David, Kay, Marriage to a Stranger

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David, Kay, Marriage to a Stranger,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2002).

Title:  Marriage to a Stranger

Author:  Kay David

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Divorce; Gendered Expectations (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women); Stalking

Blurb:

“You’re going to have to act like his wife, whether you want to or not.”

After seven years, the marriage of Conley and Lara Harrison is over. Lara still cares for Conley, but he’s hurt her once too often. She wants nothing more than to get her divorce and move on. But that’s not going to be easy. Not once she learns there’s a stalker pursuing Conley.

Lara’s a bodyguard and, according to everyone from her father to Conley, the perfect agent for the job. After all, no one’s in a better position to protect a husband than his wife.

Dear Reader,

I married my husband when I was nineteen years old.  He was five years older than I.  He came from a small town in West Texas, and I grew up in a large metropolitan area.  He was an engineer, and I wrote.  He was intense, I wasn’t.  My parents were married, his were divorced.  I’m Anglo, he’s not.

When we walked down the aisle, money had to be changing hands.  The odds were probably a thousand to one on the marriage lasting.  We were too young and too different.  But very much in love.

Twenty-seven years later, we’re still together – and still much in love.  We’ve moved fourteen times, from one end of the world to the other (literally).  We’ve lost dreams and replaced them with new ones.  We’ve lost hope and found it again.  Like everyone else’s our marriage has had good times and bad.

And that’s why I wanted to write Marriage to a Stranger.  Sometimes, no matter how long you’ve been together, you wake up one morning and realize you don’t really know the person next to you.  Your partner’s changed.  Or most likely, you both have.

In this book, Conley Harrison knows he doesn’t want a divorce.  He hasn’t been the best mate in the world, but he has his reasons and believes they’re good ones.  He decides he’s not going to let Lara go, at least not before he tries to make things right one last time.

His success – or failure – depends not only on himself but on Lara, as well.  Is their love strong enough to survive?

Sincerely,

Kay David

PS.  Visit my Website at www.kaydavid.com.

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Black, Regan, Safe in His Sight

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Black, Regan, Safe in His Sight (Escape Club Heroes, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Safe in His Sight (Escape Club Heroes, Book 1)

Author:  Regan Black

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Stalking

Blurb:

The stalker shadowing lawyer Julia Cooper’s every move is vowing to ruin her life—unless she discloses information about a major criminal case. For discreet help, she turns to the shadowy Escape Club, where investigative brainpower and brawn are for hire. Mitch Galway, a firefighter on leave, becomes Julia’s round-the-clock bodyguard.

All sculpted biceps, sexy bravado and conflicted past, Mitch works overtime to uncover the identity of the person hunting her. But as they track the creep getting way too close, Julia must share more of herself with the intriguing man protecting her…which puts them both high on a lunatic’s hit list.

McCoy, Shirley, Secrets and Lies

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McCoy, Shirlee, Secrets and Lies (Rookie K-9 Unit, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Secrets and Lies (Rookie K-9 Unit, Book 5)

Author:  Shirlee McCoy

Imprint:  Love Inspired Suspense

Issues:  Divorce; Parenthood; Stalking

Blurb:

Expecting—and in danger…

Attacked in her classroom, widowed teacher Ariel Martin’s only thought is for her unborn child. When her student’s brother, rookie K-9 officer Tristan McKeller, and his faithful dog save her life, she can’t thank him enough. She knows Tristan won’t rest until she’s safe, but she doesn’t want him or his police colleagues digging into her dangerous past. After all, the only person who would want to hurt her is dead…or is he? With her and her child’s life on the line, she’ll have to trust Tristan with her secrets if she wants to finally get the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.

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.

Dunn, Sharon, Fatal Vendetta

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Dunn, Sharon, Fatal Vendetta,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Fatal Vendetta

Author:  Sharon Dunn

Imprint:  Love Inspired Suspense

Issues:  Abduction; Rape; Stalking; Trauma

Blurb:

Deadly showdown…

While reporting on a fire, Montana TV journalist Elizabeth Kramer is abducted—and saved only by the heroics of rival reporter Zachery Beck. But her kidnapper returns, taunting her, luring her to danger and making her relive a past she never put to rest. Elizabeth doesn’t like asking for help, but this time she can’t stay alone and stay alive. And Zach knows how to evade danger. When tragedy thrust him into the public eye, he changed his identity to remain hidden. Protecting Elizabeth means stepping out of the shadows…but as her stalker closes in for a deadly showdown, it’s a risk Zach has to take.

Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Daughter’s Story

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, A Daughter’s Story (Comfort Cove, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  A Daughter’s Story (Comfort Cove, Book 2)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Child Abduction; Stalking

Blurb:

You can’t change the past but you can choose the future!

Twenty-five years ago… Emma Sanderson’s life was completely overturned. Her baby sister was kidnapped, right there in Comfort Cove, and her family fell apart.

Now… Emma lives quietly, cautiously. Until suddenly she finds out that the cold case involving her sister’s disappearance has been reopened. Then, she ends her engagement—and meets another man. Chris Talbot shares her intense unexpected attraction, and their hours together mean more than anything she’s ever experienced.

Despite that, she’s uncertain about a relationship with him. He’s a man in a dangerous profession, a man who makes his living from the sea, and there are reasons, good reasons, for Emma to keep her distance. But that night could have lasting consequences…

Dear Reader,

Ever wake up and look at your life and wish some things were different?  I have.  And sometimes still do.  And then what?  You shrug and go on with your routine, your day.  Most of the time, you’re happy.  Or at least content.

But what if…

What if you decided that the things you wished were different were going to be different?  What if, instead of shrugging and going on with “normal”, you made changes?

What if gets me every time.  Meet Emma Sanderson.  She’s a high school teacher with a mortgage and family responsibilities.  She can’t just change any of those things in her life.  Truth is, she doesn’t really want to.  She likes teaching and loves her family.  But she wants more.

A Daughter’s Story is about that more.  It’s about having the courage to make changes where you can-even in small ways.  It’s about daring to want and to reach for what you want within the realm of who and what you are.  It’s about taking what you have and doing something to make it even better.

A Daughter’s Story is about finding answers.  And…as always with me, it’s about love.

By the way, I’d really like to know what you think happened to Claire.  Write to me at staff@tarataylorquinn.com!  And watch for The truth About Comfort Cover, coming in January 2013.

Tara Taylor Quinn

Day, Zuri, Champagne Kisses

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Day, Zuri, Champagne Kisses (The Drakes of California, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  Champagne Kisses (The Drakes of California, Book 2)

Author:  Zuri Day

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Drugged; POC; Stalking; WOC

Blurb:

An heir to Southern California’s most fabled vineyard, Donovan Drake works as hard as he plays. Betrayed by love in the past, the consummate bachelor prides himself on never committing to one woman. But Marissa Hayes isn’t just any woman. And Donovan has just two weeks to show the guarded, voluptuous beauty exactly what she’s been missing.…

Falling for her boss is number one on Marissa’s list of don’ts. But from the moment she experiences Donovan’s intoxicating touch, her heart tells her something else. Slowly but surely, his seduction is breaking down her defences. Is their passion as fleeting as her brief stay at Donovan’s fabulous resort? Or have they found a love as timeless as the finest wine; strong enough to withstand anything, even a threat from Marissa’s past?

Dear Reader,

Do you know the history of champagne, how it is created through the second fermentation of the grape, which produces carbonation?  Or how originally only the sparkling wine produced in the French region of Champagne was legally permitted to label their drink as such, which is the reason some popular labels to this day refer to their bubbly as “sparkling wine”?

Thanks to the Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire, near Carcassonne, who, in 1531 filled their spare time creating a drink that calmed the mind as well as quenched the thirst, we enjoy a drink often associated with milestones and celebrations.

So please join me as I raise my glass in a toast to Donovan Drake, an heir to Drake Wines Resort & Spa, and Melissa Hayes, the woman Papa Dee calls “His even change”.  I believe that you’ll feel as I do…they deserve each other’s love!

Zuri Day

Brimble, Rachel, A Man Like Him

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Brimble, Rachel, A Man Like Him (Templeton Cove, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  A Man Like Him (Templeton Cove, Book 2)

Author:  Rachel Brimble

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Stalking

Blurb:

Changing her life…again.

After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero. 

Chris proves he can save lives—and weaken a girl’s knees. But how can she make him understand that she’s off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn’t even be a choice. Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that’s what Angela keeps telling herself…

Dear Reader,

I am delighted to introduce you to my second novel set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.  I am a Brit, living near the infamous Georgian city of Bath, England, and love that I get to write about British characters in a UK setting!  I will be forever grateful that the Harlequin SuperRomance editors like these stories and want to send them out into the big wide world.

Swimming instructor Chris Forrester comes to Templeton Cove to reconnect with his sister and spend some time licking his wounds.  When a freak twenty-four-hour downpour floods the holiday park where he is staying, lives and lost and devastation rips livelihoods and families apart.  After saving many women and children without thought or feeling for his own safety, Chris becomes a reluctant hero overnight.

But meeting one particular woman whose life he saves, changes him forever.

When a photograph of holiday park owner Angela Taylor and Chris in an intimate embrace is plastered over the UK press, Angela knows it’s only a matter of time before her past comes back to haunt her.

A Man Like Him is a deeply personal story in that my husband, my two young daughters and I were rescued by helicopter from a hotel roof during the 2010 French floods.  The opening scenes are an almost word-by-word account of what happened to us during those terrifying twenty-four hours.

I will never forget the lives of the people lost that day…not their grieving loved ones.  I thank God for keeping my family safe.

I really hope you enjoy Chris and Angela’s story!  I’d love to hear from you when you’re finished.  You can write to me anytime at rachelbrimble@googlemail.com

Love,

Rachel Brimble