Watt, Jeannie, To Court a Cowgirl

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Watt, Jeannie, To Court a Cowgirl (The Brody of Lightning Creek, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  To Court a Cowgirl (The Brody of Lightning Creek, Book 3)

Author:  Jeannie Watt

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Divorce; Grief; Heart Attack

Blurb:

Nothing can make her stay—not even Jason

Allie Brody decided long ago to leave the Lightning Creek Ranch in the past. She’s lost too much there to want to call it home again. And coming back to help while her sister’s away won’t change her mind, either. Even if Jason Hudson makes her temporary visit more…palatable. As long as she sticks to short-term with the former pro-football player, what’s the harm in their attraction?

It turns out everything is wrong with it. Helping each other only fogs Allie’s plans for a no-strings fling. Sure, Jason signed up to help Allie rebuild her broken ranch—but he’s determined to repair her heart, too. That’s not on her agenda.

Dear Reader,

When I wrote The Brodys of Lightning Creek miniseries, I saved the eldest sister’s story for last because, unlike her siblings, Allie Brody has no great love for the family ranch.  She lost her father on the Lightning Creek and her marriage imploded there.  She’d have been quite happy to never set foot on the property again, but, of course, she doesn’t get her wish.  I sent her home to make peace with the ranch and face her problems – one of which turns out to be her former high school nemesis, a recently retired professional football player who doesn’t put up with Allie’s prickly ways.

After retiring from professional sports, local football legend Jason Hudson quickly realizes that his athletic career has in no way prepared him for the next phase of his life.  Despite this obstacle, he knows what he wants to do and he’ll find a way to do it – just as soon as his difficult father convalesces from a heart attack and he’s free to leave the Eagle Valley.

Allie and Jason had me going in circles for a time.  They were two of the most stubborn characters I’ve ever created and it wasn’t easy making them realize that their carved-in-stone attitudes and plans were not the best attitudes and plans.  Now that I’m done, I love their story and their happily-ever-after, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Best wishes,

Jeannie Watt

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Sophie’s Secret

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Sophie’s Secret (Shelter Valley Stories, Book 10),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Sophie’s Secret (Shelter Valley Stories, Book 10)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Parenthood

Blurb:

Sophie Curtis lives a big secret. She’s been having an affair with Duane Koch. Their days–and nights– together are their own oasis away from the world. It’s unconventional but, given the difference in their ages and her troubled past, it works for them.

Then Duane is asked to step into the political ring–an opportunity he’s been waiting for. Too bad about the timing, though. Because Sophie’s just found out she’s pregnant, and an instant family–with her–could ruin his chances. The right thing would be for her to bow out of his life. But when he surprises her with a proposal, will she have the strength to walk away from the man she loves?

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Shelter Valley!  For those of you who’ve never been here before, I think you’ll like your stay with us.  For those of you who were here before – several years ago – welcome home!

Shelter Valley is a town – and a small one at that.  It’s in the desert in Arizona about an hour’s drive from Phoenix.  The only thing of any renown in the town is its university – Montford.  The school is small, but students come from around the country to get a Montford education.  They call it the Harvard of the West.

Many moons ago (there are a lot of Indian influences in Shelter Valley) Sophie Curtis was a student at Montford – ailing from Denver, Colorado, on a full scholarship.  She’s all grown up now.  Has a successful career.  And when she’s not traveling, she still calls Shelter Valley home.

Sophie had some issues in college.  For one, she was in love with her professor.  She was certain he was in love with her, too.  And told people so.  Only to find out that he wasn’t.  As it turned out, that was the least of her problems.  But Sophie’s older now.  Wiser.

But are we ever old enough to be fully wise?

I’m guessing probably not.  But here’s what I know – Shelter Valley is the place to be when you’re having unwise moments.  It’s the place to be when you’re struggling.  It’s the place to be when the life you were so certain was the right one for you falls into little pieces around your feet.  Because in Shelter Vallet people care.

Please join us.

Tara Taylor Quinn

P.S.  I love to hear from readers!  You can reach me at staff@tarataylorquinn.com, or at P.O. Box 13584, Mesa, AZ 85216.

Quinn, Tara Taylor, Somebody’s Baby

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Somebody’s Baby (Shelter Valley Stories, Book 9),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2005).

Title:  Somebody’s Baby (Shelter Valley Stories, Book 9)

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Parenthood

Blurb:

Discovering she has a twin in Arizona, Caroline Prater leaves her hometown, her family and her farm and drives west She’ll try to connect with her sister Phyllis, and she’ll seek out John Strickland, the father of her baby—if only to let him know. John, like Caroline, is widowed.

Arriving in Shelter Valley it’s not long before Caroline becomes part of the town’s life. And while she’s waiting for the right moment to approach Phyllis, her relationship with John is growing deeper—but that’s just for the baby’s sake. Or is it?

Dear Reader,

Whether you’ve been to Shelter Valley before or find yourself here for a first visit – welcome!  It’s never too late to join us in this town – a home away from home for many readers around the world.  Shelter Valley has become a place of refuge, of hope and happiness, of new beginnings, of strength through adversity, of life.

If you’re here for the first time, don’t worry.  So is Caroline Prater.  Join this intelligent but uneducated farm girl as she comes to town with a big heart…and some shocking secrets.  You’ll travel with her from her home in Kentucky, find a boardinghouse, meet the residents of Caroline’s new town.  And if you’ve been here before, I think you’ll enjoy seeing the world of Shelter Valley through her eyes.  You’ll meet old friends and find out what they’re up to, how they’ve fared since you saw them last.  Pretty much everyone you’ve met in Shelter Valley appears in Somebody’s Baby.

Don’t let me give you the impression that this is going to be a lighthearted romp through town.  It’s not.  Caroline and John and the rest of the Shelter Valley residents are living life – real life – with its ups and downs, its fears and hardships.  They ask questions of themselves and each other, the same questions we all ask.  Hard questions that don’t always have answers.  Certainly not easy answers…

So come to Shelter Valley!  We’re waiting.  With refuge and hope, the promise of happiness, the possibility of new beginnings and – most of all – with the belief that love truly is the greatest thing of all.

Tara Taylor Quinn

I love to hear from my readers.  You can reach me at P.O. Box 13584, Mesa, Arizona 85216 or through my website at www.tarataylorquinn.com.

Quinn, Tara Taylor, Her Secret, His Child

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Quinn, Tara Taylor, Her Secret, His Child,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 1999).

Title:  Her Secret, His Child

Author:  Tara Taylor Quinn

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abuse; Parenthood; Prostitution

Blurb:

Mother and Daughter

Jamie Archer loves her four-year-old daughter, Ashley, more than anything in this world. But Jamie has a past she’s ashamed of, a past she needs to keep hidden. So she’s created an entirely new life for herself and Ashley a life that’s threatened when Kyle Radcliff reappears.

Father and Child

Kyle doesn’t immediately realize who she is, but Jamie recognizes him right away. He’s Ashley’s father. Even though he doesn’t know it.

A Family Now?

For Ashley’s sake, for all their sakes, Jamie has to tell him the truth something that seems to become harder every day. Because she’s falling in love with him. For the second time .

Dear Reader,

Almost everyone is biologically equipped to reproduce.

But as miraculous as birth is, the true miracle comes not in the giving of life but in the nurturing of it.  No job or other endeavor will ever be more important than the raising up of innocent lives.  To have a child completely dependent on you for food and clothing, for safety, for emotional health, for guidance, is an immense responsibility.

I’ve often thought you can judge people not by how they look or dress, the position they might hold in society, not by education, financial status or geographical location but by how effective they are as parents.  Unfortunately, good people are sometimes driven by life, by circumstances, by tragedy, to make bad decisions.  Yet it seems to me that a bad decision doesn’t necessarily make a bad person.

Sometimes, though, a person can be imprisoned by such a decision because our society tends to look only at the surface…tends not to looks beyond mistakes and their consequences.

Certainly, accountability is crucial, cost is just, but one of the great beauties of life is the opportunity for second chances.  I cling to that promise.

Her Secret, His Child was with me long before I wrote my first book.

I’m glad to finally have the opportunity to bring you this novel and hope you will join me in celebrating the incredible strength of the human spirit as you share Jamie’s story.

Tara Taylor Quinn

PS.  I’m always delighted to hear from my readers. You can reach me at P.O. Box 15065, Scottsdale, Arizona 852675065 or online at http://www.inticad.com/~ttquinn.

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

Lewis, Sherry, Her Secret Family

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Lewis, Sherry, Her Secret Family,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).

Title:  Her Secret Family

Author:  Sherry Lewis

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); POC; Prejudice; WOC

Blurb:

Detective Jolene Preston has the right to expect backup from her partner, but the sexist attitude from the rest of the force is something the narcotic squad’s lone woman fights on her own. Until she discovers a thirty-year cover-up, exposing her Cherokee heritage — and a prejudice she can’t take on alone.

Mason Blackfox grudgingly helps the rookie trace her family history because he knows personally that lies cause only hurt. But then his own daughter demands to know the truth about her grandparents, and Mason needs the lady cop. She’s the only one who can possibly understand.

Dear Reader,

From earliest childhood, most of us get our clues about who we are from our families.  We create our own identity based on the way our parents, siblings and grandparents look at us.  Some of us come to believe things about ourselves so deeply, we never stop to question whether they’re true or not.  We become the quiet one, the smart one, the shy one or the silly one because that’s what we’ve been told we are.

Jolene Preston has accepted what she’s been told all her life.  So when she stumbles across evidence that the “truths” she has always accepted about herself aren’t true at all, it throws her into turmoil.

Her Secret Family is the story of Jolene’s struggle to discover who she is after all the comfortable childhood labels are ripped away.  It is also a story about finding, recognizing and keeping love when it finds you.  Along the way she meets Mason Blackfox and his twelve-year-old daughter, Debra, who are facing struggles of their own.

I’ve come to care a lot about all three of them.  I hope you will, too.

Sherry Lewis

P.S.  I love to hear from readers.  You can reach me through my Website at www.sherrylewisbooks.com or by email at sherry@sherrylewisbooks.com.

Johnson, Janice Kay, The Perfect Mom

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Johnson, Janice Kay, The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2003).

Title:  The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2)

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Eating Disorder; Parenthood

Blurb:

Everyone says Kathleen Monroe is perfect—the perfect wife, the perfect hostess, the perfect mother.

But after a lifetime of practice, Kathleen is beginning to wonder if perfectionism is a good thing. After all, it didn’t help her marriage and might just have led to her daughter’s illness. And if those aren’t enough reasons for her to doubt her priorities, then meeting Logan Carr should be.

Logan’s great. He’s kind, patient and nothing like her first husband. But to Kathleen, he’s far from perfect…

Dear Reader,

Kathleen Monroe is at the heart of this trilogy.  After all, she’s the one who bought the old brick house in Seattle where three woman live as they embark on new phases of their lives.

As a writer, I love nothing more than exploring how people react to the greatest stresses I can throw at them.  You notice I say “people,” not “characters.”  That’s because I do try to create people as real as you and me.  Sometimes they’ve done ignoble things but are capable of growth and even sacrifice for their loved ones.  I’d like to believe almost everyone can and will do the same.

Which makes me a romantic, I fear!  So, sure, I’m writing about an angry teenager who is starving herself to death, a woman described by one of her roommates as a “princess” because she is beautiful, charming and spoiled, and a homely cabinetmaker who knows in his heart he isn’t good enough for the “princess.”  Doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, does it?

But, if, just wait…  If I do say so myself, Logan Carr is one of my all-time most appealing heroes.  Question is, can Kathleen measure up?

Good reading!

Janice Kay Johnson

Johnson, Janice Kay, More than Neighbors

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Johnson, Janice Kay, More Than Neighbors,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  More Than Neighbors

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Asperger’s Syndrome; Autism; Bereavement; Bullying; Grief; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Temptation is so close!

To protect her son, Mark, Ciara Malloy has moved to this rural area in Washington. The new beginning is off to a rocky start, however, when Mark gets too familiar with Gabe Tennert’s horses. It’s obvious their next-door neighbor prefers his solitude. Even so, he shows incredible patience with Mark. And when Gabe turns that intense gaze Ciara’s way…how can she resist such a good, sexy man?

But crossing the line between friends and something more is riskier than Ciara expects. As Gabe pushes for a commitment, she fears revealing the secret truths that could turn him away forever.

Dear Reader,

A friend of mine who was a school counselor said once, “There’s a leper in every classroom.”  I knew immediately what she meant.  There is always at least one child who is shunned, teased, even bullied.  He may be overweight.  She might come to school wearing dirty clothes and smelling because of her home situation.  He could be hyperactive, she could be an easy victim because she cries instead of returning taunt for taunt.  A girl may physically mature much earlier than others, while boys are at risk if they mature too slowly.  Any behavior that is even slightly “off” serves like a red cape to a bull.  It’s a painful phenomenon that says much about human nature.  Fortunately, many of the children who go along with the taunting grow into good people.

Many of the victims mature and learn to fit in – or find the niche in life where they can belong.  As a fiercely protective mother myself, I’ve wondered what I would have done if one of my daughters had been that victim.  Confronted with her helplessness to change the school dynamics, my heroine in More Than Neighbors decides to move far away from their previous school district, and to homeschool.  She believes she can shield her son from all of life’s slings and arrows – which, of course, is impossible.  Her new next-door neighbor is at the top of the list of people most unlikely to get involved in any way.  Fortunately, they’re both facing some big surprises!  And, hey, who doesn’t love the gruff, quiet man suppressing a world of pain who is still incapabale of being unkind?  Trust me, Gabe’s a keeper!

Hope you enjoy getting to know this set of neighbors!

Janice Kay Johnson

Hearon, Pamela, Out of the Depths

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Hearon, Pamela, Out of the Depths,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  Out of the Depths

Author:  Pamela Hearon

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Class Differences; Parenthood; Self Esteem

Blurb:

She isn’t going down that road again

Kyndal Rawlings thought she’d learned her lesson when Chance Brennan left her to pursue his Ivy League dreams. Yet here she is, in Kentucky, falling for him all over again. Maybe it’s being stranded in a cave with him…the same place they first became lovers.

Or maybe there’s still something between them.

Not that anything will change-even after four tense days of depending on each other for their very survival. Chance needs a certain kind of woman to help him with his career. And Kyndal will never be that kind. But something has changed. Something that will force the m to decide what they really want.

Dear Reader,

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mammoth Cave?  Kentucky, my native state, is littered with caves.  Mammoth Cave is the most famous, but smalled ones honeycomb beneath the surface of much of the land area.

Some of my high school friends happened upon a cave near Kentucky Lake, and four of us set out one day to explore it.  Armed with only two flashlights and the mindset of teenage invincibility, we were totally naïve to the dangers that might lurk there.  We thought it was a cool thing to do.  And it was!  Stepping into the total blackness of those new surroundings was like stepping into another world.  We squeezed through crevices and crawled through passages like giant earthworms, somehow managing to find our way back to the entrance at day’s end.

My memories of that day are vivid and still wildly exciting even these many years later, so when I started pondering a unique setting for a novel, the idea of the cave took over my imagination and wouldn’t let go.  Former high school sweethearts Kyndal Rawlings and Chance Brennan needed to get reacquainted.  The cave was the perfect place for their reunion.

Whether your preferences lean toward the outdoor recreation region of Kentucky Lake or the rolling hills around Lexington, the Bluegrass State is an enchanting place you’ll want to visit – along with my website, www.pamelahearon.com.

Until next time,

Pamela Hearon

Dixon, Nan, Through a Magnolia Filter

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Dixon, Nan, Through a Magnolia Filter (Fitzgerald House, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Through a Magnolia Filter (Fitzgerald House, Book 3)

Author:  Nan Dixon

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Self Esteem

Blurb:

Home is where his heart is…but what about hers?

Family was always a foreign concept to Liam Delaney. Until research into one of his documentary films brings him to Savannah and Dolley Fitzgerald’s B and B. Dolley’s passion for life and photography is infectious. When she becomes his apprentice, they’re the perfect team in every way. He’s finally found the home he’s always wanted, and it’s all because of her.

The only problem is that his dream is of a home and family, while Dolley craves adventure. They may be at odds, but Liam knows they can make both of their dreams come true together. He just needs to convince her…

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to Fitzgerald House.  If you haven’t visited before, Fitzgerald House is a bed-and-breakfast set in Savannah’s wonderful historic district.  The three Fitzgerald sisters, Abigail, Bess and Dolley, own and operate the expanding B and B.

In A Savannah Christmas Wish, Fitzgerald House book two, you breifly met Liam Delaney, an Irish photographer and documentary maker.  Liam stays at the B and B and shares Christmas with the Fitzgeralds.  Through a Magnolia Filter, Fitzgerald House book three, overlaps with book two.  Don’t let that worry you.  The books can be read as stand-alones!  In the beginning of this book, Bess and Daniel aren’t together.  I had a blast writing the Christmas scene from Liam;s and Dolley’s perspectives.  I’d love to know what you think about seeing the scene through a different set of eyes.  You can contact me through my website, www.nandixon.com.

Dolley wants what Liam has:  to travel the world for a career in photography.  Liam longs for roots, family and a home – everything Dolley has but wants to give up.

This couple is one of my favorites (don’t tell the others!).  Liam has a swoonworthy Irish accent and needs love and family.  And spunky, brilliant Dolley deserves love and to have her talent recognized.

If you’d like to see some of the incredible Bonaventure Cemetery statuary, check out my Pinterest page.  I create a board for each of my books:  www.pinterest.com/nandixonauthor.

Enjoy Savannah!

Nan Dixon