As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens. Wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature. Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America. When Grace's big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain's hands by placing her under his protection. Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes. DISCERNING GRACE is hi ...
She's beautiful and brilliant. But the world is not ready for her to shine…
Western Pennsylvania, 1905. Olive Westchester dreams of being valued. Misunderstood, resented, and ignored by her large family after her mother's death, her only ally is an older brother who loves her unconditionally. And the hard-headed girl's visions of making her mark are threatened by a close-minded society resentful of her superior intellect.
Stunned after a jealous teacher expels her from the eighth grade, Olive's anger swells when her dismissive father does nothing to get her readmitted… instead pushing her to learn to be a wealthy man's wife. But as tragedy strikes, she turns to a local laborer enamored with her beauty and makes a decision that may change her destiny forever.
Can the bold young woman shatter the chains holding her back from realizing her ambitions?
Becoming Olive W. is the emotionally intense first book in The Women of Campbell County: Family Saga women's fiction series. If you like determined characters, complex relationships, and realistic historical settings, then you'll adore S. Lee Fisher's dark coming-of-age tale.
Heidi Murphy has been raised by a religious family and spent the last three years of high school at a private Christian boarding school. At 19 she is living in Pennsylvania, married, bored, directionless, and apathetic. After a devastating personal tragedy, her best friend's invitation to visit San Francisco in 1989 changes all of that. She begins a completely different new life in the eclectic and liberal city by the bay, reinvents herself in the debauchery of the rock and roll culture that she immerses herself immersed in, and struggles to define her identity. As the pop metal of the 1980s fades into the alternative music scene of the 1990s, her new job and experiences in the city change not only her core belief system and her outlook on her life, but eventually begin to give her a sense of purpose and belonging in the world. With some help from her friends she begins to learn how to believe in her own inner voice, create a satisfying new life for herself, and define herself apart from the expectations of her family and even from the music she loves.
Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction, 2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards) Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, 2021 International Book Awards After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference. Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger's journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don't stop him. His decision changes his life forever. Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed? An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.
A MAGICAL LOVE STORY... Memory House is a place where friendship turns to love, love lasts forever, and memories outlive their owner. Ophelia Browne knows this because she's been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she's nearing ninety, and needs to find a successor - soon. When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to uncover new memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and she fears things have gone too far. Winner of the 2015 FAPA President's Book Award Silver Medal
This is a box set and includes three women's studies books from Life is Not Always Kind to Us Series: The Retreat The Journey my name is Tookie It is dedicated to women everywhere who have had a rough, tough life in the hope that these particular stories will inspire and uplift. These three stories are about three unique women, the difficulties they each faced, and the changes that happened for them when they challenged their circumstances and eventually found solace in place of pain and joy in place of despair. Author's warning: Some content might not be suitable for squeamish readers. Includes many emotional triggers of abuse.
While winter rages outside in the city and the snow relentlessly keeps falling, she thinks back on times past – both good times and bad. What did she in fact do at the crossroads of life, and were her choices right or all wrong? The choices... They were many, and some had consequences larger than one person could handle. Did she choose well or should she have walked down other paths. And, in the end, does she really want to change anything? With her cat as company, she starts a diary. She puts down her hidden away reflexions over a life that could have been and a life that is.
Dr. Kate Winter has mind-bending visions.
A psychic profiler, some of Kate's cases haunt her.
The evil stays.
The malevolence lingers.
It began at a crime scene.
Another party at Riverbend Road had gotten out of control but this time someone had died.
This wasn’t why Lily ran out the back door and fled.
It wasn’t why Amanda did drugs and acted out in front of her father.
Clay Zach walked back across Kate’s path at this crime scene. A former FBI man, Kate’s methods rattled him, but he remembers the risks she took on other serial killer cases.
The moment life changes.
There is something Dr. Kate Winter must face but she’s not alone.
Nothing could prepare them.
Some doors should stay shut.
She’s the modern-day Equalizer with Robin Hood as a partner… Long ago, she’d accepted being dealt an unfair hand, especially after a recent beating from her pimp, Eddie. Now all she can do is focus on staying alive; which means keeping out of trouble until she’s saved enough money to start a new life. One which includes revenge and seeking justice for the pain and humiliation she’s suffered through the years at Eddie’s hands. But a chance meeting of a handsome stranger’s eyes across a crowded ballroom changed everything. An invisible thread wove itself around her heart and his, pulling them together for a few timeless moments before the spell was broken. Realizing fate was at work, he used every means possible to track her down. Because nothing would keep him from the woman of his dreams. Along with the opportunity for a new life, Foxxy’s being offered hope, as well as the means to plan Eddie’s retribution; not just for her but for every woman he’s abused. Foxxy’s never lived a life to be proud of until that night, and recognizing her new life purpose, Foxxy sets out to avenge anyone who’s deserving, and desperately needs her help.
Not all Otto Viti stories are about dead bodies…
When Jill D'Angelo agrees to join her two sisters on an Italian vacation, she only hopes the three of them can go the whole week without driving each other crazy. Little does she know that the getaway will be full of traveling mishaps and uncovered family secrets. But the biggest surprise of all?
(Before the Otto Viti Mysteries: a Non-Mystery Prequel Novella)
Discover destiny's path to true love. When Nancy is betrayed in love, she gives up on romance, convinced she is not destined to find her soulmate. Then Nancy stumbles across Diana, a mysterious clairvoyant with an important message. But can Diana really see the future? Zack, on the other hand, is careful to mind his heart, given his family’s tradition of arranging marriages. Whilst keeping to himself has done him well so far, fate has other plans in store for him. On the night that he and Nancy meet, two worlds collide and are changed forever. Can two very different individuals find place in their lives for someone so unexpected? Will Nancy and Zack, survive the disastrous consequences that fate has in store for them? Dating Destiny is book 1 of The Tea Leaves Series. Start the magical adventure of mystery, fate and fortune now!
"Always With You is the bittersweet and poignant love story of a woman trapped between temptation and the ties that bind." ~Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet. With Cathy’s health food café thriving, a loyal circle of friends, and a heartbreaking divorce behind her, she has finally found contentment along the summer shores of the Russian River in the California Wine Country of 1977. Cathy still keeps men at arm’s length, safe from the temptation of love and all of its painful consequences. But when an old high school friend, Pam, brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to Pam. Cathy never imagined that she would fall in love with a married man. Jamie never imagined he would do anything to compromise his honor. But a love powerful enough to transcend time, place, and even death, forces them to question the values they hold dear. Always With You is a profound and bittersweet tale that asks: What would you do if love was the last thing you were looking for, but exactly what you find? And how do you make a choice when every road leads to a broken heart?
A fictitious journey of an exceptional female and her adventurous spirit. Allow 'Tessa' to share with you a tormented yet wondrous life of failures and success. Conquer the life of poverty and then be seduced by a life of power. Share the memories and secrets of a fascinating woman. Escape for a time with 'Tessa'.
It took decades, but Elizabeth Donovan had finally had enough and struck back. She left a difficult marriage behind to face a secret from her youth. Of course, the old life doesn’t want to let go, but she stumbles into a mystery that involves her deeper than she could have imagined. Old Baggage shows an overdue coming-of-age and a woman learning to stand on her own.
Old Baggage is the first of the Older Adult (OA) coming of age genre.
Cooking a wonderful meal is an art. An act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of the meal; it also feeds the soul of the creator. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother, daughter of an unfortunate French chef. Gina is a young woman born to poor parents, a nobody keen to taste life outside the world she was born into. A world that exposes her to fascinating people gripped by dark motives. Her passion for cooking is all she has to help her navigate it. She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where customers belong to a privileged class with money to spare for a dinner of inventive dishes costing hundreds of dollars. In this heady, scintillating atmosphere, she meets new friends and new challenges—pastry chef Marcia, filthy rich client Leon, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This new world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger. Can the lessons Gina learned from her mother about cooking and life help her survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure, and menace?
Lily secretly hates kids' birthday parties. It takes a finger of whiskey on the rocks to get her through wrapping yet another girl birthday gift. They're just one more reminder that she's trapped -- knocked off of her career path and stuck in a place where no one knows her as anything more than a wife and stay-at-home mom. But she used to be fearless; ambitious; sexy; free. A dangerous woman. When Lily's first love re-enters her life, something in her awakens. He's gorgeous, sophisticated and as amazing as she remembered -- a perfect counterpoint to her featureless suburban life. As she plays at the edges of getting caught in her new affair, Lily starts to recall echoes of her old self. But soon, the lines between her husband and her lover start to blur. Her lover doesn't want a dangerous woman; he wants his own version of a domestic ideal. The affair that once made Lily feel free soon begins to feel like another trap. Ultimately, Lily has to decide what to keep, what to let go and which bridges to burn in order to have the life she wants.
For many years, Jhee, a magistrate from the Far Reaches of the empire, has used her arcane knowledge and position to rebuild her devastated district. She solves crime with her wife and husbands in a world where many view both the law and the increased blending of magic and modern technology with suspicion.As oceans of corruption and indifference threaten to overwhelm the empire's citizens, they must use their unique skills to shelter the vulnerable from the tides of injustice.
He is the proud son of a wealthy industrialist. She is the devout daughter of a respected minister. When their paths cross and sparks fly, will they be able to find common ground?
William Hanson is not a happy man. Forced to spend the summer at a religious retreat, he is anything but pleased with the direction his life has taken. He is a man of strong ideals, but expressing his views has gotten him into trouble one time too many.
Adelaide Holbrook is content with her simple life. She is known for her beautiful singing, her generous spirit, and her position as the daughter of a well-respected minister in the community. She has been looking forward to spending the summer at Cottage City on the beautiful island of Marthas Vineyard. The village of pristine little seaside cottages and sparkling blue waters is the perfect setting for something special to happen. Still, when she meets William, she is not expecting the strong emotions he evokes in her.
Hes a man at a crossroads, forced to make a choice. Shes a woman newly awakened to the possibilities of love. Will the two find a way to bridge the gap between them?
Dont miss this captivating inspirational Christian historical romance set in the Victorian era!
Fans of Janette Oke's When Calls the Heart will love this book!
Bestselling Author Virginia Gray brings you an endearing story, rife with psychotic roommates, questionable fashion choices, and an epic search for the perfect cup of coffee... Twenty-two-year-old Susan Wade's dream of a fabulous, high-powered career is the only thing that's gotten her through the past four years of college. But now that she's graduating, her future isn't looking quite as bright as she'd hoped. She's discovering the hard way that Corporate America values something she doesn't have: experience. With only five dollars left to her name, Susan is left with two unappealing options: following her semi-boyfriend to the bowels of Texas or managing a dilapidated diner in her small town. She's got to convince someone that there is more to her than meets the eye. But how? Let's face it. Ben's not exactly relationship material. Awkward and geeky, his ideal job is designing computer software while hyped up on energy drinks. Best friends with Susan for far too long, he's ready to take their relationship to the next level, but she keeps shutting him down. Until one night... Will Susan get the chance of a lifetime before she makes a huge mistake? Will Ben finally get his fantasy girl? Or will the two end up in worse shape than they started?
When a woman loses her only love, will a change of scenery and a canine connection reclaim her heart? Lily Reed is numb with grief. After her husband died in the line of duty, she struggles daily with the emotional reminders of their shared world. So when she inherits a quiet beachside cottage property, she tries to piece her life together one wave at a time. Losing herself in one refurbishment project after another, Lily’s surprised to make easy relationships with her new neighbors. And when she befriends a hearing-impaired man and agrees to train his service puppy, she can feel her heart beginning to heal. Will Lily’s new connections help her discover a future lined with joy? Beach Haven is the first book in the touching Glass Beach Cottage women’s fiction series. If you like heartwarming casts of characters, emotional journeys, and life’s second chances, then you’ll love Tammy L. Grace’s moving novel.
To protect her secrets, a woman refuses to acknowledge the child she left behind fifty years ago and a half a world away. Claire travels halfway across the globe from Southern California to Ireland to find the reasons Norah, her biological mother, gave her up. Norah is equally determined to avoid revisiting the painful time in her life and the devastating decision she was forced to make. Even with a loving husband and family, she still carries the shame of her mistakes. An emotional story that delves into the true meaning of family, sisterhood and secrets.
From Bestselling author Virginia Gray comes a wonderfully entertaining and completely absorbing love story... Susan never planned on a husband, kids, or a small-town address. Her dream involved a giant corner office and a full spread in Forbes Magazine. But for reasons defying understanding, she has agreed to marry her former rival, Pete Walsh, move to the tiny community of Havelock, and become part of his enormous (and highly opinionated) family. But marital bliss can be a fleeting thing. When the opportunity for company advancement arises, Susan is forced to choose between her personal wants and her family's needs. Pete never realized that marrying Susan meant marrying her career as well. He's a simple guy with a simple dream of settling down and raising a family. But when he learns Susan doesn't share his vision, marriage becomes harder than either of them imagined. Can Susan find a way to have it all? Can Pete come to terms with her decisions? And whatever happened to happily-ever-after? Find out in...Back Where I Belong
Inspired by a true story...
Jacob Gusky wakes up hoping Santa has arrived. And he has... but not for Jacob, one of two Jewish boys living at the Boys’ Home of Manhattan. When a friend gifts him a tin whistle, Jacob learns the power of giving, the joy in receiving, and hears what he considers to be the sound of happiness.
Recently widowed and completely out of options, Frannie takes her daughter Molly to the Home for the Friendless. “You’ll be back before Christmas?” Molly asks. Frannie gives Molly half a quilt square and keeps the other, choking on her reply.
Now a happily married father of three, Jacob Gusky owns Gusky’s Grand Emporium, Pittsburgh’s first premier department store. After unearthing the tin whistle from the orphanage, he is reminded of what it felt like to have nothing, and decides to make a difference in the lives of others no matter their faith. But with so little time before Christmas morning, can he even begin to give the orphaned children of Pittsburgh what he knows they need?
When giving is more important than receiving...
Glory Bishop lives her life in pieces. At work and with her friends, she reads novels, speaks her mind, and enjoys slow dances and stolen kisses with her boyfriend, JT. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step. Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas. When JT leaves to join the navy, Glory is left alone and heartsick. The preacher's son, Malcolm Porter, begins to shower her with lavish gifts, and her mother pushes Glory to accept his advances. Glory is torn between waiting for true love with JT or giving in to the overzealous Malcolm. When a stranger attacks Glory on the street, Malcolm steps in to rescue her, and her interest in him deepens. But the closer she gets to him, the more controlling he becomes. Glory must eventually decide whether to rely on others or to be her own savior.
Fans of Hallmark style movies, featuring women in mid-life, will enjoy escaping with the first book in the Hometown Harbor Series. Set in the picturesque San Juan Islands, readers are taken on an emotional journey filled with the complex relationships of friendship and family. Each book in the series highlights a different woman and her journey of self-discovery. Finding Home features Sam, who moves to the island intent on starting over after a divorce. It’s an inspirational story of loss, love, second chances, and forgiveness.Shattered by her husband's infidelities after twenty-five years of marriage, Sam Collins is plagued by constant fear and loneliness, reliving the tragic death of her parents and the betrayal by the man she loved. She leaves Seattle seeking relief from the relentless darkness that has swallowed her. With only her dog for companionship, she sets out to live in her vacation home on San Juan Island.
The Grand Opening is set for the Spirits of Texas Inn, and Hannah Duncan has one goal – Go Big, or Go Home!
After her uncle gifts her the tiny hamlet of Hannah, Texas, the reluctant owner accepts the challenge of a new career. The town (a loose definition, at best) has one claim to fame—the historic stagecoach stop, otherwise known as the Spirits of Texas Inn.
To kick off the auspicious event, Hannah brings a Wild West Show to town for opening weekend. The event will bring in extra cash for the inn, provide fun activities for the guests, and create good will with the community. It’s a lot to tackle during the grand opening, but Hannah is taking a play from her uncle’s rule book. JoeJoe always says you never make your mark by playing it safe.
A fresh coat of paint and new décor gives the inn an updated look without sacrificing its authenticity, but its connection to the past is never an issue. Not with three resident ghosts in house!
But when the show’s wrangler is found dead before the gates even open, all Hannah’s efforts may be in vain. Shelton Long, the farrier caring for the inn’s horses—the same man who has expressed an interest in dating the innkeeper—comes to the rescue, offering his expertise at the last moment.
The show must go on, but it’s not without consequences. When the elusive Goyen makes a surprise appearance, Hannah knows something serious is afoot. T ...
Five stories, five women, five legends. Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections. The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy? Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods. Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it. All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.
From the award-winning author of Half-truths and White Lies and An Unknown Woman comes an emotional story of hidden identities, complicated passions and tangled truths. ‘A compelling portrayal of the bohemian life of an activist poet, the men she loves, and the issues she fights for.’ ~ Eleanor Steele A rose garden. A woman with white hair. An embossed envelope from the palace. Lucy Forrester, for services to literature, you are nominated for a New Year’s Honour. Her hands shake. But it’s not excitement. It’s rage. For five decades, she’s performed angry poems, attacked government policy on everything from Suez to Trident, chained herself to embassy railings, marched, chanted and held placards high. Lucy knows who she is. Rebel, activist, word-wielder, thorn in the side of the establishment. Not a national bloody treasure. Whatever this is – a parting gesture, a final act of revenge, or the cruellest of jokes – it can only be the work of one man. Dominic Marchmont, outspoken literary critic and her on/off lover of fifty years, whose funeral begins in under an hour. Perhaps, suggests husband Ralph, the invitation isn’t the insult it seems? What if Dominic – the man they both loved – has left her an opportunity? Completely gripping, excellently written and so skilfully put together, I can't recommend My Counterfeit Self highly enough ~ Isabel Wolff, author of Ghostwritten
… The forgotten envelope was like the proverbial can of worms… now that she had opened it, she knew the past would come crawling out, one slimy piece at a time…
Photojournalist Kenzie Reese has spent the past eight years trying to forget her past. Now the Mafia is looking for her father and thinks kidnapping Kenzie will bring him out of hiding. Little do they know what a dysfunctional family she comes from! After a miserable and lonely childhood - lived on the run in a dozen towns across the country, using a dozen different names – Kenzie has made a new life for herself that does not include her parents.
The forgotten envelope plunges Kenzie into the middle of a political and financial conspiracy. Coded clues and a mysterious key force her to recall the painful puzzle of her past. Each discovery leads to more questions and more changes… and Kenzie hates changes!
Now is definitely not the time to be falling in love, especially with straight-laced Travis Merka. She and the Texas Ranger have nothing in common. She's a free spirit, he's all about rules.
But there are no rules as they follow the twisted trail of secrets that leads them from Colorado and Wyoming, into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Full of surprises and vivid scenery, Kenzie's story is a great stand-alone or the perfect extension of The Girl from Her Mirror. This popular Kindle series is filled with mysterious danger and sexy delight, while remaining a clean r ...
Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.
First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.
Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?
A magical novel about destiny, family, food, intrigue, healing, men in kilts, and the sometimes twisted path to love from the award-winning author of Compulsion. "Delightful, charming, and heartwarming." --NYT bestselling author Wendy Higgins
Helping her aunt organize a festival in a picturesque village nestled among the Highland braes of Scotland seems like the perfect escape from Anna Cameron's broken engagement and the mistake that ended her legal career. To succeed in helping the struggling community, though, she'll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, meandering dogs, and the stubborn land-owner who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of "Sighting."
For centuries, the glen has been known to locals as a "thin" place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning and reflects the face of a person's one true love in the tranquil waters of the loch. The tradition could draw much-needed tourists by the busload, but that's exactly what Connal MacGregor doesn't want when he's desperate to keep his daughter out of the public eye.
Struggling to mediate between Connal and the needs of the village, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his disfigured daughter, the villagers, and the magical glen. But opening the "Sighting" to strangers reveals generations of scars within the community and within Connal and Anna themselves. ...
Fortune Fair is the short story prequel to The Tea Leaves Series It is 1997 and two friends, Nancy and Mickie have just finished their first year of college. They set off to the funfair to celebrate and encounter an eccentric fortune teller, The Mysterious Madame Marigold. Madame Marigold predicts Nancy’s destiny, but was it just a cliched fun fair scam, or can Madame Marigold truly predict the future? ONLY AVAILABLE TO NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS!
IN THIS SECOND BOOK of the series, Glory Bishop has finally broken free of her mother's oppressive grasp and is offered a new life by a seemingly altruistic Chicago socialite, but there may be more than good intentions at play. Against the advice of trusted friends and family, Glory chooses the protection of Malcom Porter, her adoring, much older, bad-boy-turned-minister fiancé. Thrust into a gilded world of wealth, society and privilege, Glory struggles to overcome the guilt of loving her new life. The whirlwind of 1980s designer clothing, penthouse views, and first-class travel is a far cry from her former existence. With this new reality, comes unexpected complications and temptations. As she struggles to remain true to herself and her fiancé, Glory wonders if she will ever truly feel at home in this new world. Follow Glory Bishop in her continuing search for freedom and independence, as she once again strives to be her own savior.
Payton Montgomery wishes she could remember her early childhood; Joel McIntyre wishes he could forget. Payton is excited about restarting life in New Orleans, but she is plagued by sketchy nightmares and two child abductions that pervade the community and her inner psyche. As she tries to cobble her life together after a string of bad choices, she falls hard for Joel, a veterinarian struggling with his own memories. Could their shared early past reveal secrets that will set them free?
When Candy's ability to birth a legacy is ripped away, can she rise above her suffering and forge a new path?
At the end of the story, readers find a character of remarkable strength and empathy. -- Kirkus Reviews
New York City, 1966. Nineteen-year-old Candy Krzyzanowski believes she can have both marriage and a career. But she falls in love and becomes pregnant, only to be devastated when the father, a local football hero, strong-arms her into an illegal abortion. And when the dangerous procedure leads to an emergency hysterectomy, she wakes up barren and abandoned.
Battling through depression knowing that her family's line will end with her, Candy vows to soar beyond society's conventions and pioneer her own future. And as she sets out to achieve her dream to support women, she's determined to overcome abusive professors, tumultuous personal relationships, and the painful guilt that won't let her go.
Will she triumph in a male-dominated world and finally learn to forgive herself?
Against the Glass is an emotion-drenched historical novel. If you enjoy women's literature with inspiring heroines, journeys of self-discovery, and windows into the past, then you'll adore Linda M. Habib's deftly painted tale.
Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
After her cheating husband destroys her career, Brenna has nowhere to go but home.
Home means her four sisters in the tiny Northern Ontario town with no Starbucks and well-meaning townsfolk who know her every move. Every mistake.
And Brenna is making more than a few mistakes. From falling asleep at the local bar to hooking up with her niece’s boyfriend, Brenna’s life is giving the town a lot to talk about.
Her sister Cat wants nothing to do with her. Content living in the family home with the ghost of their mother, Cat’s left a trail of broken hearts and failed marriages on the road to Brenna&rsq ...
Socialite and philanthropist Elizabeth Hartman needs to start a new life after divorcing her husband Gerry Richardson who’s in federal prison for money laundering, a crime the Feds suspected her of being involved in. Her mother’s family vacation home in Red River, New Mexico offers just the respite she needs. Or does it? How will her grown children cope with what's happened to their family? One too many deaths sends retired Dallas homicide detective and now Marshall Matt Thornton to Red River to seek a less dangerous place to serve. The New Mexico mountains promises to be that refuge until his high school sweetheart Liz Hartman arrives, bringing with her danger to his town and his heart. Will his involvment with Elizabeth put his own daughter in danger?
From Book 1:Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invitedand practically draggedto her first meeting of the Rejected Writers Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one anothers rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one members reputationand disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, theyll face their fearslandslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful childrenand have the time of their lives.
An island castle in Cornwall, family secrets, a kilt-wearing chef, and a historical legend cook up a deliciously magical, heartwarming, and suspenseful new love story from the award-winning author of Compulsion and Lake of Destiny.
Emma Larsen's mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma no longer believes in fairy tales or happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after the funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family's island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than a friend.
She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. But as tragedy rocks the small community with a tradition of lifesaving that goes back a thousand years, it is family and courage that keeps everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one who draws Emma close as danger swirls around them.
Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma discovers that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we've known the longest are the ones we don't know at all.
A timeless stand-alone romance in the Celtic Lege ...
A captivating debut novella for readers of Janet Fitch's White Oleander and Catherine Ryan Hyde's Don't Let Me Go, The Bad Girl unleashes an unforgettable cast of characters into a time and place known for its violence and peril where chances of survival are slim: 1971. New York City
After a disastrous 26th birthday party, Olivia Donaldson flees her wealthy but overbearing parents and her controlling soon-to-be ex-husband and makes for Shady Piers, the former hometown of her now-deceased grandfather, in Maine.
Desperate for even the most basic of needs she reluctantly accepts help from a local pub-owner Brent Scott, who takes her in and gives her a job.
Even though she settles in well, Olivia's past comes back to haunt her and she needs Brents help once again, bringing them even closer together to a place where romance might just be in the air.
The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are 'clean and sweet' contemporary romances with happily ever after endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.
A subtle story with a paranormal touch. Follow a wonderful journey of change that will help you believe in magic again.
Henry and his adult daughter, Chandra, are haunted by the past. Stuck in a state of mourning, they long to return to a time when the family matriarch was still alive. Chandra misses her mother’s guidance. Henry wishes he could recapture the final precious moments with his wife. Each wonders if they will find happiness in life again, until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s never noticed before. Flying Lessons is a heartwarming, magical realism novel about relationships, hope, and healing that will stay with you long after you read the last page.
After months of playing the lottery and hoping for an uptick in her dog-boarding business, Janet’s friend Annie must face the inevitable: the bank is foreclosing on her family farm. But thanks to the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, Annie doesn’t have to face it alone. With just a few weeks to raise the $20,000 that she and her fifty rescue dogs need to avoid becoming homeless, the writers need a fund-raiser, and fast. Much to Janet’s horror, Doris has another crazy plan.
In a moment of inspiration, their fearless leader declares a solution: a musical extravaganza. No one in the group has ever produced a musical, but Doris will not be deterred—they’ll write it together. And with Flora, who has never sung a note in her life, as the lead and Janet as their reluctant director—along with a hypochondriac costume designer, a pyrotechnics enthusiast, and Janet’s very pregnant daughter pitching in—what could possibly go wrong?
To produce a miracle for Annie, Janet and her friends will work around the clock holding auditions, concocting elaborate costumes, and getting a little too close to blowing themselves up—but will it be enough?
Dive into the first installment of this gritty slow burn college romance series about love, loss, and second chances. Introverted Billie Dixon has life planned to a T, and Bradford College is her chance for comfortable solitude. Her best friend lives across the hall, her roommate ignores her, and to pay for textbooks, she puts her math skills to good use as a tutor. But Billie is in for a rude awakening. Life rarely goes according to plan. Her sister wonders why she never calls. Her best friend nags like a mother hen. Plus, sharing him with his playboy roommate, who uses every opportunity to infuriate her, wasn't part of the deal. And that tutoring gig? Her only pupil complicates their business arrangement when he develops a crush on her. If she thought this couldn't get worse... Then, she runs into the Math Department Head. Her father--and the only reason she can afford Bradford. He wants to rekindle their relationship after years of radio silence, but Billie isn't fully on board.
How could she know he was really a monster? As one reviewer said, " 5-Stars: A Great book about a horrifying experience." Katy is desperate to get away from a controlling, abusive, and terrifying man who hurts her in the most savage ways. He was once a kind, thoughtful lover. Now, he has her paralyzed with fear from his ruthless and revolting behavior. She can't think straight, but she's sick and tired of being beaten down. She knows she has to escape - but his threats cause her to feel vulnerable and trapped. Is there no way out? Read one woman's nightmarish journey as she closely listens to the guidance of her inner voice in this tale of survival. Warning: Emotional triggers. Language. Partner Abuse.
Elyse Gibbons is out of her depth when, as an undergrad at Columbia, she's befriended by campus superstars Aubrey Adam-Drake and Marina Hunt. While Aubrey's grandfather is a former U.S. president and Marina's dad is a notorious mob lawyer, Elyse was raised in Pennsylvania by a single mother/language professor who made Elyse learn Chinese for allowance money. As her high-profile life evolves, Elyse must use the strength and perseverance she gained from her humble roots, even while joining ranks with the powerful and elite. Then, handsome and enigmatic Finn joins the three friends to form a tightly knit group of four, and life becomes even more complicated. Years go by, Elyse is further drawn into Aubrey and Marina's world of influence and intrigue, and she will risk everything for her friends and for Finn—the love of her life. When Elyse becomes embroiled in her own political career, it's clear that one misstep can lead to earth-shattering consequences, one lie can cause devastating ruin, and to survive unscathed, betrayal is the only option.
"Fried Green Tomatoes meets Dolores Claiborne. This character-rich southern gothic-esque tale will keep you guessing up to the very end." - NYT Bestselling Author Kate Moretti Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it. The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.
Be like the eagle in flight that soars above the troubles of the world. Emma’s life changes the day Ruben Templeton walks in and asks her out on a date. Over dinner, Ruben’s undivided attention flatters her and she’s a little disappointed when his best friend, Jesse Kimball, joins them. Accustomed to a quiet life, insecure 27-year-old Emma is hesitant but excited when Jesse calls her the next day to invite her to his birthday party. It doesn’t take long for him to sweep her off her feet and when Emma receives devastating news, he asks her to marry him. From the moment she agrees, their relationship starts to deteriorate. Hurt and confused, Emma turns to Ruben for advice. Ruben suggests the young couple to give each other space for several weeks. Weeks Emma can use to help him locate his younger brother Axel, who has gone missing. Emma agrees, and soon finds herself on a road trip across the country. Will Emma and Jesse’s temporary separation clear the distance between them, or will she find love in the arms of another man?
Two friends. Two journeys. In the quaint town of Nicolet, on the shores of Lake Superior, two friends help each other face the past and embrace the future. Widowed and disenchanted with love, Olivia Reeves is tired of living life in half measure. Though still disillusioned and scarred from her marriage, she’s finally ready to move on. At least, she thinks she is. But moving forward means forgiving past wrongs and trusting once again. Can it be done? When Sean, an old friend, reenters her life unexpectedly, Olivia is put to the test, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Love and happiness are on the line. Anna Davis, Olivia’s young friend, has always lived in the shadow of her family’s past tragedy, but after a series of events, the storm of the past blows into the present and the Davises have no choice but to finally confront their loss. The question is—will it unite them together or break them apart? Experience the special bond between these two extraordinary women as they hold out hope for a better life in this idyllic little beach town.
GRACE ON THE HORIZON is the second full-length novel in The White Sails Series. Grace and Seamus, united by their past experiences, are adrift on a raft of shame in the sea of 1830s London society. After a personal tragedy, Grace’s desperation to leave London forces Seamus to accept a dubious commission on the private explorer, Clover. With the expedition financed by Colonel Hamilton and his private backers, Seamus is tasked with mapping a round-the-world voyage. But Colonel Hamilton has an additional package that requires delivering—Father Babcock—a priest wanted for murder. The church wants Babcock transported far from England to set up a new mission in South America. Battling his overprotectiveness, Seamus breaks his oath to always tell Grace the truth and hides Babcock’s identity from her. But the journey aboard the Clover is far from smooth sailing, and Grace suspects a saboteur. Trapped within the ship’s confines, she must learn to forgive her husband's well-intentioned duplicity and determine who wishes them harm—because now she also has her unborn child to protect. From the damp cobbled streets of London, around the freezing stormy tip of Cape Horn, and into the scorching dusty bush of New Holland, GRACE ON THE HORIZON promises another adventure on the high seas, bursting with action and suspense. It is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of the strong female protagonists in Outlander and Poldark.
Kat Becker is a starry-eyed optimist with a dream. She’s convinced a move to Nashville will turn her into a singing sensation, and nobody’s going to stand in her way. Not even the cute but grumpy ER doctor she meets after a fender-bender. Dr. Dan McDonald is a hard-headed realist with a past. He knows first-hand how Music City can shatter a heart. It’s his duty to warn an appealing but quirky patient of the aftermath for anyone foolish enough to pursue such a fantasy. Two people couldn’t be less likely to join forces, let alone fall in love… until one tiny lie changes everything. “Pat Wahler combines suspense with humor to create scenes that capture the reader’s attention.” —Readers’ Favorite This is a complete standalone novel. Reader enjoyment is enhanced by first reading On a City Street, Book 1 of the Becker Family Novels. Available in eBook and paperback format from your favorite retailers.
Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host at the station where she works. When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of The Bachelor, Renee goes along with it in order to raise her profile. Upon seeing her bumbling audition, Ben McConnell, one of the most eligible bachelors in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show. But Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee… he gets a girl who can’t seem to do anything right…and a girl he can’t seem to resist.
Winner of the ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel
Winner of the Grace Award for Women's Fiction
Selah Awards Nominee
In 1928, Chicago rocks to the rhythm of the Jazz Age, and Prohibition is in full swing. Small-town girl Marjorie Corrigan, visiting the city for the first time, has sworn that coffee's the strongest drink that will pass her lips. But her quiet, orderly life turns topsy-turvy when she spots her high school sweetheart--presumed killed in the Great War--alive and well in a train station. Suddenly everything is up for grabs.
Although the stranger insists he's not who she thinks he is, Marjorie becomes obsessed with finding out the truth. To the dismay of her fiancé and family, she moves to the city and takes a job at a department store so she can spy on him. Meanwhile, the glittering world of her roommate, Dot, begins to look awfully enticing--especially when the object of her obsession seems to be part of that world. Is it really so terrible to bob her hair and shorten her skirt? To visit a speakeasy? Just for a cup of coffee, of course.
But what about her scruples? What about the successful young doctor to whom she's engaged, who keeps begging her to come back home where she belongs? And what, exactly, is going on at the store's loading dock so late at night?
Amid a whirlwind of trials and temptations, Marjorie must make a choice. Will the mystery man pro ...
Lillianna Ferguson has spent the last twenty years pretending her father is dead. She moved to Oregon—far away from her childhood home in Delaware—changed her name from Emma to Lillianna and vowed never to go back. When her brother, Greg, phones, begging her to come home to care for their father who has been diagnosed with a dangerous, aortic aneurysm, she is adamant in her refusal. When did he ever take care of her? But Greg is equally stubborn in his arguments that she return, as the surgeon at Johns Hopkins won’t repair the aneurysm without first amputating their father’s infected leg. Calvin Miller, a disabled WWII veteran, survived a grenade that killed his best friend. It took off most of his right hand and left him with osteomyelitis in his leg, a bone-destroying infection, that refuses to heal. His surgeon believes his only chance for survival is amputation. The irony that his body is about to experience another explosion does not escape Lilianna. Calvin, who has fought more than fifty years to save this leg, is adamant he will die the same way he lived—with both legs. Greg believes, if anyone can convince their father to have the amputation, it will be Lillianna. Will she leave her safe life and reenter the minefield of her childhood?
Second hand, never used. Vintage Condition.
Grace Stavenaugh has lived her life in the shadow of her older sister. Even as children, Hope was always the talented one and Grace the smart one. Hope received the attention, the boyfriends, and the beautiful clothes; Grace received the hand-me-downs.
The leftovers never bothered Grace, until it came to one boy. Her sister went through boyfriends and their affections like she did her clothes, carelessly tossing one aside in favor of another. Often left to stall her sister’s adoring public, Cruz Colton was the one boy Grace never objected to entertaining. As their friendship grew and Grace found herself falling for the boy with the quiet sense of humor, she began to imagine he really came to see her, and not her sister. But one fateful night changed that perception, and she realized his was only a hand-me-down heart, after all. Long ago, Grace banished thoughts of Cruz from her mind, even if her heart was reluctant to let his memory go.
Ten years later, their paths cross again. Grace is living her dream as a registered nurse, Hope is a brilliant concert violinist, and Cruz has a distinguished career in the military. Recently discharged from service, Cruz checks in at Texas General Hospital where Grace works.
And just like that, Grace’s heart picks up where it left off.
She tells herself she’s over him. These sparks between them are nothing but left ...
Everybody is on the premises of Suburban Skies Condominium Association when the victim is discovered. Residents of the small community face obstacle after obstacle as they try to rebuild their homes and their lives after Hurricane Katrina. When folks are at their most vulnerable, facades crumble, secrets spill, and self-appointed neighborhood watchdog Jody Bertolucci meddles her way into everyone's affairs. When reconstruction is near completion, Jody is found knocked unconscious in her FEMA trailer, and every neighbor is a suspect.
Love conquers all? Maybe for some people. Samantha flees Dodge--or rather Beaufort, NC--to free herself from a relationship that should never have happened. But does she leave in time to stave off trouble for others as well as herself? Teo isn't looking for romance or anything other than the next plot point for his mystery series--until a strange and compelling vision shows up in the waters near his home on the Italian Riviera. A vision who looks remarkably like the new woman in town. Will a friendship forged over dinner or an espresso and during a trip to Venice grow into more? Or will the past become a disturbing present as consequences escalate, and the fallout threatens them all? Grab your copy of this haunting story of mistakes and loss... and the grace that abounds through forgiveness.
Where Bantry Bay in Ireland meets the wild Atlantic, three lost souls stumble together united by their inability to forgive themselves. A heart-pounding and magical tapestry of romance, history, legend, and complex themes of inequality that resonated as deeply centuries ago as they do today. Perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Nora Roberts, Mary Stewart, Maeve Binchy, and Susan Wiggs.
After a disastrous relationship with her boss, Meg Cameron leaves her job with two bad options. Stay silent? Or speak up and ruin her career? A trip to an archeological dig gives her time to reflect on historical imbalances of power, but history refuses to stay quietly in the bloody past of Ireland's beautiful Beara Peninsula and the O'Sullivan massacre.
Niall Sullivan has spent years chasing the truth of what happened to his family in 1602. But he never expected to have to bring his newly orphaned nephew, Adam, with him to excavate on Dursey Island--without internet or television or even reliable cell phone coverage. Still, time alone together in the abandoned village could be exactly what the two of them need to build the foundations of a family. Until Meg Cameron comes along. Meg and her developing relationship with Niall brings out both the best and the worst in Adam. And as danger comes from unexpected sources, they all have choices to make. Life and death choices none of them expected.
★★★★★ PRAISE FOR LAKE OF DESTINY ★★★★★
The breathtaking promise of the English countryside can lift even the heaviest spirits . . .
Willow Armstrong, the once-famous Queen of Weight Loss and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of optionsuntil she learns shes inherited a house in Englands most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds.
Willows trip across the pond to sell the property and salvage her company soon becomes its own adventure: the house, once owned by grandparents she never met, needs major work. Plus, single dad Owen Hughes, the estates resident groundskeeper and owner of a local tour outfit, isnt thrilled about the idea of leaving . . .
Yet as Willow proceeds with her plans, shes sidetracked by surprising discoveries about her familys history--and with Owens help, the areas distinctive attractions. Soon, shes even retracing her rootsand testing her enduranceamid the regions natural beauty. And the more she delves into the past, the more clearly she sees herself, her future, and the way home . . .
After a year of making beautiful music together, Chloe Hatherly thinks she’s more than ready to make the age-old promise to her bandmate, Jon. In sickness and in health, for better or worse. When the sudden death of Jon’s father forces the couple to postpone their wedding in favor of a funeral, however, their relationship veers rapidly off course from the ever after they’d both envisioned. Now living in her intended father-in-law’s memory-steeped house and acting as round-the-clock caregiver for her fiancé’s worsening depression, Chloe finds herself afflicted with a songwriter’s block for which she’s only ever known one cure: leaving and writing a killer breakup song. Unlike the subjects of her past lyrical rants, Chloe can’t picture her life without Jon in it, and she begins to wonder if there’s a way to save the music she loves while keeping the vows she never had the chance to make — or if she and Jon have already been irrevocably parted by death, albeit not their own. The Future Mrs. Brightside is an uncomfortably honest, sometimes hilarious, fiercely romantic prose ballad to the hideous beauty of love in good times and bad.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER for adult fiction, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, 2020! And GOLD MEDAL WINNER FOR WOMEN'S FICTION in RPLA Awards Contest! Southern Literary Review calls BURIED SEEDS “Thoroughly engrossing, imminently readable, and ultimately uplifting . . . an important contribution to a body of socially-themed women’s literature.” Two women, born a century apart, but both have had enough. 2017: Angie Fisher promises to take over her best friend’s duties as president of the West Virginia teacher’s union, but her unemployed husband fears this will cost him a job with the FBI. 1903: Angie’s great great grandmother Rosella endures devastating loss, life-threatening illness, arrest, and the destructive force of an earthquake. Yet nothing derails her quest to control her own destiny and win the right for all women to vote. Through pages of a family scrapbook, Rosella’s courage speaks to Angie. If she doesn’t advocate for her students, hearing-impaired grandbaby, and colleagues, who will? But will she lose the man she loves by taking a stand? At some point, silence becomes betrayal.
Jada Marlone’s life appears to be perfect on social media. She has a loving husband, a beautiful child, and a successful career. What she doesn’t post about is the disconnect she feels in her marriage, the difficulties of motherhood, and her strained relationship with her mother. Resigned to never being truly happy, Jada runs into an ex-boyfriend. While trying to decide whether the coincidence is her second chance at happiness, Jada begins having dreams that feature her dead cousin Gina. With Gina’s help, Jada starts to uncover the real reasons behind her life decisions. As Jada tries to figure out her future, uncontrollable events threaten her resolve. Will she be able to draw from all she learned from Gina, or will she risk making the same mistakes twice?
Vesper Malik, full-time cynic, part-time waitress, is having a terrible day at work. As if it isn't bad enough she has a drink thrown at her by the Kardashian clone, she almost gets fired thanks to an argument with Tristan Winthrop. Rich, smug, arrogant and insolent, he’s a jackass who swaggers in designer suits while she's busting her butt just to pay rent. His insufferable attitude is no surprise, but his help later that night certainly is. They may be complete opposites, but Vesper and Tristan have one thing in common: self-preservation. Despite their resolve to not get involved, they can't ignore the magnetic pull that draws them together. Conversation is foreplay, their snarky repartee an act of seduction, yet the same instincts that once protected them from pain now threaten to rip them apart. Can two people determined to avoid all emotional connections risk their hearts to fall in love?
She needs to feel in control. When it’s all stripped from her, can a fifty-something mother build a bridge to a better tomorrow? Helene Shaw’s life is falling apart. She doesn’t have her friends’ respect, her eldest daughter moved to get away from her, and now her youngest is refusing her perfectly sensible advice on planning her wedding. But even with all that going on, she’s still shocked by her husband’s ultimatum: Cease her meddling ways, or he’s leaving. Dragged to couples’ therapy, Helene is determined to shield her deepest trauma from the probes of their know-it-all counselor. But when an unexpected tragedy catapults her back to the worst moment of her childhood, she’s terrified she’s about to lose everything that ever mattered. Can Helene come to terms with her painful past before she destroys all hope for a happy future? My Best Memory - Helene's Story is the stirring third book in the My Best women’s fiction series. If you like family sagas, strong-willed heroines, and emotional journeys, then you’ll love Carole Wolfe’s moving tale.
When it’s your 10th year of fundraising for charity it’s hard to find a new idea. The women come up with a scheme to benefit the local hospice but it goes way past their comfort zone. Can they, should they, go ahead? Then there’s the matter of the Board of Trustees – men who are bound to oppose the women on anything that steps out of the domestic sphere. A humorous story for readers of women’s and contemporary fiction.
Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.
From Book 1: How far would you go to find love? Would you travel into the depths of your soul? Would you face your deepest fears? Would you accept love if the Universe presented it disguised in a way you don't recognize?
Fifty-five year old Annah-Belle Henderson faced these questions on the eve of Midsummer, and this is her story.
The true love I desire shall come to me, this I ask, so mote it be.
When earth-witch, Annah-Belle Henderson, cast a spell for love, she never envisioned her wish would be granted in the young nephew of her best friend. With a face that rivals the Norse god Thor, and a body to match, the charismatic Eric Ashworth draws Annah into a dizzying current of emotions. Should she accept the chance for love with a man twenty years younger or should she reject her feelings?
As a past darkness threatens to destroy all that she longs for, Annah makes a decision that begins a journey fraught with judgement, betrayal, disloyalty, and perhaps death.
If she can hold on she just might find true love in Erics arms. But first she must survive.
The spell-binding contemporary romance written a similar vein of Nicholas Sparks, The Summer of Annah: A Midsummer's Wish, will have you believing in the power of love. Romance has never been sweeter.
Jessica is looking to change her life after becoming single again. Leading trail rides and wine tastings in the California wine country sounds perfect. What could possibly go wrong? Is it a good idea to date the handsome vintner? Is he right for her, or is he too arrogant? How about her quiet male friend who rides a beautiful horse and is a great cook? And what about that creepy man who keeps showing up… It looks like she is in real danger. As a former police officer, Jessica knows how to handle danger on the streets. But when it presents itself in her stable, everything changes. Ride with her as she discovers that this idyllic tourist town will supply her with all the adventure she needs.
"Be prepared to CRASH! What I love about this novel is the "REAL LIFE" aspect. We all plan out our futures and know EXACTLY how we want them to play out...well rarely does that happen." ~ HJ Bellus, USA TODAY bestselling author Prepare to make the BEST mistake of your life! You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life. Crash one we met. Crash two we fell in love. Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
Women can’t resist David King. Is it his talent, his looks, or his devout beliefs? David has been chosen by Saul, the head pastor of a mega church in California to lead worship, but now Saul seems to have turned his back on his protégé. Saul’s daughter, Michaela, can’t figure out what has changed. Her feelings for David grow stronger while her father seems to be turning against him. Eventually, Michaela is swayed by her father’s wishes and allows herself to be wooed by another man. Saul fires David and he is left friendless, penniless and jobless. Abigail and her husband Kurt Nabal have a lucrative record label in Nashville. When Abigail meets David, he has nothing. She is amazed by his burgeoning talent and when her husband tries to take advantage of David, she steps in to make a real offer. But is she trying to hire him because of his talent or because of her undeniable attraction? Years later, Beth’s husband is fighting in Iraq while she awaits his return amongst a string of failed acting auditions. While enjoying a late-night swim, David suddenly appears at her door. She ignores all of her mores and beliefs to be with him for one night. What will their infidelity cost?
From the perspective of a small group of physicians on the front line, watch what happens as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic breaks and thunders over their lives, leaving indelible marks, wounds, and scars. Who will fall? Who will survive? How will they land on their feet?
METTLE IS A FREE DOWNLOAD JUNE 2-4 On New Year's Eve, Beri Mathieu's best friend figures out a lie about a buried secret and ends their long friendship. The next day, raw and reeling, she lets a man share her booth in a crowded cafe. Her gesture is as uncharacteristic as he is unexpected. Stranded by a winter storm, the two strangers pass 30 hours together. Beri doesn't know it, but in that time something passes between them that will alter their lives. Three months later, they decide to meet again. As their rendezvous draws near, Beri battles longing and insecurity. In uncharted territory, she lets herself be swept away as answers evade her and the first unthinkable consequence is set in motion. This psychological thriller explores the contest between good and evil in the most intimate battlefield of all. It also peers into the portals open between two people and what comes through them. (Link to a free copy of the Prequel at the end of Part 1.)
What happens when a fighter and a peacenik fall in love?
From the wind-swept horse country of the Yakima Valley to the airy academic halls of the University of Washington, three adventurers pursue their own Edens. One wants to be a hero, the second just wants to save her home, the third to make sense of it all.
Jake’s tragic death in the opening days of the Iraq War leaves his sister and best friend reeling.
Jessie finds herself all alone in the fight to save their family cattle ranch, even as the patriarchy of the Valley seeks to crush her.
Andrew’s questing mind is driven to the brink as he seeks to balance his pacifict convictions with his friend’s sacrifice.
Drawn together, this unlikely pair struggles to find meaning in their loss while they fight for their dreams.
From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of two women, from different walks of life, and the one dog who loved them both.... A feature writer for the Boston Globe, Sarah Palmer had it all – a beautiful apartment, a great job, and a family she adored. A thousand miles away, Mindy Sue Watson didn’t have it so good. Trapped in a marriage to an abusive alcoholic, her only pleasure was in tossing a ball to a skinny dog she’d adopted from the local shelter. Sarah & Zoey is the tale of these two women and the one remarkable dog who saved them both. It is a story of the power of unconditional love. "Three disparate lives - two human, one canine - whirl through a circle of circumstance that is poignant, involving, and especially moving to dog lovers who want a novella about crisis, escape, and recovery. Sarah and Zoey can be read in short segments, so it's perfect for busy fiction readers who want high drama packed into succinct chapters. The mechanics whereby loss and endangered lives heal are nicely portrayed in a winning story that emphasizes hope and offers an involving tale dog lovers will relish." ~D. Donovan, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "Every character is beautifully drawn, the contrasting lives and settings are vivid and so very different, the pace is fast, and the end utterly unpredictable. Sarah & Zoey is a powerful, heart-tugging story that must be read at one sitting; it’s too enthralling to put down. I loved this five-star novella, and I’ll be looking for ...
Loving your sisters is easy. Getting them to accept your help is the hard part. It may have taken years, but all five Skatt sisters are finally back together. Their antics in the tiny Northern Ontario town are legendary, involving fistfights and fierce tempers, stealing boyfriends, and standing up for each other. Until now, Kayleigh’s been content to live in the shadow of her sisters, always putting them first, happy to blend into the background of their lives. When Cat, the baby of the family can’t get pregnant and Kayleigh offers to become a surrogate, she discovers that stepping up for her sister also means stepping back from her dreams. Will she ever have a family of her own? It doesn’t help that Dory’s return to Forest Hills has stirred up old grudges that Kayleigh doesn’t know if she can ever forgive. Dory, on the other hand, has never put her sisters first but a lifetime of being the bad sister has taken it’s toll on her. After beating cancer not once, but twice, Dory wants her sisters to realize she’s changed, but with a reputation for trouble, trust isn’t easy to earn. And when Dory meets handsome ex-cop Drew Conlin, her past threatens to ruin everything she’s worked for. The two sisters are complete opposites, but sometimes opposites make the best allies. Can these two sisters resolve their differences in time to help each other step up and make their dreams come true? Stepping Up is the third book in the heartwarming Sisters in a Small Town series about love and fa ...
Whose secret is a motive for murder? Sandra is murdered while working late at the office and the investigation drives Detective Elliot crazy because everyone has secrets. Ian is trying to hide illicit activities, Henry has a darker, hidden side, George needs money and will make it any way he can, Nathan wants escape from a mundane existence, Brody seeks power and respect, and Brooke wants to get ahead in the worst of ways. Will Lea and Maddy discover who wants to protect their secret badly enough to kill? Perhaps, but not without a surprise twist at the end!
“Swathed in small-town gossip and values, the fantastical novel - combines murder mystery, magic, and mayhem for an exciting tour of a family’s history and trauma.” - 5 stars, Clarion review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Trouble and Magic comes in Threes. The Rowan siblings, Vic, Pip, and Liam, must solve their mother's murder to heal a haunted past in this emotional page-turner.Reviewers are calling the book: an emotional page-turner that they could not put down. "Hooked from the first page" and "kept you on the edge of your seat." "Spellbinding."
Fans of Practical Magic, The Witches of New York, Twin Peaks, and those who dream of visiting Star Hollow will enjoy.
⭐ NOTE: Trigger warnings, see listing for details.
⭐ GENRE: Magical Realism, contemporary, women's fiction, and literary fiction.
Want to warm your soul for the holidays? Unwrap the true meaning of gift giving with a treasure trove of festive tales. Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. With 55 featured authors and poets, the anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. If you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Christian themes, and stories that make you laugh and cry, then you'll love this must-have stocking stuffer.
A little white lie. A little white wedding. A pair of roommates in over their heads. Days before she's set to move across the country and start a prestigious graduate program, a con artist leaves Emmy with no where to live and less than zero dollars in her bank account. But her day doesn't seem quite so bad compared to Beckett's--his fiancée called off their wedding just days before they tie the knot. Now he's single and ineligible for his place in married student housing. So what are a girl without a home and a guy without a wife supposed to do? A quickie wedding in Vegas will solve both their problems. It's a business arrangement, and no one even needs to know. They'll just get an annulment in a few months. What could go wrong? Only Beckett forgot to mention his new apartment is a one-bedroom. And neither of them counted on their new friends at Middlesex University thinking they're a great couple. The platonic newlywed game might be harder to play than Emmy thought. Especially when it starts to feel less than platonic. I Temporarily Do is a Stand-Alone Romantic Comedy
Three Flings are stories of e different women who were given a chance to make a future for themselves and they took it. "Shadows in the Fog" Amanda's father had her life planned out. Her mother supported this. Walking in the early morning fog, Amanda encountered Iaon who liked the fog. It hid his secret. Though from different worlds, in the fog they discovered what really matters. "Libby's Luck" she had found Derek but his family did not accept her. It took a storm and the thought of losing him to let her know that if you want something and work hard, you cna make it happen. "Olivia" one dark and stormy night changed her life as her boss sent her ho in a deluge. She sought shelter in a diner and discovered another person who was seeking something more than shelter.. Sal offered her a ride home and much more as Sal showed her things she had never seen before. It happened quickly but fate had a hand in it from the start. She was used to taking care of herself but Sal proved that she could lean on him when she needed to. Olivia filled a void in Sal's life and made it whole. Olivia took a chance on Sal and it paid off for both of them.
In his new life, Charlie falls for Gypsy, a house cleaner, slash-street-walker he believes he is in love with, but without a solid sense of self, Charlie's love is a futile endeavor. Still, he thinks he can save Gypsy from herself. He is also convinced they will marry and live happily ever after, in his misguided, emotionally bereft perception of love.
When drugs, and guns become a routine part of life, Charlie is in over his head. He walks a fine line between reason and despair.
A poverty of spirit shines through in both wealth and poverty, in this gritty novel, where morals are not an underpinning of behavior, and the value of life is negligible.
Kacie knows three things for certain. She should have sent a text before abandoning her boyfriend. She should have let her family know she was coming home. And she has no business adopting a dog. When Kacie moved away from her father and stepfamily years earlier, she had big aspirations and no plans to return. But she hadn’t counted on a heartless mother relentlessly pursuing her. A boyfriend she couldn’t stand to watch as he wasted one more day on the couch. A career she longed for never materializing. After her barely old enough to get married brother returns, his new fiancée along with him, Kacie has to ask herself, does everyone know what they’re doing besides her? Does the cute guy who just offered her a job have a hidden agenda? And is it wrong to name her new dog Diva?
A Woman’s World Book Club pick and GDRWA Booksellers' Best Award finalist. When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive. Gabby Decouteau refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces Jackson to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life Gabby has built for herself and her son. With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.
From the bestselling author of the Sweeney Sisters Series comes the much-awaited sequel to Magnolia Nights, a novel of fate, discovery, and determination. All is right in Ellie Pringle Hagood’s world. Recently married to the man of her dreams and in anticipation of the big family she’s always wanted, she focuses on restoring the large home she inherited from her grandmother on Charleston’s prestigious Battery. Abbott, the father she adores, lives just down the street from her. She treasures her beloved housekeeper, Maddie, who offers wise counsel and loving support, and is the closest thing to a mother she’s ever known. Two days a week, she volunteers for an art program she piloted at an elementary school. But then, in the midst of all her happiness, comes news that throws Ellie’s life into a tailspin. Her brother-in-law has been murdered in Key West, and her sister, Lia, is wanted for questioning in the investigation. No one in Ellie’s family has seen or heard from Lia in the seven months since she disappeared and left her twin three-year-old daughters in Ellie and Julian’s care. The newlyweds, with several questions nagging at them, fly off to Key West in search of the missing sister. Where is Lia? How is she connected to her husband’s murder? What will become of her twin daughters? The two are only at the beginning of their quest for answers and solutions, and the path they take turns out to be far more torturous and complicated than expected.
Having a younger, beautiful sister is hard enough. Having one who’s on the cover of magazines and is loved by all? Torture. For single mom Marie Stephens, all she wants is to survive her new business, provide for her children, and ignore the intense feelings she has for her married neighbor. When her famous sister, Sadie, shows up after a five-year absence, Marie’s normal life ceases to exist. Add in their celebrity-obsessed mother, it’s no wonder they can’t get along. The most important thing Sadie and Marie will learn? Accepting your sister can change your life.
Telma confidently marches over the bridge of her life and then… Telma is an opinionated little girl who doesn’t quite fit into the world around her. She becomes a physics professor, happily married to Uri, a bridge engineer, whose life seems secure as the bridges her husband builds. However, the little girl is not quiet; she reflects on the successful adult life from her unique point of view. Gadi, a genius from Berkeley is attracted to Telma's distinctive view; he hopes he has found in Telma someone to lean on. An emotional-roller-coaster-like relationship develops between them. But Telma prefers the stable ground Uri has built for her. Can she pull together the pieces of herself and emerge whole? Yet bridges can collapse, and Uri is involved in a serious accident that crushes not only him but Telma’s entire world. When their lives become intertwined with those of Gadi and Yael, his beautiful wife, Uri’s story, revealed to her with brutal honesty, shreds Telma's life to pieces. Gradually, Telma reconstructs herself anew, forming a more inclusive, complete, and accurate picture. A picture in which there is no need to hide behind long black hair and one in which the little girl goes back to seeking out the emerging whole. But will she ever again find peace?
Kindergarten teacher Lily Gallo is a happily married mother of three who considers her life perfect… until the day she’s brutally assaulted while out on a run. When the town’s high school football hero is arrested for the attack, Lily’s family suffers retaliation from local sports fans. Recovering from her injuries, Lily wraps herself in an opioid cloud. Later, a barely avoided tragedy motivates her to flush the narcotics. But her return to sobriety is overshadowed by unnerving memory lapses and her husband’s growing mistrust. As unremembered events become more disturbing, Lily is convinced that she’s being stalked. Though her attacker started the destruction of her life, someone else is determined to finish it.
The Gift Saga concludes with the next generation coming into the forefront of the story during their tumultuous years between adolescence and adulthood.
Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul?
Over-achieving, focused, talented, determined to succeed. Those are the traits Stella envies in her siblings and cousins. Her insecurities and lack of confidence stunts her ability to realize her own worth. When an older, handsome young man claims her as his own, Stella believes she has finally found who she has been looking forsomeone to love her enough to mold her into the best version of herself. But has she fallen in love too quickly for a man she barely knows anything about?
Chasing Petalouthes (Chasing Butterflies) is the coming of age story of two flawed, young women who push their way out from the confines of the cocoons theyd built around themselves and discover how to soar.
Grace Starr plans. She likes order, organization, and the smell of bleach. When her ex-husband evicts her from her predictable life, she’s faced with the hit-you-between-the-eyes realization she’s been a bystander in her own life. Then a letter arrives. An anonymous donor gifts her a worn-out house in a small town. She’ll have to put up with the neighbor. Blaise Savage is an incorrigible, nearly washed-up drummer in a rock band. His unbridled personality challenges everything she holds dear. He’s sexy and that wicked wink probably had half the female population in his bed. For Grace, his lifestyle is out of control. Is the woman who never takes a risk willing to risk it all – and possibly fall in love?
Get in the holiday spirit with this Christmas-themed set of short stories from some of your favorite equestrian writers, and support retired horses! Some of the top authors in the genre have banded together to share Christmas stories from the heart. Look for best-selling authors Maggie Dana, Mary Pagones, Mara Dabrishus, Brittney Joy, Kim Ablon Whitney, Kate Lattey, and Natalie Keller Reinert -- plus an all-new Canterwood Crest holiday short story from Jessica Burkhart! And in the true spirit of the holidays, all proceeds will go to benefit Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement home providing life-long homes for former racehorses. Inside, you'll find stories from some favorite characters and new ones: - Jessica Burkhart returns to Canterwood Crest with an all-new holiday story. - Mara Dabrishus takes us back to Saratoga with July from "Stay the Distance." - Natalie Keller Reinert visits her best-selling Eventing Series with a peek into Jules' early days as a working student. - Brittney Joy offers a warm-hearted holiday tale with characters from her Red Rock Ranch series. - Mary Pagones contributes the prequel to "The Horse is Never Wrong" and "Fortune's Fool." - Kate Lattey revisits Pip from "Flying Changes," along with a new friend. - Maggie Dana, author of Timber Ridge Riders, writes an all-new holiday story, "The Ticket." - Kim Ablon Whitney, author of hunter/jumper series The Circuit, shares a Christmas story in "The Barn Party." With prequels, new stories of old friends ...
Butterfly Kisses is the first book in The Orange Blossom series, the latest in heartwarming Women's Fiction from National Readers' Choice Award winner, Leigh Duncan.
Justine Gale just got incredible news.
The struggling single mom has inherited the flourishing citrus grove where she spent idyllic summers and formed lifelong friendships. Once on the fast track to success, Justine has recently learned her five-year-old daughter faces a lifetime of expensive medical treatments. Treatments, she can't afford. The decision to sell the land her family has owned for generations seems like the simple and smart way for Justine to provide for her daughter's future. But when she returns to Orange Blossom, she quickly realizes her plans could hurt every resident of the small town that depends on Castle Grove to survive.
Justine's dilemma is only complicated by Nate Rhodes, her first love and now Orange Blossom's mayor, who stakes his own claim to the land she has inherited. He'll do whatever it takes to stop her, even if it means losing the woman he loves...one more time.
Breaking the rules with his best friend’s sister has never felt so right! Ever since a horrifying experience in her childhood, Renée Swank has had to endure her family’s overprotection, which forced her to move to the UK eight years ago. Now she’s back in California to open her lingerie boutique. And renting the apartment across the hall from her big brother’s super-hunky best friend—who she’s been crushing on since she was sixteen—has more than a few sexy benefits. Helicopter pilot/Carpenter Dillon The Rule-Breaker Matthews has never met a rule he didn’t want to break. But when he agreed to keep an eye on his buddy’s little sister, he was certain he’d have no problem honoring their friendship. Until he offers Ren his carpenter skills, and suddenly her boutique isn’t the only secret they’re keeping.
In this modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice,. an engaging clash of wits morphs into the raw emotions of deep love for Greg, a rich playboy, and Elise, a law student. They spend a night together. But Greg is engaged to another and his jilted fiancée, gorgeous ambitious Lori, strikes back, tearing Greg and Elise apart. Along with heartache and revenge, other unexpected consequences follow Greg and Elise's single encounter. Will Greg and Elise get a second chance? A delicious literary romance with a twist of whodunit.
In India, the dowry was ransom. Bride burning was what happened when the ransom was not paid. It’s 1971 in Delhi, India, and Maya is about to enter into the time-honored tradition of arranged marriage—a tradition that holds strong against modern ways. But no sooner than Maya’s father provides her agreed upon dowry to her fiancé’s family does Maya learn that she has just been traded into a deal deeply imbedded into Indian culture—a deal in which Maya is chattel. What will happen to her if the ever-increasing dowry demands are not met? Maya embarks on a quest to find the root of the cruel customs that have seeped into the families, relationships, and minds of India’s people. Going against her prescribed destiny, she faces irate backlash and is hunted by her enemies. But when Indira Gandhi enacts new emergency measures in a forceful attempt to bring a chaotic country further into modernization, Maya finds an ally in her fight. Can Maya change the course of Indian history despite the traditions fused into its identity? Or will she be drawn into India’s ancient spells?
They’re living the dream. But dreams aren’t real life. And secrets can’t be hidden forever… Lucas and Nathan are sworn enemies. When Olivia gets trapped between them, old hurts run deep and trust is not on the agenda. Then Nathan’s worst nightmare comes true. His beloved daughter is missing. With tragedy snapping at their heels, they’ll have to work together to find her. But how can they bury their toxic past before it’s too late? Get right to the heart of this sizzling love triangle. An intriguing tale of bad choices and second chances.
The universe shifts. A boy meets a girl. And everything they thought they knew about life and love changes in a heartbeat... Once upon a time in the big city...
When Lani meets Jacob it is love at first sight just as she expected. She always knew this man was her soulmate, the only question was – when would they meet? Acclaimed movie star Jacob Benedict enjoys a glittering career, but his soul is haunted, his life an empty lie. Away from the spotlight, he yearns for the profound love that has always passed him by. When Jacob’s eyes meet Lani’s, their worlds are changed forever. For the first time in their lives, the universe is perfectly aligned. There is only one minor complication in this state of bliss... When Jacob tells Lani his secret, he is shocked to learn she already knows. Vowing to disregard the past, they focus on their future, whatever it might bring.
As they set out to discover what their relationship will be, they create a magical new world of infinite possibilities, challenging each other’s perceptions of what life and love can mean. Blessed with a love decreed by a perfect universe, Jacob questions everything he thought he knew, but there is only one thought in Lani’s mind...
Can dreams really come true? Or is their fairy tale destined to have an unhappy ever after?
This book is a contemporary love story intended for readers who enjoy the raw intimacy of sexual and spiritual love. Discover the magical and mystical world of L ...