Jan Scarbrough writes heartwarming contemporary romances about second chances, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show. With author Maddie James, Jan has written the Montana McKenna series, the story of the family of James McKenna, a Montana rancher whose death changes the lives of his wife and children.
Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Back then she’d been nothing but a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks, hiding a secret that could have destroyed lives.
Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. Maybe being an incurable romantic isn’t smart for a lawyer who has to deal with hard facts. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. He’d made millions in Chicago, but in his heart he’s always kept a secret dream, a desire he’s never told anyone. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions.
Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.
*Re-Issued Title: Originally Titled "A Father at Last".
After losing his wife, Dr. Alexander Dominican is determined his infant daughter will not grow up motherless as he did. Offering sensible, kind kindergarten teacher Mary Adams a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution. The widow’s husband left her with a mountain of debt. For Alex, paying it off is a small price to pay for his daughter’s happiness. Until his sensible new wife begins to lose her mind.
On the day of their marriage, Mary starts having frightening hallucinations of medieval England—visions that feel more like the memories of woman who lived centuries before. More terrifying, someone—or some thing—is stalking the new mistress of Marchbrook Manor. Could it be one of the sinister servants? Or Alex himself? Alex is reawakening hidden desires and longings in Mary, but until she can untangle the web of nightmares and secrets, she can trust no one. Not even Alex.
Alex has no idea he’s unleashing a destiny that’s taken him seven hundred years to fulfill.
If Alex and Mary are to salvage their future, they must first unravel centuries of…Tangled Memories.
Struggling to save his cash-strapped company, Jeremy Hamilton is overjoyed to discover he’s the heir to his great-aunt’s estate. Until he discovers there are strings attached. Not strings so much, as tails. As in six cats who belonged to Ms. Addie and who will determine just how much of the estate Jeremy will receive and how fast. He does have one option if he wants to inherit sooner: move to the small town of Legend, Tennessee, and live in Ms. Addie’s house for one month while the cats get to know him.
And who decides if the six very different cats like Jeremy enough? That’s up to pet psychic Marty Fields. She’s spent a lifetime explaining animal communication to the skeptic citizens of Legend. Ms. Addie was the only person who understood Marty’s gift, so she made Marty the guardian of her cats and caretaker of her mansion. Now Jeremy’s fate is in Marty’s hands…and of course, in the paws of all the cats.
Jeremy hasn’t had much luck with women. And he’s allergic to cats. Marty hasn’t had much luck convincing people she can communicate with animals. Now she needs to convince Jeremy to believe in the unbelievable. With a little faith and love—and the help of a six little matchmakers—Marty and Jeremy might find themselves joining together…Heart to Heart.
Christmas 1968: A Groovy Christmas
In a year where women are burning bras and men are burning draft cards, straight-laced Kathleen Fields wants to do something about being a virgin before its too late. When hippie Grant Winchester rides into town on his Harley, Kathleen decides he’s the perfect solution to her problem. Yet, they’re from feuding families like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. Can Kathleen and Grant reconcile their differences and find love in Legend, Tennessee?
Christmas 1969: Not Quite Christmas
Accountant Frank Smith doesn’t want to go home for Christmas, not since his long-time girlfriend did dump him on Christmas Day a year ago. Avoiding Legend, Tennessee, is high on his priority list until he meets his mother’s houseguest—hippie chick Emmy Johnson, a girl with a past…and maybe Frank’s future.
Thirty-something twin Jane Smith's biological clock is ticking. But pickings are slim in Legend, Tennessee, a small town that will remind readers of Cedar Cove and/or Virgin River. The high school reunion gives Jane a second chance, because Graham Winchester will be back in town.
Once shy, Jane is now older, wiser and no longer afraid. Graham is a confirmed bachelor and happily-ever-after is not in his makeup. He won’t stick around after the reunion. Jane has one more chance to exorcise the demon of Graham and get on with her life.
Switching places with her glamorous twin sister is just what she needs to get Mr. Most Likely to Succeed into bed and out of her heart.
When does love mean more than family?
Mercer, the youngest child of James McKenna, faces life on the ranch without the support of her father after his tragic death. Things are changing. Her brothers and sister are moving on with their lives. Can a new love give Mercer comfort in her grief, or does she need to dig deeper when she learns some problems are too big for her to solve?
Professional bull rider Drake Hawkins is more than a two-bit, washed-up cowboy, but he has to prove it to himself and the woman he loves. If he doesn’t cowboy up, he threatens to wreck his chance for redemption. Will the secret he hides also ruin his chance for true love?
When Beth Abbott receives a surprise inheritance from her birth mother, she travels to the family’s nineteenth century mansion in Old Louisville, now a bed and breakfast. There the new mistress of Chadwick House meets the resident ghost, a little girl whose crying not only scares, but also intrigues guests. As she sets out to discover the identity of the ghost and why the child ghost appears happy to Beth, not sad, Beth is confronted by evil from the past.
Jeff Halstead, a man with many secrets, runs the bed and breakfast. But he’s more than that to Beth, and she feels their connection immediately. A psychic medium who doubts his skills, Jeff slowly uncovers the truth of their past lives. Will he be in time to reveal the identity of Beth’s enemy? Will the love they shared in the past follow them into the future?
Welcome to McKenna Ranch!
Meet Brody, Callie, Mercer and Parker--the four siblings in the clan of James McKenna, a Montana rancher. Growing up on the ranch was a great life, until Callie and Parker's mother passed away, leaving James a widower. It wasn't long, however, before he remarried, bringing stepmother Liz into their lives, along with her son, Brody. Soon, James and Liz added a new McKenna to the family, when daughter Mercer was born.
Brothers and sisters are prone to disagreements and this Brady Bunch family of step, half, and full siblings is no exception. As they grew up on the ranch, they learned values that stuck with them throughout their lives--even though they may live apart as adults. But there is one thing that will bring them all back together. Their father's only wish.
Beginning with a short prequel novella that tells the story of James McKenna and Liz Caldera, and how they came to blend their families, these stories put you on the McKenna Ranch near Yellowstone National Park. This series leads off with Jan Scarbrough's Brody, with Maddie James' Callie to follow, while the siblings begin the long road home. These sweet to sexy stories give you a glimpse into Montana rodeo and ranch life, and of course, provide lots of contemporary cowboy love and romance.
No one crosses Parker Stuart, caretaker to his family’s thoroughbred racing empire. Parker retaliates against anyone who dares slight him or his blue-blooded British family, especially Regina Ward and her poker-playing father. The previous spring, Reggie had had the nerve to walk out on him after a torrid, three-week affair. Now, when Parker arrives in Kentucky to collect his family’s winnings, he’s determined to settle the score with the lovely Ms. Ward.
Regina Ward doesn’t consider herself a damsel in distress. After all, this is America, and she’s accustomed to depending upon herself. However, when her father loses four of the yearlings from their central Kentucky horse farm in a poker game, Reggie knows it’s up to her to save what’s left of her family’s homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. Can she do it when Parker Stuart, the most arrogant and infuriating Brit she’s ever met, shows up in the Bluegrass?
Stands Alone: Yes
Encouraged by her girlfriends and a matchmaking aunt, Sarah sets out to catch eligible bachelor Lane Williams, a guy with an aversion to settling down.
A wealthy Bluegrass chef, Lane can’t be bothered with romance. He’s spent his youth taking care of and providing for his younger siblings. Clearly, the sexy, young woman, who wants only marriage and commitment, is trouble for Lane and his new freedom. As the two work together to pull off a Kentucky Derby party for charity, Lane finds himself susceptible to Sarah’s charms…and much, much more. How was he to know she was a virgin, especially when she seduced him?
* Reissued Title: Originally titled "A Man of Her Own".
Playboy Hank Brennan stopped caring about the family business years ago when his superhero stepbrother took control. Hank can’t win at anything, let alone please his critical father who believes oil paint and canvas are poor substitutes for responsibility and hard work. But Hank is a talented painter with an artist’s soul. Who better to understand a down-on-his-luck, starving artist than another performer with the voice of an angel?
Raylynn Walker is a part-time country music singer at night and a horse trainer by day. She’s been wounded too, but doesn’t need to fix another lost soul. Yet she recognizes Hank’s talent, and he sure turns her on. Is he really a jerk or is there more to Hank Brennan than anyone knows?
Champion equestrienne Aimee Elliott wants to be in taken seriously. An over-protected only child, she's tired of being just window dressing. Refusing financial support from her parents, Aimee goes to work for a horse trainer. For the first time, she's free of her parents' control. Determined to marry for love, Aimee can never be sure if a man loves her for herself or for her father's millions. Besides, she's unsure if she can make it without Daddy's money.
Camden Brennan owes the man who adopted him a lot. Now CEO of his father's heavy equipment company, Cam stands to win a million dollar contract-if he can convince eccentric Ray Elliott to accept his bid. Too worried about the behavior of his only daughter to concentrate on negotiations, the road construction magnate makes it clear to Cam that he'll show his gratitude to any man who marries his daughter and takes her off his hands.
Realizing if he captures the hand of the wayward Miss Aimee Elliott, he'll also capture the biggest deal of his life, Cam sets out to do just that. Trouble is, six years earlier, their summertime fling ended badly. Aimee is the only woman who's ever rejected him, and the only woman Cam has ever loved.
Jay Preston walked away from the family empire he helped to build. He needs a break, and a temporary stable job in Kentucky seems just right. That is, until he meets Carrie Mercer. A woman this beautiful isn’t going to be impressed with a guy who grooms horses for a living. Yet, he’s always wanted to be loved for himself, not his millions, so telling her the truth is out of the question.
Carrie Mercer can’t possibly be falling in love with the groom at her daughter’s stable. She’s a widowed mother with heavy responsibilities. Yet the handsome groom is a real gentleman. He’s everything she ever wanted in a man. She has a feeling there’s something he's not telling her, and Carrie intends to find out just what it is.
Bran ap Madog, bastard son of a Welsh prince, has devoted his life to serving the English king. At Edward's behest, he nourishes his reputation for savagery, taking as his badge the raven, a scavenger bird that feeds off rotting spoils. He wants, as his reward for service, the hand of a wealthy wife, as well as the land and power she will bring to his bed.
When her father and twin brother are murdered, Lady Catrin Fitzalen sets out to learn the truth about the awful rumors. Were they killed by the king’s own champion, the vicious King’s Raven? She will do anything to protect her remaining family, including switching places with her cousin when the king forces the pious girl into marriage with his wicked champion.