogy!  There’s something inherently sexy about the cut of Dress Blues, something casually attractive about a set of BDU’s.  There’s honour and courage and the idea of a greater good in every stitch, and those qualities are found in the men who wear them, as well.  But if there’s anything sexier than a guy in uniform, it’s a guy out of one, and that’s what this series is all about.

Jamie Flanagan, Brian Payne and Guy McCann are heroes to die for.  They’re die-hard bachelors.  They’re bad boys.  They’re Southern gentlemen.  They’re former US Army Rangers.  The only way they could be any better would be if they were dipped in chocolate….and since these are Mills & Boon Blaze stories, that’s always a distinct possibility.  I hope you enjoy The Player, and be sure to check out The Specialist coming in October and The Maverick, which will be on sale in November.  I’ve paired these guys with heroines who are strong enough to tangle with them, but soft enough to smooth out the rough edges.  The result is a series of books that have been fun to write, and rewarding as well.

I love to hear from my readers, so be sure to pop by my website – www.readrhondanelson.com.  I blog frequently about the bizarre happenings that make up everyday life.  Sample headings include “The Day My Dog Ate a Glue Stick” and “How I Felled a Possum with a Can of Fruit Cocktail.” (See?  I told you it was bizarre.)

Happy reading!

Rhonda Nelson

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

Rock, Karen, Someone Like You

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Rock, Karen, Someone Like You, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Someone Like You

Author:  Karen Rock

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; PTSD

Blurb:

You can’t program love…or can you?

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?

Dear Reader,

Romance is a tricky thing to find.  It can lurk in the most unexpected places, like right beneath your nose!  Such was the case for me and my husband of twenty years, Greg.  We were friends for a long time, and I often wished I could meet someone like him to have as a boyfriend.  Then one day it dawned on me.  I’d already met that person.  Greg!  It’s funny how once you’ve put someone in a category like “friend” it’s hard to take them out of it.  There’s fear that maybe they won’t fit as well in the new category “partner”, so many of us wait, reluctant to risk ruining the relationship and losing that person altogether.

It takes a big leap of faith and bravery to move your relationship out of the “friend zone”.  But when it pays off, you have both your best friend and the love of your life.  I recently asked, “What are your tips for lasting love?” in our Wholesome Romance:  Mills & Boon Heartwarming Goodreads group.  I was amazed at how many of our fantastic group members (and it’s an open group, so please join us!) responded by saying that friendship was a key ingredient to long-term happiness.

When I wrote Someone Life You, I drew on the idea that although there is fear and trepidation in moving beyond friendship, it is the best predictor of lifelong joy.  My main characters, Kayleigh and Niall, have been best friends since childhood.  They have a special bond neither wants to put at risk by following their hearts.  Yet finding true love takes real courage, which is, ultimately, the heart of this novel.

I would love to hear from you.  And about your own love stories.  To contact me, please email karenrock@live.com.  Thanks!

Karen

Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep

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Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Kids on the Doorstep

Author:  Kimberly Van Meter

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Assault; Child Abandonment; Child Abuse; Parenthood; PTSD; Therapy

Blurb:

John Murphy gets the shock of his life when he finds three abandoned girls on his doorstep. Once he takes them in, it isn’t long before the little tykes bring out his fiercest protective instincts. So when their mother shows up at his Emmett’s Mill ranch, he’s ready to do battle.

Except Renee Dolling isn’t what he expects. She clearly loves her girls and wants to make up for past mistakes. John wants to trust her, but he’s got the girls to think about. Unless Renee can prove she’s the mother her daughters deserve…and the woman this solitary rancher needs.

McEwen, Claire, Return to Marker Ranch

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McEwen, Claire, Return to Marker Ranch (Sierra Legacy, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Return to Marker Ranch (Sierra Legacy, Book 2)

Author:  Claire McEwen

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Abortion; Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Guilt; Parenthood; PTSD

Blurb:

This is one reunion both of them could do without

This is the chance she’s been waiting for to prove she can run her family’s ranch. And despite her many doubters, Lori Allen knows she’s doing a good job. Until the man who once broke her heart—Wade Hoffman—runs her well dry! And it turns out he’s got as much to prove as she does. After serving his country, Wade’s back to rebuild his family’s reputation and win his battle with PTSD.

With so much to lose, neither can afford to give in to temptation. But to succeed they must let go of old heartache and face up to bringing out each other’s worst, along with the best. And what doesn’t kill them…

Dear Reader,

Return to Marker Ranch started out as a short story about two young people caught in a snowstorm together and forced to come to terms with their past.  I entered the story in a contest which it didn’t win, and then set it aside.  But the characters, Wade Hoffman and Lori Allen, so in love, and so torn apart by the past, haunted me.  I couldn’t stop thinking about them and the issues they were grappling with.  I realized that they had to have their own book.  But when I started writing, it quickly became clear that their story was much bigger than one book.  So that first short story grew into the Sierra Legacy series.

I loved writing Wade and Lori’s book.  And along the way it became so much more than a story for me.  Wade’s attempts to fit into his hometown felt similar to my own struggles growing up in a troubled family and feeling like I’d never fit in anywhere.  Lori’s efforts to never show weakness, and to work so hard to seem perfect, also felt familiar.  Wade’s PTSD broke my heart as I read articles and learned more about the challenges that veterans face.  And Lori came to represent all of the brave people who love our veterans and stand by them, even when it’s difficult.

I hope you enjoy Wade and Lori’s story of love, forgiveness and healing.  To find out more about PTSD, or how to help veterans, please visit the resources page of my website, www.clairemcewen.com.  And thank you for reading Return to Marker Ranch.  I hope the story touches your heart the way it did mine.

Claire McEwen

Lacey, Helen, Date with Destiny

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Lacey, Helen, Date with Destiny,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Date with Destiny

Author:  Helen Lacey

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Accident; Bereavement; Breakdown; Emotional Quotient; PTSD

Blurb:

Financier Grace Preston did fourteen-hour days in New York City. She didn’t do small towns in Australia. Not since she’d fled almost twenty years ago. But when a personal trauma sent her home, with a secret she couldn’t reveal the last person she needed was her first love.

Local cop Cameron Jakowski had loved Grace for most of his life. But he wanted marriage and family and she didn’t. He was small town, while she was big city and lived half a world away. But for now she was right here walking, talking temptation. One he managed to avoid until he made one mistake. He kissed her. And reawakened the passion that could change their lives forever.

Dear Reader,

I’m absolutely delighted to welcome you back to Crystal Point and to my fourth book for Harlequin Special Edition, Date with Destiny.

I’ve had so many emails from readers asking when the beautiful but emotionally closed off Grace Preston will get her happy ending.  I knew it would take a special kind of man to break down her walls and really see the woman most believe is a workaholic ice princess who doesn’t need anything or anyone.  But local cop Cameron Jakowski isn’t fooled, and of course he turns out to be just what she needs!  As they’ve known one another since they were children, he’s more than capable of dealing with her reticence and coolness.  Their journey really is about second chances and the value of family, and of course, love.  I hope you enjoy Grace and Cameron’s story and I invite you to return to Crystal Point in the near future.

I love hearing from readers and can be contacted ia my website at www.helenlacey.com.

Warmest wishes,

Helen Lacey

Wylie, Trish, The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction

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Wylie, Trish, The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction (Brannigan Siblings, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2011).

Title:  The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction (Brannigan Siblings, Book 1)

Author:  Trish Wylie

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Child Abandonment; PTSD

Blurb:

Lawyer Olivia Brannigan has faced down some cool customers, but client Blake Clayton takes emotional control to a whole new level. The man didn’t even bat an eyelid when he inherited a fortune from his estranged father!Blake doesn’t want guilt money—the only thing piquing his interest is the tough-talking, sweet-looking lawyer that comes with his new property portfolio.

Dating on the job isn’t in Olivia’s Guide to Good Client-Lawyer Relationships, and it certainly doesn’t sit easily with her “no strings” attitude…but aren’t rules always made to be broken?

 

Shalvis, Jill, Storm Watch

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Shalvis, Jill, Storm Watch (Uniformly Hot!, Book 8),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2010).

Title:  Storm Watch (Uniformly Hot!, Book 8)

Author:  Jill Shalvis

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Bereavement; PTSD

Blurb:

Subject: Jason Mauer, National Guard.

Current status: Homeward bound.

Mission: Getting some R & R!

Obstacle: Lizzy Mann. Sexy blast from the past.

After battling a hurricane of catastrophic proportions, Jason needs some downtime–badly! But there’s no rest for the heroic. During another deluge, Jason’s savior skills are suddenly in demand…by his hot friend Lizzy.

She’s fiercely independent. But that doesn’t keep them from having incredible sex as they, ah, ride out the storm!

Jason knows relationships and duty don’t mix. Still, he feels as if he’s being swept away by a flash flood of desire for Lizzy.

The permanent kind…

 

Potter, Patricia, Tempted by the Soldier

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Potter, Patricia, Tempted by the Soldier (Home to Covenant Falls, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2015).

Title:  Tempted by the Soldier (Home to Covenant Falls, Book 2)

Author:  Patricia Potter

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Injury; PTSD

Blurb:

Forgetting the past, facing the future 

Stephanie Phillips is sick of charm. And Clint Morgan, the newest resident of Covenant Falls, has it in spades. Stephanie knows she should run the other way because the former Blackhawk pilot is too good-looking, too charismatic…and much too sexy. 

As the town veterinarian, Stephanie has truly found her home here. Clint, on the other hand, is staying for only a short time while he recovers from an injury. But when he starts to fit seamlessly into the close-knit community, the irresistible risk-taker makes his way into her heart.

Dear Reader,

When I first envisioned my previous book, The Soldier’s Promise (Mills & Boon Superromance April 2014), and created the fictional Colorado town of Covenant Falls, I thought it would be a stand-alone book, a story about a wounded soldier returning home and a military dog with PTSD and how they healed each other.

But I fell in love with the town and its citizens who believe baked goodies cure all ills, who have an infinite curiosity about newcomers and who band together in times of trouble.  From Maude, who runs the diner, to Doc Bradley, the irascible town doctor, they did not want to go quietly into the night.

Most of all, I fell in love with Stephanie, the town’s veterinarian with the big but very cautious heart.  It would take a very special guy to break the barriers she’d constructed against the opposite sex, and Clint Morgan, an army helicopter pilot with a mild traumatic brain injury, was just the man to do it as he tried to rebuild his life.

And no story in Covenant Falls would be complete without a cast of animals.  Braveheart is back and plays no small part in matchmaking.

Enjoy!

Patricia Potter

 

Phillips, Charlotte, Sleeping with the Soldier

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Phillips, Charlotte, Sleeping with the Soldier (The Flat in Notting Hill, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Sleeping with the Soldier (The Flat in Notting Hill, Book 2)

Author:  Charlotte Phillips

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  PTSD

Blurb:

A sleepless night too many!

All Lara Connor knows about the hot-as-sin guy who lives above her is that his nocturnal activities are keeping her awake. A lot. Fed up – and not at all jealous! – she decides to confront the man head-on. Big mistake! Because, face to face, Lara sees just why so many women fall into Alex’s bed!

Nights have been sheer torture for ex-soldier Alex ever since he returned from active duty, but he’s not about to share that with Lara. But, when she becomes his unexpected flatmate, temptation personified is sleeping in the room next door and keeping his distance is going to be difficult. Impossible. In fact… it’s the perfect opportunity to show her just why sleep is so overrated…

Dear Reader,

Well, here we are again-but this time I’m part of a team!  This is the first book I’ve ever written in collaboration with other authors, and I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did planning and writing it.

Writing is usually very solitary-just me and my laptop-but with this book I’ve had three other fab authors to brainstorm and chat with.  We shared photos and décor plans for the flat in Notting Hill, and bounced around ideas for the café where all the flatmates meet up.

The best bit has been seeing glimpses of Lara and Alex in the other books in The Flat in Notting Hill series.  For once the road to happy-ever-after for my couple isn’t the limit of their story, and I can see a bigger picture of their friendships and their lives together.  Add to that the wonderful vibrancy of the Notting Hill setting and this story really leapt off the page for me.  I hope it does for you too!

Love

Charlotte x