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51fs7JwfEHL._SY346_SOME LUCKY WOMAN

Some lucky women meet the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. Some lucky women focus on a career and make their own happily ever after. And then some women wake up after fifteen years of marriage and discover that their luck just ran out … right into the arms of another woman.

Jana Embers isn’t one to sit back, though. The first thing Jana realizes she needs to do is empty the joint bank account, then she’s thinking she might take a tire iron to her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s truck. After that, she’s not sure what she’ll do … Maybe she’ll adopt a cat.

Very quickly, Jana decides she doesn’t need a man. A perfectly sized and shaped device and writing about the perfect hero will more than suffice. Determined to share her philosophy, she pens You Don’t Need a Man, encouraging women everywhere to go out and experience life instead of waiting for a man to complete them.

Three years later, Jana has a New York Times bestseller and a contract for a movie adaptation, but she also has a shoulder injury, which has put a crimp in her new carefree lifestyle. Worse yet, she can’t write. Her only hope is Dr. Adrian Kijek, a renowned physical therapist who hates her simply because she wrote a book about not needing a man, or so she thinks …

51KazdRNAvLCAUGHT IN A TRAP

She invented him!
At least she thought she had!

Kit Forrester lived a life of lies – so what was one more? When her first vacation ever sank like the Titanic – she couldn’t tell her friends THAT! So she did what she always did – she lied.

Kit told everyone about her fabulous five day cruise. Her days of fun in the sun and moonlit nights with the man of her dreams – Rafe Morgan – tall, handsome, incredibly sexy and successful. And well – now they were engaged!

There was just one 6’2″, 230 lb. problem –
Rafe Morgan did exist and he wanted answers.

Retired Navy SEAL and Texas business tycoon, Rafe Morgan was sure he was being set up by his suddenly acquired fiancee.

He had spent 20 years in the Navy and was trained to handle anything – until he came up against one volatile New York redhead with wicked curves and the world’s hardest ass!

Then he saw her sex lair and was more than willing to be Caught in a Trap. And to set one of his own!

512bT3K-p6L._SY346_LOTTIE LOSER

It’s been twelve years since Lottie Luce ran away to Indiana, three weeks before her classes were to begin at IU, to avoid a confrontation with her best friend, and secret love, Nick Greyson. On the night she’d believed he was going to tell her he wanted her for more than a friend, Lottie caught Nick in a compromising position with her long-time nemesis, Ashley Marshall. The hurt and humiliation were more than she could bear.

Now a product of personal reinvention, Charlotte Luce is the youngest, and first female market president of Olde Florida Bank, and her life is nearly perfect. That is until Nick comes home to Anna Maria Island, hoping to save his father from financial ruin, and Charlotte’s carefully created world stands still.

Lottie Loser vacillates between the present, and the memories of the young girl who thought she had found love, lost it, and is now forced to examine the decisions she made, as well as the chemistry she and Nick still share.

512oF+MbNcL._SY346_CHANGELING’S CROWN

This is a work of fantasy romance.

When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

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51azMnz-BGLTHE LAKE HOUSE SECRET

A reluctant homecoming, two men from her past, and a chilling murder to solve…

Home is the last place reporter Jenessa Jones wants to be. It’s been 12 years since the journalist’s father sent her away, and the only thing that could bring her back was the man’s funeral. Assigned to cover a local discovery of human remains near a frighteningly familiar lake house, she is shocked when Logan, her high school love, is named the prime suspect.

Despite her better judgment, Jenessa digs deeper to clear Logan’s name. But when she discovers an old friend named Michael has matured into an arrestingly handsome police officer, she’s torn between the attractive lawman and her feelings of the past. As Jenessa uncovers clues and falls hard for Michael, she fears that leaning into a new love could condemn the old one…

Will Jenessa catch the killer and find her second chance at happiness before a town full of secrets consumes her all over again?

41Vxpm2pwVL._SY346_THIS PIECE OF MY HEART

She had her future all planned…until she met him.

Struggling to live up to the high expectations of overprotective parents and a hefty family name, Caryn Stevens only wants one summer of fun before she focuses on finishing her college degree. She knows her destiny—to lead her dad’s multi-million dollar business. But that plan changes forever the day she runs into—literally—sexy and single professional hockey player, Andrew Chadwick.

Sparks instantly fly between the two, and Caryn can’t resist his charms as she discovers that Andrew has a reputation of winning – both on and off the ice. One of the most eligible singles in Toronto, Andrew could have any woman he wants, and he’s got Caryn in sights. But, when Caryn’s parents disapprove of the match and threaten to disinherit her and his hockey team trades him to a new city, it may take more than love for the couple to survive this penalty play.

51gz79byWuL._SY346_CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVED

Take two stubborn fools, mix a touch of fate, stir in some desire, and you have the recipe for a Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Sophia Shaughnessy left her beloved home in order to prove once and for all she was more than a pretty face to her family and ex-boyfriend, Tony. But, it backfired. When her grandmother needed her most, she wasn’t there.

Tony Morrison had been in love with the youngest Shaughnessy for almost as long as he’d been employed at her family’s ranch. Trouble was, he had secrets. Things he couldn’t tell anyone, especially the beautiful Sophia. So, he’d let her go.

But now she’d returned, bringing the winds of change to the Texas ranch, and Tony wasn’t sure he could protect her from the fallout.

51gn2CcVUkLA PERFECT STORM

A crippled boy, an unhappy girl, a cuddly puppy and a Christmas romance!

A senseless accident happens that puts Jenni’s ten-year-old son in a wheelchair while the rebellious girl who instigates the incident, shows anger rather than remorse. When it becomes imperative that the two be home-schooled, her bachelor father steps forward with his teaching degree and his appealing gray eyes, asking Jenna to let him teach both children.

Being a single mom who has to work, his request would certainly solve the problem of where her son could be educated until the New Year. But can she let her boy spend weeks with this dysfunctional family?

Chris finally gets custody of his daughter to find out that she hates the very sight of him. How can a man break through those barriers? Could the boy help – him and his new puppy… and the smart, beautiful woman he calls Mom?

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51QZt6JNN1L (1)PAST OF SHADOWS, BOOK ONE THE THREE REALMS SERIES

Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life…to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny, fate has dictated to her.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive, peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the danger that awaits her–an evil like no other–Asmeodai!

51Z-YEseKJLA FAMILY AFFAIR, BOOK ONE TRUTH LIES SERIES

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter.

Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .

Note: This book contains sexual content and profanity. While the author believes these situations are handled in good taste, she acknowledges some readers will choose to pass on this book.

51oZpP4mjPL._SY346_BLUEGRASS STATE OF MIND

She thought she would be safe far away in Kentucky…

McKenna Mason’s perfect life in New York City has just been destroyed. She is now a witness to a horrific crime involving some of America’s most influential men. She knows she must get away and can think of only one outsider that might help her—Will Ashton. The flame of their brief romance during their teenage years never completely died out, and now it is about to explode.

Trouble at every turn, a feisty horse that refuses to race without a good luck kiss, and three old ladies hell-bent on playing match-maker turn this newly rekindled romance into a wild race to the finish. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks’s breakout Bluegrass and Bluegrass Brothers Series. Kathleen Brooks’s romantic suspense novels have earned her six New York Times Bestseller listings.

510kM+PjOOLNO PERFECT DESTINY

Leah Spenser owns a decrepit car, a budget that won’t stretch, and the moxie to make a decent life. She lives in the present, hiding in plain sight until one sun-drenched day, a past she has outrun imperils her future and threatens all she holds dear. When her boss announces that someone is embezzling company funds, history begins to repeat itself. Detective Leo Garvey has her in his sights as the number one suspect and more. Leah knows she must be careful, that nothing good could come from his attraction. Leo doesn’t see it her way.  Convincing Leah the past can only be escaped by embracing something better falls on deaf ears. While Leo works to uncover the truth, Leah determines it will never surface. 

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51pMVMHKOQL._SY346_AN HONORABLE MAN

Nothing can make Native American Mat Makwa give up being a New York City police officer… except one little girl—all alone in the world—who needs a father. Returning to his Kolheek reservation to take on the safer job of sheriff of this small, close-knit community, he never expects his heart might be in danger to school teacher Julie Dacey.

Mat’s six-year-old daughter Grace is a handful, and Julie finds herself getting to know Mat quite well during some intense parent-teacher meetings, which soon start occurring after hours. Then Mat begins mentoring Julie’s troubled teenaged brother and her heart softens toward this honorable man. Despite being wary of relationships, Julie can’t deny how her soul soars when Mat is near. Is the attraction between the flame-haired beauty and the lawman destined to turn into love?

Although the books in this series are stand-alone novels, reading the books in order will offer the most enjoyable experience. Titles in The Black Bear Brothers Series:

An Honorable Man, Book 1
Woman of His Heart, Book 2
Healing Chay, Book 3

51X2+ssoFFLTACKLED

Alisa:

My family has always treated me like a princess, and when my mother reveals her secret, I find out I really am one.

I’m the only child of the second in line to the throne, and after the news breaks, I’m thrust into a life I never imagined. Now I’m trying to fit in and not screw up the never-ending rules and protocol, but I can’t forget Gage, the guy I left behind. When my father insists I marry an appropriate blueblood of his choosing, I run to the one person who can save me from myself.

Can I go against my family’s wishes and choose love over duty?

Gage:

On the surface, I’ve always been a carefree playboy taking full advantage of the perks of being a college quarterback. When Alisa enters my life, everything changes, and nothing is as cut and dried as it once was. After recovering from an injury, I lose my starting spot to the new guy and my heart to Alisa.

Now I’m confronted with the grim possibility of a future without football or Alisa.

Can I trust Alisa enough to reveal the truth hiding under my spoiled, rich boy façade, or will I once again run away from the one woman who loves me for myself?

51I3LAovAqLMEANT TO BE YOURS ~ COMING OCTOBER 22

In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

41RMRC7kt2L._SY346_THE DARKEST CANYON

Nazi Germany.
Gretchen Schmidt has a secret life. She is in love with a married Jewish man. She is hiding him while his wife is posing as an Aryan woman.
Her best friend Hilde, who unbeknownst to Gretchen is a sociopath, is working as a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp.
If Hilde discovers Gretchen’s secret will their friendship be strong enough to keep Gretchen safe? Or will Hilde fall under the spell of the Nazi’s and turn her in her best friend to the Gestapo?
The Darkest Canyon is terrifying ride along the edge of a canyon in the dark of night.

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41OEyJgi+CLTHE ROAD SHE LEFT BEHIND

Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.

Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.

51l9+tOYFbL._SY346_FINDING HOME

Twenty-four year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find her family a home. On the road with two siblings, twelve year-old Maydean and five year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas and out of patience. Now the only things she owns in abundance are Hawley backbone and Hawley pride–neither of which she can trade for food or gas. A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe’s mission in even worse jeopardy–until Phoebe discovers Gage Morgan owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan. But! She soon discovers Gage is the unlikeliest man in the universe to offer a helping hand. Phoebe wields all of the pride, backbone and country smarts she owns to worm her way into his heart. Nothing works. With time running against her family, she plies one last inducement–her scarce feminine wiles. And those are not a sure thing.

51AEPT0HrkL._SY346_DESIGNING WOMAN

The romance for every woman who’s never had the nerve!

A rousing passionate battle of the sexes takes place as each tries to outdo the other in a witty, contest of wills!

Griffen St. Clair hadn’t meant to eavesdrop on the couple, but who could help but listen as the gorgeous woman was telling her companion that their affair was over. Griffen found he applauded her new-found values until she turned her considerable attributes on him!

Brandy Abbott had decided to teach St. Clair a lesson when he assumed to know so much about her and pronounced her the queen of seducers.

What she didn’t count on was the fact he was soon to be her boss and her lover AND a man who needed to be taught a lesson about women!

What had come over her? Exactly who was she – Brandy the smoldering, uninhibited lady of the night? Or B.J. Abbott, brilliant young architect, whose dreams were filled not with erotic languor but with visions of concrete and steel. For the first time in her life, she didn’t know!

And Griffen – who was he? A mixture of keen-eyed eagle and ferocious lion? He had conjured up a male fantasy and assumed she was a tramp!

Outraged, cast in an unfamiliar role, Brandy had chosen to play it to the hilt and loved the part … unaware that it would throw her into emotional chaos and force her to choose between two of the sweetest things life offered – surrender and revenge.

51Vw3YUrJFL._SY346_A SONG FOR YOU

Breelyn Jarrett is known for being a wild child in the small town of Eufaula, Alabama. Now that she’s celebrated her thirtieth birthday, she spends her days enjoying the single life and her nights singing karaoke at clubs in nearby Dothan. Though she has a beautiful voice, she has never attempted to go further than karaoke clubs. When her best friend’s husband records her performance and sends it to a friend who works at an Atlanta record company, her life takes a turn she never could have expected.

When it comes to business, Pierce Devereaux enjoys the good life as the Chief Financial Officer of an Atlanta record company, but when it comes to life after hours, he’s tired of dating and meaningless sex. When he meets the beautiful and talented Breelyn at her contract signing, and he is mesmerized. Her freewheeling spirit and outlook on life are the complete opposite of his conservative professional image. Realizing the last thing Bree wants is a serious relationship with any man, Pierce accepts the challenge, determined to change her mind, pursuing her with the same focused intention he applies to his career.

Will Breelyn and Pierce’s attraction overcome their differences?

 

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41xayL9UFVLKEEPING SECRETS ~ FREE

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.
Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.
She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

51JuRCWp5pLGOAL ~ BARGAIN

Each Completion Sports Book is a standalone novel. GOAL has a brief appearance from the characters in PLAY.

Quarterback Aiden Patrickson has a goal to win even though he plays for the worst team in pro football.

When management pulls a stunt to put his team in a good light they go too far. No women in the locker room is Aiden’s motto. Raised by a strong mother and two demanding sisters, the NO WOMEN zone is his sanctuary.

Jordan Givens has a goal too and she’ll do just about anything to achieve it.

She has no problem breaking the NO WOMEN ALLOWED taboo of pro football or dealing with the bullheaded men who stand in her way.

Everything goes as planned until they meet. Now all bets are off and there might be more going on in the locker room than sweaty musclebound men and muddy cleats.

Goal contains mature content and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

51aB0Po8HELWITH THIS HEART ~ BARGAIN

What happens when two of Tidal Falls’ most beloved citizens have second thoughts just before they get married?

Jared Martin can’t wait to tie the knot with the woman of his dreams and become a real father to his son, Chris.

Annie Campbell is finally going to marry the man she’s loved for most of her adult life and she couldn’t be more excited–and anxious.

An unforeseen event will test their devotion to each other and bring the entire town in on the action. Will Jared and Annie’s love stand the test, or is their relationship doomed?

*Warning: This book contains a delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, strong, sexy heroes, and mystery. With this Heart has something for every reader.

51-EW-A8eILA TASTE OF SEDUCTION ~ FREE

Love and Betrayal…Regency style

A young woman of noble blood, raised as a peasant girl…
An orphaned stable boy, now grown and the surrogate son of a powerful earl—the same earl who just so happens to be the young woman’s father…
Francie Jordan and Alexander Bishop have nothing in common—she runs barefoot and talks to animals. He won’t loosen his cravat unless the bedroom door is firmly closed. She believes in love, second chances, and happily ever after. He believes in keeping a safe distance from anything that resembles an emotion. Indeed, they have nothing in common but an undeniable desire for one another they can’t ignore, and an ailing “father” who will employ any means to bring them together.
Unfortunately, not everyone wishes to see a union between Francie and Alexander, and they will stop at nothing to keep this couple apart

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