Sophie Curtis lives a big secret. She's been having an affair with Duane Koch. Their days--and nights--together are their own oasis away from the world. It's unconventional but, given the difference in their ages and her troubled past, it works for them. Then Duane is asked to step into the political ring--an opportunity he's been waiting for. Too bad about the timing, though. Because Sophie's just found out she's pregnant, and an instant family--with her--could ruin his chances. The right thing... more info>>
Las Vegas is about escape.But the teenage runaways who end up there too often find a world far worse than the one they left behind. A world of prostitution, of danger and fear. One of these runaways is Autumn Stevens, whose half sister, Francesca Witting, comes to Vegas to search for her.Las Vegas is about illusions.Francesca meets Luke Everson, ex-marine and head of security for the luxurious Bonaparte Hotel. But Luke doesn't know whether his relationship with her is real or as illusory as ever... more info>>
Annie Kincaid has never held the right cards, not when it comes to love. Twice married, twice divorced, she's given up on finding her soul mate--though not on having a family. So Annie's decided to have a baby. On her own. But her brother, Cole, thinks that's a huge gamble, and she can't disagree. At the very least, he tells her, she should go for a known quantity and ask his old friend and best poker buddy, Blake, to be the dad. Blake's certainly a known quantity, all right. He's Annie's first ... more info>>
FAMILY MANA story written for the heart-and from the heart-by the bestselling author of Jacob's Girls.Bryan's niece. Jennifer's daughter. He knows it. She doesn't.Dashing ladies' man, brilliant entrepreneur and bachelor uncle, Bryan Chambers is now a bachelor father. That's because suddenly-tragically-he's the only remaining family his eleven-year-old niece, Nicki, has. And obviously he's not doing a good enough job of surrogate fathering, as Nicki simply isn't getting over her parents' deaths. ... more info>>
Jane's rule about marriage: if at first you don't succeed, don't try againA bigamist ex-husband, an anonymous stalker, a murder inquiry. Magazine editor Jane Hamilton is not having a good month. But with the support of her best friend, Brad Manchester, she's coping--until they become lovers and Brad complicates things even more by proposing marriage.Brad understands Jane's fears, but he's ready for a wife and family, ready to move forward. Especially when he finds out she's pregnant with his chi... more info>>
Kelly Chapman, psychologist and expert witness. She's unattached, but 100 percent committed to her clients, her foster child, her friends.Clay Thatcher, FBI special agent: Missing Persons. A loner and, like Kelly, he too is unattached but 100 percent committed to his joband only his job.That's why he's in Chandler, Ohio. Kelly Chapman has disappeared. Is it because she testified against someone who now wants revenge? Or is she the fourth victim of a killer responsible for three recent deat... more info>>
Marybeth Lawson has the life she's always wanted. And it all revolves around her cozy bed-and-breakfast. As busy as it keeps her, there is no room for romance, which is fine with her. Then one Christmas, the very good-looking Craig McKellips reserves a room--and everything changes. The attraction between them is intense and instant. With each visit, the connection between them deepens and Marybeth marvels as the wall around her heart crumbles. Could Craig be the one? Then he reveals a shocking s... more info>>
I wasn't supposed to love Nate Grady, let alone marry him. But we found a love that triumphed over all adversity--just like Jane Eyre, my very favorite heroine. I was young, bookish, naive--on the verge of entering the convent--and then I met him.... The day I abandoned my old life, the day I agreed to marry him, now seems an eternity ago. But despite everyone's objections, I fell for Nate. An older, previously married man. My first and only love. My husband. When I looked into Nate's eyes on ou... more info>>
Leslie Sanderson's brother, Cal, is dead--and he's left behind two children no one knew he had. She and Kip Webster, Cal's closest friend, "inherit" these secret kids.As they form their makeshift family, Leslie and Kip decide to share a house. And that leads to other kinds of sharing.... One night, just before Christmas, Leslie tells him about the devastating thing that happened when she was young--something she's kept secret all this time.Because in Kip, she finds the promise of safety, accepta... more info>>
They say big-city problems don't happen here. They're wrong. That's why psychologist Kelly Chapman is so concerned about fourteen-year-old Maggie Winston. She's a straight-A student who's developed a sudden interest in an older man. A man she knows only as Mac.
Deputy Samantha Jones, Kelly's longtime friend, is worried, too. She has been ever since a local businessman killed his wife and then himself. Since a kid was caught selling drugs. Since the discovery of a mysterious chemical dump on K... more info>>
Erica has a little boy--and a big secret.Her son, Kevin, is not her ex-husband's child. In fact, Kevin's real father doesn't even know he exists. She's carried the guilt of this for more than five years.Now, to her complete shock, the man she fell in love with, hostage negotiator Jack Shaw--the man she expected never to see again--is back in her world. Her world and Kevin's...
WHO IS BETH ALLEN? AND WHO--OR WHAT--IS SHE RUNNING FROM?Beth only wishes she knew. Six months ago, she woke up in a shabby Arizona hotel room with no memory of her past. What she did have was a bruised face, $2,000 in cash--and a little boy who called her "Mama."What's her real name? Is she a victim or a criminal? The child's savior or his kidnapper? Until her memory returns and she can answer those questions, Beth knows she has to hide. She's chosen Shelter Valley as her sanctuary.The town wel... more info>>
Rick Thomas stole drug-cartel evidence from a government facility. And spent three years in a federal prison.
Attorney Erin Morgan has a rule: never defend the bad guys. But Rick Thomas, quiet and self-assured, doesn't seem bad. That's why she agrees to defend him against what he swears is a trumped-up murder charge. She's ignoring her experience and listening to her instincts instead.
But psychologist and expert witness Kelly Chapman is listening to her instincts, too. And they're saying ... more info>>
Every Valentine's Day is a gift.... A day to celebrate your love--and the hope, the belief, that it will be everlasting. In 'Valentine's Daughters' by Tara Taylor Quinn, it's a day to remember old promises ... and make new ones. In 'Our Day' by Jean Brashear, it's when love gets a second chance. In The Hand That Gives the Rose by Linda Cardillo, it's the day love finally bridges two separate worlds.
A dedicated cop in the Special Victims Bureau, Ryan Mercedes has a trusted friend in lawyer-advocate Audrey Lincoln. Her compassion is the perfect counterpoint to his hard-driving fight for justice. And this good relationship only gets better the night they cross the line from friends to lovers. But they're up against seemingly insurmountable obstacles that could divide them for good. Worse--now she and Ryan are on opposite sides of a controversial case. Can they trust enough to resolve their di... more info>>
Juliet McNeil has been keeping a secret for more than eight years--a secret from Blake Ramsden. They spent one night together all that time ago...and Mary Jane McNeil was the result.Juliet and Mary Jane are a pair, a family of two, and they're happy that way. So what happens when Blake, the man who unknowingly fathered Mary Jane, returns to San Diego? What happens when Juliet, an attorney, develops a professional--and then a personal--relationship with him? What happens when he meets his daughte... more info>>
At one time, Amy Wainscoat had it all--wealth, control of her family's Chicago business, a handsome and loving husband, a child she adored. But her husband was killed in a boating accident a year ago. And now, most devastating of all, five-year-old Charles has been kidnapped, apparently by the nanny she'd recently fired.Despite the involvement of the police and the FBI, despite the fact that she's hired one of the best private investigators around, Amy's determined to be part of the search.When ... more info>>
Come home to Shelter Valley where love lasts and families matter....Miranda Parsons is content with her life. She has a great job, a wonderful family, a lovely house. She has good friends. And she lives in a town where people know her, care about her. So what's missing?Passion--as she finds out when she meets Zack Foster.Zack's a veterinarian who's recently moved to Shelter Valley after the failure of a marriage he'd considered perfect. He still likes being with women, but now prefers his romanc... more info>>