Jackson, Brenda, The Rancher Returns

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Jackson, Brenda, The Rancher Returns (The Westmoreland Legacy, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Rancher Returns (The Westmoreland Legacy, Book 1)

Author:  Brenda Jackson

Imprint:  Desire

Issues:  POC; WOC

Blurb:

Returning from active duty to find his ranch being dug up by a beautiful stranger isn’t the homecoming navy SEAL Gavin Blake expected. Layla Harris is convinced there’s buried treasure on his land. But the only treasure this wealthy rancher wants to uncover is the professor’s secret desires! When Layla unearths family secrets—and mysterious threats—he vows to do whatever it takes to protect her. Even as her revelations change everything…

Dear Reader,

It’s hard to believe that I introduced the Westmorelands almost fifteen years ago.  At the time, little did I know you would welcome them into your home and heart the same way I had allowed them into mind.  Originally, the Westmoreland family’s series was intended to be just six books, but more than thirty books later the saga continues.

I am proud to present the first book in a spin-off series about the friends and family of the Westmorelands – The Westmoreland Legacy series.  First on centre stage is Gavin Blake.  Gavin, code name Viper, is a Navy SEAL and a good friend to Bane Westmoreland.  You met Viper in Bane.

While writing Bane’s story, Viper stood out, and I knew I had to tell his story.  I believe I selected the perfect heroine for Viper.  She’s a woman by the name of Layla Harris.  Both Viper and Layla discover that when it comes to true love, anything is possible.

I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy reading!

Brenda Jackson

Green, Sherelle, Waiting for Summer

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Green, Sherelle, Waiting for Summer,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Waiting for Summer

Author:  Sherelle Green

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

A love worth waiting for 

Walking in her sisters’ successful footsteps is a tough act to follow. But Summer Dupree has high hopes for the new Bare Sophistication lingerie boutique slated for a grand opening in Miami. Then she spies a familiar face. Up-and-coming fashion photographer Aiden Chase brings back cherished—and painful—memories. And now her childhood confidant and fiercest protector is determined to take their former relationship to a new intimate level.

In the magic city to pursue his dreams, Aiden isn’t letting Summer slip away again. He can’t change the past—or events that altered his best friend’s life forever. But he’s ready to create a future together. Even when an unexpected threat resurfaces, Aiden won’t give up this time without a fight. Can he turn his long-simmering passion for Summer into a love story for the ages?

Dear Reader,

When I was initially creating the Dupree sisters, Summer was the sister I was ready to write about first.  Winter, Autumn and Summer are each unique in their own way, but Summer proves that sometimes you have to take a deeper look to understand what someone is going through.

I experienced a range of emotions while writing Summer and Aiden’s story.  I laughed.  I cried.  I jumped for joy after writing some scenes, while breathing a sigh of relief for others.  I’m a huge fan of friends-turned-to-lovers story lines, so I knew Aiden would be perfect for Summer.  They both have experienced disappointments and endured setbacks that have altered their friendship.

Danni’s story is next and will release in spring 2017.  I can’t wait for readers to meet the real Danni Allison.  Be prepared for a few surprises you won’t see coming!

Much love,

Sherelle

authorsherellegreen@gmail.com

@sherellegreen

Yaye, Pamela, Mocha Pleasures

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Yaye, Pamela, Mocha Pleasures,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Mocha Pleasures

Author:  Pamela Yaye

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

Trusting in the sweetness of love 

Jackson Drayson has never been one to stick to the rules—or resist a dare. So when he’s challenged to jump-start a patisserie that rivals his cousins’ shop, Lillian’s of Chicago, he’s all in. Between his good looks, captivating manner and newly discovered gift for innovative cake designs, Jackson is soon winning over legions of customers, including Grace Nicholas. The willowy, reserved master baker is also Jack’s chief competition—and the one woman who seems immune to his legendary charms.

The delectable desserts she creates at her family’s leading Seattle bakery are all the temptation Grace needs in her life. A lover’s betrayal has made her wary of trusting another man. But Jackson can be so passionately persuasive…until Grace is accused of stealing his shop’s top secret recipe. Torn between loyalty and love, will Grace make the decision that can assure her a lifetime of sinfully sweet pleasure?

Dear Reader,

Have you ever felt an immediate connection to someone?  Mind-blown chemistry you couldn’t deny or control?  That’s what happens to Jackson Drayson when he meets Grace Nicholas.  His plan?  To win her heart.  But things go awry during their first date.  He burns dinner, then accidentally locks them in the bakery freezer.  Though all isn’t lost.  Jackson has seduction on his mind, and will stop at nothing to prove he’s the only man she needs.

Grace is torn.  Should she remain loyal to her family or follow her heart?  It’s an impossible decision to make, and secretly dating Jackson – her father’s sworn enemy – only complicates matters.  The dreamy baker is sweet and romantic, charming, too, and his kisses are as scrumptious as his pastries.  Grace and Jackson are a perfect match, and I think you’ll agree.

I enjoyed writing this series with my Kimani sisters, Yahrah St. John (Cappuccino Kisses), and Jamie Pope (Love and a Latte), and I’m eagerly looking forward to our next one!  🙂

All the best in life and love,

Pamela Yaye

Terry, Kimberly Kaye, Hot to Touch

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Terry, Kimberly Kaye, Hot to Touch,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  Hot to Touch

Author:  Kimberly Kaye Terry

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Interracial Relationship; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Emogene Rawlings isn’t afraid to fight fire with fire. But when the feisty photojournalist heads west to tackle her toughest assignment yet, she ignites a blaze that may be too hot to handle. Rugged firefighter Shane Westwood is tall, dark–and dangerous. And he’s sending her heart straight into the line of fire….

Shane loves the wide open spaces of Wyoming, loves living a life of risk. And when the petite fireball who’s shadowing his every move enflames his deepest desires, the aroused smoke jumper is more than up for the challenge. But is Emogene ready for the most dangerous mission of all? To give in to the passion that’s consuming everything in its path–that will brand them heart and soul?

Dear Reader,

I’m very excited to introduce you to Shane Westwood and Emma Rawlings.  Writing their story was an absolute blast!  Shane is a smoke jumper used to fighting extreme fires in the West, and Emma is a photojournalist who is always after the most dangerous stories.  Yes, they are two hotheads!  Two stubborn people who fight against love, but when they finally start to give in, boy, do the fireworks start!  They took me from scaling walls, to jumping out of airplanes…to hot, sultry nights making love under a starlit sky.  I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I loved the West so much that I decided to stay there for a while.  Look for To Tempt a Wilde, book one in my new Wilde family spring.  I appreciate your support and will do my best to continue writing hot, sexy exciting stories featuring alpha men and the women they love!

Keep it sexy,

Kimberly Kaye Terry  😉

Monkou, Michelle, One to Win

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Monkou, Michelle, One to Win,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  One to Win

Author:  Michelle Monkou

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Self Esteem; WOC

Blurb:

He let her slip away once…  

Detective Fiona Reed lives a life far from the privilege of her family’s vast media empire. But forging her own path came at a cost, and an invitation to her family’s estate in the Hamptons is just the thing to help Fiona heal from her emotionally draining job. When sensual Leo Starks returns to her life, he’s no longer an intern, but now a brilliant lawyer who reawakens her deepest desires.

Ever since his fling with Fiona, Leo has been secretly in love with the beautiful officer of the law. Yet he can’t let his feelings for her wreak havoc with the job he’s been hired to do. But when a shocking revelation threatens to engulf the Meadows clan in scandal, can Leo protect the woman he’s determined to fight for?

Dear Reader,

With each story in The Meadows Family series, I fall in love with this family all over again.  It’s Fiona’s turn to decide what is important in her life.  I hope you enjoy this romantic journey that strums on heartstrings and invites you to fall for this winning couple.

At the time of writing this, the announcement of David Bowie’s death had hit the airwaves.  A true pioneer and participant of life and music was gone.  But one of the most memorable parts of his life was his love for Iman and the beautiful courtship of his soul mate that led to their marriage.

The power of love is magical, lasting and transformative.

I hope you also feel the magic with One to Win.

Peace,

Michelle

Monkou, Michelle, The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch

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Monkou, Michelle, The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch (Ladies of Distinction, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch (Ladies of Distinction, Book 5)

Author:  Michelle Monkou

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  POC; Violence; WOC

Blurb:

After a daring rescue, basketball star Naomi Venable accepts Zack Keathley’s invitation to spend a week recuperating at his sprawling country estate. The sexy millionaire could have his pick of any woman in the world. But once he sets his sight on Naomi there’s no way she can resist this rugged alpha male’s charm.

Dear Reader,

Want to know what makes The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch special?  This book closes my Ladies of Distinction sorority series and launches my new Millionaire series filled with sexy, brooding heroes.

Set against the backdrop of Washington and Haiti, this whirlwind romance captures all the elements of a great romantic story – including a hero with a mysterious past wanting to trust his heart, and a fiery heroine who wears her heart on her sleeve and staunchly goes after her goals, even if they are in the distressingly sensual form of Zack Keathley, a true Kimani hero,

I chose Haiti as the hero’s birthplace to present the cultural richness of the country and the warm spirit of its people in this romance.  Then the earthquake hit, causing a devastation to the people and infrastructure there.  So a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to a Haiti relief effort.

Hope you enjoy,

Michelle Monkou

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

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.

Kernan, Jenna, The Warrior’s Captive Bride

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Kernan, Jenna, The Warrior’s Captive Bride,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Warrior’s Captive Bride

Author:  Jenna Kernan

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Illness; POC; WOC

Blurb:

His wife for two moons…?

Plagued by a mysterious sickness, Crow warrior Night Storm captures the witch he believes cursed him. But his anticipated revenge dissolves when he realizes that beautiful Skylark might be the only one who can provide a cure…

Skylark agrees to pose as Night Storm’s wife so she can find a way to heal him. But when an unexpected desire flares, Sky’s mission changes and she’ll do everything in her power to find a way to make their arrangement last a lifetime!

Author Note,

What a joy it has been to create two sequential historical romances that include Native American heroes and heroines from the Sioux and Crow people.  Thank you to all who reviewed my last story, Running Wolf, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman.

This tale of a woman who wants to be a great healer, like her grandmother, and a man who wants only to regain what he has lost:  his ability to fight for his people.  For, as anyone who has ever suffered a life-altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one led before.  This is the story of a warrior’s struggle to become what he once was and the healer who believes he can be so much more.  As you’ve already suspected, the ride will be rough, the stakes high and the outcome uncertain.

In this story I have blended real medical conditions with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the 2800s.  I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and spirituality and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.

To help you keep time with the Crow people I have added a moon calendar at the back of the story.  Each tribe called the moons by different names.  This is my interpretation of appropriate names for the moons in each season.

Happy reading and, as always, enjoy the adventure!

Jackson, Brenda, Bachelor Unforgiving

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Jackson, Brenda, Bachelor Unforgiving,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Bachelor Unforgiving

Author:  Brenda Jackson

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Infidelity; POC; Revenge; WOC

Blurb:

Passionate payback

They say living well is the best revenge. Virgil Bougard has other ideas. Four years ago Kara Goshay believed a vicious lie about him and ended their relationship. And even after her apology, Virgil is still bitter. He intends to get even with Kara when his family’s firm hires her PR company to revamp his playboy image. But faking a liaison with Kara for the media backfires when the line between fantasy and reality is blurred by strong sexual attraction.

Kara wanted forgiveness. Instead she’s deep into a heated affair with the powerful, charismatic man she can’t resist. The man who claims he’ll never forgive her, especially when a secret enemy puts her professional reputation in jeopardy. Stakes are high—but so is their searing desire, a connection so intense it could possibly tame this elusive bachelor at last… 

Dear Reader,

I’m so glad to bring another Bachelors in Demand novel to you.  We’ve already seen four bachelors happily married off, and now there are only two remaining.

I guess you can say that I saved the best two for last…

Bachelor Unforgiving’s hero is Virgil Bougard.  There is nothing worse than an affair that goes bad.  Especially when a trust factor is involved, it could make things even worse.  Kara Goshay finds out the hard way that when it comes to making a mistake, some men can be unforgiving…like Virgil.  However, Kara is convinced that love can hide a multitude of faults, and one should be forgiven for their mistakes.  The problem is trying to convince Virgil of that.

I hope all of you enjoy reading Virgil and Kara’s story.

Happy Reading!

Brenda Jackson