Lohmann, Jennifer, Love on Her Terms

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Lohmann, Jennifer, Love on Her Terms,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Love on Her Terms

Author:  Jennifer Lohmann

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Depression; Grief; HIV; Suicide

Blurb:

If only attraction always led to happily ever after…

Mina Clements wants to grab life with both hands. With a fixer-upper and a fresh start in Montana, the graphic novelist is ready to do just that. Plus, having handsome handyman Levi Pardo next door could be a bonus… But even though sparks sizzle when Levi helps with her renovations, the widower’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Still, he’s much more than the neighbour who looks good swinging a hammer. He’s a man she wants to trust with her biggest secret—one that can either bring them closer or wreck the new beginning they both need.

Dear Reader,

Love in Her Terms is one of those books that was born from many places yet somehow came together perfectly.  There’s no question this book is influenced by the many times I’ve watched the 1966 movie A Man and a Woman (my mom’s favorite).  And for years I’d wanted to write about a young woman who moves in next door to a cranky widower.  She brings new sparkle to his life, but she has a chronic illness, and my hero’s not sure he can handle it.  Of course, the heroine’s illness kept alluding me.  Then while ruminating on a different novel where the heroine has HIV, a friend asked on Twitter if there were any heterosexual romances where one character has HIV.  I knew then that I had to put the two idea together!  Sometimes – okay, often – authors need a friendly push.

My heroine, Mina, is also a graphic novelist so I can’t resist recommending Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics:  The Invisible Art.  It’s a wonderful exploration of the art form whether you’ve read comics and graphic novels or are new to the format entirely.  Some of his theories make my jaw drop in awe.  And seriously, if you do pick up the book and want to talk about it-shoot me an email!  And for a real-life love story similar to Love on Her Terms, read Blue Pills:  A Positive Love Story by Frederik Peeters.  It’s Peeter’s graphic novel memoir about falling in love with an HIV-positive woman, who also has an HIV-positive son.  As a librarian and book lover, suggesting books is one of my favorite pastimes, and hese are two good ones!

Love on Her Terms was a powerful book for me to write and I hope it’s just as powerful for you to read.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns: Rourke

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Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns:  Rourke (The Mighty Quinns, Book 25),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Mighty Quinns:  Rourke (The Mighty Quinns, Book 25)

Author:  Kate Hoffmann

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Bipolar Disorder; Bullying; Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; Suicide

Blurb:

Her hero. Her savior.  And her undoing. Rourke Quinn found her on the storm-tossed shores of  Cape Breton. The woman in his arms was unconscious and bleeding. And Rourke knew her. Annie MacIntosh was the  town outcast—a wild thing. And as untamed and beautiful  as the Atlantic itself. This storm was just the thing to keep  Rourke as close to her as he dared….

Annie grew up fiercely independent. She was a survivor, needing no one and nothing. She cut herself off from the town and society, relying only on her raw need for survival. But Rourke unleashes a hunger she never knew existed. This man—this stranger—satiates an appetite she hardly dared imagine. It’s more exiting and more turbulent than that storm that rages outside. And Rourke has only one chance with the wild girl he can’t live without…before losing her to a world he can never be part of…

Dear Reader,

One of my favorite things about writing books for Harlequin is the opportunity to explore interesting new places.  When I decided to do this latest quartet of Mighty Quinn books, I was excited to have the chance to choose four very different settings, in various parts of the world.  Of course, the final book had to be set in Ireland, but for this book, I played with the settings of Central America and Africa before deciding on the island of Cape Breton in Canada.

With its vibrant Celtic culture and old lighthouses, I knew right away that this was the perfect place for a Qunn to fall in love – with the countryside and the heroine!

So, for all my Canadian fans, this one’s for you.  I hope I’ve represented this beautiful corner of your country well.  I think it’s the perfect place for Rourke and Annie to find their happy ending.

Enjoy!

Kate Hoffmann

Kelly, Carla, The Admiral’s Penniless Bride

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Kelly, Carla, The Admiral’s Penniless Bride,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Admiral’s Penniless Bride

Author:  Carla Kelly

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Debt; Embezzlement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Suicide; Unemployment

Blurb:

Sally Paul is down to her last penny. As she spends it on a cup of tea – to stave off being at the mercy of the workhouse – the last thing she expects is an offer of marriage…from a complete stranger!

Admiral Sir Charles Bright’s seafaring days are over–and according to society, that must mean he’s in need of a wife! Discovering Sally’s in need of a home, he offers a solution…

They marry in haste – but will they enjoy their wedding night at leisure?

Quinn, Tara Taylor, For The Children

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, For The Children (Twins, Book 13),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2003).

Title:  For The Children

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Guilt; Interdependence; Parenthood; Suicide

Blurb:

Valerie is a juvenile court judge. She spends her days helping troubled kids–including her own fatherless twin boys.

Through her sons, she meets Kirk Chandler. Kirk’s given up a successful corporate career and dedicated himself to helping the children in his Phoenix community…as a basketball coach, as a crossing guard, as an adult who encourages them to strive for the best.

Kirk becomes an increasingly important part of her family’s life, even spending Christmas with Valerie and her twins. And Valerie discovers that she and Kirk not only share a commitment to protecting children, they share a deep attraction–and a personal connection that shocks them both.

Dear Reader,

I want to tell you about something that happened to me when I was writing this book.  I discovered that I’ve spent my entire life ignorant of the judicial system, which has been serving me diligently every single day.  Of course, I knew it existed.  I’ve been in a courtroom, seen hundreds of trials on television.  I knew all about being a judge-I thought.  I knew so much I missed the fact that I didn’t know anything at all.

Every day while we go about our business there are, in every country in the nation, people who carry the pressure of making life-determining decisions.  As I was doing research for this book, I sat in a juvenile courtroom, to the side of the judge’s bench, and saw what she saw-the kids out there in front of her, the attorneys and parents and witnesses and victims.  I saw the fear in the eyes of the teenage offenders whose lives might be forever changed that day.  And the hope felt by those who might be given another chance.  And I saw us.  You and me.  Out living our lives.  Taking for granted that the judge is going to look into the eyes of a sixteen-year-old, see the hope and the fear, and still make the decision that will keep us all safe.  Including that kid…

I could hardly handle a morning of that pressure.  And I was experiencing it vicariously.  I’ve always known that doctors did miraculous things-holding lives in their hands every day.  And policemen.  And firefighters and paramedics.  I missed the fact that judges give their lives and hearts and minds to preserving all our lives.  I, for one, will be aware and grateful that they’re in those courtrooms, taking this challenge upon themselves so that the rest of us can raise our children and send them off to school and grocery shop and go to church without worrying too much that the person next to us is a criminal.  A heartfelt thank-you!

I love to hear from readers.  You can reach me at PO Box 15065, Scottsdale, AZ 85267 or visit me at www.tarataylorquinn.com.

Tara Taylor Quinn

Andrews, Amy, How to Resist Temptation

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Andrews, Amy, How to Resist Temptation (Gold Coast Angels, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  How to Resist Temptation (Gold Coast Angels, Book 4)

Author:  Amy Andrews

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Domestic Violence; Guilt; Miscarriage; Parenthood; Suicide

Blurb:

Dr Cade Coleman wants to redeem his heartbreaker reputation. That’s why this drop-dead sexy playboy has moved to Gold Coast City Hospital, leaving a scandal in New York far behind him. Only the delicious Dr Callie Richards has him falling at the first hurdle!

Usually strictly professional, Callie’s encounter with Cade knocks her off her feet. Only he’s determined that there’ll be no re-runs. While she knows she should try to forget that amazing night, too, Cade — who’s so hot he should come with a health warning — is the ultimate temptation!

Dear Reader,

I hope you have been enjoying the Gold Coast Angels series.  Having been a part of a few continuities now, I can tell you without hesitation how very much I enjoy them.  It’s nice not to write in isolation for a change, to live in a world that you build together with your fellow writers, brick by brick, and where everyone knows you!

I hope you are buckled up for Cade and Callie’s story.  Cade was one of the secondary characters in the hugely successful New York City Angels series, and I know readers have been clamouring for his HEA.

The problem is both Cade and Callie have baggage-relationships that have broken them and made them determined to hold themselves back.  Their careers have taken priority in their lives and they like it that way!

But fate has different ideas for these two, and I hope you enjoy their dance as they realise that career is just one aspect of a whole life.  And that sometimes you need to give in to temptation and surrender to a higher power-love.

Happy reading!

Amy Andrews

Perry, Lisa Marie, Mine Tonight

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Perry, Lisa Marie, Mine Tonight (The Blue Dynasty, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2015).

Title:  Mine Tonight  (The Blue Dynasty, Book 4)

Author:  Lisa Marie Perry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:   Bereavement; Drugs; Gambling; Injury; Mental Illness; POC; Self Esteem; Sexual Abuse; Suicide; WOC

Blurb:

The night that changed everything…

After being dumped by her fiancé and losing her shot at TV stardom, Bindi Paxton just wants to get out of town.  But there’s no escaping the past-not even on the beautiful Seychelles Islands.  And when her attraction to former Las Vegas Slayers heir Santino Franco culminates in a night of sizzling passion, she has to fight her feelings for a man who could hurt her deeper than any other has before.

Santino came to the islands to find the man responsible for the injury that ended his pro-football career.  Ending up in bed with Bindi is a mistake they both regret.  Except he now needs her help to find his fugitive father.  And-heaven help him-he’s starting to fall for the stunning Sin City reporter.  He can’t change their history…but he’d give anything for one more night, and maybe forever, in her arms.

Dear Reader,

Ever want to get away?  Perhaps to distance yourself from a less-than-ideal situation?  Or to just see something new?  Many attribute my insatiable wanderlust to personality traits and astrological characteristics.  When travel isn’t an option, writing is.  New characters often take me away and invite me into their worlds.  And sometimes we become so tight so quickly that I bring them back with me.

Which is why Mine Tonight is Bindi Paxton’s story.  If you read Night Games, then you know Bindi well.  Or you think you do.  She’s waited impatiently for me to reveal who she truly is.  Despite her gritty past and damaging mistakes, she’s a beautiful person deserving of redemption-much like Santino Franco.  Bindi and Santino can’t seem to escape themselves, each other or what awaits them within the Blue Dynasty.

May this book take you away.

XOXO

Lisa Marie Perry

McKellen, Christy, Bridesmaid with Attitude

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McKellen, Christy, Bridesmaid with Attitude,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Bridesmaid with Attitude

Author:  Christy McKellen

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Depression; Suicide

Blurb:

What’s a bridesmaid to do?

Head bridesmaid Emily Applegate is furious when Lord Berkeley cancels her best friend’s wedding venue. But gorgeous Theo is adamant that the wedding won’t happen at his estate… unless Emily makes a trade. But is Emily willing to play the Earl’s fake fiancée? Especially when there’s absolutely nothing fake about the sizzle between them…!

Dear Reader,

This is the second part of the first duet I’ve ever written-and I had so much fun with it!  After she made a rather striking appearance in Fired by Her Fling, as Lula’s best friend, I was desperate to give Emily her own happy-ever-after, and in Bridesmaid with Attitude I got my chance.

Emily is the epitome of an anti-heroine:  she’s bolshie, a little on the self-centred side, and very determined to get what she wants-no matter what it takes to get it.  And I love her.  She’s had a very tough upbringing, but she hasn’t let it beat her down, and even though it’s made it hard for her to let people get emotionally close she lives her life to the max.

In order to force her out of her self-protective bubble she needs a hero with a determination to equal her own-and in Theo she finally meets her match.

These two challenge each other in ways they’ve never experienced before, and through dogged persistence-and some truly testing events-together they finally manage to overcome their worst fears and emerge on the other side as stronger, more confident and much happier people.

I hope you enjoy their journey as much as I did.

With best wishes

Christy x

 

Johnson, Janice Kay, To Love a Cop

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Johnson, Janice Kay, To Love a Copy,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  To Love a Cop

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Gun Control; Parenthood; Suicide

Blurb:

She’s sworn to protect her heart…

After what Laura Vennetti and her son have been through, she’s avoided all contact with the police. Then her son brings detective Ethan Winter into their lives. Despite how appealing – and gorgeous – he is, it’s safe to say Ethan isn’t her dream man…

Immediately, though, Laura can see how different he is from her late husband. Ethan is thoughtful, considerate and a good influence on her son. Add in the intense attraction between her and Ethan and the temptation to give in is irresistible. To her surprise, Laura feels the wounds of the past healing, making her wonder if she could love this cop forever.

Dear Reader,

Writing this book made me think about being a mother, and how fierce that love is.  My daughters are adults now, and yet I still feel protective of them.  One is involved in international development work-she’s been to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and was in Nepal with a small nonprofit-while my older daughter has a high-stress job in the film industry.  It’s not the same as when they were little and I agonized after a friend snubbed one of them, or watched as each headed off solo in a car, newly minted driver’s license in her purse, but I still worry.

My quintessential, and most ridiculous moment as a mother came years ago when we were camping with my parents.  We were about to head into a limestone cavern in Montana when I discovered I was absolutely terrified of going underground.  I mean knee-knocking, gasping panic attack.  I knew I was afraid of heights, but this took me by surprise.  Of course I could have slunk back down the trail to wait for my family to emerge from the caverns.  In a burst of courage, I realized that if my kids were going to die in there, I would be there to die with them.  So I took a deep breath and plunged in, overcoming my fear.

Ridiculous, right?  But there was truth in that moment.  I channel it when I’m writing a heroine like Laura Venetti, whose life has been all about her son since something terrible happened to him.  But what is sexier than a man prepared to take on this boy and love him just as fiercely?

I hope you fall in love with Ethan, just as I did!

Janice Kay Johnson