CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE by Jacquie Biggar
A Gambling Hearts Romance
Take two stubborn fools, mix a touch of fate, stir in some desire, and you have the recipe for a Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Sophia Shaughnessy left her beloved home in order to prove once and for all she was more than a pretty face to her family and ex-boyfriend, Tony. But, it backfired. When her grandmother needed her most, she wasn’t there.
Tony Morrison had been in love with the youngest Shaughnessy for almost as long as he’d been employed at her family’s ranch. Trouble was, he had secrets. Things he couldn’t tell anyone, especially the beautiful Sophia. So, he’d let her go.
But now she’d returned, bringing the winds of change to the Texas ranch, and Tony wasn’t sure he could protect her from the fallout.
SWEET FAITH by Mimi Barbour
Mob Tracker Series, Book 5
Hooker turned nanny, Faith Whitely, known to her “Johns” as Sunshine, has struggled to be a decent person all her life. And her options were never the same as the good girls in town. Growing up with a sick mother and limited resources, she does the best she can until a man she loves dies in a violent, intolerable situation where she blames herself. Then her world crumbles into drugs and self-hate. She’s saved by the sound of a baby’s cry, an unmanageable child who she bonds with and then needs as much as she wants his daddy.
Any luck Steven Corella has with the women has all been bad. Sensitive, a man who works in a job unsuited to his inner nature, he manages to fool the world. When he finds he’s to become a daddy, the tough-guy personality he’s portrayed turns real. He hardens his heart and hides behind thick walls of protection he’s carefully erected. And then Sunshine enters his world, and nothing makes sense anymore.
Getting over your ex isn’t as easy as getting back under them.
Heather Alvarez thought she was over Gavin McAllister. After all, he dumped her—on the phone—ten years ago, then vanished from her life and broke her heart. But now he’s back, and all Heather wants is revenge.
Or at the very least, the breakup sex he still owes her.
Ten years ago, Gavin McAllister made a choice and lost the one woman he’s ever loved. Now he’s determined to win her back, even if it means telling the truth. He’d do just about anything for another chance with Heather.
But a one-night stand, no strings, no future? He doesn’t think so.
This time he wants forever.
SCORCHED by Sharon Ashwood
The Dark Forgotten
Welcome to the Castle. The price of admission is your soul.
Ex-detective Macmillan always had a taste for bad girls, but his last lover really took the cake—and his humanity. Now half-demon, Mac’s lost his friends, his family and his job.
But Constance, a strangely innocent vampire trapped in the supernatural Castle prison, needs his help. Her son has been kidnapped, so suddenly Mac has a case to work—one that embroils him with a mad sorcerer, an even madder city council, and a winged love god. The trail leads deep into the supernatural prison, and Mac soon learns that cracking the case will cost him his last scrap of humanity.
Fiery, vulnerable Constance will do anything for those she loves, including Mac. He’ll be damned if he turns his back on her… and a demon forever if he doesn’t.
Second edition. Previously published in 2009 by Signet Eclipse.
NOT QUITE A LADY by Helena Korin
English Gardens Series, Book 2
Ruby Gillingham, a country girl from Kent, is travelling to London for the Little Season. Her father is Sir Roderick of Thorncroft Hall but her mother is not to be mentioned. Ruby hopes to catch the eye of Crispin, Lord Sayward, a most handsome English gentleman. But will his mother, the dragon, find Ruby acceptable? Then there’s Peter, Lord Berrington, with the Irish lilt in his speech. He made her heart beat a little faster but her father has forbidden her to see him. In any case he’s back in Kent and with every hoof beat London is coming closer.
THE CALLING BIRDS by Jacqui Nelson
The Fourth Day in the 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series
A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold.
Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled.
Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
HUSHED by Shereen Vedam
Tales of Ryca, Book 2
Don’t say a word!
In one day, young TAMARA goes from being the king’s favorite, his first born and much-loved thirteen-year-old daughter, to having her father brutally murdered. Then she’s trapped by a time spell where no one hears her screams. Once she’d finally freed, she’s determined to stay that way. So, when she turns eighteen and her mother attempts to marry her off for “her own good,” Tamara is having none of it.
However, is going on a quest across realms to find her lost nephew the best plan? She’ll meets marauding giants and wily talking lizards. She’ll have to face spirits who should know better than to leave their graves and resurrect memories best left buried. Most important of all, she’ll have to come to terms with her greatest weakness, or strength, depending on her point of view. All the while, in the stillness a danger lurks that could destroy the rest of her family, and perhaps even her entire world.
For once, will Tamara be up to the task of being the one to save the day?
Find out, in Hushed.
WARNING: There be dragons here…so wear your best chainmaille and carry a hefty sword before you dare flick open that first page.
STARTING OVER by Judith Hudson
Fortune Bay, Book 4
“Delectable! Hiding away to recover from divorce, the last thing she thought of was finding a new HEA. Another Jewel in the Fortune Bay series!!” – An Amazon five star review
Lily Brewster has been caring for ‘strays’ all her life. The more battered the baby bird or helpless the new kid in class, the more she wants to help. But who has been watching out for her? When her marriage falls apart, Lily seeks refuge with her father in Fortune Bay.
Lily moves into the cabin on the lake and as she pulls herself together, she works with her father at his new Fortune Bay Resort, taking on any job that needs doing—including looking after ‘Mr. Morris’, the mystery guest in Cottage Four.
Marshall Mason checked into the resort to hide and heal. A major motorcycle accident has left him severely damaged and as he contemplates the end of his career as a famous country rock star he sinks further into depression.
By the time Lily puts two and two together and figures out who he really is, she and ‘Mr. Morris’ are linked together in ways neither saw coming.
PRINCE OF JIRAN by Sylvie Grayson
The Last War, book 5
A Penrhy prince caught between duty and desire. Can he win the impending battle?
Shandro, Prince of the Penrhy tribe of Jiran, disagrees with his father, Sovereign Pollack, on nearly every issue that arises between them. But his goal is to uphold the family values in spite of Pollack’s conniving moves as he deals with the hotbed of competing nations surrounding them.
Then Shandro is sent on a mission across the mountains into Khandarken to bring back Princess Chinata, a bride for Emperor Carlton’s Advisor. In exchange, Jiran and the Penrhy tribe are given a peace agreement, protection against invasion by the Emperor’s troops. This seems a good trade, as Carlton is hovering on their borders with his need for more land. However, not far into the journey, it becomes apparent someone is not adhering to the terms of the peace accord.
Near the tribal border, Shandro and his troops have come under direct attack from unknown forces. He digs deeper into Chinata’s background to find strong ties to the New Empire. Is it too dangerous to bring Princess Chinata into Jiran? Or as her escort, does Shandro become her defender against the Emperor’s troops?
COME HOME WITH ME by Susan Lyons w/a Susan Fox
It may be a dot in the Pacific Northwest, but tiny Blue Moon Harbor always has room for love . . .
Miranda Gabriel has finally hit rock-bottom. As a high-school drop-out, she fled Blue Moon Harbor and her shattered family life, and chased after love in all the wrong places. But now, as a single mom, her priority is her two-year-old daughter. Her only choice is to swallow her pride and return to the island she’s always hated. At least between working and studying, she’ll be too busy for romance—especially when the prospect is a nice guy, exactly the kind she knows she doesn’t deserve . . .
The island veterinarian, Luke Chandler is a widower raising four-year-old twin boys. In high school, he found bad girl Miranda fascinating—and though life has changed them both, he’s still intrigued. Luke has known true love, and something about Miranda makes him long to experience it again. Yet he’s wary of opening himself, and his boys, to hurt. But his heart may not give him a choice. And together, maybe he and Miranda can give each other the courage to believe in themselves, and to embrace a promising new future . . . “Like its main character, the book triumphs.” – Kirkus Reviews
HIS COUNTRY HEART by Reggi Allder
Sierra Creek series, Book 2
Will wedding bells ring in Sierra Creek? Amy Long has her new life in Sierra Creek planned, men and marriage not needed. Then she finds the perfect man in gorgeous rodeo champion Wyatt Cameron. After only a few months, she promises to marry him. Is everything happening too fast? Is it a terrible mistake? Should she listen to listen to her head or her heart?
Once a confirmed bachelor, all Wyatt can think about is making Amy his wife. Can he trust her love or is he deluding himself? If her devotion is a lie, he could marry quickly and regret it soon afterward. Sparks fly when opposites attract.
MARRIED TO DECEIVE by Kay Gregory
Reluctant Brides series Book 1
1998, Cornwall, England
As Phaedra’s husband nears death, Iain Trebanian – the man she has always loved – returns to Cornwall believing Phaedra is a self-serving gold-digger. Yet every choice Phaedra made she made for him.
Now Iain must choose: Turn his back on Phaedra’s love, or continue to believe her choices were more self-serving than self-sacrificing.
(Originally published as His Father’s Wife. Now updated and re-edited).
KISS IN THE WIND by Rachel Goldsworthy
Book 2 in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series
Her life was semisweet—he added the honey and spice.
Food chemist Livy Tarbert can taste how delicious it’ll be to return to Corsair’s Cove and develop fabulous new treats for the family chocolate shop. But when her recipes call for nuts, she’s thinking almonds, not Bonney the parrot channeling Great-Aunt Ruby from the Other Side. Livy operates solo—whether she’s jogging or working in the kitchen—and she certainly hadn’t planned on family interference … or tavern owner Mack Johanssen. Yet there he is, always trying to add a little honey to her life.
Mack’s a total team player. It’s why he loves running the Zephyr’s Rest tavern and the Chamber of Commerce and the Corsair’s Cove baseball team. So he’s more than happy to help out newcomer Livy. But Livy’s got her own plans. How’s a guy to get to first base with a woman who doesn’t even see him standing in front of her with his heart in his hands? Unless he believes Ruby’s old ghost stories and accepts a little help from Livy’s pirate ancestor, the Wolf of the West …
“Kiss in the Wind is funny and whimsical and as delicious as the best chocolate.” —Nancy Warren, USA Today bestselling author
KISS AT THE COVE by Lee McKenzie
Book 1 in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series
Life is like a chocolate-covered cherry—glossy on the outside; a sweet, sticky mess inside.
Two Mr. Wrongs don’t make a right. That’s why Prudence Parker has ended her engagement—twice. But she loves weddings and believes in happily ever after—which is a good thing, since she’s the only wedding planner in Corsair’s Cove, and the quaint coastal town is a popular Pacific Northwest destination for couples tying the knot. And, with its history of pirates, ghosts and assorted ne’er-do-wells, Corsair’s Cove is a charming place to call home.
After being stood up at the altar, marine biologist Spencer MacKewan moves to the Cove to accept a position at the research station. The wedding-that-wasn’t has left him more relieved than brokenhearted, and he’s determined not to make that mistake twice. Falling for Pru Parker is definitely not in the plan. Then trouble comes in the form of a chocolate shop, an inheritance gone wrong, and a clutch of long-lost cousins. When Pru’s plans for the rest of her life begin to crumble, Spencer helps her pick up the pieces.
There’s more than salt in the air at Corsair’s Cove. Desperately fighting an old curse, the pirate ghost known as the Wolf of the West is determined to help the last descendants of Blackthorne blood find true love before he vanishes forever on Hallowe’en night. But this is a quest like no other. Even a skilled sea captain will encounter heavy weather when he tries to push the gun-shy and the twice-burned into each other’s arms…
Geri McKenna hasn’t seen her brother’s best friend, Sean Eastman, since he graduated high school. Sean left their little town of Pembroke just hours after she nailed him with a kiss behind the shed, never to be seen or heard from again. No calls, no texts, no social media to stalk online.
Eight years later, Sean resurfaces in their hometown unannounced. Blinded by his looming height, crystal blue eyes and the guns he’s grown since high school, Geri thinks it’s just a happy coincidence that he’s back at the same time she’s taken leave from her dead-end job to come home for her brother’s wedding. It doesn’t even enter her mind that Sean’s return coincides with the mysterious disappearance of a woman in the vicinity of Shag Lake in nearby Algonquin Park. Until she bumps into him at the crime scene.
Determined to revive her flagging career in journalism, Geri’s investigation into the missing woman leads her into the clandestine world of an alien cover-up, with Sean Eastman at the center of it all. So when he comes to take her into hiding from a corrupt shadow government that wants to permanently shut her down, Geri must decide if Sean is a trustworthy friend or one of the people who wants her dead.
WHOLE LOT O’ LOVE by Bonnie Edwards
Ashlee Branton’s lottery win is giving her and her son a new, settled life back home. Except that returning to Blaine, Washington means facing her son’s father, Brick Harcourt, in a most unsettling way. Ashlee deserted Brick and his less-than-accepting family when she’d become pregnant. Refusing to be just a statistic, she worked hard to raise their baby on her own.
But as luck would have it, she has a chance to repair what she broke back then. Dare she take one more chance on love? But Ashlee has two pasts now, one with Brick and one with an ex who wants to crash their reunion. Will she run again or stay and sacrifice money for love?
THE HEALER by LizAnn Carson
Aura Weavers Book 1
Imagine a land…
Life in the Midland follows the seasons from planting to harvest, and into the fallow months of storytelling and feasts. Nothing had disrupted the peaceful, primarily agrarian way of life for hundreds of years. It is a world predicated on magic…
Surrounding the planet and contributing to the prosperity of the land is the Aura, a force nobody can explain but none doubt. A group of people known as Weavers walk the byways, bringing their skills to town and hamlet. Weavers are born with an innate Auric connection, and are able to manipulate the Aura’s energy for specific uses.
Willow has been a Healer all her life. She uses the Aura to enhance her own rich knowledge of healing plants and energetic techniques. She might weave a template showing a broken bone how to mend, a fever to abate, a birth to proceed smoothly.
And then, into this peaceful life—catastrophe. Two alien men crash near one of the major east-west trails. No one can imagine where they came from. They bring with them a mysterious box whose energy disrupts the Aura, leaving Willow and Weavers everywhere shaken and afraid, not only from the loss of their powers, but also because the box has the potential to become a pawn in a struggle for domination. From the moment she rescues them, Willow’s life is entangled with these men, and with the struggle to save her world.
HOOK, LINE & SINKER by Ev Bishop
River’s Sigh B & B, Book 4
Brian Archer, lawyer and infamous playboy, returns to Greenridge after a long holiday to find his life in ashes. Literally. His condo has burned to the ground, and with it, his delusion that he’s a footloose, fancy-free guy who doesn’t secretly crave a home and a place to belong. Staying with his lovebird brother and sister-in-law at River’s Sigh B & B proves unbearable, only rubbing in his deep loneliness. As does getting to know one of the other guests, a damsel determined to get herself out of distress, without any help from him. What is it about sweet, troubled Katelyn that makes Brian want to go all knight-in-shining-armor? And why is he suddenly longing for things he doesn’t even believe in, like true love, marriage . . . ?
Single mom and wannabe entrepreneur Katelyn Kellerman needs to escape from Greenridge. Her safety, and that of her children, relies on it. Plus, she knows the hazards of trusting someone all too well. So why, after meeting Brian Archer, does she wish she could just stay put and build a home? With him. No matter how they fight their feelings, Brian and Katelyn fall for each other hook, line and sinker—but life isn’t a fairy tale. Brian can’t live in limbo forever, Katelyn’s ex is increasingly threatening, and she needs to secure a future for her and her kids. Can they beat the odds, salvage the ashes of their pasts, and risk everything for love, or are they just fishing for trouble?
Dreams and Promises comprises six short stories and novellas written by authors who live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It’s our way of honoring Canada’s Sesquicentennial. July 1st 2017 marks 150 years since our country became a Confederation. Thank you for helping us celebrate our nation’s milestone birthday.
My Baby Wrote Me A Letter by Jacquie Biggar
A family’s brush with the past will threaten the fabric of their lives. Grace Freeman is eight months pregnant, and with her navy husband away on a mission, she craves the security of her childhood home in Canada. When she finds a letter written by her long-lost mother, it creates a tear in the foundation of those she loves. Can Grace find a way to bring her family peace, or will a message from the past destroy their future?
Rendezvous by Anna Markland
Ian Donaldson is a gentleman clerk with the NW fur trading company. Newly arrived in Fort William from Scotland, he is immediately drawn to Nindaanis, a metis woman with an illegitimate child. When the baby’s voyageur father returns for the annual Great Rendezvous, Ian defies convention and fights for the woman he loves.
With Glowing Hearts by Reggi Allder
Would you leave everything you know to follow the man you love? A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and a British nurse meet in London during the Blitz. Can the love that blossoms between them survive the ravages of war?
Once Upon an Attic by LizAnn Carson
Kate is Jamie’s ideal woman. His meddlesome grandfather agrees. Only two problems stand in the way: Kate has uncovered Gramps’ long-hidden love story, and Gramps is… a ghost.
Prairie Storm by Sylvie Grayson
It’s 1918, and prairie farmer Shane Narraway is doing his best to help feed the Allied troops overseas. But his real goal is to marry Emily Waddell. With the war news worsening daily, his brother fighting in Europe, and the outbreak of the Spanish flu, Shane’s life is about to unfold in ways he never imagined.
When the Boys Came Home by Alice Valdal
When Dot McGuire’s fiancé is reported missing during the Great War, she accepts the inevitable and builds a new life for herself. Then he comes home, suffering from amnesia. Does her future lie in the old dream, or in the changing world of the roaring twenties?
DIVING IN HEART FIRST by Yvonne Rediger
Deke said he’d keep Maddie safe, but didn’t realize he was the one at risk.
Maddie Windsor is getting on with her life, after a nasty break up. She is bound for the island of Utila and determined to achieve one of her fondest wishes–to pass her PADI scuba diving basic level.
Deke Ellis is also bound for the Utila Dive Lodge, except he was already volun-told to track Maddie by his boss, as a favour for the RCMP. Seven million dollars is missing and so is Alan Greenway, Maddie’s ex-boyfriend. If Alan shows his face in Utila, Deke has to stay focused, even if he finds Maddie unbelievably tempting.
ISSUED TO THE BRIDE: ONE AIRMAN by Cora Seton
The Brides of Chance Creek, Book 2
Airman Connor O’Riley doesn’t believe in love. But when he crosses into a warzone to rescue a downed pilot, and finds an elderly Syrian couple has kept the man safe, he’s moved by the pair’s long-term devotion to each other to rescue them, too—and promptly lands himself in hot water. Shunted aside to a make-work, multi-branch detail under Army general Augustus Reed, Connor will do whatever it takes to clear his name—even if that means heading to Montana to marry the general’s daughter.
Sadie Reed is done with love. Her poor choices nearly got her sisters killed when she fell for a man entrenched in the drug trade. She’s ready to leave Chance Creek—just as soon as her sister Cass returns from her honeymoon. So when the handsome airman shows up at Two Willows, with orders from her father to help Sadie build a legacy project, she gives Connor one month to get it done. Connor never thought he’d fall for Sadie, but when he learns she means to leave, he knows far more than his mission is at stake. Can he convince her to stay? Or will love remain out of his reach for good?
FINDING HAYDEN by Jodie Esch
The Coopers, Book 1
She isn’t looking for love and he isn’t thinking about tomorrow.
Their journey together is not what they expected but it may turn into something they need. Lily Morgan is a woman who harbors a terrible secret. She escapes to an island sanctuary and re-invents herself. Everything is fine until her past shows up to haunt her.
Hayden Cooper is a reluctant military hero. Now he’s lost his job and maybe he’s lost his mind. Every day he battles PTSD. He doesn’t expect to find a woman who challenges all of his thinking. Can two lost souls save each other and learn to trust again?
GRACE’S FOLLY by Kathleen Lawless
Medical doctor Grace Abbot has deceived her father, who believes she stayed out East to become a proper doctor’s wife. Now he wants her home, but if he learns she’s the doctor, she may lose the inheritance to fund her passion, a woman’s clinic.
When a wounded stranger shows up at her Kansas City infirmary—with almost the same last name as the drifter she married to get her dowry money—Grace hits upon a wild scheme. This darkly handsome Mr. Abbott can pose as her doctor husband for the visit back home in California. She can view him as dispassionately as she would anyone. Can’t she?
Pinkerton detective Dexter Abbott has found his client’s wilful daughter, and she’s given him the perfect excuse to stick to her side while he returns her to her father. But his real problem begins when he doesn’t tell her what his actual job is—and when being so close to her inspires longings Dex never expected in himself.
THE VISCOUNT NEEDS A WIFE by Jo Beverley
Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband’s home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.
London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for.
Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty’s past threaten their growing love…
A Romantic Times Top Pick
OUTBACK PROMISE by Maggie Bolitho
Sometimes, before you can find yourself, you must lose yourself in the desert.
Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver. A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady’s affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close. This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through?
But trust and forgiveness don’t come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried …
A contemporary novel set against the sweeping backdrop of the Australian Outback.
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