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51OO0beTJ2LCOUNT THE ROSES ~ FREE

Rich in history and flaming with passion. Travel with Jennifer DeWitt from New Orleans–that humid, high-stepping city of music and magic on the Mississippi River to the depths Louisiana swamps where a brash, sexy Cajun is on the hunt for a wife. He’s man to the bone and wants it all. He offers Jennifer a marriage bed. She has her hand out for a paycheck, yet finds herself falling into an unexpected destiny in a hundred years-old culture as foreign to her as crayfish gumbo, Zydeco and wind-swept deserts.  Avoiding missteps forces all the grace and wit she owns to its limits. 

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In New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne’s blazing novel of desire and betrayal, a second chance at love is a hot—and dangerous—proposition.

There was a time when Eden’s entire world revolved around Owen Forbes. They were inseparable childhood sweethearts. They planned a life together. Then, without so much as a goodbye, Owen vanished. Now, after ten years, he’s returned to town as the hottest new firefighter on the force. Whatever secrets pulled them apart, Eden can’t fight the sparks reignited by the man who broke her heart.

Owen knows he did Eden wrong. If only he could tell her why. As body meets body, he’s whispering for a second chance—wanting her back so bad it hurts. It can also be dangerous. An arsonist is targeting the small town of Edmonds, and Eden with it. And it’s Owen himself who’s become engulfed in suspicion.

Eden knows that with a past as hot and mysterious as Owen’s, their future together could go up in flames. Because the one man she’s afraid to trust is the only man she desires—and the only one who can save her.

51+fNceMSAL._SY346_MADE IN PARADISE

A Secret Made in Paradise…

Her child is alive! For ten years Amber has believed her child was lost to her forever. Then an unexpected inheritance leads the lovely doctor back home… to the man she’s always loved. There she discovers her beloved Jon is a bachelor father, and the little girl he is raising is their daughter!

Jon has vowed to protect and cherish his child, yet he opens their lives to let Amber in. But this dedicated father is no longer the young lover Amber remembers. Can she uncover the tender man she has never forgotten, and convince him to take a chance on their newly formed family, and their own true love?

51YFNFaHu6L._SY346_COUPLES LIKE US

Christmas is a time of joy, hope, and wonder…until the ultimate challenge threatens one of Reunion Gap’s favorite couples.
Note to the reader:

As a reader, I often wonder about the before and after of certain characters. As a writer, I’m able to act on that wondering if I’ve created those characters. (One of the guilty pleasures of the profession!) Nicki and Jameson Price are two people who made me curious because they’re such a perfect couple. Perfect for how long? What would happen when adversity struck? Would they survive? Of course, I had to “test” them.
Couples Like Us is told in two parts: Part One: Before, which was previously Christmas in Reunion Gapand Part Two: Three and a half years later.
Part One: Before
Nicki Gallagher doesn’t believe in Christmas, small towns, or relationships that aren’t about business. She’s a city girl with big dreams that include prestige and money—and lots of both. But when a forced sabbatical from her job lands her in Reunion Gap during the Christmas holidays, will she open her eyes and her heart to what she’s been missing?

Jameson Price left city life behind to regain his focus on what really mattered in life—family and relationships. Now he’s back in Reunion Gap where the pace is slower and life is less complicated. Just the way he likes it. Until Jameson meets Nicki Gallagher and everything gets complicated.
Part Two: Three and a half years later
Nicki and Jameson Price are the perfect couple: married, in love, with two children and solid careers. They have their whole future planned out, one they will share side by side. When Jameson accepts a month-long consulting job two thousand miles away, he’s doing it to help his family and solidify their future.
It’s only a month. What could possibly go wrong? Well… Two-thousand-mile separations are never good, but add an ex-girlfriend bent on removing the ex from her status and a wife who finds out about it? It doesn’t matter how much the husband isn’t interested in the ex, he’s in trouble. Follow this couple as they navigate the rockiest part of their relationship, questioning each other, their future, and whether they’ll ever find their way back to perfect.

Reunion Gap series:
Book One: Strangers Like Us
Book Two: Liars Like Us
Book Three: Lovers Like Us
Book Four: Couples Like Us

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51AQzGy7gpL._SY346_THE EARL’S DEFIANT WALLFLOWER

Enjoy another witty, emotional book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s fan-favorite Dukes of War regency romance series!

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

61ncE4mA3iL._SY346_FOREVER BETROTHED NEVER THE BRIDE

Hopeless romantic, Lady Emmaline Fitzhugh, is tired of sitting with the wallflowers, waiting for her betrothed to come to his senses and marry her. When Emmaline reads one too many reports of his scandalous liaisons in the gossip rags, she takes matters into her own hands.

War-torn veteran, Lord Drake devotes himself to forgetting his days on the Peninsula through an endless round of meaningless associations. He no longer wants to feel anything, but Lady Emmaline is making it hard to maintain a state of numbness. With her zest for life, she awakens his passion and desire for love.

The one woman Drake has spent the better part of his life avoiding is now the only woman he needs, but he is no longer a man worthy of his Emmaline. It is up to her to show him the healing power of love

61F0tpj+ryL._SY346_THE GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER

Cathryn Blankenship has no desire for a season in London! Why on earth would her father want her to leave her home in Charles Town? Upon Cathryn’s steadfast refusal, Governor Blankenship is forced to assign a young lieutenant to watch over Cathryn on the journey and ensure his daughter’s appearance in London. Cathryn finds Lieutenant Jake Pennington the most aggravating, maddening man she has ever met…a man Cathryn soon admits she is in no hurry to see leave.

But fate has other plans for her in a world she is ill prepared to enter. She descends into a place where love and betrayal go hand and hand, where greed and treachery are second nature, but moreover the threat her father believes he has sent her is awaiting her arrival. When fate tears her apart from her Lieutenant, Cathryn finds herself desolate and alone. Soon, Cathryn makes fateful decisions that will send her back to her home.

A home far different than the one she left. A war rages. Soon, she discovers her life is in danger and the only one that can save her is the one who left her heartbroken.

51yuiv2JYqL._SY346_LARKEN

The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s not marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to bear.

Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for.

Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?

A clean & wholesome Victorian romance with a touch of melodrama.

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41bg30EBVjLMOONSHINE & MURDER ~ FREE

Zoey Mathers had everything going for her until one night she lost her biggest client, her job, and her reputation. Leaving her life up to fate, Zoey closed her eyes and pointed. She would serve out her career exile in the small mountain town of Moonshine Hollow where moonshine flowed as freely as a mountain stream.

Giving up the law to become a baker in Moonshine Hollow turned out to be the best thing Zoey had ever done. She was happy and enjoying life in her new small town. But Zoey should have learned the first time . . . one night can change your whole life.

After unknowingly crashing a battle between witches, Zoey accidentally becomes a witch herself. That’s all before Zoey stumbles over a murder victim and the town’s sheriff becomes involved. Now she’s trying to find a murderer, stop two old witches from playing matchmaker, and learning she’s way more than a mere accidental witch.

And that’s all before fate turns up one more sexy hunk of a twist . . .

519ckokXO4LOF ASH AND SPIRIT

The first book in a Curse Keepers spinoff series by New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank writing as D.G. Swank.

Piper Lancaster might be Asheville’s most popular ghost whisperer, but she’s an unbeliever. While her clients believe she’s exorcising their ghosts, Piper knows she’s really helping them settle their inner demons—because any sane person knows ghosts aren’t real.

After the astonishing reappearance of the ruins of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, belief in the supernatural is at an all-time high, and people are seeing ghosts in every shadow. Business is better than ever. But there’s one problem—the reemergence of the Lost Colony has awakened both the supernatural world and Piper’s very real talent as a medium.

She’s soon confronted with evidence she can’t deny. Ghosts exist, and worse, so do demons. As if that weren’t enough, Asheville has a new resident demon that’s intent on killing her, and a sinfully handsome stranger who says she’s the only one who can destroy it.

Barely able to accept the complete reversal in her convictions, Piper must discover-and embrace—her true identity before it’s too late.

51RSy8dwj+LDARK MAIDEN

Beautiful Yolande comes from an exotic line of exorcists—a talent she considers a gift—and a curse. In fourteenth century England, a female exorcist who is also black is an oddity. She is sought after and trusted to quiet the restless dead and to send revenants to their final rest.

Geraint the Welshman captures Yolande’s heart with his ready smile and easy ways, and the passionate fire of his spirit. An entertainer, he juggles and tumbles his way through life—but there is a serious side to him that runs deep. He offers Yolande an added strength in her work and opens his heart to her with a love such as she’s never known.

But Yolande is not free to offer Geraint her love completely—not until her “time of seven” has passed.

Can the powerful attraction between them withstand the powers of evil who mean to separate them forever? Yolande’s conscience and conviction force her to face this evil head-on—but can Geraint save his Dark Maiden…

51Ia8JwkasL._SY346_A DEAD RED GAMBLE

Newly minted P.I. duo Lalla and Pearlie Bains, are thrilled at the prospect of signing a well-connected judge as a client.
But then a stranger persuades Lalla’s dad’s two foster boys to release a cage of chickens in the county courthouse and the distraction is used to cover the judge’s murder.
Now Lalla and Pearlie are in a race to catch a killer before the killer decides two boys will have to be silenced…permanently.

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51diw3uui6l._sx331_bo1,204,203,200_SEDUCTIVE SECRETS ~ HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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Have You Read Seductive Secrets? You Should Have By Now!

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead…

Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered.

Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man.

Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.

51wtkyoeWkL._SY346_EVERY TIME WE FALL IN LOVE ~ BARGAIN

Harry Sullivan has always put his family first, even when it meant losing Molly—his one true love. He’s never been able to forget her, even after fifteen years. Now that his siblings are all blissfully happy, Harry hopes it’s not too late for his own happily-ever-after. But then his doorbell rings…and one look at the teenage girl standing on his doorstep changes absolutely everything.

Molly never thought she’d see Harry Sullivan again, so she’s beyond stunned when her fifteen-year-old daughter brings him back into her life. At eighteen, Harry was already strong, sexy, and honorable. And now that he’s even more handsome, more brilliant, more loyal and caring? Molly can’t stop herself from falling in love with him all over again. Especially when his kisses and the sizzling attraction between them are hotter than ever.

But with more at stake now than they ever thought possible, will they be able to move beyond the mistakes they both made in the past, and fall in love forever this time?

61rwbsopndlKILTY AS CHARGED ~ $0.99

A unique blend of suspense, romance and laughs with just a dash of time-traveling Highlander from USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Amy Vansant.

When Catriona spots a plaid posterior passed out on the Hollywood movie lot where she works, she doesn’t know her life as a fixer for Hollywood’s spoiled elite is about to grow more complicated.
She wants to write-off the ridiculously sexy, kilt-wearing Brochan as a con artist, but her adoptive father seems strangely comfortable with a man claiming to have no memory of his past or knowledge of the modern world.
A red-bearded thug, an old picture and a three hundred year-old vendetta soon have Catriona worried she could lose everything – including her mysterious time traveling Scotsman.
A Highlander followed her home…Can she keep him?
Fans of Janet Evanovich, Colleen Helme and Denise Grover Swank will delight to find a new series that deals both thrills and laughs at a rapid-fire pace.

51Zi+bCD9ALDEADLY NIGHT ~ BARGAIN

The Flynn brothers have inherited more than a New Orleans plantation. They’ve inherited a ghostly presence…and a long-kept secret.

Aidan Flynn, a private investigator and eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the haunted-house rumors—especially since Kendall Montgomery, a tarot card reader who has been living in the mansion, is the one to tell him the tale of a woman in white. But when he finds a human bone on the grounds and another by the river, Aidan delves into the dark history of the Flynn plantation.

Forced together to uncover the truth, Aidan and Kendall realize that a serial killer whose victims seem to vanish into thin air has long been at work…and that their own fates are about to be sealed forever unless they believe in the unbelievable.

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51XnJ+Mtn7LWINDS OF BETRAYAL ~KINDLEUNLIMITED

It’s a dangerous game you set to play, Miss Corbett.

One that can have far worse than deadly consequences! 

In the midst of the struggle of America’s bid for independence, Hannah Corbett makes a fateful decision, descending into a world of deceit. Spurred by revenge, she heads to New York, setting in motion a dangerous game for which there is no return. Searching desperately for the man who betrayed her family, she faces the cold and brutal reality of the life of a spy. Caught in a web of lies, living with betrayal, she is trapped. She has nowhere to turn except to a man it would be treasonous to love, setting duty and desire at war. Her heart is ripped apart when she must choose between the man who risks his career and life to protect her and the only thing that has remained constant in her life…her belief in her cause.

5125hPjsg+LTHE GOVERNESS

Rivalry, romance, and scandal run hot in this Wicked Wallflowers novel from USA Todaybestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the streets and made her his right hand at the notorious gaming hell. For just as long, Reggie has never admitted her true feelings for him. Nor has she revealed her spirited ambitions—to buck convention and expectations and open a music hall.

While Broderick built his gaming empire with ruthless cunning, his loyalty to his employees is boundless. So when he learns of Reggie’s plan to leave his side and take charge of her own future, the betrayal cuts Broderick to the core. He responds as he would to any business rival…with swift retribution.

Instead of wilting, the savvy Reggie rebounds with a fury that shocks Broderick and stirs a desire he’s been holding in reserve for only ladies of nobility. But as their seductive battle of wills ignites under the harsh spotlight of the London Season, secrets are exposed as well—ones that could be ruinous in decent society but invaluable for the heart.

61EviNKLlfL._SY346_TOUCH THE SUN

A Daring Masquerade…
~ In 1789, on the eve of the first Presidential inauguration, charismatic Lion Hampshire aspires to a seat in the first Congress. In an effort to improve his reputation, he agrees to an arranged marriage with Virginia-bred Priscilla Wade. However, his fiancée’s headstrong lady’s maid, Meagan, is not who she seems to be and Lion’s carefully crafted future may be undone by his passion for the wrong woman…

Filled with Cynthia Wright’s hallmarks of warm intimacy, sensual romance, humor, adventure, and colorfully-drawn historical characters like Washington, Franklin, & Hamilton, TOUCH THE SUN is a shining achievement by a beloved author!

41c2g7XEGtL._SY346_GENTEEL SECRETS

An Unforgettable Civil War Adventure

>>>What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . and romance.

At the start of the U.S. Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well.

But in the end, can this unlikely Romeo and Juliet couple’s love survive, or will they be just another casualty of war?

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51vbgzIbhTL._SY346_CRASHING THE NET

Includes “Crashing the Boards” novella as bonus material.

Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.

Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her heart with one wink.

As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.

Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.

41t-2GAsxWL._SY346_SHADOW ~ HER NAME IS MARINAH

Electromagnetic pulses began a catastrophe that changed the world as we know it. 

The next round of destruction brought monsters from hell that almost wiped out civilization. The third wave sent a new breed of monster into the mix called Shadow Warriors capable of killing hellhounds. Two years after the end of the devastating war, electromagnetic pulses start again, and this time humanity may not win.

King: Half man, half beast. Leader of the Shadow Warriors.

Marinah: Her job for the Federation is to bring King back into the fold to save humanity, again.

Problem: King and his men were betrayed by the new government and their memories are long and deadly.

Solution: Marinah must risk everything to prove she’s someone they can trust. Too bad she’s the wrong person for the job and too bad she’s the only person.

51CPg5bB3EL._SY346_SWEET JUSTICE

Driven by revenge, she’ll do whatever it takes!

Cassidy Santino is closing in on the mobsters who murdered her brother and there’s no way she’s giving up her quest for revenge. She’s working at a seedy bar where the gang members hang out so she can dig up information that might lead to finding his killers. When jealous hookers and sleazy barmaids try forcing her to leave, she fights back. For the love of an old rascal who owns the neighborhood gym, she helps train his protégé in the boxing ring. For her sanity, she clings to her relationship with the one man who makes life worth living..

Detective Trace McGuire loses his mother, the person who’s meant everything to him until Cassidy Santino explodes into his life. This chick’s got him so tied up that he’s willing to shirk responsibilities in his job and cut her slack for interfering in his investigation. But, when Cassidy keeps putting herself in danger from the lunatic who owns the bar where she works. That’s where he draws the line. He’s determined to protect her, even if she fights him every damn inch of the way. And man… can this girl fight!

51bG3JFO+UL._SY346_FLIRTING WITH FATE

Elle Reagan isn’t about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail’s pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn’t count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn’t supposed to be her brother’s best friend.

Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.

Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.