SAIL AWAY WITH ME by Susan Fox
Christmas is coming to Blue Moon Harbor, a cozy dot in the Pacific Northwest where love shines bright . . .
Bookseller Iris Yakimura grew up on Destiny Island and it’s the only place where her painful shyness doesn’t cripple her. An avid romance reader, she believes that one day the right man will come along—one who loves her just the way she is. She never imagines that man will arrive in time for the holidays, like a gift. Or that he’ll be a celebrity musician with a bad boy vibe—and a warm heart.
Julian Blake spent most of his teens on Destiny Island, before fleeing a mentor turned abuser. Music saved him. He has avoided the island, but now his injured father needs him. Plagued by unsettling memories, Julian’s solace comes from surprising places—and from smart, stunning Iris. When he feels compelled to expose his abuser, will Iris find the courage to stand by his side in the spotlight that will ensue—much less embrace a love that might take her far from home?
REINDEER GAMES by CJ Hunt
The MacAllisters of Rivers End #3
GINGER LEWIS knows from personal experience that the world is full of bad and dangerous people. She’s been lucky enough to escape her rough past and cherishes her stable work family and lovable bulldog, Max. And she knows better than to try to rescue a stranger in a snowstorm. Especially one with a chiselled jaw, perfect stubble, and 1001 secrets behind those icy blue eyes.
ELI MURPHY, on the run and temporarily homeless, should be glad to spend the holidays stuck in the woods with no cell reception and no one who knows him. The isolation will allow him to regroup and plan his next move. But between the festive atmosphere, cozy cabin, and tempting fake girlfriend, Eli finds himself fantasizing about a future he doesn’t deserve. As the Reindeer Games draw to a close, he will have to come to terms with his mistakes or risk losing Ginger—and the chance to make a real home in Rivers End.
DEAD WRONG by Sylvie Grayson
When Shelley’s boyfriend disappears, never did she imagine he would come back to haunt her.
Shelley Blake is a nine-year-old child prodigy in a sixth-grade classroom when she first meets Chris Wright. He’s the big boy in the desk behind who takes her under his protective wing.
But soon she leaves him behind to attend a different school and skip another grade. When she begins university, her classmates observe her extreme youth and walk a wide berth around her. Lonely, she meets charming Billy Zach, but new love soon turns sour. Then Billy disappears.
Years later, Chris appears again in Shelley’s life and she wonders if she can trust her growing attraction to him. She’s already dealing with her father’s worsening emphysema, her sister’s secrets, and the demands of her still fledgling business, When the police return, asking questions about Billy Zach, and more evidence is uncovered, Shelley realizes none of it will matter if she’s heading to prison for a murder she didn’t commit.
A PERSON OF INTEREST by Ardelle Holden
Samantha took a taxi from the SkyTrain terminal to Chinatown that blustery night. She was happy with the progress she’d made on her novel in the two weeks she’d been away. But the breakup with Don when she’d left had not gone well, and she cringed at the thought of having to deal with his temper again.
Tired and soaked to the skin, Samantha climbed the stairs to her friend’s apartment. The door stood ajar, which was curious. Siobhan should have been at work. When Samantha peered in, she could just see the outline of two ominous figures skulking in the gloom. She gasped and slammed the door shut. She could hear their muffled shouts as she flew, screaming, down the stairs into the street.
Gripped with fear, and shielding her face from the driving rain, Samantha dodged between jousting umbrellas and the spray from the headlong rush of the traffic that threatened to thwart her escape.
A Person of Interest thrills and excites with romance and danger in this debut mystery novel by Ardelle Holden.
FINDING QUINN by Jodie Esch
The Coopers, Book 2
A military widow’s journey.
A wildfire fighter obsessed with working in danger zones.
Two different worlds.
Do they have the courage to face the future together?
“We regret to inform you …” They’re the words every military spouse dreads.
Kelsey Malone mourns the tragic loss of husband while balancing work and two kids on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She struggles to accept the loss of her soul mate and embarks on a journey of picking up the pieces. Accepting her new reality is a challenge.
Quinn Cooper is a wildfire fighter addicted to risk and adventure. He adopts a transient lifestyle searching for the next big thrill and adrenalin rush. But he has to examine his choices when he meets a woman who needs his support. He’s not expecting to find a woman who makes him reflect on his decisions. Is he prepared for the new chapter that lies just around the corner?
SWEETHEART COVE by Jacquie Biggar
Josie Sparks is looking for escape after a disastrous relationship. A summer job on a small Pacific Northwest island seems perfect. That is, until she meets her irascible new boss. She thinks she can help his sweet little girl–he’s another story.
Jacob Samuels needs someone reliable to care for his special needs daughter, but is sorry he trusted his sister with the task when help arrives in the shape of a too-young, too-tempting therapist with pain-filled eyes he can’t ignore.
Sand, surf, and soft island breezes bring two lonely hearts together in this heartwarming tale of second chance romance and a love that lasts forever.
LOVING LOGAN by Bonnie Edwards
Don’t date. Don’t sleep with the boss. Don’t believe in happily-ever-after.
Elle Foster left Welcome, WA broke, pregnant, and with a bad-girl rep.
Now, she’s returned to Welcome still broke, with four children, and has vowed to never get pregnant again which should be easy if she sticks to her rules…
Logan Hughes is younger and establishing a new business. Adopted, he wants nothing more than to have a family of his own. He also needs an assistant and Elle needs the work…
Gentle Logan hides a pirate inside and when he lets him loose, even the most determined woman can fall under his spell. And that sexy pirate may make Elle Foster break all her rules.
But can Logan give up fatherhood for the one woman he wants more than life itself?
COVEN AT CALLINGTON by Shereen Vedam
A kidnapped child. A witch on the warpath. A church guard in crisis.
In the year of our Lord 1815, Thomas Drake Saint-Clair, Earl of Braden, a Guard of the Green Cross, is tasked by his archbishop to rescue a missing boy and return him to his warlock father. The order lands Braden in the middle of an unholy war between witches and warlocks and shoves him headlong past a sacred line he’d sworn never to cross.
Newly confirmed Coven Protectress, Merryn Pendraven, rushes to rescue a witch’s son. She’s convinced the same evil warlock who was responsible for her younger brother’s death is behind this kidnapping, too. She has no intention of letting this vile villain get away with the same crime, twice.
When Merryn discovers Braden is also on the case, she’s tempted to join forces. Yet, how can she truly trust him when her aunt has warned that Braden’s second secret charge is to destroy their coven? Finding love in this cauldron of trouble might prove to be Merryn’s deadliest mission and Braden’s complete undoing.
If you liked A Discovery of Witches or Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell, you’ll love Coven at Callington, an anime-inspired witchy tale that will whisk you away on a rip-roaring Regency ride.
HER ONE TRUE LOVE by Alice Valdal
One woman. Two men. Is Louisa Graham ready for her one true love?
Finally free from the restrictions of her clergyman father, Louisa Graham is determined to establish herself as a photographer in the gold rush town of Prospect, British Columbia. Reluctant to fall in love and protective of her independence, she sees her future as a successful businesswoman, beholden to no one. But then crime, gossip and scandal threaten to destroy her. Despite her skill, and dedication, Louisa realizes she needs the help of others to achieve her dreams.
Two men are eager to smooth the way for the new lady photographer. Cpl. Jack Kendal of the Mounted Police squires her about town, makes her laugh and flatters her extravagantly. Louisa can’t help but enjoy his charm. If only he weren’t so over-protective.
Rev. Daniel Stanton is constantly underfoot, insisting she learn frontier skills and involve herself in the community. Hasn’t the man other parishioners to bother? And yet. . . he listens, encourages, and respects her opinions. If only he weren’t a clergyman.
Dare she risk her heart to either man? Is love worth the cost of her independence?
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?
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.
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 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
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?
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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