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CHRISTMAS COOKIE NOVELLAS
LINZER TARTS AND BROKEN HEARTS: Ranked #1 Critters Readers Poll. Christmas Cookie baking isn't the only thing that's heating up in the kitchen. Amber Talbot's daughter, Beth, has invited her new best friend to bake Christmas cookies this year. Officer Jace Gunderson, single dad, insists on checking out the family first. From there, thanks to the two inseparable first graders, Amber and Jace's lives intertwine over the holidays where they, too, become inseparable. But Amber doesn't need another lawman in her life. Her first husband was killed in the line of duty. Can Jace win her over, despite her reluctance to commit to their fledgling relationship? Or will Amber reject his advances and ruin everyone's Christmas?
FRUITCAKE NUT BAR DILEMMA: Ranked #1 Critters Readers Poll. Jillian Matthews agrees to bake this year's family's traditional Christmas Fruitcake. But she'd not a baker. Her first attempt proves her right. Now, she's stuck buying one, but even that fails. To add to her dilemma, Officer Will Jenkins, who stood her up on their first date last Christmas, finds her standing in front of a fruitcake display, and encourages her to keep the family tradition alive, and bake one. Officer Jenkins has been infatuated with Jillian Matthew for longer than he cares to admit. His dreams of dating her came to an end last Christmas, at the community Christmas social when he saw her in the arms of another man. He's not the type to infringe on anyone else's love life, but his heart isn't listening. When he learns she's been offered baking lessons, he inadvertently becomes involved, and ends up in a matchmaking dilemma. Will their dilemmas draw them closer together, or father apart?
Nothing Short of a Miracle--Ranked #1 at Amazon, An Amazon Encore Exclusive; and voted #5 for Best Books/Ebook Romance Novel at Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll.
Gabriella Rumsey's life is turned upside down when a car crash claims the lives of her sister and brother-in-law and she becomes an instant mother to their three-month-old daughter. With family gone, limited finances, and her degree and career path on hold, how can she ever manage motherhood? Chad Hempstead, an author of action-packed crime novels, is jaded by love. Past experience has taught him to never let a female take advantage of his fame and fortune again. But when he walks into his parents' home and finds sexy Gabriella Rumsey, whose car he rear-ended two days earlier, ensconced in a Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, his heart has a hard time listening to his head. It will take a holiday miracle for them to live under the same roof and keep their hands off each other long enough to recognize the bonds that could bring them together.
Visit Lobster Cove, Maine--a Series from The Wild Rose Press Authors. My novel Juelle's Legacy set the scene and started the series, followed by my sequel Breakfast with Santa, and Nora's Redemption
Juelle's Legacy--After an accident puts Juelle McClintock's husband, Sebastian, in a coma, she's left to care for her small daughter on her own--and to deal with the guilt over her plan to divorce him. When Juelle is faced with the decision of whether to remove his life support, her grief-stricken mother-in-law calls her a murderer. Matters become more complicated when Hunter McClintock arrives in town, claiming to be Sebastian's half-brother. Hunter McClintock is summoned from Hawaii for the reading of his father's will--a father he never knew. Despite his qualms of dredging up bitter emotions, he goes to Lobster Cove, Maine, and walks head-first into a hornet's nest, and a beautiful, sexy, grieving widow who is married to his half-brother. An unexpected stipulation is revealed at the reading of the Will, and Hunter and Juelle are faced with decisions that will alter their destinies. Will Juelle's legacy complicate her life further, or lead to the contentment and love she deserves?
Breakfast with Santa--Sequel to Juelle's Legacy--Six years ago Katelyn experienced heaven in Mark Logan's arms. But when Mark joined the Special Forces, he left her with shattered dreams--and, unbeknownst to him, carrying his unborn baby. Now, he's back in Lobster Cove, and she's engaged to another man. But with her fiancé in Norway, Katelyn volunteers to play an elf at the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Mark Logan-aka Santa-- can't keep his eyes off Katelyn in her sexy elf outfit, which brings back feelings better left hidden. After all, he only returned to Lobster Cove to keep his two-year-old son safe from kidnappers, not to rekindle an old romance. Katelyn, conflicted between her renewed feelings for Mark and the secret she's kept from him, flies to Norway to reaffirm her feelings for her fiancé. When she arrives, she discovers a startling truth. Will unearthed secrets be the key to her happiness or heartache?
Nora's Redemption--Sequel to Juelle's Legacy and Breakfast with Santa--CPA Nora Spears vows never to let another man take advantage of her, but she needs a job. Working for marine biologist Gavin Redmond seems like the perfect opportunity, except she's uncomfortably attracted to her new boss. After the death of his wife, Gavin has sworn off relationships. But when Nora applies for his office's receptionist/accountant position, he's drawn to her. He hires her on the spot--and then finds it hard to concentrate on work. Will their past hurtful relationships and an unexpected turn of events drive a wedge between them, or will they find the love they deserve in each other's arms?
U.S. HISTORIC FAMILY SAGA
Ribbons of Steel--Charley Carmichael's loyalty may be with the Pennsylvania Rail Road's main man, Mason Aderley, but his heart lies with the men who work the rails. With the railroads cutting wages, a major strike is imminent. Caught up in the riots and bloodshed sweeping the continent, Charley's friends are threatened; workers are dying. Charley's life turns tragic when his wife is diagnosed with consumption. Emily, forced to leave her family due to her health, travels to her cousin's home in the California Territory. A damaged trestle prevents her train from crossing a ravine, stranding the passengers with nowhere to hide when an Indian hunting party causes a deadly buffalo stampede. Fearing for her life, Emily worries she will never see her children again. Who will care for them should her husband not survive the railroad strike? Set between a farming lifestyle in the rolling hills of south central New York and the gritty railroad realities of Philadelphia, this is one family's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.
DESTINATION ROMANCE--EXOTIC ROMANTIC ADVENTURES SERIES
(Think Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone)
Amazon Connection—Book 1--Holly Newman has been sent to monitor GlennCorp's pipeline project to ensure it doesn't endanger the rainforest. Working with Glenn Corp's two field engineers, Holly approves the proposed route. But trouble-shooter Jake Daniels arrives in Manaus and postpones signing contracts. Jake has been sent to investigate a money-laundering scheme involving GlennCorp's two engineers. Jake's boss suspects Holly is an accomplice and orders Jake to get 'close' to her. The last thing Jake needs is to 'get close' to a tree-hugging female. Jake plans to keep an 'eye' on Holly. Holly follows Jake into the rainforest to keep an eye on him. Sparks fly. And it has nothing to do with 'saving the trees'. Being stranded in the back of beyond isn't what Holly bargained for. Neither was being kidnapped. Will their misadventures in the dark, mysterious Amazonian Rainforest keep them apart? Or will it be the catalyst that brings them together?
Shanghai Connection—Book 2--After the tragic loss of her child and a messy divorce, Brooke Stevens jumps at the opportunity for a fresh start as a researcher in China. But when she witnesses a murder, she becomes the killer's next target--and only a handsome American stranger stands between her and deadly peril. Ex-military commando Jackson Taylor isn't ready to settle down and take over the family tea business, but when he learns someone is using the plantation to smuggle Chinese antiquities into America, he vows to investigate. In Shanghai, Jackson stumbles across a murder and is pulled into the danger pursuing fascinating Brooke Stevens. Together, they uncover an intricate smuggling ring and evade kidnappers, but their growing attraction is impossible to deny. Will myths, dragons, and mystical warnings keep them apart? or can they make a Shanghai connection?
Rio Connection—Book 3--Espionage and danger lurk even in paradise during Carnival: After finding her fiancé in the arms of her aerobics instructor, Marcia Kline calls off the wedding. When she learns her brother, Russell, is in trouble in Rio de Janeiro, she goes on her honeymoon alone to check up on him and runs smack-dab into Russell's boss, Jared Reed, whom she’d been briefly involved with two years ago. Before long, Marcia becomes entangled in the danger surrounding her brother and the seamy underworld of high tech espionage during Carnival. Jared Reed suspects Russell Kline is in Rio, selling his latest avatar prototype. He flies to Rio to catch Russell in the act, and instead saves Marcia from being kidnapped at knife point. Jared suspects Marcia is involved in her brother's scheme, so to keep an eye on her, he decides to help her search for Russell. And finds it hard to keep his emotions for Marcia in check. In a race for their lives, will they learn to trust one another and make an everlasting Rio Connection?
Cairo Connection—Book 4--Megan Holloway is startled when Professor Jordan Kaine informs her she must travel with him to Cairo to collaborate on a proposed contract for the Egyptian Agricultural Ministry. Sole provider for her ill mother, Megan can't leave her side. But Megan's probationary period at Wild and Wonderful Corp is up in two weeks. She can't afford to refuse the attractive Professor's request and risk her job. Jordan Kaine, up for tenure, MUST win the Cairo contract. He doesn't want his growing affections for Megan to jeopardize his career. But when a student who filed bogus sexual harassment charges against him shows up at the Cairo conference vying for the contract and him, chances of obtaining tenure becomes tenuous. With unexplained mishaps, smuggling rumors, and a dead body linked to his father's dig in Luxor, will Jordan and Megan make their own Cairo connection?
DEERBOURNE INN SERIES NOVELLAS
Love a la Carte: 2023. When Nathan Harte received a review that trashed his restaurant and reputation, he left New York to start over in Willow Springs, Vermont, at the Deerbourne Inn. Pleased with his new life and success, he's preparing to receive an award for his achievements when trouble steps through his door--Chantel St. Ives, his ex and the author of the bad review. Is she here to repeat history? Chantel, a food and wine critic, discovers Nate's location at long last. She's always wanted to explain what happened with her critique, but he disappeared. Now she's determined to hash it out with him and hopefully rekindle the love they had, but he's hostile and suspicious. Can she rebuild his trust?
CIARA’ HOMECOMING CHRISTMAS—DECEMBER, 2019--At a crossroads in her military career, coming home to Willow Springs, Vermont, is bittersweet for Ciara Miller. Her parents have moved to Florida, her great aunt resides at New Eden Assisted Living, and her high school sweetheart is a widower raising twin girls. Eight years ago, Tad Brownley, a lowly mechanic in his father's garage, felt he had nothing to offer Ciara, the love of his life, so he let her go to chase her dream to serve as a military nurse. Now she's back on leave and he still doesn't have much to offer or the time for a relationship no matter how fleeting. Despite Tad's mother and Ciara's great aunt's matchmaking efforts, can their renewed romance sustain a long-term relationship? Or will her call to duty split them apart again?
CAROL’S DIGITAL BOXED SET ANTHOLOGIES
DARE TO RUN Includes the following:
Along Came Quinn by Suzanne Rossi --Antique store owner, Alexandria Montgomery, doesn't like or trust adventurer, Quinn Rafferty, but needs him to guide her through the jungles of Guatemala in search of her thieving ex-boyfriend who has stolen a priceless treasure map. Deep in the jungle, Alex learns love can strike at any time with the least likely of men, and Quinn comes to the realization an uptight antique store owner, who upon their first meeting shot him, just might be the woman for him. But what will happen when Quinn discovers Alex has lied, and the treasure--earmarked as a way to provide for his mother and grandmother--doesn't exist? Can he forgive her betrayal?
Trade Agreement by JJ Keller--Photo-journalist, Georgina Barrister, has little time left in this world when her ex-husband hands her over as partial payment for a shipment of illegal imports. Apparently being the perfect wife, the perfect hostess, and the perfect lover hadn’t been enough for him. What did he expect of her now, to be the perfect token? As a captive on a freighter, how will she escape? Special Agent Jake Callahan believes love at first sight is impossible, until he meets Georgina. However, his assignment on a high-seas trafficking case must overrule his feelings when Georgina becomes the prime suspect. In search for the truth will they lose their one chance at happiness?
Shanghai Connection by Carol Henry--When Brooke Stevens witnesses a murder in China, she becomes the killer's next target--and only a handsome American stranger stands between her and deadly peril. Ex-military commando Jackson Taylor isn't ready to settle down and take over the family tea business, but when he learns someone is using the plantation to smuggle Chinese antiquities into America, he vows to investigate. In Shanghai, Jackson stumbles across a murder and is pulled into the danger pursuing fascinating Brooke Stevens. Together, they uncover an intricate smuggling ring and evade kidnappers, but their growing attraction is impossible to deny.
Return of the Dixie Deb by Nina Barrett--Jan Thimmons is offered the chance to escape federal charges of tax fraud if she participates in an undercover operation to solve a cold case. Reluctantly agreeing, Jan finds herself paired with rogue FBI Special Agent Mac McKenzie, a man pursuing his own private agenda. Years ago, a mysterious woman, nicknamed the Dixie Deb, and her male accomplice captivated the South with a series of robberies before disappearing from sight. Forced into partnership to lure the Dixie Deb out of hiding, Mac and Jan capture headlines as an updated version of Bonnie and Clyde, discovering that in a sizzling Southern summer, double d's can also stand for danger and delight.
Proving Ground by Stanalei Fletcher--When Caitlin Malone stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption. USDA Forest Ranger, ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried. It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac. Mac and Caitlin must escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.
Romantic Road by Blair McDowell--Lacy Telchev finds herself in treacherous waters, chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to her dead husband's secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest. Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?
A HOLIDAY PROMISE Includes:
In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey--Incredible circumstances leads Grace Evans to Mistletoe, Washington where she finds herself at the mercy of the town's number one bachelor, Ayden McCabe. While Grace needs help finding her sister, Ayden is looking for a fake girlfriend for the holidays. When they strike up a deal to help each other out, the last thing they expect is to fall in love.
The Christmas Tree Wars by Robin Weaver--In the town's Christmas Tree Contest, Suzette wants to beat high-profile socialite, Katarina Snodgrass. Spence James has returned to Merryvale, and she'll need his help to win. As they work together, their attraction begins to sizzle. But Suzette's promise of a tinsel bright holiday turns to coal when Spence's NYC girlfriend arrives unannounced. Suzette is determined to ignore her broken heart and beat Katarina. Even if it means collaborating with a man who now seems more like Santa's nemesis than a Christmas angel.
A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights by Peggy Jaeger--Gia San Valentino longs for a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. At her parish's Christmas Festival she meets a guy who has all her requirements for perfect-man status: tall, sweet, good looking, and from a big Italian family. A miscommunication has her believing he's the new parish priest, though, and her happily-ever-after hopes evaporate because he's the proverbial forbidden fruit. Or is he?
Christmas in Kissinger by Misty Simon--absolutely no returns or exchanges when going home to Kissinger for a wedding. But Jocelyn Moreland has no idea Sam Locke will turn her life upside down. Logan West has designs on a dame and her name is Adele. When she catches the bouquet and he the garter, he discovers a holiday wedding is the perfect place for a first date. And Mason Nottingham may have messed up his life. But maybe this time, he'll get his Christmas wish and show Paige he's ready to make amends.
Christmas at the Rekindle Inn by Lori Waters--Seven days in December at a lovely Vermont inn sounds like the perfect Christmas present to Mary until she finds out her soon to be ex husband will be there too. The Rekindle Inn is the last place JT wants to spend his Christmas vacation but a battle of wills has him on a plane to Santaville faster than the time it takes to unwrap Christmas.
Breakfast with Santa by Carol Henry--Mark Logan-aka Santa—can't keep his eyes off Katelyn Sullivan in her sexy elf outfit, which brings back feelings better left hidden. After all, he only returned to Lobster Cove to keep his two-year-old son safe from kidnappers, not to rekindle an old romance. Katelyn Sullivan, conflicted with her renewed feelings for Mark, flies to Norway to reaffirm her feelings for her fiancé. But will uncovered secrets be the key to their happiness, or their heartache?